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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Amy Tan: Saving Fish from Drowning

Saving Fish from DrowningSaving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this. While reading I felt calm and completely relaxed. The characters, even though there is a confusing amount of them, were entertaining and I think the description of the tourists behavior is a very realistic one. Also, I enjoyed the humor.

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Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin

The Small AssassinThe Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1) THE SMALL ASSASSIN: omg. I will never have children. Ever. So creepy!

Otherwise the rest so far (I’m at “The Lake”) was kinda predictable… mh.. I shall read on.

Now, more than one year later, I’ve managed to finish it. The thing is…it’s not really my genre and I don’t like short stories (for no apparent reason. There is only one of Neil Gaiman’s short stories that I like and I love his writing to death).

What I liked about it is, how ordinary people and events are turned into creepy occurrences. The stories were mostly a bit creepy and I love Bradbury as an author. I just don’t like short stories and I guess that is why I struggled.

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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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Lauren groff: The Monsters of Templeton

The Monsters of TempletonThe Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I put in on hold. I’m in page 106. So far I think this:

– Why does the protagonist, who is an archaeologist and who tried to find the oldest human remains, not investigate the monster, its origin etc?

– Why is the protagonist’s personal drama more unrealistic to me and harder to buy than a monster, which lived in a lake? Or a ghost? I think this does tell you something about the character’s motivation and that it was just constructed to add some drama I don’t think necessary.

– I fail to see why I should bother about a 30-year-old behaving like a 16-year-old? There are condoms and other means to prevent pregnancies. Please have no Mary Sues, but women who can actually decide what they want to do with their own body, namely have a child or not. Also, there is something like speech which is used by teenagers and speech which is used by adults.

– excuse me: Monster. In lake. Please investigate? React like real people would: freak out/ investigate/ take pictures / run like hell / start a religion revolving around the monster. Or act like people in a fairy tale/fantasy novel would: find its family and start talking with it. Whatever.

– Run the wife over with a plane? Seriously??

– Question: You are really really sick. You feel really really crappy and in the end it turns out to be lupus. But you do not go and see a doctor despite the fact that you have felt really really crappy for 3 months? Really? (Random drama anyone?) Will the lupus pay off in the end? Is it vital for the progress of the plot or the character arch?

– The whole: mom isn’t telling me who my dad is this is unfair but to me and not to him as she states – thing… uhm… yes, that is how people react.


Not to be unfair or harsh to a novelist or anything, but will these things make sense? I need a break from it right now, because it angers me because there is potential and I see it wasted. Is it supposed to be a fun thing, because then it lacks the humor. Should I take it serious, which I can’t because it needs to be more realistic (not real).

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John Green: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will GraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love it!
It’s funny and smart and sad and happy and wonderful and true. I smiled and I cried and I’d understand if someone thought it was a bit over the top but I didn’t mind because it felt honest and I cared for the characters.

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Cormac MacCarthy: The Road

The RoadThe Road by Cormac McCarthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this because I think that the movie is one of the best movies of the past 10 years, including the best performance of Viggo Mortensen’s career. So I was torn between not wanting to read th enovel and wanting to read it.

In the end I am more tan glad I read it. Not just because I now know that the movie adaptation for once truly captured a novel. But also because the book is magnificent. The style reflects the life of the protagonists (nothing really disrupts the routine). Their relationship is heartbreaking and I still love the fact that the focus stays on them, not on what happened and why and how. This is not important and I love that.

I recommend everyone to read the novel, to then watch the movie and then go down and embrace your loved ones.

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