The Seventh Well: A Novel was not what I expected. It crept into me like a vine creeping up a wall, quietly, slowly, reminding me it's not what I imagThe Seventh Well: A Novel was not what I expected. It crept into me like a vine creeping up a wall, quietly, slowly, reminding me it's not what I imagined it would be. This book haunts you, its characters reminding of what you are and questioning you. Are you all you say you are? What is your commitment to your fellow man? This could be you, it cries... This could have been you.
"What does the forest make you think of?" it asks. "Of trees, of peace, of a return to nature," you innocently respond. No, you are wrong. It is reminiscent of torture, pain, the elements. It is nothing peaceful. It signifies loss and man's own ego. What can a man learn but what he knows at the hour of his death?
The Seventh Well: A Novel is slow, simple yet complex book. It will stick with you, as it should....more
I picked this book up from a Barnes and Noble as my boyfriend and I wondered around. He went looking for Don't Shoot the Dog and I went looking for aI picked this book up from a Barnes and Noble as my boyfriend and I wondered around. He went looking for Don't Shoot the Dog and I went looking for a fiction book that was written in the last 50 years.
All That is Solid Melts into Air is a decent book, but definitely not what I expected. I imagined the book would be more about how their lives were changed due to the Chernobyl reactor failure. Such as their being evacuated, or battle with radiation sickness. Instead, McKeon focuses on their lives as though Chernobyl was one more thing to deal with, one more stress to cope with.
I suppose that's the beauty of this book. It may be set during Soviet Russia and Chernobyl did impact their lives, but I wonder if it really would have mattered? Chernobyl seemed so insignificant to the plot of all the characters but one.
(view spoiler)[I mean, for all except Grigory, Tanya, Artyom, Sofya, and their father there was nothing really necessary about Chernobyl happening. The story even focuses more on Alina, Maria, and Yevgeni. The trajectory of their lives would have been exactly the same had Chernobyl not happened. Unfortunately, the use of Chernobyl reminds me of the movie Remember Me with Robert Pattinson. The movie uses 9/11 as a selling point rather than a plot point. (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this book if you want something easy to pick up and put down. It doesn't take much effort to read, but it's not going to change your life, either. It's a book to read in an airport....more
It is not a hero novel. There are some amazing and poignant concepts that Bradbury covers, but I was left wanting... Something about Montag, about hisIt is not a hero novel. There are some amazing and poignant concepts that Bradbury covers, but I was left wanting... Something about Montag, about his struggle wasn't fulfilling. It was written in a way that built up so much and then left the reader with an anti-climax.
Sometimes I think the beauty of books is they are rarely what you expect them to be. You might have heard, you might have thought, but nothing prepareSometimes I think the beauty of books is they are rarely what you expect them to be. You might have heard, you might have thought, but nothing prepares you for opening the first page of a book, reading the first line, and forever entangling yourself with the characters lurking within the binding.
I read a couple of reviews about Mockingjay before I started this one. Many of the disappointments come with not wanting to hear about Katniss' miserable life and all the complaining she does. It's an accusation I've heard leveled at a couple of books in the Harry Potter series. I have attempted to dispel this belief, because I genuinely believe people miss the beauty of the struggle.
In the first two books of The Hunger Games, Katniss is put through large amounts of stress, both physical and mental. How could it not boil over into her left an empty husk? How could it not irrevocably damage her? To me, the beauty of Mockingjay was in how real the story actually was. Sure, Collins could have glazed over the anguish of Katniss and been free of blame. I'm sure everyone has had a friend that drones on and on about the same miserable topic just praying for it to end. But, as Collins had set out in the first two novels to not deprive the reader of any private thoughts in Katniss' head, why should she suddenly become reserved in the last book -- when it matters most?
I thought the book was well written, if not slightly slow in the beginning. It was the best in the series. It showed Katniss for what she truly is, a fumbling, misguided kid that was thrown into something she could have no way of comprehending.
Having seen the movie before reading the book, I still managed to find it suspenseful and meaningful. Suzanne Collins has a knack for weeding out whatHaving seen the movie before reading the book, I still managed to find it suspenseful and meaningful. Suzanne Collins has a knack for weeding out what is unimportant, and leaving in what's needed. Especially when it comes to the inner workings of Katniss' mind. It would be very easy to fall into the trap of over-description. Luckily, this book doesn't have that pitfall. It's delightfully short, to the point, and has a lasting impact. I would definitely suggest people read this. Young adults, to get an idea of how the world is [starving and pain don't just happen in the arena!] and adults, to remind everyone what's at stake if for one second we let down our guard. Also, because it's a rather light and fun read....more
I was skeptical about The Hunger Games. One, as an adult, I tend to only read teen fiction for my job as a tutor. Two, most books that get such a hugeI was skeptical about The Hunger Games. One, as an adult, I tend to only read teen fiction for my job as a tutor. Two, most books that get such a huge fan base overnight are lame attempts at books which lack substance or interest (ex. Twilight). After finishing a particularly boring book and watching the movie on Netflix, I decided to pick up the books as a distraction. I was pleasantly surprised. The Hunger Games is easy to read, without losing subtlety, and entertaining without becoming redundant. While the idea of humans pitted against one another in the arena is not new, Collins presents the story in a refreshing and yet familiar way. Her decision to write in first person brings the reader into the story, gets the reader to feel the torment of emotions Katniss feels, and the unbearable pressure of being in the spot light that I'm sure even the most dedicated extrovert can relate to. The idea of calculating emotions, thoughts, minute body movements, and knowing one is never far from the all seeing eye and the charade of performance was brought out in Katniss that makes her likable, strong, and someone to root for. I'm so happy to see more books being written about females that don't feel the need to gush about boys or land a mate. Women are strong and I am so happy young girls have better role models than Snow White and Cinderella. Or, even worse, Juliette....more
The book was overall good. It demonstrated the importance of frames, metaphors and language in modern political thought along with the need for "New EThe book was overall good. It demonstrated the importance of frames, metaphors and language in modern political thought along with the need for "New Enlightenment" thinking. The book was, however, repetitive. Lakoff presses the need for a new way of thinking and how it applies to a progressive America which, while important, makes parts of the book seem like a PSA for liberalism. When his ideas become more complex the repetitiveness of Lakoff's message makes it easier to understand so it all works out.
This book is definitely for anyone who wonders why conservatism in America has been growing despite the popularity of progressive ideals....more
Honestly, I preferred the Disney adaptation -- which had very little basis in the book of Mowgli. The stories were vaguely interesting, but I have a fHonestly, I preferred the Disney adaptation -- which had very little basis in the book of Mowgli. The stories were vaguely interesting, but I have a feeling they'd be much better suited as adaptations for children. ...more