"Polaris" was wonderful to read. Lovecraft wrote in a way that makes me as the reader easily believe the confusion between reality and fantasy. it's a"Polaris" was wonderful to read. Lovecraft wrote in a way that makes me as the reader easily believe the confusion between reality and fantasy. it's a story I can very much relate to. Sometimes dreams are just too real, or at least we want them to be....more
I read this because he was an inspiration to HP Lovecraft. It was definitely easy for me to how Lovecraft modeled his stories after Blackwood. I thinkI read this because he was an inspiration to HP Lovecraft. It was definitely easy for me to how Lovecraft modeled his stories after Blackwood. I think I liked The Strange Adventures of a Secretary in New York the best. I also found it interesting that in some of the stories they were written without many clues of the time period (candles, descriptions of vehicles, clothes, etc) in the narrative which made them seem like anyone could be telling the story at any time. I don't think I've read many stories like that....more
I've always wanted to read this book, because I loved the movie. It was great. It was very close to the movie, surprisingly, which was nice. I think tI've always wanted to read this book, because I loved the movie. It was great. It was very close to the movie, surprisingly, which was nice. I think the only thing that would have made it better is if Lex had died, she was super annoying. My favorite character turned out to be Ian Malcolm, he of course was completely right. I doubt I'm putting any spoilers in when I say that John Hammond's idea obviously didn't work out. I was very frustrated to read what an ignorant asshole Hammond was throughout the entire book, so it really pleased me that Mr. Crichton was creative to make write a character who I hated as much as I hated Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series and Mrs. Norris from Mansfield Park....more
**spoiler alert** Just finished the first book...wow, have I got a lot to say. I started watching the series on SyFy, and LOVELOVELOVE the show. Every**spoiler alert** Just finished the first book...wow, have I got a lot to say. I started watching the series on SyFy, and LOVELOVELOVE the show. Every episode is better than the next. But there are a lot of differences. The first one is that a lot of the plot happens the same, but in a different order and somehow still makes sense. In the book, The Beast only attacks at Brakebills once where in the show he is targeting them for most of the season. Also, I was surprised that before the book was halfway done they had all graduated already where in the show I think they are still in their first year at college. Margo is Janet in the books, and has a very different relationship with Eliot. In the show they are besties, but in the book it seems like he can hardly stand her presence. I understand why they got rid of the extra characters (Richard and Josh), it just makes it more confusing. And Julia only appeared like three times in the book for which I am very grateful, her plotline even in the show completely bores me.
I found it very interesting that unlike Quentin in the show, I really didn't like his character at all in the book. He was very self destructive, and Alice was able to narrate his personality very well by telling him more than once that he just couldn't allow himself to be happy. In the show he presents as this shy, awkward introvert who is an expert nerd in the lore of Middle earth, Star Trek, Dr. Who, and Fillory which makes any fellow nerd immediately drawn to his adorable character. In the book he's a major douchebag who just hates Penny (who is actually a REALLY nice guy) for no reason, and then just because he sleeps with Alice which wouldn't have happened if Quentin hadn't been an asshole to her in the first place. To me, Penny actually seems to emerge more as the protagonist than Quentin by the end. So Kudos to the author, because I think it's hard to actually write about a main character that your audience doesn't really find likable. It makes you realize that there is no rule that says the protagonist has to be a "good" guy.
What I took from the overall message of the first book was that a childhood fantasy can become very dark and ugly in the adult world, which is pretty much true (adults, amiright?) I mean, who didn't spend some part of their childhood imagining they were in this fantastical, made up land being a hero? Who didn't want that as a kid, as a teenager, as a college student? There's got be more to life than the next 30 years of waking up at 7 AM working a shit job, you know? But when it finally happens, Quentin FINALLY gets to go to Fillory, the made up place in books that he always wanted to be real so badly it hurt, he's not even in the mindset to care. He's so drunk, angry, heartbroken he's like "Fuck, whatever. Fillory, eh..." I was so disappointed by this, but at the same time I think it was so important that I as the reader was more excited than the character. It helped me understand that Quentin is the kind of person who was just so pessimistic that his dream(s) came true and I wanted to shake him and be like "This is what you wanted! What's wrong with you?" Hell, I would've gone to Fillory and I've only know about if for a few months. Suprisingly, Penny, the traveler who is just a hilarious, witty dick in the show took on the role of being super pumped about it and dove right into playing the role he needed to play for the climax of the novel.
