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Review of Kindle editionPublication date: September 3, 2012Publisher: Drac Von StollerLanguage: EnglishASIN: B0095PNP084 pagesI had previously read some of Drac Von Stoller's stories but was not impressed. However this story is free and, according to the description, all of Von Stroller's stories have been newly rry Mr. or Ms Von Stroller, I am still unimpressed. Reviewer RRM said that this was like reading an article from Wikipedia. I concur.
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12/04/2016I've heard so very a lot of versions of this legend that it isn't even funny. I swear, I think it's almost as old as time itself. I like hearing all the variations, but I'm darned well not bold enough to test the conjuring. There are just some things I don't meddle in.
Even FREE is too much to pay for this absurd slab of nonsense. C'mon, can't you even TRY - just the slightest bit? And I apologize if you are mentally 'challenged' or whatever the P.C. fighters are calling it these days... but, i mean, jeez...
Im not sure what's the author's purpose with this short story. If it's to obtain you scared, or if it's to hook you up and obtain you to obtain the book with all the tales. I know it's free but common! this was like reading an article from Wikipedia
It's pieces you went through as a kid learning to play the instrument not paying them much attention because you were, well, a child. And when you grew up, you didn't pay them any attention because you thought they were for children. Perlman in his transparent, direct method of telling a story, and attractive playing as it always is, breathes life into passages and phrases. This disc will remind you that it's up to the musician to create music... or not. It wouldn't be the piece's fault.
I chose this recording for the Viotti concerto, and I must say this is a superlative musical experience, especially for the unbelievable first movement cadenza, which could not have been intended as a student piece. The remaining works I search essentially minor and a bit academic. Other than the fact that Perlman played them as a student they don't seem to fit well with the Viotti on one disc. Still, if it's the Viotti you want, you can't go wrong with this legro Molto
Perlman plays four concertos and one ballet stage that are usually played by intermediate level violin students. Recordings of these pieces are hard to find, so it is nice that a master of the violin decided to create a recording using a student orchestra at Juilliard. Perlman does a unbelievable job of playing easy music. It is nice for kids to have a recording showing them how one of the world's best violinists makes their beginner concertos into attractive music. I highly recommend it for Suzuki students in Vol. 4 who are beginning to play concertos (the first Seitz in Vol. 4 is the 3rd movement of the Seitz Concerto no. 2 on this CD). It is nice to hear the concertos with full orchestra, instead of the usual violin plus piano that is usually found on the Suzuki e melody itself is simple: it is aimed at kids who are intermediate violin students, not Symphony Hall. The first two concertos are played in first position only. If you're looking for Perlman playing advanced melody with all the "bells and whistles", then this is not the CD for you: you should look for his recordings of the standard adult repertoire. If you're looking for a CD to please your intermediate level violinist, then this one will likely do the trick. My 9 year old daughter loves it.
Perhaps we are all a bit too sophisticated. This recording, with the stated purpose of letting students hear a master play them, is a joy to listen to. There is small pyrotechics or flashy playing, in fact much is "first position" playing. While a student may aspire to equal the master in playing these pieces, they are also quite a "student violinist" I appreciate both the artistry and simplicity of these works. It is all amazing melody that has been too easily relegated to the areana of student st of us will never share the scene with violinists the calibre of Perlman, but we can play and have fun the same music. Thank you Mr. Pearlman.
I thought about to purchse this cd when I daughter was playing most of the pieces few years ago, but I never did. However, I just bought it now and I found it is really worthy if you have a young player at home. Perlman recorded this cd to encourage young players to play violin with fun. I think he did a unbelievable job!
Perlman is not only a fabulous violinist, he is an awesome teacher. I love this CD because he decided that there were a lot of concertos of his childhood that were worth recording. My violin students play a lot of of these and it is unbelievable for them to here such a popular violinist performing them with the Juilliard orchestra.
The reason that I gave a 3 begin is that its CD case is not a regular CD case. The case is created of hardboard which doesn't provide amazing protection. The CD sounds great. The pack is not good. BTW, it is only 1 CD, not 2 CD in the description.
