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I still remember my cousin loaning me this book while I was at her home for vacation. I was so engrossed in the book, I didn't want to go to the beach or anywhere else until I was done! Thankfully, it was a short book... When I got home, I went on a search to find my own copy. When I loaned it to a friend in college, I never got it back from her. Over the years, I bought this book whenever I saw it in the store, as I would keep loaning my copy to people and never getting it back! With online bookstores, thankfully it's a lot easer to get my replacement copies!I wrote to the Oprah Winfrey show, I think she would LOVE this book, and it would be great to see it get the kind of exposure being her Book Club pick would bring, so if you love it, write to them too! The thing that amazes me about One Child, is how few people have ever read it, I don't think anyone I've mentioned it to has ever read it, until I give them my copy. And of course, everyone loves the book!P.S. Be sure to read the Tiger's Child, not quite as emotionally powerful as One Child, but a great book on how heartbreaking reality can be sometimes.
My 13-year-old daughter first read this book and was so moved by it that she encouraged me to read it as well. Like my daughter, I was riveted to this book and could not put it down. The main character, Sheila, just enters your heart and being. You are horrified and heartbroken by her experiences, but inspired by her innate goodness and many other special qualities. Equally so, you are fascinated by Torey Hayden -- the author of the book and the teacher who believed in Sheila so fiercely and never gave up on her. Through Hayden's words, you learn to see past the superficial aspects of Sheila's daughter & I went out and bought all of Hayden's other books as well, incl. the sequel to this is book is for anyone who cares about, and believes in, children. I especially think this should be required reading for politicians or education administrators who are contemplating the cessation of special education programs!
I was required to read this book for my Intro to Children with Disabilities college course. I admit, I hate reading books, and most books do not hold my attention, but this book did. I sat down and read the entire book in 1 day. I've never done that with any other book. It's an easy read. Some chapters were heartbreaking, but it's defiantly worth the read.
The reviews of Torey Hayden's books convinced me to want to read the series. My pursuit of the first book One Child found a Plot Synopsis and Study Guide. Disappointed until I found the actual book based on her true experience on Amazon and read it through in two sittings. Now see how other reviews are spot on and I will be reading through all the series! I have read through all the Cathy Glass books and was looking for something as engrossing and Torey Hayden fits the bill.
I read this book in under a week, and its sequel I read in a couple days. Even if you have no ties to the educational world, you should give this One Child a read. It is a solid read that will take you on an emotional ride that so few books do. I dare say if you haven't shed a tear by the end of the book you might want to ask yourself if you're Dreaming of Android Sheep, because you might be a replicant.
I found value in the reviewer who related the history of the eugenics movement to the gifted child movement. However, we're all biased. Perhaps the issue was that if Sheila wasn't gifted she may have been institutionalized. I seldom read books cover to cover for various reasons of time and life situations. I was hell bent however at being a social worker or something of that nature at one point, and I ate this up. I read it all, and I cherish the emotional bent that keeps these women fighting for kids and loving when it's hard. This is essentially a beautiful story whether you buy it or not. I don't find it strange thAt Torey would seek out Sheila if only for her second book about it as it can't be so really: It must be so rewarding to see someone flourish that you helped and who cared for you aNd vice versa.
This book is amazing. It will have you laughing, crying, and everything in between as you learn about a little girl who due to the insight, love, empathy, and dedication of her teacher overcame great odds. It will also introduce you to what a teacher of emotionally impaired students might have to deal.I have used the book in a speed reading class several times and the students have loved it. I am now going to use it in another reading class to broaden the students' point of view and cultural awareness. Everyone I have shared the book with, has loved it and shared it with others. The read will keep you involved and make you want to read other books by Torey Hayen.
Another enjoyable page-turner from JoJo Moyes. Once again, the theme of pitting the 1% and the other 99% against each other reaches an enjoyable conclusion. The characters are engaging and multidimensional. I never thought I would enjoy romance novels as much as I am Moyes' works. Partly it's because she celebrates the working class, and the qualities of grit and determination that inspire the reader. Also, her female protagonists aren't virginal; they're well-rounded, realistic people. Of course, it's good to have a guy on a white horse canter up, but in Moyes novels, the girl proves herself capable on her own. I will definitely buy more of this author's books.
Another wonderful read from Jojo Plus One tells the story of single mum, Jess ,struggling every day cleaning other people's houses and working in a bar at night to bring up her daughter Tanzie who is a gifted child, and Nicky her withdrawn teenage step-son who is bullied at school.Tanzie, 8 years old,is offered a scholarship to attend a prestigious Girls school to further her maths but there is no way Jess can afford the small difference in fees..Jess asks for help from her estranged husband who has given his family no support since leaving two years of Jess's housecleaning clients,Ed, comes to the rescue after finding himself at a loose end whilst in the midst of his own problems.He takes Tanzie and her family on a road trip to sit a mathematics Olympiad exam in the hope of winning first prize , a cash prize of Two Thousand pounds which would enable Tanzie to attend the new is an hilarious road trip and Ed gets taken in by Jess and her two children. All four,and the dog Norman, have their own story to tell and the road trip brings them all together against all odds.Or does everything go horribly wrong?
This was a good rainy day read. I am from America so some of it was a little hard for me to understand, but I really enjoyed it. Their journey up to Scotland together was very unique. I'm so glad it had a happy ending because there were parts that I was afraid it was going to end up bad. I like to end on a good note. :) If you need a book to get you through a beach trip or on a long vacation then give this a try.
To be honest I was not excited to read this one as I have read all of Moyes other books and didn't think this one could be as good based on the plot. I am so glad is was proved wrong! One Plus One has become my very favorite of all of Moyes e characters are deep and very well written. They draw you in and make you completely invested. The book reads like a movie- I could see the scenes in my mind as I read. I LOVE Ed's character and the steadfastness and growth you see in him throughout the will fall in love with that characters. I would LOVE to read a follow up story to see what they are up to after this book ends. :)
I thought this book would be a chick flick kind of story. You know a mushy romance novel, and I was okay with that. Instead it dealt with reality. Kindness, bullies, positive thinking, financial and family stress, and yes even love. I will recommend this book to my friends and family because it touches close to home. So much is going on in this book, some things predictable, some not. Bottom line it made me want to be a better person, less cynical. It's so easy to fall into that mindset, but this book reminds me that what's important is doing the best you can with what you have and reaching out to others if there is any way you can. Things usually work out for the best even if you can't see it in those darkest hours. This is an incredible story of being there for your family and others at all costs just because you know deep down it's the right thing to do. Remarkable story!
