It was very well written... I loved how Davies managed to develop all the characters almost effortlessly. But I have to say that I was severely disappIt was very well written... I loved how Davies managed to develop all the characters almost effortlessly. But I have to say that I was severely disappointed by the ending. It did not satisfy me, or entice me enough to read the second book: I was heavily invested in Dunstan's life, but I really could care less about Dave....more
I'm usually not too fond of classics, but this one was superb. I found Austen's style of writing is almost passive and seems to break the conventionalI'm usually not too fond of classics, but this one was superb. I found Austen's style of writing is almost passive and seems to break the conventional writing rule of "showing rather than telling", but it really worked for the book. I guess that the plot and easy character development gets readers filling in the details of stated excitement for themselves....more
I. Freaking. Adore. This. Book. No joke. This book is basically advocating ethical egoism. I love it.
For anyone who doesn't know what ethical egoism,I. Freaking. Adore. This. Book. No joke. This book is basically advocating ethical egoism. I love it.
For anyone who doesn't know what ethical egoism, here's a brief lesson:
Ethical egoism, or self-interest theory, is basically the idea of doing things to serve your own self-interest.
Now, this is not to be confused with selfishness, which often has a negative connotation. Ethical egoists simply believe that by pursuing your own interests instead of trying to serve others is the best way to go.
Here's an example:
A person starts a business. In order for his business to be successful (which is in his own self-interest), he uses the money his company generates in order to grow his business. By not donating any of this money to charity (as would be the 'altruist' thing to do), he is able to grow a successful business. Due to his growing business, he will need to hire more people for jobs, which reduces unemployment rates. So in the end, he is actually creating happiness (for others who would've been jobless before) by simply pursuing his own self-interest.
(Of course, this scenario could be altered depending on what a person's self-interest was. If this guy, for example, was not after becoming filthy rich but rather wanted to feel a peace of mind derived from helping others in need, the situation would've gone down differently.)
I could rant a lot more about ethical egoism and why it makes so much sense, but that might make this blog post a tad too long. Maybe I'll make a longer post detailing my thoughts on this matter at a later point in time.
What I think must've gone on in Ayn Rand's mind: Goodness, what is with this bullshit of pretending everyone loves everyone else, and that everyone gets happiness from putting others first? Everyone's innately selfish dammit. The world would be a whole lot easier if we all just had some damn common sense and followed our own dreams, instead of getting held back trying to help others! If everyone focused on themselves, the world would progress instead of wallowing in this stinkhole! Hmm... this would make for a good book...
The philosophy is technically the most important component of the novel, but there were other elements to be praised as well. Ok, maybe just one other element.
Roark had me over the moon for most of the book. This guy is like the epitome of strength, power, alpha-maleness, *descends into incoherent blabber of respect and admiration while in fangirl-mode*
I guess I've always just loved characters (and real-life people) who are able to chase after what they want. And Roark definitely does that. It's fracking beautiful.
The one thing I didn't like is... come on... why is the female character always weaker dammit?! I guess that compared to other books Dominique isn't even that bad, but compared to Roark her determination is still weak. It's kind of disappointing that even in such an individualist book, Ms. Rand still chooses to conform with her patriarchal society's views of the two genders.
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t hurt that Sir Princess Petra has a great one. A delightful story, it chronicles the adventure You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t hurt that Sir Princess Petra has a great one. A delightful story, it chronicles the adventures of a young princess become knight in shining armour. It’s everything you would want in a book: cute, funny, and with great messages. The adorable illustrations will serve as your companions as you eagerly flip the pages.
Robinson was honored with two major awards for the first work in the children's book series, Sir Princess Petra. She was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Award for Children's Book Author and took 2nd place in the Purple Dragonfly Book awards for Children's Chapter Book.
Despite not being the book’s target audience in regards to age, I thoroughly enjoyed Sir Princess Petra and know many others will as well. This book is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review....more
This might be said too much but... ... this thing is so creepily accurate.
Is Orwell actually an alien from the future or something, and did he travel tThis might be said too much but... ... this thing is so creepily accurate.
