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 complicatedI 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?...more
To be frank, Murakami was not one of those authors that was in my must-read list. I know who he is (who doesn't, really?), I know some of his works, bTo be frank, Murakami was not one of those authors that was in my must-read list. I know who he is (who doesn't, really?), I know some of his works, but I had never read them before and was never interested to. But my friend recommended me this book, saying that it would be perfect for a "Murakami-rookie" such as myself. This is my first Murakami, and I have to say, I'm a bit.... underwhelmed by the whole experience. I guess because I didn't know what to expect, I ended up not knowing how to perfectly absorb the stories. I didn't know whether to take them seriously and try to read between the lines, or take them as light reading and not try too hard to interpret the messages behind all the kookie stories. The first half of the book were downright confusing for me because it was too out there. The second half of the book were okay. I quite enjoyed some of them, actually, but as a whole, I really didn't connect with the book at all and I felt disengaged as a reader.
Would I read another Murakami? Probably not....more
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 toThere 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.....more