Reviews by njdsilva
This is a fascinating dystopian novel which predates such series as The Hunger Games, Matched, and Divergent. In contrast to those series, The Giver emphasizes conflict between characters and psychological drama instead of focusing on action scenes.
The entire Yes, Minister series is hilarious. Derek Fowlds is an extremely droll assistant, with a literal streak, as evidenced by pointing out to Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) that gritting the teeth and biting the bullet are impossible at the same time.
Mr. Elliott is a great cellist, and Ms. Montgomery's playing is superb. From traditional spirituals to the starkly modern "Five Verses," Mr. Elliott's playing is reliably in tune and thoughtfully phrased.
John Edge traveled the country writing about delicious fried chicken for this book. He doesn't just describe the taste of the chicken, he gives recipes, background, and historical notes, too.
This is exhaustively researched. The author went to great lengths to report not just the facts of events, but Herge's viewpoint and the viewpoint of the public. It was slightly shocking to read about Herge's connections to Nazism, however slight, but it gives an idea of the man behind Tintin.