Okay... I don't write as many reviews as I used to, and I know this one will be short. But, as my first real reading of a George Bernard Shaw (and in...moreOkay... I don't write as many reviews as I used to, and I know this one will be short. But, as my first real reading of a George Bernard Shaw (and in the 'Classics') I really did enjoy this book. I really took to his writing style - not an over-abundance of descriptive on surroundings and concentrating on the depth of some really interesting characters and interactions. And, not just 'Mr. Jack', there are some strongly portrayed female characters in this one. Sometimes it's hard to imagine the closeness of the Victorian era - probably because he doesn't dwell on surroundings - and just draws you in to the wonderful complexity of the characters.
A lower rating than the others in this series that I've read. Why? It wasn't a bad read, it even followed on from The Gladiator...more3 stars, I liked it ;)
A lower rating than the others in this series that I've read. Why? It wasn't a bad read, it even followed on from The Gladiator with Cato and Macro hunting down Ajax and his slave renegades. It was a fairly interesting read following our hero's and villian to Egypt, then through the swamps. It just lacked something that Scarrow captured in the characters and scenery of the other books. Plus, the story was - for me - slightly weaker.
Maybe I'm just getting harder to please *smiling*... It could be. But, when I'm reading another book in a really good series, I expect it to twist and turn, to grip me, drive me to turn pages, and yearn for more. Again, it wasn't a bad read, I liked it, but it was too much of a stretched out extensional version of The Gladiator rather than an exciting new campaign. The up's and down's didn't rise and fall to the same heights and depths. But, they were only slightly out - this book is certainly far from bad in any respect.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the previous two in this series. Why? Good question. For me, Caesar spends far too much of the books' em...moreI didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the previous two in this series. Why? Good question. For me, Caesar spends far too much of the books' emphasis on his campaigns out of Rome. Starting in Spain, then a really long time (much of the book) in Gaul, then his failures in Britain. I love historical fiction, and facts, but there was no way of knowing all the conversations and details of what happened in his long campaign in Gaul. That part dragged on too far for me, for too much of the book and kept much of the historical politics of Rome from the book. Yes, Caesar had a very long campaign fighting the Gauls, but I don't want half a book on fictional minute details. The deal he struck with Crassus and Pompey was interesting, as were the battles. But much of Rome was detailed in the politics and thoughts of Crassus and Pompey, though quite accurate, I didn't buy a book to read so much of Crassus and Pompey. They're good, factual, characters and former historical leaders in their own devious right.
But I would have prefered less of the book giving so much unknown, fictional, detail in Gaul. Then bringing our leading character (and Marcus) back to Rome much earlier to follow Caesar and his political struggles and achievements... That's just my personal opinion and preference, but I'm pretty sure I'd have given it at least '4 stars' for that. As it is, I liked the book. It was an enjoyable read. But, I didn't find it as enjoyable as the first two. It was a page-turner. But a page-turner where you hope Caesar gets back to Rome sooner.
Historically, it follows on with Caesar's life. Though, I was left feeling as though this book - good as it is - was more of a 'filler' leading up to the next book, where you can 'feel' the 'gripping politics' and 'Caesar's senetorial prowess' is 'yet to come'.
I bought and read this book in about 2008, even though I don't generally go for memoirs or biographies, as such (though I am aware that I've read a co...moreI bought and read this book in about 2008, even though I don't generally go for memoirs or biographies, as such (though I am aware that I've read a couple more; one was a biography on Kevin Costner)...
I did find it a page-turner, and it's certainly different from many books out there ;)
For those who don't know who the Hell Peter Kay is; he's a Northern English (Bolton, Lancashire) comedian ;)
It basically covers how he started off in work, gained material from funny (kind of) things that happenned to him, then went into stand up comedy. Followed by a couple of television shows and commercials...
Is it funny? Some parts may make you smile (depending on your sense of humour, he's not funny to everyone, and not all the time), but I didn't find it a 'laugh out loud' read...
Example: In one of his places of work, he rounds a corner with a work friend and finds armed masked robbers and staff on the ground. One guy, in a Mickey Mouse or Colonel Ghadafi mask points a sawn-off shotgun at him and tells him "Get Down!" Peter Kay replies "What, you mean dance?" *Laughing*
Okay, maybe some parts are actually 'laugh out loud' funny ;)
The thing that struck me as a little odd, or maybe just not healthy, I'm not sure; Was how much he relied on his mother (I'm not saying that's a bad thing, or maybe I am *smiling*)... I mean like cooking his meals when he's an adult (daily, not occassionally), though he was obviously very close to his mother (and I certainly don't object to that)... At one point he leaves home to go to college, he packs his clothes and duvet and goes to catch a train. Okay, so far this isn't weird ;) But then, after one day (or something close) he decides it's not for him and he phones his mother... He says that college is okay, then asks what she's having for dinner... Then, as he's actually in a phone booth at the end of the street, he rushes down and knocks on his mother's door (then goes in for his dinner)...
Maybe it's just me... I do understand showing your mother that you love her. I understand spending time with her... But I was cooking my own meals when I was 14 years old, doing my own washing and shopping (and my mother's shopping)... Okay, that may not be 'normal' either LMFAO... But I also left home at 18, so maybe it's just me... It's certainly my opinion ;)
I enjoyed reading it the first time, but I wouldn't want to read it again. (less)
This book is a much better read than Over The Top... And obviously a different genre (this being sci-fi, adventure, mystery). But I wouldn't give it '...moreThis book is a much better read than Over The Top... And obviously a different genre (this being sci-fi, adventure, mystery). But I wouldn't give it '4 stars', '3.5' maybe...
I think the book reads much better than the movie shows. The book creates more intrigue, and even though it wasn't a 'great' read for me, it was a page turner.
Johnny Mnemonic is a data smuggler (he actually has a jack socket in the back of his neck... And, no, I'm not joking LMAO) in a futuristic Japan. But there are a number of good twists in this book, and a few good characters (one secondary female lead). It kind of covers some deeper areas as well, especially about the main character(s) and the way technology is developing. The thing is; Johnny doesn't know what data he carries, a code is used by the buyer to download the info. Also, Johnny can only handle carrying so much data (very computerish), and he needed to lose something in order to have the space for data...
I read this book years ago, I'd already seen the movie, and to be honest I found the movie much better than this book. The only reason I've given this...moreI read this book years ago, I'd already seen the movie, and to be honest I found the movie much better than this book. The only reason I've given this book '3 stars' is because it's actually better than many of the books which I've given '2 Stars'.
Basically, it's about professional arm wrestling and trying to keep your only family together. A father who's kind of been forced to stay away from his son, enters the arm wrestling world championships in the hope of winning the money to take care of his son. And the son, obviously, has some issues regarding his father's absence and what the truth may be...
Yes, I used to arm wrestle in high school... That's how I got interested enough to watch the movie, then read the book ;)
What made the book worse than the movie was firstly; this really is a very visual story... Watching arm wrestling is kind of macho (*smiling* I know, not good... And yes, it is men holding hands lol). But as subject matter for a read, it wasn't anywhere as interesting. Secondly, I remember the book had this mystical American Indian character (trying to guide the protagonist, spiritually)... This wasn't in the movie and it detracted from the main focus of the story.
I still keep remembering more books I've read. I've never really kept track of my reads, before Goodreads. And many I've given away to charity. (less)