David Sedaris uses animals to depict human/animal lives and behavior by using animals to tell the tales. The stories deal with subjects like prejudice, stereotyping others, what love is, trust, religion, and even death. Dark but lightened up with humor. Some parts of the book made will make you want stop reading and through it in the trash, but other stories will pull you right in and kept you going.
The book will make you laugh a little and gross you out a lot. Expect it, just glance at the artwork, and read the cover, that should say it all. This is a first read of David Sedaris. Either you will love his art of storytelling or you will not. Either way, take some time, expand your reading genre, and try it out. What do you have to lose "except an eye" (Insider, read the book).
The funny creatures in this book are decently developed. The short stories do not allow much room to develop the characters well. However, after each story, you will know who the character really is.
A very quick read. Read the book in a day. Great for a weekend read, or when on a trip home from the forest.
Stars/Shots: 3 out of 5 Stars
Like it. Nevertheless, you will not be seeing this book on the living room table.
I give this book a 3.5 – Liked it, but wanted a little more clarity in certain areas of the book.
Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is a strong and emotional story of a rape survivor, “fidelity anthropologist,” and a sexy decoy. Terri Welker, a person who struggles to overcome many obstacles in her life, including her painful past and her current emotional present.
From an unfamiliar number...
For rape survivor and "infidelity photographer", Terri Welker, the question is far greater than should she answer. The question is: What should she do now that she has been found? Run again? Or stay and fight for the new life she has created photographing cheating spouses for James Boston Investigations?
Modesty is an emotional rollercoaster of a woman who has been hurt and who continues to hurt in so many ways. Modesty does a great job to pull you right into the story and connect with the main character. However, the end of the book closed with many questions left unanswered.
Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is full of main characters that are full of personality and characteristics. Each one is unique in his /her way. However, some of the minor characters are not. Questions like, “Why would he/she do that in this part of the story?” was often asked. That usually happens when the reader does not know that character well enough, making it hard to predict his or her course of action during a conflict.
Prediction is not always a good thing in books; However, in some cases “reader predictions” help the reader get a feel that he or she understand the character well.
Modesty (Romantic Suspense) is also not overloaded with so many characters that it makes it hard to read. This helped the book flow tremendously. The reader will be able to grow and move along with the main character, a big plus.
Modesty (Romantic Suspense) has a very well thought out plot. The book will pull you in right from the start. It will leave you wanting to know more after each chapter. However, the more I read the more questions I had. Sharing my questions here would cause me to add spoilers to this review, so I will not do that. By the last chapter, I noticed that my questions would never be answered. That is not always a bad thing. It is all part of the art of writing.
The protagonist faced some conflict but mostly the conflicts were out of her control. I would have like to see more conflicts and solutions brought on by the main character.
The setting of the book revolves around the life of the protagonist Terri. The author did a great job setting up the scenes to revolve around a painful upbringing and painful circumstances that haunt Terri each day. The settings are full of emotion, not an easy task for any author; however, the author does a great job in Modest.
Great Book Flow! Fast paced. Well balanced. Definitely great for a light weekend read.
Review: Okay, I understand that many readers are getting tired of the whole zombies/monsters genre. I also understanReview of Vessel by Tominda Adkins.
Review: Okay, I understand that many readers are getting tired of the whole zombies/monsters genre. I also understand that it is a little played out and nothing seems original anymore. Trust me, I really do understand. I feel the same way.
Then out of nowhere… “Jesse” shows up, and a book so unique that demands readers around the world to take notice. That book is Vessel. A unique story of five "gods” who are out to save the world from "death" and destruction, or at least try to.
Don’t stop here, keep reading trust me…
You might say to yourself, been there, read that, but do those books have a crazy singer and his one arm assistant....I think not :)
I could keep going on and on about why I personally like this book but I will just stop here and give you the facts on why I gave these book four stars.
Character Development: Tominda Adkins does a great job developing the characters. Tominda Adkins spends enough time early on to give the reader a sense of who the character is. Each character has his/her own personality that very distinctive. This is not an easy task for an author, especially when there are so many major characters. Tominda Adkins was able to accomplish this without losing the reader. Great job.
Plot: This is where the fun begins. The plot is full of turns and action. A plot that is unpredictable and guaranteed to keep the reader on edge. The unique story also helps with the plot, I will not give out any spoilers, but the origin of the "un-dead" in Vessel is a completely new story, a must read.
Setting: The story does jump around quite a bit. However, the jumping is a part of the overall story. Therefore, do what I did … enjoy the ride.
