This book was amazing! I have read all three of Gillian Flynn's books this year and each one is amazing. Flynn provides the right amount of darkness aThis book was amazing! I have read all three of Gillian Flynn's books this year and each one is amazing. Flynn provides the right amount of darkness and suspense to create an entertaining experience. The characters from each book are perfectly flawed. I can not wait to read more from Flynn. I am even very excited for the movie adaptations for Gone Girl and Dark Places.
Camille Preaker is a reporter from Chicago sent to her small hometown to report on a suspected serial murderer that targets children. She reconnects with a lot of familiar faces.
The story from there lies in the strength of Flynn's ability to create magnificent characters. We meet so many different individuals with diverse interests, motives, and back stories. The small town setting is definitely where Gillian Flynn seems to thrive.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. Then read all of Gillian Flynn's books....more
I hate to use the phrase "textbook" but that is exactly what I thought throughout this book. John Steinbeck starts every chapter with vivid details o I hate to use the phrase "textbook" but that is exactly what I thought throughout this book. John Steinbeck starts every chapter with vivid details of the setting. Then the characters arrive with simple yet very effective dialogue that provide life and meaning. The relationship between Lennie and George is heartwarming and is put to the test trying to "make it big."This is a very quick and easy read and I'd recommend it to anyone....more
This was the first time reading anything Ernest Hemingway. I'm always a little intimidated by reading the so called classics. I'll be honest and tellThis was the first time reading anything Ernest Hemingway. I'm always a little intimidated by reading the so called classics. I'll be honest and tell you the reason I wanted to read his writing is because of a show with Ozzy and Jack Osbourne. In the show they visited Ernest Hemingway's house in Cuba. It was a fascinating house and there were a ton of quirky things that were done as you can imagine with any classic author. Recently the movie Logan referenced the book in the opening scenes. This was when I finally decided to purchase this book and give it a shot.
The Old Man and the Sea starts out with introducing us to Santiago and Manolin. Santiago is an old fisherman that has gone a good while without catching a big fish. That is a big problem when your life is based on fishing. Manolin is a young boy who learned how to fish from Santiago. Santiago took him fishing when Manolin was only five. Manolin's family told him not to fish with Santiago because he wasn't catching any fish. Manolin obeyed his family but still cared for Santiago. This friendship really shows at the beginning of the book. It almost seems like a father/ son relationship. So one day Santiago goes far out in the sea by himself and catches a huge marlin. He can't even handle this marlin. He often wishes Manolin was out there with him. The book then follows Santiago's physical and mental struggle with the Marlin, life, growing old, and even the New York Yankees.
The writing in this book is amazing. I was immediately hooked. Get it? Nevermind. I was intrigued by the honest friendship between Santiago and Manolin. They both respected and looked out for each other. It got even better with the internal dialogue of Santiago. Even though his life of being a poor fisherman seems simple, the mind and will of Santiago really shines through this book. I thought it was an amazing story.
This book was right up my alley. I really enjoy books that focus on the internal struggle. It almost seems like a coming of age novel of a person is already...came of age? I don't know. I felt like it was very similar to Catcher in the Rye and Life of Pi. The Old Man and the Sea makes you think intrinsically about life, growing old, and will power among other things. I also really love the setting of the sea. I'm not sure what it is but I absolutely love it. Whether in songs, books, or movies I just think this is like the best setting. ...more
So I was given this book from a coworker. She told me it was pretty cheesy but she liked some of the view points from the book. I really try to read bSo I was given this book from a coworker. She told me it was pretty cheesy but she liked some of the view points from the book. I really try to read books my friends recommend especially if they hand them to me while recommending.
Jon Gordon provides some basic ideas to help with a positive attitude towards life. It mainly focuses on work but also touches on relationships. I'm cool with that and thought some of the ideas were good even if they weren't necessarily new or groundbreaking ideas. This book is also faith based which I have no problem with at all. My biggest problem with this book was literally and figuratively the vehicle it used.
So this book focuses on a main character that is down on his luck. His marriage sucks, his work life sucks, and his car breaks down. He ends up having to take a bus. On this bus, he meets the driver Joy who passes on her 10 rules of the energy bus. I am actually kind of all right with this too. I know there are some great and passionate people out there but then the bus ends up almost being like a self help seminar. The other passengers are also in on it.
This book has some interesting stuff in it. It just gets delivered in bit of cheesy way. I think there are a lot of great options out there for business self help and while this book isn't bad, I just wouldn't say it is a must read....more
I would say that my sense of humor is pretty different . Whenever I hear that books are hilarious I worry but still want to give them a shot. I'm not
I would say that my sense of humor is pretty different . Whenever I hear that books are hilarious I worry but still want to give them a shot. I'm not trying to say I have a taste for high class humor but probably just the opposite. I liked the movie Freddy got fingered and probably enjoyed the scary movie series more than I would like to admit.
But now that you know about me let me introduce apathy and other small victories. It is about Shane and his apathy. He gets accused of murder even though right off the bat he knows he isn't guilty. So what follows is a cynical, alcoholic, smart ass, and odd detective trying to piece together a murder case.
The plot is a little weird but the commentary is pretty funny. Not in a laugh out loud funny but more like a Louis CK funny (sad, cynical, but brutally honest.) It was a fun and quick read that I enjoyed and wouldn't mind looking into Paul Neilan's future writing....more
I really don't know how I ended up reading this book. I wish it was some awesome story but it kind of started as a joke as one of the only books one oI really don't know how I ended up reading this book. I wish it was some awesome story but it kind of started as a joke as one of the only books one of my friends has ever read. He ended up letting me borrow it and I put off reading it for as long as I could. I expected it to be some type of R.L. Stine novel by the cover and the title. I really had no idea what to expect from this book.
The introduction by Hunter S. Thompson really gets the book started in the right direction. Thompson seems to glorify Acosta almost like a legend. Usually I don't read too much into praise for an author or book but compliments from Thompson speaks volumes when compared to the type of work that Thompson himself has accomplished.
The Revolt of the Cockroach People starts right in the middle of a demonstration. Acosta vividly describes the scene in his own very unique voice. It seems like a lot going on right at the beginning but Acosta slows down the tempo in the next chapters allowing the reader to catch up on his life and how he became a crucial part in the Chicano movement.
Strangely, I felt connected to Acosta. Maybe it was how he felt like he wasn't always in touch with his Mexican culture. Or maybe I saw him almost how I look at my Dad. Regardless, Acosta is definitely not a perfect person. He is degrading towards women, homosexuals, and even towards other races. But as a time period piece it kind of works and makes sense. I do not agree with his outlook but I find it completely interesting to see his mindset in that time and place.
The end of the book is heavy on court cases. It is not the most exciting thing but it gives a nice feel to the book.
I appreciated the opportunity to read this book. This is not the type of book I typically read but it shed a lot of light on my culture. It definitely aligns with the stories I have been told by my Dad growing up. The entire time I felt like this book was much like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but with more direction and a Chicano voice. ...more