Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6) - Robert Jordan
After saying that I'll take a month break after the burn-out from TWOT, here I am 6 months later.
It is so refreshing to get back to the series. How I have missed it
The cover looks so great! I knew I had to read Autumn.
It is about a friendship between an old man and a young/adult girl. It was about art, a sexual scandal, an artist, Brexit?, a strange conversation style, and much more. This in addition to unusual time and space jumps (some imaginative places too) makes it quite a difficult read. Despite that, I appreciate the style; There is a certain wit to it. Though I have to admit that there were a couple of pages I did not understand what was going on.
I see that in their review, a few people mention how the book is arrogant with all the references to art; Next thing you know, people are going to complain that there is math in their physics textbooks. As far as I see it, the art is handled quite well. Also, it was great to learn the story of Christine Keeler and lookup Pauline Boty's paintings & collages.
The portrayal of friendship between Elisabeth and Mr. Gluck is great and the interactions in the post office are a lot of fun.
Autumn was a nice book.
I checked out Annihilation after hearing a lot of praise for the movie. It would be a great book if not for the let down at the end.
The journal-style writing works quite well in the book and the non-personal approach goes great with the tone. The author also does an excellent job building up the mystery and portraying the unsettling theme. The "antagonist" that is nature is handled perfectly in that its crime is living and its unnatural nature. But mystery is also where Annihilation disappoints; The questions arising early on go pretty much unanswered; Not to forget the newer mysteries that arise later which get the same treatment. I can only guess that the answers are in the sequel. Rather disappointing. The ending is quite realistic in the sense that if such events were to happen in the real world, I can see them playing out as portrayed in the book (I see the fallacy. Such things won't happen in the real world, to begin with). The problem with that is real-world events are usually boring since they aren't dramatized.
Another problem with the book is that it has a lot of padding in terms of past events. For the first half, I feel that such padding was good as it gave insight into the biologist's character and her actions. However, in the latter half, the padding seems not only unnecessary but also impedes the flow of the story and negatively impacts the thriller aspect.
All in all, I won't recommend Annihilation unless one intends to read the sequel despite the disappointing end to the first entry.
Note: After checking the movie trailer again, it seems that they completely changed the story. Looking forward to that.
This book is more than 100 years old, yet it was my first experience of someone going backward in terms of Sci-Fi. Forward meaning Sci-Fi has always shown something more, something yet to be realized. Topped with social commentary for that era, Flatland is a great book.
Going in, I did not expect to see social norms, class systems, armies, and war all of which were conceived really well for Flatland. My favorite part was our protagonist Square's interaction with Lineland and the ironic reaction that ensues for Spaceland; Not to forget Pointland. As comes with all Sci-Fi, you need to keep a very open mind when it comes to Flatland and use a rather different sense of imagination as unlike usual Sci-Fi you'll be going to something less. Though that might stem from my lack of experience with two dimensional Sci-Fi.
Also, the math used is very basic and accounts for a rather small part of the book than I had expected. Meaning it can be enjoyed by people who "hate" math.
Good story but writing style is a bit off. Maybe it works for the story but then again maybe not. Sometimes it felt like reading a history book and sometimes it was actual story.
I had thought there would be more friction between William and Abel given the description of the book but that is not the case. There are great moments between them of course but nowhere near my expectations. Their rivalry though important, is not the most important thing as it is made out to be. Their success story is amazing, just the description of the book seems off to me.