Of course....the beginning of one of the best series ever written! Okay, I'm probably a little biased....I've been a huge fan of Uncle Stevie since IOf course....the beginning of one of the best series ever written! Okay, I'm probably a little biased....I've been a huge fan of Uncle Stevie since I was a kid. I didn't realize since I started this for my 3rd time, how much I missed Roland and Jake! I can't wait to continue on!...more
This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! This is the haunting story of Jack, who's 5 years old. He lives in Room w/ him Mother. They have livedThis book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! This is the haunting story of Jack, who's 5 years old. He lives in Room w/ him Mother. They have lived there his entire life. You see, his mother was abducted 7 years earlier by a man Jack calls "Old Nick". She is held in this room, it becomes her cell. After one stillbirth, she gives birth to Jack and her life totally turns around. As bleak as everything is, she creates a world and a life for Jack inside Room. As much of a nightmare as everything is for her, Jack loves Room and everything in it. He loves life w/ just him and "Ma".
The story is told from the voice of Jack, and it's a good thing for that. I think if the story were told form the perspective of his mother, it would be too horrific and unreadable. The child's voice definitely lightens things up and makes you look at things through the eyes of an innocent child. To him Room is home and it is safe and secure....because that is how Ma made it for him.
The story goes on to tell about how they escape and how terrifying life in Outside is. Jack can't understand what Ma is going through and why she needs help. Why should she need anything but Jack? This is a heartwarming story of healing, new discoveries and family. I highly recommend this book to everyone!...more
This is my first book by Lee Child that I have read and am really happy that I finally gave him a try. A friend, who knew how much of a Stephen King fThis is my first book by Lee Child that I have read and am really happy that I finally gave him a try. A friend, who knew how much of a Stephen King fan I am recommended this to me. He said that "Uncle Stevie" was actually a big fan of Child's and has reviewed and recommended him several times. Now, how can I be steered wrong by that!
Jack Reacher is a retired military man, who is wrongly convicted of murder the second he enteres this town. And that happens in the first few pages! He helps the local police detective solve the case and I have to say that he is one of the most thorough, careful and thoughtful investigator I have ever encountered in my reading. The way he comes to conclusions and plans his next move is really something. And let's not to forget how cunning and dangerous he can be at the same time!
I will definitely be reading more Jack Reacher! ...more
I really liked this book. What an interesting premise. An average man, Scott Carey finds himself shrinking and despite many medical evaluations and teI really liked this book. What an interesting premise. An average man, Scott Carey finds himself shrinking and despite many medical evaluations and tests, nothing can be done about it. It is hopeless. He is incurable! The book follows his life and survival from the first onset of his "problem", but the problems really begin when the most mundane things such as getting food and water become huge issues to solve. I've heard many people complain about not liking him, but I don't think we can judge him fairly. We meet him after he has begun shrinking and all the stress that that puts on a person needs to be taken into account. Definitely worth reading, as is everything I've read by Richard Matheson so far! ...more
This book was surprisingly good, even a bit grisly for a teen vampire novel. I would've even liked more about their world, not just a few days. The frThis book was surprisingly good, even a bit grisly for a teen vampire novel. I would've even liked more about their world, not just a few days. The friendship between Bree and Diego was really sweet and I was sad when Diego didn't come back, I was heartbroken for her. This was a really interesting piece of the puzzle....more
**spoiler alert** 7/29/10 I'm really enjoying this so far. I love the way he has let us get to know the characters so well. I was invested in their fat**spoiler alert** 7/29/10 I'm really enjoying this so far. I love the way he has let us get to know the characters so well. I was invested in their fate long before anything really happened. No wonder Uncle Stevie liked this so much and recommended it. Already wondering about Amy. She was different to begin with. After what happened at the zoo, how can anyone doubt that. And so far she isn't like the other virals. She seems normal in most ways with just some variations: Can't go out in the sun, not much need for sleep, plus her healing so fast. So far in the story, Wolgast seems to be dying, perhaps from the radiation. He wanders outside and hears something in the trees...what's in the trees? Or should I say "who" is in the trees? And where is Amy? I hope it's not her.
