This book was really fascinating, really well written, and full of emotion. It was slower for me, but not because it ever got boring. It was just a stThis book was really fascinating, really well written, and full of emotion. It was slower for me, but not because it ever got boring. It was just a story I was happy digesting small pieces at a time. (Well, and I was reading it during november which is also nanowrimo, so...). Prepare to be sad though, it's super depressing! (Of course, let's face it, what story set during WWII isn't?)
It's basically the story of a girl living in Nazi Germany, Liesel Meminger, AKA the book thief, over the course of four years. It is narrated by death, who runs into her more than once while collecting souls as people die. Because she sees that much death. See? Depressing.
Death is a fantastic narrator though, and a surprisingly sympathetic character, as he follows Liesel's story, put together from what death saw himself of her and what she wrote in her autobiography in the basement of her home during WWII. And it's really interesting. A really great read....more
Oh. my. god. Electromagical forces = electromagnetic forces. Quarkbeasts reproduce by splitting into six flavors of mirror images of themselves...up,Oh. my. god. Electromagical forces = electromagnetic forces. Quarkbeasts reproduce by splitting into six flavors of mirror images of themselves...up, down, strange, charm, bottom and top. Spelltext = Computer code. RUNIX sounds like LINUX but I think might be more analogous to binary or FORTRAN.
This book was hilarious and adorable and I can't wait to read the second one. It was fast paced and simple, but Fforde doesn't shy away from adult conThis book was hilarious and adorable and I can't wait to read the second one. It was fast paced and simple, but Fforde doesn't shy away from adult concepts and big words even though it's a kids' book, which made me super happy. His portrayal of big business and commerce is both sadly true and mildly ridiculous....more
I loved this book! It was very character-driven, which I normally don't like as much as most people, but the characters in this book were great and orI loved this book! It was very character-driven, which I normally don't like as much as most people, but the characters in this book were great and original and just wonderfully written. I almost read the whole book in one sitting, and if I'd had ANY choice, I would have!...more
I did really like this book. I didn't really expect to. I had to read it because I work at the library in Lexington, KY, and 1 book 1 bluegrass cSo...
I did really like this book. I didn't really expect to. I had to read it because I work at the library in Lexington, KY, and 1 book 1 bluegrass chose this as their book this year. As such we are having programming related to this book all through April.
I knew it was steampunk, which gave me hope, but I also knew it was a love story, which is not generally my thing.
Well...it didn't seem very steampunk-y to me. It also wasn't THAT much of a love story. It was weird.
But absolutely BEAUTIFULLY written.
Basically there are two guys who are stage magicians, but can actually do magic. They tone down their natural magic for the stage so that the audience thinks it is just illusion, when it is real magic. Douchebag magician finds out he has a daughter, and decides to challenge the other magician with her. Basically they practice magic in very different ways, and they like to each train a student using their own methods, and then put them in competition with each other.
What the kids don't know, even after they've grown and the competition is started, is that the competition is not over until (view spoiler)[one of them dies. (hide spoiler)] Which is a problem when they fall in love with each other.
Luckily for me, the book doesn't focus much on their romance. It focuses on the circus. Which is cool because the Night Circus is the coolest circus imaginable, especially since it is being run by real magic.
The book is full of incredible descriptions and scenes, although in the middle it starts to become slow. There is a section in the middle where being kept in the dark starts to get tiring and yet you haven't found out where it's all going yet.
But it didn't last long though. 50 pages maybe. The rest was really interesting, mostly because you never quite understood what's going on.
The book does jump around a lot in time. Each chapter starts with a date, and it goes back and forth in time a lot, so to keep things straight in your mind, sequentially, you have to pay attention to the dates.
Awesome sequel to Unwind. Not quite as much shock value, but more development. The characters are rich, and each one of them has a unique perspectiveAwesome sequel to Unwind. Not quite as much shock value, but more development. The characters are rich, and each one of them has a unique perspective and storyline within the story which keeps it really interesting, even when the action is not as intense as it was in the first one. This story has progressed from the characters trying to save their selves in the first book, others like them in the second book, and now in the third book I think they're going to be tackling society itself. I can't wait to read it!...more
This is a chapbook of poetry. It is a short and fast read with 21 poems over 27 pages.
To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like it as I read thThis is a chapbook of poetry. It is a short and fast read with 21 poems over 27 pages.
