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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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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Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I finally got around to reading Sherlock, not just watching it and it is an absolute mystery to me, how he used to be played as an elderly gentlemen with a pipe and fiddle. Now I even more appreciate Guy Richie’s and the BBC’s Sherlock, because the one in the novels seems that much younger and agile and slightly manic-depressive etc etc.

As for the story, it was okay. I skipped the part that focused on the backstory in America, and I didn’t miss it in the end. It took me out of the mood and I was a bit confused.

I also don’t ship them (yet) but I shall read on and see what happens.

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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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