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Book review: Windhaven by George R.R Martin and Lisa Tuttle

I read this novel last year. Those of you that are regular readers of my other blog might remember that I mentioned it a couple of times, for example here. I reviewed Windhaven on goodreads some time ago. Nevetheless, I feel like I have only read it yesterday. Everything I think about this novel, I feel that way. It stayed with me, became a part of me somehow. That is the best recommendation I can give to any novel.
Maris has got to be one of the most amazing female protagonists in the history of this genre. She is certainly what I think about when I think about a strong female lead. Her personal development during the course of this novel is nothing short of pure perfection. I mean Maris is an awe-inspiring woman and yet she feels very real during every step of the way. She is wonderfully written and totally convincing. She starts off as a young lady that is determined to change the world she lives in (and what a world it is!) and she actually does it. 

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Book review. A Door Into Summer, Robert A. Heinlein

Are you a cat person? If yes, you’re definitely in for a treat. Pete is an amazingly written cat character if there ever was one. Yes, cat lovers will surely appreciate this one. Cat owners will understand that cats like Pete are as rare as true love and only come once in a life time, if we’re lucky, hence they will understand what makes Pete so special to Dan, his owner. However, even if you happen to hate cats, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the ingenious way Pete is described. That’s just plain good writing. 

“I have spent too much of my life opening doors for cats—I once calculated that, since the dawn of civilization, nine hundred and seventy-eight man-centuries have been used up that way. I could show you figures.” ― Robert A. HeinleinThe Door Into Summer

I’m making it sound like this is a novel about cat. Well, it’s not but it sorts of is. The cat I’m talking about is an important character, not in any futuristic genetically altered pet sense of the world, he just happens to be a s…

Ogled knjige: Ulica nevjernih žena, napisala Milana Vuković Runjić

O kakvom se romanu radi? Bi li ga se moglo nazvati romanom fantastike? Ili bi ga bilo bolje nazvati psihološkim romanom? Ili možda čak i romanom bajkom to jest bajkovitim romanom? Meni osobno ta žanrovska odrednica nije najvažnija, a proći će još vrijeme prije nego što se profesori književnosti o tome dogovore (jer književnost se iz nekoga nepoznata razloga ne izučava u trenutku nastajanja već samo protekom vremena, s čime se i sama autorica ove knjige šali u svojoj priči O živima sve najbolje). Jučer sam napisala svoj kraći ogled na goodreads stranici, a danas ću i ovdje napisati nešto o svom iskustvu čitanja ove knjige.

 Odmah ću reći, držim ovaj roman potpunim uspjehom. Za mene je on prije svega roman o ženama, a možda ponajprije roman o ženi, kao duši, kao pojedincu, kao biću koje je uvijek pomalo onkraj ovoga svijeta i izgubljeno u njemu, koliko god se suprotno činilo istinitim. Milena Vuković Runjić piše hrabro i beskompromisno, a opet pomalo sanjivo i delikatno i više nego jedno…

Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse, book review and recommendation

Narcissus and Golmund, first published in 1930, is  a critically acclaimed novely writted by Herman Hesse. It is considered a literary classic and it remains a very popular read. I've heard many people recommending novel and saying how it moved them.  I read it a few years ago, but it is still very close to my heart. There are man If you want to know why I consider it to be a work of art, read on.

“My goal is this: always to put myself in the place in which I am best able to serve, wherever my gifts and qualities find the best soil to grow, the widest field of action. There is no other goal.” ― Hermann HesseNarcissus and Goldmund
This beautifully written philosophical novel, that like most of Hesse’s work explores the theme of individual search for self-realization, was a genuine pleasure to read as well as to reflect on later on. It is one of those books that stays with you. I read it ages ago, but I can remember it without making any mental effort whatsoever. It stayed in my hea…

The White Queen, Philippa Gregory (book review and recommendation)

Today we're going to talk about The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. I can't say that this illustration was made to represent the main character in the book, but I have made it after reading this novel so perhaps in a way I was influenced by it on some level. I'm often inspired by mythology and I certainly enjoyed the mythological aspect of this novel. Let's talk about this novel then! I’ve heard good things about Philippa Gregory so far, a number of friends recommended her novels, yet I also remember reading some criticism about her work that made me hesitant to look her up. However, recently while I was browsing my bookshelves, I came across one of her books. I’m not sure where it came from, but I decided to give it a go.  I had one free afternoon, I was in bed with fever, so I said, why not give it a try? I took me a few hours to read it and I really enjoyed the reading process. I gave it 3/5 stars on goodreads and I really think it is a good book. So, here it is my…