'The Color Purple' is the story of Celie, a young girl who is mistreated by her father and then married off to a man who also mistreats her. As Celie'The Color Purple' is the story of Celie, a young girl who is mistreated by her father and then married off to a man who also mistreats her. As Celie grows into womanhood, she writes to God and her sister, Nettie as she tries to find her place in a family who do not want her, as Celie fights for survival, acceptance and learns to love herself for who she is.
I have read 'The Color Purple' a few times through the years and I have always enjoyed it.
The story of Celie is a story of strength,courage, family and friendship. All of the characters are well written, I especially liked Celie & Shug's relationship, two very different women who find love with each other.
I love how the story is told through letters and you see Celie's writing skills improve, you see her changing, you see how her world is changing and what she wants from her life, how she is willing to fight for her life.
'Paranormal Intruder' is the true story of Caroline Mitchell, her husband, Neil and her family as they face a paranormal presence which torments them'Paranormal Intruder' is the true story of Caroline Mitchell, her husband, Neil and her family as they face a paranormal presence which torments them and tries to destroy their family.
What I liked about the story was how honest and straightforward Caroline was about what happened, from mysterious fires, objects being moved, thrown dishes, threatening telephone calls, a threatening note which are all directed at her husband.
I found Caroline's story to be unnerving, I have always believed that there is something after death but what Caroline and her family live with is a presence that is just plain evil, so there was times after reading that I went to sleep with the bedroom lamp on and I am still not brave enough to listen to the podcast of the presence growling.
'Paranormal Intruder' is a interesting read, there are aspects to the story which are never fully solved but that unfortunately is the nature of what the family is living with.
Whether you believe or do not believe in the paranormal, the story shows you how mysterious the world can be....more
'Lies in the Dust' is the story of Ann Putnam Jr and the consequences of her actions.
I have read about Ann Putnam Jr and the Salem Witch Trials in the'Lies in the Dust' is the story of Ann Putnam Jr and the consequences of her actions.
I have read about Ann Putnam Jr and the Salem Witch Trials in the past and I always thought it was brave of her to admit the truth of what actually happened, I also found it sad that she never married and died young. Ann Putnam Jr was the only girl from the group that admitted that all accusations made were false.
I enjoyed 'Lies in the Dust', the fear of the devil is shown well through the images, the strength of the individuals accused as they faced and refused to admit to any wrongdoing was interesting.
The illustrations are simple but effective, especially the images of the devil as a dark shadow.
The only downside of the book for me was the fact I read it on my kindle, I think the images would have made more of a impact in book form....more
'The Dead Lands' is the story of a world changed after a fatal virus and the actions the world took to stop the virus. What remains of St Louis is a w'The Dead Lands' is the story of a world changed after a fatal virus and the actions the world took to stop the virus. What remains of St Louis is a walled in sanctuary where the inhabitants struggle for water and food.
'The Dead Lands' outside the walls are full of mutant animals and any person from the sanctuary who commits a crime is left outside tied to an altar and eaten.
The sanctuary is faced with the unknown when a girl named Gawea appears from The Dead Lands who has survived the trek across country to find an inhabitant of the sanctuary, a man called Lewis, who has always been seen as different and when he leaves the sanctuary, he begins a journey to what he hopes is a better place but he finds something worse.
'The Dead Lands' was a enjoyable story with plenty of excitement to keep you entertained whilst being thought provoking at the same time.
Lewis is a unlikely hero, he has hid himself from the world in the sanctuary, living in the library and learning about the world before. I liked Lewis as a character, he was an individual, it was interesting to watch him change.
The journey that Lewis, Clark, York, The doctor, Reed, Gawea make through the Dead Lands is written well as they face different obstacles. Gawea is a mysterious character, she is the same as Lewis, they are both mutants, Gawea has black eyes and uses her powers to help when she can.
