The wonder of Herriot's world is fascinating and at times heartbreaking. The confluence of people relating to their animals depending on personality and world view turns what could have been a book about animals and farmers of the early 20th century into a study of the psychology of people relating to animals and how sometimes poverty and ignorance inflict avoidable harm as well as helpless destruction. The vet's job is hard not only in terms of the hands on nature of dealing sometimes with a creature weighing half a ton but also with owners who may either be too careless, cruel or poor to deal adequately with an animal's basic needs. James Herriot is a sensitive man, but he is realistic about the animals and people he has chosen to work among. He does not make the animals into proto humans, and he tries not to teach people about themselves but only basic animal husbandry. However, the story he relates clearly teaches us how the way people relate to the world is more important to animals' health than nature.
Simply brilliant. The jokes, puns, word play, and intelligent idea skirmishes were so fast and furious I could barely keep up. I loved it. I think it's one of the best. I really loved the camels and the names they have by custom. Hilarious. Forget the arguing about whether it's four stars or five, or if the fabulous irony is post modern, sit back and have fun listening.
Perfect noir. Simply perfect. In addition, the audio recording voice was so good I listened the entire day until the story was done.
A genius synthesis of hundreds of ideas about story telling, culture, religion and violence. It is glorious to savor, and a highly literary, literate book. Be prepared to listen slowly and carefully. The story is multi layered like Victorian house, several stories (pun intended) high and basement too. There are also plenty of closets, which may not seem part of the integrity of the structure until you consider the basic theme of myth and society is what its all about. Myth is a mirror into ourselves as well as a lesson of culture and self management. It is a complicated book and a challenging read, but worth your time.
Not as pleasant and light as a tea cozy but not as dark as the destroyed detective in a big city stories. Moves fast, with intricate plotting that makes it difficult to pause even at chapter ends. Wilhelm's character lawyer Barbara Holloway uses her genius ability to shuffle clues and facts and use courtroom tactics to find out the truths about people outside the courtroom which she uses to pick the right legal cards to literally game the legal system. Holloway is not Superman, but Batman. She is on the side of the her client and she uses whatever legal strategy it takes to win. Kate Wilhelm makes courtroom theatre obvious and understandable. Whether you approve of the means, the insider's look into how law is applied is an eye opener.
Richard Morgan CAN'T stop here. Although it is part of a trilogy, Woken Furies left a number of loose ends and i want the rest of it. PLEASE? Yes, you can read the series (it is so worth it), and leave it there, since nothing is left on the table that is illogical or fatal to reading pleasure, but Morgan certainly leaves you wanting more. The universe that exists in these books is certainly dark, but nothing we are unfamiliar with in current human society. What clone technology does to human institutions and society on top of the usual human ills is marvelous brain candy. A few authors have taken on the ideas of what cloning tech could mean to humanity and rarely is it done with this kind of verve and intelligence.
Omg I'm gushing. Ahem. I listened to this one first not expecting much because the lead is not the usual fantasy figure and it's about soldiering - I thought - in the vein of the usual tight knit unit fighting enemy insects on a moon, NOT! Instead I'm laughing out loud at the wit, the clever set ups, the smart Marx Brothers cons and all in good (mostly) cause! It's Ocean's Thirteen but way cooler faster funnier tense page turner and Big Screen. Who knew a genius politician with a labyrinth brain in the disguise of an aristocratic officer soldiering for his world and honor could be such fun! Mile's short legs caused by his not genetic bone condition surprised me in arousing sympathy and longing for his character to be healed that made me realize I had connected to this character in a real way. The other characters are also handled in similar fashion. Excellent book.
I actually avoided this book for two years because I was thinking another Hannibal the cannibal clone, but no. This is the kind of writing intelligence and emotional coherence found in more literary novels, full of wry understated humor yet scary and tense and icky as only hell could be. Go, Dexter! Wait - he's a bad guy, wait, good guy, wait....
It shimmers with 80's glamour, sexuality and rocknroll violence so it's hard to look away. At the same time it rings with the truth about men and the nature of the society they create when there are barely any restraints on our monkey brains as is the case with soldiering or criminality. The darkness of the story is solidly backed with an intelligent projection of how it could work if digitalizing minds were possible. But the story would be only interesting if it were not told in a biting crunch of word flow in very fine noir styling.
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