I read the first 6 immdiately before reading this one (just to brush up.) They definately mush. I think a lot of loose ends were tied up.
Snapes story....moreI read the first 6 immdiately before reading this one (just to brush up.) They definately mush. I think a lot of loose ends were tied up.
Snapes story. So sad. I didn't beleive he had betrayed dumbledore. But now it all makes sense! Petunia even refers to him in book 5. Brilliant. And so sad, I can't think about that patronous without getting teary.
Awesome battle. I wish the house elves would have joined in much sooner though. It all makes so much sense.
I actually like that Dumblebore was indeed dead.
The lots of time spent wandering, tottally realistic, so not going to complain about it. She did a good job summing up unnecessary time. If there is anything you should have learned about Rowling at this point is, there is no unnecessary time or detail. Don't beleive me? Read them back to back. You'll get it.
I did miss a lot of charecters, but their presence in the final battle was nice.
Hedwigs death = a convience, I'm suprised though that Harry does not really seem to be concerned about his broom. Maybe not immdiately but at some point you think he'd mention it?
Hermione and Ron = perfect timing.
Someone mentioned on lj that Crabbe and Goyle were like one entity. And I was like I was tottally thinking that!
Would have like to see a little more of the Malfoy angst from Draco, but this is something that can be forgiven.
While Dobby was awesome, I wish I could have seen a bit more of his annoying side, it was apparantly endearing to me.
Neville needs no further explination, as some have hinted that he does, I disagree. I get it, I'm glad his grandma gets it.
The final Harry/Voldemart thing tottally worked for me. I'm glad there was talking and not a long duel. It wasn't about magic anymore with them, it was a battle of mind and heart and that is what it was, even in that last strike. Count me satisfied.
Hermione did get a little annoeying with her persistance, I mean Dumbledore gave it to her for a reason, but I guess that's Hermione.
I was kind of curious how Ted Lupin's werewolf blood would match with his metamorphis blood. I bet he can control it and stuff. That would have been neat to see, but I get why she didn't get into that in the end. No professions just family. That's what is important though, that's what she's been saying for 7 books.
Satisfied, awesome, actually tottally fine it is over. Now that, is a signal of a good ending.(less)
This is a beautifully written story with rich charecters, scenery, and history. In fact I was surprised at how historical it felt at first.
Our first...more This is a beautifully written story with rich charecters, scenery, and history. In fact I was surprised at how historical it felt at first.
Our first person narrator Cal, takes us through the journey of his lonely lovesick grandparents fleeing a land of war, his naive and stubborn parents, and finally himself and how he discovered that he was a he being raised as a she.
The story begins with a traditional gender test. By hanging a silver spoon over his pregnant mother's belly his grandmother declares she will have a boy. The father and mother say perposterus, they've done everything correctly to have a girl. The intriguing irony of this sets us up only in part for the story ahead. From here we travel back in time , after glimpsing enough of the furture to understand ironies of the past, to Turkey when his grandparents were still young.
The pacing of the story is done well. There really is so much information that is covered. Despite the title and the special circumstance of our narrator this is more than just a story about what it is to be a hermaphrodite. It is rich with history and family and obligations to self, togetherness and aloneness, battling both. We read of war and bootlegging and fleeing to America, Canada, California, and just fleeing. There is love and tension and injury and the perplexity of death.
The voice seems to change with the time period and the narration pauses often to explain what exactly the particular time period was like to live in. However it is so ingrained into the narrative it doesn't feel like a distraction, or a back track. Once or twice when I was really eager to see what would happen next the pause to explain the situation in such detail did bother me a little, for the first few sentences, then I was entranced again.
A lot of the scenes are very cinematic and I could see this sometimes as though I was watching a movie. Actually if someone made it into a movie it would incredibly easy just to transfer into script form with very minor lose of original set up. Some are so cinematic there is even a present tense voice. For all we are told about maintaining voice and tense, there is something about the occasionally shifting voice of the narrator and the tense in this that works. It is like a long elasped cycle. It comes back again. The first time you may or may not notice the next time you are used to it and the next it is a welcomed transition you were expecting to take you further into the lives of these people.
