I enjoyed the book, but I must be one of the few women who didn't fall in love with Mr. Darcy. He was entirely too arrogant and I never quite forgaveI enjoyed the book, but I must be one of the few women who didn't fall in love with Mr. Darcy. He was entirely too arrogant and I never quite forgave him for it....more
Another book I had to read for class. I guess I'm an optimist, because I dislike books that paint the human race as being so dark, lost and hopeless.Another book I had to read for class. I guess I'm an optimist, because I dislike books that paint the human race as being so dark, lost and hopeless. I know these books are generally considered to be "realism" but I prefer to think of them as pessimism. We're capable of great beauty and kindness also....more
**spoiler alert** This is the story of Captain Yossarian, who is serving in World War II as a navigator on a bomber and who is based in Italy. Yossari**spoiler alert** This is the story of Captain Yossarian, who is serving in World War II as a navigator on a bomber and who is based in Italy. Yossarian is caught in a "Catch-22" where he can only get out of flying more missions if he's crazy, but if he was crazy, he wouldn't mind flying missions. The book really skips around, so that you're never quite sure whether you're reading something that happened in the past, or if the story has now moved forward from the beginning point. But it's not really confusing, it all does make some sort of sense in the end. Don't let the whole "World War II bomber" thing mislead you. The book is generally one big farce, that, to me, has an underlying theme about the absurdity of war.
I read this when I was a senior in high school. I remember enjoying it then, and I enjoyed it this time. It was a little bit of a different experience this time around. The first time I had no idea what to expect, so the humor was generally more humorous and the suddenly serious parts were definitely more of a slap in the face. This time, I have a few more years on me, so I can appreciate the frustration of bureaucracies and "superiors" who don't have any idea what they're doing. And, knowing what it was that broke Yossarian gave everything a little bit of a different feel.
It really did just get to be too much around the time that Nately's whore decided to kill Yossarian. I was over the absurd, slapstick humor and just ready to move on to what happened to Snowden. Let's give it a rest and get that part over with, already!
I thought this book was boring the first time I tried to read it, but I gave it another try a few years later and I loved it. Whenever anyone asks whaI thought this book was boring the first time I tried to read it, but I gave it another try a few years later and I loved it. Whenever anyone asks what my favorite book is, this always comes to mind before I realize that I'm probably supposed to give an "adult" book for an answer. The characters are so likeable and all their adventures are believable. I always wished I could be friends with Anne and Diana....more
Everything goes so wrong for Pat for so long that I never really got over it. This is L.M. Montgomery, though, so you know everything works out in theEverything goes so wrong for Pat for so long that I never really got over it. This is L.M. Montgomery, though, so you know everything works out in the end....more
Anne Elliot is the daughter of a peacock of a baronet. She had a chance to marry Captain Wentworth when they were both young, but her family and frienAnne Elliot is the daughter of a peacock of a baronet. She had a chance to marry Captain Wentworth when they were both young, but her family and friends talked her out of the match. Now that she's twenty-eight and still single, he has retired from the sea and re-enters her circle of acquaintances.
My favorite Austen! Captain Wentworth! *sigh* Or is it *swoon*?
This was a nice blend of Austen's pointed social commentary and a (bitter)sweet romance. Anne's family is just awful. They are silly, vain and entirely too class-conscious. They insist on their "inferiors" showing them the proper amount of deference and later spend their time toadying up to those of a higher rank. They aren't really very happy but they're so self-obsessed that they don't even consciously notice it. One of Anne's sisters shows her discontent by always forcing those around her to pay constant attention to her. She's more childish than her children! I was ready to smack her. And her other sister. And her father. Hmmm. I think that's everybody.
Anne, by contrast, is practical, sympathetic, and down-to-earth. She sweetly tries to rein in her family's sillier tendencies while also trying to do her best by those around her, no matter their "station." She's the one with a cool head who can be relied upon when crises arise. She's the one who can be relied upon to nurse those who are injured or ill. She's also the quiet one, so I was worried that she would never have the courage to go after what she wanted.
And then there's Captain Wentworth, my new book crush. I've never been crazy about Mr. Darcy and Company(*gasp* The horror!), but Wentworth is the Austen hero for me. He's always polite, a good conversationalist, manly, a war hero, and protective of the women in his circle. This was about four stars for me until right at the very end, then Wentworth pulled out all the stops, my heart fluttered, and the rating came solidly to rest at a five. Men should read at least the last couple of chapters of this book if they want to know what women want from them.
You know already if you're an Austen fan or not, so there's not much point in my saying who will like this. I will say that I'm glad that Misty shoved this at me encouraged me to finally read this....more
The twelve men making up the parliament of Erl go to their ruler one day and ask for a magic lord. The ruler agrees to grant their request and sends hThe twelve men making up the parliament of Erl go to their ruler one day and ask for a magic lord. The ruler agrees to grant their request and sends his son to steal and marry the King of Elfland's daughter. But of course finding her and keeping her can't be that easy.
In the introduction to this edition, Neil Gaiman compares Lord Dunsany's writing to the King James Bible. I honestly wouldn't have thought of that, but the description is perfect. The language is beautiful, but, for me, dense and a little hard to wade through. I kept thinking of those old fairy tale books by Andrew Lang, like The Orange Fairy Book. As I remember it, those books had very little dialog and just describe the story happening. That's how this was. I also mentally compared it to a beautiful, old silent movie. You're watching this beautiful story unfold, but there's no dialog. I guess I like a lot of dialog.
As I read the book, I kept thinking of a phrase my yoga teacher uses: "like you're moving through honey." That's the pace at which this book moves: like you're moving through honey. I normally tear through books so I never quite got my mind slowed down enough to fully enjoy and understand this book. When I did manage it, for a couple of paragraphs at a time, I could see what all the fuss is about. But the rest of the time, I just wished we could get on with the story. That is, if I didn't fall asleep first.
By the end, Lirazel had gotten on my nerves. She wanted to have her cake and eat it too. Who doesn't, really? But asking her father to use his last all-powerful rune to give it to her just seemed whiny and self-absorbed to me. She was a very passive character generally, so I never cared for her much to begin with. The witch was much more interesting. I would have liked more about her.
If you like beautiful, slow-moving language, you'll probably like this one. If you're like me and like your stories to move along at a pretty fast pace, you'll probably want to take a pass....more