The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens Novel Review

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In the past years, I always read authors that I knew from my friends, family, or from newspapers. However, even though the author is not a best seller, it can still be an amazing book. Nonetheless, I found this book while reading a magazine at my local library. It was recommended for a summer lecture. The synopsis really got me to borrow the book and read it. There is the synopsis I am talking about: 

Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife’s Tale comes to a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice, and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain.
On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead, he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter and somehow find the courage to carry on.
Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can’t put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he, at last, explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.

To be honest I did not finish the book all the way cause hiking stories are not really my favorite. Nonetheless, It could please an outdoor passionate and somebody who loves stories about people who get lost in the forest and everything. According to the Toronto Star, “The hero of this narrative is himself reborn emotionally over the course of his ghastly ordeal on San Jacinto Mountain. For a guy once on a mission to end it all, Wolf Truly morphs into a man with a passion for life, soon to become the father of the son for whom this engrossing saga of renewal and redemption is written. With The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens has written an epic work suffused with raw emotional power and resonance.” The book had some good criticisms, but it is definitely not my type.  

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Book review

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Back in high school, I have read a lot of books for my French classes, and this was one of them. I was always patient by mental illnesses and psychology, especially illnesses like bipolarity, Asperger Syndrom, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder. This book covers Autism which is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. According to AutismSpeaks.com, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in 68 children in the United States. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.” Moreover, certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism. They include gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and phobias. Anyway, this is a synopsis of the book: 

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective and narrator are Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns, and the truth. He hates the colors yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

 

I really enjoyed reading this book back in high school, it really helps me understand what Autism was about. I really started to get my interest about psychology after reading this book. My cousin has autism and I have got a better understanding of what his mental disorder was about. I recommend this book for everyone who wants to get an idea how and why people with Autism (Asperger Syndrom) act this way. I believe everyone should take the time to read books about mental disorder before judging them. Great book, and a great story. 

Central Park by Guillaume Musso Book review

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This book was on my summer reading list and I’m proud to say that Guillaume Musso is a brilliant author who makes near-death experiences really interesting. For example, he makes things that would never happen normally in our everyday lives possible. This time, it has a serial killer killing women with a piece of their lingerie from the other victim. They all had lost their something which linked them to one man. They were all looking for something and this man was the one who pretends to find their things, walk into their homes, no doubts that he could harm them. 

The plot is really interesting and Musso gives you a good background story of Alice, a 38 years old woman who works as a cop in Paris, France. She represents the modern woman that our society is trying to portray to our young girls. She is working in a male environment and she has a strong character/personality. It does match with what the society wants our young girls to be. She doesn’t let Gabriel make decisions easily. She wants to have control of the case about the man who killed her baby. We learned that Gabriel is not what he pretends to be which makes the book more interesting. Throwbacks in time are really helpful to understand the story and why Alice is so sensitive and fragile. She lost her baby and her baby on the same day and lost the opportunity to get revenge on her baby’s killer. There are a lot of suspense and action in the novel Central Park about the serial killer and how he is related to Alice’s story. The lies, the betrayal, the emotions make this book a masterpiece like Guillaume Musso always does. I couldn’t stop reading this book when all the actions came into only after the first chapter. There is a synopsis below of the book. 

Alice and Gabriel have no memory of the night before…yet they won’t forget it any­time soon.

New York, 8 am. Alice, a young Parisian cop, and Gabriel, American jazz pianist, wake up on a bench in Central Park hand­cuffed to one another. They don’t know each other and have no memory of having met. The night before, Alice was at a party with her girl­friends on the Champs-Elysées and Gabriel was playing piano in a club in Dublin.

Impossible? And yet… So many ques­tions leave them con­founded. How did they get them­selves into such a dan­gerous sit­u­a­tion? Whose blood has stained Alice’s shirt? Why is one bullet missing from her gun?

Alice and Gabriel are left with no choice but to team up to figure out what is hap­pening to them and get back to their normal lives. What they are going to dis­cover will turn their lives upside down.

I really recommend this book to every group of ages. Like I said, Guillaume Musso is a master in near-death experiences books. I also like the little citations that he puts on every chapter, it makes me think about how life is about little things, it makes me understand some concepts about life. It feels like philosophy to me. 

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Dear John Book and Movie review and comparison

Back in 2010, I watch the movie Dear John, who is based on Nicholas Sparks Book. Nicholas Sparks is a brilliant author who makes us believe that love is so beautiful when it is reciprocal. While I read the book, I realize that the movie is in some way different from the novel. The plot stays the same, but a couple of little differences can be seen in the movie from the novel.

In the novel                                                         In the movie

John is in the military. John is in special forces
   Savannah is a brunette. She is blond
   In the changing scene when John sees Savannah changing her clothes he looks away. In the movie, she looks away.
   John and Savannah discussed having sex. It was very important to her. They just got it on.
   Signed up for the military again without really thinking and intakes place away. He tells Savannah by letter. Had the weekend to think first. He basically decides at Savannah’s parent house. He tells Savannah in person after a guest at the party talks about the war, and 911

 

Savannah gave John a book about autism, regarding his dad.She already knew she wanted to be a special Ed teacher. She just mentioned it to John.
   There were more fighting and warning of a break- up. The break-up seemed more out of the blue.
   John and his dad find the coin together so it has personal meaning. Coin is found at the ice cream truck and worth much money.
   John visits Savannah in college where they have a giant fight did not happen
   Tim and Savannah live in Tim’s parent house after they die. In fact, the car accident of his parents helped spur in their love. They live in Savannah’s family home

   

  Tim has melanoma Tim has lymphoma
   There are only two letters you can read – both from Savannah. There are many letters read back and forth.
   John is not shot. John is shot in the opening scene.
   Tim and Savannah grew up together and were the same age. Tim was never married, with no kids. Tim is the older, creepy neighbor who was once married.
   He does not. Tim lives in the beach house next door.
John is not with his father when he dies. He dies in a nursing home. He is there when his father dies, and it is in the hospital
   John’s dad is not taken to Savannah’s parent house. He is.
   John does not help to build the house. He does help build the house.
   The letter read at the beginning of the movie was not in the book. There is a letter read, to whom Yareli not sure.
   John’s father has a stroke and John finds him a caretaker, and when he finds the caretaker is doing a poor job, he puts him in a home. He flies home after finding out he has a stroke and then he dies.

There are more difference betweens both the movie and the novel, but I find the movie way better in a certain way because Channing Tatum is one of my favorite actors and also there psychological components such as autism spectrum disorder. War is also one of the themes in both the book and the movie which is one theme that interested me. Moreover, Nicholas Sparks is a smart and brilliant author who makes us believe that love can be beautiful even though pain can occur in it.