As a marine, Bull is one of the best. As a father, he is not one of the best. Through the pages of this book, Pat Conroy tells the story of Bull and his family as they make a home in South Carolina during Ben Meecham's senior year in high school. New friends are made, new relationships forged, and old family habits are faced with laughter and heartache. The four Meecham children, their Mid-Western Marine father, and their Southern bred mother come alive within the pages of The Great Santini. They struggle with their undying love for family and the love/hate relationship they have for the lives they have very little control over.
Pat Conroy has a gift for the written language. His rich Southern heritage permeates every page. With one sentence he can invoke anger, bring you to tears, or make you roar with laughter. His words are eloquent and harsh, stirring and sharp. He is a master.
I enjoyed this book very much, but found it a bit predictable. It was still a fun read; I will definitely be reading the next in the series. I did note a few things that only a person from Georgia or the south in particular might notice. The biggest thing was an incident where a character hid in a peanut field. I can't imagine anyone being able to hide in a peanut field during the day. The author mentions the stalks, but there are really no stalks on peanut plants. Another was the way Augusta was pronounced by the narrator. Yep, these are petty and make no difference in the plot or my enjoyment of the book.
Miles is at it again! I love this series and cannot get enough of it.
I'm at the point where it's difficult to give an adequate review without giving away spoilers for those who are not reading the series. I'll just say that Miles and his family are again drawn into a disaster that involves murder, madness, and mayhem. Miles is desperately trying (with a good bit of help) to solve all the problems in order to make it home in time for a special event.
Miles is on another adventure. This book left me stunned! I enjoyed it very much and thought everything was settled until the last few pages. Wow, what a twist! Now I'm stuck because there is not another Miles book to jump right into. What ever will I do?
Diana Bishop is a witch who has spent most of her life trying to avoid using her magic. When she travels to Oxford in order to research original manuscripts of alchemy, Diana discovers that other creatures (vampires and daemons) are as interested in her as she is the old manuscripts. They know more about her than she knows herself. After spending years fighting her magic and denying her rich magical heritage, she must learn to use her magic in order to save her family, herself, and the vampire that stepped into her life.
The plot of this book was interesting, but moved along at a slow pace. I almost stopped listening a couple of times. I am glad that I stuck it out. While I did enjoy the book overall, it seems to me that the same story could have been told in much fewer pages. The first half rehashed the same themes over and over: vampires and witches do not befriend one another, vampires are dangerous, the three creatures (vampires, witches, and daemons) are not to mix company. As I passed the halfway mark, the plot moved quickly and the previously established rules were broken on every page out of necessity. The more I listened, the more I liked the book and the characters.
This book has a definite cliffhanger!
I hesitate to say that The Woman in Black is a good book, but I can call it a great one. It is a tremendous ghost story full of horror and lasting revenge. I will, no doubt, be thinking about it for a while. Some emotions last more than one life time.
My brain hurts. Robert Sawyer certainly makes you think! Through the characters in the book, Sawyer brings all sorts of controversies to the surface. The issues he touches on are political, religious, and moral. I didn't necessarily question my beliefs; however, I did think a great deal about how my beliefs (political, religious, and moral) all fit into the great scheme of things. I thought it was very interesting that Sawyer chose to use extraterrestrial aliens to make humans take a good look at humanity.
Wow! This one had me from the first chapter! Scary, sad, tense, emotional, relief, hope, despair. Classic King.
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