I have looked at "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson for a few years now, and despite my love for the outdoors, have been slow getting to finally read it.
I cannot say what my reservations were, other than that I generally choose not to read the work of celebrated Atheists, of which Bill Bryson is among those counted. Why? Because I have found that, being a Christian myself, 'Atheist authors' tend to disparage my point of view in favor of their own. Yes, this is their right, just as it is my right not to choose to read their work. thank you.
As I started listening to A Walk in the Woods, something dawned on me like the lifting of a thick fog over a soupy valley. The more I listened, the clearer the writing appeared to me... in the way words becomes clear from a book you had read long ago, but had forgotten that you read, then accidentally read it again "thinking" that you had not read it in the first place! That is exactly how it felt, because it dawned on me that I had already read this book! when? how? why? I asked myself, but at any rate, the day was uneventful, so I listened to it again.
I have done a lot of camping and hiking in the past similar to what Bryson did, so I found the reminiscences interesting, but mostly because it reminded me of when I went hiking.
It was hard to say now why this book was so popular. ? It was a lot of story about hiking the trail, but almost as much was a history of the trail itself, which was interesting, but somewhat removed from the light feel of the camping. The science discourses where expectantly offensive to my Christian outlook, but I am sure Bill Bryson would find my POV equally offensive (as he undeniably and emphatically states in a chapter dedicated to smearing Christians). Other than that brief rant, and a prevalent secularist viewpoint however, it was rather mild in that regard. And, in the spirit fairness, Bryson was equally cantankerous towards the US Park System and Government regulations.
All in all, this might a good book for one listen, but the second listen made me think it was just alright. 3 sold stars.
Was the main character in a dream, or did the events actually happen?
PKD draws upon unique ideas, and creates a surprisingly realistic premises from the completely bizare, and he does so in an interesting way. It is funny to me that he could bring forth more in a short story, than many authors seem capable of writing in endless hours of written material.
Terminator - 1st generation (second edition?).
I always appreciate seeing where a successful idea originated.
If you like this genre Daniel Silva a must read.
It wasn't the best spy novel I ever read (imho), but it was well above average. I think what kept it from being among the very best was a slight lack of tension throughout. The plot was tight and well crafted, and the language was skillfully handled.
This is the 'first' Alan Furst i have read, and will probably not be the last.
The rhythm and meter of the writing is pleasant to listen to, and charms the reader to follow along (regardless of weather one actually knows where the story is going).
The myriad of characters can be dizzying, and it is easy to lose track of who was who (and where).
Destined to join that long and distinguished line of celebrated, and unread, novels?
Eleanor Catton is a fine writer, but seemingly steeped in the school of the nineteenth century masters. Her language and skills of prose are evident, but over the heads of the average reader today (I count myself included).
The 'astrology' theme, and the waning/waxing phases of the moon, in which the plot is structured is clearly beyond my ability - and inclination - to comprehend.
Some say that when a writer has done something successfully, they should keep doing it. Grisham understands this concept, and he does it well. He does it well.
This reminded me very much of a recent Grisham novel with a similar premise (old man, about to die, leaves fortune to a little known (and somewhat suspect) individual while cutting out his family entirely.
In many ways this seems like a re-write of the same story...changing things here, moving things over there, different names, different places, etc...
Grisham is a talented writer, and knows what his audience wants to hear. It was, however, a little too much the same for me. I was tired by the time is was over (and glad it was done). Who cares about somebody else's millions?
There was much about the book that was commendable. Main character was likable. The thrust of the court case was understandable, and was set-up for logical arguments from both sides. Justice had a prevailing influence on the final scene of the book, and the audience (the reader) was given some leeway to decide how they feel about the events (though they are clearly being steered).
Bottom Line: If you like other Grisham novels you can expect more of the same.
Not a bad detective mystery, but not great either. Drags a bit in the end, so be prepared for a lapse in an otherwise evenly-paced detective fiction.
This was actually an interesting autobiography, with very few dull moments.
In part because it was well-written. In part because Rob Lowe has led a fascinating, and some might say a charmed, life.
There is a lot of inside information on what Hollywood is actually like. Lowe has rubbed elbows with many A-listers early in their career, so it is interesting from that perspective as well.
I came away with the book understanding more about Robe Lowe the man and the actor, but cannot say that I personally "liked" him better. It felt authentic much of the time, but it also had long moments of name dropping, competitive jockeying, and setting oneself up to win (perhaps by writing this book and getting 'back in the public's eye' again).
Excellent narration by Mr. Lowe.
I sat on this review for the book "People Who Eat Darkness" for a few months. I processed whether or not I actually wanted to write a review.
We join the parents of Lucie Blackwood in a hopeless search for their missing girl in the huge city of Tokyo.
This was a compelling read, but not a very nice one. It left me with the desire to wash my hands after having read it, and try to unread portions of this book that left me feeling unclean. For, after all, this book enters the underbelly of Japan in search of a missing girl.
Parry has written a true story, in a way that makes it read like a crime story - one that enters demented minds of people who operate in darkness.
Had to put this one down for a bit, unfinished. If I ever get back to it, I will contact Audible to delete my existing review (thanks Audi) and write a new one. Save a credit on this one.
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