Cal's teenage years loose a little bit of the depth, but those are teenage years after all. Besides it is around that time that he is about to have the realization that he is not the girl his parents have raised him as. So a lighter flow is probably more appropriate to deal with the heavier material and scientific information at hand.
All I can really say is that this was written wonderfully and it is a very full, engaging, entertaining, and interesting story. (less)
It is both a suprising and brilliant way in which he writes about this. It is almost like watching a one of those artsy films, but it still all makes...moreIt is both a suprising and brilliant way in which he writes about this. It is almost like watching a one of those artsy films, but it still all makes sense, always makes sense.
There are a few moments where I miss the transition from straight narrative to self aware narrative, but not really. Mainly just the first one. It's very interesting.
The stuff before the actual book is great to. Check out the Acknowledgments and Copy Right page.
A little long perhaps, but very well written. (less)
First chapter of this book is very promising. But then it seems to go amiss. It is essentially a superhero novel. 1/2 is told from the point of view o...moreFirst chapter of this book is very promising. But then it seems to go amiss. It is essentially a superhero novel. 1/2 is told from the point of view of the mad scientist (these are the best parts) and half is told from a new super hero. A cyborg who is unsure of her beginings. The point of views alternate by chapter. The story itself is a combination of flash backs, almost like memoirs, and the present story which circulates around the mad scientist's, Dr. Impossible's, escape from prison and the best superhero in the world suddenly going missing. It is sectioned into three parts.
Part one is basically all flash backs and build up. Dr. Impossible's parts are interesting and well written. Fatale, the superhero's, are a little too... cyborg I guess. She doesn't remember who she used to be, so save a few flash backs of her surgerory, her chapters make up her observations of the other superheroes. It's all a little too drawn out and between what she observes and Dr. Impossible obsesses about the whole thing really starts to become redundent.
Part two, gets better. The present story starts to take action, so Fatale's bits are more interesting. Sadly there is this portion where she watches this 6 hour video/documetary of the Champions (the old superhero group) and basically narrates the whole thing.
Part three, is by far the best. The story comes to climax. They summerize fights pretty good, things actually get explained. So forth. Plus, Lily, a charecter mentioned often from both pov's actually becomes very important. I wish this would have happened sooner.
As far as writing style goes Grossman is a bit confussing. I'm not tottally sure what anyone really looks like or where they are standing at any given time. Once I get a picture in my head the narration says something or something happens that makes that set up, or image, impossible.
In short this could have been much better as a collection of memoirs of different superheroes, or from the view of Dr. Impossible and someone other than Fatale. Dr. impossible has the first and last say and admittedly the whole novel is tinted with the villian view, the heroes being kind of mundane. They still flourish in the end, but that's what they do. That's the point.
So over all it was ok. If you're really into superheores go for it. The parts from Dr. Impossible are at least worth it (less)
After the enticing trilogy (Uglies, Pretties, Specials) I thought Westerfield was done with this futuristic ecoconcious world. So you can i magine by...moreAfter the enticing trilogy (Uglies, Pretties, Specials) I thought Westerfield was done with this futuristic ecoconcious world. So you can i magine by suprise and my joy to see had written another. Extras.
It takes place about four years after the "mind rain" (otherwise known as the world changing events of the 3rd book) While Tally and the old gang do make an important appearance this story focuses on a new character, Aya, who lives in a city with a reputation economy. Basically everyone is given a place to live, food, and clothing, and education. You earn extra stuff and can live in nicer matches by getting merits for doing jobs for the city, or good things like your homework or babysitting etc. but you can also get face points for being talked about. Everyone has their own camera and feed. The more people talk about you the more points you get.
Aya's older brother has a face rank under a thousand and she desperately wants to be noticed, and can't wait until she's sixteen and can begin surgeing. (the cosmetic surgeries from the first three books still exisist, but you can do whatever you want and it isn't mandatory.) Desperate to catch a big story Aya goes under cover, and much like Tally does in Uglies, continually falls in deeper in much bigger things.
