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Jan 16

Saeculum by Ursula Poznanski

Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Books, Reviews

I just finished reading Saeculum by Ursula Poznanski. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book at all. I found it boring and the characters unsympathetic and the plot rather pointless. Maybe I would have felt differently at another time, but as it was, I was really disappointed. Especially since this is a big, thick book that cost a lot to buy. I’d been looking forward to reading it for a long time. Oh, well, these things happen.

I’d already read another book by the same author, Erebos, and loved it so naturally I assumed I’d like other books by her.

For someone who might like this kind of book, I’ll just briefly go into the plot.

Bastian is a medical student who has trouble relating to his manipulative father. He meets a pretty girl who gets him interested in medieval reenactments, historic fairs, that sort of thing. She talks him into coming along on a live game playing thing somewhere far from civilisation. When they get there, things start to go wrong. Is it really possible that an old curse is causing all the troubles the group is experiencing?

Unfortunately, the story never gets very exciting, at least not to me. I read the book in a Swedish translation that I really didn’t like. It made me question the translator’s qualifications. Usually, it’s the other way around, a translation can actually make a book seem better than it is. So all in all, I’d say this book was a failure from beginning to end. I don’t usually even review under these circumstances, but after reading this long book, I felt I wanted to have my say about it.

For someone else, it might still be an interesting book, but personally, I just want to forget I wasted time and money on it.

Edit: I just checked out the reviews on Goodreads and now I really wish I’d done that before I bought the book… :/

Apr 9

Facebook or not?

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010 in Other

The other day a friend of mine invited me to join Facebook. People have done so before, one of them relatively recently, and I haven’t felt the need to join yet another social network¬† Besides, apart from being a major timewaster, there are things about Facebook that I just don’t like. For instance not being able to upload any photos. Apparently Facebook will own the rights to whatever material I post.

So… Despite all that, there are reasons I might feel I should join Facebook anyway. It does seem to be a good way to keep in touch with my friends, but on the other hand, so far I haven’t had much luck with that. It seems most of my friends (and the majority of them are online friends) are quietly working themselves to death. Most people seem to be doing that. Working themselves to death. I blame my boyfriend-less status on that. It’s either that or I’m ugly, boring and weird. Which is it? LOL.

Here‘s another reason I find myself reluctant to join Facebook:

What do you think? Should I join or not?


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