This one is going to stay on my mind for a while. And well, it is basically about the mind and the gradual loss of it - in a remarkably literal sense.This one is going to stay on my mind for a while. And well, it is basically about the mind and the gradual loss of it - in a remarkably literal sense.
It's a daunting idea - being young and bright, but losing one's memories and cognitive abilities bit by bit. The scariest part? The awareness. Not only of it happening, but also the realization that there's nothing to put a brake on the process. This is what befalls 50-year-old brilliant Harvard professor, Alice.
I don't know how true author's depiction of Alzheimer's dementia is (her afterword mentions praise from numerous people that suffer from or are in other ways very familiar with AD) - but this story left a very profound impression. It tells the tumultuous journey of Alice, as she navigates a world she's slowly forgetting and which is making less and less sense to her. It's heartbreaking.
There are bits of narrative that didn't quite feel true, which were mainly Alice's consultations. Her doctors seemed immensely abrupt and prompt about their questions and explanations - that's not how it's taught these days.
At the end, is she still Alice?
(Please excuse the brief and slightly incoherent review, it's past midnight)....more
“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.”
Beautiful book. I can’t even settle on a favourite quote; there were so many parts that I lov
“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they're capable of.”
Beautiful book. I can’t even settle on a favourite quote; there were so many parts that I loved. Ultimately, however, it was really boring-and-average Ed that made this book special for me. Just Ed who changed the lives of others in a most profound way, fumbling and stumbling all the way, but with the best of intentions. Ed, who by the end of the book definitely is so much more than just Ed. (I think I loved this book even more than The Book Thief). ...more
I was inspired to buy and read Love & Misandventure after reading a similarly-styled book, In Short, which apparently was in turn inspired by3.5/5
I was inspired to buy and read Love & Misandventure after reading a similarly-styled book, In Short, which apparently was in turn inspired by this book. Before this, I practically never read poetry. I tend to find it so... intimidating.
This type of poetry, though - it suits me well. The themes are mainly about love, relationships, heartbreak - pretty commonplace. It's bittersweet. It's simple. The simplicity is what I like so much about it. There's some lovely art to accompany it, too.
I sent an excerpt of one poem to my friend; she told me it was a tad bit dramatic. Which was... Not a misplaced judgment, I guess. For a standalone piece. The overall tone of the book is somewhat melancholic. It gave me the impression that the narrator was in too deep. But that's love, isn't it? And misadventure...
[On a side note, I would love to read the books that [author:Leav Lang|7811770] published after this one, Lullabies and Memories, but they're rather pricey. Unfortunately.]...more
It's near-impossible to love stories in an anthology equally. There will always be some that stand out and linger; and those that are a chore to3.5/5
It's near-impossible to love stories in an anthology equally. There will always be some that stand out and linger; and those that are a chore to get through. I think it may be especially so with this book, as the common theme is, obviously, rogues. A theme so broad and open to interpretation has led to a wide variety of stories, some having nothing in common aside from telling about a main character who likes to bend the rules a bit.
I usually enjoy short stories if the mood strikes; this time it was no different. I find anthologies also a great way to get a taste of authors whose books I haven't read yet. Scott Lynch and Neil Gaiman are always great! But I've got to be honest - editor or whatever, I hated the story by G.R.R. Martin. Completely unappealing.
This here is an excellent general assessment of the stories (if you'd like to have a bit of a review for each story); I agree with most....more
I’m not usually one to savor my books. In fact, when I enjoy a book, I tend to gobble it up in no time. Nor am I usually one to read poetry. This timeI’m not usually one to savor my books. In fact, when I enjoy a book, I tend to gobble it up in no time. Nor am I usually one to read poetry. This time I did both - it was a good experience.
“This is a sad little book,” the author states. How true this is. It is about a love rife with suffering; it is about heartbreak. There’s a lot of emotion on these pages - some parts truly made me sad. This melancholic collection of stories mostly tell about a relationship gone sour, from the viewpoint of a girl, who loves so deeply but doesn’t get the same in return. However, we get a few bits of the “good times” too, full of excitement and tenderness.
The little fragments were beautiful and the accompanying artwork added even more weight to each. I was blown away by the simplicity of some - conveying so much in so few words. Lovely....more
3.5/5 No straightforward spoilers, but some of my musings may give a bit away if you pay attention.
Yet another time travel tale. I’m finding that when3.5/5 No straightforward spoilers, but some of my musings may give a bit away if you pay attention.
Yet another time travel tale. I’m finding that when it comes to time travel, it is often so that the more it makes my head spin, the more it makes sense. It is supposed to be complicated. In The River of No Return, it somehow seemed a bit simplified, only explained in a convoluted way. The whole concept remains vague, which was purposeful as the main character is also kept in the dark. When I expected more details to be unraveled, the focus was no longer on the time travel and its paradoxes and repercussions. In the end, I felt a lot of things were left dangling. (And only now as I’m writing this review I’m discovering that this book was set up to have a sequel. Maybe that’s why.)
The River of No Return - intriguing title, don’t you think? And well fitting too; it becomes recurring concept in the majority of this book and suits the theme of time travel well. I liked the vagueness when it came to the “good” and the “bad”. As you read along you may find that each have their own motivations and plans (which unfortunately they all kept too much to themselves).
I didn’t care much for the characters, but overall they were well enough developed and their interactions and relationships were believable. The romance is an important aspect of this book, but it wasn’t particularly dominant and didn’t overshadow the other parts. I have a tendency to find regency romances rather silly, so I couldn’t help but scoff a bit at this one, too. However, I have to admit that for the most part it built up quite naturally. Sometimes, modern times mannerisms and speech would bleed into the characters that had not traveled to the future. Despite these slip ups, there were some awesome historical details that enriched the parts of the book that play out in the past.
Although it has some shortcomings, this novel showed some great storytelling. In some parts, the pace would slow a bit, but it managed to keep my interest nonetheless. (However… I have to say that I’m not particularly stoked for the sequel…)...more