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After Dark - Haruki Murakami Nov. 9th, 2013 @ 10:30 pm
keshichan
Originally posted by keshichan at After Dark - Haruki Murakami
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The story revolves in the lives of two sisters, Eri, the eldest and Mari, the youngest. Eri was described as Sleeping Beauty, whose beauty radiates throughout her body. As for Mari, she was knowledgeable and idealistic; two sisters that lived in one house that have too many differences in their lives.

[Summary...]The time passes as the two moved along the deepest of nights. Mari was seen first in Denny’s, an open diner, in the darkest of hours as she read a book, meeting one of her sister's schoolmates, Takahashi, during high school. They learn about each other and emotions unfurled between them.

On the other hand, Eri’s story started as she slept. Her sleep was deep and long. There she was, sleeping, just like Sleeping Beauty next to a television and was haunted by a menacing figure which was called as The Man with No Face.

Night passes. Clock ticks. Everything that happens at night was not what it seemed to be. The story continued to revolve in the sisters’ lives before the light begins. Parts of the story took place in dimensions between dreams and reality.



Haruki Murakami’s deep, realistic and mysterious ways of writing were really seen in this book. The story’s in-depth, visual and scenic narration of what happens in the middle of the night was very interesting. He showed how things may happen in real life as well as what happens in dreams. Your own imagination comes to life as you continue to read the books that he has written. He had his own perfect way of capturing lives like a camera.

As I read more of each chapter, I just got engrossed in his words. I tried to slowly read and savored every magical moment as the story unfolds. It’s like what was happening in the book was just at the tips of your fingers.

After Dark was the second book of Haruki Murakami’s creations that I have read. I hope to be fascinated by the other books that I’ve yet to read by him.

It is a good read and I recommend it for all readers out there.

After Dark - Haruki Murakami Jul. 19th, 2014 @ 01:14 am
keshichan
The story revolves in the lives of two sisters, Eri, the eldest and Mari, the youngest. Eri was described as Sleeping Beauty, whose beauty radiates throughout her body. As for Mari, she was knowledgeable and idealistic; two sisters that lived in one house that have too many differences in their lives.

[Summary...]The time passes as the two moved along the deepest of nights. Mari was seen first in Denny’s, an open diner, in the darkest of hours as she read a book, meeting one of her sister's schoolmates, Takahashi, during high school. They learn about each other and emotions unfurled between them.

On the other hand, Eri’s story started as she slept. Her sleep was deep and long. There she was, sleeping, just like Sleeping Beauty next to a television and was haunted by a menacing figure which was called as The Man with No Face.

Night passes. Clock ticks. Everything that happens at night was not what it seemed to be. The story continued to revolve in the sisters’ lives before the light begins. Parts of the story took place in dimensions between dreams and reality.



Haruki Murakami’s deep, realistic and mysterious ways of writing were really seen in this book. The story’s in-depth, visual and scenic narration of what happens in the middle of the night was very interesting. He showed how things may happen in real life as well as what happens in dreams. Your own imagination comes to life as you continue to read the books that he has written. He had his own perfect way of capturing lives like a camera.

As I read more of each chapter, I just got engrossed in his words. I tried to slowly read and savored every magical moment as the story unfolds. It’s like what was happening in the book was just at the tips of your fingers.

After Dark was the second book of Haruki Murakami’s creations that I have read. I hope to be fascinated by the other books that I’ve yet to read by him.

It is a good read (for those who really enjoy curious writing styles) and I recommend it for all readers out there.

Apr. 12th, 2013 @ 09:01 pm
ashleylouwho
A review of Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church:

I wish I could say I’d never heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately I, like probably many of you, have seen them on television picketing the funerals of soldiers, homosexuals, and murder victims, holding signs with such atrocious statements as “God hates fags” and “Thank God for 9/11.” Why a group of people, especially a group of people coming together to worship God, would spew such hateful diatribe is beyond my level of comprehension. Therefore, when I saw Lauren Drain’s book Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church on the New York Times bestseller list, I had to read it and find out just why these people are the way they are. What makes them tick? Why do they seem to hate everybody outside of their own church with such fervor? While I can’t say Lauren’s book definitely answered these questions for me, she does provide some disturbing insight into the group.

Read the rest here...

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult Mar. 20th, 2013 @ 06:24 pm
ashleylouwho
Hi all. I recently posted a positive review of Jodi Picoult's latest book at my blog Three Ladies and Their Babies: http://threeladiesandtheirbabies.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/a-review-of-jodi-picoults-newest-book-the-storyteller/

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Dec. 9th, 2011 @ 10:43 pm
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Rating: 5/5

Age: 15+

Recommended: Definitely, yes!!

Literary Lists:  Amazon’s Top 20 Books of the Year (#6), Amazon’s Best Young Adult List (#1), 2011 New York Times Notable Children’s Book, Huffington Post Top 10 YA Books of 2011, 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2011 Kirkus Best Books for Teens

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Series: Angry Ghosts
Publisher: Cadre One, 2009
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-genre: Military



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There are some really interesting ideas in Angry Ghosts, not the least of which is the dramatic contrast between the two cultures presented in the novel and the huge gap in understanding between them, even when both sides truly want to work together. This is a huge theme in the book, and one dealt with gracefully. Both sides are presented sympathetically, so there's no "our way is obviously superior to yours and therefore you should all just drop your culture and merge with us" that is so often prevalent. I could have read an entire book just based on the world-building and the culture clashing presented here, it was put together so beautifully.

The three main characters make a nice balance. Argo is perhaps less developed than the other two, but considering they come from a culture where emotion is considered a danger and a liability, this is perhaps to be expected. Thompson, as the leader, is given more opportunity to demonstrate his personality quirks. He's strong and competent without resorting to gruffness, an unusual balance in an alpha male that made him fun to read. Maiella is particularly nuanced; as the sole female of Team Spectre, I was initially annoyed to see her shown as the "weak link" due to her poor control of her emotions (oh, those hysterical wimmins!), but as the book progresses, it's implied her emotions have the potential to make her the strongest of the three of them, even if her culture refuses to perceive it as such. She's also arguably the smartest team member, and unquestionably accepted as an indispensible team member.

Angry Ghosts does, however, have its flaws. The most distracting was that I often felt like I was missing pieces of the story. At only 227 pages, this is not a long novel, and with micropublisher Cadre One, wordcount limits were presumably not a problem, but there were gaps where it felt like something had been hacked out. The first two chapters of the book come from the perspective of the blue lizard aliens who eradicated (or attempted to eradicate) the human race. We're told they have their reasons, regret the necessity, and still carry the guilt along with them. What is this deep, dark reason of theirs? I have no idea, because not only is it never revealed, but we never see the blue lizard aliens again after the focus is switched over to the human protagonists. Granted, this is clearly set up as the first volume in a series, but to have what is presented as a key storyline abruptly dropped so early on is at best disorienting. In fact, the prologue and the first two chapters have so little to do with the rest of the book, it would be easy enough to skip them entirely and just start the book with chapter three.

This doesn't mean it's a bad book, though. It's certainly an interesting one, and I'm curious to see where Farnham plans to take the story from here. The themes of guilt, forgiveness, and redemption become especially thought-provoking when the actions of the alien race are taken into consideration, and as long as there's going to be more of the culture contrast without either trying to swallow the other, I am intrigued.

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