This is a very good book which is both informative on the subject of genes themselves, but also serves as a kind of historical overview of changing ideas, and why they were discarded or affirmed.
Dawkins, as always, is given to digressions that could be considered by some, to be tedious. Even so, a bit of patients is rewarded well by way of learning.
All in all... Excellent.
this book is not light in content, so even though Dawkins does an exception job in explaining things with clarity, it is not for someone looking to kill a bit of time. Attention is required to get the most of this book.
Sad She Died
The whole book actually - I am not being lazy - it was VERY well written. Right from the off, you are immersed into her world - a scary world where death and loss are an everyday part of existence. One of lies and deception, of being controlled and fighting that control the best the main character is able. I was sad for Bree - I actually wanted her to live - It makes you hate Jane and Felix for not allowing her to live on. I could not help but think her death was such a waste - I liked this kid and wanted her to be taught by the Cullen's - to find a place in life - but alas ... Well, it is a good short story
Not so much extreme, but I LIKE the main character - I would love it if it turned out that she somehow survived and lived on, hidden from the Vampire Rulers... (Please Stephanie?)
So worth it as part of the series, or as a stand alone
Where to start...
I have to admit, that I tried to read the hard copy book, and put it down after 111 pages. I then reconsidered and read it through... I enjoyed it the second time better.
The problem with the first time through, was that I was over critical and expected too much for all the hype.
I have since bought all of the audio books in this series. The audio book was much better than the read through.
The truth? This is a fun book that was written for a youth, not for a more mature or an overly discriminating audience. That is not to say there were not interesting/fun/enjoyable parts, but to be honest, as an older male, I found it hard to relate to Bella's perspective.
It was not the suspension of disbelief - that part was easy enough. The world that the author creates is fine - just immature second guessing the character(s) do - goofy choices that some of the characters make - that was the hard part.
Edward's character seems to morph from cold control freak, to over the top care giver. (albeit while crossing Bella's boundaries) The book does explain this, but for someone who understands and practices the importance of healthy relationship choices, some of it makes you cringe a bit - Is it forgivable? I thought so - It works in the story, and over all Edward is by no means the worse character ever produced in a book.
As for Miss Swan? She actually did make sense as a character, though it is hard to describe why at times. Mostly, the emotional flow was tedious, but understandable.
I WOULD recommend this book for someone who is looking for an easy read: Someone who is not going to get caught up on the writing, which was painful at some points.
As a first effort for writing a novel, Twilight is actually rather amazing. The writing certainly DOES improve as the series continues.
Yup - It is every bit as good as the hype.
I love the book much better than the movie. I have recently got ALL the books in this series, and am looking forward to going through this one again.
Cloak and dagger? Yup! This book has it.
Cliff Hanger Chapters? Yup! This book has it.
Enjoyable fiction? Yup! This book has it.
The author does a great job of moving the story forward, clear description, believable characters and suspension of disbelief is not taxing.
LOVED the narration on this one! Very Engaging.
So worth the money
This is a great book if you are interested in the life of Audrey Hepburn.
It is clear, concise and ordered. The book is a historical time line of things that happened in her life and her career.
This is great book to get if you are interested in some of the back story of her life.
(You learn things about this remarkable lady that are not common knowledge)
The narrator is beyond good as she unfolds a compelling look at one of the truly great people of the last century. She doesn't drag the text nor is she too fast.
I have been through this book a few times, and am satisfied with listening.
Well worth the money if you are looking for a peek into Audrey" life.
This is not only full of good information about ADD, it is enjoyable. The Author creates a no stress approach in reading about the disorder. (which I have)
There are many helpful hints and ideas, but more than that, the Author does a great job in helping to put guilt and frustration into perspective; and more importantly, how to deal with them. Understanding what ADD is the key to unlocking its potential of very fulfilling life and a productive one,
Growing up with the disorder, I could totally relate to the people discussed in this book. The stories are that of real people finding real answers.
If you are someone else has ADD, please get this book - it will make a huge difference.
This book lays out information in a sensible order. As one who has been in many debates regarding origins, I find the author`s approach to be sensible and easy to understand. It is not that evidence for evolution is scarce, it is a matter of understanding it where the challenge comes sometimes: this book makes it easy.
I highly recommend this book
As always, the Dalai Lama brings vision and hope for mankind in general, regardless of your religious affiliation or back round. The ideas discussed in the book are rather universal, but important none the less.
This is a very well put together book.
Yes, it is short, but the author makes a good job of explaining who the Druids were and what their place is in history was. Be prepared to enlightened, frightened and entertained as this book take you on a journey that is both informative and entertaining.
I highly recommend this book as an overview of some of the most mysterious people, in history.
In 28 days, my blood pressure went from 139 over 85 to 113 over 65. I lost 23 pounds, sleep better and feel amazing. My blood sugar (on meds) would spike up to 13.3 and at the end of 28 days... 5.4 (I am now off meds but am still monitoring - If I cheat, my levels rise - we are what we eat)
Do NOT underestimate how potentially powerful this eating system can be, if you first understand it, and second, follow it. I recently had my blood pressure checked again, and with activity, it was 120 over 68.
Not bad at all considering. Read it, understand it, use it and enjoy weight loss feeling full with more foor than are before I started this diet and now enjoy amazing health results. (When I first started this system of eating, I weighed in at 303 pounds)
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