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I saw the review in a scientific journal and I thought it might be a fun read. It really was. Totally enjoyable. Not terribly advanced in terms of biology, but I found the content and especially the interviews with people in the 'algae business' quite educational. Highly recommended.
I chose this book for my high school sophomore science book club based on a few references to it on podcasts. I was not sorry. Although the book covers a lot of serious science subjects, the material is presented in an interesting and engaging manner. I have had several lively discussions with my students, who are learning a lot of necessary facts- not only about living organisms they have not thought much about before, but also about the impacts of climate change and population growth on that life. The book also addresses technologies involving these organisms that may play a key role in our future comfort and survival. I will recommend this to colleagues, mates and students.
This book really has it all for those interested in how algae fit into the geosciences, environmental sciences and even engineering. Kassinger has a talent for presenting a range of content like the origins of life, sustainable meal sources and energy in a manner that is easily intellectually digestible. Not to mention some amazing info on algae as an option for fine dining.
This was a quick and enjoyable read. The author hops all over the globe to interview people who are harvesting, raising, processing, and engineering algae for a host of necessary uses, some of which could have a measurable impact in slowing climate change.
This is a book that everyone should read. I am a 70-year-old liberal white woman, and the things I should have known but didn't are sprinkled throughout this book. There's a lot of talk about rap and hip-hop in here, and I know small about it, but that doesn't matter. The essays about melody speak to so a lot of other things that are necessary that I couldn't place it down. I intend to give it as bonuses to some people whom I feel need it the most.
I first discovered Abdurraqib's work via his twitter feed. I was thrilled to be able to purchase a volume of his essays to read in print, a lot of of which predate my discovery of his work online. This book is FULL of essays and I really believe there is something for everyone in here. The breadth of Abdurraquib's tastes, interests, and insights is truly remarkable. The essays about my own private favorites like Serena Williams and Carly Rae Jepsen still managed to surprise me, and I search myself nodding along to essays about artists I don't even listen to. To categorize this as a book of melody criticism is both accurate and inadequate. Abdurraqib uses melody as a vantage point through which to examine and interrogate the globe he lives in, and I continue to be inspired by how deeply he feels both the melody and that world. Anyone who reads this book is fortunate to have the possibility to see the globe through his eyes and to feel it through his words.
This was one of my very favorite books of 2017, and it's the one that's stayed with me the most as I live, work, drive, and rest in Columbus, Ohio. The essays evoke and make this put while offering so much to readers outside of it: essays bringing together the private and the critical (and showing us the ways in which they are the same) through locating melody in put and so, I love this book as an object. The layout and cover are stunning--Two Dollar Radio makes gorgeous books. You will wish to have and keep this one.
Amazing essays. The writer’s method of weaving autobiography into his melody essays (on everyone from The Weeknd to My Chemical Romance) appeals to me greatly—isn’t that how we process music? through the lens of our own experience?—and the more strictly autobiographical essays are no less compelling. “My First Police Stop” is an especially poignant acc of the first in a series of bogus police stops would create Abdurraqib feel. So there are searing meditations on being black in America, but this pleasingly restless collection aims to offer that and much more. Scream out to 2 Dollar Radio, the amazing little press who published this book and a lot of other beautifully designed indie gems in latest years.
How is it he can write essays about things I am not into that I cannot stop reading? The subject is not always up my alley, but the profound wisdom with which he examines the globe around him is amazing. His writing makes essays about Carly Rae Jepsen transcendent. I never ever thought I would say that! He is a definitive voice I will follow for the rest of his writing career.
This is probably the only book I’ve bought this year that was the effect of an intriguing cover photo capturing my eye, an interesting description on the flap, and then a risk taken on an author I’d never heard of before. It turned out to be maybe my favorite read so far this year. Abdurraqib’s essays meander artfully between commentary on music, autobiography, and robust feminist commentary on race, gender, (drifting far from) religion, and the contemporary state of affairs in the USA. With amazing sincerity and skill, he dances between seemingly disparate topics, making profound and unexpectedly meaningful connections. Beautifully, compellingly, and refreshingly written. A joy to read.
I never thought I would read an essay about Carly Rae Jepsen that felt profound, but along came this book. Abdurraquib has a method of zooming out on pop melody and pointing a critical eye toward its role in the zeitgeist. The cover is dope, the essays are personal, and I am desperately waiting for a crossover between Abdurraqib and Anthony Fantano so they can tell me exactly what to think about every album I listen to for the next 30 years of my life.
Best method to read this poetically written book is to listen to the songs he focuses on in each chapter. Not only does it bring an added depth to his writing, but brings to life the artists and melody that got you through your life. I loved this book....
Hanif managed to combine a plethora of tirelessly crafted opinions on the method melody never dies & a culture lives on as well. His takes are deeply revelatory of himself in a method that opens itself up to view trauma in a new away. They are also an awesome display of resiliency that have concrete merit in an abstract way
Reading about relationships trying to survive after the first rush of passion can be hit or miss. Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy hit it out of the park with Us. I loved seeing Jamie and Wes trying to create life work together in spite of all the obstacles which come at a fresh relationship while people are trying to fit themselves together for the first time. I loved how natural and true things felt while I was reading their story's continuing adventures.Jamie was a guy I'd never imagine having to deal with depression only why shouldn't he? Depression isn't something isolated to only specific people. I've been clinically depressed most of my life regardless of my circumstances. It's not unfair to say a guy who wound up in a hospital twice in a row after having never really been sick a day in his life would feel down about it. He about broke my heart with how worthless he was feeling while he was trying to obtain better.I know those feels. Being sick sucks.Wes did break my heart a small with his casual dismissal of his father's callousness and his undying love for Jamie who he simply could not fix when he was sick. I understood his helplessness all too well. The people we love shouldn't ever obtain sick. We should be able to do it for them. It'd be easier that way. I loved his interviews and his attempts to bond with his team. I was so thrilled with how things fell together for him in the end so he was proven wrong about how poor it'd be to be "The First Out NHL Player" since sometimes? I just wish a satisfied ending even if it's not totally realistic.I feel as if Jamie and Wes are getting that forever-happy-ending which I was worried they wouldn't manage. It's been a amazing ride and I can't wait to read more in their universe even if their story is told at this point. I'd recommend this duet to anyone who loves a amazing romance, friends-to-lovers, or people who like a small realism in their fiction since life can be messy but it's the messy parts which often create it the most beautiful.
Us is the sequel of Him. It is not a standalone, so you need to read Him ve months have passed since Jamie and Wes became a couple and are living together in Toronto. Wes is living his dream. He got his man, the guy he has loved since he was 13 years old, and is experiencing a unbelievable rookie year in the NHL. Their one huge issue is, they need to hide their relationship from the world. That was the plan after all, but some things are easier said than done.Jamie is in love with Wes and completely committed to making their relationship work, but hiding is something he is not familiar with. It is really messing with his head. When Blake, Wes’s teammate moves to their apartment building, things obtain a small more hectic because he’s always there, trying to hang out. Hiding the real nature of their relationship gets really hard, and Blake’s constant presence prevents them of spending quality time together as a couple, and they have to hide in their own home, too. Also, their travel schedules don’t always metimes love is not enough to create a relationship work, and all these unexpected complications are taking their toll on them. They will have to search a method to communicate and create things work until they are ready to be begin about their relationship, but sharing their fears and doubts can be really difficult, and things rarely go according to plan.I loved Us. It’s a unbelievable sequel to Him. Basically because you can never have too much Wesmie in your life. If anything, you’ll wish more. But it was excellent because when a story ends, you imagine they will live happily ever after, but relationships are hard. It was very interesting to see them as a couple, dealing with relationship problems. The method the story unfolds is perfect, the situations they have to go through, and the method they deal with them are realistic. Their feelings and thoughts are consistent with who they are, the Wes and Jamie we fell in love with. And then there’s Blake. Oh man, Blake! He is hilarious and such a sweetie. So over the top! In the end, it is a unbelievable book. I loved everything about always, the writing is exceptional. Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen should hold writing together because when they do, magic occurs.
