Review: I think I may have to give up my geek credentials because unfortunately I just didn’t “get” this book. I was aware that it was a series with aReview: I think I may have to give up my geek credentials because unfortunately I just didn’t “get” this book. I was aware that it was a series with a big following and it had been recommended to me as another epic series like A Song of Ice and Fire so I was really hoping that I would like it but I just found it rather dull. For me to enjoy a book I have to be invested in the characters and here I just couldn’t relate to any of them or understand what their motivations were. I have read some reviews that say the series really picks up in the second book so maybe I will try that at some point to see if it gets any better but based on the first alone I didn’t enjoy it and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Favourite character: Roland Deschain
Favourite quote: “I don't like people. They fuck me up.” ...more
Review I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I wanted to read it because I was interested in finding out about Barack Obama’s history and how hReview I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I wanted to read it because I was interested in finding out about Barack Obama’s history and how he got to where he is today but I was expecting it to be rather dry. I hadn’t realised that it had been written many years before when he was not even involved in politics and that it was mainly focused on his race and how that affected his identity. The book was extremely well written and very easy to read. It also seemed very honest and self-aware in a way that I wouldn’t have expected from such a young writer. I found it very interesting not only to read about what Obama was like at a young age but also to read it from the point of view of his younger self. There was obviously much less self editing than there would have been if he were to write it now. I had always assumed that Obama must have been a high achiever and very driven from a very early age in order for him to become President so young and so I was surprised that, although clearly intelligent, he didn’t have a clear career path early on and didn’t go straight to university. It was also interesting to see how the issues that Obama was interesting in and fighting for in his youth obviously affected his decision to become involved in politics, despite the fact that he had no interest in it at the time. Reading the book gave me additional respect for Obama because it made me realist just how different his background is to most politicians and how far he has come and how hard he has worked to get where he is today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Obama or the complexities of racial identity.
Favourite quote “I thought I could start over, you see. But now I know you can never start over. Not really. You think you have control, but you are like a fly in somebody else’s web. Sometimes I think that’s why I like accounting. All day, you are only dealing with numbers. You add them, multiply them, and if you are careful, you will always have a solution. There’s a sequence there. An order. With numbers, you can have control….”...more