I think I started this book almost a week ago, thinking it was going to be a lunchtime read for me, a couple of days lunches at the most. And then I s...moreI think I started this book almost a week ago, thinking it was going to be a lunchtime read for me, a couple of days lunches at the most. And then I started reading it and I would stop every few pages and look around. I read it aloud to my husband, my best friend, to myself. If this book belonged to me, it would be the second (ONLY THE SECOND BOOK EVER) that I would have highlighted passages in. It was thought-provoking, it was moving, and it was sophisticatedly simple to read, because the prose was fluid and the ideas were universal and easy to identify with. But at the same time, the theories and ideas were deeper than they appeared at first read, and I would go back and review and marvel. Very glad to have taken my time with this book and eagerly looking forward to reading something else from Lightman. Maybe its time for me to get back on a philosophical book kick. :)(less)
This book is f$*!ing amazing. Read it, experience it, love it, just do it--DO IT!!!
And Suzanne Collins, I loved your trilogy. I think it was amazing,...moreThis book is f$*!ing amazing. Read it, experience it, love it, just do it--DO IT!!!
And Suzanne Collins, I loved your trilogy. I think it was amazing, and pretty brave writing for a YA crowd. But let's be honest with each other. You either read this book or saw the film because the premise is pretty much a straight conversion. But I forgive you, because I found your series first and wouldn't have found this book without out. For the pleasure of the ride with Katniss and Peeta, I also found Shuya and Noriko and SHOGO. I will be forever grateful.
Poor little Nicholas...This was an eerie tale about a class of boys going away on a class trip and the whole of the pretty short novel focuses on Nich...morePoor little Nicholas...This was an eerie tale about a class of boys going away on a class trip and the whole of the pretty short novel focuses on Nicholas' frame of mind during the experience. It's strange to say with the short length and I have to give my own imagination some credit for this, but there were some very well-done characters and interpersonal relationships partly described in this book that I could run with to create such a rich environment that reminded me a little of LORD OF THE FLIES meets DEXTER. So many dark themes are present in this short little gem and I can't really say too many without spoiling it for the next perosn to luck upon this very creepy and darkly satisfying read. If you like EVERYLITTLETHING explained to you, or only enjoy horror novels that contain lots of gruesome violence, skip this. But if you like to be psychologically bitchslapped, left for dead at the crossroads of Menace Blvd. and Unsettled Pl. than pick this up. It will be over in a day, but will definitely hang around your head for a weekend, at least.
Solid 3.5 with several 4 star stories. Honestly, most of these little acabre or horrifying snippets left me wanting more. Felt like I was in a meeting...moreSolid 3.5 with several 4 star stories. Honestly, most of these little acabre or horrifying snippets left me wanting more. Felt like I was in a meeting where movie ideas were being pitched. That is probably standard with flash fiction and I do enjoy short stories but these just left too little room for real character and plot development. I'd love to see with Barnett could do with just one novel-length idea because it looks like he's got lots of them floating around in his head.(less)
I REALLY liked the start and middle of this book and had the ending been better, I would have given it 5 stars. Now I'm hovering somewhere around 4.25...moreI REALLY liked the start and middle of this book and had the ending been better, I would have given it 5 stars. Now I'm hovering somewhere around 4.25. I liked how the characters were BOTH deeply flawed, but I expected the ending to be a bit more of what I've come to expect from Murakami, which is to say, graphically violent. There, I said it. And maybe, for some people, or other cultures, piercings ARE terribly horrifying, but it isn't on the level of pulling teeth, or the cold snap of the Achilles' tendon being cut, which was what I thought would be the ultimate violent act. LOL But I'm not necessarily a fan of the gory scenes. It's just that after reading ITMS, and being horrified and sickened but riveted, I guess I expect all his work to be on that level and this just wasn't. Didn't care for the choppy back and forth narration of the two characters, the book didn't flow as well as I would have liked. I also didn't love that the story cut off without the male character knowing that he hadn't been "found out". If Murakami was going for irony, he almost nailed it. But I would have liked to see a little more resolution, or just off the deep end mindless psychological torment. Or even something to do with his mother. Overall, a good story with an interesting, but overstated and overrepeated theme that's important to face in a world with so much violence and filth.
And minus .5 stars for the over-repetition of Chiaki's father's disgusting comments. We get it okay? We're smart and we understand the devastating effects of child molestation. Maybe ITMS IS his best work, but I'm hoping to be equally impressed with something else from him so I'll keep reading. :)(less)