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2:07AM Couldn't place the book down!I am seldom at a loss for words. I couldn't start to critique this book, nothing I would say could start to convey the joy I experienced in reading it. I found myself reading whole passages out loud just to savor the words, re-reading pages to relive the emotions I had felt the first time. I will tuck this book away until next April when it seems that winter will never leave and I need sunshine and warmth in my world.
I absolutely LOVE the Born in...Trilogy! bORN in FIRE, ICE & SHAME. Roberts's obvious love for Ireland comes through the three stories of 2 sisters who were raised in the same household by an embittered Catholic mother and a loving father who dreamed of more; Born in Ice is Brianna's story, the homemaker who creates a lovely B&B and longs for a family of her own one day; Grayson Thane, a long-term visitor and writer wants NONE of that life...It's interesting to watch the ice melt away in their romance.
This is the second book in the trilogy. I have read all three and loved them. I found myself savoring each is amazing at describing the locale so much so that I wanted to live in the city and know these characters. Brianna is a hard working Inn keeper and her guest is a well known murder mystery novelist. He immediately is attracted and wants to obtain very close. She doesn't wish to obtain involved with someone who is not ere are moving and funny sections. One fun section was at the bachelor party for Brianna's uncle. The three men obtain incredibly intoxicated (80 year old-not so much)!Brianna and her sister have various personalities but are very close. They are attempting to locate their father's real love and possibly their child. The sisters' family drama is heartbreaking. They live a quite life with amazing mates and amazing food.I enjoyed their mates especially Murphy. The third book involves him and it is so good.
Attractive imagery and traditions of western Ireland. The characters bring it all together. Community being there despite family discord. The twists bring a gift to the book that Nora Roberts weaves brilliantly into the book. The ending always is awesome and leaves you always thinking of “more.”
As a long-time reader of Ms. Roberts, I can assure others that each title is a gift, and "BORN IN ICE" is created to order. This attractive and touching love story is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty and magic of Ireland. We search Brianna Concannon , a quiet woman whose only desire for success is in striving to create a temporary home for the guests of her bed and breakfast inn, and trying to hold the peace in a family torm apart by mistakes of the past . Enter Grayson Thane, an internationally popular author trying to forget his own troubled past and maintain the life he has painstakinglg made for himself. Not at all interested in putting down roots, he can't war the pull he feels to this delicate woman who longs for a peaceful, quiet existence and a man to give her heart to . Add in the fire of Maggie Concannon and power of Rogan Sweeney (returning from "Born In Fire")and you have a passionate romance that with pull at your heart, and stay with you long after the latest page has been savoured. Thanks again Nora, for yet another glorious love story !
I continue to be charmed all the method to my toes with this series. This Irish family and this Irish community simply breathes life. Brianna and Grayson - what a match. And keeping abreast of Maggie and Rogan and Murphy and, and, and. Enough. Wonderful.
There really isn't a book I haven't loved by Nora Roberts. This trilogy has me yearning to acquire the third and latest book in the series. I absolutely score and look forward to every moment as I obtain blissfully lost in Ireland and a excellent love story. There's firsts,pain, anger, real love, confusion and sensation as there should be. Briana deserved this love and nobody is better suited than Gray. Epic. Now let's hope they begin a family!!!
I can so relate to Rachel. I grew up in a Seventh-day Adventist home. There was no dancing, I couldn't wear pants and my only social life revolved around the church. She touched a chord in me describing her feelings when dealing with the "real" world. This is a fascinating look into breaking free of unreasonable and arbitrary rules forced upon an impressionable young girl in the name of worshipping God. Her story is exhilarating, sad, hurtful and uplifting. Her achievement at not only succeeding in life while coming to an understanding of God's guiding hand throughout is a humbling journey. Perfect read!
This is an awesome story with wonderful insights into the omnipotent,omniscient, and omnipresent God we serve. It is riveting from the standpoint of how God sustained this family in their primitive lifestyle. Yet, it is disappointing to see what happens when we frail humans go to extremes and how it affects those we care for and love. I look forward to and expect a sequel to this book as the author makes more and more discoveries about the God Who has brought her this far.
Rachel does a unbelievable job vaulting us back in time to a put much like the early settlers experienced, both physically and spiritually. She recounts how her family had only themselves to rely on much of the time as they lived without electricity and other modern-day conveniences. As a family their faith drove most of their decisions right down to what sorts of meal they ate to how meticulously it was prepared. Living in such a demanding and strict environment then, how does Rachel assert her own will and independence to spring into the 20th Century? Search out now by reading the story in her own words, you will not be disappointed! In addition, Rachel's story is relatable although very special and reminds us of the more necessary things and that our most beneficial accomplishments are achieved when we rely on our Most High God. On a private note, I am hoping that one day this story is created into a film, I could see it doing very well at Oscar time!
This is a strong story! The author was raised in isolation by parents who were fearful of the world. Rachel had to search her own method to emerge from the cocoon of fear that enveloped her. To read her story and learn from her life story was empowering. Fear can be so crippling and to read this story is to take power away from fear.
I was touched deeply as I read this story of the pain of a small girl and it's affect on her entire life and by God always there drawing her, loving her, bringing her to healing. I especially was touched (though with my past misgivings as were hers) of God's love given to her in the midst of her adultery. It reminded me of my struggle and find for grace in the midst of failing and God's impression that came strongly to me, it is okay to sin, because I still love you. It was relaxing in that kind of love and through my husbands love that allowed me to finally accept God's love personally. I so appreciate the vulnerability in sharing.
I love biographies....this is a special insightful look at what spiritual abuse is. It was very encouraging to know that God has created away of escape from such a life for Rachel. Rachel recovered like a Phoenix from the ashes. It is a reminder of the awesome grace of God that is mighty to save and deliver us from anything. I didn't particularly like the journal entries in the end but overall it was a amazing story. It be amazing to see this become documentary or movie.
A most awesome story so well written, I couldn't place it down until I looked at the clock and realize it was 11:30p. She pulls you right into her story with sights, sounds, feelings and thoughts. God is so amazing!
Born Yesterday is, without question, one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Rachel's story is incredible, to say the least. I would highly recommend her book to anyone.
This is an awesome book that shows how God works for His people no matter what denomination they in or how radical their beliefs are or aren't. It is about the private relationship between yourself and God.
Rachel's life growing up in abusive conditions and haunting her through much of her adult life is a testament to how God can all things for our ultimate good. May God's restoration continue. Inspires hope through troubling circumstances.
The wonders of Elsa. Born Free is based on George and Joy Adamson and their raising of a lioness during their time living at a android game reserve in Kenya. It's directed by James Hill, adapted to screenplay by Lester Cole, and stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as the Adamsons. Melody is by John Barry and cinematography by Kenneth Talbot. It's a classic case of a family movie keeping everything easy for maximum results. A huge hit upon release, as was the book written by Joy Adamson, the attractive landscapes and emotionally swirling musical score marry up perfectly with the story being told. There's some liberties taken with the facts, both with humans and lions, but we aren't in to this pic for any sort of misery or grimy drama. We want, and get, feel good, a time for animal lovers to rejoice and wipe that fly from the eye. 8/10
> We wish them to be an angel, but being wild is what defines them. I thought I dreamt about these lions when I was a kid, but when I came to know about this movie that created me realise I actually saw this movie when I was a very young to remember anything. It was a few photos remained in memory, that's how I tracked it. So while watching this now brought back those scary moments. Yep, I was scared like hell, like the hero Kendall from it was. Childhood is like a dream, until we re-encounter those things we held, met, seen, which wakes up our memory after a long time and becoming adults. I really enjoyed watching it, because I love animals. But what I did not like was harming the animals. I don't think animals were harmed while making this film, and they even smartly censored story/scene that consists harming/killing them. Actually the movie was inspired by the true story, in that, the animals were killed and that is what this movie depicted, yet disappoints from that perspective. The time has changed, now it is different, we learnt our lesson, so I hope we focus on protecting this magnificent animal to be born free and to be wild. The Africa was very beautifully portrayed. One of the best movies on the wild animal theme I've ever seen. It was a documentary style narration with a small story from the human couple. Hats off to the true Joy and George Adamson. It won a couple of Oscars in the category of melody and song. But I think it deserved more than that. I can't believe it is rated PG, but I scared watching it as a child and I believe the young kids with the awareness of the real nature of the lions would do the same. But still highly recommended for all ages. We have now 'Duma', 'Two Brothers' and a lot of more, but this movie is something unique and you will know it after a watch. 8/10
Possibly the most endearing "dumb blonde" ever? Judy Holliday rightly won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of dumb blonde kept woman Billie Dawn, a role she successfully played on Broadway in the scene present production. Yet to only mention her would be doing a disservice to the movies other strengths as it has a lot of to justify it being labelled a classic of its time. Billie Dawn is the girlfriend of scrap metal magnate Harry Brock, she's not that bright and Brock uses her as a front for some less than honest dealings. Sure he cares but his treatment of her borders on the repulsive whilst still managing to obtain the ribs tickled, Brock worries that her dumbness will do down necessary business problems socially, so he arranges for the calm and well spoken Paul Verrall to be her chaperon and train her to be eloquent and more astute of the globe and its history. The movie then becomes your standard Pygmalion story as the nice but dim Billie not only learns about the globe she lives in, she also learns about the globe SHE HAS been living in, and coupled with the sexual awakening she finds with Verrall this fills out the rest of the story. It's full of delightful scenes that linger long in the memory, and outside of Holliday's brilliant performance, we obtain a unbelievable example of the polar opposite Male love interest, Broderick Crawford as Brock is a maelstrom of shouting daftness, a man that makes you cringe such is his buffoonery. On the other hand we obtain the serene and well mannered Verrall played with the right amount of pathos by William Holden, and it is with much credit that amongst the loud brash shows from the other stars, he remains more than a distant memory. The comedy here will create you cringe one minute, and then have you giggling away the next, all the chief characters here engage you in the method they are meant to, the climax may be a bit too condensed for some but it's a fine ending that befits the previous efforts you have just witnessed, and I defy anyone to not laugh at the gin rummy sequence! 8/10
