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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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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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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Jos Saramago: Blindness

BlindnessBlindness by José Saramago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, here we go.

1. I absolutely hate the fact that there appearently is a sequel. I would probably not have read it had I known beforehand. Because in my opinion, the suequel totally diminishes the impact of the story. Do I want to know why the blindness came over the world? No. I want to make up my own mind.

2. I can make up my own mind, and I love that, because the novel is written in a fantastic style that contributes majorly to the claustrophobia (just imagine seeing everything white, as if you were lost in the deepest fog imaginable. It’s horrifying) and horror of the story and the events which take place in it. I can make up my mind because I am one of the blind people, according to the narrator (he or she says “we” very often and includes the reader). I can transform it onto the society I live in and apply it to the things we don’t see, because there are no names, just places and jobs and functions of people.

To sum it up: It was an exhausting read. It was a great read. But I am glad it is over and I don’t have to go back to that horrible place. (Except… there is a sequel…). Now I can watch the movie. 🙂

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