‘What is REAL?’ asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender1, before Nana2 came to tidyReviewed on 02/11/2012
‘What is REAL?’ asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender1, before Nana2 came to tidy the room. ‘Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?’ ‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’ ‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’ ‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’ ‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.’
The writing is wonderful and the story is heartbreaking in a wonderful way. How can a story break your heart in a wonderful way? Well, when I find myself with tears of sadness and happiness all together. That’s when my heart is breaking in a magical way. The little Rabbit is so sweet and his wish to be real made me think of the story in AI. Is not that sad, but the way the Little Rabbit believed his dream could come true is so heartfelt and made my heart sing. I love this book. I smiled and cried with it. I learned new things and saw the world with brand knew eyes because of it. A story like this one makes me feel like I’m a little girl again. A girl with innocent eyes and a hopeful heart.
Fairies Will never be the same again,,, ever. I love this book :)
I read the 3.5 first and just had to start to read this series. I confess , I didn't haFairies Will never be the same again,,, ever. I love this book :)
I read the 3.5 first and just had to start to read this series. I confess , I didn't have much faith in books about fairies, but this book showed me how much I was missing. The only book I have ever read before this one that had fairies was midnight summer dream and I fell for Puck from the start,,and it was such a happy surprise to find him in this series along with Oberon and Titanea,,,, They are the bomb,,, :)
Ok, enough with the babbling ,,, I need to start the next book ASAP,,
PS.: Ash S2,, sorry Puck, you will always be my first love and my best friend...more
The big changes in our lives don’t happen the way we plan. The big changes happen in the little details. In the extra second it took for you to leav.
The big changes in our lives don’t happen the way we plan. The big changes happen in the little details. In the extra second it took for you to leave your house making you lose your bus; in the way the cashier talked to you; in the little kid that smiled at you from across the street. The big changes, the ones that really matter, arrive without warning and when you realize what happened it’s too late to stop it. When your eyes are open you can’t close them and forget what you’ve learned or seen. If you watched Constantine or Matrix, you know what I’m talking about.
The Plot — It’s revolutionary! Skeeter is a single girl living in Mississippi and wants to be a writer. Following the wise advice from a big shot editor, she comes up with the idea for writing a book showing the point of view of the help. At first you may think that this plot is not that exceptional, but you have to remember this was in the sixties, racism was in full force back then, and the place was Mississippi of all places. Black women, the ones that raised the white kids, cared for them and had to see them grow just to follow the same path as their racist parents. You can see how that side of the story can be dangerous to be given voice in a society that accept the beating up of an old black man as punishment for using the white folks bathroom. When the price of your words is so high, a book full of them can become a death sentence. See? I told you this plot were revolutionary.
The Characters — OH—MY—GOSH! Ok, ok, I need to calm down *taking a deep breath* since this book is told by 3 of the most amazing women I have ever met, I’ll focus on them first.
She is the first one we meet in this story. Aibillen is starting her new job in a new house. She take care of kids and helps the white moms to take care of the hose and their children. Once the kid is grown she moves on to another family. This is her life and she was fairly fine with it until her own son dies. Her heart darkens and she is no longer so forgiven as once she was. Now she sees the things that she once pretended not to see, her lost has changed her. In the Leefolt's house Aibileen takes care of little Mae Mobley.
Through her eyes we see changes happening and how appearances can be miss leading. Love runs deeper than blood or skin color. With Aibileen I'v learn that one word can change the destiny of a person. One word of encouragement can make a person believe in itself as much as a disproving one can destroy souls and crush dreams.
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
"Minny is "every Southern white woman's nightmare. I adore her."
She is wonderful and a kick ass maid. She cooks and bakes like no one, especially cakes, and have a fierce tongue on her snappy mouth. In everyone's eyes she is strong, tough and nobody messes with her. In reality, Minny is a cat that was burned too many times and learned to attack first and always be prepared for disappointments. After some stuff she goes to work in Celia's house.
There she faces situations and choices that change her in a deep way. With her I've learn that a hard exterior can hide a heart of gold, and that open up can be scary but sometimes is worth it.
Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan
She is the black sheep among the white and fluffy ones. She comes home after finishing college and is trying to find Constantine, the black maid that raised her.
She is a member of the Bridge Club and is also the editor of their Journal where she writes about the social events and stuff like that. She gets a job in a local newspaper and is trying to get her dreams started but all her mom can think is how her daughter ain’t married yet. Talk about disappointment.
Remember what I’ve said in the beginning of this review? About how the big changes can sneak up on you? Well, this started with little signals, but the one that I took to my heart and made me change was the advice that Skeeter received after sending a letter to a publisher. It was something like: “Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.” How many times we see things that bother u, but is something that looks so normal to everybody else? Just because it’s done a long time doesn’t mean is right. After this you can start open you eyes as well, but be aware cose once you starts seeing you can’t go back to being blind. So, sparks happens and Skeeter puts the chain of events in motion to what would be the biggest thing that ever happened in her life and many others.
