Not for me. Nothing wrong with the author or his writing, just not my genre of book. I wanted to at least give it a go but not enjoying it so no point...moreNot for me. Nothing wrong with the author or his writing, just not my genre of book. I wanted to at least give it a go but not enjoying it so no point. I can see myself enjoying the film version though... I have all 3 lord of rings as well. I will try to see if I have more success getting into those at a later date but perhaps not for me also, we will see. (less)
I feel devastated after having finished this book, the same intensity of devastation I felt when I first read this book a long time ago. The closure o...moreI feel devastated after having finished this book, the same intensity of devastation I felt when I first read this book a long time ago. The closure of this series was for me very very sad and I am struggling to come to terms with despite definitively knowing, that there will never be any more HP books.
This one was much much darker than the previous, without a doubt the darkest in the series and wasn't enjoyable reading as such, their was so much anger, sadness and grief, that it was quite honestly an emotional rollercoaster of a book.
I will never ever forget these books, I stand by my original opinion that they are definitively the best books ever written and I will once day, come back to them again.(less)
I really don't know where to start with this review apart from to begin by saying I absolutely loved rereading this book.
Originally, I awarded it 3 st...moreI really don't know where to start with this review apart from to begin by saying I absolutely loved rereading this book.
Originally, I awarded it 3 stars, always having liked it the least in the whole series with Order of the Phoenix, my rating is now 5 stars because I loved it so much and it amazes me that I ever gave it 3 stars!
This one really was unputdownable for me more so than the others and I felt a wide variety of emotions throughout the whole of the book much more intensely than in the previous books; for example when HP won the quidditch cup, I felt absolutely elated for him, and very happy. This is just one example however and many other exists whether causing anger, humour or sadness; before now, my feelings hadn't been as strong in any of the previous books and on that basis, for me this book towers above the previous!
uperb book. This is definitely where the general mood starts to change, more adult themes being introduced, a darker/edgier plot coming to the fore. M...moreuperb book. This is definitely where the general mood starts to change, more adult themes being introduced, a darker/edgier plot coming to the fore. Makes for brilliant reading. Can no longer at this point see them as just juvenile books. Loved it! (less)
I really loved this book, adored it, obsessed over it even. I read it very quickly as a result unfortunately.
This book is in stark contract to the lig...moreI really loved this book, adored it, obsessed over it even. I read it very quickly as a result unfortunately.
This book is in stark contract to the lighter subject matter and tone of the others and that isn't a bad thing at all, although I did miss the time when things used to be happy at points.
This book for me was unbelievably sad, in fact I drew out reading the closing pages as I remembered what was to come and when it did come, I felt very upset. But the mark of a good book is making a reader feel such strong emotions whether they be of happiness, sadness or dislike and therefore this is one of these great books.
Sadly now onto the last one and although I knew the series had to end, its unfortunate it did so. JKR could have wrote much more!(less)
**spoiler alert** Well I've upgraded this book from 3 stars to 4. I would no longer say this was my least favourite either, I would say it was on par...more**spoiler alert** Well I've upgraded this book from 3 stars to 4. I would no longer say this was my least favourite either, I would say it was on par with my thoughts on the earlier ones just slightly not as good.
I did like this book, I finished the reread quickly (having only read this once when it came out and only once) not remembering ANYTHING from years ago.
First off, the reason it hasn't got five stars is due to the fact that some of the book WAS tedious and irrelevant, particularly the beginning chapters, I found too much emphasis and detail was added in to things which didn't really matter and that a lot of pages could have been missed out easily without detracting from the story line.
I also thought the death of Sirius was unnecessary and cruel and perhaps would better have been served by keeping him alive as a happy tie for Harry whilst killing someone less important off. It saddened me that he had been cut out at this stage, having only appeared in 2 previous books. I also felt angry that as I say, Harry's only tie to happiness or potential happiness after Hogwarts was taken away AND given the death of his parents and various other problems that in this situation he perhaps should have been given some positivity rather than negativity.
HOWEVER, KUDOS to JKR on her developing such a detestable and unlikeable character though- Umbridge. This woman had me feeling pretty mad/tense a lot of the time, I couldn't get through the pages quick enough to see her get her come uppance.
