While the recollection of survival with struggling women in a time of extreme Taliban control was beautiful and amazing to consider, the length of theWhile the recollection of survival with struggling women in a time of extreme Taliban control was beautiful and amazing to consider, the length of the tale was unusually short. I guess it sufficed in its task of strictly telling a story, but it felt a bit detached and inadequate. The author does explain in the introduction that certain information was omitted to protect the individuals, the book was a bit dry. I was left with a sense of longing and felt thirsty for more details on the family's lives. She does stress the the connection she felt with the family and the sisterhood that blossomed from the research, however beyond her words, the story was presented through a looking glass, rather than a direct immersion in the characters of the book.
The story is unique and truly illustrates the power of the innate nature of women to survive and take care of their family under any circumstances. But its overall impression was more of an article in a news magazine and felt ironically cold for such a heartwarming account.
The story of Henrietta Lacks is somewhat bittersweet to consider. It's true that countless lives have been saved due to research only permissible by HThe story of Henrietta Lacks is somewhat bittersweet to consider. It's true that countless lives have been saved due to research only permissible by Hela's awesome power to multiply, but then again, Henrietta's descendants pitifully tread below the poverty line with majority of them suffering from chronic illnesses. It's disheartening to think that no individual truly tried to help the Lack family receive some sort of compensation for their mother's cells. It's ironic to consider that with all the progress the medical community has made with Hela cells, that her children can't afford insurance and rely on government assistance for basic needs.
You wonder if events would have unraveled differently if they were white? Could people be dismissing their claim due to stereotyping? It's sad but it was evident that the family lacked proper education. Nonetheless, the author did a great job in humanizing the story of Hela and unraveling a story untold beyond the medical jargon. There were times throughout the book where I could not stop myself but say, "Damn this girl has balls." Blinded by courage and determination, she ventured to areas where white folk were not so warmly welcomed. It might be safe to assume that passion drove the story for the book and it was definitely an interesting read.
I'm ashamed to say that I had never heard of Madame Tussaud until reading this book. The author is unique in that all the dialogue and interaction betI'm ashamed to say that I had never heard of Madame Tussaud until reading this book. The author is unique in that all the dialogue and interaction between the characters are accompanied by subconscious thoughts of each individual. The reader is immersed into the characters as though we are part of their subconscious rather than someone looking through a window into their lives. Also, each ajoining commentary is expressed in the present tense, enforcing the idea that while the accounts are of a past experience, the readers were there, experiencing each event first hand. While I have read many historical novels, none has been so entrancing and riveting as Madame Tussaud. She, herself is an expectional person, cunning and wise beyond her years. This is definitely a book I would recommend to many people to consider. ...more
James Bradley does it again! Like Flyboys, the Imperial Cruise attempts to analyze segments in American history where generations of sugar coating andJames Bradley does it again! Like Flyboys, the Imperial Cruise attempts to analyze segments in American history where generations of sugar coating and revising for the masses have left its events barely recognizable, or even truthful. It is somewhat appalling how "colorful" our history books have become, and where the brutal and inhumane acts are rather skewed and replaced by patriotic jargon. Personally and sadly, I have not heard of the majority of the events that took place during FDR's presidency. This book ultimately shatters our beliefs of an unblemished American history, erasing the once proud images of righteousness for all mankind and tainting them with ideals poisoned by supremacy over the weak and righteousness for the mighty. Of course, everything should be taken with a grain of salt, and while the author may be compelling, it is most suggested that self research is done as well. Nonetheless, the book was highly intriguing and has personally sparked a new interest in America's influence in Asian history. ...more
It's amazing what a driven person can do to change the world. Little Princes was truly an inspirational book. I am definitely at a loss of words whenIt's amazing what a driven person can do to change the world. Little Princes was truly an inspirational book. I am definitely at a loss of words when trying to describe the magnitude of Conor's generosity. It's stories like these that put faith back into mankind and affirm the belief that there is good in this world, especially now where it seems as hate and despair lurks around every corner. I applaud the author for his initiative and passion to help these improvised children with true agape, love without reciprocity. The book is definitely a humbling read, changing the perception of those who read it and making them question what is really important in the world. I look forward to hearing more from the author and am inspired to research opportunities in helping organizations such as this. Kudos to Conor. ...more
In all honesty, I expected much better from someone who wrote the infamous, "I Am Legend." While the book had its "thrilling" moments, majority of theIn all honesty, I expected much better from someone who wrote the infamous, "I Am Legend." While the book had its "thrilling" moments, majority of the time I was forced to read it through. It lacked a sense of urgency that would normally be attributed to novels in the same genre. The scary elements took too much time to manifest, and the reader is left more relieved that something has finally happened, rather than being thrilled by its appearance While others have raved about its horror filled pages in the reviews, I can't help but feel malnourished from the lack there of. It was inadequate in its presentation and somewhat mediocre in its delivery of terror. Also, the ending sucked....more
While the story is a bit morbid in nature, it still has its appeal in a sick and twisted way. Also I'm assuming that either the author is really sexuaWhile the story is a bit morbid in nature, it still has its appeal in a sick and twisted way. Also I'm assuming that either the author is really sexually active, or he lives in his mother's basement and plays with Star Wars figurines. To say the least, he is very well read in what can happen when you're deprived of lust and passion. All the main characters are whores in their own way and possess an addiction for anything touchy whether emotional or sexual.
