This might just be the best dog book ever written! It is about how dogs communicate, and how they try to calm their surroundings down through calming signals. So many tragic misunderstandings between dogs and humans could have been avoided if more people read this book!
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A review of "The Mermaid Chair" — 7 years ago
I loved The secret life of bees, so I had high expectations of this book. It didn`t really live up to them. Especially in the middle, there was a really long, quite boring part, with lots of symbolism that was just too obvious and a bit cliche. I liked the beginning and end though. It was quite a good story, it just seemed like the book could have used some more work really. But worth reading!
I do think — 7 years ago
that parts of his theories were quite interresting. But why oh why did he have to write such a seriously bad novel about it?? I mean, it`s been a while since I`ve read a book that was this badly written. Now I did read the Norwegian translation, so ofcourse things might have been lost in translation. But somehow I don`t think that`s it.
Considering the topic of the book, I found it quite annoying that he chooses to consistently call the female main character by her first name Sophie, and the mail main character by his last name Langdon. Which, at least the way I see it implies a difference in status between them that I didn`t find appropriate. And I don`t like overexplaining in novels. For instance, when the main characters are entering Westminster Abbey in the middle of a huge drama, I do not need the author to explain to me that they are not thinking about the history of the place at that moment. I never thought they were. It seems the author has a need to show us how much he knows about history and all sorts of symbolism, and he keeps looking for excuses to add all his facts (true or false) to the story. And he doesn`t do it elegantly.
And then there`s all the comments and phrases that are just weird. For instance, in one of the most dramatic moments at the end, he chooses to add the phrase “He did not breathe for a whole second.” A whole second?? What is that?
Also, in reading the book, I kept wondering about his time aspect. How many hours is there in one night in this novel? Maybe it is possible for all of that to happen in one night, theoretically, but I doubt it. And he could so easily have avoided things like that.
I found the characters flat and the plot just really bad, the ideas are interresting to some extent, but they just get lost in all the bad writing.
A story about "The Da Vinci Code" — 7 years ago
I wasn`t going to read this, it just seems like a bit of a hype. But, so many people have told me they loved it, and I`m in the mood for something easy and relaxing to read, so I`m going for it afterall. I started it last night and it does seem promising.
A story about "Sittaford Mystery, The" — 7 years ago
It is worth consuming, but definitely not Agatha Christies best novel.
A story about "Sittaford Mystery, The" — 7 years ago
Yhis is my Easter crime novel this year (very important tradition in Norway!). One of the few Agatha Christie crime novels I haven`t read. Can`t wait! I think I`ll go start reading it right now. ;)
A story about "Reading Lolita in Tehran" — 7 years ago
I started reading this about a week ago. So far, I`m not to impressed with her style of writing. But it is fascinating to read about life under this regime. And about how seemingly very little things, like forming a group that meets every week to discuss literature, can mean so much to people when their lives are so much restricted in all other areas.
A review of "Arsenikktårnet (arsenic tower)" — 7 years ago
Anne Ragde is one of Norways most popular writers these days. And I can see why. I really like her style of writing, it`s down to earth, and she describes so many aspects of her characters, several of the characters in the book I really liked and really disliked at the same time, it was fascinating. But at the same time, it was a very depressing book. Maybe it has to do with my life and my mood right now, but there`s only so much tragedy I can deal with in one book, and this book was full of it, death, disease, incest you name it. So, not a favorite book.
Why I recommend "The French Lieutenant's Woman" — 7 years ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was fascinated by the way the author went out for the story for comments on victorian society or on his own role as author, and then continuing the story. I usually don`t like that, it sort of interrupts that world of fiction that one is taking part of when reading. But he did it in way that just made the story much more interresting. He even entered the story himself sometimes.
There were some things I was struggling to really understand in the story, especially in the end, I`ll have to think more about it. And, when I have to think more about books after I`ve finnished reading them, that`s a good thing, it show it has interresting points to think about besides the story itself.
A story about "UDO`s choice" — 7 years ago
This tastes so yukky! But I`m still taking some every day now. I`ve been vegetarian for about 11 years, so I don`t get any Omega3 oils from fish. So I`m very happy that there is a vegetarian alternative. And I do think it has some effect on my ADD, which is great!