Tanzie's maths interest are very wide and simply attributed by there name or category. But in the closing pages one of those are cited and frankly the most mysterious of them all. And we are left either to be impressed with JJ's depth or sent on our way to satisfy our own curiosity. That one is "Strong Emergence". Look it up and drown in the maths mystique of the highest order. I will try to demystify the concept which has been of recent vintage emerged in the cloak of maths language, equations, and symbolism. Let me help with a metaphor that will take some of the mystery out of the e famous proverb: "The straw that broke the camel's back" is an example of (strong ) emergence . The theory has imbedded in it without quantifying the various properties of the system: I.e. The strength of the camel, the weight of the straws, the time constraint on the endurance of the camels, and other physical variables. We know by our experience with logic that the load is not infinite, and we can feel the continuity of the growing burden that the camel must endure. But we know that the last straw is imbued with a role not attributed to any other of the equivalent components. Think about it and try to find a similar maths explanation If you find one let me know. I stand guilty of over simplification, but how else to attempt at layman C. Pulseinc @
Jessica Rae Thomas has got to be one of the most positive people and rightful people on the world. She is broke to the bone and has two children to raise. Her husband is off "for recovery" and not supporting her family with a single pound. Still, she wants to grant her daughter the opportunity of lifetime by enabling her to go to a costly private school which will be targeting Tanzie's math when she decides to take a run down car to drive her family plus dog from South England to Scotland for a maths competition that might pay for Tanzie's tuition fees, and that car actually breaks down in the middle of the road, she never thought that Ed Nicholls would be the one to come to her rescue. The arrogant wealthy arse who's beachhouse she cleans on a regular basis. However, Ed has trouble of his own and for some reason, he decides to embark onto tthat chaotic trip to Scotland with nce I read and absolutely loved Me Before You from the same author, it was nearly impossible not to read this new book, especially given that the plot sounded so fresh and nice. Who doesn't love a geeky millionaire and a family in be very honest with you, this felt like a real life parody of Little Miss Sunshine. The similarities were absolutely obvious: you have the eccentric little daughter going of to a competition (maths/beauty pageant - sounds about the the same) and that troubled teenager with a goth haircut, and a mother who is hell bent on making this trip work out so she can give her child what she feels it deserves.But apart from those similarities, the whole story was very-well customised and exudes the lovely english charm that I don't come across often, given the very little "english" books I read. It is also a very striking comparison of two worlds: the big city London life were yuppies and self made men indulge in fancy things, and the life on the outskirts of the city, where a family barely has £12 a day as a food me parts of the story will make you laugh and some parts will make you cry. You will most definitely fall in love with Jessica's quirky character and positive vision of life, and you will become a great fan of Ed Nicholls and witness how something even more chaotic than the professional predicament he is in can actually bring him peace and happiness. It's a beautiful story about unexpected situations, finding happiness, and starting ever, do not expect any steamy scenes here - everything is being kept on a very light level, but the story is so sweet you don't actually miss it...
Ok, with so many fantastic reviews, I'm beginning to feel bad that I liked it but did not love it. It's a good book but it's not great. Having said that, I really did find myself liking all the characters and feeling for them. You want it to work out even though you know that in real life, it would per my sometimes usual review format...Did I learn anything from this book?I think how hard it is to get ahead when living on the minimum wage was reinforced. Some people have it really hard and those of us who don't have no clue. I don't know that this knowledge will change how I live my life but it does help to be a little more aware.Did I think about the book when I wasn't reading it?Not at first but yes, towards the end, I was thinking about it when I was not reading it.Did I want to read this book when I wasn't reading it?Yes - I wanted to know what happened.Will this book stay with me long after it's over?Not all of it... it's good but not that good. However, there is a section where Jess explains to Ed how hard it is to get ahead once you have a baby at 17 and are always behind trying to catch up and this will stay with me. It is very well said. And there are comment about living as a single/solo parent on the minimum wage and yes, those will stick.SPOILER ALERT: I enjoyed all of it except for when Jess and Ed get together and then it just gets too pathetically mushy. I was almost happy when they broke up so we could get back to being real. For a while there I thought "Oh God, Mills and Boon/Harlequin Romance" and this is not what I signed up for.
Let me start by stating I just cannot bear most romance novels. While some might classify this as a romance novel, I found it to be more of an interesting tale with some quirky characters. I found it interesting to see how two strangers from different ends of a spectrum could develop a friendship through simple acts of compassion and through that arrive at an even deeper connection. While Jess is a financially struggling single mother, Ed is wealthy and many might assume that he would not have a care in the world due to his wealth. As Jess develops a friendship with Ed, she becomes aware that he has many issues that are equally as challenging and heartbreaking for him and that money does not guarantee a problem free life Each learns that everyone has problems sometimes just as heartbreaking as yours. Through Jess's life, Ed is able to see a strong woman fighting for her children's welfare and a mother that always puts her children first, although in one instance many would question whether that commitment to her children justifies some of the actions that she takes.Without giving away more of the story, I'll just conclude that this is an intelligently written novel of a romance, but not a "romance novel". It was interesting to see how two people from different walks of life were able to connect.
This is a great book! The main character is Jess, a single parent trying to raise her daughter, Tanzie, and her x-husband's son, Nicky, by herself because her husband has deserted her. She has several jobs just trying to pay the bills. There are no extras! She cleans for Ed, another main character. He is on the other end of the money issue. He has lots of money, but gets himself into some trouble which will cost him ss attempts to take a road trip to Scotland where her daughter has been offered a chance to take a prestigious math exam and if she passes will make it into a great private school. Jess cannot afford to send her there otherwise. She, however, takes her x's old car which doesn't run properly. She is pulled over by the police, and Ed accidentally drives by and rescues her and the om there the story really begins. They are on this road trip and have all kinds of experiences!!! There is never a dull moment!One of the issues brought out in this book deals with bullying. There is a bad group of kids living in Jess's neighborhood who bully Nicky. This is another reason Jess so wants Tanzie to attend a different school. Yet, even at the private schools, there can be a bit of bullying. When someone is different, they just appeal to those who think they are better!!!This is a story about hardship, bullying, honesty, determination, friendship, family, and love. It makes you laugh, and it just may make you cry a couple times! I highly recommend it!
Great app and great concept. However, it should have an option to record your own songs on the front page. Since there are only a few categories of songs, there should also be the option to request a song on the home page. (For example, there are no country songs, edm, etc). There should also be a feature of connected apps if other apps work with the one. Giving four stars because I know it just came out and hopefully updates will be coming soon. Have high hopes, great concept!
