The Rithmatist reminds me of Harry Potter, only better.
It did seem formulaic: students live at Armedius Academy and learn about a magic-like activityThe Rithmatist reminds me of Harry Potter, only better.
It did seem formulaic: students live at Armedius Academy and learn about a magic-like activity which conjures up creatures known as Chalkings; the lead character, Joel, plots and plans with a female classmate; one of the teachers seems evil; students go missing and could be dead.
I like the way it was written; it held my attention.
The audiobook would be great for a family car trip.
3.5 Orson Scott Card creates interesting worlds with people that are more than just a little different.
You don't want to make Mick mad because he lose3.5 Orson Scott Card creates interesting worlds with people that are more than just a little different.
You don't want to make Mick mad because he loses control of his thoughts, those thoughts can kill you! Mick is more dangerous than the Incredible Hulk because you never see him coming...unless you have similar powers!
More like a novela, you can whip through this one in no time!...more
Some say this book is beautifully written; but to me, there are too many words that distract from the point the author is trying to make.
Mark HelprinSome say this book is beautifully written; but to me, there are too many words that distract from the point the author is trying to make.
Mark Helprin jumps from one thing to another, to the point of seeming pointless, or at best random.
This book got many 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads and over 100 people "liked" the following quote, which I think serves as good example of the book:
“Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be, whether a long string of perfectly blue days that begin and end in golden dimness, the most seemingly chaotic political acts, the rise of a great city, the crystalline structure of a gem that has never seen the light, the distributions of fortune, what time the milkman gets up, the position of the electron, or the occurrence of one astonishing frigid winter after another. Even electrons, supposedly the paragons of unpredictability, are tame and obsequious little creatures that rush around at the speed of light, going precisely where they are supposed to go. They make faint whistling sounds that when apprehended in varying combinations are as pleasant as the wind flying through a forest, and they do exactly as they are told. Of this, one is certain.
And yet, there is a wonderful anarchy, in that the milkman chooses when to arise, the rat picks the tunnel into which he will dive when the subway comes rushing down the track from Borough Hall, and the snowflake will fall as it will. How can this be? If nothing is random, and everything is predetermined, how can there be free will? The answer to that is simple. Nothing is predetermined, it is determined, or was determined, or will be determined. No matter, it all happened at once, in less than an instant, and time was invented because we cannot comprehend in one glance the enormous and detailed canvas that we have been given - so we track it, in linear fashion piece by piece. Time however can be easily overcome; not by chasing the light, but by standing back far enough to see it all at once. The universe is still and complete. Everything that ever was is; everything that ever will be is - and so on, in all possible combinations. Though in perceiving it we image that it is in motion, and unfinished, it is quite finished and quite astonishingly beautiful. In the end, or rather, as things really are, any event, no matter how small, is intimately and sensibly tied to all others. All rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the lost ones are redeemed; the dead come back to life; the perfectly blue days that have begun and ended in golden dimness continue, immobile and accessible; and, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but something that is.”
Is that your type of book? If so, you can have it! There are plenty of other books out there for me!...more
3.5 I generally don't like sequels because it seems like the author has already used up her best stuff in the first book. Also when I see a #2 I think,3.5 I generally don't like sequels because it seems like the author has already used up her best stuff in the first book. Also when I see a #2 I think, "This book has been written with a formula." But this book was pretty good, especially considering I don't like romance books and in this book Lena faces the fact that Alex is dead, and then she meets someone new. Set in a dystopian world with a government you would love to hate because the government controls every aspect of your life, Lauren Oliver has created a good mix of action, characters, plot, and romance.
Orson Scott Card writes interesting tales and characters! I loved going out to work in the garden with this audio book that constantly kept me entertaOrson Scott Card writes interesting tales and characters! I loved going out to work in the garden with this audio book that constantly kept me entertained as I wondered what Danny North would do next, and I often found myself laughing!
Even though I tend to avoid books I view as unrealistic, I can't resist Orson Scott Card's books because they just suck me into the story!
In this novel, many are born with special powers which they must discover and develop. To me this is symbolic of the special abilities that each of us have, but may or may not chose to recognize and develop.
Danny North, the protagonist, struggles to manage and use his abilities (often in very humorous ways). It was fun to follow along and guess what might happen next!
