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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-25 02:18
R@pe, Pedophili@ and Incest
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) - Gabriel García Márquez
WARNINGS WARNINGS 
I don't recommend this book if you feel uncomfortable with books that depict graphically

* Pedophilia/rape [ A 9 year old girl forced to marry and later bear a child to a grown man (hide spoiler)]

* Incest/child abuse [ The Buendia family members are constantly falling in love with close cousins, half brothers, nephews. An older woman Amarantha makes out with her underage nephew (hide spoiler)]
* Non sensical Violence [ including the cruel death of a newborn, and that's the ending scene. This book leaves you feeling disturbed (hide spoiler)]
*Prostitution
* Cheating
* Bestiality
* Women treated as objects sometimes by their own parents


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If you like me grew up reading marvelous books like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, The Hunger games, which are all extremely strong in terms of characterization and character development and which are at times trashed by the same critics that praised this piece of cr%p, I doubt you'll enjoy this book because:

* No plot, everything is a messy mix of twisted, and I mean TWISTED, disturbing, cringe-inducing family anecdotes
*No character development. 
* Poor character presentation. Other than I know that Amarantha is somehow fierce it's difficult to describe the rest of the characters personalities. What are their goals? What do they want? What do they fear? Who are they? What are their motivations?
* Poor worldbuilding. Am I supposed to know how Macondo, the setting of this book looks like? All I know is that Macondo founders were trying to reach the sea and they couldn't and were tired of travelling so I know there's no sea close to this town. The rules of this world don't seem to follow a logic, either. It's like Garcia Marques just smoke weed and added whatever he saw when he was under the effects of the weed to add magical elements here and there. I rarely notice worldbuilding issues in my reads because I have a strong imagination. Even books that don't describe the rules of their worlds or the setting properly don't turn me off, but since this book is universally praised as a "master piece" I was expecting more. 
* No coherent timeline, Little to No dialogue
* Author breaking the rule of show don't tell 98% of the book

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I should have tried to convince my professor to change this assigment. I should've told him that this kind of topics are potential PTSD triggers for me (which is 100% true, although usually books don't activate triggers for me, certain kind of music and smells are triggering for me) or that they are against my religious beliefs (that'd been a lie, but I wish I had lied) Maybe it wouldn't have worked and still I'd been stuck to read this horrible book, but these professors should be more responsible when assigining this kind of disturbing readings and forcing people to read them taking away our sacred right of DNF a book we don't enjoy .

I'm aware that the author won a Nobel Prize, but it seems to me that it was more like the academy thought it'd be rebellious and edgy to give an award to this author leaving other more talented authors out, therefore steering controversy. Sort of like they did when they gaveBob Dylan the Nobel Prize even if he's a songwriter and poet more than a book writer.

I don't even know who is supposed to enjoy this book. I think that some Hispanic readers might find something good in this book because it seems to me that the author at times was talking about Colombian/Hispanic political issues in a metaphoric way, but honestly there wasn't enough of that.

Also, the opening line of this book is supposedly matter of study in English literature courses around the world 


'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.'


I can see why some readers might find that intriguing and get hooked from there, but I read a lot of books with great opening lines/paragraphs in commercial literature. Angefall by Susan EE, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Maze Runner by James Dashner have strong opening lines that get you hooked. I think every reader gets hooked by different opening lines, so why critics and scholars think this opening line is better than any is beyond me. However, I'll say that the ending scene was strong and extremely disturbing. It's a scene that will make you feel haunted and in search of a happy reading because [ A newborn is eaten by ants. You're supposed to imagine the ants carrying only the carcass of what was moments before a lovely baby ... who was born with a pigtail O_O (hide spoiler)]

I'm only writing this because I need to organize my ideas for my essay. I doubt that writing my honest opinion about this trash will earn me a good mark, so I'm trying to find an angle to write about. Maybe I can write about the role of women in Garcia's books. The other Garcia's book I read was Chronicle of a foretold death which was thankfully short and somehow realistic, but still 100% misogynist. An oudated view of women is common in this author's writings.
My recommendations if you are forced to read this author:

