This book answers the question can plants pick a perpetrator out of a police line up. Lot of typos. Not worth the 99 cents I spent on it. Someone pick...moreThis book answers the question can plants pick a perpetrator out of a police line up. Lot of typos. Not worth the 99 cents I spent on it. Someone picked it for our book club. Really a zero star book. Supposed to be a horror who done it. (less)
Reading this novel for the third time, I enjoyed it even more that my first two readings. Yet when I try to explain why I like this novel so much to f...moreReading this novel for the third time, I enjoyed it even more that my first two readings. Yet when I try to explain why I like this novel so much to friends, the novel sounds boring and mundane.
I think like everyone in the novel I am attracted to the character of Edward Ashburnham. I can forgive his faults.
You need to be an attentive reader because the narrator is not reliable and there are lots of time shifts in the narrative.
Basically, it is the story of two couples. Edward and Florence, not married to each other, who become involved with each other. Edward's wife is aware of the affair, but our narrator, Florence's spouse is not. Both Florence and Edward have been unfaithful to their respective spouses before.
Florence pretends to have a bad heart so she does not have to suffer her husband's physical affection. Edward also has a bad heart. He is in a loveless marriage where his wife wants to control and mold him into the perfect English landlord. Edward has his own ideas about what it is to be a good English landlord but his need for love causes him to act in ways that violate the moral code. Then there is Nancy, Masie Maiden, and etc.
How does this all unwind? Read this classic and find out!(less)
Ever since I saw Island of the Blue Dolphins as a child, I have thought that being stranded would be really scary. In the Martian, an astronaut become...moreEver since I saw Island of the Blue Dolphins as a child, I have thought that being stranded would be really scary. In the Martian, an astronaut becomes stranded on Mars following an terrible wind storm that leads to an accident. His surviving crewmates head back to Earth believing he is dead.
What makes this book so remarkable is the courage and resilience of astronaut Mark Watney. He is resourceful and inventive. In his quest to survive the harsh Martian atmosphere, he solves problem after problem.
As a reader, you immediately like Mark, and you hope he finds a way to stay alive, wonder how he will die, wait for the Martians to show up, and wonder if he will be rescued.
The Martian's message is keep trying to overcome your hurdles instead of losing hope and falling into despondency. (less)
Washington Square is not my favorite Henry James novel. It seems dry and dusty to me. While I was reading it, I kept having ideas about plot twists th...moreWashington Square is not my favorite Henry James novel. It seems dry and dusty to me. While I was reading it, I kept having ideas about plot twists that could make it more entertaining. But what the heck! I am not a celebrated author like James. I read this because my nephew is using it in his thesis, and I will be proof reading.
The plot is this doctor's daughter stands to inherit mucho dollars when her dad dies. Her mom is already dead, and she will inherit enough cash to live well just from her mom even without her dad's money.
The doctor believes that his daughter is plain looking and intellectually dull.
A handsome charming young man with no visible means of support except a widowed sister with 5 kids wants to marry the doctor's daughter.
The doctor smells fortune hunter and tells his daughter he will disinherit her if she marries the fortune hunter drama ensues. (less)
I chose A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra for my book club to read. I had read some good reviews of the book.
When I started the book...moreI chose A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra for my book club to read. I had read some good reviews of the book.
When I started the book, I didn't really know anything about the two wars that occurred in Chechnya. So I looked at the Wikapedia entry and got some information.
The novel met my expectations about life in Russia--poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Basically, it's the story of people struggling to survive not only deprivations of food and fuel shortages but also the being tortured and/or killed by the rival factions fighting over Chechnya.
Sonja is a heroic character. She is not a flawless heroine. She is a person so damaged by war that she closes herself off to all types of relationships. She is a gifted surgeon running what remains of the hospital in a small town. With very little support and a black market connection for vital supplies, she keeps providing medical assistance to those in need. Her sister Natasha is missing somewhere in all the chaos of war. Sonja feels responsible for her and hopes to find her.
Akhmed is a failed doctor who really wanted to be an artist. He lives outside the small town with his wife who is lost to her faded memories and physical decay. Akhmed is also heroic. He rescues his neighbor's 8 year old daughter from the forest after Russian soldiers have taken her father away. Her mother is already dead. Akhmed is also resourceful. He takes Havaa to Sonja's hospital and offers to work there if Havaa can stay. Soon he learns that Russian soldiers are searching for Havaa too. What can they want with an 8 year old?
A well-written novel that deserves its readers.(less)
You have to love Roberta! She is a survivor and a wonderful narrator. It is sad that some children really have shitty parents like Roberta. Her non-ca...moreYou have to love Roberta! She is a survivor and a wonderful narrator. It is sad that some children really have shitty parents like Roberta. Her non-caring self-centered mother makes me sick. Her father with his skewed selfish view of the world makes me sicker!
What makes Cruddy such a good read is Roberta's voice. Her need for love and acceptance just like all teenagers is overwhelming but her circumstances are so much worse than most kids.
The ending does not really fit for me. Without giving away too many spoilers, I don't understand why a smart, resourceful, girl who has been through so much would make that choice. (less)
"Hellfire" Thomas Covenant says this about 10,000 times. I was looking for another fantasy series to dive into like Game of Thrones. Lord Foul's Bane...more"Hellfire" Thomas Covenant says this about 10,000 times. I was looking for another fantasy series to dive into like Game of Thrones. Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson more like Fun with Dick and Jane than Game of Thrones.
Thomas Covenant is jerked from his 20th Century or 21 Century Life and maybe thrown into a different world with different values or is he in a coma? In his real life, he is a leper fearful of rotting away. In the new world, he resembles a hero of the people and is treated as such. He becomes involved in a quest to save their world.
While there is plot and action, there is absolutely no character development. As a reader you move with the Questers and different things thwart your quest. Success or not?
I would say read and find out, but I am not going to be reading the next one.
The poet in our book club selected this book for us to read. Banville's writing is beautiful and occasionally caused me to pick up my dictionary.
It w...moreThe poet in our book club selected this book for us to read. Banville's writing is beautiful and occasionally caused me to pick up my dictionary.
It was the subject matter that caused me to give it a two star rating. Readers spend their time inside the mind of a murderer. Not a calculating serial killer. who might be interesting, but a slob who is a disorganized failure in life. Frederick does not value things as most people do. His wife and son seem of very little importance to him. In fact, he never reports to readers that he misses them even though he spends most of the novel away.like he does a drink of gin.
Despite Banville's elegant writing, I found the book hard to pick up because the story line was so boring. Frederick is a man who needs money to pay a debt. The novel is his quest to find a way to get the money. Banville keeps readers in suspense for a good part of the novel as to the identity of Frederick's victim but that did not peak my interest much. His choice of victim reflects his skewed sense of values.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is very interesting both in terms of what her cells have allowed scientists to accomplish and race relations in t...moreThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is very interesting both in terms of what her cells have allowed scientists to accomplish and race relations in this country.
If you are interested in either of these topics, this book will not disappoint you. I also found very interesting the courage of Rebecca Skloot and her journey in writing this book. She put herself in some scary situations to gain the information and insight necessary to write this book. And we are better off for her effort.