If you are an OSC fan, don't miss this one....more
Rigg's father helps him to develop and understand his secret power of being able to see paths that others have traveled. They have an interesting relaRigg's father helps him to develop and understand his secret power of being able to see paths that others have traveled. They have an interesting relationship, which I enjoyed.
Rigg meets other interesting characters in this other world they inhabit and they go on a journey. It was a fun journey for me!
I am not a big fan of time travel in books because it is impossible, so I just reject the premise and the entire book from the beginning. However, even though the author went into a little more detail than I needed about how this time travel ability actually works in the world created by Orson Scott Card, I actually liked this story!
This would be a good audiobook for a family trip for kids over 10 or 11. More of a boy than girl book.
Book club has chosen a mystery romance story... two of my least favorite categories. Jim and I listened to the first disc of the audio book on a car tBook club has chosen a mystery romance story... two of my least favorite categories. Jim and I listened to the first disc of the audio book on a car trip. As I ejected the disc, I remarked that it was so boring I could hardly remember anything except weirdness.
Is it worth trying to slog through the rest of the discs?
Thanks for all of the comments, you saved me from listening to something I wouldn't enjoy....more
Neil Gaiman writes edgy books; this graphic novel takes you into a spooky somewhat parallel world. I don't often read graphic novels or spooky fantasy,Neil Gaiman writes edgy books; this graphic novel takes you into a spooky somewhat parallel world. I don't often read graphic novels or spooky fantasy, but I did find this interesting. Probably really good for teens that are into that genre. A fast and easy read....more
Cormac McCarthy knows how to tell a story! The travels of a man and his son walking the road while pulling a cart in a post-apocalyptic world flow froCormac McCarthy knows how to tell a story! The travels of a man and his son walking the road while pulling a cart in a post-apocalyptic world flow from one town to the next. The two are constantly looking for food while trying to avoid contact with marauding bands of killers. There is danger at every turn, and even though I never learned the names of the father and son, I cared deeply about them and their plight.
I kept wondering what had happened to kill almost every living thing. Ash was mentioned, but McCarthy doesn't give us much more of a clue. It could have been terrorists, anarchists, or some group of power hungry maniacs. My money is on the Bilderberg Group or some off shoot (think George Soros). Something went terribly wrong and those self appointed leaders found themselves at the mercy of the hungry underclass they used to throw the world into chaos. It is a lot harder to control a wildfire than you might think.
Not sure this is my type of book, but the young ones from book club have spoken! I got through a chunk of this book (what a build up!) However, once INot sure this is my type of book, but the young ones from book club have spoken! I got through a chunk of this book (what a build up!) However, once I found I could not go to book club this month, and considering the weirdness of this book, I couldn't bring myself to go further than returning it to the library. I am not the right person to judge this book because it not my type. If you liked Twilight, you might like this book. In Twilight cute girl falls in love with a vampire--in this book cute boy falls in love with a witch (yes, that's witch with a W). There is lots of drama, a little To Kill a Mockingbird (Boo Radley's name), and some southern culture (pork BBQ). I think if the book was more about pulled pork and the various local variations, I would have enjoyed it much more. The main character was actually very negative about the BBQ, leading me to think it was probably bought from a grocery store not smoked over apple wood chunks for 12 hours, left to rest for half an hour and pulled with any remaining fat carefully removed before being served with a variety of sauces. Maybe next time we can have that book for book club. I'm ready.
Maybe Ethan would prefer smoked chicken, it is healthier, takes only 5 hours and is so good:
Cloned children are raised at private "schools" with the expressed purpose of using them for organ donation. This process is seen through the experienCloned children are raised at private "schools" with the expressed purpose of using them for organ donation. This process is seen through the experience of Kathy, who is now 31, and her schoolmates. I thought the premise was fascinating, but felt that some details of the lives of the kids slowed the story down. The story takes place in England. I can't help but think if it had taken place in the U.S., it would have been very controversial, complete with demonstrations and a lot more action! ...more
Orson Scott Card goes a Stephen King in an African American neighborhood in CA. Card develop interesting characters that made me keep reading, but thiOrson Scott Card goes a Stephen King in an African American neighborhood in CA. Card develop interesting characters that made me keep reading, but this is weird: fairies, a parallel world, dreams that come true in a very bad way--just to name a few....more