Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was torture to read. It is so full of misogyny that I barely could stand it. It is an accurate representation of women’s situation back then, I think from what I know about the great chain of being etc. But to read it like this, to watch Katherine be so abused and destroyed, women only chosen for their worth, objectified and treated worse than dogs…it made me angry. Which might or might not have been Shakespeare’s intention but since I don’t believe in trying to find out what the author’s intention was, I won’t go down than road.

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Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume ISherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I kept wondering why Watson was even there other than to observe his boyfriend and writing down how wonderful he is. 🙂 But I guess he simply had to learn until he could function on its own in The Hound Of The Baskervilles.

I was also quite surprised how the Reichenbach Fall was a tiny short story. That Moriarty didn’t get more…screentime. And that The Lady was also so quickly dealt with. Two so important characters in so little time.

Don’t know when I’ll embark on Volume II, but maybe they’ll make another appearance? (I’m surprisingly uninformed about this.)

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Graham Greene: England Made Me

England Made MeEngland Made Me by Graham Greene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a character study, excellently done.
Great atmosphere and the style is special. Every word is exactly as it should be.
Women are not stereotypical women, caught in their time, but three-dimensional and not what the men want them to be.
It’s about family.
And yet it is difficult to read, not easy and not very light. So it took me longer than expected. But I liked it, it just didn’t blow me away.

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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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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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