I am a glutton for punishment, so of course I read the last one too... Let's just say that the drama in this one basically jumps off the pages and smacI am a glutton for punishment, so of course I read the last one too... Let's just say that the drama in this one basically jumps off the pages and smacks the reader a couple of times with various musical instruments. Just to make sure. (view spoiler)[ PTSD gets healed at the snap of a finger, the manly men of Leighton only produce girls and Austin becomes a world-renowned violinist. Because reasons. Also, so much drama!!! (hide spoiler)] This novel is so batty that I think Ms. Heath wrote it for the heck of it and to test her publisher's limits... which apparently don't exist...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So many questions and issues, part 2. How the hell could Dee be so sheltered and unknowing when she lived in the middle of nowhere, in a settlement whSo many questions and issues, part 2. How the hell could Dee be so sheltered and unknowing when she lived in the middle of nowhere, in a settlement where she was obviously not born. Travelling to and living near Leighton would have entailed SOME knowledge on the subject of life. Especially difficult life, given the period and circumstances... Also, the drama intensifies and we finally find out why the men is this community never seem to be truly atracted to women. I'll just tell you that it's a really bad reason and leave it at that....more
So many questions and issues. Starting with the fact that these cowboys (living three-whole-bloody weeks away from the nearest town) probably exhibiteSo many questions and issues. Starting with the fact that these cowboys (living three-whole-bloody weeks away from the nearest town) probably exhibited the highest level of self-control in the history of mankind. Had this novel had even attempted to mimic reality, Amelia would have been assaulted about a gazillion times halfway into the story. Also, apparently it wasn't proper for her sleep in the same house as Dallas before they were married. But where did she (or Dallas and Austin) sleep while they waited "several months" for her to marry Houston? The great outdoors?...more
I'm only going to say this: her first historical romance novels were better than, say, Julia Quinn's firsts (or at least better written). She could beI'm only going to say this: her first historical romance novels were better than, say, Julia Quinn's firsts (or at least better written). She could be the next big thing....more
Cărțile lui Liviu Radu, și poate în special această colecție de proză scurtă, ar trebui introduse în programa școlară! Dacă manualele de limba și liteCărțile lui Liviu Radu, și poate în special această colecție de proză scurtă, ar trebui introduse în programa școlară! Dacă manualele de limba și literatura română pot să includă politruci și contemporani ale căror texte nu spun nimic, atunci poate nu ar strica să includă și Liviu Radu, care îți spune totul! Numai că trebuie să asculți... dar, din păcate, nu toți au urechi să audă......more
(view spoiler)[ Allow me to start off by saying that this book contained a lot more orgies than I would have expected it to… espeBeware of the rant...
(view spoiler)[ Allow me to start off by saying that this book contained a lot more orgies than I would have expected it to… especially given the number of reviews I read about it and which mentioned nothing of the sort… Also, an overwhelming number of d**ks. Btw, can you write the (uncensored) word d**k in a review and not get banned for all eternity? I’m asking because I’ve seen some f**cks here and there and I’m not quite sure as to what Goodreads’ policy is in regard to such terms… Anyway…
Things I liked: - Most of the human characters (read: Tara’s family). Especially Peter, because he doesn’t think much of himself, but instinctively knows how to take charge when required (Dr. Vivian describes him as an “alpha male”, but he’s all fluff inside), and Gen, because she knows bulls**t and doesn’t take it. - The psychology (a view into a shrink’s head is always something special, particularly when there’s more than meets the eye). - The hourglass scene.
Things I didn’t like (the abridged version): - The mythical world. If this story is based on actual folklore, then these “otherworldly entities” must be the most violent, nasties and rapeyest (is that even a word?!?!) such creatures that I’ve encountered in all the books I’ve read so far. They are usually mischievous, seductive and mysterious. These were just d**cks… sometimes literally. - Oh, and one more thing: women, in case you missed the memo, are basically frigid or nymphomaniacal. Also, men aren’t used to not getting their way. (Seriously, why am I getting all these misogynistic books???).
