Marco's readings

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. This page lists all the books that I have finished reading in 2005.
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Brokeback Mountain
by Annie Proulx
My review: This is a short novel, with a great and powerful story. The book teaches how you can sometimes end up ruining your life, losing what you love and what matters the most to you, because your afraid of it and of losing it. (★★★★)
Started: Dec 03 2005 Finished: Dec 05 2005
Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)
by Mercedes Lackey
My review: As for the previous books of the trilogy, the plot feels a little episodic at times. Despite the limitations, the book is entertaining and uplifting, a great example of the 70s/80s woman fantasy movement. (★★★★)
Started: Dec 01 2005 Finished: Dec 02 2005
Holy Fools
by Joanne Harris
My review: Another great book from Joanne Harris, one of my favorite writers. Even if not as powerful and magic as five quarters of the orange, the book is a little masterpiece. One of the main theme of Chocolat is back: the clash between the barren hypocrisy of the church and an ancient sensual and wise superstition. It comes back with a new twist: in here there is a strong attraction between the two opposites. (★★★★)
Started: Aug 21 2005 Finished: Aug 25 2005
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
by Dan Brown (2006)
My review: Another fast-paced intriguing book from Dan Brown. This is by far my favorite, despite the fact that all his books are very similar to each other. I was a little disappointed by the conclusion: the Mary Magdalene "secret" is reveled too soon and after that the book is less interesting to read. (★★★★)
Started: Aug 22 2005 Finished: Aug 25 2005
Emma
by Jane Austen (2003)
My review: Emma is a great book, but I really prefer Austen's earlier work, where the author was critical of the moralist and sexist society of the time. In Emma, she is more cynical and accepting. (★★★)
Started: Apr 01 2005 Finished: Aug 21 2005
Hornet Flight
by Ken Follett (2003)
My review: A great historical spy thriller set in World War II Denmark. 18-year-old Danish schoolboy Harald Olufsen grows increasingly dissatisfied with his country's cooperation with the German invaders. His resentment of the Wehrmacht leads him to discover the truth about a hidden military installation, a truth known to only a select few in the Nazi organization. Harald knows that he must get to Britain to turn the tides of this war, but to do so in time to save the bombers, Harald has one option: flight. (★★★)
Started: Aug 01 2005 Finished: Aug 19 2005
Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf (2002)
My review: After reading this novel, it is absolutely clear why this novel is so famous, how it completely revolutionized the field with its groundbreaking storytelling style. I was fascinated by the smooth and seamless switch of focus from character to character. Despite all these accomplishments and merits the novel is not entertaining. (★★★)
Started: Apr 18 2005 Finished: Apr 27 2005
Solitudini imperfette
by Andrea Mancinelli (1998)
My review: La storia di un trentenne Milanese, e della sua reazione alla vita d'adulto. Mattia si scopre intrappolato dal tram tram quotidiano, dalla carriera, da rapporti fugaci con amici conosciuto per caso e presto dimenticati. La morte di un caro amico mette in moto profonde riflessioni e lenti assestamenti. (★★★★)
Started: Apr 13 2005 Finished: Apr 17 2005
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
by J.K. Rowling (2004)
My review: This is by far my favorite Harry Potter book. The tones change, become darker, and more mature. Suddenly what was just a very entertaining story turns into a book with a message. (★★★★)
Started: Mar 01 2005 Finished: Apr 09 2005
Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen (2003)
My review: With Mansfield park, Austen reaches her maturity. It is an enjoyable reading, but the most striking elements of her previous books are gone. In the previous book her characters realize that public morality is just plain moralism, often used to justify convenience. The author had a very liberal and feminist position there. In this book Austin touches the same themes, but with a conservative attitude. The society is following convenience, morality has been forgotten. Fanny is almost as far from a feminist character as one can be. (★★★)
Started: Dec 01 2004 Finished: Feb 19 2005
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
My review: This is one of the most powerful and touching book I ever read. The first part is such a powerful punch in the stomach that left me breathless more than once. The second part of the book is drastically different and less interesting: it does feel like it was written by a different person. (★★★★)
Started: Jan 01 2005 Finished: Jan 28 2005