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review 2017-03-04 17:31
Far From the Madding Crowd
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

I may be the odd one out, but I really liked Far From the Madding Crowd. I liked the sheep, I liked the character of Gabriel Oak and above all, I loved Thomas Hardys descriptions of the landscapes and the weather. Since I know that a lot of people don´t like his writing style, I´m very pleased by the fact that Hardy seems like an author that I enjoy reading.


I have to admit, though, I´m not the biggest fan of the heroine, Bathsheba. She is selfish, condescending, at times cruel, vain and, which is my biggest complaint, utterly stupid. I didn´t feel sorry for her once and during the whole Valentine cards fiasco I just wanted to punch her in the face. How she can have three suitors in the first place is beyond me and the falling in love of Gabriel in the beginning was extremely poorly developed. Why is he falling in love with her? Right, it must have been her looks, because they didn´t talk that much to each other.


And I still have the same problem with the book as I had with the Carey Mulligan movie way back then:


Gabriel proposes to Bathsheba on page 20 or there about. And after 400 pages of drama and stupidity on behalf of Bathsheba, she ends up with the guy, who proposed to her in the first place. Yeah, she is a daft cow.

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review 2016-08-31 00:00
Far from the Madding Crowd
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy,Shannon Russell,Rosemarie Morgan Decent read. Not as good as Jude the Obscure. Another example of English finding a story where there is none. Bathsheba gets involved in a love rectangle, and at the end, goes back to Farmer Oak, whom she should've married from the start.
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review 2016-06-30 00:00
Far from the Madding Crowd
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy I DNF at 11 percent. I don't hate myself that much to continue to read this.

I have no idea what the hell was going on for most of this book. I finally threw in the towel at 11 percent because I couldn't bear to keep reading "Bathsheba" over and over again. This is the worst name I can think of for any character in a book I have read before. I mean I had to sit and think for 10 minutes to see if I could come up with a worst name and finally just threw in the towel and gave up.

I read this book as part of the Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for June 2016. Apparently Hardy and I are not going to be a thing and I am going to stay the heck away from his works in the future.

The book starts off with a snail pace and never does pick up. Saying one thing nice that I can find is that at least the chapters are short though. And I cracked up that the headings to each chapter just clued you in with what was going to happen. Other than that, I got nothing.

Reading about Farmer Oak (Gabriel) and how he came to meet the mysterious female that he sees (yes apparently even Hardy believed in insta-love) named Bathsheba Everdene. Since I read "The Hunger Games" about a dozen times every time the book would have Bathsheba talking I would picture Katniss doing it with a bow and arrow and her hair in a braid.

There's not much there here for me to want to continue to read. Gabriel is not developed at all. And though I guess I am supposed to care that Bathsheba spurned his marriage proposal, I got wonder what kind of fool was he to propose to someone he talked to once at this point.

The meet cute between this couple just turned me off of Bathsheba completely. I wish I would even think of trying to talk to someone after they kept messing with me about what their name was. Or maybe she's just as embarrassed of her name as I am and didn't want to say it out loud.

The writing was okay. I don't know. I found the whole book awkwardly paced and the description of every freaking thing had my eyes glazing over.

So glad to put this down and move onto another book.
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text 2016-05-01 21:37
April Reading Roundup
Bloodline: Wars of the Roses - Conn Iggulden
The Invention of Fire - Bruce Holsinger
The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany - Therese Down
To Be a Queen - Annie Whitehead
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel
Blood and Roses - Catherine Hokin
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Beautiful Mystery - Louise Penny
Lady of Hay - Barbara Erskine

I've still got a few reviews to write, but I got a good amount of reading done this month. Yay me! Now it's time to start some research for a new project.


Indie/Small Press Authors:

To Be A Queen

The End of Law

Blood and Roses


Audio Books:


Far from the Madding Crowd

The Beautiful Mystery


Best Book of the Month:

Bloodline - Book 3 of the Wars of the Roses by Conn Iggulden

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review 2015-12-10 00:00
Far from the Madding Crowd
Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy,Shannon Russell,Rosemarie Morgan Sometimes when I'm reading a classic, I don't understand everything or feel the emotions. That wasn't so with this one. Admittedly, I may not be feeling the correct emotions still. I didn't read this in school or study the meaning of anything (I just sped on through) so I may totally be wrong in what I got from it. Oh well. I had a good time reading.

In the beginning, I actually laughed out loud a few times. Was it meant to be funny? Hell if I know, but Gabriel Oak is such an awesome character. No matter what happens, he just keeps pushing steady forward in life. Bathsheba Everdene is such a girl. She has three men sniffing around, and of course she picks the looser. And the one semi-holding the #2 spot is a psycho stalker. Then, there's Oak just over there being all normal and moving on up in life while all this drama is going on. Some parts are probably meant to be sad, but I wasn't sadden a bit. I was just waiting to see what craziness these people would come up next. Ahh, good times.

I'll definitely be checking out more Thomas Hardy books in the future.
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