This is the third Shakesperian play that I've read. The first one that I've read is Much Ado About Nothing which is a comedy and the second one is Rom...moreThis is the third Shakesperian play that I've read. The first one that I've read is Much Ado About Nothing which is a comedy and the second one is Romeo and Juliet which is a tragedy. I picked Hamlet because it is one of Shakespeare's most popular play and I think many considered it as his best work.
Contrary to the two plays that I've already read. Hamlet is more of a tragic revenge story than a love story. This is also more philosophical and harder to read than Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet.
The story or the plot is easy to understand, but there are some lines that I find really hard to understand the meaning. So, what I did is I Google some of the lines to be able to understand what is Shakespeare is trying to say.
Back when I was in High School, we have this oration/speech thingy that we need to do. And some of my classmates recited To be or not to be (and I don't remember what is the title of the speech I recited but it's not from Shakespeare) and that's where I first heard it.
I remember back then I don't really know the message of To be or not to be. Since when I was in High School we only discussed about Shakespeare's sonnets and and we also need to act on a play called The Merchant of Venice but I remember I do not really act on any role and I'm on the production aspect of the play. And then we also need to memorize "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players" (I forgot the title of that) for a speech choir contest.
And to be able to read Hamlet now and to understand some of the lines (thanks to Google) was really brilliant and cool. Like I realized that to be or not to be means to live or die because be means being so it's like existence. So what Hamlet really say is:
To live or die that is the question
But this is not a contemplation of suicide but rather a contemplation of murder. To die here do not mean he wants to kill himself but it means that he knew that if he'll murder Claudius he will also be murdered.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?
He was thinking if it is more appropriate to live but of course he'll suffer because he knows that he needs to kill Claudius
or the other option of to not play safe and take action meaning kill Claudius.
To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect
So this is the continuation...so he's thinking if he'll take action he'll die. But he's also thinking that maybe dying will be more like sleeping and "what dreams may come" means like maybe there's dreaming after death or a life after death.
That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
so this is like...what will be the essence of living in a world that is full of corruption?
But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of?
so he makes a point that life after death is very uncertain...it's like we mortal beings are uncertain of whether there is really an eternal life and that makes death scary
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.--Soft you now! The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remember'd!”
Here Hamlet's having trouble because he's a moral being and like all of us he also has a conscience. He knew what is right and what is wrong. It is wrong to kill a man and this thought was hindering him to do what he knows that he needs to do- to kill Claudius.
So from that text alone Shakespeare talks about life, death, life after death and morality.
And this is just a part of this play, so I really recommend you to read it. But I do recommend to buy a copy with annotations because as I've said some of the lines are hard to understand.
So if I misinterpreted any lines, feel free to comment because I'm not really an authority and I just use Google.(less)
I stayed up all night reading this and it was a very short read like you can read it in one sitting. I decided to read it because of the hype surround...moreI stayed up all night reading this and it was a very short read like you can read it in one sitting. I decided to read it because of the hype surrounding this new book of Patrick Ness and someone told me that it is about death and acceptance. And if you're like have already an experience about someone you love dying you'll relate to this book and it is about this monster who comes one night and speaks to a boy and tells him three tales and in the end the boy will need to tell the fourth tale and that is the truth.
I figured out that judging from the title alone "A Monster Calls" I wouldn't really picked the book because I never thought that it will be an emotional book about death. Actually I've thought that the book at first was about horror fantasy adventure for kids.
For the record I didn't cry and I was really surprised because I'm a crybaby and virtually everyone cried reading the book. I actually feel detached to what was happening in the end because I thought it was predictable and there's a part that is really cheesy and cliche.
However I gave it four stars because the writing style and plot style is very interesting and unique. I really like the three fairy tale-ish tales because they are ambiguous, dark and I really like the messages they convey.
It was actually a book that has a pretty straightforward message and it's not like it leaves things for interpretation which I also really like. I also thought that the five stages of grief and dying denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance (DABDA) was also properly conveyed.