* Write notes for each time a new Buendia appears. There are at least a dozen characters sharing almost the exact name and that is confusing
* Don't expect character development, don't expect world building
* Don't expect brilliant dialogue, although you can expect beautiful monologues
* Expect a lot of info-dumping and exposition
* Expect a lot of magical elements, but not the kind of magic that makes you want to live in this world.
* Expect a lot of misogynism It's like the author comes from ancient times or the Taliban and his views on women are very outdated. As a demi-feminist some scenes were hard to stomach.
* Keep an enjoyable read at hand because sometimes you're tired of this world and you want to get out of it by reading something good.

Long story short, this book is way Overrated. Overrated doesn't cover it. I think the author, may he rest in peace, might have written it under the effects of the weed.


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Best reviews I found on GR:
Martine's

Adam's

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814633475
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text 2018-04-25 01:29
Multiple Trigger Warnings
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) - Gabriel García Márquez

WARNINGS WARNINGS 
I don't recommend this book if you feel uncomfortable with books that depict graphically

* Pedophilia/rape [ A 9 year old girl forced to marry and later bear a child to a grown man (hide spoiler)]

* Incest/child abuse [ The Buendia family members are constantly falling in love with close cousins, half brothers, nephews. An older woman Amarantha makes out with her underage nephew (hide spoiler)]
* Non sensical Violence [ including the cruel death of a newborn, and that's the ending scene. This book leaves you feeling disturbed (hide spoiler)]
*Prostitution
* Cheating
* Bestiality
* Women treated as objects sometimes by their own parents


description
description

If you like me grew up reading marvelous books like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, The Hunger games, which are all extremely strong in terms of characterization and character development and which are at times trashed by the same critics that praised this piece of cr%p, I doubt you'll enjoy this book because:

* No plot, everything is a messy mix of twisted, and I mean TWISTED, disturbing, cringe-inducing family anecdotes
*No character development. 
* Poor character presentation. Other than I know that Amarantha is somehow fierce it's difficult to describe the rest of the characters personalities. What are their goals? What do they want? What do they fear? Who are they? What are their motivations?
* Poor worldbuilding. Am I supposed to know how Macondo, the setting of this book looks like? All I know is that Macondo founders were trying to reach the sea and they couldn't and were tired of travelling so I know there's no sea close to this town. The rules of this world don't seem to follow a logic, either. It's like Garcia Marques just smoke weed and added whatever he saw when he was under the effects of the weed to add magical elements here and there. I rarely notice worldbuilding issues in my reads because I have a strong imagination. Even books that don't describe the rules of their worlds or the setting properly don't turn me off, but since this book is universally praised as a "master piece" I was expecting more. 
* No coherent timeline, Little to No dialogue
* Author breaking the rule of show don't tell 98% of the book

description


I should have tried to convince my professor to change this assigment. I should've told him that this kind of topics are potential PTSD triggers for me (which is 100% true, although usually books don't activate triggers for me, certain kind of music and smells are triggering for me) or that they are against my religious beliefs (that'd been a lie, but I wish I had lied) Maybe it wouldn't have worked and still I'd been stuck to read this horrible book, but these professors should be more responsible when assigining this kind of disturbing readings and forcing people to read them taking away our sacred right of DNF a book we don't enjoy .

I'm aware that the author won a Nobel Prize, but it seems to me that it was more like the academy thought it'd be rebellious and edgy to give an award to this author leaving other more talented authors out, therefore steering controversy. Sort of like they did when they gaveBob Dylan the Nobel Prize even if he's a songwriter and poet more than a book writer.

I don't even know who is supposed to enjoy this book. I think that some Hispanic readers might find something good in this book because it seems to me that the author at times was talking about Colombian/Hispanic political issues in a metaphoric way, but honestly there wasn't enough of that.

