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.
I didn't love this book. But it was quite solid. There are three story lines for three generations. The first one with the boy taken by Indians is fabulous. The other two just weren't the same standard, but they were well written,
I do believe it to be a pretty solid look at the very odd relationship in Texas from the Texicans, the American Settlers, and the Indians. The end is sort of miserable. but realisitic. Bottom line,, these are not very nice ,sensitive or socially responsible souls. That being said, it's probably properly historic.
I don't know if I will finish this book. I am not a prude or a homophobe. But the sex scenes go on for ever and there's as sneering quality to the narrator that I found past annoying.. That's a shame because I think there's a good story in here.
If you have problems with male homosexuals, this book will probably offend you deeply. I am not offended. But the sex scenes went past my interest, and were graphic enough to be icky.
If you are male and homosexual, you'll probably love it. It's not badly written. It's just a bit too much.
This was absolutely silly fun. Some problems with the black maid's accent (she sounded strongly Brooklanise). I wouldn't say it was serious but it was quite entertaining.
I wasn't expecting much from the book. I was so delightfully surprised. It's wry and funny and an interesting look into Laotians.
It's also a pretty good ghosts story. Highly recommended.
Nothing in this book made me
Like the Characters
Anxious for what would happen next
Interested in these people's lives.
It wasn't a bad read. But it wasn't very good either.
I did love this book. It's about a woman naturalist at the turn of the 18th century. She's brilliant, spoiled, unlovely and heart wrenchingly brave. It's the heart of darkness for women, done brilliantly.
Do read it. Astonishing.
This does not start like your standard romance and it doesn't end like it either. Which is to its favor. There is also a subplot ( although I'd have liked to see it developed more) that has nothing romantic about it.
However, I was terribly weary of how very much these people were attracted to each other. Endlessly.
All of this need to take into account that I normally never read romance, and I generally loath it as being sadly delusional.
The accent was charming and appropriate. And the writing was written to be read aloud which I did appreciate.
It was a very interesting look into India in the Raj days, and that was what got me through. If you like romances, I suspect you'll like it very much.
This may be the best Ursula K I've read since the Left Hand of Darkness. Beautifully written, incredible characters and a lovely transformation. Treat yourself. This is a marvel.
I'm sort of damning with faint praise. This was a perfectly pleasant read. It's a child's viewpoint, and it never really transcends that in a way that grabbed me. Nice premise. I'd like to see the next in the series just to see if a more adult character would have more substance.
This book starts with a great premise. It's creepy and interesting and a good ghost story. But the second plot line includes herbalists who are witches who are into child sacrifices. That indicates a lack of research on all of the above. And knowing both witches and herbalists, I found it offensive.
It's also partially written in the second person. Words fail me, but it didn't work for me.
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