With everything being available online with just a easy touch of a button, the decision to buy a cooking book does not come simple these days. But I do not regret getting this one. Reminds me of home. I did not obtain lost in it. The pictures look amazing, and I can vouch for some of them that they taste awesome as well.
Dracula didn’t use to drink blood. But he used to eat royally and this book brings to light recipes of true meal from times immemorial. The author of this book dug deep into Dracula’s homeland to bring us the best recipes Transylvania has to offer. Awesome book, awesome food!
If you are not already familiar with romanian cuisine, and anot experienced cook; this cookbook may be eat recipes, and attractive stories and pictures, but if you don't know what you are doing the recipes can be impossible.
If you have ever lived or traveled to Romania, you likely will have experienced the beauty of Transylvania and the delicious meal that awaited everywhere. Muresan's Transylvanian Cookbook lets you bring some those unbelievable recipes back with you. His cookbook is well illustrated and includes metric and English equivalents. Directions are simple to follow. Can't wait to test the Ciorbas this winter.
The recipes are amazing and the end product is delicious!!!I grew up around Victoria so I’m grateful that finally someone took the time to write down those amazing recipes and publish them in this unbelievable book.
If you would like to know what kind of meal Dracula was eating do not wait too much ... buy it even Amazon does not have it in stock, I bought two and I received them in three weeks but it was worth the wait ... THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. Transylvania is one the best locations that you need to see in this lifetime with nice people, wild places, old castles and tasty food. If you cannot visit it and you would like to test Romanian traditional meal this is the best cookbook that you can buy. While you are watching some horror films test some Dracula's beetroot salad or some Dracula's blood black pudding ... you are going to be part of the movie! If you already visited Romania I am very sure you are missing the grilled Transylvania sausages (mititei), stuffed cabbage leaves (sarmale), beef goulash, or bean soup with smoked pork knuckle! If you like deserts, test plum dumplings, small lies donuts (scoverzi), chocolate salami or chocolate balls with sour cherry. All these recipes and a lot more you will search in this cookbook. I am going to order more, this is a nice bonus for people interested to know and cook meal from a amazing land ...Transylvania!
I recently travelled and found this amazing piece of Transylvanian cuisine in the Bucharest Airport. It's not only a modern book about old recipes, but very private and honest in it's intentions. Pictures are great, recipes are well described - simple to cook from. I loved the Wild garlic and cheese dish- now in season - delicious. Some recipes are massive in meat but I love meat. A amazing gift!
The stated purpose of this book is to recount a curated collection of the most terrifying paranormal stories ever recorded. The author states that the happenings are drawn from all over the globe and that all are supported by hard evidence. Included are various examples of supernatural happenings representative of the following categories: ghost stories; hauntings; and other parawnormal activity. The content is interesting, but this book includes a lot of editing errors. It is plagued with odd sentence structure, improper word placement, and run on sentences in so a lot of passages that the narrative is almost incomprehensible. Additionally, there are a number of verb tense agreement issues, misplaced words and phrases, misspellings, and other errors that detract further from readability of the narrative. I cannot recommend this book in its current state. I suggest that the author remove this book from circulation in order to rework and edit its content. The material in this ook is interesting and worthy of publishing after corrective actions are taken.
I'm not sure who's ratings I read before I purchased this book... the author's family members maybe? There was absolutely NOTHING "horrifying" in this book, except perhaps the fact that I actually purchased it. I was desperate for something to read, or I wouldn't have bothered continuing; although I held out hope that maybe the NEXT story would be horrifying. In nearly every story, the author makes a statement like, "Is this really true? We may never know." So how in the heck is she calling these "real" ghost stories? Save your money.
I love ghost films and stories, even this book is short the stories are amazing! The author write so fluid and well this urban legends and reading this at night is unbelievable but scary, and more if you know that these happens in true life. I totally recommend this book is simple to read, the stories are interesting and if you are a horror or a ghost lover you will love this book.
I felt like it was too short. I would have loved to continue reading more ghost stories, but the book wraps up quickly, and with what I felt was not the "right" story, though it was interesting. Needs some fine tuning, focus, and expansion.
