Most of this book is boring as bat shit, though there was one section on mental instability and violence that I found quite interesting. Its unfortunatMost of this book is boring as bat shit, though there was one section on mental instability and violence that I found quite interesting. Its unfortunate, perhaps if the author wasn't so ill when he was dictating this book, it may have been more interesting. Perhaps something has been lost in translation. Perhaps Fanon was just a rather dull person. Nonetheless, this book wasn't my cup of tea....more
This book is not sexy. This book isn't even a romance novel geared towards females. It's one man's domineering wet dream, and frankly horrific. I haveThis book is not sexy. This book isn't even a romance novel geared towards females. It's one man's domineering wet dream, and frankly horrific. I have nothing good to say about this. Not one single point.
Seriously, when you have characters asking their pet cheetahs for relationship advice, you have problems.
It went beyond "This is so bad, I'm basically reading a train wreck". Because I've sat through such train wrecks and still found some enjoyment in the ride. This is just BAD.
And I didn't get my free "Fabio rolling around in sand" poster. Life is cruel. ...more
So crap I tried to lose it on a train and failed because some lovely man ran it back to me... At least I discovered chivalry still exists! This book waSo crap I tried to lose it on a train and failed because some lovely man ran it back to me... At least I discovered chivalry still exists! This book was just wrong on so many levels. I hated all the characters and it was so damn jumbled!...more
Absolute shit. I apologize to the authors for this review, but I'm sorry, I've never read so many pages of pure crap in my life. The fact abuse in theAbsolute shit. I apologize to the authors for this review, but I'm sorry, I've never read so many pages of pure crap in my life. The fact abuse in the first story is glorified, in the second story it's basically said that one must become a slut with a makeover to be loved.... And the third.. I didn't even get to the third, coz the first two were so revolting. ...more
There is absolutely NO PLEASING Mr Skrzynecki! "I want to belong! Nobody loves me coz I'm aan immigrant and my daddy no speaking the English!"....."noThere is absolutely NO PLEASING Mr Skrzynecki! "I want to belong! Nobody loves me coz I'm aan immigrant and my daddy no speaking the English!"....."no... wait. HA. You all suck because you dont want to accept me coz you're all close minded freaks. I hate you all.".... "BUT I WANT TO BELONG!!!" Damn HSC English. Damn belonging. Damn names you can never spell right. Damn the poetry. He's such a whiner, and thats pretty much all I got from this book. Nothing will make me like Skrzynecki now. ...more
"No idea what this one is about, but the name entertains me no end! I'm imagining a redcoat in a white wig sitting in an opium den having orgies and c"No idea what this one is about, but the name entertains me no end! I'm imagining a redcoat in a white wig sitting in an opium den having orgies and chewing on poppies =P"
That was my first review- and how wrong I was.
This was the self congratulating/admonishing memoirs of a very self important man, who has very little imagination, very little empathy and very little skill at writing. I wanted to go back and stop his conception, just so such a dull, self important, loathsome, whining prat could never write a book. I'm surprised he wasn't an accountant, he was so DULL, DULL, DULL!
I got very sick of his little self important footnotes. He puts "quotes" of things, yet readily admits he doesn't have the quote in front of him... You're writing a book, get it right, don't just assume you're too smart for accuracy. And all the ad hoc Greek and Latin! Mate, why don't you just say it? "ooh, la di da! I speak Greek so super duper well! I'm the most cleverest in the land!" Then he's all like "woooooooo I took 8000 drops of opium, I'm so much more super rebel than Coleridge!"
