Having just completed a binge of the entire series, reading this one was like coming back to a friend. The writing is always crisp and on point, and IHaving just completed a binge of the entire series, reading this one was like coming back to a friend. The writing is always crisp and on point, and I continue to really enjoy an author that ages their characters appropriately. ...more
Blunt, honest and moving. Kelley and Tom French are writers, and they take turns narrating their relationship and their experience with their 23 weekBlunt, honest and moving. Kelley and Tom French are writers, and they take turns narrating their relationship and their experience with their 23 week old micro-preemie.
These guys can write. Their styles are distinct yet complementary and make the pages fly. Initially, their stories put me off a little bit- especially during their courtship phase - but their relentless honesty captured me. Worth reading.
I think Chrisjen Avasarala is one of my favorite characters EVER.
Continue to love this series. These guys know how to tell a compelling story through I think Chrisjen Avasarala is one of my favorite characters EVER.
Continue to love this series. These guys know how to tell a compelling story through the lens of their characters. For the first time, they use the crew characters as the narrators and it works well. After four books, we finally get an idea to these characters' past. Again, the larger story is served by the individual stories so well. I guess I'll have to read the supplemental story stuff while waiting for the new one.
Best sci-fi series I've read (or reading0 in recent memory.
There are some great elements in the series that seem consistent (and appealing): -A coreBest sci-fi series I've read (or reading0 in recent memory.
There are some great elements in the series that seem consistent (and appealing): -A core group of characters that care about each other and you care about
-A "larger" story that is slowly being revealed which provides the backdrop to the "smaller" ones
-Vivid, relatable characters - even the side ones, and even the antagonists.
-An attempt toward "hard" sci-fi, with at least a nod to most of the practical problems of space travel that doesn't rely on magical physics. Not perfect by any means, but there are no magic heisenberg compensators or super antigravity.
The ending of this one makes me want to immediately get into the next. Unlike other series that are taking its sweet time in revealing the bigger story (yes, I'm looking at you Jim Butcher) this one is paying off - with more to come.
The Columbine shootings seared itself on the national consciousness, and mine. While I didn't have children at the time, the proAbsolutely terrifying.
The Columbine shootings seared itself on the national consciousness, and mine. While I didn't have children at the time, the prospect of "crazy" people shattering a routine day and many many lives was chilling. While it seems like the new normal, the event really seemed to mark an inflection point in the national consciousness.
I remember at the time chalking it up to "crazy" kids. Or bad parenting. It had to be that, right? I mean, there had to be SOME explanation. Or warning.
The problem is, the truth is really so much scarier than whatever comforting fiction we chose to believe from the extensive (and at times, massively irresponsible) reporting at the time.
Going in to this book, you have to know that Ms. Klebold is processing her own pain. While she (and her ghostwriter) does her best to be as objective as possible, the understandable natural inclination is to be biased. It takes a while to go from the initial aftermath of the family to the actual events and behaviors and path before the shooting. Any reader here is looking for the biggest question: Were there signs? Should she have known?
The scariest thing is that after reading this book, you can see the very real possibility that you could have been her. Threads that might seem "Aha!" after the fact don't scream so in the context of the time. The family seems in many ways normal - the parents strived to teach morality and values, and from all evidence that they were typical in that regard. Dylan was suicidal, but hid it from his parents. The notes that he kept were varied and on scraps of paper, so weren't so easily found. He got into trouble in school for gaining access to locker codes from the computer system and sharing them. More troubling, he stole some equipment from a van with his eventual co-conspirator Eric Harris. But he got caught for that, sentenced to a diversion program and his counselors dismissed him early. He was actively planning for college with his parents - down to choosing a dorm.
Obviously, Dylan hid much from his parents. Maybe the essay the English teacher read that seemed to echo murderous thoughts should have raised a bigger alarm, but even the teacher first commented on the *language* used (profanity) as opposed to the theme. It's so difficult to say that there was a huge smoking gun that the parents should have seen.
And as parents of children (albeit younger ones), the very real possibility that such pain could be hidden so well scares the BEEJEEZUS out of me. Dylan was suicidal for two years, according to his notes/writing. He was taking St. Johns Wort to self-medicate, without telling his parents. I hope that 20 years later we're more aware and open about mental health, that we have protocols in place to help catch folks like Dylan that were at high risk. By all accounts, it seems as if Eric provided the match and the kindling to twist self-destruction into mass destruction.
Ms. Klebold took her pain and turned it toward suicide prevention. I don't know how as a parent you could live with something like that, but the truth is : You have no choice but to move on and to try to use it for whatever positivity you can find. ...more