Having seen the TV adaptation I found this book everything it was and much more. What you cannot hear of Mr Thornton's inner thoughts, what you do not...moreHaving seen the TV adaptation I found this book everything it was and much more. What you cannot hear of Mr Thornton's inner thoughts, what you do not see of Gaskell's far reaching knowledge through her quotes and references, what you do not quite grasp of Margaret's development of character you can understand by reading the book. I loved reading every page of it from the depiction of class struggles and the repeated discussion of the question of authority and if it should be followed blindly (in reference to 'the hands', Frederick and his ship, Mr. Hale and his changing relationship with his religion) to the love story that encompasses the narrative.
"But he never went near her himself; he did not look at her. Only he knew what she was doing - better than he knew the movements of anyone else in the room."(less)
**spoiler alert** A fun start to the series. The two main stories that seem to be going on so far are of Sey whose mother has left her in the care of...more**spoiler alert** A fun start to the series. The two main stories that seem to be going on so far are of Sey whose mother has left her in the care of her friend Meja and Meja's son Terry. Who as it turns out is actually Meja's daughter Hali who has to pretend she is Terry who died in accident. Her mother was in the same accident and has amnesia and thinks Hali is Terry. Yes it is very messed up. But hey I love angst so I am all for it.
The character that I really like so far is Siho Lee because he is an idiot who seems like he likes Sey so he decides to go out with her friend Rea. *headesk* Let's see how that goes!(less)
**spoiler alert** The Hali/Hajun scenes are as intense as ever. I love the fact that Rea and Siho were both using each other to get what they want and...more**spoiler alert** The Hali/Hajun scenes are as intense as ever. I love the fact that Rea and Siho were both using each other to get what they want and there is no bitterness on either side. Also the scene in the car with Hali and Hajun while Siho and Sey are watching them outside was great! But honestly Sey being heart-broken over Hajun was just getting on my nerves. Meh. Young Jun, Hajun's younger brother and Sey's childhood friend, is hilarious and I hope he gets more page time. ooh and Hajun has finally found out about Hali having to spend her life living as her brother Terry because her mother can't know he was killed in an accident. All in all another issue full of everything I like about INVU. (less)
**spoiler alert** Kim Kang Won always outdoes herself in the intensity of her scenes with each Hali/Hajun moment. They are my favourite couple in the...more**spoiler alert** Kim Kang Won always outdoes herself in the intensity of her scenes with each Hali/Hajun moment. They are my favourite couple in the series so far. Hali's character is the most interesting as her aloofness is simply hiding a broken heart because the guy she loves doesn't seem to return her feelings and she is having to masquerade as her dead brother for so long. In a way I hate her father for being so weak and making her do this and on top of that he has the gall to say "are you blackmailing me?" when she says she'll stop pretending to be Terry if he doesn't let her model. I admire Hali for not taking life sitting down and using every opportunity she gets to try and get what she wants. I was really pleased when she decided to model because at least this is somehting different and a place where she can be recognised for who she is.
Meanwhile we find out about Siho's family and it is not pretty. I like how Sey is slowly gravitating towards Siho. Also loved his Science score XD
**spoiler alert** A good start to the series. It is actually kind of confusing because there are quite a few characters being introduced but who cares...more**spoiler alert** A good start to the series. It is actually kind of confusing because there are quite a few characters being introduced but who cares? Everyone's story is engaging and I love it when their lives start to collide. This manga is very prettily drawn and especially the back cover is so gorgeous.
I am interested to see where Ji-Jun and Ah-In go in their relationship. Ji-Jun is hot tempered and belligerent and loves to go after girls while Ah-In is his quiet friend, always there for him and who secretly pines for him.
The protagonist of this series appears to be Hyung-In who is starting to re-evaluate her life after her friend commits suicide. The backstory behind this is especially sad and sadly realistic. One day she meets Kang-Dae Ko and he leaves her with an invitation to come to Exit 3. As the manga nears its end Hyung-In, who has now left school and studies and wants to do something different, decides to go to the place Kang Dae Ko mentioned and she gets there. We are left wondering what exactly Exit 3 is.
I am looking forward to the next volume full of angst and rebellious teenagers.(less)
An epic tale of revenge and retribution that remains engaging even to the very last page of this long read. At no point did I feel the story was dragg...moreAn epic tale of revenge and retribution that remains engaging even to the very last page of this long read. At no point did I feel the story was dragging and in fact I was quite astounded and impressed with the way the revenge plan played out. The Fifth of December has got to be the most suspenseful chapter I have ever read. I was so anxious about what the outcome with Morrell would be till the very end and Dumas paced that chapter to absolute perfection. (less)
It's my new YA favourite. I don't care that it is not great literature...at least both its heroines like great literature?
