Profil de griep > Commentaires

Fiche d'identité

Contenu rédigé par griep
Top Reviewer Ranking: 673,316
Helpful Votes: 1

Chez vous : découvrez nos services personnalisés en pages d'aide !

Commentaires écrits par
"griep" (Groningen Netherlands)

Page: 1 | 2
pixel
Bag of Bones
Bag of Bones
by Stephen King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.89
129 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2.0 étoiles sur 5 It's just me, Jan. 29 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Bag of Bones (Mass Market Paperback)
I haven't read that many books by Stephen King, although in general I do like his books. The reason why I read this book, Bag of Bones, was purely coincidental. I stayed the holidays at my parents house and forgot to bring a book. Horror beyond imagination. So I started reading the dutch translation of Bag of Bones which is Vel over Been by the way. The book didn't do it for me. I wasn't horrified and the story didn't really appeal to me. It was not like the horror I felt in IT or the involvement I got with The Talisman To briefly sketch the story: It's about Jack Noonan a popular writer who after his wife dies starts getting nightmares about his summerhouse 'Sara Laughs'. As he has nothing better to do he decides after four years to go back to 'Sara Laughs' and finds himself getting terrorized by the house and the hostile village people. Sometimes a book is well written but just doesn't do it for me. Thats what I had with Bag of Bones.

Microserfs
Microserfs
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback
47 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bill binds us all, Nov. 28 2001
Ce commentaire est de: Microserfs (Paperback)
For all the secret admirers of Bill this is a must read book. The story of a Microsoft programmer on the Microsoft campus is great stuff and really funny too. It tells about the culture within the company at the beginning of the nineties. Those were the days a lot of the older employees vested their stocks and became miljonair over night. Unfortunately the main character in Microserfs is not one of those. But he doesn't really care, I guess he just likes his work. This changes when he gets a girlfriend. Then he likes his work and also something else. What binds the characters on the campus is not their work but the unconditional worship of their hero Bill. All in all Microserfs is a true product of the nineties and computer people really should try it.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 8.99
196 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Let the battle begin, Nov. 28 2001
Ce commentaire est de: Ender's Game (Mass Market Paperback)
And yet another review for this incredible book. It probably doesn't add anything but I just have to support the book any way I can.
Ender's Game is one of my most favourite SF books. The story about Ender the Destroyer of Worlds is mighty imaginative and a whole lot of fun to read. For some reason it's a great feel-good book while the story is pretty black. It's about a young boy who gets recruited for a school specialized in creating military geniuses to defeat the evil alien race that attacked the earth in the past. Most of the book plays inside the school and later you'll see Ender play the part he was trained for. I am not sure why the book appeals to me the way it does. It probably has something to do with the character of Ender, the underdog who survives and outsmarts his tormentors. Enders Game was one of the first SF books I have read and I have been addicted ever since. Sometimes I still speed read through the book and it's still nice. The only problem with Ender's Game is that is so good that I don't dare to read the follow-ups. For me the story is complete. It can only get worse. I really envy those who haven't read this book yet.

Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
by Chris Niles
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.56
8 used & new from CDN$ 3.07

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Why can't we all be friends?, Nov. 3 2001
Ce commentaire est de: Hell's Kitchen (Paperback)
Chris Niles' Hell's Kitchen is a very nice and sometimes even funny book to read. The subjects are far from nice, but that is only good I guess. The book is about Cyrus, who is a serial killer. Tye, who is beautiful and a bit of a crook. Quinn, who wants to be a writer but has trouble getting started. At first they seem to have nothing in common but that changes during the story. Hell's Kitchen vaguely reminded me of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. This is probably because both take place in New York, have short chapters and a serial killer plays an important role. Hell's Kitchen is not as depressing as American Psycho and Cyrus is not as good a rolemodel as Patrick Bateman ;) All in all I definitely recommend this book and I give it a good solid thumbs up.

The Dark Elf Trilogy: Colector' Edition
The Dark Elf Trilogy: Colector' Edition
by R.A. Salvatore
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 28.20

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Settled for life, Nov. 3 2001
What a great book! I was totally surprised by this book and got it by chance. It's one of the books out of the Forgotten Realm series. Although I haven't read anything out of this series or played the RPG, I really liked it. It tells the story of Drizzt Do'Urden, a Dark Elf, who starts to despise his race and strives to better himself. Salvatore writes a stunning and extremely exciting three books about it. According to the bookcover I have the Collector's Edition, which is nice because I wasn't collecting. Still it is a great deal because now I have three books for the price of 1.4 books. For a dutch guy like myself that's too good to pass on. And that is not the only good thing about this. If the other books in the Forgotten Realm series are as good as this one I am settled for life. I never have to think about what to buy again...

