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The Forbidden Library
The Forbidden Library
Prix : EUR 10,18

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good!, 14 octobre 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Forbidden Library (Format Kindle)
i liked it! A gutsy, smart and self-contained little girl, a progressive, imaginative world-building that doesn't seem to have any holes, believable villains and untrustworthy allies in a pseudo-Victorian setting in New England... But more than anything, the way Alice deals with obstacles is mighty inspiring. She is a wonderful role model and I am as curious about her future development as I am in what this world is hiding. This is an unassuming but very magical piece of writing!


La 7e femme : Prix du quai des orfèvres 2007 (Romanesque)
La 7e femme : Prix du quai des orfèvres 2007 (Romanesque)
Prix : EUR 6,99

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Les lauréats du Prix du Quai des Orfèvres ont une tendance coupable envers les points d'exclamation..., 13 octobre 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : La 7e femme : Prix du quai des orfèvres 2007 (Romanesque) (Format Kindle)
Stéréotypé, plein de coquilles et d'un français maladroit (ce n'est pas la peine d'empiler les adjectifs), et puis qu'est-ce que c'est que cette manie de mettre des points d'exclamation partout? Des flics qui sanglotent, une histoire d'amour qui tombe comme un cheveu sur la soupe en 10 secondes, juste pour permettre au tueur en série de mettre un point sur le i de sa semaine meurtrière... une histoire d'amour où la femme est 'douce' (exprimé 48735 fois), mais mystérieuse et impavide (elle ressent quoi, elle??), un flic qui a un ulcère et une ex-femme depressive, un Paris ultra-bourgeois où on évolue entre le Marais, le Faubourg Saint-Germain et l'Ile de la Cité (oui, bon, cela je le concède). Et le plus énervant, c'est le personnage principal qui explose au visage d'un troufion qui a malencontreusement employé l'expression 'cette femme s'est fait violer' (féminisme, tagada tsouin tsouin) pour 10 lignes plus loin nous parler et reparler du 'sexe faible'. Les distinctions genrées sont partout, extrêmement appuyées dès qu'un personnage féminin apparait. Parfois ce sont des 'maîtresses-femmes' (et on insiste et on insiste) mais finalement elles sont toujours 'douces' et 'compréhensives'. Et elles sourient comme 'seule une femme sait le faire'. Hé ho! Apparemment il n'y a pas que le meurtrier qui fait une fixette sur sa mère...!!
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Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (Intègrale les 6 Volumes)
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (Intègrale les 6 Volumes)
Prix : EUR 0,89

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un de mes livres préférés!, 15 juillet 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (Intègrale les 6 Volumes) (Format Kindle)
Comment écrire une critique du Comte de Monte Cristo?!! Je le relis une fois par an depuis l'adolescence, quand l'envie me prend de retourner dans un monde de coups de théâtre, de vapeurs d'opium dignes des mille et une nuits, de salvation in extremis, de cruauté et de loyauté surhumaines, et bien sûr de vengeances ciselées, à la méditérranéenne ou à la turque... Il y a tout dans le Comte, l'humanité toute entière, et chaque personnage se fait chair devant nous, le digne Morel, l'abbé si fou et si sage, la belle-mère des contes de fées, la cupidité parisienne et marseillaise, la forteresse stérile, les carnavals italiens, les poisons les plus byzantins, les bandits des montagnes, et les rapaces de la finance... Ah, que ferions-nous à la place d'Edmond Dantès, penserions-nous aussi que nous avons un lien privilégié avec Dieu pour remettre les hommes à leur place? Dans le doute, je relis le Comte pour trembler devant ce destin faustien et me délecter des manipulations de ce Deus ex machina bien humain, trop humain...

Aucune adaptation cinématographique n'a jamais réussi à effleurer la surface et la complexité du livre. J'ai visité le chateau d'If, y ai acheté tous les adaptations - faites-vous plaisir, lisez le livre!!


À la vue, à la mort
À la vue, à la mort
par Françoise Guérin
Edition : Poche
Prix : EUR 6,90

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Prémisses intéressantes..., 15 juillet 2014
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : À la vue, à la mort (Poche)
... avec des concepts psychologiques et psychosomatiques intrigants - mais qui auraient pu être plus fouillés. Je sais, c'est un polar. Lanester est quand même incroyablement peu conscient de lui-même et de ses 'casseroles' psychiques, pour un type qui a un diplôme de psycho mais qui a l'air de penser que les seules personnes qui vont consulter des psys sont un peu cinglées. Il y a des aspects de l'enquête qui sont fabuleusement baclés, des problèmes personnels dans son équipe qui font valser tout professionnalisme hors les murs, des attaques de parano ('Oh mon dieu, mon adresse est connue du grand public, je suis en daaaaaanger!!!') suivies par des réactions incompréhensibles ('Mon adresse est probablement connue du meurtrier, je suis aveugle et incapable de trouver ma cuisine, mais SURTOUT NE M'AIDEZ PAS'), des guéguerres entre collègues ridicules - laissez travailler le type aveugle ET moquez-vous de lui...
C'est dommage, parce qu'il y a de bonnes choses dans ce roman, mais on manque un peu de réalisme...
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Nightlife
Nightlife
Prix : EUR 4,71

