Bintang 1,5 - Buku ini sebenarnya tidak jelek. Penceritaannya cukup lancar. Ending-nya tak terduga, tetapi dibangun dengan baik di sepanjang cerita, sBintang 1,5 - Buku ini sebenarnya tidak jelek. Penceritaannya cukup lancar. Ending-nya tak terduga, tetapi dibangun dengan baik di sepanjang cerita, sehingga kalau kita lihat ulang dari awal, pembaca sudah diberi banyak petunjuk, dan semua peristiwa menjadi lebih jelas dilihat dari kacamata baru yang kita peroleh dari ending tersebut.
Tapi, duh, aku benar-benar tidak suka pada tokoh-tokohnya (yang tidak dikembangkan sebaik plot ceritanya), pada dunia mereka yang seputar seks, pada konflik yang disajikan (yang tidak jelas dan tidak menarik). Pokoknya, aku tidak suka ceritanya, dan karenanya tidak bisa menikmati membacanya.
Berdasarkan ketidaksukaanku pada ceritanya, kuberi buku ini bintang satu. Tapi karena struktur ceritanya yang bagus, kuberi tambahan setengah bintang deh....more
**spoiler alert** 2,5 stars. I think this series is losing its steam. Becky is delightfully annoying as usual, but the story itself isn't that interes**spoiler alert** 2,5 stars. I think this series is losing its steam. Becky is delightfully annoying as usual, but the story itself isn't that interesting. Then again, I've never liked conflicts that are based on misunderstanding between the characters. They just don't feel like "real" conflicts to me. But anyway, all in all, it was a fun, light read....more
**spoiler alert** Well, I'm disappointed in this third volume of the Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy. The end of the second book promises an interestin**spoiler alert** Well, I'm disappointed in this third volume of the Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy. The end of the second book promises an interesting conflict, when Tanis discovers that Kitiara is a Dragon Highlord. A lover (to Tanis), a sister (to Raistlin and Caramon), in the enemy camp! All sorts of emotional, personal, moral conflicts can emerge from this!
But it turns out that Kitiara is just another bad guy. *sigh* No interesting conflict whatsoever. I just wanted to get through it as fast as possible....more
Aku mungkin ngga terlalu banyak berkomentar tentang ceritanya sendiri. Secara singkat, menurutku penokohan keempat saudari kembar ini bagus, plot ceriAku mungkin ngga terlalu banyak berkomentar tentang ceritanya sendiri. Secara singkat, menurutku penokohan keempat saudari kembar ini bagus, plot ceritanya menarik, penceritaannya juga lancar. Pokoknya aku menikmati membaca novel ini.
Komentarku yang lain berkaitan dengan aspek noncerita. Pertama, aku jadi geli sendiri dalam hati membaca nama-nama tokohnya, soalnya semuanya diambil dari personil Gramedia, terutama redaksi, hihihi... Karena hal ini, aku jadi merasa agak akrab dengan tokoh-tokohnya.
Kedua, bagi saya, aneh bahwa si anak pertama (Siska ya?) merasa sebagai kakak dan bertanggung jawab atas adik-adiknya, seperti yang digambarkan saat dia berada di samping tempat tidur ayahnya dan berbicara kepada ayahnya. Aneh, soalnya, saya dan kembaran saya tak pernah merasa ada yang lebih tua dan bertanggung jawab di antara kami. Kami merasa setara, tak ada kakak atau adik. Tapi, nggak tahu juga ya, anak kembar lain seperti apa. Barangkali ada juga yang hubungannya seperti kakak-adik pada umumnya.
Ketiga, aku mengenali lagu Mandarin yang dikutip, soalnya sobatku sering menyanyikannya kalau kami berkaraoke bersama. Akhirnya aku bernyanyi-nyanyi sendiri saat membaca novel ini :-p...more
**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars - This novel is told through two characters. Cornelia's story started out as a typical romance story, where she meets her**spoiler alert** 2.5 stars - This novel is told through two characters. Cornelia's story started out as a typical romance story, where she meets her dream man Martin and goes through the stages of early relationship. I've never cared for this particular genre, so as you might imagine, the first five chapters of this plot bored me to tears.
Fortunately, these are interspersed with Clare's chapters. Hers is a heartbreaking story of an eleven-year-old girl with an absent father and a mentally-ill mother, forcing her to fend for herself (buying groceries, arranging rides to and from school), all the while keeping her mom's sickness a secret and trying to convey an impression of a normal life. While reading, sometimes I wished that the Cornelia chapters would end soon, so I could return to reading about Clare. What can I say, I have a soft spot for stories about neglected children.
Their subsequent meeting, which reveals that Clare is actually Martin's daughter, propels the three of them into a kind of delicate dance, each trying to figure out their places in this new situation. I read this part well into the night, to find out how things would turn out.
But then disaster struck. Martin died in an accident. No more delicate dance. The rest of the story is basically waiting around for Clare's mother to show up and reclaim her. Here comes the tears of boredom again. To make things worse, the typical romance story comes back in full force as Cornelia finds a new man. Then, convenient coincidences start to crop up, building towards an ending that is quite hard to believe. What a pity.
