It finally arrived!!!
I enrolled for an online course on GREEK and ROMAN MYTHOLOGY, offered by Pennsylvania University in Coursera. I’m looking forward to this.
Antes de nada, espero que todos os encontréis lo mejor posible dentro de esta situación tan extraña. Cuidaos mucho. Cada día que pasa estamos un día más cerca para dejar atrás esta crisis sanitaria <3
SENTIDO Y SENSIBILIDAD
Autora: Jane Austen
Nº de páginas: 303
Puntuación: 4 🌟
Elinor y Marianne Dashwood son dos hermanas con personalidades muy diferentes. Por un lado, Elinor es tranquila y paciente, pero Marianne es impetuosa y extrovertida. Aunque sus personalidades chocan, ambas comparten el mismo afán por encontrar el amor.
Elinor confía en salvar con su discreción los obstáculos que impiden su relación con Edward Ferrars. Marianne, por el contrario, no duda en dejarse conquistar por el seductor Willoughby.
No había visto ninguna sinopsis de este libro por lo que a pesar de que intuía de que iría la historia, no estaba del todo segura. Lo cierto es que había intuido bastante mal de que iba a tratar Sentido y sensibilidad, por lo que me ha sorprendido bastante y para bien. Sumando el hecho de que no tenía las expectativas muy altas en la historia, he de decir que leer este libro ha sido una grata experiencia.
Pensaba que este libro iba a hablarnos básicamente de un triangulo amoroso formado por dos hermanas de personalidades diferentes y un caballero ideal, pero no. En esta historia nos encontramos con dos hermanas con personalidades que chocan, pero sus historias de amor son paralelas la una a la otra. Este ha sido uno de los aspectos que más me ha gustado del libro, las historias están intercaladas, por lo que cuando acaba el drama de Marianne empieza el de Elinor, y así sucesivamente. He de decir que aunque es verdad que el libro tenga drama, no es algo exagerado, lo cual veo bien porque sino habría sido surrealista.
Ahora bien, una de las cosas que no me ha acabado de convencer en el libro han sido los intereses amorosos de las protagonistas, que no me han parecido nada memorables.
En cuanto a Elinor y Marianne, ambos personajes están bien construidos. Para mi ha sido más fácil identificarme con Elinor, y quizá por eso me ha caído mejor que Marianne.
En este libro también encontramos una pequeña crítica a la sociedad de la época que vemos de la mano de los conocidos de las hermanas Dashwood.
En cuanto a la manera de escribir de Jane Austen, es casi poética. Sus descripciones son muy buenas y da los detalles exactos para no aburrirse, aunque he de decir que agradecería pausas entre diálogos, ya que algunos de ellos abarcan más de una hoja.
¿Os interesa este libro o alguno de los de Jane Austen? ¿Habéis leído alguno?
Nos leemos pronto 💕
[This is quite long but I believe this book deserves all this praise. Please read! There are NO SPOILERS!]
It BLEW MY MIND by how much it completely surpassed my expectations. Now I know most of us are most familiar and devoted to the early iconic AR novels, the ones with TONS of explosions and gunfire and witty puns and banter. In my opinion as the series went on some novels were more boring; it felt like the same thing each new book. (Crocodile Tears for example, I thought didn’t add much of substance.) I loved Scorpia but Scorpia Rising felt like scattered, leftover pieces of a storyline. I was super glad when Never Say Die came out, continuing the series chronologically, but the book was kind of a bummer for me because it felt formulaic, the same thing over again. It felt like AH was just dragging the storyline along.
Don’t get me wrong, I love all the action scenes even if some seem repetitive in certain novels, but what I feel truly makes an AR book amazing is seeing Alex as a person, not just a spy. When you can feel Alex’s inner turmoil or sense of betrayal, like in Scorpia or even Snakehead with Ash, that’s what makes a novel great. Alex going over to Yassen at the end of Eagle Strike and accompanying him in his final moments spoke volumes about who he was as a person. The best Alex Rider books involve something personal to Alex where he shows his own character.
First off, we have a new criminal organization. I must say that Scorpia pales in comparison to Nightshade. (This isn’t a spoiler, it’s made clear from the beginning, even in the end of Never Say Die:) Nightshade uses children, which I think draws a stark comparison between them and MI6 with Alex. A huge tenet of the AR series is children being used in dark situations like spying, killing, etc. I think this new agency rings true to a this central topic of the series, all the more fitting for this agency to take hold in the storyline. Overall it’s like Scorpia but hitting closer to home for Alex because of the similar ages.
This also means some of the main antagonists are Alex’s age. I won’t get too much into it here since many of you may not have read it yet but let’s just say that the dynamic between a teen spy and teen killer(s) is much different than one of a teen spy and power-hungry old guy who wants to take over the world (a.k.a. the main villain of basically every other AR novel lol).
What I love most about this novel is that you see Alex’s character, his compassion even in the most unlikely circumstances, his care for people both close to him and even enemies. I don’t think any other novel illustrates this as much as Nightshade, not even close. And I think there’s a good reason earlier novels didn’t: when Alex first starts going on missions, he’s a little bit cocky and a smart-ass (all those iconic insults!). It’s not until much later in the series, especially Scorpia Rising, where we see the traumatizing toll his work has taken on him. Alex has grown up. Of course, there’s still some golden sassy one-liners in Nightshade, but my impression of Alex in Nightshade was one who was more cautious and careful, aware of repercussions, and thoughtful. There’s a hilarious chapter where he manages to cause a ton of chaos but overall, he wants to minimize who gets hurt. There’s definitely a shift in Alex that’s different from the most early novels, but I think it’s a good change that really shows his increased maturity and experience and takes the storyline to even greater heights.
