While this was a surprisingly slow read for me, I did thoroughly enjoy it, mostly for its execution. This could have been any historical fiction aboutWhile this was a surprisingly slow read for me, I did thoroughly enjoy it, mostly for its execution. This could have been any historical fiction about ancient Rome, written in the standard style, and it would most likely have been good (let’s face it, reading about ancient Rome is never boring) but it wouldn’t have felt personal. The style in which this was written, as a memoir written by Claudius himself, adds that element of personality to it that sets it apart from the rest.
I knew, after reading the first paragraph that this would be an interesting read, and it was. Full of intrigue, drama, humor, highs and lows, happiness and sadness, love and forced marriage, sickness and health, I, Claudius is an entertaining read. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it....more
This was a pretty good read, especially since I picked it up purely for the fact that it had to do with sharks and I haven’t read the other books in tThis was a pretty good read, especially since I picked it up purely for the fact that it had to do with sharks and I haven’t read the other books in the series yet. The writing and characterizations are fairly simple, but not what I would call juvenile, so it makes it an easy read. The shark behavior in this book is fairly portrayed, which honestly surprised me because I’ve read shark books by so called shark experts that are full of inaccuracies (or just plain silliness), so it was refreshing to see accurate portrayal, especially from someone not in the habit of writing shark books.
One thing that did bug me though was some of the automatic assumptions of guilt based on the “hobbies” of certain people our fearless PI’s investigate. I’m not going to say specifics because they would probably spoil the mystery, but I will say there is a difference between profiling and stereotyping, and this was clearly stereotyping (likely based in ignorance).
Despite that, Red Surf was still a nice, easy read and I will likely end up reading the other books in the series....more
This is what happens when a story with potential (think Jurassic Park meets Deep Blue See, minus all the genetic engineering) is absolutely ruined byThis is what happens when a story with potential (think Jurassic Park meets Deep Blue See, minus all the genetic engineering) is absolutely ruined by lack of research and an astounding lack of editing.
Grammatical errors are so abundant that I thought I was reading a basic first draft written by someone who doesn’t have the greatest command of the English language. And yet, the author has apparently written many books and is a “best-seller”. I don’t even know what to say about that. All I know is that this book was incredibly hard to finish because the errors threw me out of the story every time, and when that is occurring multiple times per page that makes things very difficult, indeed. There are a plethora of missing commas and commas where none should be; sentence fragments and run on sentences fill entire paragraphs (sparingly, this is ok, but not with such frequency) and the author constantly refers to a single Hammerhead Shark as Hammerheads or Hammerheads Sharks. I mean, come on, really?
Yah should be Yeah. And blond refers to a male with blond hair. A female would be a blonde.
Grammatical errors aside, the sharks aren’t fairly represented here either and most of the factual errors could have been easily fixed through some quick research.
* Hammerhead Sharks are not known for being cannibalistic towards their own litters, with the exception of one or two of the larger, more aggressive species. Since no specific species of Hammerhead is mentioned and they are just referred to, generically, as Hammerheads, I’m going to guess this fact was overlooked.
* A Great White Shark would probably have some serious problems swallowing a (rather lager) robot on a jet ski. A Megalodon, sure. A full-grown Whale Shark probably could, but wouldn’t. A Great White, no way; though it could take a big chunk out of it, to be sure.
* Whale Sharks live in topical/warm temperature waters. I was bothered when a character described the water in the Whale Shark tank as ‘cold’.
* Sharks would not be jumping up from their tanks to grab people on the surface. That’s just not how a normal shark behaves. I could suspend my disbelief is these where genetically engineered super sharks with a nefarious plan, but unless I missed it, these are normal sharks.
There is more, but I think I’ve gotten the point across. I won’t even go into the stupid things the characters do (like take a boat out in a level 5 hurricane!)
Please note that I’m not trying to be mean here. I really am saying all of this for the author’s benefit. Hopefully she will get her work proofread and make the necessary changes. I also hope she will give researching her ideas first a chance as well. I imagine a lot of people will read this for the simple fact that they like sharks and those people are going to be very put off.
This gets one star from me, but probably would have been three if the errors where not so frequent and the characters and sharks had been more realistic....more
I find myself with split feelings about this book. On the one hand there were parts of this book that I liked, but on the other hand, there were thingI find myself with split feelings about this book. On the one hand there were parts of this book that I liked, but on the other hand, there were things that I definitely didn’t like about the book. I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written some 40 or so years ago, in a time when shark knowledge was low and ignorance was high. I guess that should be some sort of consolation, but really, it’s not.
I’m going to give this three stars, the action and suspense are good, but the rest of the book is a real drag to read. I’ll stick with the movie from now on....more
This was easy to read (took only a couple hours) and, overall, it was pretty funny; maybe not the laugh out lough kind of funny, but certainly the smiThis was easy to read (took only a couple hours) and, overall, it was pretty funny; maybe not the laugh out lough kind of funny, but certainly the smile and chuckle to yourself kind of funny. I particularly enjoyed the comics pertaining to common grammatical errors; not because I learned anything new but because it made my inner grammar Nazi smile gleefully. Hey, we all make grammar errors (that's what editors and proof readers are for), but there's a big difference between making mistakes and never actually knowing what you are doing wrong. Ignorance may be bliss, but you still look like an idiot nonetheless. [Cue bigger grammar Nazis than myself pointing out the error or two that may have occurred in this review.] ;)
Also, dinosaurs are awesome, even if they are difficult to potty train and insist on having premarital sex.
The House With Twelve Rooms is a fantastic collection of short stories. There is whimsy and fantasy to be found here, but there is a familiar realityThe House With Twelve Rooms is a fantastic collection of short stories. There is whimsy and fantasy to be found here, but there is a familiar reality here too; a reality that can sometimes hit close to home. Each story conjures detailed images in your mind, a feat not every writer can accomplish with such ease. The stories all flow smoothly from one to another and each is easy to read (and imagine) and seemingly written with great care. The odd and the mundane, the simple and the complex, the real and the imagined; it all comes together here in pleasing and entertaining ways. Give this one a try, you won't be disappointed, I certainly wasn't....more
I bought this book for the shark and what I got was a terrible, testosterone fulled nightmare. I think, a few times here and there, there may have beeI bought this book for the shark and what I got was a terrible, testosterone fulled nightmare. I think, a few times here and there, there may have been mention of a shark. I'm not sure if, by the end of the story, I could have cared any less about the characters in this book; they were nothing more than a rag tag group of cardboard cut outs and walking stereotypes.
Gets two stars though, for the shark and the fact that reading reviews of this book introduced me to the Meg series by Steven Alten....more
I really, really wanted to like this, and I really, really thought I would. But for some explicable reason, this really didn't do it for me. Perhaps II really, really wanted to like this, and I really, really thought I would. But for some explicable reason, this really didn't do it for me. Perhaps I'll give the second book a try, or some of the short stories Bevan has written and see if those strike me funnier than this one did....more
Not bad. Most of the chapters in this book are short little bios about players, or memorable moments in Broncos history. The writing is fine, but perhNot bad. Most of the chapters in this book are short little bios about players, or memorable moments in Broncos history. The writing is fine, but perhaps its the execution that falls short for me. 100 Things lacks depth, a problem for football teams and books alike. I did learn some stuff I didn't know about players that came and went before my time, but for the most part, I knew a lot of the stuff mentioned here either from having witnessed it, or having heard about it during game broadcasts or from listening to sports radio. Then again, I've lived in Colorado for most of my life, so the info may be easier to come by. Like I said, not bad, but if you are a moderate to maniacal Broncos fan, you probably wont get too much new info out of this book....more