I started rereading this on a recent vacation, and I forgot just how awesome this book is. The same parts still bring tears to my eyes, and the atmospI started rereading this on a recent vacation, and I forgot just how awesome this book is. The same parts still bring tears to my eyes, and the atmosphere is just as rich ... full of intensity and dread. They better not mess up the movie!...more
I had a sudden urge to reread this last night. This bittersweet book is all about the things unsaid. How can one glance convey so much longing, regretI had a sudden urge to reread this last night. This bittersweet book is all about the things unsaid. How can one glance convey so much longing, regret, and agony? OMG did I cry ......more
This is a whirlwind overview of women's oppression around the world. It's filled with facts and statistics but more importantly stories of women thatThis is a whirlwind overview of women's oppression around the world. It's filled with facts and statistics but more importantly stories of women that need to be heard. Many of their stories will make you angry, but even more are just plain inspiring. I can't believe how brave and selfless some of these women (and men) are and how much they can accomplish for their communities with so little. The authors do have their political agendas that they don't shy away from, and some are rather contentious, such as their belief that we should support sweatshops in developing countries. I don't think it detracts from the amazing stories that they have gathered through their work. ...more
First of all, I don't think this book or I'm guessing Cormac McCarthy's writing in general will be everyone's cuppa tea. His writing style takes someFirst of all, I don't think this book or I'm guessing Cormac McCarthy's writing in general will be everyone's cuppa tea. His writing style takes some getting used to. In fact, this is the second time I tried to read this book. The first time I abandoned it rather quickly because the short, choppy sentences followed by page long run-on sentences without any commas made my eyes blur. However, this time around, I eventually found the rhythm of the style, at which point, I felt a bit in a daze the entire time reading this book, in a good way. McCarthy is very good at creating atmosphere and has some amazing, beautiful descriptions. So even though the first half of the book is very slow paced, describing in much detail traveling, landscapes, and well, horses, I thoroughly savored every moment of it. The dialog is terse, and yet somehow, I came to really care for the stoic cowboy. So much so that when things turn sour and brutal in the second half of the book, I felt extremely distressed because I didn't want all those bad things to happen to him. I didn't want him to become so hardened. But well, this is McCarthy, so it had to be. I really loved this book.
Btw, haven't seen the movie, but Matt Damon has got to be the oldest 16 year old EVER. Well, second to Luke Perry. ...more
It's impossible to review this or even give any thoughts without revealing any spoilers. So all I'll say is that this book is incredibly dark ... someIt's impossible to review this or even give any thoughts without revealing any spoilers. So all I'll say is that this book is incredibly dark ... some of the things Collins does to very beloved characters made me want to throw this book across the room. I think it says something to care about them so much. I cried several times throughout the book. This book was not what I expected ... it's a very different journey indeed. And ..... slight spoiler .... the ending was perfect. Amazing series. ...more
The fifth and final book in the Fever series. I think the best way I can describe this series is that it's similar to the television series Lost. NotThe fifth and final book in the Fever series. I think the best way I can describe this series is that it's similar to the television series Lost. Not at all in terms of the content but more in terms of how the story unfolds. The series starts out in a way similar to other paranormal fiction. In the first book, Mac travels to Dublin to investigate the brutal murder of her sister Alina, only to find that monsters named the Unseelie walk among humans, and she seems to be one of the only people who can see them. Clues left by Alina have Mac searching for an ancient book, and she teams up with the mysterious and dangerous Barrons to hunt it down. Typical paranormal stuff. However, as the story unfolds, KMM slowly reveals a detailed and complicated plot spanning thousands of years, in a way that has readers constantly guessing to figure out the truth of the grand scheme of things. Revelations only lead to more and more questions, so much so that you start to wonder whether KMM can possibly resolve everything in one final book. Well, this final installment does indeed answer all questions in a completely satisfying way. Although I pretty much guessed everything wrong, most (but not all) of the resolutions and plot twists didn't feel cheap or contrived (that's where things differ from Lost!). The truth about Barrons is particularly compelling. My only gripe is that we spend WAY too much time with Mac's internal struggles in this book, which makes the first person present tense excruciating at times. But other than that, this is an enjoyable read and great conclusion to an extremely entertaining, well plotted series.
As a warning, the steamy parts of this series are pretty much pornographic, so it's not recommended for younger readers. However, I will say, (slight SPOILER) after 5 books worth of unresolved sexual tension, the details are much appreciated! ...more
Very good. This first installment of this trilogy isn't fast paced or action filled but instead focuses on building relationships and on characterizatVery good. This first installment of this trilogy isn't fast paced or action filled but instead focuses on building relationships and on characterization. Tobin's relationships with his father and mother and their relationship with each other are heartbreaking, and as much as their circumstances are very much only possible in a fantasy world, their reactions seem realistically drawn. Then Tobin himself (herself!) and all the confusion and self-doubt ... Flewelling doesn't delve too deeply into gender identity here, but she gives you a taste of it, and it actually leaves me wanting more (perhaps time to dust off that copy of Middlesex). I also feel Flewelling writes children characters very well, giving a natural voice without making them seem annoying or precocious. I absolutely love Ki and immediately read on to the next book to discover his fate. I also really enjoyed how Korin, the king's heir, is shown as a likeable character. It seems to me completely unpredictable how his role is going to play out once Tobin's true self is revealed. AND OMG (view spoiler)[Rhius and Tharin's history! Whoah, where did that come from, and oh boy, do I love when the stereotype of the manly warrior is challenged (hide spoiler)]! Anyway, in addition, the book has great atmosphere ... very creepy, much along the lines of gothic novels like Rebecca. A little bit slow at times but still very enjoyable....more