All the other characters as amazing too and have a fundamental part in the whole story. Just like a puzzle where each of the little pieces is irreplaceable. One in particular is:
Boogie man has a face, and a southern accent too. LoL She is the devil, but I can’t say I hate her. That’s just how she was raised, racist and mean to people. With her I’ve learned that even a terrible person like her can have a heart. Hilly is kind, sweet and loving with her kids. I can’t hate a person that can love that much even if she is evil. Because of her I knew I would love this book.
The Writing — Oh, the writing,,,, I love it, love it, love it,,,,,,,
Yep,, that’s pretty much what happened. LoL So, the story is told mainly by three POVs, Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. In the beginning I thought that it could be confusing, but this author played so well that I was in love with it. The way she writes remind me of the book The Color Purple, in how the words have character and feelings in it. This is one of the most heartfelt and unique writing I have ever read.
The Audiobook Recording — Oh, the audiobook recording,, it’s enchanted *sigh*
It’s read by three different narrators, well, four actually, and this makes all the difference for me. Each one of them had its unique voice, way of speaking and that made them seem even more real. The voice, the tone, the volume it was all great. The reading had a great flow to it and the audio was pleasant to my ears. The interpretation of the text was simply sublime. Pay attention to these narrators cose these are keepers and one of them is in the movie:
Considerations — O laughed, I cried and I loved every minute of it. My grandfather was raised in a farm long, long, long ago, and I remember his stories about the woman that raised him from crib. She was a black maid and he used to tell me how he never forgot her. When he got sick, he called her name during the fever. Some of the stories in this book made me remember this and how I never really understood what that meant till now.
Ok,I could talk about this book seven ways till Sunday, but this is getting too long and I don’t want this to get larger than the book, so I’m just gonna say: I LOVE THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!
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I'll be back with a review, if the zombies don't catch me first.
Reviewed on 02/20/2012 This is the first review I make of a comic book grAwesome!!!!!!!
I'll be back with a review, if the zombies don't catch me first.
Reviewed on 02/20/2012 This is the first review I make of a comic book graphic novel and is weird; cose it’s a really short story. Is like trying to make a review of the first episode of a TV show. However I’ll try to do my best with it. Lets start with the graphics, they are awesome. The emotion on their faces, the terror, the blood, the zombies. They made my face twist and I really love it. It’s B&W, but I’m sure that if it was in colors it wouldn’t be so creepy. So, on the visual aspect I’m pleased with it, very much.
The plot: Imagine this. You are a cop, living your life like any other day. You get shot and end up in a hospital. Nothing unusual, right? But then, you wake up and you find yourself alone in a hospital bed. Completely alone? Well, not completely.
Your life is changed forever. Everything is changed and you don’t have any idea what happened while you were off in the hospital bed. I don’t know about you, but this plot just made me crap my pants.
I believe that the worst thing, the thing that never fails to scare everyone, no matter who you are, is simply the feeling of losing control. Humans feel save with stability and when this is gone, they shake like a little girl lost in the woods in a winter night.
Aside from this super unusual reality, the character actions and reactions are extremely believable. Even the zombies are portrayed in a unique way. Stephen said that in his review and after I read it, I can say the he is right about that. The woman/zombie in the beginning of the book that is gashed in half and can’t even move is heart breaking. You think of her, the human that she was, in how she is suffering in a mindless and endless fate, always searching for something and incapable of reaching it. I haven’t watch the TV series yet and never really have the need to, but this book really got my interest up a few notches. I’ll certainly read the next to see what happens.
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Why I always feel drawn towards evil? Why Can't I be a good girl that sees the wicked ways and wish for a happy ending where the bad people get what tWhy I always feel drawn towards evil? Why Can't I be a good girl that sees the wicked ways and wish for a happy ending where the bad people get what they deserve? Why must I feel for those who hurt and prey on the innocent with no regret what so ever? I didn't chose to read this book, it chose me and I can't say how or why. Fate brought it in to my way and I fell in its trap like a moth into the flame.
The plot - A girl (Laura) is lonely and longs for a company to talk and be friends with. Then comes Carmilla and she is just such a lovely and enchanted girl that everyone simply falls for her. But behind her perfect veneer is a terrifying and brutal secret. It's a plot full of mystery and very well developed. It reminded me in a few points of Dracula, but not that much.
The Characters - Laura is the innocent and lovable girl, but there is not much that shows about what she feels. She loves her father and got swept of her feet for this stranger that enters her life. Carmilla on the other hand is portrayed as this tridimensional character that feels intensely everything around her and have many mood swings.
The writing - This book is from 1872, but I found the writing so incredibly forward and easy to get lost in it. It's description was so vivid that for many times I catch my self gasping and holding my breath for what it would come next. The images were very well burn into my mind and if I close my eyes I can still see the blood drenching the white fabric and around her neck.
Considerations - Although I really liked this book, I must say that I'm not so sure about the ending of it. It felt as if it was rushed and didn't fit whit the rest of the story. Well, this is as much I can say without giving away the story.
The audio book recording (librivox.com)- The reading was so smooth and really nice to listen to. The intonation of the voice and the interpretation of the text were really good. I believe that it made all the difference in my opinion of the book.
I recommend this to all people that likes vampire stories, classical vampire stories. ...more