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Needs work, needs to stay begin to the same lesson and have a lesson # search feature. Every time I g ok kn I have to look up the lesson from a list involving clicking through multiple windows and scrolling down to search the lesson again and again. Also **** ///App is not working properly and forces closed most times when I begin it, and gives a error message. Samsung S9
I wish to add my voice to the legions who are disappointed in this purchase because of the Oprah comments. If I had known the book was going to be formatted this way, I NEVER would have bought it. EVER. Imagine sitting down to read one of your favorite authors, and just as the book is pulling you in, someone interrupts you. And then again. And again. It's HORRID. I wouldn't mind reading Ms. Winfrey's comments once I had a possibility to have fun the book and form my OWN impressions, but this is insulting. It speaks to the enormity of Ms. Winfrey's ego that she thinks her words are as necessary as the author's. I think Amazon should give all of us disgruntled customers a possibility to buy another edition, and "credit" us the amount we spent on this travesty.
I would like to be able to eliminate Oprah's notes. They do not have importance to the interpretation of the text for this reader. Those comments obtain in the method of being able to read smoothly without interruption. I am really unhappy with the purchase of this e-book. I like the writing of Sue Monk Kidd and want I had purchased this book in paper so that I could skip over Oprah's notes.
I was able to purchase the Kindle ver without Oprah's notes. Find for: The Invention of Wings A Novel Kindle Edition. The ver named "The Invention of Wings: A Novel" is clean. Or go to the Oprah Book Club edition and click on the plus sign next to the Kindle Edition in the Formats box, which has the pricing for hardcover, audio, etc. Click on the picture of the book jacket to "Look Inside" to ensure that you are purchasing the copy without underlined passages and blue ink. This ver is $11.99 as opposed to $11.24 for the ver with Oprah's notes. Thanks to readers who posted this information. I would not have found this ver without their help.
As soon as I started reading this book I noticed it was riddled with these blue notes which threw me off. After searching around I realized these were Oprah's notes. No where in the title or book cover did I see anything that suggested that this had Oprah's notes in it, so I returned the kindle book right away. I was very disappointed because I really like this author and wanted to read the book that SHE wrote and form my own opinions. Luckily a mate told me how I could obtain the book without Oprah's notes by pressing on the plus sign when ordering the book and getting the other edition. Now how a lot of people are going to go back and do that, which is a shame, because so far it's a really amazing book without Oprah's aon I'm ashamed at you, you should know better and the ones your going to damage by doing this is the author because people will be returning ithe book once they figure out what they have or just won't buy it once the word gets out.I feel poor for the author it really is a amazing book.
I loved this story and I loved the writing. I am moved to discover more of the real story behind it. I [email protected]#$%! was available without Oprah's comments and highlights. It was annoying and difficult to navigate—especially at the beginning. I am a diehard Kindle reader. I have four Kindles, but I would recommend a hardcover edition until an Oprah free edition is available.
I want I could have gotten a kindle copy that didn't have Oprah's notes all over the place. I couldn't care less what Oprah thinks of this or any other book. It was very distracting to have her highlights and notes pop up all the time and then have to struggle to obtain back the just the regular book. The book itself is wonderful. Just don't obtain the "Oprah" copy. I know I never will again.
Awesome in every way, Sue Monk Kidd manages to excel in storytelling, character, and an inspiring if sorrowful notice in her latest, "The Invention of Wings".Wings is based loosely on the real-life story of Sarah Grimke, a Southern aristocrat whose father is a bigshot judge on South Carolina's Supreme Court, where Sarah wants to be eventually. She is given a slave (Handful) for her 11th birthday, which strikes the small firebrand as something ridiculous. How can someone OWN another person? She doesn't wish the "gift" but she's forced to om there, the story is set in motion and follows the two women as they struggle for a common goal: freedom. Handful, naturally, struggles for her freedom from bondage, and Sarah for her freedom from the misogynist oppression of pre-suffrage era sexism. She's taught how to needlepoint and play piano, but she escapes her constrained existence by getting into her father's forbidden library and dreaming of amazing things like abolition dd does a unbelievable job portraying the barbarism of that time in American history and especially the horrid mistreatment of the slaves, graphically detailing whippings and other abuses. She also intertwines the characters beautifully in almost a female ver of Huckleberry Finn.I hadn't read Kidd's first book, but I will go back and read that based on my experience with Wings. I love books that discover deeper ideas than just entertaining plot. Wings explores ideas of freedom, gender roles, race relations, the law, and belief. The only other put I've seen this balance of emotion and ideas is in The Book Thief and the more recent Now and at the Hour of Our azing all around!
This book is a fascinating tale of women not only surviving, but search their voices and thriving in a time in American history that a lot of American's would like to pretend never happened. I was immediately drawn in by the narrative, and I read this novel with a voracious appetite for more. Only when I reached the end of the story, wishing to remain immersed in it for just a bit longer, did I learn from the author's notes that the novel was based on true people leaving their tag on history. As a white descendant of an African indentured servant, the reality of slavery and racial injustice is all too true to me, and I am ever thankful for the courage and conviction of people like Sarah and Angeline Grimke. This book has ignited in me a desire to learn more about the Grimke sisters.
I don't have time to write a thorough review deserving of this book, but needless to say, it is a amazing read. I can't believe I place off reading it for so long. I did not realize so a lot of characters in the book were based on true people until I read the afterword by the author, but that created it even more interesting.I loved the intertwined stories of Sarah and the slave "Hetty" Handful. The stories Hetty's mother Charlotte told were captivating. This book was the choice of my library's book club read, and I can't wait until we discuss it in-depth next week.I rarely give five stars to a book, but this is one of those rare five star gems.
This is one of the best books I've read this year...possibly ever. The author does a unbelievable job of depicting the life of Sarah Grimke, an early feminist/abolotionist (very well researched) and the fictional hero of Hetty Handful, one of the Grimke family slaves. Both are powerful complex women who are brought to life so vividly, I could hardly create myself stop reading each night when bedtime rolled around. Sexism, racism, and the horrors of slavery are dealt with in a nuanced and strong manner. I feel genuine awe at the author's accomplishment with this story. Clearly it is not a light read, but it is excellent, and one I am sure I will revisit in the future.
I took one for the squad here. If you click on the copy of the cover you can see it enlarged to present the little line Previously published as "Another Bull... Night in .... City." No updates or edits since the latest publication. The book is great, by the way. Go read those reviews on the other Nick Flynn page (Amazon has twice rejected this review, presumably because of the original profane title of the book... it was rejected even after I Greeked the text). I'm not sure that Amazon is doing the right thing by not putting this information in the forefront. Hopefully they'll create changes to this page which will create it more evident.
