Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness...the third and final installment of Chaos Walking series. “Is this what war is? Is this what men want so much? Is this sposed to make them men?” ~ Todd Hewitt
That ending NOOOOOOO!!!!! WHY?????!!!!! in the words of Viola...."My heart is broken, broken in a way that will never be healed". But despite Mr. Ness tearing my heart out and tramping on them countless of times in this series it was still absolute 5stars for me. Sometimes you gotta love the one that hurt you the most.Aaarrgghh!!!
Making Money by Terry Pratchett is about Moist von Lipwig, a con man who was "hanged," tasked with making the Post Office of Ankh-Morpork run again, and when he successfully did it, was tasked with running the bank of the city. Making Money has its funny moments, but it's pretty dull. I found out later that this is actually the second book with Lipwig as its protagonist. The first book is Going Postal.
Going Postal is the first book featuring Moist von Lipwig in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
Lipwig has many other names because he is a con man, or rather, he was a con man. After he was caught in Ankh-Morpork and hanged under the identity Albert Spangler, he later finds himself hurting but very much alive in the presence of Havelock Vetinari, the city's Patrician. Vetinari gives Lipwig two choices: use his real name and work for the government by running the Post Office, or go through a door that leads to a pit with a very long drop. Lipwig gets the Post Office up and running again, but he almost dies (again) because he also gets into a rivalry with Reacher Gilt, the owner of the Trunk, which sends messages across the Discworld via clacks (like a telegraph).
Going Postal is a very exciting novel that also criticizes how most companies operate. Lipwig uses his skills as a con man to work for the government and defeat a man who is worse than he was as a criminal. He plays dirty, but he works for a good cause and gives good results. Aside from the interesting plot, observations about big industries and the sentiments of working people are incorporated in the story. It doesn't matter that the setting is an imaginary world; the people of Discworld think and feel just like us.
I really liked this novel because it entertained me (laugh-you-head-off humor+thrilling plot) and it also expressed how I feel in my current job. Let's face it: Most companies only care about money. They value quantity over quality, so they end up productive but incompetent. People who actually care about their work struggle in that kind of environment.
Here are some quotes that really struck me:
"All there was, was money. Everything became money, and money became everything. Money treated us as if we were things, and we died."
“He wanted to say, oh, how he wanted to say: craftsmen, D’you know what that means? It means men with some pride, who get fed up and leave when they’re told to do skimpy work in a rush, no matter what you pay them. So I am employing people as 'craftsmen' now who’re barely fit to sweep out a workshop. But you don’t care, because if they don’t polish a chair with their arse all day you think a man who’s done a seven-year apprenticeship is the same as some twerp who can’t be trusted to hold a hammer by the right end."
"You did what you were told or you didn't get paid, and if things went wrong it wasn't your problem. It was the fault of whatever idiot has accepted this message for sending in the first place. No one cared about you, and everyone at headquarters was an idiot."
I've finished reading Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham. It contains three stories -- each set in a different time period in New York: one that takes place in the past (a ghost story), one in the present (a psycho thriller), and one in the future (a science fiction). I like how Cunningham managed to "connect" the stories by way of the works of the poet Walt Whitman. Powerful and gripping!
just finished it yesterday. This book shares coelho's wisdom on various aspects in life in the character of Copt. This may not answer all the questions but certainly, after reading it, some things will make sense. 5 stars for this.
The Next Door Boys by Jolene Perry...it is a clean light romace with a religious theme. Despite the antagonist Leigh being a cancer survivor I didn't like her much for the rest of the story she was such a Mary Sue character to my taste. I couldn't bring myself to sympathize with her character considering she had a lot of people who cares a lot for her but she chose to be annoyingly independent and even at times selfish.
imavee wrote:Just finished it Kiera Cass book 2 of the Selection last saturday... it sucks that I have to wait for May 2014 for the final book. Nakakabitin much!!!!
hehehe! it seems America needs to up her game if she is to win back The Prince's trust but seriously there were sides of him that i didn't think he would be capable of. So that was kinda exciting to watch out for. But i have theory that the King and his administration already picked out their own chosen winner prior to the actual screening and all the shebangs of this selection process. That the process itself is just for show to appease and capture the attention of the citizens and not be aware of what is really going on outside of their country. How about you? what is your theory on this?
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender..this YA horror suspense story is certainly creepy. I can see this story as a movie. Despite the characters being cliche in a stereotypical high school setting scenario I do like most of them and Alexis the main protagonist is a punk rebel student and very opinionated but not totally annoying. But think of this as a female version of CHUCK that possessed evil toy doll *shiver* in this one its a vengeful porcelain doll with creepy eyes. I enjoyed the suspense aspect of it although it is not the traumatic kind hehehe. I also think the book cover is also that creepy with all that light airy colors it is quite a contrast..i love it!