The first half I skimmed only, and it made me want to put aside the book badly. But I ploughed through hoping it would get better. I kept hoping untilThe first half I skimmed only, and it made me want to put aside the book badly. But I ploughed through hoping it would get better. I kept hoping until ... it really did get so much better. Unfortunately it was only the last quarter of the book that had me tied to my armchair until eventually I even cried. It ended so strong. It's a pity it didn't begin so strong. ...more
An excellent book for the financially independent woman! A lot of practical questions tackle the American market only, but the book is still a great sAn excellent book for the financially independent woman! A lot of practical questions tackle the American market only, but the book is still a great source of information for women from other countries, too (it just requires a little bit of research).
Empowering. Easy to understand. Step by step approach. A DIY handbook of the best kind....more
It wasn't bad. At all. But it wasn't great either. It was ok. I was primarily interested in his afterlife experience. Unfortunately that made up onlyIt wasn't bad. At all. But it wasn't great either. It was ok. I was primarily interested in his afterlife experience. Unfortunately that made up only about 30% of the book. The rest was about how he ended up in hospital, how his time in hospital was perceived by others and random stories from his past that came full circle at the end of the book but their description was way too long and forshadowed the end of the book. It was forseeable, which - granted - is not surprising taken the fact that it is a book written by the Neurosurgeon himself.
I did like his descriptions of the afterlife, which go very much hand in hand with my unexperienced understanding from a Bahai perspective of what the afterlife could be like. It was just too little on the actual experience. Even though I understand that it must be tough to clothe in words such an experience. However, I read the book for that experience, not for his description of the family ties.
Some quotes I liked from the book:
"Our eternal spiritual self is more real than anything we perceive in this physical realm, and has a divine connection to the infinite love of the Creator."
"We—each of us—are intricately, irremovably connected to the larger universe. It is our true home, and thinking that this physical world is all that matters is like shutting oneself up in a small closet and imagining that there is nothing else out beyond it."
"Evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth—no forward movement, no chance for us to become what God longed for us to be. Horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant."
"Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. Not some abstract, hard-to-fathom kind of love but the day-to-day kind that everyone knows-the kind of love we feel when we look at our spouse and our children, or even our animals. In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional. This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions."
"Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it's the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God."...more
Oh what a waste of time. I liked a few of his earlier books, but this one was just ... messed up. Granted, I had not read "Le premier jour" but to beOh what a waste of time. I liked a few of his earlier books, but this one was just ... messed up. Granted, I had not read "Le premier jour" but to be absolutely honest, I am glad I didn't. It doesn't happen often that I totally dislike a book and finish it anyways but this one was so bad I just had to.
What was bad? - it was very very cheesy. The way Adrian adores Keira is not romantic, it is cheesy. And it leaves enough room for questions about how she feels about him.
- It is too spread out. There are good stories that cover the globe, but this is not one of them. Levy doesn't manage to capture my attention at any point and I do not feel i get to know a certain area any better than what I knew before (with the exception of the bus trip through China)
- The characters are all shady and not well outlined. It reads like a first draft. The final decision over what to do with the finding ... Keira acts absolutely out of character and so does Adrian.
[Spoiler!]- The whole point of the story is to drown the well kept scecret shortly after finding it. What the ...????? [Spoiler End]
- The last few sentences of the book are written to make us think and rethink and rethink again our conception of the world. If only it had been worked out more clearly. It is again a draft ending with a cheesy question posed that ended oh so many books before it.
I do not think Levy would have had any success as a writer had this been his first book. He probably wouldn't even have gotten any deal. That might have been better, in regards to this book. What a waste of trees to be killed for these letters.
I loved the beginning. It was enchanting, the language, the idea, the mystery, the ... everything. I even came to understand that one of my favorite bI loved the beginning. It was enchanting, the language, the idea, the mystery, the ... everything. I even came to understand that one of my favorite books, Eragon, didn't just take ideas from Lord of the Rings but definitely this book, too. And I was ok with it, because this book was sooo good. But then I had finished half of it [SPOILER] and I realized that the last half of the book will be the journey. And the journey was boring. There were interesting highlights, like the lady of the lake or how to get through "rabbit holes", ... but overall it was one long journey that was dragged and dragged for the readers "benefit". Had the second half been as filled with story telling as the first it would have been an AMAZING book. But either the writer had to rush or he lost interest himself, because I sure did after they waded through water yet again and wondered how to cross fields unseen yet again. A real pity, because honestly, it is worth reading just for the first half actually but that first half is REALLY worth reading. ...more
I am absolutely amazed. An amazing book about the nature of man and the challenge of knowing how to best appreciate life. Absolute must read for everyI am absolutely amazed. An amazing book about the nature of man and the challenge of knowing how to best appreciate life. Absolute must read for everyone! ...more
It's been a while since I've read a crime story I could not entirely predict the ending soon after the beginning. It's an excellent read. Very well wrIt's been a while since I've read a crime story I could not entirely predict the ending soon after the beginning. It's an excellent read. Very well written, great translation (from what I can tell) and an intriguing story.
