a clever homage to Moby Dick, complete with likeable female characters and a narrative voice that swings between wit and gravity. Mieville created a ba clever homage to Moby Dick, complete with likeable female characters and a narrative voice that swings between wit and gravity. Mieville created a believable and rich world, though the ending is transparently political. In spite of this, I loved it....more
I've read and re-read Watership Down many, many times through my life. Most of the time, I stop reading it, and I let it go and move on to another booI've read and re-read Watership Down many, many times through my life. Most of the time, I stop reading it, and I let it go and move on to another book.
Most of the reason for this is because it's just damned big. It's a huge book. It's even huger when you own the hardcover edition.
I first read Watership through some portion of highschool, when I read it as part of a morning bus ride that lasted half an hour every day. I was so in love with it. I believe, for all the times that I've started it over, this is only the third time I've actually finished the book.
Part of why I finished it was totally the fault of my kindle. When the 'book' you're reading weighs less than a pound, it's really easy to just keep going. Portability has a lot to do with my maintained attention here.
I feel like I can't give Watership the critique it deserves. It's a story too near and dear to my heart. I can say that, on rereading it, I've seen many more of the flaws, but I've seen many more of the shining truths in it, also.
But I did want to say this:
Yes, it's long. Yes, there's a time when you realize 'hey, none of our rabbits have been even remotely injured.' Yes, there's a time when you realize 'hey, our side has all the cool people, and only chumps and losers are on the other teams...' But really. It is written for a younger audience. And no one likes reading the story where you go 'Hey, this character is AWESOME!' and then wait five pages to discover '........ he's DEAD!?' So I feel like I have to give Adams props for making us feel like the rabbits are in constant jeopardy, regardless of whether or not they really are....more
One of my favorite books due to Clarke's depictions of alien life forms. I first read this after high school because I remembered it when my best frieOne of my favorite books due to Clarke's depictions of alien life forms. I first read this after high school because I remembered it when my best friend was reading it in the scifi class I was so jealous not to have been able to get into. It's been a warm candle in my heart ever since, though I couldn't remember many of the particulars.
That said, it's aged well, but not terrifically, since my first reading. The characters seem flat in places, and the solitary woman on the cast reads like all the men, who really read all the same, which is a failing I feel is frequent in Clarke's works.
Still, the science is amazing and wonderful and why I read this book. The depictions of the interior of Rama are captivating and strange, and the purpose of the craft begs more questions than are answered.
I love it. I don't think I can stop loving it. Like a favorite song that you haven't heard in years, and maybe it's not as good as you remember it being, but a wonderful and magical song nonetheless.
This review is totally tainted with nostalgia....more