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Monday, June 30, 2003
  There will probably be no updates this week, since I’m going to visit my family. So here’s a quick reveiw of the Great Gatsby that didn't make the original post.

Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring! Boring!

And to think all this time I've spent driving past Fitzgerald's grave and only wondering if Zelda's ghost occasionally kicks his ghost around, I could have been yelling 'Boring!' 36 times. (I'd kick his ghost around, if I were Zelda's ghost) 
Friday, June 27, 2003
  Lord of the Flies by William Golding

That filth such as this is mandatory reading in many schools across the country is a damning testament to the class-nature of the ideology peddled in America's institutions of "learning." .................................................

I had to read this book for literiture class I hated it. my teacher rattled on about the symbolizm in this book.It was so boring and kinda gory.Plus no girls, wasnt they susposed to repopulate the world after nuclear war so not possible wih only boys. The one thing i found interesting was how they acted like wild animals after they had been on the island a while.that was kinda cool.But it was to confusing Boy, bet that she did good on the test.

Not enough killing. Why couldn't they all die Well that's nice.

...The main character is Ralph.He is a military boy that gets stuck with other military boys.On their way home from the military the plane crashes on a island.None of the boys know what to do,some cry.There are about 16 boys.Ralph wants to get rescued the most.There is one boy named Piggy whos overweight and wears glasses. There is also a boy named Jack.He decides to go hunting with other boys and picks on Piggy.He leves the 16 boys,soon there are 8 boys with Ralph and 8 boys with Jack.Later Jack kills a pig,there is a feast...The moral of the story is if you have a problem try to resolve that problem.He lerns that rules are very importain.Ralph was forced into being a man because instead of being excided he thinks serious.This was an outstanding book I give it 5-5 stars... Yeah...I've got nothing. 
  The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawk is AMerica's Most Talented author, I tell you and you beleive it! Few authors and authoresses have 100% Pain and Suffering without losing your mind. Author Hawk has both! My Englsih not so good but I think I got the jizzt of this luscious Novel; it is be careful. Its not every day can we change our hair, you know put on a wig and say, "I feel beautiful. I am someone new too"
That is our Ethan. He is CRAZY!... I would give to him all my money if only I had more. Times are tuff. Go to the pool, America, and fuhgeddaboutid! Let Sexy Ethan dance your Talented dance of wacky noire Cowboy-Western adapted to one thoughtfull book. Best buy.
Not all reviewers can write about books without losing their minds.

Ethan Hawke a brilliant writer. Awkward kind of special sense of humor he has. I loved the book. Many of us go through the things the person which is just like the Ethan Hawke we all know and love. When fangirls write in blank verse.

This is, without a doubt, the best drama I've ever read. Ethan Hawke does a beautiful job telling a tale about a young man who excels deeper into his own sexaul identity and discovers his own strength after being dumped by the girl he loved. The pages in this book are filled to the brim with much drama, pain, and love. This is the book for anyone who is in any way lost. I highly recommend it Excels deeper? 
Thursday, June 26, 2003
  Lullaby: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's novels are written in "Tarzan-speak"; no educated person would ever write in this way. A diesel mechanic, however, might.

Here is the premise of LULLABY: A news reporter discovers a book of spells. When a culling spell is read aloud, it kills anyone within earshot.

Wait a minute, the author changes this premise slightly. Anyone who THINKS the culling spell can kill anyone he or she chooses.

No, that's not right. The author modifies this premise further: Anyone who INTENDS TO KILL someone KILLS THAT PERSON.

Do you find this premise interesting? Do you think that the premise is logical? If so, LULLABY is the book for you!

Chuck Palahniuk: the Tarzan of English-language fiction!
Me like Tarzan, so me should add this book to my list?

Do you like carp,starlings,and Kudzu.Perhaps you shouldn't at least not if you like them here in our country.This book will get at you like the sound of a Bodhran.It is a funny,bizzare,yet worth your timetypeofread.Plus the cover looks great on your coffee table and that is the reason for buying a book anyways.So get it, show it off.It will be a new product to satisfy your consumer urge at least for a day or two.Then you can redecorate your whole house just to go along with the bright dead yellow bird motif.Perhaps that swedish super design and furniture center has a sale.Then after staring at the book for a few days perhaps you should read it.Then join a local chapter of wicca.start making models and play god.Then sit back and let the tv do your thinking.Think about how wonderful and safe big brother has made your life.You know I love humongous hermano and so should you.better yet buy this book on tape.and when you get it on cd play it real loud so you can drown out the neighbors and your thoughts.I can't wait for the edition that will be read by Hillary rodham Clinton.I hope she gets a grammy. ................................................................

