I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this. One one hand, it's super interesting and quite feminist. (Homophobic though, in the weird way 1999 was homoph I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this. One one hand, it's super interesting and quite feminist. (Homophobic though, in the weird way 1999 was homophobic)
On the other, it's like, well, I liked Sandman better....and there's a similarity between the two.
But then it gets all Cups, Swords, Wands, and Pentacles on you and I'm like "woah. wasn't expecting that!"
So I'm gonna continue reading the series. Just gotta figure out if my library system have the rest.... ...more
I read thing because I'm taking a coursera course about historical fiction. The book is ok. a quick easy read, magical realism or something like that.I read thing because I'm taking a coursera course about historical fiction. The book is ok. a quick easy read, magical realism or something like that. But towards the end, I just didn't care anymore. The book was too easy to predict and I stopped caring about Ovid and His Muse/Baby Mama and His Patron...more
I don't know what I was expecting here to be honest. But nothing this short, and so... incidental. I'm not saying it's worth reading, it is. But I truI don't know what I was expecting here to be honest. But nothing this short, and so... incidental. I'm not saying it's worth reading, it is. But I truly dislike this wave of "books that are really short essays or novellas that are based on a TED talk" Like, really. Just link to the freaking talk.
I want more than just a talk. I want a discussion. I want substance instead of a small self history of Adichie's "struggle" with being a feminist.
I got this through the GoodReads FirstReads program.
This is a book that I would have passed up if I were still working at B&N. The cover is blandI got this through the GoodReads FirstReads program.
This is a book that I would have passed up if I were still working at B&N. The cover is bland. Feels like it could be anything. Ok, a forest, something sort of family crest, and that font. Smells like an Alice Hoffman book: *could* be magical realism or it could just be a crappy love story.
It was on my to-read shelf for a reason, I don't remember why. (Have you guys seen my to-read shelf on GR? Holy crap. Like. Come On. This isn't even everything) But I'm glad I got a chance to read this.
It's one of those underdog books, where no one reads it when it first comes out, but slowly, over time, people turn to other people and say, "Have you read this yet? OMG you SHOULD."
Because you should.
It's kinda like a fantasy book, but more magical realism. The strange phenomena is just seen as normal. I did read the ARC, so I do not know if any of it was explained in the finished copy, but I hope not. As a reader, you'll have to do a double take sometimes in order to comprehend the terms. (Color shower, like... it legit rains color.) Someone mentioned in the GR comments that this is like a Colonial Fantasy. There are horses and powdered wigs. There's the settlers and the mother country. And the revolts that need to be put down. Etc.
The story centers around Molly Bell, a young woman 20-something, who finds her way, via almost drowning, to the town of Root. Where the hero of the story Tom Orange saves her. Sort of. I mean, she didn't drown. That's good. If she did, that would be a crappy book.
So Molly hides her past, but the reader slowly hears her tale in her flashbacks. And what a tale it is. She grows up with a sickly older brother and a father who is the big hot shot general in the army. They are rich, the people poor. Revolt. Dad goes to the "New World" to shut up those nasty natives. Molly and Nicholas (the brother) revolt. Dad comes back being an even bigger asshole. The kids run away to the "New World."
And somehow Molly is floating down a river waiting for Tom to find her.
And OF COURSE her mysterious past comes to haunt her and hurt the small town of Root. Because what kind of story would this be?
Actually, my review makes it sound boring. But it's not! It's a great read. And what I liked about it was that it didn't fit a genre per se. It's an easy read, so it can be a "beach read," or one of those books you read when you call out from work because it's raining and all you want is tea and a book. It's a book that will appeal to the fantasy world. There aren't dragons (I don't think. at least not in this book. You never know though) But also appeal to the non-genre reader. Yes there's a love story. Duh. But it's not the purpose of the book.
Oh. and there are these people in the surrounding woods that cut off people's body parts. They are called Maimers. How cool is that? Pretty cool actually.
So yeah. Pick up this book. He's already writing the sequel. ...more
I mean, finally I felt like Dashner got his writing groove on. But still with the telling and not with the showing. And I wish this book was longerEh?
I mean, finally I felt like Dashner got his writing groove on. But still with the telling and not with the showing. And I wish this book was longer. Like, I want to see the Cranks. I want to see...well everything really.
Last scene was kinda weird though. Like who does that?...more