Ryan Wesley and Jamie Canning’s story continues in Us. At the end of Him, Wes and Jamie’s friendship turned into so much more. Now they are together as a couple.Wes is having a amazing year as a rookie in the NHL and Jamie is along for the ride, coaching a young adult/youth league in Toronto so they can be together. They’re together, but things are still hidden. Because of how well Wes’s year is going, coming out and having a large media thing isn’t what he wants. So for now, it’s staying quiet. And that’s not simple on Jamie. There was a small bit of drama and conflict in this book, but I never once doubted the love that my boys had for each other. I love the two of them and their relationship. I love the emotion, the steam, and the method they are mates first. Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen really shine when writing together. Their styles compliment one another. I’ve adored both books in this series. And the audio. OMG I said it in my Him review, but it stands to be repeated- the audio for these books is INCREDIBLE! The narrator for Wes (Jacob Morgan) is everything! I love his narration for Wes. It’s just so great! This series is one you don’t wish to miss out on! I’m so satisfied I created the time to listen.
Audiobook ReviewOverall: 5 starsNarration: 5+ starsStory: 5 starsAbsolutely loved it! #Wesmie FOREVER! I'm embarrassed that it took me this long to listen/read Us (especially since I've read both books in the spin off WAGS series), but it was everything I could have hoped for and more. Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton are two of my very favorite narrators and they truly shine in this duet. They completely embody Wes and Jamie and bring a vulnerability and passion to both of these characters. Morgan is sinfully sexy as Ryan Wesley, but he also guts you with his wonderful performance. You can hear every quiver in his voice and the desperation and grief are almost palpable. Hamilton also gives a stellar performance as Jamie, portraying all the confusion, frustration, and anger so well as Jamie struggles to search his put in this fresh city, fresh job, and fresh relationship. There really couldn't have been two better narrators for this picks up beautiful much where Him left off and listeners/readers are able to witness the triumphs and struggles of this fresh couple. The happily every after is tested and it's the honest portrayal of these stumbles and missteps that create this story and its characters so endearing. I think everyone can relate to at least some of the fears and insecurities these two face and it only makes the story more powerful. Add in an awesome and hilarious cast of secondary characters (oh, Blakey I love you so!) and of course the ever wonderful Canning clan, and you have beautiful much a excellent book. I loved Ryan's teammates (green gingham forever!) and I already know that I will be doing a re-read/listen of Amazing Boy and Stay. There isn't much else I can say about the story that hasn't been said before, but this truly is such a unbelievable love story. This duet is worth a hundred credits! Don't miss it!
I have some mixed feelings, but overall I really liked it. And I couldn’t place it down because I am so incredibly drawn to the relationship between Jamie and Wes. I’m fairly certain I would happily read 20 more books about these characters. But my first instinct is that it wasn’t *quite* as amazing as Him. Partly that's because I didn’t care for the ending (more on that below), so my final impression wasn’t as amazing as my feelings about it during the rest of the read.I loved that the story was a true evolution. The MCs had fresh challenges, and I especially appreciated that there was no angsty insecurity about each other’s feelings. They weren’t always totally confident in the relationship itself, understandable with what they were going through, but there was no annoying “does he really love me” bs when it was clear that had already been established.I really liked the plot, actually even better than in Him. Wes and Jamie are living together, closeted, in Toronto during Wes’ rookie season in the pros. The story was told well, including some real problems that this scenario would bring up — not just professionally, but also the strain on the Him, I felt Wes jump off the page more than Jamie, but in Us I felt the opposite. I REALLY dug the added depth to Jamie here… I loved seeing him imperfect, even though it was uncomfortable to be him sometimes as he dealt with the challenges in his life. And some (not all) of the SCs were also strong. Highlights were Blake, Jamie's mom, and the smaller heartwarming part of ere wasn’t as much sex as in book 1, but what was there was still hot, and this dial back also felt like the right evolution. They were not brand fresh to each other anymore, but they still had awesome chemistry, so things got all steamy from time to time. No complaints here. But the writers didn’t gratuitously force those scenes in, which would have ruined it. One of the things that created Him so hot was the depth of their history/relationship — but sans sappiness. It wasn’t ever JUST about the animal magnetism, and that conveyed here too.I was fine with the method the book ended from a storyline perspective, but I didn’t like the writing as much during the latest 10% or so. It felt phoned in, too cliche, too fake. Too much telling-not-showing, the magical appearance of all this extended help system, too much of everything falling into place.
Updated for audiobook 06/19/2017 (and BEWARE this review includes some spoilers for HIM (Book 1):I've had the audio for this for a while, but haven't listened because 1. I was sort of disappointed in the story (my fault - see review below) and 2. I am not a huge fan of dual narration and getting multiple narrator hero voices for the same ever, I had bought this and it was sitting in my audio library mocking me, and I didn't have anything else to listen to that was grabbing my attention so I thought, "Why not?"And...I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed the narration. It didn't change the method I felt about the story overall, but I did have a amazing time listening.4 Stars for the audio!**~~**~~**~~**~~**~~**~~**~~**~~**~~**~~So, my initial disappointment in this story is entirely my own see, my interpretation of the end of HIM - oh wait, SPOILER ALERT if you haven't read HIM - turn away! - was that since Wes's coaches, squad owners, and PR guy knew about him being gay that he would be discreet around town, but be out with his teammates, etc. like he'd been in college. Not so the t only is Wes firmly in the closet to his teammates and the globe at large, but he's dragged not good Jamie into the closet with him. Jamie is not introduced as the love of Wes's life, as his partner, but rather his "roommate", and Wes is determined to hold his orientation and his relationship with Jamie under wraps until after his rookie season so the media doesn't create everything about his sex life, but focuses on his playing. And his playing is fantastic! He's having the kind of rookie year hockey players dream about and pray for. Professionally, things couldn't be looking better. But the pressure is ever show and the extended time away from Jamie is starting to chafe.Jamie, on the other hand, is having a hard time having moved to a various country and climate than what he's used to, being without his close knit family around, being alone most of the time as Wes is constantly on the road, and having to hide their relationship when Wes is home like Jamie is a dirty small secret that no one can know of by keeping their relationship entirely within the walls of their apartment, and to top it off, Jamie begins having a hard time at his job when another coach displays a seriously bigoted and racist l of this wouldn't be so hard except neither Jamie, nor Wes, is communicating with each other about what's event in their lives. They're basically just trying to obtain through the next few months of Wes's rookie season with the hope that it will all soon be over and they can stop hiding. But they aren't really talking to each other, and it's taking a true toll on their relationship.But you know the truth always comes out, and when it does it creates even more tension between the rsonally, I was frustrated by the first three-quarters of the story. Well, frustrated might be generous, to tell the truth I was p***ed. I felt like all the good, happy, warm feelings I had from HIM were washed away in this ocean of doubt, miscommunication, and unnecessary angst. It was only the final quarter of the story that got the boys back on track and got me back to my satisfied place.And all of that is completely my own fault. Because I built up a HEA at the end of HIM that wasn't reality and was then disappointed in the method it was turned around for US. That's not the book's fault. It's e reality of this story is it's really about a fresh relationship and a learning curve. The boys love each other just as much and they grow in their relationship, learning to communicate, and being there for one ough it didn't keep the same excitement and wonder for me that I had for HIM, in the end this follow-up has romance, sexy times, humor, some hurt/comfort, and more Jamie and Wes. And that's always a amazing thing.
I liked Wes a small better in this installment of the Bowen/Kennedy hockey series. Amazing writing, one thing flows into another for the beleaguered partners-roommates-friends. The secondary characters were colorful, especially Blake, the good-natured but interfering teammate. He came across as a huge puppy. There was an incident where he assumed too much, though, and Wes could have said something. Even mere roommates hang out with each other, especially if they’ve been mates for a while. What the heck? That was aggravating for me as a reader.While sex is a thing, there was too much of it - practically every time these two touch, they end up having sex unless they’re angry at each other. Sure, they’re prime athletes in their twenties, but...yawn. Yeah, yawn. When I skim the sex scenes, it’s too much and I’m not feeling much emotion there. Mostly more of the same. So, decent story, when the sex hasn’t taken it over, and I like the characters.
