The Ice Queen
Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending...more
This book. It was never ending! The style of the writing was dull. Yes, some of it did have a poetic twist about it, but really? It was depressing. That's pretty much all that can be said for it - the author can force the reader into depression. When I read the main character's emotions, I actually felt like I was on a down spiral. Yes, that's a good skill. But Alice Hoffman doesn't stop! It is all misery. Not just understandable misery, either. Misery about the stupidest, childish...more
This story opens with a selfish little girl who lays a curse on her mother and is forever tortured when her mother dies soon after. She then lives a half-life as a librarian preoccupied with death and fairytales. One day, she wishes herself to...more
But somehow it traveled to the beach with me this summer and thank goodness, as The Ice Queen is a perfect beach read; light, thoughtful and surprising. What surprised me about the book were t...more
(p. 79) "But those roses sent by Lazarus Jones were so sharp a person could cut herself and draw blood. That was the key to my riddle. For all I'd done, for all I'd wished, a rose made of ice was exactly what I deserved."
(p. 108) "And yet there it was. The power of a single idea in my head. What was hidden, what was n...more
As a child of eight, the heroine, who's name is never given, angrily wishes her mother would go away forever as she sees her mother leave for a birthday dinner with friends. When, indeed, her mother dies that night in an auto accident, the protagonist is racked with guilt and is never again the same. She and her brother move in with...more
This one was a bit disappointing.
There was no supernatural background. Not that that's what I look for in a good story, but I do like that presence in her books, specifically. This one is about a bitter librarian who believes she wished her mother dead and, later, she wished her grandmother...more
Hoffman's prose and diction are beautiful (if not a bit melancholy) throughout the course of the book, which allows for easy flow of reading. However, I found myself getting a little bit upset with the main character for being so self-absorbed. It seemed as if she was so busy writh...more
I just read this really great book by Alice Hoffman. It's titled The Ice Queen.
From the get-go I was hooked. Hoffman has the knack for creating a narrative that is compelling. The main character, who remains nameless through the whole book, is a woman obsessed with death. As a young girl, she gets mad at her mom as she is driving away. In a moment of fury, she wishes her mom dead. It is the dead of winter and the next day, the young girl wakes up to find that her mom was killed in a car accident...more
Accepting blame for what there is no blame to be had, making wishes and having them come true, living in despair over one's life; these are the makings of this story. But this is also a tale woven with hope, triumph, and a little bit of that "happily ever after".
One of the sentences that summe...more
In het begin komt het boek op mij zeer vaag en teleurstellend over. Het verhaal loopt door elkaar en je kunt er eigenlijk geen touw aan vast knopen. Een zeer taai begin, maar ik bleef stug doorlezen. Halverwege het boek wordt je door de schrijfster meegenomen naar een fantasy wereld en kun...more
"In chaos theory, does it matter what color the butterfly is?"
"What is the difference between love and obsession? Didn't both make you stay up all night, wandering the streets, a victim of your own imagination, your own heartbeat? Didn't you fall into both, headfirst into quicksand? Wasn't every man in love a fool and...more
A few critics enjoyed Hoffman's foray into the fairy tale genre, calling it a stunning feat of storytelling that breathes new life into the fable's ancient themes of reward and retribution. But others concluded that Hoffman (Blackbird House **** Nov/Dec 2004) strayed too far "into the woods" between a modern story and the fables of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, particularly the latter's "Snow Queen." For many, the author relied too much on clunky metaphor, lulling summary, and...more