Sunday, May 27, 2012

'Sunday Snippet'

Apologises for not having done a 'Sunday Snippet' for a while. We have had visitors for the last month and so I have been very busy. I have had enough time to make progress with 'The Passage' by Justin Cronin and I'm glad that I have persisted with it.

I can't say that it is the best book that I have read. I find that it has peaks and troughs when it come to exciting storyline and dialogue, but it's turning out to be more interesting than I had anticipated. Whilst reading this novel, I have found myself wondering whether or not this book would translate better on screen rather on the page.

I don't do this with a lot of novels, in fact 99% of the time I think that film adaptations to books are never as good as it's original text. However with 'The Passage' I think the story/action would be better shown rather than told. What do you think? Have you ever seen a film adaptation of a novel, which was better than the original text?

Here's a 'snippet':

Page 497: 'The approached the station from the rear. Inside its fenced compund they detected no sign of movement. "You hear that?" Alicia said. Peter stopped to listen. "I don't hear anything." "That's because the fence if off."

'The Passage' by Justin Cronin

Whatever you're up to, enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'm disappointed that the U.K Eurovision entry came a measly second to last last night. Even though they are Irish, maybe the U.K should have this as their entry. It is from a programme called 'Father Ted', in which this episode featured a song contest like Eurovision (hence the link) . This series is no longer running, but I still love it:

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Length: 454 Pages

Opening Line: 'When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.'

What's good about this novel?

Being in my 30's I was a bit unsure whether or not I was going to enjoy this novel. However, something intrigued me enough to give this a go.

I thought that this novel is very well written. Suzanne Collins' writing has maturity and is able to convey a lot of information and back story of the characters, without losing the pace of the novel.

The characters in this are very believeable. I also liked the way that the main protagonist of this novel Katniss, is a strong female character, who doesn't pine over boys and is generally silly.

The story itself is rather disturbing at times, there is a lot of violence, but the suspense that's in this novel, meant that I couldn't put this book down. The ending leaves with a cliff hanger, that makes me really want to read the rest of this trilogy.

What's wrong with this novel?

Due to the violent/mature nature of this novel, I'm unsure whether this should be for Young Adults at all. An adult could easily read this novel and still find it uncomfortable reading at times. On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a YA author who doesn't talk down or dumb down their work.

Is this worth a read?

I think that 'The Hunger Games' is worth a read. However if you're easily offended/disturbed, you maybe want to avoid this novel.

Have you read this novel? Do you think this is too mature in content to be considered a 'Young Adult' novel?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Snippet

I feel a little deceived by 'The Passage' by Justin Cronin. For anyone that doesn't know, the front cover looks like this:

Looking at this I assumed that this is going to be rather dark and mysterious. Ok I have only read 82 pages of this, but so far I'm finding it be slow and mediocre. I will still keep reading this, but have you ever had certain expectations of a novel just by looking at the cover? Did the content within fulfill that expectation, or were you left disappointed?

Here's a 'snippet':

Page 82: 'In his office on L2, Richards was sitting at his terminal, his mind deep inside a game of free cell.'

'The Passage' by Justin Cronin.

Whatever you're up to, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 4, 2012

'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith

Publisher: Random House


Length: 408 Pages

Opening Line: 'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.'

What's good about this novel?

I thought that the writing in this novel was very good. The descriptions of the castle and the surrounding landscape were beautiful and vivid. I felt that I was being transported to the tranquil peace of the countryside and, in the section where Cassandra travels to London, to the hustle and bustle of the city. I also liked the fact that this novel is written as diary entries. Not only does it make the book more realistic, but it also draws the reader into the story.

The characters are well formed and believeable. I could identify with a few of the characters, they reminded me of people I know in real life. However, in the case of Topaz, there is a unique quality to her.

What's wrong with this novel?

I found a few things difficult with this novel. The fact that Cassandra's sister Rose was marrying for money and believing in silly superstitions, perceived her as a weak character. In fact, I thought that this was a weak plot in the story. I also found it a little strange that Cassandra helps Rose, then suddenly changes her behaviour rather abruptly, to then pine over the man in question. I thought that this was a little feeble and in some parts, rather over dramatic.

Is this worth a read?

Yes I do think this is worth a read. The landscape depicted is beautiful and most of the characters, very well rounded. There are elements within the story which let this book down in my opinion, but overall this is a very good read.