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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Christopher Paolini: Inheritance

Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4)Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, I admit it, I got teary-eyed at the end. I did. Despite skipping most of Roran’s storyline. And some stuff. But, yes, I liked it. And I like that he wrapped it up all that well. I’m ready to move on and all is well.

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Christopher Paolini: Brisingr

Brisingr  (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one started much much better and really had my attention. I also read through it quicker, which translates as me not labouring over it. Also, by now I know which passages to skip. E.g. It would have been enough for me to have Roran sum up his ‘adventures’ to Eragon over the wedding cake or something. No need to have them in such detail (and yes I know they are there to show character and mood, but honestly, I got it as Roran left Carvahall behind, I didn’t need his Conan-esque behaviour to be shown it all the detail).
But yes, better. More entertaining, but still too slow-paced for me.

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Christopher Paolini: Eldest

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)Eldest by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I still think that he drew too much on Tolkien’s characters (Beor Mountains, e.g.). It was also too much detail for me and therefore to slow paced. I did skip some paragraphs or only cross-read them. The end was gripping, yes, but to get there took time. Lots of time.

Also, those lovesick boys…*le sigh*…grow up and learn to deal with a no. I also think, that the author misses out on creating some stronger women. Why do the people in Carvahall treat women as grown-up children who need a man to take care of them and who don’t own anything except some cutlery and who, if they don’t own that, lose worth? Not a society I’d want to live in.

Moving on to book three. I shall finish the series.

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Christopher Paolini: Eragon

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first thing I noticed was that in the first 2/3 of the story, the style was wooden. The sentence structure was always the same and most basic. This made it a bit difficult for me because I found my mind wandering. It improved towards the end though and as, I can only assume, the author got to the place in the story where he wanted to be.

I also continuously substituted Eragon with Aragorn. That both fall in love with a dark haired female elf was also not helping. And that, sadly, that elf is called Arya confused me even more because I put “Stark” after her name too…and thus saw a little girl in my mind’s eye. (Not his fault that last bit, though). I also think it’s sad that the Dwarfs and Elves are basically Tolkien’s. They look and talk like them and the Elves come from over the sea. I would have loved a new spin on it. I also read Vanilor somewhere which is too close to Valinor for me to not roll my eyes.

These may be coincidences but they weren’t helping.

I started to enjoy it the better the style became. I understand the author was in his Teens as he wrote it? So, I can be forgiving and will read on. 🙂 It has potential. But, honestly, I prefer LOTR over this. And I prefer Laurence/Temeraire over Eragon/Saphira. Had I not read those before, it might be different.

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Terry Pratchett: Lords and Ladies

Lords and Ladies (Discworld, #14; Witches #4)Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one I think is darker and much more grim than the others before. Not bad, mind you. But since it draws from “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, which is a very dark play itself and not a comedy thank you very much, it is to be expected. I really feared for Granny Weatherwax. But all’s well that ends well, right?

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Work in Progress: the synopsis for “Ugly bird/Lonely boy”

writing the synopsis for "Ugly bird/Lonely boy"

Peet doesn’t know he can jump between every planet in the galaxy until he is faced with a lynch mob of people who do not appreciate birds singing at the top of their lungs in the middle of the night. Which is also something Peet is really good at. It is save to say that he is the most unusual bird in the history of birds.

So, quite unexpectedly, Peet finds himself on a very slippery floor, which belongs to a space station, the current home of Mike. Mike is eleven and has just very recently lost his mother. People say she is dead, but Mike holds onto the hope that she is really just simply lost. Which is a good thing because once Mike can somehow escape the daycare center, he can go and try to find her (those other kids are insane!).

Mike runs into Peet as he is doing an errand for Ensign Roland, who is also stuck in the daycare center as part of her training to be a pilot (she has failed to see the logic of this). Mike decides to take the strange bird with him and hides him in his quarters.

Two officers, who know the immense value and rarity of Peet’s kind saw Mike pick him up and show up at his quarters a couple of hours later, eager to get their hands on Peet and exploit him to their advantages. Frightened, Peet jumps away and thus starts a roller coaster ride, which involves meeting demons (apparently relations of Peet) incinerating a planet and a trip home to Mike’s grandmother (no relation to anyone), who informs him that his mother was a secret caretaker and protector of Peet’s kind.

Peet and Mike jump to the planet his mother had last traveled to and land right in the middle of a fight between them and the other caretakers of the birds: dragons.

This is what I have so far. The title should have said: “Trying” to write. No matter how often I revise I still think it doesn’t flow nicely and I’m leaving things out that I should write in. I have another synopsis in store to share soon-ish and am working on the ones for the German novels. They aren’t easy to write, are they?