More Jamie, more Wes. How can you go wrong? Us is the direct sequel to Him, one of my favorite MM romance novels ever. With that high of a bar, there are so a lot of ways that Us could have been a disappointment, but in this case, thankfully, the authors did everything right this time too!The novel starts about six months after Wes and Jamie move in together in Toronto, and Wes is (naturally) having a rookie NHL season for the record books. As they planned, they're still keeping their relationship quiet until the end of the season so that Wes can be judged for his skills not his love life, but the decision is definitely taking its toll, and since when does anything ever go according to plan? One of Wes's teammates, Blake, moves into the same complex, and despite being a hard guy to hate, he's adding even more tension to Wes and Jamie's relationship just by being in proximity. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that it isn't long before the carefully laid plans unravel general, I'm always apprehensive about direct sequels for a few reasons. One, my favorite part of a romance is all the firsts: the looks, the touches and kisses, the sex, the realization of love. If these are already done in the first book, that already makes any direct sequel begin on a bit of a downer for me. Two, direct sequels tend to exist to resolve a cliffhanger, and I truly despise cliffhangers in romance because they seem to be used as a method to break up a perfectly amazing 100K-word novel into multiple too-short novellas so the publishers can create more cash off the pieces. And three, there are just so a lot of ways the author can screw up the magic that existed in the original book.Looking at Us, I'll begin with the third point first. Thank God the authors did not screw up the chemistry between Jamie and Wes... I probably would have had to drive my semi up to Vermont and knock on every door in the state trying to search out why if they had. As far as problem #2, there was no cliffhanger in Him, and both books are amply long, so no issue here either. That, of course, leaves the first issue, and just like in a true relationship, there's not much you can do about it. Fortunately, Jamie and Wes are a believable couple, and the fresh pressures and situations the authors place their relationship in throughout this sequel are realistic (though the resolutions might be a touch on the really-best-case-scenario side, but it's a romance, so I can't really fault that), and they let for some unbelievable hero growth both individually and for them as a couple. Except for the (understandable) lack of firsts, this book hit all the right buttons for me: a chest full of warm fuzzies upon completion was a amazing method to go to bed afterwards.Overall, I loved Us, though just a teensy smidge less than Him, only because of what it can't have in it. And that's why I rate it only as a 4.5 stars instead of the full 5 that Him got. Even so, it's absolutely a must-read, but create sure you read them in order, because this book won't create sense without the back story.And as far as Blake is concerned, he gets the spot as my #2 favorite secondary hero in a romance of all time, behind Petey in J.F. Smith's Latakia. Blake is a total ham, but when things obtain rough, he's just perfect... can't support but love the guy! Though perhaps I should not refer to Blake as a secondary… the authors have already announced there will be a third story in this series, and this time it will be an MF spin-off featuring Blake. I can't wait!
Us is a sequel to Him, one of my favorite reads latest year, which focused on two long-time mates discovering that there is much more than friendship in their future. I adored that story due to the development of the two main characters and how strong their romance was depicted. It also didn't damage that there was a sports theme which is definitely my , when I learned that there would be a sequel, I was excited and a small hesitant. I wanted to spend more time with Wes and Jamie, but I was worried about whether it could live up to the unbelievable Him. While Us didn't grab me as tightly as its prequel, I still found it to be entertaining and emotional. The authors do a amazing job of helping readers remember why we fell in love with Wes and Jamie in the first put and showed that getting that satisfied ending takes focuses on Wes and Jamie's lives in Toronto after college. Wes is in his rookie year as a professional hockey player while Jamie is a youth hockey coach. Due to Wes's position as a newbie to the league, it was decided that they would hold their relationship a secret from the public for just one year. Unfortunately, complications arise during this time that force them both to re-evaluate their situation and whether their romance can withstand it.I really liked the method that the story focused evenly on Wes and Jamie's problems. Wes is dealing with having a public persona that doesn't completely match his real self though he would like it to. He hates keeping Jamie a secret, can't wait to tell people the truth, but is also worried about how people will react. This situation is not helped when one of his teammates moves into the same building and decides that he will be Wes and Jamie's constant companion. On the other side, Jamie is dealing with the fact that his fresh coaching position isn't the dream he thought it would be. His squad is struggling and he begins to wonder if he is the reason. It also doesn't support that one of his colleagues has a tendency to spout off hateful, homophobic remarks at the drop of a hat.Even though Wes's problems are the more public, I felt like the authors created sure not to lessen the impact of Jamie's situation. These are two strong-willed people who are trying to figure out how to create a life together while still retaining their independence. Their relationship goes through major tests in this story and they both feel guilty about it. There are communication problems and, while that usually annoys me in romance, I understood the purpose here. Each of them is going through items and they don't wish to create that a huge deal so they just go through life trying to pretend everything is okay.I don't wish to say much more about Us to avoid spoilers, but I do wish to emphasize how much I enjoyed reading it. The characterization of Wes and Jamie was consistent with how they were depicted in the prequel and I felt like I learned even more about them. I admired how much they care for one another and there are a lot of scenes that showcase that even amid all the chaos. I really hope Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy will continue writing in this globe because I would love for more about these guys as well as Wes's annoying, but well-meaning teammate Blake.
Us is a contemporary m/m romance novel by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. It’s the second book in their Him/Us duology. I listened to the Audible edition of Him earlier this year, but only recently got around to listening to e story picks up a couple of months after the happenings of Him. Jamie and Wes are living together in Toronto- Jamie works as a coach for an elite youth hockey team, and Wes is a rookie for the city’s NHL team. However, they are living as roommates because Wes isn’t ready to be an openly gay professional athlete. Their luxurious apartment is their sanctuary, but that changes when one of Wes’ boisterous teammates moves into the building. He wants to hang out all the time, and it’s becoming harder and harder for Wes and Jamie to hold their relationship a secret. Is this a sustainable plan for them or will it tear them apart?This was such a unbelievable book. When Jamie and Wes first realized that they were more than friends, they were working together at hockey camp. It’s a rather contained environment, so it’s interesting to see how they function as a couple in the true world. It isn’t working well for them because they can’t be together as a couple; the fear of being outed is a constant threat. It doesn’t support that Wes is often traveling with the hockey team, so they don’t even obtain to spend time together for days at a time. Jamie appears content to be working as a coach (versus playing on a team), so there aren’t any jealousy problems on that front, but he’s definitely frustrated. The frustration grows to resentment, and this serves as the crux of the conflict.I would absolutely recommend Us. Readers need to begin with Him to fully appreciate Jamie and Wes’ history together. There’s a nice blend of light moments and angst. Jamie and Wes have amazing chemistry, and their scenes together are very well done. As I mentioned, I listened to the Audible editions of both books in the duology. Narrators Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan did a amazing job, and gave their characters a special voice. I’m looking forward to reading more from Bowen and Kennedy in the future!
I feel like I haven't eaten in a month and Charles Martin sends me a banquet. Send down the Rain is one of his very best. I loved the characters and their interaction with one another. The only disappointment in the book came when I finished it. God surely blessed Mr. Martin with his awesome storytelling ability and we are then blessed with his story. And now, starvation again, until his next book. Thank you Charles Martin, please write faster. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
Like other reviewers here I have read all of Charles Martin's books. The man is simply amazing, classic Martin. And also like others, I read it all in one day. Yes that good. 'Course I'm retired and have the time, but I suspect I would have read late into the night if not. There are so a lot of things to commend this book: exceptional story telling, engaging characters, plot twists and surprises, internal and external conflicts, love, sacrifice, forgiveness, redemption. I would say the story is bittersweet but the resolution is handled tenderly and with amazing care. Having been in college during the Vietnam war, and having witnessed the unconscionable method our soldiers were treated upon arriving home, this story is heartwrenching indeed. I thank the author for honoring these well-deserving men and women. Quality story, quality plot, quality writing.
This book had my brain and my heart on a roller coaster! My first thought was dang : Charles went secular again, with no God (and no hope) in his story at all. Then, as the intent was revealed, the allegory to the Greatest Sacrifice became clearer. I know a ton of people saw this as fantastic, heartwarming storytelling. Others saw a real tribute to those who fought valiantly in ‘Nam but returned to shame. A lot of read this as a lasting-love story. But it’s much more than that, and I am thankful Martin has gone back to honoring God with his amazing gifts.
Having read all Mr Martin’s books, I was semi prepared to be disappointed, because they all can’t be winners. I guess I’ll have to wait for the next one, as Send Down the Rain is excellent! It should be read by all of us who were in the military during the 60’s an early 70’s. However it appeals to all ages as well.Highly recommended!
Absolutely gut wrenching at one point. I can't imagine the emotional toll it took to write this story. Got the book this morning and finished it tonight. Had a very hard time putting it down. The characters came to life for me and, I was so invested in the story, I had to search out what happened next. Thank you Charles Martin for writing the books you do. They cause me to have to digest them when I finish. This is no different. The life themes are true and we are forced to think about that at the end of the book.We may not have experienced the things the characters in the book have but we can all relate. Read it, you won't be sorry!
This is a story that kept me reading for hours. His ability to capture human emotions Is second to no other author. With the millions of stories written today filled with sex, drugs, demons, and vampires, Charles Martin managed to come up with a story that is heart-warming and intriguing . I won't spoil this story by revealing too much of the plot as a lot of reviewers do. If you are a Charles Martin fan, you won't be disappointed.
