This is the first book I read of Chuck Palahniuk, I read one of his short stories beforehand, in Stories: All-new tales which I remember (after lookin...moreThis is the first book I read of Chuck Palahniuk, I read one of his short stories beforehand, in Stories: All-new tales which I remember (after looking at the book) called Loser... I have a faint remembrance of the actual tale, but I remember I found it entertaining... What pushed me to try this particular book? I'm not too sure, actually. I remember a friend telling me, when I was reading Stories: All-new tales, that Chuck had a strange way of seeing the world. That he was a bit crazy and I wondered... Is his crazy compatible with my type of crazy? So a couple weeks after our conversation on Chuck, I decided to give him a real try, as in trying an actual book... I could have tried a classic of his, but first Fight club isn't at the library I go to. (I know, right!! Outrageous, I'll have to buy it... -I just found this small book shop... It may be my first quest, haha) Plus, I really liked the title and everything about it, actually. It sounded promising. It is promising. I just... Something bothered me and I'm not sure what.
I gave it a four stars a couple hours after finishing it, but now that I'm writing this, I'm actually changing it for a three. I liked it, I kind of really liked it... It really is entertaining and funny and I saw myself in Maddy, which I'm no 13 year old, but still. The three stars may be because of the loose ends that the book doesn't cover, but it's a to be continued, so if that's the case; I'm not being very fair. It's an easy read, I like the descriptions and the imagination behind it all. I really enjoyed that part, all the nooks and crannies that made this a light but enjoyable read, -I know, I'm babbling, but I'm still trying to figure out what went "wrong" with the book that it couldn't get a four or a five-. Though, I don't believe this is a book I'd read over and over again.
I'll leave this review as is and I may edit it later on, whenever or if ever I figure out what's 'wrong'.
Art. What is art, after all. I have wondered about art and considered everything made: art. I find it difficult to just know what is and isn't art. Wh...moreArt. What is art, after all. I have wondered about art and considered everything made: art. I find it difficult to just know what is and isn't art. What makes 'good' art and what makes 'bad' art? I've never did find a conclusion to that... It just was, all the time and this book, even if I had a lot of difficulties with it, made me think about it. I didn't get to an actual conclusion at the end of the book, but that doesn't make this a bad book or it doesn't say this book isn't art itself. I'm still trying to get to the idea of it all. Does art make you feel anything or is an emotion 'bad'? Is art everything or are there restrictions?
This book was good, for what I understood of it. Like I said, it did make me think about stuff I hadn't made a point to think about, which is good, because a book that makes you stop and just wonder about what is written, about the subject is a good book. Sometimes what was written didn't get to be understood by my mind, it was like I couldn't get to the core of what was written. It may be because it was my first essay-non-fiction type of read. I'm more into fiction, but the subject interested me, plus I love the idea of non-fiction, helps with knowledge of a subject and art is one of those subject I would like to know more about.
I'm still not sure what a great artist is, what great art is, but I know that whatever comes alive under your eyes, under the brush, the pen, the what-ever... It must be art! Or so I think.
As for the book, it was interesting, some places made me pause the book, not because it was bad, but because the sentence made me think, made me stop and wonder and pause and reflect on it.I don't believe many words were too difficult for my knowledge of English, but some sentences I found troublesome. It may be the way it was written or even the subject. I had never read an other book on art before. Because of that, I don't have anything to compare the book to. It was good on a first read and I'm sure I'll read it again, because I still find some concept of the book difficult and I forgot most of the interesting concepts because of the language.
Game on pause. I will understand you, Leo Tolstoy's book on art, I will. (less)
I don't remember the exact moment I discovered this book, I don't remember the exact moment I decided this would be my type of book... I still don't k...moreI don't remember the exact moment I discovered this book, I don't remember the exact moment I decided this would be my type of book... I still don't know what pushed me to take the book at the library, except the knowledge that this book was going to be the most amazing thing I'll read -it was not, but I don't think I have read enough books to decide which one is the most amazing anyway...
