Books

أنين هند-عبدالعزيز العوضي

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أسلوب روائي جديد على مجتمعنا، ربما هناك روايه تحمل نفس الاسلوب و لكن لم اقرأ نفسها من قبل. اسلوب جميل و خفيف و سهل جدا يمتع القارئ حيث لم استطع ان اضع الكتاب الا بعد ٤ ساعات متتاليه استطعت ان انتهي من قراءتها. النهايه جميله جدا لم اكن اتوقعها، شخصيات محببه للقلب. حوار مميز يجعلك تشعر بالاسى حتى على الحاكم الظالم. طريقة السرد كانت مستفزه نوعا ما و لكن ربما اعطت للروايه نكهتها. .هي روايه من وحي الخيال و لكن من خلال قراءتي لها احسست بانها تتحدث عن واقع دولنا العربيه المخيب. عليكم بقراءتها بمعرفة ماذا اقصد

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الغيمة التاسعة-محمود شاكر

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كل ممنوع مرغوب و هالروايه نمنعت بالكريت و لكن قدرت احصلها. روايه رومانسيه جدا رائعه. للبعض يمكن تكون جريئه شوي و يمكن يقولون شوهت معنى الحب و لكن نقدر نقول انها غيرت معنى الحب شوي من وجهة نظر بعض الناس. بالنسبه لي كانت جدا جميله، طريقة السرد كانت جريئه شوي و لكن الكتابه مافيها شي و تم اختيار الالفاظ بطريقه ممتازه.

الشي الوحيد اللي ماعجبني طريقة الانتقال بين سرد الاحداث بالماضي و الحوار بالحاضر، كان فيها شوي تشويش على القارئ.

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ذكريات ضالة-عبد الله البصيص

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صعوبات الحياة قد تجعل منا شخص آخر لا نعرفه. فقد نولد اطفال بريئون و لكن قد نتحول الى مجرمين في لمح البصر. هذا ملخص الوراية التي تحكي قصة من الواقع، واقع البدون المرير و واقع التعامل معهم. تدور احداث القصه حول شخصيتين او بالاحرى ثلاث و لكن التركيز ينصب على سلمان و حميد. فقد كانوا اصبحوا اصحابا بعد ان انتقلت عائلة حميد الى العيش في نفس منطقة عائلة سلمان، و تشاء الاقدار ان يتفرقوا بعد الغزو العراقي الغاشم ليلتقوا في ظروف لم يتوقعها احد ابدا.

الروايه ممنوعه في الكويت و لكن استطعت الحصول عليها من موقع في الانستغرام. الكتابه رائعه و سرد القصه ممتع و لكن يحتوي على الفاظ نابيه و حساسه لبعض القراء و لكن من وجهت نظري بأن هذا النوع من الالفاظ قام ببناء خلفيه عن المستوى الاجتماعي لعائلة سلمان و الشخصيات الاخرى في القصه.

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يابعده-علياء الكاظمي

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هذا أول كتاب اقرأه للكاتبه علياء الكاظمي حيث شدني الغلاف و تلاهف الناس على شراءه. فقلت ما المانع؟! في الحقيقه تكاسلت بعض الشيء كون الكتاب يحتوي على عدة صفحات و لكن ما ان بدأت بقراءة القصه حتى عشت كل لحظه كتبتها الكاتبه عن الفتاة الجميله بسمة. بعض الاحداث او التفاصيل كان لا داعي لها فاحسست بان القصة طالت على الفاضي كما نقول ولكن ما ان وصلت الى منتصف القصة بدأت الاحداث بالتسارع. ابكتني القصه كثيرا حيث ان بعض الاخداث ذكرتني بالماضي الاليم. كم هي مؤلمة الحياة! و لكن دائما ما يأتي الفرح بعد ذلك لينسينا ما حدث.
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متحف الأرواح -عبدالوهاب السيد الرفاعي‎

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أول كتاب اقرأه للاستاذ عبدالوهاب الرفاعي و ان شاء الله لن يكون الاخير. استمتعت جدا بقراءة هذه الروايه اللي غيرت رأيي بالكتاب الكويتيين. هناك
بعض الكتاب الذين يريدون فقط الكتابه للشهره و لكن البعض الاخر يكتب ليبدع و من امثالهم عبدالوهاب الرفاعي. فالقصه نفسها غريبه و النهايه اغرب و اروع.
تبدأ القصه ب “صغيرة” التي تنتقل للعيش مع اخوها الكبير بعد رجوعها من الدراسه في الخارج حيث انه والدها متوفي و لايوجد الا بيت اخيها الكبير لتسكن فيه. تحدث بعض المشاكل فيقرر الاخ بأن يرسل صغيره للعيش في بيت جدهم الذين لم يروه منذ سنين طويله و الذي تبرأ منه ابيهم بسبب السحر و جرائم القتل التي حدثت في ذلك المنزل. لم تستطع الرفض فذهبت صغيره الى بيت جدها طريح الفراش الذي لايتكلم و لا يتحرك، و بدأت حياتها هناك. فبعد ان قررت تنظيف تكتشف غرفه صغيره تم دفنها و الختم عليها. تحتوي هذه الغرفه على عدة تماثيل واحد منها يشبهها تماما و الذي احدث الرعب فيها حيث انه جدها لم يرها من قبل. و تبدأ هذه التماثيل بالتجول في البيت بعد ان تم فتح باب الغرفه المدفونه. لا أريد ان اكمل فنهاية القصه لاتطرأ على البال ابدا و لكن يجب القول بانها كانت حزينه جدا.
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Book Review: How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky

