I actually finished reading this a few days ago, but I've been so busy that I've been unable to do anything more but think only of sleep when I get hoI actually finished reading this a few days ago, but I've been so busy that I've been unable to do anything more but think only of sleep when I get home. Whoops! Anyway, on with the review.
I was quite keen to get started on this book. The concept behind it- that people are born with rings on their wrist that signify when they will die- grabbed me, as did the concept of what society would be like if this were to occur. In the early chapters, this is actually explored, and we get an insight into London and how the groups have broken up.
The romance between Ama and Hal is very quick, and there's little character development. Their romance just is, and it's made to seem utterly perfect. The chapters jump ahead in time, and we go from their meeting to a brief description of what followed, and then it's a year or two later and Ama is going to Kepler. I actually had to go back several times to double check the dates and to see if there was any actual reference to time being skipped.
From here I felt the book began to fall apart. Kepler's society seemed very interesting, but also very artificial and I couldn't help but think it seemed very standard sci-fi. It was made to appear above human pettiness and otherworldly.
Admittedly I began to lose interest. I finished the book, but I was so uninterested and uninvested in the characters that I didn't care what became of them. The chapters constantly jumped between Ama and Hal(/Liam) that it became confusing to follow who was where and why any of this mattered. When Ama and Hal(/Liam) finally did meet up again, there was a brief, sweet reunion... and again we jump ahead in time and must accept these two are soul mates.
The rest of the characters were a blur and I found it hard to distinguish them, particularly Laozi and... the other one.
Finally, I feel this book needs a comb over with really good editor. There were a lot of minor grammatical mistakes that dragged down the quality of the writing. The characters were all a bit stiff, and I think if Lewis worked with a good editor, he could get them to be a touch more realistic, and their interactions would ring more true. As it was, it felt like he was trying to force them into situations and pushing for the outcome he wanted, instead of allowing the characters to get there on their own.
I feel bad about dragging down the review score, but I think with a bit of work, Lewis' next book could be better.
I received this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads....more
I Am Legend. What can be said? It's a cornerstone of horror and sci-fi, it's been remade a number of times, some being more successful than others. Bu
I Am Legend. What can be said? It's a cornerstone of horror and sci-fi, it's been remade a number of times, some being more successful than others. But nothing quite beats the original, in terms of isolation, loneliness, and general sense of foreboding of this book.
This is what so many current horror books are based off on, and what so many legends (excuse the word) are built around. While the creatures in this book are vampires, not zombies as I have it tagged, many of the same traits and tropes are started here.
One thing I love about reading classic books (or books from this general time period) is how short they are. This first struck me with Breakfast at Tiffanys, then Catcher in the Rye. They're so short, but are remembered as being these huge, epic texts- or that's how they're talked about in pop culture. But I Am Legend is barely 160 pages long. It just amuses me....more
I received this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
This book of poetry is divided into three sections- They Still Play Baseball The OI received this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
This book of poetry is divided into three sections- They Still Play Baseball The Old Way, In Gratitude for Shared Generations and Wife of the Jew.
They Still Play Baseball is about a Mexican baseball team. I really enjoyed the way the poems were set out. There's no rhyme to the poems, but there is a rhythm. The first half is prose, and about their character as a baseball player. The second half is about their life, from early childhood to adulthood.
In Gratitude was probably my least favourite of the three, but it's by no means bad. I suppose the tender topic of families breaking up just hits me the wrong way. But Stout wrote this set of poetry, about a husband and wife's life unraveling, starting with the death of the wife's mother, in an very, in-the-moment-and-yet-still-looking-back way.
Finally, Wife of the Jew was my favourite set of poetry in this book. Telling the story of a widow in a Nevada mining town, and her love for the town Jew, each poem brings them closer together.
I'm not a usual reader of poetry, so I can't speak of the skills used, but I did enjoy the poems in this book. I also recommend a cover picture be posted on here so people know what to look for in the stores!...more
I wanted to enjoy this book, but it was sluggish and just dragged on. I didn't wind up finishing it, unfortunately, though I did get halfway through.I wanted to enjoy this book, but it was sluggish and just dragged on. I didn't wind up finishing it, unfortunately, though I did get halfway through. I think part of the problem was that the writing seemed very dry. Although the topic was fairly interesting (though admittedly not what I'm personally interested in), it could have been written in a better way.
