I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I really didn't expect it to be such a treat, maybe because I was so used to the complicated...moreI have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I really didn't expect it to be such a treat, maybe because I was so used to the complicated, mind-bending, (sometimes) information-overload thriller of Dan Brown that I was a bit taken aback by Galbraith's more laid-back attitude of story telling at the beginning. However, I bounced off quickly and fell in love with Cormoran Strike and Robin straight away. I love how Galbraith didn't really explore Strike's analytical way of thinking throughout so readers were kept in the dark most of the time as to where the investigation was going, and focused more on the human side of him. Unlike Dan Brown's Langdon, whom I've always felt was a bit too perfect of a man for my taste, Strike actually has flaws and moments of personal struggles. Plenty of them. In short, Galbraith made him relatable and as a result I was invested and sympathetic from the get-go.
The real identity of Robert Galbraith has become a common knowledge for most people, and if you haven't figured it out, the publisher of the book was "kind enough" to reveal it at the last page. Smart decision. Not. But anyway. Considering how movie adaptations have done great wonders for this particular author, I couldn't help but wonder who would play who if this book was turned into a movie. Here's what I've got so far:
- Cormoran Strike: Hugh Jackman - Robin: Rebekah Staton - Lula Landry: ZOE SALDANA!!!! I swear to God, when my friend mentioned Zoe, my jaw pretty much dropped. I mean, of course! Why didn't I think of it! She'd be Perfect! - Charlotte: Catherine Zeta-Jones - Tom Landry: Sean Bean
Still don't know about the rest. Any suggestions?(less)
There are seven short stories in this book and my favourites are:
1. The Boy Who Talked With Animals >> Roald Dahl has always taught children to...moreThere are seven short stories in this book and my favourites are:
1. The Boy Who Talked With Animals >> Roald Dahl has always taught children to be kind with animals with his stories (James and The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, etc), but this one, albeit being the shortest one, takes the cake for me. I particularly love the sense of mystery surrounding the boy and what happened to him.
2. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar >> The story was quite long, the longest of all seven, but it was the most refreshing one because of its ending. And you gotta love Mr. Dahl's sense of humor when he elaborated the possible ways this particular story would have ended had it been written by "a competent fiction writer". Well played, sir.
3. Lucky Break (How I Became A Writer) >> I've always been fascinated by the story behind some of the world's greatest writers. I tremendously enjoyed Stephen King's On Writing, and was bewitched by Lifetime movie on JK Rowling's early life. This one of Roald Dahl takes the cake. All the events that led him to become a writer and those that happened during his rising success got me grinning like a cat! I mean, come on. That story about him hanging out with the Roosevelts? legendary!
Aside from those three, I have to put a spotlight on one story in this book that really captured my attention: The Swan. This story left me speechless, but not necessarily in a good way. Granted, I haven't read ALL of Mr. Dahl's works, but this one was for me his MOST disturbing story I've ever read. AND it's for children! I winced and grimaced the entire time because I couldn't believe boys would do such horrible, violent things. And frankly I didn't even understand what happened to the poor boy in the end because I was in a hurry to "get out"! Can anyone please explain to me what happened to Peter? Because I'm not sure I'd be rereading that particular story ever again. I think The Swan is the reason why I gave this book 3 stars instead of 4, because it was THAT disturbing for me..(less)
This book is seriously one of the most hilarious books I've ever read in my entire life!! And when I say "hilarious", I mean "laughing so hard you had...moreThis book is seriously one of the most hilarious books I've ever read in my entire life!! And when I say "hilarious", I mean "laughing so hard you had to stop reading and put the book down and stopped your body from shaking". Many times I had to pause and close my eyes and shake my head because this book is just so darn ridiculous and bloody entertaining. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that all those crazy, out-of-this-world stories Brian wrote DID actually happened! I've wanted to go on a Eurotrip my entire life, and I've read many (and i mean MANY) travel guide books to prepare myself. Trust me, THIS book is the most useful one by far!(less)
Setelah lama menunggu, Sitta Karina akhirnya kembali menelurkan karya, kali ini bertemakan mom-lit, yaitu jenis novel yang (mengutip pendeksripsian ya...moreSetelah lama menunggu, Sitta Karina akhirnya kembali menelurkan karya, kali ini bertemakan mom-lit, yaitu jenis novel yang (mengutip pendeksripsian yang dicantumkan di halaman belakang buku) "menyajikan kisah-kisah yang dialami oleh para ibu sebagai sosok ibu, istri, wanita karier, ibu rumah tangga, atau kesemuanya". Sepertinya sinopsis mengenai inti cerita ini tidak perlu saya tulis lagi, so let's go straight to my opinion of this book.
