I really liked this book. It's really sitting with me, so maybe I really liked it a lot. I'll wait a few weeks to see if it's getting another star.
II really liked this book. It's really sitting with me, so maybe I really liked it a lot. I'll wait a few weeks to see if it's getting another star.
I appreciate the brutal sincerity of the characters, even if it isn't always fluffy, even if they aren't always making the choices I want them to make. They are believable in their redeeming qualities and in their pitfalls.
I love the artistic and architectural ties, because I'm an art geek. I love that the actual house is based on a real architectural design. I love the way the many art forms weave their way through the stories and lives of this book.
I enjoy WWII stories, and I especially love to see the "other" sides. If you read WWII stories, you know about the Anne Frank and jewish suffering side. But many people suffered. And many people prospered! Much of this story is told from the side of Germans who could have lasted most of the war without suffering too much personal consequence. I find the denial of the indifferent Germans intriguing. I also find the position of the fairly neutral parties interesting, and the disillusionment of the participating Germans in trying to truly scientifically prove the degeneration of the jewish people. Mawer does a very good job of making each piece of the story a believable piece. I believed that the scientists were only trying to find the defining features that could save them from accidental tainting by the jews. It was hard to hate them, because they seemed so sincere. I believed in the vision of the architect as he created his beautiful space. And I was able to see it the way he envisioned it. I believed in the sincerity of each characters' love, indifference, or otherwise toward their mates. I almost envied the acceptance. They all seemed so accepting of each other's flaws and terrible choices.
This story also takes into account the unique position of neutral parties who may have been friendly with jews, and the various outcomes for their lives. They were sent to the camps to die with the jews, and they integrated into the German and Nazi lifestyles also. The true nature of people and community, just trying to protect themselves, and their families, and belong somewhere. And sometimes they weren't too sure whose side they were really on. I appreciate that. I see how there could be so much truth in that.
So there. I said it. (stolen from the book) I liked this book. I think I liked it quite a bit.
The concept of this book is brilliant. The execution was a failure. I just couldn't stay interested. Maybe I will try to read it again some other timeThe concept of this book is brilliant. The execution was a failure. I just couldn't stay interested. Maybe I will try to read it again some other time. ...more
This book is short and sweet and I liked it. I don't know if it was really to the point, as I still don't know what the point of it was....
I appreciatThis book is short and sweet and I liked it. I don't know if it was really to the point, as I still don't know what the point of it was....
I appreciate that I got to know the characters without feeling like their therapist. Just enough to know them. And they all needed therapists, mind you.
Each character's story line overlapped one another, and the tragedy, repeatedly. Yet they never truly wove together. I guess it seemed like you could have randomly struck any character from the story, and any story from the plot, and the book would have been the same. While they all REMEMBER the terrible accident, they really only dance around it. It doesn't seem to truly change the life of anyone except Nick.
If one of the main characters hadn't been SUPER in to art (I'm an artist and I really enjoyed reading of her work, her dreams, and her fame) I probably would have enjoyed this book much less.
So, maybe I wouldn't recommend it to much of anyone. I don't feel anyone's life will be changed by this book. I didn't hate it. It just didn't really affect me. At all. ...more
This book is well written, with colorful descriptions. you can imagine the scenery, and you KNOW the characters. but the story is creepy. I don't findThis book is well written, with colorful descriptions. you can imagine the scenery, and you KNOW the characters. but the story is creepy. I don't find Florentino's undying passionate love to be romantic at all. He waits 50-some years for her. I found myself hoping Fermina would meet someone else after the death of her husband, and Florentino would finally realize that they were not meant to be together, and that loving someone you no longer know, is not healthy 30, 40 or 50 years later. If you you are a hopeless romantic, I think this book could be right up your alley, though....more
A sweet short story about the beginning of Narnia, Aslan and Jadis. I enjoy the way this will fold right into the next story. These books are shorter tA sweet short story about the beginning of Narnia, Aslan and Jadis. I enjoy the way this will fold right into the next story. These books are shorter than I remembered, but I guess any chapter book seems long in 5th grade :-) I like the lessons each character learns, or the lessons we learn at the expense of the characters who don't learn anything. The characters and plot are not very deep, but this is a children's book. Not to be made too complex. It reads like a fable or fairytale- A journey resulting in a lesson....more
Take out zombies and insert any mysteriously murderous virus, and the book still works.
