None of it was convincing for me. Didn't like the female protagonist. Interactions and "mystery" was very half-baked, barely any emotional substance.None of it was convincing for me. Didn't like the female protagonist. Interactions and "mystery" was very half-baked, barely any emotional substance. The relationship progressed too quickly and didn't feel organic. Oh, and Fellows acts like a jerk throughout the entire thing, so his sudden declaration of love was very WTF....more
Some good info, but can the author please stop shilling for his own profit? I don't need to buy a stupid mix from your website, or any gardening toolsSome good info, but can the author please stop shilling for his own profit? I don't need to buy a stupid mix from your website, or any gardening tools. Or the other million things you try to sell me. Please also stop repeating the same info over and over again, just to increase word count. Also, don't talk about your SFG method like it's God's gift to mankind--that gets old REALLY fast. Don't insult third world countries by implying that they only need to learn YOUR method in order to feed themselves properly. Don't take credit for other preexisting gardening methods, when those other methods were around long before SFG came around. And don't credit yourself with smartphone technology and vertical gardening. God. Talk about a sour taste in my mouth....more
**spoiler alert** Didn't find the hero as compelling as many others seem to. He mostly acts like a childish brat, and if there's anything that's an ab**spoiler alert** Didn't find the hero as compelling as many others seem to. He mostly acts like a childish brat, and if there's anything that's an absolute turnoff for me, that would be it. Add in the fact that he was extremely sexist, even considering his history, that's too much. All the scathing remarks about women were never taken back, and it makes me wonder how he lands an intelligent and capable woman like the heroine. The marriage was more like a chess game than anything, and as much as I enjoy reading angry sexual tension, does this have to persist all the way to the end of the book? Can't there be sexual tension without a fight? I got tired of their quarrels by the end. Finally, his reaction to his child was the worst one possible; while I'm surprised the author went that far with his character, I didn't really feel like the behavior was redeemed at the end. Dain just seems like an all-around BAD PERSON....more
**spoiler alert** I strangely have a lot of sympathy for the minor villain Beliel after this. I get the feeling the author is setting Beliel up for fu**spoiler alert** I strangely have a lot of sympathy for the minor villain Beliel after this. I get the feeling the author is setting Beliel up for future redemption. I can strangely imagine him sacrificing himself to protect Paige in the future. Also, the feel of the series reminds me of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series (human experimentation, religious undertones, human nature)....more
For the most part, I liked the writing, a lot. It was engaging and really brings to life the possibilities of locavorism. However, one of my complaintFor the most part, I liked the writing, a lot. It was engaging and really brings to life the possibilities of locavorism. However, one of my complaints stems from the fact that she spends a good chapter practically attacking vegetarianism and labeling it as misguided; I can't help but feel like she has an axe to grind on the topic. Misguided in what way? Not ALL vegetarians object to eating meat because they come from factory farms. What would Mrs. Kingsolver have to say about religious vegetarianism, as in the case of Buddhists? Is religious preference also "misguided"? What about my beliefs, since I strongly believe that any creature with the capacity for pain shouldn't be made to endure it so I can have a quick meal? Personally, it's an argument of why eat it at all when I don't need it for survival, but to hear someone write a very personal choice off as misguided is, frankly, offensive. I'm all for humane slaughter, if you're going to slaughter an animal anyway, and if the author eats meat, I applaud her ability to slaughter the animal herself. However, the meat-eating vs. vegetarianism decision is different for every person, and for the author to (perhaps overly defensively) pigeonhole all vegetarianism or veganism into one generic group (we are the misguided ones!) alienates those readers. I myself don't consider all meat-eaters misguided or cruel; to do so is an overgeneralization. To call out others' food choices as "misguided" is also somewhat condescending; I find it unethical to talk down on others' ethical food choices to sell her own ethical food choices, mostly because I myself hold the attitude of "to each their own." She also dips into a mockery of vegetarianism: the tired "what about the lettuce, do they feel pain?" joke. I'm frankly tired of hearing it. I don't go around imposing my vegetarianism onto others, so as a meat-eater, please respect those of your readers who ARE vegetarians and not go out of your way (an entire chapter, really?) to tell us that we're misguided. That's just putting your opinion above others', putting your opinion on a pedestal.
Secondly, to Camille, the daughter studying nutrition: yes, primates are hardwired to be capable of eating animal sources of protein. However, throughout our long evolutionary line, this has tended to be insects and grubs. If we're going to use that logic, we should probably all go eat grubs, which only Western culture seems to be averse to anyway. If animal protein is eaten in larger amounts it's not exactly healthy either, since meat wasn't exactly an abundant source of food in the hunting-gathering days. The human species is mostly built to eat more greens than meat; the gathering lifestyle no doubt existed long before the hunting one (one requires tool usage, the other doesn't). This means we probably utilize the nutrients in greens better than we do in meat. Something else to straighten up: we aren't obligate carnivores just because of the canine teeth, by the way. In fact, most mammals have canine teeth, including a good amount of herbivorous species. Maybe that sounds confusing, but take it up with evolution. My concern here is that there seems to be a good amount of misinformation touted as fact here.
Lastly, I thought that the author's ready endorsement of seafood may be a tad problematic. Overfishing is perhaps not in her repertoire of political concerns to be concerned about in the broad spectrum of local eating, but it is nonetheless a prominent issue, not any less important than her crusade against the petroleum it takes to get a food to market. If she objects to the petroleum required to bring her food to the table, why wouldn't she object to the destruction of marine ecosystems to bring her seafood to the table? I myself can be a hypocrite in that regard, since I make exceptions in my diet for that occasionally too. However, I felt like since ethics is at the forefront of this book's food discussion, overfishing would have been a topic worth addressing, at least briefly. It would probably have even reinforced her point that a market for local foods is important, considering most seafood in a market comes from farms in other countries. Unfortunately, she probably felt the topic wouldn't have added to the discussion of the life on the farm, and it was never mentioned. Nonetheless, I found myself waiting for her husband's snippet of info about this particular issue, for which there was none, and that surprised me.
Despite my nitpicking, I do feel that it is a particularly inspiring read overall. I find myself determined to expand my garden next year with many more heirloom varieties. At this rate she will have successfully turned me into a backyard garden hermit at least......more
The kindle version REALLY needs some seriously copyediting. Maybe I'm just a grammar nut, but all the errors were distracting. Also, plot holes galoreThe kindle version REALLY needs some seriously copyediting. Maybe I'm just a grammar nut, but all the errors were distracting. Also, plot holes galore, and certain parts of it read like fanfiction. If it could have been cleaned up, this would have probably made it into my favorites list, but as it is the protagonist came off as bratty and spoiled. The love interest came off as overbearing and at times manipulative. Also... again, gaping PLOT HOLES....more