well, first Steele book I've read, and admittedly not quite what I expected. More about friendships, interpersonal connections and coping with the pro...morewell, first Steele book I've read, and admittedly not quite what I expected. More about friendships, interpersonal connections and coping with the problems life throws at us. Less about romance, and so on, though maybe my expectations were very missed judged.
I found it really hard to start reading as it probably took me a good half the book to grasp the characters, remember their names, and whom was partnered with whom. However, by the end I was a lot more involved, and bits of the story (not just the obvious) did have me in tears.
Overall I found it slow starting, but relatively light. Some of the descriptions near the start felt like they tried to hard. Considering this it was surprisingly deep on understanding how we are different and how we relate. So despite the negatives, and my feeling the book was only mediocre, I will give Steele another go.(less)
I'm split over this book. Supposedly a classic and highly ammusing. In actuallity mildly amusing and somewhat annoying. Just sat there reading, left m...moreI'm split over this book. Supposedly a classic and highly ammusing. In actuallity mildly amusing and somewhat annoying. Just sat there reading, left me thinking "really?" Ok, so the book shows some of the challenges of teenage life, and is somewhat realistic about divorce and so on. But Adrian really did act stupidly again and again and again.... Couldn't relate to it at all, even from when i was that age. Guess that is why this book didn't rank highly on my scoring.(less)
well what to say of Pratchett's rare writing about humans? Firstly the obvious: he couldn't keep the realms of fantasy or the dream world out, so it i...morewell what to say of Pratchett's rare writing about humans? Firstly the obvious: he couldn't keep the realms of fantasy or the dream world out, so it is not entirely about humanity. Secondly his envisioning of whole other races, entering human life, as human gamers enter theirs, makes a way for Pratchett to tackle the philosophical questions he never quite avoids (but he does it in such a way that his readers can remain oblivious if they choose).
This is a children's book for adults. It is written on a myriad of levels, and one can choose to engage with all or none of them. At times I found myself laughing out loud at foodstuffs and there additives, while at other moments I was questioning how reality from my perspective would affect not only the outcome of decisions but the colour of spaceship corridors. Trying times weave a secondary plot throughout all the space battles, but one that cannot be ignored, for along similar lines to Yo-less' ruminations, what we face affects our reactions and thought patterns in all other areas of life (and I read that somewhere).
Yellow alligator newts who escape from game-space into real life because they don't want to die. Gender roles. War peace technology and reality. Big softies acting hard and dum. Genius's who must win as there hs no other way, but don't get people. Nerds who love a challenge and don't understand how what they are doing could possibly be wrong, (and their dad's office photocopier). Friends who's differences we don't mention as that would be a slur. Beans, spaghetti hoops and fancy dried mushrooms that look like mould - take your pick and make your own tea. A hodge podge selection of dirty washing, essays about peasants and questions of sanity all are thrown together in a big pot which is Pratchett's brain, only to come out the other side as "Only You Can Save Mankind," until you ask - why me? It is too much responsibility after all.
Have you calculated the risks? Will you attempt to do it where noone else will listen, for if not you, who else?(less)
Having read truckers and diggers I was expectant as I turned the first page of Wings. Actually, I was also a little hesitant, aware that it was the la...moreHaving read truckers and diggers I was expectant as I turned the first page of Wings. Actually, I was also a little hesitant, aware that it was the last in this mini-series, and therefore hoping it wouldn't spoil the wit and ingenuity of the bromelide trilogy. I needn't have worried. If anything, it picked back up and was better than the 2nd instalment.
Taking us upon the journey the small break away party took when they went to the airport, we get a real feel for the challenges of knome life. Yet at the same time typical pratchett style he manages to weave in about 4 story lines in one sentance. The wit with which he explores human behaviours, cross-cultural missunderstandings, need vs. desire and the delusions we sell ourselves or others in order to keep hopes and dreams alive.
Ingenious twists that include grandson, 39 (the name alone consistantly made me chuckle), a small gnomes desire to drive anything mechanical, and tribal factions never cease to amaze. Geese. Brilliant! The way fear increases with age - well understood and written better still. Descriptions of food, and the daring deeds it made "store gnomes" commit as 1 hour is of course too long to go without food, fantastic.
Continuity of time in the series was a little sparse. I was a little confused by how one day for a human was described as like weeks for a gnome, but then at times in the third book it seemed like the passage of time was far faster, and perhaps running in sync with human time keeping. A small faux pax though. The book's only other downfall in my mind was the ending. It was just wierd. But i'll leave that for you to discover.(less)
yer struggled a little as diary dragged at start. found the book then peaked and troubled interest all the way through. most enjoyed the middle sectio...moreyer struggled a little as diary dragged at start. found the book then peaked and troubled interest all the way through. most enjoyed the middle section and influence of babe upon Ned. found some of the human mind and sociological insights interesting. didn't like the final section although I will admit it gripped me (hence 3 stars - gripping in places but not the best overall read - lacked a sense of true flow to bind the book together.)(less)
Quite a random ending in someways - felt a little dragged out from about page 350 to page 500 ish - I reckon the book would be twice as good if it was...moreQuite a random ending in someways - felt a little dragged out from about page 350 to page 500 ish - I reckon the book would be twice as good if it was half as long. I know Stephenie Meyer has reached cult status, and in someways i've hated myself for pandering to mass appeal, but I far enjoyed the earlier books over this one.
