I'm surprised I didn't review this way back when, but it had been years since the first reading. I wanted to wait a while for the movies to settle dow...moreI'm surprised I didn't review this way back when, but it had been years since the first reading. I wanted to wait a while for the movies to settle down before re-reading the series.
Revisiting it now, and having read many debut novels since the first time around, I'm blown away at how fantastic of a first novel this is. It's cohesive, it flows, it is clear-headed. That's so refreshing I can't even say. The characters are distinctive immediately, the world is seamless and fantastically creative. Who wouldn't want to go to Diagon Alley, or visit Gringotts? Nevermind take the boats to the grotto under Hogwarts?
I envy Rowling's imagination and writing abilities. Harry Potter is still awesome even after all these years and "fresh eyes."
I enjoyed the movies, but nothing will ever measure up to the wonder of the books. I didn't doubt they'd survive a reread with flying colors, but I'm still happy to find that I appreciate the books more over time, rather than less!(less)
This is excellent... recommended in Wired Magazine's Geek Dad article.
Violet is a smart, mechanically inclined little girl who builds herself flying m...more This is excellent... recommended in Wired Magazine's Geek Dad article.
Violet is a smart, mechanically inclined little girl who builds herself flying machines. It's a great story about following your passions and your talents, not letting the bullies get you down, and "geek justice." Excellent for boys and girls alike.
I especially love that it features a little girl. It's a breath of fresh air.
Love it. Especially recommend for geeky parents who want to encourage their girls to be themselves at all costs and for those aiming to encourage their children to explore all avenues!(less)
I give it a 3 because it was a worthwhile read, but it isn't one I'll probably pick up and reread (4) or love (5). I see a lot to appreciate about it,...moreI give it a 3 because it was a worthwhile read, but it isn't one I'll probably pick up and reread (4) or love (5). I see a lot to appreciate about it, but ultimately it didn't ring my bell... loudly, at least. More of a "ding!" Not a "GONG!" but better than a "tink."
There are some scenes with terrific imagery, and some of the characters are compelling (especially the women). The story is interesting, the concept of time overlapping and moving about is a bit disorienting, but adds an interesting effect, the mysticism/"magical realism" is unexpected. Overall, it was a bit like chocolate chip ice cream with the chocolate chips too thinly scattered. A bit less ice cream, or a few more chips and I'd have been happier... I definitely did not put down the book feeling "on fire" as the raving reviews on the back of the book claimed I would.
Keeping track of all the José Arcadios and Aurelianos, I felt I needed a string chart. That was an interesting technique, but it continually took me out of the book as I had to stop to remember who was who in relation to the rest.
On the flip side, if I'm involved enough to wite this much about the book, certainly I was immersed enough that it's worth the read. (less)
Started out good and had some memorable quotes and ideas, some nifty imagery...but the book got bogged down periodically and suffered from clunky text...moreStarted out good and had some memorable quotes and ideas, some nifty imagery...but the book got bogged down periodically and suffered from clunky text and Bogart-esque dialogue from the males. It's been noted I should take into consideration Heinlein's age and the time period in which it was written - fair enough.
Wasn't into the philosophy of the book, overall, and the "earthlings" use of "Grok" and other martian phrasing/wording ("waiting is") felt trite and cheesy.
Again though, considering the time period it was written, I could see why folks back then felt it was a groundbreaking wonderful book. (less)
This is older Neal Stephenson, where the flippant smartass was still driving the literature bus. If you want your Stephenson in "extra flippant," try...moreThis is older Neal Stephenson, where the flippant smartass was still driving the literature bus. If you want your Stephenson in "extra flippant," try Zodiac: An Eco Thriller. If you like medium pith, you'll like Snow Crash. If you like mild pith, with a side of surreal, go for Diamond Age. If you want mild pith with a heaping dose of historical and present day geekery, read Cryptonomicon.
My only beef with Snow Crash is the dip that goes a touch too far into the sumarian mythology. It is part of the plot, yet doesn't quite feel like it fits - it's a bit like riding a bicycle into a sandpit. We were going fast, but now we're ass over teakettle. Then we pick up the bike, shake ourselves off and get rolling again.
The pace is otherwise lively, quick and the read enjoyable, smartassy, a bit surreal and probably a lot easier to relate to now that online gaming is a household word. We can identify just a little easier with being hot sh#t in the metaverse these days, than we could in the 80's.
One of my all time favorites. Initially I'd read my husband's copy, but soon it was apparent we needed a "his" and "hers."
Added to the Recommend shelf, as it is an excellent introduction to cyber-punk without being too heavy or SO geeked out you can't follow. Language warning for folks who stress over the F bomb.(less)
Rugged, sad and - while concise - character and atmosphere are well drawn. Think of a gesture drawing that captures the moment easily in a few lines,...moreRugged, sad and - while concise - character and atmosphere are well drawn. Think of a gesture drawing that captures the moment easily in a few lines, without having to be fully painted in. Yet it feels like nothing is missing from the narrative.
The book (or short story, really) takes about as long to read as it takes to watch the movie. (less)
This goes hand in hand with an Adventure Magazine article on Mt. Everest and Sir Edmund Hillary. Read that article and digest the images of fully pres...more This goes hand in hand with an Adventure Magazine article on Mt. Everest and Sir Edmund Hillary. Read that article and digest the images of fully preserved cadavers on the hillside (and a summit face littered with empty oxygen cannisters), then read the book.
I really enjoyed this... not in the sense of vicarious adventure or thrill, but for his brutal honesty towards his own poor choices that helped get them into a bad situation and the telling of that story.