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[Book Review] The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

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Title: The Riverman
Author: Aaron Starmer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of Published: 18 March 2014
Format: Ebook
No. of Pages: 340
ISBN: 9780374363109
Category: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Received from: the publisher via Netgalley
Link: here
Opening sentence:
Every town has a lost child.

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Alistair Cleary is the kid who everyone trusts. Fiona Loomis is not the typical girl next door. Alistair hasn’t really thought of her since they were little kids until she shows up at his doorstep with a proposition: she wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into the mind of a potentially troubled girl. Fiona says that in her basement, there’s a portal that leads to a magical world where a creature called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. And Fiona’s soul could be next. If Fiona really believes what she’s saying, Alistair fears she may be crazy. But if it’s true, her life could be at risk. In this novel from Aaron Starmer, it’s up to Alistair to separate fact from fiction, fantasy from reality.

thoughtsI received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this title because I was mesmerized by the cover, like usual. I just catched a glimpse on the description. I guess it’s just like any other children’s book, but I was wrong.

The Riverman is too gory for children. I don’t think violence, drugs, and a pinch of romance are suitable for 13 year-olds.

This book tells a tale of Alistair who won people’s trust. His early memory is when he saw a dead body of a missing child, Luke, on the river. Nine years later, something strange happened to him when his neighbor, Fiona, knocked on his door and asked him to write a story about her. Alistair frowned, thought the idea was bizarre.
Soon he realized that Fiona did not make up the stories.

She told Alistair that she had a secret passage to the magical world called Aquavania, where the stories are born. Fiona met other children, even crossing to their world and interact with some of the children there.

Strange things happened again. The number of missing children is increasing and Fiona knew some of them in Aquavina. According to Fiona, the Riverman stole the children’s soul and they would never come back to the Solid World.

This book is a page turner. Every chapter is so tensed that I really wanted to finish it in one night, but my eyes wouldn’t compromise.

I really like this book and how each character connects to one another. And there’s love among teens, jealousy, hatred, and misperceptions. We should not judge a person by his looks, which is true.

But I also put big question marks after I reached the laat page. I don’t know what happened to Kyle and Charlie, and Luke’s case is still a mystery. I heard it’s the first installment of a series (I really hope so).

What I like about this book is the setting. It’s the 80s when Choose Your Own Adventure novels were popular. I’m also curious about PB&J. I haven’t tried that one and I have no idea how it tastes like.

The Riverman brought back my childhood memories. Sorry for being a bit sentimental :’)

As an adult, I enjoyed reading this book and I will recommend it to other adults who like stories about children and their big imaginations. I think Neil Gaiman fans will enjoy The Riverman.

Looking forward to reading The Riverman #2.

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The best thing I can tell you about a chick who lies a lot is this: there’s probably some messed-up stuff going on in her life (p. 50)

Life will sneak up on you sometimes. (p. 69)

You can’t change your mistakes. You can only try to make up for them. (p. 252)

And sometimes kids have to get up and go. (p. 262)

Sometimes what’s worse than people lying to you is people being too honest. (p. 269)

Creative minds like ours were the minds of aliens. (p. 280)

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Until next time ^^

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[Book Review] Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

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Title: Ghost Knight (Originally Geister Ritter)
Author: Cornelia Funke
Translator: Oliver Latsch
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Date of Published: May 1st, 2012
No. of Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-316-05614-4
Format: Hardcover
Category: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Ghost, Childrens
Literary Awards: Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2013)
Bought at: Periplus Pondok Indah Mall for IDR 77,500

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From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

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I didn’t plan to buy this book. I just browsed through childrens and fantasy books on sale, and I found this one along with the other book (I’ll read and reviee the other one later).

I haven’t read Cornelia Funke’s book, but I bought the Ink series and Reckless. I didn’t expect anything, just let it flow and hope Ghost Knight didn’t disappoint me. On the contrary, I looooove this book to the core. Let me tell you why I love Ghost Knight:
1. The main character is just an average boy who’s not happy with his mother’s remarriage.
2. His roommates are weird XD
3. He has a quirky sidekick.
4. Yes, he goes to the boarding school. I’m a sucker for boarding-school books. Reminds me of St. Clare.
5. Ghost stories are always compelling. I just can’t get enough, though I’ll most likely chicken out whenever I see them in real life.
6. The story sets in England. Spooky old buildings.
7. The illustrations are beautiful.
8. This book is a serious page-turner.
9. Humors everywhere. I love funny books.
10. The glossary contains historical events and people.

