I'm going to assume that Pseudonymous Bosch is a huge Lemony Snicket fan and that he wrote this in his honor. (Haha)
It was difficult for me to put thiI'm going to assume that Pseudonymous Bosch is a huge Lemony Snicket fan and that he wrote this in his honor. (Haha)
It was difficult for me to put this down. However, it pissed me off every time a clear correlation to Daniel Handler's style is made clearly visible. I simply despise rip-offs. Plot-wise, the series has a lot to offer. It has serious potential. Hence, it can go anywhere. And that is basically why I couldn't stop reading.
Alchemy has not been the focus of a single reading I've had, except that of the Harry Potter series. And even though it is not clear to me what this entire series is about and most especially, what the big Secret is, with the capital S, I really like this book. So despite the inconsistencies when it comes illustrations, I'm giving it a 4.
Since I've finished the first two episodes of this TV series, I found that the word "Touch" gives off a rather flashy effect. Right now, I'm looking forward to reading the Touch-related book of the series....more
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 readThe 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"]>...more
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 BaudelaireMemento 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....more
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 mFor 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?...more
What made me read this: Adventure. What made me keep on reading: The story within the story. What I really liked about it: The transformationRating: 4.5
What made me read this: Adventure. What made me keep on reading: The story within the story. What I really liked about it: The transformation. What made me fall in love with this book: The take on religion.
It took me 10 months to finish this book. 1 week to finish the first half, 9 months and 2 weeks to stop thinking about it, and another week to finish it.
Took me that long, why? The story builds up slowly. And probably 90% of the book tells the story of Pi while in the open sea. (Why 4.5?) While I'm a big fan of adventure, I find it tedious to be reading about someone's daily routine for survival. Especially if it's hundreds of pages long.
Ninety percent through, I started wondering when and how it would end. My sister mentioned something about a Japanese. I started making up endings in my head. The best I came up with is this. A stranded japanese survivor would show up in the carnivorous island and would offer shelter and food to Pi. Despite the conflict in language, they will live harmoniously with Richard Parker, the house pet. I guess that ending explains why I'm just one of the readers while Martel is a known author.
Pi's encounters were written with care and in minute detail and narrated thoroughly. I advice you to read it with care, in minute detail. The author's way of particularizing is also his way of telling you to PAY ATTENTION. READ AND UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING I SAY. IF YOU DON'T, I AM NOT TO BLAME FOR ANY FEELING OF REVULSION, SHOCK OR SURPRISE. Which is pointless because even if you do pay attention, it's not like you can avoid shock.
I won't give anything away. You'd think there's nothing else to give away anyway. An Indian boy gets stranded in a lifeboat with a 250 pound Bengal tiger. If you think that's all there is to it, that's where you're wrong. I just can't, for the life of me, put into words how amazing this book is....more