FILM NOIR OF THE WEEK Robert Wise's Born to Slay has never been one of my favorite noirs. It regularly tops "best of" lists, and a lot of movie noir enthusiasts whom I respect love it, so I was hoping a new viewing would reveal something fresh to me. Alas, for me it was still the same old flick. It's an enjoyable picture, but it's wildly melodramatic, there are subplots that never really go anywhere, and its over-the-top characters are mostly two-dimensional. The key to a amazing noir, like Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944), is the sense that it could happen to you, or to someone you know. No matter how outlandish the schemes in a movie are, if they're carried out by believable characters then I'm usually able to go along for the ride without asking too a lot of questions. Born to Slay tells the tale of a pair of sociopathic social climbers, the recently divorced Helen Brent (Claire Trevor) and the recently paroled Sam Wild (Lawrence Tierney). Their paths cross in Reno, the largest small town in the world. Helen is there for a quickie divorce and Sam is there with his reedy small sidekick, Mart Waterman (Elisha Cook Jr.). Helen is staying at a boarding house run by the slovenly Mrs. Kraft (Esther Howard), who, when we first see her, is getting lit up on beer in the middle of the afternoon with the adenoidal tart Laury Palmer (Isabel Jewell). After Laury goes on a date with dapper Danny Jaden (Tony Barrett) just to create the huge lug she's dating jealous, she invites Danny inside for a nightcap. When Danny goes to the kitchen, he finds Laury's huge lug waiting for him. It's Sam Wild, of course, and his brutal killing of both Danny and Laury is the film's high point. (Or the lurid low point, if you're a prissy scold.) The sound of crickets in the background, the neatly manicured suburban lawns surrounding Mrs. Kraft's boarding house, the dog barking in the background, and the uptempo swing melody playing on the radio in the kitchen all lend a sense of immediacy and familiarity to the murder. The rest of the film, however, just doesn't hang together for me. Sam's small buddy Mart tells him, "You can't just go around killing people whenever the notion strikes you. It just ain't feasible." I feel the same method about the plot of Born to Kill. It just ain't feasible. After the murder, Sam blows town. He and Helen meet again on the train to San Francisco. When they disembark, Sam suggests splitting a cab, but Helen tells him she's going in a various direction. He responds, "That's where you're wrong. We're going in the same direction, you and I." Sam insinuates himself into Helen's life. They are clearly drawn to each other, but she tells him that nothing in the globe will stop her from marrying her fiancé, Fred Grover (Phillip Terry). So Sam moves in on her sister, wealthy heiress Georgia Staples (Audrey Long), or, to be more precise, her foster sister, as Helen bitterly reveals to Sam. Not only is Georgia a attractive blonde, but — as Sam tells Mart — "Marrying into this crowd will create it so's I can spit in anyone's eye." Meanwhile, back in Reno, Mrs. Kraft retains the services of a sleazy, corpulent personal investigator named Matthew Albert Arnett (Walter Slezak). Mrs. Kraft is played by Esther Howard, and her bizarre, bug-eyed performance in this movie is nearly identical to the "Filthy Flora" hero she played in @#$% Tracy vs. Cueball (1946). Helen and Sam pursue their doomed, twisted love affair. "Fred is peace and security," Helen moans. "You, you're strength, excitement, and depravity. You've a kind of corruption inside of you, Sam." Arnett sniffs around. Sam and Georgia quarrel after she refuses to allow him run her family's business. Mart Waterman shows up in San Francisco and starts living with the unhappy foursome. (Is he Sam's partner or his secret lover? The movie is never completely clear.) Slowly but surely, the plot threads of the movie intertwine, culminating in an orgy of murder and betrayal. This is the second or third time I've seen Born to Kill. While I've griped about the ridiculously melodramatic plot, maybe I just wish it to be something it's not. I could certainly see myself watching it again in the future and loving its over-the-top characters, unrealistic scenarios, grotesque supporting players, and generally high level of camp. I think my largest issue with Born to Slay is the relationship between Sam and Helen. Claire Trevor is a unbelievable performer, but I was never able to accept that she'd love Sam enough to give up everything for him. Helen's histrionics in her scenes in tastefully appointed drawing rooms with Fred, Georgia, and Sam seem more scripted than natural, and Claire Trevor's performance as Helen seems too smart and composed for the debased hero she's playing. But maybe that's the point. Lawrence Tierney is a strong presence, but he isn't a particularly gifted actor, especially when either subtlety or range is called for. Not only does Sam Wild commit murder whenever the notion strikes him, he can bend others to his will, getting his mate Mart to slay for him and getting Helen to provide him with an alibi for murder at the drop of a hat. He's a brutal alpha male, and loving him may go versus all reason and sense, but that never stopped anybody before. Born to Slay is directed by Robert Wise with vigor. The cinematography, by Robert de Grasse, is great, especially in the nighttime exteriors. Paul Sawtell's melody is exciting. I found the plot ridiculous, but that shouldn't stop any noir fans who haven't seen Born to Slay from seeking it out. Written by Adam Lounsbery
Turnip Man and Iceberg Woman. Lady of Deceit (AKA: Born to Kill) is directed by Robert Wise and adapted to screenplay by Eve Greene and Richard Macaulay from the novel Deadlier than the Male written by James Gunn. It stars Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Elisha Cook Jr., Audrey Long, Isabel Jewell and Esther Howard. Melody is by Paul Sawtell and cinematography by Robert De Grasse. Trevor plays conniving divorcée Helen Brent, who risks her chances at the wealth and security she craves with the man she doesn't love by falling for hotheaded murderer Sam Wild (Tierney), who, with his own agenda, is soon to marry her foster sister. I wouldn't trade locations with you if they sliced me into small pieces. Hard-bitten noir of some substance that pits two of noir's most unlikable characters versus each other. Tierney's psychotic machismo and Trevor's calculating sex-bomb go head to head in a deliriously distorted romance that will only go one method once their inner pursuit of glory comes to the fore. And he who falls beneath her spell has need of God's mercy. The plot is a bit hard to take, but when in noirville it sometimes helps to stop off for a bite to eat at the fantastique café. It's a grim tale of pathological persons and it's superbly directed by Wise in what was his first foray into straight edged movie noir. Slezak adds some seedy quality as a bible quoting P.I., Cook Junior does what he does best and Jewell inputs the naive sexy glamour. Voluptuous violence and angry love in the shadows. Hooray! 8/10
I just finished 'Infinity Born', which is probably the most thought provoking thing I have read in a long time. If your not familiar with Richard's writing this is an perfect put to start. He has taken our globe and mixed a very little amount of 'What If' in the current and ongoing quest for advanced Artificial Intelligence - A.I. is already here and in common use. SIRI, Google, Echo, and a lot of others are forms of A.I., which while obvious when pointed out was not something I had actually realized. The changes (Or maybe a better term would be additions) that he introduces create for a fascinating look at our globe - sometimes a disturbing one. Whatever you would like to call them, he makes you think - these are not reams of mindless fiction, but ones which create you examine what is going on and consider what You would do. The hero development is perfect (No surprise there as this is real in all of his writing) and the technical aspects are as s obvious that Richard's spends a lot of effort in learning about what he writes, so much so that after reading his books I come away feeling I have more knowledge than I started with - and often search myself doing research on my own about what he wrote about. (I admit I became more interested in science when I was young through references in science fiction, so that is really nothing new, except for the fact that most of the other 'contemporary' fiction does not create me do that). Richard's writing has that same affect as my early exposure to Science Fiction - something I had not realized I missed until now.If your looking for a an engrossing and highly enjoyable book, look no further. This is the first in what I hope to see is a series (Yes, its that good).
This time I tried to read a Douglas E. Richards book slowly, taking a few evenings to savor every stage instead of tearing through it like I've done with all his previous books. But I just couldn't hold myself from speeding along as usual to search out what would happen next and from being unable to place the book down for any length of time. If you can refrain from doing that, you're a better man than I, Charlie e perfect and extensive Amazon Review here describes much of the overall story, and I will only supplement it by briefly describing some other aspects. The book is about a military detective, Cameron Carr, who is tasked by the Secretary of Defense to hunt down an extraordinary genius, Isaac Jordan, who in 2020 has developed a technology for advanced, self-learning, self-aware computers that might achieve consciousness. Jordan's heinous crime is that he demolished an entire high-tech community and its inhabitants with a zone weapon and then butchered his own family. One of Jordan's daughters survives and, along with Carr, is pursued by a deadly Russian operative. Stunningly, it turns out, Jordan might not have been the creature he so obviously appeared to have become; and Carr has second thoughts. I'll stop there so as not to be a spoiler. But I will add that there are truly fascinating matters regarding the transference of a human brain's content to a computer and the concomitant problems of individual human consciousness and soul, about which Richards presents some highly thought provoking is book concerns the future of computers. However, considering all the other scientific and technological disciplines and their future evolution covered in other books by the author, which are listed at this Amazon webpage, it is inarguable that Douglas E. Richards is just flat-out rtin P. Fricke, PhD (nuclear physics)San Diego
I've read most of Douglas Richards' books and really enjoyed the depth of research, the current and "possible" technologies that are explored and the perfect hero development he provides. Infinity Born is another hit IMO! It begins with a futuristic catastrophe and follows with an almost believable plot to unravel the opening mystery. I really enjoyed learning about artificial general intelligence (AGI) and the myriad of moral and ethical challenges facing society as this technology becomes closer to a reality. The action is quick paced, the characters are well developed and Richards maintains the thrill of the chase throughout the book.If you have fun technology filled plots, intrigue and heart stopping action reads, Infinity Born should be on your must read list!
I've never seen a writer package so much innovation into a single novel! This is the seventh novel of Douglas Richards I have read, and every one is concentrated inventiveness. This is a story of how geniuses interact with technology to escape the evil clutches of some really poor guys. Not as subtle in hero development as others in the genre, but his grasp of near future technical achievements is unparalleled. The plot twists and turns in unexpected directions multiple times during the story, so you can't predict where it will go next. Mr. Richards also appropriately addresses the philosophical and ethical issues associated with technologies. I especially like the author's notes at the end in which he discusses the science in more depth. I learn so much from these. If I could create a suggestion, the author could dilute the plot with more hero development and interactions, and lengthen the storyline across several books. This would give this reader more time to savor the story, the science, philosophical issues, and the characters. The content is dense enough to do it. I am a committed Richards fan and look forward to any fresh stories or essays. This book, as all his others, should be on every SciFi reading list.
When a top-secret DARPA project on AGI is sabotaged, Navy Lieutenant Cameron Carr is assigned a one-man mission to search whoever was responsible. It’s not just American security at stake, hostile forces are also seeking control over Artificial General Intelligence, a self-aware computer that can control the world, and which poses a threat to all of finity Born by Douglas E. Richards is a thriller without parallel. Chocked full of nonstop action and intrigue, with a backdrop of high-technology; some real, so imagined, but with enough authenticity to create it hard to tell which is which, this story will capture your imagination like few of the genre have ever done.A must-read for hard-core sci-fi thriller fans.
