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Being a Chinese, I grown up listening to myths and stories about ghosts and spirits. How one will ascend to Heaven if one will perform amazing deeds and be charitable. For those who chose to the other Way, he/she will perish in 18 storeys of the Hell where the Lord of Hades will torture the evil souls. The tales told by my late grandparents and parents had be part of my growing up. Also (because of these tales), "The Seventh Day" caught my attention and best of all, written by Yu is book is not about "grandfather's" stories about the dead. It is from the imagination of Yu Hua how a person will "experience" when passed away in the first seventh day. I must applaud that Yu Hua pieces the similar incidents of the main hero very well. His easy writing style makes the novel an simple read and understand the globe we live in is filled with love and trust.I will never think how a person's "first seventh day" (頭七) has such association with his (living) life and surroundings. The story content and length is apt to narrate the whole experience of being "dead" and what one can learn from in living years as well as the early days of demise.If you understand Chinese (language), I will recommend you to read this to appreciate the story and underlying learning points.
The Seventh day is a story of a soul lost in the land of ghosts who cannot search rest after their death. The story is divided into 7 days following the death of the story's main character. Yang Fei's life unfolds before our eyes as he wanders through the limbo and the true world. His other character's stories weave into a magical fabric, akin to that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, albeit the setting is modern and urban. The stories depict a mix of materialism and traditional values and is a mordant metaphor on what China is language and lyricism create is what makes this book so appealing. This is definitely a globe class literature. I hope that the translation which is supposed to be published in Jan. 2015 is as rich and appealing as the Chinese version.
The Day Before Forever by Anna Caltabiano is the third book in the Seventh Miss Hatfield Series. The premise of this story caught my attention as it touched on so a lot of of the genres I have fun reading ~ fantasy, time travel, romance, sci-fi, mystery. I also have to admit I really liked the book cover too!I found this book to be engaging with an interesting and creative story line. It took me a bit to obtain into the story but once I was able to do so, I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading book 1 and book 2 of this series! Book rating ... 3.5 Stars!Thank you to Epic Reads Impulse/Harper Collins Publishing and Netgalley for the bonus of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to search something that would capture my young teens attention, ignite their imagination and hold in line with our morals and guidelines for purity. At the library, they tend to pick out books with a bit too much violence, that tend to obtain 'steamy' and swear throughout. Its so frustrating they begin novel after novel, having to place them down because they don't meet our 'quality reading' guidelines. This book however met all our guidelines and they are clamoring for MORE!When I asked for an honest review from my readers I got five stars from my 11 year who is drawn to action packed, intense books. She wants the entire series for Christmas. I got four stars from my 14 year old who loves mystery, animals and tends to become very empathic with the characters she reads. She too wants to complete the series even though she 'felt poor for' some the characters.
This book is a amazing book for preteens and teenagers. Once I realized the target audience I found it to be quite enjoyable. It is very moving and unpretentious. In addition it is an perfect method for anyone, Christian and those of other religions, to keep an understanding of the underlying principles of love. I highly recommend this book.
The Seventh Bride is an enjoyable, if shallow story by Author T. Kingfisher. The book holds a lot of promise with the writing and dialogue, which flows freely and only really suffers from the simplicity and lack of any true depth. Scratch the surface too much, and this book will seem to fall apart, but if you just take it for as it is, the story is quite om the begin the book has this notion of marriage looming over the reader and never once does it allow go. This is the prevailing story element and will haunt the lead the entire time. Romance is not to be found and the absence of such is quite deliberate as that seems to be largely the main theme of the story. Problematically though, this theme seems to just sort of delvope without an intent, because while you could recite the plot of this story, it doesn't seem to actually be about anything.A lot of what happens in this story seems to just happen. For instance the tests that Rhea (our lead) is given seem to ultimately have no point or meaning to the story or to the motivation of the characters, they're just tasks she's told to do. While the characters that do exist have a reason for existing, their motivations seem to be absent of purpose for much of the story beyond a single driving goal. Similarly a lot of the situations that happen resolve due to matters beyond the control of the main that just seem to go her way. For an simple read that isn't a huge deal, but it further illustrates why looking deeper below the surface can be e book has some perfect parts going for it also. For example the characters do at least create a token effort at having shades of grey for characters rather than making morality a easy binary. Additionally the story makes no effort at all to entice the reader with a fast fix fresh relationship excitement, which is a cheap gimmick a lot of stories will toss in. Ultimately this book is fun to read and might be a perfectly search one to read to a young child, but may lack the depth a more adult reader would crave.
This is a fairy tale. The young teen daughter of a miller is engaged to be married to a nobleman. She’s not satisfied about it, and there may be something sinister about that e magic of Vernon’s writing is that it is easy-to-read while still feeling adult. The only other writer I know of that consistently writes sophisticated fairy-tale fantasy using easy words is Neil Gaiman. Whenever I read Neil Gaiman’s writing, I feel as if an old Englishman is telling me an ancient story out of a dusty tome (and that’s awesome). Seventh Bride feels like a story that a grandmother would tell her granddaughter while they’re gardening together. And that’s awesome.A lot of the more socially-conscious fantasy writing I’ve read lately is…it’s ok. I applaud the messages that those writers are trying to convey. Too often, however, those stories read more as social-political essays with a thin layer of story rather than engaging stories themselves. They’re a small too in-your-face, a bit on-the-nose. Seventh Bride has necessary themes regarding consent, agency, feminine power, and power dynamics regarding gender and class. But these things are THEMES. The book is not an essay disguised as a fantasy story. It’s a true story, and it’s a amazing one.
In an author's note, the author shares the intended audience for this book... the Debut of the Seventh Dimension series... For every kid who struggles with doubt, for every child who has been bullied, for every teen who comes from a broken home, and for every young adult who longs to be understood— this book is for rsonally, I think that about covers all of us, don't you? At least at one time or another, especially as teens, we have been one of those kids she wants to reach... For many, who will know who they are, I'll recommend this to you as a "must read!"Shale Snyder was an unhappy girl--unhappy at home, at school, and now she'd had a curse placed on her after she had fallen, holding a friend's dog, and it had been killed. Two years later, Judd still hated her and was harassing her, the recent by sneaking up to her in the halls of school, touching her, and then moving away quickly so nobody noticed other than Shale who, at first, wasn't sure who was doing this--though she had a amazing guess...Now she felt like her only mate was her Diary, always opening with Dear DOG... (And although she spelled His name backwards in case anybody ever read it, God listened to her thoughts as she wrote to Him...)It was on the day that she'd found an old book she always loved, The Donkey and the King, that she found a straight pin that her mother must have lost, and started carrying it with her... that led to her becoming frustrated and angrily using that pin on the back of Judd, her enemy, who had once again been playing games!As often happens, though, she was the one who got in trouble!But it had started when one of her teachers had accused her in class of plagiarizing her paper on as you like it! By that time she was so upset that when Judd started again, she turned, followed him and stuck that pin deep into his back!It got much worse, she had been suspended, her parents didn't help her, and her best friend's parents told her she couldn't be her mate anymore!That was the day that Much Afraid came... She had barked outside her door long enough until Shale followed him, on and on, but then her foot caught in a hole and she fell. When she woke up, she heard a lady talking...Shale had crossed a portal and wound up in a attractive garden where she found animals--that could talk! She realized that they seemed to be the animals that were in her favorite book when she was a child, and wondered if she was dreaming.But she was here now, so she started talking to the donkey and discovered that, indeed, his name was Baruch! They told her she was in the King's garden and they roamed around for awhile, talking more, until...The Crows Came!And they were afraid and left the Garden...until they came to another garden that Baruch recognized when he had been led to meet the King...They went on...always searching...meeting dangers...until they found themselves in Jerusalem...and discovered that Shale's father had his home there, although he was not there at the time...But Shale longed to search the King and, one day, they saw him in the distance... And listened while Christ, after his time in the wilderness, was tempted...Roberts has intertwined the happenings of Christ's life so skillfully that you search that you are walking in Shale's footsteps, seeing everything fresh as she was... It's magical, fantastical, and so very, very, memorable... and this is only the first book in the series! I'm excited about the book, a young adult story that is bound to attract young readers through the age of 99... We are all looking to search the King and in this journey into a fantasy set in Jerusalem, you may indeed search Him...I must add this to my private favorites for 2016...and it just might be at the top! Obtain this book as a bonus for your teens...and read it also! It's beautifully written, and beautifully inspired. I think you'll agree with me if you decide to meet Baruch and have him support you through the journey. Highly, highly recommended. And see my blog for unexpected events while writing this review...GABixlerReviews
If you are looking for a unbelievable young adult Christian novel, then Seventh Dimension - The Door by Lorilyn Roberts is the book for you. It is story of a problem young teen coming to an understanding knowledge of herself and, more importantly, knowledge of the love of Christ. I found this book hard to place e author's special story telling style makes the book true and very believable. The story is both well developed and defined. It is simple to read and follow as the plot develops and takes on different twist and turns.I really enjoyed the characters in the story. They were simple to identify with and very true to life. It was simple to place myself into the story and follow along with the th Dimension - The Door by Lorilyn Roberts is an perfect book and I highly recommend it to all ages.
