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)
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)
I can understand why some might find it hard to understand who Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead has become so popular because it is in many ways very...moreI can understand why some might find it hard to understand who Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead has become so popular because it is in many ways very typical. It deals with a lot of seen-a-hundred-times teenage issues such as school life, sex and guys, unlike most young adult novels this also deals with issues such as cutting and depression. Added with two kinds of vampires and a never ending war between evil and good. I have gotten tired of books with vampires, but Richelle Mead has for sure made up a believable and exciting universe.(less)
Da jeg første gang læse "Djævelens lærling" af Kenneth Bøgh Andersen blev jeg taget med storm af en verden, som jeg ikke troede på, men som forfattere...moreDa jeg første gang læse "Djævelens lærling" af Kenneth Bøgh Andersen blev jeg taget med storm af en verden, som jeg ikke troede på, men som forfatteren formåede at gøre skræmmende livagtig. Ikke alene blev jeg overrasket over forfatterens langtrækkende fantasi og mytologiske forestilling, som han fint fletter sammen til det, der sidenhen blev den første bog i serien om "Den Store Djævlekrig", men sproget var i endnu en overraskelse, som strækker sig mod en ældre målgruppe, som bogen ikke sigter efter i udgangspunktet, hvilket i høj grad gjorde det spændende at læse om trettenårige Filip Engells forunderlige og frygtindgydende rejse til Helvedes inderste kredse.
Da jeg første gang stiftede bekendtskab med denne bog, var min vurdering af den lige så høj, som historien var dyb, og fire år senere er jeg stadig meget betaget af Kenneth Bøgh Andersens finurlige mørke, selvom mit voksne sind har lettere ved at se igennem det lette slør, som forfatteren indhyller sin fortælling i, der tidligere fremstod som et tyk og uigennemtrængeligt tæppe af selve nattens mørke. Det tog toppen af læseoplevelsen, omend jeg nød at spankulere på må og få i Helved med dets mange hornet temptanere, skrigenede gorgoner og skyggeatige tystere, som ulmer i mørkets dybeste kroge. Det gav mig troen på, at det danske sprog sagtens kan være smukt og tryllebindene, selv når emnet er dets modsætning, og det tændte en gnist af håb for fremtidig dansk litteratur i mit hjerte. (less)