It largely depends on the friend--while I think this would make one of my acquaintances doing a DPhil in Medieval Literature squeal with glee, I'm not sure it's for everyone. If you have an appreciation for grail literature or classical works then this will probably suit you quite well.
He does have a nice (errr perhaps naughty) whit that still translates quite well to a modern audience. However, bits of it seem a little bit stilted and I sometime found myself losing patience with the plot.
I thought the performance was a little bit too dry. I like the reader's voice, but thought it was more soothing than entertaining, and this does not help you pay attention when the plot is lagging a bit
Yes definitely, I think I'd probably enjoy the film more.
More description, more history, better characters and better writing
Re-write it several time
I really did not enjoy this book. I read it just prior to a trip to Cambodia hoping it would add some insight into Phnom Penh after the Vietnamese Army left the country and the UN came in to try and re-establish some semblance of order. I found the novel flat with unconvincing characters, predictable (and just plain boring) plot points, pallid descriptions and the occasional historical inaccuracy thrown in just to really irritate me.
I think the story line and the characters are both quiet good, but the writing isn't good enough to make either shine. I think for a first book, and one written in the early 90s, it's not a bad work, but it's not engaging enough to make it a decent read or to compensate for the dated feel of the work--often the plot line relies too heavily upon no one having mobile phones.
I did think that the narrator is quite good and does quite a lot to make up for what is lacking in the writing.
Once again Donna Tartt has delivered a masterpiece. This book is rich, deep, and poignant. She takes you through the evolution of a single life and masterfully brings together threads into an engaging and beautiful tale.
I would say the ending was almost unexpectedly deep and moving. Tartt is not an easy writer to digest, and her work rarely leaves things tied up with conventional neatness--yet this ending was masterful, with the poetic philosophical ponderings that underlie the whole book tweaked out in a way that was neither trite nor jarring with the narrative of the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It left me wanting start the whole thing over again once I had finished, yet also deeply content.
The characters seemed to spring to life from the pages. One thing I really loved about the book was its grounding in Historical fiction--with a bit of a twist. It's almost reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I loved this book, it had everything: brilliant setting, unpredictable plot, and very real characters.
When the Jinni regains his memories; when Sala sees the Jinni's figurines, When the Golem first reaches New York in such a confusing whirl.
Yes, I think Kobna's voice adds great depth to this book--he brings out the humour of the writing and the feel of the characters with brilliant adeptness.
His voice helps bring the story along, and imbibes the story with a reality that it would lack confined to the page by itself.
It enthralled me, if in a slightly more languid way than at "the edge of my seat"
It made me happy, and at point chortle with glee.
So far I would say this is my favourite of Ben Aaronovitch's work. If you liked Rivers of London (Midnight Riot American Title), then you will LOVE Moon over SoHo.
I loved the premise of the book firstly--as an Ancient History major and genuine Souther Girl, this book combined my roots and the end product is both fantastic and believable.
I have really never read anything quite like it. It's pure myth grounded in the very real and visceral south with a good side helping of southern cooking thrown in the mix. The result--tantalisingly delicious.
The voices of the characters come through more vividly--this makes the story itself more believable than it would be just taking place inside your own head.
Yes, and I did
I'm a big fan of most of the Neil Gaiman Presents books, but this stands out as one of my favourites. I look forward to reading more Sherrill's work--and hope that it carries with it the same brilliant taste of Southern American culture.
High up the list.
I've never read anything like it. I think Kiernan has created something wholly individual that is part reality, part myth, deeply personal, and entirely true.
No I haven't, but I would love to.
When Imp is describing how she first saw the drowning girl painting in the museum, and I felt as if I was sitting on the bench beside her.
Listen to this book! Let the story suck you in and flow over you like a cool river. I loved listening to this book and how the story unfolded in the very unique brain of the character Imp as she fights to understand what is real, and what is the creation of her mind. This book will make you laugh, cry, and be so very glad you gave it a chance.
Yes, though I don't think I would with most of Atwood's work. I think the narrator of this book draws greater strength from the story than it would have otherwise.
I love the futuristics world she's created, more vibrant and more realistic than some of her other work (eg the Handmaid's Tale). I also love the strength of the main character and his steadfastness in the face of everything that's happened. I also love how Atwood lets the story unfold in part, jumping around in the narrative to shape something that is more fulfilling and complete than chronology.
The last one, though I was loath to keep reading as it meant the book would soon be over...
Yes definitely, and for the most part I did!
Try it out. This book will challenge you, your visions of the future, and even what you think you know.
I love this book--I think Ben Aaronovitch has done a brilliant job weaving together myth, folklore, history, and an old fashioned detective story. His characters are vivid, charming, and funny. The sort of people you'ld like to meet in a pub (though maybe not work with).
The setting--it made me homesick for London. It's very hard to separate the story from the setting, but I can't on earth imagine why you would want to.
Probably when we meet Constable Grant and he meets the ghost. I like how vivid the scene is, and how easy it is to suspend disbelief with this tableau. I love the narration from inside Constable Grant's head--the book wouldn't be half as funny without it.
This isn't the kind of book that's going to make you feel soppy or cry. You're going to laugh--a lot. Just go with it.
Waiting for the next instalment with glee.
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