A year ago I first read The Princess Bride by William Goldman and I immediately fell in love with the author's witty dialogues, the blissful plot andA year ago I first read The Princess Bride by William Goldman and I immediately fell in love with the author's witty dialogues, the blissful plot and its various characters; pirates, princesses and giants come together in order to form a fantastic journey about true love and fighting the right battles, about not letting anyone but yourself define who you are or who they want you to be.
William Goldman's tone is a bit satirical and ironic, but he still manage to create one of my all time favourite adventures. The only thing I remember having troubles with was the structure; the novel is actually called Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure and that divides the book into two separate stories; one about the adventure and another about a boy who gets it read aloud. The first time I read this I did not really get the structure, but this time, also having watched the film, I found it much more enjoyable to read, but I do think the novel can be read for the adventure-story only if one would prefer that. The introduction had very little, if nothing at all, to do with the story, so this part can actually be skipped without the reader missing out on anything.
Overall I am very happy to own a copy of this book and to be able to re-read it whenever I please to. It is really an excellent story of everything that defines a good adventure-story; hate, revenge, true love, sword fights, beats, giants, pirates, kingdoms and lots and lots of funny moments....more
I am honestly completely and undeniable addicted to this story about a lost kid with a scar on his forehead that one day receives a letter which changI am honestly completely and undeniable addicted to this story about a lost kid with a scar on his forehead that one day receives a letter which changed his life. And mine as well. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling is no exception; it has adventures, danger and a guy who has kept a diary for fifty years. The characters development are extremely remarkable and very noticeable. The same goes for the setting; the reader gets to see more of the outside world of Hogwarts, yet still in the wizard surroundings, but certainly also at the school which you could hardly imagine could hold even more magic, however, this time make sure to bring some candles, because this magic is dark as the night. ...more
"Dragonfly" by Julia Golding is a well written fantasy novel packed with action, suspense and love. Its simply story is adoring and without complexity"Dragonfly" by Julia Golding is a well written fantasy novel packed with action, suspense and love. Its simply story is adoring and without complexity and I enjoyed it just as much now as I did when I first read it in 2010, remembering every single bit of the storytelling and yet it managed to make ma gasp aloud, smile from time to time and shed one single tear at the end of the novel.
I very much enjoyed the little things Julia Golding created in order to establish two completely different countries and people betrothed to one another in order to unite their lands and prevent war from happening. The civilised rituals and rules of the Crown Princess contra the wildness and wilderness of the lands of the ac Burinholt-kingdom. Little things that combined made a perfect tale....more
I bought "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley earlier today as I have been missing it in my collection of classic novels. Shelley created a Gothic tale of tI bought "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley earlier today as I have been missing it in my collection of classic novels. Shelley created a Gothic tale of the creation of a monster which become the start of lots of nightmares but also great fiction in the development of the genre. I think this became a timeless classic because it raises a lot of good questions about exactly how far science should be allowed to experiment. It is a theme that is still being discussed today making it as relevant today as it was when it was first published.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
The prose is surprisingly elegant and and poetic which is ironic as Frankenstein's creation in terrifying and wicked, speaking as if he is reading Shakespeare aloud and yet killing off every person Frankenstein cares about. It is a great tale and a timeless classic with lots of layers. This is not just a story of a mad scientist, this is so much more complexed than that. ...more
Let me try to explain the reason why I have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling more times than I can possibly count. When aLet me try to explain the reason why I have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling more times than I can possibly count. When an author is able to link several details together like J.K. Rowling masters, it is hard not to enjoy a novel.
For example, Harry reads about Nicolas Flamel on his very first Chocolate Frog Card on his way to Hogwarts, this little detail might seems completely unimportant, but later on Harry receive a Chocolate Frog Card from Neville Longbottom, and remembers why Nicolas Flamel seemed so familiar to him when he tries to remember where he read about him.
The example above is art. I am honestly astound by the author's ability to link these small details together. Many novels contain a lot of unnecessarities, details that has no relevant to the story in any way. Not only did the author of this stunning read create a complete new world with round characters, but she also manage to write it stunning. Not many authors of today can do that. ...more
I wasn't sure what I was expecting but this book took me by surprise. I pretty much liked everything about the it: it's very well-written, funny and tI wasn't sure what I was expecting but this book took me by surprise. I pretty much liked everything about the it: it's very well-written, funny and the characters are believable. I really enjoyed the way Kelly Armstrong made me feel about the main character, Chloe, and it won't be long before I'll pick up the next book in the series. ...more
I was blown away by the first book in the series and so I were by this. It takes up where The Summoning lefA to the M to the A to the Z to the I N G!
I was blown away by the first book in the series and so I were by this. It takes up where The Summoning left and cantons hell of a lot of action.
