The Snow Globe is a short novel filled with Christmas spirit. An antique snow globe is being passed from person to person, working in a miraculous wayThe Snow Globe is a short novel filled with Christmas spirit. An antique snow globe is being passed from person to person, working in a miraculous way to change their lives for the better. In the book, the snow globe makes its way to our three female main characters, and plays a pivotal role in changing their lives.
Fans of holiday movies will gobble this up. Filled with every-day problems, The Snow Globe solves them all with a neat little bow. Written in a forward manner, Ms Roberts goes straight to the point - the problems of the three friends, Kiley, Suzanne and Allison, are immediately and concisely laid before us. Kiley is dealing with a crappy break-up and the lack of a boyfriend, Suzanne tries to juggle her career and her family with the family drawing the short end, and Allison misses her grandmother who passed away a year ago. These issues are dealt with in a predictable, though satisfying way.
The Snow Globe does exactly what it promises: leave you with a good mood and the belief that all is right with the world. It left a slightly bitter taste for me, because I had some fundamental issues with the way some subjects were handled. But don't mind this Grinch if you're looking for something light and fluffy for the holidays - The Snow Globe will probably do perfectly.
Grinchness and huge spoilers beyond this point. (view spoiler)[The sad thing is that I have something bad to say about every single of the stories in this book.
First of all, we have Kiley. Kiley is incredibly obsessed with her ex boyfriend, to the point where I'd calmly escort her to a psychologist, because girl, you're not coping well. Of course Kiley finds a perfect hunky boyfriend, whom she knows she will marry in like a year. Healthy, right?
My gripe with Suzanne's story is pretty stupid. Suzanne has a daughter (and a terribly obnoxious one at that), who desperately wants a puppy. Her husband is like "don't be such a stuck-up, let's get a dog". Suzanne responds with "but we don't have time for a dog, they need company". Husband says "you're just making up reasons, I'm sure we can figure something out". NO. Just NO. You do not adopt an animal if you're not sure that you can actually care for it. That's why animal shelters are so incredibly bursting with abandoned animals. A neglected dog will bark, whine, destroy your stuff, and basically turn into a huge nightmare. This completely ruined that story for me. You don't adopt a puppy without having a plan.
And the Allison story just didn't make much sense to me. Yes, your grandmother passed away. And the solution is that you meet a completely random old woman that resembles your grandmother, and now everything is okay? There are plenty of old people in any retirement home near you, she could have just visited any of those. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The Stranger is a short novel written by Nobel-prize winner essentialist-but-not-really Camus. There are a few things you should know about this book.The Stranger is a short novel written by Nobel-prize winner essentialist-but-not-really Camus. There are a few things you should know about this book. One, it has plenty of philosophical meaning and such, but if you're not interested in that, the plot isn't very strong. Two, if you are interested in what Camus has to say, The Stranger is interesting and pretty readable. And three: Camus is very interested in absurdism and the meaning of life. Overall The Stranger is pretty depressing.
Somehow I actually became pretty interested in the main character Meursault, despite the distant and detached narration. Sometimes, especially near the end, Camus' philosophical ideas overshadow his literary ones. There is not much time to get bored though, since The Stranger has the length of a weighty novella....more
The Mysteries is The Cuckoo's Calling with fae. It follows private investigator Ian, from his earliest encounter with a missing person in his childhooThe Mysteries is The Cuckoo's Calling with fae. It follows private investigator Ian, from his earliest encounter with a missing person in his childhood, to his latest disappearance case. There are several timelines in the book, criss-crossing, interspersed with short memoirs of historical people gone missing.
It took me a while to figure out what The Mysteries was about. It was rather, forgive me, mysterious. The fae aspect of the book doesn't come to the foreground until relatively late, leaving the reader guessing and trying to form an image of the extent of supernatural-ness in the book. Often a lack of certainty is frustrating in a book, but the plot kept moving through the mystery/thriller conventions it relies on. A huge part of the book is a simple girl-gone-missing plot - until we find out that things aren't adding up.
The Mysteries held me enthralled for its slightly hefty 450 pages. There just is a certain something so fascinating about the fey, a quality that has intrigued people for centuries. The Mysteries does an amazing job in balancing the unworldly aspect of the fae versus the view of a modern sceptic.
I had only one issue with The Mysteries - and that was that the resolution of the main storyline didn't feel climactic enough. It was satisfying, but not epic or emotional enough for my liking. A mind-blowing ending would have carried The Mysteries into 5-star territory. As it is now, The Mysteries is the best fae-thriller mash-up I've ever seen.
It's also the only fae-thriller mash-up I've ever seen. But shhhhh....more
A long, long time ago, before I became a humanities student at university, I loved science. I adored physics in high school. Gravity, electromagneticA long, long time ago, before I became a humanities student at university, I loved science. I adored physics in high school. Gravity, electromagnetic fields, laws of warmth - I devoured all subjects and was well-versed in the language of equations. I joined an extra-curricular science class, and visited the hadron collider in CERN. But physics disappeared from my life when I choose to pursue my dream of entering the literary field.
A Brief History of Time reminds me of why I frigging love physics. Hawking has an incredible love for his field, which penetrates every word he writes. Our understanding of the universe has boomed in the last fifty years, and A Brief History of Time gives a short overview of all modes of thought up until the time it was written.
What is fascinating to me is how reality is stranger than science-fiction writers think up. Especially the concepts of relativity and quantum mechanics are incredibly hard to wrap your mind around, and modern science is almost complete hocus-pocus for a lay person.
I don't think it's possible for someone without a background in science to understand A Brief History of Time. It probably all makes sense for Hawking himself, but for an ordinary person he might as well be speaking a foreign language. I understood about one third of everything he explains here, and that's only because I have followed classes on relativity and quantum mechanics for a year. Even in its incomprehensibleness, A Brief History of Time is utterly fascinating....more
The art in The Wicked + The Divine is stunning. The use of colour, the aesthetic, the panelling... This comic looks pretty damn amazing. Combined withThe art in The Wicked + The Divine is stunning. The use of colour, the aesthetic, the panelling... This comic looks pretty damn amazing. Combined with an intriguing story and interesting characters, this makes for one awesome read. I read this digitally, but can't wait to get a paper copy of it as well. I would love to reread the story and get to know the gods closer. And I'm very curious to see where the story leads in the next volume!...more