For a children 's geared novel it was so bittersweet and easy to read.
Very disappointed as I 've seen her write better and with more substance.
We learn not only about Lucy 's past but her present- her marriage and her parent but about the capacity for love when it seems an improbable thing.
What I found to be extraordinary about Lucy is that in spite of the past, she knows and has pretty much always known who and what she is.
In other ways the story is about her writing, but it is also about leaving when you need to, about coming to ter with who you are -the sum total of your past and present.
**Description**.Book one of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy, The Code of Manavas, is set some two million years past ad 2050, when earth as we know it ceased to exist and so did mankind.
Would have enjoyed a bit more struggle and elaborated war sequences..Part 1 of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy ended with suspense, a great scarifies from Krishna, rather a heartbreaking incident.
That 's the sor of over the top stuff that I was quite happy had been left out of this series.These books are not exactly literary marvels and the hing that I liked about them was that they were somewhat restrained as far as supernatural " special effects " where concerned.
( view spoiler) [ After all, we were shown by Dostoevsky varying degrees of foreshadowings of every event that eventually became turning points in the plot- starting with the othe leading comments of the narrator including the one in the pening aragraph, Zosima 's prediction of suffering for and apology to Dimitri and Smerdyakov 's not so subtle clues to Ivan among many others.
The job of the country, the society, of the hole human race is to judge, to determine the ate of individuals based on the tories that they construct, literally out of thin air, out of the small piec of a life that they can only ever observe.
Protagonist of a woma is the greatest yth, propagated best by novelists, as no story can proceed without a ‘ constant ’ man who behave with some level of predictability or with predictable unpredictability, but real life is the consequence of adding a minimum of three more ‘ unpredictable ’ as adjectives to that earlier description, to come close to describing even the simplest and most boring idiot alive.
I construct, therefore I am.These are the romances that Dostoevsky wields his best work against and the trial is a trial of reason, of reality pitted against the overwhelming circumstantial evidence in favor of romance, of the yth of character, of desire, of ause and effect, of there being anything predictable when such a wild variable as a human mind is part of the equation, how can such an equation be anything but ‘ indeterminate ’ ( to borrow Dostoevsky ’ s own expression)? That was the grand trial, the inquisition of reason.But how can the defense stand up in favor of reality without explaining to the jury ( to humanity) why they see things not as they are, that they have made up a story that is perfect but is never real as no story can ever be- as no cause can really cause a definite effect when human beings are involved?
There is the irresolvable conflict of the trial, of the storie, of the book, of life.You can not discredit the myth of the story without the ai of a story as the jury that judges can not understand, can not comprehend any reality outside of a tal, human beings can not think outside their romances.
Christ or Humanity, Satan or Church, Dimitri or Russia? 3) On Collateral Damage- inflicted by the main story on side stories, on how the small side stories are over shadowed, no murdered by the main one and without any risk of conviction.4) On the Institution of Religion- On morality and the uestion of the possibility of religion; On the basis for faith; On the consequences of faith/lack of faith to the story one tells about oneself; On how Philip Pullman took the easy way out by expanding Dostoevsky ’ s storie for his widely acclaimed novel; On the enormous burden of free will; On the dependence of en on the security of miracles that is the source of all hell and of all action.5) On the Characters- On how Dostoevsky took the cream of his best-conceived characters from the universe of his creation, from across all his best works to populate his magnum opus, his story about stories, to trace out their path with the ultimate illusion of realism, with the ultimate ambition and to show/realize how it should always, always fall apart; On how he reflected the whole universe in a small lake and created a novel about all novels, disproving and affirming them simultaneously, murdering its own parents in its own fulfillment; On how they might have their Hamlets, but we have our Karamazov's.6) On Hope& Redemption- On how ultimately Zosima 's world view trumps the cynical aspects that dominated the book; On how Zosima predicted it all at the very eginning and apologized to Dimitri on behalf of all mankind- ‘ taking everyone ’ s sin upon himself ”, thus creating an inverted reflection of the christ figure, its image playing on both Dimitri and on Zosima for that split second and then passing on to Alyosha until finally projected back to Dimitri, in the ultimate paradox, where he becomes at last a christ figure and a buddha figure, exemplifying self-knowledge and enlightenment through true suffering; On how even the Karamazov name can be inspirationa and be cause for cheers even though it represents the worst ( best?) of humanity; On The Sermon at the Stone.7) On Nihilism- On the seriousness of life and trying to explain it.
The emperor foolishly tells Smithers about his plans, flaunting confidence that he is brav and nothing will get him.
Smithers tells the emperor that his little empire is devising a coup that, hopefully, shall end with nothing but his demise.
The Unwind series is my heart and soul, so you can only imagine how delighted I was about this collection of novellas.
In typical Shusterman fashion we opened with a bang, and also something I did n't know I desperately needed until now.
Parker is just ... ew, but one of the most layered antagonists I 've ever read and this was perfect, guys, perfect.
UnStrung: I 'd read this before but it hurt way more now.
It 's ilarious and speculates about Connor and Risa and Lev, who have n't had their perfect ending -- and that 's okay, because Unwind endings are n't supposed to be perfect.
I love that we got this instead of a Connor and Risa story specifically, so I have some after-Undivided information without spoiling the beauty that was that ending.UnTithed: Ohhhh Miracolina.
A tory of a life ending too soon, Nahid, once had hopes for the future.
Fleeing their country, they become refugees settling in Sweden.The scars we carry with us, the pain that never dissolves, the boredom of never belonging, all part of Nahids life.
Till now, madness has been thought a small island in an ocean of sanity.
A single book can not convey the level of tension and character development that can be put into a well written series.