I love books about books, and this one is great for parents who are wanting to streamline their library visits and get to the best-of-the-best for titles with a global theme for ages the first 40-ish pages, we are introduced to author Jamie Martin and her global family. She shares the story of how they came to be (LOVE IT!) and offers some practical, doable ideas for how we can broaden our understanding of the world with our children. Next up leads us to the premise of the book: build your family culture around books, and travel together around the world with great e book lists are organized by region and age interest level. They list title, author, illustrator when applicable and a short synopsis of the book. Sometimes, we'll have a note on whether a book contains religious elements, in case a parents wishes to avoid or have a discussion prior/e indexes are helpful. We have one by author, one by country/region, and historical index, and title index. This will help you on your library hunt. (by the way, if your library allows you to reserve a bunch of titles on hold, do it! Let them do the legwork of finding your books and putting them together for you. Makes library visits with little ones easier. Get your holds and browse, or get your holds and get on outta there. Oh, and if your library doesn't have a title, find out if they do interlibrary loan.)Sprinkled throughout the book recommendations, we hear many families answer the question: "How do you give your child the world in your home?"Now. As I love good book lists and we read a ton around here, I will say that many of the titles I already recognized from our own library perusal or other book lists. Some Five in a Row titles are within; and others I have found already from my treasured All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. There is some overlap in titles for this book and Miller's. In Martin's book, we have a longer synopsis. One area where Miller's book has an edge, is it simply has way more titles (plus, history and geography and more sections), and it also reaches interest levels beyond the age 10-12 set; Miller's reaches high at said, there are some new-to-me titles in Martin's book, and there are certainly room for both books on my bookshelf. I will use both when browsing titles when we're doing a regional study, country study, or just wanting to add some more living books to our library list.
This book is going to be such an amazing asset to our homeschooling life. We are about to do an "around the world" curriculum and this will be PERFECT for that.We will continue to read through these books beyond this homeschool year as well. The suggestions look amazing and the intro section choked me up at how beautifully she wrote about the power of stories.Edited to add: although this is classified as Christian category, it is still a great tool for a secular homeschool family like ours.
I saw this book advertised on Facebook over and over ... and over and over ... and I finally checked it out from the library, thumbed through it, and immediately ordered my own copy from Amazon! This book is an invaluable resource for homeschool families of elementary/middle school aged children. The first few chapters discuss why the author wrote the book and give some really helpful/encouraging tips and reminders in regards to reading to our children. It is that type of encouragement that every parent needs to hear! The next eight chapters highlight different regions around the world, covering everywhere from Africa to Antarctica. Each chapter includes books for children ages 4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12 years old. Each book recommendation (I'd roughly estimate, without the book right in front of me, that there are 10-15 books for each age group for each region) has a brief summary, as well as notes on whether it contains religious elements. Our mid-sized local library has most of the books. I have checked out almost all of them from the first chapter (multicultural) and they are very appropriate for the age groups they are listed under. We plan to use Give Your Child the World as the base of our Language Arts and Social Studies studies this year, with four kids ranging in age from 4 to 13. I REALLY hope the author will write a similar book about other topics (history, maybe!), as this is EXACTLY what I had been looking for for years.
I have my copy and am beyond pleased with it. It's even better than expected. It's basically my dream come true book. It lists books, with age suggestions, and a brief overview, by regions of the world! You guys! You can study a region of the world through awesome literature and the research about which books to choose has already been done for you! AND, there is an index in the back in case you are looking for stories that relate to certain time periods. It is truly amazing! My favorite homeschool resource EVER. But it's not just for homeschoolers; I'll be buying it as gifts for all my new mama friends.We have already read TONS of the suggested stories and every single one is AMAZING! I no longer have to go to the library and randomly pluck good-looking books off the shelf hoping that I get a few great ones (okay, I still do that too, I mean, BOOKS!). I actually carry this book in my purse, pull it out when I get there, and leave with a pile of all great books!
First off, my book arrived damaged- almost like there was a cut to the binding. It doesn't seem to affect the structure of the book (no pages falling out), but I was disappointed with the condition of my supposedly "new" at said, this book is already a fantastic resource. I could do without the religious references- the content stands on its own without that aspect- so if that topic sprinkled throughout bothers you, consider yourself warned.I've already used this book as a reference to search our library for great books, and I'm glad someone else has already done the work of tracking the titles down. A must have for any parent who wants to offer their kids a view into the outside world, without spending hours online (or tons of cash) researching.
This book is FABULOUS! I know that she wrote the book for the world, but secretly, I am thinking that it was just for our family (American mommy/daddy with Korean-adopted kids). We are going back to Korea next year and this will be an awesome way to kick off our global-travel-bug! So fun to see all of our favorites in the Asia section. I just cried reading the family-making stories in the beginning of your book. Oh, the love and challenge and feelings and unknowns and humility – we know all of those! Thank you so much for working on this project so that we are graced with its beauty and families everywhere can look to their neighbors to create peace in the world. We are clapping over here in Oregon! Here are a few specifics I love about the book: organized by region. This is great for homeschoolers who do unit studies, as we do, and it's perfect as a helpmate to geography or history studies. I also love the breakdown within each region by age appropriateness. The global-minded tips sprinkled within the chapters to help families with the mindset of raising kids to embrace difference is awesome. They are simple, authentic and doable. Thank you, Jamie, for such a treasure for our bookshelves.
The best! I am a homeschooling mom of four young children, and this sweet book has become an invaluable resource in our home. I love reading the descriptions of the recommended books - it is saving me a ton of time and research. After reading each section, I order all the books I want online from the library - then I can go pick them up - and I have a curated, wholesome and enriching curriculum supplement for free! I love how it's broken down by regions and also by age levels. This is helpful for me, since I have kids from toddler up to age 10. I've been a reader of Jamie's blogs (both Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom) for many years, and she has been a huge inspiration to me in my personal homeschooling journey. I am so grateful to live in a time when we have amazing resources and people like Jamie, who are putting so much light into the world through her passion and hard work. I am so glad I bought this book - it is now my "go-to" gift for my friends who are parents! :-)
I pre-ordered this book with great anticipation. The description sounded like an approach to geography that would work well with my teaching style. I made the decision to use this book as a guide for geography in a co-op setting. The book selections have been outstanding. I love that I don't have to spend hours searching for the perfect books for a particular area. The selections are also broken down by countries and/or region. I would recommend this book for any home educator or to any parent that wants quality stories. I will add that the stories set in the Middle East are not the sunniest stories, however, given the situation the books were very well chosen. It gives an honest look into those countries but at an age appropriate way.
