A lovely collection of stories set in the rough parts of the midlands involving mainly youths who have nothing really to aim for. I recognised a lot o...moreA lovely collection of stories set in the rough parts of the midlands involving mainly youths who have nothing really to aim for. I recognised a lot of the places and the accent is very familiar to me so reading it made me feel very familiar almost. It shows the bleakness felt at the time, the children disillusioned and the adults having no faith in the world, often relying on the dole as a means of income due to widespread job cuts in sectors such as factory work and mining. Of course, I only mean for the working class, the divide between classes is shown as uge and stark, reminiscent of today. (less)
"You're in bad shape. It looks like you're developing a soul." One of my new favourite quotes from one of my new favourite books. A great dystopian rea...more"You're in bad shape. It looks like you're developing a soul." One of my new favourite quotes from one of my new favourite books. A great dystopian read, which clearly had a great influence on Orwell and ultimately, the wonderful 1984. Women and Men are characterised no longer by names but a mixture of numbers and letters. Females starting with vowels and use even numbers and males consonants and odd numbers. Each individual is assigned a partner to whom they can have sex with, at structured times only, obviously. This is also the only time where blinds can be drawn down on a world that consists almost entirely of glass to make every visible to the Guardians. This body prevents any individuality, even marching in time with one another during a forced recreational period for walking is enforced. When, D-503 meets I-330, he is drawn to her immediately despite being horrified at her ability to break the rules including smoking, drinking and sleeping with him despite not having a pink ticket which allows them to. I won't say any more, but is worth a read, short and gripping. (less)
I picked up this book because of my long standing obsession with mangos. If I ever have to make a choice regarding smell or taste, it almost always en...moreI picked up this book because of my long standing obsession with mangos. If I ever have to make a choice regarding smell or taste, it almost always ends with me picking mango. I love it. So initially I had no idea what this book was about and just kind of belly flopped into it (I'm far to inelegant and uncoordinated for a dive).
It kept me interested far more than the first couple of pages led me to believe. A satiric tale of a malicious and increasingly paranoid dictator seemingly behind the protagonists fathers apparent 'suicide' which sounds far more dark and sinister than it was. Who ultimately died in mysterious circumstances. There were a few loose ends and a few times where I had to turn back as I got characters confused. The descriptions are frequent and although they set the scene well I felt that as points they were too much. As usual, I probably missed a lot of the symbolism stuff, although I did enjoy the parts about the crow, strangely. All in all, a good read, enjoyable to say the least and I always take pleasure in reading about an event or persons I had no knowledge of previously!(less)
I love the film so much, it's such a wonderful story and about the ever charming Welsh and their hurt pride over a couple of Englishman announcing tha...moreI love the film so much, it's such a wonderful story and about the ever charming Welsh and their hurt pride over a couple of Englishman announcing that the mound which has always been "the first mountain in Wales" is in fact 20 metres short of being a mountain. The Welsh didn't take kindly to this and planned a mission to rectify this problem. (less)
**spoiler alert** The first 50 pages of this book were a real struggle for me. I'm not entirely sure why but I felt like it dragged and that it was th...more**spoiler alert** The first 50 pages of this book were a real struggle for me. I'm not entirely sure why but I felt like it dragged and that it was the same beginning essentially as the forest of hands and teeth. Whilst good, originality is key in a series like this and I felt a bit cheated to be honest, Buy two books get essentially the same on twice is not a good deal.
But, after I got past that iffy part I dived into this book and read it in one sitting. The tension was great and I enjoyed the story although there are a few niggles. 1). The love triangle is a tried and tested plotline and it's okay. But nothing special, or new. I thought that Ms. Ryan could have written something better. I do like Elias though as a character. 2). The second relationship was very quick going. And Catcher had nothing to say about it at all. 3). I swear in 90% of cases of cuts in books, infection occurs and the person doesn't want to tell anyone about it. 4). THe part about her mother just leaving at a drop of a hat was a bit bizarre to me. As was her not feeling any kind of twinge of guilt for killing Daniel. I know he was an arsehole but still, he's a life.
All in all though, I can't wait to read the next book. I hope it clears up a few things. (less)
**spoiler alert** I have two very divided opinions about this book. Firstly, I thought it was a very fast paced book, with interesting characters and p...more**spoiler alert** I have two very divided opinions about this book. Firstly, I thought it was a very fast paced book, with interesting characters and plot line and whatever. Secondly, I thought of how misogynistic this book was from the outset. For some reason, I convinced myself that the James Bonds portrayed over the years in films were the source of this female hating and that it was a ploy to bring in beautiful women.
