This is so good that I want to read Lord of the Rings all over again. The characters, the story, and the world of Middle Earth are going to stay withThis is so good that I want to read Lord of the Rings all over again. The characters, the story, and the world of Middle Earth are going to stay with me forever! And it’s all credit to JRR Tolkien and his astounding imagination. Hats off to him; he is a genius. The genre fantasy emerged from his works, and he inspired and influenced so many other authors.
If there was one thing that I would like to have changed, then it will be that I wish females held more significant roles in the books. There’s an amazing scene with Eowyn, but the other females, very few in fact, are minor. Arwen mostly stayed out of the action, the appearances of Galadriel were few, and then there was Rosie, Shelob, and that talkative healer in Gondor, but that was really about it. Sometimes I think, “What about a female in the fellowship?” but I guess I also have to consider the time in which the book was written.
But still, this is a book everyone must read. Don't miss out! And the length of the book is a poor excuse, because it’s definitely worth your time....more
This is as great as the first book. In fact, it’s better if that is even possible, and I have a feeling that the third book is going to be nothing lesThis is as great as the first book. In fact, it’s better if that is even possible, and I have a feeling that the third book is going to be nothing less. Tolkien is seriously throwing more and more surprises at me as I read his books. He is now officially my #1 favorite author. We’ll see if any other author can change that. :]
In The Two Towers, there is more action. We meet fascinating characters like the Ents and Gollum, and we learn more about the minor characters. The character development and the relationships between the characters are like nothing I have ever read before. I loved following the characters on the map. The cliffhanger at the end was great; I'm dying to know what happens next so I must start the last book right away!...more
A father and a son walk through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. We don’t know their names (they are known simply as “the man” and “the boy”), and we donA father and a son walk through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. We don’t know their names (they are known simply as “the man” and “the boy”), and we don’t know a thing about the catastrophe. We only know about their journey on the road. We only know about their heart-wrenching hope to survive. Nothing else matters.
It was beautiful and depressing. The lack of apostrophes and quotations, and the clipped conversations worked perfectly with the bleak setting.
I felt that there could have been more at the end, but nonetheless, this is an unforgettable story. ...more
Tolkien created an entire new world to such detail—the races, the geography, the events, the languages, etc. It’s amazing how much imagination he putTolkien created an entire new world to such detail—the races, the geography, the events, the languages, etc. It’s amazing how much imagination he put into this and created something so developed and profound.
Yes, there are parts in the story that drag. The characters are sometimes traveling miles with nothing much happening. But hang in there; there are many magical and exciting events yet to come. Tolkien also takes the time to describe Middle Earth and this can be tedious to some, but when the writing is so rich and beautiful, there should be nothing to complain about! :)...more
**spoiler alert** I went from pretty much disliking this series to completely loving it. With each book, the series got better and better, and CITY OF**spoiler alert** I went from pretty much disliking this series to completely loving it. With each book, the series got better and better, and CITY OF GLASS was the best one, no question about it.
This last book was definitely a roller coaster ride for me—twisting and turning, the sudden drops, the dramatic climbs, the breathless and heart-pounding moments, etc. The vivid emotions shown throughout the book were wonderful. It was all great fun. And the ending was just right—well-rounded and satisfying and fuzzy-feeling.
And there was a solution to the love triangle! After I finished CITY OF ASHES, I thought, “How could the things between Jace and Clary ever get resolved?! It’s so complicated!” One of my friend guessed that Jace and Clary might not be siblings after all. (Oh, isn’t she a smarticle?) And I thought I would hate it if that happened. I really don’t like it when the reader is told something, and then later told that what they heard before was false. (Don't you just get bummed when that happens?) I thought I would hate it more in this book, especially since we have been knowing this lie for two whole books!
But that’s not what exactly happened. Yes, I did dislike it a bit. I thought “Why would a YA author keep pushing a love relationship with a sibling? That would raise too many questions from the public.” And when I read the twist, I was like, “Oh, right. Of course. She’s going to make them not related.” I thought it wasn’t realistic at first, and it would be more real-life-like if they remained brother and sister. However, I ended up liking it. And I loved how Cassandra Clare drops in clues that suggest it’s Sebastian, like how Clary thought she had known Sebastian all her life even if it was the first time she met him, or how she got Sebastian’s hair dye on her fingers. Cool foreshadowing. =)
The best thing out of the whole series are the characters. Oh god, I loved them. Each one really is making a journey of his/her own through the series. They grow, they change, they have their ups and downs in their journey, they learn their abilities...and most importantly, they have some yin and yang going. This makes them so real and flesh-like and distinctive. Sometimes I felt sympathy for Valentine, sometimes I hated Jace. It was crazy.