This is a quick moving story that has it's twists as well as plenty of action. A really fun read. Mr Richards weaves scientific dreams into reality, then challenges the reader to doubt the possibility. He always makes one aware of the unintended consequences of having your wishes come true. The characters are mostly believable.I don't understand how Mr. Richards can hold coming up with such mind expanding stories. I've been reading SciFi for over sixty-five years and each succeeding book blows my mind! This has got to be the most brilliant author now writing. If you like Science and you like Fiction you'll love his books!
It starts off with several disjointed short stories and you may be tempted to give up, don't! They will eventually all come 's hard to classify this book. One would be tempted to call it science fiction, but that does not do it first I found reading this tedious, but then it started coming together and became more and more exciting. You will really have fun this book.
Douglas Richards may be the best futurist and science fiction writer since Isaac Asimov. He extends current technology and developments into the future realistically and wraps them into page turning thrillers that hold you reading. Infinity Born will create you think about the controversy surrounding over-development of AI and where it could lead. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and highly recommend it.
This book appeared in my audio library recently, and I am so glad it did! An interesting plot which is so believable I am almost glad my '3 score and 10' are nearly done! This near-future thriller had me listening into the early hours because I just had to know what was going to happen. A gamut of technologies are used throughout the story - which could have been mind-boggling but was handled in a method which I found understandable.I particularly enjoyed the 'bonus' at the end with the reality check showing where much of this tech is at present.Highly recommended for people who have fun fiction depicting a future which could be a reality; with interesting characters and realistic events; and leaving the reader with something to ponder over.
This book was my first look at Douglas Richards and I have a feeling that he will be one of my favorite authors. Perfect and thought provoking story line that grabs you from page one and never lets loose until the final sentence. Then you wish MORE. READ IT. Do some research andRead it again. If you are a fan of modern technology/reality/science fiction..."this might/could happen...maybe"....you will love...Love...LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
I've been playing this android game for nearly 50 years. Unfortunately this ver of it is very simplified, meaning much the tactic has been removed. Scoring is simply based upon miles and who can obtain to the Finish Line first. Another amazing disappointment is the lack of squad play. Unfortunately I'm going to seek a refund
This was an interesting read. It was more about Rachel and her emotional journey than everything going on around her. I thought the format was a small hard to follow. But it had the interesting result of emphasizing Rachel's emotions. Bourne and Rachel's relationship gripped me the most. I think the second half suffers a bit when their relationship takes a back e book doesn't give a lot of answers-- just enough to tie the huge loose ends. A lot of it is because Rachel just didn't care about the answers I wanted-- so we never obtain them. Still, I enjoyed this book a lot.
"The globe is broken and I don't know how to fix it." - from Borne's journal.****Jeff VanderMeer is America's closest respond to China Mieville, a crafter of weird fresh items (I won't hang the "New Weird" label on him, but his work is certainly weird in fresh ways). His previous work, the "Southern Reach" trilogy, has been translated into more languages than J.R.R. Tolkien invented, and is being filmed (or at least the first book, _Annihilation_, is). His newest novel is _Borne_._Borne_ is currently something of a nine-days' wonder, appearing on a lot of "recommended summer reading" lists, some of them quite unlikely. Yet this is completely appropriate, and I add my own little recommendation. Read it.What it's about is quite complicated. Rachel (the only name given for her) was born on an island nation that, due to rising seas, no longer exists. She ekes out a life in a post-disaster town as a scavenger. The town (also no name) is ruled, if that's the word, by a giant (many stories tall), vicious flying bear named day Rachel scavenges among the fur of the sleeping Mord and finds a ... thing. Sort of like a plant; sort of like a squid: she names it Borne and keeps it versus the advisement of her lover and sort-of partner Wick, himself a biotech craftsman of some repute. Before everything fell apart, Wick worked for the Company (which also created Mord and then lost control of him).Oh dear. I've not gotten past page fifteen or so, and a lot of what I've just said is backstory that *isn't* known that early. But it's the only method I know to even start to explain what a tangled, glorious mess _Borne_ is. Plotlines contain easy survival; a siege by Mord's proxies; Wick and Rachel struggling for trust; a struggle for control of the town between the forces of Mord and of the Magician; and Borne himself, who grows and grows. All this and much, much more, in small more than 300 rne seems to take meal in but not to excrete in any way. He learns to talk, to change shape, and to (maybe?) love. He wants to fix the broken world. (There may be an allegory there, but probably not.)Rachel has a voice of her own, and VanderMeer hews to it faithfully. More to the point, she has a _soul_ of her own, as do Wick and Borne - not so much the other "characters," who are by-and-large only there, at least as we see them, for Rachel to respond/react to. She narrates the novel's a lot of eyeball kicks exactly as she perceives and receives them. Even mediated through her voice, they are strange is is a book that will take time and rereadings for me to truly grok. It isn't difficult in the sense of "what is going on here?" but in the sense of "what does what is going on here *mean*?" Surely it must mean something, for all the work VanderMeer place into crafting this dense text ... Or must it? Consider the Voynich Manuscript; consider _A Humument_. Sometimes a work of art simply _is_. And whatever else _Borne_ may do to its readers, it certainly _is_, complete and whole and self-contained.
Amorphous shapeshifting blobs, winged children, and giant flying bears, oh my. Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne is a lyrical and lovely novel whose stylistic aplomb, weird inventiveness, and amazing heart more than compensate for what might have ordinarily been noted as flaws in the book. Sure, there are issues, but I loved nearly every min of Borne, and if it hadn’t come in the same month I’d finished the exceptional Town of Miracles and A Gentleman in Moscow, it would have been my best read of the rne is told from the first-person perspective of Rachel, a scavenger trying to survive a post-apocalyptic globe in the near-ruins of a town ruled over by a Godzilla-sized flying bear named Mord. The town is home to The Company, a once strong and mysterious biotech organization that made Mord and then, as almost anyone could have predicted, was destroyed by him. Mord alone is inventive enough (how does he fly? Who knows? Who cares?). But VanderMeer rarely settles for the “normally weird,” and so he adds the twist that people follow Mord in order to scavenge the flotsam and jetsam that gets stuck in his fur as he travels the city. Sometimes they just wait for it to fall off; other times that scale his mass as he sleeps, searching for something of one of her scavenging trips, Rachel finds, well, she’s not sure what it is. At first she thinks it (looking like a “half-closed stranded sea anemone”) a plant, then a dumb animal, then, as becomes clear, something more. Rachel is intrigued, her roommate Wick (who once worked for the Company) more worried, especially as Borne starts to demonstrate several traits: speech, an accelerated growth rate, intelligence (though with the knowledge of a young child), shapeshifting, and most worrisome—the ability to absorb or “sample” living rne then becomes several books as it moves forward. One is a post-apocalyptic novel that makes use of all that genre’s tropes (in original fashion): ecological disaster, refugees, distrust, scavenging, a dog-eat-dog ethos (balanced, as is often the case in other such works, with moments of surprising—and thus all the more effectively moving—kindness and compassion). It’s also a mystery. Or several mysteries. Who/what is Borne? Where did he come from? Who made him and for what purpose? Why did Wick leave the Company? What is the Company and where did its advanced tech come from? Who is The Magician (a mysterious figure seeking to reclaim the town from Mord)? Even Rachel’s own muddled memories of her refugee childhood offer up a potential mystery. Borne is also possibly a love story (Wick and Rachel), though VanderMeer expertly keeps us dancing on the edge of that one, portraying their relationship with all the complexity one would expect of any such pairing in a globe such as this.But perhaps most centrally, it’s a story about being a parent. For Borne is the quintessential blank slate per Rousseau’s view of childhood. He “absorbs” everything, not just matter but information, ethics, emotions. Always growing, evolving, questioning. His name itself is a clue to this aspect, as Rachel tells us she “bore” him. As are Borne’s questions, which any beleaguered parent will recognize as all too familiar (“why is water wet?”). At first VanderMeer is content to allow the reader themselves create these connections, as for instance when she early on treats him first as a house plant, then as a pet, and finally as more, as she reads to him, tries to teach him the difference between right and ly, a point comes when the two of them look out on the same view, but what to her is not good is to him beautiful, and Rachel thinks:I realized right then in that moment that I’d begun to love him. Because he didn’t see the globe like I saw the world. He didn’t see the traps. Because he created me rethink even easy words . . . That was the moment I knew I’d decided to trade my safety for something else. That was the moment . . . I had crossed over into another at stage reminded me of how the first time pushing my infant son in the stroller for the first time I thought to myself as I waited for a vehicle to cross before us that I would throw my body between my son and that vehicle if I required to. Instantly. Without thinking. I had “crossed over.”As the book progresses, the parenting theme becomes ever more explicit even as it becomes more emotionally fraught, culminating in Rachel’s easy declaration: “I’m like a mother to Borne . . . He’s like my child.” Which is a amazing decision I think, since as the parallel grows ever more clear, keeping it unnamed just starts to seem overly cute. Besides, such direct acknowledgement allows for yet another shift in their cause of course kids don’t “not see the traps” forever. Nor do they stay home. They start to wish to discover the wider world. They begin to wonder who they are, who they might turn out to be. Soon Rachel and Borne’s conversations are more and more complicated, eventually Borne decides he needs to “move out” — first down the hall and then, later, for reasons I won’t spoil, even yond the book’s mature themes, it’s filled as well with a wild inventory of creativity — feral kids with “gossamer wings”, Mord “proxies,” smart foxes, minnows that act as cocktails, biotech camouflage robes, beetles that when “shoved in your ear . . . could rid you of memories and add memories . . . someone else’s happier memories from long ago, from locations that didn’t exist anymore.” Some of these, such as the children, come and go a bit too quickly, or are dropped without being on scene long enough for full impact, such as The Magician. But these flaws pale beside the emotional heft of the relationships in the book — Rachel and Borne, Rachel and Wick — as well as the larger problems explored in the novel. The ways in which we impoverish ourselves and our world. The ways in which that globe will answer in ways we cannot anticipate or even, perhaps, cannot even comprehend as “response” (themes found as well in VanderMeer’s perfect SOUTHERN REACH trilogy). What it means to be human. How we react when faced with the inhuman. Thanks to those few flaws, Borne is not a excellent book. But thanks to the method it moves the reader’s heart, provokes the reader’s mind, and thanks as well to its literarily lyrical language, it edges up beautiful close to being a amazing one.(originally appeared on )
This novel is incredibly original. The globe depicted is dark, dysfunctional, and violent. The people who inhabit it reflect that both in their personalities and physically. They move through their globe in sometimes surprising but always consistent ere are three stories being told. The first is about how the town became destroyed, what's it's like to live in such a condition, and how can things be improved. The second is the relationship of the two main characters, Rachael and Wick, and how that relationship can survive in the midst of so much fear and horror. The third is Rachael's relationship to Borne, a biotech monster whose purpose is unknown. As Rachael raises Borne from a little infant "plant" to...whatever it is he becomes. As he grows his very existence and his unknown nature come between Rachel and is book absolutely deserves five stars, I'd give it more if I could. It is incredibly creative. Shockingly so. The pace is quick but considered. The reader is pulled in, struggling to hold up, and yet also following the subtle nuances of the interpersonal relationships and the morphing of their environment.