Book Flow: A very quick and easy read. The flow is good; However, the jumping of scenes might take some getting used to.
Rating: 4 out of 5 shots!!!! Really liked it! ...more
It has been years since I read this book so I cant do a proper review of it, However, I still remember the impact it had when I read it. I plan on reaIt has been years since I read this book so I cant do a proper review of it, However, I still remember the impact it had when I read it. I plan on reading it again this year (2011) and give it a more in depth review.
"I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever." — Suzanne Collins (CatchiReview of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
"I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever." — Suzanne Collins (Catching Fire)
This quote is great, however Suzanne Collins is a master at cliffhangers, and she does it again in Catching Fire!
After reading The Hunger Games, waiting to read Catching fire was impossible! Full of fun twists and socking moments, it was hard to put this book down. The red eyes and tired body the next morning after a long night of reading was truly worth it.
Quick Synopsis from GoodReads:
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.
Part 2 of The Hunger Games Trilogy is far from a let down. The first book leaves us in a cliffhanger that leaves our brain thirsty for more and Catching Fire flows right along from where the first book left off. This book is definitely a page-turner. It will be hard to put the book down once you start. It is the sci-fi version of David vs. Goliath where a young girl from District 12 has to go up against the mighty Capital who is the true enemy of the people.
Many of the main characters of are once again in this book. Those characters develop in the first book (The Hunger Games) so it is important to read it before reading this book. This will help the reader understand why many of the characters act the way that they do. However, Suzanne Collins does a great job at maturing those that have grown; especially, after all their experiences in the first book (I.e. Katness and Prim). This is great because it changes the way we look at these characters. You grow along with them.
Catching Fire also introduces us to many new characters that are well developed. Each new character contributes well to the overall story. It was excited to read how each character plays a major part of the ending of this book.
The plot of this book is amazing. Catching Fire had some big shoes (or book covers) to fill since the first book The Hunger Games. However, Suzanne Collins will not let you down.
The plot if full of never ending turns. The best part about them is that they are unpredictable. The best you can do is making a good guess at what might happen next. There are many surprises in this book not just for the reader but also for the characters.
The book also ends in a major cliffhanger, so make sure you go out and get Mockingjay now, your going to need it after reading this one.
The book starts of slow for the first couple of chapters. The beginning chapters will lay the foundation to the rest of the book; it will soon pick up speed very quickly so sit back, read, and enjoy the ride.
5 out of 5 stars! Amazing Book! Jason (Book Sniper) ...more
"Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!" — Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay)
Finally finished Mockingjay, The Last book of The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset. To all of you who are thinking about picking up this book, its highly recommended that you first read Hunger Games and Catching Fire before starting your journey into Mockingjay.
Catching Fire left us on another cliffhanger! Many readers could not wait to jump right into Mockingjay, and who can blame them? The Trilogy is amazing!
Expectations were high, especially after reading the first book of the trilogy The Hunger Games.
“Did Mockingjay deliver?” My response to this question is .... YES!
Mockingjay is full of excitement and action. Putting the book down after starting is hard. That is no surprise considering that the other books had the same affect.
The only down side is that the book seems pretty rushed, this in turn leaves the reader wondering and trying to figure out the loose ends that were not addressed in the book. However, this is not always a bad thing. That is what is great about the art of writing. Most of the story is not in the words that you read, but also in your imagination and mind.
Mockingjay has a very honest portrayal of war and its affects. Not only of the people fighting in the front lines but also with the people around conflict.
The word “War” in the Hunger Games trilogy is everywhere. War, not just on the battlefield of the Capitol and arenas, but also in the mind of the main characters. War with self, with others, with feelings and emotions, war is everywhere, and many readers could relate to that in their own personal lives. In a way… this book speaks to the reader in many different formats.
The book does a great job on the development of the Characters. The more you read the more you see the Characters grow and mature. However, you must keep in mind that most of the development of the characters occurred during the first two books of the trilogy. The development of the characters are based on the foundation of the others.
The plot is full of excitement and unpredictable twists and turns. VERY high paced especially towards the end. This is what caused the removal of ½ a star. The book seemed a little too rushed.
The book has a great flow to it. Fast paced and hard to put down.
What can I say about a book that has over 8,000 reviews? I guess Ill just try my best and be as fair and honest as I can.
The author has an interesting way of pulling you into the story from the beginning. I wont say too much about it because I want others to read this book without any spoilers on my part, however, I must say that first couple of chapters are very well developed and will draw readers from all ages. That being said… I must give a warning...
