Springfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2010
How can this happen today and in this country? Not only did it happen, but it is still happening. We like to look at other countries (Afghanistan, North Korea, Africa, Middle East, etc.) and go on about how barbaric they are. I thought we had laws against raping twelve year old girls, but it seems our laws just don't work when it comes to religions that have rape as part of there beliefs. I have no problem with multiple marriage between consenting adults, but 12-16 year old girls!!!
Sam Brower is the author of this book and all Krakauer does is write a small Introduction. I bought the book thinking he was a co-writer. I am a big fan of Krakauer and have read all that I know that he has written. Having said that this is still a good book and a very important book. Brower is a private investigator and not an author, so the writing of this is not as polished as a JK book, but the content makes up for it. Jon Krakauer's "Under The Banner of Heaven" is an excellent book and is on the same subject. It is more polished, but has less of the facts and none on the trial. I think everyone should read both books.
It can be hard to take. This is a society who treats women or little girls as baby making machines, They marry the girls off at very young ages to men, decades older then they are. They are forced to have sex. They are often the second, third or 90th wife. In a ten year marriage a women is likely to have nine kids and they keep going until they can not have kids anymore and then they are discarded. Little boys are considered competition and many are driven out of town and told don't come back, don't call and don't write. Many times men are ex-communicated and kicked out. Then their wives and children are given to another man, like cattle. Some women get passed around several times.
This is a sad book, but an important one and I have only scratched the surface of what you find out in the book.
IN THE TWILIGHT
This book consists of three stories, with Anton as the main character in each. If all I had listened to would have been the first story Destiny, I would have given this five stars. Destiny is so good I almost gave the whole book five stars. To me this was the most intelligent fantasy I have ever listened to or read. This was one of the few times in my life, that I got it! This is an infinite chess game between good and evil and both sides are right and both sides are wrong. There is some action, but this is mostly a head game. You could compare this to Simon R. Green's, In The Night Side or China Mieville's The City, The City and maybe even Butcher's, Dresden's books, only this is better, more stimulating to the brain. Some have compared SL to King. Both use scary or fantastical elements to get a message across. King message is usually political, where as SL is more psychological. SL shows how doing good can lead to evil and vise versa. That good and evil is not a black and white issue. The second story, Among HIs Own Kind, is good, but not as good as Destiny. I would give the second story four stars.
AN EXPERIENCED KAMIKAZE
The third story, All for our Kind, is bad. Anton becomes a big whiney baby. Even the characters in the story complain about his whining. The plot does not develop until half way through the story and then it is not enough to save the story.
I would suggest buying the book, but only for the first two thirds. The first story is worth your credit. If you are not enjoying the third story, quit the book. Don't be one of those who have to finish every book they start. I used to be that way, until I realized that I was only punishing myself, which was stupid.
MY FRIEND AND ENEMY
I think I will try the next book in the series, even though it goes against my rules. If I don't give the first book five stars, I don't go on to the next. If he can repeat the genius of Destiny, it will be worth it.
Paul Michael is a very good narrator and if you listen closely, he sounds an awful lot like Rod Serling. Even if you don't agree, you have to agree his talent makes this book a better listen then a read.
WHEN AN ELVENLORD WAS UNHAPPY, IT WAS HIS HUMANS , WHO USUALLY SUFFERED.
Chapter one is great. It is dark and very adult. I like dark and thought I was really going to like this. The Elves have captured Earth and turned humans into slaves. The best a human male can expect to be is a gladiator and a woman a concubine to an Elf who will not beat her. It is the first time I know of that Elves are depicted as bad guys and they are really mean.
The dragons are not really dragons, they are shape shifters. I even thought that was interesting. Around chapter three we obviously change authors and we go from an adult dark fantasy to something written for six year olds. I might have been able to hang on if the book had been 10-12 hours, but 19? I had better books to listen to.
I got this mostly for my wife. She and several of our friends are serious cyclists. My wife has knee problems, so she does this, swims and lifts weights. She should get in about 3,200 miles this year. The benefits are that I have a 56 year old wife with an ass most of the college students she teaches would envy. The draw back is the expense and the time. My wife bought a used bike for $1000 and we have a friend who has a $6,000 bike. Most people will spend around $2500. That is only the beginning. A pair of bike pants, runs over $100. And there are more expenses, much more. Then a bike ride of 40 to 50 miles takes about four hours once you get started. Several of the bikers try to ride 100 miles a week.
The audio book
As an audio book, this book is the worse. It is certainly not something to listen to as you are driving. The main part of the book is a list of foods and portions. You need to take notes, basically you need to rewrite the book as you listen. I can not believe there was not a PDF with this. If you are a serious rider, get the paperback.
WALLS CAN'T THINK, BUT THAT DOESN'T KEEP THEM FROM CARING.
Four hours was the perfect length for this novella and for Sanderson's genius. If you have not read Sanderson before (and I don't know what rock you have been living under) then this is a great place to start. Sanderson has practically rewritten the fantasy genre. He has set new, higher standards. Fantasy is no longer just Dragons and Sorcerers, it is stories with depth and characters.
