Celebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this book is captivating not only through the sublime storytelling, but also with the beautiful illustrations to mCelebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this book is captivating not only through the sublime storytelling, but also with the beautiful illustrations to match it. Disney has nothing on these pages....more
I have not reviewed a book like this for a long time. By that I mean commenting it and analysing it like I would books when I was at University. For tI have not reviewed a book like this for a long time. By that I mean commenting it and analysing it like I would books when I was at University. For that I could give this book 5 / 5 stars, because I have truly missed doing that. It is not perfect and I would suggest it is not particularly written well, which could gain it only 1 / 5 stars. It was intriguing and often captivating, but then again it alienated me and occasionally I felt it beating me off for not truly understanding, making me feel uneducated and possibly a bit stupid. It was hard to get in to, but it was also hard to put down at times. I felt a resonance within me for the story it was telling, but I felt a dull echo alongside for the calamity it actually was.
I still do not know how many stars to give it. I have never come across a book I cannot assigned a rating to. Occasionally there will be a book that should be a 2, but I might give it a 3 for the cover or a certain way that book made me feel, or for making me laugh more than it really should have. I rarely give 5 stars because I feel people really over-sell and over-rate books and I do not believe they deserve a 5-star rating. Most of my 5-star ratings on GoodReads should actually be a 4.5 or 4.7. There are only two or three books I can honestly say should have 5.0-stars.
I cannot give it 1-star because it spoke to me on a deep level in a way no other 1-star book has. I cannot give it 5-stars because it was seriously flawed and, though there are no perfect books out there (that I have read yet) all of the books I have given 5-stars were given out of pure joy and adoration. I do not adore this book and I would not describe my feeling as I came out of it as joy.
I will probably re-read this book. I may have to, just to understand it. It has taught me a lot, mostly about music which is not an uninteresting topic to me. The storyline has almost become a by-product, but the world, the meanings and the writing is at the forefront. It is a contemporary classic, but at the same time it is not.
This book was disappointing in truth. I thought it would be something refreshingly different but it ended up being rather plain, boring and, well, cliThis book was disappointing in truth. I thought it would be something refreshingly different but it ended up being rather plain, boring and, well, clichéd. There didn't seem to be any particular reason why it was set in Victorian London except for the excuse to have dirigibles, corsets and carriages. The supernatural theme was shaky at best, possibly an attempt at being original but it wasn't thought out well enough to render it this title.
A saving grace? Perhaps the fact that I set my standards too high for it. It reminded me of the-book-that-shall-not-be-named. Ho-hum. If you enjoy paranormal romance with little going with the plot except five pages of near-death experiences and a bit of a conspiracy, then go for it. I presume this book is read for the paranormal romance only, which is fine if you like that kind of thing. I mean, you can only read that other book so many times, can't you?