This "novel", which is completely devoid of the written word, shows - in painstaking detail - a typical work day (including the sleepless night hat foThis "novel", which is completely devoid of the written word, shows - in painstaking detail - a typical work day (including the sleepless night hat follows) of a nameless single, male office guy in China.
We see him having digestion problems, fixing his breakfast (popcorn and milk, after the toast burns to ash, because an Amazon delivery distracts him), commuting to work, reading and answering a lot of private mail, searching the web for a mate, going for coffee, going for lunch, doing a presentation, reading the news (on CNN), having a romantic date, caring for a sick friend and spending a long night with strange dreams and classic video games.
Although the chapters only consist of emoticons, pictograms, logos and punctuation marks, you soon get a firm grip on the hero's character, his preferences, his quirks, his faults. It's a really, really fascinating thing to experience.
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I still ponder about it: How can the author let me dangle on such a steep cliffhanger (and not the lovey-dovey kind, the real stuff) and wave that amoI still ponder about it: How can the author let me dangle on such a steep cliffhanger (and not the lovey-dovey kind, the real stuff) and wave that amount of loose ends (that young, blondish mustache-guy, the Winkelman brat and his "promises", Holly Munro's stakes in the game, the senior Lookwoods' fates, that strange society, the true dealings of the heads of Fittes and Rotwell - do they really stuff the artifacts into their furnaces or do the operate a little for extra profit on the side?) - in front of my tortured face without mentioning anything about the fourth installment?...more
*** 3.5 stars *** - Heroine Taylor has been great - four-stars-great, actually. Audacious, cute, sexy, confident, funny, unconcerned, spontaneous... -*** 3.5 stars *** - Heroine Taylor has been great - four-stars-great, actually. Audacious, cute, sexy, confident, funny, unconcerned, spontaneous... - The humorous banter has been utterly delightful. - The cat-and-mouse-romance and the my-dark-past-complicates-our-love-life-story have been ... rather enjoyable - most of the time. I might have even contemplated dishing out four completely-coloured-in stars had there not been that slightly annoying kidney-incident, you know?
I have high hopes, though, that one of Tanja's books will merit the whole whole-heartedly given full set. She seems to have special sense for fun conversations and lovably wacky personalities (LWP). And I am addicted to LWPs in fiction. ...more
These are perfectly fine three stars, really. The exciting and the creative moments definitely outweigh the annoying, the repetitive and the draggy onThese are perfectly fine three stars, really. The exciting and the creative moments definitely outweigh the annoying, the repetitive and the draggy ones. And the rather complex main characters manage to outshine the stereotypical goodies and baddies on the sidelines. I had a good time reading it even though the storyline - not the setting(s) - felt a bit too familiar/overused. And I do wish I had a magical coat like that. Thank you lots, dear Teccc!...more
Meanwhile I'd spent the whole week fighting the flutter in my stomach that started when he sat next to me in sociology class. I've just read the sneakMeanwhile I'd spent the whole week fighting the flutter in my stomach that started when he sat next to me in sociology class. I've just read the sneak chapters (21 pages only), which is a thing I rarely do, but I had a strangely uneasy feeling concerning the question whether the book and I would fit.
Well, we don't. Right in chapter one the reader is forced to meet that insanely attractive, new, mysterious guy who occupies the heroine's every thought - in spite of her plans to stay attachment-free because of her mother's - who is one of those mostly absent and selfish mothers the YA reader is supposed to hate with passion - habit of spontaneously calling the movers for a van because of her job in the military and in spite of some obvious weird tendencies of Mr. Tattooed-Forearm, like dropping pictures of prickly heroine Avery he shouldn't have in the theater room or speaking about her as being of first level priority to someone on his cell.
I guess the real posh Cinderella-of-a-powerful-family-setting is going to be bomb-dropped on the reader around prom-time, meaning the please-stay-in-because-I-tell-you-to-evening that should start on page 22, but I already know enough to do a brisk U-turn: Unlikable main and side-characters, a strong focus on bad-boy-romance with a second extra-mean, but well-dressed jerk peeking or leering around the corner, an unconvincing writing style and a strong vibe of business-as-usual-YA....more