Interesting, enjoable and insightful the authors manage to bring out the most positive (useful) side of economics i've seen for years. The things theyInteresting, enjoable and insightful the authors manage to bring out the most positive (useful) side of economics i've seen for years. The things they wrote about might not be the most important single items for our world, but the behind the story looks this book lets its readers have surely will improve the ability to look at other items too or at least not to cling too hard/close to the "common knowledge" of the masses.
Definitely worth the read and a look at the second book of the series....more
Well, that was a split experience... on the one hand it IS the wonderful tale i've loved for so long as seen in the movie, on the other hand Goldman fWell, that was a split experience... on the one hand it IS the wonderful tale i've loved for so long as seen in the movie, on the other hand Goldman felt the need to blow this story up with a - in my eyes - absolutely unbelieveable frame story that did the "real" content of the work not much good but probably cost the author a lot of effort while writing, work that would have been better invested to fleshing out the fantasy world he created here a bit more...
The best example is the afterword or annex or however you want to call the additional part at the end of this "30th anniversary special edition" where the story about how he travelled to Steven Kings House to get the allowance for abridging "Buttercup's baby" is in no way equal to the suspence, brilliance and joy he put into the "sample chapter" also included.
It might be a nice example of an artificial backgroundstory for a book, but it is a lesser novel than it could have been without. My rating clearly is "liked the Westley and Buttercup Story VERY VERY much and did not like the William Goldman Story at all". But as the book is comprised of both this storys there can be no better rating for me....more
The older i become, the more annoyed i get by empty words, spun to enlargen stories that the author feels are not great enough by themselves. FahrenheThe older i become, the more annoyed i get by empty words, spun to enlargen stories that the author feels are not great enough by themselves. Fahrenheit 451 would be a really larger than life story in every way, even if the text would have been held in the simplest prose imaginable. Alas, Mr Bradbury felt compelled to write poetry and fill his ideas up with large and heavy sentences that try to cage down all that is good and brilliant with the story itself.
I might have enjoyed the words, if not the narrative had seemed halfway lost between these paramount word ranges and in every case i love the story, but would have loved it by far more, if Guy Montag would have kept to just his own inner voice (in the last third his manner of speaking, of thinking, of hampering with words seemed to have changed and IMO for the better) instead of trying to be his own Romeo or Othello and drowning the fledling plant of freedom of thought in this overpathetic stage-worthy rhetorics.
Other than that there's not much to say. It's one of the classic Dystopic fictiosn of our age and the train of thoughts leading to this dystopian society is disturbingly imaginable or even probable, even if the ultimate consequence does not seem as logical as the characters take them to be. But then... reality doesn't seem to be logical all the time either.
Whatever it may be, it's a great book, that suffers a little bit between the disparity of characters and characterization but in every case more than recommendable, simply one of the must-reads in the modern (Science) Fiction!...more
An interesting twist on the usual "coming-of-age" or educational narrative. Maybe Card is a bit weak on the side of real strategies or combat descriptAn interesting twist on the usual "coming-of-age" or educational narrative. Maybe Card is a bit weak on the side of real strategies or combat descriptions, but then his protagonist is a very young boy and most of the story is told from his perspective so let's call it appropriate to the perspective.
I would not be surprised if nobody ever was outsmarted by the big story "twist" at the height of the narration, but then it's not really the climax when you know all of the story so the trick is rather a distraction than really a revelation of secret facts. And that's what really made me love this book, it only seems to be very straightforward, but then there are layers upon layers of interwoven stories and none of them is truly straightforward...
Originally i wasn't going to read all the books from this series, but Ender's Game made me reconsider this decision and i'll probably give at least the second part a try....more
Maybe not the funniest story from the disk, but surely the most convincing in matters of "police procedural" and a treasure trove of cross referencesMaybe not the funniest story from the disk, but surely the most convincing in matters of "police procedural" and a treasure trove of cross references and wordplays. I liked especially how Thud! the game became more and more important for the plot and the understanding of what's going on. The only truly sad point is that Lord Vetinari was close to being unrecognisable. otoh we get more interesting watch characters and Sam Vimes at his best!...more