My son had to read this for a college class, so of course I picked it up also. This book is actually 2 storylines running parallel to each other. YouMy son had to read this for a college class, so of course I picked it up also. This book is actually 2 storylines running parallel to each other. You have the past and the present in the life of Shevek, a physicist from the planet Anarres, who wants to travel to the planet Urras to share his theory and knowledge. The first story begins with his arrival to Urras, and the culture shock that he goes through since the worlds are vastly different. Then you have the story of his life, beginning in his youth. There were so many interesting points, but in between the book dragged terribly! Plus, I almost wondered at times if I needed to get my degree in Physics or Philosophy just to get through it.
All in all, a very interesting story, but it does lose points from me due to the moments that seemed to drag on forever....more
This is the story of Siddhartha, a man searching for enlightenment. He searches for it in the teachings of very different teachers as well as in the wThis is the story of Siddhartha, a man searching for enlightenment. He searches for it in the teachings of very different teachers as well as in the worldly life as a merchant with money and a woman. I didn't find this book as enlightening as others have said. I can relate to Siddhartha's quest for peace and happiness, but beyond that nothing. ...more
I'm not a fan of this one. I read this along with my son, who was reading it for school. And I found myself a bit confused and it felt like I was readI'm not a fan of this one. I read this along with my son, who was reading it for school. And I found myself a bit confused and it felt like I was reading a different book than my son was reading. He kept telling me things that he got out of it and what his teacher told him about it in the class discussions, and I didn't get that at all. So, to be honest, I'm not sure if I'm being fair....and I try very hard to be fair with a book and my review of it. Shakespread isn't someone you can read w/out 150% attention. So one of these days, I will have to re-read this one and see if my response is the same. As for now, 2 is being generous....more
I have loved the movie since I was a kid! I have wanted to read it for awhile now! I listened to the Audible version, which is new to me, and I lovedI have loved the movie since I was a kid! I have wanted to read it for awhile now! I listened to the Audible version, which is new to me, and I loved it. I wasn't feeling well, and having someone read to me, was so cool! I could get used to that! The book is very different than the Alfred Hitchcock movie, but that didn't bother me at all! I was truly scared and worried for these people. The story really did unsettle me. Even though, I knew what the premise was and there were no surprises, DuMaurier really drew me in and did more than just tell a story....I experienced the story!...more
This book started well. I thought it was very readable and easy going to start. Unfortunately, the story went downhill for me. I found the main characThis book started well. I thought it was very readable and easy going to start. Unfortunately, the story went downhill for me. I found the main characters very immature. They "fell in love" at the drop of a hat, and their shenanigans were, to me, silly and melodramatic. I thought this book would never end. I have to admit though, that the ending won me back and I wanted to applaud the resolution. Maybe the musketeers grew up. We can hope!...more
Wow! That's a good way to start w/ this review. The story tells of a man who is a foreignor to the Penal Colony, and to it's "judicial" system. He isWow! That's a good way to start w/ this review. The story tells of a man who is a foreignor to the Penal Colony, and to it's "judicial" system. He is a guest of the commandant and invited to witness an excecution using it's infamous machine of execution. The Officer, who is in charge is obviously a devout follower of his former commandant, who created the machine. The officer is almost giddy w/ excitement explaining the execution and how the machine works. To the foreignor's horror, not only does the prisoner (view spoiler)[not know that he has been found gouilty and sentences to death (hide spoiler)] but his execution is (view spoiler)[barbaric and torture, plain and simple (hide spoiler)]. As a fan of horror, this story fits right up there when you learn how the condemned are put to their deaths. Well, I don't want to give too much away. For a short little piece, learning what is actually going on as you read through is part of the magic....or horror, as you will.
Another note, if you read this, think of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as you do. Professor Umbridge's (view spoiler)[form of punishment is definitely inspired by this story. (hide spoiler)] I was blown away when I realized that. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was such a powerful book! I'm kind of at a loss for words, but I will try to focus. I had seen this book on several different TOP HORROR lists, wThis was such a powerful book! I'm kind of at a loss for words, but I will try to focus. I had seen this book on several different TOP HORROR lists, which intrigued me. But what really got me wanting to read this book was my father, who fought in WWII, recommended this book to everyone. "You have to read it!" would be his line. Not "I loved this one," or "I think you'll enjoy this one," but "You have to read it!" He found it accurate and haunting and who better to know that than someone who experienced that.
This book was very upsetting. It's about a man named Joe Bonham, who wakes up and realizes that he is in a hospital. Gradually, he becomes aware of the many things that are wrong with him. His injuries will shock you! The book is a stream of consciousness piece where he tries to sort through his memories, beliefs, and hopes as he one by one discovers the different injuries he now must live with.
He spends a lot of time trying to keep track of the time that he is there. I found this quote staggering:
"He pretended he was in a room with a blackboard on the right side and another on the left. He would keep the minutes on the left hand blackboard and then they would be there when he needed to add another to them. But it didn't work. He couldn't remember. Each time he failed he could feel choking gasps in his chest and stomach and he knew that he was crying."
This is a great book and I recommend it very highly!...more
My father was a die-hard Sherlock Holmes fan! He had a huge single volume that contained The Complete Sherlock Holmes, which he jokingly referred to aMy father was a die-hard Sherlock Holmes fan! He had a huge single volume that contained The Complete Sherlock Holmes, which he jokingly referred to as his "bible." He always had anywhere between 6 and 8 books going at one time, and one of them was always the Sherlock Holmes. It was for this reason that since this year was 25 years since my father had passed away, I wanted to read one of his favorite books as a sort of tribute. I chose this one because not only is Sherlock Holmes one of his all-time favorites, but since my interests were veering towards horror, he even recommended this one to me personally. I just never got to it until now. Stupid me!
