**spoiler alert** I did really enjoy this book. However, I did get tired of Clare's constant use of adverbs and similes. They were used way too often**spoiler alert** I did really enjoy this book. However, I did get tired of Clare's constant use of adverbs and similes. They were used way too often sometimes 3 or 4 times per paragraph. I think with regard to that aspect of the writing it is lazy. However, I do like her ability o create a plot and a story.
I am a bit upset that Jace and Clary are siblings. Although, I kind of still want her to end up with Simon although I know she won't, it's going to be her and Jace by the end of the series. I didn't see the twist coming which is always a good thing for the writer to do.
I really like Alec. He's one of my favourites! I like what I like most about him is that despite his feelings for Jace, he will never love him back. It's very sad indeed. Perhaps Jace will acknowledge their existence in the next book? I don't know, I will get it soon. I did feel bad for him all through the story cause Jace never paid attention to Alec in that kind of way. Like I wrote before, maybe he'll notice in City of Ashes. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is probably the best book in the series. Clare continues her theme of acceptance in her City of Glass with Clary's rune and the**spoiler alert** This is probably the best book in the series. Clare continues her theme of acceptance in her City of Glass with Clary's rune and the death of Valentine.
I found the twist to be very surprising, I thought Jace and Clary would be the kinds of doomed lovers like Romeo and Juliet but I was clearly mistaken. Turns out, they aren't siblings Jace being the son of Stephen Herondale and stolen from Celine's womb when she committed suicide. I also loved the parallels between the adults and the children. This is something Rowling does with Potter and it was a nice touch there as it is with this series. Another comparison I found was the theme of race and acceptance. The downworlders and the nephilim need one another to survive just like the muggles and wizards do. You can clearly see this with the main villain Valentine, who is an echo of Lord Voldemort - a being unable to comprehend or accept himself being a member of a "diseased" society. These qualities are what makes this world a brilliant one. ...more
I loved it when I read it in Grade 11 and I love it now after just reading it. Upon re-reading it I found so many things I never fouI love this novel!
I loved it when I read it in Grade 11 and I love it now after just reading it. Upon re-reading it I found so many things I never found before.
I have to say that I don't really feel sorry for Victor. There. I said it. Victor Frankenstein got too caught up in his ambition to see that what he was doing is wrong! He brought someone into the world who he shouldn't have brought in and he paid for it. I don't think his punishment was harsh - he did abandon his own creation!
I also got the feeling in the final chapter of Frankenstein that it was kind of a Shakespearean tragedy. Victor Frankenstein would be our tragic hero, his tragic flaw would be his ambition. It works! Death plays a key role, another element to the tragedy! You can also argue that Victor is the villain of the work while the monster is the anti-hero.
I noticed a few words repeat as I read the text. Soul was one of them. I couldn't help but think of Wuthering Heights where the soul places a key role as well. The soul represents everything that a person feels and indeed this is true in this novel. The soul is the spiritual part of the body and it's connected to loneliness. Heathcliff and Catherine are connected by their souls. The monster and Victor are connected by their souls too - not in the same way, of course, in the exact opposite! Their desire for revenge is what connects them with their souls! The moon is also another world I noticed when repeat a lot. The moon is an individual object in the sky - a very lonely object in the sky. Perhaps Shelley is suggesting that the moon is a metaphorical symbol for the monster and/or Victor.
Nature is a huge theme in the novel. It as written in the Romantic period after all and the Shelleys were admirers of nature. Nature is the calming force in the novel. Whenever Victor or the monster are angry or upset, they look upon nature to be revitalized. Even when the world is a dark and danergous place, nature always seems to be a bright and welcoming world where everything is calm and secure.
The novel is subtitled "The Modern Prometheus." Prometheus was a character in Greek Mythology that stole fire from the Gods and gave it to the Titans (I think it was the Titans, at least). Inaccuracy aside, the punishment for his theft for for him to be chained to a rock and have a vulture peck out his liver all day and they it would regenerate the next and it would happen all over again. This continuous cycle suggests the torture of both Victor and the monster. Their agonies, their ideas of revenge are all continuous, or never-ending forces in the novel until, of course, its conclusion.
This is truly a masterpiece of science fiction and I hope one day to teach its genius to the next generation! ...more
**spoiler alert** The only thing I have to complain about with regard to this story is the way it's written. It's told through the narration of Nelly**spoiler alert** The only thing I have to complain about with regard to this story is the way it's written. It's told through the narration of Nelly Dean, a servant from Thrushcross Grange. Although Bronte's decision on a neutral party member is a good one I would have preferred a third person narrator rather than the first person point of view. If it was the former then the story may have had more of an opportunity to SHOW me what happened rather than TELL me.