Nick Flynn's prose in his book "Another B_ Night in ___ City: A Memoir" (Amazon will not let me to post the name of the original book that this fresh offering is from. 'Being Flynn' is the name of the movie taken from Nick Flynn's book) has the feel of a amazing writer. He is able to capture the essence and flavor of the homeless, the shelters, the life and times of a young man who is trying to search his ck Flynn's father, Jonathan, told him when he met his father at a homeless shelter, "that life on the roads of Boston was just another 'BS night in S___ city". How aptly that must describe life of the homeless. Jonathan was an aimless man looking for the fast buck when he met Nick's mother, Jody. Jody was from an affluent family, and the young man was given a lot of chances by this family to succeed in one business after another. Dad just couldn't create it- alcohol, drugs and lack of responsibility took precedent. Dad left the family, wife and two sons, and left them on their own. He went from job to job, drug to drug, prison to no true life on the outside, and became a homeless person. Nick during this time grew up also looking for drugs and alcohol, and finally cleaned up his act. His mother committed suicide and left him bereft. He saw his dad a couple of times, but they were not successful meetings. Nick went on to become a case worker at a homeless shelter in Boston. His bold writing of life in the shelter gives us a very clear idea of the sadness, humility and humanity that makes up such a life. Into this setting comes Jonathan, the dad. How strange to meet your father at your job, particularly at a homeless shelter. This meeting led to a father/son relationship, of sorts. Nick's brother wanted nothing to do with his father and absolutely refused to see him. Nick is left to form a relationship of sorts; one born out of grief, hate and of course, love. The pattern of the relationship is parental- the son becomes the parent. But during this time Nick learns about his father and mother's life and is able to distill old demons. And, he is able to begin his ck Flynn has made a huge disturbance with this memoir. It has been well received because of the story and because of his writing. This novel grabs you, and it is hard to place down. I look at the homeless in a various light. When I walk the roads of Boston, I shall look at the bus stops, "T" station and other locations where homeless congregate in a various manner. This memoir is an eye opener, and it deserves unprecedented praise. I shall hold an eye on Nick Flynn- he has a future.Highly recommended, prisrob 02-29-12The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir
I had read three of Nick Flynn's books and attended two talks in Houston, so when I heard that the film starring DeNiro was based on his memoir, which I had not read, I read it immediately. It rounded out my understanding of him and much of his writing. Interesting!
Flynn, known as a beautiful famous American poet, writes a memoir for people who don't read memoir; the book is riveting. His life story, dealing with a homeless, absentee father and a struggling mother, is bone-shaking in how connected the reader feels to Flynn's life. He touches on so a lot of things in a style so literary and attractive and honest that it is honestly one of the best books I've ever read.
Before you dive into this review, know this. I'm a native Russian, and a writer, and I have just completed a feat of rereading the novel in Russian and reading first Ginsburg and then Pevear & Volokhonsky translations, back to back, to compare. And Ginsburg's translation will give you the best feeling for the language, the culture, and the story. It's the bomb. This translation left me in tatters, it didn't speak to me as Bulgakov, it even impoverished his style for me. The rating you see is for the novel itself, which is the work of art. Now, to the review e first time I read The Master and Margarita in Russian, it was, out of all places, in Berlin. I was a teenager, and I lived in Berlin with my father and his fresh wife and my half-sister, because my father was a writer and a journalist and was sent by Soviet Union to Berlin to be the correspondent for a huge Russian newspaper agency. I remember reading the book so vividly, that even today every detail is etched in my brain like a colourful photograph. The soft bright chair I sat in, with my back toward the window, the book in my lap, the pages rustling, and the photo of Margarita, most importantly, of her knee, the knee that's been kissed over and over and how it turned blue. And the cat, the black cat that could talk. That's all I remember, plus the feeling of fascination I got. And now, over 20 years later, I have read it again, after becoming a writer myself 2 years ago, not knowing back in my teens that I would ever write, but being struck by the genius of Bulgakov. And, my, oh my, rereading it now I understood for the first time what the book was about. I sort of thought of it as a fairy tale back in my teens, I felt something underneath it, but couldn't obtain it. I got it now, and I cried, I cried for Bulgakov, for his imprisonment as a writer in the country that oppressed him to the latest of his days, and I cried because he refused to be broken, and because he has written a masterpiece, and I was holding it in my hands, reliving it like so a lot of people, a lot of a lot of years after he to the story. It's not just one story, and not even two, it's four. A story of love, and of darkness, and of life and death. There are four narratives, the love between Master and Margarita, the strange visitors and Satan who come to Moscow, the story of Moscow life itself, the city, the people, and the story of Yeshua in the ancient walls of Yershalayim. Each has its own flavor, breathes its own air, and weaves into one book that tethers on that notion that no work of art can be destroyed, "manuscripts don't burn", says Satan, and that's Bulgakov's pain, him versus the system that wanted to crush him, and didn't. He escaped. The irony of the book is that, in some sense, it's autobiographical, and that makes it even more tragic. But the satire! Oh, the satire! I don't know how a lot of times I snorted coffee and tea out of my nose, because I have this habit of drinking hot drinks while reading, curled up on the couch. So a lot of memories burst on the scene, so a lot of authentic Russian quirks and habits and characters, the wealth of which I have nearly forgotten over my 16 years in US, and which dazzled my mind like fireworks, albeit of course, because I was reading it in Russian, and I'm about to begin reading two translations in English, one by Mirra Ginsburg, and another by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Because, if there was ever a book worth reading 5, 10, 20 times in a row, it is The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, his latest book written over the course of 10 years, and not quite completed… he narrated changes to his wife right up to his death. No matter. It is perfect. Read it.
It took me 2 months to read The Master and Margarita, but I’m glad I stuck with it for the enjoyment of completing a difficult task. Also, the book was fun, something I didn’t expect. And of course now I can flatter myself in the bookstore by pointing to it and saying “I read that!”I’m not Russian. I’ve never been to Russia and the biggest segment of Russian culture that I know anything about is classical ballet. I’m not political, so I don’t know much of the political structures that have governed Russia for decades. But I do know that the Master and Margarita is a modern day Russian classic so I read it. I expected it to be a dry, impenetrable task but I wanted to see what the huge deal was.I probably still don’t know what the huge deal is, but what a wild ride. There’s a devil who shows up in Moscow one day (God only knows why) and takes over the theatre and all the chaos and hilarity that ensures from that. We’ve got a giant black cat that stands on his hind legs and talks and causes a boatload of trouble. He’s in league with the devil, you see. We have a heroine who flies over Moscow by night on her witch’s broom and her servant girl who rides with her, but on the back of a giant flying pig.But first, you must create your method past the first 3 chapters. Once you do, I guarantee you’ll be re-reading passages to create sure you read it right the first time. You probably did; this book is as wild as anything Fellini ever place on movie and makes Alice in Wonderland look like child’s play. Don’t obtain bogged down in Pontius Pilate and all of that. It’s temporary and doesn’t take up much of the gical realism? I don’t know. It’s beautiful magical but I don’t think it’s real. Symbolism? Plenty of it: the moon, the color red, naked women, mental hospitals and more. But what it all means is up to the reader to decipher and having read this book once, I know I’ll have to re-read it to glean understanding.History says Mikhail Bulgakov wrote this during the height of Stalin’s tyranny. For that reason, the book was banned which is a concept that Americans can’t understand. To us, the label “banned book” is an enticement to see what the huge deal was. In Stalinist Russia, having your book banned was getting off easy; writers and members of the intelligentsia were often sent off to work camps or killed.But enough history. The thing is, if you pick up this book, expect to be captivated by chaos and improbability, passages that are truly gothic, and attractive writing. It’s an outrageous trip. Overall, The Master and Margarita is a love story imagined during a time of amazing trouble. This book can go as deep as the reader is willing to go, but don’t expect to obtain it all in the first or third read. You can hold it light and be amazed or take it deeper. If you go deep, please report back to us and share your findings. I know I missed a n’t be frightened away from The Master and Margarita. Remember, there’s a giant black cat that walks on hind legs and can’t wait to stir up disaster. How entertaining is that?
While in high school, I discovered Goethe's Faust and was so taken with it that I skipped school for a day, feigning sick, so that I could absorb myself in it. The wild and woolly tale at the core of Part I, which had been based on Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, has long remained a topic of fascination. The Master and Margarita is another ver of the Faust story, and one that also deserves repeated readings. Especially those who are fans of science fiction, the supernatural, magical realism, and political satire will have fun this masterpiece of Soviet fiction. If you haven't read it, do. It is a book that I would place on everybody's "must read before dying" lists.
