Book Reviews

The Brothers Karamazov – Feodor Dostoeyvsky

I liked the beginning, but I couldn't really identify with any of the protagonists. I was expecting Baba Yaga to have larger role in this novel than she turned out to have. I just read this book of Baba Yaga stories and she would have greatly improved this novel IMHO.

Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust

I liked the main character but I thought it would have been cool if he slew a werewolf now and again; I figured it stood to reason that at some point in a work as long as this one the main character would end up slaying at least one werewolf and I was disappointed when he didn't. In revision the author should reflect on the reasons, if any, behind this omission.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

The setting was well crafted and the characters were interesting but I wanted there to be a big beautiful wild-maned Yorkshire Coach-horse for Catherine to ride around on and I kept waiting for it to show up but I figured by chapter five that it wasn't going to happen so I had to stop reading.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

The plot was imaginative but the biggest problem with this book is the Emerald City. It really didn't end up working for me because it wasn't the Ruby City. Ruby is my birthstone and I thought it would just make a lot more sense to me if it were the Ruby City. Without that alteration the book feels sort of unpolished.

Grimm's Fairy Tales – The Brothers Grimm

I never read a collection of such incomplete stories in my life. Tale after tale, full of spell-casting witches and talking animals, I found myself on almost every page just begging for the answer to my question: how? How does a witch cast a spell? How does a hedgehog end up as the biological son of a human? And, time and again, by the end of the story, no answer whatsoever was offered. Enormous aspects of the story seem to assume in the reader an encyclopedic knowledge of genetics, physics, animal neurology, etc. I was stunned in a bad way in this book by some of the most absolutely incredible narrative oversights that I have ever seen. If I had another .bmp file of zero stars I would associate it as closely as I possibly could with this book.

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