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)
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)
Are you going to be playing for the pure of thrill of unreluctant desire?
It was obvious David Levithan was writing Dash' parts, and Rachel Cohn - Lily...moreAre you going to be playing for the pure of thrill of unreluctant desire?
It was obvious David Levithan was writing Dash' parts, and Rachel Cohn - Lily's. Only after finishing the book did I confirm it. Also I found it amusing that the whole book was David's idea, but the whole notebook thing was supposedly Lily's idea, or Langston's. As was said after the final pages of the story, the authors just wrote back and forth because that's how they usually do a collab. Considering that the whole story only lasted for about a week or so, it was too fast. And yet, too irresistible.
I liked Dashiell's parts more. Not sure if it's because Levithan wrote them but I just found Lily's parts to be really girly. And truthfully speaking, Dash is my kind of guy. boy.. guy-boy. Also, I found myself remembering at times that they were only sixteen. I'm pretty sure I would have loved it more if this came out when I was younger though. I would have related to the story, which reminded me of a particular quote from a show. "Even when an adult, our hearts will always be fifteen."
Wasn't that interesting until they first met. There's beauty in meeting someone you've been talking to for a long time. Like hope, and sometimes, sad hope.
This book made me laugh. Pretty sure I looked silly at times. The baby stealer part was quite shallow, but made laugh anyway. Their love story felt unreal at first. But it builds up rather slowly, and nicely, and with a really good foundation.
Things I really liked: 1) Clever use of words 2) Langston was suddenly a wise man. I want an older brother. 3) Dissing Nicholas Sparks. 4) Making a possibility - a reality. 5) Dashiell is a really nice name.
Sweet, sweet, young love. And first kisses, and wanting someone to kiss. Takes me back sometimes. How simple life is in the eyes of a 16-year old, and how light and bright things can be. "Your lightness," Dash said.(less)
Meg has indigo/cyan/violet hair — her way of saying that nothing can get to her, that she's been through enough to not be afraid or to not care about...moreMeg has indigo/cyan/violet hair — her way of saying that nothing can get to her, that she's been through enough to not be afraid or to not care about what people think about her. Meg is stuck in the past. She doesn't figure that out at first, but realizes eventually that the unusual color of her hair sells the very obvious about her. An experienced past. Meg thinks she has it all figured out. She hates to plan but unknowingly does it all the time. She predicts the reactions of people well. She knows how to read people.. until Officer After.
Officer After is calm, well-mannered, prepared, young and handsome. John After (inside) is warm, possessive, decided and self-destructing. They both try to help the other in their own ways. Instead, they end up hurt. "What have we done to each other?"
I'm giving 4 stars to Jennifer Echols' Going Too Far. This is my first book by J. Echols and it's a good read. John/Meg will certainly be added up to my list of OTPs. They deny their love for each other at first because it just seems wrong. A cop falling for a blue-haired delinquent; a rebellious girl falling for a cop.
This is a love story. And like typical love stories, their individual lives are dull and incomplete without the other. It always takes a while for them to realize the simplicity of the fact.(less)
"We're Tuesday people." I keep thinking about what important thing I was doing last Tuesday to have skipped reading time. Anyway. Tuesdays with Morrie...more"We're Tuesday people." I keep thinking about what important thing I was doing last Tuesday to have skipped reading time. Anyway. Tuesdays with Morrie. It's amazing. Know why? You get a lot of Tuesdays, with Morrie.(less)
I have long forgotten about this one and so I thank my dear friend for reminding me. This reminds me so much of my childhood that I am willing to read...moreI have long forgotten about this one and so I thank my dear friend for reminding me. This reminds me so much of my childhood that I am willing to read even without an actual book.
When I was young, I always looked out for this show on TV. It was dubbed and old. Days would pass and it would be a routine to watch it. I remember Jerusha Abbott writing to her D.L.L. while she was in College, the animals, her friends, etc. What was left unclear was the ending.
And damn I loved it. I'm not entirely sure if it's the same as the TV adaptation's ending but it sure is a lovely ending for a lovely book. This is one of the earliest young adult fiction books and is a must read.(less)