This is a new, slightly longer English translation of what is perhaps the Russian classical masterpiece of the 20th century. It's genre is best described as a fantasy/comedy, loaded with theological and political satire, set versus the backdrop true life, Stalinist Russia, where Satin makes an appearance for purposes of staging a magic show. Bulkokov believed that he would have been shot, had the book been released during his life, so he had is wife hide the manuscript until after his death. The fact that he hadn't already been shot after releasing such blatant satires of communism as that contained in "A Dog's Heart" is a minor miracle, but this one would surely have pushed Stalin past the limits of his patience, My guess is that Bulgokov's body of work was so amazing that Stalin himself was a secret fan who required to read more, causing him to keep back the arrest orders.
Unbelievable book / story! The physical book is fun, with wavy edges and a amazing cover, and there are notes at the back. This would be a amazing bonus for someone who like whimsical and deep all in one story! This is one where you might have to re-read the same passages a few times in places. I was a small confused by the Russian names that sound very related to me... the physical book has an advantage over the audible, where I can read the various spellings and tell the characters apart immediately, and the audible ver tells me how to pronounce the unfamiliar names. I bought the audible and love it, too! This is a favorite for me for this genre.
This story is absolutely buck-wild.Woland (the devil) and his retinue arrive in athiest Moscow to wreak havoc on the town in general and the literary community in particular. To be clear, I haven't read any critical analysis of this story, so this is entirely my own interpretation, but I got a serious Dante's Inferno vibe from the author's satirization of specific literary figures. This is also far more greusome than I was prepared for; there are multiple decapitations, and that's just for e translation seemed to me to be exceptional; on the rare occasion that a couldn't quite parse a turn of phrase, there was generally an annotation to explain. Honestly, there is so much going on in this novel that I'm probably going to spend a week or two reading literary analysis of it, just to test and wrap my head around the whole thing. I feel like, intentional or otherwise, there are some rather radical feminist notions that pop up on occasion--I refer you to the chapter "Flight," which is such a glorious phantasmagoria I don't even know where to tom line: I wouldn't go into this expecting to "get" everything, and it's certainly NOT an simple read, but it's absolutely worth it. Best taken in little doses, and considered with care one chapter at a time.
What a strange book. My son often recommends books to me. Like this one, he has not yet read it but forgets to tell me. Well, this was a amazing one. I enjoyed it. All of the twists and turns were very interesting. Trying to put the characters and activities within the Russian context of the time was fun. Maybe I was wrong sometime, even most of the time, but it was fun. It ended like a lot of murder mysteries where the author if trying to tie the loose ends together but it came out well.
The book itself is a classic- brilliant in every way. Unrelated tales are woven together in a tapestry of mystery, magic, and mayhem. It captures the absurdity of Stalinist Russia with biting satire, allusions, and humor.I will not recount plot details. This is a classic, and anyone interested in 20th century literature should have it on their list to read. It is a amazing choice for a book club e translation is very good. I would not, however discount others. Despite a few grammar flubs ("If I was" instead of "If I were"), this translation is solid and very readable. They do capture the quick pace and effortless prose of the author's style. Bulgakov was a master (no pun intended), and despite the length of the novel he has a knack for brevity in his sentence construnction. This one packs a punch. The notes are very helpful.Overall highly recommended. Amazing translation. Brilliant masterpiece. Historically necessary novel. Humorous, engrossing, and satirical- obtain a copy for your e only pity is that it is not readily available in hardcover.
Bulgakov seems to have lived a relatively privileged life and resented intellectuals materially rewarded more than him, his satire is mainly of them, it is not Swiftian nor versus the crimes versus the ordinary population. Otoh the devils assistants especially the cat were both visually and literally hilarious and the love story was quite touching I recommend the penguin 50 year edition because of its natural prose and perfect footnotes
Satiric and well written. Not for everyone. Best for those who appreciate Russian Literature and like satire (reminded me of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses in pressive work of literature. Beautifully published by Penguin. Unbelievable paper, r Literature buffs!
The recent book in the Elemental series is explosive and sets the path for upcoming novels - yes, we'll obtain more according to A.L. Knorr and they will be great. Petra Kara is a various hero from the others in the series but her love of archaeology and her curiosity of the past suit her destiny. She is a powerful hero that transforms and becomes even stronger. She may lack a family but I have a growing suspicion that will be remedied in future books. It's another one that you'll burn read through and be left asking for more - more of the story and how it connects to the others will be revealed soon enough. The story lines of the books weave together beautifully but we're still awaiting the end of summer sleepover where the gals all come together but that book is coming soon.
*I received an ARC for an honest review*This was a amazing next installment to the Elemental Origin series! We meet Petra and learns how she fits into the rest of the girls' story and her story sets us up for the rest of the series. There are some unanswered questions leaving the reader wanting more, but it was a satisfying teaser for the rest of the series. I really like Petra's spunk and how she deals with the various situations presented to her. Her interactions with the side characters too brought the story to life. Once again, AL Knorr brings us action, adventure, magic, and a touch of romance. I feel like Petra, despite being an outsider to the other 4 girls, is going to be the one who holds all the girls together as they go up versus an even bigger foe.
This book is amazing. A unbelievable introduction to the latest of the Elementals in the ra is an awesome character, and is written beautifully. I won't say she's my favorite (That honor goes to Saxony), but she's definitely in the top 5. (See what I did there?) The story arc in this book is well laid out and very simple to follow. The action is believable and allows for a near complete "suspension of disbelief" throughout the entire book, which facilitates deep immersion into the story and the characters.Due to the method I read, I'm not the best person to talk about the writing, and while the writing may not be excellent it is absolutely top tier. If the writing passes a certain "cleanliness threshold", I stop seeing the words on the page and my brain starts translating them directly to photos that almost feel tangible, and the writing here was so amazing that I was able to stop reading it and begin watching the film in my head, complete with audible dialogue. There are precious few writers that have the ability to not only tell the story, but write it in such a method that I'm able to have that kind of immersion, and I can do that with all of A.L. Knorr's books published to date.10/10 would highly recommend.
I’ve been reading AL Knorr’s Elemental Origins books since the first one, the totally unbelievable yet horribly addictive Born of Water. But this one is special. It’s star, Petra, is actually much more than what’s indicated by the book title... but I won’t say more as I don’t wish to give things away. So what we have here is a frankly superb hero who develops freaking awesome powers in the course of her adventures. Action, intrigue, mystery ... and a look into a greater conspiracy that I’m sure we will see more of. A unbelievable plot which tips at even more to come, a unbelievable cast and the perfect writing I’ve come to expect from this author. A unbelievable achievement, and of course highly recommended.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntary reviewed.A fresh hero from Saltford node, a fresh power.I was impressed by the force of Petra in face of her immense power and the happenings event to her on this definitely necessary summer in supernatural for the ending, allow say I can’t wait for Akiko respond to some very rude comment that was created about her (“inconsequential”? if only they knew).Well from now on I suppose the books order is going to matter as the girls and their mates come back to Saltford and will learn more about each other.I can’t wait to see were this fresh wind is blowing.
I, personally, have loved each elementally enhanced, indepentant, and powerful female in AL Knorr’s Elemental Origins series, and Petra, who is more than just an air elemental, is one of my favorites. She is interested in archeology and wants to study this at Cambridge University. When the opportunity arises for her to go on a unique dig, she is elated. Strange happenings erupt repeatedly and soon she discovers greater powers than easy air. It is an exciting journey and before it is over one is hoping for it to go on longer.
Another awesome installment in the series! It really starts getting even more intense in this one, definitely building toward the next book. I can't wait until the next one comes out!If you haven't read these yet, definitely obtain on it. The first five can be read out of order, as they are complete on their own. I read them out of order and am having no problem following along.
I wasn't sure if I could like any more of Ms. Knorr's characters more, but I love Petra! I love her independence but also how people slip through the cracks and how she's beginning to trust. I love that (even though it's a little bit frustrating) there are loose ends still because that means the next book will be all the better for tying in to it! The characters were likeable, the plot quick paced and the ending intriguing. Definitely a book worth your time!
