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review 2017-04-23 18:14
I Will Fear No Reread.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

So I have finished it. Was I disappointed? No. Was it as good as I remembered it? No. The story was entertaining but it didn't make a lot of sense, esp. towards the end. It also lacked depth. It was through and through a product of the hippy era which in itself is not a bad thing. It could have been so much more, though. It was amusing and whiled away a few hours and you can't ask much more than that.

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text 2017-04-22 21:18
Reading progress update: I've read 344 out of 414 pages.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

I'm enjoying this book a lot more now. I can't put my finger on why though. I think maybe that my initial expectations were just too high. I had built it up in my memory as this amazing work but once I got over my initial disappointment and took it at face value it grew on me again. I can't say that it lives up to my memories but I find myself occasionally sniggering at the dialogue between Eunice and Johann. The topic still hasn't changed, it is still all about practising procreation pretty much all of the time but for some reason I don't find it so annoyingly repetitive. It does leave me wondering though: was this how Heinlein thought all the time? Or was this how he thought women think? Or did he just wish that women thought that way?

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review 2017-04-18 21:49
War of the Words
Frindle - Andrew Clements,Brian Selznick

I had never heard of Frindle despite it being an award-winning book (2016 Phoenix Award) with many admirers (teachers, librarians, and children alike). Written by Andrew Clements with illustrations by Brian Selznick, this is the story of Nick Allen who is the premier 'idea man' of the 5th grade...until he meets Mrs. Granger. It's then that Nick's place among his peers is questioned as she challenges him to think more creatively than ever before. The humor, inventiveness, determination, and perspicacity of our main characters makes this an instant favorite for all ages. This is a super fast read (I read it in an afternoon commute in its entirety and I'm not a particularly fast reader.) and I think it would be a great one for reluctant readers especially if you're reading with them at home. Bonus: It's educational without ever really making that a big thing which is the perfect recipe for this age group especially if they're reluctant readers. *hint hint* This book is full of heart and more than a few surprises (this might give the little ones in your life some especially mischievous ideas) which means it gets a 10/10 from me. XD

 

Source: Book-A-Day Almanac

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text 2017-04-17 18:37
Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 414 pages.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

Oh dear, this is not going as well as expected!

I'm sure I'm not really spoiling it for anyone if I say that so far Johann has woken up in his secretary's body. Ok, so I remember that but what I don't remember is the lack of depth to the story. The characters are soooo one dimensional! Eunice is a sex fiend and gets what she wants by manipulating men (and women) with the promise of sexual favours. It seems that as far as she is concerned EVERYTHING can be solved using her physical charms. Although I consider myself to be pretty liberal and certainly not some radical feminist I am finding this character rather...offensive, is probably the word I am looking for. The men aren't any better, they all respond to this in the same primitive way - they give her what she wants because she is beautiful and kisses them. Ok, so with 2 people inhabiting one body, sexual behaviour can get rather complicated, especially when one is a man and one is a woman but this could have been exploited to the plot's advantage, that would at least have made it more interesting. Instead, the body is still driven by Eunice while Johann takes a back seat and just goes along for the ride.

I just don't know...let's see how I feel at the end. At the moment it is all rather repetitive.

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text 2017-04-16 09:00
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 414 pages.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

I've been meaning to reread this book for years. When I first read it, I remember it almost made me cry but I can't remember why. So far it seems a little ...misogynistic, shall we say, with Eunice, Johann's secretary being little more than sex on legs. I don't remember picking up on that first time round. It will be interesting to see how it progresses. I really can't recall much about the story other than that it is about a rich man's wish to die by having his brain transplanted in to someone else's body. He knows that it won't work but he is old and hooked up to so much life support equipment that he sees it as his only way out. However, so far it has worked. He has woken up in hospital in someone else's body which he can't feel. Seems like everything has not gone as planned.

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