If you finished the first season on Amazon, pick up the books with this one. Wow! Twists, turns, and some crackling middle chapters! Yes yes! . ETHICALIf you finished the first season on Amazon, pick up the books with this one. Wow! Twists, turns, and some crackling middle chapters! Yes yes! . ETHICAL SLIDE: For English class, I'm seeing THE LAST COYOTE with the slide of EXTREMISM VERSUS MODERATION.
Harry Bosch is on leave with the LAPD pending a psychological evaluation. He's drinking too much...he's living in a condemned building (post earthquake)...his girlfriend left him...and he's seriously considering leaving his job...but...
there's unfinished business...a case from his past...when he was a boy...was left unfinished...and Bosch HAS TO see justice done...no matter the cost...no matter who else dies...Bosch is at odds throughout with seeing the case through and what it cost him....more
A thought provoking book that is red-meat for people who already question the social contract organized communities have with families. Gatto, a formeA thought provoking book that is red-meat for people who already question the social contract organized communities have with families. Gatto, a former NYS teacher of the year, is truly wild...and spouts an extreme view of how detestable his vocation is...and he does this in his acceptance speeches. Wow!
I would like to think we've made progress since 1990...many would say we haven't...but with a home school industry booming...it seems more like there is a growing sentiment that "I will take care of my own"...there's a downside to that as well.
Gatto's main point is that schools need to "take care of their own." They need to be truly community based...and move from the bottom up as an organization. Of course the problem is that Gatto...who boasts about his house in NYC as well his 125 acre farm in Upstate NY...is among the elite. We all see what happens when you ignore communities that struggle...The Bronx is Burning!! So is Ferguson. So...on that point we disagree.
Another point Gatto makes is that kids need to explore and find their unique way into material...find connections organically. This is noble...and anyone who knows me knows that this is something I strive for...but it is a romantic notion in our current condition. If Gatto fuels the fire of those who feel schools have let them down...I wonder what fuels the fire of teachers who feel they need those extrinsic rewards to get through material.
I could go on...it's really a fascinating read...and I am hoping I might find others to read it so we might kick the philosophy around. I love nuance...and I love the conversation....more
Grasshopper Jungle, in its finer moments, is an over the top B-movie teen monster flick. When creatures are chomping away at someone with moral decayGrasshopper Jungle, in its finer moments, is an over the top B-movie teen monster flick. When creatures are chomping away at someone with moral decay (this is a theme of sorts...small town America is full of druggies and closeted homosexuals and racists and hookers and self abusers) while some other half wits stumble onto the scene, the strands of their mediocre life dangling like a half eaten piece of pizza. It is...well...fun! If GJ had focused more on those moments....then it would easily be a 4 star story...the other element I loved was the absurdity of certain elements...especially the mad doctor that is the cause of all this...and the tools that come from his crazy mind.
Where GJ stumbles is the theme of history folding in on itself...it didn't add anything to the story...and felt, after a while, that the action slowed as the narrator always room the time to relay evey strand of every moment. I like it as an idea....but in execution it was distracting.
I liked the ambiguity subplot...am I gay or straight...and would have enjoyed seeing the writer explore that more instead of historical moments folding together...I wanted more ambiguity in my characters...I wanted, basically, tension.
My last ...complaint...I guess...is that I wanted Eden to have some flaws. There isn't even dirty water and air spitting out off the faucets when they first turn them on. It took me out of the story.
All in all, GJ is a fun book...and I want this writer to keep writing.
Pretty standard fare for the first four fifths...then an ending not so much explosive as it was just...whoa...nice emotional moments. The last couplePretty standard fare for the first four fifths...then an ending not so much explosive as it was just...whoa...nice emotional moments. The last couple chapters surprise (unlike the majority of the book) and...no spoilers...but I gotta say...Michael Connolly...if you're out there...more please....this felt very much like the end....more
This book is give and take. I take a star bc it is too long. I gives star bc it challenges the reader to really see through this character and what heThis book is give and take. I take a star bc it is too long. I gives star bc it challenges the reader to really see through this character and what he stands for...and why he has perverted his mind in this way. I take two stars for the uber graphic sexual violence...I don't think we needed as much as we got...I get that much of it is twisted fantasy masking as reality....but I ended up skipping large chunks of book when I saw it was just relentless sex and violence...yes he is particular...yes that demands detail.,,yes I am skipping it. I give a star for how funny it was...the Genesis chapter was amazing (as was the author's hints in those music chapters to how Bateman was screwing up names and history along with everything else of value and aesthetic...was I the only one who (a) knew already that Genesis ripped off themselves with "Tonight"...and how hilarious was it that Bateman flips that completely around. Also...the detective scene was brilliantly written...as was the scene with Bateman's old girlfriend...up until he ...well..you know....or does he?? I take a star for boring me though with too much too much...American Psycho is like reading a flat highway...with occasional, thrilling bumps...is that on purpose...to desensitize us to the wildly graphic sex, violence, and racism....the terribly thin morals of people who succeed....and the terrible people who are the rich?? Probably. But it also made me skim by a lot of the book....less desensitized...more like bored. But the questions to GQ? That was awesome! The scene with Mrs. Wolf? That was awesome! Ok...I also take a star for leaving too much ambiguity....is Price Bateman?? I think yes. Did Luis ever come on to Bateman?? I think yes. Was Bateman ever mugged?? I think no. Did Bateman ever pick up any girls?...I think ....well....maybe no. Gah!!!...more