As the group leaves the sanctuary, Simon, a thief, Ella, Lewis's aide remain at the sanctuary alongside Rickett Slade, a corrupt sheriff who targets Ella, Thomas Lancer, the mayor, who hides food and water from the inhabitants of the sanctuary and his wife, Danica who is having affair with Reed and despises her husband.
I enjoyed 'The Dead Lands', the characters were well written and I also enjoyed the ending. ...more
I read 'Jemima J' a few years ago now and I enjoyed it, so I was pleased to hear that a new short story was being released with Jemima J in it.
'Cat anI read 'Jemima J' a few years ago now and I enjoyed it, so I was pleased to hear that a new short story was being released with Jemima J in it.
'Cat and Jemima J' is a introduction to Cat, the new character in the upcoming novel, 'Summer Secrets' which I plan to read. There is not much to the story, Cat meets Jemima when they are both having difficulties in their lives and it was nice to see the start of a friendship between both women.
'Pretty Monsters' was a great collection of stories which explored different subject. Each story is different which made for an enjoyable read. My fav'Pretty Monsters' was a great collection of stories which explored different subject. Each story is different which made for an enjoyable read. My favourite stories were 'The Wrong Grave', which had a good twist at the end, 'Monster', 'The Surfer' and 'Pretty Monsters'.
'Swamplandia!' is the story of the Big Tree family, a family who own a alligator park called 'Swamplandia!' in the Everglades. Their main performer, H'Swamplandia!' is the story of the Big Tree family, a family who own a alligator park called 'Swamplandia!' in the Everglades. Their main performer, Hilola has passed away from cancer and now her husband, The Chief and their three children, Osceola (Ossie), Kiwi and Ava struggle to keep Swamplandia! open as a new amusement park opens on the mainland called 'The World of Darkness'.
Kiwi eventually leaves and gets a job in the new amusement park in the hope of helping Chief with his finances. The Chief also goes to the mainland to make money, leaving Osceola and Ava to look after themselves which leads to trouble for both girls.
As the story progresses, you find out what happens to Kiwi and how his decision to leave his home for the mainland leads to changes in his life.
I enjoyed 'Swamplandia!', Ava is a strong character who wants to keep her family and their business going whilst coming to terms with the loss of her mother. What happens to all of her characters helps them to face their loss, to move on.
'Swamplandia!' is a interesting story with memorable characters, the downside about the story I felt was that it was quirky for the sake of being quirky which the story did not need because it is a strong story, there is also a part which I knew was going to happen and it was sad to read.
I enjoyed 'Birdy', it was a interesting story of friendship and the effects of war. Birdy (you never know his real name) and Al go through so much togI enjoyed 'Birdy', it was a interesting story of friendship and the effects of war. Birdy (you never know his real name) and Al go through so much together. Both men are very different, Al is all about lifting weights and chasing girls, while Birdy is obsessed with flying.
Al and Birdy are both suffering because of their war experiences Al talks to Birdy everyday about their pasts, while Birdy thinks about his birds and flying.
I felt Al's frustration because of Birdy's lack of communication, I understood why Birdy did not want to speak, as does Al, you keep hoping that Birdy will say something, that he will come back to the world.
'The Robber Bride' is the story of three women and their friend, Zenia, who uses them to her advantage.
This is the second time reading 'The Robber Bri'The Robber Bride' is the story of three women and their friend, Zenia, who uses them to her advantage.
This is the second time reading 'The Robber Bride' and I enjoyed it more than I did the first time I read it (but I think I gave it the same rating).
What can I say about Zenia? Love her or hate her, she makes an impression, how she manages to become part of Tony, Charis & Roz's lives is nothing short of remarkable, she sees their weakness, use it against them then destroyed their lives by having affairs with the three women's significant others, as Zenia admits herself, she shown them how weak willed their men are, whilst using the women's fears against them.
As always Margaret Atwood writes vivid characters, characters who are easy to relate to which makes for more interesting reading. Tony, Charis and Roz are strong women and you learn about them from their backgrounds and they learn more by their experience with Zenia.
