A man called Ove decides to die. Ove's never really liked other people, the only person who's constant company he enjoyed is his beloved wife Sonia. WA man called Ove decides to die. Ove's never really liked other people, the only person who's constant company he enjoyed is his beloved wife Sonia. When Sonia passes away and Ove is subsequently forced into early retirement, he decides that joining Sonia is the only logical thing to do. However, life has other plans and soon enough Ove is distracted from his suicide plans by nosy neighbors, teenagers, a certain cat and a series of frustrating yet hilarious events.
What a lovely book! I must be honest and admit that I absolutely hated it at the start. Ove's bitterness about EVERYTHING just got on my nerves, especially when we realize it's not age that's made him bitter but his genetic make-up. I didn't like his wife, for she seemed a self obsessed creature, I didn't like Pavana for her appalling meddling ways, I didn't even like the cat. I was just annoyed at the whole lot of them.
But then, the clown incident happened at the hospital and it made me giggle. And as the relationship between the characters deepened and evolved into something substantial, I started enjoying their interactions and felt for them. It's quite a feat for a book to change a reader's feelings so utterly. I usually judge a book in the first couple of chapters and if I dislike it then it's close to impossible to change my mind. Not only did I start liking though mid way, I LOVED it. The characters were so colorful and distinct, the dialogue funny and endearing and Ove grew on me unexpectedly.
By the end of this book, I was tearing up at each chapter, happy tears mostly. It was a beautiful, if sad ending, that was a perfect end to this light hearted, emotionally engaging novel....more
This book's only redeeming factor are it's Irish Mythological characters. Overshadowed by their Greek counterparts, we barely ever hear about those guThis book's only redeeming factor are it's Irish Mythological characters. Overshadowed by their Greek counterparts, we barely ever hear about those guys, so it was refreshing. Otherwise, it was pretty boring and nothing original. ...more
Ok Hollywood!! You MUST make a remake of this! The 1940's movie doesn't count, it's bound to be cliché and over dramatic as was typical of that era.
LOk Hollywood!! You MUST make a remake of this! The 1940's movie doesn't count, it's bound to be cliché and over dramatic as was typical of that era.
Look, I've made your life easy.. I've already cast the roles, I'll even direct it for free! It will be a hit.. promise.
Mr. De Winter: Dark, broody, middle aged:
He can still pass for a man in his 40's... right?! Botox works miracles.
Mrs. De Winter: Innocent, Naïve, young
In case you have no clue who that is, it's Dakota Fanning's little sister. Maleficent anyone?
Rebecca: Dark features, beautiful, mysterious character
Mrs. Danvers: Creepy, Skeleton like
No one does creepy like Helena Bonham. No. One.
Seriously now, this was the best book I've read all year. It's made my favorite book list. I know it's not perfect, du Maurier isn't the best with dialogue, in fact there were times when the dialogue was pretty basic and awkward, but who cares about dialogue when you've got the most beautiful descriptive paragraphs. Du Maurier's writing sucks you in and makes you feel like you're living the story with the characters.
I've read Jamaica Inn by the same author and found it to be mediocre at best, but Rebecca... Rebecca is a whole other world. If you're a fan of gothic themed books, this one is for you. It's not creepy in a horror way, it's more of a gothic thriller, but it did creep me out considering I'd read in the dark before bed every night.
I loved all the little details that went into it. Choosing to maintain an unnamed female protagonist was just perfect and fit into our heroine's naïve, plain and timid personality. I can imagine her optimistic and jaded view on life would have irritated some people but i totally identified with her overactive imagination. Haven't we all been there? Day dreaming about all the great things we're going to accomplish and how wonderful life's going to turn out, only to have reality hit us in the face like a brick.
Mrs. Danvers, bravo! The creepy, vindictive housekeeper, who's never gotten over Rebecca's death and hates our heroine on sight. Our heroine was terrified of her and so was I. I dreaded her name appearing on the page because it spelled disaster. The fact that du Maurier was able to incite such feelings in the reader is proof of her genius.
I want to read this book again and get lost in it's timeless pages. ...more
When I was in High School I had a crush on a boy who shared my love of Fantasy novels. I introduced him to the world of the Wheel of Time and he in tuWhen I was in High School I had a crush on a boy who shared my love of Fantasy novels. I introduced him to the world of the Wheel of Time and he in turn promised to lend me Eragon. He had a terrible reputation and was labelled as a "bad boy", while I was the ever dramatic teen who pined after people but enjoyed the drama too much to ever actually date them. So, when he finally got round to lending it to me, I was upset at him for some reason and tragically refused to take it. We went to different schools and he had passed it on to a mutual friend, he even sprayed it with his perfume. Cringe. Anyway, I refused to take it from her (mutual friend), asked her to give it back to him and vowed never to read it. Ever.