Kelley Armstrong is able to grab the reader and never let go. The readers get a lot of answers in this book still there's something mysterious about a necklace which keeps changes color which makes me want to pick up the final book and get some more answers. ...more
Northanger Abbey is another bewitching novel by Jane Austen, however, there were passages in which I got bored. Not intentionally but there are partsNorthanger Abbey is another bewitching novel by Jane Austen, however, there were passages in which I got bored. Not intentionally but there are parts which are almost only conversation between the characters in the story which can be really hard to get around in the long run.
I really enjoyed the narrator for the most part. I liked the little remarks she added in every so often which is just unusual for the reader to actually be addressed by the narrator, however, I felt quite pleased about this part. Emma and Pride and Prejudice both holds a first person narrator, Northanger Abbey has a third person narrator which turned out to work very well which made me even more pleased to see how great a writer Jane Austen truly were.
Catherine Morland, a seventeen years old young woman, is a very complex main character. Her person is so completed; when the reader first get to know her, the reader is being told that she was very childish and curious when she was younger, only she's still all those things years later which makes her a brilliant main character....more
It all leaves your head filled with unanswered questions in the beginning. So the first hundred pages were a little hardThis book kicks ass for sure!
It all leaves your head filled with unanswered questions in the beginning. So the first hundred pages were a little hard for me because I really wanted some answers about Yelena's past and what bought her in trouble in the first place, however, the action started to take place and so did the answers I was looking for.
The story is well-written even though some of Yelena's monologues were fairly long and sometimes uninteresting. still I like her a lot. She knows how to take care of herself and don't need to be treated like a little, daddy's girl. ...more
The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski is without doubt one of the best modern poetry books I have ever read in twenty years of existinThe Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski is without doubt one of the best modern poetry books I have ever read in twenty years of existing. His way with words is very complicated to get around, but once the reader breaks his many linguistic codes, the reader enters a world of... I am not even sure how to describe it.
Bukowski's understanding of the world, is rather rare yet both dark and poetic in a way very few can handle the way he does it. He manage to describe feelings, rather complicated by comparing them to something very simple, something most people can somehow relate to. He also manage to turn a situation most people would find disturbing completely upside down, which is illustrated in his poem the man with beautiful eyes.
when we were kids there was a strange house all the shades were always drawn and we never heard voices in there and the yard was full of bamboo and we liked to play in the bamboo pretend we were Tarzan (although there was no Jane). and there was a fish pond a large one full of the fattest goldfish you ever saw and they were tame. they came to the surface of the water and took pieces of bread from our hands. Our parents had told us: “never go near that house.” so, of course, we went. we wondered if anybody liveed there. weeks went by and we never saw anybody. then one day we heard a voice from the house “YOU GOD DAMNED WHORE!” it was a man’s voice. then the screen door of the house was flung open and the man walked out. he was holding a fifth of whiskey in his right hand. he was about 30. he had a cigar in his mouth, needed a shave. his hair was wild and and uncombed and he was barefoot in undershirt and pants. but his eyes were bright. they blazed with brightness and he said, “hey, little gentlemen, having a good time, I hope?” then he gave a little laugh and walked back into the house. we left, went back to my parents’ yard and thought about it. our parents, we decided, had wanted us to stay away from there because they never wanted us to see a man like that, a strong natural man with beautiful eyes. our parents were ashamed that they were not like that man, that’s why they wanted us to stay away. but we went back to that house and the bamboo and the tame goldfish. we went back many times for many weeks but we never saw or heard the man again. the shades were down as always and it was quiet. then one day as we came back from school we saw the house. it had burned down, there was nothing left, just a smouldering twisted black foundation and we went to the fish pond and there was no water in it and the fat orange goldfish were dead there, drying out. we went back to my parents’ yard and talked about it and decided that our parents had burned their house down, had killed them had killed the goldfish because it was all too beautiful, even the bamboo forest had burned. they had been afraid of the man with the beautiful eyes. and we were afraid then that all throughout our lives things like that would happen, that nobody wanted anybody to be strong and beautiful like that, that others would never allow it, and that many people would have to die.
Normally, most people would have found the drunk man disturbing and very much unappealing, but the way Bukowski writes and makes life clear turns the entire experience up side down. I can only recommend his works, especially this one, The Last Night of the Earth Poems, to everyone who has the slightest interest in poetry, modern literature or simply Bukowski. If you have not read any of this work, this would be a significant place to start. ...more
This is a book you should never judge by it's cover. It cover may seem boring but the story is anything but that. Tabitha Suzuma writes about real stoThis is a book you should never judge by it's cover. It cover may seem boring but the story is anything but that. Tabitha Suzuma writes about real stories, things that actually happen, and she does an amazing job. I think everybody should read this story. It's provoking as hell and asks a lot of relevant questions. I cried during the last two chapters, and I know by heart that I'll find myself reading this book over and over again. What can I say? I think I got a new favorite book - thanks to you, Tabitha Suzuma!...more