It actually has that universal message about death and how people accept death that I think everyone can relate to.(less)
This book has a very interesting protagonist/narrator. He loves prime numbers. He hates brown and yellow. He knows a lot about capital cities of diffe...moreThis book has a very interesting protagonist/narrator. He loves prime numbers. He hates brown and yellow. He knows a lot about capital cities of different countries. He finds it hard to understand human facial expressions, jokes and metaphors. Etc. Etc.
Actually if there's a real crime (not just a killed dog) and a bigger mystery and somehow a more complicated plot I'll give it 5 stars. But the story is very simple so just 3 stars. I still like it because I learned a lot about Math, Science, Sherlock Holmes, etc.
Also the atheistic comments and the dry humor makes it more compelling and enjoyable. (less)
Comparing it to the movie the Battle of Helmsdeep is greatly visualized in the movie but in the book it was sort of anticlimactic since the battle is...moreComparing it to the movie the Battle of Helmsdeep is greatly visualized in the movie but in the book it was sort of anticlimactic since the battle is not given that much importance as it is written in the middle of the book. However, I really liked the Faramir parts in the book than in the movie because it was different than in the film. In the book Faramir was not even tempted by the ring and I don't know why they change that in the film maybe they just want to change things up.
There is little romance in the book compared to the movie wherein they focused on the Aragorn-Arwen-Eowyn love triangle but it's okay. What I liked about the movie is how the screenplay have been arranged so that the plot in the book will become more fluid and simultaneous. On the other hand what I liked about the book is that you will know more about the characters and their back story and also in this book the Shelob's lair is part of this one while in the movie they moved it into the Return of the King.(less)
How can I not give this 5 stars? How can I not? It was really amazing and this book really defines what epic fantasy is! It was just great, the world...moreHow can I not give this 5 stars? How can I not? It was really amazing and this book really defines what epic fantasy is! It was just great, the world (Middle earth), the characters (especially the hobbits) and the story itself. I have been a fan of the movie since I was in High School and I didn't even watch the Fellowship of the Rings first because I started with The Two Towers movie and then Return of the King and then The Fellowship (I sometimes watch movies this way). And even if a lot of my friends back then are hardcore Harry Potter movie fans (and I am also a hardcore HP fan) I always answer when ask what my favorite movie is, it's always Lord of the Rings (still it's my favorite movie I think).
So, my love for Lord of the Rings was already there when I started reading this one. I didn't have the chance to read it before because the copy in our school library was really thick and heavy. I also can't find an e-book copy online but thanks to one of my friend here in goodreads I've got the chance to finally read it. I must say if you're really into fantasy you've got to read this. This has been the greatest fantasy book ever written and it has inspired J. K. Rowling, George Martin and a lot of authors and it is also the inspiration to a lot of computer games like Warcraft. So yeah read it if you have the time.
The book was a little bit boring at first but once the characters were on Rivendell the pace will pick up. I also find the book better than the movie because I think Aragorn is more interesting in the book than in the movie. The story about the origin of the ring and the other rings are much clearly told. And a lot of the other parts that are missed out in the movie you can read in the book. My only complaint about the book is that it has a lot of song lyrics like I think for every chapter the hobbits or the elves will sing and it was just blah and then I skimmed reading those parts :). But, overall it's a great read can be a little bit purple prosey but it's tolerable and uhmm I just can't wait to read the next one.
The movie was okay. It was really boring at first and has a slow pace. It was really weird sort of that a movie with a g...moreMovie Review
The movie was okay. It was really boring at first and has a slow pace. It was really weird sort of that a movie with a great premise (clones being made as organ donors when they turned adults) was centered on a very contrived love triangle.
I'm just thinking it could have been better. However the ending was good. It was very depressing, the way it turned out for the characters in the end.
I'll just say if you're planning to watch it, just be patient because you might lose interest, just like my mother who actually didn't finish the movie.