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This book started with a good beginning but then it became a bit boring, but after a while it becomes interesting. If you have a wild imagination, then you’ll like this book. It’s about Sally & Bernice who got pregnant together on purpose just to have 2 babies destined to be together, they gave birth on the same day and in the same hospital and separated them when they were 3 years old so they can meet after so many years of separation and fall in love without knowing about it, but eventually they know about it.

The writing was kind of strange but I liked it and it was easy to read even though i felt something was strange about it. Loved the characters, all of them except Belion, so boring. The story plot becomes interesting when you start exploring the past life of Bernice & Sally and what happened to them and how they planed all of this. Sometimes you’d feel sorry for Bernice and sometimes pissed at her. So overwhelming. The book was okay.

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Guest Writer- The Maze Runner By Spencer Blohm

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As you know that I’ve never had a guest writer on my blog before, but when Spencer Blohm contacted me regarding my review of The Maze Runner book and wanted to share his point of view on the matter, I didn’t mind at all. Here’s his piece of writing.

“The new film The Maze Runner opened at the top of the box office charts, but this blockbuster sci-fi film began as a bestselling young adult novel from author James Dashner. As is the case with any film adaptation of a novel, there have been a number of changes. Whether they were for the better or worse is up to the individual viewer but what we end up with is the same story being told in two very different ways.

One only needs to look at the other powerhouse YA series that have made the journey to film to see the varying degrees of deviation from the book. It’s always a source of contention for readers when even the smallest liberties are taken, but clearly those who have seen the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, or Divergent (all of which you can watch on demand through providers like DirecTV or online at sites like Amazon Prime) don’t seem to mind that much.

The novel version of The Maze Runner follows Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien in the film) as he wakes up in an elevator with no memories except his name. As the elevator doors open, Thomas finds out he is far from alone. Now he must find out why he and the others have been sent to the Glade and why they have been locked inside a giant stone maze.

A major component of the The Maze Runner novel is the life the Gladers have made for themselves. These kids have been sent to this mysterious place and have created a whole society, complete with rules, responsibilities and a way of doing things much akin to Lord of the Flies. Generally, these rules are followed and everyone works together to make survival in the Glade easier for the whole.

 In the book we are allowed seeming unlimited access to this world. James Dashner not only sets up this wonderful world of survival, but he gives us the time to experience and feel what it is like to be a Glader. The movie adaptation takes this joy away from us. Instead of watching Thomas learning and adjusting to life in the Glade, he jumps from one dangerous situation to the next. Watching the film, I felt almost robbed of this special bond with the Gladers.

Speaking of special bonds, in the novel version of The Maze Runner, a lot of time is spent on the relationship between Thomas and Teresa (played by Kaya Scodelario). They have the ability to communicate telepathically, giving the reader insights into them as characters. Using the new accelerated timeline, the filmmakers were able to completely cut out the telepathic bond between our two main characters.

The filmmakers also decided to change certain aspects of the Glade and maze itself. In the book, the maze and Glade are underground. The sky the Gladers see is fabricated to simulate actual outside sky and weather. The movie has our heroes surviving beneath a real sky, as the maze and Glade complex is located above ground.

Other liberties have been taken with the layout and sectioning of the maze. In the movie we see the maze sectioned off into 8 numbered areas. Each day a different area opens up for the Gladers to explore. This numbered sectioning also helps leads to an easier puzzle for Thomas and the others to solve.

As a whole, the The Maze Runner novel and film versions both tell a great story, each with their own unique vision and style. While die-hard fans of James Dashner’s novel will be off put (and possibly upset) with some of the changes made, those that go in with an open mind will leave happy. For those of you who did like the movie, then you’re in luck because the film for the second book in the series is currently in pre-production and is expected to be released in September of 2015.”

