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review 2017-11-16 00:19
Malphas 1. Le cas des casiers carnassiers
Le cas des casiers carnassiers - Patrick Senécal

Series: Malphas #1

 

Equivalent review in English follows...

 

J'ai trouvé le mystère intéressant et je voulais savoir ce qui allait arriver mais je n’étais pas très contente à avoir à découvrir tout ça à travers les pensées du personnage principal, Julien Sarkozy, un prof au cégep de Malphas. Ses pensées étaient pas mal dégueulasses parce qu'il ne pensait qu'à baiser toutes les femmes qu'il rencontrait. C'était ennuyant. Surtout lorsqu'il chassait Rachel. J’étais actuellement en train d'espérer qu'elle allait être une victime des casiers pour qu'elle meure et pour ne plus entendre parler d'elle.

 

Je ne vais probablement pas lire le reste de la série parce que je trouve Julien tellement ennuyant, mais j'essayerai un autre livre par Senécal lorsque je lirai Le vide avec Themis-Athena. J'espère qu'il n'écrit pas tous ses personnages principaux comme Julien.

 

 

I found the mystery to be somewhat interesting, and I wanted to find out what happened, but I really hated having to find out everything by listening to the main character's thoughts. Julien Sarkozy just...literally thinks with his dick. All the time. And judging all the characters on the basis of whether he would sleep with them and whines about how hot he finds Rachel (who I was actually hoping would die so I could stop hearing about her), and I just found the whole thing very tiresome. And kinda creepy.

 

So...I probably won't be reading the rest of the series, but I will be trying another book by this author. I just hope he doesn't write all of his main characters like this.

 

Previous update:

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review 2017-10-29 21:04
Release
Release - Patrick Ness
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this novel. I was hoping for an emotional read, a novel that I would be thinking about for days but this novel was just ok for me. No energy charges or warm fuzzy feelings for me. I read it for what it was, a novel about a boy named Adam, who was a senior, whose life was about to get shaken up.
 
I liked the relationship that Adam had with his friend Angela. He knew he had something special with her, if only he was attracted to girls the two of them would make a terrific couple. I also liked Linus. Linus was Adam’s latest boyfriend and he was tired of Adam’s dream world. Adam was still carrying feeling for his previous boyfriend, Enzo. Adam felt that he had a deep relationship with Enzo and then suddenly one day, it ended. Linus is tired of sharing Adam with Enzo and I liked how Linus addressed this. Adam’s feeling about his sexuality felt real, his confusion and his mentality was authentic and sincere.
 
I didn’t care for Adam’s family. His father, a minister was not portrayed how I would have expected someone of his nature to be represented today. I was disappointed in his brother’s life event which was included in this novel. This event was to be a major shocker and again, I wondered exactly what year this book was written for. Couldn’t the author find something else for the brother to unleash to their parents that would have been more shocking than this? Perhaps it was the mood I was in when I was reading this novel but I was disappointed in the way the novel moved. It felt stiff and not comfortable. I really was excited to get my hands on this novel.

 

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text 2017-10-29 17:05
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 448 pages.
Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin #1) - Patrick O'Brian

I´m enjoying this book so far, but the naval vernacular makes this a challenging read.

 

What / Who is a Master and Commander, a Master, a Bosun? When is a ship a sloop and when is a ship a ship? How many cannons of a certain size fit on a ship of a certain size? Mathematical equations how a sail should be raised. The names of the different sails. And so on and so on.

 

[Source]

 

I googled the term Master and Commander. He´s above the rank of a lieutenant and below the rank of a captain. He is allowed to take command of a small vessel, which is then called a sloop. Not a ship, because it isn´t big enough and it doesn´t qualify for very specific criterias (the six rates). Does a vessel fulfill one of these criterias, then the ship is a ship and the commanding officer becomes a post captain (or at least I think so).

 

I hope I´m not the only one who is confused by the whole sloop/ship thing. I wish this book would have a glossary or a short explanation of the naval ranking system. Especially for someone like me, who is just as clueless in the matter of the military / navy as this guy is in general:

 

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(I couldn´t resist. I love this movie.)

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-28 17:07
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 337 pages.
Le cas des casiers carnassiers - Patrick Senécal

Well I didn't get very far with this last night before starting to fall asleep with the book in my hands but I chose it because I felt like taking a bit of a break from The Mirror Empire and I could at least justify this as being different.

 

Anyway, when I went to add the book on booklikes and GR this morning, I discovered that the shelving classification for it on GR was really weird. The only two shelves listed were "horror" and "Culture > France". The latter threw me because this is a book about a cégep*(see note) in the backwaters of Québec. I looked up the full page of shelves and there's no shelving as "France", only "French" and "Québécois" appears way more frequently. So GR may outsource their shelving to users, but they're still doing something weird behind the scenes.

 

Already the main character is a somewhat tiresome man in his late thirties, but I'm hoping the mystery aspect with what is going on at the cégep will prove interesting. The name "Malphas" has sinister connotations but it was apparently the name of someone historical in that town. The title translates as "The Case of the Carnivorous Lockers".

 

 

  

*Note: For those unfamiliar with the term, a cégep is a type of college that students generally go to after secondary school (Secondaire I to V) for two years that correspond to grade 12 and the first year of university in the rest of Canada. If going to university outside of Québec, students will generally only attend for one year (or try to obtain credit so they can start in second year). So lumping this in with "France" doesn't make sense.

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review 2017-10-24 21:19
Pereira Maintains
Pereira Declares: A Testimony - Antonio Tabucchi,Patrick Creagh

The content is not culturally translatable to a Dutch girl. The title is going to haunt me and remind me that sometimes you don't have to keep reading to get it. Obnoxious.

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