When I first saw the blurb, I was not interested in reading the whole thing (reincarnation, Daniel, Lucy... it Very interesting and well written book.
When I first saw the blurb, I was not interested in reading the whole thing (reincarnation, Daniel, Lucy... it reminded me of another book I did not like so much), but then my friend said some good things about it and I decided to give it a try anyway. I was pleasantly surprised.
Characters are nicely developed and likable. Daniel is really great. He talks about love so much and still sounds like a man, he is not pathetic or too dramatic like many other male characters these days. I enjoyed reading about all of his memories and wouldn't mind to read more. Lucy is also great and very interesting. I could understand her confusion and I was chearing for her to learn the truth. They have a perfect chemistry together and their love story is one of the best I had a privilege to read about.
In short: the story is lovely, characters are likable and interesting, the writing is more than good and I am looking forward to read the next book by Ann Brashares. ...more
My thoughts about this book are pretty chaotic - I love it and hate it at the same time. Parts of it are just dumb and I wanted to give up reading afte My thoughts about this book are pretty chaotic - I love it and hate it at the same time. Parts of it are just dumb and I wanted to give up reading after only few pages, but now I'm glad I didn't. There are many paragraphs that made me want to yell at this book, call it dirty names and kick it's ass, but I also wanted to know what happens to Yossarian, so there was no other option but to keep reading.
Every time I decided to ignore my frustrations was a good decision becouse every single time, right after I decided to hate it, something happened - a new character, funny dialogue, unexpected event or a great description - that made me realise I actually like it. I laughed a lot, felt sad when one of my favorite characters got killed, frustrated by the absurdity of some events and annoyed by lots of small things that could easily be left out from the story.
Now that I've finnished it, I can say that all in all, it is a great book. Parts of it are brilliant, the characters are very interesting and I really understand why so many people call it a masterpiece. I won't go that far, but I am going to say that Catch 22 is unique, interesting, funny and tragic at the same time and that there's a whole world in it to anyone who asks me about it again. (It happened a lot to me - as soon as I meet someone and tell them I love to read, ''Have you read Catch 22?'' follows. I don't know why is that, but from now on I'll be proud to answer with a ''Yes''.)
So, to sum it up: 5 stars for originality, great characters (all of them are silly but very powerfull too), tragicomic events and really interesting perspective on World War II, minus 1 star for so much unnecessary babbling about nothing really. ...more
Well, this book took me by surprise. It is nothing I expected it to be and this is probably the best compliment a person can give to a book - it is or Well, this book took me by surprise. It is nothing I expected it to be and this is probably the best compliment a person can give to a book - it is original, different, interesting and really hard to put down.
There was one element I didn't know how I feel about at first and I had a WTF reaction to it. I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say that the ''nature'' of the killer surprised me. I did not expect that at all and I just couldn't decide what to think about that (but then I just kept reading and the story got better with every sentence).
The main character is not someone I'd like to know in person, but that only made the story even better - it was a great oportunity to take a peak and learn something about the inside monsters of someone so different and unusual as John. Reading about serial killers John wrote papers about was also interesting becouse I never knew much about them.
The lack of feelings in 'hero' of the story and their existance in the villain amazed me. They made the killer so much more real and alive no matter what he is, and on the other side, the lack of them made John so much more interesting. It gave me a lot to think about.
Other great parts of this book are the title (how can someone resist and not buy a book named ''I am not a serial killer''???) and the writing - it's good and direct, every scene brought something new to the story and I really like that.
Because of that I know I will read all books by Dan Wells and I hope that translations to my native language will be out soon. ...more