It was the cover that made me pick up this book. I was strolling around in the library, trying to find a new book to read during summer when I saw the...moreIt was the cover that made me pick up this book. I was strolling around in the library, trying to find a new book to read during summer when I saw the beautiful cover and couldn't help but borrow it and then later, I realized that I had heard a great deal of good about this novel.
Now the beginning was a bit slow for me. The first two pages were interesting but then it got simply dull and I was wondering where on earth this book was heading. Once Vida Winter started her story however, I got interested. This continued - from time to time, the novel would get dull, and sometimes it would be fantastic. Sometimes there would be a brooding and daunting sense and it would make me a bit scared.
However, what captured my interest the most was the fantastic and vivid imagery and scenery that the author described, for example the nature and the buildings. It was absolutely amazing and so well written that I could picture it all in front of me. I also liked the plot twist - it was unexpected, thrilling and very effective but that was all and when I was finished, I still had some unanswered questions.
Memorable quotes that I like "All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes -- characters even -- caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you."
"Our lives are so important to us that we tend to think the story of them begins with our birth. First there was nothing, then I was born...Yet that is not so. Human lives are not pieces of string that can be separated out from a knot of others and laid out straight. Families are webs. Impossible to touch one part of it without setting the rest vibrating. Impossible to understand one part without having a sense of the whole."
"Politeness. Now there's a poor man's virtue if ever there was one. What's so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it's easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what's left when you've failed at everything else. People with ambition don't give a damn what other people think about them."(less)
I have very conflicting feelings about this book, especially Katniss, but overall it was truly exciting and I definitely enjoyed it very much. Looking...moreI have very conflicting feelings about this book, especially Katniss, but overall it was truly exciting and I definitely enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading the next.(less)
While reading this, I was thinking of writing a long, detailed review about everything I loved and enjoyed and flailed over i...moreSetting: Barcelona, Spain
While reading this, I was thinking of writing a long, detailed review about everything I loved and enjoyed and flailed over in this book.
I am however left speechless and simply awed. I don't know what to say, really. I love the unique and individual characters, the compelling plot, the original story, the beautiful setting, the haunting imagery, the detailed language and everything else in between.
Definitely a book for book lovers!
I also find it very amusing but nevertheless pleasing that I received this book from a swap at a local library just a few days before the World Book Day and the start of the challenge Read The World.
"Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later—no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget—we will return."
"Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen."
"In my world death was like a nameless and incomprehensible hand, a door-to-door salesman who took away mothers, beggars or ninety-year-old neighbours, like a hellish lottery. But I couldn't absorb the idea that death could actually walk by my side, with a human face and a heart that was poisoned with hatred, that death could be dressed in a uniform or a raincoat, queue up at a cinema, laugh in bars, or take his children out for a walk to Ciudadela Park in the morning, and then, in the afternoon, make someone disappear in the dungeons of Montjuic Castle or in a common grave with no name or ceremony. Going over all this in my mind, it occurred to me that perhaps the papier-mache world that I accepted as real was only a stage setting. Much like the arrival of Spanish trains, in those stolen years you never knew when the end of childhood was due."
"Someone said that the moment you stop to think about whether you love someone, you’ve already stopped loving that person forever."
"I told her how, until that moment, I had not understood that this was a story about lonely people, about absence and loss, and that was why I had taken refuge in it until it became confused with my own life, like someone who has escaped into the pages of a novel because those whom he needs to love seem nothing more than ghosts inhabiting the mind of a stranger. "
"As it unfolded, the structure of the story began to remind me of one of those Russian dolls that contain innumerable diminishing replicas of themselves inside. Step by step the narrative split into a thousand stories, as if it had entered a gallery of mirrors, its identity fragmented into endless reflections. "
"I looked at the group of human remains that languished in the corner and smiled at them. It occurred to me that their very presence was testimony to the moral emptiness of the universe and the mechanical brutality with which it destroys the parts it no longer needs."
"People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren't already complicated enough."
"Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it."
"But in good time you'll see that sometimes what matters isn't what one gives but what one gives up."
Memorable quotes "The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference: there was something lofty about literature. Books did not care who was r...moreMemorable quotes "The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference: there was something lofty about literature. Books did not care who was reading them or whether one read them or not. All readers were equal, herself included."
"Authors, she soon decided, were probably best met with in the pages of their novels, and were as much creatures of the reader's imagination as the characters in their books. Nor did they seem to think one had done them a kindness by reading their writings. Rather they had done one the kindness by writing them." (less)
I would have given this 3½ if it was possible but I guess I'll give it a 4 instead of a 3 though. I did enjoy this very much. It's simple and fun and...moreI would have given this 3½ if it was possible but I guess I'll give it a 4 instead of a 3 though. I did enjoy this very much. It's simple and fun and a good book to read when you want something easy and entertaining to pass time. Greek mythology has never been something I'm very interested in but Riordan twists it so that it becomes amusing and exciting. I do wish that he would vary his writing style a little bit. Although Percy's sarcasm is entertaining, sometimes he overdo it (for example, I grew tired of the "Good news/bad news" style. First time it works well, but any more and you start to think he doesn't have any creativity).
Other than that, enjoyable! I preferred the first book but still look forward to read the third as well :)(less)
I love the two first parts of this book: more political drama, more character history and well portrayed. I was set on giving it a five star already b...moreI love the two first parts of this book: more political drama, more character history and well portrayed. I was set on giving it a five star already but then when it came to the last part, things just went downhill. I felt as if the author had panicked about the page counts and decided to wrap things up as quickly as possible. The result ended up being sloppy, messy, simple and just way to confusing with such an elaborated plot (which had all the potential to be mind blowing if just executed well.)
However, I still loved the whole book, just as I loved the first one. I'm more invested in the characters (especially Peeta, oh dear) and can't wait to find out more about what will happen to Panema and all the districts. Guess I will find that out very soon now :) (less)