Sorry about not posting a new review yesterday, in my defense it's way too hot to do anything.



 
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Hey every1... u totally gotta get this book... it's the coolest!!
if u love King arthur n guenevere, n morgan le fay n those legendary characters, this is THE book 4 u...
hope ya like it... i totally LOVE this book
Really is it that hard to write out words?


Every woman should have a copy of this book in her library. It not only gives a new view to the Arthur Legend but lets the reader see a time when women were not just chattel for men. When women stood tall in their own skin and owned their own bodies. I think this is important in a world that has said that women do not even own the name on their birth certificates. I would recommend this book for any girl over 13 or 14 too. If I had a daughter this would have been a gift for her.I think it would build the self esteem of any teen girl. Yes, because all men treat women as chattel, that's why my Feminist Theory class had guys in it. Uh-Huh.

 
Monday, June 23, 2003
  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

man, dis book was off the hook up in this beezy. man, i was scary sometimes. i was nice. you should read dis piece because it was nice. The reviewer is both scary and nice, sometimes he's both at once. He's scary for today.

The junkyard row "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley is one of the first "how to" books published. She addressed the main issue of work force and salary in this highly praised dissertation about successful businesses and creating employees.

The work ethics Shelley defined are still in vogue. She established the law that career comes before impact analysis, scientific experimentation, and love. Most technicians still follow the advice published in 1818 by working day and night to put together the right solution for their clients regardless of the work environment.

Shelley points out that product based solutions fail while standards and protocols create the framework for a universal solution. Scientists embraced the philosophy to create simply because they could. Penicillin and the atomic bomb were born from the advancement of science. With the creation of stem cells, we see that Shelley's work has been implemented and that Doctor Frankenstein does indeed live.

However, Shelley does not just address the issue of increasing the work force, but how to manage relationships as the jobs get more stressful. Donn Gash, editor of Deviant Minds, in his excellent analysis of the true impact Shelley sees regarding the ultimate options for love states: "... what red-blooded heterosexual man would ignore his beautiful fiancée in favor of creating another man?"

There you have it. Work comes first. Before you start your next dot.com business -- read this book. Find out how you too can increase your team and create a winning strategy. You cannot go wrong with this 5 star classic trainer.
Beats the hell out of Who MOved My Cheese.

ok this book does not deserve the title of a horror story its not scary in the leat bit. so all y'all who think this book will send chills up your spine IT WONT! READ DRACULA ITS WY BETTER!frankenstein isjust plain sad and depressing ....................

 
  Animal Farm by George Orwell (I'm on yet another dystopia kick, happens every time the weather gets hot.)

the book 'animal farm' was not very good. we read it in english, and the book is so boring i almost fell asleep reading it. george orwell must be old. i do not recommend this book to anyone.. try watching tv instead. but dont watch the movie, its worse than the book. Fearing for the future is quickly becoming a hobby of mine.

Of all the things I have ever read! What a terrible and unrealistic story. I mean, how can animals talk? I have a parrot that talks but not in complete sentences. And besides the pigs run the show in this and if it really happened the cats would run things because everyone knows that cats are born leaders. Anyway, I wouldn't reccomend this book to my worst enemy. I read this book to my nephew, Simon and he started crying and now he is afraid of pigs and horses because he says that they will rise up and establish a totalitarianist state and will rule over us. Ughhhh! It gives me a head ache. No, no, no, it's the chipmunks that you have to be afraid of.

this is a week book it do not make sciens to how can some shitty pig take over a fram if i was boxer i would kick the shit out of them to me the animal is the stupit animal in the whole wide wrold The reviewer in this case claimed to be 9. I'm back to fearing for the future.


 
Sunday, June 22, 2003
  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

"hey dortch do i git do dend da wabbits dortch" Wonder which charecter he identifed with?

I think the story is action packed. Where Lennie killed his puppy and Curley's wife, George killed Lennie, and Carlson killed Candy's dog. All that made me excited. I didn't really like the part where George killed Lennie. They could have run off to a different state or something. Above all I think the story was great. ............

