I really don't know what to say about this book. I liked the story but it got so boring at certain points and I was close to giving up reading it. Tow...moreI really don't know what to say about this book. I liked the story but it got so boring at certain points and I was close to giving up reading it. Towards the end things got kind of good but the ending sucked big-time!(less)
Oh yes, after reading that description you surely are drooling over this book. Well hold yer spit 'n lend me yer eyes 'cause thar are a some problems...moreOh yes, after reading that description you surely are drooling over this book. Well hold yer spit 'n lend me yer eyes 'cause thar are a some problems here (God, I love pirate talk!). One - a simple question. Did you play the game? If you didn’t know: yes this is a game, but not just any game. This game is a masterpiece, probably my favorite so far. Ok, so if you didn’t know this then shame on you. If you didn’t play the game then I say drop the idea of buying and reading this book. If you want to buy it just to have something pretty to look at then go ahead. The cover is amazing, as all the artwork for this game is. Two. If you are a gamer and you played it… well, no difference there, is it? The book follows the game pattern maybe too closely for my taste. It was great that at some points I was comparing the way the assassinations were done in the book to the strategies I used in the game. This went on for what? A quarter or half of the book but eventually I got bored. I thought I’d love it because, let’s face it, so many great characters appear in the story. We have Ezio, Leonardo, Machiavelli, La Volpe, Mario and many more. Eventually even these characters couldn’t keep me from falling asleep while reading it. Some details were cool, stuff that I didn’t notice in the game but I still find the story chaotic. I feel that the events don’t stick together too well. Towards the end of the story we have a scene (no spoilers, don’t worry) where *blank* looks at *someone*. Those who played the game know it’s Desmond. So we have a hint that he should have been in the book too. But I don’t know where because I couldn’t trace him. I think it would have been cooler if the author integrated the Animus in the story somehow. Maybe it would have given the book a bit of spice. I am really disappointed because I was expecting something more of this. I feel bad that I won’t be giving it such a high score…
Aaanyways, I’ll add a part that I really enjoyed. This is one of the reasons why I love this game so much. ‘People of Florence! Come! Gather round. Listen well to what I say! The end approaches! Now is the time to repent! To beg God’s forgiveness. Listen to me, if you cannot see what is happening for yourselves. The signs are all around us: Unrest! Famine! Disease! Corruption! These are the harbingers of darkness! We must stand firm in our devotion lest they consume us all !’ He scanned them with his fiery eyes. ‘I see you doubt, that you think me mad. Ahhhh… but did the Romans not say the same of Jesus? Know that I, too, once shared your uncertainty, your fear. But that was before Savonarola came to me. He showed me the truth! At last, my eyes were opened. And so I stand before you today in the hope that I might open yours as well!’ The preacher paused for breath. ‘Understand that we stand upon a precipice. On one side, the shining, glorious Kingdom of God. On the other – a bottomless pit of despair! Already you teeter precariously on the edge. Men like the Medici and the other families you once called masters sought earthly goods and gain. The abandoned their beliefs in favor of material pleasures, and they would have seen you all do the same.’ He paused again, this time for effect, and continued: ‘Our wise prophet once said, “The only good thing that we owe Plato and Aristotle is that they brought forward many arguments which we can use against the heretics. Yet they and other philosophers are now in hell.” If you value your immortal souls you’ll turn back from this unholy course and embrace the teachings of our prophet, Savonarola. Then you will sanctify your bodies and spirits – you will discover the Glory of God! You will, at last, become what our Creator intended: loyal and obedient servants!’ But the crowd, already thinning out, was losing interest, and the last few people were now moving away. Ezio stepped forward and addressed the beguiled preacher. ‘Your mind,’ he said. ‘I sense it is your own.’ The preacher laughed. ‘Not all of us required persuasion or coercion to be convinced. I already believed. All I have said is true!’ ‘Nothing is true,’ replied Ezio. ‘And what I do now is no easy thing.’ He unsprung his wrist-blade and ran the preacher through. ‘Requiescat in pace,’ he said. Turning away from the kill, he pulled his cowl close over his head.
Despite the amazing trailer, Brotherhood is my least favourite game from the Assassin’s Creed franchise. This is mainly because the events are kind of boring and the villain, even though venomous and ruthless, needs lots of improving.
Imagine if the game is neutral how the book will be.
Yep, you got it!
