Cyrus Cobb is angry with his late father, and has gone so far as to denounce his name, when he learns he has inherited his father's veterinary practic...moreCyrus Cobb is angry with his late father, and has gone so far as to denounce his name, when he learns he has inherited his father's veterinary practice. He temporarily moves back to his old hometown to prepare the practice for sale and tie up loose ends, and while he's there, he learns a thing or two about his past, who he is now, and who he might like to be in the future. We meet many colorful characters along the way as well. I didn't think this was the best writing I've read lately, but I enjoyed the story overall.(less)
I LOVED this book. I will admit that I debated between 4 and 5 stars, so it's really a 4.5 for me, and I usually round those down, but I had to give t...moreI LOVED this book. I will admit that I debated between 4 and 5 stars, so it's really a 4.5 for me, and I usually round those down, but I had to give this one the benefit of the doubt. I loved all three of the main characters. Their situations, and perspectives on their situations, were all so different and gave such a dynamic view of the complexities and complications that come with cancer at a young age. There were so many poignant lines and moments that left an impression on me. I found myself discussing their thoughts and feelings with my daughter, my boyfriend, and others. I found myself dog-earing pages to refer back to and remember later, another sign of good writing in my book. I laughed out loud at moments, and was saddened in others. All in all, a great read. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for my daughter to read it.(less)
It took me 150 pages to find this book remotely interesting, and that's why it only gets 3 stars from me. I just didn't find the characters at all int...moreIt took me 150 pages to find this book remotely interesting, and that's why it only gets 3 stars from me. I just didn't find the characters at all interesting in the beginning and the only reason I stuck with it was 1) it's a book club pick, and 2) it is so popular I just knew it had to get better. And it did. Once I got 1/3 of the way into the book, I finally got interested, and about 1/2 way through I was so hooked I couldn't put it down. I don't feel like I can give any indication as to the plotline b/c it'll likely spoil the suspense. So all I will say is "stick with it, it does get better, and when it does, it gets really good". Oh and also, this book is so twisted; these characters are messed up. Enjoy!(less)
This is one of the very best books I've read in quite a while, and I can not recommend it highly enough. I don't typically read military stories, but...moreThis is one of the very best books I've read in quite a while, and I can not recommend it highly enough. I don't typically read military stories, but my boyfriend recommended this one to me and I'm so glad he did. As the subtitle suggests, this is an eyewitness account of Operation Redwing, as told by the only survivor of that mission. This is such an eye-opening book, from what our Navy SEALS go through to prepare for the kind of combat they will face in the field, to the conditions in Afghanistan, to what the effect our political rules and media have on our soldiers, and so much more. I feel like every politician and reporter should have to read this book, and really every citizen. It should be a book required by high school social studies classes, just to teach them that what they hear in the media isn't always the whole story. Every citizen should know what our soldiers go through on a regular basis to protect our freedom and our rights, and how willingly and bravely they do it. I know there are many more stories out there, very similar to this one, and I also know that not every member of the military goes through quite what these guys did. But this is an important story that needs to be heard, and it is fortunate that at least one man survived to tell it. Please read this book, and then pass it on to someone else.(less)
This reminded me of reading the second book of Twilight: it served a necessary purpose in the series, but I didn't actually enjoy it. The chemistry an...moreThis reminded me of reading the second book of Twilight: it served a necessary purpose in the series, but I didn't actually enjoy it. The chemistry and romance between Karou and Akiva is what pulled me into the first book, and in this book they were enemies once again. I will read the third book, and and am excited for it, but I hope it does for this series what Eclipse did for Twilight, pulls the main characters back together and gives us their story back.(less)
I will start by saying that I think I read this book at the wrong time in my life to truly get the most out of it, hence the 3 stars. If I had read th...moreI will start by saying that I think I read this book at the wrong time in my life to truly get the most out of it, hence the 3 stars. If I had read this book at a different time, it would have spoken to me differently and I could easily have seen giving it 4-5 stars. This is a true love story, and a story about the grief of losing that true love. It's also a story of finding the way to a God you've never believed in. So, if I had recently lost a loved one, particularly my spouse whom I loved more than any other person in this world, or even a child or a parent, to where I could relate to the loss and pain Vanauken went through, then I think I would have loved this book. And for that reason, I'm glad I own it. When that time comes for me, I fully intend to refer back to this book, as I think it could help me get through my grief and deal with it in a healthy manner.
