It is very interesting to hear the childhood stories from different cultures. This is a really fun read!
There are a couple voices telling the story of the Barrett family. They're all the same person, but each voice has a different perspective; there's 8 year old Merry, Blogger for Fangoria Merry, and Merry in a candid interview. The story revolves around the Barrett family and their struggles with mental illness or demonic possession ... or both.
Not sure I would call this a horror story, it does drag on a bit, but the end is pretty disturbing.
I'm gonna try this without cheating but there are so many.
1. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
5. Die Hard
OMFG! So Many, Not Listed, Must Stop Typing ....
A lot of people said this, but my taste is all over the board. This was hard, but I listed bands based on albums I can listen to over and again. Not in any order:
1. Led Zeppelin
2. Frank Sinatra
3. Rage Against The Machine
4. Beastie Boys
Honorable Mention: Marvin Gaye, Metallica, Godsmack, White Zombie, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Suicidal Tendencies, Devildriver, Black Label Society, Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, Parliament ...
For the amount of detail covered, this book is a really great read. It takes place in the Pacific Theater of WWII and offers the perspectives of both the Americans and Japanese. It follows the Tail End Charlies from just before through the campaign to capture Okinawa.
This book was recommended, and borrowed, from a friend. I returning this book, but will definitely be adding this one to my library.
While fiction, this book seems extremely authentic. It is a wild ride. Almost non-stop action with a quick trip to the darker side of war.
If you're looking for a quick yet engrossing distraction, this should definitely make your list.
My Turn. Thanks @maich!
1. New Mexico, USA
2. Battle Royale, Atlas Shrugged, The Godfather, I Am Legend
3. Night Watch, Star Wars Republic Commando
4. The Godfather, Evil Dead II, Oldboy
5. Ash vs Evil Dead, Arrested Development, Archer
6. Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, Static-X
8. Horror, History, Classics
9. Fire Alarm Tech
10. Rats: Ratitude, Ratsputin; Cats: Binx, Cheron, Chicken Nuggets; Wolf Dog Hybrids: Chimera, Cerberus
Given the darkly wonderful art in this book I was expecting more Grimm and less Perrault. This is a great telling of the classic children's fairytale. This beautiful book will be a great addition to our library.
It took all of 15 minutes to read, but it was an enjoyable quarter hour.
Once you get past the seemingly alcohol fueled run-on sentences and the writing starts to make a little sense and you can kind of keep the characters straight it's actually not bad.
I wasn't really sure at first, but it grew on me. It turned out to be a decent story.
The story of the exploits of an American ambulance driver serving with the Italian army during WWI. I don't really get Hemingway's style, but it's worth a read.
General Sherman, integral to the Union victory in the Civil War is fascinating subject matter. At times this book seems to spend more time discussing General Grant than Sherman, but given the bond these two amazing men shared it is kind of a given.
The Memoirs Of General W.T. Sherman is definitely going to be one of my upcoming reads.
I had to make the point of taking the picture on my handmade coffee table.
Intelligence officer Michael Rogan is captured, tortured, and left for dead in the waning days of WWII. After the war, Rogan returns to Europe to exact revenge on his captors.
It reads like detective novel with a pace reminiscent of Chandler or Hammett.
Definitely worth a quick distraction.
The story itself wasn't bad. The writing, at times was a little hard to follow. The over-reaching shock value of the subject matter was gratuitous and mostly unnecessary. Not a bad book.
The traveling Binewski clan. The geeks and the freaks that make up the Fabulon all come to life in Oly's recollections of the early days of the show. Step right up and witness the development of a marvelous messiah complex right before your very eyes!
I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times, plus a whole lot of sensible chuckles.
Two young scoundrels fall in love and soon realize that they must leave behind their Bunburyist ways and become earnest to achieve happiness.
A really light and enjoyable story.
This is a deeply profound, first hand account of life as a girl, young woman, then adult born into slavery in the American South, pre Civil War. Her recollections are incredibly vivid and hauntingly told.
While this story isn't easy to get through because of the horrendous subject matter, the story is compelling and her perseverance of spirit and determination is amazing and admirable.
It was an audio book. It counts, right?
An interesting story about a General, a tutor, a Frenchman, an Englishman, a young woman, a grandmother, casinos, roulette, and of course gambling. Behind the facade of propriety, either love or money seem to drive these characters.
I'm Beginning to delve into the Russian authors. This one is a bit dry, but still a pick.
Poor narration though, and the bits that were in French were atrocious.