One other thing I didn't like was the beginning. It is SO confusing. Not only does Bronte choose an introductory character that has to presence in the plot but she begins the story halfway through the lives of the characters at Wuthering Heights. Needless to say, most of these characters are dead.
Like I wrote before, it would have been so much better if Bronte had written it in third person rather than through the perspective of one character. I give it 4 out 5 stars because of the beautiful language and storytelling Bronte did. ...more
**spoiler alert** What I loved most about this book was the views it had on equality. Jace saving Simon's life at the end, Simon and Maia's almost-fri**spoiler alert** What I loved most about this book was the views it had on equality. Jace saving Simon's life at the end, Simon and Maia's almost-friendship, Alec's acceptance of himself, everything speaks of the need that humans have to accept one another. What Clare is really saying in this book is that we as humans have an obligation to enjoy being around everyone we see, we meet because it is only in this way that we can defeat the darkness.
It's a truly beautiful book that is up there with the Harry Potter series. It also has a cliffhanger that will make you want to read the next book. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is definitely going to be one of those classic novels that get published again and again over the years. Not just because it's**spoiler alert** This is definitely going to be one of those classic novels that get published again and again over the years. Not just because it's a fantastic story with great characterization but because of the WAY its written.
John Green's style is addictive almost intoxicating to a certain point. It begs the reader to look at tough questions at every page, makes you love characters only to have you lose them and makes you smile and laugh and almost cry. His prose sparkles on the page - its brilliant, really.
Hope is definitely one of the largest themes in this book - especially in the 'After' section. Although this part is less amazing than 'Before' it still manages to weedle its way into your heart in the same way that Miles, Alaska, the Colonel and all the other characters do. Alaska's death clearly shows this in how Miles and the rest of his friends deal with it. Sure, they're lost in a labyrinth (a motif in the book representing life) but they each find their way out by solving - almost - the mystery behind their friend's death.
Another thing I loved about this book was Green's ability to really show his readers Miles's attraction of Alaska. Clearly, he's a teenage boy and as such his hormones get the better of him sometimes even after her death. There are some moments where he feels that should take the monopoly of his feelings towards her; of course that makes sense though because he was in LOVE with her. Even though it was questionable whether she thought of him the same way.
I'm getting into discussion which I guess proves how much I LOVED this book. It was truly amazing and I'm definitely going to read it with my class when I become a teacher in the future. ...more
This has got to be one of the best YA novels I've ever read. It has the power to move you and affect you beyond its pages and into your own life.
I haThis has got to be one of the best YA novels I've ever read. It has the power to move you and affect you beyond its pages and into your own life.
I have always been respectful to others and I pride myself with being the person I am. But this book makes you think about how you treat others upon first meeting them and upon every moment after. It forces you to think about how you interact with others because you never know how your actions, or inactions, will affect that other person.
I would like to say something about Hannah. It's true her audiotapes can be borderline dramatic. But you must take into perspective that's her personality! That's her character! You can even say it's her character flaw - that she takes things too personally and seriously. That's also one of my character flaws and that's probably why I love this book so much. I would also like to pose a very important question about Hannah: Is she truly a vindictive, manipulating person or was that a product of all the bullying she's faced in her life? That's one of the story's main question and it can't be answered quickly. I think it's more of an essay question. Feel free to reply in a comment if you like though :) I'm interested in hearing your views.
Asher is a writer to look out for in the YA genre. It's obviously got talent - not as many people would be raving about this book if he didn't.
So, please, PLEASE read this novel. Even if you never experienced Hannah's point-of-view, it's a very important novel with a lesson for us all. ...more
To be honest, before I read this book I didn't like Stephen King at all. Those were my main concerns as I picked up the book in the book store and aftTo be honest, before I read this book I didn't like Stephen King at all. Those were my main concerns as I picked up the book in the book store and after I bought. However, after I finished it I absolutely loved it. It is the best writing guide any future writer could ask for. He goes into such detail about writing and you can tell how much he loves the craft as you continue to read. I read it every year just so I can enjoy King's words and continue to learn about writing......more
I only read a few of his poems, but from what I've read I can't wait to read more.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; thereforeI only read a few of his poems, but from what I've read I can't wait to read more.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd, Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone: Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave 15 Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare; Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss, Though winning near the goal—yet, do not grieve; She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair! 20
How do you not love that? It's so gorgeous and beautiful!...more