Every time I read one of the Elemental books I am sure it was my favorite. Born of Air is no different, I am sure it is my favorite. I started to read it and didn't place it down until I had finished it with the exception of a few hours sleep. I felt like I was right there experiencing everything in person. It has opened the method for a lot of more stories and adventures to come. I highly recommend it. This is only the beginning. I can't wait for more.
The author has made a fascinating globe with interesting characters. This book was quite various since the main hero wasn't part of the group of girls from other stories. But the story was just as amazing as the others with obviously researched and believable archaeological interest of main character. Can't wait for the next book AND for author to continue with these characters and this globe of suoernaturals!!!!
Ms. Knorr is an perfect story teller. This series has a lot to offer and so far it's only 2.5 books along. I started with the second of the Elemental books first and didn't feel that my understanding or my enjoyment suffered. As I read the first, small things came to light or I had little "ahhh" moments, but for the most part, these books are stand alone. I have a feeling (or at least a hopeful wish) that the stories will intertwine eventually, but for now the stories are able to stand alone. Returning is a prequel to Born of Water. That too though adds a richness, but can be read before or after is book itself started a small slow. I think it had a lot to do with Targa's personality and her introspection. But is was important as it sets up hers and to a little degree her friends' situations. Eventually it picks up and created it hard to place down.I look forward to reading Georjayna's and Akiko's stories and hopefully how all four of them mesh together. The two I've read so far are too amazing to stop and have left too a lot of things undone or dangling (no cliffhangers just life and potential for more.I borrowed this book from the Prime Lending Library.
It started off a small slow, building the world, the characters, the story... but then it sped up and became very interesting. I loved the story and the development of the characters. My only complaint is I jumped onto amazon expecting to buy a second chapter in the mermaid tale, to see how the story would continue, but it looks like book 2 Born of Fire is about someone else. I expect it will also be an perfect book, but I anticipate the same problem at the end of that one - wanting more! I felt like Targa really only just got a glimpse of her real self, what she was becoming / capable of... and then the story ended. That said, I did stay up to the wee hours to read it, and it stands alone just fine - no cliffies, just a greedy reader :P
Unbelievable read! I was so interested in the siren mermaid lore that the author made for this world. The best part was how I was drawn into wanting more. More info about her friends. More info about her future, more info about the past. I am definitely following the author and looking for more of her is did feel like a long read with a lot of happenings event throughout, but I was so enthralled with the lore, I kept reading in hopes to learning more. I feel like there are still so a lot of unanswered questions - especially about the past. I can't decide if I wish to read a sequel or if I wish to learn about her friends' adventures. Amazing globe building! I'm excited for more!
WOAH!This sail was the best in ... ever.I imediatly fall in love with the duo that Targa and Mira form. They are somehow so opposit yet so similar. And the Novak old man was really an interesting character. I loved how he interracted with all the others.I really enjoyed the descriptions of the sea, and felt the foam on my face, the wind in my hair. As if I was part of the story. The writing was light but colorful.I wish to salute the work behind this story to ground it into our true globe and give it credit. It's been a long time since I found a book with so much researchs behind it. There were a lot of vocabulary on unique subjects: marine, poland and history.I can't wait to dive again in this world.
I was torn on the rating for this one. I think the target audience would definitely have fun this book, so 4 stars makes sense, but for me it was closer to a 3 to 3.5 star read. Overall the story was enjoyable, but not quite what I was hoping for.Targa is an interesting main hero who has a tendency to be extremely introspective about things. This slowed down the story for me at the beginning, but once she arrived in Poland, things started to move more quickly (except for continued sections of introspectiveness that sometimes seem a bit heavy-handed.)I think the largest problem for me in the book was the sharp changes Targa goes through. Some of them are simple to brush off, others bothered me for different reasons. (view spoiler)However, I did have fun the twists Knorr gave to the mermaid myth, and the climax of the story had me wanting to hug Targa as she deals with something that has long troubled me (I can't be less vague without being spoilery.) There's also a nice bit of nautical history mixed in, which I enjoyed.Overall, I think fans of mermaids and romance will have fun this story and quite possibly the others in the series as well.
Targa has a secret - her mom is a mermaid. And though the mermaid gene is supposed to pass from mother to daughter, Targa is just a regular human.With summer's approach, Targa and her mates will be parting ways, all headed to various countries. But Targa's trip to Poland with her mom and mom's dive squad turns out to be anything but a typical summer tourism d this mermaid story. The info of mermaid anatomy are incredible, and even the "info dumps" feel like so much a part of the story that they're not tedious or tiresome.Even better, this book is part of a series, and it seems that all of Targa's mates have something are a small ... different. :)So glad I snapped this book up!And if you like YA mermaid stories, you might also enjoy Shearwater: Ocean Depths Book One and Skye's Lure: A Clean Contemporary YA Fantasy.I also recently read the prequel short story Returning: Episode I, and enjoyed that as well, so if you like this and wish to dive into some of Targa's mom's backstory, that's a amazing put to go. :)
This is a nice, easy, YA beach read. Young mates having separate summer vacations before their senior year in high school. Targa is seventeen and is the reason that her mother is unable to return to the sea as a mermaid. After her father's death, she and her mother discovered that the mermaid gene had apparently skipped her. Her mother's love is so powerful that she wars her nature in order to raise her daughter. However, Targa ends up being more than a mermaid. Though she is seventeen and falls in love with an older man (not too old) , they only kiss. How is she going to tell her mates her secret ( being a mermaid and an elemental )?
This was the first book that got me hooked on A.L Knorr! I told my mom (also an avid reader), that I was reading this awesome story about a mermaid. She looked at me like I was crazy...until she read the book. She tore through it as quick as I did and she ended up finishing the entire series before I did. It was such a well written story and the connection between the girls is amazing. It captures this unbelievable imaginative world, but peppers it with enough realism that it feels like you are inside the story. Read this book, and then read the rest of the series. You will thank me!
I hate the whole finding a friend at 17 thing--not just this book but in general. People change and grow every ten years. Someone who is the dominant partner may have to take a back seat by the time the 17 year old turns 27 or even more by 37. Some people adapt and grow over time together, but most couples don't because it's rare to be on the same playing field as another person. So first loves at 17 yes, and even reuniting years later but maybe keep off on the happily ever after.
I absolutely fell in love with this book. I love Born of Fire, but this one was even better. The writing is crisp, thorough and charge with emotions and experiences. Realistic? not so much but that is ok for this genre and I really enjoyed this read, until the latest word. What a amazing time I had. Thank you A.L. Knorr, your writing is exceptional for young adults and teens. This series would definitely be in my adolescent library and would be read and read and read. Thanks
Allow me begin by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my kids after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed kid and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I obtain more of a harry potter vibe from the unbelievable beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only poor review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not real to themselves. I think the best method to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the real works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will test to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have huge hopes for unbelievable beasts and that's enough for now.
Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the fresh one. I hold wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what created him various from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice versus someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his child wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This fresh book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional porn! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the war scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!
