Bundori by Laura Joh Rowland

Bundori:: A Novel of JapanBundori: A Novel of Japan by Laura Joh Rowland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh man, this book was so hard to get through. Mostly because of its length and the way it was written, than out of dislike for the story.

I admit I have a love/hate situation going on with this series. On the one hand, I love all the historical details and how they’re woven into the story, the settings are realistic, Sano is (albeit slightly annoying to me in his personality) portrayed in a way believable to what and who he is supposed to be, and the crime/mystery aspect of the series is very well played and more or less interesting.

On the other hand, I (as I already stated) dislike Sano’s personality, don’t really care what becomes of the characters, find the repetitive descriptions dragging, and the sprinkled Japanese words reek of fanfic (and I’m not even talking about the titles of their jobs, which require a one paragraph explanation on what position it exactly is else no one [except those who know Japanese and their history] would know, because using the actual words in English like “retainer” and “captain” or whatever apparently takes it too far out of ‘the setting’).

I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series unless I’m very bored or very in need for a kick for some Feudal Japan. I know they’re not the longest books ever, but something about the writing style just makes them drag on forever. If the books were about half the length they are, I might have read on, but as they are… nope.

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Sirens by Eric Van Lustbader

SirensSirens by Eric Van Lustbader
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I picked this up not too long ago and kept laughing at how bad it was. Quite frankly, to me it read like a bad fanfic.
I don’t think I ever got too far into it, perhaps (and this is wishful thinking) it gets better in the end… Most likely not.
Although, if you’re picking this up for a laugh and not as some serious reading, then I give it 5 stars. 😉

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The HistorianThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say I’m surprised once again at the amount of bad reviews The Historian got. Perhaps it’s because they expected a more horror-based book, which this was not.
I also read some vague comparisons with The Da Vinci Code, which I can see on the matter that they both seem to be scholarly/research based books; though personally, I loved The Historian while I couldn’t even stand reading past the first chapter of The Da Vinci Code.

As for my personal opinions on The Historian, I found the book fascinating.

It’s certainly not a horror book, although it does have it’s moments of tension. I was very fond of the style of writing, and found most descriptions (although sometimes a little too long near the end) only added to the charm of the book, it made me feel like I was truly traveling right there with them.
I was so into the book that I almost felt disappointed to reach the center of my copy and not find a print of the infamous dragon.

Now, I admit, (and here be spoilers… )

Dracula’s whole apparent idea of blissful afterlife by having a massive library (cataloged), and giving clues to find his final resting place -while not wanting them to find his final resting place- was indeed a little “huh?” inducing. The ending was a little bit disappointing in that sense.

It was also required quite a bit of imagination to get past the fact that everyone seemed to remember years and months-old conversations word by word well enough to reproduce them in their letters, without taking (or hardly taking) notes.

But all the same, the whole research and investigation, the letters, etc., they were all fantastic and certainly, in my opinion, made up for those points I found weak.

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I read this because a friend recommended it to me, and I have to say, I could just not get into it.

I’ll be the first to say I’m picky on what I get to read, and this was, to begin with, just not the type of literature I tend to lean for.
The story on itself as it was told and as it was expressed on the movie was all cool an interesting and I’m sure it’s a great book if you’re into this type of reading, but I just failed completely at picking any sort of interest in the book itself. I read the first chapter, found it slow and boring to my preferred style of reading, and dropped it.

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