Also, the opening line of this book is supposedly matter of study in English literature courses around the world 


'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.'


I can see why some readers might find that intriguing and get hooked from there, but I read a lot of books with great opening lines/paragraphs in commercial literature. Angefall by Susan EE, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Maze Runner by James Dashner have strong opening lines that get you hooked. I think every reader gets hooked by different opening lines, so why critics and scholars think this opening line is better than any is beyond me. However, I'll say that the ending scene was strong and extremely disturbing. It's a scene that will make you feel haunted and in search of a happy reading because [ A newborn is eaten by ants. You're supposed to imagine the ants carrying only the carcass of what was moments before a lovely baby ... who was born with a pigtail O_O (hide spoiler)]

I'm only writing this because I need to organize my ideas for my essay. I doubt that writing my honest opinion about this trash will earn me a good mark, so I'm trying to find an angle to write about. Maybe I can write about the role of women in Garcia's books. The other Garcia's book I read was Chronicle of a foretold death which was thankfully short and somehow realistic, but still 100% misogynist. An oudated view of women is common in this author's writings.
My recommendations if you are forced to read this author:

* Write notes for each time a new Buendia appears. There are at least a dozen characters sharing almost the exact name and that is confusing
* Don't expect character development, don't expect world building
* Don't expect brilliant dialogue, although you can expect beautiful monologues
* Expect a lot of info-dumping and exposition
* Expect a lot of magical elements, but not the kind of magic that makes you want to live in this world.
* Expect a lot of misogynism It's like the author comes from ancient times or the Taliban and his views on women are very outdated. As a demi-feminist some scenes were hard to stomach.
* Keep an enjoyable read at hand because sometimes you're tired of this world and you want to get out of it by reading something good.

Long story short, this book is way Overrated. Overrated doesn't cover it. I think the author, may he rest in peace, might have written it under the effects of the weed.


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Best reviews I found on GR:
Martine's

Adam's

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814633475
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review 2018-04-07 22:35
Kinder Than Solitude
Kinder Than Solitude - Yiyun Li
I would have never read this book had it not been a book for club book and I know I wouldn’t have finished this novel had it not been for book club. This book was different. I couldn’t get a firm grip on what was happening in the novel as I read it and it frustrated me. I couldn’t follow the storyline as individuals flowed in and out, and situations arose and then quickly vanished. I saw individuals leaving behind their families for hopes and dreams. I saw individuals who were losing their friendships. These individuals were trying to fit in, yet something within them made them feel less than whole.
 
There was the past and the present, a twenty-year span, where times have changed but things in the past were never forgotten. Someone had poisoned Shaoai, the one who always spoke her mind, yet no one was charged for the crime. It had to be one of them, for the four of them lived together in the compound. She had laid in a coma, all of this time, the four young individuals are now adults and what are their feeling now about Shaoai? I felt I had a handle on Boyang, he was now a successful businessman, but perhaps his success influenced my opinion. The other two, I could never get a handle on.
 
The conversation that Boyang had with Sizhuo, I found this quite interesting. Interesting, as the two of them prodded and baited each other along through so many different topics, I wondered when it was ever going to end. It was crazy as they tried to get inside each another’s head yet they tried not to give too much of themselves away, in the process. Not a great novel for me, I found some parts that I was able to follow and enjoy but to solve the mystery, I didn't care.

 

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review 2017-12-31 00:00
Fighting Solitude
Fighting Solitude - Aly Martinez Fighting Solitude - Aly Martinez 2.75 on the account of I'm a sap. Quarry charmed me, I kind of do like this family, and the weak spot of the series was definitely the prior book. I remember really enjoying #1 (Fighting Silence) a lot.

