I won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I wI won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I was really grateful to receive all four of the books and tore through them all.
I will just say that I think he is a good writer, really. However, I just think the stories are a bit too formulaic and then little bits of weird things are thrown in to spice it up that just don't make sense or are left unfinished.
Very predictable story about a boy who does not like God, hates his dad who found God, and pretty much thinks people who have faith are dumb. However, through events that transpire he will probably start to have faith and then go all Godly. It's not marked as Christian Fiction on the back for shelving, but I'm finding online reviews are shelving it that way. My particular package came with pamphlets about how I can be a soldier for Christ (something like that, and to be fair it's the publisher and not the author) which made made me weary. Someone complained that it was "pushed" on them - I didn't feel that way at all. Once I knew what I was reading, I took the story as it was and could look past the bible verses.
What I really disliked most (although it was a little creative but executed poorly) was the author added a "dessert" which is advertised as a little bonus section after you read. It's just his iPod list. Booo.
I like a lot of the songs that isn't the problem, but I thought this was a little pretentious. There are several created playlists for the books, and then one was pretty arrogant enough to include a play list "For the Movie" and then adds to the list several other songs - including songs from other movie soundtracks like Donnie Darko. No. Don't touch my Donnie Darko! ;)
Even one of the chapters quotes too much of Mad World (Gary Jules style, and not Tears for Fears although they are mentioned several times in the other books).
Overall, great story telling, intriguing environments, great details and imagery, just a little messy in some parts....more
There were moments in the beginning where I found the story a bit weak and overly sappy/cliche... and funny. One part when John thinks about how he'dThere were moments in the beginning where I found the story a bit weak and overly sappy/cliche... and funny. One part when John thinks about how he'd love a cheeseburger on the way to pick up his date and amazingly as he picks her up and asks her what she'd like she responds with, "a real juicy cheeseburger", and he thinks he has found the most perfect girl ever hahaha I laughed.
I felt the ending was WAY too drawn out, but it will satisfy people who come to the last page of a book and scream with frustration wondering what will happen. This book gave finality, even if it was a bit painful to arrive after an up and down indecisive few chapters.
The best written parts in the book, in my opinion, have to be John and his dad. For me, this made the book and left the biggest impression on me.
Towards the middle and end, it came together stronger and made for a satisfying read. There were parts I found I wished had lasted longer, and parts that were too short, but it came together at the end in a way that made it memorable and touching....more
I do not read manga... but this I had to because I thoroughly enjoyed the drama series and the beautiful movie. The movie made me cry so hard! I foundI do not read manga... but this I had to because I thoroughly enjoyed the drama series and the beautiful movie. The movie made me cry so hard! I found the manga by searching online for it, and someone had generously uploaded all the volumes. My very first manga! ;)...more
This is one of the few times I felt the movie might have outdone the book, but only in ways a book could never outdo a movie I guess. The movie capturThis is one of the few times I felt the movie might have outdone the book, but only in ways a book could never outdo a movie I guess. The movie captured and highlighted elements of the story I found to be the most striking and emphasized them a lot more than the book, and somehow I felt like the characters were better shown. Strange I know, especially when most of the book is from one of the character's point of view and the movie has to hurry to set a foundation for the characters. I felt like the characters were more enigmatic from the book than the movie (which is rare). I couldn't help disliking the character in the book the way I loved and understood him in the movie. (Trying to be vague here so not to add spoilers).
The movie also did an amazing job picking books and splicing lines and themes into what seems to be a weary challenge of trying to do. Also, the book material that is covered at the end... I was sad they didn't bring up what material was read toward the end of the book in the movie.
Still, this is an incredible book although surprisingly short. It starts off quite simple, somewhat predictable, and then progressively gets more intense and chaotic with themes and questions that could be books and books written about those themes themselves, but managed to squeeze all the juice it could into the book without drawing it out.
Definitely a new favorite, it is haunting and I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards. I can't stop thinking about it, so much in fact, that I am writing on here which I am generally shy to do! =) The story has stuck with me, it feels so real and I can feel that void created by the story as if it were mine. Definitely going to take a few days to shake this one off!...more
I have a thing where I MUST read controversial/banned books, and this one I HAD to read being that it was written in 1748! Controversial books writtenI have a thing where I MUST read controversial/banned books, and this one I HAD to read being that it was written in 1748! Controversial books written before America was even a country... I'm in. Not big on romance, and I definitely don't read erotica.
I went in thinking this would be amusingly tame and innocent, something like Moll Flanders or Vanity Fair with an R rating a bit ahead of it's time.
1963, the US let up on obscenity laws and amazing books were published for the public to read. This book is one of many that were able to to see the light of day legally, and I've found I've enjoyed most of these so far. Except this one.
This is the first where I felt there was no purpose except for a man who wanted to write a long winded fantasy as a woman. From there, he gives a misogynistic perspective about loss of virginity, easy women, and basically painfully drawn out sex scenes. Which is totally okay if that is your thing! I'm not judging.
While the writing is surprisingly fluid and reads well, the subject matter is 100% erotic. And at times funny. If there is anything about this book I did like, it was the description of anatomy and certain acts. Maypoles will never be the same. I read a few passages out loud to my boyfriend and mum, who both laughed with me.
I was a bit frowny at parts because the author writes from the perspective(s) of women enjoying a man taking advantage of them when they put up a fight (um, its rape period) but the men giving them such "pleasure" makes the deflowering act forgivable and the woman forever fond of her rapist. It's formulaic: innocent girl + interesting boy = curious but reluctant girl. Curious but reluctant girl + man overpowers girl = girl having feelings of guilt and feeling forever ruined... but enjoyed the act so much she can only ever lead a life now of ill-repute. Hence, the main character's exploits all take place in an upscale brothel.
I saw the book to the end. Wouldn't do it again. Historically amusing, came away with some vocabulary for 18th century anatomy. Awesome.
* I rate everything 5 stars to check off I've read them, unless I hate them. I'm lazy. ;)...more