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast and fun romp through darkness, 15 juillet 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Nightlife (Format Kindle)
Urban fantasy, taking place in New York city - the protagonists are 2 brothers, running for their lives.
Male heroes are a novelty in the genre (for me at least), and the brotherly interaction is depicted very well. And there is true darkness there, enemies you could not consider bringing over to the light side of the force over coffee. The language is a bit too glib and teenager-y, but it does give those books a unique feel, so I'll just roll with it. I had a few laugh-out loud moments, actually
The only thing I regret is that Niko, the human brother is (at 25) so badass he can easily take on supernatural creatures - well, then the scary factor gets dramatically reduced. Niko is almost too perfect to be true (self-sacrificing, loyal, skillfull, a scholar in the body of a ninja....), but I hope more ambiguity will surface in the upcoming books...


The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
Prix : EUR 11,79

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Provocative, mind-blowing!, 15 juillet 2014
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... and mind-opening, especially for those of us (most of us) with a staid and narrow, Western- and male-centric vision of history. So many things make sense after reading The Alphabet versus The Goddess! An added bonus is the fact that Leonard Shlain is a man with perfect 'western' credentials, so he cannot be accused of being an asocial feminist anarchist;0)
For anyone who wishes to think outside the box, look no further...!


The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair
Prix : EUR 9,61

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Run! (Away!!!), 26 juin 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair (Format Kindle)
OH MY GOD IT'S SO BAD

Spare yourselves; do not buy this book. It was almost physically painful to finish. If this is the yardstick by which we measure books these days, I'll just lock myself into past centuries and NEVER COME OUT. What on earth caused this book to receive such acclaim???

So, just to get it out of the way, the construction kind of stands, although I'd have to think about even that. It's a little grotesquely baroque, with everyone seemingly having had a hand in the murder that 'fateful day', but ok for now.

But the rest.... In no particular order, and with plenty of spoilers, probably - it's not as if I care

- writers are NOT interesting main characters, and this one in particular takes the cherry; self-absorbed, vain, narcissistic, with every suddenly sycophantic character telling him how wonderful, talented, smart, 'Magnificent' (sic!!!) he is - and that goes for the OTHER writer in the book, Harry Québert, whose 15-year old lover seemed to have been put on this earth only to fawn over, praise and massage his ego. The main character 'wants to be a writer more than anything else in the world' and there is much inane talk/Hallmark life lessons about writing.... Ok, but writing what??? What was his 'fabulous first book' all about anyway?? He reminds me of kids who want to be rock star for the fame and never think for a second about the music - It's all about the packaging with Marcus Goldman - oh and let's not forget the crowds of New Yorkers who mob him with questions - actors, maybe, even though New Yorkers are WAY TOO COOL to crowd celebrities thank you very much, but WRITERS?? How many would you even recognize??? Also, within the very first chapter, we learn he's all about his Italian shoes, expensive NY apartment and trophy girlfriend, while being a self-aggrandizing whiny lying cheating ass***e - and there's a rule at the end of the book about hooking readers in the first chapter - oh well.
So a writer writing about a writer writing about a writer... God knows I love books but even I found this a bit indigestible.

- laughable secondary characters; the Jewish mother skit, the 'frustrated but deep', loud, manipulative bar owner - OH COME ON. It sounds like those Hollywood movies with 40 writers, one of which has to shoehorn comic relief in there, so you get a tap dancing number in a concentration camp. The Republican lawyer who has a cash machine where his heart should be, the threatening, grandiose, immoral publisher - none of which is deep enough to understand TRU LUV.

- which brings me, inevitably to the 'love' (sic) story. Oh please. I'm writhing inside. While I very much accept that age difference is not an impediment to Luv, a 34-year old 'falling in luv' with a teenager because she's 'dancing in the rain' (sic) sounds like... Drumroll... INFATUATION, or LUST. Mister bigshot writer (which one? Does it matter?) should have a way with words, but seems utterly incapable of self-analysis, diagnostic, soul-searching etc. And from there we get the MOST INANE dialogues I have EVER read outside of Barbara Cartland books. Even 33 YEARS later, the dude wallows in self-pity and 'she's the only one I'd ever love' whines that would make me want to smash a baby into a wall. Why were you in Luv, exactly? 'Cause she made you sandwiches and 'took care of you'??? I kid you not, this is what their whole relationship is about, and - wait for it - they only hang out for THREE MONTHS. Also, the kid is (spoiler, but do you care at this point) orphaned and suffers from psychotic breaks - is there anything that screams 'victim' any louder to you? Ach, it reminds me of Lars von Trier movies.
So, ok, you may be attracted to someone 20 years your junior. But if that someone fits the description above and has massively crushed on you - well, I've got news buster; you're just exploiting someone's intense vulnerabilities and the fact that you throw the rest of your whole life away afterwards doesn't make your. Luv 'more sacred'. It just makes you a creep who is unable to deal with reality and leads you to befriend only one person for the rest of your life, another creep.

