I absolutely devoured (*wink wink*) this novel, and I need more, to be honest.
First of all, I need to state that I started this with normal expectatioI absolutely devoured (*wink wink*) this novel, and I need more, to be honest.
First of all, I need to state that I started this with normal expectations. The reason why I wanted to read it in the first place was the oncoming movie. Do I like the zombie concept? Yes. It is among my absolute favourite horror elements. Will I go see the movie? Yes. Am I as excited for it? Fuck no. This book, I am sure, will be a hundred times better than the Hollywood cliche that the movie is almost bound to be. I hope I am wrong. I hope it won't just be "Brad Pitt vs Zombies" or "Please let's focus on Brad Pitt and his white typical family during zombie apoc". I hope. But I think Hollywood simply cannot escape the 'merica above all else trope.
This book was unexpectedly amazing. It wasn't just a riveting, nail biting read. It was a social study of immense proportions, while also incredibly original and deeply moving. It made me shiver with fear, it made me cry sometimes. It was all extremely human, real and emotional, yet also raw and profound. And, to be honest, for someone who really got into long, passionate discussions about what-ifs during a zombie apoc, I can clearly state that this book has answered quite a lot of my questions and has offered detailed, realistic descriptions of very possible situation. One example would be: "Why does the American military fail in every single movie?"
But beyond just the story and the scenario was the impressive collection of voices. They all sounded genuine to me, or at least of a high enough quality that made them all enjoyable. There was immense diversity (cultural, racial, etc), which made this book a refreshing read and visibly different than what the movie will portray.
Secondly, I adored the fact that the apocalypse was more or less over and you got to see the grieving, rebuilding human society, a society of once dominant creatures, now ruined by something they could not control, and, more importantly, by their own mistakes. I loved this deconstruction of my species. Truly, there are times when this study is just so potent and complex. Those were the times that made me say that this book should be studied in schools. And to be honest, it should be read by anyone, zombie fan or not. Because even if you do not enjoy the living dead genre, you can easily replace "zombie" with the pandemic of your choice and get the same freaking scenario more or less.
The book does not suffer, in my opinion, from the multitude of voices. It is true I wanted to know much more about some of the characters and their stories ended quite abruptly, but that is the charm and magic of it. An immense puzzle of survivor stories, each bringing colour and uniqueness to the whole picture. Brilliance can and does come in small doses.
There was no dull chapter or page in this book. I recommend it to everyone. Here's to hoping that the movie will not suck terribly, but let's see:
There will be fast zombies, the action takes place at the beginning of zombie apoc (I doubt it will span 10 years) and there is a main fucking protagonist, the American hero. Also, the zombies are god damned psycho fast. Hard not to suck with these parameters. ...more
Why does this book, which has not yet been released, have such an outrageously high rating already? I simply cannot understand the neePRE-read review:
Why does this book, which has not yet been released, have such an outrageously high rating already? I simply cannot understand the need to rate a book before it's even been launched. I adore the Fever series, but I despised "Iced", no matter how hard I tried to like and accept it. And "Iced" had a huge rating as well, but turned out to be a disappointment for many fans. Of course I will pre-order this and read the hardcover. Why? Cos the universe is still awesome. But that doesn't mean that the book is an automatic 5 star. Please stop climaxing over something that doesn't exist yet.
Well, I finished reading this book (basically it was a slow, controlled devouring of it) and I must state that the series is definitely back on track. For all those who despise ICED (me included), rest assured that you can place "Burned" beside the other 5 books of the Fever Series because it offers much more than its predecessor of which I shall rant no longer. This novel is pretty light on action, but it is the perfect venue for character development. All the characters grow, their relationships develop, they become more palpable and close to the reader. I loved what Ms. Moning did to the Nine that are explored in Burned. I loved what she did with Mac and Barrons. I know many have complained about the faux pas in their relationship, but I find it logical, perfect and, to be honest, not disturbing in the least bit, after having known and understood these two imperfect, ruthless, damaged yet utterly amazing characters. I despised (and still do) Dani with a passion, so what happened to her is entirely perfect in my opinion, but I still could not care less about that character. The only clear difference in my opinion of her is that, while I wanted her to be meat in the first five books, now I might suffer her to live, just off screen where she does not annoy. I was not impressed by Jada...it was the right move, the best move after Iced, but as I said, in my opinion, she is nothing but a prop in this world.
