While this was a surprisingly slow read for me, I did thoroughly enjoy it, mostly for its execution. This could have been any historical fiction aboutWhile this was a surprisingly slow read for me, I did thoroughly enjoy it, mostly for its execution. This could have been any historical fiction about ancient Rome, written in the standard style, and it would most likely have been good (let’s face it, reading about ancient Rome is never boring) but it wouldn’t have felt personal. The style in which this was written, as a memoir written by Claudius himself, adds that element of personality to it that sets it apart from the rest.
I knew, after reading the first paragraph that this would be an interesting read, and it was. Full of intrigue, drama, humor, highs and lows, happiness and sadness, love and forced marriage, sickness and health, I, Claudius is an entertaining read. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it....more
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. It is fast paced, easy to read and well written. I like the fact that Miller chose to narrate the story fromOn the whole, I really enjoyed this book. It is fast paced, easy to read and well written. I like the fact that Miller chose to narrate the story from Patroclus' point of view. He's considered a minor character, but in reality, he plays a very important role in how the story ends, and because of that, he deserves a say. Miller did a great job of making the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus seem believable. It's a relationship that makes the ending that much more heartbreaking. (An interesting side note: my spell checker on Google Chrome recognizes Achilles as a properly spelled word, but not Patroclus.)
The only thing that I really was bugged by (at times) was Patroclus' blind devotion, it just really got on my nerves when it was in full swing. But in all fairness, Achilles blind stubbornness was also equally bothersome. But, all in all, I though this was a great read, emotionally charged, through and through, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it....more
I think it is very important indeed to remember while reading Memoirs of a Geisha that it is a work of fiction, historical fiction at best, and not meI think it is very important indeed to remember while reading Memoirs of a Geisha that it is a work of fiction, historical fiction at best, and not meant to be a tell all, informative book about Geisha. I never once though of it in the latter way, and don’t understand what gave more dissatisfied readers that impression. Sure, it’s presented in a first person, memoir-like form, but it has always been labeled as fiction, so I don’t see what all the huffing and puffing is about. People don’t scream Fake! or Unrealistic! when the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a coach for Cinderella, because its fiction, so why does Memoirs of a Geisha get so much hate? It’s pretty much a fairytale story, after all.
That being said, I enjoyed reading it, but it did leave me wanting something more. I have always said that in books I don’t care if a book has a happy ending or a sad ending, just that it has the right ending. In the case of Memoirs of a Geisha I felt that it didn’t have the right ending. I have no idea what the ending should have been, but I do think that the book was robbed of its proper conclusion.
Still, I found Memoirs of a Geisha an engaging and entertaining read that was rarely slow and always whimsical in its imagery. There are certainly worse things to have floating through your head than thoughts of old world Geisha in their beautiful kimono, shuffling along in their sandals, as if they walked on air. Memoirs is a fairytale, plain and simple, and a pretty one, at that. ...more
I honestly thought this book was going to be very tongue in cheek, very silly, basically something that didn't take itself too seriously and mocked thI honestly thought this book was going to be very tongue in cheek, very silly, basically something that didn't take itself too seriously and mocked the vampire horror genre (but not Lincoln, I certainly wouldn't have wanted that, and despite what some say, I don't believe it did that). Then, when I first began reading and realized it wasn't going to be complete satire/parody, I was slightly disappointed, but that didn't last long, because the damned book sucked me in. Surely, everyone knows what eventual outcome the story leads to, but if you know more about Lincoln than just the hisotrical outcomes of the things he put in motion, then it really is a trip to read of his life with vampires woven into the storyline. I found this to be a very thrilling, page turning, emotional read. Sure, that probably has to do with the fact that Lincoln was just that awesome of a man, but to imagine him killing vampires with an ax as he made his way through life, well, that's just the icing on the cake....more
I'd give this less stars, but the characters in this book were delightful, particularly Jack and Steven (though I'm sure that's a given, there). PerhaI'd give this less stars, but the characters in this book were delightful, particularly Jack and Steven (though I'm sure that's a given, there). Perhaps its because I've been waiting so long to start reading this series that things seemed to fall flat for me, or maybe I'm just not cut out for naval warfare books, but I was disappointed by the end of this book, and found it difficult to read. I do, however, believe in second chances, and since I purchased the second book in this series when I got Master and Commander, I intend on reading it and seeing if things take a turn for the better....more