I wish to begin this by saying that I am a large Harry Potter fan. I grew up with Harry, I went to midnight premiers of the books and movies. I was so excited for this play. I wanted to like it. I really really did. If you are a fan I would say read it and form your own opinion. Here is what I thought:- Where was George?- Where was Teddy? Because he was in the station in th epilogue.- Where was Hugo? You know the other kid Ron and Hermione have.- Lily and James Potter… MIA for most of the play. Like James? Was he even in it?- Why was Ron running the joke shop? He is an Auror. WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE? WHY WASN’T HE RUNNING THE SHOP?!- Let’s talk about Ron. Why was he so non-Ron like? His character, all jokes no supporting and listening to Harry and Hermione. Also he is hardly in the play.- Harry’s relationship with Albus. Everything about this is upsetting.o In the latest book when they are dropping off the kids at the Hogwarts express, the children are genuinely confused as to why everyone is looking at them and Ron makes a joke saying “I’m famous”. It is deduced that the children do not know the extent of everything their parents went through to save the world. Yet Albus feel the weight of his dad’s legacy. Huh.o Then we have Harry SEPARATING Albus and Scorpious. Let’s go back to that epilogue where they all see Draco with his family and a joke gets created about not playing with his son. Which then Hermione corrects and Ron says to beat him on try but not to obtain too cozy and marry him. Again, making it seem that everything in the past is in the past. Then there is Harry’s history of mates at Hogwarts. He knows. He would not separate his son from his ONLY friend.- Albus choosing Slytherin for a friend? Awesome.- The rumors of Voldemort having a kid and that not being stopped by the ministry? Stupid. The ministry would have stopped panic about an heir being possible. Also Voldemort was conceived without love. He never cared about having an heir because he wanted to be in power. An heir would have been tournament for him.- More on that point. Bellatrix pregnant. She would have loved to mother the Dark Lords child; there would have been no greater honor. But. This does not work with the original time line. Bella is never pregnant, she wars at the battle. And then the gang goes to Malfoy manor there is no baby in sight. And if. IF. Voldemort would have wanted an heir; wouldn’t he have created it a horcrux and offered it more protection?- Sexual tension between Scorpious and Albus. Yet Albus has a crush on Delphi and Scorpious on Lily. I feel as though either they should have been opened about their romantic feels towards each other or this should have not been included.- The flashbacks/dreams Harry has. When Dudley is mentioned (yay!) and you search out petunia is dead. I know she was horrible but I do think Harry would have deep feelings about his mother’s sister passing. I liked the blanket part.- Bellatrix husband somehow got out of Azkaban and raised Delphi. How did he escape Azkaban? Because there is no method he got pardoned. So how did he escape? And after escaping how was there no alarm over him escaping. Sirius Black escapes and the freaking muggle minister is alerted! Then there is a heavy breakout and it is all over the everyday prophet. But hey, this guy who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity he escapes and it’s cool. Yeah, sounds legit.- The fresh prophecy. First of all: how did it happen with no one knowing about it except Delphi. Who created it? It’s sounding more and more as if this witch convinced herself that she is the heir of the dark lord.- Cedric. Cedric a hero who was noble and amazing and died oh so tragically. This hero who was loyal and kind and helped Harry turns DARK SIDE?!?! BECAUSE HE LOSES THE CUP. WHAT?!?! CEDRIC A DEAD EATER HAHAHAHA NOPE NOT FUNNY. Thank you for turning a amazing hero and completely changing him for the worse. Thank goodness you did not contain Sirius Black in your play.- On that same characters changing note. The trolley lady…. Hm. I will just leave it at that.- Polyjuice potion. That s*** takes a month to make. I read the chamber of secrets. A lot of times. It takes an effing month. And you need a piece of the person you are changing into. But wait not, here I got some polyjuice potion here in my back pocket and I just happen to carry my dad and his best mates hairs at all times. So let’s change into them and break into the ministry.- Btw that potion is not important because you can transfigure a HUMAN. Seven books and that never came out. Must be very dark magic.- On the dark magic note. Harry duels Delphi (a eighteen year old) and she is stronger? Um. Do we not recall Harry being a teenager and he beat Voldemort. His wand is the s***. So yeah how does this even create sense?- The no sugar diet. WHAT. Sounds like something film Ginny would do, not book Ginny.
First and foremost, I was well aware that this was a play, not a novel; but even by those standards this is a disgrace. If it was possible I would give 0 stars. I am horrifically obsessed with these books, for the past 19 years (tattoos, pet names, my adult apartment covered in maps and memorabilia - you obtain the point). Every Christmas and July 31st I have my own HP marathon - movies, and books, respectively. After re-reading the entire series just a day before reading this I was almost in a HP PTSD shock. I have read awful, poorly written, fanfiction that was lightyears better than this tragedy of a story (even calling it that seems overly kind).The characters you love and adore to abhore are completely missing - just their names remain, and little fragments of what seems to be a stolen history of their lives. I sighed, scowled, and groaned mercilessly while reading, and eventually completely gave up trying to understand even a semblance of what was going on in this is is NOT cannon, nor something I can physically or mentally endure sitting on my bookshelves next to what was the light of my childhood (and early adulthood if I'm honest). I will rightly say that I had a heavy nerd freak-out, and actually tore the book to pieces to prevent myself from re-reading it, as I knew I would as a sadistic form of torture - and it was cathartic as hell.If you only watched the movies, you may be able to endure this story; but the Potterheads who live and die for these books are just testing their patience, never-questioning love of all things HP, and the sainthood of Rowling by reading this story. (I am aware it is not her writing, and that with the play coming out she was in bind to publish, but that does not excuse this abortion of a story. Even as a play the plot alone is only a modicum of what anyone truly in love with these characters and globe would be expecting.)**SPOILER WARNING** So a lot of issues: the timeturner now apparently having the ability to go back decades, and make butterfly result implications; Hermione's visage as a cold, cruel, DADA professor; Harry's Hermione-like myopic focus on his work, above his family; Ron - as a whole; too a lot of others to list without losing my cool once ter waiting 9 years for another story, this is truly heartbreaking, and worthy of tears!**And yes, that's my cat, Albus, looking on approvingly of the tattered remains of my sanity that night.
I'm just so disappointed. I'm finding it difficult to search the words.Obligatory remarks: I have loved Harry Potter for 20 years. I'm reading the books to my daughter, I have read the 7 books more times than I can count, I have led my students in countless discussions and debates about the books over the latest 15 years. I also read more Harry Potter fan fiction than is normal or healthy. I've read every possible scenario of what happens to these characters after the canon books.I was so excited about the Cursed Kid that I could barely sleep this week. I knew it was a script, I knew Jo didn't write it. But I was excited. Now, I'm bummed.******I WILL NOW BE SUPER SPOILERY:SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSThings I liked:-Albus is a Slytherin! Yay!! This was my one want for this book, along with hoping Scorpius wasn't the antagonist.-Scorpius. I'm a large fan of all things Malfoy. Seriously, Draco Malfoy is my favorite character. I'm happy with how Scorpius was written in the play. The rumor that he is Voldy's son? Brilliant.-There were times when I could really see the original Ron and Ginny in their characters here. Not often, but occasionally.-Who wouldn't like to see Snape again?-I'm glad to see that Harry is struggling with his experiences. Let's face it, with all he's been through, he would definitely have PTSD. The epilogue in Deathly Hallows always struck me as a small too "shiny happy."The disappointments:-Time moves too quickly, and we obtain almost superficial glimpses of why both Albus and Scorpius are struggling in school. I would have much preferred for the story to focus more on their experiences at Hogwarts. With Rose as the antagonist with a Malfoy prejudice? That would have been great. Truly great. And unexpected.-Slytherin. On a deep, gut level, I've required Albus to be a Slytherin. I've always been troubled by the portrayal of Slytherin House in both the books and the movies. They are the Evil House. Why, WHY would Hogwarts condone the sorting of a quarter of the school into Death Eater training grounds? If Salazar Slytherin was so evil and essentially a racist, why does Hogwarts still have a Slytherin House? And what is the notice to the students who are sorted into Slytherin? "You're evil, kid. Have fun being a Death Eater!"Wasn't the takeaway in Books 1-7 that we shouldn't judge Slytherins unfairly? Draco actually saved Harry by not "recognizing" him at the Manor. Narcissa saved Harry by being brave enough to lie to Voldemort. Snape is by far the bravest, most extraordinary hero in the series. And let's not forget Regulus Black, who knowingly sacrificed his life at a young age in order to destroy ONE Horcux and give others a possibility to finish the job. Slytherin more than redeemed itself in the series. And the epilogue reinforces this when Harry tells Albus that it's okay to be in Slytherin. I knew in 2007 that Albus HAD to be a Slytherin. Surely the House system has changed by the time he goes to school? Surely Hogwarts is sorting students on their qualities and recognizing that all four Houses are valid and none are evil? Surely Hogwarts would rather abandon the House system than continue to train dark wizards in Slytherin?Yes, in The Cursed Child, my dream came real and Albus was sorted into Slytherin. And he became best of mates with Scorpius, just like I had hoped. But there is no redemption for Slytherin to be found. The Slytherin children continue to be [email protected]#$%!