Saya adalah salah satu penggemar terbesar Sitta Karina. Sejak pertama membaca novel Lukisan Hujan di bangku SMP, saya langsung jatuh cinta dengan penulis yang menurut saya menjadi salah satu pelopor 'menulis itu keren' di kalangan anak muda ini. Saya melahap tiap novel yang Sitta Karina tulis dengan penuh semangat, because her writing is *that* good. Dan setelah lebih dari satu tahun menunggu sejak novel terakhirnya terbit, saya akui bahwa saya memiliki ekspektasi raksasa terhadap Rumah Cokelat ini. So, did it live up to my expectation?
With great sadness (because I truly am a fan), the answer is No. Jujur, saya sendiri terkejut begitu menyadari bahwa saya kecewa dengan buku ini. Kasarnya, "Yang nulis Sitta Karina, gitu loh!". Saya pun berusaha untuk menganalisis alasan kekecewaan ini. Apakah karena temanya yang tidak nyambung dengan kehidupan saya, alias 'I can't relate to the mommy situation'? Tapi sepertinya tidak. Kisah-kisah tentang Hanafiah JAUH lebih unrelatable bagi saya yang sama sekali bukan jetsetter, tapi saya sangat menikmati membaca cerita-cerita mereka. Apakah karena jalan ceritanya yang terlalu ringan? Saya tidak yakin itu alasannya. Banyak buku 'ringan' yang saya gemari.
Mungkin, hanya MUNGKIN, yang membuat saya kecewa adalah cara sang penulis mendeksripsikan Wigra, suami dari karakter utama buku ini. Di sini Wigra digambarkan sebagai Eric Dane versi Indonesia yang sensitif terhadap kata-kata kasar, tidak temperamental, serta bisa bertutur kata dengan baik dan benar. Sosok suami sempurna. So perfect, in fact, that it felt unrealistic. Kemana perginya sosok gentleman namun keras kepala macam Diaz atau dingin namun perhatian macam Austin? Selama ini Sitta Karina selalu berhasil menciptakan sosok laki-laki yang 'sempurna karena ketidaksempurnaannya', yang penuh konflik personal namun kuat dan tegar untuk menghadapi konflik batin tersebut. Sosok Wigra di sini terdengar sangat sempurna, bahkan seringkali malah terkesan kaku dengan penuturannya yang baku dan 'panjang lebar'. Mungkin saya terlalu terpengaruh oleh ajaran pak Stephen King dalam buku beliau mengenai teknik menulis berjudul On Writing, dimana beliau menyatakan bahwa penulis harus bisa menggambarkan penuturan karakter secara realistis dan conversational-like, tapi pada kenyataannya Wigra (bagi saya) seringkali terdengar seperti 'berpidato' tentang parenting, yang membuat cerita tidak terasa...'greget'nya. But hey, sejak awal saya sudah bilang "MUNGKIN" kan? :)
Saya tidak mengatakan buku ini jelek. SAMA SEKALI TIDAK. Bahkan, bagi kalangan muda yang ingin segera memulai bahtera rumah tangga (which is a lot), novel ini bisa menjadi bacaan yang sangat membantu dan highly recommended. Kritikan saya mengenai sosok Wigra (sangat)bisa diabaikan, mengingat inti dari novel Rumah Cokelat ini adalah bercerita dari sudut pandang Hannah, sang ibu muda. Dan untuk kak Sitta Karina, I'm still a huge fan. Saya tunggu petualangan keluarga Hanafiah selanjutnya. :)(less)
Life Traveler bukanlah sebuah buku panduan tentang jalan-jalan. Dari judulnya aja, kita sudah bisa tahu bahwa buku ini berisikan 'kehidupan' yang dili...moreLife Traveler bukanlah sebuah buku panduan tentang jalan-jalan. Dari judulnya aja, kita sudah bisa tahu bahwa buku ini berisikan 'kehidupan' yang dilihat, diamati, dan diresapi Windy selama menjadi seorang pelancong. Jadi jangan harap mendapatkan informasi mengenai hotel/hostel yang lengkap dan segala macam 'tetek-bengek' yang selalu menjadi perkara ketika menjalani 'traveling on a budget'.
