Book Reports - Меня зовут Тролль, Диматролль
I've decided to dedicate this post to a brief overlook of some books that I've recently read. I've had a very read productive break and I decided to share the experiences.
Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
Being inspired by the Harry Potter trailer and Emma saying what I great book it is, I picked it up at Black Oak's for two bucks and read it. (Actually, about a month ago). The book is good. It's about a librarian who kicks ass, so that's good. (Hurray for Mel) The ending was too surreal for my likeness, and the whole thing is a bit too allegorical. But overall it is good. Comparative grade: A-
Tanya Grotter and Noah's Glasses Dmitriy Emets
Just another book for the series. The funny parts are getting funnier, that's a plus. But he left so many unfinished plotlines - that's a minus. Unless of course he finishes them soon, the book screams for a sequel. Bad that he copied yet more things from Harry Potter. After book 2 he went completely different and now he is going back to plagiarizm. Oh well, maybe that's the style. Still an enjoyable read. Comparative grade: B+
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin
Finally! Many of you would say. Same do I say. I am glad I read it, although I didn't read it anywhere close enough to say that I grasped all the depth of it. I got the plot down, and I got the main ideas of patriotism down. Yeah, and the sex thing of course. Kept me enterntainted as I drove past the city of Kemmerer, Utah. It almost inspired me to venture forth for a Hainish Cycle class. I need to read more on it. Comparative grade: A
A Series of Unfortunate Events 5: The Austere Academy Lemony Snickett
A Series of Unfortunate Events 6: The Erastz Elevator Lemony Snickett
I write these two as they go together and are hardly distinguishable between each other. I am still wondering at this series. Each book has the same exact plot - identical. By book two you guess it, by book 5 it is explicitly stated that all the books will have the same exact plot line. In the same time the side plots are developing, especially the author's autobiography plotline that was barely in there before. I am rather intrigued where will this go. The author is too smart to write a stupid book, I want to read the rest. Comparative grade: A-
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Accident Eion Colfer
Left me rather upset in the sense of the style. While the book is a good sequel, and the plotlines (with all their predictability) are still good, the book is said to be funny, yet I didn't laugh once. Either I am not getting their humour, or something is just wrong with me. Overall, felt like a neccessary step in the series. Comparative grade: B-
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code Eion Colfer
Last book in the trilogy, this marks the end well. Really good book. While still not at all funny, it is well written, has a great, original plot and good character development. I really, really, really enjoyed reading this one. I enjoyed it so much, I would even say that it is worth it to read the first two so that you can enjoy the third. (And you really should read the first two) The book is wonderful and it puts a good ending to the series. Oh yeah, the ending ROCKS!!! Btw, whoever thinks that this series is a Harry Potter rip-off is completely wrong. The book doesn't even remotly remind Harry Potter. The only similarity is the twelve year old main character. Except that he has an IQ of 300. This book is not about magic, it's about technology - its a geek book, and a good one at that. Comparative grade: A+
To those who wonder: Comparative grade here means compared to other books rated here. Curved, so to say. Also, I am now thinking to spend the next spring (05) in Tokyo. Fall in Sweden, Spring in Japan. I think that's a good plan. Any comments?
Current Mood: weird
Current Music: Thoughts in my head about one friend plotting suicide agian.
I like the around the world idea. Will you be studying abroad, or just travelling? Oh yeah, can I borrow one of the Gawain and Green Knight versions when I get back?
|Date:||January 6th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)|| |
Surely, when are you getting back?
Do my hears (I suppose eyes in this case) deceive me?
Spring? In Japan? I think that is more than a marvelous plan. I'm recontracting, so I'll still be here. You have unbelieveable brightened up my day with even the slight possibility of you coming here.
And yay Left Hand of Darkness! That might still be my favorite of the Hainish cycle that I have read so far. The stories in The Birthday of the World are pretty cool. And I really enjoyed The Telling. I still need to read the original Hainish books and I'm in the process of The Dispossessed. (^_^) Your list has inspired me, I must type up a similar list of the books I read this winter.
PS Yay librarians! I must read Something Wicked This Way Comes. Well, first I must find a copy somewhere so I can buy it.
|Date:||January 6th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Do my hears (I suppose eyes in this case) deceive me?
is your icon the cat bus? CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT BUS!
Actually he would be the koneko bus, so that would translate as "kitten bus." He's from a short film that was showing at the Ghibli Museum when I went there over winter break. He is just so damn cute. The one I bought fits on my palm. (^_^)
|Date:||January 7th, 2004 12:19 am (UTC)|| |
Um... I love you both and all, but I thought that the icon was the Cheshire Cat toy from the Alice in Wonderland Disney's adaptation. No?
Nopes. I'm quite sure he is a Koneko bus. He's sitting on top of my stereo, Johnny 5 right now.
|Date:||January 7th, 2004 01:03 am (UTC)|| |
So you are sure that it is not this thing
? Seems like only different coloring to me.
Quite sure, this one has six legs. I'll get a pic up when I can.
it is most definitely a ghibli kitten bus. you should watch my neighbour totoro which features the parent of the kitten bus, the cat bus. it is a wonderous film and fills the soul with light and smiling.
i have heard of the kitten bus film...wow...utter ghibli envy. i want ghibli icons - do you know anywhere i can get some? (I am an icon virgin really). what do you do in japan btw?
Most of the icons that I use, I have found online in one place or another and modified slightly to fit the dimensions needed to be an LJ icon. Google image search does the trick, but it takes time. This Blue Angel one is one of my favs from Nausicaa. I am a massive Ghibli freak. I grew up on the stuff; its in my blood. (^_^)
I am an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). Basically I help teach English to junior high kids. It can be a really pain in the butt (like right now I'm still up at 1am working on my lesson plan for tomorrow and I need to get up at 6) but its been great so far and I'm recontracting to stay a bit longer. Feel free to go by my website
for a look at my life here.
Надо тебе отдать будет His Dark Materials. Офигенный цикл, особенно последняя книжка.
Ну и что мне первым читать - Fowl или Unfortunate events?
|Date:||January 7th, 2004 12:22 am (UTC)|| |
Начни с Фаула - он закончен. А Несчастным Событиям ещё три книги выходить. Но будь готов, что первый Фаул слегка зануден, а второй слишком поучителен. А Пуллмана отдай - я его читать буду. Ты сейчас в Беркли бываешь?
Кстати единственная разница между US HDM и UK HDM - цитаты из Blake/Milton/Coleridge/Keats/Bible, которые для необразованных типа меня дают понять, откуда Пуллман спёр данную конкретную идею. А первая книга названа по-разному из-за идиотского издательства, хотя с логической точки зрения Golden Compass как раз лучше, потому что Golden Compass/Subtle Knife/Amber Spyglass - это всё артефакты, а Northern Lights - нет.
Потом я долго смеялся над одним из русских переводов Northern Lights - "Северные Огни".
(цитаты типа по 10 слов в начале каждой главы)
(и только в последней книжке, в первых двух дурацкие картинки)
|Date:||January 12th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)|| |
που ειναι ο Διμα; δεν θυμαμαι που μενει... πρεπει να παω για Καλιφορνια, νομιζω!
|Date:||January 13th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)|| |
yes yes yes precious yesssss, where is the dma???