Where to begin, precisely? This book is utterly brilliant. It's fast-paced, well-plotted, and contains just about anything you could p Casino Royale.
Where to begin, precisely? This book is utterly brilliant. It's fast-paced, well-plotted, and contains just about anything you could possibly want from a spy thriller. Sadistic villains, beautiful women, high stakes gambling, betrayal, car chases - with cars as beautiful as the women, of course - and enough wonderful food descriptions to make your mouth water while reading it.
The first introduction to Bond is a memorable one, and one to quickly make anyone fall in love with the character. While the book may be dated, and downright offense I suppose, I feel that's a bit of a ridiculous reaction to have. You're reading a book that's firmly set within a specific time frame with a very particular sort of character at the head. Yes, it's misogynistic. So what? At least Vesper is acknowledged as having been wonderful at her trade and intelligent, as later Bond girls are seen as being as well. It's a step above them being only good for their looks.
Casino Royale is a classic, and written in a concise style that I truly envy. Ian Fleming is a marvelous author and I'd recommend it to just about anyone. Who doesn't love a bit of Bond?...more
About a Boy was a great deal more likable than the film that bears its name. The characters were far easier to relate to, and the writing did credit About a Boy was a great deal more likable than the film that bears its name. The characters were far easier to relate to, and the writing did credit to the scenario that I felt the film didn't quite do.
Nick Hornby is an incredibly likable author. He writes fiction that could easily come off as far too sweet, but never quite does. The pessimism present in the bulk of his work never quite tends toward the morbid hopelessness than one might expect. Rather, he seems to embody the concept that we all make mistakes and are trying our best and somehow, perhaps, we might all make it through all right.
This book isn't so much a book to enjoy as it is one to analyze. If you focus too much on the characters or the plot you'll be doing yourself a disservice, as the ultimate story lies more in the broad strokes than it does in the minutia... though if you begin to delve into the minutia, prepare to lose your mind. You could fill volumes with the minutia, with the details that lend more to what lurks beneath the surface of this volume. Cormac McCarthy has refused to issue any kind of statement about what the book is about or what it means. There's a reason for this -- the book should be left to the reader's interpretation. Everyone likely sees something slightly different in it.
If you are looking for archetypical evil, for an anti-Western novel that contains over 10 different words to describe specific rope and burlap, for something that will frighten you without knowing quite why, then this is the book for you. The landscapes are gorgeous, the violence is remorseless, and the book could very well change your perspective on things. Not necessarily for the better.
Basically, it's Cormac McCarthy at his best.
I could write volumes on this, but I'd rather not potentially spoil it....more
Thus begins Michael Nesmith's folkloric tale of the importance of respecting knowledge above ignorancHere, let me lay down a tale of Neftoon Zamora...
Thus begins Michael Nesmith's folkloric tale of the importance of respecting knowledge above ignorance - of spirituality beyond power and earthly means. The most important things in life are often the things that we overlook. Simplicity is often better than complexity - and oh so much more precious.
Nesmith's prose is like his music - beautiful in its simplicity and apt to sneak up on you with a laugh when you least expect it. Nesmith's brilliance shines through in his writing and in his insight into some of the most overlooked aspects of the human conditions.
While The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora may not change your life, it will certainly make you think a little harder. It will allow you to question some previously held tenets of - if not your life, then certainly the lives of others.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who can get their hands on it. While some elements of it come forth only after multiple readings, the basic premise and nature of the piece is well worth at least one go around....more
Man, I had forgotten so much about this book. I remembered the Adderhead to be sure, but not Firefox and Slasher... I'd forgotten entirely about the bMan, I had forgotten so much about this book. I remembered the Adderhead to be sure, but not Firefox and Slasher... I'd forgotten entirely about the bulk of the Inkworld characters (including, I am sad to admit, Cosimo and a good deal of Resa's character.) I'm embarrassed that it all slipped my mind so easily.
Many complaints have been lodged about the relationship between Meggie and Farid, and I have to agree. It felt too rushed to me (couldn't it have been present a bit more in Inkheart if it was going to be such a large point in Inkspell?) I was tempted to rate this book four stars, especially due to Fegnolio and his... handling of things. The last act of the book however, with the Castle of Night, Fegnolio's plan ans how it all turns out... It redeemed it for me. I love the character's too much to downgrade this book based on some minor annoyances, and all in all it held up rather well in spite of how much I had forgotten.
Why on earth did I remember a glass man shattering? That didn't happen......more
There are certain books that are forever a comfort to us; certain books whose beauty touches us, and demands a reread or two - if not just to captureThere are certain books that are forever a comfort to us; certain books whose beauty touches us, and demands a reread or two - if not just to capture the feeling of the first read, than perhaps to discover a deeper truth within it. To me, Horse's Neck is that book.
Horse's Neck is, as Townshend states in the forward, a search for beauty. In truth, it is more a search for a kiss. Throughout the stories within it, one sees the different forms that beauty and love can take - not all of them beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, but all strangely valid if sometimes disturbing. The book is a spiritual quest, a study of questions, and a surprisingly insecure search for validation. Every story is tinged with Townshend's gift for songwriting, for character and atmosphere.
This book is not for everyone. It is disturbing at points, and troubling. It takes a certain kind of person to truly grasp some of the emotions it evokes and the points that it makes. I can say that this book is for me - and for anyone who has felt truly out of place and inadequate. Like Quadrophenia not all of the themes it explores are comfortable, but isn't art meant to put us out of our comfort zone on occasion? ...more