Not terrible but not as good as I expected. And the author's note in the back was so pompous and arrogant that it totally turned me off of him. This wNot terrible but not as good as I expected. And the author's note in the back was so pompous and arrogant that it totally turned me off of him. This will be the last book I read of his....more
I thought this was superb. I've seen the movie several times, and was really taken by Chris's story, so I thought it would be wise for me to hear it fI thought this was superb. I've seen the movie several times, and was really taken by Chris's story, so I thought it would be wise for me to hear it from the horse's mouth, as it were - the guy who wrote the original article and the book whence the great movie even came. This gives a whole new glimpse into the life and travels of Chris as he journeyed all over the continent.
There were many parts that were very touching, sometimes even tear-jerking. The movie was also good about that, but while this filled in some of the blanks the picture left out, it also left a lot to the imagination when it dealt with the characters Chris spent time with. So I learned some of the behind-the-scenery stuff here that was fascinating. I read this in about three sittings over the course of about sixteen hours. It was hard to put down. I'd highly recommend it....more
I just couldn't get into this one. Too many characters that seemed to jumble up in my head, and a sense of carelessness from the characters as well asI just couldn't get into this one. Too many characters that seemed to jumble up in my head, and a sense of carelessness from the characters as well as the author on all the magic going on all over the place. I just can't get into magic. Sorry, Steph. :(...more
Boy this one had a rough beginning. The constant on-and-on about Lolita, how he must have her, possess her and so on - it really started to get carrieBoy this one had a rough beginning. The constant on-and-on about Lolita, how he must have her, possess her and so on - it really started to get carried away. I got the point after the first few times but on and on he went, and I found it didn't really push the story forward very well for me. The entirety of it was consumed by this lust for a little girl. Every reading session I finished, I would feel sick to my stomach as I put the book down. It finally cleared up once I realized the game he was playing.
The hidden, underlying word game was fascinating to me. He still went on long tirades about this or that, and I found myself skimming occasionally, but the gist of it was good, and I started enjoying it. I found myself turning the pages more quickly.
All in all, I ended up enjoying it, but I don't think it's one I need to add to my Will Read Again shelf or anything. I mean, bottom line, I don't think it's one of the best one hundred books ever written. Once again, have we fallen into a trap where everyone rates it that way just so they'll fit in? It's like the hipster thing to do, right? We can't knock a book that's so critically acclaimed.
The same thing happened with Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter-House Five. I really just didn't get it. (Not the book, but the way people fawned all over it). I think most people are just afraid to go against the norm and potentially be accused of being uncultured or 'dumb'. Well, I'm not a dumb guy, but I just won't play that game.
English was not the author's first language, or even his second, from what I hear. Which is marvelously impressive. His use of the language and control were phenomenal. All the quips, pokes, puns and plays were delightful. Though every time he broke into French, he lost me. I wasn't about to type all that into a translator. I opted instead for the contextual closeness of a clue, and came away little better for it.
It's a good book. Don't get me wrong. Suspenseful and frightful at times, and funny and sickening and sweet and sad and melancholy... I actually felt depressed at the end. It moved me in places, indeed. But it wasn't perfect. So the best I can do is four stars....more
Fun, but I put it down about halfway through, and don't think I'll pick it back up anytime soon. If I ever happen to walk by it on my way to the localFun, but I put it down about halfway through, and don't think I'll pick it back up anytime soon. If I ever happen to walk by it on my way to the local grocer at noon on a Saturday, I may grab it and slip it into my back pocket for the inevitable line. But I don't think I'll go out of my way for it.
Spider's books definitely have their place in my heart, and they are great for the pun wars. But other than that, they're just candy, and I really don't have time for that right now. If I'm gonna read, I want it to be more serious literature. At least for now. If I ever finish it I'll come back and give this one a more thorough review....more
This was great. Terribly depressing, but not without merit. I enjoyed the read, even though it took a long time for me to get through it. I've been toThis was great. Terribly depressing, but not without merit. I enjoyed the read, even though it took a long time for me to get through it. I've been too busy to engage lately. Not sure if that speaks of the pace of the novel at all, but I did enjoy it. The end was pretty heart-wrenching though.
I'm a big fan of WWII books and literature, even fiction, so I'm likely to read anything you put in front of me on the subject. This one was different though, in that it's told from the point of view of Death. Very interesting way to write.
I can't say anything on here that someone else hasn't said, but that I liked it well, and really like how Death described the humans as he did. The music and life and soul of them were all intertwined. It really put you in touch with the characters. Great job, Mr. Zusak....more
Wow, this was a great book with a huge idea for a story! I'm going to assume you've read other reviews and synopses of this work, so I don't need to tWow, this was a great book with a huge idea for a story! I'm going to assume you've read other reviews and synopses of this work, so I don't need to tell you what happens. So let me start by telling you what I liked about the book.
I liked the descriptive narrative the best. Niven is a master at painting a picture with his words. He really put me in the coalsack, and beyond. His description of the first encounter with an alien was horrifyingly believable and chilling. The science behind the story was really exciting too. I really dug how he connected all the worlds and portals with the Alderson Points. And the first time we step onto the Motie planet, and thereafter visiting the museum... Just wonderful prose. I was sucked in like a mouse in a vacuum.
Parts of it dragged out though. It wasn't perfect. The politics (which was necessary, but always bores me) and long-winded sections that I guess were supposed to be character dev, didn't work for me very well. Still, it was good, and I enjoyed it quite well. I may reread it in the future, or continue the series....more
I thought this was a brilliant book, full of exciting 80s pop culture and references to all the things I enjoyed as a child at that time. It's a grippI thought this was a brilliant book, full of exciting 80s pop culture and references to all the things I enjoyed as a child at that time. It's a gripping page-turner with plenty of suspense and action to keep you moving. I think I'll be adding this to my list of favorites.
I thought maybe it was a little far-fetched that these characters had time to watch every single episode of Dr. Who, or watch War Games thirty-seven times in a row and memorize every line. All of this while staying plugged into this virtual universe. And listening to the entire Rush discography over and over. While reading every Mad Magazine ever printed, cover to cover nineteen times. While beating Pac-Man and playing a perfect game with one quarter. I mean, come on. The list goes on and on. If that's all I ever did with my life was play Pac-Man, I might get to where I could beat it in a few years. But these guys breeze through games like I can tear through a box of frosted flakes. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things these people are able to master.
Other than that, I thought the plot was reasonable, the universe was believable and enjoyable and I liked the characters. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who has fond memories of the eighties and wants a good quick read. Fun!...more
Man this was good. This was great. I was once again, like in Killing Lincoln, impressed with how well Bill was able to keep his political bias from enMan this was good. This was great. I was once again, like in Killing Lincoln, impressed with how well Bill was able to keep his political bias from entering the prose. It was a really well done, and educational book for me. I learned a lot about Kennedy. He was a fascinating character - even though he was a womanizer and a scoundrel at times.
The book brought us through the last three years of his life, up to and including the end of it. Bill did this with class and taste. There were also some surprises. Like some of the little things he slipped in there as subtle nuances made big impacts with me. I found myself thinking about this book long after I finished it.
Conspiracies aside, I think this is a great resource for the complete story on what happened that day. Of course some assumptions are made, but most of them are pretty believable. But to all the conspiracy theorists out there, why did Oswald flee the book depository if he was innocent? Why did he kill his cop on the way to the theater? Come on. Just... Never mind.
Anyway, very good read, very informative, and very well done. I'll probably read O'Reilly's Killing Jesus next based on the strength of this and Lincoln. ...more