Ahmed Maher Maher itibaren Makanpura, Rajasthan, Hindistan
Harika bir içgörü ile eski bir kitap. Çoğu yerde sevdim, ama sıkışıp kaldığım ve kendimi ileri doğru zorladığım bazı yerler vardı.
Açlık Oyunları, kitap 1. Katniss'in hikayesi beni ilk sayfada boğazdan yakaladı ve son sayfayı çevirdikten sonra bile beni büyüledi. ABD'nin çöktüğü ve yerini zengin Capitol'un yönettiği bir ülke olan Panem ile değiştirdiği çok uzak olmayan bir gelecekte kuruldu. Capitol'u on iki semt çevreliyor. Semt halkı, çalışmalarının tüm ürünlerini Capitol'un şımarık sakinlerine gönderirken açlıktan ölüyor. Her yıl, geçmiş bir ayaklanmanın cezası olarak, her Bölge, Açlık Oyunlarındaki ölümle savaşmak için bir oğlan ve bir kız olmak üzere iki çocuk göndermeye zorlanır. Açlık Oyunları acımasız (ve televizyonda). Katniss, utangaç ve emekli olduktan sonra oyun için kız kardeşinin yerini almaya gönüllü olur. Katniss'in hayatta kalma mücadelesi grafik ve acımasızdır. Ve Capitol ve Gamemaker'ların izleyicileri perçinlemeye devam etmek istediklerine inanmayacaksınız. Uzağa bakmak isteyebilirsiniz, ancak sayfaları çevirmeyi durduramazsınız. Heyecan verici ve düşündürücü. ÇOK TAVSİYE!
Vonnegut is one of my all time favourite authors, and a good case could be made for him being my number one. Every time I pick up one of his books I worry about him finally disappointing me. Well, after finishing this I am glad to say he still hasn't. Focussing mainly on ideas of free will and the purpose of humans and societies, Vonnegut hits every target he aims for in the most innovative and amusing ways. After finishing one of his books you are always thinking harder, and you are always wanting more. Just excellent.
2ND REREAD; APRIL 2014: NO CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS REVIEW 1ST REREAD REVIEW - 14 FEBRUARY 2011 This is still a 4-star read the second time around. It would have been five if not for the reasons Jenre mentioned in her excellent review. I was more aware of the power struggle between Aubrey and Seht this time and was delighted to find I was fully invested in it and wondered how these two uber-alphas would resolve the dilemma. While I liked the resolution (I had totally forgotten that was how this book ended!), unless you're aware Lost Star is the prequel to Victorious Star, you will find the ending very abrupt. So I recommend that you have Victorious Star ready before you get to the end of LS. A friend was telling me she wants to read LS because it's MM but will pass on VS as it's MMF. While I understand perfectly her distaste for girl cooties spoiling the broth, it is a pity in this case because Seht's and Captain Ravnos' relationship in Victorious Star is a thing to behold, indeed. I myself refuse to read MM romances that have girl cooties - the Interstellar Service & Discipline books are the one and only exception. I agree with Jenre that Seht isn't as developed as Aubrey here and that's a pity as I would have liked to know him better. We get to follow Aubrey closely but know nothing about how Seht grew up and what made him gravitate towards Aubrey and get attached to him so quickly. At least in those werewolf books I occasionally read, they have a mate out there they can sense. In this case, there's not enough about Skeldhi culture and nothing of Seht's past (or even his present) to help me understand his character. Despite this, LS is a great intro to the IS&D series. I'll move on to Victorious Star now and hope that I won't wish Victoria were a Victor instead! 1ST REVIEW - 9 APRIL 2009: Lost Star felt short even though it's novel length but it did complete Victorious Star in that we now know what the history is between Aubrey Ravnos and Seht, the skeldhi prince. It tells the story of how Seht met the young Aubrey when the latter was a young guy, I think six months shy of 21 and on the run from the Moribund Company. Aubrey was caught by the Imperial Agency for his hacking into ships and taking them for joyrides. The ship he's serving on in lieu of imprisonment commits suicide after its crew is killed. Yeah, this is Morgan Hawke book so ships are "alive". They rape and kill. Aubrey finds himself taken by Moribund and his Company (M & Co appear in all the Star books) and manages to escape but the torture during his capture by Moribund has left Aubrey at the point of death. He manages to escape, though I'm not sure how long he was imprisoned by Moribund. Aubrey's age, at this point, is also uncertain coz he's referred to as "kid" several times. Moribund's ship comes under attack by the Skeldhis and in the ensuing fracas, Aubrey escapes. Moribund's guys are out looking for Aubrey, of course, since he's an extremely valuable commodity due to his programs. Seht arrives on the scene just in time to save Aubrey from recapture but has to turn him into a rehkyt (a skeldhi's hybrid sex slave) in order to save him. Seht finds himself deeply attached to the human Aubrey and is heart-broken when he is told Aubrey needs to be returned to the Imperial Agency. They are separated but reunited after a period of time when Seht refuses to give up searching for Aubrey. Only now, Aubrey is an adult and commander of his own ship. He prefers to be called Ravnos and is even more determined not to be Seht's slave since his priority is to destroy the Moribund Company, not become a skeldhi's pet. Seht couldn't ever give Aubrey up and has been looking for him. It's obvious Aubrey is much more than just a pet to Seht but why, we do not know. Towards the end of the book the two ubver-alphas meet up again, for the final face-off. The fight ends with Seht agreeing to the only thing that will keep him with Aubrey for the rest of his life. I'll have to read Victorious Star tonight!
I LOVE this book!!! When I was ready, I had tears in my eyes. This book is based on woody Guthrie folk song which was written in 1940s. This book takes us on a journey across whole country showing us the people, land, how big and diverse this country is. Also, each page contains beautiful painting-like pictures showing attractions and pride of each state. By the end, the author questions why in such big, reach, and beautiful country our people live without homes and food. His message is clear to me: Please take care this land which belongs to ALL of us and take care our people. This book is very patriotic and we need more like that to teach our children to be kind to people and land. It is expensive, but worth the money. I love it!!!