With a very interesting pace and fantastic style, this book is one of my favorites and certainly a contemporary classic.
The novel in supreme. The mai...moreWith a very interesting pace and fantastic style, this book is one of my favorites and certainly a contemporary classic.
The novel in supreme. The main character, sister of the heroine, admirer of the hero, is not perfect and pretty contemptible in the beginning, but her life doesn't continue on after her mistakes are made... These are not mistakes you can turn from, let alone learn from. She is as ruined as the hero and heroine are separated... and writes a novel of it all. But this is a novel, and your mistakes can be tinged with hope and healing.
The epilogue was written with good contrast as a first or second draft, in comparison to the polished feel of the novel.
Fascinating, and feeling sorry for her obsession of the lives she's ruined, The aged woman you meet at the end of McEwan's novel, is still not perfect, but likable, if not admirable.(less)
"E. M. Forster, Morgan to his friends, sits down after WWII and puts together this slim volume collecting letters and remembrances of two visits to In...more"E. M. Forster, Morgan to his friends, sits down after WWII and puts together this slim volume collecting letters and remembrances of two visits to India. In 1912 he is introduced to the Maharajah of Dewas Senior and nine years later is employed for a brief time as his private secretary. He recollects the time with minimal self-consciousness, his brief mentions of unrest and Gandhi relegated to his letters, and a tinge of antiquated nostalgia. In 1921 he already sees Dewas gone, absorbed into Madhya Bharat, before it actually happens. The India he visited in 1949, for the modern reader, has already changed dramatically. Sharing similar culture, having the history, but this India as different for us as pre-WWI India was for Forster. ..."
A serious step up from the previous stories... probably because we got to hang out with Magneto again. Also, the story directly concerning Polaris' fr...moreA serious step up from the previous stories... probably because we got to hang out with Magneto again. Also, the story directly concerning Polaris' freak-out was really engaging somehow.
This series is not my favorite. The charts are pretty vague, and good for someone who is very familiar with the language and with verbal usage. Not ve...moreThis series is not my favorite. The charts are pretty vague, and good for someone who is very familiar with the language and with verbal usage. Not very clear for the beginner to intermediate. I prefer any of the Teach Yourself Verb books. Search for "Teach Yourself: Essential Verbs" or "Teach Yourself: Verbs" The charts are superb, also contain very cool notes in front on all the verb tenses.(less)
One of my favorite young adult books. I love Salamanca. I read it a couple times when I was younger--it is definately one of the ones I will always re...moreOne of my favorite young adult books. I love Salamanca. I read it a couple times when I was younger--it is definately one of the ones I will always remember. Unfortunately I may not be the only one who thinks it's great... Lots of kids I babysat whom I was enthusiastic about it to, were not as enthused once they got down to it... Dunno why.
story characters in a book... somehow they are kicked out or something? And they run around and act the...moreReally liked this. But am vague on the details.
story characters in a book... somehow they are kicked out or something? And they run around and act the story out... hang out in chapter 6 and so on. But, evil wizard takes over, and there is a love story. (less)
I recently read comics of huge dimension, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, written back in the early part of last century, when...moreI recently read comics of huge dimension, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, written back in the early part of last century, when Gibsons, big-brimed hats and a "new, columnar silhouette" defined women's fashion. Nemo is a young boy who when asleep travels to Slumberland, and begins to have adventures with the Princess of Slumberland, Camille. They pick up Flip as a traveling companion after having some altercations with him, which I did not read about, but were briefly mentioned. Flip in turn picks up a young black boy who is member of a tribe, and is known as The Imp.
I didn't start at the beginning, though. Apparently I lack a lot of contemporary historical knowledge, as the stories get really absurd at one point, and as much as I loved Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 2009, I'm still not ready for a re-read of that!
That aside, the illustrations are the real reason I looked into these comics in the first place. The perspective and is incredible, and the detail in every single page are really worth peeking at in a quick Google search, if nothing more.
Nemo's traveling companions are like-wise caricatures of their time. Princess Camille, incredibly passive yet wise, left after a while and Flip, green in the face from too many cigars, one supposes, took the comics from a serialized story format and into that which resembles the modern Sunday comics of today.
