This book literally blew me away! It is one of my favorites. It was fresh and poignant, which beautifully written characters. It has a simplistic beauThis book literally blew me away! It is one of my favorites. It was fresh and poignant, which beautifully written characters. It has a simplistic beauty of its own, bringing out the pain of having loved and lost. I love this book tremendously. ...more
**spoiler alert** The Ringworld is interesting. I loved the concept of certain things being beyond one's control (i.e. manipulation and luck) as well**spoiler alert** The Ringworld is interesting. I loved the concept of certain things being beyond one's control (i.e. manipulation and luck) as well as the characters' abilities to be able to change the universe (i.e. Speaker-to-Animals playing "god" with his knowledge and the hyperdrive).
But I often found myself having to read sections over and over again. Sometimes I just had to give up because I couldn't visualize the scene. It was confusing. The story got bogged down with heavy and unnecessary descriptions, and the long passages on the science behind the technology made me feel completely lost.
I felt like I was waiting for the climax the entire time, and it never quite came. The subplots could be intriguing, but most of the story was just about people traveling in a ship.
I also agree with many of the other comments on here about the rather sexist and almost derogatory (perhaps too strong a word?) attitude towards the female characters. I didn't understand the need to have half a dozen passages of Louis and either Teela or Prill in bed!
All in all, I liked the book, but I didn't love it. I'm wavering between 2/3 out of 5 stars. It had some unique concepts that could have been so much more. This book was my first from the hard science fiction genre, and my first impression left a bittersweet taste in my mouth.
Stephenie Meyer is a horrible writer who wrote a horrible series with horrible characters and a horrible plot, and yet Twilight is one of the mostUGH.
Stephenie Meyer is a horrible writer who wrote a horrible series with horrible characters and a horrible plot, and yet Twilight is one of the most popular books around. And that's because the fan base seems to be solely centered on teenage girls.
As I read the first chapter, the advice of Kurt Vonnegut came to mind. He told writers to use every second of the reader's time in a way that it will not be wasted. I felt like my time was wasted. This book could be cut down to a third of its size. The book has no substance - it's only bogged down by details we could care less about, frankly, and melodrama.
The characters stick out like bad movie actors. Their actions can be just flat out illogical! Is that really what you would do in that situation, Bella, or is just convenient for the convoluted plot?
What is all the excitement about, anyway? Twilight is a shallow book. There is no intricacy in the subplots. There isn't any subtle foreshadowing to be discussed. There aren't any larger ideas or concepts that are addressed. It is literally about a teenage girl on hormone overload and a creepy guy who thinks she smells nice.
Twilight should be made into a textbook for new writers about how NOT to write a story. The only thing worse than Twilight is that fact that it continues on for three more painful volumes....more