This classic book tells the story of a group of English schoolboys that are stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash during the World War...moreThis classic book tells the story of a group of English schoolboys that are stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash during the World War II era.
The children try to become "civilized" by appointing different people for different jobs, but it quickly turns into a "survival of the fittest" type scenario. The children divide and try to grasp control.
This book is not necessarily for the light of heart. There is a fair amount of violence involving children and the overall story is not necessarily a happy one. The tale as a whole, however, is enthralling and very well written. I highly recommend it.(less)
"Hey, I have an idea for a book. It's about a post-apocolyptic America where the central government keeps everyone in line by taking children from the...more"Hey, I have an idea for a book. It's about a post-apocolyptic America where the central government keeps everyone in line by taking children from the fringes and making them fight to the death." If someone were to come to me with that idea, I would be shocked. There's no way I would read that book. The idea sounds a little corny, and I don't want to read about children killing each other. Why would I read that?
It turns out that not only would I read that book, but I would love it like few books that I have ever read. This book became a part of me. When I had to put it down because of other duties, all I could think about was sitting back down to start reading it again. When I fell asleep at night, I had dreams about the book. It completely invaded every part of my life. I'm not saying it is the greatest book I've ever read, but it is close to the top, and it easily earns a 5 star review.
The book isn't necessarily for the faint of heart, but it is an amazing work of fiction that I will definitely read again.(less)
I'm glad that I now know the story that was told in this book, but I probably would have enjoyed reading from a history textbook instead. The story de...moreI'm glad that I now know the story that was told in this book, but I probably would have enjoyed reading from a history textbook instead. The story developed very slowly, and it never seemed to really go anywhere.(less)
This book certainly isn't Christopher Moore's best work. It was his debut novel, and it would appear that he has learned a thing or two along the way....moreThis book certainly isn't Christopher Moore's best work. It was his debut novel, and it would appear that he has learned a thing or two along the way.
The characters were pretty lackluster, especially when you compare them to Moore's other books where everyone is extremely well done. The story was pretty lacking, and it just slowly crawled along. Parts of it didn't really make sense at all, and the ending was really disappointing.
There were still a few "laugh-out-loud" moments, but they were few and far between when compared to books like Lamb and Fool. It's also the first of the Pine Cove "series," but it doesn't really add too much. You could easily read The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove and The Stupidest Angel without having read this book first. In fact, that's how I read them, and I'm glad I did. Reading this one first may have soured me towards the other two. In reality, they're 3 stand-alone novels instead of a true series anyway.
If you're a hard-core Moore fan that really want to read every one of his books, then you can probably power through this one. Otherwise, just skip it. On a similar note, if this is the first Moore book that you've read, don't let it sour you towards the rest. (less)
The Defenders is probably the crown jewel of PKD's short stories. It's entertaining, fascinating, and thought provoking. Like most of his short storie...moreThe Defenders is probably the crown jewel of PKD's short stories. It's entertaining, fascinating, and thought provoking. Like most of his short stories, it is a testament against war (the Cold War, specifically), but this particular novel takes it to a new level.
When the Cold War became "Hot," humanity was forced underground in order to avoid the bombings and subsequent radiation. Never one to give up a fight, however, they left a series of robots and other machines on the surface to continue the war in their absence. Humans sat miles underground and directed the war through their toys with images of the destruction beamed down to them. After a couple strange readings, a few humans are forced to experience the carnage for themselves.(less)
I absolutely loved this book, but I wanted to mention a couple quick negatives first. I was under the impression that this was going to be the last bo...moreI absolutely loved this book, but I wanted to mention a couple quick negatives first. I was under the impression that this was going to be the last book in the series, and I was disappointed to discover that that wasn't the fact. There are now 7 books planned. Martin also introduced a few brand new story lines into this book that make me believe it may be longer than that. If he was going to turn this series into a never-ending soap opera, I honestly think that it would be great. However, I have been reading it under the assumption that there would be a conclusion somewhere.
As far as this book goes, however, absolutely amazing. To this point, the third book (Storm of Swords) was my favorite book in the series, but this one rivals it. Whatever the reasons were for the large delay in between books, it's obvious that Martin's writing ability was not affected. The characters remain deep and the action is breathtaking. One chapter was so intense from beginning to end that I wasn't able to sleep that night.
The first two-thirds of the book catches us up on the characters that weren't covered in A Feast for Crows. It was a little annoying at times to try and remember what had already happened in the other book and what hadn't, but overall there wasn't much interaction, so it was fine. The last one-third of the book brings all the characters together again. So if you were dissatisfied with how Feast ended for Arya, Cersei, or anyone else, there's more to come.
Martin also continues his tradition of routinely killing off main characters whether they're good or bad including a couple that I thought would be untouchable. If you were to take the cast from the end of this book and compare it to the beginning of Game of Thrones, it would be difficult to recognize. The fact that that's the case and I still love every page is a testament to Martin's ability to spin a tale.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. It's an incredibly quick and pleasurable read. If you're looking for a book that you can invest in for a few weeks and rea...moreI really enjoyed this book. It's an incredibly quick and pleasurable read. If you're looking for a book that you can invest in for a few weeks and really live the story, this probably isn't it. However, if you feel like passing a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, this is the perfect book.
Rick's NFL dreams ended with a crushing hit and one of the worst performances in professional sports history. Since football is all that he knows, he makes his agent keep looking for other jobs long after it becomes obvious that no one will have him. When the opportunity arises to play for the Parma Panthers in Italy, he initially dismisses it. However, when it's clear that it's the only offer he will get, he takes it with the belief that it's just a small stepping stone back to the NFL that he dreams for. Once he arrives and begins to play the game, he realizes that it's not what he was expecting at all. The results force him to readjust his goals and figure out what's really important to him.(less)
I realize that this book is one of the classics of science fiction and it was incredibly creative, but it's just not my cup of tea.
Brave New World tel...moreI realize that this book is one of the classics of science fiction and it was incredibly creative, but it's just not my cup of tea.
Brave New World tells the tale of a utopian society some time time in the future. Babies are no longer born. They are produced in bottles. During the production process, each is produced with certain specifications, so that they fit neatly into the hierarchical society (alpha, beta, gamma, etc...). Everyone is "conditioned" so that they completely enjoy their work and have no reason to ever want to do anything else. Everyone is always happy because they are conditioned to be so, and if there are moments of unease, everyone is issued a synthtic drug to ease the pain.
The idea is a good one, but the story is incredibly painful. The entire book is really nothing more than a desription of the society. There is no real climax at any point, and no conflict resolution. It's just a description. As an added bonus, there are absolutely zero likable characters.
If you enjoy reading classics, it's probably worth struggling through. However, if you're looking for an entertaining story, you should probably look elsewhere.(less)