Loretta R. (passthebook) - Reviews

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Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Review Date: 8/22/2008

I found this interesting, but not fantastic. It was not a fast read and I didn't get inot it as much as I would have liked. Still, overall a good read.

Manatee on the Move (also published as Chessie, the Travelin' Man)
Manatee on the Move (also published as Chessie, the Travelin' Man)
Author: Randy Houk
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
Review Date: 11/3/2008

This is a cute book for a child of 5-9 years of age. It is written as a poem with rhynming text and is the true story of about a Manatee who swam up the east coast and was rescued and flown south again, only to swim the same route the following year all the way to New York. This time he swam himself back. This book comes with a cassette tape that reads the story to music. Interesting and sweet.

The Road
The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
Review Date: 8/23/2008
Helpful Score: 43

This is a work of art. Many people say it is a dark, depressing book. In some ways, that is true, but the beauty of the relationship between the father and son creates a depth and richness contrasting the dire circumstances the characters are facing. Cormac McCarthy writes with ellegance. His text is filled with imagery and often reads like poetry. Quotations and tag lines aren't used and yet because the characters voices are so strong, you have no trouble determining who is speaking. You walk with them on their journey and become so immersed in the world the are in, you will cry when they suffer and wish you could somehow jump in and save them. I couldn't put it down and cried more than once while reading it. It is so powerful, you will feel like you've just lived through this tragic, poignant story yourself.

The Smoke Jumper
The Smoke Jumper
Author: Nicholas Evans
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
Review Date: 2/9/2009
Helpful Score: 5

This is the second book I've read by Nicholas Evans and I enjoyed both. He writes with passion and breathes life into not only his characters but the environment in which they live. The setting is as much a character as the people. Through use of rich vocabulary, combined with metaphors, similes, he evokes scenes sometimes beautiful, sometimes tragic. The story is compelling and takes you on a journey through the lives of three people. He easily switches back and forth between them, weaving in their backstory while revealing bits and pieces of who each of them are. The story unfolds slowly, but holds your interest as you become attached to each of them and begin to care about their outcome.

Essentially, this is a love story that evolves over many years simmering like the fires the smoke jumpers are faced with. It is also a story of friendship and loyalty. Each character is unique, and not just a caricature. Ed, the musician, looking to make it big in the world of New York city musicals, Julia, the teacher who works with troubled teens, and Connor the photographer. Ed and Connor, both outdoors men, both adventurous, meet while training to become smoke jumpers and a great friendship ensues. Then there is Skye, the troubled teen, part Native American, who plays a crucial role in the first and second part of the book.

The characters journey's take you from New York, to Montana, to Africa and beyond, through war troubled third world countries and into the heart of a smoke jumpers life, to a quest into the woods with a group of troubled teens and into the heart of war correspondent. This book has a little bit of everything and it keeps it coming for all 560 pages. Thanks Nicholas for a great ride.

Word Power Made Easy: The Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
Review Date: 7/21/2009

This book is fun to use and has quick tests to check your vocabulary and see where you are lacking. It is organized in a thoughtful way. Each chapter covers a specfic topic, for example how to talk about personality types, or science and scientists and each one has quizes for you to test what you've learened. There are also references that include books to read to impove your vocabulary in specific areas. Overall I really am enjoying using the book.

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