I am not a huge reader of Fantasy novels and I guess I read even less Sci-Fi but after reading this book I'm not sure why. This book is a great read wI am not a huge reader of Fantasy novels and I guess I read even less Sci-Fi but after reading this book I'm not sure why. This book is a great read with a well thought out story line and characters. I always liked reading books where the remnants of the past are lingering in their future. And where people live in the aftermath of the implosion of the world. But even though there is a new world order, the new roles and caste created are still the same. Men are the hunters and women are the gatherers
Perfect description of what was to come later on in the book ~ When people watched old TV shows online and broadcast TV not only no longer existed but was only rumored to ever happen.
Great action and suspense with a hint of romance thrown in to make it a quick and entertaining read. ...more
Not quite sure what happened, one moment I clicked on my kindle to start the first chapter, the next moment, I realized that I tore thru this book andNot quite sure what happened, one moment I clicked on my kindle to start the first chapter, the next moment, I realized that I tore thru this book and didn't stop until I got to the last page. To say this was a page turner is an understatement. I love the tongue in cheek sense of humor of the main character and actually laughed out loud during a few parts - something I NEVER do. I also like it when strong female characters are brought in and the sister was no exception. While I'm a huge fan of the thriller genre, I typically read detective & lawyer type thrillers this was my first dip into military - type thrillers and I can say it won't be my last.
I hope that this is the start of a great series and if so I'll be anxiously waiting for the next Travis Deacon Novel....more
Met the author last week so I thought to try my first zombie book, his. And my first purchased book on the Kindle. Written better that I thought horroMet the author last week so I thought to try my first zombie book, his. And my first purchased book on the Kindle. Written better that I thought horror zombie books would be. Somehow I always kind of thought zombie novels would be on the same level of bodice-ripping books - follow a formula without too much thought and dumb down the works and plot. Some of the military jargon was hard to follow but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and I'm ready for another zombie book. Still not reading a bodice ripping book....more
Didn't want to wait until January 1, 2015 to make a change so I started mid-year. Easy to read with short chapters for each day and assignments that aDidn't want to wait until January 1, 2015 to make a change so I started mid-year. Easy to read with short chapters for each day and assignments that at first seemed pointless but as I got further into the book, I realized what the author was trying to accomplish and started to see the "big picture" Love the quotes he included and have written down some of them for future inspiration.
I'm actually on my second reading, the first time I read the book in it's entirety (after all I didn't want to get half way thru it and realize that I was wasting my time). For the second reading, I'm taking it day by day following along as instructed.
If you want to remain a victim and make excuses for everything bad that happens in life then skip this book. But if you want to take control and realize what you are capable of doing than this is a must read. Now I'm off to purchase copies for a few "friends" who never quite understood that we all make choices in life....more
This book was amazing even after I understood that they were talking about Scilla, not Sicily. How lucky she was to be able to catalog her amazing famThis book was amazing even after I understood that they were talking about Scilla, not Sicily. How lucky she was to be able to catalog her amazing family history, despite the hardships that the main character endeared. This is historical fiction based on fact and while some of the details maybe be inaccurate or embellished the basic idea, the accident, the earthquake the mafia - that is all part of her family history.
Always blows my mind that as much as everyone hated Italians, Sicilians were hated by Italians just as much. Oh well. ...more
I finished it a bit late but I loved every minute of it. How amazing to know that much about something. To be able to recite off the top of your headI finished it a bit late but I loved every minute of it. How amazing to know that much about something. To be able to recite off the top of your head all the countries Captain Cook visited, his family line, dates of events. Not to mention the wife with the patience of a saint to let him run around like that. I'm actually looking at picking up his other book "Baghdad without a Map"
The thing I couldn't get over is how much he affected the places he visited. And I can see why he wasn't considered a hero to anyone but the English. I mean with him came disease, greed, violence and the destruction of the land ~ everything that is bad in today's time.
What were once beautiful areas filled with gentle people became slums with no one ounce of good soil. But that being said, a person that didn't have his sensitivity to his power could have done a lot worse. I think he was smart enough to know how much power he had – he could have destroyed civilizations and no one would have been the wiser. And it's not like it wouldn't have happened eventually – he just caused it to happen at THAT time.
I always find it so egotistical of us to claim land in the name of a country when THERE are PEOPLE already living on that land! But that's another story.
This book was so easy to go thru even though it was Non-fiction and over 400 pages. I couldn't imagine reading a book about Captain Cooks travels without falling asleep or getting a huge headache but he wrote in such a story way that it took me a minute to realize I was actually learning something. And it helped to have Rodger's dialogue thrown in every now and then.
