How wonderful life can be: a new Jack Reacher novel, a long night of reading and, by sheer coincidence, a tremendous thunderstorm. Perfect for reading about the adventures of Reacher. And what adventures these are. Reacher reunited with his old military police outfit. Well, sort of: one of the eight has already turned up dead - tossed from a helicopter - and three others are missing. Now there are three plus Reacher living up to their old unit motto: "Don't mess with the investigators". This is a different Jack Reacher: he maims and murders so few people that you might mistake him for a pacifist. But don't worry: Reacher isn't turning into a wimpified John Rain, Barry Eisler's once glorious intellectual assasin. Reacher is still very much Reacher. Reacher, if you didn't know, is classic anti-hero. Once a major in an elite U. S. Army military police unit, Reacher has become a drifter who doesn't seek out violence, but always unerringly manages to get knee-deep in other's people's blood that he is usually shedding. Reacher has no home, His possessions were formerly limited to a folding toothbrush. Now, post 9/11, Reacher has added an ATM card. Interesting, author Lee Child simply ignores the fact that banks require some form of ID to open any account. Reacher, of course, has no ID. Jack Reacher is an urban John Rambo. Smarter by far, but essentially a killing machine if you cross him, his friends or some innocent stranger. Reacher doesn't see grays: he sees black and white - you are either with him or against him. The ATM card plays a clever role in setting up this story. Reacher is in Portland OR and about to go somewhere. He doesn't know where yet because Reacher doesn't plan that way. He goes to the bus terminal and buys a ticket on the first bus he sees. He needs cash for the ticket, goes to the ATM and sees that a deposit has been made. Reacher, it turns out in this 11th installment in the series, has a never before mentioned facility with mathematics, another convenient invention for this story. He see patterns in numbers and in this one he sees a radio code for officer needs help. Reacher deduces that it is one of his old unit buddies seeking him out. Soon we are introduced to three of Reacher's old command. Of the remaining four, one is known dead and three are missing. Normally a Jack Reacher book is short on mystery (which is fine) and long on violence. This time, the book is long on mystery and relatively short on violence (though there is plenty, the body count is low for a Reacher book). Why was their old buddy tortured and murdered? What has happened to other old comrades who have gone missing? Reacher and his three veterans start digging and begin to unravel a mystery that could have awful consequences for the United States. Lee Child took a gamble here, thinking that he could get away with making Jack Reacher, the solo mayhem generator, into not only a team player, but leader of the team. he gets away with i
One of the Greatest Children's Books Ever
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 18 years ago
Dominic is one of the greatest works by one of the two greatest children's authors (I consider Lloyd Alexander the other). Dominic is a great character and it is marvelous to read of his picaresque adventures. The novel also has a lot of depth in it.The novel follows Dominic who is a dog. He begins to feel restless one day and sets out on the road for adventure. Dominic constantly uses his many talents and wits during the trip. In his adventures Dominic finds treasure, a little love, the horrid Doomesday Gang, and, eventually, himself.William Steig always conveys a clear message in his novels. He writes about how to love life and everything about life. He writes great pathetic falacies (descriptions of nature). He writes of love for fellow beings. Steig also addresses important facets of life. My favorite part of Dominic is when Dominic has to deal with the death of a friend. Steig writes: "He (Dominic) had to cry. Life was suddenly too sad. And yet it was beautiful. The beauty was dimmed when the sadness welled up. And the beauty would be there again when the sadness went. So the beauty and the sadness belonged together somehow, though they were not the same at all."Steig's prose is always as marvelous and as meaningful. Few novelists of any genre have had the success that Steig has in Dominic. All children and many adults should read this book. (Also, read Steig's Abel's Island and The Real Thief.)
A very special book
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
"Dominic" was my favorite book as a child. It is amagical, yet solemn story that meditates on more complicated issuesthan most "adult" books ever do. Death, life, joy, sorrow, tough choices, loss, wonder and love are all encountered by the wonderful Dominic on his journey. I always finish "Dominic" feeling slightly sad, but very renewed. The one metaphor that comes to mind when I think of this book is "leaving home". When you leave home for the first time, you feel a sense of sadness and loss, but you also feel excited and curious about the new things you will see. Dominic's journey is a microcosm of this experience. The story is written tenderly, yet it sheds most trappings of sentimentality. Dominic moves on and on through his world, and he accepts that the only way to be happy is to loosen attachments to the past, even as you learn from them, and move with confidence into the future.
A story that's stayed with me for 25 years
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
I was given this book by my brother almost 25 years ago, and I still consider it the best children's book I've ever read. In fact, I still pull it out from time to time and read it when I need a lift. I love the fact that Steig respects children enough to use sophisticated language and themes. This book has always made me feel smart and brave--just like Dominic himself! He is a wonderful hero and role model for boys and girls alike. It's a joy to read that so many others have also been touched by its magic. And the illustrations (by Steig) are incredibly evocative--they really draw one into Dominic's adventures AND his emotions. It doens't get any better than Dominic for bright, curious kids.
The best book that a child or an adult could ever read...
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
I read this when I was eight years old. I am now 22 and I still think that Dominic is one of the best books that anyone could ever read. It got me excited about reading and I haven't stopped since. This simple tale of a dog leaving home for adventures throughout the world has opened the world up for me. It taught me that there is more to life than what I see around me and that even walking to the end of the block can be an adventure. Dominic the character is a hero to me, and the book (which I still find myself reading from time to time) is still one of my favorites.
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