This review may disturb the lovers of this book, just to warn.
Actually, I did not buy this book for the purpose. My mom got me and I started reading iThis review may disturb the lovers of this book, just to warn.
Actually, I did not buy this book for the purpose. My mom got me and I started reading immediately, because the topic was fairly interesting. The burning books, burning houses, burning people, a fireman, deep thoughts, unhappy lifes... Unfortunately it did not come out as I expected.
The statements in this book were extremely superficial; I did not see any deep meanings of any word while reading it. The conversations were way independent from each other; actually-the sentences in a single conversation were so independent from each other.
The unhappiness of the main character was so plastic, I mean it, it was plastic. You will not feel any reality in emotions if you ever read the book. Moreover, I would simply skip 5-6 pages of descriptions just because they were so simple and unnecessary. I DO love descriptions, I adore them and I normally read every single word of them, but in this book, these were just huge fails, nothing more.
The topic was so interesting but you will not feel any urge to finish this book eventhough you love the issue. Trust me, this isn't worth your time. Sorry....more
This will be so short because I do not feel like saying too much about the book. The events which should be so important and dThis is not good at all.
This will be so short because I do not feel like saying too much about the book. The events which should be so important and deep were described so flat and superficial.
Also, the attitudes of Sultan was so unreal. We are reading the woman slaves were talking to Sultan, and giving advices to him. This is not possible at all! At that time, at Ottomans, it was impossible for a slave to talk to Sultan, The story of Fatima and Elisa was supposed to change this and create a "wow" effect but it was so unrealistic that there was no "wow"s but "what?"s for me.
So, to cut it short, a clear waste of time. Not even historical, just pure fiction. Nothing more....more
Küba'daki bir film çekimi -hem de öyle çok reklamı yapılmış, çok dedikodusu dolanmış, çok gündem yaratmış bir ön çaFerhan abi, ne güzel adamsın sen...
Küba'daki bir film çekimi -hem de öyle çok reklamı yapılmış, çok dedikodusu dolanmış, çok gündem yaratmış bir ön çalışmanın ürünü olmamak suretiyle- bu kadar eğlenceli ve kendine bağlayıcı olabilirdi.
Şanslıyım ki filmi izledikten sonra okumuştum bu kitabı. Herkesin tek tek hareketlerini, sözlerini, mizahını, karakterini sıkmadan güldürerek anlatışı, konu bütünlüğünde bir kırıntı kadar bile eksiklik görülmemesi, siyasal duruşunun en iyi örneklerini laflarının arasına sıkıştırması... Ferhan Şensoy her zaman için Ferhan Şensoy işte, tüm kalbimle, tüm beynimle, tüm benliğimle hayranı olduğum Ferhan Şensoy.
O olmasaydı ne bu kitabının , ne de daha ideolojik çizgide yazdıkları gibi kitaplarının bir başka örneğini geçtim benzeri bile olamazdı.
İyi ki varsın Ferhan Şensoy, iyi ki yazıyorsun, ellerine sağlık. ...more
The more Coelho tries to be inspirational, the more he lacks.
Ah, I was a huge fan of this book when I read it and I was possibly 13. Now I look back tThe more Coelho tries to be inspirational, the more he lacks.
Ah, I was a huge fan of this book when I read it and I was possibly 13. Now I look back to it, I only can say that it was a book version of being drama queen. There is no drama at all,in the boook. But, the system of thought is the same as drama queens that tries to make all the problems bigger than they actually are and then start to fight with imaginational enemies.
No, Coelho. Not this. Advicing people to be strong in the way of battlefields and wars and conflicts etc. is not the way this should be happened. But it did anyways.
After tasting the popularity of these kind of "drama queenish, fighter assumptionish of self" books, he kept on writing at this level, not even a step further.
I am truely so sad that this book was my favourite when I'm 13, I'm ashamed of myself. More, I'm ashamed of Coelho for being a victim of popular desires. I wish he was a literature person who writes classy books but he wasn't and he will never be....more
Büyü ve enerji mevzusu ne zaman bu kadar ayaklara düştü?
Coelho, gençlikte sevilen yazardır ve maalesef gençlikte kalmaya mahkumdur. İnsan okumaya baş Büyü ve enerji mevzusu ne zaman bu kadar ayaklara düştü?
Coelho, gençlikte sevilen yazardır ve maalesef gençlikte kalmaya mahkumdur. İnsan okumaya başladığında bir heves, bir güç, bir sebepsiz özgüven hisseder ki zaten buna ergenlik diyoruz. Coelho'nun insana aşıladığı ve maksimum aşılayabileceği şey de ergenliktir. Üzgünüm.
Brida'yla bu ergenlik ve popülerlikten pay alma mottosunun zirvesine oynamış. Büyüler, karanlık güçler denemiş ama etkileyici bile olamamış. Etkileyiciliği biraz bile olsa ergen bünyelere iyi gelebilirdi, onları bile mutlu etmemiştir eminim.
Bu kadar yüzeysel, bu kadar kar amaçlı, bu kadar "sıfır" bir kitap "young adult" diye tabir edilen gençlik kitaplarında bile yoktur.