This wonderfully written YA fantasy novel would appeal to fans of Robin McKinley’s fairy tale works.Rhea’s life takes an unexpected turn when a local lord requests her hand in marriage. She doesn’t wish to obtain married, much less to a stranger who’s as old as her father, but when you’re the daughter of a miller, you can’t tell a lord no. Then Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his manor house before the wedding. There she finds both dark magic and his six other wives. If Rhea doesn’t act quickly, she’ll share in their fate.I picked up The Seventh Bride because I’d enjoyed a lot of of the author’s shorter works. “The Jackalope Wives,” which she wrote under the name Ursula Vernon, won a Nebula for best short story, and I adored her take on Cinderella in “The Dryad’s Shoe.” So it seemed high time to test a longer work by her, and why not something else fairy tale inspired? While The Seventh Bride veers substantially from the original tale, it is clearly reminiscent of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.“Marriage was like death. You knew it’d happen eventually, but it wasn’t something you dwelt on.”I adored Rhea. She’s brave, practical, and doesn’t place up with nonsense. And Vernon’s writing style makes her interior thoughts quite humorous. Rhea actually reminded me a lot of Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching, which is high praise indeed as Tiffany is one of my all time favorite characters. Rhea is also a rare monster – a teenage female protagonist without the slightest tip of a romance plot! Instead, Rhea’s connections are focused on her family, who she wants to protect even if it means marrying Lord Crevan, and her developing friendship with a couple of the other wives. Oh, and the hedgehog who acts as her helpful guide.Rhea lives in a loosely sketched, charming fairy tale world. Little amounts of magic permeate ordinary life. For instance, a couple of times a year Rhea’s family’s mill gets invested with gnomes and they have to go to the hedge witch for a charm to drive them out. Also, eggplants have a tendency to fly. However, huge spells and sorcerers are the items of legends and bed time stories. But did I mention that Lord Crevan is a sorcerer? And his manor house is no ordinary house.T. Kingfisher is the pen name Ursula Vernon uses for adult aimed work, but I would not have placed The Seventh Bride as an adult fantasy novel. Our youthful fifteen year old protagonist gives this story a decidedly young adult feel. That said, it could easily be enjoyed by all ages.If you ever have the hankering for a wonderfully written, YA fairy tale, I suggest picking up The Seventh Bride. If you’re not convinced, just test a few of Ursula Vernon’s short stories.
You can finish this book in less than a week. Rhea, the protagonist, gets a strange marriage proposal from wealthy man name Lord Crevan. She doesn’t wish to accept but she thinks about her family’s well-being and the social norms of “never” turning down a Lord’s offer. Had this been today, Lord Crevan would obtain a door to the face and a restraining order. Anyway, she half-hearting agrees and gets thrown into a globe of chaos. She meets golem birds, a friendly small hedgehog, and five other wives. It would be six but one them is dead. She has to do all these task Lord Crevan assigns her or else he will marry is book literally created me scream for joy when the antagonist, Lord Crevan, was damage (Rhea stabbed him) and eventually killed (demons took him away). He deserved it. I liked this story and was able to follow along without a problem. The plot is a reinvention of the usual trope, young girl gets place in a dire situation and must become stronger and smarter to succeed. Apparently, magic is a common thing in this era. There are gremlins, witches, demons, sorcerers, and beings other than humans. What makes this plot crazy is the fact that Lord Crevan’s sinister plan is quite petty. He takes certain attributes from his victims that HE feels is being wasted on and gives them to other people who need it. You would think this was a generous thing but he takes them without regard for the people he takes it from. He took the Clock wife’s death, Sylvia’s eyes, Maria’s magic, and Ingeth’s voice. It is unclear why he did these things and what his whole agenda was. I would have liked the author to elaborate more on that. Also, I would have like to see the other wives’ backstories. How and why were they chosen by Crevan? Apparently, Crevan was a smooth talker with some of them. It was never acknowledged by Crevan that he was going to take Rhea’s youth, though it was suspected by both Maria, Rhea, and the Clock Wife. Latest thing. At the end, Maria tells Rhea that she could possibly be a witch and should consider training under her; one indication being that she had a hedgehog who was her familiar. The author hinted at the possibly of Rhea having some type of magic ability twice in the book. I figured this was coming and was glad the author did not do the stereotypical “at the latest second the main hero realizes they have power and uses it to slay the villain.” There would not have been enough hero development to justify it. However, the end effect was not that exciting. The Clock Wife came out and basically ended her contract with Crevan, thus nullifying their marriage. This makes me think that Crevan continuously makes contracts with women in order to postpone the agreements he had with the demons that took him away. I would have liked an explanation about that.I see that a lot of other reviews have said that this tale is based off an old fairytale called Bluebeard Tale. I have never heard of this. Maybe I should go and check it out.
Shale is a young teenage girl with some issues. She feels guilt for accidentally killing a boy's dog, she's upset that she never got to know her dad because of a divorce, and she's mad with a boy who's mean to her and does inappropriate things. All that anger gives her a really poor attitude. That changes when she trips while chasing a small dog and whacks her head versus a rock. She is magically transported to the seventh dimension where she meets Jesus and experiences a e story is an interesting read with a lot of biblical references. It feels very much like Alice in Wonderland or the Wizard of Oz with the talking animals and fantasy elements. The notice of Jesus being a loving, merciful, forgiving king is a amazing one for young people to learn. Overall, a amazing read for pre-teen Christian readers.
I enjoyed the story. It incorporated a first person narrative/ description of some bible teachings during the telling of the story. The style of writing was various and was occasionally difficult to follow the main character’s thoughts/storyline. However, I enjoyed the book and would like to read the next book.
Rhea is just fifteen, a miller's daughter, and no more than pleasing in appearance, so it's very, very strange when a lord shows up and wants to marry her. Neither she nor her parents think this is normal or good, but they're not in a position to say no to a lord who is, moreover, a mate of their own 's even more disturbing when he insists Rhea come for an overnight visit at his home before the l of this is nothing to how disturbed Rhea is when she arrives and finds that Lord Crevan has six previous wives, only one of whom is respectably dead.Rhea soon learns that Crevan takes something from each of his wives when they marry. He has no plans to allow her return home before the wedding. And he has tasks for her to do each night. If she fails to complete a task, he will immediately marry her.What does he plan to take from her?Maria and Sylvie may be potential allies. Ingvie is doing Crevan's work. Lady Elegans is dead. The other two? They are now the Golem Wife and the Clock Wife.Her only other ally, her only certain ally, is the hedgehog she met on the method to Lord Crevan's manor.Rhea is a smart, capable young woman, inexperienced in the globe outside her village, but not ready to give up. She's completely believable for the cirtances she comes from. Both hero development and world-building are perfect as one would expect from Kingfisher. This is a fairy tale plot used extremely commended.I bought this audiobook.
Not every fairy tale is about a princess finding her prince and living happily ever after. In fact, a lot of old stories are kind of dark and scary with a just ending for the poor guy and maybe slightly warm and fuzzy for the amazing guy. This had all the elements of a amazing fairy tale, with magic, strange creatures, a spooky forest, and a conundrum the main hero has to search their method out of. Though it was written for adults, it remained clean (as in small to no swearing and no scenes). The magic that occurs is dark and gruesome at times and there is a small violence, but there are some amazing morals to be taken from the story, also a sign of a amazing fairy tale. Definitely worth the read and I'll be trying more of this author's works in the future.
This book was a small hard for me to obtain into at first, but as I continued reading I was sucked in and finished it all in one day. I loved the creativity of it, and the creativity of the various characters. This book was such an encouragement and so uplifting to read through. It was also a story richly told and intricately woven in a method that was... well... magical. I loved how Lorilyn Roberts built her story around the Bible in such a special way, and the skill she used to create it come to life for Shale and the readers.I would recommend this book to anyone! It was a real delight to read, and I'm glad I picked it up. I'll be looking forward to the next couple of books in this series.
I started out looking this over and read that the hero talked to animals. I thought might wind up being strange, but then remembered other popular works employing this plot device. I saw the dedication scripture of the book of Jeremiah, so I decided to test it out. Hold in mind, I am thinking if it gets weird I intend to bail. The bailout moment never happened. This resembled somewhat a combination of "The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe," and "Little Pilgrim's Progress."The beginning of the book kind of reminded me of "The Wizard of Oz" in the method that the young girl Shale enters a door into the seventh dimension. The ending reminded me of another popular ending, but I won't spoil it. The middle was filled with more scripture, more ogies, and more appearances of Jesus as the King, carpenter, itinerant preacher, miracle worker, and fisherman. Most of the books I read have quite a few errors in them. I found none in this book. That says a lot, for I am an author and e only thing I had versus this was Shale naming her diary "Dog," saying dog is God spelled backward, which is just a play on words and drivel with no spiritual meaning. If this were removed or modified, i would have easily given this fgive stars.
