**spoiler alert** Up until the end, I loved this book. But the last episode (Favor fire) is quite mediocre. Also, although I was happy that the fangs w...more**spoiler alert** Up until the end, I loved this book. But the last episode (Favor fire) is quite mediocre. Also, although I was happy that the fangs were not dead, their reappearance could have been better. Overall though it was an enjoyable book. (less)
I have to say I was taken aback by so many 2 star reviews. I guess when people hear John Green, they immediately expect a tearjerker, and are disappoi...moreI have to say I was taken aback by so many 2 star reviews. I guess when people hear John Green, they immediately expect a tearjerker, and are disappointed if the book does not deliver. Having read only one other John Green book (The Fault in our Stars - which was absolutely devastating), I have to say I actually enjoyed reading something from him that didn't break my heart on every single chapter.
This wasn't the most original book but as expected from any John Green book, it was quite easy to read and was thoroughly enjoyable. I do have a tendency to have a soft spot for nerdy types and all three characters (Colin, Hassan and Lindse) fit that description at different levels, so I liked them all. But especially Colin. I find that many people despised him and that was the main reason they didn't like this book but I found Colin to be quite loveable. I think we could have been good friends. On a personal note, reading this book while doing a math internship might also have left me a bit biased, because it felt good to see someone working on the things that I'm currently doing.
Anyways, I'd recommend it to all. An easy and lovely read. Much like any other John Green book in style and any other adolescent feel good novel in basic plot. (less)
I really love books that are about college life, or in any school environment for that matter and that is why I bought this book and it did deliver wh...moreI really love books that are about college life, or in any school environment for that matter and that is why I bought this book and it did deliver what I hoped. Though there really isn't much to be said it was a nice book and it portrayed the state of depression quite well. As for baseball, if I didn't know the basics (which, coming from a country where there is no baseball, i learnt coincidentally) I probably wouldn't have finished it. There's a good amount of baseball, sometimes too detailed and too detached from the story. Perhaps it's not detached but I couldn't relate them very well since my baseball knowledge is very limited. Anyways, copious amounts of sport and depressed characters, and it still got 4 stars.. School life does it for me.(less)
**spoiler alert** aslında fena değildi ama bence biraz kısaydı, olayları pıt pıt diye geçmişsin sevgili fitzgerald. 600 sayfalık detay bombardımanı ki...more**spoiler alert** aslında fena değildi ama bence biraz kısaydı, olayları pıt pıt diye geçmişsin sevgili fitzgerald. 600 sayfalık detay bombardımanı kitapları okumaya alışık bir nesil için çok kısa.
hep bu kitap hakkında old money vs new money dendiğini duymuştum. Daisy'nin bakış açısından da olay gerçekten bu. bence kitabın kayda değer yanı daisy karakterinin alçaklığının ve şerefsizliğinin gerçek bir insan gibi oluşu. rezalet birisin daisy.. yapılır mıydı bu. allahsız. fragmanı izleyince casting çok doğru olmuş diye düşündüm çünkü o kız da tam "dudağım titriyor kararlarımın arkasında duramıyorum ühühühü". çok kızmışım daisy'ye ama gerçek hayatta olsa da başka bir şey yapmaz kimse. paranın gözü kör olsun. genel olarak rezil bir ailelerdi zaten. anlatıcımızı ise baya sevdim, ahlaklılığın iki ayak üstünde duran hali gibiydi. gatsby'ye ise yazık, ama bir kız ve kızın hayali için dolandırıcı yahudi (yahudi olduğunun altı bir milyon kez çizilen adam) ile işlere girip sonra da benim olmadı diye ağlamak sadece new money'nin yapacağı bir şey. zenginsen acımasız olacaksın gatsby. bak buchananlara.. arkalarına bakmadan gittiler.
bir de şunu demek istiyorum: bilmiyorum bu sonradan çok kitapta tekrarlandı mı ama aynı olay white tiger'da da var mesela.. kadın sürücüleri karalama kampanyasına bir son verelim.(less)
dört mü beş mi vereyim bilemedim ama son iki üç bölüme kadar o kadar üzücü ki beynim çatladı.. garip bir şekilde ondan sonrası o kadar üzücü değil ama...moredört mü beş mi vereyim bilemedim ama son iki üç bölüme kadar o kadar üzücü ki beynim çatladı.. garip bir şekilde ondan sonrası o kadar üzücü değil ama işte o yüzden de inanasım gelmedi. buna young adult kitabı diyenlere ben neler diyeyim. gerçekten kalbimi dağladı.(less)
Not bad but kind of repetitive even though it's short. I don't know whether it was the cover design or the mini grotesque details and quirky names but...moreNot bad but kind of repetitive even though it's short. I don't know whether it was the cover design or the mini grotesque details and quirky names but throughout the book, i had a tim burton movie playing in my mind and could never picture real people.(less)
I think everyone should read Skippy Dies. This was the best book I've read this year and though it contains a bit of every topic possible (which I usu...moreI think everyone should read Skippy Dies. This was the best book I've read this year and though it contains a bit of every topic possible (which I usually don't like much), I loved it. Two main reasons:
1. Style: The writing style is excellent. Several different protagonists and different styles for each, different povs and different timelines. Could have been a total mess if Murray couldn't tie them together nicely, but he did.
