this sequel to "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" was written by the original author's daughter after he passed away. i appreciate finding out what hapthis sequel to "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" was written by the original author's daughter after he passed away. i appreciate finding out what happened to the rats after the evacuation from the rosebush on the farm but i think you can tell that it's a different author; it feels more juvenile, even though both were intended as children's books. The original doesn't feel so much like it's simplifying, whereas this book often has statements like "Racso felt sad," or characters literally shouting "hurrah!" and focuses on the young rat learning to be less selfish and fit in socially as opposed to focusing on a fieldmouse mother tryig to save her son's life. the only plot point that i remembered before re-reading this book a couple decades after first reading it in grade school was actually the part i thought was best-written and most powerful this time around, so maybe that's why it stuck with me when i forgot everything else. (view spoiler)[it was jenner's sacrifice to stop the dam opening and flooding thorn valley, and the note he left. "my son is here. he cannot swim." (hide spoiler)] one difference between this book and the original that i did very much appreciate was the inclusion of MORE FEMALES, THANK YOU! the original was a bit frustrating to re-read because other than mrs. frisby there are almost no girls; there's a child rat mrs. frisby meets who tells her that the wives don't go to the rat meetings. all the rat leadership is male even though it's explicitly mentioned that at least one of the rats AT NIMH getting SUPER SMART INJECTIONS is female. so...why aren't there any females in the leadership or going to the meetings to decide what's to become of the rats' future?! this book introduces us to a female rat who is acting as current "Presiding Rat" and is also the school teacher for the young rats, and, bonus, her name is HERMIONE! published eleven years before the first harry potter book. love it. we also learn from Nicodemus that one of the rats who died during the evacuation from the rosebush was a brave female, Martha. a young rat Isabella and an adult doctor Elvira are also featured, and Mrs. Frisby still has a role too, so it's just miles better gender-representation-wise.
oh, one more thing about this book is the technology is kind of hilariously outdated. the computer they are trying to hack takes up an entire wall and they even talk about how it's so much smaller than older computers. but imagine nowadays, they could just smuggle an iphone into their colony and it would be the perfect size for a rat computer and have way more power, too. lolzies.["br"]>["br"]>...more
the takeaway lesson here is "just because a YA book is being made into a movie does not mean you have to read it or that you will like it". not sure wthe takeaway lesson here is "just because a YA book is being made into a movie does not mean you have to read it or that you will like it". not sure why i didn't learn my lesson on this with Beautiful Creatures. maybe if i hadn't avoided the movie trailers because i didn't want to 'spoil' the book i'd have realized that it wasn't going to be my kind of story anyway. like all john green novels, it's full of pretentious teenagers, which is fine, some teenagers are like that, but it's very annoying to read their dialgue. and while i appreciate the thesis that manic pixie dream girl is not a real thing and everybody is actually a person, i'm not in the mood to congratulate a narrator that takes 200 pages to realize this. literally, here is a quote from page 199: "Margo Roth Spiegelman was a person, too. And I had never quite thought of her that way, not really; it was a failure of all my previous imaginings." well good. for. you. sorry but i'd rather read more stories that start with the presumption that women are people than too rather than patting this boy on the back for reading walt whitman repeatedly and going on a self-absorbed roadtrip and making moby dick references and THEN realizing that women are people too. also i didn't care for the way lacey's "weird relationship with food" was represented. i liked The Fault In Our Stars but every other john green book i've read has been annoying and i don't understand his rabid fan base, unless they're actually fans of his youtube stuff instead? i'm mean if people like his books that's cool i'm just not one of those people. sorrynotsorry. ...more
this book is kind of a cross between Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, Gone Girl, and Tamar Cohen's The Misstress's Revenge. two stars would be a more accuthis book is kind of a cross between Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, Gone Girl, and Tamar Cohen's The Misstress's Revenge. two stars would be a more accurate rating to reflect how i felt about it, but i've marked it as 3 because there's nothing majorly wrong with the writing or the story, it's just that mystery/thrillers aren't my favorite. (although i do feel like i solved the mystery a lot earlier than i usually can). i guess another reason i didn't love it is because there are no likeable characters. it did suck me in though and i had to keep reading to find out what happened, so, it is probably a good recommendation for a summer read. my main reason for reading it in the first place was because i heard so many people talking about it, and i can see why it's so popular. it's just not really my thing....more
way better than fellowship, a lot more exciting and less tedious (proably mainly because there's no frodo for the first two-thirdre-read summer 2015.
