I recommend this book for everyone who would like to lose weight. It's very inspiring. I have read this book several times as an inspiration in my wei...moreI recommend this book for everyone who would like to lose weight. It's very inspiring. I have read this book several times as an inspiration in my weight-loss journey. I didn't have as much to lose as she did, but having Hashimoto's, my task was harder.
A.J. talks about her life very honestly, and very humorously. However, there are places where I felt a tear sliding down my cheek. This book made me understand more deeply that a lot of times people aren't obese just because they like food. There are often deep psychological issues as well. Her story can be used as a manual. Going to a psychiatrist was key for her, and I think that would probably be a good idea for other people on similar journeys as well.
I read this one in a couple of days. It's a collection of 10 stories. The first one has how Jeeves joined Wooster's service, which is very interesting...moreI read this one in a couple of days. It's a collection of 10 stories. The first one has how Jeeves joined Wooster's service, which is very interesting. Most of the other stories take place in New York. The last one is really interesting. It takes place in England, and is narrated by Jeeves. I'm not sure if there are more stories from his point of view, but it was really fun seeing what he actually thinks and how he manipulates events.(less)
This book reminded me why I love the English of the 20s and the 30s. The language is just amazing. The story is funny without going overboard. I fell...moreThis book reminded me why I love the English of the 20s and the 30s. The language is just amazing. The story is funny without going overboard. I fell in love, and intend to read through as much Woodhouse as I can get my hands on. I originally wanted to read this because Christopher Hitchens said that this was his favourite Wodehouse story. I liked Hitch, and thought that if he found this brilliant and funny, it must be so. He was right. I recommend this to everyone who likes good English humour.
I really loved this book. Though at first I was a bit confused as to when it's actually happening, because there was no note on it. It happens in the...moreI really loved this book. Though at first I was a bit confused as to when it's actually happening, because there was no note on it. It happens in the Black Magician universe, and it's about the time before the founding of the Magicians' Guild, not long after they were freed from Sachakan rule. It gives an interesting insight into those times, and it also reveals what Sachaka was before a lot of it turned to a wasteland. It has a war in it, battles, issues of sexuality and a bit of romance. I won't go into any more details, but it's a definite page-turner. It broadens the whole universe just before reading the next series in it. I hope we will see a lot more of this world and perhaps in future novels visit some other countries as well. The possibilities are endless, and I believe we can be witnesses to the creation of a new fantasy universe which will be among those most beloved by the fans of the genre.(less)
I really love the game Dragon Age and wanted to read the corresponding novels. I did not have high expectation, though since the story of the game its...moreI really love the game Dragon Age and wanted to read the corresponding novels. I did not have high expectation, though since the story of the game itself is great, I did hope it would be good. I actually enjoyed the book a great deal.
The story does kick off in an abrupt fashion, but the characters are introduced gradually. In a similar fashion to the game, we get to learn the past when it comes up, while the story progresses. Often, you can feel that the writer mostly writes for games as the party often ends up with four or less characters. That is the same standard in the game. However, this is good in the sense that it puts the reader back into the frame of the game.
The book mostly focuses on two men, Maric and Loghain, their relationship as it evolves and changes. It does shed some light on the motivations behind Loghain's betrayal. It is also very exciting and surprising as the characters get into situations where you stop and wonder how they are going to get out of it. The writer did avoid describing huge battles and mostly summarises the happenings after the fact, rather focusing on the acts of the main characters. While this may seem like an evasion - and it is a technique I'm going to remember -, often in novels great battles do tend to be hard to follow, and lack the excitement that witnessing them would bring. Therefore, it doesn't feel like a great loss.
