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Lord of the Flies (Perigee)
Lord of the Flies (Perigee)
von E. L. Epstein
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,00

5.0 von 5 Sternen An important philosphy disguised in an island adventure, 5. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lord of the Flies (Perigee) (Taschenbuch)
I, unlike many students, was not required to read Lord of the Flies in high school. If I did, I probably would rate this book at a lower score. Anyway, I always had known the basic plot, so I while back I picked it from the library. I now know why many teachers make this book required reading. Golding puts his view of human civilization with Freudian philosophy in what first appears to be simple story of English boys on an uninhabited island. In the beginning, that is how the novel seems, and it has a cheerful mood. But Golding's main point is that civilization is fragile, and without government people are asking for chaos. He brings Freudian concepts into play, like id, ego, and superego(Jack, Ralph, Piggy). Adults here are represented like government figures, but no adults on the island mean no government. The boys do their best to work together at first, but soon after there is manipulation and mutiny. Symbolism packs this book, not only in inanimate objects, but the characters. Jack(agression), Ralph(order), Piggy(reason), and Simon(consolation that was never realized). All the while the island is presented as a paradise and a lonely piece of wilderness at the same time. Golding puts his message across clearly, and at the same time puts out a good adventure novel. I only had two main problems with Lord of the Flies. One is that overall, the island seemed to be very small and needed more decription of it's physical features, and two, Golding should have put the boys' average age a few years ahead. But those aside, this novel is a good one, being rightful to earn classic status. If you like to read something that makes your brain crank while being entertained, Lord of the Flies is a pretty damn good deal.


The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story
von Michael Ende
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,00

4.0 von 5 Sternen Adventures in the attic, 15. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Neverending Story (Taschenbuch)
The Neverending Story is a book that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age and gender. It was better than I expected it to be and it's packed full of important themes. How Michael Ende came up with a great story like this truly boggles the mind. I've seen the movie and liked it, but the book explained what the real meaning of its' title. The only gripe that I had with it were some of the character descriptions, some of them seemed rather corny, either the product of Ende's intent or Manheim's translations. Other than that, I consider this novel a first rate fantasy. Anyone, I think, who reads it, will definetly think about Ende's thoughts that he expressed in his book. It is clear that Michael wrote an entertaining fantasy, but he also wanted the reader to think. The Neverending Story is about Bastion, a depressed boy who dosen't seem to like himself too much. When he discoveres that the land of imaginations' existence depends on his actions, he is afraid and wonders what the Childlike Empress could want out of a anti-hero such as himself. When he does save Fantasia, he becomes not only it's savior, but also a supreme being. But his new-found powers make him very vunerable to HIMSELF? Read the book to see what I mean. The Neverending Story is a book that its' readers won't forget for a long time, if ever.


The Castle of Llyr (Pyrdain Chronicles)
The Castle of Llyr (Pyrdain Chronicles)
von Lloyd Alexander
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Outside of Prydain, but still great, 9. Februar 2000
The Castle of Llyr mostly has events occuring on the island of Mona, not Prydain. This book has a different feel than the previous two. It deals with Eilonwy leaving Prydain to "act like a lady". Knowing her from the other books, she'd rather be doing what the guys are doing. Also Taran becomes aware of his feelings for her. Although they're usually arguing, I could see this sort of thing coming from a long way off. The main surprise is how someone(I'm not saying who)wants revenge and wants to exploit the unknown magical powers of Eilonwy to rule Prydain. The book, while simple like the others, gives great detail of how Mona is supposed to look like, and the actions of the heroes are easy to imagine. In this third book of the Prydain Chronicles, the main issues with Taran are jealousy and wanting what he seemingly can't have. If you read the first two Prydain books, this one won't be a disapointment.


The Island of Dr. Moreau Island of Dr. Moreau
The Island of Dr. Moreau Island of Dr. Moreau
von H. G. Wells
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen They called Moreau their God, 5. Februar 2000
Until I read this book, I didn't know that a serious novel about human like animals existed. Certainly H.G. Wells is not most well known as one of the fathers of sci-fi for this novel. It was one of his first, published in 1896, and the book lovers of the time must have really found this work disturbing and shocking. Maybe that's why The Island of Dr. Moreau has been playing catch up to The Time Machine and War of the Worlds ever since. I admit that I myself found the basic idea in this book very cruel, but I realized that the book covered other issues as well. Besides being the novel about an insane scientist who tries the hand at playing God, this book evokes thoughts of social responsibilty and freedom of all living things. Also, it shows that sometimes who we think of as being authority really have no right to be, and deals with anarchy and revolution. But it is the basic plot that has the most effect. Why does Moreau torture animals so that can make them in the image of man? Dr. Moreau beats Victor Frankenstein on who is a more of a nutcase. Frankenstein intended for something good to come out of his work. Moreau did his experiments just for curiosity. He didn't expect for his creations to have any real purpose. He didn't care for them. And yet he brainwashes his creations to fear and respect him, to treat him like a god, and follow his laws. And another thought occurs. What really seperates man from beast? What causes humans to sometime commit violent and brutal acts? What does that account for? When I read this novel, the reality of what genetic cloning may become years from now passed through my mind. If genetics had been an established science in the 1890's, Wells could of utilized it in this book, but he would probably have created a controversy beyond any proportion. But certainly the ignorance of genes back then was not his fault, and he came up with probably the best substition: vivisection. Being the substitute of what was unknown and likely more plausible, vivisection was more than enough to shock Well's audience of reading about the blasphemous idea of creating "Beast-People". I am certain that people in 1896 weren't ready for it. Neither are we. That's what I think is the main reason that The Island of Dr. Moreau isn't as popular as H.G. Wells other novels. I found, however, that this was a worthwhile read because its suspense and creepiness intrigued me, and it made me think of some social issues. If you're a person who can bear reading a grotesque story of cruelty and suffering, I highly recommend this book.