I'm so glad I found this book! I'm a homeschool mom with 2 boys, ages 5 and 7. I planned an entire "Around The World with Story's and crafts" unit using this book and a couple other resources. I've been super pleased with the selections the author chose for each country. I especially love how well this book is organized to quickly find what you are looking for. First by continent, they by audience age, and also by country. This book saved me hours of research and is an excellent resources for any family that loves literature and different cultures! I've recommended this book to so many friends I should be making a commission! 😉
As a follower of Simple Homeschool and fan of Jamie Martin, pre-ordering this one was a no-brainer. And I am SO glad I is book was purchased as a homeschooling resource to help with our study of history, geography, literature, and world cultures. I soon discovered, however, that this book is fit for ANY parent wishing to enrich their child's reading with stunning, high-quality books. This guide is largely a treasury of titles, but you'll also find simple ideas for weaving a global perspective into your family's day in very real ways. We're not a family who travels much, especially beyond our own country's borders, but I've found in this book extremely helpful in bringing the world to US.I'll admit that perhaps my favorite part of the book has been reading the story of Jamie's family - made up of people from a few different continents - and how they try to stay true to the different cultures that make up their diverse clan. I love that a large part of the research for this book was probably done curled up together on the couch, reading story after beautiful story in an attempt to do exactly what the title suggests...to give their children the world. Even more, I love that my family gets to reap the benefits of years of said "research" and of Jamie's dedication to sifting through all the titles for us, so that we need only to relax and enjoy. That's a sigh of relief to this mom's soul.
Let me start 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 children 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 child and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I get more of a harry potter vibe from the fantastic 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 bad 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 true to themselves. I think the best way to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the true works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will try to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have big hopes for fantastic beasts and that's enough for now.
Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the new one. I keep 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 made him different 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 against someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his kid 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 new 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 fight 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 want to start this by saying that I am a huge 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 child 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 last book when they are dropping off the children at the Hogwarts express, the kids 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 kids 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 made about not playing with his son. Which then Hermione corrects and Ron says to beat him on test but not to get 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 friends 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 child 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 competition 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 fights 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 made 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 find 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 way 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 massive breakout and it is all over the daily prophet. But hey, this guy who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity he escapes and it’s cool. Yeah, sounds legit.- The new prophecy. First of all: how did it happen with no one knowing about it except Delphi. Who made 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 character who was noble and good and died oh so tragically. This character 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 good character and completely changing him for the worse. Thank goodness you did not include 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. Many 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 friends hairs at all times. So let’s change into them and break into the ministry.- Btw that potion is not necessary 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 make sense?- The no sugar diet. WHAT. Sounds like something movie 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 get 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 tiny 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 massive 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 world would be expecting.)**SPOILER WARNING** So many issues: the timeturner now apparently having the ability to go back decades, and create butterfly effect 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 many 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 find 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 last 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 Child 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 wish for this book, along with hoping Scorpius wasn't the antagonist.-Scorpius. I'm a huge fan of all things Malfoy. Seriously, Draco Malfoy is my favorite character. I'm pleased 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 little too "shiny happy."The disappointments:-Time moves too quickly, and we get 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 needed 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 message to the students who are sorted into Slytherin? "You're evil, kid. Enjoy 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 character 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 chance 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 true and Albus was sorted into Slytherin. And he became best of friends with Scorpius, just like I had hoped. But there is no redemption for Slytherin to be found. The Slytherin kids 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 many people can possess the Slytherin traits (cunning, shrewdness, leadership skills) and still be a good 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 good way. I actually groaned when I saw the date. And again, not in a good 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 get 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 search for Snape would have made my heart so happy. But maybe I read too much fanfic. There are logical ways to make 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 start with Cedric? I'll start here: how convoluted is it to imagine that Cedric living would have resulted in Harry's death and Voldy's success? There is no chance 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 start with Cedric Diggory. I would have started with convincing V not to attempt to kill 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 chance that he would become a Death Eater. He's the most loyal, fair-minded character in the entire series. It's not even slightly believable.-There's a second Time-Turner? What?? It's like the second launch 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 last owner of the Hallows? Wouldn't that be a better story? Harry discovering he can't die? Or maybe gifted with special 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 problem 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 battle to find 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 awesome 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 hints of what was to come almost from the beginning. The Cursed Child 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 simple 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 enjoy it. Fanfic is the best chance to see how little 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 chance to raise Harry? These sorts of hypothetical situations are the cornerstone of good fanfic. And they are why fanfic exists, to be honest- to see the ripples in the pond that little 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 different possibilities in a well-worn story. It's a fun exercise!I say the above because I want 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 little changes affect the entire story. When I heard that the Cursed Child would be about Albus, and then I saw the pictures of Scorpius, I pretty instantly hoped first that they would be friends, and then I wondered how them being more than friends 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 issues 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 world are gay. Statistically, many of them should be. At least leave it ambiguous, like with Dumbledore. Instead, they have to include at the very end that Scorpius likes Rose. Rose, the least interesting character 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 special 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 huge mistake.I'm worried that this has tainted the first books for me. I don't want 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 world to tell. I'm so disappointed that JK signed off on a story that included Time-Turners, events from Books 1-7, and Voldemort 2. It's poorly-constructed fanfic that we now are forced to accept as canon.I wish this all hadn't happened. I was enjoying picturing what the whole gang was doing now. Now that I know, I wish 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 massive Harry Potter fan. I'm such a fan of the novels that, at times, I can't watch the films 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 way 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 find yourself, as I did, occasionally swept along in the story, but that doesn't make it a good story. It certainly doesn't excuse the poor 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 support to a script of such poor 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 problem 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) great 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 Child 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 new HP book wore off incredibly quickly. The characters in CC have almost no semblance whatsoever to their true HP counterparts. They are flat and dull in so many 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 many 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 huge Harry Potter fan. I have read every book and watched every movies 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 minute the character 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 easy to read. That's the only thing going for this book; you'll get through it quickly, provided you don't damage 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 places 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 new plot, they contrived a way to retread the old plots, which feels cheap and e teenagers don't act like teenagers. Too many of the conversations are exposition tools, and in stilted language that kids 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 bad books. But... this is a bad book. Even on its own, it would be a brutal read; as part of the HP universe, it's a bitter disappointment.
