Perhaps its because I'm not a massive fan of the roaring twenties that I didn't seem to love this novel like so many others, though I understood the p...morePerhaps its because I'm not a massive fan of the roaring twenties that I didn't seem to love this novel like so many others, though I understood the point and it was easy to read, it didn't really make a bold impression on me. Yes, its about rich people getting out of hand and then getting away with it, with a love triangle(s) in the middle of it all, but like I said, didn't really make a bold impression on me.
Maybe with the new movie coming out I can get a better impression on it. We shall see.(less)
Honestly, I found the movie to better, the book wasn't bad and I was thoroughly entertained throughout, Flemming keeps the reader wanting to keep goin...moreHonestly, I found the movie to better, the book wasn't bad and I was thoroughly entertained throughout, Flemming keeps the reader wanting to keep going with his short chapters and car chases. (Even if there was only one in this). I loved how fast paced it was, no tea parties, Bond gets in and gets out with a shag along the way (not on the job, as a personal rule though).
However, I didn't like his style of writing, I don't know why, I cannot put my finger on it, it was simple and easy to understand (excluding the poker game, but that's only because I don't play poker), yet, it annoyed me and it was, in a word: blah. It made me wonder how his Bond books are classics in the first place.
For the genre its in, 'Casino Royale' met its expectations for the seasoned spy novel reader (which I'm not, this one, being my first) and for that I applaud it. Girls, guns and gadgets are a bloke's delight.
Will I read another Bond novel down the line? Yes. It was entertaining and makes a good holiday read and just for the fact that the novels are classics, so Flemming was doing something right.
Oh, and feminist? stay away from this this one, because apparently woman are only good for recreational use and cooking.(less)
Honestly, I don't why this book is getting so much "hate" and the only reason I can think of is that the people who hate it are the 'right' white peop...moreHonestly, I don't why this book is getting so much "hate" and the only reason I can think of is that the people who hate it are the 'right' white people who have lots of love for Obama and dinner parties, which is what this book is about.
I've never read Lander's blog, so this entire book was all new material for me. Simple to read, I got through it in less than twenty four hours and was a good break from the just as politically incorrect book: Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell (ironically, a book that the white population would probably enjoy because it isn't 'mainstream') I love all humor, but honest humor has got to be one of the best, Lander essentially, outs the white population and their undying love for Apple products and their perfect children. Each section reminded me of the white friends that I have and even myself, though, I'm not full white, being one of those hybrid mixed raced kids that white people want to have (and my white mother has accomplished this with my Asian father).
Nothing screamingly memorable, but a good laugh and worth a read on a boring afternoon.
This is my third book by Jon Krakauer that I've read so far and I've always liked his style of writin...moreWell, this was a pure mind fuck to say the least.
This is my third book by Jon Krakauer that I've read so far and I've always liked his style of writing which is like a big journal article. 'Under The Banner of Heaven' is no exception.
Krakauer investigates the murder of Brenda and her baby girl Erica Lafferty's murder by her brother in laws Ron and Dan Lafferty in the name of God. In true Krakauer style, he goes straight to he horses mouth to get information, interviewing the killers and why and how they did it. It's horrifying, Especially, as the brothers have zero remorse to what they did and believe they will be welcomed by God with open arms in to the Kingdom of Heaven when the world comes to an end. Their going to get a nasty surprise.
Under The Banner of Heaven really opened my eyes about the Mormon religion, the main stream Mormons who are generally good Christan's, while the FLDS are another breed of its own that scares the crap out of me. Reading stories about those who 'got out' was truly awful. What makes it more awful is the fact that all the abuse and brainwashing still goes on, their current prophet is a fame whore who is currently in prison for various charges regarding child abuse, like Ron and Dan, he feels no remorse. Yet, people still follow him. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend this.
In the middle was the history of Mormonism, dry in parts, but full of interesting facts, from what I read, it sounds like Joseph Smith made The Book of Mormon up, sure, in all religions there is some aspect of 'fantasy' in it. I'm a Buddhist, but I doubt the Buddha was born walking and talking with lotus flowers appearing at his feet. The Book of Mormon takes it a step further. (Black people are black because they are wicked and God cursed them with black skin).
The end of book closes with Ron's retrial and and future of the Mormons and honestly, I'm scared. Very scared. (less)
Got through this in a day. A nice quick read for the busy uni student, who just wanted to escape real life for awhile.
I've never read any of McEwan's...moreGot through this in a day. A nice quick read for the busy uni student, who just wanted to escape real life for awhile.
I've never read any of McEwan's books, but I have read bits and pieces of 'Atonement' for my creative writing class one time and he certainly does have a distinct way with his words. I can't quiet put my finger on it, but its very much McEwan.
Set in 1960's Britain on the eve of sexual liberation, Florence and Edward are two newly weds, hopelessly in love, but hopeless in the bedroom, being both virgins, conforming to the rules and regulations of the period with dire consequences of doing so. Edward is a typical 22 year old male, dying to have sex with his wife, while Florence, though, she is just as in love with her new husband as he is with her, can't quiet seem to get there. Mistakes are made and the consequences are dire.