Zenia is a enigma, you never find out where she is from, is her name really Zenia? She tells so many stories, it's difficult to believe what is true. Zenia also makes Tony, Charis and Roz sees themselves for who they are, they all have the best of intentions helping Zenia, at the same time, they are human, they feel pleased that they have helped her, it doesn't make them bad people, its just that Zenia uses it as a weakness against them.
'The Death House' is the story of Toby, an average teenager who goes to school, plays football and is interested in girls. Toby's life changes when he'The Death House' is the story of Toby, an average teenager who goes to school, plays football and is interested in girls. Toby's life changes when he returns home from school one day and is taken away to The Death House where all the residents like Toby are there because of something found in a blood test, as they all wait for any sign of sickness, Toby looks back on his life and tries to face his untimely death, then Clara arrives at the house and everything changes again for Toby.
'The Death House' was a interesting read and definitely not what I expected. The story of Toby and the rest of the boys of dorm four and all the children of the Death House is a sad one, taken away from their family and isolated because of a blood test, the residents are all waiting for signs of sickness, anyone who becomes sick is taken away to the sanatorium on the top level of the house and never seen again. Matron and the nurses are cold towards the children because they know their fate.
What I enjoyed about 'The Death House' was the idea of this sickness that does not have a name but has been around for many years, I liked the mystery of it. The characters are well written, they are all easy to identify with and you feel sympathy for all of them especially the younger children, there are some genuinely sad moments.
I did not expect the ending which made the story more memorable....more
'Station Eleven' is the story of the the arrival of the Georgia flu. On the same night an actor dies, the whole world changes and then there is the af'Station Eleven' is the story of the the arrival of the Georgia flu. On the same night an actor dies, the whole world changes and then there is the aftermath.
'Station Eleven' stands out from the usual end of the world books, there is so much more to it, there is the cause of all the death and then the aftermath, there is stories of survival and scavenging which all the characters reflect upon. All of the characters are intertwined with each other, they may have met, they maybe connected to each in some way before the world changed. Arthur Leander connects all the characters, Kirsten Raymonde played the part of the child version of one of King Lear's (played by Arthur) daughters in the theatre the night the Georgia flu hits Toronto, Jeevan, a paramedic who was watching the show and tried to assist Arthur, Clark Thompson who was Arthur's close friend, Elizabeth Colton, Arthur's second ex-wife and mother to his son, Tyler, who return from Israel and become stranded in a airport because of the Georgia Flu where she meets Clark. Also Miranda Carroll, Alan's first ex-wife, who creates the graphic novel series of 'Station Eleven', she gives Arthur a copy of 'Dr Eleven' volume one, number one: 'Station Eleven' and a copy of 'Dr Eleven', volume one, number two: 'The Pursuit' which Arthur gives to Kirsten who treasures and still has them twenty years later.
What I enjoyed most about 'Station Eleven' was the character development, Kirsten is part of the travelling symphony who travel the back roads and bring Shakespeare to the people. The troop are a family and it shows, they face dangers together, it is during one of their shows they meet a self proclaimed prophet who causes trouble for the troop. Jeevan finds a home in one of the many settlements, Clark remains in the airport while Elizabeth and Tyler has long since left.
I also enjoyed that despite what happened, there are people striving for some semblance of normality, to give the next and future generations something positive.
There is so much emotion in 'Station Eleven', there is loss, love, birth, death, acceptance, strength and preservation.
I enjoyed 'Station Eleven' from start to finish, I enjoyed it so much I read slower.
'Station Eleven' is a wonderfully, vivid book....more
'The 10PM Question' is the story of 12 year old Frankie Parsons who lives in New Zealand. Frankie enjoys school and spending time with his friend Gigs'The 10PM Question' is the story of 12 year old Frankie Parsons who lives in New Zealand. Frankie enjoys school and spending time with his friend Gigs. Frankie also worries about everything from batteries in the smoke alarm to bird flu, everything worries Frankie and the questions in his mind never stop.
