I listened to this on audiobook and it was the first one I'd listened to that had different actors for each of the characters.
I enjoyed the idea of t I listened to this on audiobook and it was the first one I'd listened to that had different actors for each of the characters.
I enjoyed the idea of this story a lot more than the overall execution. The title drew me in firstly and then the epistolary style hooked me in. This book is made up of a collection of letters, diary entries, transcripts and interviews which was done in quite a realistic way; the characters never really relayed full conversations in a way that didn't feel possible.
However, I found some of the characters lacked depth and the ending was extremely abrupt. Though I had a feeling what was going to happen, it was executed in a rushed manner.
Overall, I would recommend this book to people who enjoy epistolary novels but I definitely had a few problems with it....more
This is my second time reading this book and I have to say, I enjoyed it even more than I did the first time (though I gave it 5 stars then too)! Yes,This is my second time reading this book and I have to say, I enjoyed it even more than I did the first time (though I gave it 5 stars then too)! Yes, the plot is frustrating at points; you just want Rosie and Alex to get together and there’s always something in their way, but I think that this just adds to the way the book ends. I love these characters. Their lives seem so realistic that you go on an emotional roller coaster whilst reading.
The epistolary style suits the story perfectly. The emails, texts and letters that make up this book seem like they could be real.
I adore this book and it is definitely in my top 5 books of all time. I would highly recommend it and the film adaptation!...more
I read this book a few years ago but decided to reread by listening to the audiobook. Narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, the story really came to life;I read this book a few years ago but decided to reread by listening to the audiobook. Narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, the story really came to life; the characters were all given an individual voice and graveyard setting was magical and dark.
Reading this book for a second time, I still appreciated all of the twists and turns that the story took along with the contrast between the darker themes and the humour that is present throughout.
Overall I would highly recommend this novel to readers of any age whether you want to listen to the audiobook or read the physical copy....more
This book is like a fun fast-paced adventure children's book but written for adults. Moers parodies pretty much every trope of the fantasy and scienceThis book is like a fun fast-paced adventure children's book but written for adults. Moers parodies pretty much every trope of the fantasy and science-fiction genres, creating a world that is bizarre and yet never too ridiculous as to lose your attention.
Although there was a slow section about two thirds of the way through this novel, I flew through this 700 page book in just a few days.
An element that is rarely seen in adult fiction and that really works in this book is the illustrations. They are cartoon-like and whimsical but set the tone of the story perfectly and I can't imagine this book without them.
Overall I would highly recommend this book and I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series!...more
The Marvels is one of the most beautiful hardback books I have ever seen; the shiny gold-edged pages, the foiled cover and the illustrations make thisThe Marvels is one of the most beautiful hardback books I have ever seen; the shiny gold-edged pages, the foiled cover and the illustrations make this stand out on any bookshelf. However, I found this book a little underwhelming.
I have previously read and loved Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I was expecting to really enjoy this one too but I had a few problems with it.
I liked how the story was split with the past being shown in illustrations and the 1990s story being told through text but I felt that the text part was a little lacking. It seemed very slow to me and the reveal at the end was extremely underwhelming. On the other hand, I can’t fault the illustrations and the way that Selznick manages to make you care about a set of characters without even using words is incredible. I enjoyed the fairy tale atmosphere that this book had.
The protagonist Joseph was irritating and I didn’t particularly like him as a main character but I think that Selznick did a brilliant job of discussing tough topics such as homosexuality and AIDs in what is essentially a children’s book. That is the thing I have to bear in mind; this book is intended for readers much younger than me and I think that the problems I had with it would not be problems to a younger reader. I would love to keep this on my shelf to share in the future but unfortunately this didn’t have the magic and impact that this author’s previous books has had on me....more
I read another book in this series earlier in the year and although I had a lot of problems with it, I wanted to give this format another shot. This iI read another book in this series earlier in the year and although I had a lot of problems with it, I wanted to give this format another shot. This is a graphic novel short story collection and although I still think that the stories were underdeveloped because they were so short, I enjoyed this collection a little more than the previous one.
I found the artwork and the overarching concept of magical doors to be very intriguing and some of the stories in here, I just wish they were full length graphic novels. I would recommend this book if you want an introduction to a range of graphic novels artists but don't go into it expecting something in depth....more
This was an emotional and well-crafted graphic novel with fully-formed characters that were a lot more developed than in other graphic novels I have rThis was an emotional and well-crafted graphic novel with fully-formed characters that were a lot more developed than in other graphic novels I have read.
I really liked the artistic themes throughout the story and I think that McCloud discussed some interesting topics regarding the art world and what it is like to be a struggling artist.
There were deeper themes discussing life and death, as well as mental health, that really fit the tone of the book.
The artwork in this graphic novel is simple in that it only uses blue tones but at points it is highly detailed. I loved how the characters were consistently drawn as this is something that I struggle with with some other graphic novel artists.
Overall I really enjoyed this graphic novel; I felt that the story was engaging, the characters were well-developed, and the artwork was perfect for the tone and atmosphere of the story....more
I have been interested in this every since Jen Campbell mentioned it on her channel and I managed to get my hands on a copy to experience it for myselI have been interested in this every since Jen Campbell mentioned it on her channel and I managed to get my hands on a copy to experience it for myself.
This is a strange book. It is essentially an exhibition that was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and then 'translated' into book form. The story itself is essentially a dystopian set in London and then there are accompanying illustrations by about twenty illustrators and graphic designers that all took part in the project.