The story goes something like this: A sweet young lady named Alicianne Del Mar is hired as a baby-sitter for a little girl named Rosalie Nordon, who has just lost her mother. When Alicianne is driving to the Nordon's house, her car breaks down and she is kindly assisted by Mrs. Whitfield, an elderly woman who lives in the area. Mrs. Whitfield also tells Alicianne that the Nordons are a very peculiar family and that she doesn't like them very much, especially little Rosalie. Mrs. Whitfield thinks Rosalie is responsible for a lot of bad things that happen in the woods, but the baby-sitter doesn't take the accusations very seriously and she assumes that the little girl's bad behavior may have to do with the fact that she has recently lost her mother. When Alicianne arrives to the house, Mr. Nordon doesn't exactly offer her a friendly welcome, but his older son, Len, apologizes for his father's rustic manners. At first, Rosalie seems happy to have Alicianne in the house and they become very attached, against all odds. Rosalie is actually not very sociable, she doesn't have any friends and does a lot of strange things, like, walking around the cemetery during the night. She behaves in a very cynical and downright sinister way and is disrespectful towards his father and defies him constantly. Eventually, Alicianne becomes Rosalie's target too, reaching the point of receiving threats. Things go out of control completely and Alicianne understands that Mrs. Whitfield was right all along and Rosalie is not an ordinary girl. When she discovers the truth, she teams up with Rosalie's brother in order to get out of the house before it's too late. Less than perfect as it is, "The Child" offers a very dark and unsettling atmosphere. I don't know anything about the filming locations, but the woods and the big house where the story take place are eerie and both sceneries convey a feeling of isolation and gloominess. I don't find nature and isolation depressing per se, but when you put these characters in this sceneries, I really do. Rosalie (the so-called "Child") is very dark and the relationship between her and her father is, in my opinion, what makes "The Child" a very unique and disturbing film. We have seen enough horror films about evil children and it's a shame that Rosalie is not highly appreciated as some of her counterparts (although, it could be possible that the lack of distribution may have something to do with Rosalie's anonymity as a horror icon). Strange as it may sound, I consider Rosalie a very memorable horror character and I have seen my decent share of horror films in 27 years. If you set your expectations bar low and can get around the mediocre special effects and the amateurish acting, you might enjoy "The Child" for what it is. My main problem with this film is that we never get to know enough about Rosalie's late mother, which is crucial to the story. Apparently, Rosalie's disturbing behavior was hereditary and while some of her background story is revealed by some of the characters, in my opinion, it wasn't enough. I think this film could have been a lot better if they revealed more about this particular character. Other than that, "The Child" is a very enjoyable little flick and I highly recommend it to horror fans who don't take films too seriously all the time.
I won an ARC of this in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, Thank an Advanced Read Copy there are a few spelling mistakes but that can be taken care of by the finished product. I liked how she switched to different peoples perspectives during the story. I also enjoyed her strong female characters.I must start this review saying that every expectation I had from a Nora Roberts book was swept away. I've only read two of her other series and I wasn't sure what I would be getting myself into. This story embraced, ensnared, and enchanted me.“When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he’d killed himself. And billions of others.” I was reminded painfully of The Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect is the power to cause a hurricane in China because of a butterfly flapping its wings somewhere in the world.... If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, then the hurricane would not have happened-The Butterfly Effect and Chaos Theory. So when he shoots the Pheasant he set in motion a greater effect. I found it significant that Ross MacLeod had left blood there when he was a child and then the Pheasant died there, I believe that is what triggered it. I was left wondering why nobody went to Scotland to try to figure out the cause and stop the Doom at the source.I cannot wait until the next book because I read this book last night and I was left with so many questions, I do hope in the next book that we get to hear what is happening at New Hope and that it doesn't rush through the Thirteen years without a telling us what had been happening elsewhere. I want to know if the lady who predicted the Doom is an Uncanny. I want to know what happened with Max's brother. I also hope that instead of rushing Lana into her new relationship that Nora takes the time to explore their feelings and taking care of Fallon. I want more of how the Uncanny's react to all the people hunting them, it reminded me of racism and I want to see how they over come it and what Fallon's role is.
This type of book is NOT my usual genre . I selected this book from Kindle First simply because none of the other selections appealed to me, and I liked the cover art.Let me first send a big thank you to to the authors for including a glossary of all the acronyms used in the book! Other reviews have discussed the plot so I won't go there. I was engrossed in this story from the very first page. The plot is, unfortunately, very realistic in this time in history. I experienced several different emotions during the reading of this book. I was fascinated by the plot twists and turns , saddened by the losses of life and the sacrifices of personal happiness made by the hero, fear because the plot was so realistic it could be a harbinger of events to come, and lastly, satisfaction at an ending well is book is so well written that the use of acronyms did not seem excessive, a reader not familiar with military lingo can easily follow the story.I am very much looking forward to reading more books by this writing duo.
A former SEAL who finds a new identity as a spy, Jack Dempsey has a score to settle. Traveling the globe with his new team that is just beginning to form a bond, he will face perhaps the most serious terrorist plot since 9/11. Racing against time, will he and his team be able to figure out the plot and intervene before time is up?I love a good thriller, and Andrews and Wilson do not fail to deliver in Tier One. I found myself consistently engaged in the storyline and loved the characters, especially Jack Dempsey. The plot was so realistic it could have been ripped from the headlines (though thankfully it was not!). The action was non-stop, and the authors' writing style flowed well and was authentic to the events portrayed in the book.I was hesitant about choosing this as my August Kindle First selection I realize this is a bit silly, but I do tend to judge books by their cover, and I really did not like the cover artwork for this title. However, I was very pleased with the book and found it to be one of the best Kindle First selections I have read in some time. I am looking forward to reading future installments in this series, and can't wait to see how the characters will develop over time. The brotherhood and bond between the team members really added to the character development, and the authors also left room for some romance in future sequels. Thomas and Mercer have another hit series on their hands!
Retired USAF Medic. Medical descriptions of medical equipment and in field procedures were well described and appeared to be based on current techniques. The high demands of special ops personnel ,and the physical and mental toll exacted on themselves and their family members are understood by few, outside of their community. Hopefully civilian readers of this book will garner a better understanding and appreciation of how these elite troops contribute so much to our (and other) nation's security. A great read with detailed descriptions of operational particulars that makes it obvious that input came from some of the "real "McCoy's" currently, or formally involved in this "area of expertise".
Action CheckThrilling Double CheckBuckle your seat belts Triple CheckNo decision for me on my selection for the Kindle First book for August. How could I possibly choose anything other than a novel about Navy SEALs? And, the end result is that I was not disappointed for one minute while reading this book. It is filled with action which starts in the Arabian Sea where the reader first meets Senior Chief Jack Kemper on a mission with his fellow SEALs.We learn that during his 20 years of service he is used to the harried missions that start with the 3 beeps on his cell phone. So, he takes each one in stride with his thoughts of 'Blow up, Clean up or Pick up'. Life goes on with the SEALs and along the way we get a refresher course concerning Iran's nuclear program in the description of this book mentions, the story delves deeply into the line between duty and revenge. Al Queda plays an active part in this one and I actually felt shaky when reading the scene in the Tactical Operations Center in Djibouti on the horn of Africa.Powerful, poignant and packed with action that will not disappoint readers that like military action. The trident symbol for the SEALs has always been so important to them. There is a scene concerning the passing of a trident that will make one tear up with emotion. And, yes, justice comes into aracters are well developed as is the plot and the story flows smoothly from the beginning to the last page. There are a lot of acronyms in this book and all are well explained. So like the military in every day st highly ease note that this my Kindle First selection for August.