A fresh novel by Charles Martin is an event. He’s a grand storyteller, one of the nest writing today. He tells stories, and his characters tell stories. It doesn’t matter if it’s broken kids trying to survive, or broken adults trying to survive a plane crash in winter mountains or the pain of life, or a husband still trying to present a dying wife how much he loves her. Charles Martin tells stories of the human heart, the broken human heart ultimately touched by grace.“Send Down the Rain,” Martin’s recent published work, is a grand story, and then some. Joseph Burns is 62, a Vietnam veteran. He went to Vietnam as a teen, did two tours, and was involved in unique operations all over Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. He doesn’t have to talk about those unique ops; he still has nightmares in his seph lives in a cabin with his dog Roscoe in the mountains of North Carolina. He hears a child’s shout and goes to investigate. A woman and her two children, all illegal immigrants, are trying to escape a Mexican drug lord, right there in North Carolina. Joseph tells them to wait in his cabin, while he leaves for a while. He comes back with the drug lord’s knife. The police later search his body tied in the back of a pickup truck.He helps the woman search her brother in Florida, not far from where he and his brother Bobby grew up at Cape San Blas, a coastal peninsular in the Panhandle. He and his brother don’t see each other; they occasionally talk. Bobby is a U.S. Senator, a decorated battle hero, living the stereotype of the strong Southern U.S. Senator with connections all over Washington D.C. and the U.S. military. Someone else lives at Cape San Blas – Allie, the girl next door, the one Joseph loves and the one who loved Joseph.When Joseph came home from his first tour, he arrived just in time to see Allie and Bobby getting married. He considered killing his brother; instead, he returned for a second bby and Allie have been long divorced, and Allie is remarried to a truckdriver, man who has just incinerated himself in a tractor-trailer explosion right at Cape San seph is still in love with Allie. First loves aren’t easily cast aside, at least for Joseph. But there are complications, a lot of complications. And Joseph Burns is going to confront the demons, true and imagined, pursuing arles Martin doesn’t write poor stories, or even mediocre ones. He writes about recognizable people, people we know or think we know. “Send Down the Rain” is filled with these recognizable people, broken and searching for grace, and possibly finding redemption.
Not one of my favorites by this author. The story style is recognizable--a powerful man with problems loves and is loved by a woman in problem and along the way, he rescues anyone in need, finally coming clean with his problem and making things right with his lady love. I didn't always search this story entirely believable, but I did have fun the cast of characters and rooted for the character to overcome the poor guys. I found it a small confusing as the author brought in various threads of the stories. But the notice when the truth comes out makes a amazing Aha! moment and drives home another truth of faith. It's not one I'll read again, but I'll definitely look forward to the next book by this author.
I couldn't place this book down. Triggered all my emotions: empathy, anger, rage, disgust, love, redemption, and more. Very well written mystery with lots of local color. One of the best good/evil renditions ever and kept my interest all the method through a lot of surprising twists and turns. Highly recommend this author and this book. Was sorry to see it end. He just keeps them coming.
I read every book Charles Martin writes and reread and listen on audio a lot of times over. Every book seems richer than the one before. I really did not think Water From My Heart could be beat. Still one of my most favorite but this one is as good. His books take me into my heart and hears the heart of those in the story. It is always a journey to read. My first few chapters I thought 'I'm not sure I can read this". But I pushed on and often felt I required to turn back and look and see if I missed something. However I just kept reading and resisting to look back until the book was complete. When I finished this one, my soul felt every hit especially Vietnam Vets. My husband was one and it took him 10 yrs into our marriage to share one word about his experience. This book just isn't a book to read and place aside and go to another book, it is one to ponder, pray about and allow it touch your heart and really let yourself to obtain in touch with the people who have fought every war and laid down their very lives so we can have a Nation like ours. Charles you obtain deeper and richer in every book you write. I was undone and sat on my patio groaning in a depth of grief, love and sorrow for Vietnam Vets and later every other branch of the service and their families and how much John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" took on fresh meaning. I cannot wait to read this one again and again. Thank you for the bonus you share Charles Martin. Well done!!!
Witty, engaging and hopeful. This well crafted book provides a solid glimpse into the interesting history about how we have mistreated and mismanaged our most precious natural resources- as well as hope for the future through chronicling the grassroots efforts and those working tirelessly to bring our rivers back to healthy freeflowing form. I live in a community where (through much funding and hard work) a long neglected section of the Ogden River is returning to it's natural glory and breathing life and hope for the future back to a long blighted area. As an elected official, I think this book should be needed reading for anyone involved with policy problems facing our waterways.
Rivers have defined the growth of America, and have suffered from it with pollution, diversions, overuse, and dams. McCool's book has amazing stories of people who are working to restore our American rivers to function and beauty. A amazing read.
i hated this book. i have no idea why people praise it so much. i decided to read it because i saw it ranked highly in entertainment magazine. i really tried to like it. i really e huge problem: i cant tell the two characters apart. the story is from the perspective of two boys who fall in love, but i could never know who is who. like “is this the child with the ex boyfriend or the child with the job internship or what?” i never knew. because of this, i never connected to either of the boys. if they died i literally wouldnt be sad. i felt no connection to so, arthur (one of the two main characters) is a toxic and jealous person. beautiful much all the cheap drama in the story is about how he’s jealous of bens exboyfriend and he’s having himself small pity parties. and ben is always like “sorry” and theres no reason to be sorry hes just feeding arthurs toxic so, the book is sporting so a lot of pop culture references that it feels like theyre shoving it down our throats. maybe i’m just a small biased because i despise musicals and that is much of what ben and arthur obsess about, but they repeatedly mention multiple pop culture things and it gets insanely e book also moves too slow. it took 200 pages for ben and arthur to begin dating. TWO HUNDRED!! THATS HALF THE BOOK!! also, the ending was dragged out and i kept expecting to turn the page and see the acknowledgements but it just kept going, just kept stabbing me again and again.i tried to have fun this book. i really, really did. i read the whole thing despite being bored the whole time. i actually hoped someone would die so it would obtain interesting. i want i had never decided to read it. a lot of people seem to have fun it, so maybe you will too, but heed this warning. its a not good book.
“I don’t know if we’re a love story or a story about love.”Right up front: this book brought tears to my eyes at the end. It channeled all the trauma of being a teenager, as well as the joy of coming out at last. The story of Ben and Arthur should be entirely various from my own story – they could practically be my grandchildren. But no, it resonated deeply in me, both as a gay man, and a father.I am intensely cynical when I approach young adult novels from mainstream publishers, particularly when they have gay content. Why? Not sure, but I think it’s because so a lot of mainstream publishers ignore so much amazing LGBT content, I automatically wonder “why this book?” Is it because it’s safe, acceptable, within received norms as to how much gay is ok?Being a gay teenager in high school in the very early seventies was awful. Nobody was out. Everyone was afraid. My own experience was not technically that bad, but in retrospect, I was as confused and frightened and isolated as any closeted gay teen at the time. The closet was the default for all of us. Of course, I didn’t have books like this back then. I had The Boys in the bertalli and Silvera make a lovely rhythm with the structure of this book, alternating between the viewpoints of Puerto Rican Ben from Manhattan and Jewish Arthur from ex-urban Atlanta. These seventeen-year-olds are fully fleshed-out, richly dimensional. They observe the globe around them closely, and they answer to it. Most importantly of all, they have parents they love (in that eye-rolling teenaged way) and mates who matter hugely in their lives. We see through these boys’ eyes, and we see a e futility of high-school romances is sort of at the center of this book, but I think that’s a bit of a red herring. The interplay between Ben’s wounded cynicism and Arthur’s starry-eyed romanticism is critical to their relationship with each other, but it’s also essential in their relationship to their mates – Jessie and Ethan for Arthur, and the more complex quartet of Dylan, Harriet, Hudson and Samantha for Ben. All these young people need each other but are groping forward in their hormone-infused teen lives to figure out how the various kinds of love – love of family, love of friends, romantic love – are going to be part of them. It is confusing and aggravating and frightening. Which, as I remember if I think very hard on my own high-school years, is exactly right.I wish to say that there’s no “happy ending” for this book, but in fact there is: it’s just not the kind of satisfied ending we as a culture are primed to see in a romantic story. I will give no detail, but suffice it to say that as I ended this book, blinking away tears, I felt hopeful and comforted. Maturity is something I wasn’t looking for in these pages, and its discovery therein was an unexpected gift.