Overall, I loved the concept of this book. The story was a little confusing at first but I soon got into it. I think that it is a wonderful take on dystopian London and the loss of human knowledge; the author developed the world well considering how short this book is! The illustrations were extremely varied in style and though I preferred some to others, this is definitely a book that I would recommend reading. It is an experience not just a book and I think that it is successful what it sets out to do....more
I'll be honest, I don't usually read the text in these art- or photography-based books but with this one I was really interested in what Commander HadI'll be honest, I don't usually read the text in these art- or photography-based books but with this one I was really interested in what Commander Hadfield had to say.
Hadfield does make some good observations about the images but I found that I would have liked more text than there was. For each photograph there was only a small snippet explaining what it was and I would have liked more detail. Having said that, the photographs were unique and gave a unique view of the world. This is definitely more a coffee table book than an in-depth study of the images but I still really enjoyed it and will be revisiting the images from time to time....more
I'll be honest, I didn't expect to like this book. It's been on my radar for a few years now and for some reason, as I don't usually like crime fictioI'll be honest, I didn't expect to like this book. It's been on my radar for a few years now and for some reason, as I don't usually like crime fiction, I avoided this novel. However, as I am attending the Gollancz Festival in a few weeks, I have recently been looking out for books by the attending authors in local charity shops and I found this one relatively cheap so thought I'd give it a go.
With the perfect blend of crime and fantasy, Ben Aaronovitch builds an alternative London where magic exists but the locations and people are utterly realistic. Though the crimes themselves were gruesome and difficult to read (at least for me) at points, the fantastical elements disconnected me enough from what was going on and I really enjoyed that about this story. The mystery was intricate and delved into the history of London whilst remaining rooted in the twenty-first century.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is not a great work of literature but it is honestly one of the most enjoyable books that I have read for a long time. It had a similar atmosphere to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere but was completely addicting, keeping me gripped from the first page. I will definitely be carrying on with the series....more
I have been listening to this over the past few weeks, finishing it today on a long car journey, and I have to say, although I thoroughly enjoyed theI have been listening to this over the past few weeks, finishing it today on a long car journey, and I have to say, although I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it wasn't what I expected at all.
I have never seen most of the shows that Felicia Day has starred in but I love TableTop which is produced by her Geek and Sundry network and I have started watching The Guild (though I'm watching slowly to savour it). However, I was extremely interested to see how Felicia became what she is today and this book was a great mix of happy reminiscing and serious talks. The more serious aspects discussed mental illness, being a woman on the internet, and worldwide internet scandals, and I found Felicia's struggles to be entirely relateable. Listening to this book made me realise that other people have the same worries I do and it turned out okay for them! Overall, whether you're a huge fan of Felicia Day's or not, this book is brilliantly written, terrifically narrated and interesting as well as comical. I will definitely be watching the rest of The Guild very soon....more
I owned a paperback copy of Stardust for years and could never get into it so eventually gave my copy away. Despite this, I thought I'd give the audioI owned a paperback copy of Stardust for years and could never get into it so eventually gave my copy away. Despite this, I thought I'd give the audiobook a go and I am so glad I did! Neil Gaiman's narration, as with Neverwhere, was flawless and I can definitely see myself listening to another one of his novels in the future.
The story of Stardust is essentially a fairytale, with many of the tropes you would expect from a fairytale but with Gaiman's special brand of darkness. I loved how all of the plot threads tied together in the end and how completely different it was from the film, which I have seen many times but can't believe came from this book.
I really enjoyed the world that Gaiman built and the characters that lived there. I think that if you've never tried Neil Gaiman before, or you have read his children's fiction and want to try some of his adult fiction, then this would be a perfect place to start. The pacing is a little strange in places but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed this book....more
I won this book in a giveaway and I have to admit, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own, but I am so glad that I got a chance to reaI won this book in a giveaway and I have to admit, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up on my own, but I am so glad that I got a chance to read this Scottish modern classic.
First of all I would like to say that this novel contains triggers for anorexia, anxiety and depression, amongst other mental health issues. There are also sex scenes throughout, some of which are very uncomfortable to read about because of the mental state of the protagonist.
Usually this wouldn't be the type of book that I would feel comfortable reading but I found that, although this was quite a depressing read, it wasn't bland like Stoner and there was always hope permeating through the text.
The writing style was extremely unique; the protagonist, Joy, writes in first person and the writing really portrays her mental state throughout. There are broken sentences, single word lines, dialogue laid out as script, lists, and other unusual formats, that make up the novel overall. It was incredibly captivating to read and it almost felt like a real diary or account.
Overall I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in psychology or mental health issues. This would also be great to pick up if you want to experience more Scottish literature....more
This edition includes Mrs Manstey's View and The Reckoning.
I really enjoyed the first story in this book. Mrs Manstey was a sweet and sentimental charThis edition includes Mrs Manstey's View and The Reckoning.
I really enjoyed the first story in this book. Mrs Manstey was a sweet and sentimental character and I think the theme of change was discussed in an interesting way.
The Reckoning was more a study of the two characters' unconventional marriage, particularly from the point of view of the wife. I found it a little confusing at first as their views on marriage were so unusual for the time the story was written, but again I found the themes discussed held my interest.
I really enjoyed Edith Wharton's writing style and am definitely intrigued to pick up more of her work. However, I don't feel like these stories felt fully developed as they were so short....more
This is a pessimist's answer to the recent journalling craze and a parody of the ever-popular Wreck This Journal. I have to say, if you are easily offThis is a pessimist's answer to the recent journalling craze and a parody of the ever-popular Wreck This Journal. I have to say, if you are easily offended, do not pick up this book; it's not the kind of thing I think you're supposed to fill in, more a gift book, but some of the pages went a little too far in my opinion. I think that this book would make a brilliant impulse-buy gift but it's not something that I could see anyone buying for themselves to be honest....more