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Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Booklikes-opoly Memorial Day Rolls

I don´t have access to my book shelves over the weekend, so I´m doing my two extra dice rolls today. Thank you very much, Moonlight Reader and Obisdian Blue, for the extra rolls.

 

Extra dice roll #1:

 

 

Which brings me to square:

 

 

I´ve been on this square before. Luckily I have a lot of books written by authors who are born before 1955. So I have choosen this novel, which I will listen to on audio:

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition - Ken Kesey,Robert Faggen (introduction),John C. Reilly,Penguin Audio 

 

Extra Dice Roll #2:

 

 

And I have to visit the jail:

 

 

 

I have to read a book with at least 100 pages, this book has a page count of 193:

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick 

 

 

 

 

Review
1.5 Stars
The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

I seriously begin to wonder what kind of problem I have with hyped books. Because this is another one of these books that almost everybody loves and I just didn´t feel the love for it at all. One problem may be that I´m not the biggest fantasy fan, but there are some fantasy books out there that I do enjoy, so I don´t think the genre is the cause for my dislike of The Fifth Season. The biggest problem I had was with the way that N.K. Jemesin has told her story.

 

But let me start with the only positive thing in this book: the worldbuilding and the origins. The characters inhabit a continent, which gets periodically hit by catastrophes such as earthquakes and vulcanic eruptions. This world is inhabited by people that aren´t able to control any kind of magic and by people, called origins, that are able to control earths magic and thus are able to quell the shakes and eruptions. Jemesin slowly reveals how the world is functioning and I think she did an incredibly job with this.

 

But I really disliked the structure of the story. The story is told from the perspective of three different female characters and throughout most of the book it isn´t clear how these three characters are connected with each other. One of the characters didn´t add anything significant to the overall storyline, one character was constantly angry and sulky and the third character was constantly depressed and sad, because something horrible has happened to her.

I suppose the author has meant for me to care about these characters, but I sincerely didn´t care about any of them. There is that big twist towards the end and I haven´t been shocked by it. The only thing I could think about was that the last three hours of the audiobook would turn into the most boring thing ever, because the story became totally predictable from this point onward. And it happened to be that way, it turned into a snooze fest because I just didn´t care.

I guess I have to mention that one narrative is told in second person present tense and I didn´t really enjoy this kind of narration as well.

 

I listened to this book on audio and the narrator Robin Miles and I enjoyed the narration. I´m pretty sure that I would have DNF´d this novel as a physical book. However, on audio I managed to finish it and I can bank it for the Booklikes-opoly as a book that starts with a F.

 

Page count: 468 pages

Money earned: $5.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Booklikes-opoly: Rounds, Books read and bank account - Dice Roll #12 (24. Mai)

Starting point is square 2:

 

 

 

 

Which brings me to:

 

 

 

One of my most anticipated squared in Booklikes-opoly, because I´m dying to read this book:

 

The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov 

 

As far as I know there is a talking cat in this novel.

 

 

Round 12: 

 

Dice roll: 5

Book square: Fantasyland 7

Book currently reading: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - 371 pages

 

 

 

 

Round 11:

 

Dice Roll: 6

Square: Frontierland 2

Book read: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie - 400 pages

 

Bank account (May 24th): $67.00

 

Extra Dice Roll #1:

 

Dice Roll: 9

Square: Frontierland 1

Book listened to: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (audiobook) - pagecount (print): 468 pages

 

Bank account (May 24th): $64.00

 

Round 10:

 

Dice Roll: 11

Square: Tomorrowland 33

Book read: Hyperion by Dan Simmons - 473 pages

 

Bank account (May 20th): $59.00

 

 

Round 9:

 

Dice Roll: 3 + 11

Square: Free parking + water works

Book read: Jaws by Peter Benchley - 336 pages

 

Bank account (May 12th): $54.00

 

Round 8:

 

Dice Roll: 8

Square: Mystery 25

Book read: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey - 206 pages

 

Bank account (May 11th): $51.00

 

Round 7:

Dice Roll: 8

Square Cars Land 18

Book read: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett - 384 pages

 

Bank account (May 7th): $48.00

 

Extra Dice Roll #3:

 

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Main Street 10

Book read: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - DNF at page 86

 

Bank account (may 6th): $45.00

 

Extra Dice Roll #2

 

Dice Roll: 3

Square: Frontierland 4

Book read: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie - 265 pages 

 

Bank account (May 4th): $44.00

 

Round 6:

