In 2009, I went to a local bookstore and ordered this book from them. Two weeks later they notified me it had arrived and I went to pick it up. They p...moreIn 2009, I went to a local bookstore and ordered this book from them. Two weeks later they notified me it had arrived and I went to pick it up. They put it on the counter for me - it was in a plastic wrapper, very carefully handled. This made me wonder. I was thereafter informed that this was the only edition they found for me, "limited" and "large print" and "straight from the US."
I thought, "meh. Okay." From the look of it, the book was hardly that special. Until I heard the price: 36 Euros. That's 50 USD. I was young and naive and instead of saying, "um, no, thank you. You keep it," I said, "give me a minute." I begged my mom for money (she had joined me at the bookstore much to her chagrin!) and I bought the damn book. Not even Easton Press books cost that much. And they are at least hardcover! And they have golden pages!
This, of course, was before the economical crisis. Nowadays I would tell them that this book costs more than my monthly salary (okay, I'm exaggerating. What kind of a review is this anyway?!)
So - I finally got around to reading the most expensive book I ever bought, and I cringed several times at the horror and disgust it contained. Even cute, fluffy white bunnies did not escape the author's cruelty! But when it comes to portraying the real terror of war, then this book nails it. And it's beautifully written - you even feel for the main character, who is otherwise cruel himself.
There is otherwise little merit in the story - it's quite circumscribed and relishes in its own revulsion. Not a beach read for sure. But definitely worth giving a shot to - if anything, it does have an almost lyrical feel about it.(less)
Every time I see that a book I've read has zero reviews, I make it my personal duty to write one. Because every book should have its review (sounds li...moreEvery time I see that a book I've read has zero reviews, I make it my personal duty to write one. Because every book should have its review (sounds like a sorrowful mantra).
In December 2012 a girl walked into the library I worked and brought several bags of books to donate them. She was a Theater Major, and most of the books were plays. My supervisor allowed me to take a couple of them home before we started cataloging them (which was quite generous of her!) So, I got a cool "space-like" copy of Waiting for Godot, and this one.
The story intrigued me (about a guy who instead of putting up cupboards is talking online to a 16-year-old boy with sex on his mind), but the play was disappointing. While it was realistic, it felt crudely edited, and the ending is very extreme for such a story. I would have liked to have seen more depth and different development. However, it's a well-written play, you can read it in less than an hour, and it had a very interesting idea.(less)
I'm surprised this book doesn't have more ratings and/or reviews. It's therefore my duty *cough* to write one.
My best friend has been suggesting I rea...moreI'm surprised this book doesn't have more ratings and/or reviews. It's therefore my duty *cough* to write one.
My best friend has been suggesting I read this for a while now. He revisits scenes from it from time to time, and enjoys it thoroughly. He described it as "warm" and "sexy."
It's not easy obtaining this nowadays, unless you order it online from somewhere (it cost me 13 euros overall to get), but I'm happy I've read it and own it.
I finished this quite quickly, and kept wanting to find time to read it. It is indeed warm and sexy, and surprisingly enough, it can also be poignant. Mike Newman knows how to write, and even better than that, he knows how to write erotic fiction. Also, there are passages in it about homosexuality that I found myself nodding silently with in agreement. And what's more, the characters are easy to care for and sympathize with (Stanley was my favorite for many reasons).
However, the book lost me when I kept smirking at how unrealistic it is. Sure, it's fiction, and sure, it's porn, but I really could have done with more realism. I can buy the fact that a cabin of 4 people can have so many gay guys in it, but I can't seriously buy the fact that a person can get an erection every ten seconds, or have 17 orgasms in one day (or at least have enough sperm for 17 orgasms in one day). The ending was almost ridiculous, I thought, but fitting nonetheless. Maybe this book would have made more sense to me if it had been released in the 1970's - but early 1990's, there's just something that doesn't quite feel right. Maybe it's because I never actually got to experience this kind of lifestyle, and thus the book fails to touch me in certain ways. Many of the sex scenes were hot, but I never felt...well, excited. Maybe it's true what they say - that erotic literature is hotter to write than to read.
Overall, a well-written, almost classic book of gay erotica. It's sensual, sexy, and it makes you care. If it didn't lose a bit in realism, I would have enjoyed it even more. (less)
I have an inclination towards reading the book before seeing the movie just so I can play it all smart and "detect the differences." I can already tel...moreI have an inclination towards reading the book before seeing the movie just so I can play it all smart and "detect the differences." I can already tell, without having yet seen the movie, that the two will be very different.