This is a dark take on the classic fairy tale Bluebeard. Allow me be clear here that this is a dark take and definitely not a children's story. There is dark magic and body horror and abuse aplenty in this story. But, the writing itself feels more middle age than adult, so I'm not quite sure where to put this.If you're unfamiliar with the story of Bluebeard, it's about an aristocrat who has been married multiple times and each woman has disappeared under mysterious cirtances. He marries a young girl, who eventually discovers the corpses of his ex-wives in a room in his mansion. He discovers that she knows his secret and tries to slay her, but her sister's husband saves the day, she inherits the home and his riches, and everyone but Bluebeard lives happily ever is story isn't that one. Instead it takes several of the ideas from Bluebeard and grows a folklore massive narrative story of a young woman faced with dark magic and horrors made by an evil sorcerer who has entrapped e strongest part of this book for me is how the folklore magic is interwoven into the story and creates a backbone which holds up the narrative. There are easy pieces of herbalism mixed in with traditional familiars, mannikens, sympathetic magic, and more. At times the magic feels disconnected, but that feels right for a globe where magic is raw and barely understood even by the e 7 brides are all interesting and special and have their personality and histories and secrets. There are a lot of uncomfortable moments and sometimes the wives seem flat, but in keeping with what they've lost and the abuse they've thing done well in this story is that you end up with the "tower on the hill" feeling. You are given bits and pieces of the world, enough to spark your curiosity and create you think but never enough to resolve into a full story. Ursula does this in a method that expands the globe without making you feel like you are missing things. You are told about the castle on the hill and that there are interesting stories that come from it, but today you're just riding by ere is a powerful hero arc for the main hero who grows from a young girl fighting with a bullying swan to fighting an older man with all the physical, political, financial, and magical power.Oh, and there's also a cute animal sidekick. Every fairy tale needs a cute animal sidekick, right? The hedgehog is a amazing addition to the story, offering some light comic relief and subverts a lot of of the tropes that dance around Disney animal helpers.I read this on Audible and the narrator was good. Some of the accents and voices were a bit odd, but overall a amazing reading.I give this a powerful 4/5 rating with a few is is a story of manipulation and abuse of a minor (15 years old) by a man as old as her fatis is a story of psychological horror with a huge amount of body horror thrown in.If you can handle those themes and love reimagined fairytales, folklore, and a heroic hedgehog sidekick, then you should definitely pick it up.
I enjoyed this novel and I think for what it was, a fairy tale retelling (I can't remember if there was an actual fairy tale it was based on), it did a amazing job. However, it did suffer from a typical issue in fairy tales, and that is that the protagonist was often helped along the method to the point that she became more of a passenger in the story than an actual maker of her destiny (in all the trials that she faces something comes along unexpectedly to support her in the end; though she seems intelligent and resourceful and doesn't give up, it really is beyond her abilities to solve the issues that she faces, thus, she is continually saved from her fate by an outside, unexpected force or twist of fate). If this was a various kind of novel (high fantasy, for instance), such weaknesses in the plot would be much more detrimental to the novel, but the whole setting and plot feel so surreal, so fairy-tale-like, that the reader just accepts that unforeseen things will save the protagonists from her trials and move all. Overall though, the novel was an enjoyable read and the protagonist relatable, even if at times she sounded a small bit like a whiney, modern teen.
This week’s Movie Noir of the Week is Val Lewton’s The Seventh Victim (1943). Latest week, Don Malcom wrote about one of my favorites The Huge Sleep which a lot of believe may not be a movie noir at all, while The Seventh Victim is almost never classified as a movie noir when it’s a fine example of the movie style. The movie was made by Lewton based only on a title given to him by RKO. It was directed by Tag Robson (his first movie as director) and stars Tom Conway (playing the same guy he played, and got killed as, in The Cat People!); Jean Brooks (The Leopard Man); Isabel Jewel (The Leopard Man); Kim Hunter (her first movie role) and Hugh Beaumont (Railroaded!). Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca (Blood on the Moon, Cat People) and melody by Roy Webb (Out of the Past, and a lot of other movies noir). As you can see the movie boasts a very amazing cast and movie makers who worked on a lot of classic period movies noir. So why isn’t this movie “noir”? Who knows? People just didn’t go out and create noir back in the 1940s, they just came out that way. I would be interested in seeing what others think about this film. I watched the movie a few times on DVD this week and couldn’t obtain it out of my head. I’ve never seen it before or read much about it. Apparently, when Val Lewton was asked what the movie was about he said, “Death is good.” The movie is filled with a bunch of sad lonely people. Even the bit-part secretaries in the movie have drunken fathers or amazing regrets in their lives. This is not a satisfied film but one that makes you think. And one that makes you think “How the hell did this movie obtain made?” In my opinion, it’s brilliant. I have fun Cat People a small more because the story for The Seventh Victim doesn’t keep up when you ask key questions about the plot. I wrote a long (probably too long) synopsis for the movie below, but my recommendation to you if you haven’t seen it is to watch it first. There are a few scenes in the film, not to mention the ending, which knocked my socks off. A few things to think about when you’re watching: Message how Mary and Gregory fall in love and seem to give up looking for Jacqueline half-way through. Only the poet Jason seems to care what happened to her. The movie appears to be a B-movie with more literary and satanic references than you could imagine. Jason, the poet sitting under “Dante’s” feet. The doomed Mimi (a reference to the prostitute in the opera La bohème?) The number 7 room with a noose. The movie tells the story of a young woman, Mary, away at school who finds out about her sister’s disappearance. Jacqueline Gibson, who has always talked about suicide, is Mary’s only relative. Mary finds out later that Jacqueline "Had a feeling about life. That it wasn’t worth living unless you could end it." Mary returns to Fresh York Town and attempts to search her. She finds an apartment above a restaurant (Dante’s Restaurant) that her sister rented and talks the old couple that owns it into opening the door. Before she enters, she spies Mimi, a sick coughing woman who lives down the hall. The only thing in the empty room is a chair and a hanging noose hung ready above it. Later, she meets a personal detective at the police station who, after being threatened not to by another agency looking for her, decides to support her. Meanwhile, Mary visits the morgue where she receives a hint that someone else was there looking for her. She visits lawyer Gregory Ward who she eventually finds out is Jacqueline’s secret husband. They agree to squad up and search her sister but first they have dinner and it seems like they are falling in love. The diminutive personal detective that initially shunned Mary digs into the case and finds some information. He finds out that Jacqueline has given her beauty company “as an out-right gift” to the manager of the place, a woman, Mrs. Redi, who told her earlier that she was sold the company. They decide to find the premises, particularly a back room that the detective could not enter when snooping around the place. Mary and the man break into the put at night and Mary bullies the little man, who is scared, into entering the room at the end of a long dark hallway. The man picks the lock and enters. He exits quickly, in a zombie-like state then drops dead apparently with a stab wound to his stomach. Mary runs from the put and takes the subway home. While on the subway, she’s deep in thought and rides the A train all the method through a few times. Back on 14th street, a pair of men drag a third on the train. It first appears that the middle man is drunk. Then his head flops back to reveal that it’s the dead personal @#$%. She changes train vehicles and gets the ticket-taker to come back to the compartment and support capture the men. Of course, when she returns, the men and the body are gone. Did she dream it? Mary and Jacqueline find the papers but search no stories on the dead man in the paper. Ward gets Mary a job as a nursery school teacher. Later in the day, Ward meets with creepy psychiatrist Dr. Judd who admits that she’s keeping Jacqueline for the latest few days to hold her out of danger and that he needs cash to take care of her. The husband, who doesn’t seem very shocked or outraged that his wife is being kept by the doctor (maybe because Mary and him are loosing interest in the case). He refuses to give him money, but eventually gives him about 45 bucks from his wallet. Dr. Judd, who now possibly realizing that he won’t obtain more cash for her, visits Mary and offers to return Jacqueline to her. They go to the Doctor’s house. Jacqueline isn’t there which prompts the doctor to rush out looking for her. The second he leaves there’s a knock on the door and it’s Jacqueline! Jacqueline looks around and puts her finger to her lips to shush her and shuts the door. Mary opens it and she’s gone. Apparently she spotted the detectives hiding in the doctor’s quarters. Later at the restaurant, Mary and Gregory have lunch where they’re introduced to a failed poet. The old woman running the put decides that the man may support in cheering up young Mary. She brings him to the table just as Gregory admits that he wants to search his wife to settle things. What things? We don’t search out because that’s when the poet decides to sit with them. Gregory looks at Jason like a jealous woman. The poet, Jason, knows of Jacqueline