Dice Roll: 11

Square: Trains, Planes and Automobiles 29

Book read: At the Existensialist Café by Sarah Bakewell - 327 pages (the rest of the book are notes)

 

Bank account (May 1th): $41.00

 

Round 5:

Dice Roll: 10

Square: New Orleans 19

Book read: The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - 230 pages

 

Bank account (April 27th): $38.00

 

Round 4:

Dice Roll (April 23th): 11

Square: Main Street 10

Skipped this square

 

Round 3:

 

Dice Roll #1:

Dice Roll: 8 (double roll)

Square: Paradise Pier 30

Book read: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - DNF at page 252

 

Dice roll #2:

Dice Roll: 7

Square: Start (I´m allowed to choose any book I want)

Book read: The 13 Problems by Agatha Christie - 314 pages

 

Bank account (April 23th): $35.00

 

Round 2:

 

Dice roll: 7

Square: Waterworks

Book read: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim - 262 pages

 

Bank Account (April 21th): §29.00

 

Round 1:

 

Dice roll 1: 12 (double roll)

Square: Mainstreet USA 11

Book read: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 251 pages

 

Dice roll 2: 6

Square: Mystery 17

Book read: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie - 381 pages

 

Bank (April 19th): $26.00

 

Start

Bank (April 15th): $20.00

 

Review
3.5 Stars
The Secret of Chimneys
The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie

I really enjoyed reading The Secret of Chimneys, eventhough the plot is incredibly convoluted and the racism, expecially in the beginning of the book, is staggering. There are political intrigues, killed monarchs, a mysterious manuscript, a jewel thief mastermind, international affairs and the big country estate called chimneys, where all the different characters met up and all those story lines are coming together.

 

My biggest issue with this book is that exactly one specific character happens to be present at Chimneys by sheer luck and everything depends on this character in the end. I´m quite capable of suspending my disbelief, but I have a hard time with this, since everything depends on this one chance encounter. And since Christie seems to be infatuated with that specific character, the other characters aren´t allowed to shine (by that I mean specifically Inspector Battle).

 

 

It´s not my favorite Christie, but it´s been an enjoyable read and as of now Christie is my go-to-author for comfort reads. I really love reading her books,eventhough there might be flaws in some of them.

 

I´ve read this book for the Frontierland 2 square for Booklikes-opoly and people get shoot in this one. A perfect fit.

 

Page Count: 400 pages

Money earned: $3.00

 

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 927 out of 927 minutes.
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

In the end I really didn´t enjoy this book. So, in celebration of finishing The Fifth Season I will enjoy a glass of wine today, because:

 

 drinking wine advice betty white pearls of wisdom GIF

[Source]

 

I somehow have to regain the time I have spend reading this book, right? 

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 821 out of 927 minutes.
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

I just listened to the big, revelatory plot twist and I feel ... nothing. I don´t think that is a good sign.

 

So far I´m not madly in love with this book and I don´t think that the last couple of minutes are going to change anything about this. As a matter of fact I´m glad when I´m done with this audiobook.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 421 pages.
Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC) - Mary Renault

I won´t be able to start my Booklikes-opoly read before tomorrow (I don´t have my physical copy of that book with me), so I decided to pick up another book. And since I´m in the mood for historical fiction, I picked up the first novel about Alexander the Great by Mary Renault. 

 

I´m about a hundred pages into the story and it´s not an easy read. This book is incredibly fact heavy and since I don´t know a lot about Alexander the Great and his parents and the political and historical circumstances of Macedonia at the time, I have to do some additional reading on the internet. I like to do this, but this certainly makes this novel a challenging read. And it does help to know a thing or two about greek myths and legends.

 

It took me some time to getting used to Renaults writing style. There is a huge cast of characters and at times it is not clear from whose point of view the story gets told. And it doesn´t help that she refers to the characters only be calling them he, she, the boy, the young man. Renaults writing reminds me of Hilary Mantel, now that I think of it.

 

And I feel iffy about some plot points, especially Alexanders mother Olympias (that woman is crazy) and the homosexual allusions concerning the 6-10 year old Alexander. Basically every man is lusting for him and I feel like this:

 

  no scared nope nsfw gross GIF

[Source]

 

 

Review
4 Stars
The Daughter of TIme
The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey

Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant lies in the hospital with a broken leg and he is utterly bored. Since Grant has the ability to judge a character from a persons look, he takes a look at a photograph of Richard III, who is supposed to have killed his two nephews, the princes in the towers. He immediately becomes interested in the mystery of the past. Has Richard III. really commited the crime?

