This book reads like poorly written fan fiction. One of the worst books I've ever read! It has totally ruined the whole series for me. I am so glad I borrowed the book from someone and didn't waste my money on it. I would give it zero stars if that were an option.
One of my favorite books when I was in junior high, and still a good read now that I am in my '30's. A powerful story of a girl struggling to survive anorexia, written by a man who has treated many anorexics.
Heartbreaking, gripping, and unlike anything else I've ever read - an odd mix of Spanish slang and sci-fi references that detail the life story of not only Oscar, but his sister, mother, adoptive grandmother, grandparents, aunts, friend and sometimes boyfriend of his sister, and the Dominican Republic while under Trujillo's dictatorship.
I have to say, geek that I am, I got pretty much all the sci-fi references sprinkled throughout the book. I have a little Spanish and was able to understand some of the phrases, if only by context alone. But a few references escaped me, and I found a website called http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com/ invaluable for those.
A difficult read at times, due to both writing style and content, but worth reading.
I did not like this book at all. It has a very predictable and unsatisfying plot. The book is filled with such phrases as "time went as slow as a turtle on Valium." The book is supposed to be Christian fiction, yet the characters never attend church (not even for the title wedding), nor is God even mentioned.
The book that tells how Pern, and those amazing dragons, began. All the Pern books are wonderful. This one isn't my favorite, but I do like how it explains the origin of the dragons and various parts of the Pernese government and structure.
This is a cute little gift book. It is only slightly larger and thicker than a CD jewel case, and filled with cute animal illustrations along with sayings like "I would be unstoppable if I could just get started".