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 surroundI 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....more
Book Review (down there somewhere) Caution: Please bear in mind that what you are going to read is a negative review. So before reading it I suggest yoBook Review (down there somewhere) Caution: Please bear in mind that what you are going to read is a negative review. So before reading it I suggest you should answer these questions first:
1. Are you really ready to read a rant review about the book? 2. Are you intelligent and mature enough to know that people have diverse opinions and that you should respect other opinions as well even if it's different from yours? 3. Are you logical and respectful enough to post an argument about the book and not on the reviewer?
***if you answer all the questions Yes with all honesty, you can now proceed to my last question (^___^)V***
Are you Team Zombies or Team Unicorns? *coughs* sorry wrong book >.<
Are you a Troll? (please answer with all honesty!)
***if your answer is No, you can proceed^^***
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R U L E S ! **************************************************** Grabe hindi ko alam kung maiiyak ako o magwawala(joke).
Siguro ganito na lang gagawin ko...
This was so disappointing parang gusto ko sumigaw ng...
Sayang, sayang talaga...
Sayang yung 150 pesos ko, (T_T) pinagipunan ko pa yun! Sana binili ko na lang ng Krushers o kaya Twister fries nag-enjoy pa ako. Tae talaga. Di ako natutuwa.
Sayang yung papel na pinagprintan nung book! Sayang sa puno! Sayang sa ink ng printer! Wala sayang talaga!
Cons: 1. Unang una ang pangit ng pagkakasulat. Yung format na ginamit e journal type, puro narration, kaunti lang ang dialogues at nakakainis pa yung ibang journal entry at parang mga siningit lang basta may mailagay lang tulad nito:
Wednesday, Oct. 28 1998
3:15PM. Last day ng klase, pero noong Monday pa irregular, at marami nang absent. Na-submit na namin lahat ng requirements, pasado naman lahat ng exam ko kahit yung iba pasang-awa lang, at napapapirmahan ko na rin lahat ng clearance. Nakatambay kami dito ngayon sa canteen, nagpapatay ng oras kakahintay kina Roy, manlilibre kasi yun ng sine dahil pasado raw sya sa Algebra.
(Marami pa pong ganyan mga walang kakwenta-kwentang entries, tinamad na lang po magtype ang reviewer).
2. Napakacorny ng jokes, ni isang joke dito hindi ako natawa.
3. Corny din mismo ang horror story, hindi nakakatakot, mababanas ka lang.
4. Wala akong pakialam kahit kanino sa characters dito.
5. Napaka-boring as in define boring ang book na 'to! Sa sobrang boring di ko namalayan na nakatulog na 'ko, daig pa nito ang Valium.
Bob Ong please lang po di para sa'yo ang Horror balik ka na sa Comedy.
Final Verdict: EPIC FAYUL!
************************************************************* Note: This is just a letter to all my beloved trolls in this thread. Don't take this too seriously I am just being playful and childish when I made this one.
Don’t judge me for giving this book one star. I didn’t like the book period and I have my reasons to support my rating. For the bloody second time in my opinion the book was overrated, boring, nonsense, lacks substantial plot, characters, conflict and horribly written.
If you probably gave me this book without telling me that it was written by Bob Ong I probably would not recognize that he authored the book. In fact I’m a hard core Bob Ong fan I’ve read all of his works and love it. Actually I gave 5 stars for his MacArthur, Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas, Alamat ng Gubat and ABNKKBSNPlaako?. While 4 stars was given to Stainless Longganisa and Kapitan Sino and 3 stars for Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ang Pinoy.
I do believe that everyone has different taste in books as well as in food, fashion, movies etc. But what’s important is being honest about what you feel on a certain thing. Would I rate this fake 2, 3, 4 or 5 though I didn’t like it, just because majority thinks it’s good? Or perhaps because it was a best seller? Or just because it was popular and the fact that Bob Ong wrote it?
I BEG TO DISAGREE!
Hey every book has a flaw and if a book is horrendous someone must stand and say, “Hey this book sucks in a major major way!” And there’s nothing wrong about that! I’ve read rant reviews of my favorite books like Catching Fire, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, City of Bones, The Book Thief, The Alchemist and the likes but I never bloody ranted on the reviewer’s comment section and tell his/her that his/her opinion was stupid and misleading. Because I bloody respect other opinions and I was simply amaze by the fact that people have different views and that makes us more interesting and that makes reading more interesting!
Should we not criticize Bob Ong because he’s a Filipino and he gave to charities? Should we exempt him from this rule: Hey every book has a flaw and if a book is horrendous someone must stand and say, “Hey this book sucks in a major major way!” I don’t think that’s right!
We judge a book base from the book, on how it is written, on what message does it left to the readers, and how the reader felt after reading it (Does he/she feels happy? Disturbed? Frightened? Annoyed? Disappointed? Or Amazed!).
As much as I wanted to say that we should exercise freedom of speech. You should not insult me and saying that I did not truly understand what I read, that I’m an awful person because I posted a negative review, and that I’m an astoundingly idiotic. Respect my opinion, if you say rude things to me and then I’ll say rude things to you as well. This is my thread! And every hate comments I can bloody read it dumbass!
If you disagree with me post your own review, do something else and stop trolling on my review or maybe you can just (coded message) instead!
I remember a really good anecdote with my best friend about this book. My best friend telling me that she really creep out whThe best Goosebumps ever!
I remember a really good anecdote with my best friend about this book. My best friend telling me that she really creep out when the girl dance with the ghost. And I was like wasn't that suppose to be romantic? Is it really scary? Then she said that I was really weird(laughs)....more