Travelling across America in search of who are now they do it on cycles, in cars, by bus or in time honored tradition of foot and thumb. The wanderers of today may wear the long and speak a different jargon, but their trip is one that men and woman have taken for as long as this country has been pushing at its frontier What exactly does that have to do with anything? 
Friday, June 20, 2003
  Sam writes in to suggest the reviews of A New Kind of Science by Steve Wolfram.

For years I have been searching for something heavy enough to stop my back door flying open in strong winds.

A New Kind Of Science by Stephen Wolfram is perfect for this use, highly recommended for back doors everywhere.

May also be useful for wonky tables or for short people who need to reach a high shelf.

Indispensible.
This was 4 star review.

If you wish to dispute his claim, write a paper and submit it to the scientific publication of your choice. Some of you people sound like a bunch of Flat-Earthers shaking your fist at Columbus. The "Eton Narcissist?" Since when does one resort to name-calling in order to properly review a book?

If you want to extol his virtues? "The Hand of God?" Please. Did he pay you for that? He should.

I read about this book in Discover magazine, and being highly curious and a total layperson, I came here to check it out. Based on the article itself, I do believe I'm going to going to read this book.
Oh, and this was titled "Would some PLEASE write a REAL review?". It seems that the answer is No.

Really a big step to a better future,also if i hated matematics i had ejoyed this way of looking at the reality with new eyes and the help of a computer used how it is by itself.
This book made me dream about intelligent beings made by wind or water stream both in the earth and in near planets!
If you say impossible read it and than i think you'l say only unlikely ,such big will be your surprise.
If we need to save this planet this is a good way to try and i hope we shall all read this book.
The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming! (But not until 2012)

 
  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

After reading this book, I felt as if my intellectual freedom had been ground under by the iron boot of PC liberal thuggery. It's a sad, sad day for literature when a book like this can actually be required reading in schools. It lacked form, character development, and grammatical elegance. Most of all, it attempted to beat the reader to death with the "plight" of the author. Yes, you read that right, "PC liberal thuggery". Gah.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH NOT LETTING US RATE IT AS A ZERO. WISH I COULD HAVE. this book was a burden on my soul, then entire time i was forced to read it. it drivels on in such a manner as to make the novel a complete horror to read. i don't care if it's a classic about a woman's fight to survive or find her soul. A BOOK IS ONLY GOOD BASED ON HOW MUCH YOU ENJOY READING IT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED IT. i just wanted it to be over, so i could take the test and pass it, because it was such a blandly written piece of trash that a four year old could understand it and hate it as well. i'm sure there are people out there that love this novel, not everyone shares the same view. hey, that's why Titanic was such a popular movie. my whole point is to not think it's good just because a critic says so, myself and about 30 of my classmates would rather be punched in the gut than forced to think about this for another second. why write a review if i hate it so much you ask? i'll tell you why...it's really late and i'm bored. i'm writing a letter to my teacher and i needed to know how to spell the author's name, so i came here. so to anyone out there that doesn't just think things are good because someone says they are...don't touch this silly novel for the life of you. i'm done now, you can all tell me taht this didn't help you now, to get it off the list of reviews, and how pathetic is that? are you that insecure about the quality of your novel? you should be. in conclusion, i hated this novel even more than i hated that stupid book Kindred. Wow, someone has anger issues. Wonder what wil happen when they have to read The Scarlet Letter.

Can you be a woman in the South, in the early part of the century fo America. America that holds us close and bites our csouls trhough our flesh. Passion, sexual freedom in a lover too young, too young to be anything but a transition, a transition to freedom. A Black love story, Black literature that throbs, that vibrates with power, and ends with the baptism of the land, of Janie. Washing away tears of infidelity, of grief, of dread, of poverty, of fear and replacing them with the eyes that were watching God and God looked down and cried onto the land, onto Janie onto the fields where her fingers had bled, where her hands had split, where her tongue was kept silent and held to converse life and moisture.
Share your freak with whomever because it's a beautiful thing.
My freak is staying right here, thankyouverymuch.

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

This book is not as good as some other books, but it is much better than some books. That is why I gave it three stars and not no stars or five stars. Democracy prevails. Buy me a drink. Now, take off your clothers. Yes, just like that. I think we are beginning to understand each other... I don't think that we can ever understand each other.

