I found this to be very readable and engaging. Once I got started, I didn't want to read any other book. And when I wasn't reading, I was often thinki...moreI found this to be very readable and engaging. Once I got started, I didn't want to read any other book. And when I wasn't reading, I was often thinking about the group and what might happen to them on their long trek. The fact that it is a true story is a testament to the endurance and strength of human will and the hunger for freedom when it is taken away. Highly recommended.(less)
This started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters. But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to kn...moreThis started out a little slow, and took forever to introduce all of the major characters. But most of the characters felt real to me once I got to know them, and I think I'm going to miss them now that I've finished the book! I enjoyed this world, even though I've never really done any gaming like this. The aspect that really fascinated me was the happy work environment with all the loyal employees who loved their job and felt like an important part of a team creating something really great together. What a fun place to work! I enjoyed reading about it.(less)
I absolutely loved being back in this world with these characters. My one complaint would be that we didn't get enough of Halt. But I absolutely loved...moreI absolutely loved being back in this world with these characters. My one complaint would be that we didn't get enough of Halt. But I absolutely loved Maddie. I want another book with her! I don't want this to be the last one! I want more! I would be happy to read ten or twenty more! I will definitely read anything else Mr. Flanagan decides to write.(less)
This was excellent! Although some of my response to it may be because it was exactly what I was in the mood for, and it's been such a long time since...moreThis was excellent! Although some of my response to it may be because it was exactly what I was in the mood for, and it's been such a long time since I've immersed myself in a Dick Francis mystery. And this really did feel like a Dick Francis mystery to me. Felix did an awesome job, especially considering he was taking on Sid Halley. I enjoyed this a lot and look forward to rereading it again sometime!(less)
I loved this! When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it in the back of my mind and figuring out when I could get more time to read. The charac...moreI loved this! When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it in the back of my mind and figuring out when I could get more time to read. The characters felt very real and completely interesting. I'm not sure whether or not I would like some of them in real life, but they were great to read about. How soon is the next one coming out??
I didn't understand the last line of the book, though! If you did, would you post here and tell me what it meant? I feel like I must have missed something!(less)
I happened across this book while searching for something else in my public library's card catalog. I couldn't resist the title and immediately put it...moreI happened across this book while searching for something else in my public library's card catalog. I couldn't resist the title and immediately put it on hold. I found it to be just what I expected - a fun and humorous look at "the forgotten people behind everyday words." John Bemelmans Marciano shares information in a light and enjoyable way. I learned quite a few bits of information that I hadn't known before, and I even learned a few new words.
The danger with this type of book is that you are suddenly armed with all sorts of trivial facts to share with friends and co-workers. Be careful! They might not be quite as interested to learn all about how the graham cracker got its name (invented by a Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham to help people avoid more stimulating foods), or a run-down on the many hats that are eponymous - named after people, characters in plays, a title of a play, a horse race, and even a poem (bowler, derby, fedora, trilby, stetson, havelock, busby, and tam-o-shanter). As you can see, even a little bit of this information goes a long way! :)
I did at times feel like the information given just skimmed the surface and was a bit short. I would have liked more detailed information for the words and people I found interesting. But I didn't feel that way about each word. So this is also a nice book for introducing you to some great bits of history, words, and people which can then act as a springboard to searching for additional information.
Note: He did tend to emphasize some words dealing with adult-type subjects, so I wouldn't recommend this book for children.(less)
I knew I should have waited! But I just didn't want to! So despite the fact that I was very tired from staying up way too late over the weekend readin...moreI knew I should have waited! But I just didn't want to! So despite the fact that I was very tired from staying up way too late over the weekend reading the first two books, and the fact that the weekend was over and I had to go back to work, I jumped right into this. Of course I didn't have as much time each day as I wanted to read, so I had to fit it into any little bits of time I could find. My pesky job kept getting in the way of my reading time! :) I'm sure those factors all contributed, but what it comes down to is that I didn't enjoy this as much as the first two. There are some excellent parts - especially since I really care about many of these characters and want to see good things happen for them. But it seemed like there was also a lot of exposition and killing time waiting for things to happen. So, yes, while I do definitely recommend this to those who have read the first two, this isn't my favorite of the three. 3.5 stars.(less)
As always Laini Taylor caught my attention with her great characters. She kept my attention because I needed to know what Brimstone did with all those...moreAs always Laini Taylor caught my attention with her great characters. She kept my attention because I needed to know what Brimstone did with all those teeth! I read the book almost in one sitting. The ending was a disappointment, but of course I look forward to reading the next one!
