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
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
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’ve read quite a few books that start with a character getting a new job, an amazing job, that turns out to be different from what they expected, soI’ve read quite a few books that start with a character getting a new job, an amazing job, that turns out to be different from what they expected, so I thought this book will be a high tech version of that story. I was wrong- this book is basically a manual on how to create a high-tech dystopian world.
The biggest weakness in the book is the main character, Mae. She’s an incredibly pliable character; things happen to her and she accepts them. It was very frustrating to read about – she was doing things that didn’t make any sense to me and she seems to have lost her personality sometime during the story. This is one of those books that I would love to read from the perspective of a different character: Annie, Mercer or Ty would be my favorites.
The Circle is a fictional company that may or may not be inspired by some real company – plenty of them would love to have the power that The Circle has. The idea of sharing and oversharing your life with strangers on the internet is definitely inspired by real life. I’m pretty much always in favor of technology, but it’s obvious that some people take it way too far.
Up until the last few pages I was sure I knew how it was going to end… I was so wrong. This book could be improved a lot, but it was enjoyable enough and different enough that it makes me want to read other Dave Eggers’ books....more
“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.”
It’s not p“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.”
It’s not possible for me to describe this book accurately because the way it made me feel is so different from other books – I can’t find the right words for it. But I want to write something about it while it’s still so fresh in my mind.
“Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw,’ that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
I came across this book on quite a few of those ‘Books you should definitely read’ lists and it was always in the back of my mind, on my mental TBR, but I still kept putting it off even though I was sure I’ll enjoy it. It drew me in immediately when I started reading it – the beginning of the book contains a spoiler for what happens later and I wonder how would I feel about the characters and the story if I had no idea what to expect.
“I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.”
The characters are amazing and feel so real and (I know this is not a good idea considering some things they do) I wish I could meet them in real life. At the beginning, Bunny was my favorite. I would sometimes forget what happens later and than remember it again and think ‘how could it possibly come to that?’. The least interesting character is Richard, the narrator, but the only reason for that is that the story is written from his perspective and it makes the others seem so much more mysterious and fascinating.
“Any action, in the fullness of time, sinks to nothingness.”
Part of what makes the book so good is that feeling of mystery – I feel like I could reread it so many times and never fully understand it. I wish there were more details about the night of the bacchanal and about all of the characters, especially Charles and Camilla, but who knows if I would love the book as much as I do if I knew everything. It a very quotable book, too:
“It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from all the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one’s burned tongues and skinned knees, that one’s aches and pains are all one’s own. Even more terrible, as we grow older, to learn that no person, no matter how beloved, can ever truly understand us. Our own selves make us most unhappy, and that’s why we’re so anxious to lose them…”
I read it slowly, read the same lines over and over again – I love it when a book makes me do that, because I want to know everything that happens but I also want to read as slowly as I can to make it last. The Secret History is one of those books that I’ll read over and over again in my lifetime and that sets the standard higher for all others....more
A huge asteroid is coming towards the Earth and there’s no way to stop it. For most people, there’s also no way to escape. Only 80 people can leave thA huge asteroid is coming towards the Earth and there’s no way to stop it. For most people, there’s also no way to escape. Only 80 people can leave the Earth before impact. They will leave in a space shuttle using untested technology and they’ll spend the trip in hibernation. Their only hope is finding a new planet to live on. But what are the chances of that happening?
I've seen a couple of movies where an asteroid is about to hit the Earth but in the last moment somebody does something that saves the planet. A few people die, but most of the humanity is okay. In this book, it’s the opposite. Only a few people get a chance to survive and NASA is supposed to decide who will be the lucky 80. Now, I know they don’t have much time, but some of their decisions don’t make sense to me. They first wanted to send the smartest people to space, but realized that they don’t have enough time for that. So they picked people that they needed and also people that knew about the plan (so they wouldn't tell everyone and screw up the whole thing).
For some reason, they only picked ‘full families’. But if those people end up on some strange planet with a very slight chance of survival, they need to be really smart if they’re gonna survive. So what’s the point of sending kids? And if they’re worried about people screwing up the plan, well, it may be horrible, but it’s the end of the world, so if somebody is threatening the only chance of humanity’s survival, shoot them. If you have to pick 80 people out of billions, don’t pick assholes. Pick those people who have the biggest chance of figuring stuff out on some faraway planet. They could have just sent 80 people that work for NASA. It would probably be easier to keep the secret that way.
The book is told from several POVs. The characters are interesting, but a lot calmer than I would expect people in their situation to be. Yago freaked me the fuck out. He’ll probably be the bad guy in the series. Mo’Steel is a lot of fun and I like his friendship with Jobs (I suppose Jobs somehow convinced NASA to let Mo’Steel come with them). The strangest character is Billy Weir. He also seems to have the worst fate. The ending was terrifying.
