The Kite Runner and Catching Fire

I finished The Kite Runner.  It took me about a third of the book to “get into it” but then I was hooked.  It was done well.  Khaled Hosseini is a talented author.  It is eye opening.  That is the best way for me to describe it.   My heart breaks for the suffering of people all over the world.  I am not one to pretend that the world is always happy and no one faces pain.  On the contrary, I know that there is more than enough suffering and pain to go around.  But sometimes thinking like that is just as bad as pretending there is none, because we get immune to it.  I like reading books that put it in my face a little bit.  It makes me better aware.  And hopefully the more aware we are, the more help we will be able to provide.  Even if our help is “only to pray,” prayer is an enormous thing we can do, because God can reach across the world.

I also saw Catching Fire this weekend.  I give a lot of credit to everyone that is part of the Hunger Games movies.  I think the movies are an excellent representation of the books in details, characters and settings.  I enjoy the Hunger Games series.  I am not as big of a fan of the second and third books as I am of the first, but I still enjoy them.  The movie was the same for me.  As good as it was, not quite as wonderful as the first.  It is a tough thing to do.  I still think they all did a great job!  And, I loved that Divergent was previewed…cannot wait to see that, too.  🙂

Allegiant

I have been waiting over a year for this book, the third in the series.  I am a HUGE fan of the Divergent and Insurgent books!   After waiting so long, I do not feel it is truly fair to rate this book…there was a long and large build up.  It took me a little longer to get into than the first two, but once in, I was hooked.  Veronica Roth is talented!  I did feel that this book read more like a movie than a book, but let’s face it, it will likely be in movie form before we know it.  I hope so anyway!  I figured out how it would end early on.  She left a little bit of room for the what if and I had my own ending in mind that I knew she wouldn’t do, but I completely understand why she ended it the way she did.  It was the only way to bring the series full circle and make a clean and closed ending to the series.  I applaud Veronica Roth for this series…it is captivating and unique.  I do like the first 2 better than the last, but I still like the last, especially for a 3rd book in a series!  🙂  You should definitely read and enjoy!

 

The Game of Thrones

I applaud George R.R. Martin for writing a nearly 700 page book and making it interesting until the end!  Very few authors can do that successfully.  The Game of Thrones took me a long time to get through.  With the busy-ness of our daily schedule, there is not a lot of time to dedicate to reading…and when you have such a lengthy book to get through, it takes awhile.  😉

The way the book was broken up there were definitely chapters that held my interest more than others.  I, again, was not impressed by the boldness of graphics.  Some may have been necessary for the period in which the book took place, but there were quite a few scenes that could have been left out.  However, it was a book full of great detail.  Apparently there is a tv series based on this book and I can see why.  He wrote naturally and brought each character to life.  I was placed in the scenes, able to see the people and places vividly.  I adore that kind of writing…the kind that transports you into the pages of type.

There were some surprises in the book which made me like it even more, because they made sense with the story, but were not the obvious paths he could have taken.  So many books are predictable these days.  This is not one of them.  And I cannot believe that I have to read 2 more in the series before I find out what is going to happen in the end.  If the next two in the series are as long as this one, it could be quite awhile before I can post on them.  🙂

Anyway, good book, a little too graphic, but skim those parts and it is a great choice!