This was a good enough adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, but I felt it was too sentimental, in a way that I don’t remember the original work was. BThis was a good enough adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, but I felt it was too sentimental, in a way that I don’t remember the original work was. But I read it years ago, so my memory might not be the most accurate.
Like with other manga adaptations, it takes some time to get used to everyone looking younger than they are supposed to be. When I think of Colonel Brandon, I see Alan Rickman because that’s the first adaptation of Sense and Sensibility that I’ve watched, but the character drawn in this manga is much younger and much more conventionally good looking. I thought the art for female characters was much better than for male characters.
I always found Marianne’s story more interesting than Elinor’s and it was like that in this manga too. Sorry, Elinor, but you’re too sensibile to be a lot of fun next to Marianne and her Willoughby drama.
Reading all those adaptations of Austen’s works makes me want to reread all of Austen’s actual works. But if I read this manga without knowing the original story, I doubt it would have made me interested in Austen....more
"It taught me that the tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but that once you do that, the rest is really easy. I came to the conclusion"It taught me that the tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but that once you do that, the rest is really easy. I came to the conclusion that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment."
I’m a big fan of Elon Musk, so naturally I want to read whatever I can find about him. After reading two biographies, I came across this book – a collection of Elon Musk’s best quotes. The quotes are compiled from his interviews, speeches and even his twitter. I think the book is too short: Elon Musk has said many more things that I think deserve to be in this collection. I also have a complaint about the table of contents: it’s way too long and detailed (every quote in the book is listed in it, which is really unnecessary).
"When people ask me why I started a rocket company, I say, “I was trying to learn how to turn a large fortune into a small one."
This book includes quotes about his companies, especially Tesla and SpaceX, but also about learning, business, engineering, technology, his childhood etc. Most quotes are serious, but there are some lighthearted and fun ones. I love the things he said about learning (now if only I would apply his wisdom to my life :))
"One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree—make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e., the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to."
The book also includes a list of milestones in his life. Fans of Elon Musk should check this book out. It would be great if there was a new, updated edition every few years… how else are we going to keep up with everything he says? ...more
I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
I can’t rate this book anything less than 5 stars because it’s such a happy book :)
Like theI received this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review.
I can’t rate this book anything less than 5 stars because it’s such a happy book :)
Like the title says, it’s a book full of photos of little children and their dogs. There are also very short stories about the kids and their relationship with the dogs. The photos are beautiful, the dogs are very fluffy and the connection between kids and dogs is obvious.
I went ‘awww’ on every single photo, and I think the version that I got isn’t even complete, so there are even more pictures in the finished version. If you want something happy and cute in your life, you should check out this book. Or get a dog :)...more
Last year I read Elon Musk: Inventing the Future and became a huge fan of Elon Musk. So when I found out another biography of him exists, of course ILast year I read Elon Musk: Inventing the Future and became a huge fan of Elon Musk. So when I found out another biography of him exists, of course I had to read it.
The most important difference between the two biographies is that Elon Musk had no involvement at all in this one. The author has used over 450 sources to write this book, but when you’re writing a book about a living person, your best possible source is that person. This book is self-published, which is sometimes quite obvious because of grammatical errors and awkward sentences. Regardless of the faults, I still really enjoyed reading it.
Elon Musk is a fascinating person. He went from having nothing to being a billionaire and he achieved that with companies that not many people expected to succeed. It would be difficult to write a book about him that’s not interesting to read. This book describes his life up to year 2012 (it would be great if there were yearly updates, but oh well) and there are three very handy timelines at the end, one for Elon’s life, one for Tesla Motors and one for SpaceX. Most of the book is focused on his companies, but there are also chapters about his early life and, later on, his personal life.
Most of the information was already familiar to me, but there were some anecdotes and details I didn’t know before. For an unofficial biography, this is a really good book....more
This is a collection of mini-biographies of various ‘ruthless rulers’ from history. Not all of them deserve to be called ruthless – some are better thThis is a collection of mini-biographies of various ‘ruthless rulers’ from history. Not all of them deserve to be called ruthless – some are better than that, some are worse.
The book is divided into 10 parts: Rome, Iberia, France, The British Isles, Scandinavia, Germany and Austria, Italy, Hungary and The Balkans, The Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and Russia. Each part describes a few rulers of that particular place that were horrible or simply incompetent and at the end there’s a chapter that recommends you books and movies about those rulers (my to-read and to-watch lists have grown after reading this book :)).
The author was obviously trying to include lots of rulers in the book, and I think that’s actually a bad idea; there are big chapters about people like Caligula, Catherine de Medici, Mary I, Cesare Borgia, but also very short chapters on people like Christian II and Macbeth. I understand the desire to write about the less famous rulers, but sometimes it felt like the author wasn’t really interested in some of those rulers, and the entire point of their chapters was just to take up space.
Most of the rulers included are men, but I loved reading about the women the most. There were some people whose lives I was familiar with only through fiction, so it was interesting to find out what their reality was like....more
The good thing about adapting Les Miserables is that you can skip big parts of the book without actually missing any important plot points, but the baThe good thing about adapting Les Miserables is that you can skip big parts of the book without actually missing any important plot points, but the bad thing is that even after skipping all of those, the book is still huge and you will probably have to rush some storylines. In the case of this adaptation, it’s obvious that some parts are rushed (the revolution, for example). I don’t know how much sense would this story make to somebody who hasn’t read the novel.