So: love the family drama, hate the romance. Two and a half stars....more
2,5 bintang. Sebenarnya saya tertarik pada Sitta Karina karena dia menulis serial fantasi Magical Seira. Sebagai penggemar genre fantasi, saya tertari2,5 bintang. Sebenarnya saya tertarik pada Sitta Karina karena dia menulis serial fantasi Magical Seira. Sebagai penggemar genre fantasi, saya tertarik pada penulis fantasi lokal. Hanya saja, kebetulan buku Stila Aria yang ini yang tersedia di BookMooch, jadi saya mooch juga untuk mencoba-coba.
Sebenarnya topik-topik yang diangkat dalam cerita ini cukup menarik dan juga bermanfaat untuk diketahui remaja, misalnya tentang pelestarian lingkungan. Namun, sayang, konflik yang disajikan untuk mengupas topik ini kurang menggigit, terlalu cepat dan/atau terlalu mudah selesai. Selain itu, penuturannya kadang terasa canggung, sehingga saya kurang bisa menikmati buku ini.
The concept of the book is unique. Through magic, a person can give an "endowment" of his trait to another person, such as one of the five senses, witThe concept of the book is unique. Through magic, a person can give an "endowment" of his trait to another person, such as one of the five senses, wit, beauty, strength. It creates an interesting world.
Unfortunately, the plot is nothing special and I couldn't really sympathize with the characters. It's not dramatic when the scene should have been dramatic (like the first scene of people giving endowments). It's not romantic when it should have been romantic. It doesn't show the characters' internal struggle well (like Iome's struggle to find self-worth) when it could be a more interesting conflict.
My husband has read the subsequent books, however, and said they are better than this one, so maybe I'll try to read them in the future....more
I always find stories about amnesiacs fascinating. This one all the more so because of the added mystery surrounding it. Who can you trust when you caI always find stories about amnesiacs fascinating. This one all the more so because of the added mystery surrounding it. Who can you trust when you can't remember anything about half your life?
2.5 stars - First I read a preview of this book from BAMM Fiction Book Club. The main character Ella is interesting and I like the author's style of s2.5 stars - First I read a preview of this book from BAMM Fiction Book Club. The main character Ella is interesting and I like the author's style of storytelling. Unfortunately, she then has an affair and I didn't like her so much anymore. Later on she is involved in a documentary about Quentins, a restaurant that she frequents, so her story is interspersed with stories of other people who have life-changing experiences there. The stories are okay, I guess, but not spectacular. With no one to root for, this book falls flat....more
Do you know that old fantasy cliché, where the protagonist is a farm boy with hidden abilities, who is destined to defeat the great villain and save tDo you know that old fantasy cliché, where the protagonist is a farm boy with hidden abilities, who is destined to defeat the great villain and save the whole world from destruction? Well, in this series Brandon Sanderson has taken that cliché and given it an imaginative twist, which results in this fantastic first installment of the Mistborn trilogy.
(But take my advice. If you ever decide to buy this book, do not read the blurb! Reading it will be more exciting if you don’t know what the twist is, with an added element of mystery about an unidentified writer of a diary that is excerpted in the beginning of each chapter.)
The story itself is set in a kingdom where ash falls instead of rain, the mist rules the night, and the Lord Ruler and the nobility enslave the skaa. It is in the skaa slums that our story really begins, as a thieving crew concocts a grand plan to steal the expensive, magical metal called atium from the palace of the Lord Ruler himself. Yup, unlike adventure or political intrigue stories that usually permeate the fantasy genre, this book has the feel of a heist movie. Think Ocean’s Eleven meets The Lord of the Rings. It’s very refreshing, and I enjoy reading as the crew execute their plans and troubleshoot as unexpected plot twists throw them some tricky problems.
At the heart of the thieving crew are Vin, a girl with an abusive past, and Kelsier, the mastermind who leads this crew. They are both Mistborns, people who can practice Allomancy, a way to manipulate metals to do magic. I just love it when an author takes time to create a unique magic system that has logical and consistent rules. It results in magical battles that are quite fun to read.
As an added bonus, there's romance in the air!
So, this book has everything that I look for in a fantasy book. A unique world, a fresh twist on the genre, great plot, interesting characters, a cool magic system, and a little bit of romance. Can’t wait until the second book comes out in paperback!...more
This book teaches you to trust your instinct. If you suddenly feel fear in a situation, it is probably because your instinct is telling you that thereThis book teaches you to trust your instinct. If you suddenly feel fear in a situation, it is probably because your instinct is telling you that there's danger nearby, so you'd better act fast to avoid it.
But you shouldn't confuse true fear and worry. If each time you walk in a dark alley, you're scared that there might be thugs laying in wait, that's actually worry. Worry is what you feel about what *might* happen, without any reason whatsoever. True fear is what you feel when there is actually danger to you.