He worries most about his Mum who runs a bakery from home and is a great lover of Russian literature, she is also agoraphobic (a fear of wild, open spaces) which she gets support for.
Everything changes when Frankie meets Sydney, a girl who travels from place to place with her mum and sisters. Frankie discovers that everyone worries and finds a way to ease his own worries.
I enjoyed 'The 10PM Question' I identified with Frankie, I was a very anxious child and I worried about everyone and everything.
'The 10PM Question' is a wonderful story of family and living with mental health, Frankie is 12 years old and has a lot to deal with, he is very much loved by his family and they are a strong family but Frankie is isolated because of his worries. The title of the book, 'The 10PM Question' is about the time that Frankie asks his Mum questions which stem from his worries. His mum answers all of his questions but there is always the underlying question for Frankie 'why doesn't his mum go outside?'.
What I liked most about the story was the positive note it finished on, I was happy for Frankie.
'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' is the story of nine year old Louis Drax, a boy who is accident prone and believes he is living his ninth life after lo'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' is the story of nine year old Louis Drax, a boy who is accident prone and believes he is living his ninth life after losing the previous eight (due to his accidents). Louis is very intelligent, precocious and deceitful (for reasons you will find out).
Following a tragic accident when Louis falls into a ravine, at the time he and his parents were enjoying a picnic when the accident occurred, now his father is missing, his mother is in shock and Louis is in a coma. Louis is admitted to a clinic in Provence under the care of Dr Pascal, as time passes, Dr Pascal finds himself falling for Louis's mother and experiencing other strange occurrences, is Louis reaching out to Dr Pascal? Will Louis get to tell his side of his story?
'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' is a interesting story about a extraordinary boy who is somewhat misunderstood and mature for his age. I found the story insightful about the power of mind and human nature which I enjoyed.
I liked Louis, he was a interesting character, I enjoyed reading his thoughts.
I read 'The Pianist' when I first heard about the film adaptation being released (it was a few years before I actually saw the film) and the book hasI read 'The Pianist' when I first heard about the film adaptation being released (it was a few years before I actually saw the film) and the book has always stayed with me. The strength of Wladyslaw is inspiring and heartbreaking as he lives with his world changing from losing his job, his home because he and his family are Jewish, moving to the ghetto to narrowly escaping the train which takes his family away, never to be seen again.
I enjoyed 'The Pianist' from start to finish, it's such a thought provoking story, a story of courage and what you will do to survive. The author's style of writing is surreal, he tells you what happened but there is no feeling, which you understand, he wrote his story a few years after the war, the shock of everything that had happened remained, which made the story more heartbreaking.
A memorable book, I enjoyed reading about what happened next for the author and the story of his saviour. ...more
I first read 'Flowers For Algernon' after my youngest brother told me about it, at the time he was reading it at school and he enjoyed it.
'Flowers FoI first read 'Flowers For Algernon' after my youngest brother told me about it, at the time he was reading it at school and he enjoyed it.
'Flowers For Algernon' is a great story, the story of Charlie and the changes he goes through spoke to me. Charlie (for me) is one of the memorable characters of literature, he's likeable, kind, determined, and that was before his life changing experiment, after the operation Charlie does change, he becomes aware, confident, learning new subjects and skills but I felt the essence of who Charlie was, was lost. Charlie also learns more about his past and its heart breaking to read, he was so misunderstood and so easily forgotten by his own family, he deserved better.
Charlie's plight shows how difficult it can be living in a world where you are an individual who may or not may be accepted, someone to be laughed at, I felt bad for Charlie as he realised the nature of his relationships with people he called friends but did not treat him like one.
'Flowers For Algernon' explores different subjects and it is a interesting read, you want Charlie to be happy and to find the answers he deserves. The ending will stay with you.