The sixth volume of this manga is dedicated mostly to more back story. I love seeing Al in his real body, and the love between these brothers is a conThe sixth volume of this manga is dedicated mostly to more back story. I love seeing Al in his real body, and the love between these brothers is a constant highlight in this series. It has many touching moments, but didn't engage me as much as the previous two volumes did. We find out more about alchemy and the world these books are set in, which was intriguing. On to the next one!...more
I bought Goddess of Thunder because of the fantastic cover and the fact that I love another female-centered Marvel comic, Ms. Marvel. Goddess of ThundI bought Goddess of Thunder because of the fantastic cover and the fact that I love another female-centered Marvel comic, Ms. Marvel. Goddess of Thunder is a good starting point for a Marvel noob like me - you don't really need to know all that much about the Marvel universe to be able to enjoy this comic. I have only seen one Thor movie and the first Avengers one, and they gave me enough background to appreciate this comic. The artwork is fantastic, and I love how the new Thor knows how to kick frost giant butts....more
This series is amazing and I wish I owned the other twenty volumes already. The fifth volume of Fullmetal Alchemist focusses on the miracle (and trageThis series is amazing and I wish I owned the other twenty volumes already. The fifth volume of Fullmetal Alchemist focusses on the miracle (and tragedy) of human life - it is easily created yet also easily lost. This volume also sees Winry grow into a more all-round character and introduces some more kick-ass ladies. I cannot wait to see more of Ed and Al's journey....more
The only reason that it took me so long to read Slave of Sensation is the terrible cover and the cringe-worthy title. The book looks like som3.5 Stars
The only reason that it took me so long to read Slave of Sensation is the terrible cover and the cringe-worthy title. The book looks like something that is filled with paper-thin characters and a lot of insipid swooning. If this is your impression too, be assured: Slave of Sensation is a much better book than you'd think.
Sascha is a Psy - a race of beings that have no emotions, and make all of their decisions on pure intellect. They rule the world, because they have no capacity for hate or anxiety. But there is something different about Sascha; she feels. Her aberration becomes increasingly hard to hide when she is teamed up with Lucas, a changeling.
The focus of the story is the romance between Sascha and Lucas. Pairings between psy and changelings are unheard of. The psy have done away with sexual intercourse and messy personal relationships completely, while the changelings value pack and family above all. Their personalities clash, but through getting to know each other better, they fall in love. I thought Sascha was a fun character. Unlike many heroines who are supposed to be clever, she is actually competent at her job, and her bickering with Lucas was entertaining. Lucas sometimes falls into the typical alpha male caveman attitude, which made me lower the rating of this book, but in general Sascha holds her own.
For a book that revolves around a romantic pairing like Slave to Sensation, there is a lot of time spent on creating the world and a mystery sub-plot. While it was rather obvious who was killing changelings, the sub-plot was interesting and properly expanded upon. As a reader you feel like you really know and understand this Psy-Changeling world, rather than it just being a background for extra smooching.
Despite the cover and title, Slave to Sensation isn't erotica, and I would call it sensual rather than sexual. It was a pleasant surprise, and kept me reading. The world is fascinating, and I'm looking forward to more Psy-Changeling stories (which hopefully don't all feature overprotective men like Lucas). ...more
Tragic, funny, sad, endearing. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a great book. The story is set in a mental hospital, and after having seen the movieTragic, funny, sad, endearing. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a great book. The story is set in a mental hospital, and after having seen the movie, I was surprised that it was written from Chief's point of view. This large Native American man who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia has convinced the doctors in the hospital that he is deaf and mute. One day, McMurphy, a loud, smoking, laughing, brawny man is admitted to the ward, and he engages into a power struggle with the dominating Nurse Ratched.
The story is written amazingly well - the perfect combination of hallucinatory commentary and subtle characterisation. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest deserves to be a classic because of its writing alone, but it also offers and interesting view on individualism in a time of collectivism. While I don't necessarily agree with all the points made in this novel, it's fascinating reading....more
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery follows Pearl, a woman whose dream of being a detective was cut short when she found out she was pregnant. Now her son haThe Whitstable Pearl Mystery follows Pearl, a woman whose dream of being a detective was cut short when she found out she was pregnant. Now her son has left for college, she has started her own private investigating agency. She has barely declined her second client when she finds not one, but two dead bodies in the quiet coastal town of Whitstable.
There are a lot of elements I enjoyed in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, but also plenty that didn't impress. The setting is one of my favourites - the quaint English town. Whitstable is a small sea-side village close to Canterbury, and oysters are the backbone of its economy. During summer and the annual oyster festival, the small town gets flooded with tourists. Small-town settings are my favourites, and I felt that Ms Wassmer did a great job expressing both the sense of community and the social tensions such a small community brings. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Pearl, her mother, her son, and her friends and neighbours. A lot of time was spent establishing the setting, and although I can't judge the accuracy of the statements, the sea and fishing sections felt well-researched.
The aspect of the book that failed in my eyes was the mystery itself. In a cozy mystery such as this, it's generally accepted that the sleuth can also stumble upon clues, rather than having to actively bring a solution about. The Whitstable Pearl Mystery had the unfortunate plot of there not being a mystery at all. There are two dead bodies - but are they the result of murder? This question doesn't get answered until at least eighty percent into the story. There is no urgency of finding a killer, because it's not clear whether there actually is a killer to speak of. There was very little clue gathering, and Pearl's cooperation with police officer Mike McGuire is laborious, resulting in the reader being largely unaware of the investigation into the deaths.
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery is a successful novel depicting small town life and the struggles of a woman missing her son who has left for college, and the story is entertaining; the mystery, however, left much to be desired....more
I really needed to take a step back from this series after the last instalment. It was only after an extended break that I could truly enjoy Target, aI really needed to take a step back from this series after the last instalment. It was only after an extended break that I could truly enjoy Target, and in a way, it's just not the same. I did enjoy it though, and towards the middle I was back to feeling the suspense I'm used to when reading the Death Note books....more