What I remember from the acquirement of this book is that I was at the library, browsing through what I believe is the Russian Lit section... I can't really say what exactly the section is, I remember seeing Leo Tolstoy and a couple more authors, but there was also a section on how the world came to be and stuff like that. I find it ironic, but that may just be me.
So, I was there, looking at the books when this displaced book caught my attention. Lolita. I remember talking about this book with someone, saying how I wanted to read it, how I was almost obsessed with finally knowing what actually happened, and there it was, sitting prettily on other books, catching my eyes. I felt my heart race as I took the book, actually excited for a book as I never have been before. I was already wondering, who was playing whom? -Okay, maybe I'm romanticizing the events, but this is my review, so yeah-
I searched for other books and finally got out of there, giddy and almost skipping until I arrived home -and this, I'm not romanticizing it, I actually did get extremely giddy...- and didn't even look at the book more than a couple seconds, telling my mom about it and then placing it on my desk and forgetting it until the next day. And then, my adventure with Lolita actually started until complete, until May, the eleventh.
It took me a long time to finish this book, I had to renew them once so I could finish it, but that doesn't mean it wasn't extremely good. It may not be the best book of all time, but that is very simple to explain... It was only because of the end... The sole reason this didn't get a five stars was because the ending, slowing the pace even more, got boring very quickly and I skimmed a bit of it; I'm sure I'm missing some crucial events -maybe?- but I don't want to read it again, I was under the sun -getting my first sunburn- and I was anxious for the end, wondering how was the conclusion going to bundle everything up... I was a little disappointed -I'm sorry!- by the writing of the last couple chapters, it wasn't as good, for me, as the rest; because the beginning, the middle and also the last past (words from Nabokov himself) were pure gold.
Lolita, one of the main characters, had delicious catchy phrases that made me smile a couple times. H.H was also pure gold in his struggles and his view of the relation he had with Lolita... As I was starting the book, I was excited for their meeting, I wondered, after that, the motivation of Lolita, then I was excited for the conclusion of their relationship; wondering where it'll go... Will he be discovered? Is he going to jail? Are they going to become partners? Every little detail made me think of where it was going...
I'm a bit angry with myself for coming back to the GoodReads page where I read the description again and saw something I didn't want to know at that moment, but it made me anticipated the book even more. I was already on that thought, but to see it written, yet not in the book, made me slightly sad when I got to that part... It was still extremely thrilling!
The book could seem shocking on a superficial level, I believe though that this book is to express something that can happen everyday, that surely happens often. Maybe not the exact situation, but to some degree is very plausible and the thought of it happening makes me angry and sad too. Yet, in this book, it made me think of those people that don't seem to know how to stop themselves and not destroy the life of younger or older or same aged people... Not that I'm thinking about them as 'ah, the poor criminal', but... I believe H.H tried to fight this desire he had and just that little resistance makes this much sadder in a sense. If he had just succumbed to his desire without a bit a resistance, I don't believe this book would have had the same graciously perfect effect it had on me. It wouldn't have become a bad book, or bad literature, but it would have became a two or maybe three stars if it was still written with this amazing hand, this concept of not saying what happened in a very clear format, yet being very clear in a sense too. -Yeah, I know, now I'm not clear!-
This is my first book by Nabokov and it it really a good book that does make you think about how this novel can actually become! How it started twisting in his mind and became such a phenomenon of diversified opinions!
In all, a really good book that I'm happy I finally got to read! C:
As I was looking through the sales at Coles, I was immediately pulled towards this book. The cover is interesting with...more//This is my first review ever\\
As I was looking through the sales at Coles, I was immediately pulled towards this book. The cover is interesting with all those colors making the brain. So I read the back and with the title I guessed what it would talk about. Nobody that I personally know when through a stroke recently, but the phrases on the cover spoke to me... So I took the book, it was just 2CAD$ after all!