&, even to "their own." They bully Albus and Scorpius. We are never for a second shown that Albus possesses Slytherin qualities, nor are we shown that a lot of people can possess the Slytherin traits (cunning, shrewdness, leadership skills) and still be a amazing person. This play just reinforces the same old Slytherin prejudices. There was an opportunity to redeem Slytherin, and it was lost. Spectacularly.-Everyone else has said it and I will say it, too: Time-Turners. No. Just...no. There was plenty of material possible without having to revisit the "greatest hits" dates of the original series. How convenient that the play ends on October 31, 1981. It's Back to the Future. And not in a amazing way. I actually groaned when I saw the date. And again, not in a amazing way. Not to mention that Time-Turners have always been self-fulfilling; they are a closed loop, if you will. We've never seen them change anything. Going back in time always happened. Essentially, when you go back in time, you're only doing what you've ALREADY done. In Azkaban, Harry and Hermione always were there- they didn't change anything. They didn't change time. They just repeated what they had already done. We also have never seen anyone "go back" with a Time-Turner. They just catch up with the e you telling me that there are no other stories to tell? There are- fanfic is full of better ideas that don't involve traveling through time (and don't obtain me started on the fact that a canon Time-Turner can't travel that far back.) I was hoping this would be a Hogwarts fic, maybe interspersed with Harry dealing with his issues. Maybe even Snape wasn't dead. In canon, we never see a body after the fact, not a grave, or a funeral. A find for Snape would have created my heart so happy. But maybe I read too much fanfic. There are logical ways to create that happen, too. Draught of Living Death, always carrying Nagini's antivenin with him, etc. Or, barring that, what if Snape's portrait was included instead? Albus befriending the portrait at Hogwarts? Portrait Snape as Albus's mentor and advisor? Sign me up.-Cedric. Where do I begin with Cedric? I'll begin here: how convoluted is it to imagine that Cedric living would have resulted in Harry's death and Voldy's success? There is no possibility that this is where Delphi would have started, prophecy or no. No chance. If I had the ability to travel through time, and I wanted Voldemort to win, I would not begin with Cedric Diggory. I would have started with convincing V not to attempt to slay Harry. (I know she gets there eventually, but it's a Plan B.) I would have traveled to another time and killed Harry. Or prevented the destruction of a Horcrux. Or talked V into changing a Horcrux into something less obvious. Or talked him out of taking Nagini to the final battle. Or corrupted Harry into joining V instead. The possibilities are endless. But saving Cedric is not on that list. It's not. It can't be defended. It's a HUGE coincidence that saving Cedric would cause him to become a Death Eater. And logically, Delphi would have not known this or even considered the possibility. The "prophecy" was a ridiculous, clearly last-minute addition in order to lend some credibility to going back to the Triwizard Tournament. But we know Cedric. There's not a possibility that he would become a Death Eater. He's the most loyal, fair-minded hero in the entire series. It's not even slightly believable.-There's a second Time-Turner? What?? It's like the second begin device in Contact. I know I'm mentioning too much fanfic, but seriously, there are better amateur stories. And better HP time travel stories out there. JK destroyed all the Time-Turners for a reason during Order of the Phoenix. So they wouldn't ex machina the entire story. Are there really no other ideas?? Here's one: Harry being the Master of Death creates some interesting possibilities. I know he destroys the Elder Wand, but maybe he still is the Master of Death as the latest owner of the Hallows? Wouldn't that be a better story? Harry discovering he can't die? Or maybe gifted with unique powers from Death?-We come to the worst of all. Voldemort has a child. Voldemort. Has. A. Child. It's hard to write that, because that's ridiculous. It's dumber than what most 12-year-old fanfic authors would come up with. It's rehashing the same old tired storylines, a issue that plagues most sequels. "But this time, Voldy's a hot chick!" Not to mention, the logistics of her birth are impossible to believe. This means that Bellatrix was heavily pregnant at Easter, when she tortured Hermione at the Manor. Also, who would have returned to the Manor after the final war to search a baby? Well, logically, the Malfoys would have. So Draco should know, at the very least. If we insist on this storyline of V's baby, I would have preferred (by a LOT) that Scorpius really was Voldemort's kid. We all knew from the beginning that he wasn't, because we all just knew the story wouldn't have gone that way. What an amazing shock it might be to have Draco produce the second Time-Turner and explain that the rumors are true! And how does Scorpius deal with that? How would his friendship with Albus have progressed? How would Harry feel about his son in any kind of relationship with Voldy's kid? See? It's a more intriguing story than what we were given.-Lack of complexity. Books 1-7 were brilliantly constructed, with tips of what was to come almost from the beginning. The Cursed Kid is not complex. There is no challenge. I love reading to my 7-year-old and exploring those complexities in the first 7 books. It's work for her, but ultimately worth it. TCC is formulaic and lacking the depth and cleverness of the originals. Hermione puts easy riddles on her bookshelf to hide the Time-Turner? Really? That's only one example!-I know that this next point is the ultimate fanfic reader hang-up. Let's face it: everyone's gay in fanfic. But I believe I know why, or at least why I have fun it. Fanfic is the best possibility to see how small changes might affect a well-known story and well-known characters. What if Harry were sorted into Slytherin? What if Voldemort didn't bring Nagini to the final battle? What if Lily died but James didn't? What if Sirius didn't go after Peter in '81 and had the possibility to raise Harry? These sorts of hypothetical situations are the cornerstone of amazing fanfic. And they are why fanfic exists, to be honest- to see the ripples in the pond that small changes can make. I think this is why everyone is gay in fanfic. It brings up some interesting ideas: If Harry had a crush on Draco, how would that have affected Sixth Year? Or if Harry had been in a relationship with Cedric, how would that have changed the Triwizard Tournament? Would he have personally tried to save Cedric after the fact? Love and relationships are the big, pivotal plot points in most stories on the planet. Changing relationships up helps us see various possibilities in a well-worn story. It's a fun exercise!I say the above because I wish you all to be aware that I am not some fanfic-crazy woman who wants all the characters to be gay. I just like the mental exercise of imagining how small changes affect the entire story. When I heard that the Cursed Kid would be about Albus, and then I saw the pictures of Scorpius, I beautiful instantly hoped first that they would be friends, and then I wondered how them being more than mates could affect the characters (Harry and Draco can handle being civil, but could they be in-laws?) And I almost got my wish. Scorpius seemed to have deeper feelings. It is expressly written that he has problems with Albus flirting with Delphi. That he was jealous. I know Dumbledore is gay. But come on- they can't be afraid to insinuate that at least a few people in the wizarding globe are gay. Statistically, a lot of of them should be. At least leave it ambiguous, like with Dumbledore. Instead, they have to contain at the very end that Scorpius likes Rose. Rose, the least interesting hero in the whole damn play. And that's saying Thoughts:I suspect that the play itself is spectacular. The acting, the costumes, the sets, the unique effects, all of them are most likely breathtaking and divert from the plot issues. But reading just the script exposes all the issues. We have no opportunity to be distracted by the spectacle. That's why I think releasing this was a large mistake.I'm worried that this has tainted the first books for me. I don't wish to read Goblet of Fire and picture Albus and Scorpius (and Scorpius 2) there during all three tasks. Ultimately, this story adds nothing, only subtracts. There must be literally thousands of stories in the wizarding globe to tell. I'm so disappointed that JK signed off on a story that included Time-Turners, happenings from Books 1-7, and Voldemort 2. It's poorly-constructed fanfic that we now are forced to accept as canon.I want this all hadn't happened. I was enjoying picturing what the whole gang was doing now. Now that I know, I want I didn't know. I'm going to go back to better stories. I'm going to eat my feelings and pretend it didn't end like this.
