The Millennium Series as a whole was a great read. I read all three straight through and couldn't put them down. I think the last book was really brouThe Millennium Series as a whole was a great read. I read all three straight through and couldn't put them down. I think the last book was really brought things together and at the same time wasn't at all what i was expecting.
One of the things i like a lot about these books were the descriptions of the food. I know that sounds odd but when every time they would talk about what they were eating I just wanted to have some of what ever it was they were eating.
I felt like Larsson did a good job of balancing the characters, they were dynamic in a way that seemed real they changed, an grew as the story unfolded. I feel like i read some books and feel like authors end up with a totally different cast of characters by the end of the book and it makes it seem fake. And Larsson's characters sometimes do fit the "stereotype' characters but they grow and changes like real people.
I would say that this book is one of those that was good but I was expecting more. Again Ishiguro takes a view of life that reaches back in to childhoI would say that this book is one of those that was good but I was expecting more. Again Ishiguro takes a view of life that reaches back in to childhood. This book was the book Ishiguro had to write to get the tone and mood right for Never Let Me Go. But because of the similarities in the tone and style of the book it was hard not to expect the same amount of wonder and connection to the characters, and this book doesn't do as good a job at these things. Also I felt like the holes in the narrators logic were hard to accept at certain points in the book.
Things that i really liked about the novel were the things i like about Ishiguro's writing; an uncanny ability to describe things in a quirky way that you instantly relate and can picture the person, know what they are thinking and understand how they perceive the world. I like the mystery novel theme (it is kind of like a Paul Auster book in that it is a parody of a mystery novel while being a serious novel).
If you are going to read Ishiguro read Never Let Me Go. If you have read that one already, read this one to enjoy Isiguro's style, and remember that this is an earlier work. ...more
Between the spars pros and the despair of the story McCarthy layers in a visceral sense of humanity. He manages to capture within this book the struggBetween the spars pros and the despair of the story McCarthy layers in a visceral sense of humanity. He manages to capture within this book the struggle between instinct, morality, and and the sense of self.
The book takes you to a place that is uncomfortable, and unsettling. It moves methodically and disturbingly slow, but the pace allows the reader to relate on a personal level to the nameless man in the book. This book is significant, it stands for itself. It isn't an easy book, and it offers no excuses for what it portrays.
Well, I hadn't ever read a Don DeLillo novel, and I was told he is a must read author. The Body Artist was short so I thought it would be a good placeWell, I hadn't ever read a Don DeLillo novel, and I was told he is a must read author. The Body Artist was short so I thought it would be a good place to start. I liked the way that DeLillo fits his words together, they are beautiful pros for sure. The subject and way that this particular novel is written wasn't at all what I was expecting. The sparseness of the the plot and the unreliable narrative do a great job of capturing the tone of each scene, but it does create a barrier for a casual reader. The other distraction of the book, which was an intentional choice, is that there isn't anything driving the pace of the novel (that isn't exactly it... there is no pace to the novel). What I think I like best about the book is the unity of the content, tone, and dialogue; and the allegory that the unity created.
While I can't say that this is my new favorite novel, This book is a brilliant piece of art. I would recommend this book to those who is serious about reading beautiful writing....more
***Note I wrote this review right after finishing the book and I know that I was a little hard on the author. I really did like the book and I gave it***Note I wrote this review right after finishing the book and I know that I was a little hard on the author. I really did like the book and I gave it 4 stars because it was really that good.***
There is alot to like about this book. The story is engadging and the character development is solid. I am looking foward to the other two books in the series. I loved the pace of the book and the level of detail. I felt the author did a good job of "exposing" details; you, the reader, felt that each detail was something you were being let in on, and that helped you feel attached to the story.
I do have some things I really didn't like about the book. This is a first publication of this author and it shows. Rothfuss uses the litterary device of a nested story, which in itself isn't a bad thing. but for a nested story to work it needs to be concluded. It felt like the nested story was a Harry Potter book without the Voldomort struggle (that is a bad comparison because the book is written so much better than HP). The other part I didn't like about how the nested story was used was that I felt the author was trying to lead the readers reaction to the story by taking breaks and having the current characters react to the story. I understand where this is going, "the Hero remembering who he is by telling his story, then finishes what he started and conquors evil." And I understand that in order for that to work the current characters need some time to be developed, but I felt the author lacked confidence in his writing and needed to lead the reader's reaction.
At the end of the book I was left with too many questions and didn't have any resolution. The overall struggle is left largly undefined, and the hero is far too undeveloped. I can't say that there was any progress made to resolve major struggle or theme. I guess what I am saying is that to read the whole book and have no payoff of understanding or resolution is frustrating. An author can do that in a series where the reader is already committed and there has been a payoff with the first book or books(s). I feel like this was the pilot of a TV Show,instead of a novel. The book needed to stand on it's own more. ...more
I am really glad I read this book. I think it is masterfully done, because it takes a subject that really is one most of us are not going to read abouI am really glad I read this book. I think it is masterfully done, because it takes a subject that really is one most of us are not going to read about, and makes it fascinating. Mary Roach somehow strikes a perfect balance between disturbing, entertaining, informative, and respectful. After reading this one my body is looking forward to doing great things after I am gone. ...more
I think what i like the best about this book is the tone of the book. I can see how some people will call this book slow, but it really does do a goodI think what i like the best about this book is the tone of the book. I can see how some people will call this book slow, but it really does do a good job, at least to me of feeling more like memory. It is an extremely internal book. I loved many of the ideas, and the way that the author presents them is truly amazing. This is a great book....more