This was an interesting reversal of the more well-known Snow White fairy tale. I'm not quite sure if I liked it, or not. I seem to have grown out of v...moreThis was an interesting reversal of the more well-known Snow White fairy tale. I'm not quite sure if I liked it, or not. I seem to have grown out of vampires. (less)
This book turned out to be much better than I had orginally thought it would be. There are so many deeper plot lines traversing this series that I can...moreThis book turned out to be much better than I had orginally thought it would be. There are so many deeper plot lines traversing this series that I can't just put it down! I need to read the next book already!
Notes to myself: Arista hiring Hadrian and Royce to take her to meet the Nationalists, they get trapped by the church. The Empress awakens slightly. A city is stolen. (less)
Oh man, it's over. The book has finally ended, and yet I feel like the story has just begun. This was so much better than Mistborn has ever been. A fe...moreOh man, it's over. The book has finally ended, and yet I feel like the story has just begun. This was so much better than Mistborn has ever been. A few bits irked me here and there, but overall, wow. What a glorious epic.
For the next time, let Kaladin be even more amazing, let there be more Szeth and I do hope for many more mysteries to be unveiled. I fear that Dalinar will be slaughtered, but it will not be as terrible as Martin would have made it. Ach! To have the next books in my hands already! (less)
Such a short tale! Yet it reminds me of why I like Hadrian and Royce so much. Thanks to finding this on my phone, I think I'll add more of the series...moreSuch a short tale! Yet it reminds me of why I like Hadrian and Royce so much. Thanks to finding this on my phone, I think I'll add more of the series onto my phone later. :)(less)
As creepy as this book was, after these last few years of studying anatomy and all the sciences around medicine, it felt really silly. A lot of the th...moreAs creepy as this book was, after these last few years of studying anatomy and all the sciences around medicine, it felt really silly. A lot of the things are impossible. For instance, changing the larynx to give the beasts speaking abilities. I got the impression he was altering body parts, so where did the more human larynges come from? If not replacing, then changing the vocal cords to be able to make human speech seems nigh impossible. though, Dr. Monroe did say he was implementing certain thoughts into their brains as well... Which leads us to the conclusion that he has a much deeper knowledge of anatomy and physiology than you'd expect. He can change the whole anatomy of legs, making the vessels, muscles and nerves line up. It seems incredible and impossible and terribly sad that Dr. Monroe was using his gifts and knowledge to such ends.
He reminds me a lot of the doctor in Frankenstein, actually. Ugh, as a medical student and a human being I am repulsed. The tale does manage to impart a few important lessons to one who has the power of life and death in their hands. Playing God should be left to God. (less)
This book was immensely well written. Plot wise, it was intricate and interesting and really just pulled me in. I loved the most that the story spanne...moreThis book was immensely well written. Plot wise, it was intricate and interesting and really just pulled me in. I loved the most that the story spanned so many generations and had such a huge cast of characters. The main location, Barcelona, drew me in deeply. I would love to go visit Barcelona now, although it's far removed from those of both the Civil War and of the protagonists time (around 1970's I'd say).
But, aside from all that, this book didn't leave me feeling that special something I had excepted. I loved it, but only intellectually. Perhaps I wasn't as caught up with the characters because it took me so long to finish reading it (thank you school). It wasn't a bad book. In fact, it was a very well written a thorough book. Thus only the 4 stars. (less)
Thank you to my friend to recommend this to me. I can't believe that I hadn't found this book before! I must have stumbled across it somewhere... prob...moreThank you to my friend to recommend this to me. I can't believe that I hadn't found this book before! I must have stumbled across it somewhere... probably...
Whilst reading, I had to keep two things in mind. First and foremost that this was a classic. Secondly, that it was French.
The fact that it's a classic bit of literature is pretty relevant. Mostly because when a book like this was written in earlier times, it was incredibly scandalous. Which meant that it would be banned and all other such horrible things would occur. I tend to consider the Marquis de Sade's works to also be in this vein.
On that note, I definitely had to keep in mind that this was a French book. I am not drawn to French literature or culture and indont care much for France, but very often when I have picked up a novel by a French author, I have loved it. It amazes me anew each time. Also, I had to keep in mind that France was always a bit more open and less prudish when it came to sexuality.
Read this book pretty much in 2.5 sittings. It was that... Interesting. I won't say 'good' because it is too unique for such an average word. The writing style was both dry and yet very detailed. Often things were left to the readers imagination, while one sentence later mundane events would be described in elaborate detail. This swinging between very mundane details and superficial coverage of the interesting parts *wink wink* probably also stems from the fact that it was written in a different era. But, I kept reminding myself that this is all relevant to the story and plowed ahead.
The part I always find most interesting in books that deal with the BDSM lifestyle is the psychological aspect. I found myself wishing for more details of O's mind. Often she would react in a situation in such a way that I felt I didn't really know her. And in that way this was less a story about O and more a fictionalized work of what happened to this character. The aloofness of the character at most times bespoke of her actual treatment, I suppose.
My favorite quote from the book: But she had finally come to accept as an undeniable and important verity, this constant and contradictory jumble of her emotions: she liked the idea of torture, but when she was being tortured herself she would have betrayed the whole world to escape it, and yet when it was over she was happy to have gone through it, happier still if it had been especially cruel and prolonged.
This quote really speaks to me on a level of the human brain. If O was real, she would certainly be a fascinating character to interview.
Other books that I figured are tied up with this one based on plot and characters and setting :
----- I wrote this review in a tired mess... apologies for any non coherent thought processes that went on!(less)
It took me a whole month to read this book. Youch. Med school is really kicking in with no free time thing at the moment.
But back to the book, from w...moreIt took me a whole month to read this book. Youch. Med school is really kicking in with no free time thing at the moment.
But back to the book, from what I recall it really was great. What I enjoyed the most was the classic science fiction cornerstone that this novel represents. I wasn't reading it for the story or adventure so much as I was for the inevitable knowledge that this would bring to my future scifi books.
That said, it didn't disappoint. It did bore me a bit at times, and the dialogue seemed downright childish at times, but aside from that it was definitely worth reading.
I tend to stay away from time travel stories ever since I read The Time Traveler's Wife. Don't know why, but that book rather ruined the whole phenome...moreI tend to stay away from time travel stories ever since I read The Time Traveler's Wife. Don't know why, but that book rather ruined the whole phenomena for me.
Thankfully, this book has rekindled my fire!
The Rose Garden is part romance, part time travel mystery, part historical adventures and part pure whimsical magic. And somehow Kearsley managed to wrap them all together into a really well written piece of art!
Eva's sister has just died, and in order to 'bring her where she belongs' she returns to their childhood summer spot of the Cornish wilds of England. But while dealing with her grief there, she manages to slip between the veils of time about 300 years into the past. While drifting in between with no logic that she can grasp, Eva ends up falling in love with a smuggler who is living in the house back in the early 1700's. She's torn between staying with him and staying in her time, but realizes that there is ultimately nothing keeping her in the present.
Or is there? She has very good friends and perhaps a love interest there as well. Not to mention a really great future in her career. And yet is love worth leaving your own time for?
The things that got me the most in the book were the heart-wrenching details of love (hopeless romantic here) and the nifty sci-fi time travel bits. At first I wanted to figure out the logic of it all as well, and was planning on writing a pretty scathing review tearing the logic to shreds, but by the end of the story it all made perfect sense.
Now, as a California girl, I'd love to go visit this rough and tumble coast and see it's magic firsthand. Definitely dropping by one day!(less)