Maybe I'll read the book since I have questions about the movie like why don't they just escape and what exactly was the purpose of the electronic band they're wearing. Or maybe not, I'll just read the wiki summary. (less)
Okay I'm getting tired of downloading this on 4shared over and over again. Yep if you're wondering why I did not finish this and got up until half...moreDNF
Okay I'm getting tired of downloading this on 4shared over and over again. Yep if you're wondering why I did not finish this and got up until half the book is because my downloaded copy was incomplete. And yeah I downloaded this twice already, so yeah sorry I give up >.<
Okay my review on the half of the book:
It was okay, somehow my questions about the 1st book was answered. Uhhm like they have discovered a cure on the mind reading thing. There's like a political intrigue going on here in which the Mayor say that the truth was altered and he actually was the good guy something like that. But I don't buy it, seriously, he's like Coin (ever heard of Mockingjay?).
And yeah the romance was sweet (did I say romance?) Todd and Viola were like mini-versions of Peeniss(that's PeetaxKatniss, you perv) in THG series by SC. Like the Mayor can use their feelings to blackmail them. Yeah I just wish they were older so that they can kiss and stuff like that. Yeah whatever don't mind me (>.<)
So yeah whatever(Is this the phrase of the day something something something?), I lost patience on downloading you over and over again(sorry for my redundancy). I'll just go to wikipedia...
Okay I just came back from wikipedia...
Sorry I just need to let this out...
Oh Shit and Fuck You!
I knew it, the bomb was at the end of the story OMG idk what to say but *goosebumps* *shivers*
Okay I think I just have an attack of insanity atm...
>.< Seriously this book should not be YA (maybe it was just me)
Disturbing and Sick
But still it was idk realistic like it reminds me of the human cruelty, darkness of human heart, evilness...
Caution: This book is not for sensitive and fainthearted readers. The book contains murder, misogyny, gor...moreComplete, Edited and without effing Spoilers!
Caution: This book is not for sensitive and fainthearted readers. The book contains murder, misogyny, gore, violence against children, children doing brutal things and foul language. Seriously IMO this fits more to adult readers, it was just so sick and disturbing that a part of me believed that this probably should not be in the YA category (or maybe that’s just me). 16 years old and plus will do (I copy the same censorship of Elfen Lied and Higurashi no naku koro ni). Sidenote: I just found out that Battle Royale was R-18 because it contains sexual assault and that’s the difference between BR and Hunger Games (HG doesn’t contain sexual violence thus the censorship is 12+).
Another note: This review is an exaggerated imitation of Patrick Ness’ writing, his writing will get a little using to and you’ll be pissed off at first but trust me “feedback loop” is real and you’ll get use to the writing eventually(hopefully).
My Non-Spoiler Effing Hook Review
A-reading this book is like a-watching the vids Paranormal Activity! - Joyzi
Ahm ruddy don effing know where to start my effing review so I just tell yoo the story of me a-reading this book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
So at first I picked this book up cuz lotsa my friends here in GR are a-talking about it. Lotsa them rated the hook 5 stars btw so cuz of all the hype I decided to fin’lly readit. (ruddy evil hype, shut up!)
Then ya I read the book and then this effing happens, effing happens, effing happens-
0--------------------------------------------------------------------100 (Wadda eff is that line? you effing asking) That effing line btw is a representayshun of my undying love to Adrian Ivashkov *coughs* patience line while ahm starting to read the book.
Tho by the end of Chapter 2 my patience line goes like this-
0 Interpretayshun: Joyzi's mood: a-blazing fury
[Image: pissed off cat]
I have to admit that before a-reading this I tot that Pretties by Scott Westerfield was the most horribly written and a-annoying kinda writing style I ever read in my entire effing life hut boy I was so wrong! Cuz reading the first two chapters of Patrick Ness’ book is much more annoying as hell!
>Character pet names- a-adding la or wa at the end e.g. Tally-wa, Shay-la, Zane-la
The Knife of Never Letting Go > aka The Book of Typos
> Misspelled words and grammatical errors that will surely make a Grammar Nazi effing end his/her life
>neologisms that just made me infuriated like Ahm a-having a PMS or a-something
>Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. As ifs yer dumb, as ifs yer dumb, as ifs yer dumb (we geddit already! shut up shut up)
>I hated Manchee at first because his dialogues were ruddy retarded and it’s a-irritating. “Need a poo, Todd” “Poo, poo Todd” and the likes-
>Todd’s POV was a little bit juvenile thus the humor was juvenile at first.