 

I didn´t know anything about this book when I started reading it and I have to admit, this novel took me by suprise. I have never read a book before, where someone is solving a mystery by doing extensive research in books. And it is not even boring. I felt utterly compelled by this book the whole way through.

 

I have to admit, though, that I would have enjoyed this novel more if I would have known more of the Plantagenets and their history. Which means I will revisit this book as soon as I have brushed up on my historical knowledge.

 

I´ve read this book for the historical mystery square and it was a perfect read for this square.

 

Page count: 206 pages

Money earned: $3.00

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 251 out of 473 pages.
Hyperion (SF Masterworks) - Dan Simmons

 I´m really enjoying this book so far.

 

I have finished the first three pilgrim stories. The first story has been wonderfully creepy, the second one is definitely not my favorite and the third one has been utterly weird (and kind of fun). I like that every story is totally different in style and content from one another.

 

 

Review
2.5 Stars
State of Wonder
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

State of Wonder tells the story of Miranda, a scientist who works for a big pharmaceutical company. After her colleague Anders has died in the Amazonian rain forest, the company sends her to find out what has happened to Anders and how advanced the research of Dr. Swenson, the former mentor of Miranda and employee of the same pharmaceutical company, is.

 

It´s been a week since I finished this book and I feel the same amount of bewilderment and annoyance that I felt immediately upon finishing the novel. Ann Patchett sure can write a compelling story, but there are so many factual errors in this book, especially when it comes to the medicinal facts, I had a hard time enjoying this book and at some point I couldn´t read these passages from a humoristic point of view anymore. And the notion that Miranda is supposed to have been a medical doctor at some point in her life is utterly laughable, because she is incredibly stupid throughout the whole book.

In the beginning of the book Ann Patchett manages to write Dr. Swenson as that incredibly mysterious and enigmatic character and the oppressive atmosphere of the rain forest is excellent. This is were the book shines. But other than that I haven´t been impressed by this novel.

 

State of Wonder has been publisched in 2011 and fits the square Carsland 18

 

 

Page count: 384 pages

Money earned: $3.00

 

Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
Hyperion (SF Masterworks) - Dan Simmons

On Hyperion there is a flame forest, which comprises of tesla trees. I don´t know anything more specific about the forest yet, but this sounds so awesome.

 

Booklikes-opoly: Dice roll #10 - and a plea for help

 

I´m heading of from the water works and my next dice roll

 

 

brings me to 

 

 

I have three books that I would like to read for this square and I can´t decide between the three of them. So I thought you guys would like to help me out. The three books are:

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick  Hyperion (SF Masterworks) - Dan Simmons  Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi  

 

So, which book should I read? Feel free to recommend away, I would be very happy if you did. And I will be back in about 12 hours.

 

 

 

 

Review
1.5 Stars
Jaws
Jaws - Peter Benchley

I guess there must be something wrong with the book when the reader is rooting for the shark instead of the characters. I have to admit I was secretly hoping that the shark would eat all of the characters at some point in the story, because the shark is awesome and the most intelligent being in the novel. Much to my chagrin, however, there isn´t enough of the shark in the novel.

Instead there is small town drama, the despicable wife of chief Brody, gag-inducing dialogues about rape-fantasies and a weird mafia-subplot, which didn´t add anything to the overall storyline.

 

So eventhough it has been a fastpaced and actionpacked read, the story in itself left me utterly dissatisfied.

 

Square: Water Works

Earned money: $3.00

 

  

Reading progress update: I've read 73%.
Jaws - Peter Benchley

The second part of the book has been so annoying, thank god I´m done with it. Some of the charcters really deserve to be eaten by the shark!

 

Review
5 Stars
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

I don´t think I can add something new to the dozens of reviews out there, so I will keep it brief. The Picture of Dorian Gray is dark, twisted, brilliant and has some great characters, that are an absolute joy to dislike. One of my favorite classics.

 

This book has been tagged as gothic on goodreads.

 

Page count: 231

Money earned: $3.00

 

Review
3 Stars
Poirot Investigates
Poirot Investigates  - Agatha Christie

It seems I´m not a big fan of Agatha Christie´s short stories, since they are utterly forgettable and at least two of them didn´t make sense and I couldn´t be bothered to read them again.

The reason I give this collection a three star rating in the end is the witty banter relationsship between Poirot and Hastings. The more I read about Christies character (whether it being these two or Miss Marple), the more I love them.

 

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