I'm honestly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book.
I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde before, admittedly. When I picked up this book, I exp...moreI'm honestly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book.
I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde before, admittedly. When I picked up this book, I expected a difficult styling with language, purple prose, unrelatable characters and an over-the-top story. What I found was a very easy to read story, with sympathetic characters and an almost believable storyline. I found Dorian Gray to be nice, albeit very young and naive at the beginning. I found his proclamations of love to be amusing and believable of someone so young. The way he followed Lord Henry around at the beginning was also realistic. I can see why Wilde has been a cherished author for years because his stories can be read by anyone and his view into the mind of a character who descends into a hellish egocentric realm can be related to.
There was only one point where I found myself mentally begging for him to get on. I can understand what he was trying to do in Chapter Eleven, with his musings on art, music and fashion, but I felt it dragged on a little too much. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have seen the previews for the new movie, starring Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Rachel Hurd-Wood. It doesn't seem to be a faithful adaptation, but I may check it out, simply on enjoying the book so much alone.(less)
One of the more enjoyable books I've read in a long time, which surprised me. It contains a lot of topics I usually dislike, such as pretentious teens...moreOne of the more enjoyable books I've read in a long time, which surprised me. It contains a lot of topics I usually dislike, such as pretentious teens, spoilt girls getting sick, ignorant characters, that sort of thing, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed it.
I'm not sure if I enjoyed Lani Garver, but I actually felt myself getting increasingly angry at the 'fish frat' as the book continued, and at points, I wanted to punch Macy in the face. This sort of reaction doesn't usually occur to me while reading a book, which again makes me enjoy it so much. I also enjoyed the just desserts bestowed upon Tony.
Do I believe Lani was an angel? Well, that's a bit hard to say. I think the answer is meant to be yes, but things aren't always that clear. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and that's the most important thing to me.(less)
**spoiler alert** I loved the beginning. The Village-esque styling, the religious, colonial way of living, the mystery behind the forest and all it st...more**spoiler alert** I loved the beginning. The Village-esque styling, the religious, colonial way of living, the mystery behind the forest and all it stood for. The quiet history of the way they lived, the childlike nature of Mary. For a long time, I thought Mary was only ten, then sixteen, eighteen, and towards the end, closer to her twenties.
I enjoyed how she was forced into the Sisterhood, of how she became trapped into the sways of the people around her. The way she was abandoned by Cass, of how she found Gabrielle. I liked the way her village was overrun by the Unconsecrated.
But that's when it started to slip. It was un-put-downable up until they wound up wandering for what I estimate to be weeks. When they reached Village XIV, I thought it would pick up, and it did at points. The fire, Travis' death. But after that, I just couldn't figure out where Ryan was headed.
It's clear she has intended for more, and I think that's necessary. I want to learn more about the development of the Unconsecrated, of the history of Mary's village, of Gabrielle's village. How far from the present day is this meant to happen? Clearly more than a hundred and fifty, a hundred and eighty years. And what of the ocean, of the lighthouse keeper Mary meets? Are we going to learn about their history? Who they are? Is there a vaccine, a cure? And what of Harry, Cass, Jacob and Argos?
A bit disappointing in parts but very enjoyable overall. I hope the supposed sequel answers more questions than poses them.(less)
This is probably one of the few Francesca Lia Block books that I didn't have a mind-bending issue with after reading it for the first time. It still h...moreThis is probably one of the few Francesca Lia Block books that I didn't have a mind-bending issue with after reading it for the first time. It still has that distinctive Block touch about it, and it definitely has that majestic, mystical, faerie-magic tint all over it, but it flows in a chronological order and it's easy to follow.
These stories, like most of Block's short stories, flow into each other. They're all linked, except the finale, which I felt was the low point of the series. I liked wondering how the next story was going to link in with the rest, how it was going to relate. So when the final short story didn't fit in at all, I was let down.
Still, this is a beautiful book, and perhaps one of my top ranking FLB books.(less)
Despite a simplicistic writing style that let the book down, Westerfeld's novel about a dystopian future of surgically altered humanity is an interest...moreDespite a simplicistic writing style that let the book down, Westerfeld's novel about a dystopian future of surgically altered humanity is an interesting take on society. Although I don't find this a likely turn for the world, it is a better take on the typical running-the-world-into-destruction futuristic sci-fi novels.
The end of the novel reminds me a bit of Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Just how much does Tally want her fate, and is she truly getting what she wants? She claims to be reluctant about doing it, but is that really how she feels? I also like Shay's transformation, as well as the vaguely homosexual relationship between the two female friends.
Scott Westerfeld shares a similar writing style with his wife, Justine Larbalestier, and it is interesting to compare the two. I enjoy both authors, and their take on other societies. Currently I prefer Westerfeld, though, as I prefer his genre. I look forward to reading the other three, and to see thee rest of Tally's adventures.(less)
I'm not a big comic book reader, but I enjoyed this series. Have reading issues 3, 4 and 5 roughly four/five years ago, I was unable to pick up the re...moreI'm not a big comic book reader, but I enjoyed this series. Have reading issues 3, 4 and 5 roughly four/five years ago, I was unable to pick up the rest of the issues until the other day when I bought the hardback collection. It's hard to follow in some places, but after a couple of readings, the storyline makes sense. The cover art is absolutely gorgeous. This series also started my love for the character X-23. I do wish Kiden would appear in other series, too.(less)
A very easy but delightful read. What I enjoyed most about this book was the realism of the downward spiral of the UK and the narrator's London hometo...moreA very easy but delightful read. What I enjoyed most about this book was the realism of the downward spiral of the UK and the narrator's London hometown. I enjoyed reading of the outside world's impression of the UK's drastic move in carbon rationing, and just how the system worked. I would have liked a more in depth look at the carbon cards and what was worth what. Of course, in a book aimed at teens, the story can't be dragged down in details.
The story seemed to slow down after the Brown family went into the wilderness for the camp, and that seemed a little too left field for the story. Furthermore, Laura's boy worries seemed a little odd after other major events- such as her birthday- are passed by and she doesn't notice. The rest of the story makes up for it, though.
Overall, a very enjoyable book that hits hard in today's environmental crisis. Lloyd could have taken this novel one step further and lessened some of the romantic subplots, but other than fault, a highly recommended book.(less)
**spoiler alert** There is nothing short of heartbreaking for this book.
There are few books that leave me emotionally drained, and this is one of them...more**spoiler alert** There is nothing short of heartbreaking for this book.
There are few books that leave me emotionally drained, and this is one of them. Genova's text is rich, and not short on the scientific jargon. She's not afraid to delve into it, to try different ways of describing the Howland's family's plight, and this is what makes the novel so gripping. By describing the degeneration of Alice's mind makes her desperation palatable.
The fragility of relationships is what makes this book. No one wants to watch a loved one crumble from the inside, but this is what the Howland family is forced to do as Alice become increasingly trapped within her body.
The ending of the book is the most heartbreaking one. Alice doesn't achieve what she wants, but she doesn't even know. She recognises people, but doesn't truly know them or remember them. She knows they belong to her somehow, but the relationships are gone, but the joy is still there. Is this what she wanted in the end, though? It's hard to tell.