This book is off the hook, the bad hook that is. I comprehend that it is a grand piece of historical literature but if it was a tad more interesting than it might just grab my attention. More adultery might work too. In conclusion, if you are forced to read this book like i was, its ok. yo peace off the hizzle fo shizzle my nizzle Maybe Hawthorne was also a "player hater".

THIS BOOK SUX! Who cares about Pearl anyways! Someone shoot me in the head before i die of boredom!!! Well, I'm a pacifist, but if anyone else wants to honor this request.....

On a related note, I must say how annoyed I am when reviewers of period novels suggest that charecters obtain a divorce. The books will seem a lot better if you bother gaining any knowledge whatsoever about the time frame. Also, Hester is one of the best names ever. 
  The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

The first entry comes from the land of misdirected mail.
Hello Customer Service,

I am sorry to say this but I have the wrong product. I wanted the book not the tape. I haven't opend the package till now. Just now, when I got the time to read book, I found out it is a tape. Could you please send me the book and I will return the tape. Or tell me what is the procedure is. Thank.
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anyone who ever had a heart, wouldn't turn around and hate this book. maybe it's just me (the booker prize it received suggests not)but this novel has set THE STANDARD. yes, i am a woman. yes, i was born a lover of poesy, water, and the small heartbreaks that consume our lives (our stories). yes, i come from a dysfunctional family, one in which violence and monumental sacrifice play heavily... but it doesn't matter who i am. EVERYONE should at least take a crack at this book. this book ate my head and my heart and it actually (now that i have read it a second time, 2 years later) did change my life. after i read the god of small things, after i was so gutted and giggly, so transfixed, so lilted and quelled... i dumped my boyfriend and fell in love with the quiet man, the eyeballs man, the GOD OF SMALL THINGS man. and i didn't even realize that the book had made me receptive... because there was a lapse in time, about a month or so. where one morning i woke up with the quiet man's eyes in my eyes and the ionized feeling of falling water. i reread the book last night. i have, since the initial reading, moved to another country and found the only meaningful relationship i have ever had with a painful beauty(the above mentioned). there is nothing to dislike about this book. everyone who panned it is somehow sub-human in my eyes. or maybe they are not, they are like Baby Kochamma... so jealous of the beauty... and afraid. Well who isn't a lover of poesy?

Look friends, I exactly am not dumb! Infact I got myself a masters from Kansas to prove that. But this book frankly left me puzzled and scared. Scared bcos if I admit to the world that I could not find it interesting people will call me dumb. And I ain't a dumbo... Anyway here I am tryin to be frank at the cost of my reputation. Yeah man this book takes a lot of PATIENCE! And it ain't the best story book in town. So if you want to test yourself against confusing language and showy phrases, go ahead. otherwise follow my advice and avoid this. God knows how these prizes are distirbuted. I guess it may be a conspiracy against us simple dodos who look for satisfaction and story in books.... I suddenly have a lot more confidence in my academic skills.

This book is the worst piece of fiction ever written. I recommend all sane people to ban this book immediately. "God of Small Things" is about the voodoo movement in India. All God-fearing human beings must NOT read God of small things. Mmmm...that's good racism.....

 
  Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
I do not think this book is suitable for people. It has much sexual content and should not be on the shelves for children!!!!! Hmm..I never saw it marketed as a children's book.

I READ BOTH GOOD AND BAD ABOUT THIS BOOK I BROUGHT THE BOOK
AND I THOUGHT ABOUT SEEING IF MY BOOK CLUB WOULD LIKE TO READ
IT.IF ANY OTHER BOOK CLUB READ THIS BOOK, PLEASE WRITE
AND LET ME KNOW IF IT A GOOD BOOK TO DISCUSS,I DID LOVE THE
COVER,I PUT A FIVE DOWN BECAUSE I HOPE I WILL ENJOY IT
The caps lock button is not your friend.

By the time I got to page 40, I had a sick feeling in my stomach. I understand that the reason for the book was to explain how the wicked witch got that way, but reading all that sickening sexual and violent stuff was more than I could take. I did something I thought I would never do. I threw the book in the trash! No way would I recommend this kind of reading to anyone for any reason. Incest, adultery and perversion are not entertainment - they are sick and sad  
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
  The Awakening by Kate Chopin

This book is not for some people; you almost have to be a female to understand the main character. This woman wants to cheat on her husband, but Kate Chopin does not portray her as the evil character. This is not a fast moving book, so if you sre looking for an action packed thrill ride this book is not for you. The Awakening shows how women are affected by marriage and how men expect women to take care of the house and entertain guests like the normal wife. It is an amazing book and well worth the read, but I suggest that you go in with an open mind and understanding. Ah, sweet over-generaliztion.