Sebagai gantinya, kita akan mendapatkan bongkahan-bongkahan cerita yang disusun secara rapi dan apik, curahan hati yang 'bittersweet', serta interaksi manusia yang simpel namun berkesan. Windy merangkai kata-katanya dengan keahlian yang hanya dimiliki sedikit penulis Indonesia, terutama penulis bertemakan jalan-jalan. Kita tenggelam dalam setiap cerita, dari yang 'galau' ketika duduk-duduk sendiri di Paris, sampai menonton pertunjukan di Thailand yang membuat ngilu.
Pada akhirnya -setelah membaca buku ini -kita semakin terdorong untuk melakukan perjalanan, dengan harapan kita akan mendapatkan pengalaman yang sama berkesannya dengan yang dialami Windy. Let's be honest, bukankah itu yang sebenarnya dibutuhkan dari sebuah buku tentang jalan-jalan? :) (less)
Raditya Dika kembali dengan buku berjudul dan berkover ajaib yang udah pasti telah menjadi ciri khasnya. Menurut gw buku ini jauh lebih 'galau' diband...moreRaditya Dika kembali dengan buku berjudul dan berkover ajaib yang udah pasti telah menjadi ciri khasnya. Menurut gw buku ini jauh lebih 'galau' dibandingkan buku karya Raditya Dika yang lainnya. And it's a good thing, karena terkadang humornya Dika bisa terasa alot. Overall, it was a fun read. Semua penggemar Dika pasti punya ekspektasi besar untuk buku ini, dan bagi gue pribadi, ekspektasi itu terpenuhi.(less)
Someone in Goodreads recommended this to me, and I'm glad he did. So let's just get to the review, because I have some things I'd like to say about th...moreSomeone in Goodreads recommended this to me, and I'm glad he did. So let's just get to the review, because I have some things I'd like to say about this book. Since I'm not really good at reviewing stuffs, I'm just gonna make a list of the things I love and not-really-love. Here we go.
Things I love:
1. Alex Fuentes. Oh come on, girls. Don't tell me you didn't fall for the charming, rebellious, sexy badass that he is! Kudos to Simone Elkeles for creating such a character.
2. Brittany Ellis. Just like Alex, I was surprised to see how complex this character would be. I thought she would be mean to people to hide her imperfections, but she was actually likeable.
3. The chemistry between the two characters. From the get-go, you can feel the sexual tension between them. At first I thought Alex's flirting was too cheesy for my taste, but as he got to know Brittany and care for her, he really swept me off my feet. He was more romantic that I thought his character would be. As a hopeless romantic, how could I complain? :)
4. Alex and Brittany's character development. The story flowed effortlessly and I felt like I was in a journey with them. Sure, there were some cliches here and there, but mostly it felt real. Elkeles wrote the couple's inner conflict in a smart way that I didn't feel as if I was reading their diaries, which some writers do. (Twilight, anyone?)
5. The humor. Oh, the humor. From Brittany's awkward moments with Alex to Paco and Enrique's comments about pretty much every little thing that goes on in Alex's life, they cracked me up.
Things I don't really love:
1. The sex part. To be honest, I expected some passion and fire. I mean, their kissing scenes alone made me feel uneasy! The heat was building up all the way! But when the two characters finally did it, I felt....nothing. I even heard the voice in my head going, "Meh!". I know Elkeles tried to make it more meaningful, but I just wished it could've been better.
2. The ending. Don't get me wrong, I like the ending. But that last part at the Sunny Acres was just too...cliche for my taste. I was hoping for something simple and sweet, but it felt too grand for such two young couples. And some of Alex's lines in the end was too long, that I ended up losing the moment. Oh well. Still liked it, though.
3. The cover. Oh, the cover. I can't really say much about the cover. I mean, just look at it! A picture of two hands linked together would have been nice, with the boy holding a gun on his other hand, and the girl holding a pompom. The black background was nice, though. But seriously, they could've done better.
Well, that's it. In the end, there are more things I love than those I don't love. If there was a 4,5 rate, I would gladly give them. But in the end I gave 5 stars because overall,it was a fun, sexy, and romantic ride.(less)