Just realized I never got around to reviewing this book. Now where did my copy that Goodreads First Reads sent me run off to? Ah. There it is.
Now thisJust realized I never got around to reviewing this book. Now where did my copy that Goodreads First Reads sent me run off to? Ah. There it is.
Now this book claims that it talks about how Apocalyptic thinking has changed Western Culture, and how exactly that it came to be so prevalent. I don't think it very effectively tackled the first point.
However, I think that the theory behind the second point was fascinating. In our ancient past, "there was no such thing as novelty." Nothing that people did or thought was original, it was accepted that they were reliving lives of those that had come before them. Endings in their mythology was not the important parts of the myths, the important part of the myths was what came at the beginning or what came AFTER the ending, in a new beginning.
"...humanity's gaze was fixed on the creative center, rather than the end. Any ending would only result in rebirth and the recurrence of the creative cycle - so why be obsessed with it.
History, to these ancient people meant something entirely different. History repeated itself, and everything was cyclical. It wasn't until history became something we understood as novel and behind us, unrepeatable that apocalyptic thinking was even possible.
That part was fascinating. However, once I made it a third or so of the way through the book I felt like I was re-reading. Even the sentences seemed familiar. It had a copy-pasta feel to it. The book was interesting, but maybe it should have been way shorter, if they felt the need to repeat themselves....more
While I was reading this book that I received from Goodreads Giveaways, I came across this article written by Stephen King. Tax Me, for F@%&’s SakWhile I was reading this book that I received from Goodreads Giveaways, I came across this article written by Stephen King. Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! I found it very appropriate, considering the book I was reading.
This collection of essays by some 50+ economists, and other various intelligent people, on the validity of the Occupy Wall Street movement and what can be accomplished through it, really opened my eyes in a lot of ways. I agree with what OWS stands for, and I do agree with the way it's been carried out so far - it truly is only in its baby stages. I guess "opened my eyes," was the wrong phrase. I think what this book did was clear up a lot of the issues behind OWS. While I have agreed with the movement, and did camp out a couple days, the exact hows and whys of well, how and why our country is so fucked at the moment pretty much eluded me. I knew there was something wrong with the financial sector. I knew there was something wrong with the education system. I knew there was a mortgage crisis. I knew there was a vast disparity in both wealth and political belief in the country. But I'm no economist.
This book was paramount to seeing people who hold my beliefs but are much, much smarter than I am, explaining in both words I can understand and more eloquently than I could have, how and why we got here, along with a handful of suggestions for solutions. Oh, there were essay that went way the fuck over my head, using graphs and dense terminology that left me scratching my head; that's really the only reason this book got four instead of five stars. But the essays that made me think, "OH! I actually get it!" on issues that I have always wished for a better understanding of, by far outweighed those that left me lost and confused.
Align yourself with the OWS movement? Not really sure what OWS wants? Feel as though OWS isn't being carried out effectively? Simply curious? Read this book. It was long and hard to read sometimes, and certainly requires undivided attention, but it was 100% worth it....more
This entire book is told in three distinct voices. The first voice is that of an author's book of opinions on the state ofWell, that was interesting.
This entire book is told in three distinct voices. The first voice is that of an author's book of opinions on the state of the world. It really does make the book feel both fiction and non-fiction. The second voice is that of the author himself, talking about his "life" outside of the book he is writing - his actual Diary. The third voice is that of his secretary/typist, Anya, who is transcribing the book for the author, who she calls Senor C - her actual Diary.
The book that the author is writing makes him come across as overly intelligent, smug, and rather douchebaggish. Anya is super attractive and comes across as perhaps not the brightest lightbulb in the box. As the book goes on, you can see in all three story lines how all the characters change, become more open, more intelligent, etc.
It was a pretty interesting way to show how deeply someone can be affected by only one different person in their life, for maybe only a year. Moments from Anya's Diary, where she talks of telling Senor C something, can show up in an attitude or a line from the book that Senor is writing. Whereas Senor's attitude towards Anya tends to change her so that she becomes more positive about herself....more
I had zero idea what to think when I picked up Shades of Grey from the bookstore. When I say "no idea," I really mean not a fucking clue in the en Wow.
