I've heard of these 3 for years and was happy to finally get to them - but unfortunately I was disappointed. If you're unfamiliar with Bryson's work, and want to read 3 good ones, start with "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (his best researched), then read "A Walk In the Woods" (his best travelogue), then "At Home" (his most interesting and insightful). The 3 in the "Collector's Edition" may have served him well in honing his writing style, but I think the modern reader can easily pass them by (unless you just want to read everything he's ever written, which I suppose is why I read them).
John Irving once again delivers a novel with well crafted, off beat, but completely believable characters engaged in what I can only describe as "real life". John Hickey's well nuanced portrayal of those characters does the story justice.
David Case transforms what is mildly interesting material into something plodding and tedious. He couldn't have sounded more bored if he was professionally trained to do so and it made me long for the days when I could sit and read a book.
Ayn apparently sees the world as only black or white, and although she effectively makes the case against communism, she utterly fails to make the case that unencumbered capitalism is a better solution. I found it to be redundant, inflammatory, ironically emotional, rhetorical nonsense.
I've been a Jasper Fforde fan for years, and although this series isn't (yet) as good as his early Tuesday Next stuff, not much in the world is. I like how he treats children's characters in a different and definitely adult way. The "turn of phrase" Fforde is famous for isn't quite as evident, but he's managed to entwine, twist and turn the plots of quite a few children's stories into an engaging and complex "whodunnitandhow". Kudos to Prebble for not chuckling over the absurdities while he's reading them.
I like Sue Miller's work, and this book is well written, but I had thought this would be a woman's memories of her father - not primarily about a woman's struggle with coming to grips with her father's illness and death. If you're looking for insights into dealing with someone who has Alzheimer's, then it's worth reading. If you're looking for a loving memoir, don't.
If you're a fan of Ann Patchett, you'll love this book. If you've not read her work before, you'll become a fan. If you've read her work before, and don't like it - then why are you reading reviews about her books?
I was interested in learning more about the physiology, but found the information on current sociological research to be thought provoking. This is worth reading, even if you think you know everything there is to know about how sex works.
WHILE the BOOK is INFORMATIVE, I found THE reader's CHOICE to INAPPROPRIATELY accentuate EVERY other WORD to BE really DISTRACTING and ANNOYING. See what I mean?
When I downloaded this book the cover art led me to believe it would be a novelized version of the movie and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was a far more detailed (and interesting) account of the story of Lionel Logue and his relationship with the King, both before he rose to the throne and after. Well written and well told - so don't pass it by even if you fell asleep during the movie, as I did.
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