I have a love/ hate relationship with Albertalli. I really liked Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited with their adorable characters and charming/ hilarious/ sometimes heartbreaking plots. I soared through these books and would recommend them to anyone- especially John Green fans. Then there was Leah On the Off Beat, which mostly angered me. I didn’t like her, or the method she acted toward her friends, how the love interest played itself out…. the book just @#$%ed me off most of the time, with just barely enough amazing to hold me moving forward. What If It’s Us Brings out the best of this author- maybe due to the collab? The characters are purely magical even as they are each incredibly messy and neurotic in their own ways. I think it’s their imperfections that created them so fabulous. The premise was fantastic, the play between characters was perfect, and you saw a lot of hero growth which is always a plus for me. My favorite hero was definitely Dylan, the over the top best friend. I felt like he was the excellent foil for Ben. For me, this was the best book of the author’s to date. I loved it! My only objection, and it’s purely personal, I felt like the ending was too open. I wish closure! And I wish it to be EPIC. Still, five stars all the way. On the adult content scale, there’s some language, drinking, sexual innuendo and light sexual content. It’s not too crazy, and I would still give this one to a youngish teen. I give it a three.
Obtain two bestselling LGBTQ authors together and have them write a novel based on the lyrics of a three min Dear Evan Hansen song and what do you get? Mostly you obtain 400 pages of pop culture references as the true globe if two gorgeous, gay teen boys meet in NYC and are attracted to one another it would take about twenty mins before their pants are down. They’d suck each other off first and see if they had anything in common to chat about later.Ah, but this is a gay romance book. It’s Becky Albertalli and that means ferris wheels and teen angst and lots and lots of Harry Potter references. How a lot of Harry Potter references? I’m glad you asked, because I started counting them. Twenty-eight. It’s as if our authors Becky and Adam thought invoking JK Rowling repeatedly would increase book sales.But it isn’t just Potter, it’s sims, and ig and Hamilton, and yes, Evan Hansen (first mention on page one, how subtle). This book is all schmaltz and feigned emotional conflicts where none really ’s what surprised me...it’s terribly written. There are a bunch of times the authors write the words “Guess how…” and don’t end the sentence with a question mark. ‘Guess how much I have fun being the sweaty intern.’ Come on. Did they forget where the question tag was on the keyboard?They actually reference Craigslist Missed Connections in this novel. Which brings me to another point...how a lot of pop culture references are too many, and when does over-using them create your work dated and archaic? I mean, no one, literally no one uses Craigslist missed connections anymore...and Craigslist itself probably won’t exist in five years.Was I engaged by the main characters Arthur and Ben? Yeah, I guess. After a few hundred pages I was like, “For the love of God just have sex already!” My favorite hero was one of the secondary ones...Dylan. At least he was the comic relief in a book that drags to a very unfulfilling resolution.
Wait... what?Can we demand a rewrite for those final pages?I've never felt so deflated after reading such an awesome story in my life.I loved a lot of things about this book, but what I loved most was how realistic it was, how realistic the characters were. But it totally came at a price. That real, oh-my-god-no, [email protected]#$%-did-I-just-read epilogue figuratively knocked the wind out of me.I didn't know it then, because I hadn't read Silvera prior to What If It's Us, but I think he has a thing for endings that aren't exactly what the reader wants and/or expects. It took me a week to fully accept that realization and here I am, back to add that additional star to my original four star review simply because any book I can't go a day not thinking about or recommending deserves a five star bertalli and Silvera did a remarkable job tugging on my heartstrings and I hope they write together in the future. Maybe an HEA? My heart can't handle whatever this can be categorized as. NON HAPPY EVER AFTER?! Ben and Arthur's story can't be over. (okay, I obviously haven't gotten over it... but I'm working on it.)
3.5/5Sigh, I really wanted to love this book but there were just a lot of aspects that I did not like. The story itself is really cute. I honestly was so close to loving this book!The good: I love the representation is this book! Ben is a gay 17 year old Puerto Rican. He does not do school, and he just recently got his heart broken. Arthur is a gay 16-17 year old Jewish teenager who has ADHD and is fresh to the whole dating thing. The side characters were so lovable, more than one of the protagonist.. I would honestly say that Dylan is one of my top favorite characters! I would honestly love a spin-off about him. I love that they brought up subject that are not usually brought up in LGBT lit. Such as: first time sex, dealing with exes, being nervous to be in a relationship, etc. The overall story was cute and e bad: I felt like Harry Potter was being shoved down my throat! This is honestly one of the main reasons why I did not like this story that much. I honestly do not care about HP. There was seriously a HP reference in every chapter. It. Was. Overkill. The love story felt really dramatic and desperate, it was stalkerish and even the characters mention it. Like Arthur just met Ben a few seconds ago, Arthur sneaked off on him and he was devastated because he'll "never obtain to kiss him on his Emma Watson mouth." I totally understand that Arthur has ADHD but his hero was somewhat annoying and desperate. He required for everyone to like him. And the ending.. I did not like the ending at all. I seriously wanted them to create it work but they didn't.. They deserved the world!All in all, I loved the story, I loved the romance, I loved the characters. But the items I did not have fun really impacted how I felt about the story at the end.
❤️❤️❤️ This modern, LGBTQ take on a romantic comedy between Ben & Arthur created my heart melt and brought so much joy. Once I started the book I couldn't place it down! A romantic summer in NYC of what ifs, chances taken, almosts, heartaches, heartbreaks and heartfuls! It reminded me so much of my own experience of firsts coming out and learning about romance as a gay teen. "What If It's Us" shows LGBTQ children everywhere that romance can happen! And that finding that unique someone who melts your heart isn't something you have to give up ank you Becky and Adam for bringing the globe more YA novels featuring nerdy LGBTQ characters. This is exactly what I required when I was 14 trying to figure out who I was. Your words are incredibly empowering for so a lot of young adults out there.And Noah Galvin & Froy Gutierrez you nailed the Audible book! You brought these characters to life with so much love, energy and emotion!! I 🧡 it!Please tell me this is going to be on the huge screen?!??
When I started this book I was overwhelmed by the writing style (super Jay Bell fan). Very abrupt and in your face feeling where I felt the need to read everything really quick (almost place the book down). It eventually slows down but it is very much first person, almost to the point where it feels like you’re in Ben or Arthur’s head. My favorite part about this book is that (possible spoiler?) it hones in on a short lived relationship that grew really powerful in a couple weeks. I enjoyed how Ben and Arthur got to learn both sides of each other. I guess as a reader, their love for each other felt real, regardless how short their time together was or their age.
So, a solid 4.5 stars. The only thing keeping it from being a 5 star review was the disappointing (to me) rst, I loved the book. It was charming and adorable. I really liked both main characters (which is why I wanted a better ending for them). I was literally laughing out loud (like the true thing!) at the first "do-over" date at the fancy restaurant.I'm an "almost" 50-year-old woman, so I'm not the target market, and I still found the story largest quibble is that I really, really wanted the BIG HOLLYWOOD HAPPY EVER AFTER LOVE STORY ENDING for Ben and Arthur. And instead, it was a lot more ambiguous. I mean, it's not Gone With the Wind ("Frankly, my dear...") but it's not really even a Satisfied For Now. It's more like a "we're in an ok put for a while and we're ok with that until maybe sometime." Meh. I know that's more true life, but I read for the fantasy. So, I wanted that excellent fairy tale ending for them that just wasn't there.Otherwise, I really enjoyed the whole story. I'd like to see a sequel. Maybe Ben and Arthur can obtain their HEA then!
Allow me just obtain the one poor thing out of the way. Spoiler alert for the first two chapters; Brian returns to the wild because goverment survival instructors need him to teach them survival methods. This has to be one of the most absurd plots I've ever heard for a book. The idea that the people who train Green Berets and Marine Force Recon need a teenage to teach them to live off the land is ridiculous. I have a military problem surival book meant for soldiers in case of capture that addresses a lot of of the issues Brian faced in Hatchet. Often it provides better methods than Brian ends up using to deal with problems. Added to that is the fact that, in addition to everything else Brian faced, escaping POWs have opponent soldiers hunting them. Yet in The River, the instructors actually say neither them nor anyone they (meaning the government) know has ever been in a true survival situation. That said, once you obtain passed that, the book is great. It is the reason I spent several hundred dollars on a kayak. And for younger audiences, it can definately spark a life-long interest in the amazing outdoors.
