For a book that has been regularly contested against, and that has a place among the modern classics, I was expecting something really great. Well, it...moreFor a book that has been regularly contested against, and that has a place among the modern classics, I was expecting something really great. Well, it isn't really great, or even really good. It hovers somewhere between pretty good and really good. It started strongly and Atwood does a great job of describing the Republic and the state of affairs. Unfortunately I found my attention wandering towards the middle and having read the ending and then the epilogue - to be honest, I didn't feel like I needed to read the rest. Though I must say that the epilogue was equally as interesting as the entire premise of the book, which to give credit where credit is due, is quite original. Perhaps one day I shall return and read the chapters I missed, but for now my impression of this novel is sufficient. (less)
**spoiler alert** Everyone knows that you begin an Isobelle Carmody book at your peril since she takes - literally - a decade to finish her most famou...more**spoiler alert** Everyone knows that you begin an Isobelle Carmody book at your peril since she takes - literally - a decade to finish her most famous and popular series, frequently taking detours to write other books and start new series. But the Legendsong trilogy (of which Darkfall is the first and Darksong the second), is my favourite out of all her books.
I'd read this before, in 2003, so forgot most of it. But I never forgot how much I loved Glynn and Solen together, and how transported into raptures I was over the feinna. One mention of it's liquid eyes and I melt. Although I don't always love her writing style (the frequent mentions of Chaos and the segues began to bug me after a while), she is the master at creating other worlds, and filling them with so much detail and description that it feels real. The Legendsong world is utterly believable and tactile, and lush.
What really amazed me is how easily Carmody is able to draw you into this world and make you REALLY believe in the "religion", for want of a better word, of the order of the soulweavers and their beliefs that the Unraveller will come to release the Unykorn. I mean, I'm an atheist for heaven's sake - which means that I should at least have some understanding, with the Draakan cult. But this is not so. In the end I think this is because of how Carmody has portrayed all the characters; you can't help but recoil from the Draaka and her beliefs and gravitate towards Glynn and Ember and all their allies' plights.
I can't wait for Darkbane, the last book to come out, although it won't be for another year at least. *sigh*(less)
The Secret History is undoubtedbly a very good book; highly original and fascinating enough to warrant your full attention. What is really impressive...moreThe Secret History is undoubtedbly a very good book; highly original and fascinating enough to warrant your full attention. What is really impressive is that Tartt manages to keep your attention to the end, despite the fact that you know what's going to happen. There is a murder - and the narrator, Richard, tells you straight off. The development of the story, the plot, and in particular the characters, are all responsible for how good this book is. It also set off my interest in the classics. (less)
I've lost track of how many times I've read this book. But I never get tired of reading it. Coming to the Tomorrow series rather late in the game (I'd...moreI've lost track of how many times I've read this book. But I never get tired of reading it. Coming to the Tomorrow series rather late in the game (I'd hazard I was 16 when I first picked it up), I suspect if I had read it earlier it would have had more of an impact on myself. Even so, the book's impact is great. The writing is perfect, the premise of the book - that Australia has been invaded - is breathtaking, and the characters and their actions are unforgettable. I've been on a real teenage/YA kick lately, and rereading this reminded me that amidst some of the crap out there in the genre, there are some shining gems. Any Australian who hasn't read the books in this series (though the first 5 are the best), whether a teenager or not, should. Others outside Australia would do well to read them as well, even if they don't understand some of the Aussie slang and colloquialisms. John Marsden is a great writer. (less)
This is such a good book. I haven't encountered a book like it before. It's beautifully written. It is incredibly detailed, yet at the same time spars...moreThis is such a good book. I haven't encountered a book like it before. It's beautifully written. It is incredibly detailed, yet at the same time sparse, as the story is told over 60+ years. The "chapters" are the years that pass, and some chapters are barely a paragraph long, as Knox briefly articulates what happens in the year 1859, for example. Additionally I highly enjoyed the way Knox utilises French vintner terms for each year, as well as the integral role the winery and wine play in the story.
The plot is clever, the characters are fascinating in all their glory and flaws, and to tackle Catholic theology within a relatively short novel in such a way is involving and interesting. In truth I would hesitate to call it theology for this is not a true indication, rather Knox uses the struggle between the human and the divine to explore relationships in an incredibly unique way. Indeed, the book is secular in its treatment of politics, there is no preaching; the divinity and piety of the characters merely that - part of the story, and necessary in fact, for one of the two main characters is an angel. (Named Xas! Reason enough to read I should think ;D).
Since I have a, ahem, talent shall we say, or tendency to mangle book descriptions, I shall refrain from it here. However I would highly recommend you (i.e. my friends) read the blurb/reviews and read it because I loved this book. It was amazing.(less)
By far one of the better books that David Leavitt has written. The three novellas stand alone as great stories in their own right - though the last is...moreBy far one of the better books that David Leavitt has written. The three novellas stand alone as great stories in their own right - though the last is in my opinion the best - with each story bringing forth a different emotion. The language is finely controlled; the plots enthralling. A very satisfying read. (less)
To be absolutely honest, I did not manage to finish this book. This is actually a rather common occurence, as many books just cannot hold my interest...moreTo be absolutely honest, I did not manage to finish this book. This is actually a rather common occurence, as many books just cannot hold my interest long enough. So.. I passed this book on to my younger brother (who is the demographic the book is actually aimed at), and he is here with his review.
He managed to finish this book within a day, so I guess it held his interest long enough. He said it was funny, and the story was quite good. The language is sufficiently youth-oriented. That's about it.(less)
This book was adorable; very sweet, lovely messages and it avoids stereotyping which is nice to see. Despite the squee-worthy title of "Boy Meets Boy"...moreThis book was adorable; very sweet, lovely messages and it avoids stereotyping which is nice to see. Despite the squee-worthy title of "Boy Meets Boy", all kinds of relationships are represented - gay, straight, the relationship between best friends and with parents - though the principal relationship explored is the tentative one beginning between Paul and Noah as the book is narrated through Paul's voice.
There are some truly original and amazing descriptive passages, and the dialogue is effortless. It is a book written for teenagers, and Levithan manages to capture all the nuances and experiences of high school. And the last chapter which barely stretches two pages is heart-breakingly beautiful.
As the blurb excerpts: "There isn't really a gay scene or a straight scene in our town. They all got mixed up a while back, which I think is for the best... And whether your heart is strictly ballroom or bluegrass punk, the dance floors are open to whatever you have to offer. This is my town."
All in all, highly recommended for all teens, straight or gay or in between. It really deserves another half star; so 4.5 stars.(less)