Eventually, I grew up, became slighty less dramatic and got over the whole incident. However, by then I felt I had outgrown Eragon and I didn't think I'd find much enjoyment in it. Now, 10 years later, I've been taking a trip down book memory lane and picking up books I've always wanted to read regardless of their genre or their age target.
My hunch was correct though, I have outgrown Eragon. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely book, it accomplished what Anne McCaffrey set out to do with her Pern novels (Don't know what I'm talking about? Check my Pern review here ) but it was just too childish for me. Especially the beginning, which was drawn out in a slow world building fashion. Then you had your typical Heroic Fantasy elements. A nobody who suddenly discovers he's something special, a tragic event that starts him on his journey, the old wise man that tutors him, the ally he finds along the way to help him, etc. etc. etc. It didn't help that i was reading Gardens of the Moon at the same time, it accentuated Eragon's lackluster fantasy elements. It's 2.5 stars, but I've bumped it up to 3 because it IS an enjoyable book for younger people and I would like to read it with my nieces, it's just a shame that I happened to read it at 27 rather than at 16 as intended! ...more
Complete and utter waste of time. The only reason I even bothered with this one is because I had already downloaded the audio book and I didn't have aComplete and utter waste of time. The only reason I even bothered with this one is because I had already downloaded the audio book and I didn't have anything else to entertain me on my way to work.
Dante's whining levels increased ten fold in this one. She spent the whole book moping around one dead lover or the other in between getting flashbacks of her childhood abuse.
This series is really sub par compared to other paranormal romances. Does not deserve such a high rating at all. The main character is unlikeable and annoying, the supporting characters are indistinguishable from a lamppost, the writing repetitive and the plot..... no comment.
I have to start doing my due diligence when picking a paranormal romance, not many gems left out there....more
I read this book a couple of months ago and have been too lazy to write a review, mostly because this was shit.
She (Myst) the most coveted Valkyrie inI read this book a couple of months ago and have been too lazy to write a review, mostly because this was shit.
She (Myst) the most coveted Valkyrie in the world, and he (Wroth) a vampire searching for his eternal bride. Can their forbidden love prevail against all odds?!! cue dramatic music
Can't even be bothered to write a witty and sarcastic review. So here's the breakdown:
- Myst is a pain in the ass. She's meant to be a thousand years old, yet her and her powerful ancient sisters spend the whole book screeching at each other, painting their nails, playing video games and like behaving like total teenagers, like oh my god, like, like like.
- Wroth is boring
- He chases her around the whole book since she leaves him with an erection only she can satisfy *gag* and then proceeds to pretty much rape her. You can argue that it wasn't rape since she "initiated" it, but he took her as a prisoner, controlled her through a magical item and teased her until she was "begging for it". LIKE THAT EVER HAPPENS?!?!?!?! Oh yea, being held prisoner and sexually assaulted is so sexy... SAID NO ONE EVER.
There really wasn't much to the story. It's not a paranormal romance as it proclaims itself, it's pure erotica.
What a delightful and clever book. I enjoyed reading this book SO much. It was pretty much an ode to the 80's and even though I wasn't around in the eWhat a delightful and clever book. I enjoyed reading this book SO much. It was pretty much an ode to the 80's and even though I wasn't around in the era, I still appreciated the references. In fact, it got me really interested in that decade and I wished I had grown up then, just so I could get all the allusions.
I loved the world Cline created, it's where I feel humanity is eventually headed. Great characters, on point dialogue, fast paced writing and action packed pages. Perfect read for any gamer enthusiast, 80's kid, Sci-fi or dystopian reader and anyone who enjoys an intelligent page turner.
This would have made a great farce. I laughed out loud at every tragic thing that happened because this book can't be taken seriously. But I don't thiThis would have made a great farce. I laughed out loud at every tragic thing that happened because this book can't be taken seriously. But I don't think the author intended it as a farce, i think H.P. Wood genuinely wanted us to care about the characters and feel sad at their deaths.
I didn't care though and the fact that it wasn't a farce and the ridiculous tragedies that happened weren't intended to be funny made the book desperate and boring.
Writing could have been tighter. There's a 6 page dialogue between 2 characters that's repetitive and juvenile.
" Shuuut up, you bloviating fool." ( BLOVIATING? on what planet does a teenage boy say Bloviating?) " A fool, am I? This fool was just put in charge of Dreamland." " What did you say?" " Wait, you want me to talk now? I'm sorry. It's hard to keep up with-" " That park is mine. My father doesn't even care about Dreamland, not really. He wanted to call it the Hippodrome, for Chrissake! I'm the one who loves it. I'm the one who-"
How about both you bloviating fools shut the fuck up. And how about enough with the italics italics.
The book is also confused about it's genre, there are some who've shelved it as "Magical Realism" and I think it really wanted to be that. However, there's probably 1.5 magical realism elements in. Not enough to warrant it that title.
It's a good try. I liked the opening, it was original, i would really love to convert this into a farce though. ...more