>Todd was fund of a-using effing and that aggravated yet again the a-blazing fury mood in me.
[Image: pissed off cat]
I ruddy wanna kill the author at that point and I was like a-yelling, “Seriously ifs I ever see yoo Patrick Ness in person I gonna give yoo an effing dictionary!” Tho I still keep on a-reading it hoping that it will get better but no it was so horrendously written chapters after chapters that my mind was screaming, “Sunupahur! Someone effing enroll this guy in Writing101 or Ahm going to ruddy let you be eaten by crocs!”
Still I a-reading it, a-reading it, a-reading it tho half of the book I was so effing angry at it due to these reasons- > The book was an effing alien story. If yoo happen to read my review of I Am Number Four yoo probably already know that I already have my mental note to myself a-saying:
>The hook lacks sexual tenshun eeeeeeeer romance. Oh okay *coughs* this one was a problem of the reader rather than the book. This might seem pretty shallow or whatever hut I really find hooks who lacks a love story a tad boring. I reckernize similarities from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins when Viola treated Todd's wounds and that reminds me of Katniss a-treating Peeta's wound too hut the difference about them is that in THG it is romancey unlike in this book.
>The character Viola at first didn't speak like she's kinda mute and I hate that parts too because I really don't get her character at all like what's her purpose if she isn't speaking?
>This was a chase story hut Todd and also the reader have no effing clue why the main character was chase by armies from Prentiss Town. And for most parts the story draaaaaaaags and it was effing plotless, plotless, plotless--
And then a-reading the second half of the book I started to like it cuz of this-
I effing love GORE! Can't yoo tell?
[Image: Joyzi a-turning round and round with showers of petals a-falling on her]
Yeah gore gives me that adrenaline rush it's like my heart goes thump badda thump badda thump badda baddda baddda thump-
And it's like the feeling of a-reading The Hunger Games came back to me and I effing love this hook already!
*okay stop with this creepiness (shut up, shut up!)*
And secondly I effing love this because of Manchee-
I'm a dog person btw-
And these are my pups, ifs you effing care-
[Image: Joyzi's dog Hachi being coerced to have a picture taken, the pup is scared of the camera flash btw so that explains her pose (someone ruddy calls the PETA! shut up!)]
[Image: Joyzi's dog Dango, haven't got a problem with this one, she effing loves it when someone takes a photo of her, she's a narcissist]
And then an effing miracle happens! (Feedback loop works crechers!) Joyzi changed her mind! (Hallelujah!)
Joyzi now- >Loves the writing ergo it deserve the spot on my "writing-style-i-adore" shelf- For it was original and amazingly clever!
>Loves this alien story, this one seems surprising since aliens are not my cuppa tea. This was the first time I enjoyed a-reading something like it because I never really like The Host by Stephenie Meyer and I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. It was just a breath of fresh air, all the ideas that are into this book and all the descriptions and rules of the planet I love'em all!
>Loves Viola and Todd's relationship. It may not be as romancey as Peeniss tandem(that effing means PeetaxKatniss) in THG but it was just a sweet friendship I s'pose. Like they protect each other and they comfort each other and they are just there for one another and it doesn't feel contrived at all. It feels natural, how their relashunship builds and grows.
>Empathize with Todd being illiterate. Oh honey I hate myself! I felt like I misjudge his character and when I know more about Todd he reminds me of Liesel Meminger from the Book Thief and Zero from the Holes. I mean I really don't know why I'm so hard on him at first hut then I realize he's just so vulnerable and I wanted to protect him and root for him. I just felt so bad I was so wrong about him and for that he's certainly one of those characters I will never ever forget. And he kinda reminds me of Peeta btw he's so like my Pita bread. Like his problem is he can't effing kill another person just like Peeta's dilemma on THG.
