It seems to me that all of Murakami writings are the same world. The characters are also the same level of genuinely kind and normal. They all remindIt seems to me that all of Murakami writings are the same world. The characters are also the same level of genuinely kind and normal. They all remind me of a group of friends that end up blending together into a certain behavior acceptance pattern. I like them and I would definitely want to be friends with his characters. It is really a hard book to talk about. There are levels of mysticism mixed with the drudgery of a life that can always mix in pain. I enjoyed this and I feel I will be drawn to another of his stories, but you also really need a break from a world so engulfing. It starts to mingle with the reality of your own....more
It feels strange to give five stars to such a fun read. Totally opposite of the depression porn I am normally in love with. Niven creates a really funIt feels strange to give five stars to such a fun read. Totally opposite of the depression porn I am normally in love with. Niven creates a really fun and fascinating world. I guess the real question is what makes science fascinating and how can you create that in a story that is read. I love the puzzle solving. I want to have a problem and try to figure out what is going on in a logical manner. This story had some great elements of that. I love the idea of breeding for luck and the kind of world that would create. It would truly change the landscape of statistics and human interaction. This idea that if we are controlled by anything other than our own decision making, we are no longer what we thought of as human. It is the same struggle that people have when they realize most of what they think, are, and feel is all controlled by our chemical body. I really enjoyed being thrown into a foreign world and trying to figure out the past from the clues in the present. The characters were fun and I honestly just loved this book. I will say that it was a lot like reading Heinlein. He had that same 1960's obsession with free love and with seeing women as completely defined by sex. It actually makes me wonder more about the kind of society that creates science fiction so obsessed with seeing women that way. I'm still pondering that whole part of it....more
This diary enlightened me to the fact that the teenage mind has changed much less due to modernity than I thought. The compulsive obsessions with theThis diary enlightened me to the fact that the teenage mind has changed much less due to modernity than I thought. The compulsive obsessions with the glory of oneself and the horror of feeling isolated are probably a continuation from the time before the pyramids. I can picture an Egyptian teenage girl sitting in the shadow of a half built pyramid musing about how her genuis wasn't understood by the adults around her. "I can write stories that will make the Gods come alive!!" My hubby and I read this outloud while driving through the Pacific Northwest. It gave us much conversation and giggles. We really grew to wish Mary was our daughter. Anyway, I enjoyed this until about 3/4 of the way through. It just became too repetitive at that point. Some of my favorite Mary Quotes: "They do not feel any of these things at Forty. At Forty the fire has long since burned out." "My conversation is on all occasions devoted directly or indirectly to myself." "It is the trivial little facts about anything that describe it the most effectively." "I am the most human. The genuises are always more human than the herd." She severly cracks me up. :) ...more
Very fun and entertaining. Brilliant Satire Q: Any final thoughts? A: Kindness is the ultimate act of defiance. If you're reading this, you are the resVery fun and entertaining. Brilliant Satire Q: Any final thoughts? A: Kindness is the ultimate act of defiance. If you're reading this, you are the resistance. ...more
I want to be very clear that I completely love Veronica Mars. I would spend hours just watching Logan-Veronica You Tube Montages. Sad, but too true. TI want to be very clear that I completely love Veronica Mars. I would spend hours just watching Logan-Veronica You Tube Montages. Sad, but too true. This is a fabulous story. The fact that it has blended across TV, Movie, and now books, is fascinating. They have done it so well!! The story is seamless and still gripping. I think there was a bit of complaining when the first book didn't have much of Logan in it, they redeemed it with this one. The movie was perfect and these stories continue it on. LOVE IT!!!!...more
This story is a slow build, but there is always something mystical about reading literature from the late 1800's. The elegant and enriched way that thThis story is a slow build, but there is always something mystical about reading literature from the late 1800's. The elegant and enriched way that they write takes me to a different time. Ms. Eliot is no different in that sense. Once the character of Eppie is introduced it begins to speed up and I didn't want to put it down. The happy ending was happy, but not what I expected. I guess I am used to depression porn readings, that never end well. I greatly enjoyed this book....more
I feel that Erica Jong is a good satirist. Her writing was authentic and even more honest than she may have felt comfortable with. How she felt duringI feel that Erica Jong is a good satirist. Her writing was authentic and even more honest than she may have felt comfortable with. How she felt during certain situations seemed universal to me, for western women of that age group anyway. There were times I felt very kindred with her and others I couldn't relate to, such as her wealth and her Jewish heritage. It is still always beneficial to delve into how others live and are, so I liked that she was also different. Like any human, so much the same and so much apart. She had interesting things to say about a few different topics. 1. Her comments on how writers are not always similar to what they write seems spot on. I even see it in myself. In normal life I feel way more crude than I expose in my writing. She is simply putting descriptions to archetypes, but archetypes exist for a reason. The miserable failed artist is definitely a truly bitter real human existence. 2. I always tell women in their 20's to not be judgmental about the fact that they are still so affected by judgement. It takes so many years to be what you wish you could be from a story you read. The Struggle of Women to feel self -secure and unaware of the judgements of the world is very much discussed in this book. It seems to be the topic that gets the most attention, but I didn't see it as revolutionary. She almost couldn't put words to it, like it was mixed in with the issues of marriage. In reality she just hadn't reached that point of aloof confidence and security, in a nut shell she lacked an aspect of self-confidence. It was embodied by her phrase of feeling like, "A dog without a leash", when she didn't have a man. 3. The comments on Marriage and Love were entertaining. It really spoke to the desire and pull between security and exhilarating freedom. Security by necessity has to reduce our free will and we willingly give that up. To Governments, Parents, Spouses, Friends. We need both. It is almost that every personal life and story is simply how they deal with that push and pull. Some people go to either extreme; Choosing to be Vagabonds or giving in to the Foretold Machine Conveyor belt of College-Marriage-Kids-Lifetime Job. I had a great conversation with a friend recently about risk aversion. He was explaining that he doesn't purposely seek out dating younger men, but that because he has a low risk aversion that tends to correspond with younger mind sets. That may have truth, we do change as we grow. I think in my own life I become more risk taking as I grow older, I think for many women that is also true, especially in sex and love. The end of the book was fabulous because it showed her finding peace in the way that I think everyone does, by accepting that life is change and evolution. It is the only way we truly feel both alive and secure at the same time.
On a final note, I loved the scene of her bleeding heavily in Paris and having to create a diaper out of a t-shirt. That is thing about being female. You can try to create life as a vestige of beauty and splendor for the soul, and sometimes it is, but you are always pulled back down to the dirty and gritty reality of what we really are. Animals, with desires and instincts that can take us over in an instant.
"People don't complete us. We complete ourselves. If we haven't the power to complete ourselves, the search for love becomes a search for self-annihilation; and then we try to convince ourselves that self-annihilation is love." ...more