Friday, December 30, 2016
Like many of his other works, O'Donohue's writing is soft and ponderous. It's not the kind of book I could read straight-through, but a book I needed to digest in little bits to consider how I felt these concepts within my own mind and heart. This is a wonderful book if a reader is looking to find new life or God in the every day experience.
More by the author:
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Echoes of Memory
Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Yearning to Belong
Friday, December 23, 2016
Das's novel is filled with realistic characters, who all drew both my sympathy and ire each in their turn. The passion and determination each character displays is sometimes admirable and at other times despicable. This supernatural foray reminded me that there is a beast within us all.
Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
Friday, December 16, 2016
While I found the lessons within each chapter worthwhile, I found the writing lacking any subtlety. The chapters are only 20 pages long, so it seems that twice or even three times repeating an animal's wisdom/lesson is unnecessary. When zebra, an African animal, makes an appearance in chapter 3 I was jarred to reality, remembering that the author said in the introduction that her tradition is from North America. This led me to do a brief search and I found that the author is listed on multiple sites as a "fraud" or at the very least an exploiter, who is appropriating teachings from multiple First Nation tribes.
With the doubt of the validity of this material, I cannot recommend it for anybody who wants to learn authentic teachings. A seasoned reader of the inspirational genre is likely to find this book unsatisfying simply because of its lack of subtlety. However, for those who understand this is new age materials and prefer blatant lessons this would be a good choice.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Although the tale reads like a standard journal filled with the woes of an unfortunate sailor, there are inconsistencies and bizarre circumstances leaving the reader befuddled. Edgar Allan Poe's only novel is no less disturbing than any of his shorter works.
More by the author:
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Works
Friday, December 2, 2016
Like many of McKinley's other works, this novel is a coming-of-age story, where Sunshine finds her place in the world as a being with supernatural powers. Sunshine's dry humor was not lost on me, but it just didn't strike the right cord with me. I liked all of the characters and I enjoyed how McKinley managed to seamlessly integrate the supernatural world into a modern world. Sunshine is well-written book not quite to my taste.
More by the Author:
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories