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... everything from nonfiction to westerns to overly emotional stories like The Fault In Our Stars
on April 3, 2017
About half of what I read is everything from nonfiction to westerns to overly emotional stories like The Fault In Our Stars, which I read because I’m interested in what the masses are reading. The other half of what I read is sci-fi and fantasy.
The Fault in Our Stars is told first person past tense from Hazel’s point of view. The story changes from being about Hazel dying at the beginning to being about Gus dying. If this isn’t a morbid story, how come I felt sad at the end? Am I supposed to feel happy that Gus died? Would I have felt better if Hazel had died instead of Gus?
“His voice was low, smoky, and dead sexy.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or barf at that line. “Delicious. The champagne is delicious. The waiter has a delicious accent. Deliciousness.” (page 163) “The beautiful couple is beautiful.” (page 165). I found the constantly crying dad irritating. I never warmed up to the protagonist, Hazel, either. By page 239 my lack of empathy for her had turned into outright loathing.
I counted too many inconsistencies in the story to go into. Of hugely popular series only Divergent and Fifty Shades of Grey rank as low in my book as The Fault in Our Stars.
I read the first books, but I haven’t seen any of the movies or TV series from the following book series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Twilight, Outlander, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Long Earth, Divergent, etc. I sample a lot of first books, but I don’t read many complete series. (Who has that much time?) The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series by George Martin are a couple of exceptions. I’ve read both of those series more than once.
Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Taylor Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Jack Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.
Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.