As the first book I read post-baby, this had a marvelous way of calming my fears about starting our dragon on solids and keeping me laughing in the scAs the first book I read post-baby, this had a marvelous way of calming my fears about starting our dragon on solids and keeping me laughing in the scattered few moments I could cobble together to read it. In particular, the first few chapters made me laugh at my own hyperactive worries about raising a healthy water and it had great overarching ideas about good foods to try, but unfortunately I'm a bit of a culinary "all-thumbs" so most of the later recipes, while delectably described, just intimidate and overwhelm me. I did like the "little helpers" ideas a lot too but would have liked more dishes that could involve kids more.
Grateful though for the inspiration to be inventive, to encourage my darling dragon to help out (yet not necessarily expect his participation) and for the much needed guffaws before my sleep deprived brain drifted off. Recommend more as a lighthearted and fun read of parental adventure than as "how to" raise an adventurous eater, but it still is encouraging to know we're not alone in our failed attempts at times....more
So. Much. Fun! Loved Katsa and wish I could have read a character like her my own youth - strong, head-strong, independent, but also compassionate.
NoSo. Much. Fun! Loved Katsa and wish I could have read a character like her my own youth - strong, head-strong, independent, but also compassionate.
Not as big of a fan of the "romance" just because why does there ALWAYS have to be romance? but do think Po is a lovely complement character.
My only complaint is that I wish the book was longer so I could get to know the characters even more. I also read and enjoyed the rest of the series but still was left wanting more Katsa and Po as I feel this world and relationship still had a lot more potential for future stories....more
An interesting enough history of some of the tools we use all the time, but a little TOO specialist for me to appreciate fully I think. Still, a few nAn interesting enough history of some of the tools we use all the time, but a little TOO specialist for me to appreciate fully I think. Still, a few neat insights into how they came about.
"Is not invention the poetry of science?" asked E.M. Bataille, a French pioneer of the steam engine. "All great discoveries carry with them the indelible mark of poetic thought. It is necessary to be a poet to create."...more
Pleasantly surprised by the depth, prose, and humanity in such a slim volume and will definitely read more of Ian McEwan.
Quotes to hold onto:
(p. 71) "Pleasantly surprised by the depth, prose, and humanity in such a slim volume and will definitely read more of Ian McEwan.
Quotes to hold onto:
(p. 71) "We know so little about each other. We lie mostly submerged, like ice floes, with our visible social selves projecting only cool and white. Here was a rare sight below the waves, of a man's privacy and turmoil, of his dignity upended by the overpowering necessity of pure fantasy, pure thought, by the irreducible human element - mind."
(p.78) "He would be large again, and unafraid. There was no threat here, only elemental indifference. There were dangers of course, but only the usual ones, and mild enough; injury from a fall, getting lost, a violent change of weather, night. Managing these would restore him to a sense of control. Soon human meaning would be bleached from the rocks, the landscape would assume its beauty and draw him in; the unimaginable age of the mountains and the fine mesh of living things that lay across them would remind him that he was part of this order and insignificant within it, and he would be set free."
(p. 148) "In a language as idiomatically stress as English, opportunities for misreadings are bound to arise. By a mere backward movement of stress, a verb can become a noun, an act a thing. To refuse - to insist on saying no to what you believe is wrong - becomes at a stroke, refuse - an insurmountable pile of garbage."...more
With a tone that was inconsistent, arguments that lacked convincing depths, and clear ideological positions that stood in contrast to the premise of
With a tone that was inconsistent, arguments that lacked convincing depths, and clear ideological positions that stood in contrast to the premise of the book (that we should all think more, more clearly, and more objectively), I found this book frustrating to read. While there were moments or points that had real merit, they were often lost in the indistinct inbetween, where simplistic put-downs of "radical" environmentalists and feminists, as well as comments re multiculturalism that seem to ascribe it as some evil ploy to reduce society to cultural relativism alone, left me asking for some CONCRETE criticism or FRESH take on theses "issues". Finally, for a book written in 2006 to treat climate change as an example of 'emotional' subjectivity was perplexing and troubling. It ultimately leaves me no choice but to question the author's understanding of science, evidence, and critical reasoning as a whole, and further undermining the persuasiveness of the book.
While interested in the debate I think should arise about snap thinking and reasoned critical thought, I did not find this book added anything to the conversation. 'Blink' was an infinitely more creative, intriguing, and ultimately more rewarding read....more