Mikaela Zernell aka mikaelazernell
Mikaela Zernell a partire dal Kordyshiv, Ternopil's'ka oblast, Ukraine
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Even though this was not an exciting read and it took me the whole month to finish it (minus the week I took off to read another book), I am very glad I read it. I learned so much from this book and I can honestly say it has changed my life in some ways. As I was reading it, I would tell Jeff different things that I had just read and he has learned a lot too! We are both embracing the idea of buying locally as much as possible, buying organic, and growing our own little garden. I've already got 2 heirloom tomatoes planted, amongst other things. But back to the book review, I enjoyed Camille's sections a lot. They were short and to the point and she is a good writer. My favorite family member had to be Lily though. I loved her rainbow carton of eggs. I definitely think this book could have been much shorter without leaving anything important out. Overall, for a book on this subject, it was very good.
Kind of interesting, but the writing is just kind of ... bad. The tone is also a bit jingoistic for my taste.
Oh, what a crazy dude.
This is a classic adventure story, and brainy and British no less. Fast-paced action and lively dialogue permeate these 180 pages. Chesterton indicts anarchy in the midst of all the good fun. "Being surrounded with every conceivable kind of revolt from infancy, Gabriel had to revolt into something, so he revolted into the only thing left--sanity." Gabriel Syme is a British policeman who goes undercover to foil an anarchist council's assassination plot and gets caught up in the group's doings in the process. The ending's a bit predictable, but the story does not disappoint. Makes one want to race around London in a day's time just to hit all the haunts serving as backdrops to this meaty detective story.
I will be the first to admit that I grew up in one of the squarest, whitest suburbs this side of Connecticut, but when I was about 14, my church youth group would take all of us to our sister parish in Mattapan. It was 1984 and when the 2 groups of kids got together over a record-player, hip-hop would very quickly take over and we would stand there, jaws dropped, watching kids pop and lock. I knew who Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were, but hearing how it all began first hand from Grandmaster Flash himself was the kind of story that you wouldn't believe if it was anyone else telling it. Sugar Hill records gets taken to task for their treatment of their artists and after reading that particular chapter, A Tribe Called Quest's "Show Business" now seems like an article from the Wall Street Journal.
I absolutely loved this book- the story flows through so many historical events so seamlessly.
I have kids ask for "creature" books every week. This would be a good one to hand to them. It has some creepy pictures (which I think is what they are mostly after) and a bit of history. Certainly not a thorough study, but plenty for elementary kids.
This was my favorite of the 3 Linnea Sincalir books I have read this month. I loved the story line about Rya and Admiral Guthrie. Having known each other for many years Rya and Philip are thrown together for an adventure that is sure to have you turning the pages. Throw in a few space aliens, a couple of bad guys and a big ugly cat and this story will make you sigh and wish you had a boss like Philip. I can honestly say I will never look at a plate of peas the same way again :)
I've got to give Oprah's Book Club some credit because the books chosen tend to be some pretty kick-ass, impressive books. Or at least really good reads. Gap Creek was definitely one of those really good reads. For me it was also a short, quick read. Started it Friday night, was done with it the next night. The book is driven by Julie Richards nee Harmon, a multilayered character that seems so much older than her seventeen years. She does work without complaint, hard work, and for the most part accepts what life has given to her. But at the same time she worries and frets and is naive about things. She's young but old, something that makes her so real. Despite the book taking place over the span of a year, Julie is at an age and at a change in her life where so much growth can take place. And it does. We see her not only step up to her new life, but grow up to match it. The writing at first is a little difficult to get into, written from Julie's perspective in that turn-of-the-century Southern talk that can come across as uneducated at times. There's also talk of chopping trees and butchering and preparing a hog, things that are completely outside of the average reader's knowledge and comfort zone. Morgan describes it all with such natural ease the reader can picture it all. It's actually his indepth descriptions that really pull you into the book. He writes everything, every sense- smell, sight, touch, sound, even taste when they're eating dinner. You aren't allowed to observe with Julie, you're right there next to her experiencing it all. There's not really much else to praise about the book, nor is there much to criticize. It was a genuinely good read: unique, well-written and enjoyable.
This is my favorite Wiesner because of the deep fantasy of it. I think it reminds me of my best dreams.