Of all the femi-nazi literature that my teacher shoves down my throat, this was certainly the least tolerable. Devoid of any interesting subject matter, this book challenges the reader to make it through without expunging his most recent meal from his system. This book, however, has its pluses. If you need to strike up a conversation with someone of the female ilk, just toss this one out there...apparently women are born with a desire to read insipid and boring books such as this one, so you're sure to hit a home run. Happy reading! Another addition to the 'I only read to get laid' files.

i have just finished this book and have to hand in a book report of it tomorrow. I really don't know what to write about it.It's so silly. I have no idea why my teacher put it in the book list. I cannot see how Edna has been awakened, she 's just got bored of her routine life and wants to get some excitement, something different and so she becomes capricious and imprudent and act according to her own will without thinking anymore of the consequence and the impact brought to her husband and her children.Someone may say that The Awakening is good,a masterpiece, a successful... novel for the enlightenment of female, i myself is also a female but i don't feel awakened after reading it. What do you mean by "awakened"?is it to leave your husband, to abandon your children, and to have affairs with other men...?this is totally irresponsible and inconsiderate!!!if Edna likes drawing, she can draw whatever she wants after she has finished the housework and looked after the kids.It's her job and she has to take this responsibility, furthermore, it's she who bore the kids,she chose to do this but not the kids and again,she should take responisibility for her decision.She can fall in love with Robert and even marry him but please do it after getting divorced with her husband,this is her legal responsibility.You may dislike my comment based on responsibility but this is very true that we all live in the same society,it is inevitable that we have to be cooperate with others and abide by the rules of our society.If everyone acts like Edna, how many broken family and orphans will there be?it's not a matter of gender but for everyone of us. Edna has undoubtedly she has recognized that she is one individual and doesn't belong to anyone.it's inspiring that she has found her value of existing and struggles to lead a "what she considers a better life".but too much self-awareness and self-assertion only leads to egotism and selfishness. At the end of the story, Edna commits suicide. There's no point for it at all. she has been "awakened" according to Chopin, and should be very happy with her new life. it's confusing.does she not enjoy living, or does she just want to die because her subdconscious mind, that is, without pausing and pondering(she must be mad)?Anyway, if this is what people called "AWAKENING", i 'd rather never be awakened. I think that someone may have missed the point. 
Monday, June 16, 2003
  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Please dont read this book for the good of humanity. If you read this, you will not only fall asleep but you will also just slap yourself in the head when you are finished. The idea behind society "dumbifying" (yes I understand that isn't a word)will never happen because a plethora of people still read books and buildings will NEVER become fire proff due to their being WOOD WHICH IS FLAMMABLE in houses. So then firemen would still have their same old job. BBBBBBBBBOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRIIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGG Evidence that society is in fact "dumbifying".

Fahrenheit 451 is the worst book I have ever read in my whole life. I was forced to read it in school, and I disguised the book starting at the first page. There is absolutely nothing good in the book. It makes no sense, and I personally don't think the world will become to be, as predicted in this book. I also find this book very offensive to my religious beliefs. How can a book that takes the name of the Lord in vain, in almost every page, be used as a class novel. Everyone knows that taking the Lord's name in vain is breaking one of God's commandments, and is a sin. I have never read a book that was as bad as Fahrenheit 451 in language. I don't understand how the school boards can justify such a book, and use it for classes. Anyone who hasn't read this book, don't waste your time! Amazon Evangelism II: This Time It's Personal

who ever wrote this dumb confusing book is in a mental state of mind! Fahrenheit 451 is a overworded description of a fireman who lives on rebellion! It is a bad influence on the young people of the world. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE BURNED! Love is hate. War is peace. Chocolate is vanilla. 
  The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
my name is zatch and um yeah and theat ll Yes, that's the complete review.

Who ever says this book isn't worth reading, must not know how to read and proabably has no taste at all. Who every thinks the latter must be trying to eat crack, instead of smoke it. The novel was was a great, is a great, and will continue to be a great. Read it and learn from it. The characters help readers realize how people can change. This novel is a window in to Kafka's thoughts. Mmmm...crack...

