Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I just finished reading the classic gothic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray this afternoon and, while I ignorantly went into the novel thinking that it would be horror, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not as if I was wanting something that would keep me up at night in fear. I wanted something that fit in with Halloween and this book fit in perfectly. The creepy thought of the story is enough to keep you thinking and I enjoyed most of the book. There was a long chapter in the middle that I found myself wishing to be over, but apart from that, I greatly enjoyed the book. It's not too long and it captivates you so it's hard to put down.


***1/2

Monday, August 13, 2012

The GreatTrain Robbery

I just finished reading the critically acclaimed Crichton novel, the Great Train Robbery. To say the least, it was an entertaining book. I did have a problem with it, though. A lot of the information that was given in the book was completely pointless. Now there were times that some of the facts that were given in the story were very interesting and I liked learning, but when there is four pages on how people during that time felt about being buried alive, I feel that it is unneccesary. I think that a lot if the information given could be taken out and the book would be just as good, if not better. Maybe it was all just for filler. Maybe otherwise it would be too short, whatever the reason I didn't think it was worth it.

***

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bossypants

I know that it isn't "fiction" but I am going to review it anyway.
Yesterday I finished reading Tina Fey's book and I found it absolutely hilarious.
I especially loved the parts with 30 Rock because I love that show and connect with it.


Once again, sorry for a short and not very intellectual post. Hopefully I can do a good one later!


****

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Alchemist

Finished the Alchemist last Friday.
I liked it and the thoughts behind it. The second half kind of went down hill though.


*** 1/2

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Maze Runner

I finally read it. After a few years of having people suggest it, I have finally gotten around to reading it.
It's not to say that this isn't the first time I picked up the book, I read the first chapter when it first came out, but I was in the book store and I didn't particularly like it.
Now that I finally did read it, I wish I would have stuck with it a little bit longer because I did really enjoy this book.
I did feel that there were some parts of it that were a little strange. The ending, though it left me hanging enough to make me want to read the next book, for some reason didn't sit well with me.

Anyway, I did enjoy this book when I finished it yesterday.

****

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Enchantress

The end. The end of one of my favorite series.
I believe it was my school librarian that got me started on the first book many years ago, and never before have I found a book that gets me so engrossed and so eager to learn more about history and the characters than The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
And now it has ended.
And my guess of who Marethyu was was right. That made me so happy. That made me spend an entire day reading a book (while I was on the beach) in order to see if I was right.
And that made me so happy.
The one thing that I am critical about of the series is that I don't really like Sophie and Josh. They never just struck me as normal. I guess that is because they weren't normal, but they didn't seem natural, like how twins would be, or siblings would be.

But other than that, great book. I finished it Wednesday and haven't stopped thinking of it.

*****

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Insurgent

It finally came, or, as I should say, I finally finished reading it. The sad thing is that I have had the book since it came out. I went to the book store at nine in the morning and started reading it. But with the crazy month that I have been having, I only now just finished it. Let me tell you, it satisfied my year and a half-long wait from when I read the ARC of Divergent.
Insurgent follows the events of Divergent, the factions falling apart, war taking place, all that good stuff. Then there's my secret love of governmental failure and rebirth which looms in the distance.
Insurgent is one of those books that you don't have to struggle through every page. I could sit down and get some much reading done in such a short time. That does go against the fact that it took me eighteen days to read, but I just didn't have as much time.
My one criticism that I would have for this book is that at times I felt that the language in there was strange. Sometimes I felt that it was too casual, sometimes I felt that it was too formal.
Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it left me hanging, but satisfied what I needed to hear. And what a great last page it was!

****1/2
Nominated for JK Fiction Award