The art is pretty good except that some characters look really young, but that happens with lots of manga adaptations, so I’m going to forgive that. It’s a pretty decent adaptation but it would be better with additional 100 pages – or maybe the entire story shouldn’t be in one volume....more
It’s pretty impossible for me to judge those adaptations on their own; I always end up comparing them to the original novel. So far, the Manga ClassicIt’s pretty impossible for me to judge those adaptations on their own; I always end up comparing them to the original novel. So far, the Manga Classics series has been doing very well in those comparisions. Jane Eyre is another in a series of very enjoyable adaptations.
It’s been a while since I read the novel but the manga seems to stick pretty close to the original story. The only thing that really stands out as different is the way Jane and Rochester look. Jane is supposed to be plain looking and Rochester is described as ‘not handsome’ – but in the manga they’re both drawn as beautiful, and Rochester looks quite young. This happens in other Jane Eyre adaptations too (for example, in the 2011 movie, Jane is played by Mia Wasikowska and Rochester is played by Michael Fassbender – both very good looking people).
Some parts of the story were a bit hurried – Jane even thinking about marrying St. John didn’t make sense to me because that storyline happens really quickly in this manga. I’d still recommend this to people who love Jane Eyre and anybody who’s curious about this classic story....more
I love the character of Black Widow in MCU and I think she deserves much better from Marvel, so I was curious about this book of essays on the charactI love the character of Black Widow in MCU and I think she deserves much better from Marvel, so I was curious about this book of essays on the character. The essays talk about her development not just in MCU but also in Marvels’ comic books. They touch on various topics: Black widow as a feminist icon, they way she uses language, what does it mean to write a ‘strong female character’, fanworks involving Black Widow etc.
Aside from the movies, I’ve only encountered Black Widow in the Ultimate Marvel Universe comic books, but the essays talk about the way she’s written since the character first appeared in 1964. It’s obvious that her characterization today is better than it was back then, but it’s nowhere near perfect – her writers still make some bad choices that are in no way progressive (Age of Ultron!!!). Also, the writers of some of those essays seem to adore Joss Whedon a bit too much.
My favorite essays were ‘Black Widow’s use of language in The Avengers’ and ‘Brainwashing and Mind control in the Whedon and Marvel universes’. Reading this book made me want a Black Widow solo movie more than ever before....more
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.
I was very curious about how this manga will turn out, because I read the original novelI received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.
I was very curious about how this manga will turn out, because I read the original novel and it doesn’t seem easy to adapt. In my review of the novel, I complained about the unnecessary details and one of the things that make this adaptation more approachable than the original is that it leaves those out. The dialogue is much easier to understand too, and the manga overall never gets as heavy as the novel.
Like most mangas, the illustrations are black-and-white, with the exception of the scarlet ‘A’ that Hester wears. I think that’s a great idea because it’s impossible to forget what happened to Hester and, in a way, it puts you in the position of people around her, who always noticed that red ‘A’ more than anything else in Hester’s life. The illustrations are beautiful, especially little Pearl who is both adorable and a little scary.
I always say that nothing can take the place of the original book and that’s true in this case too, but if you want a good introduction to the story of The Scarlet Letter, this manga is a great choice....more
I enjoyed this much more than Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice and even a bit more than the novel this manga is based on. I haven’t read the novelI enjoyed this much more than Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice and even a bit more than the novel this manga is based on. I haven’t read the novel in a long time, but I remember thinking it was too slow. This manga adaptation, like all other adaptations, makes the pace a bit faster, so that made the story more enjoyable to me.
The artwork is very pretty and (thankfully) very distinctive. I hate when I’m reading a manga and all characters seem to look exactly the same, so it was a relief that this time I was able to tell them apart. The characters sometimes have the most hilarious facial expressions – the artwork can really make a scene funnier than it originally was.
I think the story sticks pretty close to the original, but reading this also made me want to reread the novel- maybe I’ll enjoy it more the second time....more
I read Crime and Punishment in high school and hated it, I read The Brothers Karamazov a few years ago and thought it was a good book, but nothing incI read Crime and Punishment in high school and hated it, I read The Brothers Karamazov a few years ago and thought it was a good book, but nothing incredible – so when I picked this up, I wasn’t exactly a big fan of Dostoyevsky. But to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed reading Notes From the Underground..
The narrator of the book is one of the most unlikeable characters in literature – he hates everyone, including himself, he is full of contradictions, he’s the kind of person that I would hate to meet in real life – but at the same time I felt like he’s one of the most realistic and honestly written characters I have ever read about, and most of all (this is so wrong but I can’t help it) he’s incredibly relatable.
I will read this book again. I know there are things that I missed in this first reading, so I want to see if I’ll understand it better in the future and if I will still relate to this character. I like Dostoyevsky much more now, so I might even give Crime and Punishment another chance....more
This book is very quick overview of climate change. In 200 pages, it covers the history of climate change, the current situation, the impacts of humanThis book is very quick overview of climate change. In 200 pages, it covers the history of climate change, the current situation, the impacts of humans on climate, the possible solutions etc. The book talks about all the possible outcomes, the best ones and the worst ones, but my overall impression is that, even with all the bad things that could happen as a result of global warming, there are still reasons to be optimistic.
I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about climate change, but is maybe intimidated by the subject. It’s a graphic novel, which makes it an even quicker read and it’s full of funny and interesting drawings that help you understand the issues.
The authors of this book also wrote The Cartoon Introduction to Economics, a book I’m very interested in reading now, and I hope it’s as fun and educational as this one....more