Carmen Vera takes you on an amazing adventure through so many different unknowns. New places, new people, scary people, amazing friends, beautiful menCarmen Vera takes you on an amazing adventure through so many different unknowns. New places, new people, scary people, amazing friends, beautiful men, delicious food, not so delicious food, places with history, places where she made her own history. The list goes on. Carmen vera quit her job, wore her heart in her sleeve and dropped everything she knew to follow her heart. This was a prefect example of a dream come true. As much pain that was endured through the beginning f the trip, the heartache, the feeling of loneliness, Carmen truly found herself and I applaud her courageousness. Her debut novel was amazing. All of her experiences where so genuine and real. I felt like I was dancing next to her in Ireland. I loved her ability to mix and mesh un foreign places, her ambition and drive she had to learn and really take in the different culture, the way she bravely put everything on the line to go do this and my favorite part of it all; her grace and beauty behind every bit of emotion that went on.
I couldn't put it down, it had me wanting more. I cannot wait for more of her travels. Carmen Vera, we applaud you; you took a heart beak that was deeply ground shattering and ran with it making the most out of your everything. ...more
**spoiler alert** This got a lot of Gone Girl esque sort of hype. I unfortunately haven't read any of Flynn's work (trust me I will!) I actually saw a**spoiler alert** This got a lot of Gone Girl esque sort of hype. I unfortunately haven't read any of Flynn's work (trust me I will!) I actually saw and heard of this via a few friends and to my pleasure, Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia author, had written praise for the book so I had to read it. This genre of mystery-crime thriller that juxtaposes story timelines is pretty huge right now, and I definitely dig it. Structure is so important in books and I think Paula Hawkins does an absolutely incredible job of making a fragmented plot flow and she has that magic touch where she can make different sides of the stories (at different times in the story) mesh.
The Girl on the Train follows a few characters, mainly Rachel, as she goes about her very dysfunctional life. It juxtaposes a made up fantasy life of Jess and Jason's ideal life. Of course it is all made up in her head. Jess is actually a cheating, wild, free-spirited Megan, and Jason is the controlling, jealous husband Scott. Scott sounds a lot worse than he is but in all honesty, not one character has true redeeming qualities. Not one. I hate every single one of them.
Four houses or so down from "Jess and Jason" is Rachel's old house she shared with her now ex-husband and he just so happens to be living there with his mistress and daughter.
As the story unfolds you get Rachel's drunken and jagged point of view of the perfect life, Jess and Jason, as well as her past life she has eft behind. You also get a glimpse into the past with Megan, and Anna's point of view that's a bit on the outside but she clearly has issues. Anna and Megan are tied together because Megan is sleeping with Tom, Anna's husband, who also happens to be Rachel's ex-husband. Rachel is connected to Megan because she invented a story she longingly wished for, as she watched them on the train. When Megan disappears, Rachel and Scott begin to try to place some pretty fragmented pieces together but she realizes Scott's anger and jealous tendencies. Every character is tied together in some sort of super love triangle.
There are pretty big twists. I was set off the wrong path at first, but the more you read and get sucked in the more you are attempting to figure out the clues. I did suspect Tom (due to his past 'mistress loving past') being the killer but I also thought it may of been Anna (out of jealousy)or Rachel (out of jealousy for Scott?). I never thought it was Scott.
I can say this. Tom is a lying, manipulative tool. Scott is a jealous, angry raging mess. Rachel is a depressed alcoholic. Megan is an attention seeking, cheating, unhappy wife. Anna is a literal jealous psychopath. There is not one character that you like, which is why this is so brilliant. I wanted to be on some of their sides, but as soon as you find out who they truly are, you hate them even more and you begin to understand how unreliable each one of them is. ...more
"The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you"
I don't even know where to start with this. This book is the bleeding souls of so"The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you"
I don't even know where to start with this. This book is the bleeding souls of so many beautiful characters. From the two main characters, JudeandNoah to the mother, father and the supporting characters, all dripped a living soul into this book. I have a brother and even though we are older, we show the same sort of traits the twins do and when they divide up the universe, I could relate. The way Noah and Jude shatter their world and their relationship was so heart breaking.
(view spoiler)[ The story goes back and forth between Noah and Jude. They are twins, but the Noah part of the novel, "The Invisible Museum," is the perspective of a 13/14 year old, and the Jude parts of the novel, "The History of Luck," is from the 16/17 year old perspective. The novel has this three year gap that would seems non-existent, but it inst. The three year gap is filled with pain, heart break, loss, loss of self, search for self, and some of the more beautiful painted memories from Jude. Since she is struggling at the older age to put a puzzle together, and forgive herself, Noah is attempting to do the same as a 13 year old. The twins end up being in a very dark place with the loss of their mother, but they also are give then chance to remake their world and are given a second chance at being their true selves.