Make sure you check out his site when you get a chance http://www.bluelatitudes.com/ it has maps of Cook's voyages, pictures of everyone he talked about and a bit more information. Or and before I forget, when I mentioned the book to my dad he says he saw the site in Hawaii where Cook was killed. He thought that they buried him in the hills and I had fun telling him that they used his leg bone to make an arrow and more than likely parts of him were eaten!...more
Wow, what an interesting book and especially the black and white photos that marked each chapter, Tina pointed that the characters in the pictures werWow, what an interesting book and especially the black and white photos that marked each chapter, Tina pointed that the characters in the pictures were highlighted in the chapter so make sure you take a second look at the picture after you finish the chapter.
Shows you what a twist one can take in life, one minute you are tucked away in school and the next day you are burying your parents and hopping on a train that turns out to be a circus train.
I need to do a bit of research, perhaps find another book to read on the circus life. I wonder how much of this story was taken from actual events - was there really a twin inside a man freak or is it just smoke and mirrors.
Quick read and surprise when you are done you actually might learn something interesting....more
While I'm glad it didn't have the typical Hollywood ending, I hate being reminded of the greed of people and the extend they will go to take what fromWhile I'm glad it didn't have the typical Hollywood ending, I hate being reminded of the greed of people and the extend they will go to take what from others have less fortunate....more
**spoiler alert** I looked up Harper Lee online this is her only published book. However, she did write a few articles that one can find and read onli**spoiler alert** I looked up Harper Lee online this is her only published book. However, she did write a few articles that one can find and read online: Love in other Words - Vogue Christmas to me - McCalls When Children Discover America Romance and High Adventure
Her full name is Nellie Harper Lee - I bet she dropped the Nellie part so publishers would mistakenly think she was a man and read her material. She is also still alive and living in Monroeville, Alabama. And once you read about her and her family, you will know that she is not the only amazing person in that family (guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree).
I was able to tell in the beginning that the book started in the 30's once Dill mentioned that he saw Dracula in the theaters. Dracula was in theaters in 1931-32 (don't ask how I know that), and they mentioned that they were in the Depression which started in 1929 (1927-28 for the farmers) and went on through out the 30's. Since they were openly drinking, Prohibition must have ended (1933). And, towards the end of the book, they were mentioning Hitler and what he was doing in Germany which took place in the late 30's. My history teachers would be so impressed that I retained all of that information. Too bad my head is so full of that information, I have to look up my own phone number.
I loved Scout. In fact, I get dibs on that name for a little girl- or did Bruce Willis and Demi Moore beat me to it? I loved that she wanted to be a person first and then a girl. And she supports the fact that little kids know the meaning of life and forget it as they get older. She had a great relationship with her brother and father and they encouraged her to be true to herself and not follow the stereotypes of ladies of that time. I loved her way of thinking especially how she drew the conclusion that if she starting swearing her dad would assume she picked up the bad habits from school and pull her out. And when she wanted to write a letter to Dill in invisible ink just to drive him crazy, I almost ruined the book because I was drinking a Diet Pepsi at the time.
I have a feeling that Harper Lee was just like Scout and have you noticed that all early 1900 female authors are tomboys? Louisa Mae Alcott was Jo in Little Women, Laura Wilder wrote about herself. It just goes to show you that the truly creative women were those that went against the stereotypes of the time.
I'm not sure I like the fact that Atticus allowed them to call him by his first name and not Dad, but aside from that he was the perfect role model. He talked to them, not at them, and he always listened. He firmly believed that it was important for his children to respect him and by NOT following the creed "Do as I say, not as I do", Scout and Jem would be able to look up to him. He wanted his children to look beyond the color of one's skin, therefore he did. He treated everyone as equal despite their race, family background, age or education and if more people did that, there wouldn't be as many problems today. His teaching methods worked. You can tell how much the children loved and looked up to him. Nothing hurt them more then having their father be ashamed of them. They didn't keep things from him because they thought he wouldn't understand. They kept things from him because they didn't want him to get hurt. And they always listened, because to disobey would hurt Atticus.
Atticus's brother was another one of my favorite characters even though he wasn't mentioned a lot. When he realized his error after punishing Scout for beating up her cousin and tried to make it right, it showed that he also strived to earn their respect just like Atticus. Nothing irates me more then when someone tells me I have to respect them because they are older than me. Whatever. Does that mean I have to respect Bob Ewall because he is older?
It's easy to see with all of the problems in the world why Boo Radley feels safer hiding from away from it. It takes a special person to admit defeat to the cliché "if you can't beat them join them" and turn his back on things he doesn't understand. I think everyone has a little bit of Boo in us, when we shut out the problems of the outside. Of course, we all have a little of Scout in us to especially when I come out fighting if anyone tries to hurt my family.