I absolutely love reading about real paranormal events. These stories send chills down my back. If you'd like the Paranormal this is a definitely amazing book to purchase.
A surprisingly well written book and it shows her life, warts and all. Some very huge highs and lows throughout her life and although I have read very few autobiographies I really enjoyed this one. I would like to have known more about the funding of her squad (where it came from etc) but other than that it is very comprehensive.
An interesting and simple read of the reality of being a globe class athlete working through all the trials and tribulations associated with this level of sport
I'm glad I found this book. It's so hard to search a decent, well-written collection of real ghost stories on Amazon. I've read some of these stories before, elsewhere, but there was still more than enough to hold me entertained.
Not a very thick book but I loved the various stories in there .. Id love to visit a few of the locations mentioned and it also contains the strange story of Alisa lam (pretty sure I spelled her name wrong) all the stories are based on true events
This collection is of 12 stories that are told beautiful straight forward, often with a small more info than is important to create the story interesting. I did not search the stories particularly appealing and am amazed anyone would search them scary, as some other reviews claim.
This has been really enticing to read! I love horror stories, they hold me so invested and up all night. People like me are really into these horrifying happenings such as murders, paranormal activities, etc. and we couldn't suffice our cravings into fresh findings about horror. Well this book has a lot to tell and goosebumps shook my entire soul from being horrified by these almost believable stories. I'm still not convinced that some of them might be created up, but still they were amazing enough fake or not.
I've become something of a fan for Jessica Ennis. Perhaps just because she is so regular in my mind. She is a amazing example of what can happen if you are encouraged early on and you work hard and hold it real. Daily working parents, typical enough begin in life and with extraordinary work came amazing success. Meanwhile you have to walk the fine line of watching other "juice" and create large gains in strength and speed and you know something is most likely afoul but what can you do? So much effort goes into these events. You might wonder what goes through someone's mind waiting for their turn in an happening where the whole globe is watching. That's what's in this someone who runs a amazing bit, I have been injured a few times and I know how painful it is to have to stop that which you love. I was running so often that one day I felt a muscle just give out on me. So I started riding a bike to obtain my fix for being active, up until the wheel got caught in a train track, flipped over at 30 km/hour and flipped over, broke three ribs, my collar bone and really damage my elbow and hip. It took me 7 months to heal up. Meanwhile all that had been gained is quickly erased. It can drive you mad. So when I read of Jessica's injury I know how hard it can be. I think it is the not knowing. As she writes in the book, everyone tells you everything will be fine. And then it isn't. And then you obtain injured again and they tell you everything will be fine again, and this time it is. Daily is spent stressing your body to its limits. Things break and only then do you know if you pushed too hard. In this globe every Olympian is pushing themselves to the max. Imagine that every day you train and year after year you create little gains in your speed, strength and delivery. It's not for fame or money. It's to know you are the best. And the entire time to strive to be the best and obtain that gold, you have to know that it won't is is the kind of book I really like to read. Bought it from the UK shop and had it delivered to the United States before the Kindle ver hit the US. Bought it again once it hit the Kindle. Perfect athlete and an equally perfect book. Grateful she shared her experience. Amazing luck in your future Jessica!
I bought this off Amazon for my e-reader...first time for an e-cookbook, also first experience with Fijian is was not a long cookbook, and the recipes actually began on page 37, but I didn't mind so much, as the background regarding the dishes was interesting. Coming from the American midwest, the meal was very foreign to my taste. The only problem I had with the recipes chosen was that nearly all the snacks were deep-fried, making them impossible to create without extra purchase of kitchen equipment. Additionally, several of the author's recipes use a "dessert spoon" as a measurement, which isn't standardized in the US, and can widely vary depending on your silverware set. (I don't think this is a large issue, given that spices are to taste, anyway).I really liked the beverages and the miscellaneous section--and that Appendix is the BOMB dot com. It really is excellent, and explains all the spices, seasonings and dishes, along with possible menus for the food.3 out of 5 for applicability to my life, but 5 out of 5 for being just a amazing cultural resource. Need more cookbooks like these! Overall great.