Just in case you haven't learned how to listen to your instinct, the book also gives you some danger signs to look out for when you meet a stranger, as well as some strategies to deal with dangerous or troublesome people. It is also sprinkled with many anecdotes to illustrate these situations, but most of them feel so alien to me. For example, I don’t see how stories about celebrity stalkers and blackmailers have any kind of relevance to my life.
But, as a whole, this book is useful and informative, but I hope I’ll never be in a situation where I’ll need to apply the information I learned from this book. ...more
I just finished reading this and, as what usually happens with a good book, right now I am feeling a little bit lost, as if I just parted with my bestI just finished reading this and, as what usually happens with a good book, right now I am feeling a little bit lost, as if I just parted with my best friends. Sigh.
The Tawny Man (TTM) is the third trilogy by Robin Hobb, the first being The Farseer Trilogy (TFT), the second The Liveship Traders (TLT). It returns to the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, the bastard prince of the Six Duchies kingdom, picking it up fifteen years after the end of TFT, building on conflicts and themes hinted in the previous trilogy.
The first book, Fool's Errand, deals mainly with the theme of Old Blood or the Witted, the people who can communicate and bond with animals, and have long been persecuted by other people who regard this ability as dirty magic. Fitz himself is Witted, bonded to the wolf Nighteyes, which is one of the reasons he went into fifteen years of self-imposed isolation. But now a faction of this people, who styled themselves as the Piebalds, are planning to fight back, and they are somehow involved with the disappearance of Prince Dutiful. So Fitz must come out of hiding and find the prince and bring him back to the Buckkeep Palace, in time for his betrothal to a princess from the Out Islands.
Golden Fool revolves around the intrigues and mysteries brought about by this betrothal, between Prince Dutiful and Elianna of the Outlislanders (the hated enemy in TFT), whose marriage is arranged to bring peace between the two peoples. The characters and story line from TLT also make their appearance, proposing an alliance between the liveship traders of Bingtown and the Six Duchies, for the sake of the dragon Tintaglia. The story becomes more and more complicated as Fitz has to juggle his relationship with all the people that come and go in his life.
In Fool's Fate, Fitz accompanies the Prince to the Out Islands to fulfill a challenge proposed by Elliana, before she would accept Dutiful as her husband–slay the dragon Icefyre. Behind the challenge, stands the mastermind of all attacks against Buckkeep–the Pale Woman. In the end, Fitz must choose between his friend and his duty.
The title of the trilogy itself refers to the enigmatic character known as the Fool. In TFT he was King Shrewd’s Fool, who always seemed to look out for Fitz and gave him cryptic prophecies and finally became one of his best friends. Now he appears again as the tawny-skinned Lord Golden. As the friendship between him and Fitz deepens, so does the mystery that surrounds him.
As with the first two trilogies, the reason I fell in love with this story is the characters and the relationships between them. Good novels always have good characters, but what amazes me about Robin Hobb’s books is how she can create such a different relationship between different pairs of people, each one formed by the unique experiences that they share. There are many people who love and are loved by Fitz, but the great thing is, you can always see the difference between, for instance, his friendship with Nighteyes and the Fool, or between his respect for his two mentors Chade and Burrich, for Kettricken and Verity, or between his relationship with his three children Nettle and Dutiful and Hap, or his fondness for Thick and Lady Patience. They are all completely different from one another. It is not just the characters are great and real and believable and all that, but they have histories together, and I hang on to every word to find out what their futures are.
Another good thing that comes out of this is that each character creates its own little subplots so you get a myriad of plot threads weaving in and out of the story, forming a wonderful tapestry of great storytelling. It is just brilliant.I hope I can soon find other books that are as good as these....more
Senyuman Dewa Pedang (劍神一笑 - Kiam-sian-it-siauw) karya Khu Lung adalah buku kesepuluh dalam seri Liok Siau-hong. Dulu aku pernah nonton serial televisSenyuman Dewa Pedang (劍神一笑 - Kiam-sian-it-siauw) karya Khu Lung adalah buku kesepuluh dalam seri Liok Siau-hong. Dulu aku pernah nonton serial televisinya, tetapi ceritanya sudah lupa semua, dan entah apakah buku ini dimasukkan ke serialnya.
Dalam jilid ini, Liok Siau-hong menyelidiki hilangnya sahabatnya Liu Ji-kong, dan datang ke sebuah desa sepi yang terpencil bernama Ui-sik, tempat "bunga tak harum, burung tak berkicau, ayam tak berkeliaran, anjing tak berlarian dan kelinci pun tak bisa buang air." Warga desa itu juga aneh-aneh. Misteri pembunuhan yang lumayan bikin penasaran. Dalam cerita ini juga kita bertemu kembali dengan si Kuah Daging, Sukong Ti-sing, Lausit Hwesio, dan Sebun Jui-soat.
Yah... lumayan sebagai buku tjersil pertama yang kubaca setelah sekian lama. Hanya 228 halaman, ringan dan kadang lucu. Lanjut ke buku berikutnyaaa.......more