The saddest thing about this book is that it ended. I started out planning to 'savor' it and read it a little at a time. However, that did not happen.The saddest thing about this book is that it ended. I started out planning to 'savor' it and read it a little at a time. However, that did not happen. Once the action started, I just could not put it down. The characters drew me in and kept me interested. The story line was well done, showing that the author put much thought into development as well as obvious research on the project overall.
The hope is, there will be a sequel! The story starts off slowly (but don't confuse that with boredom!) as we get to know the characters involved. It did not take long to get drawn into the lives of those living in the mining town, the hardships they faced everyday, and the courage it took to get through. I loved the 'old stories' that were shared, how they wove themselves throughout the story and became lessons of growth. An amazing story about wishes and dreams. OH, and a magic fish. ;-) Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy good and well-written young adult fiction, with a bit of well placed history that does not overwhelm.
Loved the story-line and the characters. The only thing that made it less than a five star rating was the editing. I highly recommend this book to anyLoved the story-line and the characters. The only thing that made it less than a five star rating was the editing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and characters who come alive. The whole series is great!...more
This book was one that I signed up to receive in the 'giveaways' area. It looked interesting, I like fantasy and horses. How could I lose, even thoughThis book was one that I signed up to receive in the 'giveaways' area. It looked interesting, I like fantasy and horses. How could I lose, even though I knew it would be an advanced readers copy and unedited for the most part. I was a bit late getting back in here to list that I had received it. Got it about a week ago--just when a writing challenge had started (National Novel Writing Month). So I got it the first day of NaNo and decided to relax and read a chapter or two after a long day. BIG mistake! I started it about 11 in the evening. Could not put it down. Well, I suppose I could have, but once I got involved I was hooked! The writing was very good, found few errors throughout (there was a part toward the end where a name got mixed up, but easily enough figured out).
The overall premise of the book is conflict, especially between two contending worlds that exist along the roads between the worlds. The conflict between these two realms is spilling over into and causing great havoc for the other worlds. Even to the point of complete destruction if it continues. Enter the young protagonist, who feels compelled to escape a fate she considers horrendous--a marriage to the enemy in order to bring about peace between these two worlds. Horror of horrors, she must spend time with this person in the one place she truly wants to be--earth, Arizona, learning to ride the most precious of steeds. Rather than give in to this arraignment, she chooses to run away from the only home she has ever known and loved. And, as things so often do, it all falls apart. She must face herself and her greatest challenge, but can she? Does she have what it takes to sacrifice everything for the one thing that is most needed?
I thoroughly enjoyed the twisting plot and the adventure, not to mention the determination of the rivals as they face themselves and each other across the antagonism of centuries. Well done! And thank you!
((In compliance with FTC guidelines: I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Posted in accordance with FTC guidelines.) ...more
I'm glad I decided to read this book! While the journey in question is short in terms of physical distance, the change that takes place is a whole worI'm glad I decided to read this book! While the journey in question is short in terms of physical distance, the change that takes place is a whole world away. Besides dealing with the heady aromas of food: being prepared, cooked, tasted and savored, it is also about rejection and intolerance. As well as acceptance, patience, love, practical matters as well as stretching to reach a dream. Highly readable, but not on an empty stomach! A coming of age story that crosses cultures and spans more than one lifetime....more
A real page-turner. The characters were intriguing, though I had a bit of trouble with some of the things they did or that happened as a result of theA real page-turner. The characters were intriguing, though I had a bit of trouble with some of the things they did or that happened as a result of their actions. That said, it was a good read, fast paced, and fun!...more
First I'll deal with the technical aspects of the book: the font was difficult to read and tiring--use of a sans serif font in a printed book does thaFirst I'll deal with the technical aspects of the book: the font was difficult to read and tiring--use of a sans serif font in a printed book does that. There were many grammatical errors, as well as some word-usage errors. Possibly not well edited? Besides the technical irritants, the story was not impressive. The impression was more that she was overly concerned with her own image issues--weight, infatuation with another woman, social status--to take the time to be concerned with how her new-found "realization" might impact others, especially her husband of 35 years, and her son. I don't see her choice as a liberation so much as a disregard of all those years and what they meant to others. It came across as a very selfish act rather than a liberation from the constraints of a heterosexual lifestyle. I understand that the author has done a lot of work with various organizations, but have to ask myself is this a person I would trust in the long run? Doubtful. I "get" that some folks may not discover their "sexual orientation" until later in life. That is not my issue. It's a matter of trustworthiness and honoring one's contracts--especially one as important as marriage. My sympathies to her husband. ...more
It would be difficult to tell too much about this story without giving too much away... That said, I enjoyed reading it, though it was a bit troublingIt would be difficult to tell too much about this story without giving too much away... That said, I enjoyed reading it, though it was a bit troubling at times. Well written and exploring questions about rights--who has them and who doesn't. Human and animal interactions. I'm not sure I agree that the main character would actually have made the decisions she made, even based on her experiences in youth. Leaves a lot of questions for which we still have not found answers. Or for which there are as many answers as there are beings? ...more
Update: I did not realize I would be receiving an "uncorrected proof" of this book. That said, it was cleaner by far than many of the final copies I'vUpdate: I did not realize I would be receiving an "uncorrected proof" of this book. That said, it was cleaner by far than many of the final copies I've purchased lately! I encountered three or four errors in spelling or a missing word or two. Not a lot to deal with. Impressive these days!
