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Measure for Measure William Shakespeare. Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare. The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka. Titus Andronicus William Shakespeare.

The Color Purple Alice Walker. Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie. Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky. Thus Spoke Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzche.

The Crucible Arthur Miller. Moby Dick Herman Melville. Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck. Daisy Miller Henry James. My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk. The Tragedy of Coriolanus William Shakespeare. Desiree's Baby Kate Chopin. Narrative of the Life Frederick Douglass. Travels with Charley John Steinbeck. Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller. Native Son Richard Wright. To Kill a Mocking bird Harper Lee. Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe.

The Nun Denis Diderot. The Dubliners James Joyce. Walden Henry David Thoreau. Everyday Use Alice Walker. Fahrenheit Ray Bradbury. The men and women roles in th An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

The men and women roles in this one had me reeling! There was just so much sexism I could take. I don't know how women back then could take it. Maybe only because they didn't know any better and having equal rights was something they could never dream of. Rae's writing is just as vivid and surreal as her other trilogy which I loved so. She paints a picture of families trying to make a better place out in the west.

Along the way our characters lose each other or sometimes themselves. I loved reading how much Lee changes and how strong she is to be able to do the things that she does. This is all about the journey and even though it has some magical elements, it wasn't the focus. It was about getting to the destination in one piece.

I've never read about a journey to the western side of America before but Rae Carson has a way with words that gets me interested and enthralled at the same time. What a wonderful journey Rae Carson has written. Her characters are so strong and independent! A girl who has to look like a boy to make it to California and she naturally senses out gold.. I was enthralled at every page. Read this one for the journey, pick it up because of that gorgeous cover and for the mere fact that it's Rae Carson!

I am a ghost. Never worrying what they're thinking or if they care about you or what will happen if they find out who you really are. And nobody ever said he did it because white men are savages.

But one Indian does something bad, and suddenly all of them are bad. I suppose I am a stranger walking on earth, but I'm not son of God. I'm no son at all. It's men thinking other men are snakes that's the problem. Feb 24, Samantha rated it really liked it. It starts a little slow but it soon picks up and become quite engrossing as you go along! Love the mix of fantasy and western themes.

I also loved all of the various topics she touched on in this novel: Apr 14, Helen 2. Ever played the game Oregon Trail? But if I wanted to learn about what it might be like to travel west in the mid s, I would have picked up a history book, maybe an old diary. I did not want a history lesson, I wanted a YA paranormal romance book in a historical setting.

Unfortunately I got the former and not the latter. Lee has this amazing powe 2. Lee has this amazing power to sense gold from a distance and sniff it out. She could be rich beyond imagining or use her power to help people in need.

But no, Lee takes advantage of her ability only maybe once or twice in the whole book. In fact, her family is poor and her best friend is even poorer. I never understood why Lee let the people close to her suffer poverty when she could easily help them out.

Basically, Walk on Earth a Stranger was too slow, too boring. Nothing extraordinary happens anywhere in the plot, and the characters aren't interesting enough to make up for it. Apr 10, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss. It creeps down my throat and into my chest, where it diffuses into a steady buzz, like dancing locusts. I felt quite sorry for Leah, the things she went through with her parents and her uncle was awful, and what she was then forced to do was also Source: I felt quite sorry for Leah, the things she went through with her parents and her uncle was awful, and what she was then forced to do was also pretty shocking.

The pace was also a little on the slow side for me, and I did lose interest a bit. There was a little hint at romance in this, but not a lot really. The ending to this was okay, but there was plenty of room left open for another book or more. Not even gonna lie, i bought this just to make my bookshelf prettier. This cover is gorgeous! View all 22 comments. Jul 02, Natalie Never trust a duck marked it as to-read Shelves: Oct 05, Whitney rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this book so much.

It is currently 2: Maybe, in California, it will infuse me constantly, like the warmth of my own private sun. I loved her writing and the charac I love this book so much. I loved her writing and the characters she created. She did not hold back in this book when it came the history and the events that occurred within the story. Even your magic is nothing. We first meet Leah in the woods of Dahlonega, Georgia in January of Polk acquiring the California territory.

The only way she can truly be free is if she heads west to find her best friend Jefferson and escape into California where her Uncle Hiram has no power over her.

He should be here with me. We should have been on this adventure together. She is such a strong character and person but the reader still must remember that she is still grieving for both her parents and the life she had before.

A lot of this book made me emotional actually. However, we see Leah eventually find Jefferson and find people that she comes to care for and care for her. It is a dangerous ability for any person to have because of the lust for gold during the California Gold Rush. This lust is partly what drove her Uncle to murder her parents and she knows she has to keep this a secret from everyone, including her best friend Jefferson.

