Yes, I might take a look at this book because Chris Colfer wrote this. However, I have to say that he writes pretty well. I think it is part-memoir buYes, I might take a look at this book because Chris Colfer wrote this. However, I have to say that he writes pretty well. I think it is part-memoir but I still do love how he depicted his character, "Carson Phillips" as the brilliant/arrogant kid who thought he was above everyone else.
What I love about is that Chris wrote Carson as a young adult and he did not get all wised-up Dumbledore-like in the end. In the end, Carson was still a teenage who still had a lot to learn. He did learn something but he did not become an expert in the end.
It is one of the most enjoyable young adult stories I have read in years.
Ini pertama kalinya membaca cerita dari Djenar Maesa Ayu. Kenapa? Karena hanya buku ini yang terbuka sampulnya di toko buku ketika sedang menunggu jamIni pertama kalinya membaca cerita dari Djenar Maesa Ayu. Kenapa? Karena hanya buku ini yang terbuka sampulnya di toko buku ketika sedang menunggu jam bioskop yang masih 2 jam lagi.
Judulnya jelas provokatif. Sedangkan mengenai cerita-ceritanya...
Rata-rata memang cerita pendek di buku ini berkaitan dengan isu seksualitas dengan fokus di (mungkin) salah satu fakta yang agak menyedihkan bahwa manusia dikontrol oleh nafsu birahinya. Tema perselingkuhan, incest, pergaulan bebas, prostitusi semuanya diangkat oleh Mba Djenar ini.
Untuk saya sendiri: cukup dibaca satu kali. Bukan karena tidak bagus. Cerita pendeknya tidak bertele-tele dan sangat mudah dimengerti. Namun agak membuat sesak karena seakan-akan hidup ini dipenuhi orang-orang yang otaknya bukan 'di atas' tetapi 'di bawah'. Memang hal-hal ini nyata dan benar terjadi.
Intinya: kekacauan moral.
Pesannya: saya tidak tahu apakah Mba Djenar hanya sekedar eksplorasi tema cerita ini dan ingin memberitahukan kepada pembacanya bahwa hal ini benar-benar nyata dan ada di sekitar kita.. atau dia hanya ingin bertanya:
"Setelah membaca ini, masih mau menjadi orang ngaco?"
I was hoping for deep-thoughts and revealing life-changing messages from the book. Alas, what it only revealed that dr. Porntip, a famous figure in thI was hoping for deep-thoughts and revealing life-changing messages from the book. Alas, what it only revealed that dr. Porntip, a famous figure in the forensic world, is just another human being.
Because it is common for me to look at senior physicians as some kind of a demi God, I had the impression that if I was a student of dr Porntip, I would think that way too.
There are some glimpse about the failure of the justice system in Thailand (which does not surprise me - Indonesia has similar problem). "The Dead Do Talk" actually chronicled dr Porntip's life from birth to present. She mentioned her most famous cases, listed her achievements, and surprisingly, told us a good deal of herself too, outside her professional world.
I laughed out loud when I was reading it in the bookstore.
She actually believes in astrology and here, I am thinking that no way a forensic scientist can believe in other thing than science.
It is not a life-changing book but it certainly feels refreshing to know that even a famous figure, world-weary forensic pathologist with a knack of rockin' a 'cool' hair is just another human being.
"Koas itu manis untuk dikenang, pahit untuk diulang".
Cado Cado 3 menjadi penutup kisah koas pengarangnya. Soal lucu, rasanya lebih 'gawat' yang Cado"Koas itu manis untuk dikenang, pahit untuk diulang".
Cado Cado 3 menjadi penutup kisah koas pengarangnya. Soal lucu, rasanya lebih 'gawat' yang Cado Cado 2. (Belum baca Cado Cado 1) tapi soal bikin trenyuh ya di Cado Cado 3 ini. Kisah di bagian forensik-nya memang luar biasa.
Memang cerita koas ini menampilkan bodoh-bodohnya dan error-errornya mahasiswa kedokteran dan koas tapi juga cerita yang manusiawi dan menggambarkan kurang-lebihnya dunia belajar untuk kedokteran di Indonesia.
Kalau mau tahu hidup dokter muda seperti apa, ya bacalah Cado Cado. Dijamin tertawa, sedih, dan galau bersama.
Semoga ada cerita tentang residensinya. :) ...more
**spoiler alert** The truth is Millie is way too much of a stalker.
But it is true. A girl stalks. I did some stalking too. Although perhaps it is mor**spoiler alert** The truth is Millie is way too much of a stalker.
But it is true. A girl stalks. I did some stalking too. Although perhaps it is more like information-collecting activities. Got a friend who is way more professional than me since I find setting up coincidences are way too exhausting. A lil' bit embarassing and I'm not a good liar too. You'll notice.
Anyway. Millie is quite fun. She's a family doctor. She is back to her hometown. Living the dream. And when she is approaching 30, she decides it is time to snag her 'destined-to-be' man, Joe. Joe Carpenter is her dream man until she realizes that perhaps she has been dreaming a different Joe for more than a decade.
