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The Spire

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Book Twelve.

I almost gave up on this book within in the first two chapters, but i’m glad i didn’t. It was a bit too much like a soap opera for my liking, with nothing to string the chapters together except Jocelin’s very slow descent into madness, and the drama (bullying, rivalries, affairs and family) between the characters.

In his obsessive behaviour towards the spire, and his determination to ignore everything else (the lives of the people around him, his own feelings and even his own illness), made me view Jocelin as quite one dimensional. That may be unfair, but it is how he viewed his limited world, so it is how i chose to view him.

I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see the spire fall. I was hoping Jocelin would be crushed under it; his folly truly accomplished. But i can live with the idea that Jocelin didn’t get to see it fall.

(Longer spoiler-filled review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)
4th May 2013, 17:07   | tags:,,,comments (0)

Geocaching

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My first one. I think i'm more excited about the idea of hiding them than i am finding them. Though having looked on the map, it's already encouraging me to visit parts of the city i haven't explored before :)
28th Apr 2013, 19:45   | tags:,,comments (5)

We

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Book Eleven.

I appreciate that this was one of the first dystopian, totalitarian novels ever written. I appreciate that it influenced Orwell and Huxley, and without it we may never have experienced Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World. But. But that doesn’t mean this is a good or well written book.

Throughout the book D-503 is constantly toing and froing between his emotions and his logic, and really, it just got old very quickly. I wanted him to make his mind up and do something. His slow (slow) awakening that all may not be truly okay in the One State could have been an interesting journey to read about, but it just wasn’t. All the way to the end, he couldn’t decide what he wanted, what he believed. He couldn’t choose, and then that choice was taken away from him. And really, it was a relief to have his straighforward lack of drama back at the end, if only for two pages.

(Longer spoiler-filled review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)
25th Apr 2013, 19:08   | tags:,,,comments (5)

Apartment 16

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Book Ten.

This book had me hooked from the prologue. The setting of an old and fancy apartment block, at night, creepily empty, but never alone. The ominous apartment 16, in which no one lives and no one is allowed to enter, but from which noises can be heard. The atmosphere, the flashes of movement in mirrors and the oppressive darkness. This book delivered chills down my spine in every chapter… of the first third of the book. Too soon it started to drag a little. At first it was all suggestive and atmospheric, and much more effective before explanations started being revealed.

The most disappointing thing for me is the knowledge that i don’t want to reread this book. Knowing how it ends, knowing what everything means, i won’t be able to enjoy the chills the first third of this book gave me when i read it—it just won’t be scary any more.

(Longer spoiler-filled review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)
20th Apr 2013, 16:35   | tags:,,,comments (0)

Billy Christ

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Book Nine.

From very early on in this book until all the way to the end, i was describing it in three ways: Entertaining, funny and easy to read. And that’s ‘easy to read’ in an ‘always wanting to read more’ way. The sections were short enough for me to constantly be thinking, “Just one more…”

I loved to hate Billy, i felt only so sorry for him. His character is portrayed very well, the writing style has him LEAPING of the page v. well in my O. A lot of the time, with lines such as: “I hate dirtiness and things like squashed chips.” I found myself reminded of Holden Caulfield, from The Catcher in the Rye. Not because of what Billy was saying, but in how he was saying it, and his thought process.

In the end, what i love most about this book is the fact that it was so hard to put down. It was easy to read, and easy to get lost in. I wouldn’t want to live in Billy’s world, but it was nice to visit.

(Longer spoiler-filled review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

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Book Eight.

My overall impression was that Poe is a rambler. In most of the stories, he spends a lot of (in my opinion, necessary,) time setting the scene before launching into the story.

The stories in which Poe ‘got on with it’ and didn’t waste pages detailing useless descriptions, i found the most enjoyable—unsurprisingly. It was when i read ‘William Wilson’ (the fifth story in the book) that i was suddenly hooked. Suddenly i didn’t feel like i was forcing myself to keep reading. Suddenly the pages were flying by without me noticing. And the thing with ‘William Wilson’ was that i knew very early on what was happening, what the ‘twist’ would be, but it was the need to see how it would all unfold that kept me reading.

With some editing, all of the short stories in this book could have satisfied me enough to love Poe’s work unconditionally. Alas, even when Poe is literally claiming to be succinct, it takes him several pages.

(Longer spoiler-filled review at: marvelatwords.wordpress.com)

Lincoln

Bank holiday day out to Lincoln. We change trains here a lot, but have never bothered to go and explore. So on Saturday, we did.

Walked the castle walls, but didn't bother going to the cathedral.

Photographed the ceiling of the Usher Gallery where photography was not allowed (apparently, oops).

Visited Fishzilla, the world's largest koi fish, in The Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory.

And finished the day at the pub.

Squish

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Muffin 0 - 1 Folding table
26th Mar 2013, 11:43   comments (7)