Why do i have a feeling that i really wanted to be immersed fully in the worlds you had created, but in reality having quite a difficulty? I like The Fault in Our Stars, backed up by the movie adaptation. I dnf-ed Looking for Alaska for reasons out of my hand, I left the book somewhere. And now for the third try, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES was a gift from my most favorite person in this world, my sisiter, Jaemie. The book gave the good first impression that maybe, just maybe I can relate to it since it was tackling about love, relationships, dumping and getting dumped, which in my not so recent life, I had to overcome. But after reading it, i just felt blank. Don't get me wrong Colin and Hassan and Lindsey were great characters but whom i didn't get much association with. There were moments i could get their sense of humor and banters and ideologies but, and there is always a but in this review, I was always lost and confused and unattached. More so, equations and probabilities and graphs were not my thing. It was all over the book and i couldn't point a finger on the relation to it all. Maybe im not that math geek after all.
I would have love to continue my love affair with you, JG, but im taking a short break. I'll resume when Papertown is to be aired. But thanks anyway. It's-not-you-but-it's-me-kind-of-situation. In this case, i am a DUMPER.
I discovered this author about last year when I bought a copy of "The Fencing Master" at Booksale. And boy, I was hooked by his 19th century picturesque settings and politics, fencing weaponry and tactics, and cynical style. A solid 4/5 in my opinion.
I read the first book, Steelheart, in December of last year, and loved it, so I was, of course, excited to hear that the sequel was coming out in January! I read it as soon as I bought it, and ended up loving it even more than the first! This is such an exciting series that is so unique, super action-packed and very difficult to put down!
I just finished this book today. "The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden" by Jonas Jonasson. If you are interested in more slightly historical and political yet humorous fictional book. This book might be for you. I like how the author describe every places that the main character, Ms. Nombeko Mayeki, had gone and her experience in every place.
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson.
Fascinating account of TE Lawrence's rise from archaeologist to power broker in the Hejaz and Syria; his (mis)adventures and disillusion with his own government; and the complicated maze of contradicting treaties and lies perpetrated between European imperialists and the emerging nation-states of the Middle East which still haunts us today. In parts the book may be overwhelming in its unraveling of diplomatic blunders, and at times thin with details on each characters' personal lives. Overall a good introductory guide for understanding the politics of the Middle East though less so for understanding Lawrence's inner struggles, his motivation for identifying with the Arabs, and the critical period of his transformation to a military commander.