Before I go into what I thought of this book, I just want to say that none of my opinions are based on the fact that JK Rowling wrote it. I'm reviewin...moreBefore I go into what I thought of this book, I just want to say that none of my opinions are based on the fact that JK Rowling wrote it. I'm reviewing it based on its merits alone, as a thrilling new mystery novel by the illusive author Robert Galbraith. Which is what Jo would want.
To prove, to solve, to catch, to protect: these were things worth doing; important and fascinating.
I'm gonna be honest about this: I think Cormoran Strike and Robin are now my favorite detective duo. (Yes, even above Sherlock and Watson.)
The Premise: On a dark and stormy night, the beloved model Lula Landry is seen falling to her death from her own balcony. Was it suicide? Or was there a murderer?
The Private Eye: Strike is in a bad state when he's hired to investigate Lula's death. An injured veteran, he's just been kicked out of his girlfriend's place; he has little money, and nowhere to stay.
Enter Robin, his new secretary. She sees the state of things, and instead of looking for a different job, jumps right in to help him with this case.
But can the two of them solve a murder that, from every angle, appears to be a suicide?
What I Thought: This book was the perfect rainy-day novel. (Too bad it was hot and sunny when I read it, haha.) It was gloomy, yet fascinating, and had me on the edge of my seat.
The murder investigation was laid out with such care that I had no idea who might've committed the murder until the very end. The author weaved the suspects, evidence, and events so that the tension built on itself, culminating - until I was practically screaming at the pages, "Who did it?! WHO DID IT?!"
I LOVED the characters in the story. It's not that they were likable; they were just so well-written that I felt like I was the one interrogating them. It was fun to listen to their conversations with Strike, and to uncover new threads that might be of great importance later.
And I loved Robin too. She was smart, and could adapt easily to any situation. (And I have to admit, I was jealous of her. Working alongside a detective sounds like such a thrill ride.)
I honestly can't think of anything I didn't like about this book. It wasn't too long, or too drawn out. There weren't any loose ends that I felt still needed to be tied up at the end. It was fairly perfect. I can't wait to read the next book, The Silkworm.
"It was the dawn of a new era, one where most of the human race now spent all of their free time inside a videogame."
This book was one that caught me by surprise and wouldn't let me go.
If you want to read about any (or all) of the following... - video games (like, actual real-life simulated video games) - a bunch of cool gear and weapons - geeky adventures and pop culture references - unbreakable friendships - cute romance - what very well could happen in the near future (if we're not careful) - things that really, really matter - stuff that was popular in the 80s
... then this is the book for you.
Imagine a world where pretty much everyone is online, all the time. (Not too hard to picture, right? That's pretty much where we are right now.) Well, in this futuristic world, we've completely destroyed our planet. Most of the population is starving. And we've depleted all of our gas and energy resources.
And so, to get away from reality, many people choose to plug into a virtual reality called OASIS.
(view spoiler)["My generation had never known a world without OASIS. To us, it was much more than a game or an entertainment platform. It had been an integral part of our lives for as far back as we could remember. We'd been born into an ugly world, and the OASIS was our one happy refuge."(hide spoiler)]
Enter Wade. He's a teenager living in Oklahoma. He has few hopes in life right now, but he (and millions of other OASIS users) are about to get the biggest opportunity of their lives. Because a contest has been announced, and the winner will win billions of dollars.
Are you ready to join in on this quest?
Why You'll Love It
From the first page, I was pulled in. And I couldn't put it down! There was so much going on, and so much was at stake. I felt like I was in the competition, trying to figure out all the clues to help the characters win. It was a thrill ride of emotion and suspense.
Plus, this book is full of 1980s pop culture references. And just plain geeky references. Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, even Doctor Who... If you're into nerdy stuff, you'll love it. (And if you're not, you will still appreciate it, I promise!)
Also, what's awesome about this book is how relevant it is. Have you ever imagined what it would be like if the whole world was one huge virtual reality? Well, now you can see it in all of its awesomeness - and of course, its setbacks.