This Jon Hartgill was sent to a boarding school and he started to see ghosts. Not just ordinary ghosts, but vengeful ghosts who were after Jon’s great-great-great grandfather. His name is Stourton.
Jon met Ella, a quirky girl who’s been in touch with supernatural things. Her grandmother is a witch/ghost hunter and together they help Jon who was haunted by this vengeful ghost. Ella taught Jon to ask an old ghost to help him. This led to ghost-fight and bloodshed.

I enjoy every page of it. I gasped many times, even held my breath everytime I read ghost fighting scenes. Totally entertaining.

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We make our best friends in dark times because we always remember how they helped us out of the darkness. (p. 210)

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Wishful Wednesday 32: Dream Catcher Trilogy

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Ketemu lagi dengan hari Rabu, saatnya berandai-andai memiliki buku impian. Akhir-akhir ini gue sebenarnya agak menghindari fantasy. Namun entah kenapa pas baca sinopsis trilogi buku ini jadi tertarik untuk punya.

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Janie, gadis berusia tujuh belas tahun, sudah biasa tersedot ke mimpi orang lain. Terutama mimpi tentang jatuh, telanjang, dan seks.

Ia tidak bisa memberitahu siapa-siapa tentang “kelebihannya” ini—takkan ada yang percaya. Mereka bisa-bisa malah mengira ia gila.

Lalu ia terjatuh ke dalam mimpi buruk mengerikan, mimpi yang membuatnya ketakutan sampai ke tulang sumsum. Untuk pertama kalinya, Janie bukan lagi sekadar saksi. Kali ini ia terlibat….

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Bagi Janie dan Cabel, kehidupan nyata lebih sulit daripada mimpi.

Sementara itu, hal-hal meresahkan terjadi di Fieldridge High, namun tidak ada yang mau membicarakannya. Ketika Janie masuk ke mimpi penuh kekerasan teman sekelasnya, masalah pun mulai terungkap. Tetapi semua di luar dugaan.

Lebih buruk, Janie lantas mengetahui kenyataan tentang diri dan kemampuannya. Kenyataan yang sangat muram. Bukan hanya takdirnya sebagai penangkap mimpi tak bisa diubah, apa yang akan terjadi ternyata jauh lebih mengerikan daripada yang ditakutkannya.

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Janie mengira ia tahu masa depannya. Dan ia merasa bisa menerimanya meskipun muram.

Namun ia tidak ingin menyeret Cabel.

Janie tahu cowok itu akan setia mendampinginya meskipun tahu apa yang akan terjadi. Cabel memang menakjubkan. Karena itu Janie justru harus pergi.

Lalu seseorang hadir dalam hidup Janie—dan segalanya jadi kacau. Masa depan yang sudah diketahuinya sekarang berubah. Sendirian, ia harus memutuskan mana pilihan terbaik di antara yang buruk.

Dan sementara itu waktu terus berjalan….

Semoga kesampean bisa beli semuanya.

Yang mau ikutan Wishful Wednesday:

  1. Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
  2. Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam <emwishlist kalian ya!
  3. Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr Linky yang ada di akhir postingan. Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
  4. Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

Happy Wednesday.

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[Book Review] Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date of Published: March 2nd, 2010
ISBN: 9780061987496
Format: Ebook
Category: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy
Literary Awards:
Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Novel (2010), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Nominee for Preis der Jugendjury (2011), Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of the Year for Fiction (2010), Goodreads Choice for Young Adult Fiction, Debut Author, Nominee for Goodreads Author, Favorite Heroine (2010)
First sentence:
They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.

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What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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What would you do if you were given a second chance to live? Would you fix the damage that you’ve caused? Would you make it up to yourself?

That’s what happened to Sam. She’s dead but she came back to life to finish the unfinished business.

There’s a popular clique at Thomas Jefferson High School. Sam is one of the mean girls. They did terrible things to Juliet, a beautiful girl actually, an outcast and Sam’s friends’ target of bullying.

Things changed after the accident which took Sam’s life. But God is good, that He sent her back to September 12 over and over again to make things right.

One big secret was revealed. Sam never looks at Juliet and Kent like she used to.

