Chris Hadfield isn‘t just THAT astronaut guy who sung David Bowie‘s Space Oddity in zero gravity in that famous youtube video that vent viral within minutes of its release. You will also see while reading this book, his autobiography, that he‘s also quite humble and charming human being who cares deeply about his family.
In this book which is gold in my humble opinion he doesn‘t just describe his humble beginnings at Nasa in full detail, but he also describes the work he has to do, and everything he had to go through in life before he got chosen and before he was allowed to work at Nasa and before he was allowed to become an astronaut.
He talks about the tuffest medical exams you have to take, hundreds of hours and years of practice you must do, pysch evaluations, etcetera, before you are actually put into process, chosen or allowed to go up there. It‘s far from very easy to become an astronaut, but once you do, according to him, it‘s worth it, because you get to see in the end of all the suffering you had to undertake, what you‘ve been working for. Which of course is Space.
It‘s quite a touching story or an autobiography of a very humble man who dreamt about becoming an astronaut ever since he was a little kid, and about how that little kid who dreamt about becoming an astronaut grew up into a man of integrity and made his dreams come true, by working hard, by taking big risks, and by taking sacrifice in life. Which is something we should all be doing and be striving for, don‘t you agree? This book truly is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...
I have no idea where to start, seriously! The Book of the Watchers series by Janine Ashbless is SO complex and absolutely amazing that I’m just....... speechless really. This series is rich in story telling with a great research and a marvelous writing style where the author blends many dimensions, of facts and fictions, together in such a way that the only thing I can say for this series is WOW! I had to read In Bonds of the Earth at a snail’s pace just to savor each chapter.
I’ve never read anything by the author prior to this series. I picked up book 1 of the Watchers series, Cover Him With Darkness, because 1. I was in search of a good angel-demon type book and 2. I loved the title. And boy it sucked me right in from the start; from the moment when little Milja met Azazel the Fallen, bound in a dank, dark cave, for eternity... awaiting another eternity. Azazel is called a demon, a fallen angel, Prince of Darkness or Satan as I found in some sources. I’ll personally stick to the story itself because many of these notions discussed in the book connected to the Book of Enoch is rather vague to me. But that didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. The whole story behind Azazel and his many brothers’ fight with the good angels and how they were then entombed in various places in the world is told in book 1. It was such a fascinating story, with excellent visuals, such as Azazel’s fight with St. Michael and the destruction of his human family.
Milja, a girl born in a small mountain-bound village of Montenegro, has known The Prisoner since her childhood. The Prisoner was there always. Many had been in charge of him over the uncountable years, her father the priest, being the latest. Milja’s mother was already dead, so her father has been the center of her world... until the day she started having dreams of The Prisoner, whom she’d only met a few times; always with her father by her side. Her father has forbidden her to ever communicate with the prisoner, let alone release him, no matter how much he begs. Yet, the sad, heart-wrenching dreams of him in pain, absolutely misery of many, many years tore at Milja. Then one day, when she was around 20, she does the unthinkable. She goes to the cave alone to meet him for the first time in years since she went to school. The Prisoner was always in her thought, in her dreams, so much so that she only had one boyfriend but couldn’t even maintain that relationship. She knew by then who she belonged to, and she decides instantly that she’s going to release him.
Fantastic geography, atlas, nonfiction book. I cannot tell you the depth this large book goes into but it is brilliant. There are 6 sections in the book labeled: land,sea and air, living world, people and planet, engineering and technology, and history, and culture. Within each of these sections is subsections breaking down that section. For example, history is broken down into 13 sections plus an introduction. Those sections include ancient empires, mummies, battlegrounds, revolutions, and shipwrecks just to name a few. If I open the book up to shipwrecks, this two page spread show the worlds major shipwrecks with its known coordinates. There's a sentence about each, highlighting it's important facts and it's death toll. There is also a couple captions on the pages about natural and artificial shipwrecks. These pages are printed on glossy paper and the illustrations are nicely done, very realistic and not cartoonish. Bright, bold print which is easy to read and a variety of text fonts make these pages fun to read.
Loads of information inside this book. An index is even in the back, if you need it. I find this book a real treasure. I feel that children from second grade on up will find something inside this book to read and gain knowledge from. This is a book that children will come back to again and again once they get a peek inside and know what's in store for them. From dinosaurs,predators,whales, climate change, tallest buildings, satellites, medieval empires, languages, car racing, roller coasters, there is something inside this book that will intrigue them.
Unbelievably I didn’t know much about this before I started reading. I’ve seen neither of the films so I was unspoilt when I began, which was in large part due to the glowing review by BT.
Unlike me before I read it, I’m sure that most of you know the plot that underpins the book, that of Professor Lindenbrock and his nephew Axel who translate a runic manuscript that describes a passage that can be taken to the centre of the earth. They then set off to find this passage hidden in Iceland. On their way to the passage they enlist the help of Hans Bjelke and the three set off.
What follows is an adventure of epic proportions. Between their interactions and the adventures that were had, I had so much fun, not to mention the parallels with Back to the Future that finally make sense! I plan on watching the film as soon as I can.