This isn't my first Sherlock Holmes story, so I knew all to well what to expect. You get a whole lot of information thrown at you, and as hard as you try to catch it all and to process it, Sherlock Holmes always gets to the punchline first! This book starts off and really makes you wonder if the answer to the question at hand is supernatural. I won't tell you, that's part of the fun w/ a mystery, but you won't be disappointed!
I'll definitely read more of these. My dad was reading over my shoulder throughout this book and I look forward to that again soon!...more
This story was very moving and heartbreaking. Gregor Samsa is a hardworking, responsible and dovoted son and brother who is struggling to support hisThis story was very moving and heartbreaking. Gregor Samsa is a hardworking, responsible and dovoted son and brother who is struggling to support his family. He awakes one morning to find himself turned into an insect. The family is forced to step up and support themselves and Gregor as he is now. Initially they are distressed, then they finally come around and out of purely a sense of responsibility they do what they feel is necessary for him, though they do not believe he is their Gregor anymore. Their feelings turn to annoyance as they come to see this responsibility as more of a hidrance and a burden. This completely breaks Gregor's heart, though he cannot express it. What an emotional story!...more
What can I say. This story is a classic. I had already read it once in school and just knew the story from movies and other cultural references. ThisWhat can I say. This story is a classic. I had already read it once in school and just knew the story from movies and other cultural references. This time around I was reading this for my son. Since I read whatever my boys read in school, this book was read by his class towards the end of the year, but unfortunately a series of migraines caused me to get behind. This is not an easy read, that is why this time around I found this version w/ notes and references on the left side to increase understanding, so I would get more out of it. Definitely a beautiful story, however unreal. I had forgotten how flaky Romeo was. He was at first in love w/ Rosaline (who also was a Capulet...oh, the drama! lol), who wouldn't give him the time of day, before he declared his love for Juliet. Oh, well, it still stands the test of time....more
I really liked this book. It's the coming of age story set in the early 1900's of Frances Nolan. Her family is very poor, her father is a well-meaningI really liked this book. It's the coming of age story set in the early 1900's of Frances Nolan. Her family is very poor, her father is a well-meaning and loving, but an alchoholic all the same, her mother is fiercely proud and hard-working, and her brother Neeley is her best friend. This family endures so much and struggles just to survive. The father is far from helpful, he brings in money here and there as a singing waiter, but he's far from reliable. The book follows their lives for about 5 years, and we see the family's ups and downs, and the children's learning life's hard lessons as they grow up.
The book was very moving, you cheered for them at times, and cried for them at others. My only thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars, was the moments here and there, where I found myself asking "how much longer?" It sometimes dragged. I understand, it was necessary to show the day to day stuff to give you more of a perspective of how hard their lives were, but there were times the book just seemed so slow.
But on the whole, I highly recommend this book. Very well done! I'm glad I finally read it!...more
I have been meaning to read one of Ayn Rand's books for awhile now and what a perfect one to start with. I've always had a thing for dystopian fictionI have been meaning to read one of Ayn Rand's books for awhile now and what a perfect one to start with. I've always had a thing for dystopian fiction, I'm not sure why. Sometimes the most subtle of differences between our world now and a not-so-perfect future or (not-so-future time) can be very frightening! Maybe it's my love of horror, of being scared....I'm not sure.
This is a world where not only do we not have "names", but the word "I" is nonexistent. We are told what our "career" will be, and how we spend our time. The communal "WE" is the basis of everything. This is an amazing story of Individualism, and by what means are necessary to achieve it.
Sure, this book is dripping w/ Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism and that might put off some people. But I say, hear what she has to say, whatever resonnates w/in you....take with you, and leave the rest behind within the pages of the story. Either way you will be thinking about this book long after....more
I read this book for the first time in Jr. High and even I'm surprised at how I clicked w/ this book when I was that young. It's so hard to explain whI read this book for the first time in Jr. High and even I'm surprised at how I clicked w/ this book when I was that young. It's so hard to explain why I felt so at home with this book, I just did.
It is the story of family life in a small Chinese village before the 1949 revolution. The story focuses on Wang Lung, a simple country farmer. We follow him from the day of his wedding to a house slave he bought from the Great House of Hwang, and we follow him through good times and bad, the birth of his children, droughts, floods, famine, extreme poverty to good fortune and wealth.
I've always felt as if someone was telling me a story, as if this was a documentary. Whether you liked the characters or not, here they are faults and all. Life is what it was then, and the author makes no excuses for it.
I plan on finishing this series soon and look forward to my 5th and 6th re-read. ...more
I went into this book already loving the story from seeing the broadway show at least 5 times! The story changes a little bit here and there, but allI went into this book already loving the story from seeing the broadway show at least 5 times! The story changes a little bit here and there, but all in a good way. I just love the story! It is such a beautiful story, it was great! Why only 4 stars, though? Well, Mr. Hugo loves to hear himself talk, obviously and there were many many times I wanted to throw the book out of the window! The history of slang, the difference between insurrection and revolution, history of the sewer system....I could go on and on. So, as much as I loved it, I felt Mr. Hugo needed an editor badly, so I had to take away a star.
I still recommend this very much, though. Perhaps the abridged version, though?...more