Nemo (literative) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book Reviews - #03 - #05

Title: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller [New York 1961]
Summary: At the heart of Catch-22 resides the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero endlessly inventive in his schemes to save his skin from the horrible chances of war. His efforts are perfectly understandable because as he furiously scrambles, thousands of people he hasn't even met are trying to kill him. His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions that he is committed to flying, he is trapped by the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, the hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule from which the book takes its title: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes the necessary formal request to be relieved of such missions, the very act of making the request proves that he is sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. [Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Memorable | Impressing | Funny and tragic | Gets very intense toward the end |
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
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Title: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier [London 1938]
Summary: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."

Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers.

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. [Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Clever mystery | Only Rebecca has solid characterization | Nice surprising twist at the end |
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ ½ of 5.
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Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire by by Stieg Larsson [Stockholm 2006]
Series: Millennium trilogy book #02.
Summary: Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposeé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past. [Source].
Review in 5 words or less: Complex heroine | Captivating | Very clever plot | Outstanding characterization | Great pacing |
Personal Rating: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ of 5.
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Tags: classic, contemporary, crime fiction, gothic novels, historical fiction, historical mysteries, humor, literature, military, satire, thriller

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