When I first came across The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman was before 2010. It had been on my bookshelf forever and I do not even remember from whe...moreWhen I first came across The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman was before 2010. It had been on my bookshelf forever and I do not even remember from where I got it or for what reasons. Anyway, I randomly picked it up, not really expecting anything and now, years later, I have read myself silly with its original storyline and characters. I even remember reading it three times a year once, which was a lot considered I did not read that many books at that time, sadly.
I can never get over the fact that Pullman was able yo pull off something this brilliant with a semi-new universe in which he uses the Northern Light as something extraordinary that holds a great mystery, leading to political questions that only an Oxford girl can answer on the back of a panser bear.I know the film did not sell very well, but it saddens me a lot that they never made a film version of book the last two books. I seriously loved everything about the film. Luckily, the book never gets boring to read. (less)
What makes one keep rereading the some novels over and over again with almost the same pleasure every time one opens the book on page one? Because the...moreWhat makes one keep rereading the some novels over and over again with almost the same pleasure every time one opens the book on page one? Because these novels are rare and the hold something greater than anything any other book can never ever hold. Books like Fifty Shades of You Know Who and Twilight are not in this category because they only deal with lust and well... more lust that is set in some unrealistic setting with unrealistic characters and with a down-the-hill.plot.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke deals with love as well but not as a main theme. What is so much more important is how it deals with books and the power of reading and writing. It holds so many great fairy tales like Tresure Island, The Odyssey, The Sword In The Stone and many, many more. Everyone knows these and probably grew up with and that makes this novel so easy to read. I do agree that this heavy brick can be slow when it comes to the plot, but with so much magic and so strong characters it has never bothered me the slightest bit. Not even three years after I first bought the book.
Those, who dose not gives this novel a chance, are really missing out on a great adventure. It is as arol Shields once said: "Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve." Try it.(less)
My first time reading this was about a year ago. A year later I still think it's a brilliant book in so many ways, however, I can imagine why some peo...moreMy first time reading this was about a year ago. A year later I still think it's a brilliant book in so many ways, however, I can imagine why some people seems to dislike it. In many ways the reader just follows a couple though life to the bitter end. The setting is very contemporary and realistic and the only twist in the novel is that main character Henry can travel in time. This, however, gives the reader a great opportunity to get around the characters seen from different ages.
A thing that did annoy me about The Time Traveler's Wife was the marriage between Clare and Henry; I do believe in happy marriages but sometimes this marriage seems a little unrealistic. It's almost too perfect. The first time I read it I also had to do a little research on something big which I can't tell you about without spoiling it completely. Despite my complaining I really liked this read; it was original but in a modern setting in which the reader can relate to, it was funny, however, also heart breaking. Overall an enjoyable read if you like a book that makes your mind go crazy like tiny little ants, but in that very pleasant way of course.(less)
When this book came out in 2009 it got me by surprise; I honestly did not believe Suzanne Collins could create another Hunger Games so completely diff...moreWhen this book came out in 2009 it got me by surprise; I honestly did not believe Suzanne Collins could create another Hunger Games so completely different from her first one, but she did. When I did not believe her to be able to create anything new to her world of Panem, she did and my respect for her work as the author of the Hunger Games has only grown over the years.
“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”
"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins starts off rather slow, letting the reader get to know more of District 12 and its inhabitants, but also the complete unknown life of the victors; even though the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, now lives in luxuries with her family and fellow victor, Peeta Mallark, life in 12 is still poor and the rebellion is going strong, slowly arising.
What I like most about this book is Katniss; she does not want to be the symbol of rebellion, however, small coincidences have made her so, and even though she would prefer to pack up her belongs and run into the wild to hid herself and her family from the Capitol, she takes her destiny serious because it is needed. It is also enjoyable to get to know some of the other victors from the other Districts. Especially Finnick Odair is my personal favourite.
“You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.”
The ending still gives me goosebumps, even after so many readers and even though I know the ending so well, it always take me by surprise, because it is utterly brilliant. That said I do not particular enjoy Collins' writing, but I sure enjoy her story. (less)