Ok, this is a great book. It is a collection of short stories about Viskovitz, who is in love with a female called Ljuba. But, the problem is: they ar...moreOk, this is a great book. It is a collection of short stories about Viskovitz, who is in love with a female called Ljuba. But, the problem is: they are not human! In each story, they belong to different animal species. So we get a peek into love-related problems of bugs, sponges, fish, sharks, snails and so on... each story is really funny and philosophic.(less)
pročitao sam ovu knjigu prije nekoliko godina i osim da tip radi na nekom programu za poljoprivrednike, više se ničeg ne sjećam. A to baš i nije neki...morepročitao sam ovu knjigu prije nekoliko godina i osim da tip radi na nekom programu za poljoprivrednike, više se ničeg ne sjećam. A to baš i nije neki kompliment autoru.(less)
It's hard for me to find a book that's crappier that "Twilight", with even paler characters and more predictable outcomes.
Well, this is one of those.
T...moreIt's hard for me to find a book that's crappier that "Twilight", with even paler characters and more predictable outcomes.
Well, this is one of those.
This book should be a school example of how NOT to write.
Speaking of the main character, Drizzt, I see him as Twilight's Edward, only instead of 12 year old girls, he is here to sparkle the imagination of 12 year old boys.
(12 here stands for any age before discovery of sex life)
Both Edward and Drizzt are heroes without a flaw, strong, brave, smart, talented, charismatic, boring, boring, boring Mary Sue characters that make my brain bleed. Those unfamiliar with term "Mary Sue character", check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue
Plus, both Edward and Drizzt come from "evil background", one is a sparkling vampire, the other is BDSM femdom dark elf, but they overcome their legacy to be jolly good fellas.
And even sparkle is a common trait. Edward sparkles, and Drizzt has a sword named "sparkle". Horrible.
Besides having Drizzt for his hero, Salvatore writes his books as a RPG session transcripts, where hero can walk around the caves, find the magic ring just lying there, put it on the finger and suddenly "feel more nimble" or something stupid like that.
And so on, and on, and on. I believe that books like these make the fantasy genre look trashy and unworthy.
Please, don't judge the entire genre by these books, there are good and serious writers here.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was not very happy about USA of her time. Therefore, three USA protagonists of her "Herland" can hardly be called heroes at a...moreCharlotte Perkins Gilman was not very happy about USA of her time. Therefore, three USA protagonists of her "Herland" can hardly be called heroes at all. The true heroes of "Herland" are the native women of imaginary country, who are depicted as superior to male protagonists in every possible way - and even in those impossible, such as human parthenogenesis. "Herland" is loosely based on what might be communist or anarchist ideas – no classes, no poverty, no wealth. Everything is subordinated to the common good, even the number of children allowed to a mother. Gilman considers this system (if ran by parthenogenetic women and with complete absence of men) to be far superior to any other social system on Earth.
Herland is a female supremacy pamphlet. And I don't mind the female supremacy part as much as the pamphlet part. One dimensional characters, poor plot, poorer conclusion (it has a sequel, I know).
And it's just not believable. It's one thing to have a race of aliens with parthenogenesis, but to claim that humans develope parthenogenesis just because one sex is missing? And, then, when they are in need, they get the power to controle it? And sex drive just vanishes? Why? What would explain that?
Even if we want to regard it as fantasy, we need some kind of good witch that would cast some kind of spell and explain this.
This is a nice social provocation, it was needed in it's time, but as a piece of literature it is a big fail. Compare "Herland" to "Left Hand of Darkness", and Gilman will look like a schoolgirl writing a homework. (less)