This is not your typical YA novels. I was blown away. The message is clear: to reflect things that we’ve done and said. Are we ready to die and leave in peace?
Do you have unfinished business, things that you have to do before it’s to late?
I read this book all night and I was in tears. Gosh, this book is so good I’m still thinking about Sam, Kent and Juliet.

I really want to give everyone a big hug right now.

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[Book Review] The Twits by Roald Dahl

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Title: The Twits
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books
Date of Published: June 25th, 1998
No. of Pages: 76
ISBN: 978-0-14-130107-5
Category: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Literary Awards: Zilveren Griffel (1982), Books I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards for Early Readers (2009)
Bought at: DBNC for IDR15,000
Opening sentence: Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.

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How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything — except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.

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This is the second book that I read during Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem 2013.

The Twits are horrible people who do disgusting things. Mr. Twit is a hairy man who never takes a shower. He’s ugly and smelly.
Mrs. Twit is as ugly as her husband. She was a nice looking girl before, but she gets uglier and uglier each year. She carried a walking stick to hit animals and small children.
Mr and Mrs Twit love to do tricks. Mr Twit hid a frog under Mrs Twit’s blanket, and Mrs Twit put a handful of worms and mixed it with a plate of spaghetti for her husband.
To pay Mrs Twit back for the worm-spaghetti incident, Mr Twit added a piece of wood, bit by bit until the stick was getting longer and longer. Mr Twit said that Mrs Twit was shrinking. A very nasty trick. To prevent the shrinking, Mr Twit said that Mrs Twit should stretch. And horrible things happened over and over again.

It’s a quick read, only 76 pages. The moral lesson from the story is very simple: horrible things happen to horrible people.

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If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. (p. 9)

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Submitted for:

Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem 2013 here
Fun Year with Children’s Literature here

Until next time:)

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[Book Review] James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

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Title: James and the Giant Peach
Author: Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Puffin Books
Date of Published: August 16th, 2007
No. of Pages: 150
ISBN: 978-0-14-241036-3
Category: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Literary Awards: Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (1982)
Bought at: Periplus PIM for IDR59,000
Openi sentence: Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.

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It’s the 50th anniversary of James and the Giant Peach! Come celebrate and join James Trotter and his friendsNGrasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider – on an adventure inside a giant magical peach.

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So happy that I read Roald Dahl this year. Just found this site about Roald Dahl Day. Surely it would be fun to be a kid once a year ^^. I decided to read at least one Roald Dahl’s book every year to celebrate Roald Dahl Day.

I chose this book because I’m curious about the story. I read a bit of Matilda and I loooove that book. I will finish Matilda this year, I promise. I didn’t know that Disney already adapted the book to movie. I’ll watch the movie and write the review later. It’s been awhile since the first time I joined Mbak Maria’s Book-to-Movie Challenge.

Back to James and the Giant Peach, it’s about James who lost both of his parents. They were eaten by a huge rhino who escaped from London Zoo. James had to live with his wicked aunts, Sponge and Spiker. They hate children and very cruel. They never called James by his name.
One day after a long hard work, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker scolded James who asked them to take him to the seaside. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker were furious and promised to beat him when the day’s not so hot. James ran to the end of the garden. He cried. Suddenly, a mysterioue appeared behind him. He gave him a paper bag full of tiny green things look like crystal or crocodile tongues. The old man gave him instructions if he wanted to see wonderful things. James ran back to his aunts’ house to do what the old man told him to do. But, on the way to the kitchen, James fell on the ground and all the tiny green things scattered near the peach tree.

Then the magic started to happen. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker noticed about a peach that grew on the tree. It grew bigger and bigger until it’s as big as a house. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker who were so greedy sold the tickets to all the spectators who wanted to see the giant peach in their garden.

James met his new friends: the old green grasshopper, the earthworm, the centipede, the ladybug, the spider, and the silkworm. The insects swallowed the crocodile tongue. Now they’re as big as James. Together, they were going for an adventure.

This book tells about the abusive aunts. I think it’s one of Dahl’s remarkable signature to write about miserable protagonists. The choice of words are too harsh for kids. This is not a childrens book, though the character is a kid.
I smiled a lot while reading James and the Giant Peach. I was sucked in the peach and went together with James and friends to Empire State Building. In the end, this book gives me a good feeling.
I’m so happy that I read Roald Dahl. I missed it when I was a kid. I still have 3 more books to read during Roald Dahl Day event. Can’t wait ^^

Happy Birthday, Sir Dahl.