While this may not be the greatest fantasy novel of all time, it is an interesting read, gives good background to the game and overall just clean fun. It also makes you want to play again. Therefore, it does fulfill its purpose.(less)
I actually loved this book. I read it while on a vacation in a few days. I loved the movie when I saw it a while back, but this book adds to it. The m...moreI actually loved this book. I read it while on a vacation in a few days. I loved the movie when I saw it a while back, but this book adds to it. The most interesting part is the different aspects of the religion on the isle. Written down, you get more details of it. All in all, I could hardly put it down and wished there was more. I wish they would write a sequal as I keep wondering. What happened next?(less)
Another great Sookie Stackhouse novel. I loved every page and managed to gobble it up in 2 days. These books may not be the greatest works of literary...moreAnother great Sookie Stackhouse novel. I loved every page and managed to gobble it up in 2 days. These books may not be the greatest works of literary art, but when you read a vampire book, it's not what you are looking for. It's exciting, interesting, has a mystery in it, sex, passion, love. The characters are ever changing, evolving. It's not drawn out. It's fast paced and exiting, you can hardly put it down. And I was reading while walking on the street.(less)
I read this book as a part of my special literature class. We were studying dystopia and this is pretty much the founding book of the genre.
I loved th...moreI read this book as a part of my special literature class. We were studying dystopia and this is pretty much the founding book of the genre.
I loved this book. The description of the society was haunting. I still visually remember some scenes of it, the places. The glass houses, the people marching to music. Round O. This book made me fall in love with the genre. I would buy a copy if I found one. It should also be made into a movie.
I read this book for a special class on the book at the University of Szeged, where I was a student. It was a great way to read The Silmarillion. I h...moreI read this book for a special class on the book at the University of Szeged, where I was a student. It was a great way to read The Silmarillion. I had the opportunity to go through every story bit by bit, and discuss them.
The Silmarillion is a collection of stories from the beginning of Arda up to the events in The Hobbit. The first part in the book is the Ainulindalë and the Valaquenta. These have even more difficult language than the rest of the book. They are the creation story, so J.R.R. Tolkien wrote it in a language similar to the Holy Bible: King James Version. The rest of the book is more exciting. It gives a deeper meaning to the whole World, and uncovers some background that makes the interactions between characters in the other books more understandable.
The book encompasses a lot of time, and a lot of people. Often it was hard to remember who was who, especially because Tolkien was in the habit of naming his characters similarly. The list of characters, and the family trees in the back were very helpful.
There are two stories that can be read on their own. One is the love story of Beren and Lúthien, and the other is that of Túrin Turambar. The later can also be found in the Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, among other places. I still think they should make the adventures of Túrin Turambar into a movie. It would be a bit gruesome though.
Overall, it's a great book. I especially recommend it to people who have read and loved The Lord of the Rings. They will probably want to read it again after this one. It may not be a good book for introduction to the world, since it's not an easy read. It's best done as a group read. Worth it though.
I read The Lord of the Rings at the urging of my mother, who said she read somewhere that it was a significant book in English Literature. I didn't r...moreI read The Lord of the Rings at the urging of my mother, who said she read somewhere that it was a significant book in English Literature. I didn't read it exactly when she said it, because I wanted to read it in its original form. So in 2002, I decided that my English had progressed enough. The story is very engaging and complex. The world has a lot of characters, with a lot of background. It's not a light read. The language is not easy. There are many thorough descriptions. Some I started to skip after a while.
The story is divided into three parts. The Fellowship of the Ring is about how the main character, a hobbit named Frodo gets together with a rag-tag group of humans, elves, dwarf, wizard and other hobbits. They have a task. It was the best part. I loved the elven places in it, and the many adventures during the voyage. The team interacted very well together. In the second part, The Two Towers, we see many places in the world as the characters travel. However, this was the most boring part for me. I found myself skimming this part the most. The third part, The Return of the King, is when things escalate. This was a real page turner. Just when I thought it had all ended, there was more, and that turned out to be one of my favourite parts. It wasn't even in the movie.
I read The Silmarillion after this book. It provided valuable information for the story. I wrote a review for that book as well. It can be read before LotR, and that is perhaps better, but it may turn some people off Tolkien.
The movies are great, and provide a good visual, but the two things don't always match. It's better to read the book first, because the movies can be better understood that way.
Overall, this is a wonderful book, a real journey. It may require a level of maturity even for people whose first language is English. So if you pick it up, and feels too much at first, wait a few years and give it another shot.