I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.
I started reading this book at 1 AM and had to stop because the first couplI looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.
I started reading this book at 1 AM and had to stop because the first couple of pages creeped me out so I decided to continue reading tomorrow, in daylight. Turns out, most of the book isn’t that scary, even though it’s inspired by the real life cult of Charles Manson and the murders his followers commited. The story deals with Evie’s life, meeting Russel’s followers, how easily she accepted their way of life and how much their influence changed her life. It’s easy to understand Evie, her insecurity and how much she wants to be part of something – anything.
I waited to be told what was good about me. I wondered later if this was why there were so many more women than men at the ranch. All that time I had spent readying myself, the articles that taught me life was really just a waiting room until someone noticed you—the boys had spent that time becoming themselves.
That was part of being a girl—you were resigned to whatever feedback you’d get. If you got mad, you were crazy, and if you didn’t react, you were a bitch. The only thing you could do was smile from the corner they’d backed you into. Implicate yourself in the joke even if the joke was always on you.
The writing is beautiful; Cline writes normal scenes from teenage life with hints of horrible things that happen later. The book is full of creepy tension that reminds you, however calm the story may be at the moment, it’s not going to stay like that. Parts of the book are written from the perspective of middle aged Evie who is, decades later, remembering the time she spent with Suzanne and other girls.
I fielded Sasha’s questions about what they had been like in real life, those people who had become totems of themselves. Guy had been less interesting to the media, just a man doing what men had always done, but the girls were made mythic. Donna was the unattractive one, slow and rough, often cast as a pity case. The hungry harshness in her face. Helen, the former Camp Fire Girl, tan and pigtailed and pretty—she was the fetish object, the pinup murderess. But Suzanne got the worst of it. Depraved. Evil. Her sneaky beauty didn’t photograph well. She looked feral and meager, like she might have existed only to kill.
When I was reading the book, I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that this is based on real events. That’s the reason parts of the book scared me so much – it’s fiction, but there are people who’s lives were very similar to this.
This is one of my favorite books of 2016 and I can’t wait to see what Emma Cline writes next....more
**spoiler alert** WARNING: SPOILERS!!! Seriously, there are so many spoilers here and if haven’t read (or seen) the play they won’t make much sense but**spoiler alert** WARNING: SPOILERS!!! Seriously, there are so many spoilers here and if haven’t read (or seen) the play they won’t make much sense but they will still ruin everything for you.
It’s finally here! It’s been years since ‘All was well’ and now this little book is here to tell us that, actually, er, all wasn’t well.
The beginning of this story overlaps with the Deathly Hallows epilogue. The kids are off to school, it’s Albus’s first year and on the train he meets his new best friend – Scorpius Malfoy. Awesome, right? And then Albus gets sorted into Slytherin (my house, btw), everyone is shocked and suddenly it’s the beginning of the second year. After showing a couple of moments from the second and third years, the story fast-forwards to the fourth year where most of the action takes place.
And the action is crazy, fun, and confusing as fuck. There’s a time-turner and Albus and Scorpius use it to try to save Cedric’s life, but they fail and Ron is married to Padma and Rose doesn’t exist, so they try again and Scorpius is by himself in oops-Voldemort-won version of the world, so he tries to change things again but Voldemort has a daughter (wtf!!!) and EVERYONE goes back in time, Harry channels his inner Voldemort, everyone is friends and there’s a happy ending. Hey, I warned you about the spoilers!
Albus and Scorpius’s friendship is the BEST part of this story. Neither of them are copies of their parents (thank god for that). I wish we got more scenes with Lily, Rose and James, but I guess there was no time for that. Revisiting the old characters was bittersweet. It’s nice to know what happens later, but part of me wanted to believe that ‘All was well.’ meant all was well forever, not all was well up until this moment. It was strange picturing Harry, Ron and Hermione as adults – my brain kept switching between older versions we see in the seventh movie and the actors who play them in Cursed Child.
I understand why some people say this story is basically a fanfic – there are so many moments that are a wish fulfillment for so many HP fans. So many characters are back! Snape is back and I know lots of people won’t be happy that he’s a hero in the story, but who cares, I loved his part. Draco and Harry are on the same side! There’s even a line that says they looked at each other as friends for the first time – this is something that so many people wanted since those two met in the first book. There are moments that I never expected to be in HP books:
DRACO: Hermione Granger, I’m being bossed around by Hermione Granger. (She turns towards him. He smiles.) And I’m mildly enjoying it.
