Twilight is the first book of the series by Stephenie Meyers. It is a very unusual book. Written very simply...a simple story which just happens to...more Twilight is the first book of the series by Stephenie Meyers. It is a very unusual book. Written very simply...a simple story which just happens to be about a human teenage girl who falls in love with a 108 year old vampire (Edward Cullen) who would forever look seventeen years old. Meeting in high school, it appears at first that he disliked her.
Told in first person by the girl, Bella Swan, the book tells the story of their getting to know each other, meet each other's families, and fall in love.
This is a charming book about first love and is a book that was hard for me to put down although it is a large book. I read it in one, all-night reading. It's also a book that can be read repeatedly--I have read it several times.
I think that sometimes simple stories with simple writing serves a purpose. In Twilight the simplicity of the teen love story is charming, bringing up visions of first loves everywhere, of memories of days gone by.(less)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a beautifully written book details the life of a woman, from childhood to old age, as a Geisha. The story of...more Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a beautifully written book details the life of a woman, from childhood to old age, as a Geisha. The story of Chiyo/Sayuri as poor child in a little fishing village who was sold to work in an 'okia' or house that trained geisha to entertain at the tea houses in Gilon, on the outskirts of Kyoto, from the 1920's through post WWII Japan.
This book tells of the everyday events of the geisha, their apprentices, teachers, and maids. It gives us a peak at the hardships they endured, the pain they suffered, but also the endurance they showed, the hope that kept them alive.
This is a complex story: it has much beauty but does not shy away from showing us the ugliness. The petty jealousies of the geisha and apprentices and the harm they did; the politics of the geisha in procuring a sponsor, or 'dona' for monetary support; the changes that came with the coming of WWII and the inevitable devastation and the restoration after the war with the American occupation. The end reminds us that all of humanity experiences these stages in life: the struggles, the pain, the hope, and the promise of happiness.
I appreciated this book. The words flowed beautifully and the characters were artfully presented. The story made me thoughtful and contemplative. I recommend this book for mature (over fifteen years old)readers because of adult themes.(less)
This is a classic gothic story. Well written by Daphne DuMaurier, it is an engrossing dark mystery set in the early twentieth century Cornwall, Englan...moreThis is a classic gothic story. Well written by Daphne DuMaurier, it is an engrossing dark mystery set in the early twentieth century Cornwall, England. The story deals with a woman who becomes the second wife of a wealthy Englishman landowner who owns a beautiful estate known as 'Mandelay'. This estate is as much a character in this story as the people who live in it.
I quite enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other mysteries written by this author. I recommend it to all that enjoy gothic mystery stories.(less)
This excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a...moreThis excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a very public life. Born into a large, Hollywood family, Mia Farrow has met and often befriended an eclectic group of friends--from Salvador Dali to the Beatles to so many of 'old Hollywood' such as Charles Boyer, Hal Roach, and Elizabeth Taylor and their children.
The three loves of her life, two of which she married--the legend Frank Sinatra, musician Andre Previn, and filmmaker Woody Allen were all very different people and the relationships were all different.
She has given birth to four children and adopted ten others (Some of which were disabled). A great humanitarian, she has worked to raise the public conscience about handicapped, disabled children of third-world countries.
A naturally quiet, shy person, she has withstood great highs and lows in her life, also withstood controversy with determination and courage.(less)
I stumbled upon the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella several years ago in the bargain book section of a warehouse store. I had no idea what to expe...more
I stumbled upon the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella several years ago in the bargain book section of a warehouse store. I had no idea what to expect as I was not even aware that the Kevin Costner movie, 'Field of Dreams' was based on this book.
This book has so much more substance than the movie. As the movie tells the story of one man, one baseball field, and a dream, the book encompasses the man and his whole extended family in a magical story that somehow seems to transform magic to real life.An adult fairy tale.
It was quite east for me to relate to the characters, their cares and concerns, their life choices. It opened up my mind to things I had never thought about before.
I have just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It is an intense thriller...physically and psychologically violent. Clearly written for adult...moreI have just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It is an intense thriller...physically and psychologically violent. Clearly written for adults, the plot unfolds as quite graphic. This is not the kind of book i normally gravitate to but as I got into this book i found I was riveted to it and could barely put it down.
Most of the story takes place in and around Moscow in 1953, the year Stalin died. The protagonist is a Leo Demitov, a former military hero, now in the secret police, known as the MGB. His wife, Raiasa, also figures prominently in the story. There are secrets and lies, trust and distrust, plot twists and turns. It is all very exciting.
I found the book spellbinding in a way books very rarely are.. The characters change, develop into wiser, more mature people as the layers of the story play out. By the end of the book Leo and Raisia may look much the same but they are so different on the inside.
I recommend this book to all who enjoy adult mystery/suspense novels and thrillers. i can't stress enough that they need to be mature adults themselves to appreciate this book. This book is violent, in a physical sense and a psychological sense. It is in places very disturbing. I think this book is well written and the plot well thought out.
Stardust is a modern fairytale written by Neil Gaiman. It is about a young man on a quest, full of quirky characters including a witch, who changes...more Stardust is a modern fairytale written by Neil Gaiman. It is about a young man on a quest, full of quirky characters including a witch, who changes animals into human servants for herself. This author has a gift in writing off-beat stories with strange characters, and unexpected endings. I read this book as an audiobook, read by the author--he did an excellent job with the narration.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy fairy tales and the fantasy genre of books. There is adults themes in this book, children will most likely not easily understand and may become bored; adults should appreciate it's cleverness.(less)
Fifty Shades Darker is part of a trilogy of books by E.L. James. It began a couple years ago as Twilight fan-fiction and amassed quite a following....more Fifty Shades Darker is part of a trilogy of books by E.L. James. It began a couple years ago as Twilight fan-fiction and amassed quite a following. Now the books are on the New York Times List of Top Fiction Books . Hearing the buzz about the book movie studios clamored to get the rights to make a movie based on these books. A movie is in the works now.
Although this book started out as fan-fiction, the story is far from the Young Adult-based romance of the Twilight books. This is a story with people in deep psychological pain and it is written in a way that it is easy to empathize with them--crying when they cry, laughing when they laugh. It is an adult themed book. My feeling is that teens will not really understand the implications of the actions of the lead character or be able to empathize as the more mature and experienced read can.
This was a difficult book for me to read. It stirred my mind, my memory and my imagination. I recommend it to those who like this type of book--angst, romance, a smattering of BSDM, graphic sexual situations, mild violence and language.(less)
Heartbreaking...shocking...vulgar...violent...crude...real...so many stories interwoven, well-defined characters....so many thought race around in my...moreHeartbreaking...shocking...vulgar...violent...crude...real...so many stories interwoven, well-defined characters....so many thought race around in my head as I finish this book. It's a book to be mulled over, thought re-digested before even attempting to review...to decide if it's liked or appreciated. It's definitely not for everyone...but definitely thought provoking. The stage is set in Hollywood but I feel that the very human wants and needs shown here are universal.(less)