Is Orwell actually an alien from the future or something, and did he travel to the past just to write this book in order to give us a premonition of what's going to happen to our world, sort of like a last ditch effort to tell us to save ourselves before it's too late? ^The most plausible explanation I could come up with so far :(
But seriously. Getting monitored 24/7 with telescreen? And hidden microphones? How the heck did he know all of this was going to happen? Of course, not everything's 100% accurate: in the book, Winston remarked that the glade (almost a spoiler but not really because I'm not saying what role the glade plays teehee I'm so clever) was a really good meeting place because the microphones were too big to be hidden inconspicuously in there. Now what part of that thought makes us realize 'oh sh*t'?...more
I spent quite a while staring at this blank post, trying to figure out what to write about this book. I really did enjoy the philosophical part of it,I spent quite a while staring at this blank post, trying to figure out what to write about this book. I really did enjoy the philosophical part of it, although it seemed like a lot of the philosophy was somewhat convoluted. Zorba's thought process seems straightforward at other times, but completely circular at other times. Sometimes, I can't decide if I should feel inspired, awed, or just completely confused.
There were many times where I felt the urge to quote the book, but the quote that stuck with me was the one where he talked about everyone being the same, and not discriminating even between good or bad people. That phrase really struck a chord; I had to put the book down and just reflect upon it for a while.
It does occur to me as i write this that there's an ironic nature surrounding all of this. Zorba was a man who believed living by the pen was being a slave to literature, and yet his story was described and recorded in a book which was immortalized. Isn't it strange that Kazantzakis seemed to want to push the point that people who live by the pen cannot fully enjoy what life has to offer them, but he chooses pen and paper as the medium in which to convey the missage? Could this mean that as much as one would enjoy one's own life, if one doesn't live by the pen one cannot ever leave a legacy? Then again, that's probably a fallacy since there will always be people who do live by the pen who would record this stuff for people who do not...
And so goes my train of thought for practically every page of this book. By the end, I've wandered through too many questions without answers, and can only sum up my feelings in a few highly intelligent words:
Paige Maddison has been having nightmares ever since she learned her family would be moving. Ripped from everything she's ever known in her hometown TPaige Maddison has been having nightmares ever since she learned her family would be moving. Ripped from everything she's ever known in her hometown Toronto, her grandfather's ailing health has forced Paige and her family to move to their enormous estate, O'Brien Manor.
As soon as Paige steps into the manor, her troubles begin. On a race against supernatural forces to finish solving a certain "mistery" before her grandfather runs out of time, Paige rallies the power of family, friendship and young love in her battle to save those she loves
I found this book to be the epitome of a compelling mystery and ghost story that retains the delightful cleanliness of a short novel suited for any age group. Lee Bice-Matheson's style of writing very effectively drags you in and keeps a reader on his or her toes until the very end. The most noticeable aspect of the whole novel may be Lee Bice-Matheson's choice to use Paige's stream-of-consciousness to describe the scenes around her rather than the usual ominous third-person descriptions found in so many other stories. This lends the book a sort of endearing innocence while maintaining the level of suspense needed to bring the reader to a satisfying conclusion.
The first in a trilogy, Wake Me Up Inside introduces characters whom all demonstrate great potential for further development. I for one await the other two books with a fervor. This is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review....more
This book completely stole my heart and blew my mind. I didn't find out how popular this story really was until I finished, but I completely sympathizThis book completely stole my heart and blew my mind. I didn't find out how popular this story really was until I finished, but I completely sympathize with over-saturating this. (Also, Sourcefed just so happened to review Battle Royale the movie as I was finishing up the book, so I'm pretty sure that's an encouraging sign of some sort.)
Let's talk characters. For those of you who know me, you know that I'm a very character-driven kind of person when it comes to appreciating good novels. The character development in this book was A-MAY-ZING. I may have been reading a translation (sadly, Japanese is not on my list of known languages) but I think that just contests to the author's literary prowess. Now, I would never say this in public because most of my book-lover friends would probably jump up and strangle me, but honestly, I don't believe everything is in the vocabulary and word choice of a novel. Of course these things matter, and I, just as any other reader, may sometimes enjoy the feel of delicious words rolling off the tongue, but when all is said and done, I don't particularly care to notice if they put a syncope in their description to tone it down. Especially for books that need to hold the short attention spans of the current population, I think the most important thing is to be able to develop a character through action. The author does this extremely well and really overcame one particular challenge that he set up for himself; with so many characters in this "game" of sorts, and many that appear for only fleeting instances, the author manages to capture the essence of them in just a few short sentences. Multiple times, I felt myself bemoaning (or celebrating) the outcome of a character I had met only a few pages before. I think the author really had a knack for this particular area of storytelling and it's what really got me hooked.
Besides the amazing characters, I think the novel was quite ordinary. Of course, one mustn't miss the amazing plot; even as they realize how undeniably similar it is to the Hunger Games. (And looking at the publishing dates, it isn't hard to figure out which novel took the idea from which.) The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking about how Suzanne Collins totally stole the idea from the poor Japanese author.