Review - The Brain Sagas by Gary PaulsenI have now finished all five of the Brian Sage books - “Hatchet,” “The River,” “Brian’s Winter,” “Brian's Return” and “The Hunt.” and the epilogue “Guts” by Gary Paulsen. “The Hatchet” is one of three Newberry Awards that Gary Paulsen has sically the series is one story. The story of an teenage boy who at age 13 is left alone in the North Woods of Canada due to a pilot’s fatal heart attack and plane wreck. The first book, “The Hatchet” tells of the guts, intelligence, patience and luck of a 13 year old boy with small wilderness experience in learning how to live and survive in a remote wilderness. We obtain a marvelous set of instructions in wilderness lore and living, and a glimpse into an smart mind that issue solves, learns and masters a strange world. At the end of this book Brian retrieves a signal radio from the submerged plane and is “Brian’s Winter” is an alternate ending. Brian is not rescued, but manages to learn more and survive into December. We see more of Brian’s talents and abilities and fresh found skills. Here, Brian stumbles into a family of Cree Native Americans manning a trap line, who take him in. Brian flies out on the next supply place. The Cree family consider him like one of the “old people” for Brian is dressed in skins he has captured and his arrows have stone points he has created himself. Yes, some of the story is very fortuitous for Brian, but that does not distract from the lessons of the wilderness and the lessons of life Brian has to learn to survive.“The River” is a book with Brian returning to the North Woods with a psychologist, Derek, of the military attempting to learn how to teach survival to the military. The man is not schooled in the wilderness at all, and Brian become “the adult” in charge of the adventure. Brian sends the 200 pounds of supplies back with the plane that flew them in, and commences to recreate the globe he knew in the first two books. Half the book is a terrifying trip over 100 miles, 3+ days, down a river, its rapids, lakes and swamps, with Derek unconscious on a wilderness created raft. We obtain a first hand look at the guts important to achieve this. Again, the manage to create a trapper’s cabin and are “Brian’s Return” we see Brian not fitting back into civilization, 15 - 16 year old’s school and society. Brian has adjusted to the Wilderness, and that is the reality he much prefers. Brian takes along a few supplies an d does very “The Hunt” Brian is back in the North Woods learning more woods lore and ways. By now he is nearly a expert. Brian finds an old man, Billy, in his camp one evening. Billy and Brian share a mutual evening of silent communication and while few words are exchanged, Brian gains “medicine.”’ In respect, Billy, leaving camp very early before Brian is awake, leaves a amulet of white tail deer fur and crow’s feathers for Brian. Brian recognizes the significance of this and immediately hangs it around his neck. Shortly thereafter, Brian and a wounded dog search each other. It turns out the dog belonged to the Cree Family Brian had met in “Brian’s Winter.” Unfortunately, a bear had devastated the cabin and family of the Cree family , killing two members of that family. Brian rescues the wife, buries the dead, and deals with the stoic, bureaucratic officials. Once they leave, Brian hunts and in a unbelievable stage - which I will not spoil - kills the bear.“Guts” is stories from Gary Paulsen’s life, rough childhood, adventures in Minnesota, Canada, the American South West, Colorado. These episodes Gary wove into Brian’s Story - a story beautifully and touchingly told. Gary’s knowledge and actual experiences gave him the insight to write the Brian Saga. Not only is the woods lore appropriately, accurately and well handled, but the changes that the North Woods induces in Brian are well followed. The books are at once a deep lesson in both survival and in life. We learn much about wilderness living. But we also are treated to the contrasts of life in the town and in the Wilderness.Due a few violent scenes, this series should not be read by youth under 13 or so. Death is a part of life, and life is an endless living with what is there. It takes “guts”, perseverance, and patience, to achieve what Brian achieved, and that is the true notice of these books. Life takes True Guts,lots of perseverance, and lots of e books read very well. The stories are well told. The reading level is at least 8th grade. And for those with an interest in Nature and the Wilderness, be it North Woods, SW desert or ocean, the lessons apply. I found the reading to be extremely enjoyable, and the lessons deep and well taught without being preachy. A amazing series of books.
I choose a 5 star because I am a large fan of the Brian's is book gives life to Brian and through hatchet did the same this book place Brian in a situation where he had to care for himself and someone else.... though as amazing as this book is I feel it did not capture the survival situation that they went to do. Yes with the emergency of Derek being in a coma lead to the rafting down a river but they never really reach their destination of the trade post, considering dereks condition this is understandable. Only part that wasn't really realistic was he never stopped for meal with all that work all those hours he would have required to eat to hold up his energy to do so. Like I said however this is still one of my favorite books
Amazing sequel to The Hatchet. Amazing book for a boy who or a girl who doesn't like to read very much. Exciting, boy has to survive in the wilderness by himself building fires, finding out which berries he can eat how to catch the fish how to skin the fish how to cook the fish just an perfect book I would recommend it to any boy or girl probably 9 years old or up but I would definitely suggest that they read the Hatchet first before they read the River
My 9 year old LOVED Hatchet so we bought him all the books by Gary Paulsen. He says they all seem to follow the same literary "formula" just in various settings - winter, an island, etc but he loves the outdoors and adventure books so he enjoys them, despite their slight predictability.
THE RIVER by Gary ORY BRIEF:This is the sequel to and should be read after "Hatchet." The River takes put a year later. In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian survives for 54 days in the Canadian wilderness alone. The next summer the military hires Brian to do it again with one of them taking notes so they can train other people how to survive. Because it will support save lives, Brian agrees to do it. He and Derek fly to a various zone in the Canadian wilderness. While there lightning strikes Derek causing a coma. The radio is also broken. Brian decides to build a raft to take them down the river to obtain support since Derek will die in a few days without ER'S OPINION:I loved Hatchet. This was enjoyable but not as good. I have fun being with Brian as he thinks and acts in the survival environment. This book didn't have as a lot of episodes or scenes with various animals and threats as the first book. In other words - not as a lot of issues to solve and Brian didn't learn or grow as much as he did in the first book. So, not a lot happens here but I still liked e book is shorter than standard novels. The narrator Peter Coyote was excellent.OTHER BOOKS:The author wrote a lot of books, but the Hatchet series consists of:5 stars. Hatchet (read first)5 stars. Brian's Winter (read second or third but I prefer second)3 stars. The River (read second or third)4 stars. Brian's Return3 stars. Brian's HuntDATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 31 mins. Narrator: Peter Coyote. Swearing language: none. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day mostly the Canadian wilderness. Copyright: probably 1991. Genre: young adult adventure fiction.
Not quite as amazing as Hatchet, as the struggle to survive is contrived to start with. Military experts wish him to go thru a related experience while being observed so they can figure out how he was able to survive. They need to know what about him helped him the first time. What he teaches them could support others who might be in related situations. When things go wrong Brian has fresh issues to solve. He is responsible for another person who has been struck by lightening and is in a coma. There is less focus on how painful and consuming hunger can be. More focus on making critical decisions. How to obtain the injured man back to civilization, building a raft, learning how to navigate on the river. There are periods where Brian is exhausted because he is trying to obtain to the trading post as quick as possible. He falls asleep, dreams and hallucinates for portions of this excursion. Still a amazing story. We will look for the next one in this series.
My 12 year old really likes this series which is amazing because he is not a huge fan of books. Listening to them on tape is great. We loved the first one and the second one is just o.k. Kind of short. Judging by other reviews we agree that the second one is not as amazing as the first, but it had really amazing moments. Definately will check out the next in the series because they are amazing enough to continue on. I wouldn't hesitate to obtain this and recommend finishing the series, especially for a boy who doesn't like to read, it is almost a miricle series. Peter Coyote (forgive the spelling) is a fabulous reader, he gets 5 stars!
I am one of those people who love animals (especially dogs) more than I do most people so I was really drawn to this book. I thought it would be another warm fuzzy, light read kind of book that I'd speed through but it ended up being more cerebral, in-depth and educational than I expected and I really enjoyed reading it. It had so a lot of facts about the history of pets that I had no idea about before reading this book. I kept reading parts of it out loud to my spouse because I'd search it so interesting.I'm glad I got a possibility to read it and for me it exceeded my expectations. For some others though I can see the potential for it not meeting them because the cover and title (at least to me) does give off the impression of a lighter read than it is.
