I received this book as a gift from my Uncle. I am a rather big fan of the other works of George RR Martin, rock music, and thought the Armageddon RagI received this book as a gift from my Uncle. I am a rather big fan of the other works of George RR Martin, rock music, and thought the Armageddon Rag has an interesting premises.
This book grabbed my attention rather fast with the background of Sandy Blair as he launches into his journalistic investigation of the murder of the Nazgul old promoter Jamie Lynch. The beginning chapters does not only set the stage for the story to unfold it also relies a history lessons or triggers a memories for some of the 60s and the age of all the movements.The later chapter launch more into the realms of horror and fiction setting is more obvious, but the novel is still well written and by that stage I was already sucked into the plot.
For myself I was born in 1991 so this story offered in a way a history lesson, but also the culture and the way people felt and dreams they had to make the world a better place. The novel also opened myself up to the music of the era of the 60s which motivated me to explore this music. I find it more and more that I prefer music before my generation already with rock from the 70s-early 90s and the music I was able to discover from this novel cements that point that I prefer music of older generations as oppose to my own generation.
Another part of the novel that I really enjoyed was the name of the center band of the Nazgul. Being a fan of the Lord of the Rings series I enjoyed the reference to the series. The songs and theme of the Nazgul I liked and while reading I wondered if George RR Martin every wanted to try his hand at being a song writer as well.
An interesting fact I learned from my reading of other stories by GRRM including both Volumes of Dreamsongs, I have a strong feeling that the character of Sandy shares a large majority with GRRM.This book may have more of GRRM than any he has written. Such things as both attending Northwestern and majoring in journalism, both struggled earlier on in their respective careers, and I venture a guess that the feelings of Sandy and his friends were similar to his life back in that era. Other noticeable thing was dates in this novel that reference important things in GRRM life, like his birthday and the year his first novel was published.
For the writing of the novel and the plot I would give this story more of a 4 stars than 5. The reason I am giving it a higher rating is due to the fact that it was not only an exciting story, but also it introduced me to the culture of the 60s and the music of the era than any kind of reading in the history books or other books about that era ever did. So for this reason of grabbing my attention and made me want to learn more about the 60s is my reason for the added star.
I would recommend this book to other fans(even those that read just fantasy or sci-fi) of GRRM and those that enjoyed the 60s. I would also encourage those that enjoy a a good read with interesting characters and a exciting plot. I believe those from the 60s would enjoy the trip down memory lane as well as people that would like to learn more of the 60s from a well written fiction.
If anyone is interested I also created a playlist of the songs that are mentioned/titles of the chapters on youtube. So if you know this songs an nice convenient list to take you back to ones childhood or for those like myself a chance to discover earlier music.
After learning that Bram Stoker gained some inspiration from another tale about the vampire Carmilla and being a fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, I decidAfter learning that Bram Stoker gained some inspiration from another tale about the vampire Carmilla and being a fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, I decided to read this short story that is believed to be one of the first stories about the modern vampire.
The story started off a bit slow and near the end picked up speed. Carmilla is about a female vampire and does not seem completely evil and in a sense a tragedy story in a way. The story mainly follows Carmilla a guest of a young girl Laura who she has love/friendship with.
I can see where Bram Stoker gain inspiration from Carmilla and Carmilla is a decent story, but I feel Bram took the concept of the modern vampire and made it better. I think the length of the story and the sequence of events were fast paced and I think it could have been better if the story was drawn out more and more details were given. There was potential for a better story I believe. Never the less the story was basically what I expected and not disappointed that I read it at all.
It was nice to read the main inspiration of Dracula and where the ideas of the modern vampire started to take root. I prefer vampires that are similar in nature as Carmilla or Dracula was. So an ok story. I would recommend the story to people that enjoy vampire/horror novels or to people that liked Dracula and want to see one of the main inspirations for Dracula. ...more
Bram Stoker's Dracula is an exciting tale of one of the most famous and most well known vampire stories. The book could be a little slow or carry on fBram Stoker's Dracula is an exciting tale of one of the most famous and most well known vampire stories. The book could be a little slow or carry on for a bit near the end, but overall it was a great story. The imagery described throughout the book was amazingly done and it allowed one to picture the great scene unfolding.I feel that the story is a form of horror, mystery, and detective genre.