Rowling said that she’s done with Harry after this play, and I don’t know if I should be happy or sad about that. I don’t want it to stop, but if it continues, I don’t wanna be disappointed.
I would love to watch the Cursed Child on stage. I have no idea how some of the scenes can even work on stage (all of the spells, polyjuice potion etc). Hopefully somebody will make a movie out of this book too....more
“I, Willy Wonka, have decided to allow five children – just five, mind you, and no more – to visit my factory this year.”
I should have read this when“I, Willy Wonka, have decided to allow five children – just five, mind you, and no more – to visit my factory this year.”
I should have read this when I was ten years old – I would have absolutely adored it.
But I just read it for the first time at the age of 25 and it’s true: children’s classics can be enjoyed by readers of any age. It’s a tiny little book, but it’s a big story: there’s the good boy with a wish that comes true and changes his life, there are the spoiled kids who get punished, but there’s also poverty and slavery, lots of commentary on bad children and worse parents and, depending on the way you look at it, Willy Wonka is both a hero and a villain. Like every other good children’s book, it fools you with a happy cover and then it gets dark.
This is my first time reading a Roald Dahl book, so I will definitely check out some of his other work. There are two movies I know of that are based on this book and I’m curious to see how well they adapted the story....more
A few times I came across people saying that they started reading Harry Potter from the third or fourth book and I always wondered what that’s like. NA few times I came across people saying that they started reading Harry Potter from the third or fourth book and I always wondered what that’s like. Now I know. Carry On isn’t as complex as Harry Potter so it’s easier to understand but when you start reading it, you feel like you’re reading a sequel to a book that doesn’t exist. Which I guess you kind of are. After all, Carry On started as a fictional series of books that the main character of Rowell’s book Fangirl loves. Carry On is very obviously inspired by Harry Potter to the point where I sometimes felt like I was reading a fanfiction story… to be more precise, a Drarry fanfiction story.
At first I found the book a bit boring, Simon wasn’t that interesting to me, Penny was obviously Hermione, I don’t understand what the point of Agatha and Simon’s relationship even was, but then Baz showed up and made everything more fun, the way ‘kinda evil’ characters usually do. The book gives us some clues about things that happened before, usually attacks on Simon, but we don’t really get many details. Sometimes characters say things that would probably make more sense if we had more context for them. So the relationship between Simon and Baz could have been more realistic if we knew more about their past. This way, Simon’s feelings seem to come out of nowhere.
Carry On still has enough originality in it to not seem like a total rip-off. One of my favorite things about the world of Carry On is the way magic works. Magic words are basically phrases that normal people use a lot, like “Up, up and away” and even “Can’t Touch This”. So those phrases have a lot of power in them and magicians use them for spells.
The book can be quite cheesy at times and there are too many pop culture references, but if you liked Fangirl, you should give this book a shot simply because of how much fun it is....more
This book spent a very long time on my to-read shelf but I have finally gotten around to reading it. I knew what it’s about because it’s a famous storThis book spent a very long time on my to-read shelf but I have finally gotten around to reading it. I knew what it’s about because it’s a famous story and BBC Sherlock has an episode (a great episode) inspired by this book. Sometimes when I wait a long time to read a book that so many people love, my expectations get too high and it’s difficult for the book to live up to them. The Hound of the Baskervilles is pretty amazing, but I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t know anything about it.
This might be the only Sherlock story that has a bit of horror feel to it, there are some very creepy descriptions of the hound, most of the book takes place in a house in the middle of nowhere and the atmosphere of the book reminds me of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The story is narrated by Watson. As always, he does his best to help Sherlock out and I always feel sorry for him when he’s really proud of some deduction he made and then Sherlock goes “Nope, you’re wrong, here’s what actually happened”. I like that Watson had more to do in this story. Sherlock is, of course, incredible, one of my favorite literary characters ever and reading his deductions never gets boring.
