I absolutely loved this book and would have finished it within a day or two, had it not been for a spoiler I accidentally stumbled upon regarding a chI absolutely loved this book and would have finished it within a day or two, had it not been for a spoiler I accidentally stumbled upon regarding a character death. Because of that, the last 50 or so pages took me ages to get through; I really didn't want that particular character to meet his end, though now that I think of it, there was a good amount of foreshadowing in the beginning and middle of the book.
I grew up just outside Pittsburgh and am going to school here, so all of the places mentioned throughout the novel are very, very familiar to me, which made it extremely easy to put myself in the characters' shoes and made the book that much more enjoyable....more
Oh, how I wanted to be madly in love with this book. I'm a huge Poe fan and when I first heard of The Poe Shadow, it seemed like it'd be right up my aOh, how I wanted to be madly in love with this book. I'm a huge Poe fan and when I first heard of The Poe Shadow, it seemed like it'd be right up my alley. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Truth be told, I can't remember a book I've ever hated more than this one. I'm not one to abandon a book - I'll definitely plow on to the very end, but I absolutely could not get through this.
For two years I've attempted to finish it. I kept coming back to it, hoping it would get better until, finally, I decided I've had enough and set it aside for good.
Judging from the other reviews, it seems that I'm not the only one who was extremely disappointed with this book....more
I finished this book in a day. It's a quick, light read - the perfect form of entertainment for when I want something to read, yet don't want/have theI finished this book in a day. It's a quick, light read - the perfect form of entertainment for when I want something to read, yet don't want/have the time to become too involved in a novel....more
I was 12 years old when I was assigned this book and hated every second of it. It seems that others like it quite a bit, but they were all much olderI was 12 years old when I was assigned this book and hated every second of it. It seems that others like it quite a bit, but they were all much older when they read it, so perhaps my age had something to do with it.
It's not often I completely abandon books - I normally stick with them until the end - but I nearly threw this book across the room after just a few chapters. It is honestly the worst book I have ever read. If it was possible to give a book less than one star I would. It was truly awful....more
Dan Brown's books are perfect for when I want to read a book, but don't feel like investing hours/days into it - I can breeze through them in a sittinDan Brown's books are perfect for when I want to read a book, but don't feel like investing hours/days into it - I can breeze through them in a sitting or two.
His writing/characterization isn't all that spectacular, but it's a quick read and deals with topics I enjoy: religion, history, art, secrets, etc....more
In 3rd grade, I had two amazing teachers (I am still in contact with one of them to this day). My reading teacher introduced me to the marvelous world of Roald Dahl. The BFG remains one of my all-time favorite books and when I re-read it my senior year of high school, it was just as lovely as I remembered it being. Also, when I re-read it, so many of my classmates would see what I was reading and for a few minutes revert back to 8-year olds and squeal in delight over that wonderful book.
Despite growing up with Roald Dahl, it wasn't until I was in my 20s that I finally read James and the Giant Peach. I have always adored the movie, but for some reason, never read the book.
Roald Dahl Day (quite possibly one of the greatest holidays ever!) is September 13, James and the Giant Peach celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and has been banned. It was obvious what I would be reading for Banned Books Week.
I love hearing the (under many circumstances, downright ridiculous) reasons certain books were banned. In this case, parents took issue with the story's 'mystical' elements and saw Miss Spider licking her lips as a sexual gesture. As always, profanity and references to tobacco & the like also contributed to its banning. Also, many parents complained about a line Grasshopper says: "I'd rather be fried alive and eaten by a Mexican!" Interestingly, James's running away from his abusive aunts was seen as an act of disobedience.
I love the movie and the first time I read the book, I had hoped it wouldn't deviate too much. The beginning, for the most part, stayed the same: James lives with his parents by the sea until one day when they are killed by an escape rhinoceros. He is sent to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. One day, an odd man appears out of nowhere and hands James a bag of glowing worm-like creatures. James drops the bag, the creatures (rocks?) burrow into the ground, and soon a monstrous peach grows on what was thought to be a dead peach tree. Spiker and Sponge see this as a way to get rich and begin charging people to see the peach. One night they send James to clean up after everyone and he discovers a hole in the peach. After climbing inside, he meets his fellow companions (they were changed by the glowing rocks too) and eventually they flee the terrible hill they've been living on for so long.
That's where the plot begins to change. As the peach is rolling down the hill, Spiker and Sponge are crushed underneath and die. Certain scenes (like the Cloud Men) were removed from the movie which didn't bother me in the least. The Cloud Men was actually my least favorite part of the book.
Once they cross the Atlantic and get to New York, the book and movie more or less merge once more (with the exception of Sponge and Spiker's arrival, obviously) and we get a happy ending.
James and the Giant Peach is an extremely quick read and is a wonderful way to revisit your childhood. However, I greatly prefer the movie....more
It's evident that a lot of people absolutely adore these books. Unfortunately, I've been stuck on the second chapter for the past few months. EventualIt's evident that a lot of people absolutely adore these books. Unfortunately, I've been stuck on the second chapter for the past few months. Eventually I'll come back to it and hopefully finish it....more