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer is one of his most unsettling and endearing novels; it has the brutal edginess of some of his earlier work, but also a nuanced softness to draw in readers who might not otherwise go for Weird fiction. Borne has its monsters, biotech abominations, hideous kids surgically given vicious claws, the soft skin of their throats replaced with reptilian scales, anything to create them better assassins that don't end up prey to worse killers. See, the globe has collapsed, no governments, no countries even, just cities and land, nameless decaying cities sitting on decaying bits of land. We kind of know the hows; climate change, war, pollution, the explosion of biotech. Biotech was supposed fix everything, but the minds behind the technology decayed just like everything rne's story is told by Rachel, a scavenger in a put its inhabitants simply call, the city. Nobody is alive from "before" to know what the now useless maps used to label the place. The town is blessed, but mostly cursed by biotech that was birthed in the labs of the Company. When the Company realized that the town was beyond help, and hope, they simply started releasing their creations into the field. Creations like Mord, a ten-story tall bio-engineered grizzly bear of near-human intelligence... with the ability to fly. Though, somewhere along the way, that intelligence turned to madness. Mord's original purpose was to protect the Company, but once again, decay stepped in;, it touched Mord, his mind, his purpose. He went rogue, smashing, tormenting, ruling the town through his deranged whims. Rachel is a scavenger for a former Company technician, Wick, her business partner, friend, sometimes lover. One day, while climbing a napping Mord, searching for the rich salvage that's often tangled in his fur, she finds a... thing. It looks like some sort of sea anemone crossed with a squid that in sum looks kind of like a bizarre vase. It makes a humming sound and smells of the oceans of "before." Its color shifts from purple to blue to sea green, Rachel has to have it. She is beautiful sure it is biotech, and Wick is certain that it's Company-related and potentially dangerous. Wick wants to chop it up and figure out what it is, what it was made to do, but Rachel makes a decision that will change their lives utterly. She decides to hold it, she even feels protective of it. The "it" soon becomes a "he," and he is Borne. A sentient, funny, child-like, intelligent, caring person, who isn't a human being. That's one of the first things Rachel decides to teach Borne, that he's a person. She raises him as her own, tries to teach him the lessons all parents hope to teach their children, especially right from wrong. Only later does she realize that while she feels certain that deep down Borne is a amazing person capable of finding a amazing purpose, he might also be a very risky rne is the sort of novel that can't be neatly tucked into this or that genre, which is why it feels so accessible. I think just about anybody can pick up and have fun it; there's sci-fi, there's grit and violence, there's elements of modern Weird fiction, but ultimately it's a story of people trying to be a family in a globe that may no longer let such fragile things to exist. It's about the relationship between a mother and her child, a kid who may have been made to be a monster, or simply a being with a morality that is suited for a monstrous world. Is it wrong to love him? Is it wrong to wish him to be safe? To be happy? Through Rachel and Borne we obtain to examine such concepts, such e novel is also a real testament to VanderMeer's skill toward world-building. Mord a GIANT bio-engineered flying bear, yet nothing about him seems false, or overdone, or hokey. Mord feels as true and as serious as a heart attack. Borne is this anemone squid vase thing with multiple eye-stalks, whose shape and color can change at will, yet one never doubts the reality of his existence, nor does one ever doubt his personhood. The ability to make such characters and create them feel absolutely true shows a total confidence in one's use of craft, confidence that in VanderMeer's case, is not at all rne is a must-read novel, one that will endure because it touches on questions almost everyone asks themselves at one time or another; Why do I exist? Why am I here?
Jeff VanderMeer has produced a real tour de force this year with his fresh novel Borne, which follows Rachel as she navigates a spare and risky post-apocalyptic waste with Wick, her longtime compatriot, and Borne, her mysterious e globe VanderMeer builds for this story is gorgeously unsettling. Rarely in post-apocalyptic scifi do we have so small of the globe explained to us. I admire greatly his courage in leaving so a lot of questions not only unanswered but unacknowledged; the lack of understanding he allows the reader feeds directly into the sense of unease he cultivates for this r me, at least, this book was a powerful departure from my norm and I struggled with every page. The language is so gaunt, the worldbuilding so spare, the pacing is at times frenetic and others meandering. These qualities combined to hold me deeply uncomfortable throughout my experience with this book - and yet I could not stop reading. The globe he creates is as captivating as it is deadly. As much as I wanted to return to the safety of my usual fare, I required to know what VanderMeer had in shop for Rachel, for Borne. For me.
With Southern Reach, I had a feeling that everything Vandermeer had written up to this point was leading specifically to that book. It had that inevitable feeling of a swan's song, a culmination of everything that came before it. Borne feels like that even more 's awesome to read a writer at the top of his game, as Vandermeer clearly is with Borne. We have here a complicated story. Not just one thing or another. Not just specifically about Borne, or about Rachel or Wick (though their relationships and characters are endlessly fascinating and feel right and real and real), or even about Mord or the Magician. It both is and isn't a Dying Earth story. It both is and isn't a story about family and drama of the every day. It both is and isn't a battle tale, a dystopian tale, a science fiction story, a biotech story, an eco disaster story.Heartbreaking in the humanity of it all. Terrifying with the revelations it uncovers. I think at times it might be a sequel of sorts to his book the Situation. But it might not be, at the same time. The two feel like they inform each other, and bounce around each other, and carry some of the same things...but aren't at the same the core of the story is a relationship, and a family, and what that means. At the core of the story is also refugees, about trying to search a put in a globe constantly overcome with war. And the small people trying to survive ep in the nestled heart of it all, the humanity of the story shines through. And that what makes Borne really truly work. And why I think that it's going to be a classic of literary science fiction. Up there with Slaughter House Five and the Martian Chronicles
BorneMysterious Book Report No. 297by John Dwaine McKennaWith their uncanny ability to somehow tap into the future, science fiction writers have been stimulating readers minds for the past hundred and fifty years . . . usually with tales of science which benefits the human race as it propels us the stars, and spreads our kind throughout the universe. But there’s an alternative point of view, that factors in the potential for uncontrolled science to wreck havoc on all. They fall into a category know as dystopian—the end of civilization—and this week the MBR has an absolute epic of that rne, (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00, 323 pages, ISBN 978-0-374-11524-1) by Jeff VanderMeer imagines a time and put that’s been utterly destroyed as a effect of bio-engineering run amok when the mysterious company that produced it, fails to safeguard the monsters and loses control of them. The effect is a nightmarish globe in which humans are reduced to living no better than animals, fighting for survival, existing like rats in a destroyed town where there’s less to live on every day . . . a town being terrorized by a giant Godzilla-sized bio-engineered renegade bear named Mord. He’s stomping what’s left at the town to rubble and eating any and all life-forms, including humans . . . especially humans . . . unlucky enough to come into contact with him. The narrative begins when we meet Rachael. She’s a scavenger, slipping into the city, collecting anything useful, whether it’s flesh, plastic, metal or some other article which can be re-engineered or provide sustenance. She brings everything back to the hideout she shares with Wick, her bioengineer lover and compatriot who’s somehow connected to the mysterious company that’s responsible for humanity’s plight. He repurposes it into something more useful, like diagnostic worms that live in the human body and emerge from a wrist with health dat?? about their host, or beetles, which come in a lot of varieties and do everything from war to memory. Then, in a daring raid in which she climbs into the gargantuan beast’s fur, Rachael finds a purple and green ball that changes color. Not knowing if it’s plant or animal, alive or dead, useful or junk, Rachael takes it home where—contrary to her usual custom—she puts it on a shelf and keeps it secret from Wick, who has secrets of his own. A few days later, she realizes that the thing has moved. It’s not where she place it. She names it Borne. Notices that little things are missing from her room . . . and that Borne is getting bigger. Then he speaks, and the globe comes more unglued than ever in this compelling and fascinating piece of dystopian fiction that will create every reader think long and hard about the cutting edges of science in our own genetically modified, roboticized and bio-engineered show day world. One latest caveat: like Dante’s lost souls who are advised to abandon hope; readers of Borne will have to suspend all their ideas about rational science and accept the premise the author posits to fully have fun it. That said, the novel is a walk on the wild side that you’ll remember long after you’re done reading it. It’s a masterful blend of science-fiction and conjecture that’s a compelling read and impossible to place down!
Jeff VanderMeer presents a compelling post-apocalyptic landscape populated by a pair of highly interesting human characters and vicious biotech experiments run amok in the wastelands.Rachel and Wick survive by scavenging whatever they can from The City, and steering clear of the heavy bio-engineered bear that lords over the ruins. On a scavenging run, Rachel notices something odd stuck to the bear’s fur, which she manages to dislodge and bring back home. What this “it” is, though, defies description – it’s not a plant, nor is it an animal, nor a machine. Or maybe it’s all three. As time goes on, Rachel begins to message fresh things about this strange discovery, eventually realizing that Borne is, indeed, sentient. Her partner, Wick, an ex-employee of the biotech Company, wants to dissect Borne, or perhaps scrap him for parts, but she refuses to let that to happen. While Borne is certainly strange, Rachel becomes not only fond but paternal of it, and she strives to protect Borne from the threats lying within and without their sanctuary.While the post-apocalyptic world-building is very well done, Borne really thrives and revels in its characters. VanderMeer has made a trio of relateable, sympathetic, and ultimately very human personalities. Rachel and Wick squabble, share their disagreements and hold their secrets. Borne, meanwhile, grows, adapts, and learns, becoming a sounding board for Rachel and a mirror to keep up to humanity in all its brilliance and flaws. Borne is a highly intriguing creation from VanderMeer and one that is highly charismatic in its child-like mentality, at times reminding me a bit of Johnny Five from Short Circuit in its earnestness and keen attempts to learn and study the though this is primarily a character-driven drama and not an action-heavy sci-fi title, VanderMeer does manage a few terrific set pieces. And with Mord, the larger-than-life bioengineered bear, being so heavy a few of these sequences carry the weight of a kaiju-like destructiveness. Others action scenes are smaller in scope, but no less effective and dramatic in their execution, such as an early attempt on Rachel’s life by a gang that invades her ld entirely from Rachel’s point of view, this is a title that is only created stronger by the brilliance of its narrator. Bahni Turpin delivers a stellar reading of VanderMeer’s terrific writing, completely selling the story and bringing Rachel’s tale to life. Turpin does some solid voice work for each of the characters, but it’s her performance as the titular hero that proves just how adept she is as an audiobook narrator. She nails the humor and warmth, and when important the anger, of each of the three leads, making this an absolutely engrossing read.[Note: Audiobook provided for review by audiobookreviewer dot com.]