Dracula: Case Studies
Dracula: Case Studies
von Bram Stoker
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Kinda gave me a craving for necks, 5. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dracula: Case Studies (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Dracula is one of the best horror novels ever written. Back when it was first published in 1897, it must have been truly terrifying to it's first readers. I was shocked, to say the least, that I was somewhat disturbed in reading it's pages. The first fifty or so pages define what is true classic horror. After that it slows down for a while, but when the Count lands in England, the story just takes off. While it me a while to get used to the journal and diary style of writing, Stoker made it a focus that this element was crucial in the later part of the novel. I hear most people say that Francis Ford Coppola's film version is the most accurate in following the novel. If that is true, then I must say that all Dracula films made so far are very pathetic attempts to capture the essence of Stoker's novel. I saw Coppola's film the same day of finishing the novel, and I felt like breaking the TV. It was blasphemy. However, the only part of the novel that I didn't like was the final showdown, and that's the main reason I didn't give five stars. I'll leave it to readers and see if they agree with me or not. I can't of many literary figures that have had such an impact on popular culture as Dracula. The horrible movies of him, other vampire movies, scary movies in general, the Castlevania series, halloween, Buffy, and countless other things I can't think of right now; all own at least some thanks to him. I'm sure professional writers everywhere will just die with ectasy if one their own characters reach the status that Dracula has. Dracula earned his position with just cause; it's to bad that Stoker did not live to see the full influence that his brainchild has. I heard that he died a miserable man. If you really want to know why Dracula is so popular, turn off your TV, sit down somewhere, and fire up your imagination with this masterpiece. Dracula is truly someone who will remain undead for a long time to come. Happy Horrors! =)


The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3)
The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3)
von J.R.R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The end of the Third Age, 2. Februar 2000
The Return of the King is the final part of The Lord of the Rings. In this last part the feeling of good versus evil reaches its pinnacle in LOTR. Tolkien gave incredible detail describing the War of the Ring, as it spanned several chapters. All of the characters are developed further, and for most of the TROTK, the story remains a two way split. TROTK has an amazing conclusion, and that is partly bad. Upon finishing the novel, I was sad that it was over, and I didn't want it to be over, because Middle-Earth is a great place to get lost in. You go on the journey that the Fellowship undertook, and feel everything that each member of the party felt. This is possible because throughout LOTR, Tolkien wrote vivid passages describing the regions of Middle-Earth, the characters, and what they were thinking. I read TROTK more slowly, because I wanted to stay longer than what the novel would allow. The four hobbits of the Fellowship become harden warriors, a trait that was virtually absent from their kind. Even though the novel finally came to a complete finish, it felt like it left room for more. It's to bad that there is no direct sequel, and while it answers most of the questions left from the end of The Hobbit, the reader can come up with plenty more questions upon finishing LOTR. Professor Tolkien did a work that was unexpected in its depth. He invented several REAL languages and writing systems, a complete history to back the novel, and created a wonderful world filled with diverse races and environments. Some fantasy authors may have tried to reach Tolkien's level in fantasy literature, but I am certain the The Lord of the Rings will never be duplicated. The Return of the King stands as the incredible conclusion of the greatest epic ever written. My only regret was that it ended.


