This a difficult and heart wrenching book that tells about the trials, pain, anxiety, and guilt our healthcare providers endure while taking care of tThis a difficult and heart wrenching book that tells about the trials, pain, anxiety, and guilt our healthcare providers endure while taking care of the sick and even dying. When we are sick or going through an illness we are often (and rightly so) consumed with our own suffering, fear, and dread. We never stop to consider the doctor in front of us who is talking to us and treating us. What is it like for him to tell patients on a daily basis that they are going to die? How do they sleep at night after a patient's life has been ruined because of a mistake they have made? Do they see you as a person, or just another case?
This book is about neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's experience with all these things over the course of his career. He is honest about his early arrogance, unrealistic optimism, and inexperience. We learn about some of terrible mistakes that were made along the way that tempered him and made him a more cautious, emotionally detached, and better surgeon. We see the inconvenience and hassle of jumping through bureaucratic hoops as more and more are placed in his way during his career. We learn about the tremendous guilt that he lives with and the pain he and his patients endure because he is of course human and has made mistakes. We see the burden and stress of mentoring and teaching the upcoming physicians. We learn about some of the many many deaths he has witnessed; some more traumatic than others. We come to understand the internal struggle he constantly endures when choosing his words to find that balance between hope and realistic expectations. We see patients who are consumed with fear and despair lash out at the very people trying to help them. This book is full of so many great quotes, I think I highlighted something on almost every page.
This is not a light, easy read. This is an honest, painful, enlightening, thought provoking book about the people we turn to in some of our darkest hours; our doctors. It makes you appreciate what it does to a person who has to watch people die every single day for their entire career, despite their best efforts to help and save people. It brings to light the fact that our doctors are human, they will and do make mistakes. They get frustrated, they get depressed, they feel guilt, they accept others blame, they give us hope, and they help us when no one can. ...more
I have very low literature standards. I only want interesting stories that offer some escapism. I can ignore bad writing, poorly developed characters,I have very low literature standards. I only want interesting stories that offer some escapism. I can ignore bad writing, poorly developed characters, bad pacing, and painful cliches. I'm especially tolerant of paranormal romance. I realize this genre is not filled with the next Great Expectations or War and Peace; this genre is known for being sort of rubbish (and I love it). All that being said, THIS IS ONE OF THE ALL TIME WORST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ! I wish I could give this book negative stars. This book was offensive, sexist, disturbing, and made no sense whatsoever. I spent the whole week in a bad mood and I couldn't figure out why. I finally realized it was because this book was so bad, it just pissed me off. Now, at that point I probably should have stopped reading, but I felt like I needed to finish the book to review it. You can't review a book you haven't read, can you? I also wondered if it just had a really bumpy start; maybe it ended strong. No. No it didn't. I can't even begin to describe how horrible this book is. Instead of trying, I will just share a couple of quotes. First, let begin with what her MOTHER says to her 17 year-old daughter: "My lovely flower. You can't hide your assets anymore. You're a woman now." "Emile is concerned about what Renier wants," she said. "What Ren wants?" I said. My mother lifted one of my bras from the bed. It was plain white cotton "We need to think about preparations. Do you wear any decent lingerie?"
"He's an alpha male and the most popular boy at your school." Her tone became wistful, "I'm sure he's accustomed to certain attentions from girls. When your time arrives, you must be ready to please him."
Yup. That was her MOTHER. Awesome. Here is the part where her Father (an alpha male) is talking to her about how she was at a club owned by a known rapist of teenage girls
"Did you meet Efron?" The skin around his eyes tightened. "Yeah. I did." I heard the revulsion in my voice. "Are you okay?" My father suddenly couldn't look at me. "Yes....Has it always been like that? Keepers have Guardians for whatever they want? Not just as their warriors." "It depends on the Keeper. Efron has exotic tastes. I'm sure you saw that last night. But it's our duty to serve them. We cannot question the Keepers, Calla. Even when we see sides of our masters that we may not like."
Oh. yeah. That's exactly what I would say to may teenage daughter about a child rapist if I was an alpha werewolf who leads a large pack. I wouldn't even think about protecting my wife or child, especially against one weak, spineless, disgusting guy. Sure. Totally OK and believable. Good writing.
A teacher says this to Calla "Those lovely legs of yours should be closed until Samhain" Yup. That is actually in the book.
Another mother quote "Are you fraternizing with young men other than Ren? That's shameful!"
This book is so dreadful and worst part, apparently the series gets even WORST! I couldn't believe it. Reading the reviews for the other books, people who for some dumb reason loved this book and continued to read the series HATED the next two books. The other thing that completely baffles me, this isn't a self published/free/indie book. This is a legitimate book. Actually published by a real publishing company. This is a New York Times best seller. WHAT?!?! SERIOSULY?!?! It makes me wonder how on earth that happened. How did this book get past so many people? A lot of people had to read it for it to get that far in the world. That's so so so wrong. This book was recommended to me by Goodreads. I'm not sure I can trust Goodreads anymore. They have officially betrayed my trust. Between this book and Marked in the House of Night series, I'm mad at Goodreads. It is going to take me a long time to forgive them and move past this terrible moment in our otherwise glorious relationship. ...more