2. Plot: Although there are so many different topics and problems addressed in this book, it doesn't seem forced because the plot is very interesting and keeps everything together. When I returned and read some of the previous parts after having read the later chapters I actually realized how well the plot was utilized (something I hadn't seen in a long long time, I don't get to read good books with good plots, nowadays only teen novels seem to have interesting plots.. anyone have any idea on that?) Along with different stylistic tools, there is also literary tools. Really nice seeing these in action.
So along with these two most important parts that make up a novel, I also liked other minor things: I loved how real the characters were (although I have no idea how things are in Ireland or in an Irish boarding school, I thought the conversation wasn't forced), I loved how each character was given space to develop, I loved skippy. It was a great great book and I can't wait for the next book by Paul Murray. (less)
I had skimmed a few reviews here before starting 1Q84 and let me tell you, i had the lowest of expectations. People seemed to be put off by the sheer...moreI had skimmed a few reviews here before starting 1Q84 and let me tell you, i had the lowest of expectations. People seemed to be put off by the sheer volume (925 pages to be exact) and had mainly expressed that it wasn't a good read (i now realize there are many 4 and 5 star reviews here but perhaps i unconciously chose the lower starred ones, i don't know why). Anyways, from my previous murakami experiences coupled with these, i expected 500 pages of metaphysical ramblings, since the only two murakami books i read before (kafka on the shore and norwegian wood) both turned out that way, in their own proportions. Although i do enjoy these to someextent, i have to say it gets boring after a while, especially if you are reading it over a long period of time.. Logic preceeds over fiction, i mainly just wanted the characters to get a grip, to get real.
However, 1Q84, which i think has all essential murakami properties (metaphysical events, weird sexual experiences, suicide) struck me as different from its predecessors. For one thing, it was almost a murder mystery up to some point and it kept me wondering about its secrets. There was also this scary element to the book, the Little People, who can come out the mouth of anything dead and that keep an eye on you wherever you are.. That the little people actually appeared as live things at times and didn't remain as a context as they are told to be is remarkably scary, at least it was to me. Subplots were also quite prominent. But what struck me most is how i really loved the characters. Tengo is probably the most uniform murakami character, but he is extremely more likeable than others. In both kafka on the shore and norwegian wood, there was a first person narrative with one protagonist. Here, two (and on book 3, three) protagonists with third person narratives makes the book ultimately more relatable. It seems to me that what i call the uniform murakami character is split into two or three and they all have positives and negatives but this seperation makes it easier for the reader to like some more than others. I have to say i really liked Ushikawa's narrative too.
There are two things i didn't quite like though: one is kumi adachi and her role in the cat town, almost as a mayor... Why? The other is that ending seemed to be too rushed, as if a reader who had read 900 pages of their lives couldn't wait a 100 more - details needed to be added. I really did like that it was a happy ending for a change instead of a neutral ending but why did he have to finish it off in the last 20 pages?
Overall, i really liked. Many things can be said about this book but it is easily readable even though it is quite long. One thing i thought a lot during reading the book was how it would be in the hands of another writer (almost as if the air chrysalis plot came to life) because there were many subplots as i've said: religious cults, grief over death, murder mystery, child molestation etc. If it hadn't been murakami and these weren't linked together in his own method, it would have been quite absurd to have so many subjects stufffed together and none given enough depth (even with this length). But it is murakami, and it is an enjoyable read. (less)
i can not understand how this book got so many 5 star reviews. then again, twilight also has many, so maybe its deformed baby deserves some too.
i hadn...morei can not understand how this book got so many 5 star reviews. then again, twilight also has many, so maybe its deformed baby deserves some too.
i hadn't heard about this seemingly phenomenon until bret easton ellis (whose books i do like) started twitting about it endlessly. 50 shades this and 50 shades that. then on wikipedia, i learnt that it was a rewrite of a fanfic of twilight and ellis wanted desperately to be a writer in the movie adaptation. then i started reading it.
mind you, when you know that a story is a fanfic, there is no way of creating new, original characters in your mind's eye - you just see the ones in the original fiction - in this case, edward and bella. it is like watching the movie of the book first and reading the book, you only see the actors. but even if i hadn't known that it was a fanfic, i think anyone can fairly say that ana and christian are just too much like edward and bella. that is the key of fanfiction, after all, keeping the essence of characters and the author did that very well. however, one of the biggest flaws of the twilight series were its characters. here again, the pathetic female lead strikes us with its incapability and need for a man, but in this case, the need is just too out there.
i think in my harry potter days i have read enough fanfiction to be able to say that this is not even good fanfiction - the plot is much too similar to twilight (i am assuming it was written as alternative universe) and though i haven't read the next books (or, i have to admit, even this one in its entirety) i gather from the summaries the story proceeds similarly (she's devastated after their breakup, they get back together, he changes, they get married, she changes little). too much like twilight - if you're writing fanfiction, that's plausible. but if you are a published author and the whole world knows that your story is driven from twilight, i think you should do some rewriting and change the plot a bit at least. come on.. just a little respect for the readers.
also, the writing style reeks of stephenie meyer too (and if you have read twilight, you know that is not a compliment in the least.. or maybe you would know that anyway, if you have internet connection).
so over all? no good. meanwhile, i seriously have lost some considerable respect for ellis.
ps. i know with all things on internet this shouldn't strike me as odd, but a 40 something woman writing erotic fanfic for twilight.. it seems a tad weird, no? just me? okay then.