I wish I could suggest that you see the movie instead, but that was boring, too. Bummer, I had high hopes for this one.
What fun I had with this book! Having re-read The Shining recently, I was fresh and in tune with all of the references. Danny turned out realistically, and satisfyingly how I may have imagined him.
There were some plot lines that turned out a bit anti-climactic, but that does not surprise me with Stephen King. I swear I almost never remember how the evil is erased in any of his books! Like, the details, I mean. The climax never makes much impression on me. However, I can't think of a King book that did not take me for a wild ride and keep me captivated while the characters work things out!!!! This book was no exception and embracing Danny came very easily for me, as The Shining was one of my first SK novels and it holds a very dear place in my minds bookshelf.
I liked it. Nothing about it really moved me but, there were a few boring parts paired with a few exciting parts. Not sure why it seems to have such high ratings by most people.
I enjoyed the old lawyer the most and his quest for excitement, although he was just a side character. I also liked the dog, but was distracted by the weirdness of having such a human-like sentient dog around all the time. I think most people would be very embarrassed if their pets could communicate all the embarrassing things one does when home alone....
This is the kind of story that I love. The characters were all very three dimensional and real. There was a a bit of supernatural in a very natural world and an intriguing amount of mystery. I highly recommend.
I have never seen any of The Godfather movies.
Actually 4.5 stars, I wish we could half stars, but I decided to round it up instead of down.
I think I read this book right at the right time. I had many favorite characters. Michael stands out the most. I truly enjoyed the scene that was ultimately the catalyst for his transformation. Then following him through his change.
I liked hearing about Johnny Fontaine and the Hollywood life of the 1940s. It also blows my mind that everyone seems to beat their wife and this is acceptable by EVERYONE!! Seriously.
Now to the Don. He was so smooth and I had complete confidence in him. Despite the terrible things he did in his life to take the law into his own hands, the short part in the novel where his early life was described was my favorite part of the whole book, I think. The explanations for his actions and how he became a man of such morals and values was plausible and therefore very interesting for a patriotic, law abiding citizen like myself!
I will watch the movie asap. Can't wait!
Hmmmm, this book is very difficult to some up. In short, it was entirely too long - not all that much happened - the main character, Alma Whittaker, is mostly lonely and deprived her whole life. BUMMER!
However, that all being true and being said, I loved Alma. I needed to follow her on this journey. Giving up on the book, never crossed my mind. I cheered for her small victories and reveled in her achievements. I was also with her for the misery and loneliness, too. All in all, I recommend!
Oh my!! I listened to the 40th anniversary edition read by Mr. Blatty himself. His voice was EXCELLENT for the demon! There was a night when I had to walk to the end of my dark suburban side street to get my mail and it was right at a part where Caris was listening to a recording of the demon and playing it backward. I sort of ran the same way I use to run up our basement stairs when the furnace kicked on!
There are some books that deserve to be listened to as the author intends!
3.5 stars. I liked this book. I think I may have liked it more if I was not already so in love with the Gabaldon Outlanderseries. There are soooo many comparisons. Unfortunately, I read many of the comparisons before I read this book. It was hard to not frequently draw lines between the similar stories. Claire has a HUGE advantage over Elizabeth, however, by being a medical woman. The medical scenes in the Outlander novels were some of my favorites.
Anyway, I absolutely love books where a "lady" of wealth or status is not interested in
acting as such. Elizabeth, in Into the Wilderness, learns the ways of her Native American brethren and earns their respect. But this is not the life that her father, the Judge of the small town would have wanted for her.
There was also a colorful array of supporting characters. Many I found more interesting that Elizabeth, herself. Like the Scottish backwoodsman, Robbie MacLaughlin, the sly, ambiguous Julian and little reformed Liam Kirby.
I also found myself making comparisons to a novel called The Legend of the Bloodstone where an unlikely woman chooses to make her home with the Indians and learn from them. I liked Legend better, also. Not sure if I will read the rest in this series.
Not bad. It wasn't exactly what I expected, however. Fantasy novel or Ghost story? It was a bit weird, but the Chinese lore was fascinating in that way. Li Lan made so many references to the afterlife having distinct parallels to the life of the living. I thought this was going somewhere and she would learn some moral or truth (whatever), but nothing ever came of this. I was left to come to my own conclusions there, which is fine except that I felt that she was building to something that never came. Many parts were slow for me, hence the 3 stars, but it wasn't bad.
I didn't like this one as much as the first. The story was not as exciting without the children involved and without the suspense of the Mid-wife awaiting her fate in the prison. This one was more of a scavenger hunt for holy relics. I had developed strong feelings for the Hangman, his daughter and Simon so it was nice to be with them again even if the story wasn't as good as the first novel. I will read the 3rd.
Very dark but lovely. I loved Fermine and would like to read more about him in the subsequent books. Complicated but just enough to keep me on my toes. I listened in audio and had some trouble keeping many of the Spanish names in check. "Which guy was that again?"
I am a visual learner, so reading a hard copy might have helped with some of my confusion. Not the book's fault. I had the same confusion with all the names and landmarks in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels. oh well.
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