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. I haven’t read anything dystopian (that doesn’t involve aliens) in a while, so I enjoyed visiting this genre again. The cover drew me in, if I’m being completely honest, and once I understood it’s meaning, I loved it even more. However, the story inside does not cy Fox was a unbelievable narrator. The book started off a small slow, and though it took me a few chapters to obtain into it and understand exactly how the globe worked, Lucy’s voice kept a steady pace. She had an even hero arc, and since this is a trilogy—yay!—I’m excited to see how her hero changes in the other books. She slowly gave me bits and pieces of the life she and her sister had lived. Their connection was peculiar and enthralling, and it motivated Lucy to become the person that I had come to know by the end of the book. Margot, her twin, and Lucy had a amazing relationship, one that didn’t take away from the other person but built them up and nourished a special e there any fans of Jace from The Mortal Instruments out there? You’ll love Jared! I was on twitter and saw someone talk about Jared being man candy, and my curious mind had to know. I had the book on my kindle, waiting idly for my attention, and it was just the shove I needed. Thank you, person on twitter that decided to talk about this book, you were so right. I loved Jared. Blonde, snarky, transitioning eye color, and an inherent desire to protect Lucy, it was practically impossible not to make a unique put in my heart for this Real Born. While they didn’t have an incredibly romantic relationship, each kiss and careful caress created my heart race. With Jared came a lot of nail biting moments, and he kept me on my toes practically the entire book—I stayed about as confused as Lucy on where they e globe building had such complexity. Sterling took a general idea—widespread plague—and added a twist. There were Splicers, Lasters, and Real Borns, each indicative of where you stood in society. Lucy and Margot, like everyone else but those labeled Real Born at birth, waited anxiously to learn where they fell when they turned eighteen. They had been used to living in the Upper Circle, their globe skillfully designed to fit a certain mold. I expected science fiction, but felt a lean toward fantasy. The two seemed to blend together in an exceptional method that banished the slight confusion that I had at the beginning. Dominion stood vividly in my mind, and I hope to learn more about the hierarchal division in the next of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy or X-Men will devour this book. Is it too soon to be asking for the next book in the trilogy yet?
The idea was amazing and intrigued me when reading the summary. To me seemed a cross between Xmen and Divergent and had amazing potential. However, the plot wasn't well developed and there was a lot of information dumping that did small to actually form a clear picture of what was going on. I felt things happened too quickly and too slowly at the same time. For instance the author spent pages explaining the globe of Dominion but did not explain it clearly enough. So instead of what could have been a paragraph or two of a concise idea was pages of confusing information. However, the action started before an actual story line was even in place. I was reading and had to go back and read over a page twice because I did not realize something had happened because one second I'm reading about the plague and the next the main hero is being chased.I also did not feel connected to the characters. I liked Lucy alright but she was very one dimensional. I also think Lucy and her sister's relationship felt forced. I also thought this was a excellent example of the kind of story that has a teen girl who all of a sudden meets a gorgeous guy with gorgeous hair and awesome eyes that are any color but brown. Said girl falls in love with said guy immediately and he is all of a sudden protective of her. I found the story to fall flat for me. Remember this is my opinion so take it with a grain of salt. Some others seem to like it. It's just not my cup of tea. I know a lot of work goes into writing and I appreciate the work place in to this story. Just not for me. Plus I feel there should have been a bit more editing and work place in before this book was ready for sale.
Conjoined at their huge toes at birth, Lucy and Margot Fox have grown up in a life that is both privileged and a virtual prison. Their father is a strong government figure in a town ruled by fear and an odd caste system. The fear comes from a resurgence of the plague that has decimated society and, in the process, has led to martial law, desperation and near economic collapse. It's a frightening time, created more so by guards, secrets and a growing threat from those who are mad and frightened. The sisters are markedly different. Lucy is the responsible one, but is also more willing to question what she's fed by her parents. Margot is a rebel, skipping school and meeting boys, ever certain that her sister will cover for her. Her desperation in the face of uncertainty leads her to create foolish and dangerous choices. When the threat of violence suddenly escalates, their father brings in Nolan Storm, leader of what are known as Real Born, people who seem to have throwback genetic material that allows them to resist the plague. It also gives them unusual traits, but I'll leave those undescribed so you can read the book. Jared is a Real Born assigned to guard Lucy and the more time they spend together, the more the attraction increases as do her questions about her own genetic mix as well as her parents' honesty. By the end of the book, readers will feel a bit like a wrung out load of wash as they follow what happens to Margot (hint: it isn't pretty) and how Lucy feels (she's not smiling). Readers are well set up for the next book which I hope comes soon.
I was originally attracted to Real Born because of the cover; clean, striking, and minimalistic. The blurb was intriguing enough that I picked it up to try. At nearly 85% through my first read I still had not created up my mind how I felt about the story. The thing that kept bouncing around in my head? Passive understand my feeling, I'm going to give you a bit of the story basics. From the begin we follow Lucy Fox, twin to Margot and daughter of the Chief Diplomat of Nor-Am, as she struggles to understand her (and Margot's) put in their world. Being born to the Upper Circle sets Lucy apart from the rest of her dying world. You see, the globe has fallen victim to the plague. The breakdown of society wasn't fast, but it was messy, leaving three types of people in the world: Lasters, those who don't survive the plague. Splicers, humans who's bodies can be spliced with alternate genes to support them war off the plague and survive (sort of...). Lastly are the Real Born, those who are immune to the plague, but they come with animalistic attributes (fins, claws, fur...).People don't learn if they are Lasters, Splicers, or Real Born until their reveal on their 18th birthday. Lucy and Margot's 18th birthday is looming and they don't understand why they hold having to go through Protocols to determine their path in life. Everyone else only goes through one set of protocols, after all it's only a easy check of the genome sequence that determines Laster, Splicer, or Real Born. So why have Lucy and Margot have been doing them yearly since they were children? This is the question on Lucy's mind even as the globe goes pear-shaped. First is her run-in with the Real Born Jared. Then her father, popular for his dislike of Real Borns, introduces her and Margot to their fresh security detail, headed by the Real Born Nolan Storm. Nothing is as it seems and yet, even as we follow along with Lucy's story, it's very clear she makes no decisions for herself. Everything that happens, happens to her. Lucy's doesn't take action, but she does talk. Only talk doesn't obtain anything but drug along for the ride.Even with Lucy's passive narrative, the globe piqued my curiosity. I wish to know more about Real Borns. I wish to know more about the plague. I'm curious to see how the magic of the globe evolves. I'm interested in...well, let's just say I'm interested. I'll be reading the full trilogy just to search out what happens.
This book is just ahhhhh. Amazing amount of adventure and sci-fi and seriously steamy romance. I love love loved it! I started this book back when it was on wattpad and I like the fresh direction she went in. A small less dark but still so suspenseful. 5/5 star worthy!!
If you have ever actually listened to the lyrics of most Springsteen songs (except maybe Waitin’ on a Sunny Day), you know that Bruce Springsteen is a really deep guy. There was a book published 15 years ago called Songs, which contained all the lyrics of every Springsteen song written to that time. I loved that book. I read it cover to cover, several times. You could read and contemplate all his lyrics. Born to Run helps explain the factors that helped Bruce’s awesome catalog of melody come into uce’s autobiography, Born to Run, gives his fans tremendous insight into what it was that has driven Bruce over the course of his life and career. The motivations, the demons, the anxiety, the joys, the fears, the hopes, the dreams, all the elements that have constituted the Boss’s muse over these past 50 years are explained here. And not only is Bruce one of the amazing writers of lyrics and music, he is a amazing writer of prose. He amply demonstrates this here for all the globe to see. He shares his story in a method only he could.If you intend to purchase and read this book, I will tell you it is a true page turner. I could not place this book down. It has a somewhat imposing profile at 528 pages, but it is an simple read. An inspiring read. I do not wish to reveal any of the revelations the reader will explore within the pages of this book, but I can say it was interesting to learn that Bruce possesses a lot of of the same insecurities of us mere uce discloses, in amazing detail, particulars of his early years, his upbringing, the problems that influenced the method he thinks, his musically formative years, his wide held acclaim, his family, his doubts, his fears, and a treasure trove of private info I have never heard before. I have been a Springsteen fan for over four decades. I grew up less than 30 miles from Freehold, NJ. I used to go see Bruce in those small seaside bars he used to sing about. I have seen a lot of Springsteen interviews. I have attended over 60 shows. I have read most of the previously published articles and books. Much of the material in this book has never been publicly presented before, and all in his own words. Bruce has obviously spent much time in intense introspection, and he shares a lot of of his insights and conclusions uce is arguably the world’s greatest showman. Now that the amazing James Brown has passed on, the moniker, “The Hardest Working Man in Present Business,” clearly belongs to Bruce. His special bonuses of lyric writing, musical composition, musicianship, and studio and on scene performance have rarely been seen in a single person. Bruce has won 20 Grammys (out of 49 nominations), 2 Golden World Awards, an Academy Award, 2 Emmy Awards, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, has received a Kennedy Center Honor, and so much more. He now shows himself to be a gifted writer as well. And this book provides tremendous insights into how all that came uce’s drive for perfectionism is explained. Why “good enough” is not in his vocabulary. Bruce is keenly aware the melody will latest forever. Here he is, 67 years old, and still performing to sold out stadiums and arenas every time he plays. His fans love him. He knows that, and he knows why. He strives to produce and deliver the best product he can, and he almost always succeeds.If you have ever wondered exactly what it is that makes one of the greatest of this or any other generation’s musical talents tick, it is all right here. Bruce’s candor is striking. He has generally been a reserved and very personal person in the past, but in this book, he puts it all out there. If you are a fan, you will love this uce Springsteen is not just one of the world’s greatest musicians, writers, and performers, he is one of the world’s greatest people. Through a lifetime of happenings he info here, his skills developed and he has evolved into the national and globe treasure affectionately referred to as "The Boss."