I liked who everyone ended up with. Alec and Magnus are awesome. I'm glad it isn't Simon and Clary, but I would prefer if he was with Maia and not Isabelle. I actually liked the part when Clary's mom tries to catch up to Luke and tell him her real feelings. I know, that kind of scene is in very freaking movie, but it was cute. And Jace and Clary... all's settled. ;)
One of my favorite quotes in the book is probably:
“So we all have to do that?” Maia said. “Get drawn on, I mean.” “Only if you’re going to fight,” Isabelle said, looking at the other girl coldly. “You don’t look eighteen yet.” Maia smiled tightly. “I’m not a Shadowhunter. Lycanthropes are considered adults at sixteen.” “Well, you have to get drawn on, then,” said Isabelle. “By a Shadowhunter. So you’d better start looking for one.” “But – “ Maia, still looking over at Alec and Magnus, broke off and raised her eyebrows. Simon turned to see what she was looking at – and stared. Alec had his arms around Magnus and was kissing him, full on the mouth. Magnus, who appeared to be in a state of shock, stood frozen. Several groups of people – Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike – were staring and whispering. Glancing to the side, Simon saw the Lightwoods, their eyes wide, gaping at the display. Maryse had her hand over her mouth. Maia looked perplexed. “Wait a second,” she said. “Do we all have to do that, too?” ...more
**spoiler alert** OH MY GODS... This was, like, the perfect ending for the series. All the loose ends were tied and all the questions were answered. T**spoiler alert** OH MY GODS... This was, like, the perfect ending for the series. All the loose ends were tied and all the questions were answered. The conclusion of the saga was perfect. Not at all sappy and lived-happily-ever-after. Simply perfect. (Okay, I need to stop saying that word). Perfect! XD
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1) I like the title of the book. When all the other gods are out there having a hard time fighting Typhon, when it looks like Olympus is sure for destruction, there is only Hestia left. She is the the goddess of hearth, meaning family and fireside. Percy says, "Hope survives best at the hearth." When your friends are dying around you and when you are fighting something like Kronos, there might only be one thing you could hold onto--family--and it might just tip the balance in favor of you and Olympus might be saved after all.
2) Okay, so Luke dies. It was kind of predictable. But how Luke dies was a total surprise. I was thinking more along the lines of a duel between Percy and Luke to death. And I'm sooo glad it didn't turn out like that. Also, it was cool how Percy didn't end up being the hero of the prophecy. I see Luke differently now after knowing his difficult past and how in the end he sacrificed himself to kill Kronos. Totally unexpected.
3) Hurray for Percabeth!! I was grinning the whole time during the "best underwater kiss of all time" part. Yay!
4) I loved Percy's wish of making the gods promise that they will to claim their half blood children. It's cool how camp half blood is going to have cabins for minor gods. And I'm so glad Percy turned down the gods' grant of immorality.
4) It was kind of creepy how Rachel became the Oracle, and how it was her "destiny." But with the previous Oracle not having anyone to take her place for years, and Rachel painting the pictures of Luke as a kid and the Empire State building surrounded by an army... it all makes sense. The pieces fit correctly.
6) Okay, adding onto #5--the second great prophecy.
*spooky music* "Seven half bloods shall answer the call. To storm or fire, the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death."
I wonder who the seven half bloods will be. I heard Rick Riordan saying that his second series (Yipee! I am so happy there's going to be a 2nd series!! Thanks Riordan!), is going to be about the next generation of half bloods. So, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and others might not be in it, and if they are, they are going to minor characters. Also, I wonder what this new adventure is going to be.
I applaud this wonderful series. It's definitely one of my favorites, and I will be on the lookout for the second series.
Oh, I just remembered. Tomorrow, August 18th, is Percy Jackson's birthday! Happy (early) b-day, Percy!! =)...more
This book gets shunned by people just because it’s science fiction (e.g. Ryan!), but one really doesn’t have to be a sci-fi junkie to like this book (This book gets shunned by people just because it’s science fiction (e.g. Ryan!), but one really doesn’t have to be a sci-fi junkie to like this book (If you want proof, then here I am. I’m your wonderful living example.)
It’s more than aliens, spaceships, and time travel; it’ also about war and leadership. And I know that at this point no one is convinced. Like Ryan said, “If you’re telling me that a sci-fi book about war is something I’m supposed to find appealing, then I don’t know how you’ve been my friend this long.”
My reply to this is: “It don’t matter whacha like; this book’s gonna keep you interested.” See, you might open this book doubtingly, but you’re going to be pulled into the story and before you know it you’re already reaching the end.
And the characters are really something. They aren’t simply defined as the good, the evil, the hero, and the villain. The characters have been on both ends. And it’s so interesting to read about Ender’s character—how the control of adults affected him, his struggle to remain good and not a killing machine, his decisions in circumstances, etc.
The ending caught me unawares. It was a sharp turn away from the path, and I’m so glad that’s how it turned out. And I loved the very, very last part of the book; it holds a lot promise for the next books.
