Quick Review: The Waste Lands by Stephen King

The Waste LandsThe Waste Lands by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have issues reading this book:
1) Violence against women (Suze’s rape scene)
2) Violence against children (Jake’s bruises)
3) Violence against animals (Oy’s demise)
You’d think I enjoyed violence against men but what can I do when the 3 out of 4 of the main characters are male? lol

Stephen King himself said that he was sorry there had been so many loopholes in the book but I was just wondering if Eddie’s carving skills would be of use in the next books (yep, I’m hitting my own head against the wall). Perhaps it had been necessary that it was one of his hidden talents but it later on didn’t do anything to the story, did it… Perhaps it was just an excuse to bring Jake into mid-world and have his wife be raped by a demon…

Saving Jake from the Tick-Tock Man and confronting air-head (if he had any head) Blaine were among my favorite Gunslinger parts.

 

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Burning the Handbook of Mortals?

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As a published author, I am proud of every star, review (positive or negative), and every dollar my novel and articles earn. This recent case about a book making it to the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list has just intensified this pride. Instead of dousing my desire to write because any nameless writer can make it to the top of a prestigious list, I am delighted that the product of my own night musings and caffeine-induced daydreams  is there, fighting a fair battle for me. It is perhaps a turning point in publishing literature: it does not matter what is on the list. What matters is what is going to last.

Handbook of Mortals may have earned a bigger publicity albeit how negative the comments are; it has etched a hideous mark on what most authors have been aiming for.

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I won’t even go as far as rating the book with a star. For now. Maybe the writer did her part in creating a wonderful story- I could give her that benefit of the doubt. Then again, I’m a writer as well, a very ambitious one who is easily swayed by competition.

Bosses irk their employees by promoting those who don’t deserve it, so nobody can point a dirty finger at me and expect me not to bite.

Quick Review: The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1), Stephen King

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)The Gunslinger by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was supposed to say a number of things about the book but Mr Stephen King himself preempted me with the accompanying ‘Afterword’ so there is nothing left for me to do but read the remaining books to know more. It’s a fast-paced work– for a novel that took twelve years to complete, that says something about his talent in storytelling. Every paragraph matters; every character is connected to the main story and it makes me wonder what had happened to Cuthbert and Jamie. Then again, that is a different story.

My favorite line?
The face was that of a starving idiot.

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Quick Review: Dream Psychology, Sigmund Freud

Dream PsychologyDream Psychology by Sigmund Freud

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It certainly is an eye-opener. Considering the amount of time I trundled to finish the book, I can say it is not for those who are in search for a light-read psychology book. I only endeavored to finish this because of my inability to endure people who can only quote Sigmund Freud without bothering to read his works. It always pays to go back to the original context whence his famous sexual symbols originated.

Albeit I can’t consider myself a psychologist, a Freud expert, and a dream interpreter, at least, for now, I can pay more attention to my dreams and try to discover my repressed wishes through them.

There is still too much to learn from him and ‘things are always lost in translation’ so, perhaps, after finishing a couple of Jung’s and Rand’s works, I might go back to reading his other books.

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Quick review: A Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

A Modern CinderellaA Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a good book, don’t get me wrong and Alcott still managed to capture my heart with her literary wit. Is it as memorable as Little Women , or Jo’s Boys ? No. The stories in the book reminded me of the characters in the aforementioned texts but that was it. Perhaps it was because there were a number of stories compiled in one book, but those didn’t move me nor care about the characters as much as when the kids and the teachers were together. All I realized was to be a Modern Cinderella, one has to be as loyal and hardworking as Nan, as bright and witty as Debbie, and as caring and pure as Nelly.

I also have to admit that Dora’s story was cute.

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