Oh gosh ... I was quite excited when all of a sudden I saw announcement of Ishiguro's new novel. I totally love his work. I haven't read yet "The RemaOh gosh ... I was quite excited when all of a sudden I saw announcement of Ishiguro's new novel. I totally love his work. I haven't read yet "The Remains of the Day" and "When We Were Orphans" but in all others I enjoyed quite a bit ("The Unconsoled" is one of my all time favourite) so I had some higher expectations from this one. Alas ... I really wanted to like this book, I even liked it for quite a while but then after the last page I could say only meh. If this could be book written by someone else I'd probably like it more but for Ishiguro, this is a disappointment.
Truth, it's really like no other of his books I've read (+ "The Remains of the Day" cause I saw the film) and I was telling myself that indeed fantasy is not my mug of tea but if I have to read it I prefer Ishiguro to write it. Yes, there are ogres and dragons and pixies but this is not fantasy novel nor is magical realism and while I have nothing against "unclassifiableness" this book failed in all three "categories". It's a mess of a novel. In spite the lovely narration Ishiguro creates (in all of his books) the novel just collapsed after a while. The characters were a bit boring (there was that irritating politeness also present in "The Unconsoled" but unlike here, there it had purpose). Endless dialog that leads really nowhere and actually makes the characters flat, even one-dimensional and emotionless. Even when they declare love to one another (which they (too) often do) it feels kind of superficial as if McDonald's worker is declaring it to their customers.
The idea is interesting, there are glimpses of ingenuity, the allegory is there (the ending is really good though not unexpected) but ultimately there's nothing spectacular here and by that I don't mean some crazy sh*t characters would do. The novel as a whole, the story, characters ... everything is kind of bland I almost have an urge to take a deep breath of dragon's breath (if you know what I mean and if you've read the novel, you do). ...more
A friend whose taste in books I share and value offered this one in Book Swap and if anyone else has offered this one I probably wouldn't considered tA friend whose taste in books I share and value offered this one in Book Swap and if anyone else has offered this one I probably wouldn't considered taking it out of the game. And friend was reassuring me this is not how it looks :) Indeed it's such and entertaining story. Don is utterly likeable character. I'm telling people around me how Aspies are fascinating (I'm aware how frivolous this is). I don't know, is this chick lit? I can't compare with anything since this is not what I normally read. Far from it but the fact is I enjoyed it quite a bit and that's what counts....more
I was a bit reluctant to read this because I've seen the film. Usually I'm reading the book (or play) before watching the film and if it happens I seeI was a bit reluctant to read this because I've seen the film. Usually I'm reading the book (or play) before watching the film and if it happens I see the film I usually never read the book (or play). However, I've seen the film long time ago and I know what happened but the plot itself, not that much (truth, the plot is not the strongest part of the play) so I decided to read it. And I loved it. I loved the dialogue. It is beautifully written anatomy of grief (I've read this description and couldn't get rid of it). And what I liked as well (and I think it is thanks to the quality of writing) I couldn't see Mrs. Kidman as Becca even though I thought (and was afraid) that would be inevitable. ...more
A short story. Really, really short but quite good. While I'm reading his Martian I checked if there's anything else he wrote and voila. It looks likeA short story. Really, really short but quite good. While I'm reading his Martian I checked if there's anything else he wrote and voila. It looks like a story germinated from some old teo-philosophical saying (idea would be too huge to be the seed). But it germinated quite well :) ...more
Not that I'm comparing books (not at all) but I don't remember I was irritated by the main character as much since Catcher in the Rye's Holden CaulfieNot that I'm comparing books (not at all) but I don't remember I was irritated by the main character as much since Catcher in the Rye's Holden Caulfield! Mark Watney is such oh-I'm-so-cool, ovary stimulating, cool facebook status providing prick. Something that has had huge potential to be a fascinating, exciting survival drama became soap opera-ish, superficial, sitcom (though not funny whatsoever) for housewives. (in spite fantastic scientific coverage)it's dangerously intellect-numbing/offensive reading material. Horrible, horrible, horrible!!! ...more
Awful awful, awful, awful, awful ... I have urge to repeat "awful" until we reach number of words for a decent review. OK I do have an issue with YA bAwful awful, awful, awful, awful ... I have urge to repeat "awful" until we reach number of words for a decent review. OK I do have an issue with YA books and I rarely (if ever) give 5 stars to such book but this is beyond bad YA book. It's almost insulting how the author used the most basic emotion every decent reader will have and surfed on that wave. Kids with cancer. Hello! You shouldn't play with this, especially so explicitly (and badly). What an awful manipulation with people's sentiments. I felt nothing (but disgust) reading this book. Characters are utterly unrealistic whose sole purpose was a vicious attack on your lachrymal glands. Sure, it is fantastic financial success and voila, here we are: I so regret those few hours I spent on this shit.
