I adore Dracula. The main villain isn't a suave, romantic, and tragic hero. Oh no, no, no. Dracula is ruthless - a monster in every sense of the word,...moreI adore Dracula. The main villain isn't a suave, romantic, and tragic hero. Oh no, no, no. Dracula is ruthless - a monster in every sense of the word, who kills without the slightest bit of remorse. Believe me, he is far from a sparkly sex-on-legs sort of character.
The novel's format is also wonderful, written through a series of letters and diary entries by the protagonists, and the pacing makes the book feel a lot shorter than it actually is. It's also such fun to see into everyone's minds as the supernatural events unfold. Sure, some of the "good guys" are a little too naive and goodhearted to be believable at times, you've an evil vampire to balance things out. ;)
Sadly, it's been ages since I've read the book, and writing a more involved review wouldn't be feasible. I think it's time for a reread in the near future.(less)
Although Pride & Prejudice has a few flaws and isn't the most intellectual novel of all time, it's an enjoyable and witty read that reveals many c...moreAlthough Pride & Prejudice has a few flaws and isn't the most intellectual novel of all time, it's an enjoyable and witty read that reveals many customs of the time period. The book is occasionally shallow, true, but the characters are entertaining and the plot memorable - which is all that really matters, right? Jane Austen is a master of sarcasm, and each character has at least one humorous moment. This book made me laugh aloud. The two central characters, Lizzy Bennet and Mister Darcy, create the epitome of a love/hate relationship, and it's hilarious watching the pair interact. I'm not a fan of romances, but Pride & Prejudice did a fine job of warming my heart and the novel has a special place on my shelf.(less)
Night Shift is a collection of short stories written by the famous novelist Stephen King. These stories vary in their characters, plots, and settings...moreNight Shift is a collection of short stories written by the famous novelist Stephen King. These stories vary in their characters, plots, and settings but each of them contain a taste of the macabre. While I wasn't a fan of some of the stories, this book was still worth reading. I adore the supernatural, and King's collection really appeased my imagination. My favorite story of the bunch was Jerusalem's Lot. A Dracula fan, I adored the historical style and tone along with the letter-format. Not to mention, the story scared me half to death! I'd recommend this collection to King fans and to readers who enjoy horror. As for the faint of heart? They're better off steering clear!(less)
* * REVIEW CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS * * I'm not sure if it's better to read the book or watch the show first. However they are different mediums, and I...more* * REVIEW CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS * * I'm not sure if it's better to read the book or watch the show first. However they are different mediums, and I will treat them as such - so expect no references to the television series.
I enjoyed Jeff Lindsay's dark comedy. His Dexter is devoid of a conscience, but he's charming and funny. Lindsay has a strong voice and tone throughout the novel, and one is able to relate to Dexter very easily. Lindsay made a wise choice in selecting a first-person POV. I have to admit, Dexter's definitely one of my favorite anti-heroes. He claims to be subhuman, and yet there are moments which contradict his claim, making him a very complex person. Lindsay does an equally good job developing the secondary characters, especially Deb and the vicious LaGuerta.
I loved a great portion of the novel, though I was a little disappointed by the ending. Brian as Dexter's brother always rang as a bit cliche to me. I did love the epilogue and the last few lines, however. I enjoy ending with a laugh.(less)
I really wanted to like this book. I think my low opinion is partially my fault, because I drove into the story...more* * REVIEW CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILERS * *
I really wanted to like this book. I think my low opinion is partially my fault, because I drove into the story with high expectations due to rave reviews. I need to learn not to do that.
The beginning of this novel was excellent. A Ivy League dropout, who formerly studied to be a vet, runs away and joins the circus. The time period? The Depression and Prohibition America - a historical era of uncertainty and chaos. I was looking for an intriguing tale of a college youth thrust into an unfamiliar world, along with a dose of touching animal stories. What I got was a romance. Pure and simple.
A major issue in this novel is the characterization. The characters, with the exception of Walter (aka Kinko) and his dear Queenie, were flat and predictable. Marlena and August bothered me the most - Marlena being beautiful and kind and boring, and August being a cruel husband due to his mental illness. Besides the hackneyed stereotype of the mentally ill being violent, August's schizophrenia appeared to be a plot device to bring Jacob and Marlena together without making them look like bad people for cheating. I didn't buy it for half a second. I think the affair would've been much more interesting if August was...well, basically a normal husband who was maybe a little too obsessed with his own accomplishments.
The romance between Jacob and Marlena made me yawn. While Jacob was a fairly developed character, Marlena was the epitome of a side-female love interest: gorgeous with little beneath the surface. Barbara, the "cooch girl", had more depth than her. If Marlena were developed further (and if she had a flaw or two), I could buy their love story. And hey, maybe one day I'll appreciate where the characters ended up. Today is not that day. On a similar note, I've heard some people complain about the sex scenes, and while the descriptions are a bit odd, I had no problem with there being sex in the book. The setting is a circus, there is booze everywhere, and sex is gonna happen.
Again - I think I went into this novel with high expectations and if I'm getting the wrong idea or whatever, that's my own doing. I'll probably pick it up again in the future to see if I think differently then.(less)
I MIGHT give this one another shot. I had to read it as a summer assignment, which I had to do for entering high school, and I was only 14. Along with...moreI MIGHT give this one another shot. I had to read it as a summer assignment, which I had to do for entering high school, and I was only 14. Along with my age, I had the attention-span of a gnat. As I read along, I half-expected the main characters to either kill each other or embark on a steamy homosexual affair. Maybe if one of those two things happened within the first 20 pages, I would've finished it. But alas, I was not so lucky, haha.
Anyway this is a bogus review because I don't remember enough of it to give my concrete opinion. I only remember my 14 year-old self being bored.
Sooo in all fairness, I'll probably give it another chance. If anyone wants to tell me why "A Separate Peace" is in-fact a good book, you're free to leave a comment and tell me why. :)(less)