So overally, a really good book, certainly no favourite but a good read nonetheless.(less)
I usually try to finish books, I can't remember the last time I was forced to stop reading one but this one I just had to.
Ive had this book a while, p...moreI usually try to finish books, I can't remember the last time I was forced to stop reading one but this one I just had to.
Ive had this book a while, picked it up a few times and tried to get into it with no luck. Lovecraft's writing comes across to me as extremely hardgoing, very much hardwork to read and not enjoyeable at all. I made my most progress recently when I attempted to read the book AGAIN and made it to the fifth/sixth story.
Although two or three rated good/average because I actually could comprehend the writing in those instances, as an overall book, it was just TOO hardgoing for me. Too much like hardwork and so Im now done with attempting to read it and shelving it for good.
Its a shame really..Lovecraft has some interesting premises of which could have turned out brilliantly but alas the writing bogged all that down.
I know this will be a controversial review, most people like Lovecraft..well sorry but I just didnt!(less)
Not my usual book at all. Not really a massive Sci Fi fan (Star Trek being the only exception to this rule ever)....I just can't take to it...However, was having a bit of a Stephen King marathon and this needed reading, I felt like I'd been avoiding it foreverrrrrrrr because of its more fantasy like genre (a genre I can only very rarely get into!) but there was no getting away from it, it needed reading, had gathered enough dust, so I braved it and begun reading it..
The Eyes of the Dragon is a typical 'kiddy' fairy tale. Bad guys, good guys, morals, etc. In this particular case, all about an evil magician called Flagg and his plans to dominate the kingdom by getting one king killed and another, innocently imprisoned for the rest of his life. Typical bad guy tries to 'do over' good guy story really. Nothing unique about it, apart from the fact that it's Stephen King telling the fairy tale, this time around. Which is kinda weird....much as I love the guy...he is not someone I would want telling my kids (if I had any) bedtime stories! (and this feels like one)
Initially, the book just felt like too much hard work. It was very, very slow in my opinion, took forever for the plot to actually take off and I am ashamed to say, did contemplate giving it up many times. However I persevered and then the plot kicked in good and proper, then I became hooked, I wanted to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen as opposed to just reading out of some stupid loyalty to King!
The characters and the quality of them are the usual for King, who is well known for being particularly good at creating pretty nasty baddies (Jim Rennie anyone?!) and awesome at creating pretty nice characters too :). As this is King's standard strength, it's barely worth passing mention. His character development skills rock, enough said.
Had it not been for Stephen King's name being attached to it therefore I would never have picked it up. However it was, so I did and I did find it to be a pretty good read overall...
It's quite clear that 'The eyes of the dragon' is aimed at a much younger audience than his usual and for that reason, I didn't enjoy this as much as his others. Some YA novels, don't feel YA, don't read as YA, this definitely did though, if not younger than that,so it almost felt wrong to be reading it.(less)
As good as the first time I ever read it, although being my age now(22) it did of course feel juvenile, understandably given it's a childrens book but...moreAs good as the first time I ever read it, although being my age now(22) it did of course feel juvenile, understandably given it's a childrens book but still loved it! My rating stays the same!(less)
Meh....................I love this guy for the most part (LOVED Wind up/Norwegian Wood + Sputnik Sweetheart) but HATED this one and Kafka on the shore...moreMeh....................I love this guy for the most part (LOVED Wind up/Norwegian Wood + Sputnik Sweetheart) but HATED this one and Kafka on the shore. Kinda hit and miss really I guess then although by a small minority (1) I like his books for the most part.
I got to page 50 of this one and had to give it up, wasn't pulling me in whatsoever, I found it to be the strangest one of his books so far and I suppose thats why I didn't get on with it. I just musn't be able to do strange very well...
Oh well....I'll keep reading but this one, like Kafka wasn't for me. Meh. Boring.(less)
**spoiler alert** First off, I couldn't believe this was the authors debut novel....it reads like a well seasoned pro has wrote it! Many of us are att...more**spoiler alert** First off, I couldn't believe this was the authors debut novel....it reads like a well seasoned pro has wrote it! Many of us are attached to particular authors(such as me with Stephen King) and notice in most cases how different their work was in the earlier stages compared to later on, in most cases, some earlier work being absolutely dreadful, however this doesn't ring true here and I can't wait to see what comes next seeing as this is a very good first novel!