The story is told through various journal entries, newspaper clippings,and letters. I personally liked the style the story is told and while the story is told through a first person,we are still able to see the thoughts and views of the various characters. As for the characters,Dracula contains interesting and rather likable characters. Lucy was character that was loved by all and that was sweet and innocent. Van Helsing is the wise old doctor with vampire knowledge and drive and strength of a younger man. Dr. Seward is the head of an asylum with one interesting patient named Renfield. Renfield was a great element to the story.Jonathan Harker was a devoted and courageous man for his wife Mina. Mina was perhaps my favorite character in Dracula. She was the devoted, strong, courageous, smart young woman that without her the others of the group would be lost. The other two characters of Lord Godalming and Quincey are both brave and strong men and among the characters that the reader is unable to get point view from any journal entry. We learn of them through others. Overall the characters were rather unique and interesting and throughout the characters faces trails and hardships and was great to see the spirit of friendship alive with them all to support and aid one another.
The reader is able to learn of Dracula and vampires throughout the time the characters of the book are learning about vampires and of that of Dracula. We see the bitter struggle between seductive evil vampires and the champions of good. Dracula is a cunning, seductive, and just evil. A nice to see a vampire that embraces the evilness of being a vampire and not trying to act good. It was great to read a classic story of vampires that is true to vampires themselves, unlike newer stories of the past few years. I don't want to spoil anything for readers, so I will leave out any details of the story itself, except to say that it is true to vampire myths and that it was a great detective like story. I would recommend this book to vampire fans and to people that are interested in the original traits and classical vampires. ...more
The second volume of Dreamsongs was filled with another batch of interesting and exciting stories. Like the first volume there was a few stories thatThe second volume of Dreamsongs was filled with another batch of interesting and exciting stories. Like the first volume there was a few stories that did not really grab me or that I cared all that much for and there were stories that were just amazing.
I enjoyed the stories in Volume II slightly more than Volume I.
From my love of A Song of Ice and Fire I really enjoyed the 'Hedge Knight'. I first read this story in the graphical novel and then read it again here in this volume and the story was still a good story that I enjoyed reading.
The stories containing Tuf in 'A Taste for Tuf' and 'A Beast for Norn' were two stories that took a while to build and pull me in, but once they did I enjoyed them not the greatest stories in this collection, but an interesting idea with the bio ark.
In this we were also able to read some of the screen plays that GRRM worked on and I liked his Twilight Zone episode 'The Road Less Traveled'. It was a great story that shows how ones life could be totally different all depending on choices.
I thought the pilot episode of 'Doorways' could have made for a really cool sci-fiction story and part me wish it was able to be filmed and aired. The show premises would be able alternate dimensions. However, another part of me is glad for that if it was not successful, since the world might never had the chance to experience A Song of Ice and Fire then.
I really liked the two excepts of Martin's from Wildcards and for the stories about the Turtle and Wildcard Xavier Desmond two different characters that have some similarities. In 'Shell Games' We see the birth of the hero Turtle and then in 'Journal of Xavier Desmond' we see how Desmond attempts and see how the Wild Card has effected others. From what I can understand the Wildcard was an event that gave some citizens powers and deformed others. I liked these stories so much, that I want to read more of the Wildcard universe built by Martin and his fellow authors...
I also really liked the sci-fi spin from 'Under Siege' and 'Unsound Variation'. One shows how key moments can effect a whole time line and the other shows that one should never stop trying.
Skin Trade was a story about Werewolves and not my favorite of the collection, but it did have some interesting moments and an overall good story.
I feel that I highlighted most of the book and gave little tidbits from each story. I recommend this book to anyone that has enjoyed George RR Martins writing and those that like a blend of different genres. ...more
As a fan of GRRM Song of Ice and Fire series I picked up Dreamsongs to get a taste of other stories written by one of my favorite authors.
Dreamsongs VAs a fan of GRRM Song of Ice and Fire series I picked up Dreamsongs to get a taste of other stories written by one of my favorite authors.
Dreamsongs Volume I is a collection of Martin's early work and shows the growth of Martin's writing abilities. From simple short stories to far more complex and interesting stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and not every story is amazing, but they were able to show styles of his writing. Among the collection some of my favorite stories were a 'Song for Lya', 'Sandkings','Nightflyers', and 'Ice Dragon.'
