I'm not even going to lie. I have no understanding of this book. I don't know WHY I'm befuddled after reading it but I definitely am. Maybe it's the f...moreI'm not even going to lie. I have no understanding of this book. I don't know WHY I'm befuddled after reading it but I definitely am. Maybe it's the fact that someone in my family was murdered (on September 11 while he was working) and it's mostly an unsolved case - almost none of the people involved with doing it have met any kind of "justice" for what they did. At the very least the ongoing criminal court case is serving as a chance for the living perpetrators' attorneys to turn our pain into a damn circus or some kind of freak show. Believe me when I say: I don't think the prosecution on this case cares, and they're the ones representing our loved one and all the other people who died. All they care about is their silly little torture cases and keeping all of it quiet, presumably unaware that if the previous administration did it then the current administration doesn't need to cover the butts of previous administrators. As if the previous "lawmakers" would ever do it for the current crop; no, not when they're busy suing people for stupid-ss reasons. My personal experience with crime and its aftermath makes it difficult to read about it. When this first happened, I couldn't read ANY murder mysteries for years and became afraid it would always be that way. Apparently with some stories it WILL always be that way.(less)
I don't know when I'm ever going to learn. Every time I read one of these books, the image I had of the person beFORE I started reading it gets shatte...moreI don't know when I'm ever going to learn. Every time I read one of these books, the image I had of the person beFORE I started reading it gets shattered into various pieces by the time I'm finished with the book. More so with the ones who are TOTALLY FULL OF THEMSELVES LIKE SHE IS than ones who AREN'T that way. No matter what people think of Dean Koontz he's one of the people who AREN'T that way but he's never written a memoir either. Stephen King was also more modest than I expected of someone with HIS stature. I have no idea how people like Stephen King and Dean Koontz maintain modesty but they do, and I wish their attitudes were catching but they're not.
I never in my life saw a person WHO HAS A MAJOR NAME HERSELF drop so many names so damn much in one damn book. It was so overwhelming I couldn't even finish the book.
I still like her as Laura Ingalls but that's the only character she's ever played that I like.
Rob Lowe, BTW is horrible. My feeling about him was so right it wasn't funny. I'm glad I never liked him.(less)
I was going to give it 4 stars until the end. Of course I still wish more writers contacted people who work in Emergency Medicine, which they don't do...moreI was going to give it 4 stars until the end. Of course I still wish more writers contacted people who work in Emergency Medicine, which they don't do because they think every doctor alive is well-versed in Emergency Medical procedures when in reality the most knowledgeable people on the topic are either Trauma Surgeons and Emergency Medical Physicians. Contrary to popular belief, Emergency Medicine is a specialty, just like Cardiology and Neurology. It's the newest official specialty but it's still a special area.(less)
And I really discovered I had no ability to tolerate reading of the people who sang the "Don't you feel so sorry for him" blues that they did for Adam...moreAnd I really discovered I had no ability to tolerate reading of the people who sang the "Don't you feel so sorry for him" blues that they did for Adam Lanza. I mean, a person goes out and kills 20 children and 6 teachers, and SOME people's reaction is to stand around feeling freakin' SORRY for him. I just think it's too bad those particular people weren't in the school that day where he could have shown you how much he appreciates your sympathy by blowing you to kingdom come with a Bushmaster rifle.
If I'd known a year ago about the fact that she also ignored state laws that were actually in existence when she bought the guns for him - telling outright or flagrant lies about it - I believe I would have completely lost my mind. I've never understood why it was so difficult for me to lose a friend who was never more than a casual relationship other than the fact that with Lauren, the person I'm referring to, was the kind of person that even if you met her only one time she left a big and wonderful impression on you. But I can't even imagine how I would have made it through the first year knowing that laws were in existence in Connecticut even back then that Nancy Lanza flagrantly ignored or lied about to purchase guns for her son. And then give them to him in her own name, knowing full well it was an outright crime to do so, which is why she wrote on the form she would "not be transferring the purchases to anybody other than" herself. Then gave the purchases to him and kept others for herself.
In that case, she might as well be as guilty as HE is and only isn't seen as such b/c she's also dead and people think she was a victim. What I thought was that she "signed her own death warrant" the day she bought him the guns but I don't think she's a victim anymore. I think her own arrogance of believing she knew better about him than everyone else got her killed but I don't think she's a victim.