I found that it was better than I had originally thought. The descriptions were interesting, the process of her stroke going down on her were well written. It was almost like it was a bullet-point book, except it's not. The descriptions flow naturally. It's a very good read if your have an interest in the mechanism of the brain or of strokes...
I liked all the aide on the differences of the left and right brain. It's such a complex idea that I always welcome some more information on it. They're linked in such a way, you think you blend into both, but you have different perceptions of life with one from the other.
This book was very interesting, as the five stars prove; it was an amazing book for me. I had many books to read before reading this book, but now the...moreThis book was very interesting, as the five stars prove; it was an amazing book for me. I had many books to read before reading this book, but now the list suddenly got bigger. It was someone who recommended it to me and I borrowed it from her. It's almost sad she wants it back, even my mom wants to have a look at it before a return it.
The books is actually a non-fiction and the letters written by Yann Martel are very nice and his opinions very interesting. A couple of his letters made me pause so I could think and see what my opinions were on the same fact. Also the project in itself is such a cute, marvelous one. Sending letters and usually just one book per two weeks... It takes commitment. Almost more so with Stephen Harper when you received just a couple of letters of return. (less)
This was a book I found interesting. The types of stories was pretty diverse, so that was good, but I found a couple of the short stories hard to comp...moreThis was a book I found interesting. The types of stories was pretty diverse, so that was good, but I found a couple of the short stories hard to complete, but still I found a couple of them very interesting.
I don't know if I'd recommend this book, it was recommended to me by a friend, but I still don't know what to think of it. It was a good read though, that's why it's three star-ed. (less)
This book fell into my laps, with a comment on how good it was from Bella. I was curious, Bella had said the protagonist just didn't have much luck an...moreThis book fell into my laps, with a comment on how good it was from Bella. I was curious, Bella had said the protagonist just didn't have much luck and I wondered, how bad can it get before it's too much? What type of bad luck did he encounter... And I decided to read it, happily doing so the week after I received the book. It was good, really good. I love the poetry that was inserted here and there. The letters Jonas received were cute, in a desperate way, funny too.
I read it quickly until page 210, and then, afraid I guess, I stopped reading it all together. I stopped and finally finished it today and I must say I regret not finishing it sooner. The beauty of the text, elegance and lightness. Plus the darker sides, the desperation, the difficulties and the bad luck; all that made this book even better than the text already did. The writing is beautiful, in my opinion. The metaphors and... I must say I lost a bit of the book since I started reading it in February...
I remember loving it, I remember parts of it too and that, in my book (not that I have one!!!), makes this a success.
Thanks Bella, for the great recommendation! C: (less)
I have so many books at home I could read, but of course my friend asks me to go to the library with her and of course I had to say yes... Why wouldn'...moreI have so many books at home I could read, but of course my friend asks me to go to the library with her and of course I had to say yes... Why wouldn't I, I mean hello -plenty of books! I was in my usual section, the section where I found Lolita, and was browsing, not really searching for something except maybe a future read... Yet I found three books I couldn't put down and ignore until a better time. I had to take them. This is one of the three books and I'm proud of myself for taking it -yes even if I don't need to go to the library because, yes I have that many books to read at home.
On to the review of this book: the 100 tales are not exactly the typical westernized (read Walt Disney) fairy tales and because I had no expectation except having fun reading cute and fun stories: I was in no point disappointed. I had never read full original fairy tales before, those that are not edited by Walt Disney or even retold fairy tales from talented authors. I do have a book of original fairy tales (monstrous actually!) but I still haven't found the time to read it. Because of that, I have no basis of comparison to critic if these were better or not than my other reads on the same subject.