To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like it as I read the first couple poems. In Jen's last book of poetry, I "got" the poems from the start. I understood what they were getting at and could relate them to myself or things I knew. The first couple poems in this book didn't really click. But then I got to the poem Testament, which I LOVED and after that the themes of the book really started to come out and I started to understand what her poetry was saying.
There are quite a few poems here about love, but thankfully each one is different (Fatal Attraction being my favorite). There is also a major spiritual theme in this book, though it is not really affiliated with a religion as much as with philosophy. Some of the poems work together to create one message of connectedness of conscious beings across the time and space, of love and lack of fear. I thought that was very cool.
With the exception of a few poems I didn't really get, this book is overall an interesting read that gives some good opportunity for contemplation. Which is pretty good...I mean...when do you ever like EVERY poem in a book or song on an album?...more
This book was pretty awesome. I would have loved it as a little kid. George is the child of environmentalists who refuse to use any sort of technologyThis book was pretty awesome. I would have loved it as a little kid. George is the child of environmentalists who refuse to use any sort of technology in their home, to include electricity, processed foods, or a vehicle. He's always embarrassed because he doesn't have a tv or computer like other kids do, although he does have a pet pig which is pretty cool. George's dream is to have a computer, but is parents won't allow it.
He finds out his neighbor is a scientist who has a super computer named Cosmos, who can actually create portals into space. The scientist, Eric, shows George the computer and uses it to teach him about the Universe. A few mishaps happen...George and Annie, Eric's daughter, don space suits when Eric isn't home and use Cosmos to go out into space. They sit on a comet that is passing through the solar system, watching the planets...but what they didn't expect was to almost be pelted to death by asteroids when they pass through the asteroid belt.
Anyway, with his new knowledge from Cosmos, George wants to enter a school science competition. The first prize is a brand new computer. But when he goes to have Eric check his speech for accuracy, Eric receives a note from a bitter scientist telling him of a new, earth sized planet that could harbor life. But it's a trick...the planet is near a black hole, and before George can warn him, brilliant but naive Eric takes off through a portal to check out the planet. While he has disappeared, the bad guy steals Cosmos. It's up to George to rescue Cosmos, figure out how to save Eric from the black hole, and still make it to his competition on time.
It's a great book, and actually gives a very strong environmental message, despite George's quirky parents. It emphasizes that science is not evil, but that it can be used that way when people use it without regard to its consequences, and that it should be used to further the protection of our environment.
The only negative comment I have is that the book is interspersed with little mini lessons and photos about space and science...which is great...but sometimes they interrupt the story mid-sentence and it's kind of jarring. I think they should have been put at the end of chapters so you weren't having to finish a scene and then go back to them. ...more
My sister pointed this book out to me at Half Price Books and told me she had to read it for school back in the day and it was really good.
She was riMy sister pointed this book out to me at Half Price Books and told me she had to read it for school back in the day and it was really good.
She was right, it is really good. It's also pretty short. You can read it in half a day, easy, if you don't have anything else to do.
It's about a boy who runs away from home and lives off the land in Catskill mountains in New York. He hollows out a big tree for a home, hunts, makes his own clothes and his own tools and trains a falcon from the time it's born to hunt for him. It has a LOT of really good information about surviving in the wilderness (assuming the author did his research, and from what little I already knew, I think he did).
The only thing that annoyed me about this book was the ending. (view spoiler)[Throughout the book, the kid comes across people here and there who he trusts. He lets them see his home, and they promise to keep his secret safe if they can come stay with him sometimes, because everyone thinks it's so cool that he lives on his own. In the end, it's his desire for human contact that undoes him when he befriends a reporter. Towards the end, reporters and photographers were coming into the mountain looking for him, and he was sad because he knew it might all come to an end soon. I was cool with that, that's a believable and yet emotional ending. But then his family comes. His parents and all eight brothers and sisters show up, and he's happy because they are staying, so he thinks they are all going to live off the land. And then his dad starts building a house, and when the boy protests, that the whole reason he ran away was to get away from living dependent on civilization, his dad's response is that his mother was not going to have her neighbors thinking that she neglected her kid. I mean...a respectable, educational dream ruined because the mom is afraid for her reputation!? GRRR. That to me just highlights exactly what is wrong with society. Wtf. And the book ends, with the kid getting mad and yelling at his dad that they are going to ruin everything...and I totally agree with him. And then that's the end. It seemed really cut off without much resolution. *Sigh* (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, right up until the end the book is really enjoyable, I just feel like it should have gone a little farther.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more