Though it can be a bit confusing, its a great tale that mixes murder, sorcery, medieval history, witches and horror and it keeps the reader engaged. I...moreThough it can be a bit confusing, its a great tale that mixes murder, sorcery, medieval history, witches and horror and it keeps the reader engaged. I will probably re read this in order to get more out of it as there is a large array of characters and any stories they need to tell us.(less)
Is it a tragedy, is it a comedy, is it a roamnce, is it pastoral, is it mythical? Yes, all of this and more which is what makes The Winter's Tale such...moreIs it a tragedy, is it a comedy, is it a roamnce, is it pastoral, is it mythical? Yes, all of this and more which is what makes The Winter's Tale such a splendiferous read. A play in two halves!(less)
You know, this really wouldn't be half so bad if Bella wasn't so annoying drippy - on the one hand all we hear for half the book is of this terrible "...moreYou know, this really wouldn't be half so bad if Bella wasn't so annoying drippy - on the one hand all we hear for half the book is of this terrible "hole" caused by Edward's departure (the blank pages were better! - editor, take note)juxtaposed with suicidal tendencies to ride motorbikes (as if - how clumsy is this girl?) and cliff diving ...plEEEze! She is nothing but trouble for everyone who comes in contact with her so wherein lies the attraction? I can only hope she never does become immortal as this tedious, whining and immature behaviour is a not a standard to set to young readers. Bella - pull yourself together!
Just an ordinary story...you know the type...Girl meets vampire, girl falls in love with vampire, girl goes to prom with vampire. As I say, just your...moreJust an ordinary story...you know the type...Girl meets vampire, girl falls in love with vampire, girl goes to prom with vampire. As I say, just your ordinary every day tale. Actually despite the trendiness of the let's loathe Twilight (and rest of series) camp, I really don't think its that bad. There is an awful lot worse out there. At the end of the day its a childrens/ teen book. A lot of critique comes from adults which really isn't that fair. In general its the story of first love, perhaps with a few more challenges than is the standard, but for most of the 400-odd pages nothing that earth shattering really happens. The juxtapostion of boring routine with not so ordinary neighbours should highlight the contrast but it actually doesn't. In fact although in general it was an easy to read and enjoyable tale which did come into its own as the tension mounted toward the end. I found myself wondering if the editor had actually gone on holiday rather than editing. I could swear I read the same intense o my god you are so perfect I love you versus o my God you are so perfect I could eat you so we better not carry on like this conversation about 20 times over the course of the book. Not neccessary. We got the message. At times the author does try to take head on serious issues and get a message across such as the vampire, struggling against its own nature,and it not mattering what hand life deals you if you rise and meet the challenge but the theme doesn't really stick and does not probably translate for younger readers. At the end of the day its far from a bildungsroman the characters seem exactly the same at the end as at the beginning, but that doesn't mean to say it can't be enjoyed for what it is. I shall be reading the other parts of the series (between other things on my list)
Having never read this book, yet seen many versions of the story on film over the years, I found myself seeing the story unfold in clips form the film...moreHaving never read this book, yet seen many versions of the story on film over the years, I found myself seeing the story unfold in clips form the films. Whilst this can be the down side of seeing films before reading the book, in this case it only served to add to the visual representation of the tale. I doubt there is anyone who does not know of Scrooge and his redemption, its almost as famous as the Bethlehem story if that is not too blasphemous an analogy! But that is exactly why it is so heartwarming. There is nothing like a good ghost story at Christmas especially one with such a message of hope. So, as Tiny Tim might say "God Bless us, every one".(less)
Probably not my kind of book in all honesty, however it was a quick and easy read and I can appreciate well the echoes of Woolf in the detailed prose....moreProbably not my kind of book in all honesty, however it was a quick and easy read and I can appreciate well the echoes of Woolf in the detailed prose. Two hours in the life of a newly wed couple on their bridal evening encapsulated in less than 200 pages. It was actually beautifully written and both characters certainly generate more sympathy and understanding against both the backdrop of more repressed times, and their differing childhood experiences, Edward has a happy childhood with a loving family but brain damaged mother, and Florence whose higher social position has a cold upbringing away from loving human contact, the root of future problems. Both are from the arts world and one never leaves it and tragic though the final pages are perhaps success went some way towards ending the emptiness...but perhaps not. We never realyl know enough and are left to wonder(less)
Never in my life have I read a book with such a multitude of unlikeable characters. These are pseudo celebs and...moreDead Air. It should be called Hot Air.
Never in my life have I read a book with such a multitude of unlikeable characters. These are pseudo celebs and media whores, ploughing the depths of the tarnished glitterati and have no redeeming quality or anything whatsoever to endear them.
Ken Nott is a "shock jock", and ok, he makes a few good points, but there is nothing new or ground breaking, and the typescripts from a James Whale show meets George Galloway Talk Sport-esque rant-a-thon does not a novel make. He also comes across as self obsessed (or more rather sex obsessed) and amoral. He has the most beautiful of women falling at his feet - why? For goodness sake???? Maybe it’s a novel written for men - at least vapid, shallow, metrosexuals with the personality of a retarded amoeba…but I expected a little more than this.
The setting against the backdrop of 9/11 appears thus far - -nearly 300 pages in appears to be irrelevant an a cheap way to draw in readers, cynically used on the back cover (maybe I should hold off on this until I have finished, but really..) The plot such as it is could easily stand alone without it thus far.
And having now completed this nonsensical book the above remains true. There was a flurry of about 50 pages towards the end where the thought processes related to tenseness and panic are very well written (clearly the guy has potential) and gets it a second star, but the tragic demise of the protagonist who brings about his own downfall due to over indulgence in alcohol and the fact that he can't keep his d*ck in his pants for more than 5 pages is hardly Homer....I kind of left the book with relief wishing the ending could have been a tad different as now there is always the threat he could re-surface.....(less)
800-odd pages is concise is it? I would hate to be around Mr Pepys if he ever went into verbose mode! That said this is one of the most vibrant accounts...more800-odd pages is concise is it? I would hate to be around Mr Pepys if he ever went into verbose mode! That said this is one of the most vibrant accounts I have ever read of historical events. It is detailed and real and very evocative of life and times in London in the mid to late 1600s. Of course this means Samuel Pepys lived through some of the most defining moments of British history: The end of the Civil War and subsequent restoration of the Monarchy, the plague and the Great fire of London, not to mention his naval career and in the incident of the dutch sailing up the Thames. And yet we also see some tiny events recorded from his personal life. I clearly recall how he buried his precious cheese in his back garden as the fire raged. The strwberries as he took a jaunt out to Hackney, and the more life affecting experience of the removal of his stones, and his bad tempered affection for his wife. It really is not a difficult read and is incredibly enlighenining. Put some restoration sounds on the iPOD and drift off to another century.(less)