A friend of mine told me to read this book more times than I can count until finally one day I picked it up at the library and decided to give it a go...moreA friend of mine told me to read this book more times than I can count until finally one day I picked it up at the library and decided to give it a go. "Life of Pi" was one of those books I knew nothing about, I didn't read the jacket cover, I didn't read a review, I didn't google or amazon it, but I did know the quote "Richard Parker has stayed with me. I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him." up, down, left, right, front and back.
Actually reading the book, I started into it slowly …it's not really my usual cup of tea. I usually like a lot more action, historical truth or romance and this was completely out of the norm for me but as I started to get through the book I started to get soaked into it – literally. I'm not one for religion (and was no swayed by the book) but I love learning the differences between every single religion – the fact that Pi was giving his love to God through three different points of view, shocked me! It pushed me to read on and to read more, faster even. I had to gobble that book up; especially when the animals came into play.
I'm an animal lover through and through so when it came to being in the lifeboat with Richard Parker I couldn't set the book down. The trials he was set through, the life he had to live for so long …Yann Martel had a way of weaving the words together to put me right on the lifeboat with them, I felt as if I was back in the ocean with the saltwater in my hair and too much of it on my skin. I used an overabundance of lotion during my time reading this book.
Like Richard Parker has stayed with Pi, this book is going to stay with me forever whether I read it again or not.
I do believe this is one book that everyone should read for the sake of reading, no because it won an award but because, I think "Life of Pi" is very moving. It isn't like any other book out there; sure, books of survival are easy to come by but never like this.
First, I want to say that this was the first book I ever read by Laura Lippman -- actually, it was the book that introduced me to her existence.
Secon...moreFirst, I want to say that this was the first book I ever read by Laura Lippman -- actually, it was the book that introduced me to her existence.
Second, I want to just bow down to Laura and the fact that she was able to write a thirteen year old girl in all her true glory without making her completely wrong. Because goddess knows THAT is how a true 13yr old girl acts: Iso, Eliza's daughter, is the perfect example. I acted that way, my younger sister acts that way and so did my older sisters. Hell, my friends acted like that and it's such a breather to see that SOME authors can see that.
Now, for the review part: this book …kidnapping, it's written about often enough. It happens and it's a tragedy, everyone runs around like a headless chicken and they don't know what to do. The CSI is called in, the FBI is called in …but you never learn about what really happened …how can I phrase this? It's not first person point of view, but it's not like you're hearing the victim tell the story either. I don't want to hear the FBI or the parents talk about it, I want to know it from the victim, I want her/his story, I want it from the badguy! And Laura gave that to me.
"I'd Know You Anywhere" revolves Eliza Benedict, who seems to (in her mind), have the almost perfect life: children, husband, house, dog. But she holds a secret – more like dirty laundry, as it turns out. She's been kidnapped, raped and the year 1985 is completely unforgettable. But that doesn't stop her from trying, diving head first into her tasks …at least until Walter Bowman comes back into her life.
Realizing he's on death row for the final and last time, he reaches out for the only person that could help him. The one person in their right mind who wouldn't help him; he promises to tell reveal to her everything she wants to know and more …in return, Eliza has to remember what she's forgotten, or refused to acknowledge about what really happened one of the nights they were together during her 39-40 days they were together.
For the bad part: the whole entire story (pretty much) is told on the inside flap. Eliza is kidnapped, Walter is on death row, Eliza is married and happy, has two kids, Walter finds and gets a hold of Eliza, Walter wants forgiveness, Eliza is eh, Walter pushes, Eliza is meh, Walter pushes and pries, Eliza realizes Walter wants more than just forgiveness, Walter tries to get Eliza to remember something about one of the nights with another victim …Walter dies.
Okay, so there are some finer details that aren't on the front jacket that you actually have to read the book to get, but I'm sure everyone knows what I mean when I say the story is on the jacket. But I guess I can't really blame Laura for that …actually I have no idea who does the summary when it comes to the book jacket and back, but I just wanted to bring that up.
I also wanted to bring up the fact if you're a fan of constant excitement you're not going to get it with this book, that was sort of another thing that slowed down the reading process for me and had me rereading pages as well as sentences because I would get bored. There wasn't enough action in the present-day parts. So-so during the flashbacks; it's something I have to get myself into.
Overall, I think the book was amazing and I think Laura is a fabulous author. I think the story itself was amazing, her way with words and characters, making and shaping them, her descriptions had me seeing not overseeing or wincing because it was just so perfect. The few things I picked at are more than likely because I'm a spoiled anal OCD twit that's used to everything being just the way I like it and I really can't wait to start reading another book by her, which, I discovered an hour ago, I have in my stack of books. (less)
I am sad to say that after taking two days to read Wired, I feel that I could have spent two days reading something else and I should have just let th...moreI am sad to say that after taking two days to read Wired, I feel that I could have spent two days reading something else and I should have just let the series end at Crashed. At least for myself. It just seemed to cliché, to rushed, personalities changed, and overall seemed to just drift from everything the first two were about. In the last book, I would expect closure not a whole new plot to arise, and fall within a couple of book days.
To begin with, Lia is still home with her org family, still with Riley and Jude is still MIA but she's doing something with BioMax and 'call-me-Ben' – this takes course over the first half off the book. Where does this even come from? I don't get it …why? When did this series become The Hills?
Then came in Jude and a lot of drama llama that answered some questions which was cool, that's 4 stars and spoilers that I won't give.
But then came …I don't even know. Phrase Three. What was the point of it? What was the point of putting in something so large in the ending of a trilogy? Nothing was explained, it was rushed, Riley was driven in circles, Kiri was driven in circles and what the hell happened to Lia? She's in essence everything? What? I didn't even understand because it didn't make any sense, it would have if it was explained better or …I don't even know.
I think the book is missing a lot, it should be longer or there should be a fourth one to make it a series of four not a trilogy because this one book just walks in circles. It brings on more confusion and makes no sense. It ruins two books that could have been fine at two.(less)