This is my favorite tale of Middle Earth. This version is fleshed from all the various versions J.R.R. Tolkien left us, and made into a novel sized re...moreThis is my favorite tale of Middle Earth. This version is fleshed from all the various versions J.R.R. Tolkien left us, and made into a novel sized read.(less)
A realistic, and therefore, depressing look at the state of our Union. Steyn is dead on with his predictions of where we are heading, and although pro...moreA realistic, and therefore, depressing look at the state of our Union. Steyn is dead on with his predictions of where we are heading, and although providing steps to reverse Armageddon, imparts the feeling that it is already too late. America lacks the will to turn this around.(less)
An pretty good account of the battle. One of the first that called for it to be called a battle and not a massacre. As Graham states "Warfare, however...moreAn pretty good account of the battle. One of the first that called for it to be called a battle and not a massacre. As Graham states "Warfare, however it be savage, is not massacre when when the conquered go to their deaths with arms in their hands."
Although he does not come out and condemn Custer, I personally feel that Custer has always been highly overrated and continues to be so. Too flamboyant and self absorbed. He was often lucky, but nobody could have prevailed against the odds he faced in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.(less)
Having grown up in the same area as Earl Durand and having to hear about characters like Buffalo Bill, the James Gang, the Hole in the Wall gang and o...moreHaving grown up in the same area as Earl Durand and having to hear about characters like Buffalo Bill, the James Gang, the Hole in the Wall gang and other desperadoes. I was surprised that I have never heard of Earl Durand (or at least not what the story that made him infamous). After being arrested for poaching elk on the north fork of the Shoshone river, Earl broke jail and went on an eleven day escape/rampage through the mountains outside of Cody, my home town. Eventually, he made it to Powell, the next town over, where he grew up on a farm to the north and east, and was gunned down while robbing the First National Bank.
At the time, 1939, Durand's rampage, resulting in six deaths, made the national news and was a big sensation, everywhere except in Powell, where the story is seldom told, even now apparently. The book is written in first person from the point of view of 15 different eyewitnesses, which gives the story the effect of sitting around at the Irma hearing those involved tell their anecdotes. Each individual picks up the story where Earl crosses their path in his last eleven days. Some of the narrators are Cody and Powell legends in their own right, Milward Simpson, R.A. Nelson, and Bob Garlow, Buffalo Bill's grandson. Each played a part in Durand's arrest, the subsequent manhunt and his eventual demise.
I gave the book 4 stars because of the local interest. I know all the places mentioned and recognize the type of people who lived then, while they have changed somewhat with the times, they hold the same values and do many similar things portrayed in the story. A detached reader might give the book three stars.(less)
A very well-written portrait of a couple affected by the internment of U.S. Citizens of Japanese descent during WWII. Moving back and forth between th...moreA very well-written portrait of a couple affected by the internment of U.S. Citizens of Japanese descent during WWII. Moving back and forth between the 40s and the 80s, the book is simply a good story. It never seems contrived and could be the true story of thousands affected by being relocated.
I live 13 miles from the Heart Mountain Relocation camp, between Cody and Powell Wyoming. A barren wasteland where the second largest city in Wyoming existed during the war years. Fortunately, a group of individuals are creating an education center and museum at the camp. If you are interested please check out their website, www.HeartMountain.org.
I revised my review recently. Although the anachronisms in the book didn't really detract from the story, because they didn't register with me at the time, the more I dwell on them, the more I think a careful edit should have been done to ensure this book was as accurate as possible.(less)
I needed to read this again to refresh my memory on three of my favorite characters, Sam, Eowyn and Farimir, whose treatment in the movies was less th...moreI needed to read this again to refresh my memory on three of my favorite characters, Sam, Eowyn and Farimir, whose treatment in the movies was less than could be desired. I enjoy the movies, the visual aspects of it are great, but with these three characters especially, they almost ruined them. If you have only seen the movies and not read the books, you owe it to yourself to set the story straight. I'll try not to spoil anything while making my points.
Sam's loyalty was everything; his primary trait. He would never have left Frodo, and Frodo never would have commanded him to leave. I do not understand why they did this in the movie. The book version of how they became separated in the tunnel was more than adequate. Sam is one of my favorite characters because he was folksy, but imbued with common sense, an excellent trait for a faithful servant. He also new his place and constantly said master and Mr. Frodo, something missing from the movie. The turmoil he went through leaving Frodo, thinking hem dead had almost a whole chapter in the book and was simply glossed over in the movie.
Miranda Otto was ok, but definitely not Eowyn. They needed someone tall, powerful and more striking in features, not just blonde. The film does not adequately portray the powerlessness she felt, being a warrior trapped in a female body and more importantly, female roles. I am not a feminist, but I appreciate her plight when portrayed in the book, always left behind and unable to win renown for herself. When she rode to battle, she was seeking death and would not have flinched and fretted as she did in the movie. Also, she was under disguise and not even Merry knew who she was. After the battle, her falling in love with Farimir was glossed over in just a couple of seconds, which again took almost a full chapter in the book. It is a very poignant part of the story.
The greatest disservice was done to Farimir. His whole part in the book was to represent the true man, unlike Borimir his brother, he was wise, but also strong and able to lead men. In the book, he told Frodo he would not touch the ring even if he saw it lying by the side of the road. In the movie, he was just another guy, who thanks to circumstances, decided to let Frodo continue with his task. In the book, he was fair an honorable, even to Gollum, whom he would never have beaten. He was the incorruptible, and faithful servant of the king. Where his father and brother failed, Farimir would stand and be better than both because of his true and honorable heart. The movies totally missed this and almost ruined the entire story for me. Even now, when I watch, I cringe through Farimir's parts.
If you have only seen the movie, you owe it to yourself to read and enjoy the books. I do every time.(less)
This collection of fast paced stories is eminently readable and thoroughly enjoyable. Hammett's dialogue is always unique, though often imitated it is...moreThis collection of fast paced stories is eminently readable and thoroughly enjoyable. Hammett's dialogue is always unique, though often imitated it is never usually duplicated with success. My favorite story was "The Man Who Killed Dan Odoms." My least favorite was the one about the boxer, the title of which escapes me. Although I am certain the sweat and the blood could be tasted and smelled, I could not get into it.
Any Hammett fan, mystery fan, or lover of great tales should read this collection.(less)
A very well documented history of a very enigmatic man. Roberts does a great job with the available evidence in showing who Doc Holliday was. Although...moreA very well documented history of a very enigmatic man. Roberts does a great job with the available evidence in showing who Doc Holliday was. Although not all the details are known and his life cannot be separated from his legend, Robert's portrayal of Doc as a "good, bad man" seems very plausable.(less)