I was positively predisposed to this book, but I can't help feeling disappointed. I love zombie books, and I more than loved the different point of view this Brooks offers, but it was somewhat tiring and repetitive. I didn't maintain any names and/or locations, and I found it bizarre that almost all the interviewees had a similar manner of speaking - all knew English to great depths and were extremely eloquent. Two or three interviews stayed with me, but overall, it did not exceed my expectations. Well-written, impressively detailed, has an alternative form of narration, but ultimately, the reader is stuck in a tiring loop. (less)
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I was looking for this book for a long while. I kept demanding it from my local bookstor...more[Imagine a really awesome, attention-grabbing .gif right here]
I was looking for this book for a long while. I kept demanding it from my local bookstore, found it in a second bookstore ridiculously expensive, and was finally forced to order it via Amazon (and a couple of days before it arrived my local bookstore informed me that they brought it, with a much lower price than the one I had gotten it from Amazon. How great).
Either way, I finally got my hands on it, and was thrilled. I was a John Green virgin before reading this book even if I own a couple more of his books and follow his vlog.
So, I read it. And was underwhelmed. After finishing it, I did debate about whether it was proper to give it 3 or 4 stars. Call it peer pressure or emotional weakness, but I awarded it 4 stars at the end.
So why not 5 stars?
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The dialog alienated me a bit, and seemed pretentious. Let's face it - no matter how quirky a 16-year-old you are, you just don't talk like that, or have acquired that level of intricate and philosophical thinking. Not after having read primarily only one book in your life (here's looking at you, An Imperial Affliction). Not many 17-year-olds know about Waiting for Godot, let alone having the ability to insert it in conversation. And let's face it, no teenagers use words like "proverbial" or "brethren." I'm not sure if adults do, actually.
Aside from that, however, Green did a good job at capturing the spirit of such teenagers, and I'm even more glad he managed to portray a different side of cancer-stricken patients and their lives with the disease. That's not to say it was uplifting, or that I didn't cry at the end, but it had a different depth and point of view from everything else I've read and seen that deals with children with cancer.
Overall, it's a great read. It's quotable, strikingly unconventional, emotional and smart. I was waiting for something else however - something...revelatory, and I don't think it happened for me. Maybe I had ridiculously high hopes. Maybe if the book had ended in mid-sentence, I'd love it more.
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I'm not a fan of comparing an author's books to one another, or comparing books from a series to one another - yet sometimes, it's necessary.
Exit King...moreI'm not a fan of comparing an author's books to one another, or comparing books from a series to one another - yet sometimes, it's necessary.
Exit Kingdom is not The Reapers Are the Angels. Not just because there's no Temple, but because it lacks the lyrical flow of language and the horrid, hopeless misery of it. That's not to say that the language of Exit Kingdom is any less beautiful, or that it's a work full of optimism (God forbid), or that its characters are not multi-layered and three-dimensional. Because all that happens. It's a read that goes by fast, it has characters you care for (here's looking at you, Mose), and some post-apocalyptic battle scenes that are to die for (and return as a zombie).
Still - it didn't sweep me off my feet the way its prequel did. Or...its sequel, since Exit Kingdom is supposed to be a prequel to Reapers. It lacked something, it seemed more commercial, it had a superficial texture to it. However, it remains a wonderful read and I'm anxiously awaiting for the third installment.(less)
I won this book in a recent giveaway, and I was quite glad since I'm not the winning type. The reason I entered the giveaway for this was mainly becau...moreI won this book in a recent giveaway, and I was quite glad since I'm not the winning type. The reason I entered the giveaway for this was mainly because - and I won't lie - it had the word "Jellicle" in its title. As a fan of Cats it prompted me to enter. I was glad to discover that this book does indeed have some ties to the musical...
Jellicle Girl is a fast, engaging read. A page-turner if you may. The characters are three-dimensional and engrossing, the plot believable. It's possible you will feel sympathetic towards what happens in it, and the main target audience of this book (in my opinion, teenage girls/young adults like the protagonist) will really grow to love it.
However, I personally could not shake off the feeling of how...immature it was. Teenagers who dream of becoming authors write novels like this as their first steps, not when they get published. It felt overly basic, the language was very simplistic and did not offer a challenge to its reader. The story, even if realistic and a reflection of many young people's daily life, was not something we haven't seen before.
Overall, for me, it lacked originality and depth. I liked the characters and I never got bored while reading it, but there could have been a lot more there. (less)