If I were to compare the two, I think I would choose Battle Royale over the Hunger Games. I found the characters more compelling and relatable than the Hunger Games characters, perhaps because of Koushun Takami's magic ability to craft his characters so beautifully.
My only criticism for it would be that I could not for the life of me keep track of some of these Japanese names, especially the ones which appeared only once or twice. (Although I suppose that shouldn't really be a valid criticism since I'm sure the Japanese people it was originally intended for had no problem with it.) I highly recommend keeping a list of the characters while reading. Other than that, I absolutely loved this book and hope you guys will too.
How do you find yourself when your whole world has been turned upside down?
This story follows a young French-American man as he lives through the nighHow do you find yourself when your whole world has been turned upside down?
This story follows a young French-American man as he lives through the nightmare that is World War II, struggling to find an answer to this question. Suffering through the dangers of powerful friendships, double-edged love, and even ultimate betrayal, Marc has looked into the depths of human nature and learned lessons few or us have ever experienced and would ever survive.
The beginning was slightly slow for me, but I started to become drawn into the build-up of tension a few chapters in. The dates given at the beginning of every chapter really help the reader to understand what’s happening, and gives a frightening edge to the story because we have an idea of what will be happening already. The multiple narrative style works quite effectively as our interest is always captured as the point of view switches back and forth.
The soul of this book is found in LeRoy’s analysis of human nature through the main character. There really is nothing like a life-or-death situation that can split human nature so cleanly and show us what being human really means. The author shows us how a person can be completely changed from this experience, how in a few short years, in a few short moments, or even in a split second, everything can become drastically different.
This book is suited for those with a love for history and those with a love for fiction alike. This novel brought tears to my eyes and left me with a more enlightened heart, so it is with absolute pleasure that I say The Siren of Paris is highly recommended by Boyu Huang, Allbooks Review....more
The idea for this book just amazes me. The Giver, anyone?
I love authors who can think outside the box like this! Our society nowadays is so filled witThe idea for this book just amazes me. The Giver, anyone?
I love authors who can think outside the box like this! Our society nowadays is so filled with people saying teenagers should not be having sex and getting pregnant that it seems disconcerting when the situation is completely flipped.
Actually no, that's not completely true. What actually struck me as strangest of all was how quick and easy it was for me as a reader to adapt for this new scenario, because really, as different as the situation was, it was almost the same in a very different yet not-so-different way. (I'm not making sense? Yeah, didn't think so.) In this mini-world, society still exerts the same pressure, teenagers still deals with the same type of psychological problems, rebellion is still quite natural amongst youngsters, and all the rest. The expectations may be different, but its effects are really still the same.
The storyline on the other hand didn't excite me quite so much. It was a classic love rectangle with a twist, and as much as that doesn't seem generic, the young adult genre has done such a good job of pulling at your heartstrings that it really is. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not so much that this book's storyline was bad, but that the overall level of expectation for me is just that much higher in this genre.
Thumped is still a great book, and I'd still recommend it to all young-adult readers everywhere. Though the storyline didn't quite do it for me, I was still relatively entertained the whole way through. So good on you, Megan McCafferty!...more
It's been a long time, but I've finally gotten the chance to go back and read something of my preferred genre! Yaaaaay!
I'm not sure if it was becauseIt's been a long time, but I've finally gotten the chance to go back and read something of my preferred genre! Yaaaaay!
I'm not sure if it was because I had been away from the young adult genre for so long or because this was just a darn good book to read, but either way I simply adored the book. I can't explain why, because there's simply no rhyme or reason to it (other than the fact that it was a darn good book, of course.)
Again, I'm not really sure if it's because of the book itself or if this is characteristic of the young adult genre in general, but the emotion the description builds up inside you is just incredible! Lately, I've been reviewing a lot of books that contain graphic sexual or horror themes. Not to say that those were bad reads (in fact, I quite enjoyed many of them as the brutality of the language really shocked me into becoming excited about the story) but there's only so much blood, guts and uninhibited sex one can take before deciding to take a break.
What I love about coming back to young adult fiction is the refreshing naivety of everything. Compared to hardcore romance novels and horror stories young adult is an extremely watered-down way of storytelling. Authors don't have the graphic language and M-rated description at their disposal because they're targeting a much younger audience. But somehow they manage to use whatever they have and truly pull at the strings in the depths of your soul. This clean, heartfelt emotion is such a beautiful thing, and definitely something I've only seen in the young adult genre....more