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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Posted in Book, books, Celebrities, literature, Reviews, romance, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by payjturner

The Reader by Berhard Schlink is the story of a teenager who becomes involved with an older, mysterious woman. It is set in Germany and written from the teenagers point of view.

Years later, after thier relationship is over, he discovers a shocking secret about this woman. The secret takes him back to the time of thier relationship, which he seems to relive over and over, while he struggles to accept and understand her secret and what happened between them.

The thing that intrigued me about this book is the shock and mystery…the idea of thinking that you know someone, at least on some level, and then discovering something that you could have never imagined about that person. It makes the lead character question everything that he thought he knew about this woman as well as everything about their relationship.

While the relationship and the secret itself do not disappoint, you basically get a bird’s eye view of the events afterword. This is the type of book where I really want to hear the other side of the story. The woman’s side of the story during and after the relationship would be a much more fulfilling read and answer my multitude of questions. That is not provided. I didn’t feel like this book was unfinished but I did feel like it should be a set of two books with the other book being written from the woman’s point of view.


Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Posted in Book, books, Celebrities, Entertainers, fantasy, literature, Reviews, romance, sci-fi, twilight, Uncategorized, vampire, werewolf with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2010 by payjturner

Stephanie Myer’s Eclipse, similar to its predecessors, is extremely seductive and packed with forbidden romance and turmoil. But the one thing that this book has over Twilight and New Moon is, without a doubt, suspense. It starts off somewhat slow in the beginning. It’s almost like the author wants to torture you just to see how much you can take. But all of that suspense definitely pays off in the end. Toward the middle of the book you start to get pulled in a few different directions by the characters. The action and suspense picks up dramatically, almost to the point of exhaustion. This is a good thing.

Eclipse takes the love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob to new levels. This is, of course, the most fascinating part of the book and its core. You get a deeper understanding of the characters feelings. You see an almost unhealthy and inhuman kind of forgiveness and patience, particularly on Edward’s part, which is believable considering that he is not human. Jacob forces Bella into a realization that she never saw coming that only heightens her struggle. And in the middle of all of that, there are enemies to contend with and major, life altering decisions to make.

In the end, the characters aren’t the only people torn between one path or the other. As a reader, I was torn right along with them. Eclipse absolutely lives up to the standard that the first two books set and, in some cases, surpasses it.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Posted in Book, books, Celebrities, Entertainers, literature, Reviews, romance, twilight, Uncategorized, vampire with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2009 by payjturner

Finally. New Moon. I’ve been trying to carve out enough time to read this book for months! I actually only had to carve out 3 slots of time because once I started reading it I could not put it down. It definitely does not disappoint!

Twilight is all about new love.  New Moon is all about loss and friendship. I was a little worried about this one. Edward is my favorite character and I heard that he wasn’t in it very much. He doesn’t have nearly as big a part in this book as he did in Twilight… at least in terms of dialogue. He still has a big presence…even if it’s just in Bella’s head.

This book takes Bella through some extremely high highs and the lowest of lows. It is a smorgasbord of emotion. A roller coaster. And not the wimpy kind either. The kind that takes you backwards and upside down with all kinds of twists and turns and free falls. The kind that makes you question your intelligence for riding it and has you still walking a zig zag pattern 30 minutes later.

In the middle of it all we get to know Jacob Black. He goes from the acquaintance to the younger, hunky, sweet best friend that Bella comes to love dearly. The only problem is that he wants something Bella can’t give.

Jacob fills in the empty space that Edward leaves behind. Sounds scarry at first but the story line surprised me and completely drew me in. I have been known to get emotional when watching movies but books rarely, maybe never, get this kind of reaction out of me. It was insane. In a good way. Now, I am having a hard time deciding if I like Twilight or New Moon the most.  Before long I’m going to be like one of the millions of crazy, teenage, drooling girls with glossed over eyes standing in line at a Twilight event waiting for Rob Pattinson or some other Twilight guy to sign my face screaming, “I’m never washing my face again!” Oh well, bring on Eclipse!

Book Review: Twilight by S. Meyer

Posted in Book, books, Celebrities, literature, Reviews, romance, twilight, Uncategorized, vampire with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2009 by payjturner

twilightcoverJust finished reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yeah, I’m a little late getting into this world-wide wind storm but better late than never right? I watched the movie months ago. I heard through an acquaintance that the movie was good. This particular acquaintance is not exactly the type to be into movies like this so I decided to try it out. I didn’t expect to like it but I loved it. I guess the high school girl in me is alive and well…not that I really had any doubt. I still feel like I’m 18…and let me assure you that 18 was many “new moons” ago.

So, since I loved the movie so much I wanted to read the book. Normally, I don’t read the book after I’ve already seen the movie. It’s sometimes hard for me to get into if I already know what’s coming…although most of the time the book is much better & quite a bit different.

In this case, the book definitely held my interest. The movie very closely resembles the book in almost every detail. There are a few exceptions but nothing that really throws you off or makes you regret having read or watched it. The book filled in some gaps (like a more detailed history of the Cullens) for me and made things a little bit clearer as they often do. It elaborates on the emotions of the characters which helped me to better understand some of the acting in the movie. I’m normally not into vampire books or movies but this is more of a love story than anything else. The vampire theme takes a back seat.

I now know why the teen crowd goes nuts over this book and movie. Edward Cullen. Before I thought is was just the fact that the actor who plays Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) happens to be gorgeous. This has to be the most fascinating vampire that I’ve ever read about or watched. He’s probably every young (& possibly not so young) girls bad boy fantasy. This character, as well as the story line between Edward and Bella, makes Twilight the intrigue that it has become. Actually, I think it’s more of an addiction. I could’ve read the book more than once if I didn’t have graduate classes to worry about. I watched the movie 3 times & could’ve (& probably will at some point) watch it more.

You know the feeling you get when you finally get something that you really love that you haven’t had in a long time (like chocolate or caffeine)? Well, Twilight gives you that feeling and in some cases it’s even better.

I think almost anyone who is into books with romance as one of the major themes will like it. It is a light but highly enjoyable and addictive read. I honestly can’t wait to read the rest of the Twilight saga and watch the upcoming movies.