If you enjoyed THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS you will love these short stories! Any one of them would make a fine novel. All of her wit, energy, and imagination shine through these tales. They are delightfully written and perfectly read. I want to forget them in a hurry so that I will have the pleasure of listening to them again soon. Or, maybe, I won't wait to listen again right now.
This is more of a polemic than an economic argument. It is well written and quite entertaining, but it is not a clear or useful explanation of anything to do with our economy.
There is nothing to be learned from this book so don't waste your credits. I reccommend The Ascent of Money as a much better book on this topic.
I adore Paula Poundstone on "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me". She is the funniest and most creative of the comics on that show. Searching for her performances - in the hopes of catching her on stage - I found this book. So sad. So unfortunate. It just isn't funny. Her writing just doesn't work for me. I guess there is a great difference between live comedy and comic writing. I would still love to see her live in performance.
As a sushi lover, this was a great opportunity to learn more about the origins and business details of this wonderful food. This book has a great deal of depth and detail. The training was of the chefs is interestingly and entertainingly related. The fictional overlay was OK but not really necessary. If you are squeemish, skip the section on preparing octopus. A very entertaining book for those who love to eat and cook.
I love Ancient Egypt and I love fictional recreations. I was all set for an adventure (a la Mary Renault) but I got nothing. Change the names and you could set this story on the Ganges River or the Yellow River rather than on the Nile. The book is long and endlessly repetitious. The characters are dull and totally predictable. The plot is uninteresting. Don't waste your credits. This has nothing to do with Egypt. Reread any Mary Renault book instead.
This is one of the books I am keeping on my i-pod so that I can listen to it again. As dry and as funny as it's protagonist, it paints a delightful portrait of the life in a small English town. The time is NOW and the life captured is full of the issues we all face. I am delighted to have met Major Pettigrew and his compatriots and I am certain you will be delighted as well. This book is warm, fun, entertaining -- yet with a serious side.
This author is an Ann Prachett "wannabe". She can turn a good phrase and paint a good scene. But, however well intended, Kallos does not know how to invent or develop even one interesting character. Each of her several protagonists are wooden and dripping with sacarin. This is the work of a a journalist trying to be a novelist. Her characters are one dimensional. Her plot is impossible. Kallos may know how to do research but she doesn't know how to craft a plot or create real people. The Holocaust material is poorly done and downright insulting. This is an awful book and was a waste of my time.
At first, this wonderful book was hard to follow because of the impressionistic style of the writing. However, once I "surendered" to it I fell in love with the writing and the story. It is brilliantly read.
As always, Ann Patchett can spin a good yarn. Her strength is her ability create unusual mixes of characters and to force them together in unusual settings. She is a delightful story teller. However, this story grew stale very quickly.
The devil is in the details. The premiss of this tale is just too silly to carry off. The doctors involed are barely a day from civilization -- yet they cannot be found. They are first rate doctors, but neglect to supply thmselves with even a modestlt adequate set of medical tools and supplies. They are trained in gynocology, but cannot forsee any downside to frail arthritic 70 year old women having babies.
I was more annoyed by the incosistencies in the plot and premis than I was thrilled with the tale. This is not a second "Bel Canto".
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