and decides to support them search her. They go to a party and meet up with Dr. Judd. The poet confronts the doctor pleading with him to please tell them where she is. A woman at the party, who admits to being "intimate" with Jacqueline at one time, states that one Jacqueline met up with Judd she was "taken out of circulation". This induces some hard glances from Gregory Ward. Poet Jason goes to the library to see what books Mrs. Reddi and Dr. Judd have been checking out. Turns out they have both checked out books on the occult. Jason finds a figure that ends up being a satanic symbol in one of the books. He tells Mary, who seems even more disinterested in the case. Jason talks her into going back to the beauty company to ask questions. The symbol is also the fresh logo for the beauty company. (Would a secret devil-worshipping society print their logo on merchandise for a beauty salon?) Mrs. Reddi is furious when she finds out that hairstylist Frances Fallon (Isabel Jewell) talked. “You fool! That symbol is about us! She was asking about us!” The next stage I have no doubt influenced Psycho. Mary takes a shower in her room and a woman enters. Can you be more vulnerable than being naked in the shower? Mrs. Redi, seen only as a shadow on the shower curtain, warns Mary to leave city and that her sister is a murder –she apparently was the one who stabbed the personal detective earlier. The shadow cast on the shower curtain shows the woman wearing a hat to appear to have horns, a clear reference to the devil. The next stage is a very civilized devil worship meeting. It reminds me of the devil-worshiping group from Rosemary’s Baby. The meeting reveals that Mrs. Redi, some of the earlier party goers, and Frances are all part of the group. They state that they are non-violent but something must be done about Jacqueline. They decide to kidnap her and have her slay herself. According to the group's history, there have been six betrayals and six deaths as punishment. Alas, she will be the seventh victim. They consider her going to a psychiatrist as the betrayal. Mary, meanwhile, begins packing her bags. She visits Jason in his one room apartment (with an awesome view. The room today would go for a fortune in NYC). Mary tells Jason that she's leaving. Jason calls Gregory and it’s decided that Jacqueline must be found, if only so she can give herself up to the police (again, this husband and Mary really doesn’t seem to care about Jacqueline at all.) Judd decides to give up Jacqueline’s zone this time because he's told about her being a murderess. Jacqueline, apparently in shock, tells them about her ordeal with the satanic group. She joined the group only for a sense of excitement. When she attempted to quit the group they wanted her to slay herself. They locked her up for a long time in the back room of the beauty company. She escaped only after Mary and the personal detective broke in and unlocked the door. She admits to killing the man and escaping. Mary and Gregory leave Jacqueline alone (again, do they really care about this woman?) and Jacqueline disappears again! Mary goes to work and sings a scary song to her nursery school students: "Here comes a candle to light you to bed… here comes a chopper to cut off your head." I’m sure the children grew up to be maniacs. The cult leaders, lead by Ben Bard, sit Jacqueline down and test to talk her into drinking poison. They surround her and pressure her to drink. The daylight outside the room goes dark and she’s still sitting there. Jacqueline decides that this is not her time to die, so they, being non-violent, release her. As she walks through the dark roads alone she is stalked by a man with a switch blade who steps out of the shadows like Harry Lime in The Third Man. She manages to escape him and rushes towards Mary’s apartment. Instead, the woman who has escaped death twice in the evening meets up with neighbor Mimi in the hallway. Here’s the dialog from the scene: JACQUELINE (weakly) Who are you? MIMI I'm Mimi -- I'm dying. JACQUELINE No! MIMI Yes. It's been quiet, oh ever so quiet. I hardly move, yet it keeps coming all the time -—closer and closer. I rest and rest and yet I am dying. JACQUELINE And you don't wish to die. I've always wanted to die -- always. MIMI I'm afraid. Jacqueline shakes her head. MIMI (CONT'D) I'm tired of being afraid -— of waiting. JACQUELINE Why wait? MIMI (with sudden determination) I'm not going to wait. I'm going out -- laugh, dance --do all the things I used to do. JACQUELINE And then? MIMI I don't know. JACQUELINE (very softly end almost with envy) You will die. (audio of the stage here) But Mimi has already turned back into her room. Jacqueline stands watching until the light snaps on in Mimi's room and then the door closing, plunges the hall into weird half light again. In this semi-darkness, she turns away from Mary's door and walks down the hall toward room #7. She opens the door and goes in. For a brief moment the light from the hall casts the shadow of a noose versus the further wall of the room and then the door closes behind her. Judd and Jason search the devil worshipers zone and search out that Jacqueline has been released. They recite the Lord’s Prayer to them and the members crumble. Apparently this is a concession created by the filmmakers. In Mary’s apartment where Jacqueline almost just entered, Jason and Mary standing in the dark looking out the window, admit that they love each other not knowing the horrible act about to happen next door. The latest photo in the movie is outside in the hallway. Sick Mimi walking down the stairs dressed for an evening out while you hear the sound of Jacqueline hanging herself behind the door. "I run to death and death meets me as fast. And all my pleasures are like yesterday." Written by Steve-O
If you like metaphors, allegories, and stories the weave meaningful messages together, then this is a book for you! Though it is imaginative, it is relatable. It speaks to you as you read it and leaves you feeling inspired as you uncover the deeper meaning behind all that happens. While I highly recommend it to young adults, I also think adults will have fun it. It will surely leave you wanting to read the rest of the series!
A disjointed rambling story. Like if a 5 year old read the bible and tried to explain it to you and mixed in cartoon characters. I have no idea how it gets 4 stars overall and people gushing about it....I created it through it just out of curiosity of how strange it would get. There is no cohesive time line, time and situations jump around...distances to other locations seem to switch without anyone noticing...perhaps they are teleporting ? It's a mish mash of religion, fantasy and teen infatuation ? Very not good writing, very poorly thought out plot.
I wanted to like this book more than I actually e premise – a 15 year old “peasant” girl named Rhea is a miller’s daughter. She suddenly becomes engaged to a magician/sorcerer who is much older and is a noble, apparently this can happen without her consent. If she turns him down, her parents will lose the mill because apparently that is how things work in this feudal society. She ends up stuck in a magic mansion and finds out that not only is Crevan (her fiancé) a sorcerer, he’s already married to 6 other women (or things?). Ridiculous plot ensues where he gives her “challenges” that if she completes she won’t have to marry him. Rhea also wants to test to save all the other wives from an “unhappy” marriage. Already bizarre. I believe this book is aimed at a young audience, no poor language, nothing “romantic”, and only mildly scary situations.What didn’t I like?Throughout the book, the author keeps commenting about how 15 is method too young to be married and have babies. I tend to agree, but some young women choose to be married or end up pregnant at a young age, and the massive handed reinforcement of this idea is a bit much, especially since a number of young women have kids as teenagers and while it may not be an ideal situation, it happens, and their decisions shouldn’t be constantly place down on. Seems a bit too judgmental for a young adult novel. The main issue with Rhea being forced into marriage is that she has no choice in the matter!Also, at one point one hero recommends “waiting to obtain married and have kids, but don’t wait too long”. I’m not sure what morals they’re trying to obtain across here? Definitely wait until you are about 20, and then have kids, but ew gross, don’t have children in your late 20s or early 30s, that’s method too late!I’m not sure Crevan has any interaction with his wives besides taking a “gift” from them after they obtain married, but for some reason they all seem terrified of ne of the characters were that well written. All I really know about “Crevan”, the main poor guy fiancé, is that he is a sorcerer, he likes to steal one thing from each of his wives, and he can listen in on people’s conversations “magically”. That’s it. All the other wives, we obtain a small back story but not much. We know a lot of Rhea’s thoughts, but even then, all she wants to do is go back to her job banging on the side of the hopper at the mill and obtain out of a poor e ending. I won’t spoil it except to say that it was a allow down. There is a lot of buildup and I was looking forward to some powerful female empowerment character moments, and instead… “play sad trombone melody here”.I don’t really recommend this book, but it was a fast read and kind of entertaining in an eye rolling way, I guess.
The Seventh Bride was a very Bizarre sort of fairytale but I found it to be utterly enchanting. The premise was decidedly special and the writing was good. The Tale focuses on 15 year old, rather plain looking, miller's daughter Rhea. She finds herself engaged and the story tells of all the heartache, mystery, adventure, horror, danger and sorrow she encounters trying to survive. As with all book, this won't be everyone's cup of tea. However, if you are looking to read a tale that will both stretch and capture your imagination and one that will probably be unlike anything you've every read before, you might just search this extraordinary small story quite captivating and surprisingly satisfying. I know that I did!! I gather that this book was written by a n author of children's book. However, I search the topic matter of this book entirely too dark for a kid under the age of 13 or 14. Frankly, I consider it to be a young adult and adult fairy tale. There aren't any scenes but other aspects of the story cause me to deem it thus.