way better than fellowship, a lot more exciting and less tedious (proably mainly because there's no frodo for the first two-thirds, but also because there are less songs and poems to interrupt the action). frustratingly sexist, but shoutout to hama at rohan for being the only feminist in middle-earth. and i can't wait to re-read return of the king now and get to the eowyn-being-a-badass part. i love how well the peter jackson films did capture the essence of almost all the characters. it's fun to be reminded of how much dialogue came straight from the books, too. "what's taters, precious?" and "frodo wouldn't have gotten very far without sam" and "a chance for faramir, son of gondor, to show his quality." (omg i love faramir). i might actually read at least part of the simarillion now too because they mention the palantirs and this legend about where the came from several times and i want to know the whole story....more
decided it was time to re-read this series since i haven't actually read the books since high school, although i have seen the peter jackson film adapdecided it was time to re-read this series since i haven't actually read the books since high school, although i have seen the peter jackson film adaptations several times during the intervening years. i have to say, at least based on re-reading this first one, that i think i prefer the films. the book is just kind of slow-moving, and if i hadn't been listening to the audiobook version i probably would have skipped over some of the songs. like, it's cool that they're there, they give interesting backstory sometimes or they are a good source of elvish or whatever language they're in, but it breaks up the story to have a six-verse poem or song in the middle of the narration. also, frodo is kind of like harry potter in that he's supposed to be the main hero but he's not all that charismatic or likeable, and many of the side characters aren't fleshed out very much. i'm curious to review how they are depicted in the two towers and return of the king. i'm very thankful that the filmmakers increased Arwen's visible actions, speeded the journey up (no dawdling for days or weeks at each stop!) and added urgency to the evil pursuing the fellowship by showing sauroman building an orc-army and stuff. it's just a really well-done adaptation. one interesting thing about re-reading this after having seen the movies so many times is that i recognize when a line of dialogue was copied directly, and it's not always said by the same character. many of treebeard's lines in the films were actually tom bombadill's in the book. so that will be another thing i'll watch out for in the next two....more
the first adjective that comes to mind when describing this book is LENGTHY, but it's also interesting, creative, and a little haunting. For repeatingthe first adjective that comes to mind when describing this book is LENGTHY, but it's also interesting, creative, and a little haunting. For repeating so much plot so often, it manages to escape feeling tedious, most of the time. The main character keeps dying and being reborn, but unlike the traditional idea of reincarnation, she is always born as Ursula Todd in a British country home on February 11, 1910. Different choices or actions in her successive lifetimes sometimes lead to very different consequences, and other times it seems no matter what she or others do certain events are fated to occur. It's quasi-philosophical but can also be enjoyed as a "historical" novel, especially the lives when she lived during the second world war, from various perspectives. I've never really appreciated the grueling marathon of the british being bombed night after night or understood the efforts to withstand the attacks, until reading about (view spoiler)[ursula as both a bombing victim and rescue squad member. (hide spoiler)] i suppose leaving it open-ended is supposed to make me have to engage with the text more and think harder about what the "point" of her being trapped in that life cycle was, but i wish there had been more clues. i also wish i knew which of my friends has read this or which ones i should persuade to read it so that we can talk about it. and even though i would watch it, i kind of hope this never gets adapted into a movie because i'm already annoyed thinking about how they'd dumb it down and people would watch the movie but not read the book and then try to tell me they totally understood it when i said i wasn't sure about what really happened. :-p...more