Oh, yes, every day people wake up to find themselves turned into a cockroach and have to deal with living as one. I'm just real sure! That's the story of THE METAMORPHOSIS. The whole story is about Gregor as a cockroach...oooh aaah! Of course, when you read the notes, you'll understand why Kafka wrote this story, but it's still a little silly. Nuff said :) Yay for surrealism! 
Sunday, June 15, 2003
  Ulysses by James Joyce
Patricio kindly kicks things off by pointing out this review;
To smash your skull against a maddening, beautiful brick.

Let me just begin by stating how much I loathe Ulysses. I hate Stephen Dedalus. I hate Leopold Bloom. I hate Molly Bloom. I even hate their cat. They're all fatuous and arrogant and dull and dishonest and insecure and insincere and superficial and greedy, and they all take part in a story that's a boring, tedious, frustrating, incoherent, big fat waste of my time and energy. Anyone who claims otherwise is either a massive liar or a sick masochist who deserves to have a bag slipped over their head and be taken away from society. As such it remains one of the most astoundingly honest and ambitious works in modern literature. There is not a book currently existing which is simultaneously as repelling and compelling. Is there a more divisive stirrer of passionate debate in the field of art? Normally a very relaxed, some may say apathetic and pacifistic, individual, I once heard my English teacher saying that Ulysses was nothing but complete garbage. I calmly stood up and punched him in the throat, and I received polite applause as I was escorted from the classroom. Later on, when I reread a section of Ulysses near the middle, I discovered that he was completely right. But you know what? That's life. And that sense of living pours off Joyce's pages and through his eccentric mouldings of the English language like a waterfall. It's almost too much to bear at times. We eat, we drink, we urinate, we defecate, we sneeze, we fart, we stink and we have sex, and after a few decades we die. No hidden wisdom. No great awakening. No grand nobility. No spiritual nirvana. That's LIFE. And the sooner you come to terms with that, the more depressed you'll be. Wonderfully, wonderfully depressed.
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It was a 5 star review.

What an awful book this is?

When an English/American writer try to explain his/her ideas about life(I mention ideas about meaning,purpose and philosophy of life)and when he/she try to do this with complicated ideas and long sentences(or like very short ones especially in this particular book);what his/her work become to is:A tremendous nonsense!!!

When you see a book like that I mentioned above(and I also warn you against it),all you need to do is:RUN,RUN, RUN AWAY!!!

NOTE:My ideas about English/American writers doesn't concern Shakespeare.
Yes, you read that right, English-speaking writers don't *get* life. Except Shakespere, I guess because Iambic pentameter is so easy to read.

I see that the Euros love to trash modernism. Because they lack the brains to come up with anything better. This here book is the end of you, and it came from a blind Irishman. God, that's embarassing. Yeah! Dumb unit of currency!

The same people who put this book at the top of the "Best Books of the Century" list are the same people who put "Citizen Kane" at the top of the "Best Movies of the Century" List. Don't blame me, I voted for Mary Poppins.

 
Friday, June 13, 2003
  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Gatsby was a digusting look at how one man's pride and filth can turn a promising country into the cess pool that it has become Wow, one fictional character did all that? I've gotta write a book, then I could take over the world.

this booke is very stupid, just like all the other secular writers out in the world. quite frankly, they should not be writing about "worldly" things that do not affect people in any way whatsoever! after reading this book, your life will be the same as before you read it...why not read a book that will change your life and the way you think of things? what book is this? it is "THE BOOK"... the BIBLE! God loves you no matter what, but why not give your life to him as he gave his son for you? God Bless You and May Your Days Be Bright!!! Amazon evangelism.

I've tried every diet in the book(s.) But Mr. Fitzgerald has hit upon th perfect balance of low-carb dining and exercise. His insights into plums are unparallelled. Thank you Fitzy, you truly are a "great" gatsby. 
  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I read this book coz of all the reviews...and am surpised that it was not all that fascinating. BUT, the very next day, I got a letter from a publisher that my article was going to be published...Imagine!! And...well ummmm It did kinda help me realize that God does exist...I have been into the idea that God does not exist and that life means nothing...this book made me realize that there is God....he's there if you are fulfilling your're true dream...your're true potential....so go ahead read it...it may just help you realize your're dreams!! If you foward this post to 10 people then you will get a dream job and find the love of your life. Or something.

