A brutally honest account of coming to terms with having a disabled child and how life changes, both the good stuff and the bad. There were moments of discomfort but I realize that’s not because the author was being inappropriate or rude, but because she was relaying honest truths, and sometimes such truths are hard to hear.
The book progressed well and had that uncommon quality of not wanting to put it down but afraid to hear the rest. A very good read for people with children with disabilities because it reassures you that even when you have awful thoughts about your “broken” child, you’re not the only one who has ever thought that about your child, and that’s okay.
I really liked the descriptions the author used and the suspence of how story lines played around the fringes and integrating but it's just a tease.
The scene of Kel taking off from school after his breakdown. The imagery was fantastic.
It was so dry, boring, long. I didn't make it too far into this novel.
It wasn't super imaginative. You could predict what was going to happen by the blatant forshadowing. I also find it hard to believe that ten years of doctors and researchers unable to find a cure for a disease would be so easily put to shame by a 16 year old nursing trainee. The main character is elevated too easily to positions of importance and defies the odds in way too many circumstances for it to seem legitimate.
Hmm maybe? I won't be buying the sequals but it wasn't wholly unpleasent. (how's that for selling it??)
No... I think he's said all he can say.
I listened to the ted talk by Andrew Solomon and was moved so much by the power in his words I had to get the book. It was a really lengthy reiteration of the ted talk. There is a lot of repetition and very long anectdotes that don't really add anything new to the concepts he is trying to present.
Narration was fine.
The look inside the experience and mind of someone who has been abducted.
Room by Emily Donahue.
Also this novel takes place on Vancouver Island involving a realtor who is abducted. There is a real life story of a realtor on Vancouver Island who was murdered at a home she was showing. That was a bit eerie.
Not in one sitting, it's pretty long. I listened to it every day though until complete!
I didn't love the ending where you find out who was responsible for the abduction. It would have been better if it was just random or if the abductor had chosen the woman at random. Makes it less sensational and more authentic.
It was interesting but was a bit long winded and sciency. It was definitely food for thought but could have been condensed which would have kept me listening more consistently.
Maybe for fiction. Her voice was really annoying when listening to a scientific book. If I hear "neandra-tal" instead of "neandra-thal" one more time I'll kick a puppy.
It was a little haphazard and a number of events were unnecessary to the development of the story so it seemed a little longwinded. I would streamline the story a bit more.
It's not her best work. It was a lot more sexual than previous books too.
No. Unlike Shanghai Girls which I loved was part of a series this was a decent standalone book and I wouldn't consider another in the series, though I would probably read almost anything Amy Tan wrote :)
I feel like the really interesting part of this idea, all the problems that follow on a failure of the digital world and computerized systems, was glazed over in favor of how viruses work and a poorly written ethno-political motivation of digital attack.
I was not familiar with this phenomenon until downloading the audio book. It must be the strangest book I have ever been privy to. It is witty and hilarious at times and downright strange at other times. I think it is about the right length because it gets weirder and weirder as it goes on and I'm not sure I could take the insanity if it were much longer.
There were really well written and interesting parts of this novel, but it ended abruptly and not in the way where I really want to see an epilogue or book 2. I think the author got bored of where the story was headed and ended it quickly before it could go too far off the tracks. Not sure I'd recommend it.
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