Good compilation of Greek myths even if they are slightly different from the main books. I have to change some tragic parts of the myths for my 4 year...moreGood compilation of Greek myths even if they are slightly different from the main books. I have to change some tragic parts of the myths for my 4 years old daughter. The illustrations are nice and colorful. (less)
The book is beautiful and it is a good introduction to evolution. The bad of the book: It seems missing a scene: the kiwi was tapping on the photo, the...moreThe book is beautiful and it is a good introduction to evolution. The bad of the book: It seems missing a scene: the kiwi was tapping on the photo, then she popped into her box, Charlie grabbed the box and on the next page they are time traveling ⊙_⊙ The kiwi hides, it doesn't fly so the eagle can't catch, but then the story doesn't explain why the only birds over there are not just eagles and kiwis ⊙︿⊙(less)
As an atheist mother raising a freethinker, I thought I was going to love this book but I dislike it a lot even if I agree with some atheist phrases....moreAs an atheist mother raising a freethinker, I thought I was going to love this book but I dislike it a lot even if I agree with some atheist phrases. The book is a collection of essays about lots of topics, many of them not related to atheism, agnosticism or religion. Some of the phrases that makes me feel the money was totally wasted with this book:
- "Yet kids are born, with certain tendencies, and their disposition has nothing to do with us as moms and dads. Some kids are easier to parent, and some are more difficult". What a weak statement
- "It doesn't matter if we teach our kids the alphabet before they get into preschool. They're going to learn their letters by the time they're five anyway". As a follower of early learning and a woman who delights about the wonders the young brains can do, I find this phrase despicable and lazy.
- "I allowed them (her children) to watch "regular television" under one condition. They had to write at least one summary of a commercial during each thirty-minute program I allowed them to watch (...) yes, they had to get out their pencils and papers and tell me what the advertisers were trying to sell and how they were trying to sell it (...) I know you're probably thinking that, if you ask this of your kids, you'll be forever remembered as the world's meanest mommy or daddy. Not to worry - kids are very forgiving, and if you sit with them and watch, maybe with some snacks, they'll forgive you even sooner" She is mean, mean, mean!
- "Getting involved in community service early in life makes helping others seem like a natural part of everyone's routine. We teach kids to see that others need help, and since we're able, it's our duty to pitch in. You know what happens: what goes around comes back to you. Your kids, one day, will see you in your time of need and be compassionate".
To be kind to expect others to be kind seems plainly selfish and even religious, I way prefer in Dan Barker's book, Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong: "some people are kind to other people because they want to be treated the same way themselves. This is sometimes called the Golden Rule, and it is not a bad rule. But other people are kind because they think human beings are valuables, not because they want a reward".
- "There is no such thing as miracles or fate, only luck and coincidences". "Luck"? seriously? ◔_◔
- "Each time you have sex, you give away part of yourself. If you give too much, eventually you will have no self-respect of yourself" "Give away..." ಠ_ಠ
- "Your body is a temple". That's from the bible!
I totally disagree with what Deborah Mitchell shows in this book, a sometimes dictatorial way of parenting with its obvious reminiscence of her religious past. This book is also very disorganized jumping from a topic to another, with anecdotes and advises like playing Pictionary and buying it at Ebay so it is not too expensive, totally not related to the title's book.
Despite the first Goddess Girls book I read and I disliked, I read this second book and it was not that bad. Persephone is a brave girl and the story...moreDespite the first Goddess Girls book I read and I disliked, I read this second book and it was not that bad. Persephone is a brave girl and the story with Hades is sweetly shaped for young readers.(less)
I felt for the cover artwork. It started bad and I tried to imagine that I was 9 years old -as it was the age when I was very fond of Greek mythology...moreI felt for the cover artwork. It started bad and I tried to imagine that I was 9 years old -as it was the age when I was very fond of Greek mythology with The Odyssey already read- to be able to continue reading, but my favorite goddess Athena as a cheerleader... no way! Poseidon as a teenager while Zeus is the old principal of the high school is a silly anachronism and it goes on all over the book with the most unexpected characters as teenagers and others as teachers.(less)
The plot is good, there is continuous action. Some memorable phrases:
- Jason: You want compassion, go to a church and appeal to that God of yours who p...moreThe plot is good, there is continuous action. Some memorable phrases:
- Jason: You want compassion, go to a church and appeal to that God of yours who pisses on this planet! He's either got one hell of warped sense of humor or he's a sadist. ☺ -Alex Conklin: I lost my faith, and now after years of proclaiming my spiritual independence, I wonder if I'm missing something. - Jason: Like what? - Alex: I don't know. Things I can't control, maybe. - Jason: You mean you don't have the comfort of an excuse, a metaphysical excuse. Sorry, Alex, we part company. We're accountable for what we do, and no confessional absolution can change that.