Here are some of my favourite quotes: "You will be pleased with your number two. She is very beautiful (Bond frowned), 'very beautiful indeed.' Satisfied with Bond's reaction, Mathis continued: 'She has black hair, blue eyes, and splendid . . . protuberances. Back and front,' he added. 'And she is a wireless expert which, although sexually less interesting, makes her a perfect employee of Radio Stentor. "
Riiigggght. But Bond will be okay with that, surely?
"Bond was not amused. 'What the hell do they want to send me a woman for?' he said bitterly. 'Do they think this is a bloody picnic?'."
Yeah, crack open the sausage rolls missus, I've got business to attend to that you couldn't possibly comprehend.
"Women were for recreation. On a job,they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around. One had to look out for them and take care of them."
I'll take that as a no ....but maybe once he's met her he'll change his mind, right? Surely the author will write in a strong woman who goes against all these misconceptions about women in the workplace and where they belong ... yeah? So, the plot line won't consist of her looking pretty and essentially acting like arm candy and Bond doing all the tough stuff and thinking and what not for her to then to be kidnapped through the use of a ridiculous ploy? Ohhh, ooops.
Oh and then, after Bond decides to slum it for a while and sleep with her and decide that actually, she's alright for one of those lesser beings and suggests marrying her it turns out she's a weak minded traitor because of all that emotional baggage she's carrying around. Bitch. Guess Bond'll just have to go back to do everything that matters and sleeping with his partner if her protuberances are adequate in between loathing them.
So, the women were either too strong and in control to be worth a shag or two,
" Miss Moneypenny would have been desirable but for her eyes which were cool and direct and quizzical".
Lets not consider the alternative that maybe, just maybe, she thought you were an arrogant imbecile and not worth her time? Oh I remember, all women fall to the feet of the mighty Bond. Just a bitch then in that case. Or a lesbian. Probably both. Or the other alternative, is that they were weak and too emotionally lead, as in the case of Miss Lynd. Poor Bond. Better luck next time ....
Basically, this book irked me too much to make it enjoyable in any sense of the word. I was constantly thinking about what a massive (over compensating probably) tool he was and that any one was a proper plonker if they thought otherwise. It might be a good spy plot, but poor in terms of readability for me, unfortunately. (less)
Oh I didn't know what to make of this book at all. I knew from the outset that it was a book with a lot you can read into and is often used on English...moreOh I didn't know what to make of this book at all. I knew from the outset that it was a book with a lot you can read into and is often used on English courses. So, throughout I was trying to read more into it than there was and I just didn't get it. To me, it was a quaint book about a man fighting. I'm just not a deep reader, tis all. (less)
To savour, or get swept away with the story is always a choice that I briefly think about before diving right into the page once again at about half f...moreTo savour, or get swept away with the story is always a choice that I briefly think about before diving right into the page once again at about half four in the morning. Never once have I regretted my decision, for while the book doesn't last as long, doing something inherently not sensible somehow enhances my enjoyment of the ride. I have enjoyed this series immensely. The characters are wonderfully crafted and so many of them tore at my heartstrings - I was desperate for them to get what they deserved in the end, in the best way possible. The descriptions were wonderful. I won't give anything away, and all though you'd think reading about war and turmoil for the majority of the book would be a bit of a drain on your happiness, there were glints of just simple joy throughout which made it for me. For a book so steeped in fantasy and magic, it was very human in that the simple things were worth the strife. I miss those I lost on the way and I delighted in the endings for those that did return. Definitely worth a read, it will take you somewhere where love conquers all and that the goodness in the world will eventually win out. (less)
Ohhh such a thrilling read - I zoomed through this, eager to read what happened! I am such a quest/epic journey plot line lover it's untrue and throw...moreOhhh such a thrilling read - I zoomed through this, eager to read what happened! I am such a quest/epic journey plot line lover it's untrue and throw in magic, amazing creatures and cool characters this book it more my cup of tea than my actual cup of tea. Luckily, I picked up the third installment at the library at the same time as the second so I can jump right in! The only qualm I had about this book is that the ending is remarkably similar to that off the first which was a tad disappointing. But only a smidge.(less)
Received this today (12/08/13) and I shall read it as soon as I've finished my current book!
