I first discovered Bo Burnham back in 2008, and I have been following him faithfully ever since, coursing me to laugh myself silly and light-headed, a...moreI first discovered Bo Burnham back in 2008, and I have been following him faithfully ever since, coursing me to laugh myself silly and light-headed, and it is also the case with "Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone", but it did a lot more than just making me smile wide; it made me question humanity, and light up the hope for modern poetry in its most modern sense of the word as well as the finest.
“I love you just the way you are but you don't see you like I do. You shouldn't try so hard to be perfect. Trust me, perfect should try to be you.”
This piece of poetry is absolutely mind blowing and admirable for the hard work behind it, shining bright between the lines like tiny little suns. On stage Burnham is known for skilfully playing around with words like a child with Lego; building new sentences and tearing old ones apart. With its many tongue twisters "Egghead" made it to my list of favourite books, as I could not keep myself from starting all over as soon as I had finished the last word in the last poem. (less)
This book, "Autobiography" by Morrissey, is an utter train wreck with absolutely no organization, like the mind of the human behind it; the floats lik...moreThis book, "Autobiography" by Morrissey, is an utter train wreck with absolutely no organization, like the mind of the human behind it; the floats like thoughts do starting with Morrissey's childhood and to today. Despite it being a mess, I really enjoyed it because of my love for the author and the The Smiths. Morrissey is completely honest about his childhood in Manchester, and for some reason that was a page turner for me; I kept reading about his angst for his teacher who beat his students, his discovery of music and the power it posses and how The Smiths came together.
“It was probably nothing but it felt like the world.”
I wanted to read about his first everything, but instead I got something I admire even more; what Morrissey thinks is important in his life. It felt somewhat like a diary written by a distant reader who writes about his heart and soul without giving away these in the writing. (less)
"The Railway Children" by E. Nesbit is one of the books I wish I had grown up with but did not, and reading it now makes does not have the same impact...more"The Railway Children" by E. Nesbit is one of the books I wish I had grown up with but did not, and reading it now makes does not have the same impact on me as it probably would have if I had been several years younger, however, I did like its themes and characters. The three protagonists are rather easy-going and each still have their own personality.
“Also she had the power of silent sympathy. That sounds rather dull, I know, but it's not so dull as it sounds. It just means that a person is able to know that you are unhappy, and to love you extra on that account, without bothering you by telling you all the time how sorry she is for you.”
The plot it simple and delightful, but perhaps not revolutionary in any ways. It was sweet and delicate, but it is not a story that lingers on in my mind. I pretty much forgot it as soon as I put the book down, only remembering the tender feeling of the children's' adventures. (less)
There is a great part of me that wants to rate this book five stars for the writing, but I did struggle getting into it, and whenever I put the book d...moreThere is a great part of me that wants to rate this book five stars for the writing, but I did struggle getting into it, and whenever I put the book down I would find it to be yet a struggle to get into it again. The writing of "Tender Morsels" by Margo Lanagan is, however, beautiful and capturing. The longer I sat down with the book, the more the story grew on me, but I could not read it in one setting from front cover to cover.
“Now you are in the true world, and a great deal more is required of you. Here you must befriend real wolves, and lure real birds down from the sky. Here you must endure real people around you, and we are not uniformly kind; we are damaged and impulsive, each in our own way. It is harder. It is not safe. But it is what you were born to.”
The story itself is rather long and switches perspective several times starting out with Liga as a child, who is molested by her own insensitive father several times. Whenever he impregnates her he makes her drink a mixture in order for her to miscarriage, however, she ends up with two daughters and decides to run off with them to hide in the woods. A bear ends up in the cottages just like in the fairy tale of "Blood Red, Snow White" which the story is based on. The reader does not only get to see things from the perspective of Liga, the mother, but also from a first person narrator with the bear.
“The earth’s lungs, coated in green ooze and thaw, breathed out blossom-scent and sour rot and fungus-must, wet and warm and aware, where before the air had been cold and blind, remote as the moon.”
A lovely story of two sides, right and wrong, love and horror, light and dark unfolds slowly with its familiar warmness from the famous fairy tale by The Grimm Brothers which the author manages to add her own touch to in the most lovely and gruesome way. It was a bumpy ride, but it sure had a great deal of loving moments which I shall treasure for a very long time. (less)
This is getting out of hand, and I am honestly sorry it has to be with this book as example. For starters, "The Girl of Fire and Thorns" by Rae Carson...moreThis is getting out of hand, and I am honestly sorry it has to be with this book as example. For starters, "The Girl of Fire and Thorns" by Rae Carson is novel with good intentions from its author. Rae Carson tries to create a protagonist ever girl can relate to who is not skinny and confident, but rather clumsy and happy about food and eating, and for that I truly admire the author, however, this read starts to feel long when the protagonist thinks about food all the time. She thinks about eating, what she is eating, and she even compares the people around her to food.
