James Bowen: A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the StreetsA Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets by James Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shows you how important pets/animals are. Honestly, if you like cats, you should read it. If you like humans, too. Because it also shows how you should never give up (on yourself), no matter how hard it is. I liked it. It is a touching story and it is a quick read, too.

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Neil gaiman: American Gods

American Gods (American Gods, #1)American Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love! I expect from Neil’s books to be the following (because he spoilt me since the first one I read): magical, fun, entertaining, captivating, a warm comfy blanket, happiness, a smart narrator and story and the hope that it’ll never end. I got it again with this one.

I always wonder whether I could rate them and usually „The Graveyard Book“ ends on position one but „Neverwhere“ follows up so closely that it is almost up there on the same spot and then I’d rate them all on spot 3.

Anyway: much much love! More please.

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Haruki Murakami: Dance Dance Dance

Dance Dance Dance (The Rat, #4)Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

very slow paced but that only makes the impact of something happening much more felt

sequel to A Wild Sheep Chase, right? Didn’t know that and was wrecking my brain to remember *lol*

It’s kind of depressing (and it’s kind of not) how the characters (my age) live their lifes, struggling with similar questions/problems, asking questions I ask myself (even though I do not experience the otherworldly stuff, apparently)

the closer I got to the end the more…claustrophobic for lack of a better word, I found it. This simply means it has an impact on me, even though it became more difficult to read it. I like when that happens.

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Iain Banks: The Wasp Factory

The Wasp FactoryThe Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Rubbish.
The author felt the need to have the protagonist explain on the last 2 pages why they did what they did. Good plots don’t need this.

Furthermore, the characters are crude and unrealistic. Whereas the protagonist is the most round one, the others are 2-dimensional at best.

The plot reeks of sadism and cruelty and unlike „American Psycho“ it isn’t a smart if horrifying comment of today’s society. Unless the message of „The Wasp Factory“ is to not kill and torture kids or animals, and you as a reader need to be shown why not, then there is no reason to pick up the novel. If you are however into torturing living creatures, you might just get off reading the thing.

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JRR Tolkien: The Silmarillion

The SilmarillionThe Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is hard to rate because

– it took me three attempts and extreme power of will to finish it. I was so confused with the names and the immensity and the mythology I just went wtf most of the time.

– but, it is a masterpiece because to think of such a world, to know it to develop it to such an extent is just worth one hundred stars.

So I am torn between the two opposites. But I love LOTR and The Hobbit too much no not like this one, although I probably won’t pick it up again, whereas the other two I already have and will pick up more than once in the future.

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Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A highly disturbing dystopia dealing mostly with feminist topics such as basically the rights of women to be free. It reflects on our daily lives as women, on patriarchy on misogyny and what could happen if women were truly degraded to objects, owned by men under cover of religion.
But it’s also so much more. I felt this especially in the final chapter, which sort of validates the narrative as a document of its time, shedding some light on the what is called the Gileadean epoch.

It’s also about the protagonist trying to survive, to exist in this hostile world. I was shocked at how I felt estranged from the idea of bathing suits, sandals or short skirts after reading only a couple of pages. Margaret Atwood managed to truly get under my skin with this.

Sometimes I was highly uncomfortable and on the whole, I don’t think this is a very amusing or entertaining read. I found it too terrifying, almost too realistic, even plausible. It has an impact, lingers. And I highly recommend it (as I do with all her novels) but not as a book you sit down and relax with, I think.

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Robert Galbraith: The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First, I’m not into detective‘-stories, so maybe that is one reason I’m not overly ecstatic.

But I also thought that there was too much of character back story going on, especially since it didn’t rally pay off. The whole love life of Strike…well, a quick mention to explain his current situation would have been enough for me, not all those trips down memory lane. And yes, I do like my characters interesting but I would have liked some more color in Robin, too. Strike was almost too extravagant in back story. And it didn’t really help further the actual plot.

Otherwise, it took me long to read and I am happy I have finished it. I wasn’t really emotionally involved nor did I feel the story. So that is why I gave it two stars, because to me, the story wasn’t all that innovative.

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