Its quite telling that I put down this book to read a Take 5 at the doctors office, and enjoyed it much more. I think I've read more interesting Libra pad covers. ...more
**spoiler alert** ARGGGGHHHHH!! I'm so infuriated with this book! It started off so well, so promising, I was looking forward to the ending it seemed wa**spoiler alert** ARGGGGHHHHH!! I'm so infuriated with this book! It started off so well, so promising, I was looking forward to the ending it seemed was inevitably coming. I wish it had. If the ending was halfway reasonable, this would be the best book EVER. Which is why I'm so angry. Dodie Smith, why did you do this???????????? First off, way to turn Stephen into a freaking self obsessed libertine. I want that gentle 'daft' boy. Why mutilate his character by the whole acting thing???? HE WAS AWESOME! He was (nearly) better than Dawsey! And I LOVE Dawsey! I'm so angry that this happened!! I'm really shockingly angry at him for screwing that wench! I've never been so angry at a character in a book, in the history of reading. EVER. I feel almost as angry as I have felt when I've found out my boyfriend has lied to me about something, and that is just scary to behold. I would happily slap Stephen if he was real. I'd slap him with a shovel! And then, AND THEN! she makes the narrator all 'in love' with Simon. Uhm, he's screwing your sister, you little crazy lunatic. And you call your dad crazy? And Rose is a BITCH. And Neil and Simon are no better. Father was vaguely amusing. But he seems like he writes the kid of stuff I want to build bonfires with. Topaz was awesome, until she turned into a snivelling little rodent. It was so random the changes in people, that I don't really know what the author was thinking. The book got so much darker and depressing, and its all Simons fault, the lying cheating bastard. Thomas was cool. I want a brother like Thomas. The only reason this isnt get a one or two star review is because of the first 150 or so pages. When Stephen was gorgeous and everyone was tolerable, even funny. The description of the castle was beautiful, I want to go visit a castle now! I repeat, I am FURIOUS! And to think I wasted a nice relaxing bath on the ending of this book. Pooh....more
Okay, I have major beef with this book. Harris, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? Go have a good look in the mirror, read over some of your work and ask yourself tOkay, I have major beef with this book. Harris, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? Go have a good look in the mirror, read over some of your work and ask yourself this : "AM I STEPHANIE MEYER?" If you continue along this road, I think you'll begin to make Bill sparkle. This book is trash. I usually say that this series is trash. Same with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. They are a supersized Big Mac meal laced with rat poison. A train wreck. I usually say it in an endearing way. I usually think "Yes, I can feel my brain cells dying one by one, but this stuff is amusing!". Not this time. This book has to go down on my list of the worst, most preachy rubbish in the world. The characters all bug me, the plotline... oh. Sorry. There was no plotline. We'll skip that bit, shall we? The references to historical figures were amusing in the past. Bubba/Elvis was amazingly stupid and unnecessary, but forgivable, coz I liked his character. The fact he's mysteriously missing annoys me, though. But really Charlaine? Did you REALLY need to take a hack at the Russian royal family? Because quite frankly, it was disrespectful. That was a tragic, tragic event. Your story to go along with it was entirely unnecessary, rude and horrible. It made me consider throwing the book at the wall. There is trash, and then there is TRASH. I'm now considering the fact that perhaps, just perhaps, the American people know little about the Romanovs. It wouldnt surprise me at all. Are you one of them Charlaine? Also, the sex scenes in this were laughable. Not in a good, crappy romance novel way. I just got the image of a large woman in a frumpy red jumper watching two people going at it and taking notes. Thats what it read like. Plus, shut up with the references to pop culture, the True Blood tv show, food products and cars. If i wanted to read advertising, I'd buy a newspaper. Also, quit with the stupid mundane aspects of Sookie's life. I didn't need to know that she went to the bathroom in the morning, literally. Unnecessary. Oh and while I'm at it, get off your freaking soapbox. Increasingly, I'm seeing you spouting your opinions through Sookie. I don't like the feeling of opinion being rammed down my throat by characters in my reading material. I understand that your writing is your mouthpiece to reach the wider community, but make like Charlotte Bronte and use the concept of subtlety! If the next book is as horrible as this one, thats it, I give up. I'm half expecting Bill to sparkle. Maybe Eric will turn Mormon and Sookie will develop a penchant for being clumsy. Seems to be all the rage right now!...more
