This was so great! A Shakespearean mystery, a non-cheesy love story (I think I only rolled my eyes once!), and book descriptions that would make any b...moreThis was so great! A Shakespearean mystery, a non-cheesy love story (I think I only rolled my eyes once!), and book descriptions that would make any bibliophile drool all in one book! Sign me up.
After hearing this book was similar to Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind and Byatt’s Possession—two books I absolutely loved—I had to give this one a go. I know for me, I enjoyed this one just as much or maybe even more than The Shadow of the Wind. And although I can’t say this was better than Possession, it was definitely more fun. I think anyone who loves books, Shakespeare, or just a really good mystery would feel the same.(less)
I read this in one day. I couldn't stop. It's the kind of book that's perfect to read when it's cold outside. It makes you want to build a fire in the...moreI read this in one day. I couldn't stop. It's the kind of book that's perfect to read when it's cold outside. It makes you want to build a fire in the fireplace, make a huge old-fashioned dinner, and curl up with a warm blanket. (I did.)
Jack & Mabel's story is one of the sweetest, most romantic, yet real-seeming relationships I've ever read about. I lost count at how many times this book made me tear up. (less)
Thank you, thank you, a million times over, thank you, tim! _____________________________________________________________
I think what draws me to David Mitchell's work is not only his amazing talent with character development and dialogue, but also his ability to create a real sense of life in so many of his books. In any setting or situation, every time I finish a Mitchell novel, I feel I come away with almost a sense of...hope. Lame, I know. But it's true.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what I expected from this one. I'd heard it was different than his previous novels, and instead of genre-jumping, focused more on a historical fiction theme. Not only was this one of the best historical novels I've read, I was surprised at how many themes were included in the story. When I read the blurb on the back, I have to admit I was skeptical at first, and worried if it would even hold my interest. I was wrong. Love, death, war, family and faith; Mitchell packed it all in.
I have to thank Mike Reynolds, who originally sent this advanced reader's copy to tim, who then graciously and hurriedly sent it to me (UPS even!). Thank you again, tim! (less)
Adam & Eve. Cain & Abel. Stories that have been drilled into my head since I was a toddler, yet David Maine makes these biblical characters se...moreAdam & Eve. Cain & Abel. Stories that have been drilled into my head since I was a toddler, yet David Maine makes these biblical characters seem fresh and original. I love how Maine expands more on the so-called "evil" characters of the Bible, to give them more of a real, identifiable story.
Told in reverse chronological order, the story opens with Cain as an old man waiting for death, and ends with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Maine's ability to flesh out his characters so well kept me turning the pages. This book was a quick read, and perfect to have while cooking dinner, helping with homework, and hearing the constant "Mom...mom...mom" every two minutes.
Thank you again Lori, for sending this one out. You have definatley helped me become a David Maine fan! (less)
This poor book, it's in rough shape. It has sat on my bookshelf for over a year in perfect condition, but now...it's not pretty. I've lugged it around...moreThis poor book, it's in rough shape. It has sat on my bookshelf for over a year in perfect condition, but now...it's not pretty. I've lugged it around for weeks on the chance I could sneak in a page or two, the cover's all bent up from when I fell asleep on it, and my can of Diet Dr. Pepper got knocked over and spilled all over the corner. Having spent so much time reading and unwillingly damaging this, it feels strange to be without it now that I'm finished.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this, since I'd read so many mixed reviews on it. I'd heard it being described as a Harry Potter for adults, and since I've never read any Harry Potter book, or really been into the whole straight-up fantasy genre, I was kind of wary going in.
The first half of the book is pretty slow-paced, but not necessarily in a bad way. There were so many different stories going on throughout the book, that once I hit the end of Book II, it was amazing to see how everything tied together. I got so involved in just the minor character's stories that when I wasn't able to read, all I could think about was getting back to the book to find out what would happen to the enchanted Stephen Black and Lady Pole. And I have to say, the street sorcerer Vinculus turned out to be one of the most interesting characters I've read about in awhile.
I can't even imagine how long it took Clarke to write this. The massive size of it alone, the footnotes throughout, and all of the historical references were pretty impressive. This was definately worth the time it took to get through.(less)