I'm not sure about you but with this quote on the back cover "Whatever you do, don`t read the book with no name. An untitled book by an anonymous authI'm not sure about you but with this quote on the back cover "Whatever you do, don`t read the book with no name. An untitled book by an anonymous author brings death to anyone who reads it." I've got to read it...
The original cover of The Book With No Name is what pulled me in at first, the first chapter had me hooked. This book is faced paced, short snappy chapters each ending with a cliffhanger, leaving you wanting, begging for me.
It's a mixture of the Wild Wild West meets violent gangs, meets the Supernatural all rolled into one. To put it into a genre is in my opinion impossible. Everything is so over the top it was farcical and addictive at the same time. It constantly changed from one genre to another and was at times hard to work out where the story was going. Possibly that was the authors intention in that the constant changing would keep the readers interest.
I would have liked to have seen a few more female characters thrown into the mix, but it's just a passing observation. No character is safe, who will be next. It's very bloody and graphic but not too graphic which I have to say was good. I'm not into a huge amount of violent, graphic, detail. I love how the book is formed from different points of view giving the reader a bigger and more clearer picture of what is going on. Let's face it, Vampire Killer Monks, what's not to like.
The first third of the book very fast pace, middle third it slowed down and final third all the pieces began to fall into place, leaving enough questions for the story to continue.
With the mixture of genres this books covers, I would say it has something for everyone. It's a fast paced, easy and entertaining ride. ...more
I read this book in as short a time as I could, it was gripping and kept me wanting to know more. That being said, it was exciting or anything out ofI read this book in as short a time as I could, it was gripping and kept me wanting to know more. That being said, it was exciting or anything out of the ordinary. In fact it reminded me of the story behind the film Scream. There wasn't enough of the supernatural element in it for me, but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it. I did, but couldn't related to the characters. I did like the main character Stacey, she was strong and confident if at times she didn't feel it. Her friends Amber and Drea were pretty ungrateful and annoying at times. The male characters, I'm still not sure of them. I know it was like a who dunnit type of book but I still feel suspisous of them all. Overall I am glad I read it, it was a page turner but nothing to write home about. ...more
The Virgin Suicides is one of those books I have been meaning to read for years; finally, I got around to it. It is certainly one of the most memorablThe Virgin Suicides is one of those books I have been meaning to read for years; finally, I got around to it. It is certainly one of the most memorable I have read. Very enjoyable, even though parts of the book are a bit gloomy, the storyline itself is one that help my attention and kept it there until the end. The story is set in the 1970’s and is about the narrator’s obsession with a group of five sisters who all killed themselves and why they did it. These five beautiful and bright girls, do not fit into the world they were in, they despaired that no one understood them or that not anyone cared about how their lives would turn out, even their own parents. They took their own lives in protest. Going from childhood to adolescence is a painful one, but these girls seemed to have more difficulty than most. Cecilia, was called “the weird sister” by the narrator, but at 13 already claimed the hearts of many boys in the neighbourhood, whom long after her death still obsessed over her. Even at school they were never accepted by their peers, they were at a private school because their father worked there, but they couldn’t have the lifestyle that went with it, leaving them outcasts by their peers. Their father eventually divorced their mother, but had very little interaction with the girls at all. Their mother was the ruler in the house; she was the one who allowed the house to stay in the state it was in, dirty and living in squalor. She didn’t allow them to do the things normal teenagers go to do like date, watch television, read magazines. They went to church and school and that was it. The girls feel trapped and isolated, is it any wonder they committed suicide, they felt it was their only way out. No one helped them or reached out to them in anyway. By reading The Virgin Suicides I was reminded by how much I take for granted the opportunities I have available to me as a woman, compared to those of past generations who did not have such opportunities. ...more
Now why haven’t I read this book before now? I do not know and if you haven’t read it, you should its freaking awesome. The book is amazing on so manyNow why haven’t I read this book before now? I do not know and if you haven’t read it, you should its freaking awesome. The book is amazing on so many levels. One of the most original books I have read in a long time. The narrator is the one and only Death, he fills us with tales from the lives and deaths of the people in Liesel’s world, from the child’s perspective who grows up in troubled times in a German town. The main character Liesel, is a wonderful character who gradually sees what is happening to the fate of the Jews in her town, where is lives as an unwilling refugee. Her foster father is a man of kindness and great strength is shown, towards Liesel which surprised me at first as I thought her foster parents might not have cared for her in the way that they did. Liesel learns to read and falls in love with books, whilst she is with her foster family. Her foster dad reads to her and they paint the walls white and write words on them, such a touching moment. Markus Zusak gives you an interesting insight into the historic events, which is both factual and haunting. The book may sound a bit depressing with it being based in Nazi Germany during the way but that is farther from the truth, this book is a delight to read, heartfelt and beautiful. You will be left unsettled and it will be in your thoughts long after it is finished, especially Liesel’s character. So next time you moan about your job and your life, think it could be worse, you could be death, now how depressing would that be? All it is, is death, death and oh death. Especially in Nazi Germany. ...more
This is an enjoyable and touching book about a fifteen year old boy called Charlie. Who is intelligent but socially awkward, he is a wallflower. StandThis is an enjoyable and touching book about a fifteen year old boy called Charlie. Who is intelligent but socially awkward, he is a wallflower. Standing back and letting life pass him by. Throughout the book, we see him grow, making friends, going out, partying and even falling in love. I could not put this book down once I started; it was just one of those books that sucked me in from the start. However, be warned you will need to have a box of tissues beside you as you read. I have never read a book in a long time which has been me feel as emotional as this one did. The layout is in the form of letters, letters which Charlie writes to an unknown person. He is quite intimate in these letters to a “friend”. Being a quiet teenager myself I could empathise with Charlie on quite a few occasions. If you remember what is was like feeling awkward and lost growing up then you will relate to Charlie too. It is a realistic view of the day to day life of a boy who is trying to find his way in the world. Charlie remembers his past in which his only friend killed himself and his aunt died. This is harrowing for him. I enjoyed the culture references in the book, there are a few books mentioned, some music and the Rocky Horror Picture show. A true cult classic one I am very familiar with and enjoy. The only fault I have on this book is that at times the writing didn’t flow as well as it should, but it didn’t take it away from the storyline. This is a book that will stay with you, long after you have finished it. It will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an emotional rollercoaster but thoroughly enjoyable read. ...more