something about this play i just couldnt get into... the topic suited me just fine, just really hated the play.. the first time i've hated one of Shaksomething about this play i just couldnt get into... the topic suited me just fine, just really hated the play.. the first time i've hated one of Shakespeare's plays too!...more
I wish someone would push Fay Weldon off a mountain. I don't understand why my English teacher thought it necessary to cut into our entertaining "PrideI wish someone would push Fay Weldon off a mountain. I don't understand why my English teacher thought it necessary to cut into our entertaining "Pride and Prejudice" discussions by somehow making this book the main event. Maybe it's just coz I'm a young girl, with a love of literature. I do love Jane Austen (when I'm not reading her... She tends to confuse me), but Weldon just annoyed me. Some of her points were interesting. Some were just plain idiotic. And don't get me started on her badmouthing Australia. If you don't like it, leave, Madam Weldon. ...more
I hated it. There, I said it. I hated the writing of Virginia Woolf. It's like stepping on the literary world's foot, I know, but I really hated it. II hated it. There, I said it. I hated the writing of Virginia Woolf. It's like stepping on the literary world's foot, I know, but I really hated it. I think it was probably being forced to read it for school, but most of the stuff I've had to read I could actually finish, except for 'Dracula'. I believe I got to page 7 and gave up. Maybe if I read it again on my own terms I will like it better. Only problem is I probably will never want to pick it up again.
I like the whole idea of the book. The themes are great, the characters interest me. I just didnt like the whole 'stream of conciousness' writing style. I did like Septimus Warren Smith! Such a cutie!
All I can say for this book is: "Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself" ...more
I read this around my 18th birthday, which in itself was an embarrassing experience that I'm glad I won't have to repeat. One of those nights when youI read this around my 18th birthday, which in itself was an embarrassing experience that I'm glad I won't have to repeat. One of those nights when you feel sick every time someone reminds you of what you did... ANYWAY. This book is the kind of book, to me, that you hate with a passion while you're reading it, hate even more when you finish it, then can't remember why you hate it so much a few weeks down the line. I feel like a bad Australian when I say I have an unfounded hatred for Tim Winton. I don't like the way he writes. I think he sounds like he thinks he's God's Gift To Writing. He doesn't even use punctuation properly, because he must think he's too good for such trivialities. The premise itself is fairly good, but its execution is not so fabulous....more
I really can't decide about this book. I think I need to read it again. Oskar drove me up the wall. If he was my child, I'd want a refund, to be perfecI really can't decide about this book. I think I need to read it again. Oskar drove me up the wall. If he was my child, I'd want a refund, to be perfectly honest. I just couldn't like him. Everytime I thought I might be starting to like him, he'd do something that I'd just shake my head at. The only part of his plot that I really enjoyed was the part with him going to see a therapist, and what happened to that? It went nowhere! That child needs therapy! The key plot just didnt interest me. It seemed silly. And again, just when it was getting interesting, BANG! He walks away and there's no more said. I want to know what was in the box, dammit! I felt the need to give my birdseed shirt a bruise, as Oskar would say.
After all that rambling of my Oskar hatred, it must seem like this book was lost on me. Oh, no it wasnt.
Foer should have just written me a book about Grandpa and Mr Black. I LOVED grandpa. I cried with Grandpa, I loved with Grandpa, I lost with him too. The zoo scene shook me to my core. I cried for an hour at least. I put the book down for a whole week. Even in modern history I was fascinated by the bombing of Dresden, so that plotline was perfect. Why did Foer ruin it with Oskar??! I could have easily put this as one of my top books ever, if Oskar was much more minor.
Another thing that bugged me was why was Thomas in the twin towers? Yes, he was having a meeting, but why up there? It was never really explained.
Yes, I think I'll need to read this again, once I've recovered a bit....more