My genre of choice these days is Military Thrillers. Covert Ops, Black Ops, whatever you want to call them, that's what I love to read about. This book does NOT disappoint. My first read from these authors turned me into a fan immediately. I don't like to give away any parts of a story. If you like military backgrounds mixed in with human relationships, brotherly love between tight knit secret teams, add this to your list of books to read. It's the first of a series by the same name (Tier 1 Series) followed by War Shadows and Crusader One, which I preordered for my Kindle already. It's hard to find new authors that can stand up to the elite like Vince Flynn, but these guys have what it takes.
I read this engaging story while on a trip abroad and felt very invested in the story line. The characters at times seemed needlessly evasive even in their own thoughts, and as a result of was hard to find myself able to attach to them individually. In the end I cared far less about them then I wanted too but enjoyed the story. The end was too predictable and honestly seemed like a cop out by the writer to set up the series, they could have done that gag much less obviously. I am left unsure as to if the series will draw me in for book 2 as a result of the cheesy conclusion.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It is violent, forceful, gut-wrenching, and paints a picture of a world virtually nobody knows. My own personal military world crossed paths with the world described in "Tier One." This gives me some insight into the character and make-up of the heroes who populate this world. This story is not just about heroism, however. It also tells the true story of Militant Islam and the role Iran (Persia) is even now playing behind the scenes. More than anything, "Tier One" is a wake-up call to our leaders that if we don’t take appropriate action now, we may forever lose the chance to do so."Tier One" is a no-holds-barred, no-pulled-punches look at the best of America’s Special Operations Forces. It is very well written, giving the reader insight into the minds and thoughts of not only [email protected]#$% field operators, but also the men calling the shots from the TOCs. Pick a weekend to read it, because you will not want to stop reading!
It keeps the reader on the edge from the start to the finish. The main character is a strong and dynamic seal team leader. The plot exciting, dramatic, and takes the reader along for the ride. The ending is surprising and and unexpected. I highly recommend this book!
Good writing at times (enough so that I finished the book). But poor story telling overall. Premise of the book is absurd. Ending of the book was both predictable and anticlimactic. I just did not connect with the main character at all. In fact, main characters feel whiney and their dialog got annoying. I guess when you want the main characters to die that's a sign that it's just not a good read.
I thought this book was very entertaining and captivating, but the language was bothersome. I am hesitant with harsh language, unless it is necessary for the story. I think this story did need that element due to the fact that the characters were in war zones and dealing with life and death situations....this is reality. It did not feel gratuitous. So now that we have established that the language was too much at times, let's get to the story...I thought this story was well told and slightly suspenseful. This won't win any awards for great literature, but it is a well told suspense novel. I think that Brian Andrews did a good job of keeping my attention and keeping me engaged in the characters and the storyline. Overall, this was a good book.
People who truly love dogs experience intense cycles of joy, trust, hope, pain and loss. It's the human experience of love compressed into a too-short lifetime of about fifteen years or less. Kay Pfaltz generously opened her heart and home to a funny little abandoned dachshund (with a "parsnip nose") while she was still grieving over the loss of her cherished Lauren, whom she wrote about so beautifully in Lauren's Story: an American Dog in Paris - another great book.Flash needed Kay, and Kay soon learned that she needed Flash. This book is no mere "dog story." It is a gentle, introspective and inspiring book about human growth. Each chapter is headed with an insightful quote from such great minds as Jonathan Swift, Ursula LeGuin, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sophocles, and the people surrounding Kay during her journey with Flash are vivid, fascinating, thoughtful and endlessly interesting. But the favorite quote I've brought away from it is the author herself saying:"...maybe the answer was much simpler than we could imagine. Maybe we just needed to be here and be present every single moment and see the miracle of it all."It sounds so simple, doesn't it? It isn't, though - it's a lifetime challenge. In Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle, Kay Pfaltz unfolds a beautiful, moving, often funny, always involving story of the miracles that people are and the miracles that dogs are and the wonders that they can bring to each other.If you love dogs, or love people, or love... love, I think you will love this book.
Mortality is a sentence passed on all of us, two- and four-footed alike. There are temporary reprieves, but there are no pardons.If we read a book and really like the protagonist, we hope that the sentence won't be carried out while we're watching. We can pretend that time is frozen when we turn the last let's make it clear right now – and it's scarcely a spoiler – that we don't get our wish when we read "Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle" by Kay Pfaltz. But the subtitle is accurate. Mortality does not preclude miracles. Kay Pfaltz lets us watch them happen."I don't ever want another dog." Many of us have said that after the death of a much loved dog. That's where Ms. Pfaltz is in her life when the book begins. But she has a sister who knows better than that, which is how, one October day, she finds herself in the parking lot of a Barnes & Noble accepting delivery of a smooth black dachshund, resembling "a large salamander," who had been flown to Virginia from Arizona, where he had been dumped for a car. And, as one of the customers in her shop/café says, "I guess we find love where we can. And love finds us when it's right."Flash joins Ms. Pfaltz in a period of emotional turmoil for her, and, as dogs are wont to do, he makes the turmoil easier to bear, sometimes by just plain love and sometimes by being enough trouble to take her mind off her other en, one November day, Flash is rushed to a clinic for back surgery. What was supposed to be normal IVDD turns out, instead, to be an inoperable tumor. And sentence is passed. Flash will live another two weeks. Three at most.And that's where the path to miracles begins. You know that the word "miracle" is in book's title, and you want, desperately want, the fairy tale ending, even though you know that the book is non-fiction. And you get miracles, even if not the one you want. The miracles come slowly, as Ms. Pfaltz explores various purported homeopathic cures and gratefully accepts the days that are given to her to be with her beloved boy. He makes it to Thanksgiving. He makes it to Christmas. She wants him to see the flowers bloom in her backyard in the spring, but that seems so much to is is not a suspense novel, but we will still allow you to follow the spiritual journey – for this is a deeply spiritual book – of Ms. Pfaltz and Flash for yourselves. On the journey, she discovers, accepts and embraces her own feelings and destiny, just as she does for Flash.Flash loved to sing, and in this book you will hear his song in happy times and sad. You will hear it still once you've closed the book.
This is truly the most moving, heartfelt, incredible book about the bond shared between a pet parent and a little black and tan Dachshund named "Flash." Every pet parent should read this story. It's a story of fun, bravery, persistence and uncondtional love between Kay (the mom) and [email protected]#$%!& will draw you in, and make you feel what the author experienced, trying to make her best friend healthy after learning Flash has a tumor on his spine. I really couldn't put it down, and I will never, ever forget it, as we have canine kids of our own that we would do anything for, too. I highly recommend it. If there is one book you'll want to read about a relationship with a dog, this is the one.