The descriptions are spot-on, the dialogue could use some improvement in some parts where they all scream one over another, but it is a very visual, very movie-like book, and so so easy to get in the minds of all these characters, as well as visualize the whole things as an omni-present viewer. I cannot wait for the next installment, hoping it is just as good as this one....more
This was an unexpectedly amazing romp. Not that I did not expect utter brilliance from Irvine Welsh, but I thought it would be a much shallower storyThis was an unexpectedly amazing romp. Not that I did not expect utter brilliance from Irvine Welsh, but I thought it would be a much shallower story since it is based on several very shallow and at the same time, very consuming obsessions of our modern (yet utterly primitive and pathetic) society. But the story was very poignant, touching, rough and visceral and I felt for the characters and their issues, I understood where they came from, I could see past the slightly cliched stereotypes and I saw the people that were hiding underneath.
I will not claim that the intense sexual content did not make the read infinitely more pleasurable, and the fact that the sexual orientation of so many characters was portrayed with such ease and normalcy (because it should, but it so often is not) really warmed me up. A great read, a fast paced, accurate portrayal of today's craze and need....more
I loved this book from the first word I read. It filled me with extreme happiness, with joy, with melancholy and peace. I found the writing style elegI loved this book from the first word I read. It filled me with extreme happiness, with joy, with melancholy and peace. I found the writing style elegant, complex, sophisticated and enjoyable. But as I advanced through this glorious epic, I only loved it more and more and fell into this deep story with no desire to return to the real life because the fantastic journey of Pi felt, at times, more real than anything.
By the time I got to the very end, well, I won't spoil it for you but it was like a kick in the ribs. IT was so strong, so sad, so shocking and amazing. It was heartbreaking and soul-crushing and I cried and suffered and in the end, I learned. One really does feel smarter after reading this book. The story is an inspiration and I am saying this as an atheist: the religious part was equally beautiful and meaningful.
Pi is a fabulous character. I rooted for him from the very beginning and I felt each and every emotion he experienced perfectly. I was right there with him and Richard Parker, who is, by the way, one of the greatest portrayals of animals in literature, in my opinion. This book is full of details that make his situation perfectly plausible in my eyes and all the naturalistic aspects (feeding, bodily functions, smells, pains) were so perfectly and elegantly introduced.
This book kept me up at night. I kept reading and re-reading short passages of brilliance just to start my day. It becomes a companion, a friend, a real presence in your room and heart. It goes right up there in my top 5 favourites, and when I say top 5 this time, I don't mean the one with tens of books. I mean the exclusive list: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Ines Of My Soul, Shalimar the Clown, Island Beneath the Sea and now Life of Pi.
Needless to say I will see the movie (when it finally comes to the backwater land I exist in) countless times and I hope with all my heart that this book is respected and honoured. In my opinion, "Life Of Pi" should be mandatory literature in schools around the world and I hope that the upcoming movie will bring a rise in popularity among younger readers whose minds are rotted away by the cesspool of horribly written young adult crap....more
This novel was amazing. It took me so long to read it (one week) because I am a total noob when it comes to using my tablet as an e-reader. I am and aThis novel was amazing. It took me so long to read it (one week) because I am a total noob when it comes to using my tablet as an e-reader. I am and always will be a paper book lover.
When I first started this read, I only wanted to relax my brain with a sweet, hot read after the horrendous torture of attempting "Pillars of the Earth". I was extremely surprised to find a gorgeously written piece of adult literature, filed with intense scenes, awesome dialogue, my kind of language and some of the most beautiful descriptions I have ever read. I congratulate the author, and she is definitely on the watch list. But what really set this book apart was the fantastic inner life of the protagonist. The negative, hurtful aspects of such a romantic liaison were perfectly portrayed. Thus, I believed in the couple, I rooted for them and suffered alongside them.
