Not quite sure how much I liked this book. The writing wasn't spectacular, but the topic I find very interesting. Plus the characterizations were real...moreNot quite sure how much I liked this book. The writing wasn't spectacular, but the topic I find very interesting. Plus the characterizations were really good. Did not like Thomas Woodchurch one bit for some reason, I sped through most of his bits. There was too much of him, I wanted more Margaret of Anjou!(less)
I need a little time to process this book before I can comment on it. So I'll just leave this review with a quote from the book: "Things didn't turn o...moreI need a little time to process this book before I can comment on it. So I'll just leave this review with a quote from the book: "Things didn't turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it." (less)
Extremely dissapointed in this book. Mostly cause it was just bad. Badly written, bad storylines, horrible character and characterization. Please don'...moreExtremely dissapointed in this book. Mostly cause it was just bad. Badly written, bad storylines, horrible character and characterization. Please don't ever read it. This man appears to have a weird fetish for rape. Stear clear. (less)
So I finished the book. I got pleasantly surprised by it near the end of it. I think mostly because the character of Kahlan is expectantly disappointi...moreSo I finished the book. I got pleasantly surprised by it near the end of it. I think mostly because the character of Kahlan is expectantly disappointing. Not in the way that I thought she would be, but in the same way Zedd is, meaning that besides being Richard cheerleaders, their roles are minimized by the supreme being that is Richard Cypher. However, where Zedd gets to act as the all knowing older wizard and simply shake his head and smile as Richard (YET AGAIN) implausibly knows or figures something out that is completely outside of his realm of knowledge, Kahlan just gets to be lead by it. She knows the Midlands, she is FROM there, she is partially ruling it. Yet Richard is constantly going against her advice and telling her she is wrong. Naturally it always turns out he is right to go against her, within the story of the book, but this basically strips Kahlan of all her autonomy. Her "power" is literally making other people love her, like she couldn't do that already because she is so "beautiful" and has such a "generous heart". I can't hate the characters themselves much, because they have such amazing potential, but Terry Goodkind is obviously embodied in Richard and had this beautiful woman love him so much she went into a "bloodrage" aka the Con Dar at the thought of losing him. I guess that's why I liked the character of Denna so much more. Even though she naturally ALSO fell for the impeccable charm of our main man at least there was semblance of this relationship actually being shaped and formed.
I don't want to be entirely negative about this story, because I did find it compelling at times. I'm just disappointed by how once again I am presented with an all knowing, perfect, hero with a "heart of gold" and how that relates to the women who must therefore know less than he. I suppose I am spoiled by G.R.R. Martin. Who is anything but perfect, but is flawless in his portrayal of the relationships between men and women.
The ending was predictable, from my stand point because I had seen the tv show already, but also because it was seemingly thrown in there at the last moment to entice people to the read the end next book. And because I already own the second and third book and have no money to buy other books, I will probably read them. Such is the life of a penniless, feminist book lover. (less)
I haven't read the whole book, but I finished Wide Sargasso Sea. I'll leave the essays and commentaries for moments where I want to go back to it.
I h...moreI haven't read the whole book, but I finished Wide Sargasso Sea. I'll leave the essays and commentaries for moments where I want to go back to it.
I have to give this book 5 stars. The story is sad, so intensely, incredibly sad and frustrating. But that is also what makes it so beautiful. Jean Rhys paints this picture, with the inevitability hanging over it constantly and yet still the novel flows perfectly. I thought it would be difficult to get through, but it wasn't at all. I still feel overwhelmed talking about it. How somebody could write such a sad but stunning piece of fiction is beyond me. Even Rochester, in his stubborn cruelty, is an understandable character. Because that is what makes the whole ordeal so heartbreaking, the fact that you understand everybody. When Christophine is talking to Rochester (who is brilliantly never actually named)and he simply does not HEAR what she is saying, just as an echo running through his mind and you want to shake him and make him hear her. You understand why. You understand why he doesn't and why he never can.