Ayrıca, enerjinin kullanımı konusu ve biraz fantazi katılarak da olsa yaratılmış olan büyü işçiliği ciddi bir iştir. Öyle ayla göğe bakıp, iki gram da aşk serpiştirerek enerji odaklı hayat geçiren ve kendini büyüye kaptıran bu kızımızın hayat öyküsü gibi derinliksiz ve niteliksiz değildir. Büyü işin, daha önce de söylediğim gibi, fantazi kurgu kısmı ama enerji yönetimi dersleri bile verilen bir konudur. O yüzden böyle safsatalarla, popüler kültür parçalı puzzle'larla ayağa düşüren Coelho'ya sadece sırt dönülüp, kapı çarpılıp gidilir.
Özet olarak, niteliksiz kelimesinin edebiyat karşılığını arıyorsanız okuyabilirsiniz. Edebiyat derken bile ürperdim, hakaret sınırlarına daldım üstad olmuş yazarların edebi yapıtları karşısında.
Son olarak, Elif'i Türk okuyucusunun potansiyelini bilerek yazdığı ve İslam dünyasına para karşılığında oynadığı aşikar kere aşikardır. Söyleyecek ne sözüm ne de zamanım vardır bu kitap ve Coelho için....more
Before everything: It is a good book to read, definitely not a waste of time and it is joyfull.
I was so frosty to Philippa Gregory because I love "reBefore everything: It is a good book to read, definitely not a waste of time and it is joyfull.
I was so frosty to Philippa Gregory because I love "real" history and I was thinking that she was mixing pure romance with a tiny hint of history and she was deviating historical events for the sake of romance. And that is why I was thinking that the audience of Gregory was teenage non-history lovers but romance.
Meh, I was wrong. Kinda actually. I still can not be sure whether the majority of the book was fiction or historical reality. If you don't mind this part, it is a real binding, catchy book in a good language and good composition.
The 2 worst sides that made me give 3 stars to this book was: First, the names are so same, as it should be in a kingdom, but Gregory did not help to remind to reader if this Richard/Edward was king or brother or son or someone else etc. Second, the last 100 pages are so boring which I was not expecting at all. I was so "let's finish this up." on last 50 pages.
Except of these 2, the book was exciting and also serious. So, this was my own anti-thesis for the prejudice that these kind of books were just for teenager who do not know anything about history but craving for romance.
About the end of the book, I was expecting it to finish in a certain way but also I thought that if this was the first book of Cousins' War, it should not have had a certain final. But, the reviews that I read about the Red Queen, the second book, as far as I understand it covers the same time period but in the name of the other character in the book. So, it is not continuing from where this book ends. It is a bit confusing, and I'm so uncertain about reading the red queen or not. If it covers the same time period, I really would not like to read it.
In conclusion, I recommend this book to the history lovers and also romance addicts. Sometimes it gets boring, especially at the end, but overall it is a good work of Philippa Gregory.
Allright, I'll try this review not to be so long and boring.
When I first heard about "Game of Thrones" as an existing book, I was literally like "Meh,Allright, I'll try this review not to be so long and boring.
When I first heard about "Game of Thrones" as an existing book, I was literally like "Meh, I don't read fantasy, let's skip this." Days passed by and I went to a bookstore just to kill the time and I saw the book, translated into Turkish, which happens to be my native language. I was really impressed by the cover, but I still did not want to start to read fantasy book at the age of 21. I skipped it again.
Then, I read a short comment about the book on web, written by a Turkish lady, saying that she read the books from the original language, and she swears that the Turkish translation is worse than anything. She highly recommended reading it in English. It was the time that I said "Okay, I really need to order this book."
To inform; the collage I attend to, the people I talk to, the environment that I'm into, they are all based on the language of English but still, reading a book in Turkish is a huge comfort for me. I knew that it wasn't going to be so easy because I was aware of the time period that this book was written, so the language was not going to be so soft and gentle for foreign readers. Still, I wanted to read the books from the original language so bad, that I searched for the set of whole series from Amazon. I found and immediately ordered. It arrived after 26 days. I couldn't believe myself that I was so excited about the situation. I started reading, but also I was thinking that the book was so thick and I didn't know that if I could be able to read it in a short time; therewithal I couldn't but that's not the point at all.
Okay this was a bit too much for a background. About the book; as I mentioned before, I am totaly NOT a fantasy book reader. I usually read classics and research books. But Game of Thrones changed it all. I read it so slowly, because I had tons of readings and works and exams and stuff to do with my school but I took it with me every single place that I go. I became a total addict.
Positive sides first: The building and the structure of the characters are perfect. I really mean it. For sure, I am not comparing with godlike Dostoyevsky type of structure but it still satisfied me in the name of creating a proper environment to get me into it. What more is, even if there are weak characters, they are generally so unique to themselves and no similarities between. The reader is clearly able to see the lines between the characters and be able to expect certain acts from certain characters. Of course, there are tons of surprises which makes the book readable and continious, but the reader knows that all the things that has been happened was more or less based on identities of the characters. The fact of honour and dignity was the actual "hit" part for me because I'm kind of, hard to admit, into aristocratic kind of characters in the books. In my own personal life also, but that's another story.
