4.5 stars, really, but I couldn't bear to give it only 4 stars. A beautiful tribute to the work Octavia Butler did - it absolutely deserves to bear he4.5 stars, really, but I couldn't bear to give it only 4 stars. A beautiful tribute to the work Octavia Butler did - it absolutely deserves to bear her name....more
Instead of a review, I'm just going to share all the Facebook posts I made about this book.
"Y'ALL. 'The Fault in Our Stars.' I don't even. Every syllaInstead of a review, I'm just going to share all the Facebook posts I made about this book.
"Y'ALL. 'The Fault in Our Stars.' I don't even. Every syllable is sublime, and I'm ripped between the desire to read it as quickly as a can, inhaling it, absorbing it, and to read it as slowly as I can, savoring it so it never ends."
"One of the most beautiful and perfect things that has ever been said, no less so for having been said by a fictional character."
"This book. This book. It's like... when you fall in love with someone, and all the words you know, every last one of them, are completely inadequate for describing what's going on inside you. I just... every page has these luminous sentences that I want to post here, or scribble down in a journal full of other beautiful sentences. Or inscribe them on my ribs, so they can live always next to my heart."
"And I'm only halfway through, and already I know that John Green has written the book he describes 'An Imperial Affliction' to be: 'Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection seems like a betrayal.'
I keep thinking of all the people I want to foist this upon, already, only halfway through, but, like Hazel, I worry - what if they don't love it and don't understand? How could I feel the same about them after that? I am a bit out of my mind. This book."
"Last night, after 'The Thin Man' ... I picked up The Book, hugged it to my chest, bade [Duncan] goodnight. He said, 'You're in love with that book.' 'I am. I am in love with This Book.' ... And I pressed The Book closer, hard against my sternum. I carried it to bed with me like that, and I utterly failed to gather a handkerchief or tissues for the deluge I knew was coming."
"I can't even believe that an actual human wrote This Book. It's too... it's not possible. Instead, This Book was fully formed in a cloud and drifted to earth in a perfect snowfall. It was born in flash and fury, wood and dirt and fire, when a brilliant blue bolt of lightning struck a forest. It sprouted from a seed, uncoiling from beneath, a sprout that became eventually became a tree, which dropped one perfect, ripe, life-giving fruit. It liberated itself from a reef in the Pacific and washed ashore, an incandescent shell full of light and beauty, darkness and truth."...more
The Tiffany Aching books are my favorite Pratchett - and picking a favorite Pratchett is like picking a favorite Beatles song: damn near impossible. TThe Tiffany Aching books are my favorite Pratchett - and picking a favorite Pratchett is like picking a favorite Beatles song: damn near impossible. This one is easily my favorite Tiffany Aching so far (though Nation remains the best Pratchett book I have ever read). Compelling story, wonderful Tiffany, the incomparable Nac Mac Feegles, guest appearances from other books and series - an absolute joy. The book left me with the unshakable feeling that Mr. Pratchett is quietly but steadily wrapping things up in his various verses. And while the book itself was lovely, the sense of finality left me quite sad. I don't want the Discworld to ever end, even though I know it has to....more
Beautiful. How my heart leapt and longed for my own night bookmobile. Every book I've ever read, all in one place? I can't think of anything better orBeautiful. How my heart leapt and longed for my own night bookmobile. Every book I've ever read, all in one place? I can't think of anything better or lovelier. I wish such a thing was possible....more