But the positive thing is the fact that Oliver Bowden improved the story’s consistency (and his writing, for that matter). The events were blending together rather nicely, the characters seemed better contoured and Ezio was cooler than ever (or something close to that). All these aspects make Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood a decent read.
Oh, I just need to add that another tiny aspect. If you’re not a fan of the game you should probably avoid reading this book (and/or series). You won’t get sh*t.
Favourite quote (at least one of them)
[…] he went back to the wounded man, nearly slipping on the blood in which the slave trader was slithering. Bending down, Ezio cut one of the man’s hamstrings, keeping a hand over his mouth to stop him from howling. That should slow him up. For good. He pressed his mouth close to the man’s ear. “If you survive,” he said, “and get back to that pox-ridden louse you call your master, tell him all this was done with the compliments of Ezio Auditore. If not—requiescat in pace.”
I’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you.
Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books....moreI’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you.
Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books. Just want mindless action and independent sword-wielding women as main characters. Don’t like overpowered men. Nor women, for that matter. Don’t believe in love at first sight. Hate damsels in distress. Hate perfection. You get the point.
Do you see why I didn’t like the book? Do you? Well, if you’ve read it you probably do. If you didn’t, then go ahead and read it.
I dare you to read it.
The Princess Bride started out as an entertaining read. Bill Goldman’s part in the story was a pleasant surprise, even though he didn’t seem like the kindest person out there, I found myself immersed in the story. When the so called “introduction” ended and the actual Princess Bride story began... well, my enthusiasm started to decrease. The more I read the more it decreased.
“What were you expecting from a book called “The Princess Bride”?” my husband asked. Well, I thought it may be a parody of all those cheesy romance books that are way too popular than they deserve. Maybe I thought it was a new take on those romances, something that would make me say “Gee, this is one good romance novel. I sure feel silly for bashing the genre so much in my reviews.” I wanted more or less the same true-love-conquers-all story but with better characters. Yes, the characters are the ones who made me dislike the book.
My main problem is Buttercup. Oh god how can I express the amount of hatred I feel for this girl? A gif? Would it be appropriate? Sure, why not?
She was such a fucking idiot! I can’t believe it. I feel sad to know that the great super-ninja assassin Westley fell for her because she’s so hawt. Don’t worry, I hate Westley just as well, but the thought of everyone wanting to get Buttercup only because she’s incredibly beautiful makes me very angry. Yes, I know things were like that back then. Yes, I know this is not a new idea. Too many books have this “fairest of them all” crap. But that doesn’t change the fact that it makes me angry. Foam at the mouth. Rage. Want to tear things into pieces and then burn them. Yes, burn everything.
Buttercup was what he thought of. Her autumn hair, her perfect skin, and he brought her very close beside him, and had her whisper in his ear throughout the burning: "I love you. I love you. I only left you in the Fire Swamp to test your love for me. Is it as great as mine for you? Can two such loves exist on one planet at one time? Is there that much room, beloved Westley? . .
I can swallow this “fairest of them all” shit if the character has a purpose other than making beautiful, and hopefully male, babies.
Well.. Buttercup didn’t. Surprised? No, you shouldn’t be.
"Woman," Westley roared, "you are the property of the Dread Pirate Roberts and you . . . do . . . what . . . you're . . . told!" (Westley is the Dread Pirate Roberts so… yeah. There you go.)
Westley… well my main problem with the dude is that he is overpowered. Sure, the ending made up for it, he did end up being a zombie and all that (ick, try kissing him now Buttercup) so he is not as perfect as one would think. Nice try, Goldman. Nice try.
No. The dude is still too overpowered. He is a wannabe ninja who can master any art on his own and can train his mind into standing the most intense of pain. Take that sensei! No one can be better than the all-awesome Westley! NO ONE!!
“Which pain will be least endurable? The physical, or the mental anguish of having freedom offered if the truth is told, then telling it and being thought a liar." "I think the physical," said the Prince. "I think you're wrong," said the Count. Actually, they were both wrong; Westley suffered not at all throughout. His screaming was totally a performance to please them; he had been practicing his defenses for a month now, and he was more than ready.
Dude. Two words. Get real.
I think the reason why I couldn’t enjoy this is the fact that I’m old and bitter. Ok, not as old as you would think, I’m merely 25 atm, but I think I would have enjoyed this more at an earlier age. The Princess Bride needs a decent amount of innocence in order to strike home.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t let any children near it. It’s slightly too violent and full of fucked up people. But that’s just me. (less)
Imagine finding the one book that seems like it was created just for you. This book can bring you happiness, sadness, despair. It can make you want to...moreImagine finding the one book that seems like it was created just for you. This book can bring you happiness, sadness, despair. It can make you want to leave your daily routine behind just to read one more chapter of it. This book invades your thoughts before you sleep. It makes you want to share it with everyone you know so that you could have someone else to share your joy with.