AS GOOD AS YOU ARE, SOMEONE ELSE COULD BE BETTER
Sanderson has not yet replaced Robin Hobb as my favorite fantasy writer, but he is getting close. He can write the long stuff, (The Way of Kings) and he can write the short stuff, like this. What is most amazing, is his abilities to come up with different magic and make them as interesting as the last totally different magic he wrote about. The Way of Kings, Elantris, The Rithmatist, The Emperor's Soul and Mistborn are all different, but great. He is not stuck in one universe. I will have to mention that I was not a fan of Steelheart or Warbreaker, but they were not terrible either.
BOREDOM MADE PEOPLE EASY TO MANIPULATE
Did I mention that this guy is a genius?
BUT PARDON THE PUN
I have given four stars to Calis Rose and Timothy. I think I gave three stars to Zombie Fallout book one. I like Mark Tufo, but I hate this character. Every single line is a middle school joke or pun. I might have laughed once in seven hours. It was like a 1970 sitcom without the laugh track. JEAN LOOKED SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED. If there was a story, I totally missed it. I have gotten bored with a lot of books, but this one made me mad and the longer I listened the madder I got. I had to quit listening to let my blood pressure settle. I have a sense of humor, I love Richard Kadry's Sandman Slim and Maberry's Joe Ledger. They are both characters who make continual wise cracks and I laugh. Talbot is just annoying.
CASH WAS NOT A MENSA MEMBER
THAT YOU TRUST ME AND LOVE ME
I listened to book one and wrote a glowing review on it. I bought this book, because I liked book one. At the half way point, we still had not gotten into the war. Seven hours of a military book and no action. Instead the book was a love story. Some of it taken directly out of book one, but in book one where it was a side story, here along with another love story, it takes center stage. I wanted to learn about the war, instead I was told that marines are attracted to sluts and attract sluts.
FOR SOME REASON YOU BRING OUT THE BITCH IN ME.
I mentioned in book one that I found it odd that a boy from Pennsylvania, from a poor home, where he was abused and who went no future then high school would speak Chinese. I also mentioned that the Chinese speak many languages with two main languages and the Chinese often have trouble understanding each other. Someone must have pointed this out to Griffin, cause in this book he says the boy speaks two Chinese languages. This seems even more improbable to me. In this book the second main character is a born pilot. In the past he had no interest in planes at all. We are even told that this happens maybe one in one hundred thousand recruits. The instructor had never seen it until our hero shows up. I have two more Griffin books in my library, I sure hope they are as good as book one of this series and that they are believable and not Chick Lit.
IT WASN'T HER BUSINESS WHY ELIZABETH WOULD NOT MARRY HIM.
Your may be wondering why a He-Man like me would read this. The truth is I read the first book in this series and liked it. I have read some of Lackey's stand alone novels and liked them, such as Take a Thief and Brightly Burning. I also enjoyed Owl Flight. This had a good start in Chapter One, with this mean spirited witch putting a death curse on baby Mirana. In the next chapter Mirana is talking to water sprites and seeing the magical world, others can not see and I am still with it. Then we get into teenage angst and talking about hats, gowns and corsets.
This was obviously written for the female audience and I am sure many women will love this. I on the other hand am not interested in gowns, hats, corsets and teenage angst.
Here are some phrases directly from the story: OH GOD-OH-GOD-OH GOD!! TOTALLY! I LIKE. OH MY GOD! I CAN'T BREATHE. I FORGOT TO BREATHE. YOU GET TO EMBRACE YOUR INNER HOTNESS. SHE RUINED HER FAVORITE TIGHTS. Are you getting the picture? This is total teen chick lit. Have you ever noticed that in chick lit, girls forget to breathe around hot boys?
With the exception of the bravado shown to torture, I have nothing against this book, as long as you know what you are getting into. I think young woman will love this book and it may introduce them to science fiction. All others need not apply. Audio has pushed this book hard, putting it in all their sales. How this got under Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense is mind boggling. It was a little confusing at times, to know when we were in the past and when we were remembering the past. The story construct was actually very good, but three and a half hours in, Jim The Impatient, was out, TOTALLY.
I do have a problem with teen books not showing torture for what it is. I do not think this is a subject to be trivialized.
SOMEBODY COMES ALONG WHEN YOUR NOT LOOKING, NOR EXPECTING
This is a middle of the road listen. It is not awful and it is not great. This is more about the characters then the story. I am a dog lover and the puppy is what kept me listening, even thought the dog is a very minor part of the listen. The characters are a little gritty and offbeat. There are some Chechin bad guys, but nobody is really a good guy, as in most Lehane books. Also like most Lehane books, it is pure Boston (underbelly).
I AM NOT THE ONE WHO WASTED MY WHOLE LIFE WAITING FOR IT TO START.
I enjoyed the story Red. It is a character driven story, starring an older man for once. Some kid shoots his old dog's head off and the old man wants an apology. The story starts with a bang and builds from there. The old man is dogged in getting his apology which leads to more trouble then one would suspect. He is also worried about everybody's weight. As a dog lover, I was for the old man all the way.
The second story Passenger, is not as good, but it is different. I liked it, but not as much as Red. The plot was pretty thin. It has an interesting look at the difference between the popular girl at school and the biggest slut at school.
The narrator is excellent and makes the whole experience better. He does have a voice that sounds like it is made for westerns and neither story here is a western.
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