**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
3,5 -- Aku baca buku ini sudah lama, jadi sudah agak lupa-lupa. Kesan yang tertinggal adalah bahwa novel ini utamanya kisah cinta, yang lumayan romant3,5 -- Aku baca buku ini sudah lama, jadi sudah agak lupa-lupa. Kesan yang tertinggal adalah bahwa novel ini utamanya kisah cinta, yang lumayan romantis juga. Paruh awal novel tentang pertemuan kedua tokohnya, paruh kedua mengisahkan kehidupan pernikahan mereka. Seingatku, penuturannya lancar, konfliknya wajar dan realistis keseharian.
Aspek yang paling menarik dari novel ini adalah unsur-unsur arsitektur islami yang diselipkan di dalam cerita, karena tokohnya memang bekerja di perusahaan arsitektur....more
The title promises a tantalizing story. A time traveler? I love stories that involve time paradoxes! The time traveler's wife? Even better! I'm alwaysThe title promises a tantalizing story. A time traveler? I love stories that involve time paradoxes! The time traveler's wife? Even better! I'm always drawn to stories that take a fantasy element and put it in an everyday context, i.e. focusing on the ordinary rather than the extraordinary. This must be a story about how time travel affects the life of this couple. A quick look at the blurb shows that this is indeed the case.
And so we follow the love story between Clare and Henry. She first met him when she was six and he was thirty-six, already married to her future-self. He first met her when she was twenty, having spent her childhood with him, and he was twenty-eight, ignorant of her and their future. I like how at any given time one of them always knows more than the other, while the other is clueless about their history together. I especially like the parts when Henry is with young Clare, or with Alba. I feel that it is these parts that show the full effect of time travel on the relationship between the characters.
Unfortunately, the rest of the story is a bit bland, offering almost no internal conflicts between Clare and Henry, as if their only problem in this world is time travel. We see very little of how they fall in love, for example, only that their love is "meant to be". The things Henry has to do to survive (because he can't bring anything with him when he time-travels and so he shows up naked wherever he ends up) lend a little touch of reality, but this part of the story doesn't appeal to me like I thought it would. And the fatalistic nature of the time paradox is rather depressing at times.
So, three stars from me. The novel has a great premise and some good parts, but on the whole it falls short in the execution....more
There are two main races in this book: bird-shapeshifters and snake-shapeshifters, who have been at odds with each other for a long time. Now the snakThere are two main races in this book: bird-shapeshifters and snake-shapeshifters, who have been at odds with each other for a long time. Now the snake prince and the bird princess are going to marry, in an effort to bring peace among their people. It is interesting to read about these races, with their own quirks and culture. I also enjoy reading how the two main characters try to overcome their prejudices and learn to get along, and then fall in love with each other in the process. A decent read. It will not disappoint....more
3,5 bintang - Buku ini bercerita tentang kisah cinta Fahri, seorang mahasiswa Indonesia di Mesir. Setting Mesir-nya asik banget. Mas Habib sabar sekal3,5 bintang - Buku ini bercerita tentang kisah cinta Fahri, seorang mahasiswa Indonesia di Mesir. Setting Mesir-nya asik banget. Mas Habib sabar sekali melukis setting ini. the place is lovingly described. plotnya lembut sekali, tetapi terus bergulir. pengetahuan tentang Islam juga diselipkan dengan anggun, disesuaikan dengan adegan. enak bacanya. penokohannya bagus, tapi memang Fahri ini agak terlalu sempurna, terutama di bagian belakang. Hampir ngga ada konflik batin dalam menghadapi masalah (kecuali mungkin bab 19 cobaan). dia bisa lempeng aja melaksanakan yang benar. tapi, bagi pembaca yang memang haus untuk tokoh teladan yang layak ditiru, Fahri pas sekali mengisi peran itu.
keluhanku tentang novel ini cuma plot bagian akhir. Tindakan salah satu tokohnya bagiku ngga terlalu masuk akal. Kehidupan penjaranya juga tidak menyenangkan buat dibaca. dan di sini penokohan Fahri yang tetep aja lempeng, ngga goyah sedikit pun, bikin ceritanya yang bagian akhir ini jadi sulit kuterima.
Jarang-jarang ada buku fantasi yang mengandung kisah cinta yang asyik dan menyentuh. Buku ini termasuk dalam golongan langka tersebut. So whoever wantJarang-jarang ada buku fantasi yang mengandung kisah cinta yang asyik dan menyentuh. Buku ini termasuk dalam golongan langka tersebut. So whoever wants their fantasy with a dash of romance, read this book!...more
I loved the opening of this novel. The scenes are drawn so beautifully. But I wanted more explanation about why the heroine must go through such painfI loved the opening of this novel. The scenes are drawn so beautifully. But I wanted more explanation about why the heroine must go through such painful ordeal to free her brothers, other than "because that's the way it is". And I guess I wasn't expecting a prolonged love story either. So I was disappointed towards the end, but I might want to reread this with no expectations and just enjoy the story....more