In terms of how I felt about this book, I completely LOVED this book. Words cannot begin to explain how much...my favourite part being the little stories that Marianne Engel would tell during the main plot...my favourite being of the Chinese girl who managed to retain words of love to her lover through the glass work that she had carried out before she died or of the story of the homosexual Viking (seems laughable but actually is not)of which are all mostly, very touching.
Ordinarily perhaps the protagonist who isn't named at any stage would be someone to dislike, only interested in pornos and drugs, it doesn't make for an instantly likeable character however he becomes likeable through the stories Marianne tells involving him as a soldier in a past life, and the trials and tribulations he goes through.
Marianne is a mystery...I still haven't figured out whether she was actually mentally ill or completely sane...I somewhat suspect the latter though in this particular case.
One thing I would say is that the plot of this story is rather meandering, it isn't a straight start, middle and end, it takes its time through the past and the present and perhaps is confusing at times however this didn't bother me at all, this was a book I wanted to savour and take my time with and I did. Consequently I feel sad that I now have finished it.
I am REALLY looking forward to more of Mr Davidson's work, I cannot recommend The Gargoyle enough and my review cannot do it justice.(less)
Quite honestly I can't come up with the words to describe how absolutely amazing and brilliant this book was. Such a fantastic piece and very very ver...moreQuite honestly I can't come up with the words to describe how absolutely amazing and brilliant this book was. Such a fantastic piece and very very very emotional (sometimes unbearably so to the point where I had to put down for a short period of time).
I doubt I'll read a book which made me feel the way I did about this book for a long long time. This is 100% going into my absolute favourite books of all time, no doubt about that at all. I can't gush about it enough!
I started out with reasonably high hopes for this book, the premise sounded great, right up my street and it read well albeit it p...moreInitial impressions
I started out with reasonably high hopes for this book, the premise sounded great, right up my street and it read well albeit it perhaps a little slow if anything for the first couple of chapters. Anyway it soon became apparent aside from having very little in the way of actual plot, that it was going to take a weird turn. The book soon turned from a psychological case study regarding an autistic kid to becoming centred around a weird fantasy life of the kids mother when she was a kid. At this stage I gave up. Just wasn't what the book advertised itself to be.
Plot + Characterisation
Plot- The plot "allegedly" surrounded a child called Conor who has already been diagnosed with Autism. When his mother, famous novelist Laura finds she cannot handle him any longer and her relationship with her husband Alan also begins to suffer as a result, she seeks the help of James, a child psychologist. You would assume based on the above, which was pretty much the synopsis given on the book albeit in slightly different wording, that the emphasis of the story therefore would be around Conor, perhaps identifying the issues he has and seeking to find a manageable solution. The blurb however lied. This was more of some strange fantasy than a psychological novel. It revolves around for the most part the mothers early life where she recounts strange tales of worlds she created out of her imagination. To make matters worse, we are then forced to hear about these tales in detail by us being provided by various stories she had written down after the time to try and keep the memory/dream as vivid as possible. Basically the book turned out to be something it didn't advertise itself as and I was very disappointed.
Characters- The characters were fairly weren't too bad. Conor was mildly annoying but that was to be expected having no understanding and perhaps tolerance of autism unfortunately, Alan and Laura were likeable and you sympathised for both of them and James well seemed nice enough. Cliched would also be another way to describe them but I suppose in these novels they would be to a degree. Still, likeable for the most part and fairly well developed when not going into irrelevant detail about Laura's imagination rather than her (and Conor's, life).
So based on the above, bearing in mind, I have been mislead and lied to by the blurb in the book, the book goes on a completely different tangent in regards to genre from psychological to fantasy of which carries no coherence at all, this would have usually attracted a one star and perhaps an utter rubbish label however its one redeeming feature was, that although by no means literary brilliance, it read well. It read slow, the pace was certainly very slow but once again could be expected from what you would get from a psychological book. The writing is what made me continue quite a way into the book before giving up but had to stop when I'd just quite simply had enough of the fact that Laura and her stupid and very boring, not to mention childish, oh and also completely uninteresting imagination became the main plot of the book when the blurb advertised otherwise.
Based on the writing, I would possibly give this author one more go, but beyond that, unless more promising, I won't be bothering because I felt deceived here and thats not a very good selling point.(less)