From an interview of the au...moreIt's my new YA favourite. I don't care that it is not great literature...at least both its heroines like great literature?
From an interview of the author: "Those unfamiliar with Pride and Prejudice need not shy away from Enthusiasm. It incorporates many other books - Sense and Sensibility by Austen, A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare, Dancing by Dodworth - but wholly original characters who will sweep readers off their feet."
I suspected as much! And it is true this book is more than just reusing the plot and characters. It is like my Georgette Heyer of YA: no drugs, sex crazed teenagers or anything vulgar - simply a wonderful story that makes you want to eat lots of chocolates and cuddle in your pillow.
And the boys in the book write poetry! Really good sonnets at that! In fact it was so subtle I didn't even notice the little clues hidden in there much like our dense heroine. And the book had its share of surprises - you know how YA books have to feature a first kiss? It's like a ritual or something. Well Polly Shulman was QUITE aware of this fact and managed to throw me off at least with Julie's first one. And in fact she just takes that whole device and does something wonderful with it.
Additionally I enjoyed the play within the story device she used as well. It was entirely fun having Ashleigh attempting to speak in Jane Austen-ish language. And the girls actually managed to teach themselves the Quadrille and Cotillion and the Virginia Reel or alternatively the Sir Roger de Coverly! God, I wish I had the courage to do that - I've always wanted to. (less)
A fun book with a character much like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl. Genius and Evil. Always a fun combination. And he's studying for his World Dominatio...moreA fun book with a character much like Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl. Genius and Evil. Always a fun combination. And he's studying for his World Domination degree. Need I say more?(less)
I absolutely adore this book. I am not one of those who have seen the movie so there was nothing for me to compare to and perhaps that is the reason I...moreI absolutely adore this book. I am not one of those who have seen the movie so there was nothing for me to compare to and perhaps that is the reason I enjoyed it so much. The literary framing device that Goldman uses is utterly believable and convincing and may I add BRILLIANT - heck even I was fooled into thinking there existed a book by S. Morgenstern and that Florin and Guilder existed at some point in history. I only found out because I Googled S. Morgenstern so I could read how someone could possible spend 23 pages describing how Princess Noreena packs her hats and clothes. Of course Wikipedia revealed the truth and by the time I reached the end I was almost sorry that I had found out the truth so soon.
Not only was the classic tale of true love and high adventure wonderful I also really came to appreciate the importance of books and their place in our lives through Goldman's interludes. I have to mention though that "Buttercup's Baby: An explaination" utterly bored me and I could barely keep my eyes open through that part but since the explaination lasts only 22 pages and the stuff after that, the actual "Buttercup's Baby" Chapter One picks up again I won't hold it against Goldman.
Anyhow this book has everything that is promised - fencing, fighting, torture, posion, true love, hate, revenge, ginats, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beats, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles. And so much more.
Some of the things I most enjoyed was the Unexplained Inigo Fragement, the friendship Inigo and Fezzik shared, Fezzik and his rhymes (limes), the way the Sicilian kept shouting INCONCEIVABLE!(lmao - "You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means"), the way the man in black defeated the Spaniard, Turk and Sicilian, that whole declaration of love sequence between Buttercup and Westley, Fezzick & Inigo reunion and their whole experience in the Zoo of Death...oh who am i kidding, the whole damn book okay. *now really, really wants to see the movie*(less)
This is one of my favourite fantasy series out there. It is about Thursday Next who is a Literary Detective(LiteraTec). She lives in parallel world to...moreThis is one of my favourite fantasy series out there. It is about Thursday Next who is a Literary Detective(LiteraTec). She lives in parallel world to ours of sorts. And this parallel world is AWESOME for literature is quite popular there. In fact the fiction world has its own police called Jurisfiction (haha GET IT!) which makes sure that every book's plot runs as it should. Did I mention you can travel into the books? Which is what Thursday Next does...and she manages to change what happens in Jane Eyre.(less)
**spoiler alert** I love this series so so so much. I love how every character has a history and every history has meaning and how their actions in th...more**spoiler alert** I love this series so so so much. I love how every character has a history and every history has meaning and how their actions in the past have consequences in the future. I love the way you read, and read, and read and things become clearer and dawn on you while just 2 seconds ago you were no closer to understanding the truth. I love ABSOLUTELY LOVE the fact that these characters are complex, they can do awful, repulsive things but also wonderful, courageous things - they can love while being ruthless and they can care while being cold. Most of all I love the way we are deceived because we take what people say at face value thinking nothing of it but then realise near the end that is not what they meant.
