This is the last load of reviews from 2018!
The Golden Compass / Philip Pullman
Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger.
Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.
But what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other…
I started reading this over 10 years ago and dnf pretty early. Just wasn’t my thing at the time. When I heard about the new TV show, that’s coming soon (I hope), I felt like giving it another try. I’m happy I did, because this time I enjoyed it much more!
It’s probably due to the fact that I didn’t have high expectations and that my taste in books had changed again.
It’s a neat magical tale, with lots of great ideas, a beautiful world and enough adult themes to not be considered a book for kids only. It’s actually pretty dark at some points and almost made me cry.
I just can’t stand animals being treated badly 😦
Miss Coulter is a real bitch and great villain, I absolutely detest her!
I loved reading about the ice bears, the demons and the mystery of Dust! Lyra’s journey was fun, entertaining & action-packed even though she herself is not a very interesting character. She should show a little more emotion. I also was annoyed by the dialect. Just speak proper English, you guys, please! 😀 It’s much easier for me to understand as a non-native speaker.
It’s quite straight-forward & some things were predictable, but that didn’t really take away anything.
The Darling Buds of May / H. E. Bates
‘Home looks nice. Allus does though, don’t it? Perfick’ And so the Larkins – Pop, Ma, Mariette, Zinnia, Petunia, Primrose, Victoria and Montgomery – return from an outing for fish and chips and ice cream one May evening. There, amid the rustic charms of home, they discover a visitor: one Cedric Charlton, Her Majesty’s inspector of taxes. Mr Charlton is visiting to find out why junk-dealer Pop hasn’t paid his tax – but nothing’s that simple at the Larkins. Mariette takes a shine to ‘Charley’ – as Pop calls him – and before long the family have introduced the uncomplaining inspector to the delights of country living: the lusty scents of wild flowers, the pleasures of a bottle of Dragon’s Blood, cold cream dribbled over a bowl of strawberries and hot, hot summer nights. In fact, soon Charley can’t see any reason to return to the office at all . . .
This was a Christmas present by one of our lovely residents at work. It was a nice, quick reading snack. Enjoyable and light. I would call it fluffy^^
You WILL get hungry reading it though. And you shouldn’t think about it too much 😀
I have to admit, I wanted to build myself a cocktail bar after finishing it. Wouldn’t that be a neat thing to have at home?
..I heard there’s a TV show based on it. Did anyone see it?