Another lovely book by Roald Dahl. Danny and his father live in a small gypsy caravan, and work together fixing cars and manning a gas pump. The bondAnother lovely book by Roald Dahl. Danny and his father live in a small gypsy caravan, and work together fixing cars and manning a gas pump. The bond between Danny and his dad is absolutely fabulous, and I think as a kid, I would have loved living in that caravan. Danny's dad has a terrible secret - he loves to poach pheasants. The story was incredibly sweet. The only thing that made me uncomfortable was the fact that they're essentially killing animals to eat them. Now, I'm not a vegetarian or animal activist, but something like that does make me feel slightly iffy. It was still a lovely story though...more
In the first Death Note book, Boredom, we're introduced to super smart kid Light, who finds a notebook. The owner of the notebook sees a Shinigami deaIn the first Death Note book, Boredom, we're introduced to super smart kid Light, who finds a notebook. The owner of the notebook sees a Shinigami death God, in this case Ryuk. When a name gets written inside the notebook, that person dies. Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of criminals, writing the names of the people he thinks deserves to die in the Death Note.
What I wasn't expecting was how gripping this book is. At first I was shaking my head at Light's actions, because boy, is he a delusional self-glorifying bastard. But then it turns out we're supposed to think that, and he becomes steadily more evil as the book progresses. His arch enemy, a mysterious entity called "L" is introduced, and the two begin a face-off in which many innocent bystanders bite the dust. It's awesome....more
Our first glimpse into the story of Midwinterblood is set in 2073, with main character Eric flying a plane to the mysterious island of Bless3.5 Stars
Our first glimpse into the story of Midwinterblood is set in 2073, with main character Eric flying a plane to the mysterious island of Blessed. It seems as if the people living on Blessed don't get old - and as a journalist, Eric is looking for the next big scoop. However, the longer he is at the island, the more he starts to forget what he has come intended to do.
This is the second book I've read by Marcus Sedgwick, and I recognised some of the imaginary he uses in Midwinterblood from White Crow. I feel like the settings were very similar, and both combine a historical story into a contemporary one. Especially when the climactic scenes of both books involve old crumbling churches, I feel like the author is trying to make some sort of point. Some writers connect their books in certain ways, be that in themes, characters, or places, and Sedgwick does something similar.
Character-wise, Midwinterblood and White Crow aren't close at all. The main character of Midwinterblood is a grown man, where in White Crow we follow a teen girl. The fact that the main character of the book is a grown-up threw me off. Although the book is categorised as a young adult book, I don't necessarily see a reason to do so. The language felt juvenile (more like a middle grade book), yet the characters are adults. The themes explored have nothing to do with being a teen. I think the book was more about being ageless rather than being YA, but the end result was weird. It's not a bad thing not to fit in any box, but it's not particularly admirable in itself either.
The plot of Midwinterblood meanders through the ages, made up from seven nearly separate stories. All of the stories are connected in some ways, some more obviously than others. It took me a few stories until I fully understood what the author was trying to do. It was nice to find out the similarities and differences in all of the stories, and fitting together the pieces of the puzzle was satisfying.
The rather abrupt nature of both the writing and the plotting made that the book left less of an impression than it could have. The characterisation was too thin in some stories, and nearly non-existant in others. Reading Midwinterblood was a strange experience - not scary per se, but rather unsettling. It's an unique book, and I have no idea what kind of readership to recommend it to. ...more
It doesn't matter how often I reread this book. It's still absolutely amazing, and I love it so, so much. The characters, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, theIt doesn't matter how often I reread this book. It's still absolutely amazing, and I love it so, so much. The characters, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, the wizarding world... They all have a special place in my heart.
After a terrible war, people will do anything to keep the peace.
Ella is the daughter of two scientists, one who was amazing with androids and nanobotAfter a terrible war, people will do anything to keep the peace.
Ella is the daughter of two scientists, one who was amazing with androids and nanobots, and one who discovers Reveries. Inside a Reverie, people sleep and dream lucidly about one of their memories. When Ella discovers she can enter other people's Reverie, she gets caught up in a plot that concerns national security.
For the first ten percent, I held my heart. The Body Electric got real close to being too similar to Inception. The way Ella enters someone else's dream, and the imagery of it was corresponding with the movie almost exactly. I was relieved when after the introductory action, the resemblance dissipates, and The Body Electric stands on its own.
My love for Ella was cemented when she punches a creepy guy in the face. FINALLY. That's what you do when someone sneakily approaches you. You don't swoon or fall in love, no, you punch him. Or kick. Or run.
Although Ella's parents are scientists, and she has helped them occasionally, she's not a scientist herself. I was slightly disappointed by this, because for once I would love a female scientist YA protagonist. I wasn't too sad though, because on all other fronts she's a likeable and realistic character.
The Body Electric has extremely short chapters, and all of them have a clear sense of action. The story hurls forward quickly, though not always believably. Some of the elements I found to be too easy, too convenient, or too contrived. Lovers of the genre will find plenty to love in The Body Electric. It has high stakes, lovable characters, and an interesting world....more
Summary: When Suzie has an orgasm, she stops time. This made having sex a rather lonely affair, until she met Jon, who has the same ability.
What I likSummary: When Suzie has an orgasm, she stops time. This made having sex a rather lonely affair, until she met Jon, who has the same ability.
What I liked: - Although this book is about sex, and it has plenty of sex scenes, it was never pornographic - There is plenty of naked body, but they all looked anatomically correct. No legs that go on forever and ever in Sex Criminals - I can wholeheartedly say that I've never read anything like it
What I didn't like: - The art looks so smudgy and ugly and cartoonish and blah. I didn't like it at all. It was almost like reading a Garfield cartoon without the cat - Y'know, you kind of assume this is going to be about sex. It's in the title, it's in the description, it's in the cover. But I felt like there should be a warning that this comic has no other subject than sex. The story has the main characters meeting and having sex. Then we learn about how Suzie masturbates for the first time. And how she had to jump through ten hoops to get the sex talk. And then it's about Jon masturbating for the first time. And him looking for porn. And more fapping. And then sex jokes. And then they have sex again - When Suzie likes someone, she expresses this by saying "This guy. This fucking guy." Later in the story we have countless variations of this theme including "This kid. This fucking kid. This fucking place." - Constant breaking of fourth wall. The main character basically narrates the story and it's terribly obnoxious - The story seemed to be so sex-positive, but when the best friend comes into play, our main character tells us with a smile: "She'll call me a slut later and make fun of me but really she's jealous. Basically, there's no one left in our circle or our circle's circle that hasn't at least fingerblasted her, so." So not only does your friend call you a slut, basically you're saying that's nonsense because she's a slut. Fantastic - The best friend has no other role than being jealous and calling the cops on her friend without saying anything. She's only there to provide conflict - My favourite is when Suzie says to her mom that she has sex questions. Mom's answer is "Great. Now I'm raising a whore." Now, I get that sex isn't a topic that is openly discussed in plenty of families. However, when your 12-year-old daughter says she has sex questions, wouldn't your first question be something along the lines of "Why? Did anyone ask you to have sex? Did anyone hurt you?" instead of assuming you're raising a whore?
Verdict: This book is about sex, sex, sex, sex, with sex jokes and a sex police thrown in. Only recommended for people who grew up in a sexually repressed society and if you don't mind slut-shaming...more