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Most people – and especially small children-are often quite scared of being out of doors alone in the moonlight. Everything is so deadly quiet, and the shadows are so long and black, and they keep turning into strange shapes that seem to move as you look at them, and the slightest little snap of a twig makes you jump.

“What are you looking so worried about, Earthworm?” the Centipede asked. “What’s the problem.”
“The problem is…” the Earthworm said,”the problem is…well, the problem is that there is no problem!”

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Submitted for:

New Authors Reading Challenge here
Roald Dahl Mischief Mayhem 2013 here
Fun Year with Children’s Literature here

Until next time:)

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[Book Review] The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman @Gramedia

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Judul: Samudra di Ujung Jalan Setapak (The Ocean at the End of the Lane)
Penulis: Neil Gaiman
Penerbit: GPU
Terbit: Agustus 2013, Cetakan Pertama
ISBN: 978-979-22-9768-3
Jumlah halaman: 264
Kategori: Novel Fiksi Terjemahan
Genre: Fantasi, Horror, Supernatural
Beli di: Bukabuku.com seharga Rp. 42.500
Kalimat pertama: Aku memakai jas hitam dan kemeja putih, dasi hitam dan sepatu hitam, semuanya licin mengilap: biasanya pakaian begini membuatku tidak nyaman, aku serasa memakai seragam curian, atau pura-pura menjadi orang dewasa.

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Samudra di Ujung Jalan Setapak adalah fabel yang membentuk ulang kisah fantasi modern: menggugah, menakutkan, dan puitis—semurni mimpi, segetas sayap kupu-kupu, dari pencerita genius Neil Gaiman.

Kisahnya dimulai empat puluh tahun silam, ketika pemondok di rumah keluarga sang Pencerita mencuri mobil mereka dan bunuh diri di dalamnya. Peristiwa ini membangkitkan kekuatan-kekuatan purba yang seharusnya dibiarkan tak terusik. Makhluk-makhluk gelap dari dunia seberang kini lepas, dan sang Pencerita harus mengerahkan segala daya upayanya agar bisa bertahan hidup: ada kengerian yang nyata di sini, dan kuasa jahat yang terlepas—di dalam keluarganya dan dari kekuatan-kekuatan yang bersatu untuk menghancurkannya.

Yang bisa melindunginya hanyalah tiga perempuan yang tinggal di pertanian ujung jalan. Perempuan yang paling muda menyatakan kolam bebeknya adalah samudra. Perempuan yang paling tua mengaku pernah menyaksikan peristiwa Ledakan Besar.

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Gue membeli dan membaca buku ini karena buku ini adalah bacaan bulan Agustus Reight Book Club.

Mengintip WW anak-anak BBI, banyak banget yang menginginkan buku ini. Terus terang, gue penasaran juga. People rave about this book, so I think it must be something. Hingga akhirnya gue berkesempatan untuk membaca buku ini. Sejujurnya, membaca The Ocean at the End of the Lane adalah pengalaman yang tidak terlupakan. Tidak terlupakan karena I was tortured while reading it, seriously. Setiap adegan di mana si John Doe (<the unnamed boy from the book) disiksa atau tersiksa, begitu juga perasaan gue saat membacanya. Yep, gue tersiksa membaca buku ini. Bukan karena buku ini jelek, bukan karena genrenya fantasy/horror/supernatural, juga bukan karena keabsurdannya, tapi buku ini benar-benar menyiksa gue.

Adalah John Doe, pria yang tidak disebutkan namanya, atau aku (I prefer calling him John Doe), menghadiri pemakaman entah siapa (yang pasti orang dekat karena dia memberikan eulogy), menyetir mobilnya secara impulsif ke tempat di mana ia menghabiskan masa kecilnya yang suram.

