I just can't do it. Every time I pick up the book, I just feel like shit. Sorry, Fitzgerald.. I'm sure it's a good book, but I just can't wade through...moreI just can't do it. Every time I pick up the book, I just feel like shit. Sorry, Fitzgerald.. I'm sure it's a good book, but I just can't wade through it. Maybe eventually I'll try again, but right now.. Nope.(less)
This book is completely overrated. It's alright, I guess, but it mostly got all it's hype from the "controversy" and not from actual writing skills. I...moreThis book is completely overrated. It's alright, I guess, but it mostly got all it's hype from the "controversy" and not from actual writing skills. I mean, seriously... when the best sellers list has got Twilight up there, you know the people reading and making those books popular aren't the brightest bulbs on the block.(less)
Funny and brutally honest at points, I loved the read. It was quick, basically a one-sitter. I thought I knew what was going on about thirty pages in,...moreFunny and brutally honest at points, I loved the read. It was quick, basically a one-sitter. I thought I knew what was going on about thirty pages in, but it took me until near the end to realize how wrong I was. And the end, both saddening and hilarious. It's got quite a bit of cursing and a bit too much detail for some people's liking, but I loved it. The random facts everyone seemed to know, the descriptions of the almost pathetic 600 waiting to blow their load on some aging porn queen.
Some of my favorite, hopefully non-spoiler quotes from the book:
"Right now, up those stairs, the lady behind the door, she's neutral territory. A shrine where you pilgrimage a thousand miles on your knees to pay tribute. Same as Jerusalem or some church. Special to white supremacists, and Bloods, Crips, and Ninjas, a lady who transcends turf wars for power. Who transcends race and nationality and family. Every man here might hate every other man, outside of here we might all kill each other, but we all love her. Our Holy Ground. Cassie Wright, our angel of peace."
"The religious school she went to, growing up, Ms. Wright said how all the girls had to wear a scarf tied to cover their ears at all times. Based on the biblical idea that the Virgin Mary became pregnant when the Holy Spirit whispered in her ear. The idea that ears were vaginas. That, hearing just one wrong idea, you lost you innocence. One detail too many and you'd be ruined. Overdosed on information."
"Porn, he says, is a job you only take after you abandon all hope."
"'It only takes one mistake,' the Dan Banyan guy says, 'and nothing else you ever do will matter.' With his empty hand, he takes one of my hands. His fingers feel hot, fever-hot, and pounding with his heartbeats. He turns my hand palm-up saying, 'No matter how hard you work or how smart you become, you'll always be known for that one poor choice.' He sets the blue pill on my palm, saying, 'Do that one wrong thing - and you'll be dead for the rest of your life.'"
"Such a hypocrite. After that, she'd in the kitchen practicing boiled-icing scrotums and lemon-curd assholes, mixing food coloring to make clits and nipples. Wasting gallons of buttercream frosting to squeeze out row and row of foreskin on sheets of wax paper. You open our fridge, and inside you'll find sheets of labia, leftover lengths of thigh or butt cheek, same as the kitchen of Jeffrey Dahmer."
"She shouts that nothing except a lifetime of festering anger and hatred would give you the determination to wait around corners for hours, rain or shine, to loiter at bus stops just in case Cassie Wright happened by. To get revenge."
"Cassie said maybe if she was stupid and desperate, really clutching at straws and emotionally needy, utterly destroyed, she'd accept my proposal - so I figured there was still hope. Trouble was, her folks had poisoned her against me with all this self-esteem crap."(less)
I knew I should have spent the money to get the rest of the series, too. Now I have to wait till the weekend to see what happens next and it's making...moreI knew I should have spent the money to get the rest of the series, too. Now I have to wait till the weekend to see what happens next and it's making me a crazy person!(less)
**spoiler alert** I am absolutely stunned by the reviews this book has gotten. No, it is not remotely similar to Harry Potter. No, it isn't fast paced...more**spoiler alert** I am absolutely stunned by the reviews this book has gotten. No, it is not remotely similar to Harry Potter. No, it isn't fast paced at all. I struggled through this book... it's depressing, misleading and boring until about a third of the way through.
In walks Quentin Coldwater. He's a genius and his friends are geniuses and he's got everything set, but he is bored. He's obsessed with thoughts of Fillory, a fictional land from a series of children's books called Fillory and Further. Life is exceedingly boring for him until he meets a paramedic who gives him a manila folder and then something new and exciting, something similar to what he always wanted, is suddenly thrust upon him. The first 200 pages is the entirety of his four years of magic school. Nothing in particular happens. Seriously. A demon in accidentally summoned to one of his classes and kills one of his classmates. He runs into an old friend who was denied access to the school he was accepted to (and the horrible effect it had on her). It develops the bonds between the group of friends. It's an excruciating read.
He graduates, moves out and in with his girlfriend and proceeds to binge on alcohol, drugs and sex until it leads up to him cheating on his girlfriend, Alice, which really annoyed me because she was a great character and he was always very unlikable to me. Immediately after he cheats and before the dust ever really settles, an old friend from school shows up and tells them they're going to Fillory. Yea, the fictional story Quentin was obsessed with is real. By this point, he's desperately bored with being a Magician and this is yet another out.
They go to Fillory, and the sequence of events is actually pretty amazing. Everything is tied up and it's beautifully written. I'm hugely disappointed Alice dies for his dumb ass, but at least in her death he learned his lesson. He manages to get back to his world, after chasing down the Questing Beast, who gave him three wishes.
He pretty much gives up magic and goes back to living a normal life. He gets a office job and goes through his days as though he never went through all the magic crap.
At this point, I finally liked Quentin as a character. He was coming to terms with reality and the cold hard fact that your childhood fantasies are not going to be reality for the most part and if on the slim chance it does... it's not going to be how you imagined. To me, that would have been the perfect ending, if he lived the rest of his days in reality, but unfortunately... there's a sequel - something I will not ever be able to bring myself to read.(less)
This was sort of a boring read. He just rambles pissed off at a bunch of Christians. I mean, I get it, I really do... they're ignorant and they're hol...moreThis was sort of a boring read. He just rambles pissed off at a bunch of Christians. I mean, I get it, I really do... they're ignorant and they're holding back society, but geesh.. you know it's a bad book when he essentially calls the Christian reader stupid on more than one occasion. I'm rating it high because he gives clear and direct explanations for all his reasoning. Most of it I've heard before and agree with, but the few things I didn't know... just gives me more ammo for debates. :)
Christians, you need to read this. It may not change your mind about your faith, but it'll definitely give you something to think about and RESEARCH... because learning is the ultimate goal. :)(less)