Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011
This book was on sale so I bought it and I am glad I did. It was very good and I enjoyed it. It delves into the spiritual and I thought that was really cool. The main character, Jackson, is a snarky, unwilling psychic, who had a terrible childhood. HIs psychic gift is anything but a gift to him and it gets him into an interesting situation.
This book blew me away! There are many twists and turns and nothing is predictable. It is thought provoking and so entirely enthralling. I highly recommend!
I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this one was no exception. They are such nice books, such good stories and characters. I am not a quilter and I really love this series.
I disliked this book almost immediately. I cannot tell you exactly why. I wasn't crazy about the British accents and I didn't like the pacing. It just wasn't for me.
When I first started reading this story, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. Maybe because it forces you to think. It is difficult to imagine a scenario like this in a country where we are used to so much freedom. That being said, it did make me stop and think about the liberties our government seems to be taking for granted these days in the name of terrorism. I never really cared before, but after reading this book, I can see how it could be a slippery slope. Sometimes even fictional books can paint a picture which can help us see what could be if we continue on a certain path. Atlas Shrugged is one of those books, and The Handmaid's Tale is another. I only gave it 4 stars because I really hated the way the book ended. I felt like the author just got tired of writing and stopped.
I really enjoyed this book - it gives you a historical perspective of a child who rode the orphan train along with a current perspective of a young adult who has been abandoned by the people who were supposed to love her forever. It really is a lovely story and well worth reading.
This is such a good book. It is engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. It is heart wrenching at times but, also full of hope. At first I was wary - I wasn't sure I liked the narrator, but give him a chance. He brings it together very nicely. When I finished the book, I watched the movie. The movie leaves so much out that is crucial to really connecting with the characters. It is definitely one of those books that leave you feeling like you lost your best friends when it ends.
I am a huge fan of spiritual books, especially ones that deal with subjects such as this one, however, I just didn't buy a lot of what this author was saying. The messages in the book are good ones, but with all the amazing psychically sensitive people in the world, never have I heard one say, nor have a read a book, that claims a relative who crossed over actually spoke to them so clearly that they gave day to day experiences on the Otherside for such a long period of time. Sure, people write about communicating with those who have crossed over, but not as easily as listening to someone standing next to you speak. It made me wonder why she was so special that she was able to continue her relationship with her brother in a way that no one else can. I realize that some people are more sensitive than others, but I just don't believe her story. However, the book was not a total waste, as I said, there are very positive messages and metaphors - which you have probably seen all over Facebook by now.
I had a very hard time getting into this book. I think at first, it was because the Narrator was not as simple to listen to as others. He has an accent and he is not a trained narrator like the ones most other books use. After a while though, I got used to his voice and the accent and it became easier to listen to. For instance, it took me a long time to realize that when he was saying what sounds like "aphons" that he was saying Afghans. Once I got into it, there were a couple of times that his story was so disturbing, I really wasn't sure I wanted to hear it. It is real and these horrors happen in this world, so I suppose I just wanted to continue burying my head in the sand. Ultimately, I am glad I read the book. I certainly have much more understanding of Afghanistan, which in my small mind, didn't even exist before 9/11. I think the book also showed me a different side to the Afghan people, who, although they have a very different culture than people in the West, they were just people living and surviving before the Taliban took over their country.
I purchased this book because I remember people talking about it, but I really didn't know exactly what it was about. I was very surprised that it turned out to be such a wonderful story...I think I expected more of a diary-type story, but it was so much more. Also, knowing so little about pre-WWII Japan, I learned a lot about Japanese culture. It was facsinating to me. I always thought that Geisha's were prostitutes, and although some may still define them as so, they really were artists. After reading the book, I rented the movie to see how they visualized it. It was a little different, but it did help paint pictures for me in the areas that I could not imagine. It is a lovely book!
I think this could very well be the Great American Novel! A fantastic story that you become absorbed in, become part of, have a stake in...you feel the pain and the joy of Theo and Boris and those who are part of their lives. It is somehow easy to accept their choices even though you know they are wrong because you so deeply understand who they are. All I can say is "Wow!"
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