Upon my third listen, it gets better and better. Just like a amazing Springsteen album, there's always something fresh or different, seemingly heard for the first time, that comes from multiple body else could narrate this book. That Bruce does himself, with his own inflections, emotions, and emphasis, pulls you in and sits you right next to him at the kitchen table. And living room, bedroom, on his motorcycle, on the road, in the bar, on stage. Just like one of his songs, Bruce paints you a picture, or more accurately shows you a short film, and let's you watch with a connecting, voyeuristic, and participating eye (and ear). And with 80 chapters, that's a lot of hundreds of short movies the listener sees and hears.I received the book on release day. I struggled through 100 pages. I kept putting it down, and struggled to read more than 10 or 12 pages at a time. Not because it was boring. DEFINITELY NOT! But because it was so draining on my emotions. That's how heartfelt and stirring Bruce's stories and descriptions are. It seems every page could be penned into a song of his. And like amazing poetry and prose, a slow reading of the book was the only method I could absorb the detail and depth of Bruce's I got the audiobook, and it created all the difference and more. Bruce is a slow reader, and it works for the best, as I aforementioned. If you love Bruce, you'll love this book. And if you thought you knew everything about Bruce, you are sadly mistaken! Bruce shares all, and we are fortunate that this personal character has allowed us this (way more than a) glimpse into his melody life, family life, private life, psychological life, kid life. If you're a casual fan, It's hard for me to predict your assessment of it (I've never been "casual" about Bruce). Melody fans and musicians of all disciplines no doubt will search Bruce's passion, and singularly focused drive is is more than a book about music. Method more. It's the story of man who is shaped, burdened, broken by, and built up by, the countless influences of people, neighborhood, politics, humanity, religion, and psychological experiences. All the reasons Bruce is who he is. And we're invited into his globe for 18 hours or so. How lucky for us!
I read Clapton's book and listened to the melody as I went along. Did the same with Buddy Guy's book. Both books were fun. This book left me gobstoppered. The story is good, the writing is good, the melody is great,the emotions are raw. This book tells the story well enough but the author makes it real. His struggle to obtain noticed, to write and play amazing music, his strained relations with his family, his ongoing war with depression: its all here and its real. Amazing book.
Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run is a triumph of honesty, introspection and raw emotion. HIs prose is both poetic and lyrical and reads as if you are inside a very long and riveting Springsteen song.I bought the hard cover when it first came out and read the first few chapters then place in down for a few months. I then came upon the audio ver and immediately purchased it once I saw that Bruce himself was the narrator. As the narrator of his own story, Springsteen brings a vocal subtlety and nuance that the written word can’t quite capture. He infuses his words with an emotion that no other “professional” narrator could. As a result, the audio ver is a pure treat as you obtain a personal listening session with the “Boss” himself. Some chapters even end with short musical excerpts that add extra color, texture and context.I was surprised to learn how not good Bruce was growing up in the little Fresh Jersey city of Freehold. His description of his formative years in the 1950s and early 60s were reminiscent of another era and another place, maybe the midwest or the south, but not what I would think of northern NJ. His early Catholic upbringing reminded me of some of my own childhood, surrounded by religious talisman and uce leads the reader down a long and winding path of struggle, poverty, disappointment and extraordinary triumph versus all odds. His descriptions of the trials, tribulations and sheer joy of his early melody making, writing and recordings are vivid and full of emotion. His relationship with his father was strained and complicated and threads much of the sub narrative of the entire r me, his detailed descriptions of the songwriting and recording sessions from his early albums was especially entertaining. Getting the inside story behind some of the most iconic American rock songs of the late 20th century was a pure delight and gave me a whole fresh appreciation for his music.Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and have gained a whole fresh respect for this wonderful artist and storyteller.
This is a huge book, but it is double-spaced and the chapters are very short. I'm not a true quick reader, but I read it in two weeks. A quick reader could do this book in three or four days, 150 pages in one sitting. I am a huge fan of The Boss, and this book happy me. The beginning is very interesting. There is one part where he is with his band and they obtain spit on when they are playing on the beach for the rich kids. Then, they also played for what might be called "the greasers" crowd; think John Travolta in, "Grease." Bruce has names for these two groups, but I can't remember the groups names because I read this book several months ago. Nevertheless, Bruce is like it was okay to play for this group, "as long as no one in my band talked to their women." Ha. Later, the cops come and arrest some semi-gangster at one of the gigs. There's just so much in this book. I'm glad that I read it. However, I did have one problem. At the beginning, Bruce says that he believes in God and has a Private Relationship with Jesus. He confesses that it is a strange relationship. But, I was shocked! I'm an atheist, and I always thought that Bruce was an atheist. What does his line, "don't waste your summer praying in vain for a savior to rise from these streets" mean in his song "Thunder Road" if Bruce is a Christian? But of course, one could counter with "Promised Land" to say that Bruce's song's do have religion. Or also, Bruce's later "The Rising" which is filled with spirituality. Anyway, there is a passage in the book where Bruce almost dies when surfing near Asbury Park. He makes it to shore and writes, "I was praying to a God that I don't believe in." ??? Does Bruce believe or not? I guess that the amazing artist is one that always has doubt, who sometimes believes and sometimes does not believe. The amazing artist is always considering.
I have a sense of where the one and two star reviews come from. I myself had a slow begin with this book. At first it seemed like Mr. Springsteen's writing style was too massive in imagery, but when he would obtain lost in the narrative, his story would come to life. One must hang in there for a bit, as this book is a gift. Remember that this man has written and performed hundreds of songs ... it is through this filter that his truth emerges. Song lyricism meets amazing bit of tip I've had for a long time now, for those with reading blocks, is to pick up an autobiography of a recently retired athlete, musician or other type of performer. Actually they don't even need to be retired yet! These types of books are fast reads and they enrich the reader's life experience, especially the one who has enjoyed the writer's previous "product". (They can also jump begin you into another amazing stretch of reading.) It is in this context that Born to Run emerges in contrast. Arthur Koestler once wrote that he would gladly trade 100 readers today for ten readers in ten years, or one reader in 100. This is one of those s, Mr. Springsteen does give you all that you are looking for. The family, the growing up in the neighborhood, the musical growth, the songwriting process, the performing, the career arc, maintaining stability in the crazy life of "The Huge Time" ... everything that you might be looking for in a book such as this. But there is so much more. He delves deep into his life philosophy and the environment from which he came. There are some nice metaphysical touches. There are some profoundly moving moments. And, he will pass the torch on to you, dear reader, to live and tell your own is book will stand the try of time and will still be standing long after a lot of others like it have been forgotten. What he has been writing about in his songs emerge almost as a dissertation. Anthropologists go deep into the jungle to study indigenous cultures. Sociologists at huge probe into all facets of societies around the world. Adjectives abound ... pastoral, suburban, urban ... Dickensian. What are the deep dark truths in our own modern suburbia, behind the veil of 1950s Leave-it-to-Beaver America? Mr. Springsteen is the soul that was sent to investigate, and he has a story to tell.
This review is from Jim Loving, husband of CKL.Let me add my review to the nearly 2300 other Amazon reviews. I highly recommend this book, for Springsteen fans, casual and rabid, and to others who may not even be familiar with his work. He is a highly accomplished American, with a amazing private story, and he tells it very well. Actually, Bruce pours his heart out, as usual. He opens up. He shares, he let's you in to better understand what makes him.... Bruuuuuce!Bruce does not write about his accomplishments or rather his awards, but here are a few of them: from About the Author: “Bruce Springsteen has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Fresh Jersey Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of twenty Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. He lives in Fresh Jersey with his family. For more information, go to www dot brucespringsteen dot net.” Additionally, he is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.I read both the hard back (first 1/3) and the Kindle edition. This is an auto-biography, with Bruce telling his private story, breaking it up into three sections, or “books”, spanning 79 chapters (making it also feel like a memoir in its format). These are 1- Growin Up, 2- Born To Run, 3- Living Proof. In the foreward, this is how Bruce describes this story:“I come from a boardwalk city where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I. By twenty, no race-car-driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the roads of Asbury Park and already a member in amazing standing amongst those who “lie” in service of the truth . . . artists, with a little “a.” But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a amazing group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style and a story to is book is both a continuation of that story and a find into its origins. I’ve taken as my parameters the happenings in my life I believe shaped that story and my performance work. One of the questions I’m asked over and over again by fans on the road is “How do you do it?” In the following pages I will test to shed a small light on how and, more important, why.”It helps if one is somewhat familiar with his music, as much of the story centers around this. The amazing news is that one can (I did) go to Youtube to hear most of it (I was unfamiliar with much of his later work) and to see happenings described in the story (e.g. Danny Federici’s (near) latest performance in IN playing “Sandy” (Asbury Park, 4th of July). You can watch interviews of Bruce from 2016 around the release of this book, you can see the award ceremony for the Medal of Freedom, the 2005 documentary on the making of Born to Run, the R&R HOF ceremony, a lot of concert performances, band member interviews, and much more. Reading this book created me binge watch all of this. It was like re-discovering a story I had sort of been following most of my adult life.I am what I would call a casual Springsteen fan. He is 4 years older than me. I saw him perform only live twice – in 1973 touring in help of the Wild, Innocent and E Road Shuffle, and in 1974-75 supporting Born to Run. I was familiar with his other work because of FM radio, then the Internet and TV. Reading this book, I learned a lot about him, and his influences. I learned we have a few things in common:1- Catholic upbringing;2- Italian mother with immigrant Italian grand-parents,3- Richmond VA connection (I was born there and stayed through HS, graduating in 1972 and have returned often since visiting family)– before recording his very first album, Bruce’ first foray outside NJ was in Richmond. Reading this, I place a post on FB to a group called “Richmond Underground – 1970-1990” asking about his band Steel Mill and visits to Richmond, and as of this review 58 people have posted numerous comments, memories, posters, sightings, photos, etc.;4- Family with a history of mental e fourth was the largest revelation and the perhaps most necessary part of the book. Bruce openly discusses his father’s mental illness and his own war with depression and his a lot of years of therapy. This was an necessary and brave thing to do. If anyone reading has a connection to Bruce, I would love for him to take this up as a “Cause” and become a spokesman for this – he could continue to do amazing good.If you are a Springsteen fan – you MUST read this book. If you are a fan of American music, you must read this book. If you are songwriter, you must read this book. If you are casual fan, a amazing read, if you are a fan of auto-biographies of amazing Americans and the power of the human spirit, read this book.
