what can I say except read it. Its fun, well researched and Grahame-Smithe totally sucks you in. I love zombie and vampire stories so in my opinion th...morewhat can I say except read it. Its fun, well researched and Grahame-Smithe totally sucks you in. I love zombie and vampire stories so in my opinion this is a must read. Great fun.(less)
All I can say is that after having read more than twenty of Kings novels He can still make my hair stand on end and sleep with a light on. These four...moreAll I can say is that after having read more than twenty of Kings novels He can still make my hair stand on end and sleep with a light on. These four stories are dark, creepy and disturbing. They also follow the age old rule of justice being served, although in routes that will surprise and terrify. King's prose just keep getting better and better, we all know his people and sometimes they're even show bits of ourselves. A great read and a fun ride.(less)
Being an atheist from an early age, nine, I don't need a compelling argument dispelling much of what is believed about the creation of this world. Sti...moreBeing an atheist from an early age, nine, I don't need a compelling argument dispelling much of what is believed about the creation of this world. Still Dawkins presents such a clear minded and beautiful observation of this amazing planet and its many life forms I found this book a joy. And for those who do have religious beliefs I think this book will enhance your understanding of the foundations of your faith and perhaps open a road that intertwines faith and fact.(less)
Winchester is not the best writer. His prose are a little stiff and he often beats a point into the ground. That said, He researches amazing stories a...moreWinchester is not the best writer. His prose are a little stiff and he often beats a point into the ground. That said, He researches amazing stories and there is always a wealth of interesting facts and connections to make you say, WOW!.I read "The Professor and the Madman" which was pokey but again quite informative. I think he would make an top notch text book writer. I highly recommend Krakatoa to anyone who wants to grasp how natural events on the Earth scale have dwarfed Human endeavors. This book now seems timely with the recent earhtquake in Japan. Japan being mostly volcanic, it makes you wonder. Also with Yellow Stone National Park being what is termed a Super-Volcano that is long overdue for eruption speculations can be downright chilling.(less)
I first read Gaddis on a dare from an editor friend. She had just finished working on a re-issue of Mr. Gaddis' earlier books Recognitions and JR. At...moreI first read Gaddis on a dare from an editor friend. She had just finished working on a re-issue of Mr. Gaddis' earlier books Recognitions and JR. At a party she told me that nobody in her office had read Gaddis and she thought that those who claimed to have were liars. Gaddis' work is dense and thick and a tough read. I told her that I could get through one. The next time I saw her she handed me a copy of JR. JR was written in the 70's and is an examination of youth culture, high finance and just about everything that drives American society below and above where most of us actually live. To capture the stream of endless chatter that built the America we know and currently live in Gaddis wrote the book as long conversations without identifying the speaker. It took me two years to read it.
When I was finished I was a Gaddis junkie. My friend refused to believe I HAD actually finished the book until she quizzed me exhaustively. Agape' Agape is Mr. Gaddis' last book. A slim volume, where his other books range near the 800 page mark, this is the final distillation of his observations and philosophy on American culture. Written by a terminally ill old man as a terminally ill old man trying to put together his last work, a history of the player piano, Agape' agape is frightening in its unblinking exposure of a sharp mind trapped in a deteriorating body and urgently grasping on coherence and order.
Some might say it is an autobiographical fiction but there is no indication that the old man in the story isn't Gaddis himself. The evidence is everywhere. Gaddis' first book Recognitions is about a forger who is described as almost being made of paper, from his paper cuffs and collar to the parchments he forges. In Agape' Agape the old man's skin is as delicate as dried paper and tears easily if bruised due to a blood thinning drug he must take. Gaddis was taking these types of drugs in his final months because of the Emphysema that would end his life. the history of the player piano in the book is also something from Gaddis' real life. He published a long essay on the subject early on in his career and continued to see the player piano as a symbol and symptom of American problems, an auger of decline.
This slim volume is no easier to read than Gaddis' other books but it is the final chapter in a long and curios journey that is an important examination of the times lived. (less)
Written in 1986 the last time Halley's comet came whizzing by, this sci-fi ride is quite brilliant. Scientifically well researched but of course purel...moreWritten in 1986 the last time Halley's comet came whizzing by, this sci-fi ride is quite brilliant. Scientifically well researched but of course purely speculative about the nature and origin of Halleybop. A delightful array of characters pepper this tale of occupying and attempting to tame the great comet. The turn of events, of which there are many, were unexpected and engrossing from the start. Just when I thought I knew where it was going it took a turn to a conclusion only far out scientists such as the authors are, could conceive. The civil war that breaks out on the comet is one of the best battle scenes written.
being an atheist I figured this book would be up my alley. As a matter of fact I'm really an anti-theist. Mr. Hitchens is as well. Now I know that he...morebeing an atheist I figured this book would be up my alley. As a matter of fact I'm really an anti-theist. Mr. Hitchens is as well. Now I know that he knows our societies will not be rid of religion for a long time if ever, but he makes a good argument as to why we should try and shed these antiquated and dangerous superstitions. This is a level headed book with plenty of examples of just why religion always does more harm than good. If you have a religion and do more than just pay it lip service you may want to give this book a read. At the very least it will give you an understanding of why people like myself can't put up with the God name. His essays are well researched, well written and well thought out. (less)
I haven't read much Heinlein but the stories I have read always knock my socks off. FRIDAY is even better. Heinlein not only flips you on just about e...moreI haven't read much Heinlein but the stories I have read always knock my socks off. FRIDAY is even better. Heinlein not only flips you on just about every convention known to our society but he seamlessly threads you into the world as only he could create. Friday, a very special kind of woman and I'll say no more, is incredible. Naive and wise, soft yet extremely dangerous, she takes us on a trek that made me ponder the nature of our politics and social mores. And on top of that it is a great space adventure. Sci-fi at its best left me wanting more but somehow satisfied with the result. Read this one slowly and stop to smell the coffee and all the other gourmet treat Mr. Heinlein serves up.(less)
Not so much an end of the world book as a beginning of the new world book. I love this one. It takes a long while for the story to get to the conseque...moreNot so much an end of the world book as a beginning of the new world book. I love this one. It takes a long while for the story to get to the consequences of the actions of a few unwitting harbingers of Mankind's doom or possible salvation. But it never gets dull. These characters are unusual to the average person who doesn't frequent the halls of academe, but their take on history and human behavior is eye opening and not so far off from the average sceptics world view. Well written part anthropology lesson, part speculative fiction, one hundred percent enthralling this book is a must for fans of doomsday. I comes out of left field and places us on the precipice of extinction by the most unlikely but completely believable means. A great read. Tops on my all time list.(less)
This book was surprisingly fresh. Written in 2006 it is interesting to see how much cell phone use has grown since. As always King creates full charac...moreThis book was surprisingly fresh. Written in 2006 it is interesting to see how much cell phone use has grown since. As always King creates full characters that we can relate to even when they are very different from ourselves. He gets into each character's head by touching on the universal threads that connect all of us.
The action is quick, the story unfolds in unexpected ways and the scares keep coming even after the characters more or less figure out what has happened. Of many of his books I could see this one easily being adapted to film.
At 449 I flew through it and I'm a turtle in the reading race. I highly reccomend it.(less)