On to the book: I was originally attracted to the book because of the title. However, after reading it I don't feel the title fits very well. The title, to me, implied a light-hearted YA science fiction romp. Without giving away any plot details, I don't think what happened in the story qualifies as light-hearted in the least. Another problem I had was that the characters, based on what transpired in the story, seemed rather emotionally flat, given their circumstances. I would like to have known more about them, their feelings about the changes and their losses. It was a bit too glossed over.
As for the story itself, the ending was a bit sudden and unfinished for me. I would gladly have kept reading for several hundred more pages, actually. I say that because it was only about a chapter in that I read the fine print on the back cover and realized it was 'uncorrected'. Therefore, I surmise that the book itself may not be truly finished?--the characters fleshed out?, the ending expanded?, that sort of thing. I was intrigued by the story concept, the characters, the aliens--all of it--and would like it much more in an expanded version. Please, Mr. Yansky, give us more! And thank you!
(In compliance with FTC guidelines: I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Posted in accordance with FTC guidelines.)
YAY! I feel really excited about this book. Haven't started reading it yet, as I have not received my "first-reads" copy--that I won! But I am looking forward to getting it. The title is intriguing and I love good sci-fi stories and this one looks promising. I'll let you all know how it turns out....more
This book was impressive from the first page--could not put it down. I have it on good authority (Thanks, Tara!) that the final two in the series areThis book was impressive from the first page--could not put it down. I have it on good authority (Thanks, Tara!) that the final two in the series are equally as good. Since this is the first book in a trilogy, I can't say yet whether or not I am satisfied with the ending. This initial read was, however, a wild ride. I found myself involved and caring for the characters--even those who seemed to be bullies and creeps. At least, those who participated in The Hunger Games. I am not wild about those who set up and control the Games, however. Nor, do I think, am I supposed to be.
The Hunger Games, themselves, are a controlling mechanism for a futuristic society in which there are twelve regions ruled and controlled by the rulers of this futuristic America. Each zone is responsible for one thing; coal mining, growing food, etc. They are also responsible for offering up two children--a boy and a girl--from each zones who will participate in The Hunger Games, thereby winning a sort of fame and glory for their zone of origin--and as a reminder of what went before... To say it is brutal would be understating the reality of not only the Games, but the lives of those inhabiting the zones. It is not a reality I would wish on any country, yet it is a reality that exists already, in various ways, all around the globe. It was a riveting and chilling read. ...more
I was intrigued by the premise of the book, but not by the writing. It was jarring to be whipped back and forth between the first person perspective oI was intrigued by the premise of the book, but not by the writing. It was jarring to be whipped back and forth between the first person perspective of a main character with high-functioning autism, and a third person perspective that seemed wasteful--since the author also covered this third person information from the first person's perspective. Confused yet? So was I. I have yet to read a book that can carry off the perspective jumps that authors have contrived to use these days. There is a vast difference between writing an excellent (IMO) book, such as The Help or Poisonwood Bible from the perspective of various characters in the novel, and attempting to write a good novel by using various perspectives within the same work. It, for me, becomes annoying, disjointed and frustrating. I want to be "in" the action of the book without being yanked about with information I've already received elsewhere.
That said, the book was somewhat about seeing the world from the perspective of a person with autism--albeit, a higher functioning person. This person lives in a not-too-distant future where autistics are pretty much "fixed" before they are born. The person telling (parts) of the story did not receive that "fix" but did receive training to become higher functioning. Ultimately, it becomes about a "cure" for those few (in this future) who still have autism and the problems associated with it. I found the corporate lies and contrivances believable to a point. The ending, however, I found disappointing and rather abrupt. As if the author finally grew weary with the telling of the story and just slammed an ending into the mix. Overall, it was not, to me, a satisfying read. Much better have been the books written about autism from the perspective of persons who are, in fact, autistic. While there may be a bit of a jumpy ride in places, it is due to the reality of how their various brains are wired and how they've reached out into the world at large....more
Enjoyed the book, but there were too many typos and grammatical errors throughout. It could have used a better editing, but what he had to say was worEnjoyed the book, but there were too many typos and grammatical errors throughout. It could have used a better editing, but what he had to say was worth reading nonetheless....more
An easy book to read as far as style. As far as content, it was not easy. A lot of pain and unhappiness ensues when people are unwilling to accept othAn easy book to read as far as style. As far as content, it was not easy. A lot of pain and unhappiness ensues when people are unwilling to accept others for who they are, what they believe, how they live. A good book to read for the values it teaches. ...more
Enjoyed this book, the third in The Walker Papers series. More character development, more history uncovered. She has a good writing style, strong firEnjoyed this book, the third in The Walker Papers series. More character development, more history uncovered. She has a good writing style, strong first person POV with NO switches to third person, as has been the case with several books lately. Joanne Walker is a real person, with real issues--not the least of which is having to tackle other-worldly evils as she travels between realms of the spirit. And she can't always tell who the bad guys are, even though she is a cop. It ain't easy being an Urban Shaman!(her first book in the series) Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series....more