For a first read on original fairy tales, I loved it. I really-really did. Some of them were cute, some a little less so, yet always as good. I don't believe women have as much as a place in those than in our stories, even if there was a full sections on women. Most of them, if correctly remembered, were about men and with a secondary character that was female and sometimes the woman was absent from the story all together. The tales were more like lessons people should learn... Like that section on greed, which was maybe my favorite of them all, maybe. I'm not quite sure because the book was full of great interesting stories. (less)
And here I am starting this review over... Again and again and again. I’m out of practice with writing, it would seem. My thoughts all coming out in a...moreAnd here I am starting this review over... Again and again and again. I’m out of practice with writing, it would seem. My thoughts all coming out in a jumble of words, sounds and pictures and my hands are not fast enough to type them down. It had always seemed that way, my inability to write as quick as the words supplied by my mind unravels in a inundation of colorful splashes in form of words. Right now, I’m already a bit frustrated because things aren’t flowing with the ease of my last review. [Blankets by Craig Thompson] I’m a perfectionist and because nothing is really perfect, I have a hard time coping with my difficulties with writing when before it all seemed too easy. I’m not saying I was a master in writing, I didn’t read enough and still don’t, to ever be told a master, plus I’m a bit of a klutz with words. I like my words enough to post them on the Internet and because I like writing in some ways, I like writing reviews but more than that and I freeze. I have many story ideas and many stories started but they all fall flat to my ear. As for writing a review on a non fiction, how far from easy can it be?
Stephen King seems to be great at anything he actually does. I’m sure he’s not, because that wouldn’t be fair, but so far, I think he’s doing pretty good, even better than pretty good, kind of like massively good. I admit I haven’t read much of his books, this being my second one, but my mom loved a couple of his other ones -The Stand is a reread of hers, a book I bought her as much for her as for me, while I’ve never read it and she didn’t complete it (YET) the second time around, it seems like a great book she enjoyed. Also read by her were Under the dome and 11/22/63. She liked them both.- While she read those, I read On Writing and The Long walk -fantastic book, by the way- So far so good, Mister King, so far so good. So now that it’s written down that I haven’t had much experience with King’s books, I would still like to write a review of the latest book I’ve read from him -- On Writing. So bear with my difficulties expressing some thoughts. I can’t promise perfection and I never will, but me doing my best should be enough, right?
It all starts with his C.V. of writing. Where and how and when it all came to be. That part, a long part, was extremely interesting. It’s inspiring and funny and sometimes sweet. After you have the On Writing section, which is about tools amongst other things, another great part where nothing it too long or too short. The rest is as good, as interesting and as truthful as the beginning. One negative side I see from this book? It’s short. Too short. Even if the words are good even if I wouldn’t add anything to it. It’s still shorter than I would’ve like... Because seriously I could read this man’s grocery list (and yes that’s a cliché and dammit! you did write something being as dark as a cave and that, isn’t very far from cliché... Maybe a bit more of a classic than a cliché, because it’s you, Mister King, only because it’s you) even if I admit again I haven’t had much experience with his writing. It’s still mellifluous, in such a way that it entrances you (or only me...) to read more and more and more and why not more still... And right now, as I’m writing this, I feel like a total loser for not having read more already... I mean WHAT? This will be a resolution, read one of those monstrous books by Stephen King and chuckle wildly and just be an awesome King’s fan for life. Or that’s what my next escapism subject will be all about!
This book is short and compact. Entertaining with a great structure on how you’ll get to be a more organized writer. A better one in some terms but not in all of them. It’s a good book, not perfect, it’s not howling for me in my sleep but it’s pretty darn good. I’m still not sure if writer is what I’ll become, if writer is even what I want. It didn’t answer those questions, it made me think about it, it still does actually. It did make me a better reader or so I wish to believe. It’s going to make me push at those reading blocks harder than ever and maybe just for a while, but right now, I wish I could devour every single book I’m interested in and even those I’m less into. Just because Stephen King is an inspiration for every reader. He reads and writes and actually can live from it. How darn cool can that be...?
I wish I could read and learn for the rest of my life. Yeah, that'd be cool...(less)