There are numerous tips & wonderful quotations from the beloved Lemony Snicket. Some of them I've posted on Twitter (I'm currently too tired to lo...moreThere are numerous tips & wonderful quotations from the beloved Lemony Snicket. Some of them I've posted on Twitter (I'm currently too tired to look them up and post them here). But of course I remember a few. "I do what I do in order to do something else." This one still strikes me as amazing as when I first read it. People may not realize how much truth it holds. And something a little more humorous. "It is good to brush your teeth when you are angry, because you brush harder and do a better job."
I cannot put to words how much I truly love Daniel Handler. He has given me a peculiar, and hence a very interesting childhood. Every time he writes something funny or smart, I feel his pride. And every single time he writes something odd, I smile and think, "I love you Daniel. Who else thinks like this? Why even write something like this?" (Meant to be rhetorical ofc) But I hear him saying, "Why not?"
I was looking forward to the first book of this series. But having read the entire ASOUE, I must say it isn't as adventurous, albeit still as clever and entertaining.(less)
Praise for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series by Lemony Snicket.
Since book one, Lemony never failed to emphasize the words unfortunate and mi...morePraise for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series by Lemony Snicket.
Since book one, Lemony never failed to emphasize the words unfortunate and misery along with other words which give off a rather gloomy and sad effect. I was not a fan of that repetitive narration style. The only reason I stayed and believed in this series was because of the seemingly well-formed plot and the interesting turn out of events as portrayed by the film. I knew very well that the series was meant for children even though I strongly felt like it has been steered wrongly. The books may have been written plainly but in no other way can these books be rightfully likened, and hence justified, to be included in the children literature section.
It was said that when the author was writing the series, he and his editor found it right to publish the books under the narrator's name rather than his. It must have gotten to the point where it felt like he really was writing his own reality, with an accumulation of actual researches and histories, rather than a collection of ideas for a fiction series.
Even after numerous warnings, I was not at all affected by the serious of unfortunate events. It was not until the thirteenth book that it got to me. These are not just books now. To me, they are as real as they can be. And possibly, as real as it ever was for Handler himself. It is deeply upsetting to think that this may be happening right now to anyone in the world, and it may even be more strange to discuss it in this review inasmuch as it relays all the misery the world could ever offer. But ultimately, Handler seems to really get the flow of life. And it is for that reason that I look up to him more now, after reading the entire series.
For having to tell a superb yet truly saddening story, for naturally forgetting his own life while diving into writing someone else's tales, and for intermingling reality and fiction in the most stupendous way.
I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as...moreSunny isn't a baby anymore.
I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as bad as their ultimate bane. They should have just let Esme fall into the pit.
As the Baudelaires' unfortunate circumstances fill the tenth book of the series, many mysteries are solved but are still replaced by new ones. And as the Baudelaires reach the V.F.D. headquarters, they think that maybe, just maybe, they had found the answers to many of their lingering questions. After answering three questions, however, they ask themselves the same question. When will these mysteries stop piling up?
Now I wonder, with only three books left, how can the children solve these mysteries?
The Slippery Slope is an interesting part of the whole. I think this is the first book to show more than the others. And for that, this is the best book yet. The Baudelaires learn more about their parents' involvement. They also find an interesting person who they journey with until the end of the book. Apart from their past guardians, we also find out about other people who are believed to be members of the organization. We learn about volunteers who were authors and inventors. We also learn about the lives of the two white-faced women who lost a sibling and their home because of a fire. Yes, the two white-faced women who worked as servants of Count Olaf. And who walked away as they were ordered to throw the youngest Baudelaire off the cliff.
As the Baudelaires and the Quagmire triplet go forward, they realize that even though they're not part of the organization, they were already trained to be volunteers since The Bad Beginning.(less)
For the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing m...moreFor the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing more than send them to people who are supposed to be taking care of them but end up.. let's just say they either try to kill the Baudelaire orphans(?), end up getting killed themselves, accuse the orphans of something utterly terrible, or are not brave enough to help the Baudelaires and be their guardian.
Things are not looking up for the children. And as they get further away, they realize that there's no use in going back to Mr. Poe just so he can send the orphans to another guardian who might be as terrible or more terrible than the one before. They take part in the activities of the Volunteers Fighting Disease during the day and live in the unfinished wing of the hospital at night.
For the first time ever, they are on their own. And for the first time since the gloomy and very unfortunate day at the beach, they are separated. And someone gets left behind. More mysteries begin to unfold while others remain untouched. Ultimately, the orphans escape once more and find solace in the most unexpected place. At least "until something better came along." I sat pondering, is something better ever going to come?(less)
People say the books of this series get better. So far, they're wrong.
I've seen the movie. Loved the movie. I'm one of those readers who would see fil...morePeople say the books of this series get better. So far, they're wrong.
I've seen the movie. Loved the movie. I'm one of those readers who would see film adaptations just to compare. Just to know those differences some people consider trivial. Books Versus Movies.
Moving on.. I didn't see the point of giving the title "Rodrick Rules." I was wondering when they would start to hang out as brothers, to have fun. I was looking forward to Greg and Rowley partying, the fake-puke-on-car moments, the nice Rodrick. None of these actually happened. They were all one-sided Rodrick moments. Disappointing. I was down to the last pages and I was still hoping they'd get together or something. Hope the next book's better.(less)
Pinball 1973 isn't as engrossing as Murakami's other works. Whenever I read a Murakami novel, I always feel the need to go on even when I have a parti...morePinball 1973 isn't as engrossing as Murakami's other works. Whenever I read a Murakami novel, I always feel the need to go on even when I have a particularly busy schedule. Reading this, however, I find myself dozing off at times. And my schedule certainly stopped me from reading this for a while. Whether it's due to the lack of clearly visible similarities and even a hint of familiarity related to the current state of personal things, I do not know.