Review (29/08/13) I won't describe the plot or anything as...moreReceived this today (12/08/13) and I shall read it as soon as I've finished my current book!
Review (29/08/13) I won't describe the plot or anything as other readers have already done so. First of all, this isn't my 'kind' of book at all! If this was in the library for example, I wouldn't even bother to give t a second glance. So, when I won, I was surprised I'd even entered but I think the name intrigued me (I've always had a fondness for birds of prey).
I read it in a few hours in one sitting, sat outside with a gin and tonic as dusk was closing in. Poetic, eh? For the purpose of winding down and relaxing it was a good match because of it's length and easy going style.
The characters were nice, I liked the dynamic between the brothers, though how likely it is, or legal, that they were so heavily involved in the investigation is a bit suspect. Get it??? Anyway, I liked the attraction between the two main characters, it seemed to progress well, at a normal rate and then BAM. He throws the marriage card in. I mean, how long has it been? I always feel that part of my aversion towards romantic books is the suddenness the big old L and M words are tossed around, it could even be the fact that it's so cliche now. Another pet hate is supposedly strong women breaking down onto/into strong men who then develop some nurturing feelings and now feel obliged to 'take care' off or be the big man. Sometimes, life is a bitch and you can't help but feel overwhelmed. I'd be feeling overwhelmed too if my camels were screaming the place down. My last irk is the fact that SO MANY guys gave her free stuff. This is not likely is it? She said herself that the economy was down the toilet and yet so many residents (men) are throwing their goods at her. I know she's a non-profit whatnot but still. Perhaps it's because she's so attractive and doesn't know it. Yawn.
The plot itself was an interesting one aswell, it was a bit of a whodunnit to be honest and I continued in one sitting for the very purpose of finding out who as behind such a dastardly scheme!
My favourite part, however, was Abby's ranch. I loved the animals and the teamwork dynamic. To be honest, I think I was jealous! I would love to be part of something like that. Or own camels, either way. Ohh I liked the fact that Preston had accepted his culture into his workplace - I liked the balance. I wish I had one of those spirit guides too.
All in all, if you're into the harlequin romance, person A meets person B don't really get on at first, fight off their feelings then get together in an explosion of testostrogen or Oestrosterone then this book is right up your street and I recommend it to you.
**spoiler alert** The final book - oh how I hate finishing a series! It was a good end in general - I did not see what happened happening. Ms. Mead did...more**spoiler alert** The final book - oh how I hate finishing a series! It was a good end in general - I did not see what happened happening. Ms. Mead did a great job of luring you in and then making you feel stupid (... yeah thanks for that ...). The ending was soppy at best, but hey, who doesn't like that once in a while. However, and it's a big however, what the fuck is happening with Adrian? Because, I think I may be able to help if someone grants me access to him. I'd try and make him forget about that cowbag who stomped all over his heart and then shat it out. He's lush and he doesn't mind slumming it with mere commoners such as myself. I mean Dimitri is hot and whatnot but he is not quirky like Adrian. Totally her loss. But he is hot. It needed saying twice. Another loose end for Sydney, who was relied upon on many occasions and then ditched at the end (as Adrian quite correctly noted - he's such a babe... I digress). And finally, poor Eddy, such a good friend again swept under the carpet as it were. He was my second favourite character and yet I have no idea of his fate. All in all, a strong series with strong characters, the ending, whilst not disappointing, lacked a little finesse unfortunately. But worth sticking with ultimately. (less)
This looked like such a promising read that I read it as soon as I got it out from the library but was left feeling disappointed. I was expecting some...moreThis looked like such a promising read that I read it as soon as I got it out from the library but was left feeling disappointed. I was expecting some twisty turny adventure involving riddles left by Poe but instead I found a strange story involving far too many characters written in a way that seemed a little lack lustre. (less)
It's the weakest of the 4 so far I believe - both intertwined story lines felt weak most of the time and my main reason for reading is of course Adria...moreIt's the weakest of the 4 so far I believe - both intertwined story lines felt weak most of the time and my main reason for reading is of course Adrian! What are you thinking Rose!! Ditch that dead Dimitri and give him a chance - he's such a cool character and a sweetie. And I picture him as Jonathan Rhys Meyers which also helps. A lot. Beyond beautiful. (less)