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 w...moreI 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. (less)
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 and...moreNot 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.(less)
Anyone who questions the reasoning that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, needs to read this book. Despite her loss...moreAnyone who questions the reasoning that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, needs to read this book. Despite her loss and heartache you almost feel a bit of envy to realize that she spent over 40 years with her soul mate, more than most people get. Together they lived a life of travel, experiences and love surrounded by friends and family.
You can visualize the thought process that Joan goes through as she survives the first year of losing her husband. Everything from reliving her past to determine what twist of fate could have prolonged her husband's death to reading journals and articles to better understand exactly what happened and that it wasn't her fault. And then to deal with her daughter's illness in the same year is a true testament to how strong and resilient a person can be.
This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness...about marriage and children and memory...about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself."(less)
Besides, my dad looking at me funny when he saw the title, this was a great book. The author stressed that everything she wrote in quotes came from an...moreBesides, my dad looking at me funny when he saw the title, this was a great book. The author stressed that everything she wrote in quotes came from an actual source. With pictures showing who she was talking about and her general way of writing this was a great non-fiction book that was told in such a way that I was both entertained and educated.
Think I need to read Devil in a White Dress soon to continue on my Chicago path and then need some books that take place in Detroit to add to my Middlesex Group
**spoiler alert** Read it in four days, couldn't put it down. I had to keep remembering that it wasn't 100% true. But I think that it was as close as...more**spoiler alert** Read it in four days, couldn't put it down. I had to keep remembering that it wasn't 100% true. But I think that it was as close as we could have gotten. Mineko - The geisha that Golden interviewed did a great job on educating him on the way of a Geisha according to a lecture he gave.
I wasn't as shocked as everyone else seemed to be about the way things were in Japan. Women were not permitted to think or act for themselves. And just like everywhere else, there really wasn't any use for a daughter except to marry her off to a husband with money in hopes of securing future for the daughter's parents and family. There was also a strict code of honor and respect among geishas and the Japanese culture. That is what prevented Sayuri from acting out on Hatsumomo and why she couldn't reveal her feelings nor could the chairman disrespect his friend to be with Sayuri. I admired that about The Chairman and Sayuri, they did what they knew was right and did not follow their feelings. In the end, look where it got them. They were happy, growing old together, probably had a child, she lived peacefully and very well in New York taken care of until the day she died. I wonder what would have happened to Sayuri if she acted out and exchanged Hatsumomo's make-up with rat poison. More than likely, she would have been thrown out of the house and made into a prostitute until she died. In the end, Hatsumomo ended up suffering because she didn't follow the code of honor. Also, fate punished Sayuri for disobeying, when she tried to escape and fell off the roof and I'm sure that had an effect on her future decision makings.
I wish that Sayuri was able to reunite with her sister but in a way I'm glad that they didn't and avoided the typical Hollywood ending. Sayuri reminded me a lot of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. She had her own way of seeing things but they were always clever and accurate. I loved the part when she says that her the back of her father's head was as old and his face but it was smooth like an egg, not deep set in wrinkles. There's living proof in every bald head of why stress and worry creates wrinkles in the face.
Other characters: The Doctor - warped and twisted at least he was useful in help Mameha win the bet against Mother and secured Sayuri place in the house.
The Baron - Hated that he hurt Mameha by going after Sayuri - His disrespectfulness got him in the end.
The Chairman - A man that believed in honor and respect above all. And he was rewarded for it until his death.
Nobu - Despite his rudeness and abruptness, he did care for Sayuri and made sure she was safe. I wish we learned what happened to him in the end but based on the pattern of the story those who lived with honor, died with honor.
Mameha - Loved her, she was smart, sweet, strong - she didn't let anyone push her around and her subtleness was just as effective in getting what she wants as any man. Actually it was better because no one realized that they helped her so they never came back to be repaid.
Pumpkin - Started out sweet and nice but finally acted out after years of betrayal. She was abused and used by Hatsumomo and the household, lied to about being adopted, forced to prostitution during the war. If Sayuri wasn't so wrapped up in her own issues she might have been able to see past herself and try to help Pumpkin more. Despite Pumpkin's betrayal to Sayuri, I hope she went against the pattern of the book and lived the rest of her years happily. Probably the smartest, after all, up until the end, Sayuri thought that Pumpkin made a mistake in bringing the Chairman to the theater instead of Nobu. Never thought that Pumpkin did it on purpose.