I approached this book with little knowledge of who James Garfield was, other than an American president who was assassinated. Through her research and masterful storytelling Candice Millard has presented a portrait of an American president who was loved by all and that of a man whose strength and character I will personally strive to emulate.
A must read for anyone interested in American history as this story encapsulates so much of it.
President Garfield was a remarkable man. I'm really enjoying this read.
It's really a fast read, I just haven't been able to whittle out the time lately. I hope in 2017 I will find a little more time to slow down with a good book.
Awesome, but I was left wanting more.
Parts of this book take a real minimalist style that can be kind of confusing, but the ideas and the execution are wonderful.
There is an Amazon Original series based on this book. The series is what compelled me to read this book. The series does not tell the same story, rather a kind of reimagining. They are similar enough that a fan of one should enjoy both though.
Dig it if you can.
This should be a fairly short review.
Everyone knows The Godfather right? Francis Ford Coppola, Brando, Pacino, amazing story, fantastic score ... a classic in every sense.
Here's my review of the book ...
Everytime Someone Has Told You That The Book Was Better Than The Movie, This Is The Book They're Really Thinking Of.
PS - Luca is terrifying.
I'm the kind of person who reads a biography to learn about the subject. I honestly believe that the only thing I learned from this book was the author's biases and prejudices.
I've read other books about the era, The Revolutionary War, and I have already formed opinions of who Thomas Jefferson was. I was looking for a more factual and comprehensive read.
Thoroughly disappointed in this book.
I submit for consideration, a small glimpse into Jefferson's inaugural speech.
"I shall often go wrong through defect of judgement. When right I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. I ask for your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional; and your support against the errors of others, who may condemn what they would not if seen in all its parts. "
I dig it.
This book is hilarious! A lighthearted take on the vampire genre. Jules is a vampire in New Orleans who prefers the flavor of someone raised on a hearty southern diet as opposed to the more healthy variety. As a result of his poor diet Jules is an overweight vampire who struggles with the everyday tasks of being a vampire.
Parts of this book had me laughing out loud. It's a really fun read with a great protagonist.
So here's the deal, the main reason I read this book is because I really wanted to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I just didn't want to read that book and not have a frame of reference. I've read them both now and this is the better read by far. That's not to say that that P&P&Z isn't a good book, it really is, but this book has earned its perch among the best.
It's a classic love story with strong characters and Victorian sensibilities.
It's interesting to see the perspective that another culture brings to a topic that everyone, at some level, knows so intimately.
Lukyanenko offers the Russian perspective on life, death and the supernatural. The story, masterfully told, builds characters with enough grit to be compelling and realistic.
If you believe you know the vampire, werewolf, wizard genres, do yourself a favor and read this book. If only for a new perspective.
Richard Matheson has become one of my all time favorite authors. I knew his stories way before I recognized that he was the author. "Nightmare at 20,000 feet", "Duel", "I Am Legend" all inspired TV episodes or movies that I grew up with.
This book covers the isolation, the fear, the coping methods for a lone survivor in a world that no longer belongs to man.
Richard Matheson Is Legend. His writing will continue to inspire.
This was a very interesting read. It covers the Russian empire from just before Nicholas II took the throne through the Bolshevic revolution and the murder of Nicholas II and his family. It is written in great detail and as a matter of history, offers amazing insight.
This book spoke to me a such a deep level.
The story is great and the underlying theme is an affirmation of the human spirit. The story of an architect who is unwilling to comprimise his ideals for greatness. If fame and fortune are to find him, it will be on his terms alone.
A short, haunting story in which Communism has taken over the world and the grim realities that ensue. While a rather short story, Anthem is compelling and offers a vision of how long-term Communism might actually be realized.
Very interesting and wonderfully written.
This is a truly wonderful book. The first time I read it, it found it amazing that so much of how I thought could be so eloquently spelled out. While the story describes tenacity and an unwillingness to give up, the underlying theme contrasts the differences in Socialism/Communism and Capitalism.
This book is definitely one of my all time favorites!
Years ago, Bruce Campbell came into town to do a book signing. A great friend of mine and and I had plans to stop in, buy a book, collect a signature, and meet a legend. Well, day came around and I had a rough day at work. I got off late. I called my friend and let him know I wasn't going to make it, if he could please buy a copy and see if Bruce would sign it for me.
He did, and earned a lifelong fan. Groovy.
This is one of my all time favorites. Kind of Lord Of The Flies reimagined or The Hunger Games but darker and better.
A class enrolled in the government sponsored program. The students forced to survive, by killing their classmates.
A great read from beginning to end.