This is a good adaption of Tolkein's classic as a graphic novel. There's some interesting panelling, a mix of light and shade, with some parts of the s...moreThis is a good adaption of Tolkein's classic as a graphic novel. There's some interesting panelling, a mix of light and shade, with some parts of the story told in picture as well as in text. At times I found a few of the pages eye-wearyingly text heavy, however, overall it's an excellent way to make Tolkein's timeless story accessible to reluctant readers.(less)
The Coming of the Whirpool has all the elements of a modern classic for young adults: an unlikely hero who is only too aware of his frailty, a monumen...moreThe Coming of the Whirpool has all the elements of a modern classic for young adults: an unlikely hero who is only too aware of his frailty, a monumental struggle against the elements, drama, the hero's conflict within himself as well as with society. The narrative's highs and lows mirror a sea voyage, the beginning of the journey, the quick takeoff under full sail, the unsettling calm of the doldrums, and the returning of the wind after the calm. Although the language and level of description may be unfamiliar to some of today's teen readers (unless they are keen fantasy or crime lovers), this story brought to mind other great sea tales such as Moby Dick and The Old Man and the Sea. Dow has stayed with me long after I had finished reading - for me, the mark of a great story! The first in a trilogy, the story is none the less satisfying and bound to be a classic of our time. 4 1/2 stars (less)
"The girl and I stood looking at each other. She tried to keep a cute little smile on her face but her face was too tired to be bothered. It kept goin...more"The girl and I stood looking at each other. She tried to keep a cute little smile on her face but her face was too tired to be bothered. It kept going blank on her. The smile would wash off like water off sand and her pale skin had a harsh granular texture under the stunned and stupid blankness of her eyes. A whitish tongue licked at the corners of her mouth. A pretty, spoiled and not very bright little girl who had gone very, very wrong, and nobody was doing anything about it. To hell with the rich. They made me sick." (p.39)
"She lay still now, her face pale against the pillow, her eyes large and dark and empty as rain barrels in a drought. One of her small five-fingered thumbless hands picked at the cover restlessly, There was a vague glimmer of doubt starting to get born in her somewhere. She didn't know about it yet. It's so hard for women - even nice women - to realize that their bodies are not irresistible." (p.95)
Raymond Chandler's 'The Big Sleep' reads like a set piece. It's as though you can hear the overblown gangster drawl reeling off the page. Chandler's descriptions of characters and settings are so vivid, his comments a treasure trove of sarcastic, politically incorrect sarcastic wit!
My next treat is the movie, starring Bogart and Bacall, screenplay by William Faulkner, filmed in 1946. It will be interesting to see how it compares with my mind's vivid images created from reading Chandler's novel.(less)
As a lover of dystopian fiction, I need to go back to the classics - to where it all started, at least for WOMEN'S dystopian tales. First published in...moreAs a lover of dystopian fiction, I need to go back to the classics - to where it all started, at least for WOMEN'S dystopian tales. First published in 1985, 'The Handmaid's Tale' is enthralling, utterly gripping and horrifying all at once. It provided me with one of those light bulb moments - the realisation of the firm link between dystopias and cults. All I can say is that my reading takes me to some amazing scenarios and landscapes. Reading Atwood's tale is a must for lovers of 'Delirium' - it's the forerunner of that story. 'The Handmaid's Tale', '1984' and 'Brave New World' form for me the holy triangle of early dystopian novels.
Favourite quotes from 'The Handmaid's Tale':
"We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank while spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedon. We lived in the gaps between the stories." (p.66, 67)
"The Library is like a temple."(p.175)
"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum." Don't let the bastards grind you down.
"The moment of betrayal is the worst, the moment when you know beyond any doubt that you've been betrayed: that some other human being has wished you that much evil. It was like being in an elevator cut loose at the top. Falling, falling, and not knowing when you will hit." (p.203)(less)
'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' is a work of art which lovingly weaves history, adventure, mystery and intrigue together with masterful story telling....more'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' is a work of art which lovingly weaves history, adventure, mystery and intrigue together with masterful story telling. An absolute standout;a stunning modern classic; a book to be owned, loved and cherished by many children. (less)