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text 2017-05-24 13:31
Delirium Novel
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Loved this book, highly recommend it.

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text 2017-03-01 02:07
March Anticipated Reads
The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff
Edgar and Lucy: A Novel - Victor Lodato
In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium - Mark Kurlansky
Love in an English Garden - Victoria Connelly
A Bridge Across the Ocean - Susan Meissner
The Fall of Lisa Bellow - Susan Perabo
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole

There's a bit of all that I love in this line up for March. The early reviews for these are promising. I've been waiting for The Orphan's Tale and A Bridge Across the Ocean for, it seems like, over a year. Have you heard about any of these and are they on your March TBR list?

 

 

March 1

 

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

 

 

March 2

 

In The Name of The Family by Sarah Dunant

 

 

March 7

 

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky

 

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato

 

 

March 14

 

Love In An English Garden by Victoria Connelly

 

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

 

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

 

 

March 28

 

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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review 2016-10-23 04:07
Low Volume 1: The Delirium of Hope - Greg Tocchini,Rick Remender

I really wanted to like this graphic novel. It had me hooked at the start, but as I continued I felt myself slowly disengaging.

The premise is cool and I like the idea of the story. But it just doesn't feel developed enough. A lot happens, but everything feels disconnected. The shifting narrators also makes things pretty chaotic. The characters didn't feel very developed either because of the switching. Mostly, I found everyone fairly annoying.

Overall, I liked the artwork, but the representation of female characters was disheartening. This is what really made me lose interest. All of the women are highly sexualized, often appearing anonymously in sexual roles (prostitute, orgy member). I don't mind nudity and sex in graphic novels, but the images came off as more pornographic than storytelling. Plus you know there's a problem when the only way to differentiate between a mother and her daughter is by their hair color.

I'm really disappointed that I couldn't get into this book. It had so much going for it, but the execution just doesnt live up to the promise. I may check out the second book, but I'm pretty unsuspecting the same blatant sexualization of women and and lack of development.

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review 2016-08-25 23:51
How Low Can You Go?
Low Volume 1: The Delirium of Hope - Greg Tocchini,Rick Remender

This is the story of hope that never fades. Even in the face of the unimaginable horror a woman faces. The power of her hope keeps her children seeking a future that is safe and free from the poison sun that is slowly extinguishing life on the planet.

This book was really depressing. While I liked the message of optimism and never giving up, I don't like the fact that this woman's hope was dragged through deeper and ranker mud each time. It's almost like a slap in the face to the reader. This is what believing and hoping gets you. Nothing but sorrow and anguish.

I don't know if I would call myself an optimist. I believe in the power of good and power of love. I'm a Christian, after all. But I also believe that people will suffer in this life and that sometimes their hopes aren't realized in this life, but in eternity. It says in Proverbs 13:12, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." That's my approach to fiction. I know that bad things happen in life, and the same in books, but I need to have some good with my bad when I read a fiction story. I don't like reading books where I feel worse about life after I finish it than I did when I started. This probably my major problem with this book.

The artwork was well done, and the story itself is suspenseful and exciting. It's just so very depressing. Since this is the first book in the series, I hope that hope does stay alive in this poor woman's heart, despite all that she's suffered.

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review 2016-07-11 14:05
Delirium (Delirium #1) - Lauren Oliver,Monika Bukowska

Zabrałam tę książkę na wakacje, ponieważ potrzebowałam czegoś lekkiego i w miarę krótkiego. Jak na wyjazd sprawdziła się naprawdę dobrze. Jak przepuszczałam, nie jest to wymagająca lektura (generalizując, przecież to młodzieżówka) a przy tym całkiem przyjemnie się czytało. Książka wciągnęła w swój świat, pomimo że mam co do niej zastrzeżenia.

 

Zastrzeżenia te tyczą się głównie akcji książki. Mogłam od razu wskazać dlaczego główna bohaterka zachowuje się tak a nie inaczej i do czego autorka książki pragnie doprowadzić. W tej materii nic mnie nie zaskoczyło. A szkoda, ponieważ książka ta naprawdę miała potencjał. Postaci są całkiem barwne, mimo że schematyczne. Dialogi między nimi mi się podobały, zwłaszcza przedstawione relacje między główną bohaterką i jej najlepszą przyjaciółką. Wątek miłosny też w sumie jest przyzwoity, nie atakuje czytelnika w pierwszych stronach i całkiem naturalnym krokiem się rozwija.

 

W trakcie czytania ciągle z tyłu głowy miałam informacje, że jest to pierwsza część trylogii i starałam sobie odpowiedzieć na pytanie, czy będę chciała czytać kolejną część. Po przeczytaniu ciągle się waham. Podczas czytania non stop zmieniałam zdanie, ponieważ raz byłam niesamowicie wciągnięta w akcje i podobało mi się to co czytam, a nieraz bohaterowie zachowywali się stereotypowo, tak, aż zniechęcało. Zakończenie tej części spokojnie mogłabym potraktować jako zakończenie książki, która nie wymaga kontynuacji. Aczkolwiek świadomość, że istnieje dalsza część trochę ciekawi.

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