Rather our viewpoints change as a reflection of our experiences.The problem with having read so many of Zahn 's books is that I begin to see recycled situations and scenarios.
In this penultimat book the enemy has quit trying to capture Jack and Draycos – it 's now a death sentence.
In return, Draycos and Jack are taking the war to the attacker.
This point is a character climax for Jack.
It starts with lison and Taneem getting locked in a safe aboard the enemies ship and Jack and Draycos arrested on Brum-a-Dum and the action escalates from there into three hundred pages of the signature Zahn avalanche of clever plots and brilliant action.This book is perfect for people of all ages.
The ook could easily be written today to describe our current assault on higher education as liberal-brainwashing and rejection of climate change as scientific mumbo-jumbo.As the author shows, suspicion about scientists and intellectuals permeates American culture right from the eginning.
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School is not your typical cookbook, and not at all what I expected.
It took me some time to get into the memoir-esque beginning where we learn what led Kathleen Flinn to decide to teach cooking and technique to the everyday chef – meaning people who are cooking for themselves and their families.
As I stood contemplating its contents, a heavyset woman in her mi sixties, casually attired in an eggplant colored fleece, claimed the cart.
Yes, there was an index, but it just is n't the layout I like in my cookbooks, but that 's just my opinion.The bottom line- The Kitchen Counter Cooking School is not just a great reference guide, it 's an intriguing tory.
It was so different than what I was expecting.
I loved this econd book about Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII even more than the irst one! I started reading Bring Up the Bodies as soon as I finished Wolf Hall, and I 've enjoyed this series so much I 'm excited for Mantel 's third volume, whenever it 's published.
Guil can break the gates down, truth can howl in the street; unless truth is pleasing, personable and easy to like, she is condemned to stay whimpering at the back door. " " He needs guilty men.
We want the truth little by little and only those parts of it we can use. " " You have always regarded women as disposable, my lord, and you can not complain if in the nd they think the same of you. " " Who can understand the lives of women? "
So when I requested this book I was confident I 'd find a ton of hilarious things we have said to our children but unfortunately it was n't what I was expecting.
Stop giving mixed signals and expect others to read your ind, then acting so terribly hurt when they do n't.
eo is so likeable that it 's ard to cheer for a character like that.
The plot is silly, and it 's barely a real one since all the rama is manufactured by people who ca n't communicate honestly with each other or refuse to listen.
A sill, quick read for anyone interested in the danc of Hawkwind or Motorhead, White Line Fever is Lemmy Kilmister being as honest and goofy as one would think.Lemmy hates the longbox packaging of CDs from the early 90s.
He brings it up three times over the ourse of his 2002 autobiography White Line Fever ( Citadel, 0806525908), and while he ’ s not as scatterbrained and God-sized as David Lee Roth ( Crazy From the Heat) or as into faux-debauchery as Motley Crue ( The Dirt), it ’ s these repeated complaints that remind the reader why Lemmy made it in the thir place: he ’ s just a nerd.Oldies but GoodiesThe fact that drugs will never kill him helps, but the nerd thing just seals it.
I 've been obsessed with book design lately.Okay, so this novel is told in four main parts with some fun stuff at the end.Part one was the best fictio book set up for a haunted house tale, EVER.Part two was fun because we got to explore some character development and et, which -- let me say -- I love the characte.
I especially liked Sam who personified any up and coming, modern horror writer these days.
Ha!) ( not getting into the plot because it 's omething you just jump into blind) Part three was great -- lots of haunted house fun.Part four was like: Hold on to your butt!
This is the most un I 've had reading a ook, ever.
Lisbeth goes to trial to prove she 's innocent in this atter.
As a Greek, I find experiencing rage while reading this is quite natural.
The inner crisis of every Greek is rooted in an omnipresent comparison and question of worth, stemming from the natural marvels of its land to the endeavor of their predecessors.
And back then, I was n't interested in reading sad or emotional books; however, this one was quite ba and I waffled between a 3 and a 4.
There are many surprises in the essay, all leading you to root for certain things to happen in each of the relationships throughout the story.I had never heard of the author before, and this is the only read I 've tackled by him, so far.
I also felt like it was a little light in the action at some points, but it certainly makes up for it in some major ways in the last third.If you are interested in other cultures, different ways of doing things and what happens to twins when they are n't always near one another ...
I 'd suggest reading a lot of reviews to decide if it 's for you ...
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Anne was fascinating from page one to the nd of the autobiography, and the narratio style was a big reason why.
It 's fun without sacrificing style, and it will keep you turning the ages.
A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the dozens of housands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! " It has been quite some time since I ’ ve read Charles Dickens, excepting of course A Christmas Carol, which is an absolute avorite of mine, and a few of his other Christmas short stories.
Upon joining Goodreads eight years ago, A Fairytal of Two Cities was the very next book I entered as ‘ want to read ’.
haracters are drawn well, as one would naturally expect from Dickens, although I never quite felt the emotional tug towards any of them, until near the nd.
" I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire- a fire, however, inseparable in its nature from myself, quickening nothing, lighting nothing, doing no service, idly burning away. " This is a love story, a fable of prejudice, of human suffering, and of sacrifice.
Prett girls; bright women, brown-haired, black-haired, and grey; youths; stalwart men and old; gentle born and peasant born; all red wine for La Guillotine, all daily brought into light from the dark ellars of the loathsome prisons, and carried to her through the street to slake her devouring thirst.
I feel as if I should be providing a more ‘ scholarly ’ review of this tremendous work, but I ’ m not quite up to the task; and you can find a lethora of excellent and more erudite reviews all over Goodreads!
I don ’ t often re-read novels, but this one is certainly going to fall in the category of ‘ even better the firs time around ’ – I feel man of this.