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This is one of those recipe books where I gave it a glance or two, then realised that this is within my limited culinary range, and just the list of ingredients starts a salivary early laid out, just the right amount of history and background, simple to follow.
Naidu shares her favorite recipes from her childhood in the Fiji Indian zone in a delightfully written e begins with a brief synopsis of Indian cooking - with lovely explanations of the vibrant and rich e recipes were well-formatted and laid out. There were a few pictures to accompany the more difficult recipes (which I much appreciated).There are recipes both familiar (banana cake) and completely foreign (gulgula) to me - but all sound fun and cording to the author, all of the recipes are passed down from her mother, aunts and others close to her during her childhood - I really liked the private touch!All the ones I've tried out so far have A) worked and B) were delicious!The pictures are from her Chicken Curry, Tomato and Cuber Salad and Banana Cake (which has become a family favourite! )
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Palestinian statelet of Gaza, Palestinian State of Israel with its Arab Autonomy and Palestinian Kingdom of JordanNaomi Shihab is not a Palestinian poet, though her father was born in a country of Palestine formed almost a hundred years ago by the British who tried to civilize their fresh Kingdom of Jerusalem.Her father, a journalist, was not a refugee; he was a free-spirited Arab who didn't wish to practice omi acknowledged later that her father was a wanderer. Not a refugee! He could go back and forth to Ramallah or Jerusalem which were part of the Palestinian monarchy even after omi Shihab became a omi's mother was a German Lutheran based in Missouriwhere Naomi lived in her formative Shihab is a “profiteer,” she tries to compare her native city of Ferguson to modern Palestine which was long subdivided into Gaza, the Arab Autonomy in Ramallah, Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Eastern Palestine (Jordan) now ruled by half English King omi Shihab Nye is a highly educated person and a manipulator:“She was a Palestinian born in Jordan.” What does it mean?The Kingdom of Jordan is located in Palestine, in case you don't for her poetry it is full of question marks (Give us answers, Naomi!) and e task of a poet to give us e chimney poem follows. Note that there are no chimneys in the South Levant including the British Palestine.Tip their mouths begin to the sky.Turquoise, amber,the deep green with fluted handle,pitcher the size of two thumbs,tiny lip and graceful we put the smallest flowerwhich could have lived invisiblyin loose soil beside the road,sprig of succulent rosemary,bowing ey grow deeper in the center of the we entrust the little life,thread, fragment, breath.And it bends. It waits all the bread cools and the childrenopen their gray copybooksto shape the letter that looks likea chimney rising out of a house.And what do the headlines say?Nothing of the smaller petalperfectly arranged inside the larger petalor the method tinted glass filters and boys, praying when they died,fall out of their e whole alphabet of living,heads and tails of words,sentences, the method they said,“Ya’Allah!” when astonished,or “ya’ani” for “I mean”—a crushed glass under the feetstill shines.But the kid of Hebron sleepswith the thud of her brothers fallingand the long sorrow of the color Palestinians [the Arabic speakers in Judean Hevron, Dirah or Samaria] Hold Warm - Poem by Naomi Shihab NyeChoose one word and say it overand over, till it builds a fire inside your hafera, the one who holds out, Alphard, solitary one,the stars were named by people like us.Each night they line up on the long path between ey nod and blink, no right or wrongin their yellow eyes. Dirah, small house,unfold your walls and take us well went dry, my grandfather's grapeshave stopped singing. I stir the coals,my babies cry. How will I teach themthey belong to the stars?They build forts of white stone and say, "This is mine."How will I teach them to love Mizar, veil, cloak,to know that behind it an ancient manis fanning a flame?He stirs the dark wind of our breath.He says the veil will risetill they see us shining, spreading like emberson the blessed hills.Well, I created that up. I'm not so sure about Mizar.But I know we need to hold warm here on earthAnd when your shawl is as thin as mine is, you tell a native speaker of English, not Arabic, Naomi should educate herself more in American poetry; her brain comes from her mother. And she should stop using poetry for political ends by employing the wrong terminology and to obtain preferential treatment as a member of a protected e Pasts[The template borrowed from Charles Simic, a Poet Laureate of the United States]Our pasts must have causes for hidingTheir a lot of twists and turns from usAnd those causes must have something to do with either pity or spitefulness.I believe that most of us don’t careAnd that surely is the ere's a slim possibility of being introducedThough we are still neighborsWho walk away from each other steadily and even break into flight,Speechless and turning deafAccelerated into nothingnessBy an adorable babyOr some sparrows looking for feedOn the paved over archaeological sitesContaining fossils of weirs in lost riversDec 23,2010John Ziemba proofread on the 7th of December, 2012
