walkwithheroes: [Secret Dairy] (Only Just Begun)
Let me start off by saying four things:

01. This book (and the series as a whole) is a favorite of both my dad and my younger sister. They are both in love with the story and its characters; they could fan over it for hours. My dad isn't much of a reader, but he stuck with these books. My younger sister reads everything and proclaims this to be her favorite novel, ever. They both plan of seeing the film.
02. I am painfully aware of Mr. Card's prejudices and pass statements in regard to the LGBTQIA community, marriage equality, and even minorities. However, I was determined to try and not let my disagreements with his views cloud my judgement on the novel.
03. I am aware that this novel has won several awards and is considered a classic and a favorite by many. I'm also aware that those that disagree with the praise the novel has received are often called names and told they are 'closed minded' and 'not seeing the big picture', among other things. I disagree with that: you are allowed to not like something, even if you understand it.
04. I listened to the audio book of this, which was recorded in 2004/2005. One of the things I found most interesting about it, was the last forty-fifty minutes of the recording. It was Mr. Card (or maybe someone reading his afterward from the novel) discussing how Ender's Game started as a short story in the late 1970s and how he had to go and back a novel out of it, so he could do as he wished with the second novel in the series. He also mentioned something that I think is interesting: he cleaned up the language in the novel, because he wanted it to be read by children his son's age. (9-15 year olds) Despite so many claiming that Ender's Game is an adult novel, it seems Mr. Card envisioned it as a novel for preteens and teens.

Now on to my spoiler-filled thoughts/review:

So Ender is Jesus? )

So how do I rate it?

rating )
walkwithheroes: [Community] (Blanket Fort Love)
I read an interesting article today that talked about current dating trends. Since things are so expensive these days, a new trend is heading to the library/book store and browsing for novels. Seems lots of "20-somethings" are doing this for their first or second dates. The couple heads into their local library/book store and compare favorite novels. Sometimes they even buy novels for the other person to read. Apparently it's a "great way to get to know someone new." While I do think it would be a fun way to spend an afternoon, I'm not totally sure if it's the best way to get to know someone.

I adore Douglas Adams, but I also love Thomas Hardy and Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and A. A. Milne. Would someone really chose not to or to be my friend/date me because of a handful of authors/novels? I know things in common is important, but my novel sections aren't the only things that make me me. Still, it did make me think: if I could rec my twenty favorite novels - what would they be?

I made a list. It's in no order. Just the way they came into my head.

01. Winnie-The Pooh/The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
02. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (I like the series, but nothing beats the first one)
03. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
04. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
05. Tess of the d'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
06. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
07. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
08. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
09. The Chronicles of Prydain (all five! favs are the 1st and 5th) by Lloyd Alexander
10. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
11. Going Postal/Money Money by Terry Pratchett
12. Beauty by Robin McKinley
13. Battle Royale by KĊshun Takami
14. Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
15. Mercury Under my Tongue by Sylvain Trudel
16. Socrates in Love by Kyoichi Katayama
17. Gormenghast (whole series) by Mervyn Peake
18. Goth by Otsu-ichi
19. Be With You by Takuji Ichikawa
20. The Summer of the Ubume by Natsuhiko Kyogoku

Honesty it was tough to narrow them down.

Also, writing Surely Someday!
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([My Boss My Hero] Reading Club)

This summer was going to be all about reading novels and writing stories. It didn't quite work out that way. I rarely wrote and I only read four novels. :(

I thought I'd share a bit about the two novels I enjoyed this summer. (I liked the other two, but. . .they are by Haruki Murakami, so, yeah)

The novels )

Other two -

Dance, Dance, Dance: by Haruki Murakami follow surreal - and they are surreal - misadventures of the unnamed narrator protagonist. Quite suddenly he finds himself compelled to return to the Dolphin Hotel, a seedy place where he once spent time with an unusual lover. A lover whose name he never knew. The unnamed protagonist is guided by strange dreams; dreams in which is lover and an odd man appear. The dreams lead him to two very different mysteries. One is more about being and reality. While the second is very real - it involves the murders of call-girls, his middle school classmate turned "pure" actor, a clairvoyant teenager, a one-armed poet, and a receptionist whose found another world via the elevator in the Dolphin Hotel.

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: also by Haruki Murakami. The story is split between parallel narratives. The odd-numbered chapters follow "Calcutec," a human data processor/encryption system who has been trained to use his subconscious as an encryption key. The even-numbered chapters follow a newcomer to 'the End of the World', a strange, isolated walled Town depicted in the frontispiece map as being surrounded by a perfect and impenetrable wall. (I found the even numbered chapters much more interesting) Residents of the town are told they do not have a mind, though it is hinted that their minds are merely suppressed. Toward the middle of the novel, the two storylines converge, exploring concepts of consciousness, the unconscious mind and personal identity.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] (Default)
A series of top seven lists.

No top ten lists for me. Instead, I use my favorite number, number seven. Top seven books, movies, shows, songs, quotes, characters, ships, crack!ships, etc.

First Up: Books.


Book List )


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