Ia berhenti di depan jalan setapak menuju rumah Lettie Hempstock, teman masa kecilnya yang aneh, karena ia suka berhubungan dengan makhluk-makhluk supernatural.
Setelah itu, John Doe teringat akan kejadian-kejadian aneh yang dialaminya ketika kecil. John Doe yang menemukan koin tiba-tiba bangun tersedak koin dan memuntahkan darah. Lalu, telapak kakinya kemasukan cacing. Setelah cacing itu dikeluarkan, muncul perempuan jahat yang melamar kerja sebagai pengasuh John Doe dan adiknya. Ibu John Doe berkata, Ursula hanya meminta upah tempat tinggal dan makan saja, which is odd. Ketika John Doe menolak untuk makan makanan yang dibuat oleh Ursula Monkton, ayahnya murka hingga menenggelamkan John Doe di bath tub yang dingin. Seolah-olah ayahnya dirasuki oleh pengaruh Ursula yang tidak suka John Doe.
Semua kejadian aneh itu terjadi setelah seorang pria penambang opal yang menyewa kamar di rumah keluarga John Doe ditemukan tewas bunuh diri di mini van milik ayah John Doe. Lettie berkata, peristiwa itu adalah ignition dari kejadian mengerikan yang akan terjadi.
Memang benar, gue dibawa ke tempat gelap dan suram di mana wujud asli Ursula terlihat. Lalu, John Doe juga bisa menikmati alam samudra ketika Lettie mengajaknya ke sana. Lalu, ribuan burung-burung pemangsa datang untuk mencabik-cabik Ursula.

Adegan yang paling bisa gue nikmati adalah ketika John Doe lari dari rumah menuju kediaman Hempstock. Terasa sekali cara bertutur Gaiman yang lugas dan rangkaian kalimatnya bisa membawa gue ke tempat itu, ikut lari bersama John Doe.

Di luar keabsurdannya, yang gue tangkap dari novel ini adalah tentang pemikiran anak-anak yang kerap tidak dipahami orangtua. Dan orangtua yang selalu merasa benar sering memaksakan kehendak kepada anak. Well, at least ada yang bisa gue petik dari novel ini.
Selain itu, gue juga menyukai banyak quotes Gaiman dari buku ini.

Baru membaca setengah buku ini, tadi malam gue bermimpi tentang orang yang mati tenggelam, lalu bangun lagi dengan pribadi yang sangat berbeda. Apakah gara-gara membaca buku ini gue bermimpi seperti itu? I don’t know.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane mengingatkan gue akan:
Twilight
Ketika Joe Dohn bertanya pada Lettie, berapa lama kamu berumur sebelas tahun, exactly like Bella asked Edward about his age. You know that famous quote ‘how long have you been seventeen’ right?

American Horror Story Season 1
Ketika Ursula, yang notabene adalah pengasuh, bergenit ria dengan ayah John Doe, hingga ayah John Doe menidurinya. Mirip dengan adegan hantu pelayan tua bermata picek bernama Moira yang di mata si peran utama pria, Ben, adalah wanita cantik berambut merah dan mereka bercinta, kemudian dipergoki oleh istri Ben, Vivien.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about your childhood’s worst nightmares, your fears, and strenght to get the courage to fight it.

I’ve tried so hard to like the book, unfortunately, my dislike overshadows my like. Can’t help it. No offense, Gaiman’s fans. I know your leader is a genius, but he fails to impress me.

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Biar bagaimana pun, buku-buku lebih aman daripada manusia. (hal. 8)

Rasanya aku tidak pernah bertanya tentang apa pun pada orang dewasa, kecuali kalau sangat terpaksa. (hal. 72)

Maka kularikan anganku ke dalam buku. Ke sanalah aku pergi kalau kehidupan nyata terasa sangat berat, atau tidak fleksibel. (hal. 88)

Buku-buku adalah para guru dan penasihatku. (hal. 113)

Ayah-ibuku merupakan satu kesatuan, tak terpisahkan. (hal. 117)

Kalau orang dewasa bertarung dengan anak-anak, orang dewasa selalu menang. (hal. 128)

Kalimat yang agak aneh setelah diterjemahkan:

“Oh, puding-dan-pai-yang-manis, kau dalam masalah besar.” (hal. 122)
Mungkin aslinya “Oh, my sweet-pudding-pie, you’re in a big trouble.” Cmiiw 🙂
Gue jadi inget lagu Georgie Porgie yang liriknya kaya gini:
Georgie Porgie puddin’ and pie, kiss the girls and made them cry.
Kebetulan nama asli John Doe adalah George.

