"What a book! So intense and thought-provoking. I love when a book can really make you feel all the emotions of the characters, like they're actually happening to you yourself--and this book did just that. Everybody living in America should have to read this book at some point or another. I loved it so much I might not re-post it! (sorry!)"
"The other reviews aren't lying -- some parts of this book are absolutely revolting. What's worse though, is that someone had to actually think these thoughts and put them on paper! However, the most gruesome scenes are really few and far in between and what lies at the core of the book is an absurdly sarcastic, hilarious and ironic look at the
"yuppie" Wall Street culture of the late 1980's, with themes of materialism, greed, extreme narcissism and, ultimately, mental and emotional isolation from society."
"A very entertaining and surprisingly engrossing book about a young, beautiful, and intelligent aristocratic woman growing up and falling in love during the turbulent and unrelenting years of the French Revolution. The story spans many years and reading the book would be easier for people with a basic knowledge of the events surrounding the French Revolution. Nonetheless, the story combines a fascinating historical fiction and a transendent romance with plenty of adventure and suspense."
"Very interesting book about the life of Artemisia Gentilleschi and the up-and-down relationship with her father. The author really allows you to identify with Artemisia during her teenage years and watch her transformation as she grows up, though the book dragged on a little toward the end with a lot of long & confusing descriptions about the Italian papal system, the papal states' rulers and lineage, etc. I'd still recommend this to anyone who's a fan of Renaissance and Baroque art history, Italian history, biographies, or even family sagas."
I would definitely recomend this book to anyone who's a of fan biographies, of "old Hollywood", of studio-system era movies, etc. This book was SO well researched. Parts of interviews are included that are from people who knew Gardner 50 or 60 years ago and witnessed many fascinating events in her life."
"I must've missed something in this book. After reading it I just can't get what's so great about it. It was mildly entertaining but I didn't think there were any great plot twists, character developements, etc... I don't know maybe it's just me"
"i agree with sharon h.'s review, this book was pretty predictable & sort of unrealistic. the first half i enjoyed but then i got bored and it just got pretty corny. I would definitely call this book typical "chick lit" (no offense intended)"
"A very strange but surprisingly entertaining book about a sex addict who fakes that he's choking to death in restaurants in order to earn sympathy money from the person who "saves" him. After the first couple chapters, I could tell this wasn't going to be one of my favorite books of all time, but I continued with it and was pleasantly surprised. There are some dull parts, and my chief complaint is that I felt like the book didn't have much of a beginning, middle, climax, resolution, etc. The entire story is basically a few-month long glimpse into the daily routines of the main character, Victor. Despite being a dispicable and directionless sex addict who takes advantage of people's sympathy to earn money to care for his mentally ill mother, you find yourself actually sypmathizing with him by the end of the book.
The writing itself was great. There is a lot of sarcasm and some really interesting and insightful points are made by Palahniuk, through Victor's observations and confusion about the meaning of life -- particularly, his own."
"anyone who's a fan of koontz knows he basically can't write a bad book, and Cold Fire is no different. I liked this one a little more than most Koontz's that I've read cuz it had a more romantic twist to it, which I like in a book. He definitely needs to weave more romantic themes into his work, he writes them very well"
"I could never quite get into this book. From the very beginning, my interest was barely piqued, but I stuck with it for as long as I could (which was pretty long considering the book's 900 pages) but eventually boredom and regret over how much time I was wasting with this book kicked in and I quit without even finishing it... I just could not bring myself to care about any of these characters and their day-to-day lives. Most of them I felt had very few endearing qualities. You may feel completely differently about it though!"
"I read this book about 2 weeks ago and still just cannot decide if how it ended was how I hoped it would end... Regardless, the ending is rather heart-wrenching (typical of Nicholas Sparks books.) The first quarter of the book is a little slow, but once the 2 main characters get together, things pick up. The book has other typical Sparks elements like intense romance, yearning, declarations of love, soul mates, etc., but that's part of what makes it such a sweet, endearing romance story... The movie version of the book is coming out on Feb. 5, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's going to see the movie!"
"I thought this book was hilarious. I laughed out loud many times while reading it. It's written using lots of British slang, which is partly what makes it so funny. Sometimes it takes a second or two to realize what body parts or activities the characters are referring to, but once you figure it out, it's so funny to think about how a different culture in a different country refers to things. It's definitely a story for teenagers/young adults, but well-written and very entertaining nonetheless!"
"This book is really fantastic! I read it once, then went back and read some of my favorite chapters again. I'm only 19 years old, but as a fan of old hollywood movies, film noir, actresses from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, etc. this book was awesome. Her life was so endlessly fascinating and this book is very entertaining! It draws you right in, just like Elizabeth did to so many people in her life, especially men! Plus, it includes many pages of pictures which make it even better."
"I wasn't as impressed with FTCOHE as I was with the other Koontz's books I've read. I thought the summary on the back of the book was misleading as to who the main character was & what the plot mainly was. Still, it was an entertaining read."
"I really enjoyed this book. The author did a good job of breathing new life into the characters from the oringial Godfather and putting his own spin on them. He's made a fascinating, cross-generational, multi-layered story about the Corleone family. If you read the original Godfather and The Godfather's Return (i'm pretty sure that's what it's called) you'll like this book, otherwise you might be really confused."
"As always, Koontz's books never fail. This was a very good book, though I thought the plot was sort of similar to "The Husband" and "Velocity". While there might not have been as many shocking plot twists and revelations as some of Koontz's material, this book includes a lot of dialogue between the characters, which I love, because Koontz makes them so witty and likeable."