I must say this book is one of the best books about a dog and his owner that I've ever read! Being a dog lover, especially a dachsund lover, I have read a lot of books, and this is my favorite one! I struggle with fear of death, and love, and life, and this books nails how I was feeling right on the head, as well as confirmed that I am far from the only one feeling this way. How wonderful it was to read that a fellow dachsund lover learned about life and love from her dachsund, just like I did. I have 3 dachsunds. I work as a registered veterinary technician, and I see sick dogs all the time. I was obsessing with the death of my oldest dog, Nena. She was the only one I had for 10 years. I didn't want to betray her by getting another dog, feeling like I wouldn't love her as much if I got another dog. I saw a puppy at a dachsund meetup, and that was the end of it! I went out and found a chocolate puppy 2.5 months, and fell in love. And then 1 year later another one, named Zellie! This house is now so full of love. No more fear, just day by day living, just like the dogs. There's no other way to live, or you will live your whole life not loving for fear of dying and losing love! This book is a gem! The author donates 100% of all profit to dogs, so please, get this for a friend, or for yourself!
Flash’s Song is a heartwarming – and sometimes heartbreaking – story of the love between a rescued dachshund and his adoptive “mom,” author Kay Pfaltz. Reluctant to adopt a dog while still grieving for her beloved beagle Lauren (about whom she's also written a book), Pfaltz nonetheless develops an unbreakable bond with Flash, a joyful little dachshund with an overbite and an uncommonly long nose. Pfaltz tells of her own interpersonal (human) relationships along with her daily adventures with Flash and two beagles she also comes to adopt. Then, at age 13, Flash develops cancer in his spine, and is given three weeks to live. Pfaltz initially rages against his illness, but then decides to make Flash’s last days to be of the highest quality possible. The three weeks miraculously expand to over five e author shares experiences that show her becoming a wiser, kinder, and more forgiving person during this time. I highly recommend this endearing book to anyone who likes dogs – or who enjoys marvelous storytelling.
In Flash’s Song, while grieving a broken romance, Kay Pfaltz reluctantly adopts Flash, a homeless Dachshund, to add to her family of two rescued Beagles, Sasha and Chance. The four enjoy the sort of funny happy home that only a pack of dogs and a doting human can create until Flash is diagnosed with cancer and Pfaltz begins her search for healing, both of Flash’s ailment, and her own grief. The odyssey both medical, and spiritual, delivers the author from the mundane to a transcendental perspective where Love, for Flash, her Beagles, nature, and the people she meets along the way, performs miracles and is the only currency. Beautiful quotations by compassionate thinkers head the chapters and the peace Pfaltz found on her journey is beautifully expressed and transformative. This book is a balm to all those who have loved a pet.
“I have admired Kay's writing for so many years--what a gift she has for helping us connect to animals and see and feel the beauty and wonder they bring into our lives. Like Lauren's story, Flash's Song is a gem, not to be missed. If you have ever loved an animal, you will feel a kinship with Kay as she so beautifully describes that precious gift of unconditional love that they give us. If you have ever grieved the loss of an animal friend, Kay understands the depth of that loss. As an animal rights advocate, I also love Flash's Song, because I believe it can help us all see the sacredness of each individual animal in the world--that they all--like Flash--have a story to tell, a family to love, friends to cherish, and a right to be free from harm. “ --Judy Carman, Peace To All Beings, Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul; and co-author of The Missing Peace
I was attracted to this book because I grew up with a dachsund, my favorite breed!—but primarily because I read Kay Pfaltz's other wonderful book, Lauren's Story, and I know the author is a superb and sensitive writer. Flash's Song, also autobiographical, is excellent, moving, and explores somewhat different territory than the first book. It is in many ways more revealing, poetic, and introspective. It is a story about life itself, our inner journeys, our connection to the world and time. Definitely recommended!
Give this book to anyone who needs to be lifted. I was given this book on Christmas day and I finished it an hour ago. I couldn't put it down.Flash is a miniature dachshund who the vets say will only live three weeks. And Flash's Song is the story of how one little dog defies the odds, and what his person does to help him not only live longer, but live a life of quality. But the story is 'deeper' than that. There is a beauty in the author's love and appreciation of life, of all things. This is an honest book with very little negativity, something for which I was grateful. It is a beautiful book of the love and miracles that are available in life. While the story of Flash takes center stage, (excellent descriptive passage about dachshund life!) there are passages of beautiful writing that lovers of good literature will particularly appreciate. There is also an intimacy in reading Flash's Song that drew me in. The author is honest in sharing doubts and fears, but the focus remains on Flash. A beautiful, touching book. I recommend this to dog lovers and anyone seeking a miracle in his or her life. Great quotes too.
Kay' Pfaltz's book affected me in the same way as Flash's sweet face on the cover - it opened my heart. It's a well-written story that touches every emotional aspect of life and shows us how animals play such an important part in our spiritual growth. Read this book if you want to feel really good!
This does contain REAL Berenstain Bear books. For your information, the titles included are:1) Ready, Get Set, Go!2) Soccer Star3) Shoot the Rapids4) To The Rescue5) The Neighborly Skunk6) Wild Wild Honey7) Easter Magic8) Eager Beavers9) And the Substitute Teacher10) Life With Papa11) Nursery Tales ( a Berenstain Bear version of goldilocks, the little red hen, and the gingerbread man)12) Get the Don't Haftas13) Get the Grouchies14) Get the Noisies15) Get the Screamies16) Get the ScarediesPros:- A whole lot of bears for a tiny price tagCons:- They are not the most popular books most people are used to. And they seem shorter than classics like "Too much junk food" or "Get stage fright"- You cannot navigate the collection by title. Under the "go to" tab, my fire only allows me to choose from Cover, Title page, or Book Start options without the actual titles to indicate what you are choosing.- My kindle fire displays two pages at once, just like you are holding a book open. This is fine for the books with fewer words and thus larger font. But for many of the titles, it makes the small words teeny on 7" screen. This may be frustrating for younger ones.Overall: for $4, this will be useful for my eight year old during our summer road trip. If it was awful I would have asked for a refund. Just know what you're buying.
I loved this book and it was a great deal. You get many, many of the classic Berenstain Bear books that will keep your little one entertained for quite a while. Easy for young readers and entertaining for parents to read at bedtime.
I am a pretty experienced crocheter. I was interested in the rainbow and daisy afghans in this book. While planning ahead for my projects I was frustrated that the pictures were misleading and the directions somewhat incomplete. Working with a poor picture of the rainbow afghan (I've never seen a folded picture for a project) the directions suggest 6 colors, the picture appears to have at least eleven. Apparently there is no border around the whole afghan, again you could see this if it were displayed properly. I moved on to the daisy afghan as my second choice. Again, the picture shows smaller squares around the outside with something larger in the center. There were no instructions to this effect with instructions that seemed to suggest the whole project is made up of smaller squares. I don't understand the the lack of complete pictures. Not what I would recommend for a beginning crocheter. I'll be returning mine.