I did appreciate the irony of mentioning, at the end of the book, authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, and Angela Carter. Unfortunately, this book had neither the psychological depth of Mrs. Le Guin’s books, nor the enticing style of Ms. Carter’s. Now, if I were to compare this book (for real) to another novel, I’d choose Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock. You’ve got an ancient forest in which people keep disappearing. You’ve got weird and violent characters. And you’ve got plenty of objectifying and stalking. But at least that novel benefited from a much better writing style, while this one just had pages and pages full of socially inappropriate erections…
Allow me to conclude by saying that, surprisingly, my biggest problem with this book is that it was released in Romania by a publishing house that sells children’s books, in a series that features many other actual children’s books (e.g. Harry Potter) and bearing a cover that makes one think of children’s books. Also, at the last book fair I definitely saw mothers purchasing this book for their 2nd and 3rd graders. And I’m not so sure that I’m comfortable with 9, 10, 11 year olds reading about “orgasming lakes”... (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
If this book had been written in the Western side of the continent, it would have spawned at least two sequels, radio plays, a TV show and, eventuallyIf this book had been written in the Western side of the continent, it would have spawned at least two sequels, radio plays, a TV show and, eventually, a motion picture. That’s what happened to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was first published in 1979. Monday Begins on Saturday was first published almost a decade and a half earlier… but in the wrong side of the world. Thing is, as much as I love Douglas Adams, I think I like this one better than the adventures of Mr. Dent, because it has that depressing, yet incredibly funny and crazy touch that only communism and socialism can bring to the table. And as a person hailing from a country that was once part of the U.S.S.R., I can easily understand and even cherish said crazy touch. Also, I would like to thank Gollancz for publishing this novel (this way I finally got to read it, since no other editions can be "easily" found on the market) and express my condolences, since I was probably the only one to acquire it. (PS: I sincerely hope that I'm wrong with that last statement).
PPS: Tocmai am aflat că urmează să fie tradusă și în limba română (din nou)! Iupiii!!!!...more
Around the last third, after Mike and Jill leave Jubal's place, I took a break from this book because things were getting a bit too weird for me. ThenAround the last third, after Mike and Jill leave Jubal's place, I took a break from this book because things were getting a bit too weird for me. Then I got back to it and things got even weirder. And then I stumbled upon this little gem, in a conversation that was already highly controversial in itself, for other reasons:
Jill (female): "Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's at least partly her fault. That tenth time - well, all right."
Oh, no... I get that this novel was first published in 1961, but it's supposed to be science-fiction, goddammit! That means that the thinking, ideas and general philosophy should at least show some sort of development and not be the same old bulls**t women had drilled into their brains during those days. Therefore, this is where Mr. Heinlein and I part ways, probably for good...
P.S.: the reason I gave this book two stars is that Jubal, despite his sexist ways, makes some very good points and bluntly provides some really hard truths. A fact that does show some sort of positive development, after all... BUT in a male character......more
The long(er) version: I usually only read on the tube and/or during my lunch break. There, I said it. The laThe short version: Sandersonitis - I has it!
The long(er) version: I usually only read on the tube and/or during my lunch break. There, I said it. The last time I just had stay up late and keep on reading with bated breath was probably during gymnasium, when I would literally hide from my parents, so that they wouldn't pester me about going to bed (on school nights, anyway). Btw, I was reading Alexandre Dumas (père)... who, oddly, also wrote quite a bit about honor, loyatly, friendship and all that. Much like Mr. Sandrson here. I admit that I am not a fantasy fan. Most fantasy books (and especially the ones written in the past two or three decades) are all about missing heirs on their way to conquer their rightful kingdoms or "great men or women" that butcher each other for a crown or another. Sound familiar? And that's great... if you like reading about commanders, but not leaders(*). Sanderson, however, writes about leaders. People who give a s**t, even though they don't have to. The chapters about Kaladin and his motley crew represent some of the finest pieces of literature this century has offered (so far). And it's sad that a book with such strong ideas and values will probably be written off as "easy lit" because it's a fantasy novel. Sanderson brings back the honourable characters in a time that's all about the villains. Sure, his main characters are flawed too (and a bit melodramatic, if we are to be honest), but they keep to the truly important values... values that we should all probably start remembering before our very real world really goes to bits... values that some (or most) readers nowadays would find boring and obsolete, because they're not fun since they don't involve backstabbing, raping, pillaging, etc. Hopefully, Mr. Sanderson won't force me to change my mind after reading the second book...
(*) Brownie points for those who get the reference. Hint: it's neither Sanderson, nor Dumas....more