Overall, the plot was adequate but the reader finds himself predicting future events in consequence to the many hints and allusions presented in the first few chapters. The twists and turns could have been more dramatic if it wasn't so obviously that something within the nature was going to happen.
Furthermore, I felt that the subconscious dialogue of each character was overplayed compared to the actually physical interaction between the individuals in exception to when they're having sex. Still you're left with some satisfaction and you come to the conclusion that the book isn't a complete loss. Is it a book that I would pick up reading again? If I was stuck in a plane, yes. ...more
With being a die hard fan of Pan's Labyrinth, it was considered an obligation to read a book authored by the same director. The Strain was a refreshinWith being a die hard fan of Pan's Labyrinth, it was considered an obligation to read a book authored by the same director. The Strain was a refreshing take on vampires amid all the glowing, half nude, sissy bloodsuckers that have been popularized in the last couple of years. Though, I do have to complain that it would have been preferred for the authors to stay within the traditional characteristics of a vampire as described by Bram Stroker. The prodding sucker thing from their throats and the excreting while eating habit was a bit too much for my taste, perhaps even humorous to consider for a book trying to portray the horrifying aspects of a full fledged vampire. But the writers did an adequate job in fostering drama and horror throughout all the chapters, ensuring that the reader is left sitting at the edge of his seat eager to turn the page. Maybe it's my bias for the director, but I really enjoyed the book. Yes, its true that the overall plot and its intricacies mimicked various mainstreamed story lines (like Blade), but it was unique enough to be persuaded in purchasing the "The Fall," the second book in the trilogy. ...more
Just speechless. Kudos to the author for her style in ensuring that the reader isn't droned with facts upon facts without much flavor. There's nothingJust speechless. Kudos to the author for her style in ensuring that the reader isn't droned with facts upon facts without much flavor. There's nothing really much to say, you just have to read it. It's that good. ...more
There seems to be much applause for this book, especially evident with all the five stars given by numerous reviews. Unfortunately, I stand to disagreThere seems to be much applause for this book, especially evident with all the five stars given by numerous reviews. Unfortunately, I stand to disagree with the majority. While the story itself was well written and easy to follow, the development of the main character was somewhat lacking. It was as though he could do no wrong. Everything works out perfectly to his advantage without much trying in exception to the tragedy described in the first chapters. Of course the story is of a whimsical nature, yet, I would have expected more realistic challenges in his life without all the gears of fate generously benefiting and resolving all his predicaments.
Don't get me wrong, the book was well written and the author is praised at his first attempt. Nonetheless, the main character was too superhuman and the repetitious cycle of obstacle and triumph became increasingly annoying, leading to predictability and diminishing the needed punch for the climax. Also, this book epitomizes the idea of a "cliffhanger," literally leaving you without any form of closure. Your mouth is consequently left gaping wondering, "Wow what a great book, but are you serious with the ending?" ...more
I found Mary Roach while glancing through an issue of Time Magazine, which noted her for her most recent work, "Packing for Mars." After reading passaI found Mary Roach while glancing through an issue of Time Magazine, which noted her for her most recent work, "Packing for Mars." After reading passages about pooping techniques in space and the possibility of fornication with zero gravity; I was completely sold!
Stiff was an interesting read to say the least. From reanimating cadavers to the mystical healing myths of practicing cannibalism, Mary Roach does an excellent job in delivering a subject matter that tends to be taboo and foreboding with most cultures. A mix of peppered humor and historical facts, Mary Roach jolts your curiosity with each turn of the page. You can even say, it was to die for. ...more
Though I am of a Korean descent, the general ignorance to the plight of North Korea adopted by fellow Koreans have stilfed my curiosity for my northerThough I am of a Korean descent, the general ignorance to the plight of North Korea adopted by fellow Koreans have stilfed my curiosity for my northern counterparts. It was assumed that they were faceless communists, blinded by their propoganda and attributed no similarities with us. It's been nearly 15 years since I visited my the country of my origin and its somewhat funny to think that only now am I learning of the "other" Korea through such a book.
How ironic that an American woman would know more about North Koreans than a fellow Korean?
Amid some technical errors like describing "gojujang" as a sort of red bean paste when in reality its composition is mainly derived from red peppers, the book was hard to put down. The author does an amazing job in creating a sense of connection between the reader and the communist regime. Dermick attempts to make the country relatable, and she succeeds magnificently. I am more than happy to have stumbled upon such a great piece of literature. ...more