Definitely not one of the best books in the Keys to the Kingdom series. The first half is kind of slow and I found it hard to keep myself interested. It did pick up near the end, but it never got -really- good.I do like part five of the Will, and I absolutely adore Ugham, but they are the only two things that are really good that the other books don't have.But I'm still looking forward to the next two books. I can sense a big finale, and I really hope Garth Nix doesn't let me down.
Easily the best war-novel I've read. Just the fact that I was interested says a lot, and I actually enjoyed it too. The writing is amazing and the story gripping. And the fact that it's told by a German soldier makes it all the more interesting.
This was a bit of a letdown. This one promised to be more scifi and futuristic and looked really cool, buuut I think I may have expected too much.Bobby Pendragon travels to the territory of Veelox, where most of the inhabitants are in a fantasy world called Lifelight. Plug yourself in and you can live the perfect, but fake, life.I think I was expecting it to be more scientific, which isn't Pendragon's style. This isn't a hardcore scifi series, it's scifi/fantasy/adventure/whatever, so the technobabble is limited. I tried to console myself with that, but the more involved they all got in the world of Lifelight, the harder it was to be okay with the situation. I feel like D.J. MacHale could've pulled it off, but the whole Reality Bug becoming corporeal and breaking out of Lifelight just...didn't work.I'm hoping that the next Pendragon book won't tackle scifi, since that seems to be a sore spot for me. It's my favorite, and when it's not just right I'm left with an unsatisfied feeling.
I was never all that interested in To Kill A Mockingbird, because I categorized it as one of "those" classics. American Literature is rarely about anything interesting at all, and, worse, this one takes place in Alabama.I'm from Alabama, so I'm allowed to say that any book set in Alabama must be boring.But I was so wrong on all accounts. To Kill A Mockingbird is a beautifully written story and my only regret is that I didn't read it earlier. I look forward to reading it again.
It may not be the kind of book that draws all kinds of people in, but if you give it your attention and really let yourself into this futuristic world, it's amazing. I rarely get so interested in such a "thoughtful" book.Serious and thought-provoking, but at the same time there's a lighter tone that Juanito Rico maintains throughout his story, whether he's discussing philosophy or blazing bugs.This is definitely one of those books that I'll have to read again and again, always finding new things to think about.
A truly miserable story, but with very beautiful writing. There's no denying that almost everyone in this book suffers from some mental problems, but it's hard not to get pulled into the story all the same.
An inspiring study on worship, to say the least. I've heard the whole "worship is more than singing songs to God" lecture before, but it never really hit home until reading this book. The idea that -everything we are- is meant to be worship and be done for God is staggering and daunting. It's an idea that is very difficult to get across in only a few words, and it is an idea that Louie Giglio effectively gets across in 121 pages.
I read that when Jerome K. Jerome wrote Three Men In A Boat, his editor took out all the serious parts and we were left with a tale of hilarity. I don't think Three Men On The Bummel was edited much.It's pretty boring, honestly. There are some parts that are really funny, and the very last paragraph is pretty cool, but that's all.
I'm always a little worried when I read books by people I know, because I know that the book will change or shape my opinion of that person. Usually it's not for the better. But I really enjoyed The Grace Effect.Larry Taunton skillfully weaves the effect of Christianity and grace into the story of Sasha. Normally, I'd be impatient to get on with the story part, especially since I personally know Sasha. But I found myself very interested in every part of the book, not just her story but the history and theology as well.Even if you have no personal connection with the Taunton family, I would strongly recommend this book.