How can I possibly give a proper review to such a masterpiece as this? I admit that when I first considered reading Dracula, I had no idea whatsoeverHow can I possibly give a proper review to such a masterpiece as this? I admit that when I first considered reading Dracula, I had no idea whatsoever what it would be like. I was surprised to find that the entire novel is written in journal entries, newspaper articles, and telegrams.
I was even more delighted to find that each character who writes these journal entries had a distinct voice. (And Bram Stoker quite appropriately captured the female voice of the day.)
Bram Stoker is a masterful writer with a way of putting deep emotion into mere words on a page. I found it so easy to slip into the mind of Jonathan Harker and all the characters following.
I enjoyed the many phrases of the time period in which this, the original rendition of Dracula, was written. Each character too had his or her own way of speaking which was unique and made reading it all the more exciting.
This is a classic which should not be missed by those who love vampire stories or classic horror. This is where it all began....more
This book is a collection of short stories about women (mostly middle-aged and older) who make small attempts (intended and unintended) to change fromThis book is a collection of short stories about women (mostly middle-aged and older) who make small attempts (intended and unintended) to change from some behavior that is considered normal or common for them, and what happened as a result.
To be completely honest, as I read through the first handful of stories, I began to wonder why I was wasting my time. Though the characters were deep and very endearing, and the writing was at times quite delicious, the tales seemed to be about women failing to find true liberation as a woman.
About the time I got to the short entitled "The Day I Ate Nothing I Remotely Wanted," which is about the middle, the irony of these women's lives began to sink in. I picked up this book thinking that it would be full of stories about doing things we think we shouldn't and how it ended sneakily happy. (Don't ask me why I picked it up in the first place; I really have no idea!)
However, the truth of the matter is, most of the time when we try to break the rules and do something we really shouldn't, it doesn't end well. Or if it does, it doesn't deliver what we thought it would.
I can't fully explain how these stories touched my heart, but they did. There is a beautiful vulnerability that readers are clandestinely exposed to when experiencing a moment in the life of a fictional character. I looked into the minds of these women, and they were made memorable and taught me valuable lessons. They also gave me a little insight into the heart of my future self, a woman perhaps twenty or thirty years older than I am now.
Even though half the book kept me complaining about being disappointed with the way the shorts ended, I'm giving Ms. Berg's book 4/5 stars because her characters are fabulously structured. I wanted to know these women, learn from their vulnerability or steadfastness or just plain determination to find joy in the midst of the mundane.
Also, her writing is very, very good. I can see why she has books on the New York Times best sellers list and has curried the favor of Oprah. She writes quite well. There were many lines I would have liked to have highlighted. I've broadened my own craft by reading these stories.
I believe my initial dissatisfaction sprouted from a few things: a gloss of unnecessary profanity (though few of the main characters used it themselves), some inappropriate subject matter (which real women are wont to talk about), but mostly from my own unmet, preconceived expectations.
These stories would, I believe, be better and more fully appreciated by women ages fifty and better. As I said, the irony of these women's lives was lost on me initially, simply because I lack the experience necessary to empathize with the characters' desires. But as I also said, I have grown from reading this, and that's really the point of reading anything, isn't it?
---------------- NOTE: I wouldn't recommend it to my CP teens AT ALL. Don't put it on your to-read list, girls. Not until you're at least 30 years old. Otherwise, it will probably make no sense at all. :oP...more
Precisely Terminated is a multi-faceted story set in an intriguing societal structure that is explored through experiences rather than explained in exPrecisely Terminated is a multi-faceted story set in an intriguing societal structure that is explored through experiences rather than explained in exposition. Miss Davis has weaved the plotlines very nicely throughout the pace of the pages.
High, meaningful action drives Monica, the main character, from one location and task to the next, all the while, sending the reader through dark slave tunnels, unknown doors, and on a journey toward Monica's self-realization. She is believable as an unwilling savior, caught in a place where she is unsure who she is anymore. Her behavior is occasionally irrational, but for a person under duress her entire life, it is understandable to have lapses; this only adds to her authenticity.
While Precisely Terminated begins with a rather depressing outset, the opening events do a fantastic job of establishing the horrors of this dystopian world. Miss Davis paints Monica's daily life and her limited universe as an extremely rich, raw, and layered series of circumstances, detailed places, and people steeped in emotional depth.
Numerous secondary characters we meet all serve a specific purpose, if only to example how vast these cities are. Miss Davis holds nothing back in showing the intensity of each slave's will to survive and how futile it can sometimes be.
The final chapters of Precisely Terminated rise to an exhilarating climax in a rare tempo that beguiles the reader but does not exhaust him. The story's finale is such that the story is fully completed, yet wide open for the sequel. I cannot wait for Miss Davis' next book, Noble Imposter....more
I'm currently reading this one, so I don't have a totally defined opinion of it. So far, it's kept my attention which is really saying something. LOLI'm currently reading this one, so I don't have a totally defined opinion of it. So far, it's kept my attention which is really saying something. LOL It's great for math geeks (one of which I am not) because the author is a physics and math guy. Lots of heavy interdimensional/spacial concepts, but they are presented in an approachable way thus far....more
This book is so stinkin' hilarious and shrouded in mystery. Not one to read all the way though unless you are really into cheeseball (which I am!), buThis book is so stinkin' hilarious and shrouded in mystery. Not one to read all the way though unless you are really into cheeseball (which I am!), but it certainly works for a laugh from the shelf in the bathroom....more
This first book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series is a delightful adventure for more advanced young readers. Quite a few scary moments though, so seThis first book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series is a delightful adventure for more advanced young readers. Quite a few scary moments though, so sensitive kids might need to read with parental guidance. Absolutely wonderful for lovers of owls....more