“From the mouths of the innocents flows truth.”
Secondly, besides from the fact that the main character is somewhat different from the typical fantasy heroine, the story has the same structure and same themes that ever other novel in this genre; it is about a girl, who is nothing special, but still has been chosen for the greater good, she meets two boys and falls in love and then she has to choose between them (the author makes this decision fairly easy for her protagonist) and in the end the female main character has accepted her place in the world as a much more confident woman. There is nothing wrong with this kind of structure because I honestly think young adult readers need this. What bothers me is that every single book in the genre is almost identical on this level. I liked that Rae Carson chose another and far more interesting setting for her novel (the dessert) but this place is not really described in any details, leaving its potential to take the novel to a higher level be.
“The mind of God is a mystery and none can understand it.”
The writing style was flat as the characters, and the surroundings blur. I did not care for any of the characters because I could not relate to any of them. I will not continue this series, because it would probably course a headache, nothing bad about the author, I am just not suitable for this genre, and I am slowly giving up on fantasy/young adult, because, as I have already mentioned, they are very much alike. (less)
Every little girl has once dreamed of happily every after in from of a fairy tales with true love, adventures and magical beast, but even though these...moreEvery little girl has once dreamed of happily every after in from of a fairy tales with true love, adventures and magical beast, but even though these things might happen they might not happened the way one would expect them to. "Wildwood Dancing" by Juliet Marillier is a sweet and delicate story of five sisters who finds a way into the Other Kingdom, filled with dwarves, fairies and wizard on the bright side, and the mysterious and pale living dead on the dark side. Every month the girls travels to this place in order to dance with all the creatures, but when love starts to bloom and their father falls ill everything changes.
Written in s simple yet almost poetic prose this novel is a delightful and easy read full of wonders and fears. Reading this was nothing I had hoped for, because it was something quite different from my expectations, and yet I enjoyed every single page, sentence and word. Mariellier is skilful with her choice of words and her characters slowly comes to life, even though I would have liked to get to know the younger sisters better. She manage to create a world of her own build on familiar feelings from fairy tales, but still she manage to make it her own. I truly enjoyed this with its simple plot and beautiful language. (less)
"Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde is a dystopian novel about a corrupt government and its endlessly many rules sorted by how much colour one is able t...more"Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde is a dystopian novel about a corrupt government and its endlessly many rules sorted by how much colour one is able to see, and these colours are not to mixed. Fforde creates a very scary and yet realistic story with lots of complexities and satire.
“The best lies to tell are the ones people want to believe."
Once I tried to read Fforde's "The Eyre Affair", but I found his writing a struggle, and his story so slow-moving that it only left frustration and the book unfinished. Some of these elements are in "Shades of Grey" too. The plot moves slowly and takes about fifty pages to get into before the story starts to unfold itself, and the information about this corrupt society is given. The plot is not always moving slowly and steady, but suddenly speeds up in the end of the novel, leaving the events almost rushed and unfinished, like the author ran out of pages.
“'Edward, Edward,' he said with a patronising smile, 'there are no unanswered questions of any relevance. Every question that we need to ask has been answered fully. If you can't find the correct answer then you are obviously asking the wrong question.'”
The writing was all right, and the promise of the novel quite interesting. I wanted to read the story, and I wanted to like it, however, several elements such as the speed of the plot and the writing left me only a little satisfied instead of being over the moon. At the end of the novel I still had a lot of unanswered questions about the society and its structure, and if I did not know that Fforde has decided to write a sequel to his dystopian universe I would be rather annoyed but the book entirely. All in all a nice read once one gets into the characters, the plot and its complexity. (less)
"The Woman In Black" by Susan Hill is a suitable read for Halloween with its dark tone and scary story. I found it to be rather horrifying to read onl...more"The Woman In Black" by Susan Hill is a suitable read for Halloween with its dark tone and scary story. I found it to be rather horrifying to read only by candlelight; the voice of narrator is strong and clear, and the premise of the story good, however, the ending or solvating of the mystery was not particular my cup of tea and seemed a little stereotypical for the genre; it was somewhat too simple for the lingering goosebumps it left on my arms.
“For I see that then I was still all in a state of innocence, but that innocence, once lost, is lost forever.”
I still found the story to be very well-rounded, even though I did not like the ending; there were no loose ends, and the only knots were the ones in my stomach from the thought of sleeping alone in the dark with monsters under my bed. The beginning of the story is rather slow and seems to take forever to get started, but it is also very much like fog; it slowly creeps in on you until you are completely lost in it. (less)