Who said graphic imagery is required to make a person shudder? William Faulkner, with this subtle southern gothic story will make your jaw drop in horWho said graphic imagery is required to make a person shudder? William Faulkner, with this subtle southern gothic story will make your jaw drop in horror at the climax. This excellent short story will leave a long lasting impression on your mind, and so will the enigmatic Emily. Recommended! ...more
Matilda is basically a child prodigy; she is 4 years old and a voracious reader. That is amazing, I know! But, Matilda is not the only character. TherMatilda is basically a child prodigy; she is 4 years old and a voracious reader. That is amazing, I know! But, Matilda is not the only character. There are the tyrannical parents who do not encourage reading, do not have a shred of love or sympathy for Matilda and basically hate Matilda for some unknown reason. They even abandon her without even thinking twice. Who does that???? Especially with out any sane cause.
Then there is her school life and enters Mrs. Trunchbull. She is evil. Not simply evil, pure unadulterated evil. She goes about yanking people’s hair, pulling their ears and making their lives miserable. She loathes young kids, again without any reason. She is as one dimensional as a character can be .
I realize that it’s a children’s book and they don’t go about analyzing these things. Yes, I know it is not meant for my age group and so my opinion doesn’t matter and I didn’t consciously take out my microscope and start looking for flaws in this book. But still, the portrayal of teachers as well as parents is really disturbing....more
That kid is not kidding! I really am confused about what I feel for this novel. I should have loved it. But I didn’t. Do I loathe it? No, not really. That kid is not kidding! I really am confused about what I feel for this novel. I should have loved it. But I didn’t. Do I loathe it? No, not really. Ughhhhhhh!!!!
Why I picked up this book : Bruiser is written by Neal Shusterman. Neal Shusterman wrote Unwind. No further motivation was needed. It is as simple as that!
Bruiser also has a very interesting concept. It’s basically a story about Bruiser, the misunderstood, socially inept, troubled hero. He uncle is abusive, and (SURPRISE!!!) he feels lonely. That is, until Bronte and Tennyson come along. They befriend him and they start communicating, and blah blah, they bond and all that. Through this newly form friendship, Bronte and Tenny mend Brewster’s broken heart and Brewster, on his part, takes away their pain. No really! As in Brewster literally takes away their pain, he is a super empath! FOR EXAMPLE :When that happens to Tennyson
It is Brewster who goes
He carries the scars of the people who he loves. That is why he is nicknamed Bruiser.
(yawns) and ...
Oh yeah, I forgot, this book also makes you think about the importance of pain. And there was something about..about..about something. Hell! The details are already leaving my mind and I just can’t make myself sound enthusiastic about the events. Bruiser got hurt and then you know he resisted and voohhoo pain is necessary and *yawn* something along those lines.
The book was fantastic till the first 20 something pages. Those would be the pages written in Tennyson’s POV. He is a smart ass and a bit of a jerk. His observation about things around him is a pleasure to read. For example:
“Once in a while our school has half days, and the teachers spend the afternoon 'in service,' which I think must be a group therapy for having to deal with us.”
After the first 20 pages, things start getting bad (Bronte), then they turn worse (Cody) and, finally, disaster strikes (Brewster and his poetic monologue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Why not stick with one perspective????? Especially when there are characters like Tennyson??? By the middle of this book, it just dragged on and on and on and I totally lost interest.
I can't hate this book becauseI suppose it was decent. The premise sure was interesting. The writing wasn’t bad either. So the only way to describe this book would be...
What was that word?
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The number of great stories you can “sneak read” between lectures is surprising :p
It’s equally surprising when short stories manage to melt your heartThe number of great stories you can “sneak read” between lectures is surprising :p
It’s equally surprising when short stories manage to melt your heart when sometimes 1000 pages fail to do so. Generally those stories are written my masters like O Henry, Leo Tolstoy, and Guy De Maupassant etc. The Gift of magi is one such story and it is also connected with some amazing memories. 5 stars all the way.. ...more
This is the problem with short story collection. Some stories are amazing while others are so terrible you can’t even finish it. In this novel too, “AThis is the problem with short story collection. Some stories are amazing while others are so terrible you can’t even finish it. In this novel too, “A Beneficiary “and “History” were two interesting stories. Others were just meh....more
I really am very very satisfied with Patricia Briggs and the way she dealt with this novel. I loved the pl
I am more pleased than this cat right now!
I really am very very satisfied with Patricia Briggs and the way she dealt with this novel. I loved the plot, I loved the action and I just freaking loved Mercy!
I had picked up this series about 2 years ago. That was a time when I was obsessed with the PNR genre, bitten with the Vampire Academy bug you could say. I read so much of PNR that I really wasn’t surprised when I finally got nauseated with it. I hated the bitchy self sacrificing protagonist, the oh so perfect heroes and especially the darn LOVE TRIANGLES!
Every book I read made me think:
I hung garlic around my neck (Edward doesn’t get repulsed by that stuff, cauz he isn’t a VAMPIRE!) and went for a pilgrimage down the lane of other genres;thus leaving behind many series unread. Some of the series include: Vampire Academy (couldn’t deal with Rose), House Of the Night(EEEEKS!), Suhkeeh series(oops, Sookie), Awakened series(bleh), Midnight Breed(booo!), Night Huntress(5th part wasn’t out) and Mercy Thompson.
The prime reason why I left this series was the love triangle; which was on the verge of becoming a square, due to Stefan (another freaking vampire!)and his proclamation of love to Mercy. After reading this book though, I think the love triangle and the way it was resolved was one of the most satisfying aspects of this novel.
Yes, there is a love triangle, but unlike other Mercy has a rock solid reason for being incapable to choose between the very hot alternatives. The hot alternatives are the overprotective Adam, and the over caring Sam. She loves both of them, and again, unlike others she isn’t lying. Mercy isn’t the kind of person to be the damsel in distress and let people take care of her, even if they are as amazing as Sam and Adam. I think, ultimately, that is the reason why they and the readers respect her.
Mercy really stands out among her contemporary PNR heroines. She might be the only one who is not a hypocrite. She isn’t an all sacrificing and righteous, still she is loyal, and stands by her fae friend Zee, she disobeys orders and realizes the stupidity of it and most of all, and she isn’t disillusioned into thinking that keeping facts helps protect people.
Like I said, the love triangle is resolved in a very very convincing and satisfying way, not involving killing one off, making them fall in love with their baby, or hatred between former lovers. Mercy makes a choice! And I understand her reasons, and I really admire her for not going down the “but if I choose, that would break my heart!” road. Rose, Ehlena, Sookie, Zooey, learn something!
All, I am yammering away is about the love affairs, but the book really wasn’t totally focused on it. This series is waay too good for that. In fact, the mystery surrounding the murders was thrilling; and the supernatural characters all too real. Also that incident at the end was equal parts shocking and heart breaking. Ben’s character is shown in a totally new light and I LOVED IT! Very very pleased with a PNR novel after a very long time.
PS: What’s with the totally inappropriate and disgusting cover? I know, don’t judge book by its cover, still, what were they thinking?