Not your typical quick n' easy read. Girl didn't really get the guy, the dream job, or make a huge realization. She just got life. Like, she really un...moreNot your typical quick n' easy read. Girl didn't really get the guy, the dream job, or make a huge realization. She just got life. Like, she really understood it. Terribly addictive read though. Am so looking forward to seeing Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway on screen.(less)
A stunning science fiction novel which is truly timeless. The references to ecological understanding of not only our local community but the entire pl...moreA stunning science fiction novel which is truly timeless. The references to ecological understanding of not only our local community but the entire planet, could not be more appropriate, the fremen religion is similar to the more positive aspects of the mysterious religion. This may else also be a little frightening to some who regard Islam's widespread popularity as a threat to western civilization, but there is the orange catholic bible and benegeserit sect of witches. The ancient atomic war and the fear of computers enslaving humanity as it once tried before are single themes familiar to science fiction but the combination of them in novel is beautiful. The main character in this novel is a the young Duke of one of the great families of the empire that the known universe had become. If you are looking for a good introduction to the book the 1986 version features a narrated introduction by the narrator of the novel, princess Irulan, daughter of the padashah emporer of them known universe.
The writing may not be spectacular but it delivers such a Frank story with little poetry that is somehow far from dry (no pun intended).(less)
Update: No new review, but two videos which might interest you, since critically thinking about books is important, no matter how 'shallow' they are d...moreUpdate: No new review, but two videos which might interest you, since critically thinking about books is important, no matter how 'shallow' they are deemed by the 'critics'.
Both are from Laci Green, sex-ed vlogger, and ex-Mormon.
Original Review: I gave this book 2 stars because it kept me reading, because I was interested in what would happen, even though it has a common plot.
This book was (and still is) very popular among my friends who said it was FANTASTIC and kept telling me to read it. I was very skeptical. Borrowing it from a lunch buddy one day, I flipped open to the first page and began reading the prologue and began reading. In all honesty, I was imidiately sucked in, probably because I had no idea what was going on, and wanted to know. I had intended to put the book down, but instead decided to read on.
Sore disapointment met me: I didn't finish the first page of the first chapter before I felt slightly sick.
Stephanie Meyer uses long and slightly more obscure words of the english language, for unknown reasons, that belittle the reader, and make the reader feel stupid. I disliked this even more so, because all the other language doesn't have the prestige and ability to hold up the 'long' words she occasionally uses. Everything else she wrote was plain, and very simple. She is most probably suffering from the plague of first book syndrom, or so I thought.
An aquanitance of mine loves this book said to me, when I confronted her about Stephanie Meyer's immature wrtiting style she assured me that it got better. How? She said that in the next books she uses bigger words. Ouch.
Despite all this, Ms. Meyer has achieved one major thing, she has written a book, and, perhaps unknowingly, contributed to something American Pop Culture has never really comprehended. We want to read the impossible, yes, we know it will never happen, but we love to dream about it anyway, not because we want it, but because its such a wonderful thing to escape to. Many romance genre books achieve this, but carry the wrong message along with them.
This book was very good to read on a leisurely schedule, but once you've gotten the details cemented into your brain, Austen becomes riveting to read...moreThis book was very good to read on a leisurely schedule, but once you've gotten the details cemented into your brain, Austen becomes riveting to read much more quickly. I think the chaste love stories become wonderfully dramatic when you speed them up. That's the 1995 and 2008 adaptions are so good.
Perhaps not her best, the book is slow to start but surprisingly witty in it's satire upon the contemporary gentle society. The story only becomes more interesting as the book goes on.(less)
I overuse the word 'austere' because of this book.
Awful! We meet the otherwise delightful Quagmire Quintuplets, rendered sad and lonely in this terrib...moreI overuse the word 'austere' because of this book.
Awful! We meet the otherwise delightful Quagmire Quintuplets, rendered sad and lonely in this terrible account of some very unfortunate siblings, the Beaudelaires. The terrifying turban-wearing gym teacher was a bust, but the head-master, dean-type? Made me want to shut the book and read My Little Pony adventures instead. However, I was locked in a closet at the time, and was not permitted a bathroom break until I had read this. But that is neither here nor there.
You should not read this unless (and okay, I'll get real) you like hilarious, interesting adventures of intelligent and resourceful young people who face and conquer terrible situations, and who show a wonderful model of what sibling relationships should be. Hats off Mr. Snicket.(less)
The first book I read in the series, and I was irrevocably drawn in. My life has changed because of these doleful books.
Because of this book, Summer R...moreThe first book I read in the series, and I was irrevocably drawn in. My life has changed because of these doleful books.
Because of this book, Summer Reading is proven to be the worst type of reading ever forced upon a child. At least, had this been assigned during the year, I would have been able to have a teacher hold my hand as I read, so as to feel less lost, or to offer me a tissue as I wept, frequently.(less)