I have to say that I was also taken by the way Lacey, Wolgast and even Doyle were pulled together to save Amy. Her safety and survival seemed so paramount that they are drawn together. They are even ready and willing to lay down their lives for her. Makes me wonder what the bigger picture is? Who or what are they being led by?
I liked the small section by Auntie (Oops, lost her name...but it didn't seem so important as a character. I could be wrong,) This part really reminded you of WWII and the holocast. It was an eerie comparison. And that it was in her voice like she was just telling us in a conversation about this frightening time in her life, made it all the more powerful.
I like the different ways he's telling us this story: Newspaper stories, first hand accounts, scientific reports, emails and the actual story. I feel it makes it all the more frightening.
8/07/10 I love the story of the Colony. I love the characters and how they live. I would love a story just about their way of life. Their new form of government and life is really interesting! I have to say how surprised that Amy shows up as a Walker and saved my Alicia. But more than that, what they learn about Amy from the microchip in her neck. Wow! What is her powers over the virals? Are they really coming because she's there? Can she really control them? And on top of that, why are the citizens of the Colony losing their mind? What are the dreams they are having?
One thing I would've loved is more info on "First Night" It sounds so horrifying and I love that stuff! Or maybe having a bit of mystery about it, adds to the horror? I don't know.
8/10/10 Wow! How intense was it at the Haven! I would've liked more from this section maybe. Sometimes more is bad, though and I understand that. I like how the virals are actually kidnapping people and bringing them there is pretty crazy! A bit more explanation there would've been good. Babcock was really scary! The thought of the sacrifices was an interesting change in the story. The comparison between the virals and how primal they seem compared to Babcock, who created this world where he doesn't have to hunt to survive. He is given up sacrifices and treated like a God. Very interesting!
And they even mention how these is where the children were brought ages ago to be safe. And that Babcock was already there. We know a little of this from Auntie. Does she know anything of this? She even mentioned that even though they were supposed to get more busloads of children there weren't any. It stopped then. I can already see a reread coming to get all these little tidbits of information that I might have missed the first time around.
8/11/10 Maybe I'm a romantic fool, but I was really bummed when we found out about Alicia. That she had made the commitment to this army for the Commander when she was a child was a complete shock! I mean, if she was just a child, couldn't she get out of it? It's not like it would be legally binding or anything, would it? I was really hoping that Peter would finally be happy. I am happy for Sara and Hollis, though!
And I was so surprised to see Lacey again! What a surprise! The last time we saw her she was being surprised by Carter! Is she a viral now? She talked about being sick after the attack, so did she turn? Was she taken up? I did think her story about her and the "Dr" was a sweet one. I was happy that she had that.
8/12/10 Wow! What a finish! So Wolgast is one of Amy's virals. We don't get to see much of him. Just that one scene at the end. Has he been following them? Also, we are left hanging after Sue's last journal entry? I loved this book! There is so much going on! What a trip! I love the characters and I have to know that they are ok! So, I have to wait....grumble, grumble! I can't wait till the next one comes out!...more
This was a good book, but definitely a book for younger people. I think it's supposed to be for young adults, but I might even say it's for a bit younThis was a good book, but definitely a book for younger people. I think it's supposed to be for young adults, but I might even say it's for a bit younger an age range. Definitely interesting with alot of facts about this terrible epidemic that I did not know, but I felt like it was very watered down. ...more
I read this book the first time when I was somewhere between 11-13 and all that I remember about it were the "good" parts. Rereading it now as an adulI read this book the first time when I was somewhere between 11-13 and all that I remember about it were the "good" parts. Rereading it now as an adult, there was so much I didn't remember. It is such a touching love story. Judy Blume did a brilliant job at capturing a first love, first time......more
Ok, I am going to review each story, as well, individually as they deserver.