"Dogs love their friends... quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate." - Sigmund FreudWe love them. We pamper them. We overspend on them, and when they leave us, it is loneliness like we have never known. They provide us real unconditional love. I can personally attest that my experience with animals, most recently with raising and then losing our 18 year old German Shepherd, was the most attractive and rewarding experience and a bond I will never forget as long as I live.Early on in Bradshaw's book, he grapples and refrains for the overuse, or perhaps misuse, of certain labels such as "pet," "companions," "owners," "pet parent," and even "caregiver." The reason is, that words can't seem to describe our "pets" and we can't circumscribe their significance to us with any label. Our relationship with our animals is coded in our DNA and we venture through the history and evolution of our working animals and hunting with them, to domesticated companions in "The Animals Among Us," you will explore fresh insights such as how Pet-based therapy seems to have positive effects on Autistic children, the reverence of cats in ancient Egypt, popular personalities and their pets, how grieving and death effects us and other in various parts of the globe and much is book will support you discover and reflect on our rich history with our animals and the benefits their unconditional love brings to us. There is no question that "pets" create us more human and Bradshaw's fresh book explains why in significant detail.
This book was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Gosh, I do love animals and always have to have a cat or two living with me. So when it comes to books about pets and people, I'm all over it. I so enjoyed reading this book and it actually created me feel even closer to my furry feline adshaw did a unbelievable job writing this book with amazing flow, words that translated into photos dancing in my head, and so much more. It's a hard to place down book and one I could have just kept on reading if there were more pages to read. It's that p, this is a very unique book that anyone with animals sharing their lives would enjoy.
John Bradshaw’s THE ANIMALS AMONG US discusses the relationships humankind has with animals of all kinds, with an emphasis on dogs and cats. This work is extensive; the mail text is about 310 pages, with a preface and an explanation of the conventions Bradshaw uses, such as how he prefers to refer to the humans who care for animals (He explains why he prefers and uses “owner.”) and how and why he does use “it” when the animal’s gender is unknown or perhaps not particularly important. In the back matter, the notes cover about thirty-seven pages. The final copy will be indexed, but my advance copy is not; I’m certain that the index will be thorough as adshaw works as a biologist, and this work probably leads to what I see as some faults with this book. Though thorough, Bradshaw seems to lack a warmth that a lot of people reading a book like this one would want. I felt too much as if I was in his laboratory with him rather than talking with him about and among his pets or mine and how humankind domesticated animals to become pets. Though a clinical tone is appropriate for a scholarly work, that tone seems “off” for a work like I believed this one to be. With two advanced degrees myself, I have read a lot of scholarly papers; this work reminded me of a scholarly paper, not something a pet owner would smile and laugh over. Who did he truly intend as his audience, and what was his purpose?With this in mind, I give THE ANIMALS AMONG US a four-star rating. I do wish to read Bradshaw’s other works, but I think this work misses the tag a small when it comes to his readership and his purpose. It may be perfect for a science department library, but to general readers Bradshaw may come across as a small cold about the animals he claims to care so much about.
I have long been a sucker for any kind of non-fiction book that looks at the history of the human-animal bond, especially when it comes to dogs. So, naturally, I was quite drawn to this one which is a good, well-researched history of pets. It relies a lot on quantifiable evidence more so than anecdotes and speculation (like this subset of non-fiction sometimes seems to turn to). The formatting of the book with breakouts gives it a more modern flow, though it does break-up the experience if you are reading this cover-to-cover. I think some readers would prefer actual photographs than the detailed drawings, but this didn’t bother me at all. I wouldn’t recommend this as a non-fiction book to read straight-through, as by the ending, it started to feel a bit e historical view of domestication is laid out in an interesting and logical fashion and there are some anecdotes interspersed throughout that liven things up a bit, too. And though the author leans towards the science side, there are still some missing links and steps that are frankly unknowable. But these do not go unacknowledged. And I think that this is handled very well here. I really was quite taken with the idea that there is a genetic link for a “knack” with animals that may run in some families (I know that my grandmother had such a knack for dogs, and it interesting to see which of her six kids share this, and which of her grandchildren also can’t imagine life without a dog). Unlike some books on this topic, it never gets overly preachy or political but it is fascinating and definitely a amazing addition to this subsect of non-fiction!
I chose this book to review because I am a die-hard, animal lover. I've always had cats and dogs live with me (along with a few other assorted species) and really can't imagine life without them. I can't tolerate animal cruelty and even watching nature shows where animals slay each other for meal is impossible for me to endure. I've wondered sometimes why I feel so strongly in this zone and chose this book mainly because it delves deeply into the human/pet relationship. A lot of time and effort has been place into it and it fully deserves 5 stars. Besides the expected info about our love and need for companion animals (mainly dogs and cats but other animals are mentioned), some very interesting info and some speculation is given too - such as the need for people to stroke pets. From page 216 - "Perhaps we search stroking our pets so pleasurable because it taps into some half-remembered primate instinct that we can no longer satisfy entirely by touching each other."The book discusses pet assisted therapy for elderly, cats playing with toys are actually hunting in their heads, people who are violent to each other are also violent to animals, does compassion for animals have a genetic component? and much, MUCH more very interesting and enlightening info is given. I don't necessarily believe it all to be true, and some of it is hypothesized, but the source of the hypothications create amazing sense.If you have ever wondered about your relationship with your pet(s), or why people act the method they do concerning their pets and vice-versa, then this book should definitely respond a lot of questions. Warning - some things are not simple to read. I had a hard time in the very beginning about people eating animals especially dogs and cats. The fact that millions of dogs and cats are consumed annually makes me sick to think about it.
Attractive book in so a lot of ways. I am a senior gal and have always been around animals and having been raised on a cattle ranch in OR I learned the harshness and responsibility of loving them. I can't imagine my life without a dog or cat to dote on. I have loved them so fiercely I cried more at their loss than any human in my life. Seriously.I could not wait to read this book and while there were some parts I had to skim over, just because some sections of how animals live and what happens to them and who eats them is something I know about but prefer not to read about. Can't handle the Animal Planet or National Geo when that topic is shown either. This book is exceptionally well written and reading it makes you think. Makes you realize some things you thought were fact, are is a book I intend to read again. There is a part about why we pet animals. Why we feel we need to. I immediately thought of a middle of the night asthma attack I had a lot of years ago. I was alone waiting for the EMT's to take me to the hospital and I was panicking because the attack was so poor and I was scared. Out of nowhere came my 15 yr old Lhasa Apso who was blind. He place his head in my lap and I just began stroking him and thinking about brushing him over and over until the EMT's showed up and everything turned out much better than it could have had I gone into a full blown panic attack. My Sam kept that from happening. In reading the book I understood more about what happened that night.When I left home for college method back when my grandmother told me to never trust anyone who did not like animals because that meant something human was lacking inside themselves and over the years that has proven to be so true, both with men and women.I loved this book.
A few years ago I read a discussion among book lovers gently mocking the readers of books about pets. The main question being asked was why waste time on the topic when there is so much unbelievable literature, history, etc. to read. The reason for me is simple—the unsolved mystery of non-verbal communication with a various species and the hope of a better understanding of these relationships with pets have been both rewarding and at times a frustrating challenge. The joy and compassion I feel along with the reminder of easy pleasures and to live in the moment without worry have enriched my life, so my effort to optimize our communication is worthy of my time and e author has made a thoughtful, thorough exploration of the subject, and although he is a scientist his approach is broader and more inclusive than might be expected from a biologist. Covering a lot of ground the books explores views of animals in our lives, as food, workers performing different tasks like herding and the value they add to our lives through ded to this is the exploration of how in our interactions our brains assign intentions and then answer to them. This is then deftly blended with info both scientific and anecdotal along with cultural motivations that encourage keeping a e style of writing is engaging, it is simple to become immersed in the text. And, this is not a book that is essential to read from cover to cover, so if any section or chapter is uncomfortable for the reader it may be skipped without penalty. Substantial and valuable addition to the subject.
As I type this, my dog is lying on the couch watching me type. Naturally, he has feelings about this. I am not petting him, feeding him, or playing with him. This has led to embarrassment that he has been overshadowed by my computer, guilt that he is not a amazing enough pet to be attended to at all times, or maybe to jealousy for which he will later obtain back at my computer by trying to short it out. Or perhaps I'm imagining all of this, and really he is simply lying on the couch wondering when he will be given meal and taken out for a walk. The method we think about our animals, the qualities we believe they hold, and the degree to which we incorporate our animals into our lives are all covered within this series of essays. The essays cover historic and cultural perspectives and differences while pointing out how our lives have changed within the past century, and how pets have been integrated differently with the passage of time. For those who have love for their pets, this fresh text from Bradshaw provides plenty of interesting background.
