Ernest Hemingway – A Moveable Feast

 Author: Ernest Hemingway

Title: A Moveable Feast
Published: December 1964
Publisher: Scribners (USA)
Length: 211 pages
Genre: Memoir
Target age: Adult
Why I picked it up: About Paris in the 1920s, starting to read books by the Lost Generation 
Rating: 4 stars
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[A quick note on the edition I’m reading: I’ve got a first edition out from the library (the cover is the same as the image I posted above). I intend to buy this book, but I’ll probably prowl some used bookstores trying to find the copy I want.]

Will update this post on Monday! Terribly sorry for posting something half written 🙁 I’m done the book, I just haven’t the time to reflect right now, unfortunately.

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This book was my first foray into reading something by such a great and esteemed author. I’m very much a reader of the modern novel, but I have been interested in getting into the ‘greats’ such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Kerouac and all the others from different eras. Because of my interest in the subject matter, I decided A Moveable Feast was as good as any a place to start.

I very much enjoyed this book, even if it isn’t very representative of Hemingway’s actual ‘literature.’ I love his crisp writing style, which I’ve gathered is something he’s well-known for (don’t look at me that way! I have nobody to teach me about these things, I’m learning as I go).

Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine

Author: Naomi Klein
Title: The Shock Doctrine
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Length: 672 pages
Genre: Non-fiction, economics
Target age: Adult
Why I picked it up: Shopping spree at Chapters one day
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This a pretty hefty book so I haven’t finished it yet. That being said, I’ve also owned the book for five months and should probably get around to finishing it…

Since I’ve owned the book for so long and haven’t read it yet, I could forgive you for thinking it’s not worth reading. That would be a false belief. I’ve learnt so much from this book and I’m only on page 137.n(I haven’t had a lot of time for reading since school started up, which is why I’m posting this when I’ve only read a bit, but I’ll make another post when I finish the book).

When the juntas set out to defy Allende’s prophecy and pull up socialism by its roots, it was a declaration of war against this entire culture.

The first part of this book is mainly about US intervention in Chile and the 1973 coup, as well as what was happening in other parts of South America at the time. These are topics I have absolutely no knowledge about: the reading so far has been fascinating to me. I’ve gasped, had to stop and felt ashamed of my ignorance while reading. The whole subject is well explained and I feel like it actually is preparing me for the rest of the book, which focuses on the shock doctrine being used in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. I look forward to rest of the book and the things I’ll learn. Things I probably would rather not know about, but those are the things you need to hear the most, right? I think this will be a very informative book…(now I’m interested in what I’ll say after I’ve actually read the whole thing ;P).

Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex

Author: Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl
Title: The Atlantis Complex
Published: August 2010
Publisher: Hyperion
Length: 432 pages
Genre: Modern fantasy
Target age: Preteen
Why I picked it up: Been reading the series since grade five
Rating: 1.5 stars

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After the sixth book in the series, The Time Paradox, was released, I don’t know why, but I doubted that another book would be released. Well, surprises, surprises! Usually I’m on top of these things, but I only knew this book existed once I saw it stores. I bought it immediately but didn’t devour it immediately which might tell you something about the quality of the book.

I think the best volumes of the series were 1-4. Volumes 5 and 6 were fine, but not quite as good as the previous four. As for The Atlantis Complex, I can think of a few terms and phrases to describe it (in comparison to the other books in the series): Dull. Jokes that aren’t funny. Not up to standards. Lacking in character and plot. Disappointing. If the next book (to be the final) is on the same level as this one, I will be more than a little upset.

The main issue with this book is that the plot and characters are greatly lacking and those are the two things I love most about the Artemis Fowl series. There was no suspense, no clever twists and turns. The idea of Atlantis Complex was an intriguing one but it was executed poorly (Orion = one of the worsts ideas in the book). I didn’t feel as connected to the characters. They didn’t make me laugh, smile or cry with their weak dialogue. The whole book just fell flat: It felt like a poorly written fanfiction.

MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

HOWEVER! Not all was terrible. I still enjoyed reading a new Artemis adventure, even if it was not nearly as good. If you’re a fan you’ll make it through this volume, just perhaps not as urgently as the other books. The villain was unexpected. (To people disappointed with the lack of Opal: Don’t you know she only shows up in every second book? ;P Save Artemis’ final battle for her!) Towards the end of the book, Artemis says something that I think redeems the novel, if only a little bit:

“This adventure was different, Holly. Usually someone wins, and we are better off at the end. But this time so many people died – innocents -and no one has benefited.”

I think that quote summarizes the book quite well. The adventure was different, and no one benefited.