This March was book madness. I was able to finish two novels. One was a fairly old book I had and the other a new one I knew I was going to love.
The Long Earth
I finally got around to finish the novel The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I liked the concept of the novel but what I didn’t like was it seemed as if the authors were dead set on making the novel into a series. The plot was very slow and the character and plot development were at times boring. It wasn’t my cup of tea, personally.
The story had a lot of details, which meant the authors really put their hearts and mind to it while writing it, but I just couldn’t handle that kind of writing. I much prefer a straight to the point kind. Sure, I do like some details here and there but often times it bores me.
I highly recommend this book if you’re a science nerd/geek. It’s quite a read since it delves mostly on the unnatural side of things. A lot of scientific terms that I just couldn’t be bothered with.
Will I read part two? Definitely not but don’t tell my boyfriend because he gave me this book. LOL
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki
I’m biased. I love Haruki Murakami’s work and this one is not going to be any different.
In this novel, he dives into the world of loneliness (again). What sets this novel apart, for me at least, is how true it can be. The story is about a man. He has a set of good friends during high school. He somehow gets evicted from this group and that has scarred him for life. He goes through life without a definite purpose but things change when his girlfriend asks him to look into his past so he can be free of it.
I mean, that’s mostly the gist of the story.
I can’t say much about it other than it was a nice read and I appreciated the lesson about life. I always get that when I read Murakami’s books and this one is filled with that. I like that but honestly, I wasn’t as touched or moved as I hoped I would be. Maybe because the timing is wrong and this kind of book isn’t what I wanted to read or get a lesson from right now?
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I like to feel when I read. I also like to be moved by the words I am reading. Unfortunately, both these books disappointed me. True, they have their strong points but it’s just not what I’m looking for right now.
What do you guys think?