Neil Gaiman: M is for Magic

M Is for MagicM Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I am not one for short stories. I could not completely dive into those of Poe or Wilde and I had troubles with his. Maybe that is also due to my current situation aka I am going through a rough patch in my life.

But the stories are nevertheless wonderful. I particularly liked Chivalry. But ‘The Price’ is my all time favorite. It made me cry and love my cats even more… (I have a black one as well).

I recommend it as a read and the stories don’t seem so scary as the one’s in “Smoke and Mirrors” which I am also reading at the moment.

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Tennessee Williams: Cat on a hot tin roof

Cat on a Hot Tin RoofCat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had only seen the movie several times because I worship Paul Newman. Always have and always will. That said, I did not know about the homosexual undertone of the play… because the movie makers chickened out and turned the whole admiration between Brick and Skipper upside down. There is no mention of the ‘old bachelors’ from whom Big Daddy inherited the plantation. There is no hint at homosexuality in the play, maybe once in an ironic smile of Big Daddy. And in the film Brick actually desires Maggie. Which in the play is not the case because, and that is not to be denied, Brick and Skipper were in love. Brick is in denial and Skipper was about to tell him and that is one reason that the whole play is moving right on spot two of my favorite play’s list (Othello will always be the lead). It will also occupy that point because it is powerful and cruel and honest and real and I was completely sucked in and could not stop reading. Tennessee Williams does that to me.

So I’m in love. (And I wish that the film would have a little bit braver.)

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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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Truman Capote: In Cold Blood

In Cold BloodIn Cold Blood by Truman Capote
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That was intense. Impossible to put down and keeping me alive and sometimes made an appearance at night. I wonder whether it is the content (which I knew about before) or the style. But I’d say this is a must read. And after you read it, you go and watch the movie “Capote” which is brilliant.

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J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan

Peter PanPeter Pan by J.M. Barrie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonder wonder wonder wonderful!! It is like the warm fluffy blanket to snuggle in. And the end just breaks my heart. I think I’m going to buy a copy for every child I have in my family, seriously. It’s sooo wonderful. of course I knew the story before I read it but the tone of the narrative and the athmosphere and everything just adds some extra magic to it. I’m so glad there are books out there you feel with your heart.

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Haruki Murakami: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the WorldHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was different.
I wonder how he comes up with a story like that. And most importantly, make it plausible and believable. Quite amazing actually! I enjoyed it after getting through the beginning which confused me so much but I don’t think it’ll be my favorite novel of his.
he also stayed true to his…motifs? Ears, cats are mentioned, food and the characters always go “Oh look something totally impossible is happening so why don’t I just accept it and get close to every human that crosses my path unless they want to harm me”…I always find that strange behaviour but I guess you’d go crazy if you didn’t just go with the flow in worlds like these. 🙂

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