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Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
Cloud of Sparrows

Dovile, January 23, 2011

I absolutely loved this book, it's very sad but also beautiful, about a clash between two worlds -the Western culture and the Japanese culture - and how that affects both of them, portrayed by two main characters - a Japanese lord and an American missionary. I also love the sequel to this book, Autumn Bridge, which has some questions still left unanswered that gives me hope that we could have more books in this series. I'd certainly would love to read them.
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Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Skipping Christmas

Dovile, December 23, 2009

This is a short novel about a married couple who decide that 'this year we don't do Christmas'. And of course, their friends, neighbors and strangers have diffuculties accepting that.

The book's idea is interesting, but its accomplishement leaves one wishing for better. The novel can be read in a single evening, and sometimes it feels like it was written in a single evening. The characters are little fleshed out, the plot could have used a bit more humor, and this book will not leave you wishing for more. Its just a simple story which I'd recommend for an evening sometime before Christmas.
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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Doomsday Book

Dovile, December 23, 2009

A captivating read, the best part of which was the medieval setting. I'm not an expert of medieval England, so to me the descriptions seemed quite believable, and the medieval characters quite were engaging, thoug the plot did take time to develop to something more interesting. I particularly liked the final part of the novel, when the Plague finally strikes the village.

The future setting wasn't particularly interesting, with little developed characters, and served more as a contrast and also for suspense. The novel suffered in a few places due to being written in the eighties. There was little of future technology described, but the lack of mobile phones jarred the most. Half of the problems in the novel could've been solved if the characters used any kind of a mobile communication device.

All in all, this is a novel that is best to be approached with your heart and emotions, and not your mind. Recommended with reservations
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e by Matt Beaumont
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Dovile, December 21, 2009

An absolutely hilarious read!

It's completely made up of Lotus Notes emails sent between co-workers of a large fictional advertising agency, so it takes some time to adjust to reading this unusual style, but then you can delve right into their e-mail conversations and the whole tangle of office intrigues.

The plot is not very coplicated - the agency tries to beat their competitors and get a deal with a large company - it's the interactions between the characters that is entertaining. For someone like me, who actually uses Lotus Notes at work, this novel is even funnier! And so nearly true:) I particularly loved the small side-plot concerning the agency's director, a regional manager from Finland, and a 'system glitch':)

If you like this book, it has two sequels, 'E Before Christmas' and 'E Squared'. I haven't yet read them, but if they're as good as this one, I'll definitely check them out.
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The Difference Engine by William Gibson
The Difference Engine

Dovile, December 20, 2009

It's my first novel both by W. Gibson and by B. Sterling, and also my first steampunk novel. Maybe this reason was the reason I didn't particularly like it. It was unusual, that's true, I also liked the authors's writing style, besides, the mystery set up from the very beginning kept me reading to the end, but in general, this novel didn't fullfilled my expectations. The characters are many and sometimes it's difficult to keep track of them. Clearly, this novel wasn't my cup of tea, but I'd recommend you to try it, maybe you'll like it better.
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