I feel like I got hit by a car, got rolled over by a truck and then got dumped from an airplane.
And, then I feel sad that it’s over.
That is what MargaI feel like I got hit by a car, got rolled over by a truck and then got dumped from an airplane.
And, then I feel sad that it’s over.
That is what Margaret Atwood does.
Every line you read feels like a whiplash and still you want to continue reading. You want to finish the book in one day, but the themes make you stop and think about it. She conveys such hard hitting messages through such simple words that it never fails to astonish you. She will have you mentally flinching all through the book, but that won’t stop the sadness from flooding in when the last page is turned.
Then there is the world she creates!
Remember the time when I said I don’t scare easy? Well, scratch that. Her writing, her predictions of the future fills me with such a dread every time I read it. It’s cold, ruthless and so believable. Be it the human element or the environmental/ecological part or even the religious elements, she has everything covered. I had to constantly keep reminding myself that it is not real.
Considering how I freaked I am, I don’t think I did a good job.
Basic storyline : The story starts where Oryx and Crake left off.
It’s the story of two completely different women, Toby and Ren. They have survived the epidemic (the water less flood) Crake created in the previous book. Like I said, they are as different as they can be. Ren’s story is narrated in first person and Toby’s in third. There is continuous juggling of their lives and experience as they explain how they survived. And defying all logic, everything seems effortless. The way their lives merge, and the way characters from Oryx and Crake come in the picture. It is so natural!
The familiarity of the world, with the gene splicing and paintball doesn’t make it any less scary. Jimmy is shown in a new light and it isn’t very flattering. Neither is the portrayal of human race.
There is one irritating factor about the book though. That would be Adam one. The preaching thing and the ‘dear mammals’ part was pretty annoying. Also the plot got somewhat chaotic towards the end. The climax was, well, it was very Atwoodish..
Still, nothings making me give this book anything but 5 stars.
PS: please read Oryx and Crake first because 1) Its an amazing book. 2) You would be missing a lot if you don’t.
Finally finished the book and my head is literally spinning from the impact. I think it will take a few days for it to completely sink in and only theFinally finished the book and my head is literally spinning from the impact. I think it will take a few days for it to completely sink in and only then will I be able to describe how amazing and creepy this book was. ...more
My love for Sylvia Plath and every thing she has ever written is inexplicable. I am totally, unhealthily obsessed with her. I can quote Lady Lazarus,My love for Sylvia Plath and every thing she has ever written is inexplicable. I am totally, unhealthily obsessed with her. I can quote Lady Lazarus, Daddy and almost half of the poems in this book word by word. Keeping this all in mind, I am not going to review this book. I suspect everything I would say would sound like silly fan girl raving....more
No wonder this book has got a Newberry Award. Its 200 something pages of pure awesomeness! By beautifully executing such an ingenious concept, Louis SNo wonder this book has got a Newberry Award. Its 200 something pages of pure awesomeness! By beautifully executing such an ingenious concept, Louis Sachar has made me his fan.
Stanley Yelnats is an over sized preteen who is falsely accused of stealing. He is provided with the option to choose between jail and camp green lake. Stanley is not well of, and has never been to camp, so his choice is obvious. Unfortunately though, Camp green lake is not the usual camp. He gets his fair share of adventure from the camp, only it comes in totally unexpected ways.
What I liked best was the flow of the novel. Stanley is a narrator one can sympathize with. Him being not whinny comes as a welcome relief. Even in the face of grave danger, he remains his calm self with his dry sense of humor, blaming his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather" for almost everything. Zero and his friendship were also refreshing to read about. (The mutually beneficial and constructive kind)
Then there are parts in the novel when, the story behind the Lake’s history, and its residents were elaborated. I think, they were my favorite parts as they reminded me of my grandmother and the times when she used to tell me stories. The tone of the story automatically gets you in this really relaxed mode and when you are done reading, you have this really satisfied smile on your face.
Not exactly how I imagined it, but yeah! Something like that!
A warning though: When you read the book, don’t bring along your microscopes and start pondering about why there are too many coincidences towards the end. Just enjoy this really awesome book, chill and get yourself a good mood.
There are many books along with Pride and Prejudice which I shall mention as my favorite novel but, I have to admit, that there are none which I takeThere are many books along with Pride and Prejudice which I shall mention as my favorite novel but, I have to admit, that there are none which I take half as much pleasure in reading again and again as Pride and Prejudice. There is something so delightful and exhilarating about reading Elizabeth and Darcy’s unlikely courtship, watching it all unfold with the same feeling of apprehension every year. The wide array of characters and their antics - Mr. Darcy’s haughtiness, Lizzy prejudices, Mr. Collins hilarious proposal, the incorrigible Mrs. Bennet with her nerves and shy Georgiana- all of them are so dear to me. Jane’s prose, the subtle wit with which she presents the society, everything is so heartwarming. Indeed, there is little I can say in her praise which has not already been mentioned in much fancier a language, using more creative expressions. I will only state with utmost sincerity that my life really feels incomplete in many ways without this visit to Elizabeth and her life every year!...more
Try not to mentally draw comparisons between fire and graceling and you wouldn’t be disappointed with the novel. Ps: What is it with YA and its heroesTry not to mentally draw comparisons between fire and graceling and you wouldn’t be disappointed with the novel. Ps: What is it with YA and its heroes (no matter how drool worthy they are) just getting away with manhandling girls, pushing them against wall and all that? ...more
Two very strange things happened last week. I gave I Am Half Sick Of Shadows: A Flavia De Luce Novel two stars and am now giving this book five star.Two very strange things happened last week. I gave I Am Half Sick Of Shadows: A Flavia De Luce Novel two stars and am now giving this book five star. It is strange because the former book’s protagonist, my dear Flavia De Luce is my favorite obstinate pre teen. On the contrary, Lyra, another stubborn, precocious, pre-teen absolutely annoyed me in the previous book. Right now though, I can not for the life of me imagine why I did not like the first novel and Lyra. Well, at least I adore her right now.
