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Thi… October 4, 2008

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…eving is good… wait… that came out wrong xD

Actually what I wanted to say is, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is good… very good indeed 😛 (What are you talking about? this book came out like 3 years ago, you’re so.. late xD). After the disappointment that wasBrisingr, this book has brighten up my holiday 😛 Okay so I was late in getting this book.. so what? xD

It’s a story about a girl living in an impending WW-II Germany, she’s a book thief who will soon learn the power of words from the book she stole, and the story is told from the point-of-view of Death. Well… that about sums it up actually, without giving away anything 😛 I have to admit, the pov is a bit… jarring… but IMHO you’ll get used to it quickly because the story is very interesting… no, scratch that… the story is very very… endearing 😀 At least for me, I invested a lot of emotion with the characters in the book, and that’s saying a lot I guess 😛 (or it was just the case of extreme rebounding from Brisingr… anywaayy….)

I personally think this book will be a great read for teenagers to adult, children will find the themes (death, war, not so much for the literature and friendship bit though :p) a bit too serious (I found this book on the children section though… imho it’s strange xD), although it was presented in an almost whimsical way (because Death… has seen all I guess :p), and if you haven’t read it, then you’ll be missing a very good read. Allright, I think I have to stop before the hype and gushy praise kills you all xD

So I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story, especially those who likes book that has heart-err… moving themes? 😛 Better than A Thousand Splendid Suns, and IMHO on par withTo Kill A Mockingbird



Era… October 3, 2008

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…gon gets worse -_-”

The first book has little character development, but since it was just the start of the series, then it’s okay I guess, we need some time to establish the locations, good un’s, bad un’s etcs, in essence, the groundwork for the continuation of the series… IMHO it borrowed too much from fantasy archetypes without expanding them too much to make it interesting, see Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces or for geeks, Star Wars xD

The second… should be an improvement right? No… still lacking character development, and it got twists… that you can see coming from a thousand miles away… IMHO the plot is very predictable, and to get to the finish line you have to endure too much pointless things along the way… but it’s probably just the case of me being annoyed at the main character(s). But to me, the worst part of the second book is the almost instantaneous transformation of the said main character(s) to be an uber cool hero. I don’t mind people changing, but the way it was conveyed here is just… I don’t know, it doesn’t felt right xD

The third book… it’s full of everything that makes the first and second well… not bad probably, just average… and it ups the ante with lame politics, people fawning and worshipping and getting all gushy (okay I’m probably exaggerating here) at the main character(s). And ooooh it got moral dilemmas… kind of (Was it wrong to kill this guy etc etc, next chapter oooh battle! slay kill maim slash dismember etc) doh…. And it doesn’t end at the third book like the writer promised.. noo…

And don’t get me started on the movie -_-”

To sum it up, the series started as an average fantasy-archetype novel, probably intended for younger children, then it gets worse xD