The characters were excellent. Maise was real, strong, complex and mature, and, to be honest, a far more realistic teenager than pathetic, whiny little bitches that reside in the never-ending hell of the young adult genre. Evan was a great love interest because he was sexual, nice, but also casual, non-threatening. He respected his lover and I found their love to be genuine.
The way in which their relationship was portrayed was perfect as well. When you're dealing with a fetish like a teacher-student affair, you need to address the numerous issues that are sure to arise and "Unteachable" does this with heart-breaking ability.
The protagonist's backstory was moving, but nothing revolutionary. The best friend was the weakest element but the story wad not at all affected. In the end, I was as addicted as the characters, as frustrated and hurt as them. The ending was sublime and well-written. So many feelings, such familiarity, so much hope for the future but nothing thrown carelessly. The reader is taken along on a glorious ride, no regrets, just emotion and a beautiful, unforgettable experience. And yes, I am a huge sucker for lyrical writing. Recommended to ALL. ...more
An amazingly evocative read, a great cast of imperfect, broken, utterly HUMAN characters. Realism and naturalism combined in order to paint a most decAn amazingly evocative read, a great cast of imperfect, broken, utterly HUMAN characters. Realism and naturalism combined in order to paint a most decayed and infectious Victorian England. A long book that felt like a few pages of pure genius, an immensely rapid read (it did take some time to update my status since I am currently on holiday, which is also the reason why this review will be very short).
Sugar is one of the best female characters I have ever encountered, and so unique to me since I am used to Isabel Allende's magical realism heroines and my favourite MacKayla Lane of the "Fever" series is a different creature entirely. But Sugar is a startling combination of strong, damaged, progressive, and burdened by the chains that women were burdened by in those days. While I am discussing said chains, I would like to mention my joy in reading an accurate book, and not a silly, syrup-covered collection of historical inaccuracies. Women were not swept off their feet by gentlemen, carried away to a romantic palace. Usually, they were married either for interest, or, even if they married for love, they risked living a life of solitary, consuming madness, of shame and silent despair. This was brilliantly painted by the character of Agnes, whose delusions and sufferings were painful to read, but oh so enchantingly written. Also, I adored the realistic description of the prostitutes' plights, the horrific conditions in which they existed, the way they "fell", or were brought down by society's cruelty.
I will end this very short review (because I am on holiday and entitled to be a lazy good for nothing) by stating that this book is an important read. It is a harsh picture of a reality many do not know or choose to fantasize about without paying any attention to historical facts. It is a violent, sad novel, one which I enjoyed from the very first word, from the very first sentence, from the first time the fourth wall was shattered and the author (or perhaps the book itself) addressed me, the reader. It is truly a journey, and one all should embark on with care. Fully recommended to mature readers. ...more
The Girl with All the Gifts is one of the best post-apocalyptic novels I have ever read. It is a gem and I place it right up there with World War Z. IThe Girl with All the Gifts is one of the best post-apocalyptic novels I have ever read. It is a gem and I place it right up there with World War Z. I am beyond impressed with M.R.Carey's awesome writing style (which I was familiar with through his work for Marvel) and I am beyond freaked out at the realism of this story. I highly recommend it to all who love zombie fiction, but mostly, to those who truly understand the symbolism and message of post-apoc literature. This book is deep, perfectly researched, highly entertaining and extremely dramatic and heartbreaking. Do enjoy!...more
The mystery was decent, but the writing style was gorgeous, as I expect from the splendid J.K. Rowling. I loved all the voices, the dialogue, the descThe mystery was decent, but the writing style was gorgeous, as I expect from the splendid J.K. Rowling. I loved all the voices, the dialogue, the description, the characters. Never quit writing for adults, please!...more