2.5 Uparłam się tą książkę skończyc mimo, że mnie nie wciągnęła. Pomysł na samą idee książki bardzo mi sie podobał - ciekawe połączenie sci-fi i fantas2.5 Uparłam się tą książkę skończyc mimo, że mnie nie wciągnęła. Pomysł na samą idee książki bardzo mi sie podobał - ciekawe połączenie sci-fi i fantastyki, dające czytelnikowi blizszy, ciekawy punkt wejscia, postac ktora jest nam blizsza względem obcego świata, bo pochodzi z naszego. Ale. Na dłuższą metę nasz bohater jest zbyt, zbyt, zbyt - zdolny, przygotowany, posiadający masę doświadczeń i umiejętności. Aż sie cisnie na mysl "Mary Sue". To utrudnia wczucie sie w losy tej postaci. Choc początek ksiązki jest bardzo dobry, wartki. Vuko przedstawia się nam świetnie, wciągnał mnie w ten swiat i pierwsze rozdziały oceniałabym na piątke. Ale to dopracowanie postaci, watku, tempa poczatkowego gdzies sie gubi w pozniejszych rozdziałach.
Co gorsza w pewnym momencie pojawia się nam drugi bohater i związane z tym zupelnie nie polaczone watki (przynajmniej na razie). O ile wydaje sie byc sympatyczniejszą postacia to jednak jego historia składa sie w pewnych momentach jakby z krotkich opowiesci, dluzszych epizodów odcietych stylem / gatunkiem? od reszty- cwiczenia na wyspie, nauka sztuki milosci - dluzylo sie niezmiernie i powodowalo ze caly pęd ksiązki jakby sie poplątał, spowolnił, wybił z rytmu. Młodziezowa przygoda, wchodzenie w dorosle zycie. Jakby ksiazka nie wiedziala w jakim gatunku chce sie rozwijac.
Dodatkowo trzeba sie przyzwyczaić do zmian stylu pisania, pierwszej a trzeciej osoby. Po skonczeniu ksiazki mysle, że tym co zadziałało na jej niekorzysc w mojej ocenie, choc nieswiadomie, jest fakt ze mamy w niej malo bohaterów kobiecych, mało sympatycznych bohaterów, w ogóle mało ciekawych postaci.
Względem słuchania książki jako audiobooka - ciezko sie skupic na licznych, oryginalnych nazwach wlasnych. Ale lektor bardzo dobry....more
I really liked the basic idea for this one. But it lost me after a couple chapters. Feels underwhelming, not many characters, not much worldbuilding.
II really liked the basic idea for this one. But it lost me after a couple chapters. Feels underwhelming, not many characters, not much worldbuilding.
I like the cover and the premise. But so far, that's all. I'm surprised by the high rating so I'm struggling to read more. The dialogues all feel like I've read them before. No surpisses in any of the exchanges - between the sisters or at the ball. It feels very unoriginal. Lots of telling not showing. Cliches abound. Characterization is very thin. The whole family is made of cliches. Very little subtlety. The worldbuilding - it feels modern but with medieval-ish paint over. Simplistic in the setting and in the characterization. THe ladies in waiting are all gigly stupid gossips, the politicians - counselors are all shortsighted and without deeper experience and undertsanding (mostly in relation to Derek). Silly names - especially the princesses.
There was something bugging me about the languge, the writing style. I'm an ESL so I don't quite trust myself to be an adequate judge but I've run into a review of this book on amazon that, I think, gets that too. "Part of my biggest problem with this book is not the story line itself, but the way it is written. It seems to vacillate between overly flowerly language and frank language, with a fair amount of grammatical and story inconsistencies" Yeah, pretty much. ...more
3.5. As a I love traveling by plane I just had to read this book. It's a fun insight into the buissness from the other side. It's not a terribly good3.5. As a I love traveling by plane I just had to read this book. It's a fun insight into the buissness from the other side. It's not a terribly good plot or amazing characters but it was good read....more
One of those books where I don't like any of the characters and yet am intrigued to read more. I like the setting, I like the writing style, the plotOne of those books where I don't like any of the characters and yet am intrigued to read more. I like the setting, I like the writing style, the plot was ok, though for a moment there near the end I wondered what genre I was reading. Not a great book but good enough that I will try another by this author....more
Very little substance. The relationship between the heroine and the hero is nice (not too rushed or unbelievable), and the issues the hero and heroineVery little substance. The relationship between the heroine and the hero is nice (not too rushed or unbelievable), and the issues the hero and heroine have are pretty well put into words, but it's slow, with a rather simple and predictable plot. With not that many complex characters too. The writing is good so it makes for a light pleasant read, but not much more than that for me....more
On one hand I'd complain that this book was sometimes way too slow. On the other hand it is supposed to follow the life of one guy, who's not particulOn one hand I'd complain that this book was sometimes way too slow. On the other hand it is supposed to follow the life of one guy, who's not particularly proactif. He's full of doubts and so following his life records (as this book is constructed) is not all that exciting at times. There are additional articles, blogs, added that let us see the bigger picture - much appreciated, thought I'd have liked a little more. How does the world deal with immortality? We see what John and his friends and family do, we see reports from Russia and China (predictable) and that's it. I'd have liked more nuance I guess, and perhaps something less predictable as far as Russia and China go.
John as the protagonist didn't quite work for me- I mean I didn't really fear for him, I simply didn't like him much. So there's a distance there. I'm not sure we're supposed to like him, really.
The whole thing with Solara at the end, where did this come from? Fascination, I can see, lust, ok, but love? I don't buy it.
I'm surprised the government didn't use some semi permanent (reversible) contraception (surgery) while giving people the cure. Because overpopulation in this scenario is inevitable.
Overall, a good, thoght provoking book. At times I wish the author would have went into the wider worldbuilding (some of the glimpses we get were really interesting) a little more instead of the gangs, cannibals, killing. ...more
At first I'd have given it a four but the latter part makes me want to give it a three star rating. I guess it's a 3.5. I liked it but I had some issuAt first I'd have given it a four but the latter part makes me want to give it a three star rating. I guess it's a 3.5. I liked it but I had some issues with it. Maybe the plot was too stretched- around the middle I kept wondering what else could the author bring to it for the last half of the book- it seemed semi resolved, it made me slow down somewhat. Min was far better characterized than Cal, who felt somewhat blander and more generic. I did like the overall characterization - lots of interesting and distinct friends and family members. The dialogue and writing were ok. I mostly liked the humor too. So over all a good book....more
3.5 It was a fast read and I didn't really mind much about the book other than the switching povs - too often, I felt at first, though I got used to i3.5 It was a fast read and I didn't really mind much about the book other than the switching povs - too often, I felt at first, though I got used to it. Then I let myself think a little more about this book and it started to grate on me that the two protagonists wasted such an opportunity. Seriously, is realtionship status the only thing they had to check on facebook? Was there nothing else that interested them? well, apparently not really - not science, not politics, just spouses, children and houses, and a little bit about jobs but mostly about their status. So I didn't really end up liking the protaginists in the end. They were a little too selfish and shallow, though sure, teenagers can be like that, but I'm not sure this had to be a book about such teens. Where did the plot about David (Josh's brother) go? If that had been resolved I'd have liked this book much better. as it is it feels very contained - revolving around romantic relationships.
On the plus side: I did like the writing style (it moves fast and doesn't bore you down with too much detail, scene changes don't feel too abrupt, though there are a lot of them - the book spans a week but doesn't describe every little detail, mostly action and dialogue) and it felt a little nostalgic to read about teenagers in the 90ties. The characters felt mostly well drawn (not always likable but not cardboards)....more