I should say, I'm a heavy Harry Potter fan. I'm such a fan of the novels that, at times, I can't watch the movies because they are nothing like the books. I eagerly awaited the arrival of this script, and hoped that it would continue the story in a method that left me longing for more. I was severely 'll read it in the other reviews, I'm sure, but the plot holes and characterization of this story were just horrendous. There is no other word for it. You might search yourself, as I did, occasionally swept along in the story, but that doesn't create it a amazing story. It certainly doesn't excuse the not good writing which is filled to the brim with trope after trope, cliche after cliche, corny phrase after corny phrase. That JK Rowling would lend her help to a script of such not good quality is inconceivable. Perhaps she was confunded?By page 42 I was ready to be done, by page 242 I was laughing hysterically. This script is pure tripe. I don't have a issue reading it in script form. I would rather read it in a script than be distracted from its flaws by flashing lights and (what I'm sure is) amazing n't pay to read this book. Rent it from the library, or borrow a copy if your curiosity is that insatiable.
So, I just finished reading Cursed Kid and...I'm incredibly disappointed. I knew full well that this was merely a script and not a full-blown story. I'm totally fine with that..except for the fact that it's terrible.*possible spoilers*The initial excitement of holding a fresh HP book wore off incredibly quickly. The characters in CC have almost no semblance whatsoever to their real HP counterparts. They are flat and dull in so a lot of ways.And what's with the relationship between Scorpius and Albus? I fully expected this to turn into a full-blown romantic relationship because they reiterate their feelings for one another over...and over...and over...But it doesn't really add anything to the plot when they do!Speaking of plot...this one is terrible! Time travel, angsty teenage drama, more time travel, random daughter of Voldemort, more time travel...There are more holes in this plot than a cheese grater!Ugh..I have read the original HP series through a lot of times, and will continue to do so. But this book will never be reread. I will likely give it away or give it to Goodwill as soon as my wife finishes reading it..o stars because I can't 'hate' anything HP, but this is cutting it incredibly close.
I too am a large Harry Potter fan. I have read every book and watched every films multiple times. I was so disappointed with this play. I love reading plays so that wasn't the problem. The story itself was awful, boring, and so predictable. I knew the min the hero was introduced that she was going to be the person who caused all the mess and it really wasn't even an interesting mess. It was just not up to JK Rowling's writing standards -- I was quite shocked frankly that her name is on this.
Read this as a library copy before deciding to buy it. It's that e play format isn't obnoxious; it's simple to read. That's the only thing going for this book; you'll obtain through it quickly, provided you don't hurt it too badly throwing it across the room in disgust every time you encounter another badly-written passage. Everything other reviewers are saying about this being a fanfiction is true. The characters are underdeveloped; after everything we saw in the first books, there was a lot they could have drawn on for who these characters are. They also don't seem to be very British anymore, which is odd. The interaction between characters is wooden and in locations just ridiculous. The plot... I won't give spoilers, but let's just say that there's so much deus ex machina that it's downright disturbing. Rather than inventing a fresh plot, they contrived a method to retread the old plots, which feels cheap and e teenagers don't act like teenagers. Too a lot of of the conversations are exposition tools, and in stilted language that children don't use. It's as if they didn't actually know any teenagers when they wrote this. The adults, however, DO sound like teenagers. They simultaneously kept the teenage mannerisms of the main HP characters, without keeping their inherent deeper personalities.I don't believe in poor books. But... this is a poor book. Even on its own, it would be a brutal read; as part of the HP universe, it's a bitter disappointment.
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I want I could give this 3.5 stars, but it doesn't warrant 4 in my opinion. I love Dan Brown's novels, his writing style, and his extensive use of history/tech in most of them, and I always learn something when I read his books. Robert Langdon is one of my favorite fictional characters. However, as this series moves on, it's more of the same. Brown has a plug and play format that he follows, and as I read this book, it's basically Robert Langdon at some educational/art venue where a friend/colleague, etc. asks for his presence only to witness a murder or happening that threatens the world. < insert fresh villain here that is on a mission from God because his/her family was wronged>. Run to this historical place, search something they were looking for, search it quickly and then all is right again. There was supposed suspense, in that you wish to search out what in the globe Langdon's mate had to say before his murder--and of course, you have to wait until the end to search out. But I skimmed a lot of it because it was just more of the same. By the end of the book, I wasn't particularly enlightened by the so-called "discovery that would change the world." And, the side plot (that actually seems like part of the larger plot) of the Prince and Bishop was a distraction. The only part that was remotely interesting was the use of "Winston" in the novel. I was hoping for something more original from Dan Brown, especially after paying $15.00. I want he'd return to the days of Digital Fortress. He's such a talented writer, but if this is his whole mantra for novel writing, I'm not sure I'll buy the next one.
"Origin" is a blockbuster! Racing through Spain with Robert Langdon and a captivating young woman named Ambra Vidal is an intriguing method to obtain us into this globe of symbols, artwork and religious extremism. I’d still love to see Dan obtain back into the Templars someday, like he did in "The Da Vinci Code," but at least some amazing nonfiction books do that now. And certainly "Origin" satisfies the Dan-Brown-novel itch today!Moving from a secret, mountain-top meeting at Montserrat just outside Barcelona to a large public affair at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, we are teased with the idea that a revelation will be created which shakes all known religions to their core. Then things blow up and Langdon is on the run with the remarkable Ambra by his side. Yet even in the midst of all that we are bombarded with clues and insights about modern art that I would not have imagined could be so fascinating. And I’m still shaking my head over the very strange Uber vehicle ride. How does he come up with these things?Every time I thought I’d figured out who the "bad guy" was, it shifted and looked like it was someone else. Finally I just stopped trying and went along for the ride. And it is a joyride! If I had any complaint, it would be that Dan has developed a habit of sometimes opening fresh scenes while giving us no idea where we are (until later). It interferes with the otherwise enjoyable story, but it’s not a huge problem. The most exciting thing that happens is when Langdon . . . well, OK, I won’t tell you the rest. Read the book and see for yourself!
