**spoiler alert** One of the best readings on colonial India. Told from the POV of a village woman from the day of her marriage until late in her life...more**spoiler alert** One of the best readings on colonial India. Told from the POV of a village woman from the day of her marriage until late in her life. Students seem to really enjoy the straight forward and simple narrative. I first read this as part of my junior english class in 1995, thanks Mrs. Thomson. It has to be the first female protagonist that I actually like to read about. I read the book in two nights, seven days ahead of schedule. I would also have to say that the relationship between Irrawady and her parents makes for a great discussion about parents with kids who make bad decisions.(less)
My wife found this at our favorite used bookstore. It was shelved in the Christian Fiction section and is distributed by B&H. First, Ralph Reed kn...moreMy wife found this at our favorite used bookstore. It was shelved in the Christian Fiction section and is distributed by B&H. First, Ralph Reed knows his way around beltway politics. His characters at times come off as being copies of current or former politicians and their actions are founded in truth. Second, he can develop a mystery that makes sense and seems to be believable. In this book a US Senator is found murdered and it may be connected to CIA/NSA investigations on the Iranian Nuclear program. The problem is that even though it is a political thriller, it is masquerading as Christian Fiction. Granted it is not laden with expletives, like many in the Political Thriller genre, and characters have some kind of faith, many are associated with a group similar to the Family Foundation, but the issue is that their faith is not necessarily motivating their actions. The reflective introspection of many characters as they challenge their faith with secular politics are lacking or completely missing. Compared to others who write in the genre their is no overwhelming faith driven characterization.
I would put his prose and storytelling on the same level as Joel C Rosenberg and Davis Bunn but there are times that his writing seems a bit flawed. If you are looking for inspiration from a character who is a prayer warrior of a flawed character looking for faith in a broken world this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a David Baldacci without the cussing and gratuitous sex, this is your book. In reality it should be a political thriller written by a Christian instead of Christian Political Fiction. I may try and find one of the other two books in the series but I've got others in the que ahead of this one.(less)
**spoiler alert** Let's be honest and say the good before the bad. For the first book, not bad and it really speaks to the current YA market. The main...more**spoiler alert** Let's be honest and say the good before the bad. For the first book, not bad and it really speaks to the current YA market. The main character, Tris, is a heroine struggling with identity and personal clarity. Tris is an interesting antagonist in that she not perfect, she whines alot and is fairly self-centered throughout the book. Four, her love interest and trainer, is another emotionally crippled male side-kick who is believable to a point. Additionally, the premise of a divided culture rings true but lacks a clear explication for the more seasoned reader. The only information we are told is that at some point a disaster of epic proportions destroys the ecology and landscape of the American Midwest; thus a generation turns to "utopian" divisions to sustain am brittle peace. With all these elements, on the surface this looks and feels like a promising successor to The Hunger Games, but it is not.
The downfall of the book is in the writing. The sustainabilry of progressive conflicts is based largely on the teenage patchwork and their illogical impulses. Some would say, "they are after all teenagers," but they are paper thin characters. Random choices are made without explanation; whereas, other moments and choices are brooded over for an entire chapter. Another flaw is that it's resolution happens entirely too quickly when compared to the rest of the pacing of the book. It took almost 100 pgs for Tris to really get going, another 200 pgs for the major conflict to be revealed, and finely another 100 pgs for a third antagonist to be introduced. This was almost three stories in one book. (less)
**spoiler alert** This is the second book I have read that is attached to the re-imagined ST Universe and my first as a digital copy. The big things t...more**spoiler alert** This is the second book I have read that is attached to the re-imagined ST Universe and my first as a digital copy. The big things that jump out is that the digital artwork looks great on the larger screens but appears a bit washed/stretched on my small SGS3 phone. The second is that the sketch work related to the movie are a nice addition but it can detracting to the storyline. As a whole, the story is ok but not great and seems like a slight rehash of the whole Pon Farr concept, Section 31, and the Klingon/Romulan rivalry. The cliffhanger is placed in a nice spot but not enough is revealed to make me want to continue.