I swear, Aly Martinez would write 4 and/or 5 star books for me if there was just a teensy bit of restraint in her typical set up. I find them at least mildly amusing (and in this one, I even found the hero charming) and some of the couple-type things she sets up are, frankly, adorable. (I had forgotten that the hero (Flint) in the prior book dug up weeds from his garden once Ash disappeared to take them with him to move. Lots of the romance here is equally adorable.

Liv and Quarry have been friends since they were 10. They didn't get to see each other all that often, but there was a connection, and it was a sweet set up. Unfortunately, most of this was in the style of a clinical explanation from one or the other character's POV. It felt shorted. And this was a long book.

Then there was the girlfriend-Mia. I get her place in this novel and in some ways I even like it. That said, it was awkward and caused all kinds of indefensible (IMO) angst. I do like it showed who Liv and Quarry are to each other - and to others - so in ways I really loved that. In the end, though, it was convenient and cheesy.

Then there's the "holy crap does anyone not have a bucketload of trauma?"? Okay, so everyone has trauma, but then they continue to have shit things happen to them constantly. Give the characters a break, Martinez, your books and couples actually don't need it. I felt that way about Quarry, anyway, who we already know quite well. And it just KEEPS coming. The couple is happy together and here we go again, an attack/kidnapping/otherwise traumatic event.

The language and the humor, while I typically enjoyed it did grate on me at times. Jokes about being feminine for crying, "midget porn", and bitch and pussy comments...we can do better.

But still, 2.75 cause I'm a sap. I love a friends-to-lovers that executes (this one does frankly only b/c Quarry is not an idiot, even when Liv is - she's not sure she trusts him b/c of when they were 13, like WTF? He's your best friend!). I love a series that connects you to the characters throughout in a decent and meaningful way, and I like charming and unapologetic heroes. And like I said, there are really lovely sentiments that are the cheesy, stupid reasons I love romance. And it was a lighter, more amusing read to balance out some nice angst....

Just...restraint, please.100 pages less would've been nice.
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text 2017-05-31 16:10
Books I Read This Month (May 2017)
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Hope everyone had a great reading month!

At this point I am almost at the 59 percent mark for my reading goal for the year! At this point in time I have read 199 books/comics/graphic novels.


 

This month I read 46 books. Believe me that is all due to me going on vacation to Ecuador. 

 

My favorite book for the month of May was "The Hate U Give". Seriously, go read it. It's really good. A close runner up was "Always and Forever, Lara Jean." My least favorite book was "Solitude Creek." I am still mad I wasted my time on that series. 

 

5 stars

 

Anansi Boys by Neil GaimanThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael ConnellyBlack Rose by Nora Roberts

American Gods by Neil GaimanCome Home by Lisa ScottolineAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanCrimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Burn Marks by Sara ParetskyAngels Fall by Nora RobertsGwendy's Button Box by Stephen KingThe Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Desire by Amanda QuickGuardian Angel by Sara ParetskyThe Hollow House by Janis Patterson

 

 

4 stars

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickThe Ghost Brigades by John ScalziMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Moon Called by Patricia BriggsNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyWho Do You Love by Jennifer WeinerStill Life by Louise Penny

Total Recall by Sara ParetskyEnchanted, Inc. by Shanna SwendsonHouse of Reckoning by John SaulWindy City Blues by Sara Paretsky

The Mother by Pearl S. Buck

 

3 stars

 

Blood Shot by Sara ParetskyHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha ChristieThe Witches by Stacy SchiffOnce Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. JamesJust Wait Till You Have Children Of Your Own! by Erma BombeckTrouble in Mudbug by Jana DeleonPoirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

 

2 stars

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad RiccaTrigger Warning by Neil GaimanMuch Ado About Magic by Shanna SwendsonDon't Hex with Texas by Shanna Swendson

Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

 

1 star

 

This Lullaby by Sarah DessenSolitude Creek by Jeffery DeaverMr. Maybe by Jane GreenNo Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson

 

DNF

 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 

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