These 60 poems come from a dozens of geographic places. Reading the short biographies about the poets, helped me understand the fluidity of some of these Arab places… a lot of of the authors had moved from their birthplace. Some were written by children, and I think the book is suitable for children. I think its valuable that I couldn’t derive a common “Arab” e book is divided into loose chapters “A Galaxy of Seeds”, “The Globe is a glass you drink from”, “Pick a sky and name it”, and “There was in our house a river”. Some of my favorite included Adonis beginning Speech “That kid I was/ came to me once/ an unfamiliar face”. The Train of our stars by al-Raheem “The night is a train that passes,/carrying moon and stars..” and Shurayh’s untitled “Today I realize/ that my spirit has rusted/ to a degree/ I shall not be able/ to shine it again”. In the final section Serri’s “Thread by Thread/knot by now/ like colonies of ants/ we weave a bridge”
I've read a few of John Holt's books (How Kids Fail (Classics in Kid Development),How Kids Learn (Classics in Kid Development),The Underachieving School), and to my mind, Escape from Childhood is the most philosophically 'meaty' of them. Here, John Holt provides a fairly developed (and he admits where it is not) vision of what children's rights should be in a free society. Unlike most of his other books, this one does not simply focus on Holt's arguments versus compulsory schooling, but gives a more comprehensive argument about children's e first half of the book more or less includes an overall notice and argument that we should not think of kids as 'cute small innocents' who NEED protection as children. We laugh when kids do something immature (where we wouldn't laugh had an adult done it), do not often allow them fail (as a learning process), and, sometimes without knowing it, force them into dependence on us. Holt's notice is not that we should NOT protect children, or that we should allow them simply do as they'd like without interference; rather, he believes that that we should protect them when they'd like to be protected, offer tip in a method that leaves them free to reject it if they'd like, and be very cautious that we do not coerce kids in a method that highlights our need for them to be kids (under our control) rather than aiding with the child's e second half of the book - I think, the more substantive half - enumerates and defends ten rights Holt believes kids should have in a free society. They are:1. The right to equal treatment a the hands of the law2. The right to vote, and take full part in political affairs.3. The right to be legally responsible for one's life and acts.4. The right to work, for money.5. The right to privacy.6. The right to financial independence and responsibility7. The right to direct and manage one's own education.8. The right to travel, to live away from home, to choose or create one's own home.9. The right to keep from the state whatever minimum income it may guarantee to adults citizens.10. The right to create and enter into quasi-familial relationships outside one's immediate family-ie.11. The right to do, in general, what any adult may legally do.Holt, contra some defenders of children's rights, does not anticipate that all kids will desire all of these rights. If a kid doesn't wish to vote (as he figures most kids won't), travel, establish alternative living arrangements, or keep a primary income from the government, they shouldn't have to (in the same method adults who do not wish to publish or write choose not to exercise their freedom of press). And Holt does not assert these rights simply versus governments (that the state may not abridge the right to travel, etc), but, when necessary, versus parents (Holt is aware that kids often need protection from parental pressures not to exercise certain rights).So, as an example, Holt defends the right of a kid to determine how, by whom, and for how long, they will keep education. Holt deals with the "but won't kids just choose not to go to school" objection by suggesting that while it is possible, it is more likely that kids will simply choose to learn things they wish to learn, rather than things detached government experts believe they should learn. To the "school is a sanctuary from nasty true life that all kids should have" objection by noting that we often falsely assume that schools are often quite as nasty as "the world." To the "but won't this effect in parents forcing their