I found this book in a far corner of my most inconveniently located bookshelf. Right beside "the Pathfinder" by Orson Scott Card. Luckily the books ha...moreI found this book in a far corner of my most inconveniently located bookshelf. Right beside "the Pathfinder" by Orson Scott Card. Luckily the books have nothing in common and quite enjoyed this one. The world described in this book, set in the deep south early 20th century, is one I am quite unfamiliar with.
Joe Christmas is a rootless man, white but with some black blood. When he kills a white woman, he's in for deep trouble. Intertwined into this story is that of pregnant Lena, looking for her runaway boyfriend in the hopes of becoming a wife.
It's a solid story with atmosphere. Not a thriller by any means, but it kept my attention nonetheless.(less)
Read in Norwegian and I so wish I hadn't. My mother tongue is Swedish, I love German and English is usually my language of choice. Norwegian - it just...moreRead in Norwegian and I so wish I hadn't. My mother tongue is Swedish, I love German and English is usually my language of choice. Norwegian - it just doesn't flow. If the original is Norwegian it's usually okay, but I HATE translations and this was no exception. I should have spent the $15 to download it to my kindle in English.
I've ranted enough now, but it was exceedingly difficult to get the story through the language. It's story of wealth - or rather lack thereof - and morality. All shades of gray. I did not find Ethan off-putting for scheeming to get back his lost family riches. Probably entirely readable in its original form, thus the rating. Had I not suspected this was better than what I got out of it, it would have been 3* out of 5.(less)
Rating 3- out of 5*. I wavered between 1 and 2 before landing at this, trying to measure just how annoyed I was for having been right all along. There...moreRating 3- out of 5*. I wavered between 1 and 2 before landing at this, trying to measure just how annoyed I was for having been right all along. There was only one little twist and certainly a much smaller one than I had expected.
Lady Audley used to be Lucy Graham, a lowly governess, before she married far beyond her station. She is a very beautiful, childish young woman with a mean streak a mile wide. She has a secret and what this is glaringly obvious almost from the beginning for the jaded non-Victorian reader. I feel deeply sorry for her gullible husband. Women bunched together as a whole get a good bashing in this book, but I'd say almost deservedly so - at least considering the conniving female creatures described here. This is definitely the most sexist novel written by a woman I have ever had the misfortune to read. I am immesurably relieved to be living in this day and age where women - at least in the Western world - can be more than a wife or governess if they choose.
This book has two saving graces: 1) it's free on kindle and 2) it's quite readable. There is enough forward tension to keep reading. However, had I known that my early theories would be correct, I would not have bothered to finish it.(less)
I found this on some list of "scariest books ever" and as it was one I hadn't read, I thought I'd give it a go. I initially failed to notice that the...moreI found this on some list of "scariest books ever" and as it was one I hadn't read, I thought I'd give it a go. I initially failed to notice that the author was Henry James, who is probably the most boring author ever to be published. After I had noticed who the author was I thought "but well, this is a ghost story that has stood the test of time, it must be at least a little bit interesting". The only thing "interesting" bit was how annoying the old-fashioned language was and the capital letters used here and there for emphasis.
A young woman is employed as governess for two children, Flora and Miles, whose parents have died and are under the guardianship of an uncle. This uncle does not want to be bothered with any details of the children. Soon after the governess enters employment, Miles comes home for the holidays with a letter saying he has been expelled from school. The governess can't figure out why, both children are most exemplary in behavior. Then the governess begins to see the ghosts of her predecessors who for some reason seem to target the children.
This novella was as fascinating as watching paint dry. Certainly there are some curious aspects and I suppose some might enjoy it. For my part, I'll have forgotten all of it within two days. All I will be left with is that Henry James is an even worse author than I thought before. How any of his books survived to become "classics" is beyond me. (less)
This was an amazing read! The book was published in 1953 and it still feels novel, rather than dated. That's pretty amazing for "old" science fiction....moreThis was an amazing read! The book was published in 1953 and it still feels novel, rather than dated. That's pretty amazing for "old" science fiction. It's almost unfathomable that I did not know of this book's existence until a few weeks ago! I thought I had my bases covered, but apparently not.
Man has just reached the space age when the alien occupation arrives and puts and abrupt end to that. The alien "overlords" also put an end to wars, famine and animal cruelty. Mankind is united and the world knows peace for the first time since our species came into existence. The question of who the overlords are - what they look like, because they don't show themselves for the first 50 years - and what they want is revealed as time progresses. They are not quite as benevolent and harmlessly curious as they seem.
Of course I've been drilled that aliens are usually of a destructive sort, but I could not see where it was headed or second-guess the ending. Despite the exchange of main characters as time progressed, the story remained fluid and fascinating. Highly recommendable to any SF fan who might have passed this by. (less)
This book was also difficult to rate. Although intellectually stimulating and interesting from a historical perspective (an SF novel from BEFORE the a...moreThis book was also difficult to rate. Although intellectually stimulating and interesting from a historical perspective (an SF novel from BEFORE the advent of computer techonology) it was also fragmented and infinitesimally boring. This tiny little book took five times longer to read than I expected. It's quite unusual that I, in the end, decided that there is more to this book than how much I was entertained or immersed in the story (neither applies) and thus decided upon a rating of 4 out five stars.
Hari Seldon is a mathmetician and a psychologist who predicts an end to the human galactic empire which has existed for 12000 years. He sets up a foundation at the eges of the galaxy. Two actually, but this one only covers the one which was set up without any knowledge of "psychohistory" and not a psychologist in sight. So when the Empire deteriorates, the Foundation survives. The book is fragmented because it is that of the Foundation and not of some human main character. That makes the story difficult to follow and I lost the red thread every now and then.
As mentioned, the novel is written before computer techonolgy hit the mainstream market. Asimov placed his bet on atomic power instead. The clever use of the latter - together with establishing science as a religion - is what gives the Foundation a fighting chance in hostile surroundings.
The concepts presented here are quite fascinating, but because there was no getting to know any characters in depth, I most certainly did not love this book. (less)
All happy families are alike, every unhappy is unhappy in its own unique way; to paraphrase Tolstoy. I let this sentence summarize the book, albeit in...moreAll happy families are alike, every unhappy is unhappy in its own unique way; to paraphrase Tolstoy. I let this sentence summarize the book, albeit insufficiently. This is an amazing saga. Very easy to read and very modern.(less)
This is a fantastic little story that I own in several languages. It's about the little prince who turns up on earth and tells about his travels. It's...moreThis is a fantastic little story that I own in several languages. It's about the little prince who turns up on earth and tells about his travels. It's a sad allegory.(less)