OK, let’s go to the points of discussion:

First Impression
Suka dengan covernya yang mewakili judulnya. Namun font judul dan nama penulis keriting bikin lieurbacanya. Mungkin maksudnya ingin menggambarkan isinya yang disturbing dan absurd. Judulnya juga OK banget. Biar panjang kalimatnya, namun catchy

How did you experience the book?
Below my expectations. I was tortured like hell. I couldn’t enjoy it at all. Well, perhaps only 20% of it.

Characters
John Doe masih tetap linglung ketika digiring ke rumah Hempstock ketika ia dewasa. Gue nggak mau menebar spoiler di sini. Namun, kurang lebih ya begitu deh. Nggak ada perubahan berarti.

Plot
John Doe bercerita tentang pengalaman masa kecilnya yang tidak terlupakan. Menggunakan alur flashback, ia berkisah tentang the Big Bang yang terjadi pada saat itu. Dua hari yang gue perlukan untuk membaca buku ini.

POV
TOATEOTL memggunakan single POV, diceritakan dari sudut pandang John Doe.

Main Idea/Symbolism
Inti ceritanya adalah tentang ketakutan masa kecil. Banyak banget simbol yang digunakan Gaiman. Misalnya: adegan koin adalah simbol dari manusia yang rakus akan uang. Lalu, adegan John Doe yang bisa bernapas di bawah air menurut gue adalah simbol dari segala ketakutan akan sirna jika kita yakin pada diri sendiri. Lalu, seperti yang sudah ditulis di atas, orangtua yang gagal paham dalam mencerna pemikiran anak, dan anak yang takut mengutarakan pikiran dan perasaan pada orangtua. Seperti ada tembok raksasa yang menghalangi kedua kubu.

Ending
Endingnya ya begitulah. Nggak mengecewakan juga sih.

Questions
1. Apa maksud hantu si penambang opal waktu melempari adik John Doe dan teman-temannya dengan uang?
2. Apa juga maksud dari si Ursula menginstall jalan keluar di tubuh John Doe? Kenapa harus dia? Apa salah John Doe kepada Ursula?

Benefits
Sebagai orangtua, gue nggak boleh otoriter. Gue harus mendengarkan maunya anak. Jika ada pertentangan, cari solusi. Itu aja sih yang gue dapat dari novel ini.

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Need a Second Opinion?

Astrid. Review here

A Fancy Read. Review here

Submitted for

Reigh Book Club August Read-along here

New Authors Reading Challenge here

Until next time 🙂

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*Note: This book is for sale for 35K. Email me at: miss_yuska@yahoo.com if you’re interested.

Book Haul 30/4/2013

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Pengakuan dosa lagi. Hari ini iman goyah gara-gara Periplus PIM menggelar diskon up to 50% (grrrr…). Siapa yang nggak ngiler beli buku seharga 12 ribuan?
Itu pun udah dipilah-pilah dan dengan sangat terpaksa tidak bisa membeli semua buku incaran mengingat ketatnya dompet.

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Kebanyakan buku yang dibeli genre-nya paranormal romance/fantasy. Beberapa memang udah diincar/koleksi karena series.

Point: -16

List of books bought at Periplus PIM:

1. The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol.1: Phantom – created by L.J. Smith (14rb)
2. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl (41rb)
3. Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side – Charlaine Harris, etc (15rb)
4. Red Glove – Holly Black (24rb)
5. Art Geeks and Prom Queens – Alyson Noel (12rb)
6. Heresy – S.J. Parris (12rb)
7. How To Train Your Dragon Book 7: How To Ride a Dragon’s Storm – Cressida Cowell (9rb)
8. Vampire Academy: a Graphic Novel – Richelle Mead (19rb)
9. Tiger’s Quest – Colleen Houck (24rb)
10.Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite – P.C. Cast, etc. (14rb)

Total pembelanjaan untuk 10 buku = 184rb. Lumayan ya?!

