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  1.  Bitter-sweet biography and memoir, worth reading.


    Bitter-sweet biography and memoir of one of the few Hollywood legends I will surely never ever meet. This memoir is a fascinating and captivating quick read (I read it this afternoon). Marilyn seemed to be so full of life, and happy too, during what turned out to be the last few weeks of her short life. She was taken away from us way too soon. It was eerie to read that the co-author of her memoir, George Barris, spoke to her the day before she was found dead, and that they made plans to meet and continue to work on their joint book only few days later. Would a suicidal person do this? I'm no expert, but I don't think so. He refuses to believe that she ended her life, and quite frankly, so do I.

  2.  Could somebody give me my 5 hours and money back


    This is the first book (short novella is actually far more descriptive) that I have read by A.S. Byatt and I have to be honest, I am not sure what she wants to say with it.

    I found it extremely uninteresting, boring even, but granted I also had other expectations to it: I thought that this would be either a modern retelling of the ancient Norse myths (what else are you supposed to think when the title is Ragnarok and read the blurb on my copy of it?) or an allegory. Sadly I was mistaken.

    I know what it wants to be: it wants to be a retelling of a specific myth, it wants to be a retelling of the end of days, the end of the Gods, according to Norse mythology, and while doing so it is trying to draw some parallels with Christianity (or rather how a WWII child tries might compare the Norse myths with the myths she knows from the bible with the reality that she is experiencing). But honestly this myth telling attempt ends up being quite repetitive, flat and two-dimensional in my humble opinion.

    Could somebody give me my 5 hours and euro: 10.95 back, please?

  3.  Do you want to write science fiction/fantasy?


    I wish that I had found this book years ago! Extremely inspirational and insightful, not only in regards to writing in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, but writing in general. A recommended read for anyone who aspires to become an author or "just" has an interest in writing.

  4.  Forget about sparkeling vampires and teen-romance!


    This is one of the most heartbreaking and beautifully written stories that have ever been written. It is a post apocalyptic book about single man's struggle to stay alive in aworld that has been run over by vampiries. It is not a horror-story in the traditional sense, it is also not a vampire story in traditional sense. This is a story that explores one of the most tragic emotions any human can be asked to face: namely that of lonelyness. Nothing that I write could ever give true praise to this book, nothing I say can do it justice. But what I can say is that you owe it to yourself to read it, if you haven't done so already.

  5.  One of the best books ever written - also for non-scifi fans


    This is a first person narrative that has been written as a series of progress reports from a deeply retarded man, who can barely be considered literate. His writing is fully of bad grammar and spelling mistakes. At first, if you are not prepared for it, this makes this book a little hard to read, and some passages even have to be re-read a couple of times before you understand it.

    Our protagonist goes through experimental brain surgery, that has the effect of gradually increasing his intelligence to that of a genius. His change from a retarded to a genius is beautifully conveyed by his improved spelling, grammar, sentence constructions, reflections and the way he relates and connects to his surroundings (and also how they relate to him in return). His journey is a tragic one, filled with regrets, hopes and dreams.

    This is one of the most heart-breaking stories that I have ever read. I read it first time in high school (the original short story) back in the late 80s/early 90s, and I haven't been able to let go of it since. This is one of those very rare books that just stays with you forever, weather you want it to or not. It's simply unforgettable, and it challenges you in more than one way. My praise could never do any justice to this masterpiece. You owe it to yourself to read it.

  6.  If you like self-help books...


    It comes a cross as a poorly written self-help book for children/teens (in all fairness, that could be due to the English translation): follow your dreams and search for your treasure which (guess what) is right in front of you, yada yada yada. Bah. This book is an overly simplistic, self-indulgent and repetitive load of religious mumbo-jumbo written in the style of a modern-day fairy tale, of sorts. It is beyond me how it became a best-seller any why anyone are actually able to enjoy it. I wonder how many of the +30 mio. people who got sucked into buying and reading this book (such as myself) actually enjoyed it. I want my money and time back mr. Coelho!

  7.  Don't bother with this book.


    The first good thing that I have to say about this book is that I love the title. It's funny. So, when I picked it up I had great expectations to it's entertaining value during my daily comuting. Sadly, I was wrong.

    This book was in my opinion not funny at all, although I must stay that it tried very hard to be a funny book. Too hard, even.

    The second positive that I have to say is that it's read quite quickly. That is a good thing, for a book this bad should either be tossed right away or be over with quickly. It really made me cringe, and that happens rarely when it comes to books.

    This book pays lip-service to the polical correctness of today (mandatory best friend of colour), chick-litt shoe-owning and fashion obsessiveness, vulgar-"love"-scenes, overly simplistic story-telling, and un-interesting one-dimensional charaters.

    Don't bother with this book - unless you are looking for chick-litt with a vampire twist. If that is your thing. If you must, check out Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, compared to this trash, Harris' books are litterary treasures.

  8.  A must have for any Sam Raime/Bruce Campbel/Evil Dead fan!


    This DVD boxset is a must have for any Sam Raime/Bruce Campbel/Evil Dead fan! Great extra material is included!