Like when Lord Asriel told Marisa at the end of Northern Lights to join him and they could destroy Dust. Did it make sense? No. My brother who had just finished book one was wondering that because how can he say let us destroy dust and not be on th side of the Church? Wouldn't that mean he was just as bad as those people who severed daemons? And yet can I still hate Mrs Coulter for Bolvanger when those very actions in the end helped her deceive Metatron? It was like all those countless innocent lives tortured did have meaning: to help her convince Metatron to follow her down the abyss.
And when Will said Marisa was lying because that was her nature - that she would lie even if it was not helping her I believed him. I had been convinced by what she said but then again Will is the protagonist and if he says shes lying she must have been. And then when Lord Asriel said she was lying I believed him too. After all he is a man who seems to know how to read people if he says she is she must be. And thus till the very last scene of theirs I was still in sort of suspended terror about whether to believe Marisa or not. And when it turned out that at least when it came to Lyra her nature was not the same, her ambitions held no power I was happy but also marvelled at how well Phillip Pullman had managed to keep us readers in a state of anticipation.
And how much did the idea of Spectres make sense once it had been explained. And how horrifying that thought was! And the thing about how Lyra and Will's daemon's turned into witches daemons. And how that John Parry refused the witche's love which lead to his death which lead to them going into the underworld which led to them helping Will & Lyra and Lord Asriels plans. And how "tell them stories" was meant for the harpies but as it turns out for Mary Malone as well. I admired and really appreciated the way everything was so very connected, how tiny chances led to huge events.
I don't get the ending though. Is it just because I am not really familiar with the Eden/Paradise/Tempter thing? Because I don't really see how Will & Lyra falling in love helped bring The Authority down? I can understand about the sraf (sarf?) returning yes but was the whole point of this whole thing to help the mulefa? Or was the actual point to bring about the end of Death?
This is one of those series where you re-read and re-read and can still find new and wonderful gems that you hadn't made sense before. Ahh I have all these thoughts in my head but they aren't coherent at all. All I can think is I need to get my hands on Lyra's Oxford ASAP! (less)
**spoiler alert** Sometimes you have to not read for a loooooong time (like 6 months) to appreciate the goodness that is dipping yourself into a ficti...more**spoiler alert** Sometimes you have to not read for a loooooong time (like 6 months) to appreciate the goodness that is dipping yourself into a fictitious world and getting lost in pages of words. Looking at the reviews on Amazon it seems that not many are as fond of Caroline B. Cooney's "Time Travelers" quartet compared to her other books. It could be that I have not had the chance to read her other more popular series or that not having read anything except university textbooks for the past 6 months I was desperate to read any book that did not involve Calculus, Programming or Engineering Fundamentals. Either way I bought both volume 1 and 2 of The Time Travelers series on a whim after my exams and having just finished reading the quartet have fallen in love with it! It was all that I hoped it would be and more. Drama, action,history, romance, mystery and dollops of time travelling: can a girl ask for anything more?
In Both Sides of Time we are introduced to Annie Lockwood currently living in the summer of 1995. A romantic at heart she loves visiting the Stratton Mansion -- a century old house with its shimmering triangular mirrors, marble floors, double oak doors and ballroom but which is sadly in disrepair and about to be demolished. A fall through time takes her back a 100 years to a time when the Stratton's are yet alive (1890s) and here she meets (and falls in love) with Strat, his sister Devonny and Harriett (who everyone knows will be wed to Strat one day). And thus begins our journey through heartache and happiness. We see how Annie's arrival affects everyone and at first it seems that all her arrival has done is set in motion a chain of events that seem to lead only to pain for all involved. I won't go through the events because it's much more fun being surprised at all the turn of events (like eating a chocolate not knowing what the inside filling is). But I have to mention Florinda who everyone dismissed as a airy-fairy woman who faints from 'vapours' so often that she needs her own Fainting Couch -- she surprises everyone by shooting Mr. Rowwells when he tries to kill Harriett. That has got to be one of my favourite scenes from the book!
