The Killing Moon

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The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin is the first volume of the Dreamblood series.

Target audience? No matter the age, to all lovers of fairy-tales, magic tales and fantastic lands.

Where and when? The ancient city-state of Gujaareh, in a time specific to other dimensions.

Strong points? The world imagined by the author is so special and spectacular, that you have moments when you wish for the novel to never end. The main characters – Ehiru, Sunandi si Nijiri – and the way in which their relationships grow or not! The mind-blowing tenderness of the “killing” Gatherers – you will experience “wow” feelings. The flowing like a river writing style, which keeps you glued to the pages!

Weak points? I have been thinking and thinking, but I could not find anything negative (obviously for the genre to which the book belongs).

Favorite characters? Ehiru and Nijiri (the love between the master and his disciple has, at times, incredibly impressive emotional peaks).

Convince-me! The power of dreams to both kill and heal. Unique!

Bonus? The Reaper! Brilliantly evil! 😀

Stars? 9 plus. 🙂 From the bottom of my heart!

The pursuit of Happiness

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The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy is one of the few contemporary novels which has as the main topic Love and which did not annoy me. On the contrary.

Target audience? Women and young girls alike, but also men and young boys who, for example, are interested in McCarthy period in US.

Where and when? New York, 1945 – present.

Strong points? The love story between Sara Smythe and Jack Malone, the battle on loyalty and moral principles field, the pleasant writing, without cheap stylistic mambo jumbo, the consequences of an erratic destiny, and the author’s unique talent to know how a woman thinks and act (and especially why!).

Weak points? Sometimes the intense analysis steals from the reader the pleasure to struggle hard in finding explanations for certain decisions taken by the characters.

Favorite characters? By far, Sara, Strong, independent, ready to fight with everybody and everything. Besides this, she remains super sane after everything happening to her.

Convince me! The aberrant tragedies of the McCarthy period. You will want to find out more afterwards and you will remain stunned to discover that such things occurred in a country which is considered the ultimate ambassador of democracy and freedom.

Bonus? A brother-sister relationship to die for. Flabbergasting betrayals.

Stars? 8 plus. 🙂

The Blind Assassin

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood is the novel for which the author won Booker Prize in 2000.

Target audience? Everybody who likes “wrestling” style.

Where and when? Toronto and Ontario (1914-199), Zycron Planet (undefined).

Strong points? The “wrestling” style. One must have solid talent and crazy courage to use three different narrative styles (one more fragmented than the other) within the same novel and keep the reader’s interest at a high level all along. A very rare and precious feeling for comparisons. Their genuineness can make any writer die with envy.

Weak points? Also the “wrestling” style. It can awfully tire you, unless you have serious reading years behind you.

Favorite characters? The Blind Assassin!

Convince me! The story of the blind assassin (the so called Sci-Fi or mystery part of the novel). It is the one that keeps you glued and which you search for hungrily among the lines dedicated to the two weird sisters’ lives and (sometimes) pathetic adventures.

Bonus? I don’t have one, as I would not read this book for the second time.

Stars? 8. For ingeniousness and guts.

The Book

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Of course my first proper review couldn’t start but with what I call “The Book”.

More precisely, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Target audience? Anybody.

Where and When? Barcelona, 1945 – 1955.

Strong points? The style which makes you lick your fingers (and the author’s, too), the sensational humor, the story within the story (where books are on a high pedestal and they can make the difference between life and death), the mystery, the Gothic, which warms up even the tiniest corner of your soul, nostalgia, and, oh, love…in all its shapes: exuberant, salacious, obsessive, magic.

Weak points? I chop off your head, if you find any. 😀

Favorite characters? All of them. Special mention though for Fermin Romero de Torres!

Convince me! “Man…heats up like a lightbulb: red hot in the twinkling of an eye and cold again in a flash. The female, on the other hand…heats up like an iron. Slowly, over a low heat, like tasty stew. But then, once she has heated up, there’s no stopping her.”

Bonus? “There’s no such thing as dead languages, only dormant minds.”

Stars? Maximum possible in my personal rating: 10