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Classic case of good ideas drowned by the bad ones and terrible lascivious writing. Like, the over the top descriptions of gore and horror are just so "come look at this dead body I found!" *pokes it with a stick* high-school sort of nonsense. And boy howdy don't start me on how garbage his attempts at representing other cultures are, especially the fucking "Otaku" chapter, where a panicking malnourished idiot weiner is miraculously saved from a zombie horde by finding a sword with his tiny spindly arms. And then is trained by a blind 70 year-old gardener to become the shield of Japan or something? Grorius nippon baka gaijin indeed.
I finished this book a month ago, but have delayed giving a review because the task seemed so beyond me. Put simply this is one of the most disturbing and difficult histories I have ever read. That said, it is also one of the most revelatory as well. Author James Bradley's father was one of the six men who planted the flag on Iwo Jima and is featured in the most iconic photo of World War II. Bradley's research into his father's life and the war he fought is recorded in Bradley's excellent Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys. In undertaking The Imperial Cruise, Bradley sought to understand the causes of World War II. If the war in the Pacific began with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, what led to that? If Pearl Harbor was the blast that started the war, what lit the fuse? In seeking this answer, Bradley uncovers a secret diplomatic mission ordered by Teddy Roosevelt to the Far East in the early years of the 20th Century. Roosevelt, through Taft, encourages Japan to undertake a policy of military expansionism, a policy intended to benefit U.S. interests. In ordering this mission, Roosevelt sowed seeds in the wind that would reap the whirlwind decades later. If Bradley had confined his work to simply giving an account of this "imperial cruise", he would have done enough. Yet Bradley turns from his history's central narrative to fill out the broader theme of American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and its roots in a shockingly ubiquitous belief among America's elite in Anglo-Saxon supremacy. A cursory survey of these concepts is a part of any American History course, but the scope to which Bradley plumbs these depths is surprising and shocking. Obviously racism is and has always been a huge part of the American identity, but Bradley sheds new light on some of its origins and applications in the minds and actions of America’s founders and presidents. Of special interest was Bradley’s account of the Spanish American War and America’s Nazi-like atrocities in Cuba and the Philippines. The Imperial Cruise is dense with heavy concepts and raw information. This is a book that bears reading and re-reading.
I have to be honest and say that it took me a while to finish this book as I am not a big fan of scary stories. The story was very well written and it had me in suspense the whole time. The author does a phenomenal job describing the surroundings which helped me get a better picture of the hotel and the characters. There were some parts that were pretty scary and a little freaky for me, but a very good story over all. The characters were well developed, although I didn't fall in love with any of them. I guess it’s just that kind of story. The White Horse Inn is known for its ghost sightings and things that go bump in the night. Digger and his paranormal crew plan a weekend paranormal ghost hunt to cash in on some money, but Digger also has personal reasons to revisit the Inn. Kendra, Digger’s teenage daughter is all into drawing characters in her drawing pad and avoiding her father. Kendra holds grudges against her father because she has been the parent in the family ever since her mother died when she was a little girl. There are several parts in the book that are pretty scary so I suggest reading this book with a light on at night, but then again, I’m a wimp when it comes to scary books and movies. The ending left me wanting more. I know the author wanting us to use our imaginations, but I feel like, if I read a book, I want to be told what happens and not left up to me to figure it out. Other than that I thought the book was pretty good. If you are into scary books and movies, then I suggest you read this book. http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/2011...
this is probably the most brutal and badass portrayal of batman that i've come across. the concept is great and it's well developed and written. there are 4 parts and each one is better than the last. for awhile i felt that the device of using TV news reports to convey plot information and general mood was highly over-used. but by the last 2 parts i'd gotten used to it and it didn't bother me as much. The artwork was OK, but a touch on the drab side and many of the pages were far too text heavy. overall i prefer HUSH, but this was still a very good read.
This book was really instructive for me writing wise, but I didn't really enjoy reading it. He moves between flashbacks and the present with a unparalleled fluidity and uses words so subtly--it almost makes up for the overwhelming plot. Also--worst title and book cover ever. Fire this jacket designer.
It took me a little while to settle in to this book. The beginning for me was slow (so much setup!) although after seeing it through to the end, I understand why the author did what she did with the beginning. We meet Andras as he's departing Hungary to study architecture in France. A chance meeting sets him on the path to meet Klara and their stories become intertwined as we see them go through the atrocities of war. We meet Andras and Klara years before the war begins, which allows us to see how drastically their lives are altered by the course of the war and the aftermath. I did feel that events at the end of the novel were rushed (to get through certain years), especially compared to the slower pace of the beginning. This novel offered a new perspective for me on WWII as I didn't have any knowledge of the impact or events in Hungary. Overall, a great WWII novel.
Helping my boss to edit his paperwork is one thing. I do work in a lab, and have a reasonably sound science background with more than my fair share of written papers for peer review. So, can I present a question to the gods of academic writing...? Why can't you all just pick an academic writing style, declare it to be THE ONE, and then stick to it? Back in psych, I had to un-learn my trusty MLA formatting to learn APA formatting, only to come here and unlearn my APA formatting to learn The Chicago manual style. In the long run, isn't it all just BS anyway?
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