I don’t think I’ve yet read a Star Trek book quite so addicting. Or I guess I should say books, because it’s a series!
Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls bI don’t think I’ve yet read a Star Trek book quite so addicting. Or I guess I should say books, because it’s a series!
Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls by David Mack is the third and final book in the Destiny series. And oh my gosh its just as good as the first two. All the events of the previous books come to a climax and resolution in the book, and it’s definitely worth getting through all three books to the end. This series is one that I could read again and again.
Things played out in a way I could see them happening. Mack has a really good understanding about how the characters would think and act.
I have to give this book five stars. It was a great way to top of the series, and I loved the fact that we got to see all the crews we love working together in more than a “here is a fan-service cameo” kind of way.
If you're a Trek fan you definitely need to read this series! I've already gotten four other people hooked on it. :-) ...more
Last summer I had been watching the BBC versions of Jane Austen’s books. Then I realized… I’ve only ever read Pride & Prejudice! That was kind ofLast summer I had been watching the BBC versions of Jane Austen’s books. Then I realized… I’ve only ever read Pride & Prejudice! That was kind of a huge bummer, especially since I call myself a book worm. So I decided I should fix that…
So I picked up Emma by Jane Austen and jumped right in.
Except it wasn’t so much as jumping in; it was more of a trudging through incredibly heavy, sticky mud. While language doesn’t typically bother me, the mood I was in at the time made it so I just couldn’t face the English. I got maybe 40 pages in before I was starting to force myself to read two pages a night. Eventually I just gave up on trying. I wanted to read “candy books”, which are books you could read in a day or two, but don’t really take much effort on the reader’s part to finish.
And that surprised me a little, because out of the film and BBC versions of Austen’s books, Emma is my favourite!! So why wouldn’t I want to read something that I already knew I would like?
With the start of the new year, I was filled with renewed determination. I would finish Emma!
I managed to fly through it this time. It’s something we talk about at work a fair amount, is that you definitely need to be in the mood for certain books. And if you’re not in the mood to read it, you’re best to put it down and try something else.
Emma turned out to be better than I had been expecting!
The problem with film versions is that so many of the nuances and character development need to be cut out to keep the films to a reasonable length. Reading Emma gives you much more development between Emma and Mr. Knightley that it surprised me. There are nuances in the story that simply get lost when it’s put on the screen, but that are definitely needed to help give the story that added kick in the bum!
I will say, though, that the latest BBC version does a fabulous job translating the book to the screen. Much better than the film version.
Emma gets three and a half stars, and only loses half a star because I couldn’t get into it the first time. But since there are no half stars here, it gets four!
**spoiler alert** Sometimes we all just need an escape, some time to ourselves to get away from everything and think about life, the universe and ever**spoiler alert** Sometimes we all just need an escape, some time to ourselves to get away from everything and think about life, the universe and everything. What starts as a birthday adventure for the author, turns into a trip of self-reflection for Lucy Knisley in French Milk.
French Milk is a travel journal based around Knisley’s trip with her mother to the City of Lights, Paris. There they spend six weeks exploring the city, visiting the tourist sights, enjoying the cuisine, and soaking up the culture. Oh, and of course, drinking a tonne of French milk!
While a lot of the book is a reflection of the relationship between mother and daughter, there was another theme that seemed to hit home for me. Taken away from the typical and routine of her home, Knisley manages to do a double-take on her life back at home. She starts to wonder where things are going for her; will she end up at her goals, or get derailed as a failure? I can relate to that because I feel as though I’m starting to doubt myself in similar ways, wondering if I’ve chosen the right path to follow. In just speaking with my friends I know that I’m not the only one who goes through those kinds of self doubts.
Throughout her time in Paris though, and when she finally returns to her home in Chicago, Knisley manages to put the pieces together. Ultimately she discovers that you can be happy with the changes of life, and the fact that sometimes our goals are tough to reach, as long as we’re happy with the person we’re becoming.
My only negative towards this was I was surprised how many photos were in the book. While it was nice to see some of the photos of her trip, I found it got to the point I felt like I was being fed some filler instead of pages that could have been devoted to the story.
This is definitely going into my graphic novel collection as one of my favourites!...more