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The Commons-Calabasas

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It’s just across the street from our hotel, what a location :)

A small open air complex that has a cinema, shops, supermarket, cafes, restaurants and Barnes & Noble :) As if i was living in heaven :D The whole place was so clean and beautiful, a lot of greens which we rarely see in our area. Beautiful clean breeze to breath every morning and every night. We loved taking a walk around the place, just going and coming back. Even walking in the parking lot was so much fun with those tall huge trees covering the area.

We enjoyed our nights going to the cinema, choosing from a very small variety of movies but we didn’t mind it at all. The movies didn’t have anyone working there except the guy who we bought the tickets from and the one selling us popcorns and snacks. We entered without anyone asking us about our tickets, and we headed to our hall without being directed there. Also when we got inside the hall, no one asked us for our tickets, we seated ourselves and that was it. People there trust the people of Calabasas. No one would ever dare to cross the line which we liked and respected very much.

My mornings in this city were very beautiful. Why? Because I had to spend them in Barnes & Noble, a huge bookstore that we don’t have in Kuwait and I don’t think we’ll ever get to see one. Every day, I’d wake up around 9 am, take the car and head to The Commons, park in front of the bookstore, order my coffee and choose my table. To my surprise, it was really crowded. I didn’t think i’d see a lot of people in the place because I thought they might be at work, but actually many of them were doing their work in the coffee shop of Barnes & Noble.

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Book Review-The Maze Runner

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Okay, so now I’m back to reading, finally. I stopped reading for so many reasons; work became really hectic at the end of the year, then Ramadan came then I travelled then I came back home, and now I’m reading :) so here’s my review of this book.

If you liked The Hunger Games, then you may like this book and you may not. I’m having mixed feelings about it. I think the writer tried so hard to make it as good as the Hunger Games but somehow failed in few points. Like trying to make a unique language for the characters, nicknames and so. I kinda felt it was poor. The story though is intriguing with all the experiments, diseases and WICKEDness. It has a plot but it starts weak then it gets stronger.

While I was reading the book, I said to myself “I won’t read the other books,I’ll just watch the movies”, but after reading the last page I changed my mind and I’m hoping Book 2 will be much better. I hope the characters will develop and be stronger.

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كتاب: مذكرات امرأه مختلفه

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رواية مذكرات امرأه مختلفه للكاتبه أنفال الدويسان هي بالفعل رواية من نوع آخر. تتحدث الرواية عن مذكرات فتاة تختلف كثيرا عن باقي أخواتها، فهي البطة السودة (كما نقول) بينهم. لا هي بمستوى جمالهم و لا رشاقتهم. يتزوجان بسرعه و تظل هي بدون زوج حتى يأتي ذلك الرجل الجميل، حلم كل فتاة. و لكنها لا ترتاح له. تتزوجه بسبب ضغوطات الاهل، و من هنا يبدأ مشوار هديل في حياة جديدة لم تتخيلها ابدا.
 
بداية الروايه مضحكة، محتواها باكي، و لكن نهايتها مقنعه للبعض و غير مقنعه للبعض الاخر. لا اعرف ان كنت سافعل مثل مافعلت هديل في نهاية الرواية اذا كنت في مفس موقفها، و لكن لا اتوقع منها ان تفعل شيء اخر غير ذلك.
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كتاب: شارع العطايف

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أول كتاب اقرأه باللغه العربيه. انصدمت من جرأة الكاتب في وصف أحداث القصه، نظرا للحدود الملزومه علينا كمجتمع خليجي، لم اتوقع لكاتب سعودي ان يكتب بهذا الشكل او الوصف.
قصة ٣ شبان كانوا يعيشون في حي اسمه العطايف، كل له قصته التي يحاول ان يخفيها عن اهله و اصحابه و لكن مع مرور الزمن ينكشف هذا السر. هل يمتنع عن الخطأ؟ لا، بل يكمل غير مبالي بما سيقول عنه اصحابه او اهله. ينحدرون الى الاسفل، يمارسون كل انواع الرذيله بلا تفكير ابدا حاى تأتي لحظة الموت فتتغير كل الحسابات.
اعجبتني القصه جدا و بكنها كئيبه و تعيسه جدا. احزن عندما اعلم بان هناك اناس يعيشون بهذا الوضع.
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Book Review: Catching Fire

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Many people favoured this book over the 1st one and said it’s the best one in the trilogy. To be honest, yes somehow it’s better but still I feel there was something missing. Something related to Katniss and Gale. I mean obviously the reader can feel something going on between Katniss and Gale but still we don’t get that much of them in the story. We see more of Katniss and Peeta who irritates me a lot. Don’t you hate it that he’s always with Katniss all the time, and don’t you get worried that she might fall for him? I don’t want that to happen and that’s why I’m going to start reading the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy tomorrow because I want to know what will happen next.

Of course, the story of Katniss the Mockingjay symbol of rebellion develops a little bit and we see that many people risk their lives to save her because she’s their only hope for a new beginning.

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