Flashbacks of the couple of how they met are through out the book, does make the reader believe that they are truly in love, even though they come from different backgrounds and upbringing. Their both smart, being both university educated and have different interest. In other words: opposites attract.
I rather devastated by the ending and felt sad afterwards. I was certain that love would conquer all and it would be enough for them to last. And it might of been, if better decisions were made by the characters on both parts.
'On Chesil Beach' shows of how one decision can change the course of your life. A lovely read. But a sad one. (less)
I saw the play last year and really enjoyed it. I should look in to more of Tennessee William's play other than this one and Streetcar (which I read l...moreI saw the play last year and really enjoyed it. I should look in to more of Tennessee William's play other than this one and Streetcar (which I read last year).
"Cat" really is a look in to the "perfect" Southern American family that is of course, every thing but perfect and has many secrets that are threatening to come to light in one evening. But like Streetcar, they do, but everything just goes back to normal and everyone lives in denial, which I guess is what William's purpose in his writing is about: keeping the peace, even if you can't be yourself or go insane.
Yes. Excellent. As good as it is on stage, puts the film version itself to shame, even though that was generally a good film. It just cut out a major plot point, due to the film laws at the time. I think if "Cat" was re-made with all the plot points intact, it would be am excellent film. (less)
The main reason I read this book was because the author was a guest lecture in my creative writing class, especially after I found out that not only w...moreThe main reason I read this book was because the author was a guest lecture in my creative writing class, especially after I found out that not only was he gay, but he was Asian, which, just validated me to read it even more!
Laugh out loud funny and relate-able in a sense, as I'm an Asian in Australia as well, even though I didn't grow up here like the author, but most importantly, it was a heart warming book about family and growing up in a multicultural society. Since Law actually went to uni (mine, in fact) to learn how to write, the book was well structured, well written and easy to read.
A good take on Thailand's various coups through out history. I just couldn't finish it. Perhaps it's because my lack of knowledge of Thai history (whi...moreA good take on Thailand's various coups through out history. I just couldn't finish it. Perhaps it's because my lack of knowledge of Thai history (which is embarrassing, as I'm Thai myself) which was a factor the prevented me from enjoying this book to it's full extent.
But that aside, it's a good book and understandable why it won the S.E.A. Write award a few years back. My lack of patience just couldn't get through it.(less)
One afternoon wonder is certainly a way to describe 'The Prophet' it's small and I read it within an hour and a half.
It's certainly one of those book...moreOne afternoon wonder is certainly a way to describe 'The Prophet' it's small and I read it within an hour and a half.
It's certainly one of those books where I'd go back and read passages of it or even the whole book again, as it's small and insightful. It wasn't as AMAZING! as my mother said it would be, but it still was a good book and if you're in to any of that philosophy stuff, 'The Prophet' is certainly one not to be missed. (less)
Wow. Really really really enlightening. Surprising to find that Siddhartha isn't the Buddha himself (as I know him to be, along with many others) but...moreWow. Really really really enlightening. Surprising to find that Siddhartha isn't the Buddha himself (as I know him to be, along with many others) but just a Brahmin's son, who is on his own path to enlightenment. I was raised a Buddhist myself and though, not really devout now in adulthood (and never really was even in childhood), I still go by Buddha's teaching and philosophy's out of habit.
This book just shows that one doesn't have to have a religion and doesn't necessarily have to go with the crowd just because everyone else is to be a 'good person'. Even if it takes you a long path to 'enlightenment' days, months, years ect;
In short, an excellent and insightful read. It will make you appreciate your life a little, if not, more :)(less)
I was suppose to have read this book in school I believe. But I didn't, so I've only just read it now.
Well, I've learned that Thai young adult fiction...moreI was suppose to have read this book in school I believe. But I didn't, so I've only just read it now.
Well, I've learned that Thai young adult fiction is dull as. Though the story itself has so much potential, seeing as the story takes place in Bangkok, right after the second world war (in which Bangkok was occupied by the Japanese) and is about a family and their neibourhood. Great setting. Dull plot. No actual main conflict, there are several minor ones that are solved within a chapter and then forgotten or never mentioned again. I can see why it is the type of book that would be chosen for schools, it teaches morals and how to be a good person. That's good and all, but we still need some sort of actual story line with a conflict in it to get to the lesson of the story.
On a side note though, it was small and easy to read. And I wish the best of luck to the future generations in Thai schools to have to read this "good" but dull book.(less)
A perfect book to be read on this rather dull and grey Monday afternoon in one sitting.
Alessandro Baricco's "Silk" is a little treasure of a book tha...moreA perfect book to be read on this rather dull and grey Monday afternoon in one sitting.
Alessandro Baricco's "Silk" is a little treasure of a book that reminded me of Margaret Dugras "The Lover" lyrical, moving and exotic at the same time. I wouldn't say it has an amazing plot, but "Silk" is one of those books you read for the way it is written and not the actual storyline. Either way, it was still a stunning read that I will surely pick up again on a dull Monday afternoon during the holidays.(less)