Share juga dosa-dosamu ya 🙂

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Pic credit here

[Book Review] Chosen by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast

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Title: Chosen (House of Night series #3)
Authors: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: ATOM
Published: March 7th, 2009
ISBN: 1905654332
Category: Fiction/Paranormal Romance/Vampire/Fantasy
Website: http://houseofnightseries.com/
Format: Ebook

Book description from bookdepository:

“I guess it had gone okay with Stevie Rae. I mean, she had agreed to meet me tomorrow. And she hadn’t tried to bite me, which was a plus. Of course, the whole trying-to-eat-the-street-person thing was highly disturbing …” Zoey’s best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead – in an eww! zombie! kind-of-way, not in a cool vampire kind-of-way. She’s struggling to retain her humanity and Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help. But she does know that anything they discover must be kept secret. Trust has become a rare commodity. Sinister forces are at work at the House of Night, where the line between friend and enemy is becoming dangerously blurred. – Not suitable for younger readers –

Thoughts:

Zoey is doing her best to save Stevie Rae, her best friend. Stevie Rae lives in a tunnel with a bunch of other vampirish zombies (or zombieish vampires), ex-fledglings who couldn’t make it to vampirism.

I’m kinda disappointed with Zoey, who slurs ‘H’ word to Aphrodite, but she’s doing a series of slutty things. Aphrodite was caught doing a dirty stuff to Erik in Marked, but at least she did it with Erik only. Zoey who addresses Aphrodite a ‘ho’ is dating Heath and Erik, also has a huge lust on Loren, her teacher. Well, I guess the title should be given to Zoey instead of Aphrodite. And Zoey realized that she’s turning into a ho, which made me laugh.

Aphrodite is replacing Stevie Rae to represents earth, as Erik failed during the rehearsal. Nyx wanted Aphrodite to be. So, she’s the odd among Damien, Shaunee and Erin.
Things turn the other way around. While Zoey lost the person she trusted (Neferet), she gains a new friend (Aphrodite), someone who she can talk to about Stevie Rae.
Together, they try to fix Stevie Rae.

One thing reminds me of the Vampire Diaries: Stevie Rae said she couldn’t enter a house unless invited. I guess the authors should change the method.

The story’s a bit boring and dragging in the first chapters. Things got more tensed in chapter 11. And then the pow-wow bang-bang-boom surprised knocks in chapter 14. Sorry, no spoiler, but my jaw almost dropped. I think that’s the best part of all the three books. I start to take this book seriously.

I was disappointed with Zoey. She’s a mighty goodie-goodie, but she impulsively gives up her virginity without thinking. I thought she would keep it, but I guess it’s true that she’s becoming a ho. But she paid the price. Something fishy about Blake and I was right.

One ridiculous scene is when Zoey’s friends are doing the ritual to fix Stevie Rae. She’s healed (thank goodness) and she got a new tattoo swirling on her face. Then Erin pulls a mirror in her purse. During the critical moment, she brought makeup kit?! I don’t understand. Doesn’t make sense to me.

Overall, the plot is intense and I want to read more.

Quotes from the book:

“So how was Europe?” Calm and collected, Erik draped an arm nonchalantly around my shoulders.
Loren’s smile got wider and he looked from Erik to me. “Not as friendly as it is here.”
Erik, who seemed to be having fun, laughed softly. “Well, it’s not where you go, it’s who you know.”

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[Book Review] Radiance: Death Can Be Cute

Radiance

Radiance
Author: Alyson Noël
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: August 30, 2010
Pages: 183

Radiance is a cute book about death and afterlife. Buku ini ringan tapi sarat makna.
Pertama: tentang kematian yang digambarkan Alyson Noel, penulisnya, sama sekali tidak menakutkan.

Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she’s summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can’t quite figure out.

Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he’s never met Riley.

Riley yang sewaktu hidup tidak puas dengan dirinya dan selalu menjadi bayang-bayang kakaknya, Ever, baru tersadar akan sikapnya yang annoying setelah ia meniggal.

Berbekal pengalaman sewaktu hidup, Riley berhasil membujuk the Radiant boys, kakak-beradik badung yang gentayangan di kastil. Riley dan mentornya, Bodhi, diminta untuk menangkap arwah penasaran agar kembali ke dunianya. Mereka dinamakan Soul Catcher

Buku ini walau untuk ABG, masih cocok dibaca oleh segala usia. Kematian bukan hal yang menakutkan.
Gue bahkan ngakak di beberapa bagian. Penggambaran Here and Now juga jelas, terbukti penulisnya memang riset terlebih dahulu tenang kematian dan kehidupan setelah mati. Yang paling seru adalah saat Riley dan Bodhi terbang di kota London. Magnificent!

Surely I will buy all the series ^^

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Happy reading,

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