I have an extremely few number of books that make me feel this way. It’s been months since I’ve last read one of these books. The last one I’ve read was The Kingmakers in September, if I’m correct. And just when I thought that I won’t be finding another one of these wonderbooks anytime soon, The Final Empire hit me square in the head.
I ordered The Final Empire for two reasons. One, half of my Goodreads friends gave it five stars, and two, I had a good feeling about it. The summary and the cover felt right. Lucky for me my Spidey sense didn’t let me down, and now I have another wonderbook to add to my absolute madness, aka super epicness, shelf.
The Final Empire is perfection transmuted into 643 pages of mind-blowing text that blows your mind like a mind-blowing tornado blowing the minds of fantasy lovers like me. This book rocks. It’s awesome. Brandon Sanderson should get his statue placed in the Hall of Badass Authors who will blow your mind like a mind-blowing tornado that blows minds.
Blow. Your. Mind. People!
The characters, the story, the UNPREDICTABILITY! Goddammit, I’m gonna be broke but I need all the damn books Brandon Sanderson wrote. Right now!
I wasn’t extremely impressed with this. My problem was mainly the story being quite predictable, a bit boring and to be honest also silly. Maybe it wo...moreI wasn’t extremely impressed with this. My problem was mainly the story being quite predictable, a bit boring and to be honest also silly. Maybe it would work for a teenage girl. If you want an action-packed comic book, then you should probably avoid reading it.
So this being the bad let’s move to the positive stuff. I think the graphics were pretty decent, the only thing that was missing being the coloring. I guess that would give the whole novel a better personality and would probably make it more amiable.
I finished this in about an hour in between work, so I don't think it was such a waste of time. It's worth giving a try if you have some free time. (less)
Mint Green Death sighed heavily. “I guess we’re going to be here awhile. I’m going to make some coffee. Do you want some?” “Sure, try to lull me into a false sense of security, then spring.” “You’re tied the fuck up, motherfucker, I don’t need to lull you into shit. You’ve been fucking with the fabric of human existence and someone needed to shut your ass down.” “Oh, sure, go black on me. Play the ethnic card.” Mint Green climbed to his feet and headed toward the door to the shop. “You want cream?” “And two sugars, please,” Charlie said.
Let me tell you the reasons why Geist wasn’t as epic as expected.
First off, the introduction to the world and its characters was bad. You got thrown i...moreLet me tell you the reasons why Geist wasn’t as epic as expected.
First off, the introduction to the world and its characters was bad. You got thrown in a riot without knowing where you are, who you are, who the hell if fighting you, or who the hell you’re fighting against. There was also a lack of an index. It’s so funny how some authors that write Paranormal books (especially Paranormal Romances) tend to hit us with these fancy indexes of silly edited words, which are pretty obvious in their meaning. And yet a book of Geist’s might gets nothing of the sort.
Geist is in badly need of an index, people. Please fix this issue.
Another problem was with the information, or better put, overflow of information. Sometimes when I read my mind gets idle, and I might not pay attention to certain things. Fuck it, this happens to me a lot, especially since I tend to read at the end of the day in bed, before I sleep. Why do i do this? Because I read to relax. Geist felt like doing homework. I had to focus 100% with it in order not to miss anything. Now don’t get me wrong, I love being totally sucked into books, but my problem is with being forced to do this since it didn’t come naturally. Geist has 290 pages, and the story is rather complex. This resulted in an overflow of information that gave me headaches at times.
Since the story is rather somber, I felt like the romance between Sorcha and Raed was not matching. I would have the erotic scenes replaced with some more intimate emotional ones. I also felt like Sorcha’s toughness was a bit too forced. But this could be me.
Apart from this, I loved Geist’s universe, story and characters, and I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for some fast-paced Fatasy reading.
I am dropping this 25% in. I know there are many reviews out there talking how fucked up this book is. I did not drop it because of this. I did it bec...moreI am dropping this 25% in. I know there are many reviews out there talking how fucked up this book is. I did not drop it because of this. I did it because it's incredibly boring. It reads like a Romance novel, just with more perverted sick shit in it. And I feel like the author wanted to have all this crap in order to make it stand out. Nope.