And then Sam comes. His is not a sudden appearance. It's more like he has been lingering for awhile. While this will sound a bit creepy, Sam is Millie's ex brother-in-law. Millie's sister dumped him for another guy and ran out to big city leaving a trail of broken heart. (Sam's and their son's). Millie adores Sam but she never realizes that all the traits in her dream Joe is actually Sam's all along.
So how will they come together?
Well, in Kristan Higgins' imaginary life, it is always how and what comedic situations she will tell us.
As always, it's hilariously funny. I love Millie. And Sam by far, is the dream man of all Kristan Higgins' character. ...more
I decided to read the book to satisfy my curiosity about the movie. (Yes, I’ll grab the pirated DVD as soon as**spoiler alert** “Something Borrowed”
I decided to read the book to satisfy my curiosity about the movie. (Yes, I’ll grab the pirated DVD as soon as it appears on the ‘black market’). So my big question after watching the movie trailer and the synopsis is:
“How will people sympathize with Rachel White?” (FYI. In the book and in the movie, she will conduct several sins: a. Steal her bestfriend’s fiancee b. Being her bestfriend’s maid of honor and fooled around with her bestfriend’s fiancee behind her bestfriend’s back c. Cheated her bestfriend).
It is a first-person narrative so whatever you will read is all running in her head.
In a nutshell, Rachel is 30 years old. (Yes, the doomed age) and in a chicklit book, 30 and single in New York will put you in the same league as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. 30, single, and a trainwreck in dating world. She is a bit of a pushover. She has this one bestfriend, Darcy, who is (of course) more beautiful, more sophisticated, more charming. In the beginning of the book, we will be introduced to Darcy’s brand-new fiance, Dex. Flashback: Dex is actually Rachel’s law school friend. They were close friends before Darcy came into the scene. Rachel did like Dex a lot but she was also not very confident about her own attractiveness so when Darcy popped up, she assumed that Dex would fall for her, just like the other guys she knew. (Dex is a bit out of her league, so she thinks). Anyway, like she predicted, Dex and Darcy became an item. Rachel was going on her own way for a little while until the day she turned 30.
So we now know that blowing thirty candles and vodka shots is not a good combo. She got drunk with Dex and they hooked up.
In the matter of days, it has come to a full-blown affair between two friends.
Well, in reality, I will never get my head around these facts. IT’S TREASON! No matter how you sugarcoat it, it is the worst thing you can do to a friend. You lied to her. (I always think that two needs to tango in an affair – so it’s the guy’s fault as well – but in this case, the essence of the book is the friendship of Rachel and Darcy). How could you do that, Rachel?
Now, it’s a good thing (for the readers) that Darcy is famously known as conceited b*tch. The more you know her, the more you think she’s a surface kind of a girl. Almost all the characters in the book agree with that so it’s probably easier to accept the on-going affair. Now, Darcy is not the goody-two-shoes victim too. She will have her own sins (but that’s for later).
Rachel will ping pong from feeling guilty and not feeling guilty. She’ll be a bit torn between Darcy and Dex. She loves Dex and from the beginning, we will know that Dex does have a left-over feeling from the college days (yes, Dex did like Rachel back then but he thought that Rachel seemed not interested with him so he moved on) and eventually Dex will grow to love her too. So, what’s the final verdict?
Despite all of relationship troubles in the book, I realize that in reality, friendships are much more complicated than saying nice things to each other all the time. It needs work. There are people involved and the thing with people, it’s never a black and white world.
Darcy, despite all of her negative sides, does think of Rachel as her bestfriend. I think, she values Rachel more than Dex too. So even she has her own wrongdoings, it’s understandable when she is ENRAGED when the affair is blown open. But she is not angry with Dex. She may feel angry for being blindsided but not for the fact that Dex is not in love with her. I think what angers her is the fact that Rachel is capable to lie to her. (She always treats Rachel as her BFF, personal slave, and someone who is LESS than her). She has a big ego and Rachel’s disloyalty to her is shaking her to the core. I think, it may be because she believes that Rachel is the only person who will accept and love her no matter what and that’s what makes her dissapointed.
Rachel is not a cold-hearted person too. As bestfriends, they do love each other. She knows that Darcy may not treat her really well but whatever she feels for her is genuine. Rachel’s low confidence (I think) is what the fuel of their broken friendship. But she has to choose between her one great love or her bestfriend. Ultimately, she choose the former.
I’m not saying that this is a perfect story but it’s pretty real. I enjoy all the characters in the book. Well, this review only talks about the friendship but I actually enjoy the progress of Rachel and Dex’s romance too. I enjoy the secondary characters such as Ethan (‘the one’ who got away – you’ll find all the scandals blown open in London).
I quite like this book and I hope the movie will be as good, if not better, than the book!
