I am usually not a big lover of books about family life and generation stuff. It has always felt like there was no real plot line and usually I wouldI am usually not a big lover of books about family life and generation stuff. It has always felt like there was no real plot line and usually I would stop reading them. Not with this one, even though I needed a long time for this.
This is my first John Irving book and I definetly have to read the other ones. The book is strange, abnormal, touching and so funny that I laughed out lout at some points.
I can not rate this book with my usual criterias. Then I would have to say that that the writing style is chaotic and the stuff that is happening is so surreal that it ain't believeable. But this book isn't normal and I love that about it. With every imperfection it is more loveable to me. Who wants a read with flawed but beautiful characters and happenings sometimes dreamy and always painfully true should read this book. ...more
I would give five stars for the accurate writing style and the historical descriptions. The story itself had a poor story line and a very weak plot. AI would give five stars for the accurate writing style and the historical descriptions. The story itself had a poor story line and a very weak plot. A pity. ...more
Quite an unusual read. I needed my time to get into it and the start was a little bit weak. In the beginning there is too much following Seraphina in Quite an unusual read. I needed my time to get into it and the start was a little bit weak. In the beginning there is too much following Seraphina in her usual business without knowing what the aim of the storyline is, but it turned out to be interesting. ...more
Perhaps it's because I wasn't born into that time. Like the writing, don't understand/identify with the feeling. Plus: always bored reading about passPerhaps it's because I wasn't born into that time. Like the writing, don't understand/identify with the feeling. Plus: always bored reading about passive, boring characters, who get stuck in their way of life. Don't want to know them in real life, don't want to read about them. It depresses me. Some sweet points in the book, quick read, but not a book I will remember for long....more
Recently the TV series of this book aired in Germany and I heard how some of my friends (didn't read the book) described it as some kind of Borgia ripRecently the TV series of this book aired in Germany and I heard how some of my friends (didn't read the book) described it as some kind of Borgia rip of. Lots of sex, lies and power. It doesn't do the book right. But I also came to the conclusion that it is indeed just about that. Martin does his job as a writer well. I really liked most of the book because of the beautiful writing. Of course he overdid it at some points, but over all it was okay. I like fantasy, but I think a lot of writers can't deliver it believable. I hate it when Fantasy is all about big warriors, with long beards speaking 'fine' and old. I can see the writer behind that beer drinking giant who actually wishes to live in his own book, than a writer who really wants to tell his story. In this case I didn't see Martin swinging his mace he bought from a medieval carnival, even though his story was pretty old fashioned too. (I could rant now about the role of women in his book, but I think it would be no use) Let's get to it straight: I can't stand a story with too many point of views. You finally get into the story, just to be ripped out of it at the end of the chapter, time over time. Until the story started to drag, I didn't bother. The last 200 pages were kind of building a plot, but the last page didn't even had a cliff hanger. All the excitment that build up ended in a sudden shrug of my shoulders. I am interessted in the characters, but I don't know if I will read the next books. ...more
This book shows so many things I really despise pretty much: Be as extraordinary as possible. I didn't notice anyone in the book who was just ordinaryThis book shows so many things I really despise pretty much: Be as extraordinary as possible. I didn't notice anyone in the book who was just ordinary. Either way it was the weirdest roadtrip he ever had, the funniest person he ever met blah blah. Live in a rush, be where it's loud and unusual stuff happens. Be a hipster. Don't mistake me, I am not allergic to fun, but this book and it's characters is just facile as hell. It's a report about several trips and drugged up people who run away from themselves, but we never get to know why. Their background is told, but they never reflect their story. Clearly On the Road is about a spoiled brat wanting to flee from his ordinary, middle class life and him and his friends using everyone they meet as they please, so they can be thrown away when they deprived them of every thing they had. Last: Kerouac keeps using that sentence "Dean rubbed his belly". I don't think he know what it means. ...more
