What utter trash. Obviously this is not the real Tarzan.
I mean, come on, there wasn't even a mention of Phil Collins!
Jokes aside, this was a very gooWhat utter trash. Obviously this is not the real Tarzan.
I mean, come on, there wasn't even a mention of Phil Collins!
Jokes aside, this was a very good, fun read. While I still think Howard is my favorite pulp writer, Burroughs drives a hard bargain. Thrilling, beautiful writing paired with an ability to really bring a sense of wonder to the harsh world of Tarzan's jungle, and, in spite of the possibility of racism as well as sexism present within the text (man of his time Carissa, as sad and disturbing as that may be), a good balance of both realism and some slightly fantastical elements make Tarzan of the Apes a very good introduction to one of Burroughs most popular series.
And in spite of the cliffhangery ending that nearly made me throw the book across the room I can't wait to start the next one. If mostly to have my feels feel, well, better....more
Congradulations, Prince of Thorns, you are an even worse mash-up of worlds than Out of the Dark! And I thought that scifi/fantasy crap was fairly unbeCongradulations, Prince of Thorns, you are an even worse mash-up of worlds than Out of the Dark! And I thought that scifi/fantasy crap was fairly unbelievable.
But you, you are on a whole different post-apocalyptic, fantasy, wtfudgery level.
I mean, halfway in I thought maybe this is kind of a weird, unrealistic homagey feel to A Canticle for Leibowitz with the obvious apocalyptic references.
And then there were weird shaman things? Like an 80s fantasy novel... And references to possibly biblical events?
And I mean...what? Like what the eff? I don't even know what kind of world building you were going for book, but you did not convince me.
And neither did you characters. Wasn't a fan of your prince (Go away Jorg, no one cares), wasn't a fan of his minions (what the eff was with those weird descriptions at the beginning of each chapter? was that supposed to make me think about their characters? Cuz it really just made me facepalm a lot). Sort of liked the princess, until I realized she was actually drawn to Jorg, and didn't see his obviously puffed-up angsty attitude. And Jorg was just so self-absorbed, and not in a charismatic way (aka a la Scarlet O'Hara), that I could NOT stand him. I actually renamed my 'whiny heroines that piss me off' shelf just so I could include him.
I'm sorry book. I just don't get you. You seemed cool, your writing was decent, but you and I definitely not meant to be. Worst blind date ever....more
It's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster MenIt's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster Men is no exception and continues to use the detective-style multiple narrative we saw in Batman: Year One; we even some flashbacks and references to the piece. It's a nice tie in and works well, especially if you read Batman: The Long Halloween after this mini-series (and its sequel Batman and the Mad Monk). I enjoyed this little comic, especially since it just strayed on the side of the supernatural elements in Gotham. The romance was, also, strangely compelling, which is always a plus for me. ...more
***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supe***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supervisor doesn't not affect my opinion or rating. I sadly was not bribed either.***
I've been putting off this review for, well, a while. Mostly because I didn't quite know what to write since so much of me was mixed on this novel. Blackbeard's Freedom was a fun novel in a lot of ways; fun moments, good character interaction, and a few gripping scenes. There was that piraty adventure quality to it basically that makes you want to break down and buy all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies even though 3/4 of them are godawful. But they're fun, they have pirates, they have crazy inexplicable adventures (view spoiler)[like that one time the boat was on this giant rock thing and I don't know what kind of physics was going on, but I call all the shenanigans Jeremy, all of them. (hide spoiler)] So while there were moments of historical inaccuracy (view spoiler)[Acadians do not belong in the Caribbean! Do not make me get out my history notes! (hide spoiler)], crazy physics moments, and a romance plot that I was nooot a fan of (view spoiler)[Sorry, but even before the giant princessy plot twist at the end, that ship had sunk for me (hide spoiler)], Blackbeard's Freedom was an enjoyable read.
And while there were parts I didn't care for (which I've mentioned briefly above), and I found the writing difficult at times (I'm always a stickler on this), I really enjoyed the spirit of adventure and friendship through this novel. After all it has more than a few intense relationship between the pirates that a fanfiction fandom could definitely sink their teeth in :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
You know that Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove? You know how it starts in the middle then rewinds to the beginning and then eventually you get baYou know that Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove? You know how it starts in the middle then rewinds to the beginning and then eventually you get back to the middle? (Did that make any sense?) Well, Here Lies Bridget reminded me of that. And not because of the jumping narrative structure (though it had that), but more the quick forgiveness that comes after you get to the middle section of the film. You know the part where the emperor and Paba? Pabu? (I'm terrible at the name game) like forgive one another and all is good? Well, I've always been skeptical and critical of that part. Its the one piece of the movie's story that just, well, bothers me.
I'm not big on forgiveness. You can see why I don't always like anti-heroes. Or redemption characters.
And that was my big issue after the middle portion of this novel.
Because I really, really liked the beginning of this. It was addictive, fun, and I zipped through it. But after that middle section? It felt too easy of a conclusion; too easy of a character change. I expect mean girls to stay mean, even if they were really scared all along. Maybe I'm just not good with forgiveness. Or maybe I've just read authors who've done this kind of story better (Courtney Summers and Lauren Oliver come to mind).
Good, though slightly cliche, concept. Sadly not enough of a execution to make this fabulous or stand out as a 'good' mean girl novel. 2.5/5...more
While I did figure out the villain early on (though how could you not?), I really enjoyed how well this was put together and brought both new elementsWhile I did figure out the villain early on (though how could you not?), I really enjoyed how well this was put together and brought both new elements to Batman, but still keeping with old traditions.
And, let's not lie, this book did get me to believe a certain plot twist for longer than I'd like to admit. Good on you book, good on you.
