Since "The Goldfinch" just won the Pulitzer, I thought that I would take a chance of reading Donna Tartt's latest. "It must be good since all of my friends are talking about it." WRONG!!!!! This is the worst book that I've ever read from any Pulitzer Prize winner. I've read many prize winning novels that have earned this award and these were great literature classics, but "The Goldfinch" is about a grown man, keeping a diary.
At first, I really thought that this author was a profound scholar from somewhere like Oxford and maybe she was trying to prove to us on a new level of writing, but Tartt is an American that went to school in the States. I'm not trying to dismiss her education and achievements, but as an author, she is horrible at her craft.
Most authors these days doesn't know how to edit their own work. It's just a travesty that our future Pulitzer Prize winners can't develop innate trait of simplifying and condensing their pages into a few paragraphs to explain the same meaning. Not everything has to be a metaphor or symbolism. Stop embellishing the dialogue. Real people doesn't speak like that.
By now, all of you know that I regret purchasing this manual of "boyhood to manhood", but I have one more point to express. Most of us have lived some horrific tragedies in our lives. Such as the terror attacks of 9/11, the bombing of Boston Marathon, and the constant shooting on our campuses. In The Goldfinch, the main character looses his mom when the terrorists bombed the Metropolitan Museum of Art and somehow the 13 year old steals a painting, and the diary of his life starts from then on.
My criticism to these authors is, they always tries to ignite their stories by bringing up tragic events. You are not making the world any better by reminding us how bad mankind really is. Please try to be more creative and stop trying to make a buck on Homeland Security. You can surely have the ability to write a plot without an explosion.
Not all of the great literature works were base on slavery, civil wars, Great Depression, and Hitler. Please take notes from your past colleagues and stop basing your pieces on our modern tragic events. Most readers don't want to be reminded of the Twin Towers, mass shootings, or suicide bombers.
I really couldn't stand this book at all. My toes are starting to cramp up from writing this review. I don't watch award shows for a reason. The Pulitzer Prize is too easily given out these days because they are all critically acclaimed.
I thought that this book was trash. Too bad I will have to keep on seeing it in bookstores. This is how much I dismiss this title. Gosh!
With the level of detail that Donna Tartt has, she should be a manuscript writer. The Goldfinch is not well done. It just shows us how publicity can be instant winners. Thank goodness for indies.
If this was my last book that I read before dying, I would be kicking and screaming to read just one more and hoping it's a good read.
The first 100 days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency are what leaders are made of. Out with the old and in with the new. FDR brought back confidence to the American people by backing up banking from the federal reserves, implemented labor laws, establishing unemployment and Social Security as an insurance by boosting morale for many Americans. It takes a keen ear to build up good leadership to listen. Herbert Hoover was from a different era and didn't knew how to change. Roosevelt was from the new generation and saw a need for better leadership by asking for advise from his cabinet.
"Nothing to Fear" is something that our current administration should read. Instead of having lobbyists and corporations running the country, FDR was his own puppet master with no strings attach and not just another talking head. FDR showed true leadership in the White House that has been lost many presidents after him.
Same characters from "Dove Season", but different adventure. One of the guy's daughter is bum fighting and gone missing. I laughed out loud at the first paragraph. "Plaster City" is what I was hoping for after "Dove Season." The book is not a sequel from "Dove Season", but I highly recommend the previous book before starting "Plaster City." Both books are downright funny with foul language, crude jokes and yet clever.
Johnny Shaw is not a poet or will ever write something substantial to win the Pulitzer. He is an author for people who wants to be entertain with crude humor and language that we all use. I found Shaw to be funny and witty with each of his screw up characters.
There are a few reviews that I've read that "Plaster City" is pointless and fill with the "F" bombs. True, but these critics doesn't get the jokes from Shaw. I don't like stand-up comedy because most of their monologues are in bad taste. Most comedians use way more curse words in an hour than Johnny Shaw does in his books.
