So with knowing that this book is the reason we have the answer to the universe as commonly accepted by nerds, I thought it would be a lot more philos...moreSo with knowing that this book is the reason we have the answer to the universe as commonly accepted by nerds, I thought it would be a lot more philosophical and deep. Not really; the deepness is more of a shoe-horned footnote to an average adventure. Tangents were went off on without any really necessity (Arthur's words falling through a worm-hole, the role of a president in the galactic government) and I didn't care about a single character. This is why I shouldn't have high expectations for a book.(less)
I wish I could find those clips of the episode of "The Middle" where Brick gives Axl a summary of this book...because even though it spoiled the book...moreI wish I could find those clips of the episode of "The Middle" where Brick gives Axl a summary of this book...because even though it spoiled the book for me it was accurate and hilarious.
This is definitely not a book you spread out over a long period of time; it's only about a hundred pages, a quick read, and goes pretty fast. The middle drags, but it's most pertinent. It was interesting to see different discriminations play out (Curley's wife is never given a name; Crooks is frequently called the "n" word and is isolated to a part of the barn away from the other workers).
I'm finding I'm not a huge fan of Steinbeck's writing style; it's alright but there's something rough about it that keeps it from being a smooth read. Overall I think it's a good story, and good for school curriculum... But it's not "OMG SO AWESOME!!!!!". Looking forward to watching the movie(s) though. (less)
I love Sarah Dessen, but this book was...mediocre in comparison. Actually just plain mediocre.
Caitlin is the weakest heroine that I've read of Dessen'...moreI love Sarah Dessen, but this book was...mediocre in comparison. Actually just plain mediocre.
Caitlin is the weakest heroine that I've read of Dessen's so far...which makes sense because she's supposed to be a likely victim. I just found it hard to relate to her or get in her head, and I still have no idea what she saw in Rogerson. Rogerson wasn't nearly compelling enough for me to see a reason to stick around, even if he was all dangerous and Caitlin's looking for excitement.
This just didn't click with me, and I'm not sure if it's because I've read better by the same author, the scenario doesn't ring true, or my own situations are different than the one described so I can't relate. "Dreamland", at least for me, is just so-so, and I'd highly recommend "This Lullaby" or "Just Listen" instead.(less)
So I was doing laundry a couple of weeks ago and was going through my brother's basket (always an interesting adventure) when I found a school copy of...moreSo I was doing laundry a couple of weeks ago and was going through my brother's basket (always an interesting adventure) when I found a school copy of John Steinbeck's "The Pearl" tucked into it. I only took one traditional English class during my stay at high school, so I was not exposed to the same literature as my peers. Because I have masochistic tendencies, and it was only 90 pages, I decided to read it...for pleasure. It's...not fluid. Like it was rushed, or not edited, or something. The writing isn't easy to read, and that's probably why I didn't finish it in one or two sittings. Steinbeck has incredible talent with similies, metaphors, and analogies (the entire book is an analogy of greed, pretty much), but it's hidden under stilted prose. I hope his other works are better; I almost get the impression he sent this off and they published it because it's Steinbeck. My final impression is that he wasn't held enough as a child. I know what "The Grapes of Wrath" is about, and a loose storyline of "Of Mice and Men", and he seems allergic to happy endings. This ending didn't sit well with me; after all of the struggling and trouble they got from this pearl, they just kind of...gave up at the end. If you're going to deal with that much crap, the least you can do is stick with it 'til the end. Or that's how I see it, despite the whole "greed is bad, mmmkay? and people are evil" theme. Overall I'm dissatisfied, but can't say it's a bad book overall. Its shortness does seem preferable to a class of high schoolers who automatically have an aversion to whatever is required, and most won't care about the overall quality if it's forced.(less)
Transitions are hard, which is why writers get stereotyped so easily. You don't see Stephen King writing children's stories, do you? I think "The Belov...moreTransitions are hard, which is why writers get stereotyped so easily. You don't see Stephen King writing children's stories, do you? I think "The Beloved Dearly" would be fun to see in person, but it didn't translate well to the novel. I could tell there were a lot of sight gags, but suspension of belief was impossible for me. Seriously, they all acted like adults, which would have been cute in a made-for-t.v. movie...but not this novel. Mr. Cooney is primarily a scriptwriter and playwright, and "The Beloved Dearly" was a play, so that explains the bad transition. All in all, it was a good idea executed in the wrong form.(less)