It is a pretty good book. If you liked the first three, mainly if you liked Uglies and Specials, you'll like this one. Again there's suspense that doesn't fall on people being stupid or annoying. Westerfeild tackles the idea of growing up and changing your view points, learning what is important. He takes on the the idea of being famous in the book, as in the other ones he took on being societies version of beautiful, and peace without free will. (also the whole idea of exhausting the world;s resources) He's always going after those big issues and he doesn't disappoint in the book.
This time the focus is shuffled from personal freedom, to possible world destruction. I found the main character slightly annoying, not as thourough as Tally Youngblood. But she does have a way to go I guess.
Also if you've read the previous books you'll understand a lot of references and some inside jokes a lot better. Though I wouldn't say it was totally necessary to have done this.
So overall pretty good. It lived up to the series without being repetitive. Similarities seemed more of a throw back than a copy. In short I don't think this book was that much of a challenge. Readers were probably what exactly happened to the world after everyone found out they were being brain washed. The question is if he will write two more to make like a second trilogy wihtin in the same world, go on to write a longer series, or drop it at here. (less)
It was actually the third book in the Withern Rise trilogy that caught my attention. However, since the story seemed complicated, I mused it was best...moreIt was actually the third book in the Withern Rise trilogy that caught my attention. However, since the story seemed complicated, I mused it was best to start at the beginging, so that's what I did, with A Crack in the Line.
The story is essentially about one person really. Or rather what one person had the potential of becoming. Alaric a 16 yr old boy and Naia a 16 yr old girl. They have the same parents, same house, same room, done most of the same things at the exact same time and have never met. That's right. Alternate realities.
Besides the obvious difference that Alaric is male and Naia is female there is also another huge difference. Naia's mother nearly died in a horrible accident and while the recovering was rough, she pulled through. Alaric's mother, didn't. She died.
It is a set of ordinary and random events that brings them to meet and this book immediately plunges you into its world of questions? What could life have been like if this happened instead?The first book really takes course over only three days, and the actions that actually take place a laid back at best, but they make all the difference.
The ending is a interesting, surprise and I can see myself reading the next two in the series.
It's an easy read, hard to put down, and despite the complicated theories the book is based on and deals with, easy to understand.
I read it in a day, but that's pretty much all I did all day. 323 pages of it.
The book is clearly a set up to the rest of the trilogy and it is done very well.
Also, again. It's British in a very pleasant way. :) (less)
The second book in the Withern Rise Trilogy was just like the first, only with more suprising information.
This book takes off about a year after the l...moreThe second book in the Withern Rise Trilogy was just like the first, only with more suprising information.
This book takes off about a year after the last one ended. Naia lving in the adjusted reality of Alaric and Alaric living in Naia's. Wonky dimension switches still happen, and we get into time travel. We also learn more about the old guy who claims to be Aldous Underwood.
I can't say I'm a fan fo the Aldous charecter, though it is an interesting concept that is presented. Thoguh his life is explained in the end, the wonkieness of it never quite is. I guess that's why there is a third book.
So I'm going to read it, both becuase I bought it and I'm curious where they can go now...
I have to say though that this laid back attitude to a topic so confusing is a little suprising (though that is part of what makes the topic accessable) It seems like they could have done more. But maybe that will all be explained in the third book.(less)
The final and in my opinion the best of the Withern Rise Trilogy. Honeslty I think he could have shortened the other two and molded them into this one...moreThe final and in my opinion the best of the Withern Rise Trilogy. Honeslty I think he could have shortened the other two and molded them into this one as one long novel.
At any rate, while it pretends to have the slow pace of the other novels, it's many many realities and their explinations makes it an exciting read. Of cours to understand most of it I would strongly advise reading the first two.