For those that were paying attention, it took me a while to read this. Slow beginning but once you get started it was easy to continue. Historical non...moreFor those that were paying attention, it took me a while to read this. Slow beginning but once you get started it was easy to continue. Historical non-fiction that talks about the invention of the wireless and how it was thrusted into the limelight with a cross Atlantic murder. Two plots in the beginning that merged into one 2/3 of the way thru. Tons of research made apparent by the index and bibliography in the back. Gave me an understanding or Marconi his life and his invention.
I'll be checking out Larson's other books, maybe I'll learn something. (less)
Before I forget, did anyone else notice that the book was dedicated to Harper Lee?
So did the crime fit the punishment? Which character is worse? Perry...moreBefore I forget, did anyone else notice that the book was dedicated to Harper Lee?
So did the crime fit the punishment? Which character is worse? Perry who had an awful, disgusting childhood, was beaten, usually homeless, abused and treated like a "slave" but, according to him, killed 4 innocent people. Or Dick who had a standard childhood came from a good and strict family, played sports in high school, met the women of his dreams and married her. He didn't kill the family but he did instigate the crime and encouraged Perry to play it out until the end. Did they both deserve to die? Is Perry the worst of the two because he committed the actual murders or was Dick because there isn't any excuse to explain his life of crime? Is Perry better because he prevented Dick from committing rape before he shot Nancy's head off? (Don't mean to be crude but you get the idea) I'm curious to know what everyone thinks.
I liked how Capote started the book before the murders occurred. You were able to see how everyone was living and you could see the difference in people's attitude from the day before, to the day after the crime. One moment they looked after their neighbors, the next moment they were looking at them sideways trying to see if they were guilty. And I like how he wrote from the cop's point of view in the beginning (Nancy's purse in the hallway, her watch in the shoe, why the son looked like he did before he was shot) and then how Perry filled in the holes at the end. The only thing that made me question things was that is was so exact. Three months went by (or was it more) and he remembered everything right down to the emotions he felt when he was scurrying for the silver dollar that fell out of the purse. I have a good memory but lets face it, do you know any man who can remember the details that Perry did? How Dick was able to recite from memory the stores that he passed bad checks?
I was also surprised that the daughters weren't mentioned after the hurried wedding ceremony. And I don't understand why she felt the need to get married the week of her family's death, right after the funeral. I would have waited. But of course now-a-days people would just live together while they wait for a better time to get married. I guess they couldn't do that back then :) No one but the mother's brother showed up for the trial. And he asked for people to forgive the killers and let them have life in prison instead of death. I wonder how the other family members felt.
While I was exploring the site http://188.8.131.52/vhs/capotelesso... they had a "Six Degrees of Capote" area. This had emails from those that either knew the victims, the criminal or the city where they were from. There wasn't a lot but it was really interesting to read some of those. I think with a bit more exploring we could find other sites like that, that include witnesses' recaps of the incident. It did bother me to learn how writing about this affected Capote the way it did. How he felt bad for the killers who had hoped that he could save them. Did Truman ever say if he was for or against capital punishment? You can't tell from the book which shows what a great author he is, no biased opinions at all even though he talked with the killers and the victims for over 6 years.
And no I won't be renting this movie I don't need to be reminded that sometimes you are just at the wrong place at the right time or the right place at the wrong time. (less)
wow, can I just wow. Well, first it took me longer than usual to read this book but I don't regret reading it. Spanning three generations of a Greek f...morewow, can I just wow. Well, first it took me longer than usual to read this book but I don't regret reading it. Spanning three generations of a Greek family in Detroit, and at the end it tied it all together and left me satisfied. Well maybe I was a little to leery that his /her family were so acceptance of the curve ball life threw their way. Regardless, I did like the surprises and the end was a page turner.
This book first grabbed my attention because it took place in Detroit and it was nice to read about familiar streets and neighborhoods. Kind of like reading the Magician's Assistant for readers in Los Angeles. And it kept my attention as it told the story of Cal and his struggles through life not quite understanding what was happening to him until finally all the pieces fit in place.
I love how each generation moved forward in adapting to American life, not quite forgetting where they came from but adding to their tradition, new ways and philosophies until they were a proud mixture of both Greek and American. sound familiar? (less)
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 horro...moreMet 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.(less)
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 a...moreDidn'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.(less)
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 fam...moreThis 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. (less)