Philip Pullman is a genius. I loved every aspect of this book, the concept, the characterization, the plot, the pacing, everything. I remember thinking that the last book was rather boring, but this part had me catching my breath. Specters, rebel angels, parallel universe, golden compasses and subtle knives, daemons and witches- each chapter keeps you hooked and also provide fodder for the brain to muse about. I love the anti CS Lewis atmosphere of the book.
The characters were another high point in this novel. Lyra Belacqua reappears with her daemon Pantalaimon and although she doesn’t play as central a role as the previous novel, she is absolutely charming. I can not wait to find out the form Pantalaimon will finally take. Marisa Coulter and Serafina Pekkala are back and as interesting as ever. Lee Scoresby and his daemon are absolutely heart breaking. A bandwagon of new and amazing characters like Stanislaus Grumman, Will Parry, Mary Malone is introduced. The friendship between Will and Lyra and Will and Pantalaimon were some of the best parts of the story. I would read the next book just to meet all these characters again.
I am so glad I already have a copy of the next part. After that abrupt ending and the revelation about Lyra towards the end, having to wait for the next part would have been sheer torture. I never thought I would say this, but Flavia really is in grave danger of being dethroned as my favorite. ...more
The Hobbit is the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins, our titular 50 something hobbit. Bilbo though might as well be 10 year old, since he has almost no exThe Hobbit is the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins, our titular 50 something hobbit. Bilbo though might as well be 10 year old, since he has almost no experience of the outside world and likes to sit in his Hobbit hole, resting in his armchair having breakfast, supper and dinner and numerous meals in between. That is, until Gandalf the great comes barging in with a dozen of dwarfs, urging him to take up the role of the burglar in their quest to The Lonely Mountains. The dwarfs question Gandalf’s decision, which offends Bilbo and the home loving hobbit agrees sets out with them, on their “epic journey”.
And, what a journey it is! We meet elves, goblins, giant spiders, warts, the great Beorn and of course the Great dragon along our way and pass through Mirkwood, The lonely mountains, goblin’s lairs. Every description is so vivid, the images almost float into your mind when you read it. Every adventure is greater than the previous one, every scenery better. Just when one thinks, nothing better can come after this, another amazing character gets introduced. And amidst it all is Bilbo and they way his character develops through out the story.
Our Hobbit, who is underestimated by all (including himself) discovers strength, wisdom, and courage within hims. He also discovers the magic ring ( THE RINGto be precise), but I wouldn’t give it much credit. Because its Bilbo and his courage which makes him such an inevitable part among his group and this novel. Without him the novel would be just another amazing fantasy saga, with him, it’s epic. He’s so unfamiliar with the larger world in the beginning, always wondering how he could possibly have left without his hat and continuously wants to go back. Still, in crucial situations, he is the one who to rescue the others. He kills a giant spider, and that is the first step toward him discovering strength. He is the first one to go in the lonely mountain (where the dragon lies with his treasure) and he says that it is the bravest thing he has ever done. Bilbo devises the plan to stop the war among the dwarves and the elves and shows immense wisdom in this. And amidst it all, he still remains our humble, simple, naive hobbit, and how does one not love him?
This story has so many different facets. Brilliant adventure, flawless description and still conveyed such an important message. It's funny and wry, and tells us a classic coming-of-age story. Its not melodramatic, still, one feels Bilbo’s pain when Thorin dies. Him accepting gold to be worthless is such an epic scene from the novel. Who would have thought that the subtle details Tolkien uses could move someone so much. Not only Thorin, all the other dwarves (Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin and the others whose name I don’t remember), Beorn, the Elrond king, Bard, even the goblins make such an incredible impression one’s mind. Secondary characters have never been so memorably rendered.
By the end of the journey, Gandalf tells Bilbo that he has changed. And he has! Bilbo comes away from The Hobbit with a couple of sacks of treasure, but what's immensely more valuable to him (and to us) is the respect he wins from all of the people he meets. More importantly, the respect he wins from himself. He gains self confidence and stops caring about what his fellow hobbits think of him. Somewhere along the journey, I, as a reader felt that, in some way, I have changed too. . Bilbo might not be big or impressive looking, but he's still able to change the course of history in Middle-earth. What can be more inspiring for a person and what more can one ask from a book? No book is more flawless, inspiring, touching, adventurous and fun than the Hobbit. I may sound melodramatic when I say this, but every time I read books like this, I feel happy to be alive. A more perfect book has never been written and I am going to cherish it as long as I live.
50000 stars and highest possible recommendation. ...more