P.S: I haven't read Something Blue but the first teaser chapter is quite interesting! :D
I picked 'The Serpent Prince' with a very low expectation. That's pretty good, I think. I went in with the thought of reading 'the least-liked' of all I picked 'The Serpent Prince' with a very low expectation. That's pretty good, I think. I went in with the thought of reading 'the least-liked' of all Prince's series of Elizabeth Hoyt. But of all three, I am more comfortable with the plot. It is a very classic plot: devil meets angel. So I'm pretty curious whether it will be the same old, same old. It turns out it's more than that.
All the cliche goes out of the window.
The basic remains the same. Devil-meets-angel still get their happy ending. But how the writer executes it is quite different. This book is full of angst (revenge and murder is part of the plot). But I like it. It still has its humour albeit dark ones but it keeps me glued to the book.
The hero and the heroine aren't really classic characters. The heroine is no fragile little angel. The hero is stubborn but also relents. So he has principle and he does hide somethings from her but it is a commitment far before he meets her. And he's not really concealing his emotions. That's a plus. There is usually a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING in this kind of story but no, there is none. It's comforting in a way because while I enjoy a misunderstanding now and then, it can get boring.
And for the first time, I can understand his motive. There is emotional scar but it is believable. Of course, if it happens in the present time, I'll not understand his motive. But perhaps, for people in that era, honor is pretty important. I always find kamikaze in samurai is pretty dumb but when you read the stories and understand how honor is important in that era, you will get it that no matter how selfish I think killing yourself is but for them to defend their honor (and their family's), the act is an honorable one. So is duelling in the eyes of the England society.
Their love story flows quite well too. It is quite a whirlwind romance but I guess it flows really well since the setting is perfect for the blooming romance. (Hero is wounded, left for dead right in the path of the heroine).
Secondary characters are pretty fun and solid too. I love them all. It seems that they are more than just minor characters fleeting on paper. And it's a nice change from the usual.
O.K so final conclusion is : bloody romance, angst, a bit dark but very good too. I, surprisingly, like this book very much. Lovely, indeed!
I was in no mood for reading at all when I picked this book. Um. That's not quite true. I was in the mood for book-shopping but I wasn't planning to r I was in no mood for reading at all when I picked this book. Um. That's not quite true. I was in the mood for book-shopping but I wasn't planning to read. First, I love the title. Isn't it so romantic? It becomes not that romantic when it turns out it's about racing. Boy's world. Mechanical terms. Ugh.
But the dog saved the day.
Enzo told a whole story from his point of view. Maybe like 'Marley and Me' but this story was told from a dog's point of view. How a dog with a man's soul made a wonderful life story with his owner.
It is quite refreshing to read Enzo's thoughts. His affection to his owners. To his human bestfriend.
You will find how life is full of its ups and downs, even for a dog.
I tried reading Cathy Maxwell's book once and it didn't turn out good. (It was Gillian's book, "The Earl Claims His Wife"). I disliked the heroine andI tried reading Cathy Maxwell's book once and it didn't turn out good. (It was Gillian's book, "The Earl Claims His Wife"). I disliked the heroine and hated the hero too. No matter what reason lied behind their actions. But then, there was one kind character in that book that caught my attention, Andres. No surprise, he got a book of his own in “His Christmas Pleasure”. The pace of the story wasn’t too quick. That’s refreshing. It built up slowly and both of the characters were lovable. Well, in the middle, it seemed the writer decided to make life easier for both of the characters (and yes, the ending too) but it wasn’t too big a problem for me. I just love how they interact with each other. P.S: Andres Ramigio might be the one of the best hero material in the romance section. ...more
The Best of Friends is not a romance story. While Jayne and Daniel has their own love story, Rebecca with her torrid affairs, and the rest of the WordThe Best of Friends is not a romance story. While Jayne and Daniel has their own love story, Rebecca with her torrid affairs, and the rest of the Wordens with their own romance lapses, this is definitely not a romance story. Like its title, it tells us about the friendship between two very different woman, Jayne and Rebecca. Each comes from a very different society but incidentally becomes friends. At the beginning, I believe Rebecca has a heart under her facade. Yes, Rebecca is a selfish person. I don’t expect her to turn angelic but the story’s progress drives her character worse. She becomes the ultimate bitch in the story (if not her mother – which I am totally alright with her being so superficial – considering she is a secondary character). The men do not really have their own substance. I mean, now and then, we get a glimpse of what they are thinking, but that’s it. It just comes and goes. Jayne is a push-over, goody-two-shoes, with a specific allergy to the riches. I like Jayne and Rebecca and when they’re together as friends, great. Both of them are not perfect and the dynamics between the characters (all of them) are quite interesting. The ending seems loose. It leaves us the question about the outcome. Will Rebecca get Jayne’s forgiveness or not? Since it is a stand-alone book, we’ll never get the question answered. It will depend on the reader. The upside is it is a unique book with not-oh-so-perfect characters. Real characters. I just wish the author will give a little heart for Rebecca’s mother and a little substance to the male counterparts. ...more