I love books like this. Crammed full of questions and answers about all manner of things, from the logical to the bizarre. I'm one of those inquisitivI love books like this. Crammed full of questions and answers about all manner of things, from the logical to the bizarre. I'm one of those inquisitive people who often ponders weird questions, not mentioning these wonderings to other people for fear they'll think I'm a crazy woman. This book reminds me that there are other crazy people out there, thinking random thoughts about everyday things. Interesting and comical, this book was a fun read....more
Wow, this was a long book. It took me 3 weeks to read. It's one that I've had on my to read list for a long time, but had always been daunted by its sWow, this was a long book. It took me 3 weeks to read. It's one that I've had on my to read list for a long time, but had always been daunted by its size. I lost count of the number of times I'd picked it up in the book store but had put it down because I just wasn't sure that I was ready for a book that's almost 1000 pages long! Anyway, I was put out of my misery when I got it as my gift in our group's Secret Santa and so I finally got over my size-related anxiety and picked it up!
I've been fascinated by Ancient Egypt since we covered the topic at school when I was 8 or 9. I've some non-fiction books over the years and, as I said, this has been on my TBR list for a while. As soon as I started reading I was transported into the surroundings, sights and sounds of Ancient Egypt and the description was so vivid and detailed that I really felt like I was immersed in Egyptian life. Well, the life of the Royals anyway. Sometimes though, there was a little too much description and I wondered why the editor hadn't asked the author to trim it down a little.
Despite having to depict a whole lifetime in 957 pages, the plot was quite slow to develop. This gave more time for character development and as such the characters were very well built - obviously Cleopatra had to be, but the supporting characters were well explored too. I felt, though, that this meant that there were slow parts to the plot and, coupled with the overuse of description, this resulted in me skim-reading in places.
Looking past these flaws though, this was an entertaining read. I'm not sure how true-to-life the plot was as I only knew the basics about Cleopatra before reading this book, but there was definitely enough intrigue, mystery, death, love, lust and loathing in there to make me keep reading. ...more
**spoiler alert** I loved this book! As an animal lover (especially dogs), it touched me in so many ways. Having grown up around dogs (albeit Collies**spoiler alert** I loved this book! As an animal lover (especially dogs), it touched me in so many ways. Having grown up around dogs (albeit Collies rather than Labradors), I could empathise with the family and all their emotions. Some of the things Marley did throughout the book reminded me of the dogs in our family (past and present) and I was laughing out loud for most of the time that I was reading.
Of course, the ending was inevitable - dogs don't live forever, however this didn't stop me crying buckets as I turned the pages of the last few chapters. It was so reminiscent of what we went through with Lucky, my grandparents' dog. It was heartbreaking to make the decision to put him down, but it was the only thing to do. I felt a complete connection with Grogan throughout the whole book, but especially towards the end and could see immediately how much emotion he put into his writing.
This is a wonderful book and paints an accurate picture of life with a dog - the good and bad. If this doesn't touch the heart of every dog owner then they don't deserve to have pets! I defy anyone to read this book and not enjoy it....more
Usually I'll try to read the book before watching the film, as I've found that I don't enjoy the book as much because I can't use my imagination in thUsually I'll try to read the book before watching the film, as I've found that I don't enjoy the book as much because I can't use my imagination in the same way. I saw the trailer for this, and had to watch it at the cinema, then read the book afterwards. I didn't enjoy the book as much as the film (I thought the film was great!)- not because of the reason above, just because I think it works better as a film. I found the book quite boring and slow in places and I couldn't really connect with the characters. I especially found it difficult to like the main character. Wouldn't recommend....more