Love in the Time of Global Warming (Love in the Time of Global Warming #1)
In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in ...more
it is a great adaptation, and even though it does call attention to its source material too frequently, pretty much literally stating several times "like in the odyssey!!!" i can overlook it because my guess is that most teens haven't studied their homer ...more
I can definitely see why this book is so polarizing, since almost the entirety of it doesn't really make much sense, and for any logical thinker it would just bombard you with frustrating question after frustrating question. I assume that most of the negative ratings for this book are due to how off-the-wall and strange the events in it are. But I chose not to think logically at all as I read, and ended up enjoying myself, because I thought the airy, poetic writing ...more
Love in the Time of Global Warming is a retelling of Homer's The Odyssey, set in modern day Los Angeles to the backdrop of natural disaster. A story idea that had such potential I really wanted to love it, but ultimately it falls completely flat due to irritating characters and a nonsensical plot.
After a catastrophic event kn ...more
Pen's journey has epic qualities like the ...more
I think this and The Elementals are some of FLB's strongest work in years, possibly since Necklace of Kiss ...more
Initially, I was excited by the synopsis - a retelling of The Odyssey performed against the background of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. This is a story with real potential - I expected beautiful and unusual imagery, and a touching and moving story with plentiful of poetic references to classic Greek mythology...but Love in the Time of Global Warming is non ...more
I know there are many Francesca Lia Block fans out there, however, this was my first experience with the author myself. I apologize to her many fans, but strait up–this book was a freaking mess. Unlike The Rathbones, it was not (in my opinion) well written or constructed, but also unlike The Rathbones it was slightly more successful in being a retelling of The Odyssey. I say slightly because I’m not convinced FLB knew what she was going for here–and boy does it show. We begin with a cha ...more
I am not sure how to write one of my regular reviews for this novel, and I think that if I did, it would be a lot of filler words, so instead I am trying something different this time.
5 Reasons to Read This Novel:
1. It is what it says it is. That's not to say that the book doesn't have layers - that it wouldn't make for an interesting study. No, not at all; indeed I suspect the very opposite. What I mean, however, is ...more
So I was very excited to get the chance to read Love in the Time ...more
In high school I was forced to read and analyze "The Odyssey" and let me tell you, it was the most boring and drawn out piece of literature that I have read in my entire life. There are many pieces of literature I appreciated and fell in love with as my required reading in high school such as "Their Eyes Were Watching God", The House on Mango Street and of course one of my ...more
Да устоиш на книга с толкова красива корица и причудливо заглавие като „Любов по време на глобално затопляне“ е кажи-речи невъзможна задача. От самото начало знаех, че ще се поддам на тези примамки и ще прочета творбата на Франческа Лия Блок с най-искреното желание да я харесам и да я наредя на рафта до любимите ми тийн романи. Вярна на заглавието си обаче, книгата се оказа омайващо странна, неподатлива на логиката и трудно за моментално читателско влюбван ...more
Francesca Lia Block has succeeded in this medium before, at least in my opinion. I know they're cornball and over-the-top, but I do love Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby.
I keep trying to love other novels by Block, and it keeps mostly not happening.
There are some beautiful moments in this book, such as this reflection by Pen, the narrator:
Penelope (who goes by Pen) is a survivor of an "Earth Shaker" apocalypse that hits the world suddenly. She holes up in her house, wondering how she will survive, hoping beyond hope that somehow her family is still alive ...more
My steady hands frighten me in a distant way, as if I'm watching a movie and feel concern for the main character; her hands show not that she is brave but that she is not afraid to die, that she has already given up that much.
I honestly was not sure what to expect with this book, which made going through it very exciting. However, it just didn't live up to my expectations from the blurb.
Love in the Time of Global Warming has a lot of very likeabe aspects: A destroyed world, a classic qu ...more
I know this book won't be for everyone, You have to be a certain type of reader in order to enjoy Francesca Lia Block's works. It definitely requires a certain amount acceptance when it comes to the unbelievable & extraordinary. ...more
Think Greece not Columbia
Think Homer not Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Think myths not magical realism
Wrapped up in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles and you’ve got yourself a stra ...more
Penelope (Pen) is the only survivor after the world collapses and the waves crash and pull away everything she held dear. The Earth Shaker is what she calls it...the end of days. Penelope doesn't know why she is still alive after the devastation. ...more
I wish I could give half stars, since this compelling book deserves more than three stars. Then again, it's a rather uneven story, so I'm wary of giving it four or five stars.
I really loved the characterization of Penelope (Pen for short), and felt as if she truly was evolving throughout the story. I also loved the book's inclusiveness (view spoiler)[ particularly the deftness with which Hex is revealed to be transgender (hide spoiler)]. Thank god we have a book where there are characters of dif...more
First up, Love in the Time of Global Warning by Francesca Lia Block. Teenage Penelope survives a world-ending earthquake known as the “Earth Shaker.” She and her motley crew explore the ravaged landscape and face challenges from giants, sirens and witches along the way. Using The Odyssey as their guide for the adventure, the teens make it through and find their way back to Pen’s house.
There are a lot of things to love about Love in the Time of Global Warning. ...more
Everything felt like it went too fast. Love in the Time of Global Warming is a magic-infused retelling of The Odyssey with queer and trans characters. However, not enough time is spent on the world-building, which combined with the dreamlike magical realism of the prose leads to a reader not feeling fully connected with the events.
I loved Pen, our main character, an ...more
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She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a spr ...more