Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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Title: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Category: Fiction

Review: To be honest, the only reason I have ever wanted to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin was when I was little I used to watch The King and I. There was a scene where a Uncle Tom’s Cabin was sort of remade in an Asian way. So when I began reading this book I was a little bit bored in the beginning because I didn’t understand what was going on. Then I started to understand as I went along what the introduction of the book was about. The basis of the book is that you are following two separate paths. On one path is Tom’s and the other is Eliza and George’s (and their son). When you follow Uncle Tom you see that he had to be sold by his master to settle a debt, then he is sold by a slave trader to another master just as kindly but a little careless. He meets his new master on a boat and saves his daughter Eva after she falls into the river. Once he becomes slave to his new owner, he lives a kinder life and becomes connected with Eva. Unfortunately, poor Eva becomes sick and dies. Then later on his master dies due to a fight and he is sold to another master. This is master is Simon Legree. He is very cruel yet he does not break Tom’s soul. Unfortunately, after finally getting upset because of two of the slaves escaping, Tom is beaten and finally dies. The thing is that all throughout his time in the book he is so faithful to Christ and the Lord. This is to the very end. With the other path are George and Eliza who are taking a dangerous way to get to Canada, which is a free country for Negroes. It is a good part to the story because in the end George is reunited with his sister and Eliza is reunited with her mother. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a wonderful book and I believe that everyone should read it. Yes, the N-word is used a lot, but I believe it should be read for it’s powerful effect of the strength of will.

Rating: *****

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Book goals for May

Well it’s that time again. I try to set a goal for each month for how many books I will try to read. So here are my goals:

Fiction: 1

History: 2

Nonfiction: 1

So that is my set of goals for this month. That is a total of 4 books, but hopefully I might do more. Have a good one!

Serenity


The China Study

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Title: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D.

Category: Nonfiction, Health

Review: This book took me a long time to read. It’s a book for people who can pay attention to reading about the scientific side of health. The authors review a study that was made in China on eating in correlation to eating in America. They compare certain diseases like different cancers. The authors think that a plant-based diet will reverse the effects and even some illnesses. They give the proof that this can happen even. It is important, they believe, to try the plant-based diet instead of eating meat which attributes to some of the main problems like high cholesterol. The only problem I have is that this book is wrote by doctors and speaks to you like a doctor to a patient. It would be easier to read through if they could catch your attention in a easier way. I learned a lot and I am glad I did. However, I hope the authors need to find a way to catch the readers attention in some other way. In a different style of writing. That’s just my thought though.

Rating: ***


Pet Sematary

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Title: Pet Sematary by Stephen King
 
Category: Fiction, Horror
 
Review: Stephen King is known for one of the all time masters of horror, at least in our time. I absolutely love Stephen King and Pet Sematary ranks up in the top as one of his best fictions ever. This is a story of a family who has moved to Ludlow because of the main character’s job as a doctor at a university. The main character is called Louis. He has a wife (Rachel) and two children a girl (Ellie) and a boy(Gage). On the first day they are there at their new house, they meet their neighbor, Jud Crandall. Jud is a very nice, old-timey type of guy. He ends up showing the family pet sematary and warns Ellie not to come up without an adult. Time passes and it is Thanksgiving. Rachel takes the children with her to see her parents. Her father does not like Louis. He stays home and has dinner with the Crandalls. He gets a call from Jud telling him that there might be a problem. That he has a dead cat on his lawn. Sure enough when Louis comes over he finds out that it is Ellie’s cat. Jud decides to take Louis to the MicMac grounds which are past the Pet Sematary. Louis buries the cat and the next day the cat has returned to life only different. Fast forward a few months. Gage ends up being hit by one of the trucks that come down the road in front of their house. He dies. Louis cannot take the pain and after Gage is buried, he decides to take his son to the MicMac grounds. He sends Rachel and Ellie back with her parents. Gage comes back to life and while his father is sleeping he goes to Jud’s place with his father’s scapel and kills Jud. However, Rachel feels something is wrong and comes back to Ludlow. By then she finds that Gage is alive and is killed. Louis wakes up and tries to deny that anything is wrong, but sees where there is a car across the street at Jud’s house. Then his father-in-law calls and asks at Rachel. He then knows that he has to end it. Louis goes to the house and finds Jud, then his wife, and then finally his son who he kills with morphine. He ends up setting Jud’s house on fire and then takes his wife back to the MicMac grounds thinking it was a time issue. Rachel did come back, however, we never know what happened. I truly enjoyed this book. You don’t want to put it down and it keeps you interested. I suggest reading it if you are a Stephen King fan.
 
Rating: *****

 


Medium Raw

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Title: Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
 
Category: Nonfiction, Travel, Restaurant, Cooking
 
Review: If you are a fan of Anthony Bourdain, this is a must have for your collection. Despite his language, which there is a lot of foul language, I loved it. Bourdain shares his various opinions of the food world with us. Some of the chefs he respects, like David Chang. He shares his perspective on the chefs and cooks who are heroes and villains to him. He speaks of what gets him angry considering the food world and the world in general. He talks about Alice Waters and her input about a chef in the White House. There is no real direction in this book. He speaks about anything he wants to. That is how the author has always done. His language is rough and the topics that he chooses to talk about are always interesting. That’s why I love Anthony Bourdain’s writing.
 
Rating: *****
 
Note: I know Anthony Bourdain is dead and I speak of him in a present tense, but it is in a sense of respect. He was one of my favorite tv hosts, chefs, and authors.

Unexplained Mysteries of World War II

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Title: Unexplained Mysteries of World War II by William B. Breuer
Categories: Nonfiction, History, World War II.
Review: This was a random pick-up book at Barnes and Noble. Reading about War World II is one of my favorite things to do. So when I saw this book I thought it might be very interesting. I can tell you that it did not disappoint. This book is divided into various sections and tells various stories. Some of the sections are disappearances, puzzles, premonitions, etc… The author has a great way of telling the different stories. Some of them are told that it is almost as if you are there sitting with the people and they are telling them to you. I enjoyed reading it because there are so many mysteries that surround War World II and this gave a glimpse into some of them. I would recommend this book to any War World II history fanatic.
Rating: *****

Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol. 2

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Title: Dorothy Must Die Stories Vol. 2 by Danielle Paige
 
Categories: Fiction, Fantasy, The Wizard of Oz
 
Review: This was a very quick read because it pulls you in. I suggest though that if you haven’t read the Dorothy Must Die series, you read it first. This is because everything will make much more sense once you read them. This is the prologue to the Dorothy must Die Series, so it just makes sense to read the Dorothy Must Die series first. Anyway, I loved reading about the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Lion. Each have their own challenges in this book. It is told through their eyes and in each story they don’t regret their gifts, but they sort of wonder if they’re gift was truly right for them or if they are doing a good job with it. For instance, the Emerald City is attacked when the Scarecrow is in power, and all the while he is in the library. He does not know that an attack has come on. It is somewhat a discovery of their gifts’ weaknesses. I loved reading this and I think you will too.
 
Rating: *****