☺ - Dimitri: I never underestimate the Vatican. It ultimately proved that our mad Joseph Stalin misunderstood priorities when he asked how many battalions the Pope had. His Holiness doesn't need them; he achieves more than Stalin ever did with all his purges. Power goes to the one who instills the greatest fear, not so, Aleksei? All the princes of this earth use it with brutal effectiveness. And it all revolves around death - the fear of it, before and after. When will we grow up and tell them all to go to the devil? ☺ - Jason: what will he do in Novgorod? - Dmitri: Dear God in heaven, which, of course, there is neither, who knows? He intends to leave his mark (...)
☺ - Mrs. Cooper: No, Miss Marie, you stay with your husband. That man hurts but he won’t say anything - Marie: Is that true, my darling? Do you hurt? - Jason: I hate to dispel the myth of a great lady’s incontestable perceptions, but she’s wrong - Marie: Why do you have to use a dozen words when one will suffice? - Jason: Because I’m supposed to be a scholar. We academicians never take a direct route because it doesn't leave us any offshoots to claim if we’re wrong. What are you, antiintellectual?
- Marie: No. You see, that’s a simple, one-word declarative - Jason: What’s a declarative? - Marie: It’s a shortcut to the truth. No offshoots, no circumlocutions, just fact. As in five and five equals ten, not nine or eleven, but ten - Jason: You’re a ten - Marie: That’s banal, but I’ll take it.
The bad thing, again, is that Robert Ludlum, like in his previous Bourne books, included (even if only mentioned) a woman's abuse, and all along the book he uses related words like if it is something trivial.
The book tells the story of Obersalzberg related to the Third Reich in a correct way because it is not full of adjectives against it. It tells the bad...moreThe book tells the story of Obersalzberg related to the Third Reich in a correct way because it is not full of adjectives against it. It tells the bad and the good, but most of all the transformation that the place had before, during and after the war. It includes maps and comparative photos. (less)
I read this book curious because I read "Skinny Bitch" and it was nice enough. The vegan preaching in this novel is not that annoying for me because I...more I read this book curious because I read "Skinny Bitch" and it was nice enough. The vegan preaching in this novel is not that annoying for me because I'm vegetarian but I understand if a meat eater feels the book maddening.
The unbearable part of the book is the main character: - An arrogant (I'm-better-than-you-because-I'm-vegan) snob vegan cook who repeats constantly the skinny, shiny or tight clothes she wears that make her look 'gorgeous'. - Everywhere in the book she talks about her vegan scones and how good they are. - She sounds so shallow. It seems the first and decisive thing that matters for her in men is the body, also their style to dress.
- She is a vegan who gives such importance to fashion, this tiny dress who made her look 'gorgeous', this other shirt, the skirt and the sandals...The book has lots of phrases like: "Everyone's parents and grandparents and bored-looking siblings were heading toward the main entrance. No one else was wearing incredibly cool four-inch over-the-knee ecru faux-suede boots, though".
- She is in love with a millionaire meat eater, which is not such a big deal as the fact that he lied to her and he despises constantly her hard-working style of living. She knows a vegan British cook "with cute accent" (she repeats it many times) who is in love of her and who is very kind and cares about her but she didn't feel the spark when kissing so she runs again for the meat-eater.
- Swearing each phrase doesn't make people sexy. - Even if for the cook subject many words come from French, she used a lot of unnecessary French words. Using French words doesn't make people look smarter or classy.
Now I know that it is not only the stinky preachy vegan hippies who can be annoying, but there are uptight vegan empty heads out there too. (less)
The action and suspense are great. It was hard to put the book down each time I had to. The character of Marie is better than the movie. Here she is s...moreThe action and suspense are great. It was hard to put the book down each time I had to. The character of Marie is better than the movie. Here she is smart and brave.
In the previous book, The Bourne Identity, the alarmingly trivialized abuse scene of Marie and the way she goes on with her life like if nothing happened was very upsetting. On this book, it changed because the event is mentioned like if it 'almost' happened. However, there is again a very detailed attempt of abuse.
It is not clear if it happened or it failed, but anyway, the point is that the very detailed subject of abuse is in the book, and again Marie continues with her adventure like if nothing had happened.
It is really maddening that the author included here too an abuse or almost abuse, that is not justified at all. It could be replaced by a plain robbery.
The book has a part with a torture but it is not very very detailed so it is not that bad.
This book, unlike the first one, has hilarious parts! it has action well mixed with funny comments.
It was hard to choose how many stars; the book in general was a five star but only because of this abuse part again, I was tempted to choose only two stars. (less)