سحبني الكتاب (و اختفيت مثل ليلى) إلى قصص خرافية تختلف كل الإختلاف عن تلك التي يقرأها الأطفال مع أن شخصياتها واحدة, و لكن بين يدي بثينة تحولت ليلى و السحبني الكتاب (و اختفيت مثل ليلى) إلى قصص خرافية تختلف كل الإختلاف عن تلك التي يقرأها الأطفال مع أن شخصياتها واحدة, و لكن بين يدي بثينة تحولت ليلى و الجميلة و الوحش و سندريلا و الأمير و الضفضع و الأميرة إلى أناس نستطيع أن نرى أنفسنا فيهم و نستطيع القول بأن: "نعم, هذا ما كان سيحدث في الواقع". تحمل كلمات الكاتبة بين سطورها نوعاً من المعاتبة و السخرية من المجتمع الذي يأسر نفسه بنفسه و يجعل جميع من فيه في دائرة من الإحباط و إحساس قوي بالغبن, و فحوى كلامها بأن هذا هو ما صنعناه لأنفسنا و أن بيد كل واحدٍ منا مفتاح قيده. ...more
Wickedly intense. I really liked this more familiar/traditional concept of vampires than what's been the rage recently (you could say it's closer to CWickedly intense. I really liked this more familiar/traditional concept of vampires than what's been the rage recently (you could say it's closer to Count Dracula than Twilight). There wasn't much world description, but it's clear that it's in some parallel world to ours. Another thing, I didn't mind it because it was a pretty action-driven short story.
**spoiler alert** Carrying on with the tradition from the last book, another character was killed off, and this time it wasn't some guy we didn't care**spoiler alert** Carrying on with the tradition from the last book, another character was killed off, and this time it wasn't some guy we didn't care about. Why Sirius? Why not Snape or the absolutely loathe-worthy Umbridge (whom I spent the whole book hating over. Twisted little piece of twist). If it's some plot-device to make us worry about characters the next time something awful happens...then it's not working. Every book in the series so far had a nicely-wrapped-with-a-bow, all-is-fine-eventually ending (except maybe the fourth book, which ended on a more somber note). I don't really worry about the main characters (Harry, Ron, and Hermoine) because I know they will pull out of it in one piece in the end.
Still, I enjoyed reading this one like the others-- especially noticing Harry's transition into a teen with emotional problems and issues(it makes him easier to relate to). ...more
You know, it's a little funny how we're pretty crazy about letting everyone know how a book sucked (in every way, in every language, and in every descYou know, it's a little funny how we're pretty crazy about letting everyone know how a book sucked (in every way, in every language, and in every description allowed) but are too lazy to praise a book to no end.
Or maybe that's just me, 'cause I finished this book like a week ago but only now got up to write a crappy review about it.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a big, big bundle of fun, swear words that would bleed a sailor's ears, amazing sense of humor, and crazy setting description of a Venice-like city.
Forget about your standard fantasy books. I tried picking up Michael Moorcock'sVon Bek but I couldn't keep reading it because Lynch's writing was too fresh in my memory to easily compare. Maybe I should try other genres for a while.
I can't keep praising the book 'cause that gets old and boring but I've got one thing to say: I bow to Lynch's awesomeness (but he should totally cut that hair because it's not so awesome).
For a trilogy that started strong, this was a let down.
I can't begin to describe how I feel about this; I mean, I've been obsessing about The Hunger GFor a trilogy that started strong, this was a let down.
I can't begin to describe how I feel about this; I mean, I've been obsessing about The Hunger Games ever since I read the first book in January, 2010. I loved Katniss's character; how she always put others before herself, the sacrifices she made for others.
This wasn't the same Katniss in Mockingjay we all knew. The new Katniss is a broken, tired of everything, and barely feeling for anybody girl. She let everybody doll her up and boss her around; she just let the rebellion exploit her.
It scared me when she was barely moved by the sight of dead bodies or people she loved dying around her. What inhuman being did she change to? I think Collins wanted to show us what war could do to a person like Katniss--war is war a hundred years from now or a thousand and it affects everybody the same. Katniss wasn't Ms. Sunshine but she didn't have this defeated aura around her before. She wasn't so blinded with the mission of killing President Snow so much she didn't see anything else.
It was depressing, like many reviewers said, to read Mockingjay. If I ever decided to reread the books, I'd stop at the second book before this Katniss imposter showed up.
Oh, and when did Collins's writing get so choppy? I might've not noticed it in the first two but it was annoying to read a couple of words and stop and start over again with a new sentence.
From the first page, second paragraph:
"The only area that escaped incineration was the Victor's Village. I don't why exactly. Perhaps so anyone forced to come here on Capitol business would have somewhere reasonable to stay. The odd reporter. A committee assessing the condtion of the coal mines. A squad of Peacekeepers checking for returning refugess."
Was the book even edited or was it published straight away as it was?
P.S: I do know Katniss is a fictional character....more
I lost most of the points I wanted to mention right after finishing this (I'm writing this after 6 days of reading it), so I'm going to stick to a shoI lost most of the points I wanted to mention right after finishing this (I'm writing this after 6 days of reading it), so I'm going to stick to a short, vague comment about Nevermore.
Nevermore was a pretty interesting read written with an awesome imagination. The dream world totally blew me off (I hope I don't seem like I'm exaggerating :P). I wished I could just conjure it up and that it really existed even though it isn't exactly dreamy.
I couldn't buy the Edgar Allan Poe relation with Varen until I understood the concept behind the dreamworld. I guess some readers would feel the same.
The romance was very subtle and barely noticable. At least it doesn't leave me wondering what boring relationship the protagonists would have for the rest of the series. There's still so many things to happen between them, which would be written for sure in the next books.
The ending was the perfect cliff-hanger anybody could think of. It didn't leave us all in questions with loose ends like other books of the same genre (a lame way of making us buy the next book).
Anybody that stops right here would be satisfied because the conflict in Nevermore was solved, and the only thing that leaves us hanging is the other conflict that arose with the conflict here being solved.
Things changed for Cass when her older sister Paige died four years ago and Cass found out she could see her. As a ghost. Plus, her best friend sinceThings changed for Cass when her older sister Paige died four years ago and Cass found out she could see her. As a ghost. Plus, her best friend since fourth grade turned on her freshman year for things out of Cass's hands and made everybody make fun of her and hate her.
Then Cass found a way to stop it all: she found out dirt on everybody through her ghost friends, Norris and Bettie, and made everybody fear and hate her.
Now, junior year, Vice-president of the student council Tim wants her to help him for a desperate thing. He left a note saying 'he knows how she does it'.
Tim and Cass were greatly-developed characters. I loved how Tim really cares for his Mom and it hurt my heart to see him crumble down. Cass had so much on her, I disliked her a bit at the beginning but I didn't hate her. I turned more sympathetic later on.
The plot is very simple in general, and all of this happen during a week and some. But it wasn't predictable. There were moments when I was thinking, "This is is. This would happen" and it doesn't. Sometimes I wished Cass did things that felt right to do, but she hesitated and went back on it. Just the way a real person would. You feel like you want to do a certain thing and then think yourself out of it.
The relationship between Tim and Cass in the story isn't exactly romantic. Megan was focusing more on the ghosts and the Tim's problem. It made it even more realistic. Usually, in YA supernatural books, the main characters would still find time and space to fall in love and all that but here, it was a bit different.
It's obvious they have more feelings for each other, they just didn't act on it. Yet. The ending hinted for more so I really wish there was some sequel.
It's nothing special. But is it worth the read? Hell yeah....more