The court case. Wow, the sad thing is, is I can see that happening even today (i.e. the Rodney King trial). When I moved here the first time, just before the LA riots, there was a huge ordeal about a Korean, store-owner who shot and killed a 17-19 black, teenager girl, she claimed was stealing and attacking her. The security camera shows the tiff and it shows the teen putting down the item and walking towards the exit. The store owner shot her in the back and was found not-guilty, by reason of self-defense. When the book was published in 1960, discrimination was still a big problem. I did like how Harper Lee brought up Hitler's actions against the Jews. It was obvious that what was going on in America with African Americans was no different in her eyes than what Hitler was doing. I agree, we were just more discreet about it. Perhaps because deep inside, Americans knew it was wrong to treat African Americans as third class citizens so we tried to hide it more. Hitler was right out in the open with his actions.
I listed a few links that I discovered about To Kill A Mocking Bird: http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS... The Student Survivor Guide. - This is amazing it has definitions of the harder words and references to the "Allusions and Idioms" that are used.
**spoiler alert** First, this is the only time that I ever heard of a guy plotting so well to get what he wanted without everyone finding out his plan**spoiler alert** First, this is the only time that I ever heard of a guy plotting so well to get what he wanted without everyone finding out his plan. Gatsby planned everything - the house, the location, the money, the parties, the friends, everything just so Daisy would just happen upon him. Why didn't he just pick up the phone and call her or send her a letter instead of planning for five years? Usually it's a girl who will go thru all that trouble so that no one discovers what she is really up to.
Anyway, I enjoyed this story. I loved how it flowed, the era the characters. I plan on reading The Other Side Of Paradise soon (it's on my ever expanding list). There were two things that I wrote down while I was reading. The first was, on page 65 he spoke of that he traveled to San Francisco which he named the "mid west". Since when was San Francisco in the mid west? Maybe I read it wrong but the book is at home so I will have to check later.
The other thing, Fitzgerald never wrote about days, he wrote about events; the day Nick went to see Tom & Daisy, the day Nick met Tom's mistress, the day of the party, the day Nick invited Daisy over to see Gatsby and on... The reader never learned how much time passed between these events. Nick even mentioned in the book that the days just rolled into events but he didn't plan it that way.
Here's my take on the main characters.
Gatsby - Everything he did was for Daisy. Money was his first motivation for everything - leaving home and changing his name. When he met Daisy, she became his motivation. He wanted her to see how successful and rich he was. If Daisy really cared about those things, she didn't really love him unconditionally to begin with. Too bad he couldn't sit back and enjoy his money. Makes me think what he would be obsessing about once he had Daisy.
Nick - It seemed that he was just a spectator. His only place in this book was to tell the story as if he was the author writing Gatsby's memoirs. He also seemed to be the only one there with a conscience. He couldn't believe how everyone was nonchalant about the death of Myrtle, including Gatsby himself. And he couldn't believe all those people that filled Gatsby's house for the parties yet ran in the opposite direction when it was time to go to Gatsby's funeral. He finally left the city all together he was so disgusted.
Tom – He was a self-absorbed idiot who, with Daisy, created chaos and then turned the other way without thinking about their actions. Tom kept trying to act smart - taking ideas and opinions from books and passing them on as his own. Even his wife saw that and ignored him. He's a racist, quoting from the book "The Rise of the Colored Empire" and a sexist. He didn't even care that Nick was Daisy's cousin when he introduced his mistress to him. And we won't even talk about him hitting Myrtle. He didn't even want Daisy until someone else wanted her and then he freaked. Why was it okay for him to steal another man's wife but no one else could?
Daisy - Another idiot who chose money and power over love. She jumped from one thing to the next without thinking anything thru. She was disloyal to Gatsby three times. The first time by marrying Tom after promising to wait for Gatsby until he returned from the war. Then by allowing him to take the fall for her reckless driving, resulting in Myrtle's death. And then by not going to his funeral. Daisy didn't even care about her own daughter, bringing her out like a trained seal for guests and then when she was done showing her off, gave her back to the nanny after 10 minutes. Sure Tom came back to her but that was because the people they were cheating with died. Eventually Tom will find someone else to fool around with again and Daisy will be miserable.
And the one thing that will drive me crazy about this story, is what happened to the dog that Tom bought for Myrtle? Did someone go get it or did die of hunger and loneliness?
You are always worried when someone comes out with a best seller right out of the gate. Maybe it was just a fluke and the second book won't be as goodYou are always worried when someone comes out with a best seller right out of the gate. Maybe it was just a fluke and the second book won't be as good. Not so, if you liked Kite Runner, go ahead and pick this up. Same underlying theme about life in the Middle East but this time written from women's perspective and a perspective from a person who chose to stay behind instead for fleeing.
A book about the strength of women in a place where they are disregarded as human beings. And how to find hope when there is nothing but despair. This book is a keeper.