I’ve been reading so many great books the past few months and this one is up on that list as well. Though there’s something even more special about itI’ve been reading so many great books the past few months and this one is up on that list as well. Though there’s something even more special about it, that it even makes it onto my “all time favorite books” list!!! It’s charming, it’s heart warming AND heart breaking at the same time. The narrative envelops you in a soft blanket, so that the time passing while you’re reading it, feels like cuddling up in front of a blazing fireplace on a cold day. I read it in one sitting as I simply couldn’t put it down, hanging on to the characters & not wanting the story to end. I have never ever read something comparable before and I recommend it to pretty much each & everyone! All that I can say without revealing too much, is that the story is told from the perspective of a dog. And I know, it might seem ridiculous & I myself wouldn’t have ever picked up such a book willingly. Nevertheless I couldn’t have been happier to be proved wrong and to be charmed by this book. Being a notorious cat lover, & my friends knowing that best, couldn’t believe what I said after reading it: after this story I would actually consider getting a dog myself one day! :D It’s loveable, it’s sweet, so simple yet touching - so go ahead and read it! It’s worth it!...more
“Gone Girl” is the story of a marriage gone terribly bad. If I ever see the description of a book dealing about relationships & married life - tha“Gone Girl” is the story of a marriage gone terribly bad. If I ever see the description of a book dealing about relationships & married life - that simply bores me to the bones & doesn’t seem intriguing at all. Well, it’s all different with this one! It will probably be one of the best if not THE best book I’ve read in 2013 & we’re not even half into the year yet. Just having finished this book, I’m looking forward to reading the other two written by Gillian Flynn as I have fallen in love with her style & the way of her story telling. Once again, a bit of a description about the story itself, without being overly precise, not to reveal too many details. The characters are depicted masterfully, the whole time while reading I become so involved with the story, that I even dreamt about those characters!!! “Gone Girl” is addictive, you hardly want to put it down so that you finally find out how it ends. The way there is comparable to a roller coaster ride, with lots of ups & downs, twists & turns. If some of you are familiar with the works of Jeffery Deaver - he’s the one you can compare Gillian Flynn to. He will always stay THE master of the most intriguing stories to me, but I’m glad to have found another author who measures up to his talent! My rating - definitely 5 out of 5 stars! And I can’t wait to be able to review the other books by Mrs. Flynn! ...more
“Perfect People” definitely makes it onto my favorites book list, with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. I have seldom come across a book which I simply c“Perfect People” definitely makes it onto my favorites book list, with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. I have seldom come across a book which I simply couldn’t put down anymore, where I simply needed to finish it & reach the very last page.
The first thing you notice from the first chapter on - this book has an almost movie-feel to it. The descriptions of every single setting are so picturesque & exact, without you actually explicitly noticing, it is as if a movie scene is enveloping in front of you.
I’m already making a mental note right now - if I was ever to actually write a book myself, I would definitely try to make use of short chapters as well. It’s comparable to the feeling of opening up a box of pringles chips, once you’ve had one, you can hardly stop. You get the same sensation with “Perfect People”, just a few pages in & you’re already starting the next chapter. It’s a fast paced & entertaining way of story telling.
The topic of “designer babies” & genetics was the reason why I picked up this book, only judging it by the description on the back. And this thematic certainly doesn’t disappoint. Captivating, at times truly intimidating & spooky - a definite recommendation from me! :)...more
This is the first book I have read on my kobo-ereader. I would have never expected myself to support this kind of reading, opposing the printed word aThis is the first book I have read on my kobo-ereader. I would have never expected myself to support this kind of reading, opposing the printed word and the feeling of turning paper pages in your hand. Still, this was a special experience and I’m going to continue reading many more books this way. The most obvious advantage is that I can even read the thickest books and take them everywhere with me, without carrying their actual weight along! ^^ The other thing is that it’s just a totally different experience. Maybe I’ll get bored with it as I get used to it, but for now, it’s a nice change up to what I have been used to before.
And now finally to the book. I’ll say right in the beginning that I’m contemplating of giving it either four or five stars. I always write my reviews right after I finish reading the book and sometimes I even start when I’m on the last 50-100 pages and revise it once again when I’m done. With “The Marriage Plot” I was so captivated by the book that I simply didn’t want it to end. With the ending having inevitably approached, it was a shock, enhanced to an even greater extreme because I wasn’t expecting it, so caught up, not even looking at the number of pages left anymore. It was entertaining from the very beginning until the very last page. After this being the third book I read by Jeffery Eugenides he has definitely made it into my list of favourite authors. I’d say that this time the style is quite similar to the “Virgin Suicides”, not being as complex as in “Middlesex” but still fitting perfectly to the whole story.
Here the emphasis is placed on three main characters, which was a huge relief for me. I’m really bad at remembering names (even in the course of reading a single book) and I prefer just a few but masterfully crafted personalities, rather than a bunch of people all just involved in a minor way in the plot. Madeleine, Mitchell and Leonard were depicted in such a relatable way that you felt emotionally close throughout the whole time of the portrayal of this triangle-relationship. But believe me, this isn’t just some trivial tale of how a girl gets to choose between two guys, this is a deep, complex and gripping narrative.