There are some great jokes in "Plaster City." It's a must read after "Dove Season." I really like Shaw's dialogues because that is how most of us talks when we are relaxing.
For someone that like this author, you have to like the art of swearing in a clever way.
Can't wait for more from the Fiasco's series.
After listening to "World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)", the film missed the boat entirely. The audiobook is so much better than the movie and I liked the movie when I first watched it. I've been talking to my friends about World War Z and we all came to an agreement there should be a miniseries, like Band of Brothers on HBO. Each episode would tell us the pandemic throughout the world, as the interviews goes on. In the meantime, this audiobook is almost perfect. It's a little eerie listening to the zombie pandemic because we are not sure what is going on with the outbreak of Ebola Sorry for the bad analogy.
In the fourth book of the Outlander series, "Drums of Autumn" has a lot less historical events and more personal stories about Claire and Jamie. At one point of the book, I wanted to stop listening altogether because Claire was being obsessive about her man. It really felt like the first half of the book was all about the couple and playing house.
Jamie, building the house. Jamie, getting sick with the measles. Jamie, making love. Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. Claire quickly forgets Frank, while the doctor is in a time warp. If you can't tell already, I have this love and hate relationship with Claire. Sometime she is very selfish and other times, she is warm and friendly. She also has a lot of resentment for Jamie's son.
Geez, my friends are right, I'm starting to think all of these characters are real.
The story really begins in "Drums of Autumn" when Brianna seeks out her real father, after Frank dies. We often hear about adopted children, wanting to find their biological parents. This is no different for Brianna and her dad, Jamie. I just wished that the author would had gone more in depth of Frank, who raised Brianna like a Randall. Often times, adopted parents are more nurturing than the couple who conceived the child.
Now that Jamie and Claire are grandparents, I'm wondering if they will have less passion for each other and have more compassion for their grandson.
One of the reason why I keep going on with this series is because of Diana Gabaldon. She captures real human emotions in her books where you love and hate them in each chapter. If i didn't like Outlander and all of the characters, I wouldn't bother reading more, but as you can tell, I have a lot to say in each book and enjoying them more, as I check them off one at a time.
I have no heart. I couldn't stand this book. Dave Eggers is not an engaging writer. When he writes, he cannot stay focus. It was very frustrating to read because one minute he tell us something that really matters and the next, he goes onto something else. Very ADD style of writing. He cannot complete a sentence
"Zeitoun" was not compelling story for me to read. Again, I am heartless. I wanted to know about the storm and the government failure, but all I got was about a Syrian contractor in New Orleans. Listening to this story was almost like watching paint dry on a humid, hot day. The paint never fully dries because of the humidity. Much like the wet paint, Zeitoun's story just drips and get blotchy.
I was interested in reading Dave Eggers most recent book, but I'm canceling that order. He can't write in a straight line. Someone else should had wrote about Zeitoun. I can't handle human interest stories because they all follow the same pattern and this author is 100% a bad writer in my mind.
I really hope that Netflix does a documentary on "The Viral Storm." I think that is the only way for the mass to be more aware of outbreaks of pandemic that will eventually make mankind extinct. Awesome and frighten information from Nathan Wolfe. Vast information on biotech and how vaccines gets develop from its viruses. Hope to watch it one day on my Queue because television is the only way to inform everyone on any potential pandemic. Not enough of us reads anymore, other than checking our friends' status.
(In the audio version of Edge of Eternity, the epilogue is cut off. Right before our 44th President and the quoting of William Shakespeare. Hopefully, Audible will get this fix. I'm going to go to the bookstore to read the last few lines in the book.)
I was looking forward to the final book of the Century Trilogy and Ken Follett is a remarkable author. I always gasp whenever I start another title from him because I enjoy historical fiction. "Edge of Eternity" expands almost 50 years with JFK's affairs, his assassination, MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, the shot that killed Bobby Kennedy, Watergate, Reagan's administration and ended at Obama’s first election victory.