I'll try to get my husband to read this and see what he thinks- it seems more up his alley, anyway....more
I was asked to review this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the style of writinI was asked to review this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the style of writing. It reminds me a lot of my own, and for that reason I admit I was immediately sucked in and found myself loving the story. It has a very youthful sort of feel, but it's not the kind you'd find in YA novels. There's a good use of language, with a wide range of words that makes it appealing to both young adults and those older. Because of this, I think Ardalia would be a good introduction to teens about the world of fantasy.
Speaking of fantasy, this book edges right up close to the world of sci-fi. There's nothing explicitly sci-fi about it, aside from the alien creatures within the world. Even so, I think this would be a good introduction to the world of sci-fi and imagining what different beings would look like. Personally, I kept picturing the hevelens as some kind of humanoid anteater species. There's nothing specifically that says they have long snouts (though they do have three nostrils), but it's what I kept picturing in my head.
The character development varied over the characters themselves. Pelmen's development was fairly steady throughout the novel, and in essence he is still familiar to the start- which I think is good, in a three-part series. The same can be said of his uncle. It was the minor characters that struggled. Their character development was a little rushed, and I think this can come down to pacing.
Pacing is the main reason I'm rating this book three stars instead of four. I really enjoyed this book, but it covers a huge amount of time. The characters spend weeks and months walking, and either very little happens, or a lot happens and it's barely covered. It becomes difficult to tell how much time has passed unless Spade deliberately says so. While this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the novel, it did make it hard at times to gauge how much time has passed.
Overall, this is a good start to the series, and I'd be interested in seeing where it goes from here. There's a few things that could be fixed and made tighter in the upcoming books, but there's no huge faults here that I could see. ...more
I received this book for free, as part of entering Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
This is a delightful book about two children, Maya and Filippo,I received this book for free, as part of entering Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
This is a delightful book about two children, Maya and Filippo, who visit Juneau, Alaska. There, they take a tour of a glacier and learn about the landscape.
This book reminds me a lot of my own trip to Greenland last year. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful icebergs and glaciers. I come from a town that receives no snow and has a very dry heat, and seeing the glaciers absolutely confused my brain.
The educational side of this book also blends in well. The facts at the end are a good way to tie it together, and the quiz is a fun way for kids to interact with the book.
I'd say the age bracket of this book is about 4 - 8, depending on the child's reading ability. Although my nephews are still young (only a few months and nearly three), I can't wait to read this book to them....more
I tried to enjoy this book, but unfortunately I just couldn't get into it. This book is completely different to what I thought it would be. I thoughtI tried to enjoy this book, but unfortunately I just couldn't get into it. This book is completely different to what I thought it would be. I thought it would be a breakdown for female character archetypes present in classical fairy tales and a feminist few on them. Instead, von Franz presents a Carl Jung analysis and compares fairy tales to Greek and Roman mythological stories.
While I'm sure this is interesting to many people, I am not one of them. This book simply isn't what I expected to be, so I found it difficult to finish. Oop....more
I received this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
This is a delightful Christmas book about what Santa Claus represents. I think it'I received this book as part of Goodreads Giveaways and First Reads.
This is a delightful Christmas book about what Santa Claus represents. I think it's important that the Christmas season (and other similar holidays) are remembered to be a time of sharing and being kind to one another. This is what this book explains- that Santa represents goodness and that children should learn to be good (and kind and helpful).
What I particularly liked is that it talks about 'magic' in the world in a rather sensible manner. D.W. Boorn explains how what was considered magical in old cultures is now science, but there can still be magic in today's world- namely how people interact with one another. I really liked this description.
