J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked the 2 stars because there are no 2,5. Because I’m not sure I liked it. Or maybe I don’t want to like it.

The characters, all trapped in their silly little lifes and drama nobody cares for are undeniably human and well written, but they annoyed me so much, that I wondered why I bothered reading on (and yes, annoying me as a reader might be intentional). I get it. Life is fucked, people are hypocrites and don’t I know it, I’ve been unemployed too. But not everyone is, in real life anyways, and taking out one person out of the equation might but doesn’t have to, tip the balance as much as Barry Fairbrother’s death did (let’s not get into speaking names, shall we) and yes, there’s Kay for instance, but still… Also, all the dieing is a bit too much. I don’t think it was necessary to get the point across, that people are biased, egoistic, caught up in their own lifes, fallible and often, suck.

And yet, it did affect me.

So, I honestly don’t know.

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David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas

Cloud AtlasCloud Atlas by David Mitchell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story is fragmented into substories. This is clever and entertaining…but not always. I struggled with some of them because I either confused the people as the story turned up again or I was simply not interested. The idea is good, the topic too, the humor my kind of humor but it didn’t impress me that much.

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Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE IT!

I think it took me two sentences to be completely drawn into the story, to be right there, in the house, on the cemetery. It actually gave me one horrible nightmare I think but if a story cannot get to you, then there must be something missing, right? And the only think I didn’t like about this one was, that it ended.

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John Green: Paper Towns

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading the story made me sad. And afraid. And laugh. But mostly and for reasons I have to investigate I kept thinking how it is almost half my life ago that I was that age. And I think Margo is a sad, lost young woman. I hope she finds herself. Or a way to life to make herself happy.

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Toni Morrison: A Mercy

A MercyA Mercy by Toni Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“We are put into the house that floats on the sea and we saw for the first time rats and it was hard to figure out how to die.”

*adds some more stars* I personally lack the adequate words to describe or comment on hers. It never stops to amaze me how she can express in one sentence (or one word or even the absence of it) what others have to do in 10 pages.

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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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