After reading a couple of chapters I noticed that the author has many references of nude(naked) children… (I’m sure you read this in other reviews, so I wont get too deep into this, if not try googling it for more info). This really concerned me so I stopped reading the book for a couple of days and decided to read more reviews and do some research on Orson Scott Card. I am not here to trash any author, so I will not say what I read about him, I will leave that up to you, but I will say that there are many who hate him and many more who love his writing.
After this experience, it took a couple of days to pick this book up again. To do so I had to put all my concerns aside and decided to continue and finish the book. The more I read the more I understood why people really love this book.
Again, I do not want to give away too much information about this book. I am also going to keep my review short since the internet is full of reviews concerning this book (Some good and some bad). My best advice is to at least finish the book with an open mind and do not be too stuck on certain issues. I cannot say I understand why the author wrote the book the way that he did, but I must honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to all adults, but for younger readers, get the PG version, I hear it is available.
The author did a good job developing the characters. The first couple of chapters lay out the foundation for the main characters involved in the book. However, the histories of the characters are a little unclear. This wont effect the overall story but I did bug me a little.
The plot is very interesting. It is full of action and many David vs. Goliath moments. The author definitely used the word “naked” a little too much in this book. However, this does not make the book any worse. On the other hand, I do not think it made the book any better either.
The setting was a little boring and dull. Most of the story occurs in the “Battle School” and even this place seemed color less.
I am glad with the book flow of Ender’s Game. The book is an average size of about 300 pages and an easy read.
How can a dog lover do a fair review of this book?
This is hard to do with this book. I believe the ratings of this book will be based on whether or not the rater is an animal lover or not. That being said I will try to give a fair review.
Quick Synopsis from GoodReads:
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the racetrack, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
I really enjoyed this book. The dog as a narrator took some getting used too; however, the author does a great job to remind the reader that it is a dog narrating and not a human.
The book will tug at your emotions. This book is full of trouble and heartache. So if you are a very sentimental person, be prepared to shed some tears. The book is not all sad, there are parts of this book that will laughing out loud.
It seems that nothing goes right for “Denny.” There are times in the book where you will find yourself yelling at the book to warn Denny not to put himself in some situations. When a book could do that to you, you know it is a good book.
The chapters are small and the books flow is fast so reading through this book is a snap. It is a short read so you can actually read this book in a couple of hours. It is a great weekend book. I recommend this book to not just dog lovers but readers alike.
Character development :
The author does a great job in character development. Each character has his or her own unique style and personality, including the dog Enzo. You cannot help but to empathize with Denny. You will get angry with the antagonists in the book however, you will understand why they do what they do.
The books plot takes many turns (no pun intended). The books plot is predictable. Nevertheless, you will continue reading to see what happens next. Its interesting to see how Denny reacts to the situations at hand.
The story has a unique was to compare life to racing. I enjoyed that because it sometimes takes you away from the story to think about what was just written.
My favorite quote: "The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph." It is a very well written story.
I could not put this book down. The book was so good that I wish it did not have an ending. A truly amazingReview of The Book Thief--by Markus Zusak
I could not put this book down. The book was so good that I wish it did not have an ending. A truly amazing work of art full of emotion and powerful words.
"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." — Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)
Quick Synopsis from GoodReads:
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she cannot resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
What an amazing book. A book that will stay with you, even after the last page. The story, although sad in some areas, is just incredible. The love and passion that Liesel has for words could be found in all people who really enjoy reading a good book.
Markus Zusak a great job with his use of colors. He has a very special gift of pulling the reader right into the story. His descriptions of the settings are marvelous to say the least. Truly Amazing!
The Characters are great in this novel. Each character has his/her own personality and quality. It is guaranteed that you will fall in love with one or more of the characters in this book.
The design of this novel is one of a kind. The narrator is death in a setting that is surrounded by it. The emotions run high for the reader, the narrator, and the characters in the book. You will follow the life of a young child who grows up loving words and the people around her. Throughout her journey, she learns how worlds can also destroy.
WWII Germany. The authors’ artistic talent is shown in the way he describes each seen to the readers. He writes in such a way that you can almost see yourself being there; a talent unique to only few writers. However, the author does an incredible job doing it in The Book Thief.
The book is a little long, however, flows very smoothly. Each chapter brings new twists and turns to keep the reader entertained for hours reading this book.
5 out of 5 stars!!! A must read for all who love to read books. ...more