The Runelords: The Sum of All Men
The Runelords: The Sum of All Men
by David Farland
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.99
71 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Mighty original, Sept. 22 2001
This is a surprising fantasy book. David Farland is a great storyteller. And the story in The Runelords is worth telling. It's about Gaborn who loses his father, who was king, and has to battle for the very survival of the Earth, which is in danger because of a rival king called Raj Ahten. Luckily Gaborn is crowned the Earth king, which helps tremendously. The story has great speed and reads very easily, which is actually a good thing. There is one thing I might not like and that has to do with the world that was created. In this fantasy world of Farland it is possible to get endowments, like stamina, smelling and hearing that kind of stuff, from people who volunteer it to you. The thing I don't like about it is that it gives a person a unfair advantage over others, while he hasn't really done anything for it. That makes heroes not so heroic I think. Still, it's pretty original thinking of the autor. I might still change my mind over this.

Thief of Time
Thief of Time
by TERRY PRATCHETT
Edition: Hardcover
23 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 DEATH rules!, Sept. 22 2001
Ce commentaire est de: Thief of Time (Hardcover)
And another great book by Terry Pratchett. Thief of Time is number 26 in the Diskworld series and again Pratchett doesn't disappoint. The story is a simple one. The Auditors want to stop Time so the world can be neat and organised. An unfortunate side effect would be that all life will go extinct. But you can't have it all. Some great characters of the Diskworld play a role in this book. First there is DEATH. And it's always fun to have DEATH around because he just is. Second there is Susan, the granddaughter of DEATH, who is a schoolteacher and who really likes chocolat. And then there is Igor, the loyal servant who doesn't condemn his masters. The lisp and hunch are complimentary. Many others also played and perhaps we'll see them again in future Diskworld books. Fans of the Diskworld series will have to buy this one. And for those who haven't read any yet. This book can safely be read without knowledge of the others. It's just not as much fun.

Tai-Pan
Tai-Pan
by James Clavell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.82
133 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well done!, Sept. 22 2001
Ce commentaire est de: Tai-Pan (Mass Market Paperback)
Being in China at the time made James Clavell Tai-Pan even more special than the book by itself already is. It was no coincidence that I bought the book while being in Shanghai. I already read the book in a destant past. And I could clearly remember that I thought it was great. And it still is. Tai-Pan tells the story of a man called Dirk Struan who is the owner of a big trading house called Noble House. The setting is Hong Kong 1841. The island has just come under British rule and everything is not yet well. China is at that time still a big mystery for Europe and the different world powers of that time strife to conquer it. It's a bit the same as our present time in fact. The book is truly a masterpiece. I can really recommend it to anyone who like this kind of book. The good news is that the other books by James Clavell are as good as this one. The only one I havent read is Whirlwind because that doesn't especially appeals to me. It's also the only one which isn't set in the far East. Anyways if you haven't read any of his work yet, start reading!

Winter's Heart: Book Nine of 'The Wheel of Time'
Winter's Heart: Book Nine of 'The Wheel of Time'
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 21.74
112 used & new from CDN$ 0.69

2.0 étoiles sur 5 When does the hurting stop?, Sept. 22 2001
And the storie goes on and on and on. This series is turning into the soap of fantasy novels. And I used to be a big fan. The first books in the The wheel of time series were great. I wont go so far as to say they are as good as Lord of the rings but they were very good. But now that book 9 in the series has arrived I get a bit bored with it. Don't get me wrong Winter's Heart is still better than your average fantasy book but for me it has lost the sparkle that made the first books so great. The story is unfolding too slow now. There are so many storylines that it takes too long to tell them. That's probably also the reason why the book has so many pages. At the end of the book I didn't really have the feeling that there was any progress in the story. At this pace the book could continue until they nail shut Jordan's coffin. The curse of it all is that because I have read 9 books now, that's about 5,000 pages(!), I have no choice but keep buying and reading. That doesn't mean I have to like it though!

Into the Labyrinth
Into the Labyrinth
by Margaret Weis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.25
78 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lose the old dude..., Sept. 22 2001
Number six in the Death Gate series Into the labyrinth from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is as good as any of the books in this serie, which means it is pretty good. It's not brilliant though. One of the things I really don't like in a fantasy book is when the authors don't take the book serious. Unfortunately this is the case in the Death Gate cycle. One of the characters in the book, an old man by the name Zifnab, keeps refering to the James Bond movies. This of course is meant to be funny. I don't like it. One of the best aspects of the book is the story which is really nice. If you want to know the story just read the cover of one of the books. I am not going to recommend this book, neither discourage you. The fact that I already read six of them says something but not everything.

Page: 1 | 2