This was a really fun re-telling of a story. I can't wait to read the next installment!
There was some predictability, but - hey! It's a quality retell...moreThis was a really fun re-telling of a story. I can't wait to read the next installment!
There was some predictability, but - hey! It's a quality retelling of a story most everyone knows well. It stays closer to the fairytale version of the story than the Disney-fied, which should appeal to adults who are looking for a more evolved story. (less)
I would've given this 4.5 stars. This was such an artfully done book combining history and science for a layperson. It was entertaining and diverting...moreI would've given this 4.5 stars. This was such an artfully done book combining history and science for a layperson. It was entertaining and diverting and opened up the scientific world to those of us who don't get to dabble in those things everyday.
There was a lot of referencing ahead and back in the book, which could be irksome at times -mostly the referencing ahead. It makes a great deal of sense in public speaking, but for some reason bothered me in "print". I heard this as an audible though. Great oration!(less)
Ugh. I really wish we could give half points. This was a 3.5 for me. I really liked it... Right up until the end.
This was well written, and the world...moreUgh. I really wish we could give half points. This was a 3.5 for me. I really liked it... Right up until the end.
This was well written, and the world development was very nice. The characters weren't too pigeonholed, but rather managed to maintain defining characteristics that made them loveable while growing and adapting. It was a unique world I found myself not wanting to leave.
I'm going to be as vague as possible to avoid any spoilers. First, I find myself frustrated recently by the wealth of female characters who are so very aware of female stereotyped expectations for life goals, but somehow still blissfully ignorant of their own appeal or how most women attract a mate to achieve said life goals. How do otherwise intelligent women think all the other women succeed/fail to attain those goals? Secondly, I feel like the main character was selfish, in much the same way many female leads are written nowadays - viewing the world in terms of how it affects them ONLY. It shocked me that Katsa's internal dialogue was so far apart for the things she had accomplished (which were often very selfless). Maybe that was the humanizing aspect of the story, though. I'll have to chew it over more. Lastly... the biggest reason this book lost an entire star for me, was because of the ending. It just petered out it seemed like. I suppose the author felt much the same way I did, and couldn't figure out how to leave such a beautifully developed narrative world, but ultimately had to cut to cord. I ended up wanting to turn another 10-15 pages for a little more closure with these characters. I suppose writing the ending is the hardest part for many authors...(less)
Ok. I loved this book. The problem I had was that I cried at least the final 10% of the book. I understand literature is meant to be evocative, so wel...moreOk. I loved this book. The problem I had was that I cried at least the final 10% of the book. I understand literature is meant to be evocative, so well done. Maybe my husband's deployment was a bigger factor than I anticipated. Who knows?
The ending seemed a little like a cop-out. Everyone is happy? No one doesn't get what they wanted? That's not life. And characters who were irredeemably small-minded and selfish were posthumously redeemable?! Also, I didn't want Tessa to experience loss all over again in another 50 years. I wanted more for her if everyone was going to meander off into this rosy future. I can't imagine the depth of loss she had already experienced.
I understand allusions have been made to Tessa in the Mortal Instruments series. I'm hoping when the 6th book comes out, that I will be gratified and the will be a forever happily ever after. (and while I'm aware of the fact I want inconsistently for everyone or just some people to be happy, I am all or nothing. Either end the book without the epilogue, or go full force into the forever future.)(less)
There's a lot of historical data in here, more than anythign else to do with the processed food industry. It was a very interesting read and re-affirm...moreThere's a lot of historical data in here, more than anythign else to do with the processed food industry. It was a very interesting read and re-affirmed some things you probably know about food if you're relatively health conscious - processed food isn't good for you. I would've given this 3.5 stars if possible.
The beginning of the book (I listened on tape, so maybe the prologue?) seemed misleading. It sounds very dark and insidious when all of these corporate insiders are attending secret meetings. The ending is much more moderated as the author has painted a more complete picture of the processed food industry. It was very interesting and informative overall. A good read, but not a must.(less)