"Around her the trees and wild flowers, with that oddly courteous air of natural things suddenly interrupted in their pressing occupations of growing"Around her the trees and wild flowers, with that oddly courteous air of natural things suddenly interrupted in their pressing occupations of growing and dying, turned toward her with attention, as though, dull and imperceptive as she was, it was still necessary for them to be gentle to a creation so unfortunate as not to be rooted in the ground, forced to go from one place to another, heartbreakingly mobile. Idly Eleanor picked a wild daisy, which died in her fingers, and, lying on the grass, looked up into its dead face."...more
I read this series when it was first released, and I remember quite liking it. There was some fiction project we had to create for a class at the timeI read this series when it was first released, and I remember quite liking it. There was some fiction project we had to create for a class at the time and I remember calling one of the characters Damon even. Some of my students have me involved in watching the television series with them now so I thought I'd revisit the books, knowing that the show has drastically departed from the original plot and trying to see what I had liked about the series and if it was actually good as I want to remembered it as.
Unfortunately, no. What bothers me now is the main character, Elena. Smith tries to set her up as a loner but a popular one, as caring but she is actually quite shallow and always gets what she wants for some reason I can't fathom. Her little sister is just thrown in sometimes as an afterthought and not cared for. Oh, and of course she's an amazing natural beautiful with stunning fashion sense :P What I like about the recent YA dystopian/apoca series I've read recently is that they are more concerned with developing friendships and family. Of course, the love interests are there but there is more correlation with actions and consequence it seems to me, and those connections make sense within the stories. The young women are more independently minded in a believable way and more complex. And I just can't imagine how Stephan managed to remain 'alive' as such a lame vampire for all those centuries - very unbelievable.
This just left me rather unsatisfied as a whole, though okay for some light summer reading....more
Picked this up at a hotel lending library and ended up liking it quite a bit at the end for the amount I was ah-whatever-ing in the beginning. Nice suPicked this up at a hotel lending library and ended up liking it quite a bit at the end for the amount I was ah-whatever-ing in the beginning. Nice summer read.
re: disposable cameras: "These are proper snapshots. Snapshots of life. Happy moments, or special ones, and you have to decide to take them. You have to plan them. Because you're running out of moments. You're always running out of moments."
"You have twelve exposures...twelve moments to capture. It's finite. So every time you capture one in that little box, you've got one less to spare. By the time you get to the last one, you better be sure that moment is special...you want to complete your little story. End on an ending. Or a new beginning. A dot-dot-dot to take you into the next roll."
Disappointed. It's been awhile since I've read Kundera, but I haven't found anything I've liked as much as The Unbearable Lightness of being, and I'mDisappointed. It's been awhile since I've read Kundera, but I haven't found anything I've liked as much as The Unbearable Lightness of being, and I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't reread that again to double check as it has been so many years. Every book since seems to range from okay to just fine and now this which was just ugh for me. The characters, especially the women, weren't 'laughable' so much as rather despicable caricatures. Perhaps just to be viewed as a sexist piece of its time?......more
There's a lot to recommend in this book - consistently and unexpectedly funny, a great smart female main character, the rough-and-tumble cursing wee-fThere's a lot to recommend in this book - consistently and unexpectedly funny, a great smart female main character, the rough-and-tumble cursing wee-free men...I can officially say after this my second Terry Pratchett book I'm a huge fan.
"Susurrus...according to her grandmother's dictionary, it meant 'a low soft sound, as of whispering or muttering'. Tiffany liked the taste of the word. It made her think of mysterious people in long cloaks whisperings important secrets behind a door: susurrusussssurrusss..."
"'The secret is not to dream,' she whispered. 'The secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up and I am real. I know where I come from and I know where I'm going. You cannot fool me any more. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine.'"...more