Your description makes me think of "Night" by Elie Wiesel, which was about the holocaust. A great book, but it's so unbelievably depressing. I read it when I was 10? 12? and I haven't been able to get through it again since.The artwork was great and I admire the author for putting his traumatic childhood out there. It was well done, etc etc. But it's depressing. Not in a cry-sob way, or in a poetic fictional The Road way. Just straight-up depressing. This is going to sound stupid, but... reading it made me feel bad. It's appropriate for the subject matter but not pleasant. The only nice things are that the author somehow turned out ok in the end, and that if you have parents who are anywhere near normal, you'll appreciate them more. :\ I might give it one more read though; kinda rushed through a little. For me, doesn't really seem like a story I'd want to re-read over and over again.
Get ready for lots and lots of walking and other non-epic events.A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin - 7/10
Great, entertaining read... but not nearly as good as
A Storm of Swords by GRRM - 9/10
Easily my favorite of the series so far (I'm about halfway through book 4 right now). So much epic stuff happens. I love this series.
To sum it up:I skipped all of the chapters about that southern desert area (Dorn?) I couldn't for the life of me figure out why any of these characters were relevant or tied into the rest of the plot, and I finished the book without feeling like I missed anything.
Simply put so far it gives me the creeps when I read it and its a very easy summer read so far. I highly recommend it plus theres word of a screen play being made so it could hit the silver screenThe Forge of God is a 1987 science fiction novel by American writer Greg Bear. Earth faces destruction when an inscrutable and overwhelming alien form of life attacks.
The Forge of God was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1987, and was also nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1988.
You should definitely read it. Anna Karenina is one of the next books I'm going to dive into, but I might take a break and read something "light" first.I haven't read that one. Tolstoy is a goddamn master though. Anna Karenina is one of the most finely-crafted novels I've ever read, and War and Peace and Childhood are both fantastic too (those three are all the Tolstoy novels I've read). Some of his short stories are great too, not just Ivan Ilych and Kreutzer Sonata but also some of the less well known ones like How Much Land Does A Man Need? as well.
'The Unbearable lightness of being' is the book he's most famous for, but I really do recommend 'The Joke' which is something I've returned to a few times over the years.Milan Kundera - Ignorance. 3/5
Kundera's works tend to revolve around the human condition, and this one is no exception. Ignorance explores the concept of nostalgia, and the ever-present bond an emigrant can feel to their homeland, to the bond of a first love. In typical Kundera style, it combines philosophy with character, using (as I said about The Unbearable Lightness) characters as examples and symbols. He has a way of taking the entire scope of a character's life into consideration that I find enchanting. Most books focus on a particular time in a character's life, but Kundera takes all of them, because all of them is important.
"On the trip home he decided to leave the country. Not that he couldn't have lived here. He could have gone on peacefully treating cows here. But he was alone, divorced, childless, free. He reflected that he had only one life and that he wanted to live it somewhere else."
By Dostoevsky? I read half of it (about 300-400 pages) a couple years ago, been meaning to go back and reread/finish it ever since. I loved what I did read, interesting character, and I hear that the ending is superb.Have you read The Idiot? It's a must.
Milan Kundera - The Joke 3/5 - I'm not sure if it's because it was his first novel, or because there were multiple narrators, but it felt less structured and refined than his later works. I still enjoyed it, and his skill at creating characters still really shines though, but I didn't "love" it like I did his other works.Went to the Library today, picked up Milan Kundera's "The Joke", as recommended by Kadayi, as well as Andre Gide's "The Immoralist" and Bohumil Hrabal's "Too Loud a Solitude", both recommended by Samon.