It is the story of a teenager becoming an adult in a futuristic, criminal world. The teenager, Alex is the lead “droog” in his gang. Alex and his gang do anything violent one can think of ranging from beating people up to killing them, from raping to robbing, etc. Alex and his droogs’ violent nights are the first few chapters. Then, “government intervention” comes into scene. Government claims to find a solution to violence in the society. Alex plays a key role in this intervention. I will leave it to prospective readers to discover themselves how he does this.
This was the most ultra-violent book I have ever read. There are long descriptions of all sorts of crime. Burgess managed to drag me into the world of Alex where I felt what he had been through. Especially in the second half of the book, I moved with Alex: I cried with him, I felt his horror and pain although he had a really annoying personality. I liked the Turkish translation of the slang used by Alex (My sincerest thanks to the translator).
This is a perfect novel about free will and it is a must read for every lover of modern classic stories. It is not easy to write something new about this book as it has been reviewed by hundreds of readers. It was one of the most enjoyable reads of 2012 for me and I strongly suggest it to all bookworms.(less)
Laura is a lonely English woman who lives with her father and her governess in an ancient castle in Styria. Having heard of the sudden death of a prospective guest, Bertha Reinfeldt, Laura and her company decide to go out to enjoy a full-moon night. They come across an out-of-control carriage suddenly. An unconscious woman, Carmilla is thrown out from the carriage. Carmilla’s so-called mother, who claims to be a noblewoman, continues her journey on a secret mission and leaves Carmilla behind to recover in Laura’s father’s castle. What goes on between Laura and Carmilla is the core story…
This vampire novella was originally published in 1872. It is one of the first vampire novellas written preceding Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Knowing this fact, I couldn’t stop comparing this book with Dracula and at the end I couldn’t like it as much. Although there were many similarities between two books (vampire hunters, innocent female victims), I didn’t find the story as complex and in-depth as Dracula.
What I liked most is the way Le Fanu portrayed his vampire: Carmilla was not described as a supernatural evil but as a not-well-understood creature that behaves like any other predator. What I liked least was the untold affair between predator, Carmilla and her prey, Laura. You feel that it is mora than that of a killer and a victim. There is some sympathy, there is some consent. Still, the lst chapters of the novella fail to conclude Carmilla’s vampirism and the dark romance between Carmilla and Laura.(less)
Although the plot of "The Swarm" is strong, its execution was a big disappointment for me. I couldn't help but think (like a good majority of the previous reviewers of this book) that the author had the idea of getting a disaster movie out of his book. There were many references to characters looking like well-known movie actors, In addition, giving the US Government a controlling role in the research aspect of the plot seemed strange to me at first (Note that the author is German) but then it appeared as Schätzing was in a way welcoming Hollywood movie makers.
Noone can deny the fact that there lies a deep research beneath this book. Actually, too much of the book was full of complex and detailed scientific explanations, which reminded me of some books of Jules Verne (such as From the Earth to the Moon). Although brief summaries would suffice, these deep scientific explanations appeared so frequently that I was distracted from the core plot.
My problem with the book was pretty simple: Every time the author started to speed up things, he immediately let it go by either some lenghty piece of character development or unnecessarily detailed scientific content. For instance, while you are reading about a tsunami, it may suddenly be interrupted by a random character considering a three-some with a couple of Norwegian guys. I was so annoyed by such interruptions so it took me ages to finish the book off.
Still, if you are interested in marine science or ecology of the oceans. It may turn out to be an enjoyable read for you.