I enjoyed how the book started out lighthearted. "You're a wizard, Harry!" Magic school, cool. That's something we all wish was real. Brakebills South, ohhhh Mayakovsky. The episode came nowhere near to showing how depressed all of the students got to the point where they were having orgies with each other because they had broken. Oh, it was so good. Then darker and darker where Quentin just became this despicable character but hated everyone else because it was their fault. I have to say I have never read a book where the tone changed so much. I could've used a little more of The Beast. The part in the book and the scene in the show were pretty spot on and I was terrified of him, but then he only showed up again once more (or does he? Have to read the next two).
I can't wait to read the next two books and continue the series on SyFy....more
**spoiler alert** Very different than the last book. More...lighthearted, I guess? At least on Quentin's end and the whole Fillory thing. I really jus**spoiler alert** Very different than the last book. More...lighthearted, I guess? At least on Quentin's end and the whole Fillory thing. I really just don't understand Julia's character. It's like the author tried so hard to make her main character and she just wasn't. I care for her character so little in the show and really didn't care for her much in the books, then she was just gone after she turned into a dryad. It was weird. I have to say, Quentin was alot more likeable in this book. Wondering how they're gonna tie this into Season 2 on Syfy if that's even the plot they plan to go with. Not sure because they already finished Julia's story with how she was introduced to magic where with this book it took until the end until we got to understand her journey....more
**spoiler alert** It was okay. It was kind of underwhelming and anticlimactic. The only part I really liked was where Alice was so hateful towards Que**spoiler alert** It was okay. It was kind of underwhelming and anticlimactic. The only part I really liked was where Alice was so hateful towards Quentin, but even that faded. I was very bored with the whole planning and trying to steal a briefcase plot. Still not sure why Poppy was even a character, she really didn't bring anything to the story. Julia still makes me yawn. Quentin's not a cynical asshole anymore, which I feel should have increased after getting kicked out of Fillory, getting kicked out of Brakebills and finding out he had a shit magic superpower. I feel like Mr. Grossman's overly casual writing style will really be hilarious and slightly embarrassing when these books are read in a few years. (Shit is about to get geographical, yo. Really) Oh, and didn't he put "for the lulz" in one book? I always see reading and writing as a tool to make people more intelligent and expand education, unlike the jargon we use on social media. I don't think we should forget that there IS a difference....more
I find it very strange that every time I think I'm going to read a book on magick it ends up being full of Christian references. Ugh. Give me somethinI find it very strange that every time I think I'm going to read a book on magick it ends up being full of Christian references. Ugh. Give me something older....more
**spoiler alert** I watched the show on Fox and found the entire concept interesting. Of course, I knew the books would be much better, end differentl**spoiler alert** I watched the show on Fox and found the entire concept interesting. Of course, I knew the books would be much better, end differently and have more detail so after the first season I bought all of the books. I have to say that only part I didn't like about the book was Theresa's character. She was so one-dimensional and dependent. Not dependent, needy. Her entire character revolved around needing to live for someone else, while all of the other characters could at least function by themselves or had another purpose other than pining away (no pun intended) for someone else. Ugh, it was painful to read about how she loved Ethan so much and he was all she ever thought about blah blah blah. If her character had been a little better I think the series would have been perfect. It was also curious the character changes they decided to make with Pam and David Pilcher as well. In the TV series, they were a brother-sister team. In the books, Pam was a sadistic psycho bitch that was brainwashed by Pilcher and Pilcher for one second didn't even pretend to be a good guy as he was an intense megalomaniac. I enjoyed the differences between these characters and the description of the abbies. I also liked the part about Adam Hassler being the nomad who was sent out and returned. He set it up in the end so that there can be a sequel, I'm interested to read what else Blake Crouch might add this series....more