Even though there are some things that don’t make sense to me, I still absolutely loved the book. It was horrifying and amazing and I was actually shaking when I finished it. It made me think about what would people do if this actually happened. I will read the rest of the series ASAP....more
Jerome Angust is trying to read a book while waiting for a plane, when a stranger comes up to him and starts talking. And refuses to stop. The conversJerome Angust is trying to read a book while waiting for a plane, when a stranger comes up to him and starts talking. And refuses to stop. The conversation between these two people, Jerome and Texel (the stranger), takes up 99% of the book. It's a really short book, though. About 70 pages. And it freaked me out. At first Jerome does his best to get rid of Texel. His sarcastic replies to everything Texel says are one of my favorite things about this book. Texel is an extremely annoying and weird character. But as the story progresses, everything just gets quite creepy. I didn't know what to expect from this book, so the plot twists really shocked me. But after the twists, the ending wasn't surprising at all. When I started reading it, I didn't understand what the title and the cover meant. The title is explained in the book and I like it. The cover of the edition that I read is also creepy (two hands holding eyes coming out of suits...), but it makes sense for the book. ...more
A very nice little book. It’s based on a true story of the Red Dog who lived in the 70s in Australia. The only characters in the book who are real areA very nice little book. It’s based on a true story of the Red Dog who lived in the 70s in Australia. The only characters in the book who are real are John and the Red Dog. I don’t remember the last time I read a book with an animal as the main character. The first three chapters were a bit slow, but then the dog’s adventures started and it became a lot more interesting. I loved reading about the people he met. Some of them couldn’t stand him at first, but, despite his flaws, he won them over. There are quite a few funny scenes and some really sad ones (the ending…)....more
What an awesome book. I know there are readers who don't like it when the writer goes a little bit off-topic and spends ten pages explaining somethingWhat an awesome book. I know there are readers who don't like it when the writer goes a little bit off-topic and spends ten pages explaining something from history, math, cryptoanalysis, or some other subject. But I love it. Or at least I love it if the writer is as good as Scarlett Thomas. She writes in such an interesting way, so even something I'm usually not curious about can seem like the most fun thing ever. Throughout the book, there are flashbacks to Alice's childhood, the time she lived with her grandparents, who thaught her a lot about math and cryptography (I love those chapters). Her relationship with her grandfather is amazing. The book also deals with what it's like working in a huge corporation, and getting people to believe that they really HAVE TO buy your product; also animal and human rights (which made me feel like a horrible person). It's not a perfect book, but it made me think, and that's very important. It took me longer than usual to read this book, mostly because I would read something and than just kinda stare at the words, or run of to google something. Those lateral thinking puzzles made my brain hurt, but still. They're fun. There are some short parts of the book that are boring, especially when Alice and her cowrkers are learning how to play a new game. Playing it might be fun, but reading about every single move on the field isn't. When I just started reading the book, I found Alice quite annoying and snobish. The feeling never completely went away, because during the book she does/says/thinks some pretty dumb things (stuff about her being in love with Georges - WTF?). Her relationship with Ben wasn't very convincing to me, I just didn't see much connection between them. But romance isn't very important in this book, so I can forgive that. The backcover on my copy says that the edition contains a new final chapter. I'm glad, because the new final chapter tells us how the big puzzle is finally solved. In acknowledgements, Scarlett Thomas lists some of the books that she used while she was writing PopCo. Of course, now I want to read all of them. Here's the list: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2733854?shelf=popco...more
I started reading this book because I was in the mood to read something light. I ended up crying my eyes out.
The main character is 16-year-old Mia GorI started reading this book because I was in the mood to read something light. I ended up crying my eyes out.
The main character is 16-year-old Mia Gordon, whose family is going to spend the summer with their rich cousins in Hamptons. Mia can’t wait to see her cousin Corinne. But when they arrive, she realizes that Corinne has changed (turned into a snobbish bitch). Corinne’s sister and friends are even worse. Mia feels out of place until, at a rich kids party, she meets Simon.
I thought the first few chapters were not written as well as the rest of the book is. It took some time for the book to impress me. I admit I started enjoying it more when Simon showed up. I really liked the first meeting between them. It’s not love at first sight (thankfully). The development of their relationship works really well with Mia’s personal development. At first, she had no confidence, said things she didn't mean because she was scared of not fitting in, and all the while she felt fake because of that. But than she stated fighting for herself and Simon helped her, because he went through the same thing so he knew what it was like. I really didn't expect him to be such an awesome character. His story quite surprised me.
It’s a great book about learning to accept yourself. Often, when I read a book where some character changes a lot in a short period of time, I don’t like it, because it seems rushed. But in this book, it all felt so natural.