A tale of murder, artistic rivalry and literary trickery; a chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda isA tale of murder, artistic rivalry and literary trickery; a chinese puzzle of a novel where nothing is quite what it seems; a narrator whose agenda is artful and subtle; a narrative that pulls you in and plays an elegant game with you. The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands. The names of the islands are different depending on who you talk to, their very locations seem to twist and shift. Some islands have been sculpted into vast musical instruments, others are home to lethal creatures, others the playground for high society. Hot winds blow across the archipelago and a war fought between two distant continents is played out across its waters. THE ISLANDERS serves both as an untrustworthy but enticing guide to the islands, an intriguing, multi-layered tale of a murder and the suspect legacy of its appealing but definitely untrustworthy narrator. I
This is such a weird and wonderful book. A really refreshing perspective of a fiction novel. Each chapter is split into the different islands of the Dream Archipelago, some are short story's focusing on an important or iconic member of the islands. Others are more a travel introduction to each island. Somehow (and very cleverly), these all seem to intertwine and become a fantastic read.
The book itself starts slowly and you are a tad confused about where the information is going, but before you know it your sucked right in, you've read more pages than you thought and it is starting to make some sense. Because its not a fiction as we know it, it really doesn't have much of a plot, just many intertwining stories. This does make it feel like it ends abruptly (and to be honest I really didn't like the end chapter). However this did not spoil the book for me.
Its a hard book to review because its so different, I cant explain it properly. What I do know its compelling, interesting, refreshingly different and a hard book to put down. Its the kind of book thats like a rich box of chocolates, you savour each bit and cant always take it all at once, but you do keep sneaking back for a more and a bit more.
Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride - fighting, shooti Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. Across 1000 miles of Oregon desert his assassins, the notorious Eli and Charlies Sisters, ride - fighting, shooting, and drinking their way to Sacramento. But their prey isn't an easy mark, the road is long and bloody, and somewhere along the path Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. The Sisters Brothers pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable ribald tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humour, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
A refreshing and different perspective on bounty hunters in the gold rush. It was written in such a style that made it different from your western or your assassin genre. It was written from the perspective of one of the boys, who was not always happy with what he was doing or the life he was leading. Instead of all gung-ho, violence and shoot em ups. Its more a trial of life, where not everything goes right and the narrator is not afraid to tell you his true feelings, his emotions or his fears. He follows in his brothers shadow and is a bit upset about this. He even gets called fat at one point and this gives him a bit of a complex.
The story itself is enthralling, and captivating. Its not all happy endings either and it feels a bit more realistic and a bit more believable as a story. (Men admiring they have emotions, whatever next.) The characters are complex and are given a depth that you really feel you get to know them. This book made me both laugh and feel sorry for the boys in the story.
This really is a great book to read. Really not what I was expecting and much better than I thought. The cover for this book is also very clever and amazing (I had lots of people inspect this book and mention it). I really enjoyed this read, not something I would usually pick up, but im glad I did. Very good book and worth reading. ...more
Eames decides to travel the Danube by whatever means necessary. Having been to Europe a few times I was curious to see if i could relate to this storyEames decides to travel the Danube by whatever means necessary. Having been to Europe a few times I was curious to see if i could relate to this story and his writing and also learn more about the areas he visited.
He treated this novel more like a history book than a diary which was a bit of a shame. Although his writing style was easy, i wasn't a big fan of the content. I want to hear more about his adventure, what sights he saw and any misadventure. However this was more about this history of the river and the areas he visited which was not so interesting. Unfortunately i had to give up towards the end because i was just not enjoying reading it....more
I love these kind of ebooks, collections of stories from the 'real world.' This is a clever way of presenting it, it is a collection of all the 'bestI love these kind of ebooks, collections of stories from the 'real world.' This is a clever way of presenting it, it is a collection of all the 'best bits' from working in a hotel, presented over a 24 Hour period as a story. Some of it you think its too crazy so it must be true. It was well presented. Kept me very hooked and I couldn't put it down.
It was well written that it was captivating and fascinating as well as easy to read. Having watched the series it helped bring some of the characters to life a little bit more. It was like listening to your favourite work stories from the best story teller you can.
I loved it and I will be looking out for the rest of the 'babylon' series....more
Like her previous books this is a good 'chick lit' to read. Its less of a snapshot of one moment in a characters life, and more of a timeline of fourLike her previous books this is a good 'chick lit' to read. Its less of a snapshot of one moment in a characters life, and more of a timeline of four friends and how their paths intertwine from beginning to end. Its gives a snapshot of each of the girls and how they grow and adapt to life. I really loved hearing about the characters and how theirs lives had changed and how she sent them all down different paths (but still intertwining) it was like reading four different books in one.
The only downside to this was it was a wee bit to long for my liking and towards the end although I was enjoying it, it did take forever to get through. Sometimes as well it felt a bit to coincidental and contrived that the characters kept bumping into the same people from school and their first loves became constants in their life and little things like that but after all this is what fiction is good for.
Overall i would say this is a really good chick lit (some of her later stuff is a little bit better but this one is still worth the read)....more
I love anything disney world/land (all parks really) related. And am really fascinated at the behind the scenes and how the magic happens. This is a fI love anything disney world/land (all parks really) related. And am really fascinated at the behind the scenes and how the magic happens. This is a follow up to the first book and I was cautious of reading it as i had heard some negative reviews surrounding it.
I agree with them, its slightly more depressing and morbid than the first and written in a different way to the original book. The first thing it portrays a negative view working for the park, that the bosses are all about money and don't care about their staff. It even concludes that the park has lost its way, less about an affordable happy place for families, more a money grabbing enterprise.
Their was also some very grim stories in this book. Yes i don't mind reading about the injuries and even some deaths at the park, that are often hidden up. But their was no balance to this book, their was no happy stories or staff going out their way for the families.
However i still was fascinated by this book and reading a bit more about what really goes on in disney. I really enjoyed reading it. It was more written like a history, in the first book each chapter revolves around a different aspect to the park. This one was more a timeline explaining stories as they went on. A few more pictures may have helped to visualise things, especially for those who don't know some of the old rides they are talking about - its hard to know what they are trying to describe having no knowledge of the rides. It also felt a little outdated - we need a recent book about the park not one from years ago. ...more