This young-adult novel explores so many hard scenarios and situations, and it doesn't focus on the cliques or the hardships in that way. It goes even deeper into the self as young-adults tend to do. They take in and absorb what is going around them because they don't know who the are. They hide their true selves, they attempt to find their calling and more often than not, they fail at doing so. But that failure is the thing that truly defines them. And this book puts that together in the most beautiful way. Andy nelson brings out the best and worst of the hardships of life. She shows it in characters that are all tangled in a love story that is life, where they are each attempting to remake themselves and their world.
Noah and Jude are by far some of my top YA characters. The way Noah paints the world is the most beautiful and captivating thing about this novel. In his attempt at seeing the world, he titles his emotions and his world as portraits and landscapes. Jude, as the older part, does the same but through Grandmother Sweetwine's crazy kooky bible that Jude assumes the role of. Jude's attempt at filling a void is something that shapes a lot of things not only inside of her but inside of Oscar, G., Benjamin, Brian and even more so in Noah.
All of the supporting characters had such a beautiful role. I loved the relationships that were explored in this. A young boy exploring his sexuality with a girl, even when he knows deep down he is in complete love with Brian. A young girl attempting to find herself, the loss of her virginity, the awe of finding her true love. The feeling of betrayal of a mother who was in mad, deep love with an artists. The painful life of a father who seemed like a ghost because he was desperately trying to figure out why. The relationships are so beautiful. Some of them were so hard and so real and painful that I could help but sigh heavily for them. (hide spoiler)]
I absolutely loved the way the characters evolved into these living, breathing beings. All of their lived intertwined in the most beautiful way. It was an outstanding read. Nelson has a way to rip you apart, the way Noah did to the drawing that Jude gave up her everything for, and put it back together. This book left me in complete awe and it was the best feeling.
I would honestly rate this book beyond five. A few of my more favorite quotes:
G. to Jude: " C'mon, what is bad for the heart is good for art. Terrible irony of our lives as artists." Noah to Jude: "It's about magic."
Jude to Noah: "'Maybe we're accumulating these new selves all the time.' Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things." The last one is a particular favorite of mine. It just hit so hard because in so many words, it is the path of life and Nelson was bale to word it in the most beautiful, real way.
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If there is a book that is going to revive your love for art and the way it changes the world, this is it.
Now I specifically said this book was goingIf there is a book that is going to revive your love for art and the way it changes the world, this is it.
Now I specifically said this book was going to revive your love and thoughtfulness for art. It does it in the same way the Wes Anderson's mind works or the way the film Dead Poet's Society does. There is a sense or hopefulness that is just drawn out through the entire book. It is deliciously placed all throughout, very strategically, might I add. It is one of those books that makes you think about the bigger picture, more importantly survival and what it means to "survive." Since it is a post-apocolyptal book, there are of course survival themes tied into it. What the reader doesn't suspect is the fact that it is done, not by human nature and survival of the fittest, but through the median it is written in. It is able to portray art in a way that very much ties you to every character. It catapults you through this story and into the characters hearts and mind.
Works of art that are this captivating are hard to come by. Emily St. John Mandel creates a world of misfits trying to find meaning. The endless wandering of these characters are all melted into each other as Mandel trails each characters life pre and post Georgia Flu. Her brilliant mind is able to weave the stories of the past and present in such a way that you are lost, and not in a bad way, but in a wandering way. You too are able to follow along the trail of these characters as they struggle to revive what is left of "humanity."
I really enjoyed this work and it is absolutely one of my favorites. Unlike most post-apocolypse literature, Station Eleven is able to intertwine all these stories into beautiful cohesive work of art that explores the meaning of life, relationships, and what it means to be human. It watches Kristen, Jeevan and Clark as they struggle to accept what the world has finally become, lifeless... or so it seems. The absence of the world as we now it is a really realistic and refreshing point of view. There is sadness and anger as you read this but most all there is hope. You are hopeful for these characters. You see them struggle and you see them mapping out their thoughts in front of you. You get to live the post Georgia Flu with them. It was a really great take on a end of the world novel.
I loved the way she brought Station Eleven, the comic, to life through out the book. You were able to watch it mirror the stories of the characters. I liked how the book followed multiple avenues of art as well. The revival of literature and art was the thread holding humanity together. Even in the hardest and darkest times, the charters turned to the symphony and were able to continue on. They found refuge in the literature, the drama, the music; in art. They survived because they remembered.
They few sections that stood out to me the most while I was reading this, always revolved around the technology and how important it was. The phones, the tablets, the computers. They were all so important. But what was left, what ended up keeping the people sane and humanity intact, was not the ethnology or the soul sucking devices. It was the art, the literature, the community they found through that.