Such a high rated book and it wasn't my type at all. Got 200 and something pages into it until I realized it won't work for me. I really don't see theSuch a high rated book and it wasn't my type at all. Got 200 and something pages into it until I realized it won't work for me. I really don't see the genius in there. The writing was akward (translators fault?) and the story line develops so slowy! I checked it at wikipedia and wtf, over 1000 pages for such a bit of a story? Japanese culture is so cold, without emotions and repressive that I've got depressed reading this. Two stars for some interessting appendage. ...more
As I was scrolling through the reviews I read several times, that it is recommended for people who enjoy romance. It is not yout typical love story, tAs I was scrolling through the reviews I read several times, that it is recommended for people who enjoy romance. It is not yout typical love story, there were so many other things in there too! A whole life is layed out before you with all the different aspects richly described, the bad girl just keeps appearing now and then. I must admit I needed my time to get used to the story. I didn't know, what the writer wanted to show me exactly. I never felt for the main characters and I thought (because I was used to typical love stories) the author failed. It was later when I realised, that the characters never wanted to be liked, which made them perfect und gripping for me. I hated them and was fascinated at the same time. And I really don't know how to rate this book, because it was sometimes a pain in the ass and sometimes very joyfull to read. ...more
This book is a pure pain in the ass! Seriously I didn't even finish the book and I already need to write the pain and anger of my soul. Reading ClockwoThis book is a pure pain in the ass! Seriously I didn't even finish the book and I already need to write the pain and anger of my soul. Reading Clockwork Prince is like watching a bad soap opera. All this secrets and dark fates of this good good people! It is so exhausting to read this bullshit because everytime things start to develop they crumble down instead. For example two character have a conversation Will and Tessa are riding in the carriage. They are having an important sitation. Will: "There is something very important I want to tell you (since 200 p)-" But then the carriage came to stop. They arrived. Seriously do you stop to talk because the bus is stopping? Every. single. time? No one in this book actually has proper conversation and so every time we as the reader think: yes yes come on tell her tell her! Excitment builds and then PANG "OOps I didn't know you were using this room." Its so exhausting. Clare is copying bad soaps now. Easier to write I guess. Coming to the characters I am going to spoiler Will. I liked that boy, cause he seemed to have a million more feelings than Jem. Jem seems so conserative, while Will is passionate (don't mistake conserative for his steadiness, I liked that first). I didn't even mind that he was an Asshole and I loved the end scene in Clockwork Angel were he took the glamour of the girly YA book scene, by saying I am gonna bang you girl!Seriously what do girls in nowadays expect from good looking boys who used to have a lot of stuff going on? This is only realistic. But no! I forgot the curse, the dark secret, which is about to be revealed! In reality he is a prude idiot. He just wants to seem like an Asshole so that nobody likes him! That's why he wanders around at night (so romantic) and tells everybody he was sleeping around and drunk. Makes him a real saint. To understand what pisses me off: why does the YA hero/heroine has to be so conserative? At first he seems like the bad boy, so that he gets interesting but good girls dont marry sinners so it always turns out that male nr x is a deeply misunderstood human being and didn't wanted to end this way in the first place. It never really is his fault, that he is the way he is. I say why don't you have a little fun, buddy? I mean I am a girl and I can't say I have never been drunk and did the one or the other stupid thing. Ah I forgot. In YA everybody is a virgo. And a virgin also always behaves like one. Ever thought about that YA heros & heroines seem pretty boring if you would meet them in real life? Exepct for Bella, she would be such fun to watch her stumble every single time she walks. But I wouldn't befriend her, just keep her around and watch her. Let's move on. Somehow Clare is always in a hurry. All her books act in a time span of two weeks or so. And these deep deep feelings that develop in this time are so so...deep. In one chapter Tessa is not entirely sure why she feels strange around Jem, in the next one they all over each other (but staying virgos because Tessa accidantly bumps the powder druggy drug on the ground) and a bit later she WANTS TO MARRY HIM???????? That mind fucked me. That's also were I tossed the book through the room and started running up and down the stairs, screaming in anger. But nobody cared, that's kind of normal for me. So I don't know if I want to finish it. I don't even know if I want to write furhter about this shitty book in a review. I think I made my point. Cheers. ...more