Overall, this is a lovely book and one I'd love to give to family members come Christmas....more
I quite enjoyed The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, and so when I discovered this new series some years ago, I was keen to read them. Then life got inI quite enjoyed The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen, and so when I discovered this new series some years ago, I was keen to read them. Then life got in the way and reading got put on the back burner, and about this time last year, I finally, finally, finally got around to reading the first in this series, Bright Young Things. I honestly can't remember what I thought about it, but seeing as I didn't immediately lunge to this one, I'm guessing it was fairly average.
Which brings me to Beautiful Days. And it's still fairly average. It didn't hook me in like The Luxe did, it doesn't hold as much scandal and intrigue. It's actually fairly cliche, I have to say, which does disappoint me. The Luxe was, too, but there were more social games at play, and it seemed as though Godbersen had done a little research. This is more like she watched Chicago and Cabaret and read The Great Gatsby a bunch of times and looked at stereotypical costume dresses.
That's not to say this book is awful- it holds its merits- but I was swept into the Gossip-y Girl world of The Luxe.
I also would have absolutely loved to have seen a mention of some of the girls from The Luxe world. I keep holding out for it, only to be disappointed. Just a mention of Elizabeth or Lina's grandchildren, maybe Diana being a wealthy woman of her own making, similar to Billie, or grouchy old Penelope. Something! Anything! It would have made such a delight!...more
So, about this time last year, I started reading this book. I got about thirty or so odd pages in, when I had to stop reading it. That should tell youSo, about this time last year, I started reading this book. I got about thirty or so odd pages in, when I had to stop reading it. That should tell you my opinion of it.
The biggest issue I found with this book is that absolutely no one in it has a good trait. They're all huge self-important assholes whose maturity is stuck somewhere between 14 to 16, with few social skills and even fewer communication skills. Everyone talks and acts like they've stepped out of Sweet Valley High.
And here's the thing- they're all meant to be centuries old demons and angels. I can understand Reggie and Claire, whose relationship at the best of times is a little rocky. But Valerie is an angel (fallen or otherwise), who apparently own Employee of the Month in Heaven. Nathaniel is a centuries-old tempter demon. And Julian- freaking Julian- is Lucifer's son and acts like an overgrown man child who throws temper tantrums, cries about his daddy and talks like he's been watching too much of the O.C..
This book is full of awful cliches. Valerie and Nathaniel hop in the sack after only knowing each other for only a few days. Reggie is a slime ball who can't keep his dick in his pants but, don't worry! he's a ~*~nice guy~*~ at heart. And Lloyd is a fairly homophobic caricature.
The storyline held my attention enough that I could get through it, and the book is an incredibly easy read. If I had more free time I could have gotten through it in a day, maybe a day and a half. But I couldn't truly enjoy it, given the weak, one-dimensional characters and constant Valley Girl-ing. ...more
I really wanted to enjoy this book as I do like Neal Stephenson, but this book just didn't do it for me. I really got into it for about fifty or so odI really wanted to enjoy this book as I do like Neal Stephenson, but this book just didn't do it for me. I really got into it for about fifty or so odd pages, between the time the soupy lobsters were found and S.T. was flung from his boat, and then it became dull again.
I think part of it is the pacing issues. Some parts were just hurriedly skipped over, and certain other parts didn't make sense. I found many of the characters got muddled together, and I had a difficult time picking them all apart. If I read it a second time, I'd probably have an easier time, but between them going every which way and suddenly jumping in different locations, it was difficult to keep it all together.
I'm mostly reading these out of a sense of nostalgia.
I do find the story line a bit hectic, and something I think the TV series did a bit better. WhiI'm mostly reading these out of a sense of nostalgia.
I do find the story line a bit hectic, and something I think the TV series did a bit better. While I don't like filler episodes, this rushed ahead so quickly that I'm surprised in the first printings of these books, people could make sense of all the characters. The fight against Metalia and Beryl could have easily made for one more chapter.
And then we're right into the Dark Moon arc! Back into the action again, with first Rei being kidnapped and then Ami. Why not a bit of breathing space?
This is a fantastic book, and one I think more couples should read. I want to read the full-sized version eventually. This is a good starting off forThis is a fantastic book, and one I think more couples should read. I want to read the full-sized version eventually. This is a good starting off for conversations and a way to explore how your partner speaks and hears 'I love you'....more