There is a nice variety of projects. The directions are clear. I liked the suggestions on how much yarn you would need based on which size project you would like to tackle. She is clear that she tried to create a project that could be done in a day, and then included directions for a larger project if you would like to expand the pattern for a larger project if you really liked the pattern. I am planning which colors I want for my first project!
The book contains fun, easy patterns for all age groups. Some projects might be don in one day but others will require more time. (Admitted on back cover) the stitches required are straightforward and perfect for a new crocheter wishing to increase speed. There are a few minor technical problems which I have advised the author, but nothing that would stop progress. A great book for beginners up.
This is a great book for anyone who is experienced in Crocheting. The only fault I can find with this book is it needs much better pictures. I have not had a problem with the instructions, and my projects have come out beautiful. It would be best to label the book intermediate Crocheting, that way they know they have to know stitches, terminology, so as to read the instructions. I liked this book.
Am very happy to receive this booklet promptly. It certainly looks very easy to follow the directions, written clearly and easily with the print layout. I haven't crocheted as a beginner in a long term and want to get back to it. This book will get me back in the swing. Thank you for writing it, Barb Asselin.
I bought this book at the suggestion of a friend. I've read many historical and fictional books about the Old West and settlers, and many other about Native Americans (I am Cherokee). I realize this was a fictional journal before I started reading, and thought the concept was interesting - a sort of mail-order bride goes to live among the Cheyenne as a cultural ambassador.I did enjoy the descriptions of the prairie, daily life among the Cheyenne, and the sisterhood that formed among the other brides and the main character. What I didn't enjoy was the stereotypes of the characters. The women were all ethnic cliches: the large, lumbering Swiss woman; the African warrior princess; the haughty, racist Southern belle; the lesbian muleskinner; the redheaded, Irish criminal twins; etc. The main character, May Dodd, was tall, beautiful, smart, determined, strong, unflappable, supportive, a natural leader, and basically unbelievably perfect. She has a brief fling with a handsome, influential Army officer, then marries the chief of the village. The one character I really did like and find believable was the Catholic priest who lived in the e and her fellow brides run roughshod over the village, breaking cultural taboos and even beating and shaming their men in public. From what I know of Native American culture, the older wives ran the tipi and the younger ones were meek and obedient. The men were not likely to tolerate a disobedient wife, especially one who barges into their sweat lodge and refuses to leave.I was also distracted by the difficult-to-read font used for the non-English words and the accents of the non-American brides. The Swiss lady says "I vill go der yah You kom vid me!" Sometimes the curly font made it almost impossible to detect what was being said.I thought the end of the book was a little rushed too. I wanted to know more about Wren, May's daughter, and about the years on the reservation. I will say that I'm glad the author didn't give us a romance novel happy ending. I was so afraid May was going to run away with the Army officer and live happily ever after. What happened was tragic but more true to our Pioneer history.Overall it wasn't horrible, and I'm glad I read it, but I can't honestly recommend it to anyone who loves books with deep, complex characters or who want their historical fiction to be somewhat realistic. If you want a quick read in the vein of a romance novel, this isn't a bad one.
This book was just SO very wonderful. It is sort of an alternate history...a 'what if'... Fact, a Cheyenne chief in 1854, requested that the U.S. present the tribe with 1000 white women to be brides. Since Cheyenne children belong to the mother's tribe, this would enable children of the Cheyenne to become part of the White Man's world. The conference when this idea was present fell apart and NO wives were sent. But what if?Women in that time in had little way to be independent Without a husband or family to support them... not much of a life. What if the proposal was secretly accepted and the gov't asked, secretly, for volunteers?Now the story with characters so real, so rich, e main character, May Dodd, was one of the volunteers and kept a journal. She volunteered to escape life in an insane asylum...as did others. Many women were sent to asylums for reasons hard... nearly impossible... to believe today. Others were widows, former slaves, prisoners, adventure seekers, poor. Each one became totally, real to me - and I could not help but love each of them. I am stunned by Jim Fergus' ability to create so many women, each so very different from eachother, each so complete and detailed. Without effort, I came to know each of the en, on their travels, I saw the country in the 1860s and met soldiers, women passing as men, good and bad people, and saw the casual shooting of the 'endless' buffalo and other animals. Finally, they and I met the Cheyenne. I learned how they lived. Their lifestyle was described with rich detail - not as a 'noble savage' picture or as 'evil savage' - but as a complete way of life. With the women, I was able to grow in understanding - sometimes approval - sometimes anger.Fergus tells the story of the wives, the husbands, love, sex, religion, danger, and politics. The discovery of gold in the Black Hills - land that the Cheyenne and other tribes had been promised would belong to them forever - changes spite Jim Fergus making it clear that "One Thousand White Women" is a work of fiction - but the characters - they will become 100% real to you. They certainly did to me.
I couldn't stop turning the pages. It was exciting, intriguing, historical, humorous, exhilarating, exhausting, tear jerking, heart warming, every imaginable emotion was enveloped within this tale so worth the read. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying the story and feel it has been an honor and privilege to have shared it!
Well written story, with such great details and descriptions the reader is transported to the plains, and eventually to the Cheyenne camps. I could almost smell the smoke, hear the voices ringing, and feel the emotion of those involved. The writer portrays the individualism of the characters very well. It is easy to see why this novel might be mistaken for non-fiction. I will look for more of this author's work.
The history and the human story, whether truth or fiction, is fascinating to me. I read the book, cover to cover, without stopping, because the pictures painted in words were so descriptive that I felt I was a part of the story. Thank you, Jim Fergus, for writing this book . I enjoyed it so much.
Jim Fergus did an excellent job writing this story. So good, in fact, its easy to forget that it is mostly fiction. I found myself checking certain things to see if they were fact or fiction. I enjoy reading historical fiction, but you can usually tell what is fiction. Mr. Fergus wrote so well it is difficult to tell.
A perfect blend of fiction, history and geography. The narrative flowed like a river. I felt as if I were on the train with May Dodd and then the travois as she traveled the nineteenth century West with the Cheyenne. Don't miss this book.
This was a fascinating story, and since it involved extensive research, it was also very informative. Every time I think about the early NativeAmericans and what ignorant interlopers and the U.S. Government subjected them to, it is infuriating; imagine how their progeny feel. I found myself enmeshed in their travails because of the writing of this author who made a plausible work of fiction mesmerizing--so much so that I could hardly put it down.
What an amazing story! I could not put this book down. It is so well written and the characters so believable it draws you in and you find yourself living among the Cheyennes. Can't wait to read the sequel.