([i]"Ways to live forever"[/i] by Sally Nicholls didn't get 5 stars from me but it's a good book dealing with similar topic)...more
Sequel to The Normal Heart which was phenomenal. This one I've read few months ago after The Normal Heart and after watching the film but was lazy enoSequel to The Normal Heart which was phenomenal. This one I've read few months ago after The Normal Heart and after watching the film but was lazy enough to write review. I liked it I know that but I have impression that everything I think at the moment is actually my impression of both books along with the film. Combined. And there's no way to separate these three. OK maybe there is but I'll leave that for some imaginary moment in the distant future :) And just as for The Normal Heart, it would be fantastic to see this on the stage! ...more
I've read this one few months ago (but before watching HBO's film). I know I should have wrote review then and more importantly,before watching the fiI've read this one few months ago (but before watching HBO's film). I know I should have wrote review then and more importantly,before watching the film. Yes it was a good read, obviously quite important (I remember thinking how it would be great seeing it in theater) but my impressions are mixed with the film. sure thing is, I liked it quite a lot....more
Right..... I'm not quite sure whether I like this or not quite. OK it was clear from (almost) the very start this is one of those Mitchell's book withRight..... I'm not quite sure whether I like this or not quite. OK it was clear from (almost) the very start this is one of those Mitchell's book with fantasy drops (I still like "Black Swan Green" (that doesn't have those) the most). Many stated how Murakami (Haruki) can be sensed in those Mitchell's book and that supposed to be affirmative statement but ... um... I'm not that fond of Murakami. Anyway, I like Mitchell's novels (I'm yet to read "Ghostwritten" and "Number9dream") and I really wanted to like this one but I sort of don't. Or at least not nearly as much as I hoped I will.
This is a whirlwind of genres (typical for Mitchell) but it didn't work as in "Cloud Atlas" I'm afraid. The prose is not surprisingly beautiful about more less ordinary things waiting to see where it'll lad you but then all of a sudden you slip into paranormal episode that you're not quite (or at all) sure what is it. Friend asked me do I like the book when I was somewhere in the middle and I said "yes but I have no idea what's going on". And that is the pattern for entire book. Actually in the end you do know what happened but it leaves you a bit confused why so many words about irrelevant things. Those episodes (which really are episodes that appear from time to time) are actually the main thing in the book. They are what this book is about. They are the main plot. Maybe I was unable to dissolve boundaries between genres and couldn't see them as a whole but I really wonder why not write a fantasy novel that would be less than half of "The Bone Clocks" long? It would be interesting for those who like genre. This way I'm afraid he failed in all genres. As if he just tried too hard. *shrug* (2.5 stars) ...more
Ugh... everything was more-less peachy. Likable characters drawn pretty convincingly. Relations between kids (sons) and parents, the distance, "detachUgh... everything was more-less peachy. Likable characters drawn pretty convincingly. Relations between kids (sons) and parents, the distance, "detachment", withdrawal, love, being a Mexican ( :) ) youth rebellion... everything was quite good and I really liked it (probably because relation between Ari and his mother, their silent understanding, humour, support, etc is SO similar with what I have with my mother. But then, this is not the first time I've found similarities between Mexican and Serbs, especially family relations wise). So everything was ok until the very end. I really don't understand why on earth he [the author] decided to succumb and failed to restrain himself from ending the (otherwise good) novel in an epic cliche. Maybe that's how the things go with YA novels but for me, it spoiled everything. I thought for a moment it might turned out to be the way the novel ended but I immediately dismissed that idea. Not because it was highly unlikely. I thought why he would do such thing to his book? And indeed "Why?" ...more
Just what I expected from Winchester. Very informative, interesting story about (for me) mostly unknown people and their effort to make what USA is noJust what I expected from Winchester. Very informative, interesting story about (for me) mostly unknown people and their effort to make what USA is now. As usual, the topic is gigantic and it's quite optimistic to expect that everything and everyone will be covered. Well, not optimistic but delusional. I love that author is non-American (OK he is USA-passport holder but you know what I mean) so there is no that patriotic tone which one could have expected. And that's good. Speaking about patriotic tone I have to admit I enjoyed so much when reading chapter about Nikola Tesla. I've read it twice and couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I was a bit unpleasantly surprised when he didn't mention him in his "Atlantic" when writing about Marconi and radio so, yes I really enjoyed reading about Tesla. ...more
Силно се обрадовах кад видех да смо коначно превели Орасија Кирогу. Мени је пре пар година био препоручен од стране "изворне говорнице" која је одраслСилно се обрадовах кад видех да смо коначно превели Орасија Кирогу. Мени је пре пар година био препоручен од стране "изворне говорнице" која је одрасла на његовим причама и није ми требало много да се заинтересујем толико да сам морао да одем у место у ком је писао највећи број својих прича: Сан Игнасио, село у покрајини Мисионес у Аргентини (наравно да нисам отишао у Аргентину да бих посетио Кирогино село већ га нисам хтео заобићи кад сам већ био у прилици да га видим). Елем он је своје "Приче из џунгле" писао у правој џунгли а није ни чудо што је истом био толико одушевљен да је одлучио да се тамо трајно настани.
Дакле, до сад сам Кирогу читао на шпанском па кад сам га видео на полици књижаре преведеног на српски одмах га узех. Ова збирка приче се заправо оригинално зове "Приче из џунгле, за децу" (Cuentos de la selva para los niños) пошто, наравно постоје и оне које су за одрасле. Заправо сам био збуњен изгледом књиге јер је очигледно дечја а приче које сам ја читао баш и нису. Приче из ове књиге нису укључене ни у једну од књига које ја имам (на шпанском) да би се на крају испоставило да их је и писао за своју децу.
Овде су у питању приче и басне које нико од нас раније није прочитао; у којима су главни ликови животиње које су ретки међу нама видели уживо а многи ни чули за њих нису. Па ево прилике :)...more
How it will sound if I say that we all are a bit (or more than that) Walter Mitty? Oh well, at least I am. And no, I don't have to be in the land of dHow it will sound if I say that we all are a bit (or more than that) Walter Mitty? Oh well, at least I am. And no, I don't have to be in the land of dreams but just like him, fully awake and probably not so fully conscious but still here. Needless to say I really enjoyed this story and I'm totally overwhelmed with empathy. Long live Walter Mitty in each of us! ...more