Humorously written with some clever asides. The concept of answering those "probing" questions every Doctor is asked is quite fun. Probably the most eHumorously written with some clever asides. The concept of answering those "probing" questions every Doctor is asked is quite fun. Probably the most entertaining are the questiosn when the Dr. Billy doesn't know the answer and has to go researching for something suitable.
This book appears to be half written for the desire of answers and half written for the giggly kid in all of us. If you ever had the burning desire to know if "eating poo will kill you", "What are eye boogers?" or just interested in odd ball wives tails this book does a yeoman's job in answering those questions. If the yeoman was a fraternaty brother just coming off of a really great bender. ...more
I was originally drawn to this book because of the upcoming movie being released on June 22, 2012. I wanted to read the book before the movie just toI was originally drawn to this book because of the upcoming movie being released on June 22, 2012. I wanted to read the book before the movie just to see how the whole thing stuck together. It was an enjoyable, simple read that flowed through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln well.
The author goes to great lengths to show the reader how Lincoln was driven by his desire to rid the nation of the undead. As major and minor events in his life seemed to bode well with the interspersing of Vampires it was troubling at times to find parts of the book wanting more details about who this man was and what was occuring through his mind. Because of the need to get to the next "Major milestone" parts of a neat story were cut short so we could jump to the next historical milestone. It would have been great to see this book a little longer or possibly made into two books "The Early Years" and "The Later Years".
The only real complaint is the non-resolution of the introduction where the author outlines how he recieved the diaries. I was hoping for a revist to the author when the story was completed, but alas the story ends with the telling of Abe's death and the events surrounding them after. A pretty descent read and deserves 3.5 stars! If only GoodReads allowed me to do such a thing....more
After watching the BBC Sherlock Series 2 I wanted to read the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries to see how they compared. I was quite astonished at tAfter watching the BBC Sherlock Series 2 I wanted to read the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries to see how they compared. I was quite astonished at the similarities and differences. The story is quite compelling and the way it unfolds is a great tribute to the writing style of Sir Conan Doyle. While the reader ultimately knows who murders the victims after the first section, it is the storytelling during the second section that shines insight into the why. It also makes the title "A Study in Scarlet" more appealing as you realize it isn't just the blood as it is the human condition which is being studied.
This is a great read for anyone interested in starting their Sherlock Holmes study, or for those who have been acquainted for a while and want to revisit the starting point again....more
This book is a great view into the mental reasons of why we have a difficult time changing our habits. It starts with understanding the troubles of ouThis book is a great view into the mental reasons of why we have a difficult time changing our habits. It starts with understanding the troubles of our psychological world (i.e. anxiety, phobias, depression, etc.), then discusses a number of key areas people struggle (i.e. diet, alcoholism) and finally draws a conclusion of expectations we can assume during our seasons of expansion and contraction. The studies are a little shocking in their findings, but Dr. Seligman does a wonderful job of presenting facts without conjecture. He shares his opinions with the reader without making the reader feel they were just pushed into his philosophy. Even written over 20 years ago, the arguments still hold water ... and even though new findings have been discovered this book is a great foundation to understanding powerful change in anyone. ...more
As a fan of Jasper Fforde I was excited to read an excursion from the literary worlds he has created in his "Friday Next" series and "Nursery Crime" mAs a fan of Jasper Fforde I was excited to read an excursion from the literary worlds he has created in his "Friday Next" series and "Nursery Crime" mysteries. I will admit this book took a little while to get hooked into the world of Munsell.
Taking apart the world of color and adding class structure and heirarchy was a little challenging. One can only imagine the notes Fforde had to keep to create his new world in check. There are times when the class structure seems difficult to follow and manage, but as the story unfolds key elements are unvieled that allow the reader to understand the structure.
Once the world of becomes understood the story starts to become really enjoyable. With mystery, conspiracy and backstabbing happening all around the tale Shades of Grey is a great entrance into a larger story line magically told by Jasper Fforde. And with two sequals on their way the reader is sure to be excited about what the next installments bring to understand the dystopia/utopia that Munsell has created.
If you are fan of Jasper Fforde and expect the same creativity and storytelling as in his other books you will be dissapointed in this book. But if you are a fan of Fforde's writting style, commentary and wit then you will greatly appreciate this new story from a wildly creative author!...more
I wish I could give this book a 3.5 star rating. The story was nice and detailed and gave some interesting arguments about the origins of religious orI wish I could give this book a 3.5 star rating. The story was nice and detailed and gave some interesting arguments about the origins of religious organizations. However, some of the writing seemed long and full of abundance that didn't need to be there. The book was 525 pages and felt that it could have lost around 100 pages and still be a good read.
My other problem was the total deconstruction of faith without the equal strength argument for faith. Even though there were circumstances and events that bring the "faith" argument to light, the majority of the book is built upon the "scientific" argument and diatribe against the lunacy of "spiritual" belief. While the story is enhanced by the "mad" manner of belief taken too far ... the book slams one belief repeatedly over the head of the reader.
Overall the story is a decent story. And even though it was a hefty page reader for a summer day it went by pretty fast....more
I really enjoy reading Jasper Fforde novels. His wit and humor are right up there with other British contemporaries like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchit aI really enjoy reading Jasper Fforde novels. His wit and humor are right up there with other British contemporaries like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchit and Douglas Adams. And his sense of weaving stories within stories is captivating and clever. Somehow his topsy-turvy world of modern Europe is more believable than most people's current lives.
I wish I could have given this book a 4.5 stars instead of a full five. If only for the reason it would be nice to keep Fforde striving for more ambitious material. I'm interested in continuing the Thursday Next series to see what other adventures he will create....more
Ok, so maybe this book isn't a "thriller" novel, but for a pre-teen elementary book it had a good "suspence" built into the narrative. I bought this bOk, so maybe this book isn't a "thriller" novel, but for a pre-teen elementary book it had a good "suspence" built into the narrative. I bought this book from the local Sam's Club because it had a picture of "Oragami Yoda" on the cover. I sat down and read it from cover to cover in a little over an hour. It was surprisingly good.
The main story takes place from multiple perspectives all in an attempt to determine if "Oragami Yoda" is real. The final chapter brings a nice closure to the book leaving the reader to judge for themselves if "Oragami Yoda" has the Oragami Force. (Personally I'm a believer!)
The best part of books like these are moments when I read and think ... "Hehe, That's clever!" And there were a couple of moments in this book that made me do that. I thought it was so good that I lent it to my nephew in hopes that he can determine for himself if "Oragami Yoda" is real. Hopefully ... he will believe as well....more
Victor Wooten takes you on a simple journey of discovery and understanding of music and how it infuses itself in everyday life. This eye opening journVictor Wooten takes you on a simple journey of discovery and understanding of music and how it infuses itself in everyday life. This eye opening journey applies to musicians as well as everyday individuals looking to enhance their lives by seeing the world for something bigger than it is. This book is infused with personal insight from on of the greatest bass players and musicians of our age. A must read for any musician looking to expand their understanding....more