The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2)
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Get absorbed in the majesty of Middle-Earth, 2. Februar 2000
The Two Towers is the second part of Lord of the Rings. It was hard to come to a decision, but I have to say that this favorite out of the three parts. With most of the questions left from The Hobbit answered in The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien kicks up the action and takes the suspense to a new direction in The Two Towers. Tolkien brilliantly split the story two ways in TTT. In doing that, Tolkien allowed himself to really develope the supporting characters more easily. This becomes so apparant at times that the lesser characters seem as important as the main character, Frodo. In fact, Frodo isn't involved in about ten chapters of TTT. It gets to be noticed that the characters experience events and situations that really changes their thoughts of perceiving their world. The Two Towers is full of twists and surprises, and it leaves you wanting more. Excellent descriptions of the regions that the Fellowship pass through overflow in this book. Like in The Fellowship of the Ring, you forget that this fantasy, as the background and lore has the sense of a real and complete history. The Two Towers, overall, has a darker mood than The Fellowship of the Ring. At the end, a feeling exists encompassing the real danger that the quest might fail. The Two Towers has one real bad aspect. Near the end, the reader can feel extreme tension and suspense because of the actions in the book. Then it flat out leaves you hanging by the neck, leaving you cursing like you never cursed before, unless you have The Return of the King waiting right there to be picked up. The Lord of the Rings is not to be checked out at the library if a person wants to check out each volume seperately. Some passages will refer the reader to a Appendix, and those are in TROTK. Check out a single volume edision instead, or better yet, buy LOTR, single volume or three volume version. Lord of the Rings should be read and experienced by everyone, and acknowledge that Tolkien was a real genius. We would have suffered greatly if he wasn't born.


The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Revelations of The Hobbit, 2. Februar 2000
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first segment of the greatest literary masterpiece ever written, The Lord of the Rings. Lots of people call it a trilogy, but I can only agree with that idea in that the three segments were initially published seperately in the years 1954, 1955, and 1956. Besides that, one has to notice that each segment is incomplete without the others. A trilogy would contain three complete stories, like the original Star Wars trilogy. Well, its time I got on with my two cents of TFOTR. After The Hobbit was published, the fantasy genre was revived in a way that gave Arthur and his knights a run for their money. Fantasy was back, 20th century style. People begged for a sequel, and Tolkien delivered one beyond anybody's expectations and imagination. TFOTR begins to answer the questions that resulted at the end of The Hobbit. This, I feel, is its main purpose. It doesn't have as much action as the two later segments, but instead focuses on why a new quest is to begin. It does have its moments of action, but most of suspense and intrigue comes from revelations. Thats why The Hobbit should be read first. It would be a mistake not to. It is true that is somwhat slow in the beginning, but the suspense and wonder of a ruling ring just glides in the story. Suddenly, what happened with Bilbo's quest becomes very importent. It was in TFOTR that Tolkien introduced Middle-Earth and its history. A person forgets that they're reading fantasy in LOTR. It feels very real, and once TFOTR gets though the beginning, it doesn't let go. The only real bad part is that it leaves you hanging in the end, forcing you to read The Two Towers and making you wish that you had a single volume edition. I've been to Middle-Earth, and I deeply regreted having to leave for a while. Read this masterpiece (LOTR) before you die. You'll be incomplete if you don't.


The Hobbit: or There and Back Again
The Hobbit: or There and Back Again
von J.r.r. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen This one started it all, 2. Februar 2000
The Hobbit is an excellent fantasy adventure. It was easy to read and understand, and had lot's of humor in it. Though inferior to its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, the story of Bilbo Baggins quest provided the background that LOTR depended on. The Hobbit has a different feel from LOTR; it reads exactly like a fantasy, and that's what makes it a fun story. Wizards, dwarves, orcs, people, dragons, trolls, elves, and of course hobbits populate this book, so its in the right formula. Whenever I had to actually put the book down, I had thoughts of what would happen next to Bilbo and the dwarves. Despite the lighter tone in contrast with LOTR, there's nothing corny about The Hobbit. Upon finishing Tolkien's original classic, a person can't help being curious about Tolkien's masterpiece, LOTR. Besides, to feel the full grasp of LOTR, it is essential to read about Bilbo's quest first. Read and enjoy this classic, you won't regret it.


Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings
von J.R.R. Tolkien
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Words only begin to describe the magnitude of this epic, 1. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lord of the Rings (Taschenbuch)
The Lord of the Rings is a novel that should not be described to someone, instead it should be read by everyone. Never before has a novel like this gripped me with surging power. It doesn't feel like a fantasy, the characters feel real and three dimensional. The amount of detail in the paragraghs are amazing. Tolkien was very creative in presenting the novel with a complete history of Middle-Earth, especially of the Third Age described in the Appendices. I would tell Tolkien and fantasy skeptics to just go and read it, and have their bias washed away. The novel has everything that makes for great storytelling. DON'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIES! Three movies aren't going to cover the detail and the history that sixty-two chapters and five appendices present. Of course, anyone who has read LOTR will want to see the movies, me included, to see Middle-Earth come to life. However, the result could be in disapointment, be it because the story may get mangled, or the visuals aren't up to par with a person's imagination. I hope Peter Jackson succeeds in a noble effort. I urge everyone to read this classic, fantasy fan or not. Hell, book fan or not! However, to get the full grasp on LOTR, please read the Hobbit before you read this one. The Hobbit gives excellent background, and though shorter and lighter in tone, it is an excellent book. It's what motivated me to read LOTR.


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