OK, so...I finally finished. Like a lot of other people, I read this simply because I saw the preview for the movie and I HAVE to read a book before IOK, so...I finally finished. Like a lot of other people, I read this simply because I saw the preview for the movie and I HAVE to read a book before I see the film adaptation. In this case, I really wish I wasn't so anal retentive.
Anyhoo, the book. Typical Sparks fare - star-crossed lovers, torn apart by fate, life, what have you. I really enjoyed the interaction between John and his father a lot more than I did his relationship with Savannah, maybe because it seemed far more real. I never warmed up to Savannah, even though she was supposed to be the perfect, lovely Southern young lady. And, like SO many other reviews on here, I too thought the ending was horrid. As I was nearing the end of my audiobook, I knew exactly how it would end, but I still had another disc to go. It was seriously painful...I can get behind tragic/unrequited love stories, but this one just seemed so pointless. John literally gives up everything he has in his entire life for someone who treats him badly for 90% of their relationship. I always know what I'm getting myself into with a Sparks book, but in this case I left feeling totally dissatisfied; its like when you go to a buffet, and you know what you're about to eat is terrible for you, but you binge anyways and have massive regrets immediately afterward. I'll still go see the movie, mostly because my sister-in-law is super excited to see it, but part of me hopes this is one of those instances where Hollywood romanticizes things and changes the ending. This book could really use it. ...more
Oh, this book made me angry. ANGRY ANGRY ANGRY. I loved the first two in the series, and will stand behind Linger as the best YA paranormal/young loveOh, this book made me angry. ANGRY ANGRY ANGRY. I loved the first two in the series, and will stand behind Linger as the best YA paranormal/young love book I've read (take that, Twilight fanatics). On top of all that, the first two books were just beautiful to read thanks to Stiefvater's magic with words and poetry. But this? Not so much. Let me summarize: Grace is a wolf. Sam is sad. Cole is angry. Sam is still really sad. Grace and Sam reunite, awkwardly. Bad man wants to kill the wolves. The wolves have malaria? (Don't ask.) Sam and Cole save the wolves. Sam and Grace live happily ever after have an unfinished ending. I HATE when authors leave things so blatantly open-ended. I understand that it must be hard to resolve a series that you've dedicated years of your life to, but clearly J.K. Rowling and many others have been capable of doing just that. I also understand that sometimes it is up to the reader to create their own interpretations, which is fine. It is not fine to cop out by solving zero of your main plot points. There are plenty of other reviews that detail all the giant, hanging, unanswered questions in this book, so I won't go into those. I had such high expectations for this book, and I am leaving so utterly dissatisfied. As much as I loved the first two of this series, I will be hard pressed to read another by this author for fear she would do the exact same thing again, and then my reader rage might reach dangerous new levels. ...more
This was a fantastic book about the neverending variations in human genetics. Although the subject matter could have come across as prurient or voyeurThis was a fantastic book about the neverending variations in human genetics. Although the subject matter could have come across as prurient or voyeuristic in another author's hands, Leroi treats each case with dignity and class. The actual "mutants" are not the focus of this book - instead, it is an in-depth examination of the scientific basis of each mutation and the variability that makes us all human. Highly recommended for both scientists and laymen...best science book I've read since A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson....more
I randomly saw this on the nonfiction shelf at my library and was eager to give it a read, as I've been on a nonfiction/religion/philosophy kick latelI randomly saw this on the nonfiction shelf at my library and was eager to give it a read, as I've been on a nonfiction/religion/philosophy kick lately. I have to admit that I only made it through about 65% of the essays, as some of them were too abstruse for my liking. I expected the general theme to be more of an examination of the reasonS why faith and God are such an important part of life, not the reasonING as to why they do/do not exist. I've never been great at logic problems, and some of the inclusions in this book were convoluted or hard to get into for my casual nighttime or lunchtime reading. I think if I was to pore through it slowly at my own pace I would greatly appreciate all of the selections, but because it's a library book I needed to return it by the due date (after already renewing it once!) That being said, I really enjoyed most of the pieces I did read, especially those from Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, Mother Theresa, and the foreword by Francis Collins. Overall, I wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars. ...more
There is nothing I can say that will do justice to the mindblowing awesomeness of this book. Such a simple premise, a father and son striving for survThere is nothing I can say that will do justice to the mindblowing awesomeness of this book. Such a simple premise, a father and son striving for survival and safety in a haunting, post-apocalyptic world. But the language - oh, it is just breathtaking. I couldn't help but race through this book in a day, yet I also found myself stopping to savor the beauty of certain passages. I don't think I could put such elegant and evocative words together if I tried. Sitting here, just a short time after finishing it, I find myself still processing and digesting the experience of reading this novel and the implications it has for our environment and our society. This is a modern day literary masterpiece of the highest class, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Perhaps my impression will fade in the days to come, but just now, I truly think this might be the greatest book I've ever read. ...more
I LOVED this book until the last two chapters. What started out as both an engrossing mystery and an exploration into the nature of friendship and memI LOVED this book until the last two chapters. What started out as both an engrossing mystery and an exploration into the nature of friendship and memory ended with a whimper. There was no resolution to the case that is supposedly central to the plot, while a concurrent case is neatly wrapped up with an easily foreseen yet implausible ending. I've heard that the author plans to write a series of novels, each from the viewpoint of a different main character, and that some closure might be given to the main mystery. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll read these or not, since I can't be sure she'll ever give a proper conclusion to her story. ...more