I didn't like this book nearly as much as I liked Outlander. In fact, it took me nearly 3 months to finish it, so I wouldn't call it a page turner.
I lI didn't like this book nearly as much as I liked Outlander. In fact, it took me nearly 3 months to finish it, so I wouldn't call it a page turner.
I love the story of Claire and Jamie, but I feel like Diana Gabaldon's books could be about 1/3 shorter and just as good. Better, in fact. I felt like I had to wade through their time in France. Much of it useless to the story. At the very least, the pertinent essentials of their time in France could have been written in half as many words. In fact, at one point, I even thought that I would not move on to the third book.
However, DG has a way of ending a book so that you MUST read the next one. So, I got on Amazon today and ordered the next 3 in the series.
So, while I'm CRAZY about Claire and Jamie's love story, and while I love being transported to old Scotland, this book still only gets 3 stars, I hope that Voyager gets more....more
I've wanted to read this book for years as I have always been impressed with the life and mind and writings of C.S. Lewis. And I loved the movie "ShadI've wanted to read this book for years as I have always been impressed with the life and mind and writings of C.S. Lewis. And I loved the movie "Shadowlands".
Now I have finally gotten to it. I will keep it and put it next to my collection of Lewis books. However, I found this book much like Lewis' own books: moments of brilliance that I had to wade through much dry writing to get to.
Jack and Joy's love story is one of the greatest of all time. His description of can send one to the floor as he, for a brief shining moment had what every human being craves:
Joy was "my daughter, my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign, ...my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate, fellow soldier..."
"no cranny of heart or body remained unsatisfied."
"the pains you give me are more precious than all other gains."
"How long, how tranquilly, how nourishingly we talked together that last night."
"There were so many joys to be remembered:... games of Scrabble played simultaneously in English, French, Latin, and Greek, the cut and thrust of argument, long walks followed by pints of ale in old pubs, talk of books and bookmen -- George MacDonald, Jane Austen, Dr. Johnson, H.G. Wells and Samuel Pepys, music -- Mozart and Chopin...poetry, read aloud... over which they often read together."
How could one not be absolutely swept away by such a love story of similar souls, fortunate enough to find each other if only for a brief moment in time?
That is why I was so disappointed in the dryness of the writing. It's a great love story. It should have been a page turner and it wasn't. However, I am glad I read it. Because I wanted the story, and this was the only way to get it.
This was a quick and easy read with depth and great writing. WOW! What a story! This book must have taken an incredible amount of courage and honestyThis was a quick and easy read with depth and great writing. WOW! What a story! This book must have taken an incredible amount of courage and honesty to write. And I so admire Jack Gantos for that.
We were all young once and we all made really stupid decisions. Most of us were lucky enough to escape those decisions with only a few scratches and a lesson learned and the ability to chalk it up to youth and naivete.
Unfortunately for Jack Gantos, his youthful lapse in judgment has horrifying consequences. And he has done an incredible job of letting us into his teenage brain and allowing us to take this unsentimental journey with him back in time.
Jack WAS a good kid. He DID have good goals. He also did not have a lot of parental guidance and support to help him get where he wanted to go. Left on his own to try to figure his life out, he made some VERY poor choices that landed him in a federal prison with all the inherent dangers there.
The moral of this story to me is the end does NOT justify the means. And Jack Gantos learned this lesson the hard way.
Perhaps this book should be required reading for high schoolers in the hopes they can learn through another's mistakes and save themselves some grief.
I'm glad that Jack Gantos finally found his life's true path and learned to walk it honestly and with integrity. But he sure found out the hard way!
I recommend this book. It definitely falls under the category "good read".
P.S. I LOVED all his references to the classic he read and how they impacted his life. I now want to read all the books that he referred to. ...more
Sometimes you find a book that has great writing but does not tell a likeable story. Conversely, there are a lot of books out there that tell a greatSometimes you find a book that has great writing but does not tell a likeable story. Conversely, there are a lot of books out there that tell a great story, but are badly written. And once in a while a great story comes along that is excellently written. Loving Frank is one of those latter books. A very intriguing story that is beautifully written.
Nancy Horan really gets into the head of the main character, Mamah Borthwick, and writes about her journey and her relationships with great clarity and compassion.
