I love this book. I read it last year, but reread it for a book club mini challenge this month, which gave mA short and easy to read book. I loved it.
I love this book. I read it last year, but reread it for a book club mini challenge this month, which gave me a good excuse to refresh my memory. I don’t know why I love this book so much. When I finished reading, I felt satisfied, sad, happy, and nostalgic, but I can’t really explain WHY.
As a shy introvert, I can relate to Charlie in many ways, though he’s far worse than I have ever been. Charlie lets things happen on a daily basis, but then shows surprising nerve in rare moments. And then he’s back to letting the world handle him instead of handling the world. He cries all the time, which I find kind of odd, but then I remember how I used to be so nervous all the time and I’d panic internally. He cries when he’s panicked, so I guess that makes sense.
I love how much he notices about people. About the world. But he’s such a wallflower that he doesn’t notice his own impact.
I don’t know how to write a good review for this book. It’s just worth the read.
Here’s a collection of quotes I just had to jot down so that maybe, if my review doesn’t help you get a feel for the book, these will.
In the hallways, I see the girls wearing the guys' jackets, and I think about the idea of property. And I wonder if anyone is really happy. I hope they are. I really hope they are. "Do you always think this much, Charlie?" "Is that bad?" I just wanted someone to tell me the truth. "Not necessarily. It's just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life." "Is that bad?" "Yes." "Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve." I just stood there, quiet. Bill patted my shoulder and gave me a new book to read. He told me everything was going to be okay. He told me to mind my own business. Because he didn't know and would never ask and didn't think it mattered. "Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it's no excuse." I started laughing. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite. But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody.
Very strange book, but extremely well written and incredibly interesting. It was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I read it. It started offVery strange book, but extremely well written and incredibly interesting. It was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I read it. It started off a bit slow. It reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Gray as far as style and dialogue. At first, there didn't seem to be anything vampiric about it at all (other than the characters being vampires, obviously), but as it progressed, it was dark and haunting. I liked the philosophies presented and I think I will pick up a few more of Shepard's novels. I liked his writing a lot. There were many parts of the books that stayed with me because of how eloquently written they were....more
Extremely well written. I never knew what to expect next, but it was smooth and not dramatic for the sake of drama. One of the best books I've read laExtremely well written. I never knew what to expect next, but it was smooth and not dramatic for the sake of drama. One of the best books I've read lately. Very well done! I started reading after watching a few episodes of the HBO show Game of Thrones. The book was better, though the show was extremely well done in terms of staying true to dialogue and events. I enjoyed the detail and the way Martin writes. A lot of fantasy novels end up being dry or slow, and this book is neither. I noticed Robert Jordan praising this novel on the back cover and I laughed aloud because, though Jordan had a wonderful series, it was the slowest series I've ever read and I ended up stopping because it was so painful to continue. Martin has wrote the best fantasy novel I have read: an intriguing idea and well executed....more
I honestly think this is the best fantasy series ever written. I'm hooked. I love the depth of the characters.
"Some men want whores on the eve of batI honestly think this is the best fantasy series ever written. I'm hooked. I love the depth of the characters.
"Some men want whores on the eve of battle, and some want gods. Jon wondered who felt better afterward. The sept tempted him no more than the brothel; his own gods kept their temples in the wild places, where the weirwoods spread their bone-white branches. The Seven have no power beyond the Wall, he thought, but my gods will be waiting." A Clash Of Kings
'A shadow on the wall,' Varys murmured, 'Yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.''
"'The years pass in their hundreds and their thousands, and what does any man see of life but a few summers, a few winters? We look at mountains and call them eternal, and so they seem... but in the course of time, mountains rise and fall, rivers change their courses, stars fall from the sky, and great cities sink beneath the sea. Even gods die, we think. Everything changes.'"A Clash of Kings
"He snorted. 'There are no true knights, no more than there are gods. If you can't protect yourself, die and get out of the way of those who can. Sharp steel and strong arms rule this world, don't ever believe any different.' Sansa backed away from him. 'You're awful.' 'I'm honest. It's the world that's awful.'" A Clash of Kings...more
So far, my favorite in the series. This has come to be the best series I've ever read. After reading some of the other reviews on here, I realize maybeSo far, my favorite in the series. This has come to be the best series I've ever read. After reading some of the other reviews on here, I realize maybe I'm just different than other readers. Part of the reason I love this book is because of all the people I have grown to love end up dead. Maybe I've read way too many books and seen way to many movies where characters you love get close to death a million times and never actually die. And the people that do die are people you don't love that much or people who should die. I respect Martin for having to balls to create these in depth loveable characters and then hack them to pieces later in the story. That's life. That's more realistic than any clear cut good guys vs bad guys and good guys winning scenario. There's depth to these books. I like that everyone has redeeming qualities and yet pretty terrible ones as well. It makes them more human than any characters I've read about before. I love how completely unpredictable this series is. I honestly never know what is coming next and what I think will happen is completely different than what actually happens. ...more
"'Dragons and darker things," said Leo.'The gray sheep have closed their eyes, but the mastiff sees the truth. Old powers waken. Shadows stir. An age"'Dragons and darker things," said Leo.'The gray sheep have closed their eyes, but the mastiff sees the truth. Old powers waken. Shadows stir. An age of wonder and terror will soon be upon us, an age for gods and heroes.'"
"'The worst isn't done. The worst is just beginning, and there are no happy endings.'"
"'I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.'"
Certainly not as good as book three, but very good and made me anticipate the next book. Luckily, I started the series now and not 6 years ago, as it took Martin that long to publish the next installment. I understand why some readers were a bit upset at the wait. Still, the best series I've read so far. ...more
I wasn't going to read this book, but my grandmother told me it was worth the read. I am glad I listened. I loved it. The prologue was extremely intriI wasn't going to read this book, but my grandmother told me it was worth the read. I am glad I listened. I loved it. The prologue was extremely intriguing and had me hooked. Although it does give you some idea of where the story is going, I still didn't know how things would turn out. I loved Jacob, especially as an old man in the nursing home. I loved how feisty he was with the nurses and I felt bad that he wound up there by himself. I've never been all that interested in circuses, but reading a book set in during the Great Depression and meeting some of the characters in the book gave me a new appreciation for the circus and the men and women who worked in one during those times. I am torn between feeling that it would have been amazing and exotic to be in a traveling circus and feeling that it would have been tough and somewhat unrewarding. I think it was probably both. This book is very multifaceted, which is probably why I loved it. Not only does the reader get to experience the circus and the living conditions and dynamics between the performers and workers, the politics of Uncle Al and the bosses, caring for the amazing array of animals, training an elephant, and seeing all of this through Jacob's eyes, we also get to experience complex emotions between Jacob, Marlena, and August. We get to see how complex Jacob is as a person and watch him change from the most compassionate person to a ruthless, hate-filled person to an old, nostalgic man in a nursing home who doesn't remember how old he is anymore. Wonderful novel and one I would recommend to everyone because of the wide array of topics and emotions it touches upon.