This book was everything. I absolutely loved it. The author did a attractive job creating such a unbelievable story. Now, I can’t wait for all the other hungry readers to devour this book too. So, we can sit around like fat house cats as we discuss this awesome story. And together we can mourn not knowing when book 2 comes out. I realize this book just came out latest week. But I need the next one!And if you couldn’t already figure it out. The Seventh Sun was a 5 star read( really would love to give it more)!
If you have fun young adult fantasy with fierce heroines, elemental magic, steamy romance, gods, and monsters, this book is for you! Inspired by ancient Aztec culture, and focusing heavily on the notion of whether or not it's right to sacrifice animals and humans to the gods, this is a globe we've not yet seen before in YA fantasy. Also, it has one hell of a cliffhanger ending--I can't wait to see what happens with Mayana and Ahkin in Book 2!
This. Book. Where do I begin? If The Bachelor, The Selection series, and Moana all had a baby, this would be e Seventh Sun takes put in a lush setting, featuring two characters who I loved from the begin all the method to the end. Mayana’s relationship with her dad reminded me of Mulan’s and Moana’s relationships with their fathers—comical and affectionate, but also sprinkled with that need to please their fathers, and instead disappointing them. In fact, Mayana’s quirky and fun hero reminded me of Moana through the whole story, which created me love her even e first half of the book swept me away, allowing me to escape the mundane for a bit and comfortably settle into this sweet romance. AND THEN I READ THE LAST HALF. And guys. I couldn’t place the book down. I had to hold going back and re-reading lines because I was reading so fast. That ending was so gloriously e latest thing I anticipated when I started this book was to be left with a heavy book hangover and a deep longing to spend one more day in this story globe with Mayana and e Seventh Sun is a compelling debut with high stakes and sizzling romance. This one will definitely go on my “will read again” shelf.
What an awesome journey. This book is beyond... its rich and atmospheric, elegant and detailed, bold and full of heart. I just wish to fan girl over this book. I picked up up off of a recommendation and the cover alone. I love historical fiction novels and reading about the Mayan/Aztec is a love of mine. This book seemed to have all my favorite bases ticked so I decided to read it.I am beyond blown away with it. Every page is lush and detailed, full of pleasant scenes and rich detailed characters. I loved how the author incorporated history and facts to create this story come aline. I was sucked in and didn't escape until method after I turned the latest page. I will be reading more from this series and this author; that is a no brainier for ere is romance here (it is YA so nothing more then kissing) but oh my the adventure it amazing. I loved the direction the story took and was surprised in parts and predicted others. The ending is mostly complete (a little cliffhanger) that left me immediately wanting more. I can't wait for what comes next and that wait is going to "kill" me!! LOL.If you are looking for adventure and a fun story this is it!! Ten stars and more. I will leave this review with one thing that I would have liked mentioned to me and that is this: Trigger warning/Sensitive Reader Warning: I do think sensitive readers need to be aware that there are some very difficult scenes with animals within the story. They not graphic but do depict death/harm.
I really enjoyed this book! The premise drew me in right away, and the characters kept me turning pages. There were a lot of characters I liked, but I especially loved Mayana. I similar so much to her questioning e globe building was really lush and detailed. And the magic system was awesome! It was not only cool, but it had consequences, which I think is necessary in magic systems!All and all it was a refreshing YA fantasy!I am excited for the next book!:)
I really enjoyed this book. The author writes with awesome description--great similes and metaphors and overall description. As a teacher, I always trained my students to "make a film in their heads when they read to support with comprehension." I found myself continuously doing this, saying to myself, they have to create a film out of this! The story keeps changing in unexpected ways. I loved the plot, the symbolism, and the real to hero choices each hero made. With several characters with somewhat difficult Mayan/Aztec names, I found I was still able to follow it I must say I am not usually a fantasy reader, though I did have fun Hunger Android games and this book has a related feel to it, but I really enjoyed the Seventh Sun. The only downside is the next book in the trilogy is a year away from publication! It will be tough to wait!
What a unbelievable debut novel! Based on Aztec and Maya culture, the globe in this novel is bursting with stories to tell. The characters are well established, and it's fun to go along their journies with them. Ahkin struggles to adapt to his fresh responsibilities when tragedy suddenly strikes, while Mayana is trying to come to terms with what the future may keep for her, all while hiding beliefs that create her an outcast. Each princess has a distinct personality, backed by equally special powers, fueled by their blood. There's romance, mystery, amazing hero development, and an interesting magic system, staples of an perfect young adult fantasy novel. Looking forward to the next book!
This was the excellent book to compliment my leacture-heavy-powerpoint-deprived psych class! My professor straight talked for an hour and fifteen mins every tuesday and thursday with NO visuals on the board or powerpoints of any kind. This created it hard to focus and I often found myself browsing facebook, or playing android games on my laptop instead of listening. I know I even spent some time on amazon during that class just browsing fun and entertaining things I wished I could buy. I'm a visual learner so I didn't learn much in that is book was a lifesaver. I got all of my important information, to pass this class with an A , from this book. It was simple to read, and the included visuals really helped. I always attended class but I am confident that I could've passed the class solely by reading this book and not ever going (I AM NOT RECOMMENDING DOING THAT, HOWEVER! NOR DO I ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE THAT. Always go to class, kids.) Anyways, amazing book. I would highly recommend it.
Funder's original Personality Puzzle was amazing and it keeps getting better. I would use this book for Personality 101 or a graduate seminar and both audiences would search it very worthwhile. He has amazing content, he is lucid, has a sense of humor and thinks practically. Hard to search those in one author.
This book helps with studying for Dr. Funder's class, because it's just an extended ver of his lecture notes, so you usually obtain the stories that he talks about in class and more explanation from the book since he doesn't always have time to go in depth on everything he wants to talk about.
And best series ever. You can tell they really obtain along, it seems the actors are ad libbing just like true mates do. They are each quirky, fun, realistic and damaged in their own way. Their characters fit the actors, in that each characters personality fits their appearance, and they have the mannerisms perfect. Their parents, of each character; fits the characters so well, ex. Chandler mirrors his unusual parents lifestyle and is very open, Joey fits his huge Italian families and his sister's are hilarious, Rachel reflects her rich upbringing and breaking away from the " obligations" expected for her, Monica and Ross are the best siblings I have ever seen, I'm a twin and they couldn't be more realistic than they are, I know not twins, but the nitpicking, yet help of each other, each of their private neuroses fed by parental expectation, perfect. Phoebe, I just love Phoebe, Her crazy road life, hippie style, yet surprisingly smart and quirky, got a Smelly Cat? Now we have the whole series. Posting this on all mates series I purchased as this is how I feel about the series. Not one episode dissapointed. If you wish to laugh your butt off, sometimes catch a tear, and obtain to know a amazing cast...This is for you.
Shortly after receiving the Mates Season 7 DVD Set, I watched it. When I popped in Disc 4 (which has 'Season 7 Disc 4' right on the disc), I was very surprised to see that the Episode Menu for this disc actually said 'Friends Season 6' and did indeed have the Season 6 Disc 4 episodes on it. How did the manufacturer manage that? So, I do not have the latest 5 episodes for Mates Season 7. How am I supposed to obtain these, you ask? I have just ordered a used Mates Season 7 DVD Set, at more expense, in the hopes that it actually has the correct episodes on Disc 4. Here's hoping!UPDATE: The used Mates Season 7 DVD Set I received has the correct episodes on Disc 4.
Loose leaf is cheaper, that's why I bought the book. Fresh condition, and the access code worked. However there are only 2 hole punches, 1 in the middle and 1 on the bottom; which is kind of ridiculous. Unless you can search a binder/folder with 2 hole punches on the middle and bottom, you are going to need to punch out the top hole. It's a minor inconvenience, but still stupid.
This textbook is the most interesting I have ever read. It was one of those ones that I could continue reading even if the material presented in the chapter did not interest me at all and found the subject boring. I like how Dr. Funder locations some of his opinions in and backs up his thoughts with the research on it with a bit of humor added in. It feels like he is actually out to obtain us to think instead of just throwing out page after page of drivel like most textbooks with the authors getting paid by the word. Though Dr. Funder’s book does go on and on at times, he still makes it interesting.
