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review 2014-05-03 07:39
Finally finished
Twilight -

I started reading this in September 2013. I think it's about my fourth reading.


Some thoughts from this time around:


Bella can't take a hint. Edward's clearly not interested and is always trying to push her away, but she's so desperate she'll do anything to stick around.


They argue all the fucking time. She is genuinely frightened of his mood swings and he always, always gets his own way. That's a beautiful relationship right there /end sarcasm.


Bella freaking cried when he forced her to go to the prom, even after she made it clear she didn't want to go. Bella's choice is constantly being taken away from her. This is the same as rape fantasy: when the choice is taken away, the woman is free to enjoy herself because she didn't choose to have sex, she didn't consent. The same is with Bella: her choices don't matter to Edward, he's going to force her to do anything he damn well wants, and Bella will enjoy it because the choice was taken away from her and she's free to indulge in silly girly pastimes, because she doesn't want to but she might as well enjoy it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-01-16 15:32
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - James Thurber

I read (or rather listened to) this having already seen the Ben Stiller movie, so a comparison was unavoidable. And – what can I say – the story is much better. The movie took the story and made it into a clichéd pseudo-philosophic Hollywood fest. And even though I did enjoy the scenery and the way the movie dealt with the main character’s fantasy episodes, I thought the movie was shallow and rather naïve.

The original short story gets along without the obligatory and unrealistic love interest, but depicts Walter as a very sad and unsatisfied person, who comes to life and achieves meaning and happiness only in his varied daydreams.

What I hated most about the movie was the saccharine and naïve ending, where Walter leaves all his fears – and pretty much his personality – behind and becomes this brave and life-affirming person who can literally climb every mountain, find the man that no one can find and – of course – get the girl.

The rather bleak ending of the short story where Walter can only escape his seemingly meaningless life and his constantly nagging wife by imagining himself being executed by a firing squad definitely sends a different message and I can understand that that would not have resonated well with the average movie audience.
But to me it made a lot more sense and it kept the tone of the story as a whole.

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review 2013-10-13 02:29
Re-Reading an "Early Years" Book.
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

With the movie release of Ender's Game a few short weeks away, I decided to dust off the book and give it another go. Let the story sink in fresh and get ready for Hollywood-ified story elements.

I'll start off by saying that I would have rated this book quite high originally, but after quite a few years of reading for enjoyment, I find that I can no longer do so. With more reading experience under my belt, and a lot more science fiction books to better judge different works in the genre, I guess I just fell into the theme of "the good old days"; ignoring the bad experiences and focusing on the good ones. I did that to the point that I misjudged this book and ignored the things that stood out about it -- both good and bad.

So, for those who just want the quick and dirty ---
The writing is concise, if brief, with descriptions varying between very good detail to none at all. This both works and doesn't. It leaves a lot to the reader's imagination, but with too little description, there isn't enough information to get a good sense of what's going on around the characters. More than once I wished I had more description, while other times I felt the narrative could've used with less.

It's weakest point, however, is a complete tie: the characters and the 'science behind the technology'.

While the details about setting and certain descriptions were varied, there was even less details about any of the technologies used or how they're used in other ways, despite the incredible ways to use that technology, and often requires a massive suspension of disbelief to move past.

The characters themselves were not quite card-board cut-outs, and certainly had life, but there were many contradicting actions and thoughts ( and some no more than a few pages after/before) that went against everything the character may have stood for or been attempting to do.

So, with that, the more detailed rant follows.

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review 2013-10-09 11:09
"Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett
Going Postal - Terry Pratchett

Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into ... a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork...




I read the book in Estonian, which is my mother tongue, and the picture I added is from Estonian edition, too.

I'm so happy I discovered this series. It's brilliantly crazy and so humorous. I was reading it while on a bus and I couldn't help myself - I was laughing my head off. And of course, some of the fellow passengers were giving me weird looks.

Great book. 5 stars

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-09-27 00:40
A Rare Instance Where I'm Enjoying the Movie More Than the Book
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

I'll admit I picked this one up after seeing the first movie; primarily because I wanted to read the book in order to properly brace myself for any impending character deaths. Going into this, I did not expect the ending to be a freakin bloodbath of main characters. I had thought that out of the group at least one of the survivors would be either Thorin, Fili, or Kili. Nope. All dead. Ugh, the last Hobbit movie is going to be painful to sit through.

Anyway, while I enjoyed the world and characters, Tolkien has created in this novel. I have a few complaints. One is that this story moves extremely slow. It took me quite a while to get into what was going on, but once it sucked me in, I loved it.


Another complaint is that the final confrontation with Smaug was a huge let down after all that build-up surrounding it. I wish there had actually been a confrontation between Smaug, Bilbo, and the dwarves. Instead, the freakin Dragon gets taken down by some random guy that I'm fairly certain we never actually saw until he randomly popped-up in one of Tolkien's cut-away scenes. Lame.

I also had a problem with Tolkien constantly knocking Bilbo out during action scenes. It kind of killed the suspense to have this huge battle getting started only to have Bilbo smashed upside the head and a "and then he knew no more" thing happen. When he wakes up its pages and pages of summary about what happened in the battle that Bilbo was unconscious for. What really bothered me about this is that Thorin, Fili, and Kili's deaths didn't have any real impact since it was pretty much a character saying, "Oh by the way, Thorin is dying and he wants to say peace-out to Bilbo. Also, Fili and Kili are dead. I'm not actually sure on what happened but I'm positive their deaths were honorable."

Other than that, I enjoyed the story. But, and I hate to admit this, so far I'm enjoying the movie adaptation more.

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