kids to work rather than go to school?" objection, Holt reminds us that if each kid has the option of receiving a guaranteed primary income, they can choose to leave, not work, and go to school if they'd like. Also, Holt -even though very fuzzy in detail - believes that governments could devise laws to protect kids from this sort of parental coercion (in the same ways that there are laws versus adults forcing other adults into labor).Holt is particularly concerned with the importance of exit rights for children's (and others') freedom. Simply put, I am most free when I can exit particular social arrangements and replace them with another viable option, and am not free when I am not free to exit. Going to school is fine, but forcing students into school - allow alone a particular school - leaves the kid absolutely unfree and slave to others' decisions. As Holt writes fairly early in the book (talking about our tendency to force care upon children), "No one can truly say 'Yes' to something, be it an experience or another person's offer to live, if he cannot truly say 'No.'" Hence, the proposal to guarantee a government-provided primary income to kids who choose this option; rights to travel, search a fresh home, etc, become somewhat more difficult when the kid can only do these by risking their only source of support, the parents.Unfortunately, the book and Holt's ideas are still a bit fuzzy. First, there is very small evidence of any kind on whether kids can intelligently use freedoms like these; evidence is highly anecdotal starting with something like "An eight year old mate of mine in Boston..." So, some readers will rightly be concerned that giving five year olds the right to use (a right that has serious consequences at FIRST misuse), can only be done if we have reason to assume that kids will be somewhat responsible. Second, there are questions about whether parents must fund some of these rights: to have the right to choose their own education or travel, does that mean that parents must pay the cost of it, or must this be taken from the probably limited primary income the state provides? Third, Holt's ambivalence about the state and its role leads to a very inconclusive argument at times. He does not wish the state to administer schools, but does wish them both to provide the funding for, and regulate, personal schools, only to ruminate on the likely chance that the state will abuse this regulatory role, using it to limit educational choice and up tuition Holt's credit, he does admit that his vision of children's rights is somewhat preliminary, a suggestion to obtain a conversation going rather than a complete, exhaustive, vision. And it certainly is the former. If anything, this book is a amazing read because it allows us to contemplate (and see a possibly heretofore-not-entertaind rationale for) children's rights in a free society. Disagree with Holt, and you will have a lot to chew on here, allowing you to better think through your disagreements. Agree with Holt, and you will have some thinking to do in order to fill in info that Holt himself leaves incomplete.Either way, Holt gives us a lot to chew on.
Very nice and thought provoking read, and the authors deep respect for kids clearly shines e text is incoherent in locations which seems to be the effect of poor scanning and a lack of editing, and that is why i give it only 4 stars.
This book is fascinating and a passionate argument for the human rights of children, our blind spot. Childhood is not magic; unless you have parents who treat you as an equal and tell you the truth, parents who lead by example instead of ruling with punishment, unnatural consequences and harsh discipline. Kids have needs and rights, it's about time we started listening to the experts on being children, kids themselves. Kids are not treated as full humans, childhood doesn't cover up this fact, it makes it even clearer.
This book has really blown me away, causing me to re-think what it means to be a child, what childhood is like from the perspective of the child, and how adults treat children. Excellent, perfect book. I especially love chapter 24: The Right To Control One's Learning. The whole book is amazing though.
John Holt is a thought provoking and challenging writer. His thesis here is kind of a mess, but anyone working in education, in particular primary/secondary would do well to read this, if only to have to articulate a clear, thoughtful rejection of the work.
If every parent read John Holt's works, a lot of millions of kids would obtain to have the freedom they deserve, to follow their own passions, to dream their dreams, to live. We would stop locking our children up in buildings all day every day, pressuring them to be robots. We would stop ging them. We would begin to respect them again."Schools" as we have them arranged on a mass scale are just jails, it was real when Holt first published, and it is so much worse now. FREE THE CHILDREN.