And therefore real to Lem's original brief, it's a time-travel story where Our Character of tomorrow ends up arguing with Our Character of today - then, tomorrow, relives the argument from the other side. But, when the time-loops turn macrame, it's method more than just two of them. And somehow, Lem's simplicity and wide-eyed disingenuousness create it all seem so clear, at least at the th's artwork spans a wide range of moods, and this beautifully follows Lem's straight-faced clowning. (If you question the word "clowning" in this context. go back and look at Muth's renderings of zone suits.) A fast read for a light moment, I recommend it highly. And I recommend at least a second reading, too.-- wiredweird
Funder is the leading expert in Psychologists in Personality Psychology. His has published a huge amount of articles and done a lot of experiments in in his field. He is also a professor in Berkeley one of the best graduate schools for psychology. When writing about the experiments he has done he also describes his experiences doing them; which is fascinating for a person going into the field of research. He not only mentions theories and explains complicated material well, he states his own opinions and brings up questions about a lot of of the concepts that are amazing fundations for further research, theories and topics. His footnotes can be hilariously funny to read and his "Funder's laws" mentioned in the book are very insightful. It may be difficult to understand for someone who is fresh to psychology. It is my favorite psychology book I have read and one of the few I reread.
To be clear, I ADORE Friends. It is the only present I can watch on repeat without ever getting tired of it! The reason I'm giving it 4 stars is that I was hoping that the episodes would contain the full length time as the DVDs do (FYI: the present on TV doesn't actually play the entire episode. They chop out a few mins worth of dialogue and plot to shrink it for TV. The full length episodes are on the DVDs.). I search myself really missing those additional couple of minutes, but I'm a hardcore fan. If that doesn't bother you, go for it! You can't ever go wrong with Friends.
Bought it used as I have done in the past . However, this is the first time I’ve ever received a book with so much highlighting and side notes in it. It’s ok as I know the risks with buying a used book and am ok with it. But definitely something worth e book itself is amazing simple to read well written and has loads of useful information.
There are some sitcoms that needed "growing up" before they became really amazing - and Mates is one of those. Early seasons had distracting gimmicks like monkeys and triplets. Later seasons relied on the performances and writing and were better as a result. Season 7 is a solid season all the method through, with the underlying theme of preparation for Monica and Chandler's wedding appearing in most of the episodes. Thus, the entire season has a narrative flow of sorts, but every episode is still stand-alone and watchable by itself.Other reviews have listed the entire set of shows, so there is no need for me to repeat that. Some others have mentioned that the season is somewhat bland. Perhaps this is most real for those viewers invested primarily in the Rachel-Ross Axis, especially in the light of the upcoming Season 8 that re-introduces that entire storyline (through Rachel's pregnancy). I, for one, do not miss it. There are plenty of "soap-opera moments" in this season, but I prefer such moments to be centred on the soundstage where Joey is filming "Days of Our Lives".All in all, it is a solid and very funny season. There are lots of guest stars - a private favourite is Susan Sarandon as a soap opera queen. The box set is exactly what you'd expect if you've bought previous seasons of the present - there are a few commentaries (which often have a few neat tidbits but which also tend to cheerleading at times), there is a small quiz, and so on. However, the best part of having the present on DVD is to be able to watch it uncut and without advertisements. Mates is also one of those shows that improves when you see the episodes together - the underlying comraderie and warmth of the cast is emphasized, and it makes the inside runnning jokes funnier.
This is only the 6th Criterion Blu-Ray release that I've seen after The Night of the Hunter (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray ], M (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray ], Modern Times (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray ], Stagecoach (The Criterion Collection) and Seven Samurai (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray ] and although I liked the 3rd and especially the 5th on that list better this is still a very rewarding movie to watch. This ver of "The Seventh Seal" firstly comes with an perfect 24-page booklet containing a amazing essay by Gary Giddins. The picture quality is perfect having been very, very well restored and while not pristine excellent is still very amazing to watch and one cannot overstate just how much better black and white movies look on 1080p. The sound quality is also amazing although personally I would have liked to have had a DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 surround option but perhaps this mono is the best they could do. The unique features are also amazing with the interviews of Bergman being the is is just amazing film-making from every possible angle of evaluation. I loved the theme of the movie of finding God in the least obvious locations and how death comes for all of us and that although we may delay the inevitable we can never hack it. Even when Death plays chess with the knight I obtain the feeling I'm watching a cat playing with a mouse before devouring its prey. It's interesting how the knight goes through so much problem and suffering not only for himself but also for his clearly not very satisfied and yet fiercely loyal squire in doing what others like the corrupted seminarian tell him is the method to please and hence to know God by killing Saracens - the very people who think it pleases God to slay clearly mentally unstable women by burning them at the stake and calling them witches - this very knight is left not knowing God and feeling empty while the lowly relatively innocent and trusting lower class performer Jof not only sees the Virgin Mary and the Infant Christ but he also sees Death and hence is able to run away at least for the show from the fate of the rest. Interesting how in the Bible the Beatitudes states how blessed the pure in heart are as they will see God explaining God's favour and blessings on the easy Jof and his family as they are spared the fate of the more complex and higher class knight and his squire. The "Seventh Seal" will now also create it to my very short annual classic movie viewing ry rewarding viewing and a must-have in any self-respecting film fan's video ry, highly recommended!
This was one of the best seasons ever. Although too much attention was placed on Rob & Amber, they improved as the present went on. My wife & I have become addicted to watching these and all the seasons. My only negative comment is WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO RELEASE ALL THE SEASONS?We have watched all the shows in all their reruns on either the android game present network or Reality TV. This set comes closest to the extras that Reality TV puts together at the end of each segment by brodcasting interviews of the competitors. The additional bits & pieces are fun to watch and makes me wish to buy more episodes, BUT I CAN"t with it & release all the episodes!!!
"The Awesome Race" present is a amazing favorite in our household. At least, as reality TV goes, it isn't based on the inane premise that a contestant is in mortal danger of a crocodile eating them, while the camera-man getting close-up shots of the croc, and getting paid union wage and benefits, somehow isn't. It is interesting to see other parts of the globe and in this particular season, we especially enjoyed rooting for or booing some of the longer-term contestants. My wife and daughters love Phil!
What can be said about this movie that has not already been said, or written? It is sacred in the temple of cinema. The knight's confession to Death alone is inexhaustible. I used it to begin a philosophy essay on Schelling, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. And I got an A. But enough about my writing skills. Bergman is a genius. He is an artist. He is a philosopher. His angst over the silence of God is an extension of continental/German philosophy which began with Martin Luther, if you ask me. But this is the sort of movie that philosophers and people who are interested in the deepest human ponderings will not only wish to see, but own, so they can watch it over and over again. It is the kind of movie that should be cultivated over a lifetime. Every time I watch this film, I come away with something new, even if it is only that Bengt Ekerot bears a striking resemblance to Dwight Eisenhower, who was President of the United States at the time this movie was created (1957), and I got that from the perfect essay included in the DVD, written by Gary Giddens. There are some people who won't obtain this this film. But to those of us who do, it's a treasure.
What more could I possibly say about one of cinema's greatest films? Ingmar Bergman spins a tale of a disillusioned knight who encounters Death after coming home from the crusades. This movie is magnificent. One of my favorites. It's poetic and haunting, full of unbelievable visuals (besides the iconic photo of Antonius and Death playing Chess, there's the religious imagery and the fresco of the Dance of Death).Everything in this movie works. Unbelievable performances from Max von Sydow and Gunnar Björnstrand, as well as countless other Bergman regulars and non-regulars. I won't test to give you a play by play because this film is too popular for that. If you're reading this review you're already interested and only looking for info on the iterion has place together an perfect product, improving on their previous release from years ago (Spine #11, early days of DVD releases). Not only is Peter Cowie's familar commentary included, but also a fresh afterword from him. There's two Bergman similar releases this time around: an introduction filmed by Marie Nyrerod and a longer, 80+ min doentary about his life also filmed by Marie Nyrerod. There's also audio only interviews with Max von Sydow (conducted by Peter Cowie), Bergman 101 about his filmography from Cowie as well and a short appreciation by Woody Allen. The trailer is also included.If you're on the fence about upgrading, jump off and pick this up. Improved picture and audio, plus a boatload of fresh and perfect features. You can't go wrong with this package.
I got the Dvds and each one of them was scratched and they looked stained with some kind substance. I want I would have read the reviews before buying. I noticed in the reviews a lot of people had the same experienced as I had. For anyone who is reading this, STOP, click BACK, and order The Awesome Race Season 7 from a various company.
