Louise Louise's Comments (member since Apr 21, 2010)

Louise's comments from the The Sword and Laser group.

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4170 I'm reading Hamilton for the first time with Pandora's Star
Apr 25, 2011 03:08PM

4170 I really hated Norwegian Wood and pretty much everything I've read by Murakami. Ironically, I read NW twice on accident! The first time I read it as my first Murakami and disliked it. Then I forgot that I read it and years later, read it *again* to see if I would want to watch the movie. I completely forgot I read it already till the end of the book.

I know there are a lot, a lot, a lot of Murakami lovers here, but I just don't *get* it. I'm not a big fan of his whiny, slacker, navel-gazing characters. While I do have some post-modern books I did like, his style just turns me off because I'll read pages and pages and feel like nothing really happened.
Jan 19, 2011 03:50PM

4170 I try to switch between fiction/non-fiction, or at least serious/fluff when I pick what to read next. My resolution for 2011 would be to only read stuff that's rated 4.0 and higher and according to my to-read list, that's already something like 20+ books.
Oct 28, 2010 03:13PM

4170 After a month of reading nothing but steampunk, I can see some valid points in what he says. A lot of the newer books are derivative of what previous authors wrote. Some of them are entertaining derivatives, others are just plain rip-offs.

My favorite quote from his post:

That leaves the aesthetic ... which I can't find anything intrinsically wrong with, as long as steampunk is nothing more than what happens when goths discover brown. Viewed as a fashion trend for corsets and top hats, steampunk is no more harmful than a fad for Che Guevara tee shirts, or burkas, or swastikas; just another fashion trend riffing thoughtlessly off stuff that went away for a reason (at least in the developed world)
Literary Candy (8 new)
Apr 21, 2010 02:44PM

4170 I recently read a bunch of Singh Nalini's books, starting with the Psy-Changling series. The world-building was great and I'd classify it more not-so-distant future sci-fi. It has humans who are super cerebral, with the ability to shut off all emotion and do all sorts of cool mind-tricks as well as Changlings who by contrast are shape-shifters ruled by their emotions. Great premise, but the only downside is that these books are more on the paranormal romance side and the romance in these books are really over-the-top, oily-chested, long-haired muscle men type romance.

But that didn't stop me from reading two books in the series. Ultimately I had to quit because the romance parts were tiresome.

After those, I read Graceling, a YA fantasy book and *really* enjoyed it. The premise of the world was fantastic, the characters vaguely interesting, and the story though predictable, was rewarding. The only gripe I have about it (and this is what makes me think it's Literary Candy) is that it's very much a Young Adult book. The characters weren't that deep and I would have preferred more detail in some parts of the book.

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