This book is phenomenal! Beautiful writing, brilliant character development, interesting story, smooth combination of philosophy and everyday life - '...more This book is phenomenal! Beautiful writing, brilliant character development, interesting story, smooth combination of philosophy and everyday life - ''The Fortress'' is one of those books you need to keep close and read parts of it when you feel the need to be inspired. This is life in 380 pages. Just amazing! I enjoyed every word of it and will definitely buy a copy very soon and read it again. (less)
I enjoyed reading Cleopatra's Daughter very much. Ancient Rome is allways interesting subject to read about. Some parts of the book were great. I like...more I enjoyed reading Cleopatra's Daughter very much. Ancient Rome is allways interesting subject to read about. Some parts of the book were great. I liked all descriptions of Rome and Roman holidays. Other than very exciting ending, the most interesting parts of Cleopatra's Daughter were trials, they really made me think about the way they treated slaves. The scenes with slaves were the most touching ones - the pool with Eels and the older slave, and both trials.
Selena's story is very interesting. Her life complitely changed one day, she was taken away from her home and she was forced to start a new life in the world very different from the one she knew. I liked the way Moran described both Rome and Egipt while comparing them through Selena's eyes. Characters were nicely developed and the plot was interesting (nice touch with the Red Eagle storyline).
However, I feel that something is missing. Selena is great, but she sounds too old for her age, especially in first 2/3 of the book. Ok, she was raised that way and she spent most of her time listening to older people, studying and discussing the architecture, but I wish there was at least SOMETHING childish about her. She was just too serious. She probably had to be, but I wish that at least some of her behaviour was more propper to her age. I constantly had to remind myself that she is just 12 and still just a girl, because the way she told her story sounded like she was much older than that.
The ending just came too soon. It was no big surprise because somewhere in the middle of the story I guessed the identity of Red Eagle and future connection between him and Selena, but I would still like to read more about it. I feel that it would me much, much better if Moran gave more attention to that part of Selena's life (and not just Selena's - lives of other characters described in epilogue sound much more interesting than the part we get to read about). I wanted to scream because I wanted more, I wasn't ready for the ending so soon.
I still can't decide how to rate this book. Some parts were wonderful, but the lack of even more wonderful parts makes me feel like I didn't get the full satisfaction of reading.
As I expected, this was a great read. I simply couldn't put it down, it got me hooked at the opening line and I really enjoyed every minute of reading...more As I expected, this was a great read. I simply couldn't put it down, it got me hooked at the opening line and I really enjoyed every minute of reading this amazing book. I liked everything about Daughters of Rome, just as I liked everything about Mistress of Rome.
Daughters of Rome is a wonderful mix of well-developed characters, very interesting plot, historical events in ''The Year of Four Emperors'', political intrigue, romance, fights, great descriptions of life in ancient Rome and really, really good writing. It goes on my favorite shelf, right next to Mistress of Rome. (I must confess that I liked Mistress a little more than Daughters, but just a little :)
While following the story of four Cornelias (which was exciting), it was nice to renew my knowledge of Roman history and to learn and take mental notes about details such as clothes, interior of the houses, very interesting food selection and eating habits and many other small sections of life in ancient Rome. All the emperors I learned about in History class back in school are not just names anymore and Daughters of Rome made them more real, more alive to me. Noone in this book is flawless, and that makes it easier to be aware that most of the characters really existed so many years ago and that events that took place really happened. This is a story about real people who are neither just good or just bad, but only human. I really liked that. To those who were not fortunate in real life (like centurion Densus and Llyn), Kate Quinn gave another chance for life and she did a great job doing it. I wish their reality was more like the one she gave them in this book instead of what really happened to them.
Kate Quinn is a wonderful author and after two of her books I know I can't go wrong with her. I can't wait to put my hands on her next book, Empress of the Seven Hills.
I can't even try to describe all the feelings 'Mistress of Rome' left me with, so I will say only one thing - this book is absolutely PRFECT!!! I love...more I can't even try to describe all the feelings 'Mistress of Rome' left me with, so I will say only one thing - this book is absolutely PRFECT!!! I loved it!(less)
Brilliant start, great writing and unusual story. I liked the main storyline as well as all other stories of undying love that Marianne told from time...more Brilliant start, great writing and unusual story. I liked the main storyline as well as all other stories of undying love that Marianne told from time to time. But somewhere in the middle I realised that I know exactly what is going to happen and (surprise, surprise) it did. Seriously, everything. That just killed my enthusiasm about the book. The story is still inspiring and worth reading, but I wish I was more surprised or at least that the ending left me with stronger feelings than it actually did. The second half was not bad, but it wasn't as good as the first one, so I am not thrilled with The Gargoyle as much as most readers are. I can still appreciate it as one of the most unusual books and I admire detailed and great writing, but because of the anticlimax in the end, I give it 3 stars.(less)
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...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 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. (less)