"My Heart Transplant for Your Amusement" by Vince Clews The essence of this book is Vince's story about his heart condition and the obstacles he had to overcome to create the transplant happen; but, it also a love story of Vince's love for his wife, Carol. That love is evidenced in his accolades describing her faithful attendance to his every need, demonstrating what it means to vow, "I will love you and honor you all he days of your life". This is a amazing read and makes one admire the Clews for the tenacity they demonstrated in overcoming the continued frustrations of this rollercoaster ride. I would suggest a various title ~ as I was not amused! I might suggest, "My Heart Transplant: A Good-Humored Look at a Life in Crisis". It is amazing read and I love a guy who watches The Meal Channel to see Barefoot Contessa and Giada with cleavage showing.
I really enjoyed this book, and read it in 2 sittings. The author was a courageous young woman and I'm amazed what she accomplished in such a short life. It is written in a pleasant conversational method that I felt like I knew her a bit when I e one thing I [email protected]#$%! had was a more in depth study of the authors family (Theresa also had a sister who had CF, and died a few years after she did). Her family went on to have a few more kids (were her parents aware of the risk?) after her and her sister were diagnosed. I was also curious to how it affected them emotionally, I want maybe her parents could have touched on this a bit more, just because it was so interesting I would have loved to know more, particularly how her sister struggled as well.I also recommend Breathing for a Living by Laura Rothenburg, my favorite book.
Amazing short story of how Transformers impacted and shaped the life of a young boy. It definitely gave me one of those feel amazing smiles as I remember toys such as, G.I. Joe, Construx, and Pop-Up taking up hours of my days stuck at home after school was out.
I can completely relate to the author when it comes to my childhood memories of Transformers. Though his experience is unique, there were several things that sounded just like me when I was growing up in the 80's. For example, finding your Christmas bonuses early and checking them out when your parents weren't around. I remember getting two Transformers figures one year (I believe it was 1984). They were Decepticons called Thundercracker (F-15 jet) and Soundwave (Tape recorder/player). I carefully unwrapped them, removed the figures, played with them for a few minutes, and neatly returned them to their original boxes (making sure to wrap them how they were before so no one would detect my tampering). I absolutely loved the cartoon, and I also read the comics. I used to walk to the local convenient store/gas station to buy the comics. Those were the days when comic books were stacked on a rotating rack, which you almost never see nowadays. My dad, who passed in December of 2011, brought me to my first comic shop back in the 80's. I remember wanting to collect back problems (the first several problems in the series) since I hadn't started reading the [email protected]#$%!&il the second year of publication. Thankfully, the shop had all of the problems I wanted, and I currently have the complete Marvel collection (through problem #80). I also have a large toy collection. Though I have some of the vintage 80's figures, most of my collection consists of re-issues, etc., which I plan to pass down to my son one day. A couple of other things the author mentions that I have fond memories of are those amazing 80's department stores, as well as the Transformers talk on the school playground. Whether it was Best, Ames, Total, Kay Bee Toys, or Toys-R-Us, I was constantly searching for Transformers figures. In terms of school, I was in the fifth grade at the time, and I remember one child had the entire Devastator set (six construction robots that formed one giant robot). I was so jealous! My favorite Transformer was an Autobot named Hound (a green military-type jeep). A child in my class claimed to have Hound, so I gave him a couple of my Transformers in exchange/trade for him. Unfortunately, I never did obtain Hound in return. He always had an excuse for not bringing it. Though I ultimately received other figures in exchange (like Wheeljack and Silverstreak), they weren't quite the same. In any event, I absolutely loved those days as a kid. Transformers were (and continue to be) my favorite. Nothing brings back amazing childhood memories like those robots in disguise.