Having said that, the first 250 odd pages were great, plus Stephenie's writing has matured some in a good way, and I could see how the storyline went where it did, it's just that it dragged.(less)
Typical pratchetesque thoughts on life, politics, religion, and culture. To think this is a childrens book - there is so much more i'm picking up read...moreTypical pratchetesque thoughts on life, politics, religion, and culture. To think this is a childrens book - there is so much more i'm picking up reading it as an adult I tell you!(less)
After Kinsey's premier in A is for Alibi, Grafton sets her on her next apparently small case a mere 2 weeks after wrapping up the last mystery. Indepe...moreAfter Kinsey's premier in A is for Alibi, Grafton sets her on her next apparently small case a mere 2 weeks after wrapping up the last mystery. Independent and strong minded, Kinsey tells it how it is. She will not play the fiddle for a criminal, and finds it difficult to choose safe allegiances. This powerful female PI has her weaknesses (dislike of small crawley things), adding back a touch of humanity, if not cliched femininity. But this almost seems unnecessary considering the baggage of childhood she carries, let alone her emotional aversion to over-familiarity and relationship. Yet I found Grafton's acclaimed novel truly lackluster in charecter writing come the end. The easy rolling read speed, twisting and turning with the ebb and flow of dead ends or new feeds suddenly hits an unnecessary tsunami for no apparent reason in the final chapter or two. I understand suspence is a tool in skilful writing, but really, Kinsey is written as one minute full of carefulness underpinned by her systematic approach, and then the next, (and only in the final moment as she cracks the case wide open), ridiculously stupid with a death wish. Worst of all Grafton wrote similarly in her last installment. I hope this isn't going to prove a series trend as the books are so enjoyable until said point. Hmmm.... We shall see.
With less of a romantic twist, and a greater focus upon detecting, as Kinsey gets involved it is as if the case is her life. Not once outside of her new helpful police contact and her landlord do we see any element of normal friendships, instead taking on an almost friend like relationship with some of her contacts. Leaves little continuity from one novel to the next. On the other hand it is clearly a Kinsey Millhone mystery if the first is a measuring stick for style and device. Hopefully the third will maintain style, asserting the best of the books characteristics, while becoming more practical about Kinsey needing a home life/background, a good head for case endings, and avoids the trap of six million cliches - no plot. (less)
Another great installment from the interesting mind of Pratchett. Once again you are able to depend upon him for interesting sociological insights - t...moreAnother great installment from the interesting mind of Pratchett. Once again you are able to depend upon him for interesting sociological insights - this time questioning* the form of truth, history, the group conscience, the role and form of royalty. A journey told through people and characters since after all, all the disk's a stage, and the people are but players. Perhaps not one of the most amazing of Pratchet's books, however it is in the upper echelons. Easier to follow than some, Wyrd sisters has in intricately woven plot, that just flows, rushes past you, swallows you up, and eventually throws you out the end with a few laugh out loud moments along the way.
*And self answering - usually through the "wyrd sisters" otherwise known as the Ramtops home bred magical women. The formidable Granny Weatherwax, highly involved Nanny Ogg, and somewhat androdgenous in appearance young Magrat no longer a trainee but equally not yet quite a witch. (less)
An intruiging read, written fairly well, although sometimes it really niggled (very American in feel). More specifically it suffered by skimming over...moreAn intruiging read, written fairly well, although sometimes it really niggled (very American in feel). More specifically it suffered by skimming over case related details, yet had a way of focussing in rediculous depth about dull personal details regarding kinsey's day to day habits - or should i say lack thereof. I was pleasantly surprised however by the way the plot built and was interwoven with plenty of details, but without leaving one overly confused. The last 10 or so pages really took me by surprise (pleasantly unsuspected). Having been able to somewhat second guess the accused, I didnt see that happening. Certainly avoided the cliche'd PI endings.
I found the variety of characters throughout to be of great amusement - a whole gamot. Equally hints of romance and relationship didn't overshadow the plot and get too gooey as is the case in some novels (which is fine if a book is chicklit or sells itself as a romance but has been known to encroach upon perfectly good genres). (less)
A lot mopier than twighlight, and the first half of the book feels a little slow. However still has that odd capacity to draw one in, until so deeply...moreA lot mopier than twighlight, and the first half of the book feels a little slow. However still has that odd capacity to draw one in, until so deeply involved you can't quite bring yourself to put the book down. Interestingly the second part of the series seemed to have a better grasp of emotion. I could really relate to the teenage feelings of being broken, torn in two directions, lacking wholeness left unable to breathe (less)