I liked the ending because it left it very ambiguous. The electricity could be coming back, but it wasn't a cheered for ending, it wasn't even like there was a game plan to go towards the electricity. It was the symphony, still traveling; it was Clark reliving Station Eleven. It was the remembrance of that beautiful light, and the acceptance that they had found a new sort of light.
Okay. So I started this series because, to be honest, it sounded like it was right up my alley. Dystopian-esq, Hunger Games-esq, Lord of the Flies revOkay. So I started this series because, to be honest, it sounded like it was right up my alley. Dystopian-esq, Hunger Games-esq, Lord of the Flies revamped. Thats how I would sums up the series so far. (I just purchased the third book and I am starting on it, so this is merely my thoughts thus far in the series!)
Basically. (view spoiler)[ I think Dashner did a really good job at not making this some romantic teenager YA type thing. I love The Hunger Games, but it does really revolve around a triangle of relationships. Thankfully it doesn't focus too much on it, but it's the driving plot. With this series, the love is there but it is a very tested love, a very separate entity that doesn't drive the plot, it fluffs it. And I like that. I also enjoyed that they were out of the maze, but they weren't. I got the feeling at the end of the book that the "trials" weren't over yet. It was going to be a whole other test. And thats why I think this series is really well thought out. The Maze Runner really develops great characters and the hazy background of the character. Even though we don't know what really happened, the character is developed enough to where we don't HAVE to know the details of their previous life. I think Dashner does this on purpose to sort of mimic life and how we associate people with their past, versus seeing who they really are. Also, I saw the Maze Runner as a puzzle that tested their basic human instincts and power/strength. With the Scorch Trials, I think the mind comes into play a lot more. They seem to be testing their ability to think things through, be able to diffuse situations and get through something where it isn't just pure power and strategy to figure out the puzzle. I think it is more testing the characters ability to grow, especially by giving Thomas (mainly) so many clues and titles. I also think that this book represented the defiance of the characters, almost like a movement. Where they were given titles that were etched on to their necks, yet they defied that and almost changed their destiny. (hide spoiler)]
I think Dashner is very smart in that way. He is able to create characters that are developed, yet continue to grow through out the series. I am excited to see how the group dynamos change in the third book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am 100% content with this Young Adult novel. I wasn't amazed by any spectacular literary skills, but I was rather consumed by the story and entertaiI am 100% content with this Young Adult novel. I wasn't amazed by any spectacular literary skills, but I was rather consumed by the story and entertained to say the least. It was a very quick read for me. The story line moves pretty fast. So lets get in to it...
Thomas. Boys. All boys. Weird elevator? Maze. Boys run. A lot. Boys also do other normal stuff like farm and kill animals. Girl comes. Uh Ohs. Lots of drama. IS the maze a maze? Creepy weird robot killing machines. Dark hole. Button. Crazy guy is back. Oh NO. Where? What? I need the next book. ( My 3am face was a little stunned.)
And that is my recap.
All in all the story faired to be something similar. Maybe three things. And I concluded that Hunger Games, Brave New World and Lord of the Flies had a baby and the book was The Maze Runner. Luckily, I adore all those books, all post-apocolyptical ideologies and so forth. So this book as a whole was rather likable. The characters provided and easy flow through the story. Things were answered and some things were not answered but thats what you get when you start a trilogy.
I rather enjoyed the main trio: Thomas, Minho and Newt. They seemed to be the most "leader-esq" characters and provided a nice rhythm for the book. Even though the characters didn't change dramatically, I still felt that the three regained a sense of identity. I liked Gally. We needed a "bad guy" and he challenged the others therefore giving it a nice push. But ohhhhh Gally. How could you. You turned out to be not so bad after all. The brainwash machine wasn't on your side that night. I have a feeling Gally isn't real *spoiler* dead *end spoiler* and that he will some how come back to cause a riff in the group dynamic.
I could of cared less for the Teresa character. For some reason the whole mind talking thing seemed weird, and so did she and I just... I just didn't lim her. Okay? Okay. (Too soon?)
So here are my few and far ideas that I will hide because it may spoil something.
(view spoiler)[ So the whole ending. The memo. The WICKED IS GOOD. I have a few speculations. Either A, they actually are their parents and they are going toe one how save the world from this post apoco issue that is going on or B, Teresa isn't good? and is one of them. Im not too sure where that is going but I assume it will take on a big role as it seemed to be like almost a franchise sort of thing where there are other people out there, smart people, going through the same frightening maze. And they will all find each other and stop the world fro decaying. Yay, heroes.
