Debating 4 or 5 stars. I was pretty enamored with Cloud Atlas, except the Adam Ewing chapters, which start and end the book. Hated those. Hated the vo...moreDebating 4 or 5 stars. I was pretty enamored with Cloud Atlas, except the Adam Ewing chapters, which start and end the book. Hated those. Hated the voice, the tone, the period language, and the fact that one key character just popped up at the end and I wasn't able to figure out if he'd been even mentioned previously (hard to search audiobooks). I probably would have quit the book if the first section had gone on much longer, and was disappointed at the end that I still hated it and this whole complicated creation went out on on a bad note.
But the rest, I loved the rest! I love books with layers and themes and such. (less)
**spoiler alert** OK. I get it. But I don't like it.
In Catching Fire I was all upset because Katniss doesn't really DO anything. Now I see that that w...more**spoiler alert** OK. I get it. But I don't like it.
In Catching Fire I was all upset because Katniss doesn't really DO anything. Now I see that that was kind of the whole point.
She's a pawn, a TV star, a puppet. She knew that in the Hunger Games and she accidentally subverted it. In the other two books she's just a pawn, but she didn't fully realize it until the end of Mockingjay.
This was my least favorite, because the drama of District 13 is not nearly as exciting as the anticipation of the Hunger Games. And the attempt to turn the capitol into an arena just didn't sit right. The city battle as page-turning ending was even more anti-climactic than the Quarter Quell! All the work and deaths and drama of the super squad was for nothing when the rebels got there first anyway. They were just TV stars, they couldn't take down the capitol.
I'd really like to find some discussion about this series and it's commentary on war, reality TV, celebrity, etc. becuase I have a lot of not fully articulate thoughts.(less)
**spoiler alert** Who doesn't love a good thriller?
I have two reasons for giving Catching Fire only 3 starts rather than the 5 stars which it deserves...more**spoiler alert** Who doesn't love a good thriller?
I have two reasons for giving Catching Fire only 3 starts rather than the 5 stars which it deserves based on enjoyment alone.
1. Katniss doesn't do anything in the book. Everything happens to her. She doesn't even win or escape! She's rescued. 2. The end seemed to come out of nearly no where. Exciting, exciting, exciting, oh hey, we're changing topics almost completely and now the book is over.(less)
**spoiler alert** I was really loving Never Let Me Go, until the end. What a terrible ending to a book full of thoughtfulness and well rounded charact...more**spoiler alert** I was really loving Never Let Me Go, until the end. What a terrible ending to a book full of thoughtfulness and well rounded characters.
I get that the Students, while they were still in their schools, could be sheltered from politics. But, we're really expected to believe that as they entered the world as carers and donors they all completely missed the news that their very existence and treatment was a matter of major public debate. Not one donor or carer over the decades got involved in the politics of their situation or even became aware enough of those politics for word or rumor to get back to the rest of them. Also, I don't buy that Cathy and the others never heard about the living conditions for students from other schools despite living and working with them and caring for them for years.
Also, the plot device of some knowing person just finally sitting down and spilling the beans is totally anti-climactic.(less)
I was about halfway through A Visit from the Goon Squad when I went to see Social Distortion. Mike Ness is losing his hair, and I thought about how se...moreI was about halfway through A Visit from the Goon Squad when I went to see Social Distortion. Mike Ness is losing his hair, and I thought about how sexy he was last time I saw them play...back when I was in high school...in 1997. And then I realized that 1997 was 14 years ago. It was a 21+ show, and for maybe the first time ever, instead of looking around a show and thinking "Wow, I feel old compared to all these kids" I thought "Wow, we're ALL old".
Early in the set they played "Mommy's Little Monster" then, "Sick Boy". Those songs kicked me in the gut. Then they played "Ball and Chain" and I just wanted to cry. I've known those songs and lived those songs and sang those songs and thought I had every emotional reaction to those songs before. But now, the ball and chain is the corporate job and the underwater mortgage. And there is nothing punk rock about an underwater mortgage. I think I had a mid-life crisis, right there in what would have been a mosh pit 14 years ago, but was just a crowd polite of foot tappers.
Time is a goon.
I think I'm going to paint my fingernails black.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed V for Vendetta. Alan Moore continues to impress me with the layers of story and his ability to tie up dozens of loose ends while...moreI thoroughly enjoyed V for Vendetta. Alan Moore continues to impress me with the layers of story and his ability to tie up dozens of loose ends while maintaining an enjoyable story. I was struck by how relevant some of the themes are, even today 20 years after publication.
I did have trouble with the art work. I haven't read many graphic novels or comic books, so maybe I just don't know how to study each picture without disrupting the flow of reading. I had a hard time telling who was who. Aside from V and Evey, they were all "some government man" or "some wife of a government man". I suppose there are probably a lot of details and layers and character development that I missed because I was often not sure who was talking.
Also, I'd read Watchmen just a few months before and was constantly comparing V for Vendetta to Watchmen. I think that set up some overly high expectations. Everything that V did well (layers of the story, timeless political/social relevance, puns, visual puns and interesting transitions...) Watchmen did so much better. (less)