On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called The Last Friend, and through it Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.
I profoundly loved this book, it has an interesting story, with a great concept, fantastic and relatable characters, and you don't want to stop reading, even though you know sadness will come and make you cry. The end is not important however, it is all about Rufus and Mateo, and their one last epic day to live and be brave. Read it, it repays every tear with a hundred smiles.
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Breakfast of Champions (1973) provides frantic, scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut's obsessions. His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon; it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to Slaughterhouse-Five, which had made Vonnegut's literary reputation.
I barely recall what I heard even though I just heard it, I simply could not get pulled into the world and found the book very uninteresting. Some of the language he used is peculiar, the dick measuring is juvenile, the drawings are amusing, the ending was interesting and the narrator is good. The rest is not note worthy.
The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.
This was a beautiful journey, I utterly adore this book. I enjoyed watching the movie, however it doesn't live up to the book, not even a little. I love the characters, their development and the both small and large interventions the characters share. I really enjoyed the story flow, and seeing Zelda be the most amazing fríend, and being able to view the Amphibian mans perspective too. I enjoyed Elaine's story and her leaving Strickland, I even enjoyed his story and getting a deeper in signs into his utterly messed up psyche. The narrator is fantastic and none of the characters blend together, she did a very good job of telling this story.
On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A. F. (After Ford, the deity).
I enjoy dystopian books like these, consisting of entirely possible futures, where people give up everything we feel stongly about in favor of leading a life of uncaring bliss. It makes sense, however this book falls short for me. The story of the "colonisers" trying to civilise a "savage" is interesting, John's struggle to be in a world that he dreamed about, but finds to be lacking in every way. However, I end up not actually liking any of the characters, Helmholtz and Mond are interesting, but not the main characters. John is just a consistent extreme of either adoration or anger and I find myself being consistently irritated with him. While Bernard is a coward, who profoundly wants to belong, and would give anything and anyone up, for five seconds of anyone liking him. Neither of them are someone I want to root for and it reduces the story to nothing for me. With having read 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, before hand, I can't help but compare the books. I enjoy the aspect of an entirely engineered society, it's a very interesting idea, however, 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, had strong protagonists in Winston and Montag. I was rooting for them the entire way though, here I couldn't care less for John and Bernard. However in a very similar fashion, Mond was a very good character, similar O'brien and Beaty. They truly understood the world, and you understood them and what makes them tick. Anyway, to sum up, good ideas, not good enough characters and I found myself just wanting to get though it.
Contemporary culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Clinical psychologist Dr Meg Jay argues that this could not be further from the truth. In fact, your 20s are the most defining decade of adulthood. The Defining Decade weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with real-life stories to show us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood.
I love this book, I love the narrator and I love what it's about, I love the short stories about each of her patient, but I don't follow what its preaching. This book feels like being slapped with a truth bomb, it make sense to me, I know I need to stop drifting and claim my life, but I don't do it. Yet I still love the idea behind what Meg is talking about, it pushes me to make minor steps. It's definitely a book that should be read by all 20 somethings, these years matter, even through were thought that we have plenty of time to figure it out and can just keep on doing the meaningless stuff we do.
A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.
Good narration and great book, I really loved the first two movies, but had never really considered reading the book. Glad I let it sit a while, so I could barely remember the small plot points in the film, and judge all the differences. I enjoyed the story, the plot points, some of the characters are very cliché, but i enjoyed it anyway. Wasn't anywhere close to being a favorite, but it was good enough.
Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.
People have such an ability to be utterly heartless monsters, it's insane and heartbreaking. The things Solomon was forced to go through are awful, and the fact that he or any other person had to go through that is beyond messed up. When ever I read about slavery, it feels like trying to figure out the correct proportions of the universe, I can't do it and I can't understand it. I can't understand treating another person like your property, ripping another person away from their property, causing them unspeakable emotional and physical distress and thinking you're justified in doing so cause of the color of your skin. It's all f**ked. The narrator of this book was good, and the story was well written.
At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.
I don't think I can accurately describe how profoundly I dislike this book. It is a mysoginistic mess, and I know it's a product of its time, but I hate that those times existed and that a joke could be made out of a man raping a woman and then murdering her. I read this book as a part of my book club, and felt as through I had to finish it and in part wanted to see how it ends. I didn't find the end satisfying, or worth it. I know this book was a meant as satirical commentary on the ridiculousness of war, and maybe it was clever in some parts, but for the most part I found this read to be an irritating chore.
Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.
This was a really good listen, if it weren't for the asshat that was Hammond and the profoundly irritating little girl, it would have been pretty much perfect. I have seen the film, but was never very much into it, the book as per usual was way better than the movie. The characters and story were very good, and the dinosaurs seemed really great too. Fantastic narration, highly recommended.
Harry is the best and technically the 'only' at what he does, being the lone professional wizard PI in the Chicago phonebook. So when the Chicago PD has cases that transcend mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers. For the 'everyday' world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. Yet despite his precautions, Harry tends to stumble from crisis to drama in his dealings with the supernatural world - call it an occupational hazard.
It took me two years to through this book, at the time when I bought it I was a big fan of the Dresden Files, then I left the book for a whole and two years later I'm dragging myself through it. The narrator is good, I just couldn't care less about the stories. The Nancy Drew-ishess of it all. If you like the series you'll like it.
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