I won't go into detail about all the characters one by one but if I had to be a fanatic of one; it would definitely be Daenerys. I can hear you saying "What? Really?" but this part needs a personal explanation. I know that the Game of Thrones books are considered as "feminist" nowadays a lot, and myself as feminist -this is the first time that I label myself as feminist by the way, though everyone knows it-,was surely going to be a fan of a female character. Let's consider it; Cat? No, she was so weak at the first part of the book and after Ned's absence she became a strong female model. Arya? Maybe. Tomboys are always my type, but she is still a child and I can't predict what's she going to choose to be. Sansa? May I kill you in a ladylike way? Cersei? I'm not into incest, sorry. So Daenerys, you happen to be a queen of my gentle heart. Even when she was under the influence of his selfish brother, Viserys who was killed by Drogo with a melted gold as he always wanted basically, she was still so strong that she could handle all those barbarian weddings and forced sexual acts and fights and so on. She was a real dragon, obviously, which impresses me. Girl, you are the symbol of pride.
Apart from that, I have favourite male characters for sure. Tyrion Lannister has the first place with no doubt. You know what? Intelligence always casts a spell on me. He is a real bookworm and he got his brain instead of masculine kind of powers, which I'd admire if I were a man. Also, his sense of humour is amazing. Sex-addiction is another part of his personality for sure but who isn't in the book?
Other than Tyrion, Snow is the most perfect bastard of the entire world. He is so emotional inside which is not good at all for a member of Nightwatch but for me it's perfectly okay. Okay I admit, after I see him in TV Show of the book... It blew with bellows. But still, he had a place in my heart.
To jump on to negative sides: There are "too much" secondary characters that always confuses me. Always. And Martin was not so helpfull about reminding who was who. Also, as I said before, the language was a bit tough. See, I don't have tons of negative things to say.
To conclude all the rambling; the book was amazing. The only reason that I gave 4 stars was the extreme quantity of secondary characters and its complexity. I will read the following book, A Clash of Kings, immediately. I'm so curious about nearly everything. I don't know if it was the best way to start reading fantasy books but yeah...I'm so glad that I have 'em all.
I started to read this book to pass the time while I'm really sick and always lying on my bed, so I read it in 2 days. And No, really isn't worth it.
I started to read this book to pass the time while I'm really sick and always lying on my bed, so I read it in 2 days. And if I was not ill and bored,I wouldn not even keep on reading after page 10. It is a huge disaster.
I'm waiting for my Game of Thrones books to come from U.S. and it will take a long time so I thought that I can pass the time with some YA books but this was even worse.
Firstly, the only "savior" side of it to get distincted from Twilight was the absence of vampires. I never thought that I'll be comparing Twilight and Shiver when I finished the book but the book forced me to do this.
The so-called love and passion and action and advventure are so flat that you can not even get any real feeling from it. The time when Grace and Sam met as a human for the first time and the transformation risks and so on, these were so flat in the name of describing and reality. But, the author described the unnecessary and childish feelings of the boring character, Grace for pages and I skipped immediately.
Also, in single book, everyone turned into wolves and no one was shocked, no one was surprised eventhough they were big fans of being anti-wolf at the beginning.
I don't know where to continue to explain the things but I think I will just leave it without any more spoilers and just warn you about not reading it.
Also, it has 2 books more and when I was at the page of 200's, I was thinking that it didn't matter how boring it was, I was going to read the following 2 books but no way. Trust me, no way of getting any taste from this book.
Of course, you can not even imagine getting beautifully described and created characters from this kind of book as the amazing authors did in their classics but this was so cheap.
I am so happy that I did not buy it and read it online, otherwise I would cry out for my money. It was a huge waste of time and fatigues for my eyes.
I used this book as a main source for my diplomatic history courses in university, but I would definitely read this book if I have known about it befoI used this book as a main source for my diplomatic history courses in university, but I would definitely read this book if I have known about it before the course.
The language is not so complicated to understand which iis the most important thing that I look for in the historical books. It did not make me feel like "What is he talking about, actually?". The nations, events, wars, consequences were all so clear and reasonable.
The only thing that I'm still concerned about is its objectivity but personally I did not feel any extreme subjective sides.
After reading this book, you will immediately feel the difference between your "before&after" general culture. I strongly recommend....more
After Invisible, no way of writing this kind simple, nonsense, forced book for Auster.
From the first pages until the last, I have waited something toAfter Invisible, no way of writing this kind simple, nonsense, forced book for Auster.
From the first pages until the last, I have waited something to excite me and fulfill the requirements of being "Paul Auster book". But never happened, all I read was forced erotic descriptions which lasts for pages to make people keep on reading.
Ok, Invisible had the same kind of pages, but this was so unnecessary. Neither any taste of literature of usual Auster, nor strong subjects.
I bought this book in th first day it was on bookstores, and I read in 2 days, but the only reasons that I read it until the last page is my hope of reading what I expect from Paul Auster.
Dissapointing, a waste of time. And I am so sorry about this book, truly....more