This book is nothing like the movie. And of course, is infinitTake out zombies and insert any mysteriously murderous virus, and the book still works.
This book is nothing like the movie. And of course, is infinitely better. Sorry Brad Pitt.
I love zombie novels. I love non-fiction. This is the closest a zombie novel can come to being non-fiction. Are you smelling what I'm stepping in? When the zombie apocalypse happens, this will be what is written at the end of it. It is so insanely plausible, and that's what makes it so friggin good.
This book is a compilation of a ton of short snips, which I am not usually a fan of. But, unlike many piecemeal novels, the pieces are not letters, but interviews. The pieces are interviews with people from all education levels, walks of life, and every nationality on what they saw during the zombie war.
The interviews begin with people who witnessed the beginning of the zombie illness, and the order of interviews follows the progression of the discovery, attack, and ruin of the disease and how it affected the world.
They are interviews with doctors who tried to cure the mystery illness when it began, to random citizens who just did what they could once it started to spread, to weasels who used the panic of the people to make a million dollars, to soldiers and politicians who were in the thick of it, trying to strategize against an unknown evil. On every continent. Including Antarctica.
The spread of the pandemic, the way it was spread, the theories of what it was or how to combat it, the methods used to detect it and protect against it, the doubts people had and the way their refusal to adopt early lead to their downfall, the things people did to try to escape or save their loved ones from it, they were all so plausible. The entire thing is just to plausible. This book is so scientific.
I just love it. I recommend to anyone who likes zombies, war stories, historical fiction, non-fiction, action, thrillers or medical mysteries like Dr. House. But really, I recommend to anyone and everyone over the age of maybe 16. ...more
This is really just a short and sweet book about sisters, life, and love. It's chick lit, and it flies by. You could conquer this on a weekend or at tThis is really just a short and sweet book about sisters, life, and love. It's chick lit, and it flies by. You could conquer this on a weekend or at the beach. ...more
This is a coming of age, discovering who you are meant to be type book.
While Charlie confuses me at times (I wish whatever slows down his mental capaThis is a coming of age, discovering who you are meant to be type book.
While Charlie confuses me at times (I wish whatever slows down his mental capacity would be explained!) he reminds me of Charlie in Flowers for Algernon. His ignorance and innocence make him a more sincere character.
This story reaches many areas of young adult life, from belonging to not belonging, friendships, love interests, mistakes, honesty, and so much more. I liked the story, the characters, the twists and turns. I felt for them.
This is a very short and sweet story. A weekend read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars. ...more
This book was 75% of a story. Maybe even just HALF of a story.
While my review of the first book declares that it is an obvious FIRST book, with and eThis book was 75% of a story. Maybe even just HALF of a story.
While my review of the first book declares that it is an obvious FIRST book, with and ending that leaves you no choice but the read the next book, this second book leaves you even more indebted to the next in the trilogy. Plot debt. I think I made that up, but that's what this book is. It ends mid-climax.
Just think about that for a second. It ends mid-climax! It results in disappointment and/or a strong desire to read the next book.
I stand firm in my analysis of book #1, that this book is not addicting because the characters are so well developed. In fact, they are even less so in this #2 portion. I would give it 5 stars worth of entertainment, but it's really only 3 stars worth of book, writing ability, and character development. Part of the reason it's such a fast read is because it's an addicting storyline. Part of the reason it's a fast read is because she leaves out detail, plot, character depth, etc...
This book could not be understood without reading the first book in the series. It is not a full story at all-- it is a bridge from book #1 The Hunger Games, to book #3 Mockingjay. ...more
This is a true story, and that fact alone is just nuts.
