If you like Lisa Scottoline, you will like her latest book. Full of action, twists, and turns. And humor. Great job, Lisa.
This sequel to Enders Game is like Enders Game, but not like Enders Game. Ender leaves his sister Valentine and finds his way to the distant human colony of Lusitania. My brain was exercised as I worked to form an understanding of the indigenous culture of Lusitania (piggies) from my own knowledge base and culture. The piggies turned out to be totally foreign in their method of reproduction, communication, and government. Yet, still, they had a thirst for knowledge, intelligence, and a desire to integrate human things into their lives. Their evolution was to continue, only now woven with the things of the humans. A good book for stretching my mind beyond my current conceptions
This book is extremely clever. It is a romantic comedy written in the first person of someone with Asperger's ... who doesn't know he has Asperger's. Don Tillman designs a plan to find a wife through the 'Wife Project', gets sidetracked by the 'Father Project', and in the end finds love in the 'Rosie Project". The book is downright laughable in many parts. The drawback for me is the constant monotonous tone of the book, which fits right in with the Asperger theme. But I found it irritating after the second chapter. If the tone doesn't bother you, you will thoroughly enjoy the book.
Hosseini used a series of vignettes to tell his story as compared to a contiguous plot. His approach is different than previous novels, but absolutely effective. It allowed a quick but deep look at a number of characters and situations that are intertwined and impacted by each other. It is a story of choices, of responsibility and love, of self-sacrifice and self-centeredness, of isolation and connection. At the beginning of some chapters I had difficulty getting my bearings, but Hosseini quickly provided enough information for me to gain understanding. I was propelled through the stories in this book, and touched by how intertwined the characters were at the beginning and the end. A very good read.
I was intrigued by this short story, never having read it before. It seemed quite dense in that a lot happened in a very short time. Dickens skillfully developed his characters and developed the story through their interaction. I did not anticipate the outcome, and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this novella and would recommend it to all Dickens lovers.
This was my first Louise Penny book. Because it was my first book featuring inspector Armand Gamache, it took me a while to understand who the main characters were. While the author injected humor at points, I found the plot to be overly laden with characters such that I lost track of who was who, and the clues leading up to the exposure of the criminal were muted and confusing, even upon retrospection. Perhaps the book would be enjoyed by someone who was familiar with the series, but I found it problematic to even read through to the end.
It has been some time since I read science fiction. A fellow air traveler made the recommendation and I followed up. From the start I found it easy to suspend disbelief because the characters were full of human emotion and thought ... loyalty, fear, distrust, greed. The intensity and focus of those around Ender on destroying the enemy at any cost was disturbing. Yet, their reasoning was sound. There are times, I guess, when children can not be allowed to be children ... when sacrifices must be made ... and when decisions are best made by those other than the ones performing the task. This book prompted much rumination about the morality of the ends justifying the means.
Pride and Prejudice was an unexpected delight. I most appreciated each character who was well formed, and I enjoyed the interaction of the various personalities. Due to its style I had to pay close attention to every word and at times gained understanding through context. There was much humor and wit. Overall, a good read.
This book, though well written, details a depraved subject. I did not enjoy reading the details of men and women behaving in injurious and self-destructive ways. The story revolved around the death of Anne Campbell, the General's daughter. While what happened to Anne earlier at West Point was indeed tragic, her response to it only brought about senseless destruction and did not justify her pre-death actions. The characters were realistic, the plot was well-developed, descriptions were vibrant, and the truth surrounding the death was rolled out at just the right pace. I just did not appreciate the subject matter.
'Liala is happy here in Marie [Pakistan]. But it is not an easy happiness. It is not a happiness without cost.' This, you will understand, after reading the book. It was excellent ... ranking right up there with Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese) and The Help (Kathryn Stockett). The book held my attention from beginning to end, with a storyline that forever twisted and turned. The author's decriptions were magnificent. I am now exposed to Afghanistan from an insider's experience.
An absolutely engaging book. I followed the life of Willy Keith as he matured over the course of three years in the Navy during WWII. I saw into a life that started with self-centeredness and immaturity and developed into self-awareness and maturity. This transformation was presented through Willy's own thoughts, and also through his actions and interactions. I loved the character of captain Queeg and May Win, and near the end I despised Keefer. The book was not all about war time battles, though it included some. It was more about the characters and how each one interacted and responded to the people and things around them given their own personal make-up. I, for one, want to look up the movie from 1954 and watch it with a big bowl of popcorn.
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