So far so good. I do love this absurdist storytelling
So far so good. I do love this absurdist storytelling
Read this with my daughter a couple of weeks ago. I'd read it with students at school but it's better when you can enjoy it properly AND the Julian Chapter on the end of this copy really is worth reading. Great to show that there's a backstory to the "baddie" too.
I rarely enjoy dual/multiple narratives, especially when one is historical, gradually building the backstory that will unite with the present day narrative. I just attach more to one than the other and then feel impatient that I'm not getting to continue the story I was absorbed in moments before the chapter ended. It doesn't stop me liking the book completely - I just enjoy it less!
3 weeks since I've been on litsy, or pretty much any social media - all my spare minutes have been spent blitzing through books 5, 6 and 7. I thought the first third of this book was frustrating and occasionally boring but finally it got going and was more than worth the wait. Great conclusion and I especially enjoyed the prologue.
Started reading the series with my daughter but had to read on by myself rather than wait for her to be old enough to read the later books. Loved this one.
So far so good. I saw the film about 10 years ago but hadn't read the book. Now doing so with my daughter. Only trouble is, I don't want to wait until bed time to read a measly one chapter per day! Am occupying myself with other reading but really I just want to crack on with the series at my pace!
Loved it. Reading the series with my daughter and watching the films alongside. I think the third book stands out as being the best so far (from the 4 I've read) but the third film stands out even more than the book because the directing is so good. Definitely enjoyable as an adult, even though I didn't read them when I was younger!
Just stayed up past my need to be asleep to finish this book that I started yesterday. (Have I ever done a 200+ pager in a day?)
Really enjoyed it. Surprised by how much, actually. I did like Turtles All the Way Down last year, but maybe this one more so.
Re-reading this brilliant book. I find Kelman's ability to write with child-like wonder and innocence quite beautiful. I wonder if black Ghanaian migrants to London would find it too innacurate or find fault in him writing something so very different to his own lived experience but I hope not. I find this book very moving.
A sad read, but a fascinating story. I don't pause to take in artwork enough when reading some graphic novels, mkreso when it's balck and white, so I finished this quite quickly.
I was just the wrong age to read these when they came out. Then, through working with children in my early adult years, I saw a few of the films, but they never inspired me to spend my time on the books. Now that my daughter is 9, and slowly getting into reading, I have the pleasure of beginning this magical adventure. We're 5 chapters in and we love it so far!
So far so good. Good to see Hollie Mcnish in here alongside Shakespeare, Bronte, Yeats and Shelley.
A good read for a younger teenager. Not as engaging for an adult as her debut SMART, but I was reading this to be able to recommend it to kids at work and will definitely be doing so. It also made for a nice one-day read yesterday with my post-Christmas desire to be very still.
Not sure... decided about half way through that this is a pick-up-occasionally/dip-in-out book. I laughed very hard a some points early on and laughed again the next day, remembering them. However, after a while I realised it wasn't amusing me in the same way, mainly because I like to race through and Ayoade on Ayoade is too intense for high speed consumption.
Haven't read a book so quickly in a long time. Started it two nights ago... just finished. An absolute delight of belly laughs at a stupendous combination of bone-dry humour and absurdist storytelling. Also contains a complete(ly embellished) history of the last hundred years of intenational politics.
Just started this'n. Proper guffaws of laughter in the opening chapters led my daughter to say, "I didn't know books could be THAT funny."
Follows on very well from part 1. I found the end of book 1 frustratingly unsatisfying but this time was more keenly aware that this would not be a satisfying resolution and instead would end on basically an intro to book 3. That said, I enjoyed it thoroughly and couldn't put it down at several points.
Good God Damn. Fascinating stuff. Despite my disagreement with one or two of his underlying assumptions, I think the questions Harari raises are not only valid and deeply challenging, but also very freeing.
This book is the most 'current' book I have ever read for all the best reasons. I tackles what we're dealing with as a population right now and does so on both the technology-world-changing-so-fast-what-do-we-do? level and also the I-am-human-so-are-you-what-do-we-do? level.
"...through hell or high water."
"It'll probably be both."
Oh my goodness. I don't often say a book should be required reading for the entire human race but I'm saying it now. The Humans is emotionally insightful and hilariously funny... perhaps those facts go hand in hand. Haig's writing implies lived experience of the deepest existential angst, but from a place of having emerged out the otherside. Uplifting and capable of helping you understand yourself better!