Criterion has outdone themselves once again with this fresh edition Blu Ray of Bergman's classic film. The Seventh Seal is an absolute must see for any would be student of the cinema and this is the pack to see it x von Sydow plays the iconic knight Antonius Block who has just returned from the Crusades with this loyal squire Jons(Gunnar Björnstrand). Both men are globe weary and return to a Sweden being devastated by the plague. In one of the screen's amazing photos Block challenges Death(Bengt Ekerot) to a android game of chess. The stakes are high if Block wins he gets to live or at least live long enough to do one noble deed in his life. That deed is the saving of a little family and their kid from the death at the hands of the is is one of the amazing intellectual movies of contemporary cinema but that thought should not place off any potential viewer. The movie explores the meaning of life and death and the theory of whether or not God exists in this e Criterion pack presents the movie in its original Swedish and also in an English dubbed track. The transfer is as excellent as if the movie was brand new. But the movie itself only tips at the things to come as one explores the disc. First up is an introduction to the movie by Bergman hmself. That is followed by an perfect commentary track by Peter Cowie produced for the original Criterion release. To this commentary Cowie has added a brief video afterward of material that he was not able to discuss on the original e largest unique feature is the presentation of Bergman Island (2004) Marie Nyrerod's doentary on the director originally created for Swedish tv and then recut as a feature film. This is an impressive additional feature since Criterion has also released the movie as one of its stand alone titles. The movie runs 85 mins and covers three aspects of the director's life: his cinema, his life in the theatre and finally his reclusive later years on Faro Island. This feature alone is worth the price charged for the disc.Wrapping up the disc are a 20 min interview by Cowie with Von Sydow which was used for research into Cowie's book on the actor. The interview which is audio only speaks to the problem that foreign actors have of breaking into the American movie system. There is also a tribute to Bergman by Woody Allen for Turner Classic Films and the perfect short Bergman 101 also by Peter Cowie which walks the viewer through a huge segment of the director's career in about 35 minutes. The original trailer for The Seventh Seal is also is is a must own disc that comes with the highest recommendation.
I enjoyed watching season 7 even though I knew which squad would victory due to a reference created in a later season about a Quick Forward in this season. It was still an awesome and exciting finish.I am taking away one star because I had to order this box set 5 times before I finally got a set with 4 acceptable disks, that did not have smudges or fingerprints resulting in not good picture quality or freezing. It was odd that all 4 sets returned had a deep notch chop over the bar code on the back of the box. They were sold as "new" by 4 various third party vendors and 3 were fulfilled by Amazon. Since the fifth set did not have a notch and is ok, I have to wonder if the notch has any significance.
Excellent print. Excellent sound. Dozens of extras. Criterion has done it again with this release. I would not dare to review the movie itself, as there are so a lot of excellent reviews of this masterpiece, I could not do it justice. Just know that if you wish the best look at this wonderful movie, Criterion has produced the best print ever.
Having seen parodies of this film for decades, I finally decided to watch the true thing! Glad I e video and sound quality of the disc is very good. No problems there. The packaging is great. I recommend the ver sold as The Criterion Collection.
If you're reading this, I assume that you know what you're looking at, so I'll spare you the plot e transfer, in a word, is brilliant. It is stunning to see such vivid detail in a movie that was previously veiled in murk. (on VHS anyway) There is a LOT of grain, but as I understand it, this was a conscious decision by Criterion. Rather than artificially reduce the amount of grain, they left it intact to preserve the "original" state of the film. It was a bit off-putting at first, but I got used to it quickly, and I think it was absolutely the correct e movie is a marvel from begin to finish, and the wide shots in particular are nothing short of beautiful. The detail you can see in the waves of the ocean or the leaves of the forest is astounding. The sense of realism and weight that is given to the actors/costumes/settings via the level of detail is truly revelatory as well. The sound is crisp and clean, although I'm admittedly not a serious audiophile. Really though, it's the visual brilliance that will stop movie nerds in their tracks. This is reference level stuff.If you are a fan, this ver of the movie is worth every penny. I haven't yet delved into the extras, but the unbelievable transfer of the feature alone is worth the purchase.
OK- so I'm a bit slow on the uptake: I just started watching The Awesome Race this season. (12) I wanted to see more so I ordered seaon 7.I LOVE Season 7!!! Granted, I disliked Amber and Rob on Survivor( though looking back, Rob really should've won Survivor) but I love them on TAM! Their android game tactics were hilarious (ex: Stealing the cab from the Blondes) and really took the android game to a fresh level. I think they should've won the whole thing.I couldn't stand Gretchen! I was hoping she'd go the first week. Her whiney, complainey voice was like nails on a chalkboard. She talked so LOUD all the time, it drove me nuts.I am impressed how far she and her hubby got, however.I think all of the other couples had alot of personality and they created the season alot of fun. Amazing job by the casting - They should have a party android game : Drink everytime someone says "Baby" or "honey".....too a lot of times!!!
I really like this present and really wanted to watch my fresh DVD's. Well, now I understand why they were so much cheaper than the other seasons. The DVD won't play at all. It starts, but sticks. Very disappointing and very not good workmanship. Sometimes it will play after 4 or 5 minutes.
I loved this season! Partly because it was (IMHO) one of the best seasons of the Race, and partly because it was the second full season ever broadcast in the United r those who are complaining about the inclusion of Rob and Amber from that other reality show, this was not the first time that it was done. In season five (just showing on UK TV) one of the racers was a former Huge Brother contestant - and although I can't remember who it was, a contestant from Survivor has also been on before this. The people who run the Awesome Race have a long, drawn-out selection process that takes a lot of things into account, probably just like Survivor has, and with how gruelling the Race can be its not suprising that they've thrown up the same contestants. Lets just have a small reality check here - suppose they HAD place Rob and Amber in to boost ratings, and they got eliminated on the first round. What then? The fact that they lasted until the end proves that (love 'em or hate 'em) they BELONGED in the Race!
What a amazing season. Vehicle accidents and injuries. Drama and scheming. Marriages in trouble. It was all there and any fan will love the unique feature that allows you to click throughout the episodes for extra footage and interviews. One of the cooler unique features I've seen. More than worth a buy. Even if you're just a Survivor fan it's worth buying this just to see Rob and Amber back in action.
I have waited to see this movie since I wanted the ability to just sit and have fun it. Holy cow! I now see, in several hundred films I have sat through, at least one element from this film. So much today is so derivative.I believe the theme was important, the "holy family" as witness to the cruelty and self-inflicted injury we do to our selves and our society. The cinematography is stark but compelling, the characterization is just right and leaves you just enough info to understand the characters and their motivations. The black and white restoration is well done and the musical score is clearly heard and undistorted. Criterion did a amazing job with this product. Enjoy.
Since first seeing this movie in my early 20's, I've considered it the greatest movie I've ever seen, and repeated viewings have yet to change that opinion. Having the opportunity to own this on DVD was a treat for myself. To my surprise(I usually do not read contents, basing my purchase on the title itself & price) I was pleasantly surprised to not only recieve this pristine copy of the film, but an additional disc filled with perfect material, including a Woody Allen overview of Bergman films.(Bergamn is Allen's favorite director, and close viewing of Allen's movies often finds homages to Bergman, including Allen's Interiors).There were also several interviews with Bergman himself. If you are a Bergman novice, I reccommend this flm as the one to begin with. There is plenty of plot action, and the performances are more begin and accessible than a lot of more slower paced Bergman films. Every time I watch the movie, I see something new, and while watching this on a latest flight, I realised how well paced the film actually is. Bergman's story centers on a knight & his squire returning, disillusioned, from the long(10 years) and bloody fighting of the Holy Crusades. They return to a Danish countryside wracked by the Black Plague. The knight, awakening on the stony beach, is greeted by Death himself, who , in lieu of taking the Knight, agrees to play chess with the Knight, and delay taking him until their android game is finished. In their travels, the Knight & his squire run into a lot of characters, creating a little band they travel with towards teh Knight's castle, until's the movie's final confrontation with a latest party, the host asked over dinner, for every one to name thier favorite film, and why. I picked this one, and it's beacuse there is , literally , everything in this movie. Bergman speaks to Life, Death ,marriage(good and bad) love, lust & hate. He speaks of religion(bad and good) and faith(not the same thing). He adresses war, and peace and how all lives affect others. As grim as the movie can be, there are a lot of very funny moments as well, and two of the most unforgettable film characters ever, the Knight & Death. Bergman's Death is often shown and parodied(the end of this movie is parodied in Woody Allen's Love & Death, by the way). The film is in black & white(late 50's) and subtitled, which, sadly , puts some people off, but it is , still and always, my favorite movie-I recently re-watched Barry Levinson's "Diner" and got a little kick out of watching two of the characters watching the Seventh Seal in a theatre-one hero is absorbed, the other talks about going to the beach all the time and never seeing Death there. Sums it all up for me, as to how people see this movie.
This DVD set seriously looked like someone had stepped on it. It was packaged alongside another DVD set which was unharmed, so the hurt couldn't have happened in transit. The plastic covers on both cases on the set were shattered, and the DVDs all skip. The backs of all four DVDS, while not completely scratched, were covered in a weird, smokey-looking movie that won't wipe off. BUYER BEWARE!!