In between each section of the book there is a narrative from GRRM about the time period and explantion of what was going on in Martin's life during the time of writing particular stories. I really enjoyed this and was a chance to get a glimpse into GRRM and relate to him. Even through GRRM is of a different generation, I was able to relate, understand, and agree with him on my topics and ideas.
I recommend this book to any fans of GRRM that would like to see how his writing evolved to what we see today in such works as a Song of Ice and Fire. ...more
A Thousand Splendid Suns is Khaled Hosseini second novel. Like the Kite Runner this story takes place in Afghanistan during the events of many wars i A Thousand Splendid Suns is Khaled Hosseini second novel. Like the Kite Runner this story takes place in Afghanistan during the events of many wars including the Communist take over and after. This story is told by two generations of female character. The first part of the book is told through the eyes of Mariam, a bastard child, and the hardships she faces from her childhood to early adult hood. Through Mariam point of view the reader views the inequality of women's rights by that of her husband Rasheed. Mariam is treated like some kind of second class citizen, just because she is a woman for the main reason. The second part of the story is told through the eyes of Laila and her life from childhood to adult hood. Laila has a much better childhood then that of Mariam and is treated like a princess by her father and friend/love interest Tariq.Laila is able to experience the wonders of school and the modern women of Afghanistan. Through the course of the novel diaster strikes Laila life and she encounters the unjustness of women in Afghanistan. The third part of the novel deals with the meeting and hardships between Mariam and Laila and then the fourth part deals with Laila's life. The story shows just how some women are treated in other parts of the world and that it is on most cases unjust and unequal. I thought the story was very well written and interesting. The characters are realistic and I was able to feel for the characters and see things through their eyes, even though I am a male. I recommend this book to people that enjoyed the Kite Runner, which I recommend people read first. ...more
The kite Runner starts off a little slow, but gets interesting rather quickly. In the beginning of the book, I could not stand the narrator Amir and fThe kite Runner starts off a little slow, but gets interesting rather quickly. In the beginning of the book, I could not stand the narrator Amir and felt like he was annoying, spiteful,mean kid. I enjoyed the character servant Hassan a lot more. Hassan's character was that of a great friend, a friend that is always there no matter what, even if you caused the problem. Over the course of the book Amir redeems himself and grows up. He pursues the life and goals that he wants despite what others what him to do. He actually feels bad for the horrible things he has done when he was a child and eventually attempts to set them straight. The book had some surprising twists and rather good foreshadowing in some cases. In conclusion, I would have to say that it a book that many people can relate. A book about friendship that defies everything.The Kite Runner can be enjoyed by young adults and older.
Since this is of three different stories that do not relate to each other I will review each one individual. The first two books are through point ofSince this is of three different stories that do not relate to each other I will review each one individual. The first two books are through point of views of animals.
The Call of the Wild :
The story of Buck a domestic dog that learns the ways of the wild through being a Yukon sled dog. Buck deals with the natural tendencies of his ancestors and actions change throughout the books. Buck character development and learning can be comparable to human. In a way the story of Buck can be compared to the change people go through with the harshness of life. Buck learns to roll with the changes so to speak.
White Fang :
The story of White Fang is the opposite of the Call of the Wild. White Fang a mostly wolf bred born in the wild learns of domestication through harsh masters,hardships, and love. The way White Fang learns of the beginning of life similar to the way babies and all creatures learn of the world. White Fang must deal with trust and consequences of his actions once he is domesticated, where in the wild he was free.
To Build a Fire:
The struggles of a man to build a fire and surviving in the cold Arctic wildness. This is a short story and through the point of view of a lone human traveler.
All three books are mostly narration from the point of view of the main characters. Although these three are relatively short stories to what I normally read, I enjoyed them. The three books describe the beauty of the north and the harshness of the wild. It's my opinion that in both The Call of the Wild and White Fang the canines experiences and way of learning about the world are similar to that of humans and in some way all creatures. Well written and enjoyable books. Most of the books is narration with little speaking at all. Recommended to all canines lovers. ...more
My review could be a little biased. Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poet, ever since middle school. This book contains his most popular and famous poemMy review could be a little biased. Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poet, ever since middle school. This book contains his most popular and famous poems and short stories. Poe works usually have the reoccurring theme of death and the beauty of death. His short stories all have some form of horror element to them, while his poems typically deals with lost. Poe's poems have some aspect to his life, such as the lost of loved women in his life. I recommend this to anyone that is a fan of Poe and people that like poetry and short stories. The readings can be a little hard to understand.