Catch 22 is one of my favorite books, which is a long list and fairly indiscriminate. Very rarely can I say that a book has made me laugh, and this on...moreCatch 22 is one of my favorite books, which is a long list and fairly indiscriminate. Very rarely can I say that a book has made me laugh, and this one did. I laughed at the tragedy that was the army and how inescapable it was, I laughed in some parts because it was better than feeling utter despair. There were several truly funny moments in the book that were humorous in their own right. It is exceptionally well written and I'm waiting on the review of my friend in Iraq to see how it compares to the army of today. It was a book I could lose myself in. Yossarian's journey through the army is definitely a good read and worth picking up. I really wish I'd kept a journal when I read it so I could more accurately describe the themes of the book. I'll just have to read it again. (less)
A collection of Lovecraft tales, includes many of his most famous. One of the things I enjoyed most about this collection is that there are many short...moreA collection of Lovecraft tales, includes many of his most famous. One of the things I enjoyed most about this collection is that there are many short stories that can be read without sequence, so a quick read then the book can be put down. One of the earliest writers of American horror, the imagination does most of the work (especially in the mountains of madness) which is something I have always enjoyed when reading. Excellent grasp of language. While the stories won't give anyone nightmares, they can give you a little shiver. (less)
I've read this book over and over and over again and I STILL like it, and more so every time. I really love how this book is written. I enjoy the secr...moreI've read this book over and over and over again and I STILL like it, and more so every time. I really love how this book is written. I enjoy the secret love Winston shares with Julie. I enjoy his rants against the society he lives in. I feel for him when he debates O'brien and knows what he's saying is right but lacks the knowledge to say why. I always read with dread when he is finally brought to room 101 to break that last secret bit of defiance he holds inside. Everything about this book is amazing to me.
Besides the characters and enthralling story the concepts that drive this book are one's that I believe in as well. The concept at its most basic is that democracy is a far better form of government than a dictatorship, and that communism (in all the forms it has ever appeared in on earth) is not an economic system worth supporting. This is therefore an argument in favor of a democracy-based government, and an economic system similar to capitalism. This makes the book even more enjoyable to me. Sure it just reinforces already held beliefs, but it's okay to do that every now and again.
I read this book for the first time back when I was 12 years old and looking for ..well.. I don't know what I was looking for but I remember staying u...moreI read this book for the first time back when I was 12 years old and looking for ..well.. I don't know what I was looking for but I remember staying up late at night reading it without my parents permission! It was a great tale taking place in a fantasy adventure that took you along for the ride. Extremely memorable characters, the ideas of good versus evil, loyalty to friends, responsibility for your actions, being brave when you don't want to all resonated with me when I read this book. It was one of the books that started me on a whirlwind tour, and I'm VERY glad I read it before they started with the human characters on the cover. Buy this for people who haven't read it, and if you can ever find a copy with an unpictured cover snap it up so that the person who reads it can come up with their own ideas of how the characters should look and act, what that dragon will REALLY look like, and how exactly a dwarf strokes his beard. (less)
This book doesn't actually deserve a five star rating. It's more of a 4. I rate it 5 because I think it deserves to be read. There are ridiculously lo...moreThis book doesn't actually deserve a five star rating. It's more of a 4. I rate it 5 because I think it deserves to be read. There are ridiculously long diatribes that take from 30-60 pages when they should only take 5, 10 tops. In them the same thing gets said over and over and over again. And lots of moments that you just have to slog through. The book is far longer than it should be.
However, the idea of doing things for yourself and not for others is one that I think is pushed far to little. You SHOULD do things for yourself and because you like to do them, not because other people want you to or tell you it's what is right. Now, most of objectivism I don't agree with, but almost no one does so I'm not worried about anyone getting suckered in. This book also shows the extreme downside of everyone working for everyone else, which is often overlooked by those who champion such causes. People will be people, and until that changes such an idealized society is not possible. (less)