Although Leah begins the story unwilling to trust anyone, she learns along the way that there are people she can trust.

Her growth throughout the novel is shown in her interactions with Jefferson and the other families that she travels with to California. I loved the entire journey that Leah was on. It brought me back to my Oregon Trail days. My mom allowed me to play on our dinosaur of a computer for only an hour a day and Oregon Trail was my go to game. Rae Carson made me feel like I was there on the trail with Leah.

It was so realistic and actually really historically accurate. The scene that really killed me was the buffalo scene because that kind of thing actually happened. Rae Carson does an amazing job of including real history in this story and it was such a breath of fresh air.

First of all, I loved their relationship. Rae Carson made their relationship develop very slowly and that was so great. Obviously, we can talk about Leah and her independence but we can also really analyze Becky Joyner as well. I even like Mrs. She was a you-know-what in the beginning but she really grew on me.

Her unpleasantness stems from her husband, in my opinion. And once he dies I think she is able to find that independence that all women in their lives want. She is a mother who cares only for her children and she does everything in her power to protect them even if that means to be rude and harsh to people like Leah.

I love all of these characters and their relationships with one another. I would recommend it to everyone, especially if you love American history and are in the mood for a journey because this book really takes you on one. My only regret is that I wish I read it sooner! I love Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy so I expected to fall in love with this book as well, sadly it didn't happen. Walk on Earth a Stranger is not a bad book by any stretch of the word, but it wouldn't be for everyone either.

Objectively, yes, it's quite great book, but I felt so very disconnected from everything. The characters - while I found the MC admirable, I couldn't really connect to her, neither any other characters aside for very few like Mrs. Joyner - who had great development - and Jef , I didn't even remember who all the side character actually were or their names. The plot was extremely slow, boring and repetative it took me a month to read this book and I almost DNF'd it and the fact that I didn't really care about the world building - even though it seems very realistic - or didn't feel any nostalgia or whatewer toward it didn't help either.

On a more positive note, though, I really liked how this book portrayed many things concerning that time period: There was expressed diversity in terms of sexuaility and race. This story realistically portrayed the hate and disrimination against Native Americans befitting that time. And sexism - just as Carson't previous series, this book was quietly feminist and had many ampowering messages and quotes without it being too much.

All the things were mastefully baded into the story. I'm kind of weary starting this book because the premise of this story doesn't sound as interesting to me, but I loved Fire and Thornes trilogy by Rae Carson - book two and three were among my all time favourites, and her stories always seem quitly feminist and diverse.

So hopefully I'll like this one as well. Nov 06, Emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: A fascinating account of a bunch of disparate people in one wagon train and their determination to get to California in at the beginning of the Gold Rush.

The main character is an orphaned girl who brings the group together through her courage and kindness of spirit. As well as an excellent work of historical fiction, this novel is intended to have a light touch of fantasy to it. I think if you were anticipating this book based on that alone, it is possible you would be disappoint 4.

I think if you were anticipating this book based on that alone, it is possible you would be disappointed. I know I was; however I love historical fiction in general and the Gold Rush is a favourite period of mine, so really it was difficult to stay disappointed for long!

Really looking forward to reading the next in series where hopefully the fantasy element will make a more significant appearance. It's very likely that it will: Leah "Lee" Westfall is a very special girl, she can witch up gold. She can sense the presence of gold and the bigger the piece, the stronger the sensation she feels.

Needless to say that a girl with her abilities is a prime asset in their gold rush town, but I imagine it will be useless in our time and age. Lee and her family kept this special ability a secret. Instead of striking out and making it big panning or mining gold, Lee is content running their modest homestead. Then one fateful day, her quiet life is violently torn away from her. With nothing else left, Lee ventures out to California, where wealth awaits a girl with her gold-divining abilities.

Lee travels from Georgia to California, that's 2, Surely, it makes for great adventure on paper but just imagine actually doing the land travel with only oxen and horses, doing your personal things in rivers and bushes, drinking waters from streams and bathing only when there's an opportunity to do so. Walk on Earth A Stranger satisfactorily described the hardships of long journeys. I appreciate the depiction of sleeping on the cold hard ground more than sleeping under the stars more.

I know it can be both but there's nothing romantic about it when you know you have months of it ahead. Technically, there is nothing wrong with this novel, it is well written, the narrator's voice is authentically southern and the characters were likable enough, but I did not feel connected with any of them at all. Lee is a good character, too good if you ask me. She's brave, selfless and can shoot a thimble off a man's head, but I didn't care about her at all.