Solomon Northrup was obviously a brilliant, articulate man that writes in such beautiful language of such a horrific experience.
It breaks my heart toSolomon Northrup was obviously a brilliant, articulate man that writes in such beautiful language of such a horrific experience.
It breaks my heart to think of the thousands of dear souls whose lives and potentials were wasted in slavery. It breaks my heart to know that there really was a Patsey whose body and spirit were broken by human devils. And there was no one to rescue her, as there was for Solomon.
It's hard to find language to express the profound read this is on so many levels. To read this astonishing account of Solomon Northrup's 12 years on the plantation of a devil incarnate.....IN HIS OWN WORDS, is an experience I will not soon forget.
This was a profound and heartbreaking book, written beautiful language. A human story that one cannot but be deeply affected by.
This is a very unique book, one of a kind, highly creative. The only Goodreads shelf of mine that this book fits on is "read". It doesn't fit in any oThis is a very unique book, one of a kind, highly creative. The only Goodreads shelf of mine that this book fits on is "read". It doesn't fit in any other category I have.
It took a while to suspend my belief and accept the Black Dog, the personification of depression, as a walking talking character. But my interest in the subject of depression and in Winston Churchill as a historical person that suffered with it, kept me reading.
I'm glad that I kept with it. It was a most creative treatment of depression and a lot of it rang very true. How depression lays across your chest and hangs on you, like a dog might.
I also found the different characters' relationship with the black dog to be intriguing. How some had more choice over how much the Black Dog controlled their lives than others. Yet, they all put up a valiant fight. Churchill's refusal to surrender, in his inner life, as well as WWII was nothing less than inspiring.
In the end, I liked this book and I'll keep it on my shelf. ...more
Even though Carmen Bin Ladin's story is not well written, it is real and honest and entirely readable. In fact, I would call it a page turner. Her mesEven though Carmen Bin Ladin's story is not well written, it is real and honest and entirely readable. In fact, I would call it a page turner. Her message is extremely important and should be read by every freedom loving citizen in Western Countries. Her description of the evils of Islam and their intolerance of non Muslims and subjugation of women is horrifying. They are VERY dangerous and if we don't pay attention, we will live to regret it....more
I couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the lastI couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the last half.
The first half of the book details Spencer's experience in the spirit world when his spirit leaves his body during health crises. I found this part of the book to be absolutely compelling and totally compatible with my own beliefs and conclusions about the spirit world. Therefore, it totally resonated with me and I loved it.
However, when Spencer starts talking about his visions of times to come: natural disasters, plagues, foreign invaders, translated beings, the millennial day, I squirmed my way through the book quite a bit. It is a very disturbing and uncomfortable prediction for the future. I'm not sure if I believe it, though I believe that Spencer believes it and that he really did see what he saw. I just don't know what it means.
The second half of the book really read like a dystopian sci fi with a Mormon flair. I just don't know what to make of it. Though it was a compelling read.
But beyond the believable first part and into the less believable second part, the book is full of wonderful metaphors about one's own walk to Zion within one's own heart. And I really appreciated that.
So, even though I don't take this book as gospel truth. I do believe that it is one man's truth. And it was a really fascinating read that I would recommend to others....more
This was a very easy read. Straightforward writing to tell a straightforward story of love and pain and loss and redemption and faith. Every life afteThis was a very easy read. Straightforward writing to tell a straightforward story of love and pain and loss and redemption and faith. Every life after life story has its own unique details, but the common theme in all of them is love, unconditional, overwhelming love. And that there is no need to fear death.
Death is easy, it's coming back that is hard. You can read this book in few hours. It's worth it....more
Absolutely Delightful book full of fascinating stories of the women of the American Revolution. It really gives one an appreciation of what it takes tAbsolutely Delightful book full of fascinating stories of the women of the American Revolution. It really gives one an appreciation of what it takes to keep an army of men functional.........and that is an army of women.
Finally, their story is being delightfully told in this very informative and entertaining book!
I read this book because I wanted to read Emerson but did not want to wade through his essays. What I found is that Ralph Waldo Emerson is difficult tI read this book because I wanted to read Emerson but did not want to wade through his essays. What I found is that Ralph Waldo Emerson is difficult to read, even when taken in little bites, like this book offers. It is beyond me how anyone reads his work in its entirety. ...more