The cover had a naked angel on it what is with that! Otherwise the book was okay but it was to predictable. It needed a better plot. The main charactor should have gone back to the girl and had some kids. He should also gone back to see his father. Dear Lord, please there not be Alchemist fanfiction.

Paolo Coelho's spiritual roots were very occultic - he was greatly influenced by a friendship with Aleister Crowley, a satanist who referred to himself as "The Great Beast" and was well known as "the wickedest man in the world." Both Crowley's wives went insane and five of his mistresses committed suicide.

Mr Coelho later developed less damaging beliefs and continues his quest for spiritual truth in this book. He is a gifted writer with an excellent mind.

However, he is not a Christian and many of my Christian friends think he is. The church in general has failed to educate its members about what the Bible really says, and this ignorance combined with a hunger for spiritual truth is making people turn to the kind of mythical primordial soup found in "The Alchemist". It is intellectual chewing gum - occupying the mind while providing no substantial nourishment for the inner man.

I believe people would be better off reading deeper teaching about the God of the Bible, rather than submitting to the manipulation by Churchianity and quasi-spiritual gurus like Mr Coelho...
OKay, not the reason I would have choosen for hating the book, but it works. 
Thursday, June 12, 2003
  On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN I CANNOT WAIT TO GET ON THE ROAD AGAIN LA LA LA LA LA LA ROAD AGAIN I CANTWAIT TO GET ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

A WILD RIDE WITH THE MASTER OF THE FUNKY, JACK BEATNIK KEROUAC!!
Looks like someone else was using speed.....

On The Road is a saga that is more important now than when it was written in the late 40's. I've read it about 8 or 9 times and find it as modern as anything else there is out there. Kerouac lyrically deals with America and it's post-war, post-nuclear device detonating intrigues. Everyone was sincerely lost after that battle they had never asked for, much as we are all lost now in a battle none of us ask for or represent.

no plot, no structure!!!

WHAT's THE MAIN THEME!!!!!!?

how do you write an essay on this!!!

This book is terrible!!!!!
Because Amazon should be used as a homework resource.

I would recommend reading the negative reviews of this book, they're just so wonderfully brutal. 
  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

basically, this chick is really messed up. the society around her has all these double standards. society always has and always will. she get's messed up by everything. She hates men. Basically she follows the rules and gets hurt and decideds its mens fault or someone elses fault. Basically, she is a player hater. THis book should be called player hater. She needs to drink a 40 and try to cheer up and stop being dark and spooky. it was alright though. she writes really good and is honest. Well, I know that the first thing that pops into my head when thinking of Plath is "player hater".

Even though this book is required reading for every independent women out there, doesn't mean you have to read it (if you're a man). Unlike Neruda and cummings, this book will not get you laid if a woman sees you reading it. I read this book so take my warning. Actually just buy this book and put it in your bookshelf when a girl comes, then give her some vapid comment, like "this book gave me a better perspective on the soul of every woman struggling in a chauvinistic society." And then read her some Neruda, for godsakes After all, why read something that you can't use to get sex? Liking to read or something? 
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
  Manifesta by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. Love it or hate it everyone feels something about it.

This 416 page tOme tO termagants was left behind when my ex-girlfriend turned annOying feminist (are there any Other kinds?) finally vamOOsed frOm my nOw peaceful life. However, this fine piece Of deep thOught cOuld be filed under SOcial Science FictiOn. These twO girls have gOne Off the deep end and they plainly can't swim. LOOks like they cOuld use sOme help frOm a literary lifeguardO. Ol' DipperO wOuld hOp in the pOOl tO help, but Only sO this piece Of written pOllution cOuld be remOved frOm annOying anyOne else. These twO girls have tried tO pump sOme new blOOd intO a dying, mutated fOrm Of life, but have filled it with embalming fluid instead. POOrly thOught Out and blatently illOgical. HOpefully they will bOth find sensible bOyfriends sOOn whO will set them straight befOre the "thOught" in this bOOk turns them cOmpletely intO crOnes
I'm guessing this one was hate, the zeros were kind of distracting though.

