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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
I liked this book. I really truly did. Holden Caufield is definitely a very interesting character to follow. The only problem is that I don’t really know why I liked it. The story didn’t make sense to me, it wasn’t what I expected. Everyone talks of the Catcher in the Rye as a life changing book, but I don’t see what was so life changing about it. It’s about a kid who got kicked out of boarding school blowing his money in New York because he doesn’t want to go home quite yet. It didn’t change my life.
Nevertheless, Salinger definitely has a gift because his book was very compelling. I had a hard time putting it down, and like I said, I really did like it. I think its something everyone should read once.
King Dork by Frank Portman
I’m not gonna lie, I liked this book before I read it. Something about the title really caught my eye. That or maybe it was the beat up look of the cover art. Nonetheless this book was nothing short of amazing.
It’s written in the POV of a fifteen year old boy named Tom (aka Chi-Mo, Sheepie, Father Tom, King Dork, etc) who has just started his second year of high school. He suspects this year will be nothing short that nearly tolerable just as any other year of school has been. He still only has one friend (Sam) and the coolest thing they’ve got going for them is their band with the ever changing title. I’m not joking, they seem to change it once a week, sometimes more. It kinda makes the book more entertaining.
Anyways, Tom is at the rebellious age and the fact that he gets teased in school doesn’t help his attitude. His father had been killed in a car accident when he was eight and his mother (Carol) has remarried (and much to his own dismay his step father’s name is also Tom so to ease the confusion they just call him Big Tom) into a very seemingly awkward relationship. Neither of them like to use the terms “husband” or “wife” but rather use the term “partner”. The way I look at this novel is sorta like The Catcher in the Rye for modern times. On that same note, the book is referenced several times throughout King Dork.
If you like angsty teen novels with the bildungsroman feel then you will love King Dork. By all means, read this book.
Good Omens the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
I had to read this book for my Modern Literature class, and I cannot express my love for this book. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are a literary team made by the Heavens! This book is a work of satire. For those of you that don’t know what satire is, it pretty much makes fun of something in society. It isn’t meant to be exactly funny, but witty. Satire uses both irony and sarcasm to make its points. This alone increased my appeal for the book because satire, irony, and sarcasm are some of my favorite things.
This book is satirical from the first page, and the Dramatis Personae (character list) at the beginning is hilarious. For example: Crowley (An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards). There is further hilarity with the names of some characters Anathema Device. For those who don’t know an anathema is a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication. The name is ironic because the book is based on religion. Another character is Sister Mary Loquacious (A Satanic Nun of the Chattering Order of St. Beryl). I feel like a vocabulary teacher…Loquacious means talkative. Talkative-Chattering Order-get it? Yes? Okay, moving on.
The book’s main characters are Crowley (formerly Crawly, the serpent who made Eve take the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge), and Aziraphale, an angel who tries to do all the right things. They have lived on Earth for a very long time, and the Devil decides that he wants to try to bring around the Apocalypse, and the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness (aka the Anti-Christ) is born. There is a mix up at the hospital, and the Anti-Christ ends up in the wrong home, leading to hilarity later on in the book.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, or anything satirical. You will absolutely LOVE this book!
Review by: sookeh-is-mine.tumblr.com
Calling all Harry Potter fans
In celebration of the upcoming release of Deathly Hallows Part 2, I thought it would be a good idea for the large Harry Potter family to unite under the same avatar for the week.
If you love Harry Potter, put this as your display picture.
Reblog and pass on the message.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Warning: There are no dragons in this book, to save the disappointment.
I tried and tried so hard to NOT read this book, but the hipster and me made me give in eventually. That, and I had found out they’re making a movie based off this book. I’ll tell you, this book is AMAZING. However, this book isn’t for the faint hearted or anyone overly sensitives. Even me, being the cold hearted person I am had to take breaks from the text simply because it was getting a far little too grim and intense for me.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Prologue features an unnamed man (who we soon learn is Henrik Vanger) getting a framed, pressed Australian flower in the mail on his birthday, November 1st. He calls Detective Superintendant Morrell and tells him about the flower. Henrik gets one of these flowers every year on his birthday. He has a total of 44 now. But he and the detective can’t solve the mystery of who exactly keeps sending them. This thought makes Henrik cry.
After the Prologue, a copy of the Vanger family tree is provided for the readers. The rest of the novel is divided into four parts plus an Epilogue. It moves from December 20, 2002 to December 30, 2003.
The first 50 pages of the book, or so is background stuff you need to know but even so I found myself infatuated with the writing style of Stieg Larsson. He went into great depth with his descriptions and wrote things I wouldn’t think anyone could find it within themselves to write.
Within a few moments of finishing this novel I was curious for the rest of the series and sought them out immediately. I am currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire and that review is next.