It's said that Murakami did not intend for english copies of this published outside Japan. True or not, I feel like I know why. There are still a lot of reasons to read this novella. But today, I feel like diverting from the prevailing course of personal acts. I felt the need to emphasise more the negative aspects rather than the positive ones.
The plot screams Murakami. But stylistically speaking, Pinball 1973 is raw. As compared to Hear the Wind Sing, which is much shorter, it isn't as memorable. Although it includes visible roots of his becoming the author we know and love today, this simply did not do as well as I'd hoped.(less)
I've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Lar...moreI've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Larsson's first book of the Millennium Series had a particularly alluring effect on me the first time I heard about it. It had that title which was meant to give a hint of something in a huge and a not-so-huge effect altogether. After a few months of knowing about it, hearing about it and being interested in it, seeing it once again on the shelves of the bookstore made me realize that I already was tired of it. A sort of like jaded prospect.
I borrowed it from my cousin anyway and was planning on starting when other things distracted me and I intentionally let them. There are some books you knowingly deny (the existence of) and this book was one of them for me. It's like you've always known they are going to be utterly great but go on without noticing anyway. After finishing this, I knew I would hate myself for a few minutes. And I did. But all is OK now.
Will Grayson, on the other hand, came as a shock. I did not know anything about it other than these two facts: there will be two Will Graysons and they will be great friends (or best friends or something like that) Both of which are wrong by the way.
All I can say is, Will Grayson is so gay. Literally. It's funny and original altogether. And I never thought that a magnificent collaboration could come up with such a story. Which is why I am ending this review with a simple message:
Tiny Cooper, I am no Will Grayson and I know my name is far from it. But you are one meaty-funny/funny-meaty person with tons and tons of respect and appreciation and I fucking appreciate you!(less)
The Austere Academy is the 5th book in the series, and the second I was not at all familiar with. It tells of the lives of the Baudelaire...moreMemento Mori.
The Austere Academy is the 5th book in the series, and the second I was not at all familiar with. It tells of the lives of the Baudelaires in a different sort of gloomy (although still unfortunate) setting. Reading the series became almost like tedious reading until this book of the series.
Two significant characters, whom I hope will be mentioned again, have been introduced. The triplets who are now just twins, and whose lives are just as unfortunate - the Quagmires.
They also have unlocked a mystery related to Count Olaf which, due to the hasty and ill-fated circumstance nearing the ending, was left heard (and hence made known and/or recalled, replayed or remembered) only by Count Olaf, his two assistants, and the car's rear window.(less)
I wasn't quite sure what to think of this one. I was just extremely curious about his first novel. And as soon as I slide over to the eleventh page, e...moreI wasn't quite sure what to think of this one. I was just extremely curious about his first novel. And as soon as I slide over to the eleventh page, every plot, every story and every single character comes back to mind. I remember the first Murakami novel I've read and the places I've been while reading it. I start to remember his style and recurring themes, his twisted scenarios and surreal settings. It hit me like routine. I should stop reading this now and go on looking for a book. This is a genius' first masterpiece, after all. Edit: I read later on that finding one will lead nowhere since Murakami did not want this book to go public. So instead, English translations as well as original copies are still only kept in a library in Japan.
For a book I'm still not entirely sure was about, I can say it's a constant thrill. I just couldn't leave it alone for more than a minute. It's strange how something as short as this holds the power to shed light to Murakami's roots as a writer. I believe that in familiarizing myself with an author's work, the mere act of it makes me closer to him than other non-readers. Reading a memoir or a debut novel is a faster and a more effective way to getting there.(less)
The first twenty pages or so were easy. They had a good feel to them, a simple connotation that then meant that maybe "this is going to be a good read...moreThe first twenty pages or so were easy. They had a good feel to them, a simple connotation that then meant that maybe "this is going to be a good read after all." I don't know why I was bored throughout their entire journey. At some point, it made me yawn, close my eyes, and pass out altogether. The plot was good. The characters were interesting and the protagonists, they were a whole new set of kids from an entirely new set of gods. I know I should have been expecting this but I still wished all the same. But unlike the Percy Jackson series, which made it extremely hard for me to put the books down, I struggled to finish this one. Maybe it's just me, or maybe it really is the book. We'll see when I get the chance to go through it again.
Now this is the part where I tell you that Riordan.. Rick Riordan is an insanely brilliant magician. He has a few, well a whole set of tricks up his sleeve. I don't know if he always had this seriously impressive, fully formulated, smart-as-a-whip storyline from the beginning and I have no idea how he came up with all that he came up with. (view spoiler)[The silent clashing of Greek and Roman demigods for many, many years. The missing Percy Jackson and the mere existence of Jason Grace, the Roman Half-blood camp and the counterpart of Chiron - Lupa. The contribution of each side to the Olympians' victory in the Titan War. (hide spoiler)] All I know is that he is a superb storyteller.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Finally through with the last book of the series, I found myself feeling something unexpected.
After reading the first half of the book, I was not at...moreFinally through with the last book of the series, I found myself feeling something unexpected.
After reading the first half of the book, I was not at all pleased. I thought about what the ape and the donkey did and it is beyond wrong. But it wasn't enough to keep me motivated so I dropped the book for a while.
Upon finishing the last page, I was starting to feel rather adventurous. Like the book said, the real story is just about to begin.. Every chapter better than the last. That statement left something like a spark in me. And it will always remain bright in some corner of who I am even after I turn 70.(less)