One is always amazed at the treatment of dark skinned characters in older works; while there is some attempted cannibalism when they go ashore in the pseudo-Pacific, the chief of the tribe speaks impeccable English. A member of the tribe accompanies them as Flip's ... property... for a while, then when Flip is separated from this caricature, Nemo travels with him, and finds him creating trouble slightly less often than he is helpful. He and the Imp, never mind the language barrier, are pretty evenly matched.
The illustrations are the real reason I looked into these comics in the first place. The perspective and is incredible, and the detail in every single page are really worth peeking at in a quick Google search, if nothing more.
Originally serialized in New York Herald from 1905-1911, but then switched to the New York American newspaper, where it was re-titled: In the Land of Wonderful Dreams; it ran there until 1914.
Hero by Perry Moore is the coming out story of a young superhero. Thom Creed's mother has left many years before, unable to help her son deal with the...moreHero by Perry Moore is the coming out story of a young superhero. Thom Creed's mother has left many years before, unable to help her son deal with the super-powers he has inherited from her. His father exists alone under a cloud of depression, due to a gross-oversimplification of his last day on the job as a (powerless) superhero. No one else is there to help Thom with anything, let alone his acceptance and experimentation with being gay. When Thom tries out for the junior league of superheroes and gets in (all on the sly) he begins training for a life fighting crime, even as the biggest super-villain in decades begins murdering some of the most revered names in the League. Almost seems like being gay isn't that big a deal, huh, Thom?
Hero has the same setting feel of a grittier Gotham, as of the 90s. We've also begun to explore how ones lives next to a society that lives in a world with super-heros and super-villains. Once again we are asking if the good guys are actually better than the villains that they fight and the vigilantes they disdain? There is the added bonus of adding another layer of celebrity for the reality TV audience to relish, more press conferences and fan clubs and--well--porn sites. If I were asked to write a blurb for Hero, I would call it Alex Woolfson's The Young Protectors meets 2010's Kick-Ass.
This book certainly isn't new to me, but after discovering Micheael Urie does the narrator on this one--and it's fair job with absolutely everyone--I finally recognized all the hype. Stan Lee not only wrote the forward for the novel, but narrates his foreward in the audiobook as well. If you're looking to read Brent Hartinger's book, soon-to-be-movie, Geography Club, or David Leviathan's Boy Meets Boy, the recommendation that usually follows shortly after that, is Hero.
Michael Urie surprised me. I like him as an actor, and his range in doing voices was incredible. While unasked to complete the challenge of a 4-year-old girl, he did have to do a teenage girl, a chain smoking old woman, and an Eastern European accent. He sold me on the books weaknesses, and focusing on someone else reading really seems to take away the most critical parts of one's mind; it's usually not until the tape has run out that one thinks to oneself, wait a minute...
In 2007, Perry Moore debuted his wry teen-superhero novel Hero with much success. There was enthusiastic talk on Stan Lee's part to bring Thom Creed to a screen near you! Perry Moore was acquainted with Hollywood already, having been a producer for the Chronicles of Narnia, and things looked good. But in 2011, Perry Moore died. While it hasn't been featured of late, this book still sits well amongst the new books and movies that have and are still coming out. On the other hand Luckily for us, Thom's coming out has set some very interesting events in motion...
And it really is good, even while ungraceful at times. Thom is outed in stages to everyone throughout the book, while his father gets the slowest burning reveal I've read in a while. In the beginning his father pretends he hasn't head a gay slur casually used in reference to his son, quickly followed by an anecdote explaining how horrible it would be to be gay in that household. This of course is almost completely reversed, in a character developmental move I'm not sure is actually realistic.
As in most superhero stories, the characters who are supposed to have secret identities are quick to be figured out, but their interactions are all good. Thom is sometimes falling behind the reader in thinking, and his father was hypocritical, making leaps of understanding with minimal development. If anything struck me as strange, I tried to remind myself what it would have looked like in a comic book, and often any disbelief would vanish. No matter when it shifts gear, what plot twists are thrown in, and who kisses whom, Hero read well and with much entertainment value. But I warn you that it is gorey. It's tender moments are like emotional whiplash between details of injuries and deaths and... ultimate mayhem. Enjoy.