I had only few small qualms. There is an almost rape in it, which I think the charecter should be a little more scared from. Moving on from that, some of the explinations seem convient, but then he does claim to be no expert and yet while certain things like the pain experienced in the first book isn't quite explained, your own assumptions cane be made.
Another thing, which of course this is actually an after thought, the wereabout of a particularily satanic charecter is never devulged.
Other than it was a very good read. I even I appriciated the kind of Lord of Flies reality of R43. I liek how the author in a way also acknowledges this by have A.U. tell the Ric of that reality "...While you've been lording it up with ihe flies and the other lads..." Nice toss back I think.
Anyway good read. Unfortuently I advise you mull through the other two. It's not that they are bad, but I think their uncharistically slow pace could through some off who are determined to finish them. At least, the second one kind of felt that way.Nice end to the trilogy though, hoorah.
*Note* once again suprised by the overtly modern and not mainstream ideas present in this book. (homosexulity is alluded to and also the possibel theory of no religion being right. (less)
Read it. Get the special addition with the interview with the author in the back. Vary good, I think it would have been more suspensful had I not read C...moreRead it. Get the special addition with the interview with the author in the back. Vary good, I think it would have been more suspensful had I not read Catalyst first on in the chapter that begins on page 75, they explain what happened to Melinda. Good though.(less)
I knew two things when I picked this book up at Piece of Mind Books in Edwardsville on my lunch break :I wanted to read it, and I may really fall for...moreI knew two things when I picked this book up at Piece of Mind Books in Edwardsville on my lunch break :I wanted to read it, and I may really fall for the author. Result: I'm glad I also got her other book Prom.
A day off and 250 pages later I am not disappointed. The whole thing was hard to put down, but slightly after half way through I actually got visually irritable about interruptions.
Twisted is the story of a 17yrold boy named Tyler. After a life of being picked on for being the nerdy kid and the dweeb and locker room beatings he decides he's going to make a new name for himself. He spray paints the gym, gets caught, and is sentenced to lots of community service. The end of this sentence is where this book begins.
Anderson captures high school perfectly, but don't be mistaken. Just when Tyler's life begins to look up and even his dream girl starts to notice him he is thrown head first into a series of unfortunate events that turn his life into a living Hell. I won't say more because I don't want to ruin anything.
This book is very well written and full of lessons. Not lessons about growing up, but lessons about how we treat each other, about communication, about parenting and about making the right choices in life. Her characters are real, and you will become an involved reader. Not simply someone sitting on the sideline observing. I am simply enthralled.
Also, don't mistake just because I say it is good that it is not HEAVY. It is of a particularly heavy nature and this is part of why it is so good.
Anderson has written quite a handful of books, the most popular being Speak. It's even taught in classes. for more about her go to www.writerlady.com
Once again I really enjoyed Anderson's ability to tell a story. This one in particular is about a girl, Kate, who is so set on going to MIT that it is...moreOnce again I really enjoyed Anderson's ability to tell a story. This one in particular is about a girl, Kate, who is so set on going to MIT that it is the only school she applies to. As it happens she doesn't get in, and to top it off everything else in her life goes wrong. Including, living with her enemy.
As I said Anderson does a great job of telling this story. The characters are real and beleiveable. I just wish that it would have gone a little bit further.
The main character is a little hard to relate with for me. Not because she's a math geek, but because of how she deals with things. Even in the end I'm sure that she has actually accomplished anything. I think she has, but really, I don't know. Most of it I can attribute to a teenagers or really anyone's one minded point of view.
Everything unravels so quickly I'm not sure what to make of it in the end. It seems that things will get better and that Kate will focus her life a little differently but, in the mean time she seems to also have alienated herself from everyone except Teri, who besides her course attitude and rough life I don't feel Kate or I know any better than we did in the begining. That of course is the challenge she takes on in the end, but I guess I wanted a little bit more from her. Yes this is a step in the right direction, but she needs to deal with her own issues first and relate to those around her as well.
All that said and done I was still impressed with the story and the writing. I just wish that the character could have been pushed a little further. (less)