For a book calling itself an encyclopedia, this seemed to be short an index or two. And since the table of contents prides itself more on flowery descFor a book calling itself an encyclopedia, this seemed to be short an index or two. And since the table of contents prides itself more on flowery descriptions, like "Old Shut-Eye" or "The Gianes," instead of plainly stated categories, like "The Sandman and Other Sleep Bringers" or "Benevolent Fairies," I found it impossible to find the types of faeries I was interested in reading about....more
I was really interested to see how John Matthew's story would play out...but there were so many subplots...and subplots with subplots...that never reaI was really interested to see how John Matthew's story would play out...but there were so many subplots...and subplots with subplots...that never really came together. I think I got a lot of information that will be important for future books, but this book was kind of all over the place. Not my favorite in the series....more
I've been avoiding reading other reviews of this book, as I know legions of high schoolers have been forced to read it, and as with all required highI've been avoiding reading other reviews of this book, as I know legions of high schoolers have been forced to read it, and as with all required high school reading, there will be those who hate this book just because they were not given the option to pick it up of their own volition. As for me, I have loved Ray Bradbury since my father handed me The Martian Chronicles when I was 13. So I'm a little biased.
The book's prose took me a little time to get used to, as it mimics the brief, abstract modes of communication and thought to which the book's characters are accustomed. But as protagonist Montag grew out of his sound bite life, so too did Bradbury's writing stretch its legs and pace into longer and deeper sentences, thoughts, meanings.
Full of poignaint situations and characters you ache for even if you dislike them, Fahrenheit 451 dispenses its collection of truths and insights with a casual hand, shuffling through them with no expectation that the reader will be struck by their wit or pithy wisdom, simply offering them to be ignored or considered as the reader wishes. The result is a book more earthy, earnest yarn than pretentious literary classic.
...And beautiful, as I find all Ray Bradbury books. I can't wait to read this again years from now, when different truths might reach me than those I found this time around. And I can't help but wonder if the book I'll choose to memorize then will still be the book of Romans....more
I'm a little torn on how to rate this. On the one hand, the story is original, and the prose is fluid, visceral, and perfectly tailored to the voice oI'm a little torn on how to rate this. On the one hand, the story is original, and the prose is fluid, visceral, and perfectly tailored to the voice of Rootless' narrator. Both of which I find admirable.
But that same narrator can't seem to think his way out of a paper bag, and yet somehow---simply by virtue of his potent emotions, as far as I can tell---he always manages to come out on top. Usually at the very last moment...and accompanied by a maximum of gratuitous violence and gore. (This, by the way, coming from someone who read and enjoyed A Clockwork Orange.)
The other characters have interesting details but don't ever feel fully fleshed-out, and the instant romantic connection between Banyan and his lady love never really makes sense. Which may have something to do with the fact that they don't ever have an actual conversation beyond, "Hey, I want to kiss you," or "Sucks that both our parents were taken," or "How 'bout you kill those people?"
So overall, though I can appreciate Rootless' uniqueness and prose, I didn't really enjoy the experience of reading the book all that much. And while I'd kind of like to know what happens next, the thought of reading the next book leaves me cold....more