Hyeji Jeong Jeong itibaren Pecharthal, Tripura, Hindistan
a good mix of being educational and entertaining. some parts were slightly repetative but never really boring. also, slightly outdated.
The sequence just keeps getting better. This title's Newberry medal was well deserved.
I listened to this book on tape (unabridged, read by the author) while jogging in the SM mountains, which I pretended were the mighty Himalayas. Palin is only a fair writer but - of course - an excellent presenter. I think my review might have been less positive if I had read rather than heard this book. I particularly enjoyed the bits about the supposedly Greek hillbillies of Pakistan, claiming descent from Alexander's conquest, as well as Palin's visit to some of the weirder ethnic minorities in SW China. As an uncultured slack-jawed American, I had wrongly lumped each of these countries into single, uniform ethnic and cultural groups - glad to see I was wrong. This book will really make you want to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge in China before it is destroyed forever by "progress" a la Glen Canyon and Hetch Hetchy. Good stuff all in all, for wage-slaves like me who love reading about travel.
** spoiler alert ** Genre: Thriller The Lying Game by Sara Shepard is about a girl named Emma who finds out that she has a long lost twin sister, Sutton. When she gets in contact with her, Emma hadn't realized that Sutton didn't talk to her - Sutton was dead. As Emma is blackmailed into acting like Sutton, she has to figure out who killed her sister, before things get worse. I liked this book a lot. There was a lot of mystery and it kept me hooked. One thing I didn't like was that it is just like her Pretty Little Liars series because blackmail and murder is involved with anonymous notes. Sometimes it got confusing what was going on because the characters kept changing between Sutton and Emma. Sutton would always be italicized but then it wasn't actually her. The good thing about this book is that you honestly don't know who killed Sutton. At first you think it's one person, then another, then a group of people and then you're confused again. This book keeps you hooked because you don't always know what' going to happen. I recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers.
My father bought me this book when I was struggling with C's in Calculus while in high school. I managed to pull my grades up and went on to major in Economics and minor in Math in college. A wacky source of inspiration, but a total lifesaver.
As a dog lover, I love this whole series by Spencer Quinn. I read the first of the Chet and Bernie mysteries (Dog On It) earlier this year, and it was HILARIOUS. Told by Chet the dog, Quinn really captures the random thinking and subjects that make Chet convincingly doglike. Bernie, a down-on-his-luck PI, is also likable, and together they make quite a team! This second book is even better than the first, and I already have the third on my pile of books to read.
A book is not simply some pieces of paper bound together for the convenience of entrapping words on as few slices of parchment as possible, it is a work of art, the content elevates the form, true, but the form also elevates the content, and this content is well elevated by this form, and it's better for it, would it be better if it had more in it, if it had more pages? or if the poems were printed on both sides, no, and on to the content, just fantastic, personal tragedy is woven into sharp gritty diamonds that tear at your eyes as you read them, war is hell and it seems for some so is peace, its like the conflicts and violence they witnessed are viruses, and they're not dead, just infected, if this book is a virus then i'm affected. and peversely, for all of this, its a joy to read.