The second installment of this popular series, The Little Vampire Moves In, was one of my childhood favourites, and even inspired me to make a vampireThe second installment of this popular series, The Little Vampire Moves In, was one of my childhood favourites, and even inspired me to make a vampire cape for a Halloween party. Even though I have read the book countless of times, it's in an excellent shape. I loaned some of the next installments from the library ages ago, but in a random order and I can't remember anything about them anymore. It doesn't really matter that much if you don't read the books in order, but I have an obsession for it. I finally wanted to read this first one, and dive into the nostalgic world of the von Schlotterstein vampire family.
This did have the familiar magic, although I didn't get the exactly same feeling of excitement that I used to. The series was my first confrontation with vampires, and maybe partly because of this I prefer the traditional vampires that smell like sweaty coffins and soil. Here vampires aren't too tame, as you would think from a children's book, but for example aunt Dorothee still had that creepy air around her. It was interesting to realise that the feeding habits of vampires aren't even once referred to directly as biting. Anton's family is charming, but not ridiculously perfect. Mom gets a tad too curious all the time and dad gets angry easily. A special mention goes to Amelie Glinke's illustrations, which stuck into my mind ever since I saw them for the first time. The delicate gossamer pencil lines fit perfectly for the atmosphere, and the characters to the overall charming character of the book....more
The only reason why I borrowed this from the library in the first place, was that in the last two years I've grown an interest in US states and theirThe only reason why I borrowed this from the library in the first place, was that in the last two years I've grown an interest in US states and their unique features, but also in the history and religions of indigenous peoples (actually, I should be writing an essay about Australian Aborigines right now, but oh well...). Combining New Mexican Navajo culture with murder mystery seemed too interesting to miss, although my bag was already about to throw up on the street.
The symbols on the covers of this series hint that Native American mythology has the biggest part in these stories. You basically have to be interested in the topic, or you might get bored during the parts that to me seemed a bit detached from the story. I mean, they were interesting, but I didn't get anything out of the story except for the religious stuff. The last pages have a relatively exciting chase scene, but the fact that I didn't care about the crime itself is probably bad news for a detective novel.
Joe Leaphorn was a mysterious character, and not in a good way. Sometimes he thinks about something, then he talks with someone, then he thinks about something etc. He just seems so passive and cold, because Hillerman hasn't created a vivid character, or at least a character that would satisfy me. I still have no idea who the hell Leaphorn is. On the plus side, Hillerman has researched his stuff well, but sometimes it just felt like I was reading an article instead of a story with real people....more
Thank god for Ebay, you've made my day countless of times. This time I used you for the first time to buy a book instead of clothes and miscellaneousThank god for Ebay, you've made my day countless of times. This time I used you for the first time to buy a book instead of clothes and miscellaneous trinkets, and I have to say that three pounds for this gorgous fairy tale was a bargain (postage included!).
The story is charming and down-to-earth, and maybe even a tiny bit rugged, thanks to the witch hunt scene. The silhouette illustrations fit the story perfectly. Although they seem a bit too simple at first glance, they are actually extremely meticulously drawn and full of magic. Babka, the main character, is modest but brave, and doesn't want to change herself one bit. Therefore there is a lesson to be learned, but it's not shoved in the reader's face, instead it can be found if you want to search it....more
Damn it... Abandoning this for now. Stream of consciousness is just too much for my brain capacity at the moment. So this has got nothing to do with tDamn it... Abandoning this for now. Stream of consciousness is just too much for my brain capacity at the moment. So this has got nothing to do with the quality, I just can't focus on this. Better luck next time! Hopefully soon, I really want to see the movie......more
Appealed to my adventurous side. As a kid I wandered in the woods and climbed on rocks, so back then this would have been an absolutely perfect book.Appealed to my adventurous side. As a kid I wandered in the woods and climbed on rocks, so back then this would have been an absolutely perfect book. Loved all the different creatures, and how Lidngren described the relationship of Ronja and her father....more
There's no narrative voice in Puig's novel, only dialogue. Despite this the novel is wonderfully multilayered, and Puig has subtly weaved the storiesThere's no narrative voice in Puig's novel, only dialogue. Despite this the novel is wonderfully multilayered, and Puig has subtly weaved the stories of the main characters among the recountings of the films Molina has seen. Loved the choice of films, Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) among others. By recounting films the jail time of Molina and Valentín goes by faster, helping them to forget the harsh reality. However, reality seeps through the stories because you can't ever escape it completely. There are also interrogation documents and footnotes. The footnotes deal with psychoanalytic theories of homosexuality, but I didn't quite grasp their function. In my opinion they didn't add anything to the story. As a whole, though, they don't matter much. Puig's unusual novel is well worth the read. You should also check out the 1985 movie, William Hurt is amazing.
Oh, and you can interpret the ending in two ways. You can either consider it as sad, or if you know Molina, as an ultimate fulfillment and blending in with the movie heroines he so admires....more
Update 10.10.2013 Saw the film several months ago, and it was awesome. Spacek was great as Carrie, and knowing what would happen at the end didn't botUpdate 10.10.2013 Saw the film several months ago, and it was awesome. Spacek was great as Carrie, and knowing what would happen at the end didn't bother one bit. - - - - The story is short, but effective. After the humiliating shower scene (what a bunch of moronic apes...), the events start rolling along like a tornado. The blood bath of the prom night is referred to every once in a while, so mentioning it wouldn't really be a spoiler. The novel is actually quite melancholic despite the horrific events at the end. King's touch is delicate when he recounts the snapping of Carrie, and the cruelties that teenagers can do to each other.
Even though the story is told through multiple perspectives, and some of them in the form of diaries, letters and investigation reports, they don't interrupt the flow of the story but complement it nicely. You can also conclude, that afterwards most don't remember Carrie's sufferings. She's only remembered as some kind of faceless monster, who needs to repent her sins (kind of like what her nutcase mother told her). An idiotic practical joke destroyed Carrie's efforts to reach a connection with other human beings. And because Carrie as a result took the wrong turn at a crossroads, the innocent suffered on the side.
A lot of people may know Carrie's story already, some through de Palma's movie which I shockingly enough have not seen yet. There was a chance to see it at the local film club's screening a while ago, but I wasn't able to make it. Maybe that was for the better, though, because I was only now able to read the book, and the film may have ruined this for me....more