this story was different than i was expecting, (although i'm not sure exactly what i was expecting). it's definitly not as good as the Matched trilogythis story was different than i was expecting, (although i'm not sure exactly what i was expecting). it's definitly not as good as the Matched trilogy, but it's very interesting. the world-building and mythology were my favorite parts, (the plot was decently brisk-paced but some of the character development felt a little meh at times, and the romance happened too quick for me to fall in love with), and i've shelved it as "sci-fi" but it could easily be classified as fantasy as well or instead. the mechanics of an underwater civilization are sciency but the miracles, at least the emergence of the sirens, are more mystical. (then again the council's secrecy had echoes of the Society's dystopian rule in Matched.) i liked rio's arc on an intellectual level, ((view spoiler)[especially that in the end she realizes she has power and abilities independent of the voice she was born with, (hide spoiler)]), but i didn't really connect with her on an emotional level. it was hard for me to symapthize with her missing her sister when she was basically absent the entire book for me as a reader. i think maire was my favorite character. for a book that takes place at the bottom of the ocean, it seemed like it was too often skimming the surface of what could have been a really deep and complex story....more
surprisingly good sequel; i think i might have liked it even better than If I Stay! very emotionally intense with all of Adam's angst-y lyrics and anxsurprisingly good sequel; i think i might have liked it even better than If I Stay! very emotionally intense with all of Adam's angst-y lyrics and anxiety tremors, and then a cathartic ending...i liked it! at first i thought it was going to flip between his and her p.o.v.'s but i'm glad it turned out to be just him. i'm not much of a concert goer but i would totally buy Shooting Star's album if they were real. (also, sorry Adam but i would totally be one of the people reading about you and Bryn on gossip sites.) even though Chloe Grace Moretz played Mia in the movie adaptation of If I Stay, i only pictured book-Mia as her about 30% of the time. and i mostly pictured Adam as season 7 American Idol winner David Cook, although i didn't have anything against the guy that played him in the movie. ...more
a fairy tale for the children inside us grown-ups. which is everyone, since "Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they'ra fairy tale for the children inside us grown-ups. which is everyone, since "Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world." lovely weird story with an ending that leaves you wondering if there's something magical in your past, too, that you just can't quite remember......more
it was interesting to learn more about a world war 2 in a different part of euproe than most stories are set in; i really didn't know much about whatit was interesting to learn more about a world war 2 in a different part of euproe than most stories are set in; i really didn't know much about what happened in lithuania and so i couldn't predict what was going to happen to lina and her family and what her chances of survival were. but i never really felt fully immersed in the story, it always felt more like reading about things that happened historically rather than temporarily experiencing someone else's life. ...more
i put off writing this review because there were too many feelings to process (and i'm still not totally sure how i feel about this story and these chi put off writing this review because there were too many feelings to process (and i'm still not totally sure how i feel about this story and these characters). i listened to this while driving and towards the end i made a pit stop and i was so story-drunk that i (view spoiler)[started to wonder if i was real or if other people were real, like the person i had just got off the phone with, were they real?? and then i came out and couldn't remember where i parked and thought maybe I wasn't real either?!! it was temporary fiction-caused insanity! (hide spoiler)] i was definitely hooked pretty early on; i didn't realize at first that Cadence was metaphorically describing emotional pain when her father left, especially since she primed us the paragraph or so before with this talk of before and after "the accident," so for a bit i thought her dad really shot her and that was the accident. and then i just got totally sucked into hardcore judging the super-rich snobby Sinclair family. and THEN i was like what the heck is going ON?!!!! i felt so certain the whole time that something was up but i never predicted what the actual twist turned out to be. i think i will definitely have to re-read this one so i can try to figure out how i feel about what happened, and how i feel about Cadence and Gat. for a while i was really angry with Gat, thinking he was bad news, (view spoiler)[ but i mean if he was dead then of course he never wrote to her. and if he was really a ghost that came back then why wouldn't he want to "start over"? but ARE they ghosts, or are they figments of her imagination, her subconscious trying to work through the grief and shock?? also i've heard people compare this book to Gone Girl but i don't think Cadence is quite like Amazing Amy; i mean i can see the comparison but she's not a malicious psychopath, she didn't premeditate or even intend their deaths, right? (hide spoiler)] in the end this story is very traumatic but it's hopeful, too, i mean there's healing, i think. but it ends too soon. and also what the heck. yet another case of me crying over fictional characters (view spoiler)[like the fact that johnny and mirren and gat will never grow up, that whole section about the stuff they'll never do, i legit cried. (hide spoiler)]...more