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review 2015-04-28 00:00
We Were Liars
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There's a ridiculous amount of feels and tears right now. Lots of angst.

 

We Were Liars is about Cadence Sinclair Easton, one of THE Sinclairs. The clan is tall, square chinned, and dripping old money. They are perfect, happy, and always right. At least, this is what Cadence tells us in the first chapter.Actually, very little is how it seems as first. Cadence is most definitely an unreliable narrator. She has selective amnesia and is on high doses of pain killers thanks to an accident that no one wants to talk about.

 

In a lot of ways, I felt sorry for poor little rich Cadence with her God complex grandfather and WASP-y mother. Especially when I read things like this:

It tasted like salt and failure. The bright red shame of being unloved soaked the grass in front of our house, the bricks of the path, the steps to the porch.

She made me act normal. Because I was. Because I could. She told me to breathe and sit up.And I did what she asked. Again.”“Don’t cause distress, she said. Don’t remind people of a loss. “Do you understand, Cady? Silence is a protective coating over pain.

There’s nothing in our whole house that says he ever lived with us, except me. Why are you allowed to erase my father and I’m not allowed to—”“Erase yourself?” Mummy says.

But, then we get glimpses of how Cadence was before the mysterious accident. How she behaves with those closest to her, cousins Johnny and Mirrin, and love interest, Gat. She was a bit of a bitch, oblivious to those 'beneath' her.

 

We, the reader, eventually learn about the mysterious accident, which caused a sea of tears (from me). The writing was beautiful, the plot interesting, the characters varied and multifaceted. I was very, very impressed. Would I read it again? Probably not, but I enjoyed the prose and would recommend it to others.

 

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text 2014-03-22 16:38
Reading progress update: I've read 256 out of 256 pages.
Panic - Lauren Oliver

Yes, that end was worth the suffering. I think it wasn't Lauren Oliver's best book ever but nonetheless a very interesting one. It was intriguing and shooking. A book about fear, loss, shattered dreams, love, friendship and hope. I wouldn't say it was love but I liked it in the end.

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text 2014-03-22 12:08
Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 256 pages.
Panic - Lauren Oliver

This book is sick. And Lauren Oliver's graphic writing style only makes it worse. I don't want to believe that something like that is possible in any small town of the world. Not in the US and nowhere else. Urgh. Not for the faint of heart. Btw. I would recommend this book only for people of age. It makes me even more sick to think about some teenagers getting inspiration out of Panic.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-21 19:14
The Prince and the Program ~ Aldous Mercer
The Prince and the Program - Aldous Mercer

Canada 2012. Mordred, King Arthur's bastard son and murderer of his father, is banned to seven years of human living in Toronto. The reason for this punishment was his crime seven months ago in Japan. Mordred has to find a job soon. He must earn some money for the living because he can't use his magic properly, his arcane bank account is closed and his human bank account is in dept. He wants to be a software engineer although his c++ skills aren't the best. But he has some experience of fairy life (around 1,500 years), he is smart, loves logic and is very good at mathematics and statistics. Mori Pendragon is lucky. He gets a job in a small start-up.

 

That is just the start of the story

Mori becomes periously addicted to coffee, he recognizes that he hates ping-pong and starts to fancy the head developer of the company, Alan. He hasn't met Alan in person yet, the company has a mole whistle-blowing it secrets, the new CEO is a slavedriver, intelligence of different countries are blocking the streets and the arcane security service sees a concentration of demon powers in Toronto. If that aren't enough problems, Mori finds out Alan is an electronical form of Alan Turing, technical genius died 1954 in London, who lives now in the company's Apple Mac book. And Alan isn't interested in giving up his electronical form of living.

 

Bild Bansky RattePerplexed? Jepp, that's going to happen when you read The Prince and the Program. This book is full of odd and bizarre ideas challeging the reader. I asked myself more than once if this book was too high for me, in particular when Alan discussed with Mori his hypothesis 'to see the person (engineer) behind the program' as a short version of Shakespeare's Macbeth. At that moment I wasn't sure, if I needed more brain cells or some doors of preception to get the meaning. But there were other moments where I was squeaking with joy. Eg when Mori had to fundle the nose of a Bansky rat to get some help or while he was chatting with Alan electronically. I loved their conversation.

I also appreciated Aldous Mercer's way of telling Alan Turing's sad story. He didn't pity him (although his story as a convicted homosexuell in the UK after WWII is one to be pitied) and transformed his character into one radiating intelligence, hope and humour. Well done.

 

But I have two complaints about The Prince and the Program:

First, I loved Mori and wasn't amused when Alan didn't give him a chance. I mean, this old and experienced soul fell for someone he couldn't even see most of the time. That was awesome. And Alan? Said sorry and nothing more. Mori took his repeated rejection (they were in a time wrap at these moments) with dignity and my heart was bleeding with him. I really liked Alan in the beginning but he lost some of his appeal in the end.

Second, this book is announced as book one of The Mordred Saga but I couldn't find a hint about a sequel, not on Aldous Mercer's homepage, not on Amazon or on Goodreads. I f**king hate THIS situation! Now I'm asking myself: Will there be a sequel? If so, when? Will Mori be able to gain Alan's love? I want to know what's going to HAPPEN. Dear author, will you PLEASE get your act together and give your readers some information. Thank you!

 

Picture by Martinho/Martin Reis.

 

Review in German see below.

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Source: www.buchjunkies-blog.de/?action=review&reviewId=1394
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review 2014-02-25 15:13
What was I thinking? *shakes head*
Bigfoot, You ARE the Father! - Bytch Williams

Ok.  Yeah.  What did I expect from a book called "Bigfoot You Are The Father"?

 

Well, I probably expected Bigfoot to be the father.  I should've expected to be wrong.

 

This is supposed to be an erotic parody, which I would take to mean it should be funny.  It wasn't funny in the sense that I was rolling around on the floor in hysterics.  It was funny in the sense that it was so freaking weird that I didn't know what to do with myself.

 

This girl, Denitra.  Ooh boy!  She likes her monsters, I mean, she really likes her monsters.

 

She's on the Murray Slobitch Show (yup, you read it right) to find out who her baby daddy is.

 

Given the fact that the contenders for fatherhood are Bigfoot, Tokeloshe, Chupacabra and an Icelandic Elf, you should be able to look at the kid and see who the father is.

 

Denitra flashbacks to to her erotic encounters with the monsters, all except for Bigfoot, which I kind of wanted to read after all the others.

 

At any rate... I'm gonna spoil this for you here -- true to trash tv form -- none of them are the father.  No more spoiling, I won't tell you who the father is.  

 

After all of that though, where do we find Denitra at the end of the book?  Ack!  She's sucking off a Yeti while getting done from behind by Murray Slobitch.

 

Bwahaha... ok, yeah.  That is funny!

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