I just started rereading this series for the first time. I remember this book blowing me away the first time I read it. The whole concept of not only...moreI just started rereading this series for the first time. I remember this book blowing me away the first time I read it. The whole concept of not only suddenly finding out you're a wizard but also the most famous wizard of all time is just mind blowing. "Harry, you're The Boy Who Lived". Whoa. My favorite chapter is Olivander's, when Harry is buying his first wand. I just loved learning about all the different types of wands and how each one is unique and specially meant for a particular witch/wizard that it chooses.
This book was so much shorter than many of the others in the series and much of it was able to be shown in the movie. I didn't really get any surprises from rereading it ten years later because I had seen the movie so many times and the two are exactly the same. I can't wait until I get to Book 4 which is the first monstrous-sized book in the series-it's also my favorite of all 7.(less)
I was able to read this book in just a couple of days despite its length. The dialogue in it is exactly the same as in the movie, so as I was reading,...moreI was able to read this book in just a couple of days despite its length. The dialogue in it is exactly the same as in the movie, so as I was reading, the scenes of the movie played out in my head. It was exactly like watching Gone with the Wind with closed captioning. An interesting experience that I have never had before or since.(less)
I first read this book in high school (probably the 9th or 10th grade) and I know I liked it but I couldn't remember much else about it (other than th...moreI first read this book in high school (probably the 9th or 10th grade) and I know I liked it but I couldn't remember much else about it (other than the test-tube babies). Upon rereading it, I realized that most of what I thought I remembered about the characters was wrong, and I completely forgot about John. Though, I can understand why I would have erased John from my mind. I hated him during my second reading, so I'm sure I hated him during my first reading too.
So anyway, the book takes place in 632 A.F. (After Ford) which is around 2452 A.D. on our calendar, give or take a few years. Everyone is a test-tube baby. In fact, giving birth is thought to be a disgusting and despicable thing and the words mother and father are considered taboo. There are five castes: the Alphas and the Betas are the smart "individuals" and they all come from an egg of their own (the two main characters Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne are Alphas), and then there are the Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons who are all clones essentially with around 80 fetuses being split from one egg. They aren't as smart and physically big as the Alphas and Betas, but they're all happy with their lot because they have all been conditioned to believe that their caste is the best.
Since childhood, everyone was made to listen to hypnotic tapes in their sleep, which conditioned them to think and act exactly as the World Controllers wanted them to. So basically, no one had any thoughts of their own. All of their activities and interests were based around the thousands of adages that were being heard repeatedly from under their pillows each night for years.
I sped through this book, and it was all the more fun for me because I was reading a used copy that had marginal notes written all over it, and the person had written "They're crazy" (talking about the controllers) on almost every other page, after each new philosophy of the society was revealed, and I couldn't help but agree with him/her every time.
An absolutley amazing book, which gives you a lot to think about, particulary this: Is happiness and stability worth sacrificing everything for? I think not.(less)
It's hard to remember back to when I first read this book, but I believe this was when I first began to really fall in love with the series. Professor...moreIt's hard to remember back to when I first read this book, but I believe this was when I first began to really fall in love with the series. Professor Lupin is wonderful, and I thought the werewolf story and learning a bit about Harry's father's time as a student at Hogwarts was fascinating. I was completely captivated by this book. One part of the book that I definitely remember from my first reading was when Sirius asked Harry to move in with him once the school year ended. I literally jumped off the couch in my excitement. (Unfortunately, my brother happened to walk into the living room at that exact moment and to this day he still makes fun of me for reacting so intensely to a book.) Of course, that happy moment for Harry was quickly taken away from him, but Sirius became and remained my favorite character of the series ever since that moment.(less)
Well, I'm not zooming through this series like I thought I would but I gave myself all year to finish them, so no rush. I'm really not as into these b...moreWell, I'm not zooming through this series like I thought I would but I gave myself all year to finish them, so no rush. I'm really not as into these books as rereads like I was when everything was fresh and new, which is a shame because I've heard from so many people that this series is great to read over and over again. However, I'm still keeping them at 5 stars because Harry Potter totally blew me away when I first read them in middle school/high school and I can still remember the intense reactions I had while reading the books. Usually I would demote a book by a star or two if I didn't enjoy it as much at a later date, but it just doesn't seem fair to do that in this case.
I think the main reason why I can't enjoy rereading this series is because I've seen the movies so many times (and the movies did a great job of staying very faithful to the books). It feels like I'm reading Chamber of Secrets for the dozenth time rather than just the second time. I think once I get to Book 4, I'll be able to enjoy the books much more, because as similar as the movie may be to the book, there's no way it could include near the amount of detail that was in that 750 page tome. (less)
First Line: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
I'm on a good run with the classics. This is another one that lived up to its reputation.
T...moreFirst Line: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
I'm on a good run with the classics. This is another one that lived up to its reputation.
The main narrator frustrated me through most of the book, though. I couldn't believe how much she let the servants run the house and determine her routine. I wanted to scream at her "You're the mistress of the house! You can do whatever you damned well feel like and be in any room you damned well want!". I mean, I remember being that shy, but I was around eight. She's in her twenties. At least she gained self-confidence at the end.
However, I did really fall in love with the narrator, despite that flaw of hers (or maybe even partly because of it). I think it's impossible not to love her. The way she imagined all those different scenarios with such detail was fun to read. She has such a vivid imagination! And I thought it was so hilarious when she was caught in the middle of one of her imaginings by Maxim because she had been acting out her little daydream. Ah, so familiar! I've been caught daydreaming numerous times by my family and friends, silenting mouthing the conversations running through my head.
The ending of Rebecca was amazing. I could not put the book down for the last 60 pages. (less)
I read this for a groupread, and many in my group agreed that this book should really only be read by 3rd-4th graders, who would really love this book...moreI read this for a groupread, and many in my group agreed that this book should really only be read by 3rd-4th graders, who would really love this book. Reading it as adults, the book just seems slow and predictable. It picks up about halfway through when Mary meets Colin-I really began to enjoy the book then-but I can never call this a favorite. I wish I had read it as a child so it could have held more meaning for me. (less)
**spoiler alert** I didn't like Persuasion nearly as much as P&P and Northanger Abbey. Anne Elliot's character didn't interest me that much. She w...more**spoiler alert** I didn't like Persuasion nearly as much as P&P and Northanger Abbey. Anne Elliot's character didn't interest me that much. She was too docile of a main character to carry the book forward, IMHO.
I was really hoping that Anne would redeem herself by standing up to her selfish family in order to finally get what she wanted. It turned out she didn't have to because her father and her sister Mary now approved of Captain Wentworth because of his rank and fortune. And that makes me uncertain about Anne's strengths in this relationship. Would she have fought to stay with Captain Wentworth if her family still disapproved? More importantly, would she have stayed with him if Lady Russell had still been against the match?
At the end of the book, Anne tells Captain Wentworth, "I must believe that I was right, much as I have suffered from it, that I was perfectly right in being guided by [my] friend...". What? You mean to say that you were right to break the heart of the person you loved more than anyone because a friend (who doesn't really control you're life) told you that you should just because he didn't have the proper rank in society? Whatever.
Maybe she would have had to break ties with her family, but that wouldn't have been much of a loss. They were awful people. They constantly ignored her and took her for granted, and yet she sacrificed over eight years of happiness and independence for them. Why? (less)