One of these days I’ll read the rest of the books in the series too :D...more
I got this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This biographical graphic novel is one of my favorite reads ever. It describes the life of AlanI got this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
This biographical graphic novel is one of my favorite reads ever. It describes the life of Alan Turing, the father of computer science. I can’t tell exactly how accurate this is, but it’s fascinating and heartbreaking to read.
The story is told from a few different points of view. It can be a bit confusing because it mixes Alan Turing’s POV with POVs of people who knew him. I wanted the story to go into more detail about what exactly Turing did during WW2, but that would have probably taken too much space and also wouldn’t have been very easy to explain. I felt that the writers weren’t sure exactly how to deal with Turing’s sexuality; it’s obviously an important part of his life so it had to be in the story, but it shouldn’t come across as the most important so there aren’t too many details.
I think the drawing style fits the story, meaning it’s not very cheerful and colorful. I liked the way Turing’s ideas and thoughts were drawn – it’s not easy to show those in a graphic novel in such an interesting way....more
Very informative and very well researched book about politics and the internet. It discuses the free and open internet that we are so used to and asksVery informative and very well researched book about politics and the internet. It discuses the free and open internet that we are so used to and asks if it’s actually going to stay that way.
Internet is a huge part of our lives and it’s easy to take it for granted. There are so many battles fought over the internet that many internet users aren’t aware of. This book forces you to think about everything that happens ‘behind the scenes’: who makes the decisions and why? How do those decisions affect regular users? Who has more control: governments or tech companies? The author talks about privacy, net neutrality, piracy and other issues. There are plenty of examples too. Still, maybe it’s my wishful thinking but I don’t believe the internet will lose all freedom.
The book is focused on issues in United States and Europe, so now I would like to learn more about similar issues in the rest of the world. I recommend this book to anybody who’s interested in the future of the internet....more
This is one of the strangest books I’ve read. I thought it was just going to be a mystery set in Ancient Greece, but then it turned out that the bookThis is one of the strangest books I’ve read. I thought it was just going to be a mystery set in Ancient Greece, but then it turned out that the book is full of translator’s notes that are actually part of the story. That immediately made the book more interesting to me because I’ve never read anything like it before.
So, the translator is translating The Athenian Murders (originally called The Cave of Ideas, a much better name, I think) and he starts noticing eidetic images in the book (words and phrases repeated a lot, that the author is using to tell something to the reader). The further he gets with the translation, the more obssesed he is with finding the key idea in the book, to the point where he feels like the book is talking to him and he’s going insane.
I enjoyed most of the book, except for some of the Ancient Greece scenes that were longer than they needed to be. I was a little disapponted to find, after some googling, that eidesis is not a real literary device, it was just made up by the author for this book. It would be fun to look for eidetic images in books (unless they have something to do with figs. I’m so sick of figs after reading this book. I never wanna see figs described again).
The mysteries get progressively more complicated and I thought that this could be one of those books where the author thinks of a great plot but can’t seem to make up a worthy conclusion. So I was pleasantely surprised by the ending that makes sense. I would recommend this book to all lovers of mysteries....more
I had wanted to escape my traveling childhood, yet I was traveling and making the discovery that ordinary people are smart, smart people are ordinary,I had wanted to escape my traveling childhood, yet I was traveling and making the discovery that ordinary people are smart, smart people are ordinary, decisions are best made by the people affected by them, and human beings have an almost infinite capacity for adapting to the expectations around us - which is both the good and the bad news.
What an incredible book. Gloria Steinem is a great writer with an amazing life full of interesting anecdotes. She talks about her childhood, her family, sexism, racism, reproductive rights and she recounts her conversations with many people she met while travelling. I regret that I didn't read this book with a pen in my hand, because now I can't remember all the things I loved about it. I am definitely going to read it again.
So far, I’ve also noticed that, if an audience is half women and half men, women worry about the reaction of the men around them. But in one that is two-thirds women and one-third men, women respond as they would on their own, and men hear women speaking honestly. When people of color are in the majority instead of the minority, audiences are often the best education that white listeners can have.
“Feminists too often believe,” she wrote, “that no one has ever experienced the kind of society that empowered women and made that empowerment the basis of rules and civilization. The price the feminist community must pay because it is not aware…is necessary confusion, division and much lost time.” Her conclusion was simple and mind-blowing: “The root of oppression is the loss of memory.”