The only thing that bugged me about this one was, surprisingly, the romance! I like Batman and Catwoman together usually, but this was odd. I think it was because this was a softer Batman, for obvious and understandable reasons, and it just didn't gel for me. ...more
Urg. So sad this is the end of the dream team for this series. Still debating picking up volume 5 (and trying the new guys) or just picking up the issUrg. So sad this is the end of the dream team for this series. Still debating picking up volume 5 (and trying the new guys) or just picking up the issue that deals with the end of this story arc....more
After finishing this, I immediately reread most of it then spent like half an hour questioning certain things (view spoiler)[Descartes did not help. NAfter finishing this, I immediately reread most of it then spent like half an hour questioning certain things (view spoiler)[Descartes did not help. Nor did my boyfriend. Or that quote Conan said. I am not a brain in a jar! (hide spoiler)]
So yeah, that was fun. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
For the first half to 3/4 of this book, I was incredibly frustrated with the characters in Le Survenant. Venant was a drunken loser. Everyone else lovFor the first half to 3/4 of this book, I was incredibly frustrated with the characters in Le Survenant. Venant was a drunken loser. Everyone else loved him. Everyone gave him money and made excuses. And jeeze.
Then my co-worker pointed out two things to me:
A-I'm not very forgiving. (It's sadly true, but I am trying to work on that?)
B-Men in those times lived in a hash climate that encouraged drinking as the only way to survive.
And it changed everything I thought about this book. Seriously. As weird as that seems. It made me open up to the book, if that makes any sense, and when I reached that final page I saw the love the author has so carefully woven. The love of land, of home, of security, of community, isolation, the love of living and breathing in a self-imposed exile made by the community Venant visits and tries, near the end anyway, to change. And it made me think of Quebec; its history; its culture; and its attitude (at least in the past) of being a separate country within a country. Basically it made me realize why this book is important in the Quebec canon; because it illustrates the problem of creating a isolated community within a wider world.
I had a lot more to say about this. But I'm kind of sick at the moment, so the brain isn't quite working. Needless to say, if you want to read more about Quebec, here's a good place to stop and smell the minds of its writers....more
I actually read this book a few weeks ago. But being slightly more than a little weary of it, wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I mean I obviouslI actually read this book a few weeks ago. But being slightly more than a little weary of it, wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I mean I obviously liked it, at least according to my evidence: read in like a day, was wayyyy too involved in the romance, and was praising it internally for quite a few things.
But I had really, really, REALLY had issues with The Demon's Covenant and felt like I could never like this author because of it.
So I debated for like a week or two, maybe three. And, yesterday, started talked a friend about it, and how I was just weird about the whole thing. She just looked at me, and proceeded to clearly state it was pretty obvious I liked the book.
She was right. I liked it. The romance was swoon-worthy, the plot was fun, and there was a Nancy Drew/Veronica Marsish to it that made me happy. It could have maybe have been longer, but I tend to want everything to be longer (though not The Pickwick Papers at the moment). So yeah I liked the book, and maybe I even like Breenan again.
**spoiler alert** I've been sitting on this review for a while (even now I'm avoiding starting to write this by doing things elsewhere on goodreads).**spoiler alert** I've been sitting on this review for a while (even now I'm avoiding starting to write this by doing things elsewhere on goodreads). Mostly because I wasn't sure how I felt about this book.
Let me give you an overview. Back in November/October (?) I watched the film Gone Girl with my boyfriend and, despite how disturbing it was to both of us, I liked it. It was fascinating, shocking, and, in general, a very good movie. And while I couldn't quite get it out of my head, I did forget about parts of it so I still could enjoy the book that I read like last week. The book was...weirdly different to me. Not just in how the events play out, but also the feel of the prose and characters. It changed my perspective. Especially when I compared it while rewatching the movie a few days after I finished Gone Girl the novel.
In the movie, and here there be possible spoilers (which you should have probably guessed), so stay away...Amy is presented as a psychopath. Which she is. But, buttttt while Amy is still off her rocker in the book, she's strangely more human. Flynn paints her as a woman, an insane one, but a woman with feelings. In other words, novel Amy is much more complex. Especially when comparing her with movie Amy, who I find slightly more one-dimensional. I guess what I'm trying to say is that while the novel allows for two narratives (three if you count the false Amy one-which, to some degree, is truthful) and therefore dual perspectives, the movie really only shows one: Nick's. Yes we hear from Amy, both in the past and present, but we never truly see her the way Flynn lets us in the novel. She's the bitch; cold, heartless and a psycho. The bad guy. Even her diary entries in the movie have a cool undertone to them that tips you off. How many of you thought instantly this lady is lying? I know I did.
If I were to compare Gone Girl the movie, it would be akin to a CSI/Law&Order episode. Gone Girl the novel, however, is about, strangely, marriage. About how it falls apart, and how, ultimately, the sacrifices you have to make to bring it back together. It's a disturbing marriage and one that Amy coerces Nick to stay in. But at the same time the last few chapters of Gone Girl add some shading to the whole piece. Nick even hints at this, realizing that he would be bored with a normal woman and realizing, with perhaps some amazement, that he is with someone who killed for him. Disturbing, again, but also kind of a compliment. With the movie, however, I feel like we never get that sentiment from him. He is simply stuck, forced to endure her for the rest of his life.
Maybe I'm analyzing this too much, but I don't think I am. Because I remember my first thoughts after reading Gone Girl: what disturbing people-definitely made for one another. And I remember my thoughts after the movie: what a psycho bitch.
Elements of traditional (or at least how I see traditional) scifi? A super duper hellobabycanyouplease romance? Also conspiracy?! And aliens and thingElements of traditional (or at least how I see traditional) scifi? A super duper hellobabycanyouplease romance? Also conspiracy?! And aliens and things and omg.