I had zero idea what to think when I picked up Shades of Grey from the bookstore. When I say "no idea," I really mean not a fucking clue in the entire world; I didn't even read the blurb on the back. It had been recommended to me, that was all. I have never been so glad that I bought a random book, ever.
Edward Russett lives in a Dystopian future version of what was (possibly) our world. People do not see in full color anymore, and the social hierarchy has been established based on what colors you can see. Greys are the the bottom of this hierarchy and can see only shades of grey and are basically the servant class. This is followed by Reds who can only see shades of reds, Oranges who can only see shades of Orange, Yellows who can only see shades of yellow, followed by Greens, Blues, and finally topping at Purples. Usually people only socialize within their own color, unless one is trying to marry up color. The one exception to this rule is that people cannot marry people of a complimentary color. For example, Purples cannot marry Yellows. Eddie is sent, along with his father, a swatchman (a doctor who uses colors to heal), is sent to East Carmine because Eddie needs to learn humility by performing a chair census. Eddie gets a lot more than he bargained for when he starts asking questions and befriends a volatile Grey.
I'm officially in love. A dystopian satire with a color-hierarchy and a strong female character. I want more. More now, please? Oh I have to wait until the next book comes out sometime next year? I don't wannnnnnna wait.
I'm still mulling this over in my mind, but holy fucking Gods, what an amazing book. It was serious, and hilarious, and just brilliant. There is a spoon (view spoiler)[shortage (hide spoiler)], don'tcha know? Plus, it really brings "judging people by their color," to a whole new level.
This universe was so amazingly complete while still not answering every burning question. Is this our world or a parallel one? What was the Something That Happened all those years ago? Where did all the Previous go? Why did people's eyesight change? What's with the Defacting? How about Leapbacks, what are those? Why does more and more tech become illegal with every Leapback? What's going to happen in three years with the Leapback? Why do they still have "Leapback" technology; wouldn't that have come from the Previous.
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"You knew him as Matthew. To us he was Matt. I have tried to reconcile the two within these pages. It would be unfair to Matt if only Matthew's story
"You knew him as Matthew. To us he was Matt. I have tried to reconcile the two within these pages. It would be unfair to Matt if only Matthew's story was told. Matt was so much more than 'Matthew the gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming college student.' He had a family and countless friends. He had a life before that night he was tied to that fence."
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I think I actually squeaked when I found it, and signed, for only $5. I wanted to like it so badly that I gave it an extra star. Truthfully, this was probably only a one-star book. I gave it the extra star because, though I was too young to remember the incident, 1998? I would have been in fifth grade or thereabout. However, I went to college in 2005 - less than ten years later - and I went to a primarily music/theater school. What did that mean? Lots of gay guys. My best friends and I used to joke that the campus was 75% female, and of the 20% that were male more than 50% were gay. Anyway. Point being, I know Matthew's story inside and out, I've been to events, seen the movies, heard talks given by people who knew him, etc. etc. Therefore, the story always meant a lot to me. Both of my younger sisters have come out of the closet and I'm active in the LGBTA communities. I wanted to like this book, so fucking badly.
Unfortunately, what was striking throughout this book is that Judy never expected to write a book. I guess I can't blame her, it's not like she had a hell of a lot of a choice in the events that took place. However, it was simply a poorly written book. There was very little new information, and frankly it just seemed like Judy really knew very little about what was really going on in her son's head. I mean, true, who really knows what's going on in any 21 year old's mind?
Sadly, the best written chapters were the ones about when Matt was in the hospital, when Judy and family were playing the waiting game to see if he would recover, even after being told he wouldn't. I'm sure those are moments that have run through Judy's mind over and over and over and over and over again. It was nice to read that Matthew was surrounded by people who loved him and less media circus than I would have expected. The emotion in these chapters just seemed so much more real than in the other chapters.
Judy writes over and over again that she has learned to control her emotions and that even when everything was still fresh that she hated people seeing her as the grieving mother. She places great value on emotional control, but I don't. It made it very hard to connect with her and her story. I wanted to hear more about what she was actually feeling rather than how she was having trouble controlling it. Her baby was beaten to death, I don't think I would be able to control emotions in that sort of situation and I had a hard time understanding even why she would want to. Granted, I've never been through anything of this sort, but I'd think that trying to contain that many emotions would eventually become more painful than letting them out....more