Second, the plot itself is paced superbly and you don’t want to put the book down. The plot is interesting and this novel really does a great job of putting in foreshadowing that doesn’t hit you until the moment it is used and you just go “wow so THAT’S what it was for!” There’s less explosions/fighting than previous novels, but I didn’t mind because it goes with how Alex wants to minimize chaos. I was literally holding my breath for certain scenes. What really makes this story pop is how in certain scenes, I didn’t really know what Alex was going to do next. Once again, he shows his own character by some of the decisions he makes. Overall, though, I believe the storyline in Nightshade is way more well-constructed than most of the books in the series. The foreshadowing is awesome, when Alex gets out of certain situations it’s never in a cheap, deus-ex-machina way. This novel is quintessentially Alex 100%. That’s what I love about it.
Third, you get to learn so much about MI6. Granted, MI6 is much different in this novel compared to previous ones due to Smithers and Blunt leaving earlier, so it’s basically just Mrs. Jones and Crawley. But you get to see a much more human side of them and their personalities, and MI6′s weakness at times. You learn SO MUCH about Mrs. Jones, and I’m really glad her story is becoming much more prominent in the overall storyline as it really ties the constant key players from the start of the series together now as time has passed. Personally, I’ve always kind of loved Crawley and he really shines in this novel as he has a much more prominent role. Something new I learned this book was that Crawley has ATTITUDE(!!) and is overall, a badass. #stancrawley
Fourth, this book highlights Alex and Tom’s friendship better than any other novel, even Scorpia in my opinion. Tom is also a badass, that’s all I’m gonna say. (Jack is also a badass, but let’s be honest, we knew that already since Stormbreaker.) Nightshade also highlights Jack and Alex’s relationship and overall, the bonds between everyone in this series. (Not rly a spoiler since it doesn’t have anything to do with the plot but there’s not even a mention of Sabina in this book but honestly I breathed a sigh of relief at that. Thank god we’ve escaped from her at last.)
Lastly, the book really does take a new direction for the overarching Alex Rider storyline. There’s the organization of Nightshade and a bunch of new characters introduced, mostly antagonists. BUT THEY’RE ALL HIGHLY INTERESTING GREAT CHARACTERS THAT YOU WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT!! Early AR novels gave us the icons Yassen Gregorovich and Julius Grief, now Nightshade has given us ****** ****. (<– not trying to give spoilers so once you have finished the book, figure out the name that spells this. Hint: monkey toy) This character has filled the hole in my soul that Yassen and Julius left. If you’re looking for a new baddie to appreciate, look no further than that guy. (I rly do be shipping him with Alex…)
Basically, this Nightshade book has given me newfound hope in the continuation of the series. (Never Say Die took away this hope big time but it’s all back now!) I have been reminded of why I love this series from reading this book. Nightshade has everything you want in an AR novel but with deeper meaning and connections between characters. Anthony Horowitz, I forgive you for the infamous crime of the Fox/Wolf identity mishap; you have proven yourself with this book. I am so excited for the future of this series after seeing how good this book turned out.
IN CONCLUSION, IF YOU LOVE ALEX RIDER PLEASE READ NIGHTSHADE ASAP. IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO WARRANT ME WRITING A WHOLE ESSAY HERE ON WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT!! REBLOG AND SPREAD THE WORD, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, GO READ NIGHTSHADE!!!
Für die Zeit des bösen Virus - etwas Werbung in eigener Sache. Wer gerne Fantasy liest, sich für Okkultismus interessiert oder einfach nur spannende Geschichten mag, kann mit meinem Erstling bestimmt einige Stunden angenehm verstreichen lassen.😉
I bought the ebook already and I can’t wait to read it
except I’m lowkey TERRIFIED to read it too.
at this point I’m nervous to see which direction AH will take my beloved series/if any characters will have their identities mixed up again/if any characters will die
AH I swear to god if you touch one hair on Smithers, Ben Daniels/rest of K-Unit, Tom Harris, or even John Crawley’s (for some reason I have a soft spot for Crawley now, he’s been a constant figure in this series so why not) head, I’m gonna be pretty distraught for the rest of the week.
Let’s hope this post ages well…
I’m opening up my Kindle now. Here we go. The trip back down memory lane and all the reasons why I love this series to death has begun…
Just finished reading Red,white and Royal blue …
Just .. wow. I can’t believe- I’m so in love with-
What am I supposed to do now exactly? How am I supposed to anything?
Good morning! Just finished a good cup of coffee and I’m halfway through my book. The sun is shining and I think it’s going to be a good day! Despite the uncertain times we live in now…. ☀️💛
this is all I have to say
When you are reading a phenomenal book but you don’t want to continue because then it will get to the good parts and you want to enjoy the good parts as much as you can, you want to absorb it via osmosis but you know you are too tired and you also don’t want to continue because then the novel will end and you’ll have to face the fact that it was, after all, just a novel.
Thanks for the ask!
Zercey would like everyone to know that her’s is the sound of a train jumping the tracks and rolling down a hill at speed.
I don’t know if she’s intentionally misunderstanding the question, but I feel no guilt.
Thanks for the ask!
With Vyxen, it doesn’t matter what it is - the animal is now her precious baby and she will protect it with your life and hers.
Tundra is a dog person. He doesn’t care about cats, but he’s on his knees playing with that puppy in -12 seconds.