INTRO: Origin is another fun spiritual journey through history and the origins of religious belief. Although Brown’s writing will not rank well among the amazing classics, his books turned into movie will package theaters and encourage history buffs to travel Europe. Set in Spain, this book, ironically, was released just as the people of Catalonia voted for independence from Spain. Read on to learn more...*** ARE THERE PROFANITIES USED? ***Extremely few. Indeed, the f-word makes just one appearance and I didn’t search any s-words.BLUSH FACTOR Your 80-year-old grandmother will probably be begging you to read more books just like this. No worries here.POV Written in third person primarily from Robert Langdon’s Y POINTS Using history, science and religion for a thriller is one of the better ways to incite curiosity among readers. By this, I mean, curiosity to learn the truth. In other words, Brown’s books should not be regarded as actual history, although they certainly are fun and NGUAGE Written in daily English, the book is not especially artsy. Yet, it is a quick, fun read because the writing is honest, clear, and ES THIS WRITER SHOW OR TELL WHAT WE SEE/FEEL/HEAR? Mostly, it is written to present us what is seen, felt, heard or ES THE WRITER EVOKE THE FIVE SENSES? THIS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OR SHOULD I READ AN EARLIER BOOK FIRST?CLIFFHANGER? Although it leaves us in knowledge that another tale is coming, this is a stand-alone novel.Q - How was this book obtained?A – I bought both the Kindle ver and the Audible Whispersync copy so I could read and listen.Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?A – No.Q - Is this a fast, simple read or is it more of a leisure read?A – A page-turner leisure read. You’ll probably skip a food or two.Q - My largest pleasure or disappointment?A – Can’t wait for the give a feel for the editing, and the style and flow of this work, I am posting a brief excerpt below.Excerpt‘…“If you’ve read my books,” Langdon’s voice continued, “you will have heard me use the term ‘God of the Gaps.’ That is to say, when the ancients experienced gaps in their understanding of the globe around them, they filled those gaps with God.”The sky filled now with a heavy collage of paintings and statues depicting tons of ancient deities.“Countless gods filled countless gaps,” Langdon said. “And yet, over the centuries, scientific knowledge increased.” A collage of mathematical and technical symbols flooded the sky overhead. “As the gaps in our understanding of the natural globe gradually disappeared, our pantheon of gods began to shrink.”On the ceiling, the photo of Poseidon came to the forefront.“For example, when we learned that the tides were caused by lunar cycles,Poseidon was no longer necessary, and we banished him as a foolish myth of an unenlightened time.”The photo of Poseidon evaporated in a puff of smoke.“As you know, the same fate befell all the gods—dying off, one by one, as they outlived their relevance to our evolving intellects.”Overhead, the photos of gods began twinkling out, one by one—gods of thunder, earthquakes, plagues, and on and the number of photos dwindled, Langdon added, “But create no mistake about it. These gods did not ‘go gentle into that amazing night’; it is a messy process for a culture to abandon its deities. Spiritual beliefs are etched deeply on our psyches at a young age by those we love and trust most—our parents, our teachers, our religious leaders. Therefore, any religious shifts occur over generations, and not without amazing angst, and often bloodshed.”The sound of clattering swords and shouting now accompanied the gradual disappearance of the gods, whose photos winked out one by one. Finally, the photo of a single god remained—an iconic wizened face with a flowing white beard.“Zeus…,” Langdon declared, his voice powerful. “The god of all gods. The most feared and revered of all the pagan deities. Zeus, more than any other god, resisted his own extinction, mounting a violent war versus the dying of his own light, precisely as had the earlier gods Zeus had replaced.”On the ceiling flashed photos of Stonehenge, the Sumerian cuneiform tablets, and the Amazing Pyramids of Egypt. Then Zeus’s bust returned.“Zeus’s followers were so resistant to giving up on their god that the conquering faith of Christianity had no choice but to adopt the face of Zeus as the face of their fresh God.”On the ceiling, the bearded bust of Zeus dissolved…’Brown, Dan. Origin: A Novel (Kindle Areas 1554-1576). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle tom Line:A bit of a challenge to decide between four stars and five. In the end, though, the story is just too darned fun to read for me to rate it lower than five ve stars out of ments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do wish to know that and I wish to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be ank you.
Ouch. Dan Brown fan since the beginning. Sorry to say. I think he reached his peak with THE DAVINCI CODE and has more or less steadily declined thereafter. Much of the decline has to do with the repetition of a formulaic blockbuster pattern first established in ANGELS AND DEMONS (2000) and carried forward since then. Handsome, talented and possessed of an eidetic memory, Harvard Professor Robert Langston, attractive, intelligent and well traveled is yet tossed (through no fault of his own), along wth an beautiful much younger woman (this time the fiancée of the Prince to the Spanish throne), into a tempest of a a potentially globe shattering paradigm shift when an ex-Harvard student/grad, who is now a multibillionaire tech futurist invites him to a world-wide revelation of a fresh discovery relating to the age-old questions, "Where did we come from and where are we going?" Just as he is about to allow us now, he is assassinated in front of large crowd plus millions e rest is the typical Dan Brown romp around the world, this time constrained mostly to cities, landmarks and churches in Catalonia in Spain, hidden meaning in art, buildings and text and codes to solve within a deadline. There is a substantial amount concerning religion vs. science, AI, and so on as per forma, Brown rails versus the Catholics and Jews and religion in general, and their hidden secrets. When the huge reveal happens, about 80% of the method though, it is not so much of a reveal as it is a probabilistic prediction that does not differ so much from actual experiments conducted in the 1950s, albeit with a metaphysical always, Brown writes with a magical page turning pacing and even though I thought it was all beautiful much bull#$%t, I had to hold reading. Too bad. I think in all, a case of t not good but not amazing enough to recommend.J.M. Tepper
Here is the formula: search an older catholic member of the leadership hierarchy of that church with 100% evil intentions and a hatred for the common man and all that is amazing in the world; add a town with interesting history and art; add an older woman from academia or other intellectual profession who is, of course, beautiful, buff and available; add a Harvard guy who is in globe class shape to avoid poor guys with his phenomenal endurance and speed, because he swims; make a weak mystery and viola! Robert Langdon book #5 is e Da Vinci Code was terrific; every book after that has been weaker and less clever or well thought-out. We the buying public are signaling we wish more of this by continuing to buy the books (guilty as charged), but at some point, the number of people who are tired of this will stop buying, and he will stop producing this tip is this; if you really, really liked the latest Robert Langdon book, then buy this one, as it will obtain you turning some pages, and you will kind of like it. If you just were not that enthused about the latest one, don't buy this, as it is just the same old plot and the same old characters (different names, but the same stereotypes), but a tad worse.
Okay. stop me if you've heard this one:Robert Langdon, world-famous expert on signs and symbols unwittingly gets involved in Major Conspiracy that has him being chased through the roads of a European town in the company of a attractive woman, the chasing being perpetrated by both the standard law-enforcement agencies as well as a seemingly invincible crazed killer. Meanwhile he has to solve some obscure puzzle with Dire Consequences if he fails...What a minute! Wasn't that essentially the plot of "The DaVinci Code?" Or was it "Angels and Demons?" Perhaps "Inferno?" No matter; if you like preposterous chases undertaken in the interest of Humanity, with academic Professor Langdon somehow always defeating a fiend incarnate who - before encountering the professor - was invariably able to murder a couple of dozen innocent characters to hold the story moving, and you can overlook the obvious similarities in Dan Brown's earlier work, you might like "Origin."I didn't.
Dan Brown is one of my all time favorite authors. The setting and plot kept me going from cover to cover. Having visited Spain a lot of times i found it simple to visualize the locations in the story, The storyline was exciting however, I did guess who the villain was from the first few l of Brown’s books are so detailed but I have fun that technique. My favorite of Brown’s novels still is:“ANGELS AND DEMONS”. I think “ORIGIN “is certainly worth reading and I was satisfied I was able to read it on my IPad.
This book could be prophesy!Clearly Mr Brown has done his homework. I think this could be the future that has been designed for us by the "powers" that govern this planet.I would love to see Dan step into the Eastern religious teachings and go down the metaphysical rabbit hole. With his level of research, I think it could be a true eye opener for the closed rhaps a book dealing with Zecharia Sitchin's or Mauro Biglino"s accounts of ancient history.....
I loved this, the book had just enough glimpses of actual history to present a possible spin on our past and future. A story is intertwined.... it contains several surprises with twists and turns.... there was only one part that left me puzzled- if the goal of Winston was to be sure that the secret got out with maximum viewership, why go after Langston who was the only one to release it ... so I found a couple parts that didn’t quite add up - up did love it.
Brown has always shared terrific hero descriptions and unbelievable zone descriptions. I have fun viewing online a lot of of the websites where the story is unfolding as I'm reading. The disappointment in this installment came when the ending was essentially revealed very early in the story development. Also, I did have fun the tournament of creation vs. evolution theories.
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