This book has officially been placed on my shelf of "favorite books" or best books ever written. (less)
Part of me thinks this is the most beautiful book in the world, the other part can't help but laugh at its ridiculousness. One thing is for sure I wil...morePart of me thinks this is the most beautiful book in the world, the other part can't help but laugh at its ridiculousness. One thing is for sure I will never ever forget it.(less)
I took as long as I could with this book. I even waited to read this. I started on this journey with Martin and I am still happy to be here. I enjoyed...moreI took as long as I could with this book. I even waited to read this. I started on this journey with Martin and I am still happy to be here. I enjoyed this book way more than the last, but even that one I loved. I will wait and wonder what Winter of Winds will bring. Don't take too long George!(less)
Here's the thing about Cloud Atlas, it's a good book, just not a great book. And the irony of it is, is that it could have been a great book if hadn't...moreHere's the thing about Cloud Atlas, it's a good book, just not a great book. And the irony of it is, is that it could have been a great book if hadn't been trying so hard to be great. This makes me sound much more negative than I really feel about this book. I don't dislike it, not at all. In fact, I kinda love it. Mitchell did an amazing job weaving all these stories together and it really is like peeling away layers and finding an even better one underneath the last.
However, Mitchell also sets up a lot of expectations. By building the tensions to a certain point in the first parts you create a sense of longing and want in the reader and although that is good, if you then proceed to either be too vague or just not follow through, the reader is left feeling a little empty, if not disappointed. I felt that way. Especially after reading the last chapter, Adam Ewing's story, which I found by far the most boring story. By implying that this soul, revealed through the birthmark, is present in all these stories, the expectation is that this is for a reason. Now the reason never became quite clear to me. Is the reason perseverance? Is it the will to live? The will to change the world? Maybe it is all those things, but by not providing enough material to wrap this up in Ewing's story, I felt rather left behind. Like I got off the train somewhere and simply forgot that I did. Somni's and Cavendish's and Luisa's story all were just so full of spirit and life, I felt Ewing's story lacked this.
I will say that I would recommend this book to everyone. Beautifully written and so intricate, even though one could argue that none of the stories get enough attention, as a reader you never feel this way. Robert Frobisher and Luisa Rey were by far my favorite characters and I was happy to note that they also held the strongest connection. This book is one you would need to read twice to fully and entirely understand all the connections. In the end though, I would like to have had a conversation about the book with the author and ask him questions. Such as, why Eternal Recurrence? What did the rock carving of Cavendish's face really mean? Was Sonmi truly tragic and the biggest hero of all and how did you intend her to be? And just... who IS everybody? Though maybe that is the true intend of the book after all. Making the reader ask themselves, who are they and therefore, who am I?(less)
I finished this book in two days, which I knew I would the moment I started. Beautifully written, Chbosky writes observations with a hint of sadness a...moreI finished this book in two days, which I knew I would the moment I started. Beautifully written, Chbosky writes observations with a hint of sadness and doom, so amazingly. Really clear and precise, yet full of meaning. I cried my eyes out the final 30 pages of the book, even though I already knew what was coming.
I would definitely and for sure, recommand this book to everything and everyone. (less)
Let me start of by saying, that like many I probably started reading this book because I loved The Mists of Avalon. MZB has been criticized a lot, but...moreLet me start of by saying, that like many I probably started reading this book because I loved The Mists of Avalon. MZB has been criticized a lot, but in spite of the fact that I probably agree with a lot of that criticism, the way she tells her stories has always spellbound me.
So after all these years I finally got my hands on this book and read it. Right from the beginning though, this book had a very tragic feel about it and I realized it was based on Norma I understood why I felt that. Eilan and Gaius lead a very doomed life. All their choices seem to either hasten or delay the inevitable. My favorite character by far would be Caillean, who, with her headstrong opinions and undying loyalty to both Lhiannon and Eilan, is a very formidable woman. I think I could connect with her the best. Dieda by far the least, whose anger and indignation never made any sense to me. I suppose it came from being the arch-druids daughter, but this is never explained.
My main issue with MZB will always be that she seems to write these stories with a very strong female perspective in mind, then turns around and makes them all boy crazy. Or driven by their need to please or be with men. Even Eilan, who is High Priestess behaves like this is a burden she must bear in name of the Godess and that therefore she can not be with Gaius. In this case Caillean is the only one who doesn't behave this way, but the reason behind this is that she was raped! From this thinking MZB's men are written much more as full characters, not just a gender obsessed with another gender.
I know I being negative, but at the end of the day, the scenery and beauty of the land that MZB describes and the way these characters are all inexplicably tied to that land, will always keep me coming back to these books. (less)
I really laughed quite a lot during this book. I know I am insanely late to the Pratchett party, but the man weaves his stories beautifully. I don't a...moreI really laughed quite a lot during this book. I know I am insanely late to the Pratchett party, but the man weaves his stories beautifully. I don't always get all of his imagery, but I certainly love how he infuses his made up world with so many cultural references from our.
If I understand it correctly, I will miss Twoflower and Rincewind.