These stories are just so much fun. The home of British humor at it's finest.
British humor is like no other.
As important as Uncle Tom's cabin is to the understanding of slavery, I think this book contributes another narrative, another perspective, another glimpse into slavery as experienced and recorded by those that lived it. I enjoyed the book. It was well written without it's words and grammar being inaccessible even though it was written 170 years ago. The characters were real people with real struggles and they have changed my life.
I really enjoyed this book. I got a little scared at times when he threw in a 90° turn, but I was enveloped again in the story. Good, quick, solid read.
I enjoyed listening to this in the car. I don't think I would have read it on paper however. It had a lot of slow places. I wanted it to be more like James Herriot's work. I enjoyed the small Irish town doctor stories. I did not feel the "big" story was anything but completely predictable and a real letdown.
Life is precious. A man enslaved with the weight of Injustice fully upon his shoulders still holds on to his will to live when someone attends to take it away.
Note: A breakdown in physical or mental health can alter the strength of the hold we feel upon our lives. I just felt that needed to be said.
I love a good heavy book. I'm not sure why, maybe it feels like accomplishment. But when I paged through this book before I started it, I was already put off. I can see why the typesetter did what they did, but....
When I got started in the story I saw that it had a lot of potential, but if at page 5 the character's health was already being explored I just couldn't see where the following pages could go.
I'd be hard pressed to pick it up again
I'm loving this book. A good fast read. But I had to show off my newest orphans that I'm bottle feeding.
One week down, we're through the hard part.
I understand that I am not a person of the years of slavery. I understand that we have seen our mistakes and move to correct them. But the horror I feel when I read passages like this, I want to scream at my ancestors for their ignorance. And I pray that my descendants will never grieve at my actions or despair over the things that I have done.
I loved this book. I did find it very similar to her book "spinning silver", but they had separate storylines that were equally wonderful.
I think every young woman can identify in some part to the heroine. She speaks to my inner Tomboy that also wants to be someone great!
I'd read as many of these books as she wrote
I recently read Spinning Silver by this author. This is an earlier book, and daresay I like it even more than Spinning Silver. Beautiful story telling, using all the wonder of fairy tales.
1. Fiction 90% of the time
3. Mathematics (all)
4. Pretty much anything up to the 1920s. After that it gets boring.
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Thank you @gradcat for the tag and @SailorMoon
1. Once or twice.
2. On average nine.
3. Fiction, biographies, kids videos, audio books and occasionally video games.
4. The library automatically renews. When I can't renew any more, three times, then it's my responsibility to get it back to the library. I don't know when this started, but I'm thankful.
5. I had about 30 things on hold, but I missed a ton, so I am just working on a few. Plus the bedside table.
6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
The characters that are in the book are those that you've always heard.
Morlocks... Heard it? Yup, this is the book.
I read it because it was a "classic" I'd never read. If you go in with that mindset, you'll be nicely surprised that there is a pretty good story involved.
All of the books published in the Images of America series are fun. The pictures show history in a more immediate way than by text. Pictures and captions teach me so many things about so many places. I believe the series head close to 1200 titles for many, many areas around the US.
Fast read with some interesting mysteries. Some of the stories get a little winded and get a bit jumbled in their retelling, but lots of fun.
"Very well, then, let us live while we live, and enjoy to the fullest whatever of adventure or pleasure each new day brings, since any day may be our last, and we shall be dead for a considerable while."
I've been looking for a nice motivational quote. Who knew I'd find it in an Edgar Rice Burrough's book? And with a bit of humor too!
This book took so very long to get started... Soooo long. But the second Poirot came on scene it moved very quickly and all the threads came together!
If you can push through the beginning you'll like it.
I've rated it a so-so for those first 158 pages. The following 60 pages are pick all the way.
I tried. I really, really did. But in the end I just couldn't do it. With a mere 40 pages to go I had to call it. I could have read ten books in the time I got through the first 240 pages of this book. I love linguistics. I love travel books. I love little nuggets of factual information. This book has ALL of those things. But the author could not hold a thought through a paragraph. It was like stream of consciousness confusion.
I read this in a lot class in high school. It had the most profound effect on me. I was just in awe of a story constructed like this. Short but maddening!
I reread it today. Just as amazing.
I listened to this on podcast. After about 4 hours I got bored. The idea, wonderful. The description, wonderful. The complete lack of anything actually happening! Yup!
Such a classic short story. It's been construction has been the basis for so many novels and novellas. My guess is that this story has had a very influential effect upon Stephen King.
For 20 minutes of reading you can't go wrong.
Since I love everything Sherlock I much expected to enjoy this short story. I did.
The great thing about Doyle, is that because we're used to the way Sherlock Holmes speaks, there's very little dialogue that's misunderstood
I was a bit disappointed in this Lovecraft. He's usually quite descriptive, with the story moving pretty slowly. But fun because of the things you see. However this has ho-hum descriptions and let story than usual. It's still a venture into something new, but like a Star Trek with nothing but 60s scenery.
I'm still not feeling this book. 😐 I've never encountered this with a Christie book. But, I guess every one can't be awesome. But at least these cats are still awesome. I feel like I'm running a cat sanctuary.
I like Lovecraft. I find his short stories pretty great and I see why he's still regarded as a great writer...
But I think it only speaks of the Age he lived in, that everyone's writing is filled with blatant racism as we see it now. This is not the only example, but the most recent.
This book was fun, but thankfully it was short. I feel like he wrote in the style of Poe, but not with the same mastery of the thriller. There is a twist, but it's guaranteed as you go through the chapters. I enjoyed it, and it's entertaining for the 30min read, but you'll not walk away with any great insight or change in your life.
The author is discussing Shakespeare's birthday which is arbitrarily celebrated April 23rd. But what really gets me was the Sept 2nd - Sept 14th part. Boy that work project due date came up fast. LOL
I can write it before I figure out an app. Plus, I like to write things by hand.
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Ok... I have to put the book down and move my lap of cats. I've delayed all the longer I can. #motivationnegative
I'm supposed to be getting ready for a friend to visit this morning, and I just can't get started. Ugh...
I saw a skep on a clock today and it made me think of this book. Such a wonderful book.
Now if I could only build an alcove as pictured. I think I'd like to raise bees like this.
In our "barely spare a minute" lifestyle, this book is amazing. It goes through the entire process of hand spinning in picture. It's better than You Tube videos and is entirely at your own pace. If you've ever wanted to learn one of the oldest known activities, this is for you.
The Linder's spent their life teaching people how to spin cotton, saving a fiber and tradition for hand spinners everywhere. This is the best how-to book out there for spinning cotton. It has been updated to the latest edition by Joan Ruane, the reigning Queen of Cotton.
The cotton above was spun after Joan's instruction.
"The dull veil of ordinary existence that hung across the world seemed suddenly to roll away, and to lay bare a land of enchantments. I felt toward my companions as the seer might feel toward the ordinary masses of men."
I love biology and the natural sciences. I remember looking through the eyepiece for the first time on a cheap plastic science set at perhaps eight. It was fascinating. And I've found it amazing ever since.