Thrillers are one of those things that I have to prepare myself far in advance to get into. Typically thI won a copy of this book through First Reads.
Thrillers are one of those things that I have to prepare myself far in advance to get into. Typically they're fast-paced, empty and testosterone filled, but The Cause breaks that stereotype and was simply addicting from the first page. I could not get over how beautifully written the book was and I often found myself saying "wow" over and over. Simply put, I loved it.
The author doesn't waste time throwing random action-packed scenes at the reader, instead he guides you into situations that are easily believable despite how grotesque and macabre they be. I became so accustomed to the "WHAM! BAM!" mentality of other thrillers that I didn't realize how much I missed the lyrical writing style that can be found in The Cause.
However, there is a slight drawback to this writing style and it is the only reason why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. Just like Game of Thrones, with all the information, internal dialogue and philosophy embedded into the story, the chapters became heavy and I often found myself tired after a few pages. It is the reason why I took so long to finish it, not because I didn't enjoy it, but simply because I was too tired.
All-in-all, if you're looking for something to quench your thriller appetite yet want something that will make you think, I highly recommend this book....more
This is one of those books that I wish half stars were implemented on Goodreads. A Demon and His Witch didn't deserve 4 stars, but it also wasn't mediThis is one of those books that I wish half stars were implemented on Goodreads. A Demon and His Witch didn't deserve 4 stars, but it also wasn't mediocre enough to warrant a 3 star rating.
Pros: - Fast paced, funny and quite imaginative. I loved Lucifer! - The dialogue between the characters was easy to follow and very, very humorous. Following the banter between the two love birds (and especially with Lucifer) had me laughing more often than not. - Great ending, talk about an unexpected twist!
Cons: - I felt that it was simply far too short! - The characters fall in love way too fast and the action scenes ended in less than a paragraph. I expected a kickass revenge scene and ended up with a half-assed "Eh, romance is more important than plot" vibe.
I started practicing yoga as a new year resolution to better myself and to beat my lingering depression. Within a month, the practice greatly improvedI started practicing yoga as a new year resolution to better myself and to beat my lingering depression. Within a month, the practice greatly improved my depression, stamina and self-esteem. After five months, yoga fused itself into my life to the point where I can no longer see myself without it.
That being said, I wanted to learn more about the origins of yoga without the religious aspects attached to the practice. I wanted scientific journals, research and to learn about scientists who made it their mission to study yoga. I wanted to dive deeper into the human body and discover how this practice can better oneself, but also educate myself with the hidden dangers that yogi's try desperately to hide.
I picked up The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards at my local library, the book itself was surrounded by countless religious books and different versions of "Yoga for Beginners." Skeptic, I turned to the first page and began reading, and before I knew it, an hour had passed before I could bring myself to stop.
This book answered everything I wanted to know, and surprised me with information and questions that had me thinking about the positives and the negatives of an art that we have yet to scratch the surface of.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the scientific side of yoga, an honest take on a world shrouded with untruths. ...more