Okay thassall I don't wanna spoil things hut I just wanna say that the twist in this book is a very disturbing event that even right now I can't stop a-thinking 'bout it. It was so sick and repulsive. I don't know how to really express my feelings about it. Just read the book and yoo'll be the judge. It will definitely keep you thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking-
It will keep yer heart racing-
It will blow yer mind-
One of the best book ever, second to Hunger Games I s'pose!-
There are just three things that I wanted right now- One. I wanted yoo to read the book. Two. I wanted to read the second book right now. And. Three. I wanted an effing movie!
Will review later after my feeling of extreme annoyance passed by.
*extreme annoyance finally wears off*
Okay first of all I would like to apologize bec...moreWill review later after my feeling of extreme annoyance passed by.
*extreme annoyance finally wears off*
Okay first of all I would like to apologize because this review might be unpleasant or offensive to others.
I really feel bad not liking this book because
1. it is a popular book and I know I am a minority for giving it 1 star
2. the book was given to me by K. D. during the meet-up of The Filipino Group in Goodreads last December
3. Neil Gaiman is my friend here in Goodreads actually, he's kind enough to accept my friend request (now I don't know if he'll delete me)...Gomen ne Gaiman-san...
So I know I know I'm a terrible person *please spare my life*
Okay now...I'll just explain/enumerate things that I don't like about this book.
1. Too many weirdly named characters that are hard to memorize (and some of them I think does not contribute to the plot, they are unnecessary and pampagulo as we put it in Tagalog)
for example Mad Sweeney, Low-Key Lyesmith, Czernobog, Mr. Ibis, Mr. Jacquel, Whiskey Jack, Zorya Utrennyaya, Zorya Vechernyaya, Zorya Polunochnaya, Mr. Nancy, Easter, Hinzelmann etc.
2. Too many subplots and too much dicking around that only slows the plot and makes the book uninteresting. It just seems like all these weird unexplained things happening and I don't know I just got lost and I felt that all I'm reading is nonsense and a giant pile of random mess.
3. It is immensely boring and nothing interesting was happening. I just find myself dozing off after reading a few pages. It really makes me sleepy. The book was not funny, horrifying or even entertaining. I don't know, reading it I just feel detached and really bored. I think this is one of the most boring books that I've read.
4. The ending was a cop-out and it reminds me of Breaking Dawn and Claymore. This is a very thick book and it is always mentioned that a big storm was coming and that there will be a war between the Old Gods and the New Gods. However in the end of the novel, the war didn't happen. It was just a conversation between Shadow and the Gods and it's like this (kinda)
Shadow: Fuck you Gods: Fuck you too! Shadow: Assholes
*The Gods go home because they realized they're assholes
--End of Story--
WTF? Okay that was a horrible reenactment but I'm not kidding about the war not happening and the Gods *shoulder shrug* just go home, drunk their ass off, cook, have sex, whatever.
Yeah I was just disappointed and a bit angry because this is like 500 pages long, what a waste of time.
I recommend it if you're like having trouble sleeping *coughs* just kidding.
Idk as I've said I'm a minority and maybe you'll like it. You never know right? Unless you try. So read it, you might like it more than I do.
Note: I'll not be reading and reviewing books until July. And I'll be inactive and I'll miss you guys. I really feel bad that I'll be leaving with a rant review. However I'll see you guys soon and hopefully I'll enjoy reading my next books. Also believe it or not I really hate hating books because I love books but that's the way it is.(less)
It's my first Neil Gaiman book, (I think his name is kinda funny btw, Gay-Man?)and for so long I always wanted to read one of his works.
There are some...moreIt's my first Neil Gaiman book, (I think his name is kinda funny btw, Gay-Man?)and for so long I always wanted to read one of his works.
There are some amazing parts especially in the beginning of the story but somehow in the middle of it, it became too random and I was really bored because there are times that I felt that it just draaags too much and nothing exciting is happening and I felt like I could not finish it. However I finish the book, the ending is okay and still good.
There are parts that I really laugh out loud, the book has some dry humor in it which I really loved. I loved the creepiness on how he writes his plot and the Characters' weird names.
I think it's good all in all but a little bit disappointing since it's not really consistent and there are also many boring parts especially in the middle. (less)