To me, I’ve had the experience of reading a book and getting the sensation of the story enveloping like walking down a straight road. Even if it was written in an incredible way, there was something missing, it just felt flat. Well here with this account, there was a totally different sensation about it. It all almost felt three-dimensional, not like a simple road going on for miles but like a weirdly formed 3D object floating in space. You were able to have a look at all of its sides and even dive deep inside of it. The narrative is so perfectly constructed that you get to know the story from all of its possible sides. This was a book that I didn’t want to put down and I’d say that it’s the main goal of a writer, which has been achieved here brilliantly.
Thinking about the only point for which I would have reduced the rating by a star, I actually have to cancel it out. The only thing which I could have criticized would have been the lack of depth, but analyzing the whole book once again, this isn’t the case at all. Jeffery Eugenides takes you on a journey of the emotions of three totally different people, which lapse from hysterical joy, dropping to profound sadness and depression, describing their development after getting out of college and starting a “real” life. It’s enveloping, it’s impressive and I would recommend it to each and everyone! Just read it! :)
"Room" is a one of a kind book. It's hard to describe it without letting any spoilers slip, but I can say that it's fascinating, intimidating, touchin"Room" is a one of a kind book. It's hard to describe it without letting any spoilers slip, but I can say that it's fascinating, intimidating, touching and unique - imagine all of that packed into one book and into one story. While reading it you feel confused and clueless, desperate and depressed, frustrated and compassionate. It's hard to compare "Room" to anything I have ever read before, it's special in its' own unusual way.
What I can reveal is that it's written from the perspective of a 5 year old child. After having finished the story you keep the feeling of experiencing everything in a slightly different way. By getting to know the process of how a child gets to know the whole world you start to question and examine your own.
This is a gripping story and I can recommend it to each and every one. Even this book being 400 pages long, I finished it in almost a single sitting, surprising mysel of how fast I was able to read during the most captivating parts....more
This book leaves you off wanting more. It's special. Just as so many of Haruki Murakami's books, this one envelops you in an extraordinary atmosphere,This book leaves you off wanting more. It's special. Just as so many of Haruki Murakami's books, this one envelops you in an extraordinary atmosphere, where you feel so close to the characters. It's a touching, but at the same time an exciting story. Once you start reading it, you simply don't want to put it down. Even though my edition probably weighed about a ton (because it included all of the 3 published parts), I still carried it around everywhere until I finished it.
To me it's hard describing Haruki Murakami's books, probably because they are somehow so different. Even though the third part of "1Q84" slightly differs from the author's well known and loved style, the story described is one of the most interesting ones I have read by the author so far. For readers wanting to get to know Murakami for the first time, I would recommend some other book (such as "South of the Border" or "Kafka on the Shore") to truly get to know his signature style.
Even though the ending leaves you off craving for more of the characters and the story, it is still a satisfying finish. That's what I missed with the first and the second parts, you actually felt frustrated that you couldn't read once when you finished each one. Waiting for the third part was pure torture! And just to mention one last thing - I have never been a part of a certain type of hype, when I felt compelled to buy a hardcover version of a book that has just come out. Well, this time it was different. This is the first book that I actually preordered through Amazon and it was worth every single cent!...more
Just like a review on the cover of the book says “better than ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ ” – it turns out to be very true. The emphasis is placed upon the pJust like a review on the cover of the book says “better than ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ ” – it turns out to be very true. The emphasis is placed upon the personalities of the characters and their development rather than “sheep into human being transformations.” Even though the plot develops a bit slow and it takes time for one event to happen after the next, you still feel inclined to read further and further. Murakami’s style is once again impeccable, but until the end, I haven’t been able to bond with the characters. The protagonist stays distant until the final pages and you can’t build any kind of sympathy towards him. There’s a similar problem with Yuki, who to me, stays a rotten and typical teenager. Either it’s due to the Russian translation, or it was intended this way by the author, her supernatural and enchanting traits fail to come through, one thing standing in the way surely being the language she is using, mostly consisting of complaints and other ‘idiot’and ‘asshole’ expressions. Nevertheless there’s a certain charm about the whole story, not wanting the book to come to an end. While reading it, it almost feels like the characters have somehow entered your own world and have accompanied you during the days you were reading the book. And the ending… well, it’s a masterpiece - the best I have read by Murakami. ...more
I would give "Охота на овец", or "A Wild Sheep Chase" by its english title, 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it because it seemed more like the typiI would give "Охота на овец", or "A Wild Sheep Chase" by its english title, 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it because it seemed more like the typical Murakami style I got used to and fell in love with (in books like "Kafka on the Shore" and "South Of The Border, West Of The Sun "), than "IQ84" which I read before this one. The storytelling envelops you in a special atmosphere and before getting through the first 100 pages, you don't want to put it down until you finish it. The only reason it didn't get all of the stars is because of the topic written about on quite a few pages, or actually just small details of it: there is just a tiny little bit too much written about sheep and farming for my liking. And the other one is that there is an idea that's too surrealistic and overly-fiction-like for me - a sheep inhabiting a person's soul. Nevertheless, it's a great read, remember the 4 (!) stars and what would a Murakami-book be without its bits of weirdness :) ...more
amazing book!! read it before watching the movie without any expectations - what turned out to be one of the most amazing things i've read in the pastamazing book!! read it before watching the movie without any expectations - what turned out to be one of the most amazing things i've read in the past few monthes!!! the style ist enveloping, you feel like you're right in the story seeing and hearing the characters talk... usually i listen to music while reading but here it wasn't possible! you were sucked into the whole story and it was so gripping that you couldn't stand any distractions.. amazing! simply amazing, has become one of my favourite books!!!...more