When I picked up Cinder by Marissa Meyer I did not expect to discover my favourite book of the year.
For the longest time, I had been staying away fromWhen I picked up Cinder by Marissa Meyer I did not expect to discover my favourite book of the year.
For the longest time, I had been staying away from YA series because the times I gave them a shot I walked away disappointed. Twilight? A hot mess. Divergent? First book was decent, but the rest fell apart. Eragon? Somebody get that boy an editor. Maze Runner? Just no. Apart from The Hunger Games and Red Queen, I deduced it just wasn't my thing.
So at 25 pages into Cinder, I was in love, and I was shocked by that.
A retelling of Cinderella with a cyborg mechanic and instead of a glass slipper she has a cyborg foot? And there are evil lunar people living on the moon? And an android with a faulty personality chip? And there's a plague?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Marissa Meyer is a fantastic story teller. Despite being set in a future Beijing with flying cars and robots, she still managed to keep a whimsical fairy tale atmosphere throughout. Of course we have the evil stepmother and stepsister, the charming Prince Kai, and a plot to take the throne of the Eastern Commonwealth.
I devoured this book in about three hours, and have already checked out the second Lunar Chronicles book, Scarlet, from the library.
Do yourself a favour and read this one; the hype is most certainly justified.
And the familiar depression has consumed me yet again because I’ve finished another great novel and filling the empty void that accompanies completionAnd the familiar depression has consumed me yet again because I’ve finished another great novel and filling the empty void that accompanies completion seems impossible.
Passage is the first Connie Willis novel I’ve read that wasn’t in her Oxford University time travel world. I was scared it wouldn’t have the charm, the terror and whimsy those novels held, but, gladly, I was so wrong.
Trademark Willis is stamped throughout the pages; the entire novel was a frenzied marathon of people trying to get a hold of each other. It was non stop hysteria intensified by the unnavigable maze that was Mercy General Hospital and managed to be terrifying and hysterical at the same time.
Willis is wonderful at characterization, especially the secondary ones. Maisie, Mandrake, and Briarley were exceptionally written and insisted on jumping out of the pages.
It was a heavy and exhausting book – in a good way, of course – but I would caution the light hearted to stay away. Death, in some form, appears on pretty much every page, whether it’s through research and experimentation or in the literal sense.
I was thoroughly impressed with everything: the writing, the historical detail, the scientific explanations without being too sciencey.
Pillars of the Earth is one of my all time favourite books. Ever. Goodreads tells me I read this in 2009, and I remember the experience clearly.
Now, almost 1000 pages about building a cathedral in the 12th century doesn't sound very interesting. And that's exactly what I said to the lady at the used book store. Her eyes got wide and then she excitedly started telling me that it's the characters and their journeys that make the story so engrossing. I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try because $2 for a 1000 page book is a pretty good deal.
At the time, I was in college for Journalism and had a 1 hour and 20 minute bus ride to get to school every day (Canada is big, eh?), so naturally I'd read a lot on my commute. After finishing the book I was currently reading, I decided to take Pillars of the Earth with me and see what would happen.
I got through about 60 pages before I got to school and holy crap. The family in the story had their pig stolen. But they needed that pig so they could sell it for money and buy food so they could survive the winter. BUT THEIR PIG GOT STOLEN.
It was so captivating. It was all I could think about during my classes all day--I had to borrow notes from classmates after class because I kept drifting off into a panic, hoping that the family would get their pig back.
I flew through the rest of the pages in just a few days because it was so intense, so mesmerizing. After I read the last page, I had to close the book and just sit for a few minutes staring at nothing to take in the whole experience. It's that good.
I’ve had several people tell me that this is a great book. What surprised me though was how good it actually was.
First off, it’s narrated by Death. TI’ve had several people tell me that this is a great book. What surprised me though was how good it actually was.
First off, it’s narrated by Death. That was different. Death wasn’t all “I need to get me some dead souls!” he was more understanding and compassionate than how most people portray him. Also, Death didn’t always narrate in chronological order, he revealed which of the characters died before their actual death scene. Due to this, you have to read this book not to find out what happens at the end, but how everything unfolds. Very few books can pull that off.
When I am really into a book, I can zoom through it in hours. However, even though I enjoyed it, I found it a slow read. Not slow as in boring, but slow as in you have to read every sentence carefully to fully soak in and appreciate this book.
I thought it would be horribly depressing, but it wasn’t as much as a downer as I thought it would be. I think it is mainly due to Liesel being the main character. She was between ten and fourteen I believe and had that sort of optimism that only a child could have in the midst of a war.
It was a great depiction of World War Two, different than most. A fair share of the stories that I found usually focus on the Jewish aspect of WW2 or the Hitler lovers. This one was in between, the reluctant Hitler supporters hiding a Jew in their basement… Sort of like Swing Kids for anyone who has seen that movie (sans the Jew in the basement).
It’s definitely going on my favourites list, and I recommend it to anyone who has not read it! ...more
So this book has been one of my favourites for yeeears. Since it's been 10 years since I've last read it, I just made the connection today that the CoSo this book has been one of my favourites for yeeears. Since it's been 10 years since I've last read it, I just made the connection today that the Coventry plays a big part of the story (I just moved to Coventry from Canada!).
I think I need to reread this now while sitting in the ruins of the Coventry Cathedral!...more