This is for quite a bit older audience than Taylor's Blackbringer series. I would classify this as older YA to adult.(less)
This is another book that made me cold - and hungry! It also made me feel very grateful for the freedoms I enjoy. I do agree with others who have said...moreThis is another book that made me cold - and hungry! It also made me feel very grateful for the freedoms I enjoy. I do agree with others who have said that this book could use some editing. But despite that, I did enjoy reading Mike Ramsdell's story. It helped when I thought about the book as an autobiography instead of an exciting spy novel. Then all the flashbacks to things that really didn't have any bearing on the main story didn't annoy me quite as much. Since chances are very slim that I will ever travel to most if not all of the places he talks about, I enjoyed visiting there vicariously through this book - even though it made me cold and hungry!
A favorite quote: "It is not the Lord's way or His plan to take away our hardships and difficulties. It is these challenges that give us the opportunity to grow in faith, character, and understanding. And if we won't give up, He will be at our side to help us see them through."(less)
If John Grisham were to try his hand at science fiction, the resulting book might be quite similar to this. I was surprised at how much legal/courtroo...moreIf John Grisham were to try his hand at science fiction, the resulting book might be quite similar to this. I was surprised at how much legal/courtroom stuff this contained. Not that that's a bad thing. I just wasn't expecting it.
I loved the fuzzies! They really made the book for me. (The fuzzy on the cover was one of the main reasons I was drawn to read the book in the first place.) I will definitely have to read Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper sometime, since that is the original that this story "reboots." I will also have to check out another Scalzi book sometime. Other reviewers here have said this isn't as good as some of his others. Since I enjoyed this a lot, I'm very interested in reading more of his work.(less)
I always enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's books. They are just filled with things I find myself thinking about later and wanting to talk about with others. I'...moreI always enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's books. They are just filled with things I find myself thinking about later and wanting to talk about with others. I've also read The Tipping Point and Blink.
Gladwell's books are not the type of book I generally read, but he fills them with interesting stories and facts which keep my interest while at the same time make me feel like I'm learning things. I was very interested in the section on the effects of summer vacations on students and the history behind why we have summer vacations. Gladwell says, speaking of a study showing student growth between September and June: "Schools work. The only problem with school, for the kids who aren't achieving, is that there isn't enough of it." How many students at my school are going to come to the library and tell me they didn't read a single book over the summer? Even one student saying that to me just makes me sad.
As with Gladwell's other two books, even though I do feel like I've learned interesting things, I'm not quite sure what to do with what I've learned. Is there anything I learned in Outliers that I can apply to my life and bring about some of the success he talks about? Well, here are some of the things I learned:
* Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness. Even if you are highly talented at something, you cannot reach a level of greatness at that thing until you have practiced for at least ten thousand hours.
* One reason Asian people are better at math than Americans is because of the differences in the way numbers and math words are expressed in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese as opposed to English!
* Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for a long time without giving up.
* Success comes from luck, from decisions others make that you have no control over, and being ready and willing to go for it when the time is right.
I really like the concept of a magic number for greatness. I like thinking that I could become great at something of my choosing just by putting in the time - although some innate ability is necessary as well. I think I'll choose reading as the thing I want to do for ten thousand hours. :)(less)
I quite enjoyed this. I took my time with it and often didn't read it for days at a time, but I never had a hard time opening it up again when I had a...moreI quite enjoyed this. I took my time with it and often didn't read it for days at a time, but I never had a hard time opening it up again when I had a few minutes to read. As with most short story collections I've read, there were some essays I preferred over others. But overall, this is an interesting read that I particularly enjoyed around Father's Day.
Reading this felt a lot like watching the Food Network. If you enjoy reading about food, reading memoirs with a food slant, or contemplating the family dynamic in regards to food and cooking, you will enjoy this. As a book-oriented person, I love that many of those who wrote essays also shared a bit about some of the cookbooks on their shelf.
I thought that one of Mario Batali's paragraphs captured the theme of this book quite well: "When dads realize how quickly they can make their whole family really happy after an hour of work at the max, they'll want to do it. The best reason to cook, besides its being delicious and good for you, is that it will automatically make you look good. You'll look like a hero every day."
And to my way of thinking, that dad who cooks and then also does the dishes is a SUPER hero.
Note: I won this through the Goodreads First Reads program.(less)
If I didn't know after reading the first Brother Cadfael, A Morbid Taste for Bones, that I wanted to read ALL of the Brother Cadfael books, I definite...moreIf I didn't know after reading the first Brother Cadfael, A Morbid Taste for Bones, that I wanted to read ALL of the Brother Cadfael books, I definitely know it now after reading book two! Brother Cadfael is such a smart, interesting, capable, and overall cool character! He is exactly what I look for in a mystery protagonist. And, as in book one, I loved the cast of characters surrounding Brother Cadfael as well.
Ellis Peters does a wonderful job of building the medieval world her characters live in without slowing down the story with too many details. The mystery itself was good, although the solution wasn't a huge surprise. Mostly I just enjoyed spending time with these characters. I look forward to reading book three, Monk's Hood, sometime in the near future!
One thing that did bug me a little is that the cover picture of the edition I read doesn't match the details in the story. But overall that is a minor thing and doesn't keep me from wanting to read more in the series.(less)