1. 1922 - This story is actually a confession of a man wOk, I am going to review each story, as well, individually as they deserver.
1. 1922 - This story is actually a confession of a man who has just murdered his wife. He has even dragged his innocent 14 year old son into this as well, which is very heartbreaking. I feel this story makes you realize that our actions have consequences that we will somehow at some point feel. Is it karma? What goes around, comes around? Ghosts? Insanity? This man, after committing this heinous crime feels the repercussions in everything breaking down around him. Is he losing his mind? Is he being haunted by his wife? This story in many ways reminds me of King's short story Morality (included w/ Blockade Billy), where one action of a woman completely alter the rest of her life. (5 stars)
2. Big Driver - Now this story was very unlike what I know of Uncle Stevie! That being said, I loved it! This is the story of Tessa, a well-known mystery writer who is on her way from a speaking engagement when she is viciously attacked, raped and left for dead. That's horrible enough, right? But this story follows her in how she handles this life-changing situation. This story is incredibly moving and she is an amazingly strong, resilient woman....much to her own surprise. I could not put this story down at all! (5 stars)
3. Fair Extension - This book left me a bit torn. Dave Streeter is your average family man with a wife and kids. Dave, however, is dying of cancer and is slowly watching his body deteriorate and his life crumble around him. He comes upon an odd, pudgy little man named George Elvid sitting on the side of the road looking like someone peddling his wares.....however there were no wares. He sells extensions......even a hair extension if that's what Dave wants. But what does Dave want? And what is the cost?
This was very well done, who would expect anything less from Uncle Stevie? lol. But I felt left wanting like the story wasn't finished. Or was it? Maybe the rest is for us to think about......was this right or wrong? Maybe too much information wouldn't let us work this one out in our head more. It definitely leaves me w/ alot of questions. (4 stars)
4. A Good Marriage - This story was about a woman named Darcy Anderson, who has a pretty charmed life....the good husband and 2 beautiful children. Her husband by all appearances is a mild-mannered accountant, and even volunteers for the boy scouts. They have been married fo 27 years and she thought she knew him pretty well, until she uncovered a secret hiding place of his in the garage. He has a secret that will change everything!
This story follows Darcy's discovery and how she handles the nightmare that her life becomes. I really liked this story and respected Darcy very much. (5 stars)
**UPDATE** Ok, now with the release of the paperback book, also came the addition of an previously unpublished short story called Under The Weather. All I can say is OMG! I had no idea where this story was going and then all of a sudden I was like "You're $#!@$#! kidding me!" Yup, it's that kind of punchline! This one is possibly one of the best stories in the book. Now I don't want to say too much about this little treasure, but it's the story of a man, who is under a lot of stress due to work, recurring nightmares that he can't explain and a sick wife. Read this short little gem....you'll be glad you did....more
Blockade Billy: Ok, now I hate being hard on Stephen King books, but this book confused me a bit. I am not a baseball person at all (any kind of sportBlockade Billy: Ok, now I hate being hard on Stephen King books, but this book confused me a bit. I am not a baseball person at all (any kind of sport really) and throughout alot of the story he is describing games. So much of that was over my head. I did love the conversational tone, as if Granny was telling the story to Uncle Stevie, and that did help a bit. Well, that's my only complaint there. Thought I was gonna trash it didn't ya? lol. I was pretty surprised by the twist and very much enjoyed the story.
Morality: At first when I started this, I was wondering if this was going to be an "Indecent Proposal". Sure, it was in a way. What a bizarre request for someone to request. It was very sad how that one act sent her life spiraling out of control. I love the circle of her first seeing the book, The Basis for Morality in his study and ending with her finding a used copy and reading at the end....only to find out that she learned that lesson the hard way. Very interesting stuff!...more