You already believe in reading aloud and feel comfortable enough doing it... so do you really need a Read Aloud Handbook? You probably don't NEED it, but I think you'll be grateful to have this book. As both a parent of young kids and as a teacher of low-income middle school students (on a break to stay at home while my children are young), I'm getting so much from e largest lure for me was the Handbook's "Treasury" - the annotated list of amazing read-aloud books that makes up the latest third of the Handbook. I obtain overwhelmed when selecting books and wanted to be able to choose from a list of reliably loveable books for my children, as well as to create sure I wasn't missing any especially amazing choices for my middle school students. I'm happy with the Treasury so far, both in the quality of books described and in the range of ages represented (There are a amazing few pages on reading to infants in Ch. 3 and any age toddler-8th grade should search several amazing recommendations in the Treasury). The bulk of the books described are picture books, short novels, and longer novels (100 pages and up), but there are some recommendations for poetry and reference books as e first 170 pages of the Handbook covers subjects like why we should be reading aloud, suggestions for reading aloud at each scene of development from infant up, hints for Sustained Silent Reading, and amazing and poor news about the growing dependence on digital reading. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed these chapters. Here's what I loved:* Inspiring: Trelease gives more than a sales-pitch for reading aloud - he makes the love and joy of reading with kids contagious. I was already "sold" on reading aloud, but feel re-energized to create read-alouds more frequent and more fun.* Challenging: The a lot of anecdotes of inspiring educators and parents created me think. A teacher of 3 and 4 year olds reads chapter books as well as picture books... am I right to have assumed my 3 year old can't handle hearing a chapter book yet? And a mother read to her young kid at meals as long a duration as the kid showed interest... where can I work in more fun reading to our days? I could go on.* Filled with practical suggestions: Some examples: amazing specific book recommendations when transitioning from picture books to novels, an anecdote of a clever ipod/text program for struggling readers, what we can learn from Oprah, and of course a lot of practical dos and don'ts while reading aloud (before, during, and after reading). Several seem common sense, but they're still helpful.* Readable: This reads like a conversation with a knowledgeable veteran educator who has formed powerful opinions after years of getting to know how children learn. It's filled with research, but not at all dense.I'd also recommend Pam Allyn's What to Read When. There's not too much overlap; its book recommendations are more about teaching or opening up conversations on a lot of various subjects while the suggestions in Trelease's book are more about learning to love to read. Both are helpful to me.
So, I wanted to have fun this... But once I got to the part where the MC (detective) interacted with mc (VICTIM OF AN ASSAULT) and how he spoke to her and treated her... I just couldn't.. it was ridiculous and turned me off from the story completely. I didn't even care who the poor guy was at some point, though I took a guess and read the end just to satisfy my curiosity. I was ss
Did you like being read to as a child? Do you search that your students, particularly English Literature students, don't read the assigned chapters? We have been reading to our classes and found that the students are very receptive to this method. (Of course, some reading on their own is needed but getting the info and understanding the content is the main point.)
As other reviewers have said, I was surprised by how much I've learned from this book. Of course I already knew that reading to kids was important! I mostly bought this for the resources at the back, which are great, but I didn't think I'd obtain as much from the rest of the book. I was wrong. The info around why it's so very necessary to read out loud and the hints on how to pick books, when to read, how to read them, etc... are fantastic. I would highly recommend this to anyone that has children or works with them. I've already told everyone I know that will listen!
+++Warning, this will include spoilers from the prior season, but no major season 7 giveaways+++This season deals with a lot. It is, in part, a resolution of the happenings of season 6, the main story arc of season 7, and setting up season 8, including what will be the heavy crossover happening involving all the current DC shows, and possibly shows no longer on the e season starts out with Oliver in Slabside prison, having admitted to being the Green Arrow and turning himself in at the end of season 6. He has to not only survive being in prison with a lot of people he helped place away but also a continuing threat from Ricardo Diaz. About 1/3 of the method into the season we obtain the crossover. Like was the case latest year, all the crossover episodes (this time just three-parts including Flash and Supergirl episodes) are included on the blu-ray set. The crossover this season is called Elseworlds and is in-part a self-contained storyline and in-part total setup. It also introduces the hero of Kate Kane (aka Batwoman) played by Ruby Rose, which will be the newest spinoff present starting this fall. The remainder of the season involves the "big bad" of the season who is someone with ties to Oliver's family. This season also replaces the flashbacks with flashforwards (to 2040) which introduces fresh characters and sees Star Town in a very various r those who obtain the blu-ray, the series looks and sounds great. The set finally has a real play-all mode that allows you to pick up where you leave off, even if in the middle of an episode. The gift material contains deleted scenes (about 10 mins worth total), a gag reel, highlights of the comic-con panels for Arrow, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl (which will very likely be ulative with all the other shows), a feature on the DC comic villains (again likely will be included on all the other shows (including Gotham)), and a 45 or so min feature on the crossover happening (again will be ulative). Overall a decent amount of material. The season continues to be well written and acted, and manages to give the large ensemble cast, not an equal amount of time, but a amazing mix for the different characters. There has definitely been a shuffling of the cast over the years and that continues with some characters dropping down to a recurring role, others being promoted to series regulars, and even some cameos from past characters. If you are a fan of the show, even if you think it is getting a bit long in the tooth, it is a amazing pickup.
As the series winds down, this second latest season doesn't disappoint. A fresh archer is introduced, as is The Monitor, an omnipotent figure who is looking for a squad of heroes to prevent a coming crisis. Fans of DC comics will need to watch the crossover series, all episodes included on this Bluray set. Notch the arrow, pull the string, and release for the penultimate season of CW's Arrow!
Still working through my book list and this one I received 2 years ago. October 2014 to be exact. I can honestly say this felt like finding a small e story was engaging from the beginning. The more you learned about each hero the more you were drawn to them and cared what happened to them, be it amazing or bad. I found it difficult to place down the book at times. Just one more paragraph, one more page, or to the end of this e story arc had as much depth as the characters did. What was most chilling was you did not see the real depth till the very end. The author in my opinion was an artist in the method she wove her tapestry of the story with her characters to create one attractive work to be seen complete at the very end. You only see bits and pieces throughout the book but not the whole work till she is ready to unveil it. For me that is what create a real author great. Thank you for sharing your art with us. I will be looking for more in the future.
Lara Church almost died 7 years ago at the hands of a madman, dubbed the Seattle Strangler. She doesn't remember the attack at all, leaving her disoriented and running scared. She's lived a gypsy life, driving from one coast to the other, finding peace in her photography. Eventually she comes back home to Texas and tries to begin a life there.Texas Ranger James Beck is investigating a murder and search a similarity to the Seattle killings years before. He's anxious to talk to Lara and see if she remembers anything. More women are dying and soon Lara is back in the ybe I'm a jaded romantic suspense novel reader but I knew who the assassin was right away. It felt like there was no build up in suspense. The two main characters had very small interaction yet they were supposed to have feelings for each other. It didn't ring real to me.I didn't hate the book. I read it all. I just wasn't very invested in it. I didn't really care what happened.
I totally have fun Mary Burton's books, and this was no exception. A serial assassin is on the loose, and Texas Rangers close in on him. My only issue with this story is that it is not very clear what created Raines become a serial killer. The deaths of his wife and kid did not evidence a path to murder. Still, this was an exciting read.
I've been giving this book to all first time parents I know for a lot of years. Explains the importance of family reading and the benefits to both the child(ren) and parents, and why to begin very early and continue well beyond when they learn to read. Improves child's vocabulary, teaches them to focus on something and sit still for awhile which is very helpful school preparation. But most importantly, reading becomes a wonderful, loving bond between parents and children, not to mention creates life-long readers. Gives helpful hints to parents reluctant to read or uncomfortable doing so. Treasury of books at the back is useful, too.
Some books are read-aloud gems. Others, while they may be fine books, do not lend themselves to oral readimg quite as well. Jim Trelease has been making the task of sorting out those books a cinch, and the seventh edition is just as unbelievable as the first. I have relied on this book for decades, both as a parent and a librarian, and I can say unequivocally that it has never failed me. A lot of of the books that were my own children's favorites came from this book, and it helped me to explore hidden treasures that I might not have found without it. This is one of my favorite bonuses to give fresh parents. I know it will support them to raise kids who love books!
This book was great! Begin to finish. The main character, Lara, goes through the ringer trying to obtain her memory back. She can't remember all the info of her attacker, and struggles with her everyday routines. Thank goodness for Lincoln, her faithful dog, who's often by her side. And with a assassin yet to be tracked down, Lara's life is quite unsettling. She lives with fear of the unknown. Someone tried to killed her, but she got away. Yet, the murderer is still out there. And apparently, he is not done killing. Luckily, she does obtain support to locate her assassin from a cop and a personal detective, but can they be trusted? What do they wish from her? Can she trust them? There's a lot going on in this book, and it all works. It's a amazing book that will hold you guessing, all the method up to the very end. A must read.