- when does the police. Ever. Lets. A civilian. Lead. An. Investigation???? Especially in the US of A???? You have got to be kidding me.

- oh the writing, oh the writing... I'll take an inch out of my sting because I read a translated version, but still - English AND French are both my maternal languages and as I was trying to go back and forth to imagine what the translator could have improved I was left in the dust. Oh, the maudlin, immature, 'poor-me' waterfalls in this book - oh what about the editing, the verbatim copies of previous pages - oh the psychological characterizations and depth that could fit in a thimble, oooh.

It was atrocious. I can't believe this even got published. Maybe because there are publisher characters in there? Maybe because Dicker held someone's mother for *cough* blackmail? I don't get it. Read anything else.


The Breach
The Breach
Prix : EUR 4,17

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un-put-down-able!, 25 avril 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Breach (Format Kindle)
Wow. I don't know how I missed this trilogy, although it defies classification - action, thriller, sci-fi... and thus may be hard to find on your usual top bookstore shelves.
What can I say? I felt I was watching a non-stop action movie (I never felt such a thing reading a book), with a rock solid structure. I mean, if you're going to up the ante with super-secret alien artifacts, super-efficient bad guys, a super-random hero... you have to be ready to fall back on your feet and not evaporate in a puff of air, or let your readers down with a few pirouettes. Well, Lee's got it down. He's tight, efficient, precise - and more importantly, considering the elements he put into play (alien stuff...), believable. A trustworthy writer. After a while, I just 'relaxed', because I knew that no matter how many insane loops he put us through (and he's got a great imagination for those), we would get out plausibly AND get an explanation. Not to mention the very smart use of things already mentioned earlier in the book (which means you, reader, can also demonstrate your mental agility;0), the swift paradigmatic changes that open whole new worlds of thought/problems (ditto, reader). Also, no generic 'bad guys' who just have a daddy complex - even those are fleshed-out and made comprehensible, which was a long shot at the beginning.
I have to admit I love spending time in the company of smart people, so The Breach and Ghost Country were a treat. On to Deep Sky now...!!!


The Secret History (English Edition)
The Secret History (English Edition)

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Self-indulgent (massive spoilers ahead), 3 mars 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Secret History (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
Well - nothing very very likeable in any of the main characters. The narrator is entirely boring and passive - things keep happening TO him, and he reacts, without any kind of vigor, happy to do nothing but accidentally learn Greek and stare at the only girl character.
The others... could be intriguing, but then again, nothing allows us to connect to them. Why is it that in any 'Oops-I-killed-someone' book, the unwitting murderers' reactions are always so unsatisfactory? (Camus' freaking Étranger starts that list for me). So those kids who are as klutzy as they come drown their sorrows(? Guilt?) in massive amounts of alcohol and drugs?... Hmmm... Fascinating. Aaaaand??
11th hour discoveries; oh wait, we were all completely fascinated by our teacher. Well this is a case of 'telling without showing' - I never felt Julian Morrow was anything other than a 2-dimensional character, and name-dropping (Orwell, Marilyn Monroe) ain't gonna change that. Also, hardly present at all.
The only unbotched suicide made no sense, especially after a grandiose profession of love.
And, oh lord, the absence of editing - not everyone is fascinated by selective New England colleges and their snarky, emotionally autistic and plain spoilt students. The book was grossly too long. Also, some awkward repeats and sentences that made no sense, jarringly out of context. There was no depth to the characters, no soul-searching, just booze, booze, drugs and more booze.
I'm giving it 2 stars for believably creating a character one would really want to kill. And killing him.


Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It (English Edition)
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 2,68

5.0 étoiles sur 5 simple, obvious... but we don't do it -, 12 décembre 2013
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
You can sigh over the concept - yes yes, we've heard it all before, enough already!
Well, no. Not enough, never enough. It's interesting how our minds run away from the practice of loving ourselves. It's interesting to see the boundless benefits that come from loving ourselves. It's interesting to see the countless other strategies we pursue with more or less success - to success - when this one, the simplest and most powerful is possible the hardest to accept.


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