A comprehensive text by the WHO on the diagnosis of personality disorders, with a meta-review of the various studies done by 1997 on the various toolsA comprehensive text by the WHO on the diagnosis of personality disorders, with a meta-review of the various studies done by 1997 on the various tools clinicians can use to diagnose them. The second half of the text is the international personality disorder examination (IPDE). I found this very useful to gather more information. ...more
Damn, what a tale. I love that this one had a lot more cosmere elements in it than the previous books. This is probably my favorite mistborn book to dDamn, what a tale. I love that this one had a lot more cosmere elements in it than the previous books. This is probably my favorite mistborn book to date. ...more
I was given a free copy by the author to review (2013) and an updated version later (2015).
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. It has a great prI was given a free copy by the author to review (2013) and an updated version later (2015).
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. It has a great premise, but it just falls flat. A lot of the major plot points are just left hanging, or cut off too fast. It felt very hurried as well (which is probably due to the YA level).
That all said, I loved the characters, there was a rich setting and an interesting plot.
I really wish the author would do less telling and more showing. So many pages of info dump (either by a character remembering info or by someone holding a long monologue) that made for some rather boring moments. But the exciting fights kept me going. All in all, I'd said this is a great book for novice , young readers to pick up to step into the fantasy world. ...more
This book is incredible! I was given this as a gift in a cookbook exchange.
The first part is all about what you need to stock a basic bar (let me telThis book is incredible! I was given this as a gift in a cookbook exchange.
The first part is all about what you need to stock a basic bar (let me tell you, it's quite daunting for a beginner like me). There's examples of glasses, liquors, equipment and even a section for various measurements (what does a dash really mean?).
Then it goes into some other stuff before coming to the gist of the book: the spirits and drinks. The cocktails are all arranged by type of liquor. Certain famous cocktails have several pages devoted to them, with a brief history, classical way of preparing it and more common variations.
Some interesting cocktails / things that jumped out at me while browsing: - Slippery Nipple: Bailey's Irish Cream + sambuca - Barcardi Cocktails are only allowed to be made with Barcardi rum (as ruled by a New York court in 1936). - Angel's Tit: white creme de cacao+ heavy cream topped with a maraschino cherry.
There's so much more. I could just keep going and going. I have a feeling this book will get a fair amount of use this summer! (And for the next many years)....more
I never watched the Casino Royale movie, so I had no idea about the plot going into this book. I have no idea if they are the same either.
Also, I donI never watched the Casino Royale movie, so I had no idea about the plot going into this book. I have no idea if they are the same either.
Also, I don't have much of an idea about books written in the 1950s. I found the style slightly off-putting, but that could have been for a myriad of reasons: older publishing date, an author heralding from not just a different country, but from a different level in society there, and perhaps Ian Fleming's background as a spy and rather as an author managed to color his words as well.
The plot itself is not too farfetched. The tale is told quite simply. It's straightforward. I question our 'hero' and his actions at some points. But perhaps that was how the spy game was played back in the day.
I felt that Bond was more interesting as a character in this book than in the movies (Pierce Brosnan's Bond always comes to my mind when thinking of the international spy). He was more of a sociopath, with a dark grimness and a lack of care for anyone around him. This seems a far better suited personality to someone who needs to murder and be rather loose with morals like an MI6 double-o agent.
I'll keep reading the series though, just to see how they all stand up to the test of time and the idea of Hollywood. Perhaps I'll even see the Casino Royale movie now to see how well adapted the book was.
EDIT: Now that I've seen the film, I can make a few spoiler-ish comments. There were a few parts that had no place in the novel, but overall they correlated nicely. They also removed the whole SMERSH and Chiffre-is-a-spy bit, which I felt detracted a bit from the plot. For that reason they had to play around with Vesper Lynd's betrayal and why they wanted Chiffre in the first place.
Also, I felt it was interesting that at one point M says she had just made Bond a double-O agent. This makes me wonder if casual movie-goers would know that Casino Royal was the first book of the series. I certainly didn't before looking more into it. ...more
Received as a gift via a RedditGifts Book exchange.
Wow, I finally finished this book! I was using it as my reading novel for traveling to and from unReceived as a gift via a RedditGifts Book exchange.
Wow, I finally finished this book! I was using it as my reading novel for traveling to and from university, which is why it took just about a year to complete.
All in all, I must say that this was one of the most enjoyable books I've had the pleasure of reading in recent years. In a way, the plot reminded me of Forest Gump: the novel features a Swedish man (Allan Karlsson) who has many coincidental, humorous run-ins with the most famous figures of the 20th century. These include President Truman, Chairman Mao, and Comrade Stalin, but there are many many more. Allan is a happy-go-lucky kind of man, who finds himself in many crazy situations, but always keeps his optimistic attitude towards life. Reading about how he handles situations was not only enjoyable, but also somewhat educational.
I think about there the parallels to Forest Gump end, though. There's quite a bit more focus on Sweden, but generally the whole world is the stage, and the scope is easily over the course of the 101 years of Allan's life. I felt this book was remarkably adapted to being read slowly over a long term, since there's distinct segments of his life that stay fairly encapsulated to sections of the novel. That said, there are many time jumps from past to present, since the main story is really what happens after the title event occurs: the centenarian climbs out of a window and embarks on adventure. The past is told in between to catch the reader up with who this centenarian even is.
