I really love the way John Green writes. I love the words he uses and the way he puts sentences together. I love the way he weaves literary and musica...moreI really love the way John Green writes. I love the words he uses and the way he puts sentences together. I love the way he weaves literary and musical classics into his stories, hopefully inspiring a whole new generation to give them a chance. I love the way his teenage characters seem so very real and alive and remind me of my own teenage years and my nephew who's just entering them. And I love the fact that every one of his books has had at least one laugh-out-loud, tears rolling down my face, gasping for breath, hitting the pillow, stomache-ache-inducing scene.
I sometimes get a little frustrated with the melodrama some of his characters create, and Margo is no exception, but overall this is a really good and satisfying read.(less)
This is a difficult book to describe. It's horrifying, sweet, sad, funny, sickening, lovely and uplifting by turns and sometimes in combination. It's...moreThis is a difficult book to describe. It's horrifying, sweet, sad, funny, sickening, lovely and uplifting by turns and sometimes in combination. It's well-written and has distinctive and well-developed characters. Not only is it difficult to describe, it's also difficult to read at times. Ms. Lanagan pulls no punches in her descriptions, which are more straightforward than sensational, and probably more disturbing because of that, but also more real.
For the first 50 pages or so, I really didn't think I would end up liking this book. Honestly, the only reason I kept reading was because it's on the Locus Recommended Reading list and therefore eligible for a Locus award, and also because Neil Gaiman gave it five stars. I'm glad I kept reading because if I hadn't, I would have missed Ms. Lanagan's point that even though life is horrifying at times it can also be beautiful at times and we should learn and grow from both and find the best balance we can.(less)
I enjoyed the two main characters in this book, so it gets two stars instead of just the one. They were a good match for each other with their clashin...moreI enjoyed the two main characters in this book, so it gets two stars instead of just the one. They were a good match for each other with their clashing personalities. And that's where my enjoyment ended.
Ms. Mantel just missed the mark on the storytelling for me. And not because it's a dark, weird story. I love Neil Gaiman, China Mieville and am starting on H.P. Lovecraft with much relish, so dark, weird stories don't frighten me. I just didn't enjoy this one.
I said I enjoyed the two main characters, and I did, but I just didn't care one way or the other what happened to either of them. Or to anyone else along the way, for that matter. And why else would I read a book?(less)
Not a great, grand, or exciting book, but it did keep me interested to see how things would turn out. Good little nuggets of philosophy without being...moreNot a great, grand, or exciting book, but it did keep me interested to see how things would turn out. Good little nuggets of philosophy without being too often or too overpowering.
Quotes from this source:
"My advice to all those who are going to find themselves is: Stay exactly where you are. Otherwise you are in great danger of losing yourself forever."
"Life is one huge lottery where only the winning tickets are visible."
"If our brain was simple enough for us to understand it, we would be so stupid we wouldn't be able to understand it after all."
"Even though He didn't leave his calling card behind, He did leave the world, I thing that's fair enough."
"As long as we are children, we have the ability to experience things around us - but then we grow used to the world. To grow up is to get drunk on sensory experience."
"I sat thinking how terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as incredible as living. One day we suddenly take the fact that we exist for granted - and then, yes, then we don't think about it anymore until we are about to leave the world again."(less)
This book was so unbelievably frustrating for me at times! It was so hard to watch the two cultures speaking to each other in the same language but sa...moreThis book was so unbelievably frustrating for me at times! It was so hard to watch the two cultures speaking to each other in the same language but saying such very different things and not being able to understand each other. It seems so unbelievable, yet every day we can see it happening in our own world on so many levels. This book will really make you slow down and think about the things you say and the way those things are perceived by those around you.
The world Ms. Slonczewski created was an amazingly complex, realistic and beautiful one. I wanted to visit it from the first descriptions and it didn't take long to feel as though I knew the characters there and could be at home with them in their world.
This story resonates on so many levels: social, racial, environmental, global... It's not an easy book nor a quick read, but it's well worth your time and effort.(less)
I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that I'm not so well-versed in computer, hacker, and cryptology terminology and technology as the author....moreI really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that I'm not so well-versed in computer, hacker, and cryptology terminology and technology as the author. He did a good enough job of explaining such things that even I didn't feel completely lost, and that's saying a lot! The story was not only entertaining, but very frightening in that it presents a way of life that would be all too easy for us to find ourselves in. Privacy and freedom have been completely taken away in the name of protection from terrorism, but many of the younger generation resolve to fight back and do. These are important topics, presented in a really entertaining and intelligent way.
I was looking forward to recommending this book to my 13-year-old nephew, but (SPOILER ALERT) decided not to since the 17-year-old protagonist and his girlfriend end up having sex. Now, I'm all about the 1st amendment and Mr. Doctorow has every right to write his story the way he sees fit, but teenage sex doesn't fit into the values set I want my nephew to embrace, so I'm choosing not to recommend it to him. I'm sad about that, because like I said earlier, these are important topics and ones that are becoming more important to me every day and I would like to see this book in the hands of as many people as possible, whether young or old, and I wonder how many young people won't get to read it because of that one scene, which didn't really add anything to the story in my opinion. Don't worry, I'll probably still encourage my nephew to read it someday when he gets a little older.(less)