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Frankenstein by Mary Shelly – Review

This story follows our main protagonist, Victor Frankenstein. He’s fascinated by science and decides to apply his knowledge in the creation of life. Creating the incredibly famous Frankenstein’s monster, later regretting his decision and spending a small amount of the story running away from him/it.

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Overall I enjoyed this book, I really fancied Mary Shelly’s writing style and I also liked the mix between letter as well as actual prose. The plot was very well developed and I think she really made clear what her point was. As I see it, she used this book to examine human nature as well as trying to define what human life actually is along with trying to show us we need to evaluate our own actions and not put how we act on other people.

All in all, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars just because I’m not really into horror.
I deftly recommend you to read it, you know I love the classics.

 

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HARDEST BOOK LOVER WOULD YOU RATHER!

Hello, people of the interweb it’s me Margarida.

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Today I’m going to do the HARDEST BOOK LOVER WOULD YOU RATHER. Yesterday I saw Regan from PeruseProject doing this kind of book challenge and I thought it was extremely funny as well as a great idea for a blog post. All the questions are from a BuzzFeed quiz to which I’ll leave the link to at the end of this post.

Without further ado, let’s start!

1. Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or one who dog-ears them?

I’m going with a friend who dog-ears my books because with this option at the end I’ll still have my books.

2. Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates, or secretly hate a book everyone else loves?

I’d rather hate a book everyone else loves because I feel like that already happens to me a lot.

3. Would you rather be stuck on a very long plane or train ride without a book?

I’m going to go with the really long train ride because on a train ride I at least have the landscape to look at whereas on a plane I’d have to look at other people which is not my idea of a fun time.

4. Would you rather have dinner with your favourite author or your favourite character?

I’m going to go with the favourite author, I think it would be amazing to chat with the author about his/her process of creating the characters I love.

5. Would you rather date a character you have a crush on or your crush from real life?

My crush from real life.

6. Would you rather have your favourite book turned into a movie, or your favourite movie turned into a book?

Even though some book to movie adaptation can be a disappointment, I think the other way around would be even worse.

7. Would you rather read a book with an annoying cliffhanger or one where your favourite character is killed off?

I’m going with kill my favourite character off. I get really annoyed with cliffhangers, I think it’s because of my OCD or something but I honestly can’t stand them.

8. Would you rather lose the ability to read any new books, or the ability to reread books you’ve already read?

Read new books, there is no other option here.

9. Would you rather live in a library or a bookstore?

I have to go with a library, it is an entirely different vibe.

10. Would you rather lose your place or get a paper cut every time you read a book?

Lose my place, I’m used to that. Not to mention paper cuts are the worse.

11. Would you rather have to always read in the dark, or always read books with tiny text?

I would always read in the dark, I hate those books with tiny text.

12. Would you rather read by a fireplace, or on the beach?

Fireplace, it’s my favourite place to read by.

This was the HARDEST BOOK LOVER WOULD YOU RATHER which you can find here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/hardest-game-of-would-you-rather-for-bookworms?utm_term=.esON4aZwg#.pnALDOE2p .

I hope you interweb people enjoyed this post, be sure to comment what you think and what you would answer to these questions.

Bye, keep on reading.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner) by Philip K. Dick – Review

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of the best-known novels by Philip K. Dick. It’s a story about a mercenary, Rick Deckard, who signs on a new mission in order to earn enough money to buy a live animal to replace his electric sheep. The mission involves hunting down six Nexus-6 (androids) that fled from Mars (that became one of Earth’s colonies after a Word Word took place).51cqohlycwl-_sx323_bo1204203200_

It’s amazingly well written and a really fast read. The important topics such as genetic engineering, cloning, environment, and globalization are very well addressed. It’s a great story with fine characters with very unique personalities, but the main focus is making you question certain issues.

I would’ve prefered if the world and the plot had been better explained, but it was entertaining from start to finish nevertheless. The ending is a wee bit anti-climatic, but all in all, great read.

I recommend it to all the sci-fi lovers out there.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading!

Agoust 2018 TBR

Hello, people of the interweb!

Summer is here and everybody knows summer means books books books books!

I don’t know if I’ll read these books exactly but the books I’m about to list are the ones I’ve been planning on reading for a long while now and that I plan on finishing/reading this month.

Please let me know if you have read any of these books and if you enjoyed them or not!

Here it goes:

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley;
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?(Blade Runner) by Philip K. Dick;
  • A Vida num Sopro by José Rodrigues dos Santos;
  • The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler;
  • Seeing by Saramago;
  • Out of Africa by Karen Blixen.

Bye, keep on read!

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak – Review

This is a story about a book-stealing young girl during World War II. It’s also about being brave and never losing hope even during the darkest days of our lives. The story itself is narrated by death, who is trying to make sense of the horrible things happening during this time.

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At first,  the book wasn’t keeping me interested but without me even noticing I was hooked. It is a different story because it doesn’t focus specifically on Hitler supporters nor on the ones being persecuted by the Nazi party. This gives the plot a certain thickness.

The book has such a diverse batch of characters, each one has an exceptional personality and although there are characters which we are obviously supposed not to like such as Liesel’s foster mother Rosa, towards the end the writer just makes you fall for every single one of his characters.

I thought it would be exceedingly depressing, but it wasn’t as much of a misfortune as I thought it would be. Probably due to the main character being still quite young, she brings a kind of naive optimism to everything.

Favorite quote: “She gathered books like clouds and words poured down like rain.”

I recommend this novel to everyone it is simply fantastic.

I’m giving it a rate of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading!

 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Review

I really shouldn’t be reviewing the work of Shakespeare, I’m for sure not an expert but here it goes!

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Hamlet is a story of how the ghost of an assassinated king comes to haunt the living with devastating repercussions and it starts with the encounter of young Hamlet with his father’s ghost.

Revolving around revenge, betrayal, and madness, Hamlet is dramatic, entertaining and unlike what I was expecting an easy read but with a lot to take in. In this play Hamlet’s feigned madness is contrasted with Ophelia’s genuine madness.

This play was a joy to read, in the sense of inner satisfaction at the writing, the complexity of characters and the richness of the thought induced in the reader  by Shakespeare in this breathtaking drama.

I really liked this play, the only thing about it was the fact that it was a play (something I’m not used to reading).

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.

Armada by Ernest Cline – Review

Armada by Ernest Cline is about Zack Lightman, a high school gamer who is obsessed with games, music and movies, who spends his life dreaming of more sci-fi like world.220px-armada_novel_cover

Armada brings with it an abundance of nerdy references that makes my inner geek go wild. It provides an intriguing take on what would really happen if aliens did invade the earth.

There were some great characters in this book that I hold dear to my heart, especially Lex. Her relationship with Zack was pretty adorable but it didn’t abrogate the book if that makes any sense. Not to mention the story was never boring because there were so many different elements to it.

However, the large battle portion at the end seemed to move too quickly and the plot seemed a little unrealistic at certain points like how fast the characters were able to travel in space (not that it is necessarily a negative point). Some scenes moved a bit too rapidly and sometimes they were a little too much to follow.

Other than this, the story was well developed and fast paced. It was overall a fun book, and I would recommend it to all of you geeks and 80s pop-culture lovers out there.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.