The Animals Among Us: How Pets Create Us Human is a unbelievable book. It relates how we as humans are so tied to our pets and how we consider them as family. Having owned a lot of dogs over the latest forty five years I can attest to that. There are so a lot of fascinating stories and info throughout this book. Interesting that we treat our pets as kids (I do) and that we are as attracted to a puppy sometimes more so than a human baby. This is a book to read and reread and learn more about our relationships with our pets. I love this book.
Rivers are what created the United States what it is and this book explores how rivers and streams have shaped our history and created the expansion of the country e author starts by examining the eastern river systems. Most didn't go very far inland, and while amazing for use as power for grist mills, they were not amazing for transportation. Then the idea of the Erie Canal came to be and it changed the depth of the country and how amazing were transported to e author then looks at what we have done to harness rivers for navigation and to prevent flooding. Levees were built, rivers were straightened and depth increased to let more river traffic. The best example is, of course the Mississippi River, which has become a backbone of American e author also examines the environmental hurt done to our rivers and how we continually created things worse with our rivers until the environmental movement of the seventies. That is when we started to reverse course and started to fix much of the hurt done to our river e book is a fascinating read into an aspect of American history that has received small attention. We would not be the country we are without our river systems, and this book info that well. It is very readable and completely enjoyable.
A really perfect book. It covers a vast amount of what might be termed civics/economics/US history from the perspective of America's waterways. Seems to be well researched by someone who has a beautiful deep and broad understanding of the material. Very readable for the general public- no cheap joke-iness but has a lightness to it that makes it easily read, even by septuagenarians like me. Haven't quite finished it yet, but am really glad to have discovered it. In a excellent world, high schools could build an entire semester's study around this book.
A amazing non fiction "business" book typically covers just a couple of interesting locations or makes a handful of points; The Source covered a lot of more locations than usual (all water-related), and in a very readable fashion. It's amazing to learn about the history of several "businesses" while also being entertained. One of the best non-fiction books I've read this year.
Given the book's title I was expecting more technical information; i.e. how were America's rivers developed/modified for our usage? Rather this is more of the philosophy of how we use our rivers and (especially for western rivers whose flows are rationed out) who has priority of water usage. Still it's well written, researched and interesting. For instance you have multiple entities wanting to use water from the river for irrigation: 1)the furthest upstream tenant, 2)the downstream tenant who has longer occupancy or seniority, and 3)Native Americans. During times of drought and the river can't supply all their needs, who gets theirs first? Certainly a worthwhile read for those interested in America's rivers.
This is a highly readable, interesting acc that mixes geography and history. Too often historians seem to discount or neglect the importance of the physical environment in shaping how people lived and societies developed. This is a refreshing correction. Because it is so accessible, I would recommend it for anyone living on one of America's major waterways who is interested in history.
The Source is fabulous! It’s dense, authoritative, well-researched & r me, it was a slow read - because it is filled with thought-provoking info & insights.Rivers have shaped the primary facts of America - where we live, how we conduct business, how we deal with risks, and how we govern this amazing work, Martin Doyle (author) provides a thorough history of the central role Rivers have played in our local/national development. He informs us how vital (despite being taken for granted & oft-abused) Rivers are to our r anyone wishing to better understand problems of American Environment, Government, and History - this seems a “must read”.Fabulous job, Mister Doyle!!
I've been interested in water problems for over thirty years and have explored lots of books on the topic. I usually found myself with questions that no one answered. Behind the modest title of this book lurks what you need to create sense of the a lot of problems facing the US about water --floods in the Midwest, Western water battles -- and the historical decisions that have left us where we are. Highly recommended.
I am not sure I share the enthusiasm for this book that others expressed here. The book jumped around too much for my taste. I would have preferred a focus on one of the major rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri or the Erie Canal. But I realize that was not the book that was promised here.
Read the book, don’t watch the show. The present is so method off. If your gonna create a present from a book then do it right. Use the books story not change major items in the e book is amazing. I watched the present first because I didn’t know about the book before. I got the book because the present ended on a cliffhanger and I really hate those. So I got the book to see if Mel and jack obtain together in the end. And I search the book so various from the present and so much better. The story and the characters interactions are connected and just amazing. I am going to go read the second book in the series now. I am hooked now. It took me 2 days to finish the book because I couldn’t place it down.
I purchased this book and audio latest year but didn't obtain to it until Audible sent me an email offering a free two-month trial of audible escape. I noticed the entire series is available through this subscription and started e series reads like a cable TV program with the main characters of Jack and Mel featured in each book. In subsequent books feature another mate or resident, but the main characters' stories continue to Virgin River, Mel is grieving the loss of her husband, an ER doctor, who was shot when he walked into a convenience shop robbery. She needs to escape LA, her nursing position, and the areas that trigger memories and tears daily. She agrees to a one-year contract as a nurse-midwife to support an aging small-town doctor. Jack Sheridan owns the local bar and grill where the city folks gather. Jack, a retired marine, knows PTSD and grief. He helps Mel while she comes to terms with her past and thinks about the ere are a lot of interesting characters introduced in this book. Jack's military mates create regular visits to Virgin River to fish and hunt. There is a full gambit of city folks and a small suspense with unsavory characters who drop in to disrupt the quiet life of the area.
Fleeing the pain and loss of her life in LA, Melinda (Mel) Monroe is ready for a dramatic change in her life and where she lives it…which is why she responded to the ad for a nurse practitioner in the little country village upstate. She was promised a cabin rent free for a year, and the opportunity to use her midwifery e arrives on a stormy night, and her BMW doesn’t quite create it up the mountain…a grumpy passer-by hauls her out of the mud and leads her to the cabin. Stunned by what she finds there, Mel is just about to turn around and leave. Except there is the storm, her hunger, and the appearance of the “landlady” Hope McCrea, promising the derelict cabin will be cleaned up…and that they can search meal in the e diner turns out to be a tavern run by a couple of intimidating characters: “Preacher” and Jack. And there at the bar sits the grumpy passer-by, who turns out to be the doctor she is there to assist. But the meal offered is divine, and the ambience isn’t ill…she wants to leave, but when she goes to Doc Mullins’s put later, she discovers an abandoned baby there. She can’t leave just River: Book 1 of Virgin River series (A Virgin River Novel) reeled me in with the descriptions of the characters, the settings, the food…and encircled me with all the warmth a put like that can offer. Jack Sheridan, the bar owner, is brought vividly to life in all his hunky sexiness, and it doesn’t take long to imagine what could happen between him and Mel…if she lets ter all, she lost her husband Tag in a dreadful murder…and is still n Mel search what she needs in this off-the-beaten-path place? Will the friendly charms and homey goodness of the people support her heal? And will the darkness that hides in the woods ruin things, or will Jack and his cohorts conquer it?I was eager to search out, so I kept turning pages until the very end, and still wanted more. I enjoyed how the author showed us the challenges of practicing medicine in such a community, while also revealing the special charms of the people, which created the challenges worth the effort. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 4.5 stars.
This first in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series pulled me in immediately. It's the first novel among her a lot of novels that I tried and I enjoyed ir so much rhR I read it twice and went on to read every book in the series. Along with being an enjoyable romance novel I found that I learned info that applied to daily life such as certain info about military life, childbirth and nursing information, etc. Facts that were woven into the fictional characters lives. At show I believe that I've read all of Carr's novels and hope she continues to write a lot of more.
Melinda Monroe flees the huge town to work as a nurse practitioner and midwife in rural Virgin River. It's not at all what she expected and she's ready to leave when a newborn baby is left on her doorstep. Handsome ex-Marine Jack Sheridan runs the bar and local eatery and he also gives her some reasons to stay.I've read some Robyn Carr, though not this series, so when I saw a deal on the book and that it was being created a Netflix series, I grabbed it. It's not a poor book, more of an introduction to people in the series. Jack and Mel are a amazing couple with interesting backstories. It's a fast read, somewhat predictable, but okay.
I'd read all of Carr's Thunder Point series and another reviewer suggested I read this series. This is the story of an advanced practice nurse midwife who leaves an urban setting after a loss for a rural opportunity. The nursing and regional writing is very strong. I liked the characters quite a bit although having lead characters with bags of cash often takes me out of the story.While I enjoyed the story I don't think I'll continue on with the series. You really need to have fun pregnancy/childbirth/children a lot to obtain the most out of this series and I just don't. Virtually anyone with a uterus in this book ends up with a "no vacancy" sign.I have to hand it to Carr, there were a couple twists in this book I did not see coming. Well written.