Pearland, TX United States | Member Since 2012
I get that this has a bit of a cult following however I was surprised to find it has no plot. It is just a nonstop jumble of more and more outrageous escapades by two guys that seem determined to kill themselves through the ever increasing application of every pharmaceutical they can get.
No, this genre will always be like watching a train wreck for me.
Richard Dreyfus' older brother. Hmm. Count the name as one word.
Revulsion. I was actually unable to finish this book due to the ever increasing depravity of the two principal characters.
I felt obligated to finish the story so I tried the movie which is near verbatim that of the book. I still could not bring my self to finish. Even if it all comes together in the end I feel the journey could not have been worth the trip.
No. I believe Mr. Pullman has had his fair shake from me.
Once again, no. I don't think I will.
No, I have not and as such am unable to make a comparison.
I'm not sure cutting any scenes from this story would really help me enjoy it anymore however, I would have called the cute little companions everyone had just about anything but demons or daemons.
I've heard the religious arguments against this story for years and have chosen to decide for myself. Though I'm Christian I found I wanted to defend this book until it just started quoting the bible and deliberately twisting the passages to mean things way off the mark in my understanding. I have to say I just didn't enjoy this book at all even though the cast did a phenomenal job in performing the narration.
Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.
I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.
I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.
I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.
I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.
No, I would not recommend this to anyone over 14 years old. This book really tried hard to capitalize on all the genres from zombies to superheroes and wizards to exorcists. The reader will also experience many pop culture references such as Doctor Who and movie quotes. Hell, we are even treated to Jessica Alba as a zombie being inappropriate with a demon possessed by a human who later becomes a zombie puppeted by a gang member. Yeah, it's a bit busy.
Like most of the plot points the ending to this fun book was a little predictable.
I enjoyed the scoring of zombie celebrity take downs by the heroes.
Sure, why not? Zapp could be played by William Zabka. Eric Banna would make a good Dragon. And Stealth could be played by Haley Cuoco.
i gave this book a shot as I really enjoyed the author's book titled "14". This one just doesn't stack up however it will satisfy that need for comic book level distraction.
To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.
Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.
My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.
Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.
So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who has even a passing interest in the topic.
This is a series of lectures. I have listened to several such programs. This one is so far my favorite.
I have heard nothing else by Mr. Brier. I would however like to.
The lecturer did an amazing job keeping this interesting. It is broken into half hour lectures and each one was a joy to experience.
If you are like I was and you keep looking at the Great Lectures wondering if you might enjoy them then this is the perfect place to start.
I'm glad I listened to this in that it shows a darker side of Scalzi that rarely shows in his other works. I felt the story just didn't stand out. I believe the premise could be a great byline to a bigger more epic tale. It's as if we learned all about only one aspect of a potentially fascinating world. Throw open the curtain Scalzi.
Besides what I've already stated I was not fond of where this story left off.
Acceptable, articulate, and like-able
Yes, I would. This book would need a lot more substance to make it a film and I would wonder how Hollywood might accomplish it.
I have enjoyed several of Scalzi's books and consider them very light reading. This one is kinda the exception in that he goes a bit H. P. Lovecraft on his readers.
I would recommend starting with Android's dream or old man's war.
Yes, I just might. I already miss Lin and Prabu. I really felt immersed in the very real world the author brings to life. I was with Lin in the prisons and I laughed out loud at Prabu's antics as I could see his brilliant smile in my mind's eye. What a pleasure to have stumbled across this instant classic gritty story.
I have never read a book quite like this so I would compare parts of it to the feel you get from the movie The Beach, some of it to a cross between Goodfellas and the Indiana Jones scenes in Cairo, and maybe a little from The Hangover part two.
Mr. Bower really develops each character into a beloved friend. His accents are amazing his nuance is spot on, and his delivery is perfect. Even after some sixty hours he left me hoping it just wouldn't end.
It is a very lengthy title and I still just about read it strait through. I found myself telling my wife some of the crazy things Prabu did as though he were someone I had to deal with daily.
I read a review that stated if you enjoy the first couple pages you will love the book. This was a true statement in my case so I pass it on here.
I feel as though I have learned quite a bit about the culture of what was Bombay and noted many of the locations mentioned in the book are real and searchable online such as the horrible Arthor rd prison and the slums that go on and on.
I enjoyed the entire book. But I loved how the author's descriptions made me feel like I was in the thick of it.
Asher. She was very fascinating and I found myself simply wanting to believe in her.
I like how although he made a wonderful performance he still never got in the way of the story.
I enjoyed the scenes involving the pillar of fire as these were exciting. There are many exciting moments in this book.
I passed this book up several times. So glad I read the comments and went for it.
This book ranks among my classics near the top of the list. It is not my favorite but I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that this is an actual account of what it was like to be a deck hand so long ago. It truly is a slice of history preserved in time.
The navigation among the "ice islands" was very memorable. One could almost feel the cold and see the icebergs.
I thought he did a fine job. He really brought the book to life.
No, because of the length but otherwise my attention was caught the entire time.
I am glad this book is available to us and am saddened by all the accounts of other professions that must have been lost to us over the years.
I hate the thought of giving such a renown classic poor marks but seriously, this book is so dry and uneventful that I just can't understand how Copperfield ever made it to print. We start with David as a child and end with him as an adult. Not much happens but at least every conversation he ever had is chronicled.
If this had been the first classic I had every read I just might have never developed a love for them. I am thankful this was not the case. If you are looking for your first classic may I suggest The Mysterious Island by Jules Vern or perhaps Don Quixote?
I guess my favorite character was Barkis. He was at least a little interesting in his timidity.
Disappointment, I did not start this one with high hopes and it certainly lived up to my expectations.
I feel like a cold dogging a literary work like this but please understand it's not like I am just some jerk who can't appreciate what it is. I thought Moby Dick by Melville was a wonderful read. This book simply sucked. There, I said it.
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