I like David Sedaris. I have read or listened to many of his prior books. Some, such as Me Talk Pretty One Day, are among the funniest books I have ever read. This one, not so much. A lot of it felt kind of sad with an edge of bitterness. Some of the essays were just boring. I found my mind just drifting off focus while the words seemed to just drone in the background. Never a good sign.
There is humor, but it is not the laugh out loud type of previous works but more the mild amusement type.
He talks a lot about his father. Usually his family stories are some of the funniest but these seemed more resentful and angry. He portrays him as both physically and mentally abusive which is somewhat unsettling and not at all humorous. I read Sedaris to smile and laugh, but I found myself feeling saddened and sorry for him for much of the book. Not enough humor to balance the scales.
Very bad Hunger Games rip off. Supposed to be science fiction but there is ZERO plausibility. Main protagonist is a Mary Sue, completely unlikable. Plot predictable. Written for adolescents and poorly so. It is clearly a YA novel yet there are numerous rape incidences which seem inappropriate for the likely audience. This ranks as one of the dumbest books I have read in a long time. I could not be more baffled by all the high reviews.
The same thing gets repeated over and over. After the 5th time String Theory and Brane Theory was explained essentially the same way I bailed on this audio "book", which is actually a series of letters/essays. They all seem to cover the same topic in nearly the same way. Don't waste your money.
This book was an excellent surprise. Entertaining. Funny. Informative. I am now actually interested in learning more about and trying meditation. And I am a huge skeptic.
If I had signed up for this class in college out of curiosity I would have dropped it after a couple weeks. As it was I made it about half way through before I returned it.
I was expecting an immersion in the actual philosophical teachings of the great asian minds. What I got instead was a mind numbing rapid fire list like litany of the HISTORY of asian philosophy. After the first few lectures it became very hard to follow and my interest rapidly waned. This lecture series is a shallow skimming of eastern philosophy delving briefly into each the numerous small branches and variations of the major schools of thought.
The names just flow by and the philosophies begin to blur, then, fade, then........WHOA I'm thinking about what I should be getting at the hardware store and haven't absorbed a word in the last 5 minutes. OK, concentrate, try to pay attention, OK Jong Chi in the time of the Jo Dynasty founded the Jang Xi movement of the middle path existential Buddhists believed in the 5 ways to enlightenment (list them all) which differed from the preceding 6 ways (listed for comparison) which meant he never wore shoes.......duct tape, have to pick up some duct tape......
oh I give up.
Master writer. Master narrator. What more can you say? Another sublime listening experience.
Dare I say it?
This was a weak effort. Many plot devices and character attributes are getting stale, very stale.
Lets face it, Harry should be dead. After the millionth Deus ex Machina it gets a very old and extremely predictable and boring. Does every single fight scene have to end in a near death and a miraculously lucky last minute save out of nowhere? Does Harry have to always rashly insult every bad guy he deals making it more difficult for himself? Will he ever get smarter? Will he ever use his wizarding skills in more subtle and creative ways? FORZARE!, FURGO!, and FRIGA! are getting more than a little boring. How about some new stuff? Parkour? Seriously? That was lame, very lame.
The story was weak. With all the other gears turning in the main plot of the series he writes a heist job? Come on? The main reason I am reading is to see what happens in the grand plot. Well, in this book, nothing! Very disappointing.
Uber fans will love anything Butcher puts out. The rest will likely be let down by this effort.
I'll hang in for one more and hope it is better than this.
Excellent first book of a 3 book series. Abercrombie's writing reminds me of GRR Martin. The characters are patiently constructed as such the first half of the book is a little slow going and patience is required but the payoff is worth it. Each of the main characters are complex individuals with good and bad qualities. No stereotypes or wooden characters. Many posses dark secrets and have dark gritty backgrounds which are gradually revealed. The dialogue and inner thoughts of each character are well written with a great deal of dry wit and humorous sarcasm which I find a great pleasure to read. Very few fantasy writers do this well. The story unravels slowly as many questions and mysteries are presented. Not all is revealed as this book is not a stand alone. Good news is the second book is even better.
There is a lot of blood and salty language but this story wouldn't be as good without it.
The narration is outstanding. Couldn't be better.
So, if you like GRR Martin, what are you waiting for? This is your next series to read.
Big 5 stars.
I only made it partway through this before returning it. I didn't care for the narrator's style. It is delivered like a self help infomercial. The material was so-so. Most rather obvious as in "be soft on the person but hard on the issue". Most people with any amount of life experience intuitively know these things. I was hoping for more specific tactics and situations. Maybe that was to come but I couldn't take the cheesey sales pitch delivery any more.
The only problem I have with this is that it is not a full book but just a short story.
Come on Michael Sullivan, write some more books for this series. We demand it!
Another great discworld novel. Death gets fired and interesting things happen as only Pratchett can describe.
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