My husband's best mate has Cystic Fibrosis and that initially led me to read this book. Our long-standing friendship with him has led me to a passable knowledge concerning this disease, but I looked forward to reading this book and gaining fresh is book was very well written and informative, not just about the physical trials of this disease, but also about the continual shifting of emotional perceptions and reactions to all aspects of life while battling a chronic and fatal illness.Overall, I found this book to be a brutally honest acc of one woman's struggle with a disease...however, I think that this is an accurate portrayal of her struggle in the time period in which she was raised. Reading this opened up a very detailed discussion with our friend, whose experiences have been related in some ways but vastly various in other ways. Teresa's acc is largely laced with frustration, anger and bitterness at her treatment, others reactions and to her disease in general.Our mate and his experiences have been much more optimistic and I accredit this to his facing the disease one decade later than Teresa. This has led me to two conclusions about the timing of her life and the writing of this book. First, that she wrote it in her early twenties, during a time in life when a lot of of us having just become adults are still settling into ourselves. This may have contributed largely to the general negativity in the book.But also, I felt it somewhat hopeful for the disease in general, that though Teresa had to face such inadequate and uninformed health care, that in such a short time CF has come so far. Of course it still has a ways to go, but a lot of of her experiences are now obsolete because research and knowledge have increased at a continually growing e other well-known book about CF (Alex, the Life of a Child) is told from a mourning father and I found to be decidedly tragic and emotionally draining and this book seems to have a much more even and pragmatic approach.I would hesitate to recommend this book to parents facing a newly diagnosed child, only because I feel, after speaking at length with our friend, that the research is moving so steadily forward that this book, thankfully, seems soon to be an inaccurate representation of the face of CF today. Although the emotional and social problems addressed will undoubtedly remain relevant.
Teresa's book about her life is excellent. She's a strong-willed, brilliant person who conveys her experiences without a tip of self-pity. She's articulate and honest, and she opened my eyes to the shortcomings of preventative medicine and its neglect of those who are already living with disease. She also reminded me that you can't take a break from fighting injustice. Every day she fought it, through exhaustion and other people's ignorance. Teresa seems to have had a tireless spirit, and I hope this book helps people remember to continue Teresa's war versus medical complacency and the marginalization of chronically ill people.
As a Transformers fan, I'm always interested in seeing how other people were introduced to the fandom, and what created them love these giant robots from outer zone so much. I've even been tempted to write a book about my own experiences with the fans and following surrounding the franchise. I wasn't aware another fan had chronicled their experiences as a book until this popped up in my "other books you might like" feed (I blame buying and leaving a review for Dan Gilvezan's "Bumblebee and Me" regarding his work on the original show...). I was curious to see what experiences another fan would share, and so, despite usually not shelling out cash for e-books (I go for freebies or borrow them from my library's website), I paid the 99 cents for this one.I understand that 99 cents is phenomenally cheap for an e-book, but I still feel cheated on this one. While not outright BAD, it's really not worth the largest beef with this "e-book" -- I use the term loosely because it's really more of an e-pamphlet -- is that there's really nothing of note here. Author Charles Smith talks about how he found Transformers as a kid, how he excitedly collected them, and then... nothing. I was hoping for there to be more of a story. Did his interest fade over time, only to be rekindled by the fresh movies/shows? Did he like or dislike any of the other incarnations of the series, such as Beast Wars, Armada, Animated, the "War For Cybertron" video games, or the Dreamwave or IDW comics? (At least the live-action films obtain a brief mention, though he doesn't give much opinion on them...) Does he have a favorite character? Is he involved in the fandom at all now?There could be any number of possibilities for a longer story, but the author seems to have decided that just ten pages is enough. It's more of a blog post than a book, really. I just feel like he could have expanded this to be so, as other reviewers have pointed out, he does create some mistakes. I found a few spelling/grammar errors that really should have been caught before this was released, and yes, Bluestreak wasn't named Silverstreak until almost two decades after his release, most likely due to copyright conflicts. Perhaps he forgot the name of the hero and looked up the current name instead of the original name? All the same, this error could have been caught by a proofreader.While it was nice to learn the story of how a fellow fan grew to love the Transformers universe, I really feel silly for having paid cash to hear said story, especially given that it was lacking so much in substance. It probably would have served better as a blog post, or a single chapter of a larger story.
This book is about one Transformers's fan's introduction to the globe of "robots in disguise". As a fan, it brought back memories of the first time I played with a Transformer, and the awe I felt, and still feel, today. It's a fast read, took me about 30 minutes.