Even after all the tragedy she went through, she remained the same old good Lee. If you ask me, the author missed a good opportunity to develop a more complex Lee. As soon as they hit the trail, there was noticeable pattern of travelling, stopping for trouble, then more travelling, more trouble repeat until you get to California.

Given, they're different kinds of troubles, take your pick of diseases, accidents, childbirth, etc. There were also some Hallmark moments I found terribly uncharacteristic of the setting.

However, take this with enough salt to turn the Dead Sea with, because for some this would be enough, but I've always pictured survival in the Wild West to be unkind and scrambling, so sadly, I found Walk on Earth a Stranger underwhelming. Yes, you read that right, historical. I thought it was gonna be heavy on the fantasy, but it's more historical than anything else. Given the ending, I expect the story to only get better in the following installments, but this series starter was just okay, it could've been better.

View all 10 comments. Oct 16, Suzanne rated it really liked it. I found it a tad slow in the beginning of the middle but it could have easily been a five star review. I am starting book two now and just ordered book three. I haven't read many gold rush theme books but when I can find some in the fiction category I eat them up. Jun 15, Alyssa rated it liked it Shelves: I've had this one on my TBR for over two years now!

Greenwillow Books Publication Date: September 22, Rating: ARC sent by the publisher Summary from Goodreads: A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking he I've had this one on my TBR for over two years now! A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush—era America.

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country.

Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Such an agonizing wait for The Bitter Kingdom! I loved that the series got better with each book. I'm really hoping that the same will apply for this series. Leah Westfall can sense gold, which is a handy ability during the Gold Rush. No one knows about her ability excerpt her parents - and her uncle who murders her parents and tells Lee they will be heading West, him and her.

Lee runs away, journeying to the West on her own. On the way, she joins a family - the Joyners - and a friend who also ran away - Jefferson - and it's not long before Lee feels like she has a place in the group that she's traveling with. But Lee has more secrets than one - she can sense gold, but she's also masquerading as a boy. Rae Carson has certainly created a unique and rich story, scene, and cast of characters. Parents are killed parent, in Kate's case , girl goes out on her own, gold is a huge factor in the story.

Still, I was very interested in this story, from start to finish. Despite this book being slightly longer than most YA books which doesn't bother me! I have a dislike about the pacing actually, but it's a little different see below. I wasn't bored, even though the plot wasn't terribly fast. I liked Lee from the start. She is an only child, with no brother, so she does all of the labor that a boy would normally do, including mucking the stables and whatnot.

She also pans for gold, since she has the gold sense. Lee takes care of her family, so when her parents are murdered, Lee knows that she can't let her uncle treat her like property. Lee is strong and not just physically and brave, brave enough to start her journey to California from Georgia by herself.

Jefferson is her friend from Georgia, who leaves for the West before she does, just after her parents are murdered.

Jefferson is half-white, half-Native-American, and is used to people treating him terribly. He keeps Lee's secret about being a girl from everyone, but he doesn't know about her gold sense. Overall, I thought the story was interesting, maybe not engaging though see below. What I Did Not Like: My biggest issue with this book is that I felt it was going nowhere. Lee is on a journey to the West, okay.

But is that it? It really seemed like that was it. But there is no additional layer to the book. You'd think Lee's gold sense would come back to haunt her at some point, or Uncle Hiram would find her and kidnap her and force her to find gold. This book was so one-dimensional, one-layered. Not to say that it was boring? But it moved in one direction, and that direction wasn't really anywhere. Going to the West. Is the book about making friends along the way?

Golly gee, I really don't think that's what I wanted to read, or expected to read. Given that her last series was a high fantasy one, I think I expected this book to have shenanigans going on. So I'd say the pacing was slow. Consider, for example, the case of Salamano and his dog—what might be a picturesque relationship or friendship is marred by the harsh treatment he gives the dog and the idea that Salamano is reliant on the dog for company and thus uses it to avoid being lonely.

For this essay prompt, find a few examples of how the world depicted in The Stranger makes all of its inhabitants strangers in some way. In many ways, The Stranger by Albert Camus is not a typical novel that contains a well-reasoned plot, a multitude of engaging developed characters, or a romantic love story. With that said, in order to relate its themes and meanings, the story of Mersault relies upon a number of literary devices aside from a simple narrative.

The use of symbols throughout The Stranger is frequent and their meanings can vary, depending on interpretation. For this essay, you can either look at one of all of these suggested symbols; time, the sun, women Marie in particular and crucifixes. Crucifixes are, of course, symbols of religion and belief.

They stand as tangible reminders of a world we cannot see—one that we are all metaphorical strangers to. To conclude such an essay, consider the ways these objects stand in for the absurd nature of life and think how they are each both meaningless and loaded with meaning—much like the novel itself.

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