I wanted to like this, since I enjoyed her other book, but this was far too dark for me to enjoy as something marketed as an erotica. Also, the endingI wanted to like this, since I enjoyed her other book, but this was far too dark for me to enjoy as something marketed as an erotica. Also, the ending felt unfinished....more
A well written short story that feels like an original Greek or Celtic Myth. The first person pov worked well and gave it intimacy. I loved the imagerA well written short story that feels like an original Greek or Celtic Myth. The first person pov worked well and gave it intimacy. I loved the imagery and thought it was a lovely little tale. And it was free on Amazon, yay.
What I thought was going to be a formulaic little novella turned into a completely different story. Highly recommend for any ASoIaF fans who haven't vWhat I thought was going to be a formulaic little novella turned into a completely different story. Highly recommend for any ASoIaF fans who haven't ventured into these stories.
Plus I imagined Dunk as a taller version of JonTron, voice and all, so I was totally amused the whole time.
Anyway though I was all up in this little story, good times....more
A thoroughly researched collection of stories of real North Korean defectors that explain the horrors of growing up in this country. A real wake up caA thoroughly researched collection of stories of real North Korean defectors that explain the horrors of growing up in this country. A real wake up call that puts your own life in perspective. This is horrifying and riveting and feels like a fiction, it feels like it can't be real. And perhaps it's because it seems so much like 1984, but life imitates art and this very very real (and one of the defectors remarked how 1984 is so spot on to his own life). If you don't know much about this country I highly recommend you read this to find out what you don't know. Even if you're not into reading nonfiction, this feels so disturbingly like a dystopian fiction you'll find it readable, as long as you can handle reading about tragic real life circumstances. It's frightening to know that this is contemporary, and as I read all the dates I thought about where I was in life and had no idea that those kind of things were happening on the other side of the world.
You know at first it was going on pretty well, mostly the same as the movie although interspersed with long diatribes about genetics and science and pYou know at first it was going on pretty well, mostly the same as the movie although interspersed with long diatribes about genetics and science and programming, and that was fine, and I thought it was about four star quality, but the second half was just ridiculous. This is one of the few times I've seen a movie leave out pointless action sequences. There's this whole long nonsense about rafting down the river and pterodactyls and the T-Rex coming back every two seconds like a homing missile and it becomes completely unbelievable that they survived all that. And THEN out of the blue after they finally come back, the power is on, they're safe at the lodge, Grant and Ellie decide to go BACK out into the raptor nest, it was just too silly. How would they not be delirious by then after all those hours awake and on the run I don't know, or perhaps that accounts for the lapse in judgement. Either way it was too much, the scientists seemed recklessly moronic.
I would also like to mention the deaths are different in the book, some I expected from the movie never happened and some people that didn't die in the movie died in the book.
I guess I rec it if you're really into the movie and want to see the source material but I would say the movie is far better, it trims the fat and improves the ending by not dragging it out like the book does. ...more
2.5 stars, really. Rounding up because I can't give it a half.
It's not what I expected or wanted, it's more of a history lesson of sorts, more than a2.5 stars, really. Rounding up because I can't give it a half.
It's not what I expected or wanted, it's more of a history lesson of sorts, more than anything, with a bit of philosophy. If you're looking into it because you're interested in m/m romance like I was, this is not the book for you. Instead of depicting a homosexual relationship as the genres may imply, you could say it's better defined as biromantic heterosexuality, if we're getting technical, seeing as the narrator Alexias suggests that being sexual with Lysis is vulgar, and that that's why they have women. (The deeply rooted ancient Greek misogyny is quite apparent as well.)
I don't recommend this unless you're looking specifically for a historical painting of Ancient Greece. The focus isn't on the relationship but more on war, politics, and philosophy. ...more
Okay so I'll make this brief because I don't need to belabor how much praise I have for this book.
I think that personally for me this will be the besOkay so I'll make this brief because I don't need to belabor how much praise I have for this book.
I think that personally for me this will be the best book I read this year and it's only February! But I already know. Mainly because of this: this is the first book in my life that has moved me to tears, and lots of them. I spent the last three chapters with tears streaming down my face and I was enjoying every agonizing second of it.
I knew from opening it I would love it, based on the beautiful writing style with such a focus on sensual experiences. I was tentative about first person POV at first, but it turned out to work very nicely, styled to be as if Patroclus is telling his story to us, to a non-ancient-Greek audience. He explains certain behaviors to impart to us Ancient Greek culture cues which I thought was rather helpful and worked well in the storytelling context. Patroclus as a narrator brings to use the smells and tastes and textures of his memories, painting for us his world in words and I loved every second of it.
I'm a Greek mythology fan, but I had never read the Iliad and couldn't remember too much about the movie Troy. So for me, the whole second half of the book was a new experience, which focused on the different events of the Trojan War. If you're not familiar with the Iliad and are interested in reading the book, I reccommend NOT looking up the plot, because I found that not knowing what was going to happen enhanced my experience. Afterward though you may find yourself totally interested in classical texts. Miller pulls from many different sources, not just the Iliad, to make one cohesive narrative. She isn't changing what's already there, but instead she's filling in the blanks, adding an emotion element and character depth that you experience these classical stories on an entirely new level.
So I loved the writing style, I loved the story, but do I have any cons?
Well, if I have to pick at something, I'd say I wish there was a bit more sexual descriptions. If you've read the summary of this book you'll understand already that this is a book about the queer relationship between Achilles and Patroclus (which was originally implied in the classical text without entirely being stated. However here it is the whole basis of the story.) I wish that Patroclus was more descriptive about that particular part of their lives, when he is so descriptive about everything else. When it comes to sex, we are presented with the sort of writing where the words so gingerly say without saying what's going on instead of outright talking about cocks and such. And while I don't need to be reading an erotica and in fact appreciate how the novel focuses on the emotional impact of the relationship, I would have liked just a tiny bit more of that department...oh just a tiny bit.
Okay well. I get it though. Miller is a teacher and publishing under her own name. I know if I was a teacher I probably wouldn't want my students checking out sex scenes I had written, haha. But whatever man doesn't matter.
This book is amazing and I felt all the range of feels. I love the character arcs, I love how we see the changes in Achilles over the course of his life through Patroclus's eyes, and how love effects decisions and... augh, everything. But see this is why I need to keep it brief because from here on out it would just be me babbling. So if you want a lovely queer book to read which is going to sweep you up and maybe break your heart a few times, than this is for you.
Oh and this goes without saying, but I will absolutely check out anything else she ends up writing. (Please Ms. Miller??)