I don't believe what I'm reading about the killer and his mom. I SHOULD believe it - after all, it's only become common behavior these days to "know something's wrong with your child, *really* wrong" and then equip the man with a fully outfitted military ARSENAL. But I don't. If she knew all these things were seriously wrong with him, the things she told other people, then I'm even more mystified as to why in the hell she bought him guns in the multiple numbers, not to mention completely annoyed at it. She's not even a country rube, as I for some reason thought she must be. She had a 4-year college degree in another field beSIDES just teaching. She can't claim she lacked brainpower, so why she gave him the guns leaves a great big question in MY mind. (less)
I like his poem 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' better, and anyway this was different from most of his other work. Unless it's just me thinking it's a br...moreI like his poem 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' better, and anyway this was different from most of his other work. Unless it's just me thinking it's a break from his usual style. I can say one thing though. Even Hollywood can't screw up Oscar Wilde's work. I watched the movie 'The Importance of Being Ernest.' I think the mark of a truly great writer is if the movie is just as good as the book.(less)
Okay, so I decided to change my mind and give it 3 stars. But I haven't finished it, technically speaking. It's just that I can't do that right now fo...moreOkay, so I decided to change my mind and give it 3 stars. But I haven't finished it, technically speaking. It's just that I can't do that right now for reasons that elude even me. I've learned to trust myself in these matters and I'm going to wait to read it. Like I did with Dean Koontz' Frankenstein series. Except it was more obvious what the issue was then. When I first discovered I'd been a surviving family member of a homicide victim it did so many strange things to me it was unreal. Not being able to read about violent death without feeling extreme emotional pain was one of them. So I had to wait. That's what I'm doing with this book but for different reasons.(less)
I only had to get 30 pages into this book before finding out that no Republican alive to day has any REAL memory of WWII OR Pearl Harbor, as evidenced...moreI only had to get 30 pages into this book before finding out that no Republican alive to day has any REAL memory of WWII OR Pearl Harbor, as evidenced by the fact that so many of them are POSItive this president is Hitler's equivalent, without ever even knowing that Hitler forbade his people from celebrating Christmas in 1941, forbidding trees to be erected in homes and even stopping Christmas cards from being sent. Under threat of death, as I'm sure he made obvious in spirit even if he never said it in words.
Well, THIS president has already said Merry Christmas to the world on Twitter; I guess that makes THEM wanton liars now, not that that's ever stopped anybody from going right ahead with the next "innocent" lie. Quotation marks for emphasizing how not-innocent I actually think they are, even if they don't have all the information. I'm sure none has read this book and heard of Hitler's Joy of canceling the Christmas of 1941 for all the German people.(less)
I can't for the LIFE of me figure out why so many people have so many negative things to say about his writing. Even when I TRY to find what they coul...moreI can't for the LIFE of me figure out why so many people have so many negative things to say about his writing. Even when I TRY to find what they could think is wrong with it, I can't figure it out. But, then, I don't get upset at a book because of some of the reasons I read about in the review section; like that one of the characters mentioned bad hair on a first date. I don't even CARE about stuff like that the way I guess I should. I don't even wear make-up b/c I'm allergic to it. I'm even allergic to the hypoallergenic stuff, which didn't make sense to me until someone said they even put that in the hypoallergenic stuff just not as much of it. Which makes no sense at all but oh well. It makes more sense than someone basing their whole review on the fact that a first date is unrealistic. Besides that, the person's obviously NEVER dated in California. I LIVED in California and the only good men you could find were either married or gay. All the SINGLE men wanted you to go to bed with them on the first date and if you didn't want to, you never saw them again. I started thinking that all the married people had moved TO California from somewhere else after they got married somewhere else. I think the social scene in California would make Dorian Gray roll over in his grave.(less)
They're sitting around and one says "We never would have found the happiness of these relationships if it hadn't be...moreThis is the stupidest creation yet.
They're sitting around and one says "We never would have found the happiness of these relationships if it hadn't been for 9/11." The three couples learned lessons from it and then "chose life" and remarried or mended a broken marriage. But saying it that way is like they're trying to imply they never would have found OTHER happiness? They think it needed a situation where people lived for an hour, hoping they would get out of Tower 1, only to die being crushed by thousands of tons of brick and steel and glass falling down on them? Or were set on fire and died being burned alive after living for 20 minutes? Or received burns that never went away b/c they were too deep to be totally corrected by 5 reconstructive surgeries?
Gimme a break. Trying to find goodness out of evil in that way you, might as well find goodness in the devil himself. That's just more extremist attitudes to say that pain is the ONLY way to find happiness.
Most people will find my attitude dismal if I'm lucky, but I don't believe you find hope by turning the bad THING good. I think you can find good from the situation but not by saying this horrible thing absolutely "had" to occur or you never would have found ANY happiness. I think they would have found other happinesses. I think there's NO reason for what happened, and I'll probably be forever unpopular for saying so. It's how I feel right now.(less)
Unfortunately for me, this book's story line is doing the same thing Ray Bradbury did with almost ALL of HIS stories. It keeps going off on tangents o...moreUnfortunately for me, this book's story line is doing the same thing Ray Bradbury did with almost ALL of HIS stories. It keeps going off on tangents or into sudden actions by characters that I have no clue why or even WHAT just happened to spark the reaction. And that's making it pretty damn difficult to accomplish both reading further and understanding anything.
His FOURTH book about George Bush? I'm surprised he isn't somewhere DRINKing by now. That man was a loathesome president, and I think I can say so. I v...moreHis FOURTH book about George Bush? I'm surprised he isn't somewhere DRINKing by now. That man was a loathesome president, and I think I can say so. I voted for him twice b/c I thought he was going to do things he never ended up doing. Or not doing to my satisfaction.(less)
It isn't helping, unless being angry is the goal she was intending for people. I don't think it was though. So far, the only thing I have is desire to...moreIt isn't helping, unless being angry is the goal she was intending for people. I don't think it was though. So far, the only thing I have is desire to do the things I'm supposed to do. But between desire and doing it lies a gigantic shadow that prevents me from doing it. A poet once said "between the idea and the reality lies the shadow." I took it to mean the connection between some things is broken. Anyway I feel like the connection between faith and love is broken in me.(less)