How do I even begin to describe this book? It's one of those stories that is filled with satisfying illogic and nonsense--but not the same kind as, say, Hitchhiker's; but still serving to remind us that not everything has to make sense to be good writing. It's also one of those stories that puts you inside the mind of a small child so expertly that you feel everything he feels and you'd think it was him writing the book.
In fact, while I know I've mentioned this--the…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on October 19, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments
I think this might have actually been the first time I've ever read a prequel to a series. It's kind of a unique experience (assuming you've read the series first) because you already know how it will end, and more beyond that; you know the future of the characters you're reading about as well as the future of their world. I expected this to cause me to be more detached from the story and not be as fully invested in the characters and their predicaments as I was with the rest of the…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on September 26, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I just watched John Green's video blog of October 16, 2007 in which he displays his extensive home library.
Which prompted me to think to myself...
"I want a home library so much!!!"
I've got two bookshelves in my small apartment, and I have to share them with my…Continue
What a pity these books have such uninspiring titles and floofy-blah covers, because it hides the really excellent story within from the eyes of those who would appreciate it. I am lucky that the books were recommended to me in the first place, else I'd never have picked one up.
Dark Triumph is excellent. Sybella is a really amazing protagonist--one who causes the reader to bounce back and forth between pity, admiration, joy, awe, sorrow, anger, and exasperation…Continue
I feel inspired to write a really thoughtful, dignified, essay-like review at the moment. I just don't know if the words or motivation are quite there.
Needless to say--as I'm sure you all already know, I'm just a bit late on the uptake--Neil Gaiman is a brilliant author. I absolutely adore his style: it's funny, it's sad, it's both straightforward and completely roundabout. This book is written in such an ironic tone--ironic and matter-of-fact--and is, for the…
Deep breath. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
It's okay Adela, it's over now. You've had time to recover. You can write your review now.
Except I don't know how to write this review. I was thinking about it a lot in the first few hundred pages. I'd talk about how Arlin became such an excellent character, I thought, and I'd talk about how fREAKING HORRIBLE THAT FAMILY HAS IT. ASHER HOVERING NEAR DEATH, RAFEL TORTURED HORRENDOUSLY INSIDE HIS OWN…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on July 21, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments
I was planning to give myself a bit of a breather before plunging into more Miller masochism but... I guess Angelopolis was my breather... I just couldn't stay away. Although it seemed pretty well wrapped up at the end of The Awakened Mage, I still had some snagging suspicions that things weren't quite over for Asher, and for Lur. So I went back to the library, recalling that I had seen more Karen Miller books on the shelf, and read the inside cover of The…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on July 15, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Chapter Three: The Slutty Persian Rug & The Meat Pie
“I’m not going lie, the main reasons I married her was because she was smoking hot. I mean she was a beauty! Long legs, skinny waist, nice tits,” said Alvin.
Malcolm nodded and subtly jotted notes. “I’m sure she was a lovely looking woman, Alvin. But…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on July 1, 2013 at 9:27pm — No Comments
Let me tell you about the latest book that has made mashed potatoes of my emotions.
I don't even know where to begin. At first, I was unsure of whether I would like this book or not, because the phonetic accent spelling seemed a little over the top--however I soon got used to it, and before I knew it I was a couple hundred pages in with no idea how I had gotten there. It took me 3 days to read this book... I could have probably read it in one, it was that…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on June 25, 2013 at 6:39pm — No Comments
Before I begin I just want to thank everyone who read Chapter 1, I am honored, and can't believe it got a 100+ views. Also thanks to all my fellow nerd friends who have given me advice, and support so far with this journey.
Chapter Two: The Squirrel Hunting Vietnam Vet & a Physicist Scumbag…Continue
As I was nearing the end of this book, I was beginning to think about how I could possibly talk about it in my review, and here I am, having just finished it, and I have no idea where I'm going to go with this. So I'll just ramble.
This book is fascinating on so many levels--literary, moral, sociological, philosophical, psychological... I can't begin to describe the way it made me feel.
Looking at the story, the choices made by Ishiguro in…
I need to stop saying that I need to get back into writing reviews right after finishing books and actually write my reviews right after finishing the books. Wow.
So this book started out really promising. I enjoyed the writing--there are some beautiful passages and some patches of really funny dialogue, as well as likeable characters and a fresh, interesting plot. But I think I was expecting the climax to be a lot more exciting than it was, and I think the last…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on May 31, 2013 at 8:55am — No Comments
I read this book because it was mentioned by Hank Green in one of his VEDA videos and I happened to find it in the library the same day.
There's not much I can say about it other than that it's brilliant. As you probably know, I don't read a lot of science fiction (hardly any), but that didn't stop me from appreciating everything about this book.
The main focus of the first of the Hyperion Cantos is mostly flashbacks, as the…
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on April 27, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
Another book that I had to wait months to get from the library, The Emperor's Soul was surprising from the moment I saw it on the shelf. For one thing, when I saw the cover and description on goodreads, my mind somehow projected it into a huge, epic volume, hardcover and like eight hundred pages long.
So I was surprised to find this skinny little hundred-and-seventy-page paperback instead. But that's really beside the point and you could care less, right?…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on March 31, 2013 at 4:43pm — No Comments
I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book from the library (it just came out last year so a lot of people keep taking it out) and waited like three months before I could get it. By then I had forgotten what I had read on goodreads that made me want to read it in the first place. But anyway, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a lot different from most of the books I read. But it is very interesting indeed.
I don't have quotes or much to tell you about…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on March 31, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments
There's not much I can say in this review because I'm writing it like two weeks late... I really need to get better at this.
Like The Cup of the World, The Widow and the King is beautifully written and compelling. The story has a little more action than the first book, and some more loveable characters. I absolutely adore Ambrose as a protagonist. Chawlin was one of my favourite characters. And Sophia was an interesting addition for a second narrator. She doesn't…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on March 31, 2013 at 8:12am — No Comments
Finally getting around to writing this review, over a week after finishing the book... I'm very disappointed in myself.
But in the book? Anything but. THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL. The writing is gorgeous--a delicious concoction of high fantasy and contemporary narration. The characters are deep and surprising. The imagery is amazing. The plot is twisty and intricate and not the least bit shallow. Have I mentioned before that I love when fantasy gets political and explores…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on March 19, 2013 at 9:34pm — No Comments
Okay, well. Um.
I feel really weird reviewing this book. But I'll just try to be totally honest, and hopefully I'll be able to say everything I want to say. What I got from the writing of this book is that Veronica Roth is both a not-so-good writer and a brilliant writer at the same time. Let me explain myself. For the first third or so of the book, I was interested in the characters and the events but because it hadn't really picked up speed yet, I was paying…Continue
Added by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley on March 1, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
If you like Harry Potter go to this website! I wrote a fan fiction two years ago for NaNoWrimo, and you should check it out. Read it at this link: http://jonquilrumberger.wix.com/jamespmustbcrazy
Added by Joni R on February 27, 2013 at 8:55pm — No Comments