However, I read this book simply because it was our monthly book club pick, and to me it was just a story. It was a moving, and inspirational story, but it didn't absolutely blow me away. I don't know Vanauken, or his story, very well. And while I have read C.S. Lewis, and really enjoy his works, reading a book written by a friend of his, containing letters from him, didn't do much for me either. I will say that I enjoyed the letters from C.S. Lewis, and what this book did do was motivate me to read more of his works, or re-read some of my old favorites.
I also really enjoyed hearing about Davy, and about their love story. I think that their relationship was admirable and gives one so much to aspire to. I can only hope to have a fraction of the kind of love the devotion these two shared in my own relationship, and that was my absolute favorite part of the book - their story. Davy as a whole being is also very inspirational to me, and I would love to have met her. I found myself envying her friends, and the student groups that met at their house so regularly. I actually found myself wishing there were more about her in this book than there was. In fact, I would have likely much more enjoyed a book written by her, or have enjoyed this one more if it had contained some of her letters or journal entries. I found myself constantly wondering what she would have said in a situation or how she felt. I fell in love with her a little myself, and can absolutely see what Vanauken loved so much about her. I could see her through his eyes. If that was his goal in writing this book, then he succeeded.
Vanauken though, I didn't feel much for. His writing felt very detached, and I never found myself having any feelings for him, or about his perspective at all. To me he was just a man with a famous and very wise friend, and a wonderful wife. I think he found himself to be very insightful and inspirational, but I didn't agree most of the time, and that's why this book only got 3 stars from me. Most of the time when Vanauken himself was talking and sharing his thoughts/insights, or "reading" us his poems, I was bored. I only cared when it was about Davy, or his conversations with Lewis.
I also don't think there was enough meat with regards to their coming to love and believe in God to have much of an impact. This is really where I would have loved to know Davy’s perspective more in depth, and to hear some of her insights. Although Vanauken came to know and love God, he was always a bit detached, and his story wasn’t quite as inspirational to me as I feel Davy’s would have been, because there was no passion. I did really enjoy his conversations with Lewis in this portion of the story, but again, most of the time it was Lewis’s words and insights I was enjoying, not Vanauken himself. To be fair though, there was one analogy that spoke to me that was Vanauken’s, and it touched on a subject that I had always accepted on faith, because I didn’t have a good understanding of it, which would allow me to accept it on logic as well, and that was with regards to the Trinity. I loved his analogy about being the author of a book, and how God the Father is the author, God as the Son is the main character, and God the Holy Spirit is his essence in all of the other characters, even the bad ones. That was fantastic, and all Vanauken (pp. 116-117).
All in all, this wasn’t a bad read, or a waste of time, but, like I said in the beginning, my review is colored by where I am at in my own personal life right now. I do not yet have my great love. I have not recently lost a loved one, of any kind, for which I am grieving. And it didn’t bring me any deeper in my relationship with God. I think if I could have related just a bit more to any one of the three main themes of this book, I would have loved it all that much more. And I would recommend it highly to anyone who can – especially anyone who is grieving the loss of a spouse, or preparing for their death due to a terminal illness. The insights here, although they didn’t touch me directly, are likely to be the most profound and affecting to those who relate. His grief process was so healthy and so thorough, and that was inspiring to me. I hope that when the time comes for me to grieve a loved one, I can do it as well as he did. (less)
My boyfriend recommended this book to me and I really liked it. I found it to be an easy to read, but thorough and interesting. This book is an accoun...moreMy boyfriend recommended this book to me and I really liked it. I found it to be an easy to read, but thorough and interesting. This book is an account of not just the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden, but highlights of what one Navy Seal went through to get to to the point of being included on this mission. I highly recommend this book!(less)
This was an odd book. I wanted to like it, not just because it was co-authored by one of my favorite writers, Jodi Picoult, but I liked the premise as...moreThis was an odd book. I wanted to like it, not just because it was co-authored by one of my favorite writers, Jodi Picoult, but I liked the premise as well. Unfortunately it wasn't quite what I'd hoped for. (less)
I really would like to give this 3.5 stars. It didn't grip me as much as I wanted it to in the beginning, but about 1/2 way through, I was hooked and...moreI really would like to give this 3.5 stars. It didn't grip me as much as I wanted it to in the beginning, but about 1/2 way through, I was hooked and couldn't wait to see how this story played out. I didn't not know this is the first book in a series unfortunately, so now I am anxiously awaiting the next one. (less)