**spoiler alert** The first time I read this one, I didn't like it so much. Like every other girl on the planet, I was stressing over Edwards undeterm...more**spoiler alert** The first time I read this one, I didn't like it so much. Like every other girl on the planet, I was stressing over Edwards undetermined return. But the second time, I actually grew to like it a lot. Without this book, we would be left in doubt whether or not Bella and Edward are really in love, or if it's just a passing crush. This is true love :)(less)
**spoiler alert** A lot of people were upset about this book, because it wasn't 'the same' as the others. well, of course it wasn't. Bella's now a vam...more**spoiler alert** A lot of people were upset about this book, because it wasn't 'the same' as the others. well, of course it wasn't. Bella's now a vampire, so the style and theme is going to change. Instead of always having to be protected, she becomes one of the most powerful characters. So I personally like it.(less)
Ok, I read this a couple years ago, after reading 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', 'Naked', and 'Holidays On Ice'. I loved those works, so I figured I would...moreOk, I read this a couple years ago, after reading 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', 'Naked', and 'Holidays On Ice'. I loved those works, so I figured I would love Barrel Fever as well. But I didn't.
I was fifteen at the time, and some of the fiction stories seemed really shocking and graphic to me, which would have been ok, if only I could have figured out the plot or the purpose. The writing style for the made-up stuff just wasn't there for me, and I was rather disapointed.
Luckily, He redeemed himself with the subsequent publication of 'Dress your family in Courderoy and denim' and 'when you are engufed in flames,' both of which were amazing.
However, I'm having a couple doubts that maybe I was too young to read Barrel Fever, so I'm toying with the idea of resurrecting my copy from the bookshelf where it's been in exile for the last three or four years. Maybe I'll appreciate it better this time through :)(less)
This book had the potential to be amazing: affluent teens learn in their fifteenth year that they are reincarnated vampires who will never really die,...moreThis book had the potential to be amazing: affluent teens learn in their fifteenth year that they are reincarnated vampires who will never really die, only come back to reenter another 'cycle' of life.
unfortunately, it was terrible. One gets the impression that La Cruz either rushed through this, or had a constant bout of writers block. The writing is forced and trite, and things that should have been ommitted (why do we need a description of every single item of food throughout the book?)and some parts were montaged where they should have been described in detail (like when they found out they were blue bloods) and if I hear one more designer clothing reference, I'm going to punch something.
Also, it's not a good thing if the name 'Schuyler' is the most normal in the entire book. 'Bliss?' 'Perfection?' really? If your going to have your book set in a mdern, realistic setting, make it seem like it could possibly happen.
also, the character of Schuyler is much too stereotypical for my tastes. A beautiful-gothic-orphan-outcast becomes a vampire? How original! She had no character faults at all, which makes for a very bland, boring heroine.
It also took La Cruz 248 pages to get to the frickin' point, where the plot starts to... well, exist. Until then, the word 'vampire' isn't even mentioned, and though we all knew what was going on, the fact was presented as though it were a huge surprise, which insults my intelligence, thankyouverymuch. Fortunately, the last fifty pages were much better then the first 5/6 of the book, and though no definate conclusion is reached, I don't feel inclined to pick up the next in the series.
It is my experience that the movie versions of books are usually not as good as the book itself. So after watching the movie, I thought I was in for a...moreIt is my experience that the movie versions of books are usually not as good as the book itself. So after watching the movie, I thought I was in for a real treat. but I was wrong.
In Gaiman's defence, this book was written in the style of an old adventure story or Grimm brother's tale- not so much description or character development. But while that sort of writing may work for a short story, It gets old in a full-length book. (though I'm glad it was a book- otherwise we wouldn't have the movie!)
Then there's the plot. I like books to be sort of well-thought out, but this one wasn't at all. Tristran and Yvaine are stuck in the clouds- obviously a sky pirate is going to come save them? huh? It would have been better of there had been mention of sky-pirates earlier in the novel, so then it wouldn't seem like Gaiman was having some kind of sporadic writer's block.
and there is no confrontation at the end, it's totally anti-climactic. just, "oh, my heart is now Tristrans," and "damn, I guess I can't cut it out of you." -This could actually have been a good ending, maybe if there had been a mentioning of the possibiliy, or even if the witch had caught Yvaine, but was unable to cut her heart out.
Also, I was looking forward to reading about the prancing, dancing pirate-captain from the movie, but those few months are condensed into only a few paragraphs. This was an oportunity to have some character development, and to show the romance between Tristran and Yvaine blossoming, because it kind of pops up out of thin air. Yes, we all knew it was going to happen, but that just proves this story is predictable in spite of its fantaclismic twists.
All in all, the only reason I finished this book was because I loved the movie.(less)