After the funeral of the wealthy Richard Abernethie, his remaining family assembles for the reading of the will at Enderby Hall. The death, though sudden, was not unexpected and natural causes have been given on his death certificate. Nevertheless, the tactless Cora says, "It's been hushed up very nicely ... but he was murdered, wasn't he?" The family lawyer, Mr. Entwhistle, begins to investigate. Before long there is no question that a murderer is at large.(wikipedia.org)Another great mystery solved by fantastic Poirot! I really do enjoy him as a detective. He's so funny and really knows what he is doing. This story revolves around the death of Richard Abernethie. The day after his funeral his sister Cora was mysteriously murdered with a hatchet. Poirot is trying to figure out "who done it".As usual, Poirot is delightful! The crime it's self isn't as spectacular as some of the others, but it's still wonderfully written! The suspects each could have had different motives and reasons. The whole time I thought I knew who had committed the murder and then.....BAM! Agatha Christie hits you with a twist! I throughly loved the ending. I had know idea what was coming!All in all I give 3.5/5! This means that it really good but not as good as some of the others I've read. But don't get me wrong it was still a good short novel to read in spare time! I can't wait to read other novels by Agatha Christie!
This book took me a while to get through mostly because I was reading others in between it. I can honestly say that I did enjoy most of it. Some parts I was pretty confused as to what Dillard was talking about but for the most part it was good. The reason I didn't like it so much because it was a journal type book. Annie Dillard wrote about her musings while living out near Tinker Creek. I normally wouldn't read something like this, but it was interesting. What I really like about it was the fact that it made you think about the world and whats around it. So all in all 3/5 stars.
Solomon Kugel and his family move to Stockton, Ny. for a fresh start on life. His son is very sick. His wife misses the city and Kugle's Mother is convinced she is a holocaust survivor. Kugel is "an optimist", as described by his doctor, but really is a paranoid pessimist. Everything goes down hill once he discovers a REAL holocaust survivor in his attic. And it just so happens to be the most famous one in history: Anne Frank. I loved the plot idea for this novel. WW2 is one of my favorite periods to read about so that just made it even better. The story moved at an even pace. There were no really slow parts to the novel. That was a plus. The characters held me interest throughout the novel. Kugel's Mother was one of the best characters in my opinion. I felt sorry for her but was mad at her throughout the novel. Honestly, I think she was just insane. The only thing I had a problem with was the end of the novel. It's not that i think it wasn't well written, it was wonderfully written, it's just that Auslander went and did some strange things to the main character. I would say more but I don't want to give the ending the of the novel away. The story is kind of depressing so if you don't like a sad read, then this is not the book for you. If you like weird books and don't mind the depressing story line, then enjoy a great novel!
A Clockwork Orange. An amazing, disturbing, fantastic novel! Anthony Brugess is a literary genius. I can't stress enough how much better the classic dystopias are compared to the newer, modern dystopias. A Clockwork Orange had my mind churning and wanting more. When other reviews say it's a thought provoking novel, they are right. It makes you think about the good of society vs free will. Would you rather a society force you to behave or have a choice? The whole plot of the novel is centered around a boy named Alex. He is the leader of his "droogs" , which are basically his gang membres. They love violence. In several scenes at the beginning, they leave some innocent citizen bloody on the side of the street with their money gone and their possessions destroyed. The city is know for its violent nights. When Alex accidentally kills one of their victims, he is sentenced to 14 years in prison. From there, he is chosen for a program that is experimenting on, for loss of words, hypnosis. It's not really hypnosis, but it's training Alex's body to detest violence by emitting a sickening feeling every time he has the urge to commit a crime. He is forced to be nice and polite. The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part was hard to get through at first because of the language and the violence. I didn't know where it was going to, but as it turns out the violent acts they commit are important to part 3. And just a little warning, they use slang words that make the book a little hard to understand at first, but you get use to it. You start to understand what they are saying after a few chapters. All in all, it was a good read. I had me thinking about free will, and what governments might try to do in the future. Would a real government actually try something like this? 4/5 stars for A Clockwork Orange!
Jacob grew up hearing his grandpa's weird stories about his childhood. He told Jacob that he lived in a big house where the sun shined everyday. Living with him in the house were his peculiar friends. There were all sorts of children who lived there and his grandpa had pictures of some. One could float above the ground and had to have a string tied to her middle so that she wouldn't float off. One had bees living inside him and whenever he talked, bees came out of his mouth. Another child could lift boulders twice his size! All of these children were looked after by a big bird who smoked a pipe. They couldn't leave the island because they would be in great danger. When Jacob turned 16, a tragedy happened in his family that forced Jacob to decide whether or not the "fairytales" his grandpa told him were real or not. All of these events lead him to an adventure that changes his whole life. First hearing about the book, I thought it would be an interesting read. I had loved the fact that Riggs took old photographs and turned them into a fantastic story. Boy, was I wrong. This book was an incredible read that I still can't stop thinking about. I picked it up an never put it down! The plot line it's self is just so unique. I've never read anything like it. It kept me interested from start to finish. The characters were just as great. There were moments in the book where I laughed, became sympathetic to characters, and scared for their lives. It was liked watching a movie on the edge of my seat. There was never a dull moment. It was a very well written novel with plenty of description. There was an air of elegance to the way he worded some of the moments. I loved the book completely. There is a dark side to the story though. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who gets squeamish at the thought of bloody monsters, etc. But if you can get past those parts, there aren't that many of them, it is a wondrous story!
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another(goodreads.com)Where do I even start with this book? This book gave me so many feelings. Like POW right in the heart. This book was written wonderfully. It seemed like it really was written by a 5 year old. I bet that was a challenge. I can see where an author could mess up trying to write like that. I really enjoyed reading about something so dark and meant for adults written through the eyes of a child. It was eye opening.Another thing I liked was Jacks journey through the world. Him figuring out that Room wasn't the entire world. It was unfathomable thinking about living your whole life in an 11x11 foot square. That's about the size of my room and I thought about spending 7 years alone in this room with no way out and no way to look outside. I would go crazy in such a small space. I know the mother did till she had Jack.I really enjoyed reading this book and I didn't enjoy it. The content of the book is depressing and sad. But the way it's written is so wonderfully written that I just didn't want to put it down. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen to Jack and his Ma. This book is sad and wonderful. The ending isn't sad, I'll just say that, but there were never times when I thought rainbows and flowers from this book (hope that makes sense). It's definitely unique, I'll say that much. 4/5!
Sophie’s entrance into London society isn’t what she thought it would be: Mama isn’t there to guide her. Papa is buried in his work fighting Napoleon. And worst of all, the illness that left her with a limp, unable to dance at the Season's balls, also took away her magic. When the dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in Sophie, she wants to believe it's genuine, but she can't be sure he's feeling anything more than pity.Sophie's problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at the Whistons' ball and it soon becomes clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted. Can Sophie regain her own powers, find her balance, make a match--and save England?(goodreads.com)What attracted me to this book was definitely the cover. I thought the artwork on it was stunning and the title sounded nice. It seemed to combine 2 of my favorite things: classic England and magic. Overall the story was nicely written. I thought Sophie could be a bit whiny and tiresome at times but she changed that near the end of the novel. I won't be rushing to pick up any more books in this series however. For me, there was not enough magic. A lot of the story was about the romance. There was more to it than that but that's what I saw. It was a cute quick read however. If you have a weekend to spare and you like witches, warlocks, balls, and kisses, I recommend this book. 3.5/5!