(view spoiler)[ So a group from Section 31, is secretly working with Klingons and Romulans in a plot that is not clearly explained in any way. While this is going Spock begins to experience Pon Farr; however, the temples on New Vulcan cannot help him or a small group of Vulcans who are experiencing it as well. Spock and the group go rogue and run off to the lava fields of new Vulcan. The drawings seem to borrow heavily from SW epIII. As we follow Spock, it is revealed that a Federation mining colony is being built on another planet and the Romulans and Klingons are deeply interested. A group of Section 31 personnel are seen, but not shown, speaking about how they can get involved in the process as well. Insert cliffhanger here. Back to the Vulcans and a transporter trick from Scotty to saves the day. End story. Its nice but clearly there is no real known plot lines for the next movie in the series; so, it draws heavily from what is seen in Into Darkness with no reflection on that story line at all except for the planets that are shown. (hide spoiler)]
I reviewed this book for NetGalley.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
First, I haven't read a legal/police thriller in about a year. Thus anything I say will be comparable to what I watch on L&O or NCIS. That being s...moreFirst, I haven't read a legal/police thriller in about a year. Thus anything I say will be comparable to what I watch on L&O or NCIS. That being said, I really enjoyed reading a book with some ramped up suspense and thriller aspects without all of the blatant nudity, sex, and language. The evil serial killer was believable and his cohort was as well. Actually if he had let off a line of curse words, I would have been surprised because of his cool demeanor throughout. (view spoiler)[ At first I thought that it was actually the same person and was a little confused as to the relationship between The Illusionist and Kincaid, but this was resolved well into the book by the author. I don't like spoilers so I'll leave the rest of them out but I will say that one of the bodies is found in a shocking way. From that point on the story seemed to fly to the end. (hide spoiler)]
Some said that it seemed formulaic but I would ask how a suspense/thriller piece could not be? In the end it provides for some fairly intense moments and some gore but not out of the ordinary for a book in genre. The ending did seem a little hah and corny but It worked for me.
It was an enjoyable book and I picked up the next one in the series today from my church library. If you are looking for a close comparison I would say Plaguemaker by Tim Downs would be a close one. Really liked that one as well.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Got this book as part of the Dolly Parton reading grant. It's a simple rhyming and counting story about a rainy day. The objects are easy to point out...moreGot this book as part of the Dolly Parton reading grant. It's a simple rhyming and counting story about a rainy day. The objects are easy to point out and count for a child under the age of three. The pictures are bright and colorful with a little girl as the protagonist. My daughter likes the story but not a fav of mine. (less)
I would give it a five but at times it can be a bit much, as mentioned by others. Well, I picked this up as a direction header for my journey into rea...moreI would give it a five but at times it can be a bit much, as mentioned by others. Well, I picked this up as a direction header for my journey into reading the Greek and Roman classics. It kept showing up in my Amazon suggestions every time I searched for different translations of Homer and Virgil. That being said it delivers what every literature, humanities, and history teacher wants to hear. The Greeks were really important and here is why. The details in chapter 4 are amazingly concise when dealing with Homer and his influence on the greater Western psyche. In addition, the final chapter on how to redevelop the American academic system is eye opening. It's a shame that I got this out of A college library and am currently the only reader. The final chapter alone should be copied and recopied as a guidepost for a truly useful education. The most helpful parts for all are chapter 4 on Homer and the appendices, two lists of must reads for the lonely reader. I plan on adding the list to my Goodreads account before I return the book. As far as issues with the text, I am curious what they would say about the most recent Homer publications and if they would suggest the same translations. Additonally tge age of the book is a glaring fact. The book is now a decade old and lacks any reference to the benefits of teaching the Iliad in a post-9/11 America. The challenges that were faced Thucydides would be hugely beneficial in a time on overt challenges to free speech. Also, I find that Homer's take on warfare, The Iliad, cools the blood of racist warmongering teenagers; whereas, the Odyssey is simply Greek pop culture run amuck. Overall a great read for any liberal arts teacher. (less)
Read this as part of the Teacher Leader program at EKU. It is well written and honest about the major leadership theories. The fact that it includes t...moreRead this as part of the Teacher Leader program at EKU. It is well written and honest about the major leadership theories. The fact that it includes the negative sides is refreshing. Good starter text but it does lack the implementation tools that some other text have. A lot of theory and case study readings make it an interesting read overall but not the best in the field at large. (less)
Bad title! Bad premise! Bad writing! Lack of sources and an overabundance of generalities make this a horrible and dangerous read. Read GK Chesterton'...moreBad title! Bad premise! Bad writing! Lack of sources and an overabundance of generalities make this a horrible and dangerous read. Read GK Chesterton's work All Things Considered for a better more realistic view of things. (less)
I've done three critical studies of this book in my life, HS, undergrad, and grad. As a whole, the novel is great in chunks. As a complete work, it is...moreI've done three critical studies of this book in my life, HS, undergrad, and grad. As a whole, the novel is great in chunks. As a complete work, it is lacking some modern workings of the novel that would develop later in the 19th century. Some of my favorite parts are the chapters with the Dauphin and the family argument but I always have issues with this novel from a critical viewpoint. 1. Why does Jim have to disappear and reappear? It hurts the novel's Attack on the institutions of slavery and racism. 2. Why not push the youthful point of innocence further in the plot? Huck grows up to early in the structure of the novel. 3. Why have him go home? If Huck truly were the great protagonist America wishes to be why return to what we were, because of fear. That makes for a weak purpose. (less)