It's interesting to get to review a story in parts like this because while the first installment was a 5* read for me, this one was only 3. It's not b...moreIt's interesting to get to review a story in parts like this because while the first installment was a 5* read for me, this one was only 3. It's not bad, at all, but it focuses more on building up to an interesting thing than being about interesting things. It left off on an interesting note, though, so I look forward to the next.(less)
I'm reading these on my iPod and it's been fun seeing how the story differs from the show.
In particular, I far prefer the character Michonne in the TV...moreI'm reading these on my iPod and it's been fun seeing how the story differs from the show.
In particular, I far prefer the character Michonne in the TV series. In the book she rather annoys me. Though I was happy to see the references to how happy people were to find the prison library. Oh, and the Carol 3-way marriage plotline is interesting.(less)
So, the other day while I was bored at work I one-clicked away on a bunch of Kindle Singles and this was one of them. I didn't put much thought into a...moreSo, the other day while I was bored at work I one-clicked away on a bunch of Kindle Singles and this was one of them. I didn't put much thought into any of these purchases, and so I was a bit startled when I realized that this was a book praising Thatcher - I guess I thought the title was a joke.
Anyway, it does the mind good to read something you don't agree with every once in a while, though I will admit to being glad that this is something I almost totally polished off on my short commute to and from work yesterday. It only gets 1 star because it really didn't provide much background about her at all - what are wet and dry Tories, for example? Though the Kindle Singles format might allow some generosity in expectations for providing a lot of background knowledge, I'm not finding this problem mirrored in the others I downloaded, just this one.
I must admit, my mind was chanting "Thatcher, Thatcher milk snatcher" asI read.(less)
I finished The Great Fortune and ended up totally loving it. Sadly, I bought the first and the third for 1,000 won but I'm missing the second part. It...moreI finished The Great Fortune and ended up totally loving it. Sadly, I bought the first and the third for 1,000 won but I'm missing the second part. It took awhile to get into the old-fashioned style, but now I find the attitudes about the war and class quite interesting.
"Dugdale answered in an authoritative tone: "In my opinion Germany has made her last move. Russia is the one we have to fear...The next victim will be Sweden... then, of course, Norway and Denmark. After that the Balkans, the Mediterrranean, North Africa - what's to stop them? The Allies and the Axis will watch helplessly, each unable to make a move for fear of bringing the other in on the side of Russia."
Guy began to say: "This is absurd. Russia has enough to do inside her own frontiers. What would she want..."
He was interrupted by Nikko, his brows raised in alarm. "But Rumania would fight," he said. "And the Turks, too. They would fight. At least I think so."
"The Turks!" Dugdale put a small potato into his mouth and swallowed it contemptuously. "We give them money to buy armaments, and what do they spend it on? Education."
"Hopeless people!" Inchcape grinned at Clarence, who grinned back. Harriet was thankful that at last, decided to come down on the side of flippancy.""(less)
So, this book blew my mind. That first chapter, I wasn't too impressed. It was sort of meh, and I wondered what everyone was raving about and then it...moreSo, this book blew my mind. That first chapter, I wasn't too impressed. It was sort of meh, and I wondered what everyone was raving about and then it ended really abruptly and I was confused. The second chapter, still kind of meh, though it interested me that there was a connection between the two. And then by part three, I was completely and utterly hooked. It's the language, the technique, the fascinating way each connects with the other and how the things that you accept as fact turn out to be fiction, each story nestling into the other like pots in a cupboard.
Plus, a pre-apocalyptic society set in South Korea? Fuck yeah. I really need to see the movie because I can't imagine who/how/why someone read this and thought it would make a good film. I said more intelligent things about this while raving about it to a hasher I bumped into on the bus to Songtan on Saturday, but I'm overtired now and so this is what you get.(less)
This novel by Jerzy Kosinski was written as fiction, though many feel that it is largely autobiographical. As such, it caused a lot of controversy in...moreThis novel by Jerzy Kosinski was written as fiction, though many feel that it is largely autobiographical. As such, it caused a lot of controversy in Eastern Europe, where people were insulted and enraged at the portrayal by the author of the peasant populations of various regions who saw themselves in the folklore and characters. The author and his mother were both threatened with death over the publication of the novel. Some people suggested the Americans had paid Kosinski to write the novel as a piece of propaganda.
The casual brutality in this novel, which is about a young boy who ends up left to fend for himself during the Second World War, is horrifying. The most horrifying thought of all is the idea that it was no doubt often even worse. The boy has dark hair and eyes. The villagers assume he is either a gypsy or a Jew and they fear not only the retribution of the Germans if he is found with them but also simply of him, of this different creature in their midst. The folklore has him painted as capable of giving the Evil Eye. The title comes from a rural practice of painting a bird brightly and then letting it free to fly with its flocks, who attack and kill the poor bird, who is perceived as an outsider, a threat. The young boy in the novel is that painted bird, attacked and nearly killed several times simply for not fitting in. When he finally is taken in by the Russian army and then an orphanage, the reader is left to watch the damage done by the cruel treatment he has endured. Even his reunion with his parents leaves him alone and haunted by his past.
“and only God, omnipotent indeed, knew they were mammals of a different breed.” Mayakovsky(less)