I'd recommend this book to, well, anyone. It's one of those books that should live on for centuries, gaining new readers. It's just that good.
(view spoiler)[(And I have to admit, the "Monty Python" scene was pretty amazing. Kudos to the author for putting that in.) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I got this for $3 on clearance, and I'm so glad I did! It has a ton of healthy recipes, most of which have simple, common ingredients. Every recipe in...moreI got this for $3 on clearance, and I'm so glad I did! It has a ton of healthy recipes, most of which have simple, common ingredients. Every recipe includes nutrition information, and the writers went to great lengths to point out the best foods to eat to maintain health. I plan on trying some of these soon!
Note: Ingredients are measured according to the metric system, so everything is in grams and milliliters. You'll have to do some conversions, but I found a site that helps with that.(less)
This is the tale of a family that was cursed by Morgoth (Sauron's former master), long before Bilbo or Frodo walked Middle-earth.
Most of this story ca...moreThis is the tale of a family that was cursed by Morgoth (Sauron's former master), long before Bilbo or Frodo walked Middle-earth.
Most of this story can be found in The Silmarillion. But this is the fleshed-out version of their tale, with more detail and characters and emotion.
I want to say that you can read this easily without reading The Silmarillion first, but that's not quite true. I would've been lost, especially at the beginning, if I hadn't already learned about the places and the people of that time. It's a much, much different setting from that of The Lord of the Rings.
That doesn't mean that this isn't a good read. In fact, I think it's one of Tolkien's best tales, just because it has so much action and adventure. And a mighty dragon!
But you have to be ready for a little heartbreak. While LoTR was more of an epic adventure, I think this one is without a doubt a tragedy. Morgoth's curse follows Hurin's son, Turin, throughout his life. It dims any happiness around him and causes misfortune for everyone he meets. This book shows just how dreadful the consequences are when evil reigns supreme.(less)
These are very simple recipes for anyone who wants to make their own Chinese food. While much of them are takeout recipes, others are more authentic C...moreThese are very simple recipes for anyone who wants to make their own Chinese food. While much of them are takeout recipes, others are more authentic Chinese recipes.
I loved how simple the recipes are. I probably wouldn't make many of them, because I don't usually have the ingredients on hand. But I've saved some of them to use later.(less)
A fascinating and fast-paced look into a Chef's daily struggles. I've never learned so much about the cooking industry before. Going to restaurants an...moreA fascinating and fast-paced look into a Chef's daily struggles. I've never learned so much about the cooking industry before. Going to restaurants and watching The Food Network doesn't give you the big picture. All the time limits and stress and orders adding up...
I think it was well worth reading, but it somehow didn't have the same spark as many other books I've read in this genre. It was inspirational, but not captivating. Not... I don't know. I felt like there was something missing.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Fangirl, but I was hooked on it before I even finished the first chapter.
What I loved about this book (besides that...moreI wasn't sure what to expect from Fangirl, but I was hooked on it before I even finished the first chapter.
What I loved about this book (besides that there wasn't ANY insta-love or love triangles!) is that it deals with all the problems you face when you leave home for the first time. There are responsibilities you have to live up to, friends to make, relationships to start...
When I went to college, I don't think I had quite as much trouble as Cather did fitting in. She's a shy, geeky fanfic writer, so she has a hard time adjusting to the social shock that is freshman year. Not only does she have a roommate that's hard to get along with, but her roommate's boyfriend is always in their dorm room. All Cath wants is to do her homework in peace and finish her fanfiction novel....
... but life isn't letting her get away that easily.
I found myself both laughing and sympathizing with her as she wandered through her freshman year. It was fun to see just how quirky she was, but then, it was also truly frightening sometimes to see how much pain she was going through.
Above all else, this is a really cute love story. Cath has been guarding herself and her emotions from other people. But as that one person comes in and begins knocking her walls down, you can practically see her character changing. She becomes freer, happier. This is the best kind of love story.
I'd recommend this book to pretty much anyone. Even if you don't like Harry Potter or fanfiction, or you're not a nerd, this is a great novel that you will fall in love with from the start.(less)