Chesterton, IN, United States | Member Since 2008
This is a book that explores the phenomena of evil as the inability to feel empathy. The science bits of it devolve into nonsense syllables: aerograms put together into a system I believe only applies to this man's theory.
But it does discuss unsocial and dangerous people in light of the limitations of their illnesses. I did find that helpful.
I don't agree with him that the inability to empathize is all of anti social behavior. It's a puzzle piece among other puzzle pieces. But it is a piece.
Tim Powers for some while has taken characters out of history, added a paranormal element and has told the story in that light. This one is hot and cold running war spies. It's a very fun book, but it is disjointed and hard to follow on the timeline. But the characters are a hoot and the look into a spy's life is chilling.
I loved this book for several reasons. It looks into an artist's soul in a way that is illuminating. It looks into who we could have been if we were someone else. And it's a look at court life that is probably quite accurate if distasteful. It made me wish the world worked the way that the writer described.
I will confess to a prejudice against romances. But this one is particularly inane. The male lead thinks like a girl, responds to stimulus like a girl and is unrecognizable as a man. Although you can't miss that he's supposed to be one. And the ghost line is over obvious. I should have known better.
This is not a light topic and it's not by nature pleasant. But the characters are fun, and I believe the history to be viable. Not a great book, but certainly a good one.
The premise of this book is that someone blind will perceive things other people don't. The protagonist is blind, regains her sight and then become super humanly able to perceive people. She very rapidly reads everyone and is astonishingly annoying.
It's a good enough mystery, but the characters are blown so far out of proportion on that they can't be real, and the book is clearly not s&f. It's a near miss in several ways. Not terribly bad but sadly not developed well.
This is one of those books where every one in the book knows the answer but you. I find that mildly annoying. It gave a left turn kind of ending without building up to it, and it somewhat spoiled the book for me. The parents are also simple caricatures which really doesn't work for me. Pleasant enough but not solid, real or compellling.
I don't think anyone would consider the Iron Druid anything but pleasant fluff reading. But this slides unpleasantly into the uck zone when Granielle starts to proclaim her love for Atticus in iambic pentameter. Please!
This is a cute series, but this is a low point in it. The plot is nonexistent and Granielle is too teenage for tolerance. Her voice in the reading does not improve matters.
This is clearly young adult fiction, but it holds up pretty well. Neither the psychics or the school boys are predictable, although the villein kind of is. Nice mix of Appalachia and private school privilege.
This is an amazing story of unforgivable crimes and affection. The characters are so complex. They are capable of great kindnesses and terrible crimes and are real as a dime.
What is clearest is that this is a mixture of cultures where they cannot really possibly understand each other. Yet they work together, love each other and leave each other astonishing gifts.
The accents in the reading are annoying. I got past that but I can see where they would be a stumbling block. you might want to listen first.
This has more sense about American heritage and politics in it than anything else I've ever read. Past really is prelude, and where we come from really does resonate through time.
If nothing else, it clarifies how different areas make their decisions and what they perceive as democracy. Get ready for the fact that it's not homogenous or the same.
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