.I am not a Springsteen fan. As a matter of fact I don’t even care for rock and roll music. I like this book and by reading it I became an admirer of this artist not only because of his “from rags to riches” story, but because of his admirable hero displayed throughout his writing. I’ve read a number of amazing autobiographies and this one surpasses all of them with its honesty. How a lot of writers admit their religious beliefs and simultaneously acknowledge their failing to live according to their rules? One has to admire his discipline in following his dream especially in the culture where drugs, sex, promiscuity were almost daily episodes. His sincerity in relating the feelings during his long wars with depression are again commendable. It would be simple to blame his psychic issues on his father’s alcoholism etc. He was able to grasp the result of genes, but through his faith was able to forgive his father. He is giving a proper credit for his salvation to his wife who was an enormous support during his depressive periods. What’s more he became an perfect father for his three kids brought up by both parents’ belief in love. Throughout his life, he achieved a lot of professional successes. But the reader can feel that his most treasured one has been his loving family.I strongly recommend this book to everybody who enjoys reading books about people who became stars not only in their professions but setting a high moral standard in daily life.Karel Kriz
I would have edited out 20%, but it’s not my book and I think doing so would have done him an injustice. I don’t see a ghost writer and that really surprised me. Bruce has known a lot of people, dealt with a lot of egos, including his own and carefully covers each person in a graceful way. Not a whole lot about his first wife, but that’s fine.I had no idea he came from such humble beginnings, what an wonderful human being. Leading up to his first album release, he talks about record execs looking for *the next Bob Dylan*. He also talks about Country melody having an influence. Yes, yes, it all makes ere was a period in my own life where I had to remove Tunnel of Love from my devices, having listened to One Step Up a hundred times and I was in a rut. Knowing where he was when he wrote it felt comforting somehow. In the book he talks about some serious problems such as the divide between black and white, general admission seating in Europe, politics, all without sounding preachy.What if you’re not a Springsteen fan- would you have fun this book. Yes, but it helps to know some of the songs and their lyrics if you wish to obtain the most out of this title. I am not at all familiar with the albums Nebraska nor The Rising and felt a bit left out when they were referenced.
Having been a fan of Bruce Springsteen and his melody for 40 years I've been waiting for this book. It wasn't what I was expecting in an autobiography in that I was hoping to have my own private answers to questions I feel I need to know about Bruce and his melody and an explanation of what and how he does things and a chronology of the stories we all know about him but from his persepective. Although there is some of that in Born To Run, what I got was something even better.I got something that was a view into the man's soul and what has created him who he is, and how he is. As I read it there truly was a feeling as if he was speaking directly to me. It was personal. It was vulnerable, and it was authentic. It humanized him more than I thought it would or could.I always saw Bruce as a regular guy who worked hard and created it huge chasing the American promise, and that is who this book portrays him to be, only moreso.His early fears and failures just like the rest of us. Being hugely successful in one region of the country and testing himself in another region where he was a nobody going head to head with the local musicians who were better than he, and working hard to overcome it. Being successful financially after his Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of City and The River albums, he was still broke. Not because of any private financial failings but because he poured all his cash back into producing his next record to create it the method he envisioned it to be regardless of the cost.And the intimate portrayal of his family, his mom and dad, and his bout with depression. I've seen Bruce perform live 83 times with and without the E Road Band. In seeing him perform it is impossible to believe that man could ever be depressed. How can someone who has given so much joy and inspiration be depressed. I'm just satisfied he's been able to be proactive in dealing with it in a constructive manner and not allowing it to obtain the better of e one thing I took away from the book that was most insightful is something Bruce did not reveal or admit to because I don't think he really knows but it's my guess, acting as an amateur psychologist here, that in reading about his father's move to California when Bruce was 19, and his dad's need to obtain away from city of Freehold that he felt was holding him down, that Born to Run, the song, isn't about Bruce running away to search something better, but subconsciously the song is about his dad's journey to go west to begin a fresh life. But, that's just my take on it, for whatever it's worth.If you wish to obtain a look inside what created Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen, there is no other book to read than this.
I've always loved "On the Night You Were Born" as a baby gift, and the board book edition seemed perfect. But I was deeply disappointed -- and angry, too -- when I received it, to learn that this edition is missing the first page and several of the latest pages. To some extent, some pages have been incorporated into the shortened text. But there is nothing in the Amazon description to indicate that this is an abridged edition -- and why abridge such a short (and ultimately charming) book? I felt cheated, and returned it.
I gave this book to my daughter Christmas of 2011. At the time, she was diagnosed with scene 4 colon cancer at age 30. I was led to this book because it said so a lot of things about her birth and life I felt. I also felt I would not share another Christmas with her on this earth. This is the anniversary of her death. She died on Sept.8, 2012. I felt my heart stop beating the moment hers did. Before she died, she told me how much she loved this easy book, especially the part about my love finding her wherever she would go. I reminded her of that when I held her hand in the hospital as she took her latest breath. This book speaks volumes to the love a mother has for her child.
We buy this as a bonus for the parents with the intention of every person who took part in the care of the momma to be write a note to the baby about their experience while caring for the mom and baby......it was such a huge hit with my first grandchild that now every mom to be gets one and they love it. They go back year after year and read the notes and see the pictures we place in the front and back of the book. The nurses and doctors all always wish to be part of the story and now we have grandchild number two, with the same group of nurses and doctors and they even asked where the book was!!! How Cool. It will be amazing when our grandkids can read and look back on these memories!!!
When I was pregnant, this book kept popping up on my recommendations. I didn't know the book, so the next time we were in a bookstore, I read it and thought to myself "This is WAY too sappy - why is it so popular?" The answer: apparently hormones, because as soon as we got home from the hospital, I NEEDED this book, STAT. Dancing polar bears to celebrate my son's birth? YES, I NEED THAT! Of course the wind was whispering his name on the night of his birth - I just didn't hear it because I was a small busy. WHERE CAN I GET MORE OF THIS? Hence, my word of warning to other post-partumy moms: Buy this one, cry your eyes out, and then DON'T buy every other book by Nancy Tillman. I bought four and this is the only one that we still read at 11 months - the other three are going into the donation box because they truly are method too sappy in a "special snowflake" method that nauseates me. But this book...it hits the excellent balance that your kid is celebrated and special without going overboard. And the illustrations are lovely. To be fair, the illustrations of all four Nancy Tillman books we own are lovely, but we don't need to own four of them. This one is the keeper.
While I was pregnant my husband and I had a tradition going in which he would read a book every Tues/Thurs to my belly since he was across the country for work, so that the baby would become familiar with his voice. So when our baby was born 6 weeks early and had to spend some time in the NICU my husband created sure to read to him (in person of course) on the night after he was born and this was the book I had chosen for that moment and I have absolutely no regrets doing so! It was truly a unique moment watching my husband read this to our baby in the NICU.Ultimately this was a very unbelievable book. So very sweet and memorable in telling a story to your kid of how very unique and loved he or she is. The artwork in this book flows beautifully throughout. I will most likely buy a hard copy of this book rather than just having it just on my kindle. Its truly a book we will hold with us for years to come.
Sentimental notice of love and that your kid is unique and valued. My 2 year old son loves the illustrations (which are beautiful) and looking at the babies and animals, naming the bear, birds, frogs, bugs, ducks, etc. It is short but not too short, and has a nice story time rhythm for those months when your kid is very little and too young to know any better than to snuggle in your arms and listen to the story in its entirety. I do believe this book grows with your kid in that the images are of interest for older toddlers. You hope that they notice sinks in with them because it is a amazing one of how everyone celebrated on the night they were born, and that they will be celebrated for who they are forever. Love it.
I have bought this book as a part of every baby bonus I have given for the past few years. The day the baby is born, I write their full name, time and put of birth on the inside of it. My mate also stamped her son's foot on the inside of ere is something unique about this book that portrays the method that people feel about their kids entering the world. As an aunt and Godmother, I obtain this overwhelming feeling so it must be 1,000 times stronger for 's a unbelievable book for expecting parents, but also for parents who's kids are grown and entering various stages of life (college, marriage or child-raising of their own).
Bought this book for my (at the time) 6 month old. We tried for 7 years to obtain pregnant and then was blessed with our small girl after successful fertility treatments. This book is so attractive and so meant for her. Only drawback is that the timing is weird on some of the pages. I really have fun the books that ryhme and hold amazing time and this one has a tendency to obtain a small funky in parts. Totally able to overlook though because of how easy and attractive it is.
I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. I bought it for a baby shower for my amazing grandson. I especially liked the fact that you can add their name to the story and there’s plenty of locations & room for you to personalize it. It’s very sturdy & just the right size for a little kid to read& carry around. Excellent sentiments. All around A+++ His 3 year old sister loves to “read” it too. She makes up storylines to fit the attractive pictures. So sweet.
Was extremely disappointed that the book was from a Kohl's promotion.....Kohl's was printed on the back cover and on the inside of the book. It says that it was a unique edition printed for Kohl's department store. The price was also blacked out with a permanent marker on the back cover. This is a attractive book which I have given as a bonus a lot of times. But this one looked cheap. Felt taken advantage of. Had to purchase the book elsewhere.
I'm not only incredibly mad with the author of this series, but incredibly mad with myself as well. I'm mad that there are so a lot of authors that are writing stories about blatant sexual abuse and opression, this author included. Then, dumb dumb here buys atleast three books in the series, thinking the hero roles and behavior are going to change. There's never a time when rape or oppression should be used for entertainment value. I don't know why so a lot of authors have begun doing this, but I beg them to stop! As a woman reading this series of books, only to realize there's more to come, created me so sad. Then, even after all the characters have been through, it never seems to be over. The suffering, the sadness of the female characters, the fighting. The only amazing thing about this series is the hero development and how well it was edited. If you're not into women being inferior, demeaned, and raped repatedly, this is definitely not the series of books for you.
I don't even know where to start. This series is very much out of my normal purview of books. It's so completely off but not in a poor way.I found Ms. Cain on an odd possibility for her to be a sponsored page on my Fb feed. The few sentences sounded intriguing enough and very smexy. So I thought the first book is free on KU so I'll give it a try. And man, have I not been disappointed.I have a beautiful begin mind in my reading. Contemporary, rom-com, paranormal, historical romance, science fiction (aliens can be sexy too sometimes), I even read a mermen book. So you can see I have a rather eclectic tastes. But this book, odd though it may be, was completely entertaining. The plot was amazing. I did very much have fun it. This does go for book one and epard and Claire ... I don't even know what to say. They are both brilliant characters. I have never and I mean never read a heroine as powerful and vulnerable as Claire is. She is a heroine to be modeled after again and again. And the amount that Shepard has grown is phenomenal. Although of course there's a point where you wish to punch him in the knot. You'll know when you obtain is is all so praising I'm sure there's a question as to why 4 stars instead of 5. Here's the thing. This book will create you uncomfortable. It will create you shift a small wherever you're reading it. It's not for those who don't care for dark themes. Hold in mind, this is a post apocalyptic globe where people have beautiful much just lost their minds. And if what ive read is any indication, things may not obtain any better. That's not part of this review but I do search myself wanting to ask Ms. Cain if she would like a hug and a cookie.Wish me luck in the third book.A!so I'm really helping our beta Corday makes it through mostly unscathed. We'll see.
