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I heard a piece of news today that should have made me come undone, but I’m not even remotely sad. Actually I think the word annoyed would be the one to best define my feelings after hearing about it. I don’t know what it is yet, but there’s something really...Read More
There’s a storm coming. And it’s a thunderstorm this time. The kind that comes out of sheer nothingness. At first, it was nowhere to be seen. But then, all of a sudden, you look up above and everything has turned to black, weightened by an immense amount of dark, heavy clouds....Read More
“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is always at morning. It matters not what the clock says, or the attitudes and labors of men. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me…To be awake is to be alive. I have never met a...Read More
People should really learn how to spell your name BEFORE troubling you for stuff you clearly don’t want to to for them…
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This series took a really unexpected turn. And not in a good way. The shift began around the second half of book two and it went from bad to worse in book 3. I don’t know where all the religious stuff came from, but it mingled with the story to such an extent, it ended up more like a religious book to me then the steamy romance I singed up for when I started reading this series.
After enduring the whole thing, I still find Gabriel’s Inferno to be a good story. I just wished the author would come up with different paths to redemption then resorting to faith and religion. I’m an atheist, so it didn’t really have any appeal to me at all. But since I was already hooked by the leading couple I couldn’t just drop the story just because I couldn’t relate with what they were going through.
And there were SO many loose ends! All the secondary characters were simply dismissed from the public eye with a shove and a “it was nice seeing you and good look with whatever you got going on for you in the future”….
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve always been a sucker for good stories. To me, there’s nothing more wondrous and entertaining than a good fiction book. When I was really young I remember that the very first piece of fiction that got my full attention was actually a three volume collection about the ancient Greek gods.
I remember I used to spend countless hours by myself, wrapped up in those books, checking the story of the birth of each god/goddess and the whole mythology surrounding them, learning about how they used to be portrayed by a a wide range of artists through time and trying to decode their CRAZY, incestuous family trees. When I was just a bit older, I remember reading these really crappy (and summarized) adaptations for children of the Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer.
Even back then, the very concept of all those narcissistic Gods meddling in peoples lives used to both impress and unnerve me. How they would kill, love, rape and impregnate, sicken, starve, maim, drive to complete madness as many human beings as they wished on a whim was beyond me. And they were ALWAYS fighting each other! If puny humans fight, we turn tables at bars or brake stuff. If the offspring of the Titans fight, they can break entire cities. Scratch that. They can redefine entire continents.
But even if it bugged me to contemplate how it would be to live in such a strange place ruled by ruthless creatures, it also seemed a far more colorful and exciting world to inhabit. Someplace where the whole universe was explained by the creativity and the nativity of those who lived in it. Something that, nowadays, is put solely in charge of Science. Which is boring as fuck. Specially if you are an atheist like moi.
So to read this book (after the heartbreaking failure that the Percy Jackson series was to me) now, at 31 years old, was really refreshing. It reminded me why I loved to study History when I was a little girl. It had me researching Cassandra and the ancient Greek Gods again. It had me downloading a full grow up, well translated and respected version of both the Iliad and The Odyssey. It had me wondering once again.
So if you, fellow reader, is also a sucker for good stories and the ancient gods, I definitely recommend you to give the Antigoddess a try!
What a heart warming, endearing, sweet story! This lovely novella tells the story of Mik and Zuzana’s first date and kiss. I already loved Zuzana’s character but to actually be able to hear her voice has taken me WAY beyond my expectations. She’s so witty and then the whole fairy tale scenario she set up for their first encounter was so colorful and magic. And Mik is simply such a great guy! The perfect match.
I was positively surprised by this book, so much I added it to my favorite’s shelf. Something I hadn’t done in a while, since Melina Marchetta pretty much ruined reading for my after raising the bar so high :3. But I recommend you read it right after book #1. I think it would make more sense then after book #2 as it’s suggested by the publisher.
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This book was such a surprise! When I started reading it I though “oh, crap. This is another ‘gossip girl’ book…”. Especially when Sophie Price, the main character, was first depicted EXACTLY like this:
But then came the big turn and the book started to go it’s own way, to prove it’s own points. I can say it grew and changed the same way Sophie did: it blossomed under my scrutiny. And that’s always was a beautiful thing to behold.
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I can read literally hundreds of books and memorize characters names and their physical characteristics as well as full plots. But for the life of me I can never EVER remember the three digit waiting number for my order at the Koni Store…
Life ain’t nothing but a big ass excuse to put on pretty shoes.