In between the history, Follett goes in depth with his numerous characters and their lives. Like the Civil Rights movement in the States and how one of the Black female characters became JFK's mistress. She was a White House intern at the time and later be in charge of the State Department.
A rising rock-and-roll star fleeing the dictatorship from the communist and leaving his pregnant lover behind and having a successful career in USA during the free love era. The list goes on and on. There are too many scenarios with other characters.
Although I like this book tremendously and enjoy the random sex scenes, the timeline became too much to crammed into a thousand some odd pages or almost 37 hours. "Edge of Eternity" almost needed to be broken up into two volumes and 200 pages longer to understand the scale of what happened in the past. After the death of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's death, the book should had ended there to explain more of the fictional characters and their lives of Civil Rights and the past war with Cuba with John F. Kennedy.
Ken Follett writes about sex to be erotic and that is one thing that I have always enjoyed in the Century Trilogy, but I also think that the author is getting sloppy with the dirty deed. The sex became too random throughout the book, where I thought that I was reading an young adult novel. After a while, I got my mind to ignore the love making and focus onto the end.
Am I disappointed in the trilogy? It's really hard to say. I really like the second book the most out of the three because I like knowing more about World War II and the characters were more interesting in "Winter of the World." As for the final book, the timeline was too long for me.
Again, I wished that Ken Follett would had written more into two separate books, but then it would not be a trilogy. Unlike the previous books in the series, most of the characters in the last installment are just "okay." They were just bland and very cookie cutter with the time. I didn't quite enjoy any of them. No one really stuck out. They were very predictable.
I also bought this book to listen to John Lee's performance. He is always outstanding and was the narrator in all three books. Nice touch at naming one of the character "John Lee" in ""Edge of Eternity." My only guess is Follett wanted to thank Lee for his voice in the Century Trilogy.
Maybe because I watched the Berlin Wall come down, the entire story felt less reverent to me.
This is my second time at reading "No One Would Listen," and at the time when my friend let me borrow the book, I thought that it was great. Unless you were living under a rock, you couldn't get away at hearing Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme and his victims. Four years later after Harry Markopolos published his book on how he caught Madoff fraudulent acts, I still find this book to be good.
Maybe a bit over the top from Markopolos and a bit too much about him and not enough about Madoff and his victims, but good enough to purchase the book for my Audible library. I just did a search on the latest news on Bernie and his penthouse on 64th Street just sold for $14.5 million. Now Madoff lives at Federal Correctional Institution Butner Medium. which cost way more than his penthouse. Nice upgrade.
I'm a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton. I still think that he is one of the best writers for science fiction. He writes in grand and epic structure with vast amount of detail in his characters. When reading the first installment of "The Greg Mandel Trilogy", you have to tweak your brain from what you read before from this author. "Mindstar Rising" is not space opera, but more action pack and focus on one character that is a sci fi detective on a post disaster in England.
Please don't quote me, but I believe that the Mandel series was Hamilton's first. It will be interesting if he veer off more into space opera and somehow introduce us to Commonwealth as I keep listening to this trilogy.
When reading the this book, Hamilton is in one direction. It's very different than what I've read from him in the past.
I only gave "Mindstar Rising" 3 stars because it's like getting introduce to an new author. My mind still need to adjust that there is no space drama and sexy droids in this universe. I'm sure that more stars will be added in the following books as I see Hamilton in a different light.
Just a lot of action in this one.
To sum up the point of the book, when they couldn't drill anymore, they started fracking to get as much old that they can with no regards to anything else. "The Frackers" are a bunch of lottery winners from past black gold. I'm not an environmentalist, but the book is very neutral. The author is very melancholy at where he stands.
"The Frackers" is strictly a biography on the oil tycoons It's too early to tell what fracking is doing to the environment and this book is very lack luster, but I hope that I don't see the day when "Frack You" becomes the new slang.
There is no information on the process of fracking. It's all about the business of chipping for Crude.
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