Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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After finishing Scarlet, I couldn’t wait to get started with the next installment in Marissa Meyer Lunar chronicles. So, let’s see whether Cress is just as good!

Cress by Marissa Meyer - Cover from Goodreads

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
So far, our two storylines from Scarlet crossed paths and melted into one. However, shortly after Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, Iko and Carswell continued their adventure together, we are introduced to someone new: Cress. She’s Queen Levana’s IT specialist, who can hack everything and surveils basically the whole earth for her. So how is she involved in this upcoming revolution? What side will Cress be on?

 

The Rating:
As usual, Marissa Meyer loosely based her story on a fairy-tale. This time, she was inspired by Rapunzel. You have no idea how creative Meyer is with the topic and delivers something completely new and fresh. She really is the only one how is able to pull off fairy-tale retellings! Continue reading

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Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)

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As you know, I’m currently making my way through Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. After I loved part one, Cinder, I couldn’t wait to get started with Scarlet, the second installment!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Cover from Goodreads

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Cover from Goodreads

The Plot:
While Cinder is sitting in prison after making a discovery that changed her life, somewhere in a little town in France Scarlet has her own problems. Her grandmother vanished without a trace and a mysterious stranger appeared in town. Is there a connection between them? And what has Scarlet’s grandmother to do with Cinder’s past?

 

The Rating:
Fairy-tale retellings are super hard to pull off, and very often are a huge disappointment. However, Marissa Meyer really surprised me with Cinder, so I had my hopes of for her Red Riding Hood inspired second installment of the Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet. Continue reading

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)

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Today is book review day. The one I chose this time is a novel by Marissa Meyer, I’ve read tons of good stuff about it and the blogosphere seems to be in love with the entire series, so I finally decided to give Cinder, part 1 of The Lunar Chronicles, a shot!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Cover from Goodreads

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Cinder is a 16-year-old Cyborg living in New Beijing. Loathed by her stepmother, she works as a mechanic to earn the family’s income. Her life is about to change when Prince Kai, soon-to-be emperor, visits her shop and asks her to repair his android. Cinder gets pulled into something she didn’t think she was part of, but believe me, she was wrong…

 

The Rating:
It’s incredibly hard to pull of fairy-tale retellings. Most of those end up a cheesy copy, unimaginative or simply weird. However, Marissa Meyer surprised me by kicking off The Lunar Chronicles with a fascinating modern version of Cinderella.
One of the reasons this works so well is because Marissa Meyer doesn’t attempt to stick too closely to the original story. There are many moments where she hints at something but still strays far enough from the fairy-tale to deliver something completely new. Continue reading

Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

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It’s time for another book review! I actually read this one some time ago, but never found the time to put in words how I feel about Lauren Weisberger’s first novel. So, let’s see…

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger - Cover from Goodreads

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Andrea lands her first magazine job – at not just any magazine! She gets to work at Runway one of the most famous fashion magazine in the world. However, her boss Miranda is basically the devil. Andrea has to survive one year in this job, but will she be able to make?

 

The Rating:
The most famous thing about this book is probably the movie it was turned into. Thus, the novel got hyped quite a bit a few years ago. As I had heard generally positive things about Weisberger’s book and enjoyed the film, I decided to give it a go.
Big mistake. Despite being less than 400 pages long, the book seems to be going on forever. You read the blurb and think “Hey, this surely is an interesting story”. But believe me, it is not.
First of all, I was quite annoyed by the main character Andrea. She goes to work at one of the most famous fashion magazines in the world but doesn’t give a damn. She knows nothing about fashion and doesn’t have the slightest motivation to learn anything. That’s highly unprofessional and as Weisberger mentions about 2 billion times throughout the book, it’s a job a million girls would kill for. So, if you really don’t give the tiniest fuck, let someone have the job who enjoys it. Continue reading

Book Review: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

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Today is book review time. I was inspired to pick up Stranger in a Strange Land by Mayim Bialik (you might know her as Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory) who named her highly interesting blog GrokNation after a word used in this novel. So let’s see what it is about!

 

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein - Cover from Goodreads

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein – Cover from Goodreads

The Plot:
Valentine Michael Smith is very special. He spent his entire life on Mars, was raised by Martian and never had contact with other hums. Now he is to return to earth. Will he be able to understand all of our human concepts like love, religion or prejudice?

 

The Rating:
Where do I start with this one. Stranger in a Strange Land is certainly many things. But I have my troubles with this novel.
While about the first 1/3 was interesting and touched several ideas that are still up to date, despite the book being published in the 60s. I was rather intrigued and kept making my way through the almost 700 pages. However, it all went downhill really soon. One of the major problems I have here is the sexism. Heinlein addresses some very modern an open concepts, even concerning sex, but he never fails to put “women in their place”. Sometimes it’s subtle, but often it’s quite obvious. Let me just quote one sentence and you’ll get the picture:ย “Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, itโ€™s at least partly her own fault.” I’m pretty sure there’s no additional comment needed here. Continue reading

Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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Today I want to talk about a book I’ve wanted to read for ages. Ever since the first trailer for the Amazon series came out, this novel has been sitting on my to-read list. Is it worth all the fuss?

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick - Cover from Goodsreads

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – Cover from Goodsreads

 

The Plot:
America 1962. The Second World War ended almost 20 years ago, but it didn’t turn out the way we know. In this novel, the Nazis won. The U. S. was divided into different zones, occupied by the Nazis and Japan. However, a resistance is working against the regime…

 

The Rating:
First of all: The Plot is absolutely fascinating. As horrifying as the idea itself is, I was still intrigued by the little details Philip K. Dick came up with. The alternate reality he created seems almost as real as ours.
Well, but no matter how interesting the story is, there are a few flaws I cannot ignore. Continue reading