The novel is based on a "major motion picture", as it says on my cover. I haven't seen the film yet, but I surely will soon to see how it stacks up against the book. Not to mention, I can't wait to start rereading the book (although I'm sure I'll have to give it a couple of years while I whittle down my to-read list a bit more)!...more
I tend not to review the books that fall into the category of erotica anymore. Mostly because what else is there to say? "Your book made me feel hot aI tend not to review the books that fall into the category of erotica anymore. Mostly because what else is there to say? "Your book made me feel hot and bothered and it was awesome" seems to pretty much be the high end of that spectrum.
But Special Forces - Soldiers (the first of the trilogy) just belongs into another class. There's definitely erotic scenes in here. But it's more akin to an NC-17 film than a plain raunchy porn tale.
You can read this book just for some hot, sweaty, military boy action, but at the end of the day, you'll find yourself staying for the story.
This book starts out very dark (there is rape), then it continues being terrible (there are many war scenes from Afghanistan) and then it ends on an impossible spot (not spoilering this). But in between there are moments of purity. Of kindness. Even freedom.
At the end of the day, this is the story of two humans trying to find some happiness in the world. In a world that seems to be hell bent on keeping them apart for such mundane reasons as racism, homophobia and doing your duty to your country. ...more
This is probably the cornerstone book on BPD. Zanarini and her fellow researchers are the ones that started the research papers that are now most citeThis is probably the cornerstone book on BPD. Zanarini and her fellow researchers are the ones that started the research papers that are now most cited on BPD. This book of her findings reads more like a statistics manual, rather than a summary, though.
If it's numbers you want, then this is an excellent book. But there is a lot lacking: no correlations with other psychiatric diseases is the most glaring, but also more modern research should be done and included....more
Wow, I think this is my most favorite Sarah Addison Allen book to date! I think it might be because she kicked it up a notch, storytelling-wise. We geWow, I think this is my most favorite Sarah Addison Allen book to date! I think it might be because she kicked it up a notch, storytelling-wise. We get a lot more details on the Waverly family past, but also of a lot of the other families in town. There's a small little mystery / intrigue going on, on the side, which we also haven't seen from Allen before. But it didn't detract from the story, even if it was a different element.
I love the magical realism. I love the romance. I love the magic. And I love these books. ...more
The writing was supbar, which was a shame since the plot was actually an interesting one. I think I would have appreciated more painting and less of tThe writing was supbar, which was a shame since the plot was actually an interesting one. I think I would have appreciated more painting and less of the kinky times, surprisingly enough!...more
How do you review a novel that is essentially 10 books in one long series? I have no idea, but I'll give it a shot.
First off, this is an amazing book.How do you review a novel that is essentially 10 books in one long series? I have no idea, but I'll give it a shot.
First off, this is an amazing book. And it's free on the internet (it's a webseries) so definitely check it out if you're at all interested in superheroes, villains, powers, robots, murder, mayhem, gigantic beasts wreaking havoc and a doomsday prophecy!
That all said, none of that actually does the tale justice. Wildbow made something incredible when he wrote Worm, and it is seriously good. Not only is the writing superb (aside from some areas that could use a bit of editing, but hey, it's a webseries and not published yet), but the plot takes amazing twists and turns you really don't expect.
It's a bit like when you read Game of Thrones and Ned Stark dies in the first few chapters and you're left wondering 'what's next?'. Or when Sanderson dumps the everything you suspected might happen into the first 100 pages of his Words of Radiance and you wonder what could possibly still occur. And then everything that happens is better than you could have ever hoped for.
That feeling is also here in Worm. And it's so good. Because yeah, it's a death and doomsday tale and lots of grimdark happenings occur, but the plot really makes it feel worth it.
Plot aside, the characters were excellent as well. I started out thinking it was just another teen / highschool coming of age story, but that's just the first few sections. After that it's definitely twisted into something more. Taylor Hebert is our main character, and her power is that she can control bugs. This sounded completely lame to me, but once you see all the crazy shit she gets up to, well, it slowly becomes one of the coolest powers out there. I wish there had been some pov's from more characters; more deeper insights into their minds / powers. There's a lot of that going on, but still. With hundreds of people showing a myriad of powers, it would be nifty to see how they deal with them. Don't get me wrong, we got a lot of that, but the story also focused a lot on Taylor, who irked me with her ways.
My favorite capes would have to be Miss Militia (I loved her background story), Contessa (when her actual role was revealed, I was seriously stoked), Tattletale (the way she pisses everyone off is awesome), Clockblocker, etc etc. I can't even remember them all right now.
What else is there to say? The tale is amazing. It took me 6 months to read (because breaks in between to get over some of the shit that goes down and it's just hella long) and I wish the journey wasn't over. Worlds are destroyed. People are dead. But what happens next? Who knows. Probably the same old, same old humanity fighting itself to pieces. I'll let my imagination take a more peaceful course for the beloved characters, though. ...more
I only first heard that this was a book series recently. Before I was only familiar with the movie. I wish they had kept the plot elements of the bookI only first heard that this was a book series recently. Before I was only familiar with the movie. I wish they had kept the plot elements of the book, though! It is seriously much better. Less action, and more drama, I suppose, but I feel like it makes for the more believable story.
That said, for a YA book this one was fantastic. I wish it hadn't been YA, as a could have hoped for a more fleshed-out tale. Also, while there were some glaring technological details that made it very telling that this was written back in the '90's, and that was slightly irritating, it amused me to no end as well. Most of the time I kept wondering why Dany just didn't get a cell phone. And I had to remember that they really weren't so pervasive back then.
Anyway, I'm glad I picked it up. It was an easy ready. Very enjoyable after slogging through so many heavy textbooks. I'll continue with the next in the series soon, probably....more