I also, am a little hesitant towards the whole getting outta the maze in ten pages. Excuse me but you spent the entire 300+ pages before hand making the maze some impossible thing and wallah, the button. I feel like the possibility of a maze inside of a maze inside of another maze is going on. And each book is a new level? Hopefully. (hide spoiler)]
But those are just a few of my thoughts and I would love to continue a discussion with any and all.
I wanted to be obsessed with this book. I wasn't necessarily disappointed with it but I was left feeling a little, empty? if that is even the right woI wanted to be obsessed with this book. I wasn't necessarily disappointed with it but I was left feeling a little, empty? if that is even the right word. I did really enjoy this book though. I would consider it one of my more favorites. I just felt like there was something missing. Now, I read this book over a longer period than expected. But, that shouldn't really make me not remember big details. I found myself doing this most of the time through out the book. Not on purpose, but because I genuinely forgot. I don't know if it was because the chapters were WAY to back an forth. The time jumping idea of a murderer is really cool. I really liked that idea that she tried to play with. But, it wasn't followed through or executed very properly, in my opinion. The pieces end up not really fitting together as well as they could of.
Granted, I loved Harper and his sick twisted mind. They way he idolized his girls. The day he had pieces of each of them scattered and projected this sort of beautiful, "shining" sensation on to each one of them. He was the main reason why I liked the book. I enjoyed Kirby as well. I just didn't enjoy the in your face Kirby as much as I normally seem to do. Maybe it was the way she was written, not sure. I didn't like the last half of the book. Kirby's chapters were filled with a premature clue hunter attempting to piece together pieces that could of been done ten times more elaborately, but instead it seems to just fall in place like a love/YA story. There was no real suspense. The only suspense I got was when I was reading Harpers escapades as he came back from the past to re find his shining girls. Something so chilling about that. Harper, I loved. Does that make me insane? ;)
I think this would make an insanely interesting movie.
This is a collection, as the title clearly states. I am not the biggest lover of plays/dramas/comedies what have you. Especially the renaissance perioThis is a collection, as the title clearly states. I am not the biggest lover of plays/dramas/comedies what have you. Especially the renaissance period. But it is interesting as you trace the ideal of gender through out all five of the plays. There is this very much present separation between male and female. And it is tested through multiple situations. As discussed, I find it likable. Which is hard for me. But I didn't mind talking about these.
Included in the collection: he Comedy of Calandro by Bernardo Dovizi de Bibbiena; The Mandrake Root by Niccolò Machiavelli; The Master of the Horse by Pietro Aretino; The Deceived by the Academy of the Intronati of Siena; and A Venetian Comedy by Anonymous.
Calandro and Mandrake Root had obviously male female issues. BUT the one I really found interesting was The Master of the Horse because they brought in homosexuality. I mean if you think about how long ago these were written, it is so interesting to see the issue of a queer protagonist that is forced upon the most beautiful woman.
The theme of seeming versus being; queer, straight, male, female, trans, cores-dressing, an asshole ( yeah there are always those characters), is very present through out all the plays. ...more
Uhm. I am not too sure what to say about this. It is definitely disturbing, grotesque and completely crazy. We talked about how this graphic novel intUhm. I am not too sure what to say about this. It is definitely disturbing, grotesque and completely crazy. We talked about how this graphic novel intended to do everything that the CCA setup. Burns manages to do that in a freak way but it kind of worked? He pretty much says fuck you to the CCA and the censorship. There is sex, killing, rape and all that bloody goodness. Its about the teenage mind, the anxieties of sexuality as well ad the Bug. Like lets not even discuss that. So, its really interesting in that way. He writes a great "story" and the art is rely great because he throws it back to the wood blocking days. Its completely beautiful in that way. The Black and white plays extremely well into the anxiety of the story. I just find it so so fascinating that this is a horror comic, and it is so fucking fucked up and disturbing yet- here we were reading it and wanting to know what happens next. The sick mind of human beings is beyond me. ...more
I was completely indifferent about this novel. I didn't HATE it but I also wasn't really into it. And if I have to hear one more thing about "whaling"I was completely indifferent about this novel. I didn't HATE it but I also wasn't really into it. And if I have to hear one more thing about "whaling" I may die. ...more
I really loved this graphic novel. It was so well done, the panel transitions to the color choice to the story. The transitions in particular were briI really loved this graphic novel. It was so well done, the panel transitions to the color choice to the story. The transitions in particular were brilliantly done. The way they were set up and put together....more
I enjoyed this play. I find it interesting that the main character aimed towards critical review is Shylock, the Jew. A lot of criticism that we lookeI enjoyed this play. I find it interesting that the main character aimed towards critical review is Shylock, the Jew. A lot of criticism that we looked at for this play focused on the idea of Jewishness versus Christianity...more