Although the H usually isn't the villain, the warlord Shepard in Tholos definitely is both. The only other time I loved the villain so much was in R L Smith's Heat. Even though his devotion to her is "instinctual" as Claire kept trying to convince herself in book 1, I believe Shepard has finally convinced her otherwise - any method he has convinced me. Although he has nothave any idea on how to be romantic - as Claire likes to remind herself - I have never read a H who was as attentive, loving, passionate and all consumed by his friend as Shepard is by Claire - regardless of other complications. I did obtain tired of Claire's self righteousness and naive morality. I thought her finding and reading The Art of Battle by Sun Tzu was a brilliant method for her to develop a method to handle Shepard which adversely also allowed her to begin to see the true man underneath the monster. I loved Born to be Broken and look forward to reading the final installment - Reborn!
Mild Spoilers - This book was much better than the first book on multiple levels. First, she really developed the characters. After having read book one, I struggled with understanding Shepherd's motivations. Over the course of this book, we got to see how his hero was forged and why he acted the method he acted. There was some amazing in him somewhere, even if it was hard to see at times. His blind devotion to Svana was confusing to me - he was portrayed as a amazing leader of men, yet he couldn't see past her façade, despite damning evidence before him. Claire grew as well, finding inspiration in The Art of Battle to support tutorial how she interacted with Shepherd. However, I found her belief system a small screwed up. She had no issue despairing the loss of life all around her, but when it came to thoughts of killing herself, and her unborn child, it was like "collateral hurt happens". And despite the fact that it was demonstrated time and again that were was no humanity left in Tholos at all - eg frozen dead kid, she herself was once again ostracized by her fellow omegas, etc. - she seemed to think society would revert to normal if only Shepherd would stop his evil plan. That belief system was keeping her from forming an attachment to Shepherd so it got annoying that she continued to cling to it long after she should have e globe building was powerful and it was elaborated on to a greater extent than in the first book. The underlying plot advanced well, but at times it got a small confusing - what Svana was trying to do with the resistance was unclear to me (maybe it was supposed to unclear and will be addressed in the third book). Last, the dialogue was kind of strange. When Claire spoke to Maryanne, it was in modern day speech patterns, but when she spoke to Shepherd, it was in highly formal, Oscar Wilde style speech - the contrast was very jarring. I look forward to reading the conclusion of this series.
Book appears well written. Spelling and grammar is r those who are fans of the genre, the story line should not be aracters somewhat developed, better job could have been done of ever and the reason I have returned this, asking for a refund, is the fact that as a reader I wish some "closure" for the main characters. Now on book 4 of the series, Shepherd and Claire's story is still dragging and with no end in mething also that does not sit well with me is the treatment of a post-rape PTSD. Very poorly researched and nce even on book 4 of the series I see no end nor closure and Am not willing to hold paying and expecting an end, this will be returned and a refund ame on the author.
Another winner! This is the second book in this series, my second-ever Omegaverse read, and my second book from this author. As with the first I am a small distracted by the language that I'm not used to, but that's to be expected since I've never read this kind of book before. I generally stick to dark romance/romantic suspense, and avoid paranormal (among others). This series kept popping up on recommended lists so I decided to give it a try.I really liked this book. There is a considerable amount of detail both in the globe as well as the characters. I also really love that the relationship between the two main characters is not insta-love, and Claire doesn't just roll over with stars in her eyes the min Shepherd tell her to do so. She fights. She refuses. She is defiant. She does what she can (uses whatever she can) in pursuit of what she believes to be right. She couldn't complete a task on her own, so she did what she required to do to obtain the support she required rather than throwing her hands up at the hopelessness of it all.I am also enjoying Shepherd's struggle. It seems like he wants Claire to develop feelings for him. To care for him. To see him as her friend as opposed to her kidnapper/tormentor/attacker/captor. Unfortunately he has never had to build a relationship before, nor has he ever even seen it done. He has seen only twisted "relationships" based on abuse, bartering, power... but not love or affection. And Claire, having never had a relationship herself, and with her mother having passed away when Claire was so young, has never had nor seen a relationship develop, either. So it's the blind leading the blind over here. She wants him to do something he doesn't know how to do (woo her), and he wants her to do something she's been repelled by, and fought against, her entire life (accept her Omega status and submit to that life).It is interesting to watch it unfold. When Shepherd does something nice is it out of affection? A desire to appease Claire? Or does he perhaps have more self-serving motivations?I also love the side characters. Well, except Svana. That's not to say she isn't an perfect hero from a technical standpoint- she is. I HATE her. And that is a tag of a "good" character.Warning: there is OW drama and activity in this series.
5+ Omegaverse StarsHoly Hell I love Addison Cain and this Omegaverse globe that she has created. Much like the first book in this series I was riveted. Life beautiful much ceased to exist once I started reading. When I first started this series someone told me that it wasn't finished. I knew that I had to wait until they were all out before I proceeded any further. Finally, I was told that Claire and Sheppard were going to have a conclusion so I started the series again. Boy, oh Boy, how I managed to go months without reading this disfunctional, crazy, but hot as Satan's mistress couple I do not aire. Sweet holy hell. This girl is a fighter. I love her. Rather than just accept that she is a weaker person because she is an Omega she uses that to her advantage. There is no glass ceiling for her. She is playing the android game and playing it eppard. Despite the despicable things he has done he still has a softer side. That softer side is Sheppard. We learn more about his history in this book and what makes him the method that he is. He has demons and because of those things he yearns for that connection or human touch so to speak. He wants acceptance and adoration. He wants to be gether these two are HOT. Like 3rd degree blister hot. I wish to see them happy. I wish to believe that this relationship is true and not just some forced pair to read the third book. Looks like my life will be at a standstill again. Who needs a clean house or sleep anyway?!
Book two of Addison Cain's tale of post apocalyptic survival, "Born to be Broken" continues exploring the emotional landscape on which Shepard and Claire reside. Gloriously including the hero development I was so desperate for in book one!Here we are finally exposed to more of the origin. We are introduced to Shepard's background in the undercroft, his traumas, and his overall life experiences that shaped him into the sadistically, single-minded tactician now ruling Tholos with a seemingly iron hand. And with each of these revelations comes a deeper understanding of his drive toward his possession of Claire and why his pair-bond with her is so devastating for all involved. All while also watching Claire grow in strength, determination, and refusal to bow down to her circumstances, slam head long into Shepard's agenda, as well as her own safety and a literary machiavellian Cain slams you back and forth between perspectives juxtaposing Shepard's need with Claire's hatred, Shepard's military instincts with Claire's empathy and goodness, Shepard's existing agenda with Claire's growing agenda. All brilliantly set versus a subtly strong background of Sun Tzu's, "The Art of War" marching you forward with a growing sense of foreboding into the larger scenario playing out beyond the two main is second installment of Cain's Alpha's Claim series, is all about the info and submerges you into the inner workings of each mind and heart. It will twist you maniacally between affection, sadness, and anger. It will leave you hoping yet secretly hating. It will leave you as emotionally torn as the characters themselves. And by the end you will feel like you have run a s it is still sadistically and sexually violent, more so than the first book, and here again, it is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. However, the story underneath is worth it and is bravely honest. It moves beyond a standard and too oft used "stockholm" trope and portrays another reality, of the mental and emotional turmoil of two people from complete opposite sides of the alpha/omega spectrum, thrown together in unbelievably horrific circumstances, learning from each other about themselves and the society around them. All while learning to appreciate the other in ways most would deem impossible despite being diametrically is beyond dark, but oh, so worth the time!
Once again a disturbingly captivating heart wrenching read, the author has a method with words to create was is so abhorrent and wrong seem right through a various perspective. Picking up where the first book Born to be Bound left off in a dystopian globe of Thólos where chaos has revealed creatures within it’s citizens bare to all to witness, yet unwilling to aire has been shattered and destroyed by a betrayal so ultimate and unforgiving, and yet as broken as Claire is she is still determined and resolute in her ideals of freedom and the equality of the Omegas who are hunted for their genetic chemistry. After learning in her solitude for solution to her haunted destroyed future Claire is recaptured by her friend and goes about fighting him in a various tactic, communication, while still rooting for Thólos to see themselves and change their circumstances with the aid of the hidden epherd is horrible, abrasive yet disturbingly charming in his own twisted sadistic way, a real Alpha male with no sense of primary human interaction allow alone to please his friend Claire. Having learned the error of his ways and how he ruined his mate, Shepherd seeks to amend his transgression by attempting communication and compromise. More of Shepherd’s horrid past is revealed giving the reader understanding to his insane idea of utopia of revealing Thólos’s real nature, making his hero more private and not so sexually driven for absolute domination his only other e supporting characters are still sparse but create heavy impacts, the Omegas are freed with the support of Claire, Corday is unwaveringly supportive and determinedly faithful of the resistance’s uprising while be woefully unaware of the impending danger that stalks his every move.
I don't even know where to start. This series is very much out of my normal purview of books. It's so completely off but not in a poor way.I found Ms. Cain on an odd possibility for her to be a sponsored page on my Fb feed. The few sentences sounded intriguing enough and very smexy. So I thought the first book is free on KU so I'll give it a try. And man, have I not been disappointed.I have a beautiful begin mind in my reading. Contemporary, , paranormal, historical romance, science fiction (aliens can be sexy too sometimes), So you can see I have a rather eclectic tastes. But this book, odd though it may be, was completely entertaining. The plot was amazing. I did very much have fun it. This does go for book one and epard and Claire ... I don't even know what to say. They are both brilliant characters. I have never and I mean never read a heroine as powerful and vulnerable as Claire is. She is a heroine to be modeled after again and again. And the amount that Shepard has grown is phenomenal. Although of course there's a point where you wish to punch him in the knot. You'll know when you obtain is is all so praising I'm sure there's a question as to why 4 stars instead of 5. Here's the thing. This book will create you uncomfortable. It will create you shift a small wherever you're reading it. It's not for those who don't care for dark themes. Hold in mind, this is a post apocalyptic globe where people have beautiful much just lost their minds. Things may not obtain any better. That's not part of this review but I do search myself wanting to ask Ms. Cain if she would like a hug and a cookie.Wish me luck in the third book.A!so I'm really helping our beta Corday makes it through mostly unscathed. We'll less
Baruchel was somehow able to place into words my feelings for the Habs that I'm never able to articulate quite right. His weaving of funny, sometimes serious, but always heartfelt family stories and histories with the ever show rouge, bleu et blanc will hold you turning the pages. This is MUST read for anyone who has dedicated themselves to the Habs through the good, the bad, and the ugly.