I really, really disliked this book (in case the stellar rating did not tip you off). Something about it just did not work with me. I think my biggestI really, really disliked this book (in case the stellar rating did not tip you off). Something about it just did not work with me. I think my biggest problem is that I went into this with a specific idea about what it was and it turned out to be very different from what I expected. Expectations, man. And some misleading reviews.
I know 'Sum' is short, but I wanted my tales--even if they were a page or two each. Where did they go? The stuff in here? Not exactly what you'd call tales. They're more like the babies of stories, ideas you jot down in your little writer's notebook to develop later. The first few "tales" I found interesting and introspective, but they quickly became repetitive and as subtle as a hammer to the head.
A lot of the things I did not enjoy about this book can be contributed to personal taste and different expectations. I just wish I knew the kind of book this was before picking it up. It might have elevated my rating to 3 stars.
Every once in a while when the mood strikes me, I would read a book like this to relieve stress. So I don't usually feel much like choking to death thEvery once in a while when the mood strikes me, I would read a book like this to relieve stress. So I don't usually feel much like choking to death the kind of men many historical romances feature--you know, ogre-like men who tend to throw women over their shoulders (my closet feminist self goes right back into the closet).
But the way Connor, the main lead, was written lacked the usual subtlety about their obvious "ogre-ness" that came with it. I don't know if that's how Julie Garwood's male characters are all like but I was annoyed every time Connor was worried that showing the slightest consideration or affection to his wife would cost him his balls of manliness. No, seriously. The story is so in love with the idea of softening a gruff man into a fuzzy teddy bear (which doesn't come close to happening, by the way) that it's near ridiculous. I'm not ooh-ing and ah-ing.
Alright, I didn't dislike reading this as much as it appears I did. I actually planned to give this a rating of 4 stars yesterday as soon as I was finished with it. I'm still hovering between a 3 and a 4 star rating so I'll settle for 3.5.
I just want more thought to be put behind those male leads in historical romances. They feel so much alike (with their tough, I'm-a-man-rawr exteriors) and so processed I find them hard to like unless I'm bored out of my mind and I don't care much.
As for Brenna, I thought she was okay. Sometimes I felt like slapping her to get her act together but she had this really-young vibe to her; she pretends to be strong when she's pretty insecure and tries hard to please others. She still had an air of familiarity about her, in the way she would incredibly amuse all the men by being "willful" and "brave" and "opiniated". The fiery, spirited woman lead who cracks the hostile man's walls by being the opposite of meek towards him. Sounds familiar?
Maybe I managed to keep my brain off when I was reading this but now I'm all fired up. LOL. I didn't mean to dissect and analyze a historical romance (can you compare it to a crime, or would that be pushing it?) when I started writing this review but it just happened. ...more
This book is so criminally underrated. I've had this book on my shelf for over three years and I only got it on a whim in the first place.
Mimus has aThis book is so criminally underrated. I've had this book on my shelf for over three years and I only got it on a whim in the first place.
Mimus has a very strange tone, perhaps something was lost -or gained- in the process of translation that made this book so different. It doesn't read like typical English books. Translators are rarely given their dues but John Brownjohn deserves a tip of the hat here. There were so many poems and songs and witty pieces of dialogue that I absolutely loved, and not once did I feel like I was missing out on the original text. For a story that has a jester and a prince-turned-jester as the main characters, getting the right nuances and wordplays is the most important thing in the story.
This was a pretty enjoyable read overall. I think it's better to dig into this book knowing the least amount of info and discovering the characters for yourself. Now I'm going to wallow in a puddle of tears because this is the only English-translated book by this author....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).