at the begining, the religious nature of the characters, to the point of madness and craziness, is annoying. Later the heroine starts doubting the exiat the begining, the religious nature of the characters, to the point of madness and craziness, is annoying. Later the heroine starts doubting the existence of the "unique god" and that improves the story. Many times, the book's environment feels more like frantically religion than mythology: religion where the belief in a god, which is superior to mortals and other gods, strikes fear into the lives of the characters. Nevertheless, the book's suspence is quite good....more
The animal stories are o.k., but is her story which is annoying: that is repeating endlessly that she was/is a NFL cheerleader, she grew up with stronThe animal stories are o.k., but is her story which is annoying: that is repeating endlessly that she was/is a NFL cheerleader, she grew up with strong women (aunt, mother and grandmother), she is cuban, she likes fashion, she has pink boots, she likes brand products, she is an explorer and she is Ph.d. Most annoying was the cheerleader thing everywhere.
No, a female Indiana Jones would not feel the need of dying her hair in the jungle (and at the same time talking about environment), would not take high heels, little black dress, makeup and jewels, and would not say comments like "(about a sifaka lemur) I did notice their nails were as badly in need of a manicure as mine".
There is no need of pink stuff or high heels for being feminine, not hairdryer to have nice hair.
Animal info and the writing style save the book. Mireya is brave....more
I'm atheist but I found some useful advices in this book kicking aside the Bible-Jesus rubbish and the two stories at the end. For the advises in geneI'm atheist but I found some useful advices in this book kicking aside the Bible-Jesus rubbish and the two stories at the end. For the advises in general it was 5 stars, but for the last romance story was -10 stars: a woman with an abusive husband that Gary suggested that she gives sex to her husband to talk his language of love and she should not complain about anything he did during six months and just write it down and not show it to her man.
The woman had enough self respect to question "But, Dr. Chapman, isn't being hypocritical to express love sexually when you have such negative feelings toward the person?", and he replies "Perhaps it would be helpful to distinguish between love as a feeling and love as an action (...) but if you express an act of love that is designed for the other person's benefit or pleasure, it is simply a choice (...) you are simply choosing to do something for his benefit. I think that must be what Jesus meant". A bad guy and a dependant obsessed wife who tries everything to make her mean husband happy. Yuck.
There was another bad story with a cheating husband who was ready to leave her wife and told her that he didn't love her anymore, but her lover dumped him so he went back with the kneeling wife and Gary the therapist...well, the definition of dignity, self-esteem and moral integrity are foreign to these two stories.
I find the other advises were good enough to keep the book in three stars. ...more