This whole book is nothing more then a giant warning against cocaine. everyone who was paranoid was a cocaine addict or had some connection to cocaineThis whole book is nothing more then a giant warning against cocaine. everyone who was paranoid was a cocaine addict or had some connection to cocaine. but then again what would you expect from Los Angeles. ...more
not having read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells but watched the 1969 movie i would say this is a good continuation of the story of the Time Traveler. inot having read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells but watched the 1969 movie i would say this is a good continuation of the story of the Time Traveler. it does not challenge the mind to much and most of the concepts are very easy to understand. not a single boring section in the whole book. ...more
This book has shared with me two fundamental facts. I lack the dedication, determination, and knowledge to be a great writer and Stephen King is himseThis book has shared with me two fundamental facts. I lack the dedication, determination, and knowledge to be a great writer and Stephen King is himself an open book. Reading a little into the life of one of America's greatest writer was a joy.
The way he addresses the fundamentals of writing is like having a "How To" manual right in your hands. He gives you the basics to get started and even gives his own experiences with every part of the process.
The whole book can be summed up in six magic words. "Read a lot, write a lot." ...more
This book is deceptive. It portrays itself as one thing and reveals itself as another after you've already invested a little time into it. Kind of likThis book is deceptive. It portrays itself as one thing and reveals itself as another after you've already invested a little time into it. Kind of like flirting with a girl for a couple hours only to find out later that she's a feminist lesbian who likes fucking with a mans emotions simply because she can.
This story is written with the idea that the reader is married. It's one long marriage counseling session to which at times seems like it will never end and that no real progress is being made. Bare in mind that the story expects it's readers to be men. The kind of man who reads women's magazines hoping to find the secrets to unlock a womans heart and her virtue. However it also allows, very well, for the female reader to just keep nodding her head as she reads and saying to herself "someone finally gets it."
There are two separate stories that only at the end do they connect to each other but only in the vaguest sense. Both stories involve couples with means. So the average couple who works as much overtime as possible to make ends meet and still end up late on the rent will not relate to some of the "troubles" these couples face. The troubles themselves are real troubles (mostly emotional) couples have but it's hard to really invest any empathy for them because they're loaded with cash and luxury.
I admit that both stories involve a husband who wants to kill his wife and while i was reading i could fully understand how these men would want such an end to their wives to the point where i was almost hoping for it. just so the damn story would end.
Few good parts that resemble what the first line would have you believe the book was actually about and the rest is a long boring therapy session that make you want the bitch to just die already.
If you were the bully in your school you won't understand this book at all. In fact you probably won't even get past the first few pages. If you've evIf you were the bully in your school you won't understand this book at all. In fact you probably won't even get past the first few pages. If you've ever seen news about a school shooting and didn't get all emotional and crying and instead thought to yourself deep down inside, in that part of you you don't expose to "normal" society..."Good for you man, don't take that shit from anyone," then you will understand this book. But even if you think that, this book won't make you go out and try and buy a gun, but you might suddenly have a craving for cough syrup.
The Ylem. We've all been there. Your there now. You will go there later and you will look out and see the possibilities like limbs on a tree. Your imagination will run wild and you'll have thoughts and visions and maybe even twitch a little when someone speaks your name because they seemed so real to you. It's a place where everything that could ever happen has already occurred and it's just a question of which path you take at any given second of your life. And that voice in your head that you don't know where it comes from has seen every single one of them numerous times and watches through your eyes just to see it all again. But he knows what else could have happened even if you don't.
This book tracks the events of several possibilities in the existence of a teenage boy who is among the many teenagers in High School labeled as the target of humiliation. It takes apart the whole of a young tormented mind and exposes every thought and feeling of how one reacts to being bullied. It's all told through the perspective of the "Inner Voice" of David Holbrook. This will make some people have flashbacks and cringe with remembrance of those "glory days" of high school. You may even have to take a moment to suppress your own rage and tears before you can carry on. That's ok, the story will wait for you.
This story does not tip toe around the hard realities that is life for teenagers. Especially teenagers of a very dysfunctional family. The promiscuity of young girls and the control they have on young male minds. Young, dumb and full of cum is about as accurate as one can get to describing a boy in high school. And that girl that you think is a "slut" just may well be a woman who is calculating in her actions and does everything for a reason to reach a certain goal.
The travel between realities is very straight forward even if it does seem to be a little confusing. what needs to be understood is that when one thing is going on another thing is presented as a possibility of what could happen, but has already happened and then back to what is happening. It could seem as being confusing unless your accustomed to thinking of several different things at once while still paying full attention to what is happening at that moment. It's mental multitasking in the extreme.
The ending is a little strange and not exactly how i would have thought it happening but it does make sense as to why what happens happens. It's basically taking control of your own fate and finally choosing one path even if it is a road you paved yourself. ...more
Again, seeing the movie first i already had an idea in my head about characters, settings and events. And again this did not ruing the experience forAgain, seeing the movie first i already had an idea in my head about characters, settings and events. And again this did not ruing the experience for me with this book. There are some noticable differences between movie and book but nothing that's a deal breaker. The ending was a little confusing as i don't recall the characters involved to be part of earlier events. perhaps i just missed something. all in all a good book and a nice conclusion to the Hannibal series...even if this is a prequel. ...more
If you were to watch the movie first and then read the book you would be gladly surprised by the ending as well as the further character development,If you were to watch the movie first and then read the book you would be gladly surprised by the ending as well as the further character development, especially that of Mason Verger. The book deals with much greater detail the motives and mind of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. So much so that it is revealed exactly why he pursues Clarice Starling with such a passion.
However if you were read the book and then watch the movie would would be greatly disappointed and and condemn the makers of the film to a hellish death of great suffering and not even allow them the pleasure of the bright sounds of a crossbow string expelling it's energy about a D below middle C. ...more
Not what i expected at all. the story does intertwine with Oryx and Crake but in a round about way that only hints at filling in the gaps to the previNot what i expected at all. the story does intertwine with Oryx and Crake but in a round about way that only hints at filling in the gaps to the previous story. There is more about Jimmy's/Snowman's past with his relationship with some of his lovers but it's not really relevant to the main story.
The story itself drags on very slowly almost seeming to never get to the point and when it does the point is so insignificant that you don't even realize that an important plot point just occurred. the story itself is well written but is a little boring i admit. i was looking forward to the third installment of the "Maddaddam Trilogy" but after reading this i'm not so sure. ...more