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Chris Hardwick is an amazing comedian and awesome speaker, all throughout the book he keeps a "hey buddy" relationship with the reader and this is probably the only reason I finished the book. However I found the content of the book to be very lacking. The book is divided into three sections, each representing an aspect of life that you must perfect to achieve happiness. The only section of this book that was even worth listening to was the first. He lays out a very good, creative, and fun model to help you better yourself, the character tomb, however never really comes back to it. Where as the majority of the first section talks about things to add to this tomb, exercises, and makes it sound like this is going to be your clean cut method for improving yourself, the later sections barely even mention it.
Although there are a few good nuggets in here they are buried under loads of advice we have already heard time and time again, usually I can deal with this as the best advice is advice all self help guru's give, however unlike other gurus he didn't elaborate, or even put his own spin on most of them. I would advise those of you looking for good self help books to pick up How To Live In 24 Hours, or any of Carnagie's work, also The Secret and The Road to Babylon. All of these books take specific ideas Chris mentioned, and really put them into the spotlight allowing you to get the full use.
I picked up Lolita for the simple fact that it's a classic, and I haven't read it. I knew vaguely what it was about however found myself stunned at exactly what it was. I had no clue that it was non fiction, or the memories of HH. Lolita proved to be a very challenging read, like most classics the style was very dry, filled with random rants that last so long you find yourself wondering what exactly was going on before this inner monologue started. This, paired with the dark subject matter makes reading this book long and tedious, definitely not for pleasure reading. The book however is not without it's high points, there are a few sections in the book in which HH shows that he was an educated man and brings some good points up regarding society and their somewhat conflicting views on under aged sex. I would suggest this book to those eager for a bit of undirected study and who can keep an open mind.
Hesitant to jump on what seemed to be the days fad, I eventually broke down to give it a try. Suzanne's writing style seemed a little hard to get into at first, the narration and inner monologues seemed force at the beginning but a few chapters in her unique style grows on you. The plot doesn't waste time getting bogged down with filler or boring periods and instead each event thrusts you forward into the next pivotal moment of the book. I think the thing that appeals the most with this book is that it is a light read, it's something anyone can pick up and easily read without the burden of a more serious college level book, however the plot will keep even the more complex readers intrigued long enough to finish and start eyeballing the next book.
Dearly Devoted Dexter was a light read that somehow touches all ends of the spectrum ranging from darkly demented and serious to light and humorous. This easy read makes for a really quick and yet entertaining read. It provides a significant shift from what many readers will probably know as their HBO favorite series as their characters are thrown into slightly different roles that throws a whole new spin on the story.
Under the Dome is another novel you can read once and set in your bookshelf that you've dedicated to Stephen King but will most likely never pick up, or even think about after your first read through. King has a habit of starting things off by hurling his reader face first into the thick of his plots with vivid details and exciting narratives. I was captivated after the first few lines and found myself growing attached to the myriad of characters that made up this story. Each one fleshed out into their own believable characters which Raul Esparza hit dead on. This fast paced book has almost no "down time" or slow points and continues to build and build into the 'edge of your seat' thriller that Stephen King is so known for. However He completely axed what could have been another King masterpiece with a rather cope out ending. The ending of the main arc, the dome, came almost as expected and in such a way that readers of From a Buick 8 might feel a sense of deja vu, however one of the plot arcs that the entire book had been building on and pitting the characters against is almost entirely forgotten about. Yes, it does end, but in such an unsatisfactory, anticlimactic way that leaves a sour taste in my mouth upon finishing the book.
Don't get me wrong, it was an enjoyable read, and this loose end for lack of better words did not ruin the book for me, however if asked to recommend a Stephen King book to a fellow reader I'd much sooner recommend other masterpieces such as The Shining, The Stand, Dark Half, The Talisman, and Cell before this book.
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