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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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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John Marsden: Tomorrow, When the War began

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot. I could have lived without the love stories and in the middle it lost a bit of momentum, but the story always caught me just in time. I’m moving on to the next one. It’s also a quick read, which suits me fine at the moment.

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The Dead of Night (Tomorrow, #2)The Dead of Night by John Marsden
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It started so slow. I was halfway through as I was into the story and interested in what happened. But all in all it is quite too slow-paced for me. Maybe the next one will catch me sooner or more.

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A Killing Frost (Tomorrow, #3)A Killing Frost by John Marsden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m glad that the routine was broken towards the end. I was getting bored of the „teenagers blow up things“-storyline. We’ve had that in two novels before. I can’t really say anything else because it’s really straight forward writing, with not a lot of metalayers to digest I think. And I don’t want to give away the story, so let me say that I am looking forward to the next and hope that the story will embark into a different direction.

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Darkness, Be My Friend (Tomorrow, #4)Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Sorry, but no.

1. The author lost me right on page 1. Because you want me to believe the New Zealand Army needs five kids to help them win a war?

2. I ride horses. And what they did in the book is not possible. You need a) horses that are really really really well-trained in being steered bridle-less. Or without reigns. And nobody can just sit a horse in full gallop without a saddle. Not if you aren’t an excellent rider. Plus, it hurts if you do it wrong. And to do this all in the dark of night? You lost me again, dear author.

-> I want the series to end. I was so bored. Nothing new happens. It is the same damn story line over and over again. But of course, eventually I will rad on, because I want to know how it ends. I hope the author comes up with a new opening, the story being suddenly told by Fi and in the end we find out how this had to happen or something. But I don#t have high hopes for creativity.

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Arthur Conan Doyle: The sign of the four

The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Possible SPOILER alert…

…but why does Mary already appear? Why do you take my slashy goodness away from me already? And how on earth is John such a whore that he declares love after two hours of laying eyes on her? *sigh*

The case was okay. I found the story within the story within the story thingy a bit on the duller side.

But yay for drug abusive Sherlock. I like him dark and messed-up. I just wish John had cared more about that.

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H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite me having seen the original and the crappy Cruise movie I found the novel catching. The story itself was nothing new, obviously, but I was surprised at how the narrative style refused to let me out of its grip. It was so factual (despite some of the science being wonky) and I think that made out the appeal to me and why I stuck to it.

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