I really enjoyed this book, I am not sure how historically accurate it is but I really don't care. It was a great look into the possible perspective into the thought process that Mary may have had. I actually like the storyline of Alfred and Mary, I like that it was about Mary's life not just typhoid fever.
The story shows a historical perspective on how women were treated, how immigrants were treated and also gives perspective into the immigrants in the lower east side how they lived and the struggles they faced daily.
It was interesting to think about how disease can be passed unwittingly from a carrier, how the government dealt with it then vs. how they deal with it now.
It also has a storyline highlighting addiction and how it not only effects the addict but the people who care about the addict.
All in all a very good and interesting read. I highly recommend it.
It took me a while to get into this book but its worth sticking with! It is a very descriptive story of the south that spans generations of the Howland family. Long story short... a wealthy white land owner secretly marries a black woman in ( I believe in the 60's) but they publically have children together. Until the marriage was found out no one had a problem with the relationship but after the marriage is discovered it has unfortunate ramifications for the family both black and white. But that is not the whole story, the most important theme is women who will sacrifice there own hearts desire to protect and better their children and their home. This story combines a sweet blind love story with a contrasting story of marriage of convenience. It is lovely and heart-breaking but also satisfying at the end.
This book may be good to YA's but for me, not so much. I like fantasies... Game of thrones, WoT, Neil Gaiman etc... The characters were just not built up enough. The main character had a life long vendetta against the bad ass epic that killed his father but got sidetracked by things like cool guns, motorcycles and a pretty girl. I really did not care about the main characters and therefore did not really care if any died. In fact I may kill a few characters off myself in my mind tonight.
The " world" of newcago was not built up enough to imagine it. There are made up curse words that are annoying such as " slontz" and " calamity" . . Perhaps the most annoying thing in this book is the use of metaphors that don't work but are supposed to be cute/funny. I can assure you they are neither cute or funny . Also there are little annoyances such as in this dystopian world of darkness and steel there is little attention paid to daily life, what things cost, what is the currency etc...at a loss for why this book is getting such good ratings.
I really enjoyed this book, there is a lot of time spent on character development so when something happens to the character you are invested in that person. I think of this story like stand by me with sci-fi/ horror. It is not very fast paced, but that is due to the character development in the story which adds the richness to the book. An interesting story, a great narrator and a good ending combine to make this book very credit worthy!
This book is the worst narrated audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator used very bizarre voices for many of the characters , I almost could not listen to her.
The premise of the story is good and its nice that sixteen year olds are not the main characters in this dystopian story...for once. I am curious to see what happens next but I fear that the story is heading in a hopeless direction. I hope I am proven wrong in that assumption. I am very glad the next installment is read by someone else!
First of all George Guidall could read the dictionary and have me entranced for hours! But I also enjoyed this story more than I thought I would... it contains a bit of fantasy, with a little history of New York's lower east side with a splash of the middle east. It is a story that shows supernatural creatures in very real life human dilemmas as well as fantastical dilemmas and at the same time weaves in the human characters every day struggles and interactions. All the while dealing with the subjects of morality and religion.
I had never heard of a Golem but it is a creature of Jewish folklore. Of course we all have expectations of what a Jinni is but they are not realized in this story. This story makes you believe that it is indeed possible that we are living along side mythical creatures in our everyday lives! It is sort of a fairy tale for adults a little along the lines of Neil Gaiman's Stardust if not a bit more melancholy but If you enjoyed that I believe you will also enjoy this story.
I am really glad I chose this book, I found myself googling the Grimke sisters, Denmark Vesey and several other characters in the book. Unlike me I suggest you wait until after the book ends because Wikipedia does give away a few details.
Where would we be if not for people who devoted there lives to our personal freedoms, Freedom that are so easily take for granted these days. I think everyone and especially every women should read this book to gain a better understanding of how far we have come in the past 200 years.
The story reveals many insights into slavery, the difficulties of being an abolitionist, the Quakers, and the feminist movement. I am so grateful to the author for enlightening me on these important subjects. The narration is very well done.
This book is mostly ridiculous so I am at a lost for why I really ended up liking it and even crying at the end. The implausible situations the main characters got in were met with seemingly blasé reactions at times. However the love and friendship that was built between the main characters and the dog drew me in. I am a dog lover and wish we were all in the situation to pick up our lives and protect our family and champion humane rights as Travis and Nora were able to do. Both having no attachments and access to money which is not a reality for most of us.
This is my first Koontz book and am not 100% sold yet but will give another book by him try. I would have given the narrator and the story a 3.5 if that were a possibility.
Until the last 2 hours of the book my review was going to be much different. This story has a main character that although a lot of tragedy happens to him is nevertheless hard to sympathize with. It is a story about circumstances , choices and consequences. And how our conduct usually determines our fate, but not always.
I had a hard time listening to the alcohol and drug use throughout the book , and I'm no prude. At times it was just too much and not always necessary in order to tell the story.
I was going to quit by the last 4 hours because I just started to hate the main character and the choices he made , but I will say that there is some redemption in the last 2 hours or so.
I'm glad I stuck with it because over all looking back it was a good story. Long but good.
This is a Nazi Germany book from a different perspective, the perspective of Germans who do not sympathize with Hitler but go along publicly to keep the status quo. There are very rich characters in this book. It did take me a while including a try a few months ago to get into the book, However the reward was great. I was not a huge fan of the small "dream" side stories but they did not greatly detract from the main story. I can actually see why the movie in this case might be better then the book which is very rare. so I am looking forward to it.
This sequel to "A time to kill" will not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I had gone back and read a time to kill as a refresher but that is not needed to enjoy the story. Jake Brigance is the underdog again in a bigoted fight. It is unclear who will "win" until the surprise ending. And the ending is really great. I would not mind more Jake Brigance stories for Grisham.
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