J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked the 2 stars because there are no 2,5. Because I’m not sure I liked it. Or maybe I don’t want to like it.

The characters, all trapped in their silly little lifes and drama nobody cares for are undeniably human and well written, but they annoyed me so much, that I wondered why I bothered reading on (and yes, annoying me as a reader might be intentional). I get it. Life is fucked, people are hypocrites and don’t I know it, I’ve been unemployed too. But not everyone is, in real life anyways, and taking out one person out of the equation might but doesn’t have to, tip the balance as much as Barry Fairbrother’s death did (let’s not get into speaking names, shall we) and yes, there’s Kay for instance, but still… Also, all the dieing is a bit too much. I don’t think it was necessary to get the point across, that people are biased, egoistic, caught up in their own lifes, fallible and often, suck.

And yet, it did affect me.

So, I honestly don’t know.

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John Green: The Fault in our stars

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am hesitant to read books that have been widely claimed as amazing. So often I’m disappointed when reading them. So, I put this one off.

Let me just say, this time I wasn’t disappointed. Even though (and especially towards the end) the characters sometimes seemed too good to be true, it triggered all the emotions and I sobbed into my e-reader. I loved the humor. I’m not usually taken in with love stories, but this one worked.

As I stared it I wanted to give up on ever becoming a writer. But then I forced myself to remember all the bad writing that is published and I have regained a grain of hope. (That’s the curse of reading really good books. They screamed at me, unintentionally I know; that I suck. *lol*)

Anyway: if you haven’t read this, give it a go. It won’t disappoint. Break your heart, yes, but not in a bad way.

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Umberto Eco: The name of the rose

The Name of the RoseThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I get how this is the linguistic novel. It’s all there. From signs to icons to connotations and denotations, communication etc. And I get how the endless goings on about heresy and the various ways to interpret literature (which is made up of words and goes back to linguistics) aka the Bible and those other books in the library are all part of how it is about linguistics. But…God it was boring. I liked the parts of the murder investigations, but it wasn’t really all about that, was it?

The only other interpretations I draw from it, one that has nothing to do with linguistics as a science, is, how fucked up religion can be. How its various branches are based on the backs of people who get hurt because (back to semantics) people connotate and denotate (what are the correct English words?) signs differently.

So, I ended up skipping over the various arguments the characters had about what is the right kind of believe, found out who did it (I sort of came to the conclusion by myself for once) and then skipped through the rest.

Nah. I liked the movie better. Not even the aspects of sexuality could interest me.

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HG Wells: The Time Machine

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I like about it is the sheer matter of fact story telling. Even though it is contrasted with the fiction within fiction devise, it conveys that there is absolute truth to the matter. I like that.

I have to admit though, I was confused because the Eloi in the novel do not resemble those in the movie with Rod Taylor(which I really liked as I was younger)… but I guess that’s Hollywood for you 🙂

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