This book is phenomenal. If you haven't entered the circle you need too soon. Ok, so it's a bit gory/disgusting in parts if that bothers you but the sThis book is phenomenal. If you haven't entered the circle you need too soon. Ok, so it's a bit gory/disgusting in parts if that bothers you but the story wouldn't portray what it was trying to portray if it didn't portray it properly. To do so the gory bits are nessesary. Anyway get a hold of a copy, and read it. You might want to note that if you haven't read any Ted Dekker novels and don't believe, you might want to start with a slightly lighter novel like Black, Blink,Blessed Child or When Heaven Weeps which are mostly 5 star books by me. I like the circle books best though....more
In the way that this book was written it was one of the most interesting books I've read. It was long but very interesting. It gave insight from the pIn the way that this book was written it was one of the most interesting books I've read. It was long but very interesting. It gave insight from the perspective of Death but also from a girl growing up in Nazi-Germany. It was narrated by Death but alot of the story he got from a book written by the girl. It was a powerfull insight about surviving through one's imagination. And also about regret and the friends and love that we lose. But mainly this book is about words and the immense power of them. The power to create and the power to destroy. The power to build and the power to tear down. It is a story of two word shakers and what they did....more
From crazy things like the 'Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster' and 'Brockian Ultra Cricket' to normal things like dolphins leaviDON'T PANIC but what a book!
From crazy things like the 'Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster' and 'Brockian Ultra Cricket' to normal things like dolphins leaving messages to the world that say things like 'So long, and thanks for all the fish' this book is unique. Douglas Adams manages to use language in such a different way to all other authors.
The reality of this book is astounding. Not much else to say really - just yeah. This book, I found, had similarities to Lord Of The Flies (which I loThe reality of this book is astounding. Not much else to say really - just yeah. This book, I found, had similarities to Lord Of The Flies (which I love). Humanity, even as animals, is a greedy race that if left to it's own devices will eventually destroy itself.
“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
How does one describe this boo“But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
How does one describe this book? How does one simply sum this work of art up into a few simple sentences? One does not, but I've tried.
Inevitably society is forever changing and not always for the better. Our imagination cannot be contained if left unharnessed - this is primarily what makes us human. We can create all that we can imagine, and there in lies the danger, the power, the beauty, the sin.
"I claim them all."
My greatest and only real fear has always been this, summed up simply:
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. "Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does." They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”
I fear that one day I will be somewhere else - somewhere more fitted to us human beings but this or some future society will have broken me beyond repair. This is real fear, not some childish fear of death.
"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport."...more
Great. I experienced the emotions of the characters and for that the author is great. The sorrow, the sadness, the pain. Few authors have achieved whaGreat. I experienced the emotions of the characters and for that the author is great. The sorrow, the sadness, the pain. Few authors have achieved what Orson Scott Card has....more
A book about war... and the oddness with which we ignore it so that it is allowed.
“It was a movie about A“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”
A book about war... and the oddness with which we ignore it so that it is allowed.
“It was a movie about American bombers in World War II and the gallant men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this: American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation. The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers , and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans though and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new. When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again. The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids. And Hitler turned into a baby.” ...more
I may have been prejudiced about this book even before I started it because I was expecting it to be amazing. I found the London setting of the book qI may have been prejudiced about this book even before I started it because I was expecting it to be amazing. I found the London setting of the book quite different from the New York setting in the Mortal Instruments trilogy. However I also found that some of the characters were slightly less likeable then those in the MI series. There were some brilliant characters still, including: Will Herondale, Jem Carstairs and also a couple of characters from the Mortal Instruments: Magnus Bane and Church. This book also had quotes every chapter rather than just every section of the book like in the MI series....more
Steampunk - for me this is the perfect example of steampunk.. and I love it. It's like a steampunk version of The Mortal Instruments, and while not asSteampunk - for me this is the perfect example of steampunk.. and I love it. It's like a steampunk version of The Mortal Instruments, and while not as good as the original TMI trilogy, it is a lot better than books 5 and 6. I think I enjoyed this book more than Clockwork Angel, perhaps because it feels comfortable now.
"I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul..."
The price of love can sometimes be hard. But, would you want it any other way. For something to be so good and beautiful it also has to be equally dark and painful. The love triangle in this book at least isn't the typical YA novel style of sex and swimming pools, it is harsh and beautiful. And at some points you felt like putting the book down because how could the end turn out well when all you could see was darkness and pain? Sometimes that's all there was....more
Heart wrenching. A truly great story and portrayal of human nature.
The characters are remarkable. From Piggy, Jack, Roger, Samneric (aka Sam and EricHeart wrenching. A truly great story and portrayal of human nature.
The characters are remarkable. From Piggy, Jack, Roger, Samneric (aka Sam and Eric), Johnny, the boy with the mulberry mark, and Ralph and Simon who reminded me of myself. Also let us not forget the amazingness of a certain Percival Wemys Madison of The Vicarage, Harcourt St Anthony, Hants.
I think the ideas of the book are summed up by this final quote.
"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."
Simon's life and death were truly heart wrenching. He was the only one who really understood....more
"Then wear the golden hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry, 'Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I m"Then wear the golden hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry, 'Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!'" - Thomas Parke D'Invilliers
A tale of a good man's life, the life he creates for himself.
The man he wants to be; Jay Gatsby
The fact that his five-year long goal ultimately ends in failure and his death, is not necessarily a deterrent towards a life led like this.
Should we be led by reason or led by love?
Symbolism, while seen throughout this tale and a big part of its true self as a novel, I shall leave the talk of symbolism to the essay writers and analysers of this world.
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”
Jay Gatsby, Tom Sawyer - the great minds of the fictitious literary world, the geniuses.
Outside quote: "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful."...more
This book only just justified the five stars. Make no mistake I was pulled in by this book and the writing was superb, achieving what is rarely done iThis book only just justified the five stars. Make no mistake I was pulled in by this book and the writing was superb, achieving what is rarely done in making me feel how the character felt. It was phenomenal how the writer managed to write in character emotions, a feat which is, as I said, rarely achieved. However, the writer's story didn't do the writer writing and characters justice. A lot of the abstract story felt like it was almost completely taken from C.S. Lewis' 'The Chronicles Of Narnia' series. I also accept that this is not a book for everyone, being as to enjoy the book you have to connect with at least one of the characters. I feel sorry this book didn't realise it's full potential but I will surely read any other book from this author. I was hard pushed to give five stars but all books have their flaws and this book had so many qualities that I look for in one....more