This book was enlightening, possibly? And covered so many subject matters. It is a zoologicalThis is a true story, and that fact alone is just nuts.
This book was enlightening, possibly? And covered so many subject matters. It is a zoological story, it is also a story of business and business management, and it is the story of a family - a father who is left to raise his children after he is widowed. It is all of these in one.
I think it bored me sometimes. I found some of the business aspect of running a zoo to be very interesting and many to be sad. I got frustrated with the father as a father, and found his behaviors irresponsible, and as a control freak, I wanted to jump into the story and scold him.
But I think it teaches lessons. I think it is a good young adult type book. I can see how it could be turned into an adventurous movie. ...more
This will forever be one of my favorite books. It will be one of the only books I will ever read more than once. It is a book I have bought for friendThis will forever be one of my favorite books. It will be one of the only books I will ever read more than once. It is a book I have bought for friends and fellow lovers of books. And it is a book that I will encourage my children to read.
I don't even completely understand my reasons. But I love this book, not because of the plot, but because of the characters. Remove the plot and just give me the characters, in human form, so that I may spend time with them and talk about books <3
I recommend to anyone who thinks books are people, too. ...more
I'm not really sure why it is a book? It might as well be a blog post about how Beyonce has kept her lDon't judge me. I got it for free from audible.
I'm not really sure why it is a book? It might as well be a blog post about how Beyonce has kept her life private, done all the right things media wise and fashionably to appeal to the masses, and is next to perfect.
This book was purchased for me by someone who didn't read the inside cover. She thought it was really a crafting book.
I kept it for 3 years before toThis book was purchased for me by someone who didn't read the inside cover. She thought it was really a crafting book.
I kept it for 3 years before toughing it. I wondered why make a book when there's Pinterest. THEN I opened it, without reading inside the cover.
I DID NOT know this was not a Hot-To book an started becoming REALLY concerned about Amy Sedaris' sanity in the first Chapter. I flipped through and found that all the craft projects were batshit crazy and stupid. I marked it as "Read" on Goodreads, still confused at WTF this book is.
Then I remembered David Sedaris mentioning he had a wild sister. And I read the cover. And it all made sense. Now I'll have to go and actually read it. And not look at the horrific pictures that bring shame to the human race.
Maybe it's a funny book if you know it's not serious.........more
If you ignore the fact that I skipped over many parts, and stopped reading on 3 or 4 separate occasions, and took about a year to complete this book,If you ignore the fact that I skipped over many parts, and stopped reading on 3 or 4 separate occasions, and took about a year to complete this book, you could be lead to believe that I loved it. And maybe I did?
This book was long, repetitive, and really a bit of a diatribe. The characters were not very deep, nor very believable. But, I see it as a bit of a fable. It's a story whose characters, plot and outcomes are meant to teach a lesson. A very long, bazillion page lesson, that I understood by halfway through, but still had to keep reading.
There were quotes in this book that I loved. I loved Dangy Taggart in so many ways. I could relate to her, her drive, her reactions. So I enjoyed reading through her antics. I can relate to her go go go! and can-do attitude and work ethic, the will and determination to achieve and do what SHE believes is right, and the dissaproval of people's need to involve their emotions or personal life into business transactions. I can also relate to her faults. Her presumed coldness and taking the desire to succeed just a little too far. Not knowing just when to fold.
I wish Ayn Rand had enough respect for my time, and faith in my abilities, to shorten this book. Maybe just to the John Galt radio speech. But even that was quite long. I do understand that the buildup and the drag of the looters really did make it more plausible and enjoyable to watch them fail. But man. It went on FOREVER.
I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have a problem with skipping ahead. And anyone who isn't a therapist. I love the capitalist message. While she takes things too far in this specific novel/diatribe/anthology, the message is heard loud and clear.
Some of the quote I loved and wrote down were.
"Nothing can be un-earned and un-paid-for in the Universe. Neither in matter, nor in spirit."
"Every man builds his own world In his own image." ...more