is very informative and not pointless drivel. Well i mean obviously but.... right. back to the point...... this book is really very interesting and...... fun (seriously.... it's my favorite non-fiction book and I'm 15 so it's not just dry facts and opinions) so read it and get in touch with your inner feminist self! Okay, this is love. My outer feminist self needs to get back to work on it's paper. 2 more pages! 
  Now since I have a paper to write today, I should post a review having to do with my subject. However, I'm not going to, in part because what fun is a book about 20th century security challenges to NATO? Not so much fun. Instead, here's Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

Everyone knows--or should know--that fast food is mostly garbage. It is hollow, useless food that is horrible for your mind and your soul. Schlosser reiterates this truth, but he goes much further--he shows the vast human toll the industry takes on the most vulnerable segments of our society. For example, the meat processing industry used to be one of the safest and highest-paying jobs in the world, and now it is one of the most dangerous and poorly compensated. The most fascinating part of the book is his demonstration of the devastation caused to workers in this industry, and reading it made me feel physically ill. Maybe I should've known this already (as other reviewers have stated), but I was definitely horrified. So horrified that I haven't eaten at McDonald's since--the sight of the Golden Arches nauseates me, because I will forever associate that brand with Schlosser's description of the horrors of slaughtering and packing meat.. Yes, you heard it here first, fast food is bad for your soul.

I just finished reading fast food nation. Yes, I have eaten at many fast food restaurants (except for kfc where two of my friends have gotten sick from eating their food.) I was in europe this past summer and low and behold the styrofoam boxes that held my royale with cheese. I did notice one thing that the person behind the counter was not completely brain dead and they had mc beer. I went to a local mcdonalds in on a prominant intersection back in the us and the guy behind the counter was brain dead. I had to repeat my order twice and the burger I got was not hot but cold. I personally have given up eating at chain restaurants such as bennigan's, tgi fridays, red lobster(I thoght I was going to die of over butter.) chili's and chi chi's. The food is pretty much the same and it is geared for the general public. I actually worked for a fast food chain and discovered that the corperation held a mighty grip on the franchises. I haven't eaten steak in 7 years and will not eat burgers any more instead opting for boca burgers whch the smell people in nj are willing to put on the product to make your sense beleive that it is meat. I think americans should wake up and see what kind of [junk] they are eating and what it is doing to them Yes, another revelation...fast food places sometimes have poor service! Shocking!

If you're expecting to read anti-capitalist diatribes commonly found from the political left, you won't be disappointed.

For example, the author quotes a sociologist (no doubt yet another of the leftists that infests our nation's universities) as saying "... the fast food industry [celebrates] a narrow measure of efficiency over every other human value."

The author himself decries the allegedly "low pay" of the industry. Think about the valuable work experience gained the mostly young workforce gains. I wasn't underpaid making less than $4 an hour as restaurant worker when I was 17 years old -- if I had been, I could have easily found employment elsewhere for more money. Also, nobody forced me to work in a restaurant -- it was the best option available to me, and I took it. Best of all, I used the experience there as a foundation to attain bigger and better jobs.

I could go on, but astute readers will get my point. Freedom, capitalism, and individual rights are the American way. You don't like that? Take this book with you to Cuba or North Korea and enjoy yourself in those anti-capitalist utopias... and tell Comrade Schlosser hello when you arrive.
Eat meat, or the terrorists will have won! 
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
  Comments for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Only a confused and paranoid feminist could come up with such an story. This book (set in the not too distant future) is actually nothing more than an attack on conservative Christian values. The idea that right wing conservatives would turn all females into slaves if given the chance is absurd. I will give Atwood credit for creativity. However, A Handmaid's Tale is only worth reading if you actually enjoy ridiculous science fiction.

And along a similar line.

I have found that people don't like to read negitive reviews, but I fear I must give one here. I did not like this book (this I am afraid is a grose understatment of my feelings towardes 'The Handmaids Tale') I read this book and was shocked and discusted by the sextual content and the vularity. The book in some way uses the characters sexual activitys and swearing as sings of rebelion. I do not think this is the best way. The plot might have been intresting to me had the characters not all been so sleezy, and lustful. they were always, it seemed, dreaming/doing sextual things. I felt like I was reading a book by an auther whos main influances were flowers for algernon and sience fiction storys, the kind you buy at shoppers drugmarte

Personally, I would take reviews that didn't have glaring spelling errors more seriously, but that's just me. 
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