Harriett's story is simply heart-breaking and the most tragic of all. She loves Strat knowing that he loves Annie. Smarter than most men, she is not allowed to go to university because it was unseemly for women of her status in her era to do so. All she wants from life is to have a happy household with Strat but instead she contracts consumption and is stuck in the Adirondack Mountains believing herself to be abandoned by her fiancé Strat (who is stuck in an insane asylum by his father and in turn believes himself to be abandoned as well) . The most heart-wrenching imagery comes when Harriett, who was always considered plain, smiles at how beautiful she looks now because of the flush in her cheeks and her small waistline, the results of the fatal disease that is eating her from the inside. In Out of Time Annie does manage to bring Strat to Harriett in her dying moments and crying Strat realises how much he loved Harriett despite his deep love for Annie (confusing isn't it?) and Harriett gets to die in the arms of her beloved. However, I'm too cynical and I'd rather Charlie had gotten the chance to confess and live happily ever after with Harriett than Strat redeeming himself in my eyes by ignoring Annie completely (in the romantic sense) when he hears how his childhood best friend is suffering. Ah I loved it when Annie feels jealous of Harriett! You can tell that I'm not as invested in the main couple Annie and Strat as I am in the rest of the characters but it's nothing personal against them: Strat is a gentleman, kind and courteous while Annie is strong, full of courage and determination, but I just happen to always love the ones who don't get as much attention as they deserve.
Fortunately the third book Prisoner of Time remedies that! No Annie or Strat in sight, instead the book focusses on Tod Lockwood and Devonny, their respective siblings. It is hilarious and refreshing to see Tod deal with the same 'falling through time' thing as his sister. Mostly because he reacts in completely the opposite way to Annie. Disbelieving, he doesn't want to do do any falling (in love or through time) and fights it all the way. But what I enjoyed the most was his scolding of Devonny every time she said that he or Strat should save her. His mother having drilled in the whole self-made woman principles in his head he encourages Devonny to save herself and fight back no matter what era she is stuck in. And how can one not love the cute little girl's soccer team that he coaches! Another favourite of mine is Hugh-David, seemingly misogynistic and arrogant he realises what his character really is like when Devonny disappears right before their wedding. His true strength of character is revealed when he has to deal with the aftermath of the scandal and he redeems himself in the readers eyes and then some!
The last book For All Time takes a departure from the structure of its predecessors: the book is divided into parts with titles like Time to Fall,Time to Fear, Time to Die etc and within each of these parts the narrations are split between the various characters. Neat concept. I have to admit I was less engaged in this last book but only because the focus seemed to be on Strat and Annie. And Renifer a girl living in the 20th year of the reign of Khufu. Yes this time Annie and Strat get to travel to ancient Egypt when the pyramids were being constructed! The book ends on a vague and confusing note which I guess is as it should be because the whole time travelling thing is confusing anyway. Overall I give this series a double thumbs-up with book 2 and 3 being my personal favourites. (less)
OMGROFLMAO. Heyer's drunk brothers have got to be the most hilarious thing ever:
The Convenient Marriage ~ Georgette Heyer
Horry has just escaped the vi...moreOMGROFLMAO. Heyer's drunk brothers have got to be the most hilarious thing ever:
The Convenient Marriage ~ Georgette Heyer
Horry has just escaped the villain who was trying to 'ravish' her as revenge on her husband and she flew out of the house, into the streets and was running when she found her brother & his friend walking the streets foxed as the term is. It was just so ridiculous lol
The Viscount looked at Sir Roland. "D'you suppose she killed him, Pom?" "Might have" said Sir Roland judicially. "Lay you five to one she didn't" offered the Viscount. "Done!" said Sir Roland
The Viscount stepped into the room. "Came to see if you was dead," he said. "Laid Pom odds you weren't." Lethbridge passed his hand across his eyes. "I'm not," he replied in a faint voice. "No. I'm sorry," said the Viscount simply. He wandered over to the table and sat down. "Horry said she killed you, Pom said So she might, I said No. Nonsense." Lethbridge still holding a hand to his aching head tried to pull himself together. "Did you?" he said. His eyes ran over his self invited guest. "I see. Let me assure you once more that I am very much alive." "Well I wish you'd put your wig on," complained the Viscount. "What I want to know is why did Horry hit you on the head with a poker?" Lethbridge gingerly felt his bruised scalp. "With a poker was it? Pray ask her, though I doubt if she will tell you." "You shouldn't keep the front door open," said the Viscount. "What's to stop people coming in and hitting you over the head? It's preposterous." "I wish you'd go home," said Lethbridge wearily. The Viscount surveyed the supper-table with a knowing eye. "Card-party?" he inquired.(less)