I do think that the book is particularly enjoyable if you know Warsaw well. To follow prosecutor Szacki through the city can not be half as interesting if you do not know the city. If you like crime, then it's a great book to read also before your first visit to Warsaw.
I definitely want to continue reading about Teodor Szacki. ...more
To make it short: I loved it. To make it a little longer: I wanted an easy read as a distraction and started this one. Very soon into the second chaptTo make it short: I loved it. To make it a little longer: I wanted an easy read as a distraction and started this one. Very soon into the second chapter I kept giggling at McFarlanes humor and that stayed like it until the very end of the book.
Her characters are witty, smart and charming. Usually I would not give 5 stars when the outcome of the story is so predictable but a) I didn't buy the book thinking "Let's see whom she ends up with" in the first place and b) there are a number of actually quite unexpectant turns.
Had I just seen the cover in the bookstore (or seen the title), I wouldn't have bought it. I bought it because I took home one of those little booklets your bookstore gives you to test-read into a short part of the book. A taster, if you wish.
I forced myself through the first 300-350 pages. I have no idea why I did not simply put the book aside, but then again, I don't put books aside thatI forced myself through the first 300-350 pages. I have no idea why I did not simply put the book aside, but then again, I don't put books aside that I want to give a try. Admittedly, it was my first Stephen King book since my teenage years (when I loved his stories) and I got it as a present. I just wanted to remember what the hype was all about.
Reading Lisey's story was ... a Bool. I felt like it is possibly the worst book I have ever read for around 300+ pages. For 300 pages I felt like I just want to get this over with. I wanted to put it out of my hand. I can not say that there was ANYTHING beautiful, ANYTHING captivating, ANYTHING at all that made me continue reading ... I just felt like this whole book wasn't about a Bool, but it was a BOOL itself. You can't enter/begin it and then decide to stop when you don't feel like it anymore. Every chapter was a new station, some dragging, but all brought you a step closer to the reward.
It was [Spoiler 5 words] after Amanda got to Greenlawn [Spoiler End] that something changed and I finished the rest of the book in 1 day. Suddenly the pieces of this what-appeared-an-awful-story fell into place and I began to understand what had made no sense until then.
If the whole book had been written like the last 300 pages I would give it more stars, 3 for sure, maybe even 4. However, I understand that I like the last 300 pages because the first 350 didn't make any sense and were so messed up. Loving 300 out of 730 doesn't cut it for me tho.
I am afraid I also live too much on the visuals that come with the name of the author. So many books made into movies leaves a mark on you that is hard to shed. It's a pity, I wonder how I would have liked the book without that mark. It's not the author's fault (not only at least) but I can only recommend "Lisey's love" to hardcore Stephen King fans. If you want to give the author a try or if you are just looking for a nice thrill, then this book isn't meant for you. That said, ... if you have experience with depression, you might find it interesting.
I'm glad it's over. Not because of any apparent horror in it, but because it was too long for its own good. ... Now, I do hope the "Long Boy" won't get to me. Or better yet, I hope it won't keep its eye on me. Darn it....more
A lovely collection of five short stories dealing with the inevitability of death, the beauty of life and the nuisance of every-day-action. I actuallyA lovely collection of five short stories dealing with the inevitability of death, the beauty of life and the nuisance of every-day-action. I actually enjoyed it a lot! ...more
I can't really decide whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. The thing is, that I didn't REALLY like it (4 stars) because it is a sad collection of stories.I can't really decide whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. The thing is, that I didn't REALLY like it (4 stars) because it is a sad collection of stories. Not sad because of their poor quality, but sad in themselves. The good die, the arrogant are ignorant, the self-sacrificing are not appreciated. It is just a collection of all that is wrong in the world. And no, I can not say that I REALLY enjoy reading such stories.
BUT! and that is probably what I should give the stars for ... the writing is superb, the language is beautiful and the themes are as important now than they will be in a 100 years time. The stories are about character development, about the truth of life and about putting others truly before yourself. They are about paying attention to the needs of others and about the role of sacrifice in daily life. I loved the morale at the end of each story, but I did need a break before starting the next story each time, because I was simply too affected by the heartbreaking finishing of each one. But I give the book 4 stars because it is timely, perfectly written and full of inestimable imagination.
I do not consider giving it 5 stars because for 5 stars I certainly need to be both, haunted and touched, by the book as well as impressed by the authors skill. But I also need to enjoy reading it. You can not enjoy the truth in these stories. They are sad. Because they reflect our world so absolutely perfectly. It's sad....more