It's beyond me how this series was so successful when this first book is so terminally, tragically average. I had no desire to read, let alone buy, thIt's beyond me how this series was so successful when this first book is so terminally, tragically average. I had no desire to read, let alone buy, the second book. I deliberately left it on the train because I didn't want to recommend it to any of my friends....more
This book really made me appreciate modern living and the accessibility of potential mates. Online dating would have solved all the problems the charaThis book really made me appreciate modern living and the accessibility of potential mates. Online dating would have solved all the problems the characters experience in this book....more
Everyone curious about the history of our miscegenated grammar should read this book. Guess what? Ain't IS a word! You CAN split infinitives. And youEveryone curious about the history of our miscegenated grammar should read this book. Guess what? Ain't IS a word! You CAN split infinitives. And you can use a plural pronoun when talking about a singular subject. I just punched myself in the neck and then ate my own face. ...more
I'm not a fan of romance, but I respect this writer, so I gave this story a try. "Winter's Kiss" combines modern heroine ideals with fairy tale plots,I'm not a fan of romance, but I respect this writer, so I gave this story a try. "Winter's Kiss" combines modern heroine ideals with fairy tale plots, and those who want a quick, sassy read should pick this up and fall into a world of roses and ice, where two goddesses of the seasons vie for the love of one lucky mortal. Or is he unlucky? When goddesses take note of mere men, the results are always ... interesting. A blessing or a curse? Read this story to find out!...more
Oops, did I spoil the whole story for you? Well, too bad, because the poet himself spoils it within the first**spoiler alert** Siegfried is murdered.
Oops, did I spoil the whole story for you? Well, too bad, because the poet himself spoils it within the first three pages.
I'm all for classics, what with being a major in English literature and all. I mean, what else am I going to do with my degree than work a job totally unrelated to my field of study whilst crying myself to sleep every night using my now-defunct Norton Anthology as a pillow? Granted, this "epic" poem is German, but it's certainly part of what one would consider a literary education.
At the risk of sounding unenlightened, I say skip this and just read a good summary (unless, of course, you can read it in German). Not only is my copy translated into English, it's written in prose form, which is particularly irksome. Furthermore, 285 pages of content could have been reduced to 28 pages of actual action. I've rarely read anything so boring, which is weird considering the wee bits of action are actually quite interesting.
If you waste your time reading this poem, all you're going to get is redundant descriptions of people coming and going and sending emissaries to this or that place and accepting invitations to go to this or that festival, all while dressed impeccably wearing jewels that would bankrupt the world.
The poet has a particularly annoying habit of interrupting himself to describe what people are wearing. The back of my copy reads that it is an epic tale of murder and revenge. Right. More like an epic fashion show.
Oh, and no one has that much money. Kings and queens are constantly handing out gold and jewels like their wealth grows on trees, and yet they never grow poor. On the contrary, as the poem goes on, each king later introduced outdoes all kings before mentioned in wealth. Shields full of gems? Dumped on mere messengers? Every time? Bullcrap.
I also take issue with the use of the word "knight" in this poem. These men aren't knights; they're mercenaries. The only reason anyone does anything is for the promise of reward, which is usually merely alluded to--you know, good manners and all. Can't seem too greedy! But by the end of the poem, Kriemhild is begging anyone to go out and revenge for her, promising anyone shieldsful of red gold (which,I guess, is the best kind), having it brought right to front lines to administer to all and sundry. Even then, many "knights" won't take it because they're pissing themselves in fear of Hagen, Volker, and the other Burgundians. Bollocks to that--effing cowards! I thought you blokes were supposed to be "knights". Guess not. Lame.
The scenes where Siegfried puts on his cloak of invisibility and cheats to help Gunther best Brunhild in feats of strength are great. Even the scene where Siegfried invisibly wrestles Brunhild into sexual submission--though despicable by today's standards--at least doesn't have any unnecessary oohing and aahing at their new clothes! Seigfried's murder, Hagen destroying the ferry after hearing the nixies' prophecy--all these scenes are compelling, but you can get this just from the Cliff's Notes. Again, I don't read German, so the way it's written in translation isn't important to me. Just the story. And there simply isn't enough story to justify wasting your time slogging through this.
Having said that, if you get some kind of bullet-point summary of what's going on, then the last five chapters or so might be worth reading. Everyone slaughters everyone, and the scene where Rudiger gives Hagen his shield is quite touching. The final paragraph of the book is utterly retarded, though. Kriemhild just wants revenge for her murdered husband, and when she finally achieves it by chopping off the murderer's head, her own ally turns on her and hacks her to bits because it's dishonorable to be killed by a woman. ffs....more