So try this book! It’s an incredible story. Prepare to be blown away....more
Another highly entertaining book in the Percy Jackson series! An interesting plot, good character development, and as always, action-packed and hilariAnother highly entertaining book in the Percy Jackson series! An interesting plot, good character development, and as always, action-packed and hilarious!!
The ending leaves a huge "What is going to happen next???!!!!" question. So, I simply can't wait to read next book. Except there is, like, 50 holds on the first copy in the library. Dx...more
"You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities upset and stirred. Ask yourself, What do we want in this count"You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities upset and stirred. Ask yourself, What do we want in this country, above all? People want to be happy, isn't that right? .... Well, aren't they? Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for, isn't it? .... Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it."
That is exactly the firemen's job in this futuristic, sci-fi book--starting fires to burn books instead of putting out fires. In this society, reading and owning books is a crime. You could get arrested for simply being a pedestrian. Front porches and rocking chairs were removed so people wouldn't be able to sit and talk. But, spending time with your technological parlor wall "family" is encouraged. The people were ignorant of knowledge, creativity, world issues, nature, etc., and were wrapped up in their bubble of shallowness and blindness of the rest of the world. This is the vision in the frightening future that Bradbury portrays.
Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a firemen, and he loves his work, thinking that he is actually doing good to his society. His perspective completely changes as he meets new people, like the innocent 17-year-old girl Clarisse. She teaches Montag to slow down and observe, pay attention. To think.
"I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly," she said. "If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he'd say, that's grass! A pink blur? That's a rose-garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn't that funny, and sad, too?"
"Have you seen the two-hundred-foot-long billboards in the country beyond town? Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last."
"Bet I know something else you don't. There's dew on the grass in the morning."
"And if you look"-she nodded at the sky-"there's a man in the moon."
"Are you happy?" she said.
And, all of a sudden, Montag realizes the wrongdoing of burning books, and his life becomes in danger.
Chilling. Disturbing. Amazing. This book makes you think about life today, and wonder if we may be closer than we think to that grim future in Fahrenheit 451. ...more
Don’t you just love it when you get that warm contented feeling after you read a good book? And you just want the last sentences, the last words to laDon’t you just love it when you get that warm contented feeling after you read a good book? And you just want the last sentences, the last words to last forever, so you read it slowly, letting it roll over your tongue.
This book left me feeling like just that. It was wonderful. I liked all 500 or so pages of it, every sentence was written beautifully, and nothing should have been taken out. Compelling, sad and funny, this was one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Definitely recommended. ...more
Maybe Katsa is a bit too strong of a female protagonist (anti-marriage and all that), but overall it was very engrossing read. It's what a great fantaMaybe Katsa is a bit too strong of a female protagonist (anti-marriage and all that), but overall it was very engrossing read. It's what a great fantasy novel should be--high tide adventure, interesting characters, and a captivating plot. ...more
WHY??!! WHY SUCH AN ENDING?? NOOOOO!!!!!! WHY MUST KARTIK DIE?? GEMMA AND KARTIK FOREVER!!!
Okay, I will calm down, but...arghhhhh. I can't get over the fact that Kartik- *sniff sniff* it's too sad... Why must the last book book of the trilogy end like this? Why did Libba Bray do this? Did she want her readers to get pissed off and sad and angry?? (That is exactly how I'm feeling right now.) Is that her intention???
And, yet, you see that I gave this book 5 stars. It deserves it (if only the ending...here I go again *sigh* ._.). Every page kept my attention. The book didn't feel long at all; I actually wanted to read more. Each character was built with such dept and detail I wouldn't be surprised if they were real people. (Well...actually I would. :))
I applaud this wonderful series. Great work, Libba Bray.
**spoiler alert** Amazing! Incredible! I absolutely loved it!
Funke did an excellent job wrapping up the trilogy and even a better job in making me nev**spoiler alert** Amazing! Incredible! I absolutely loved it!
Funke did an excellent job wrapping up the trilogy and even a better job in making me never want to stop reading the book. Come to think of it, I might even like this book more than Inkheart… Wait, OMG, I didn’t just say that, did I? No way, Inkheart is the best book in the trilogy, right? Or did Inkdeath take its place? *Sigh* You know what? Let’s just say both of the books are really good! :)
Some points: (Oh, and don’t continue unless you read the book. The review is marked for having spoilers, but just making sure for some people out there. ;))
First thing’s first, I have all the abhorrence and hate ever possible towards Orpheus. My god, what a terrible character! All the trouble he caused, and his greediness! Well, a story does need an antagonist like that, but he is dreadful! And, to much of my dislike, he doesn’t die at the end! Adderhead and the Piper die, but he does not! What’s with that, Funke? (Just kidding, but still.)
Next point—Meggie’s new baby brother! He sounds so adorable! But, one thing that keeps bugging me, I don’t know his name! Or maybe I somehow skimmed over and missed that part... Or maybe Funke wanted it to be mysterious, and wanted us to use our IMAGINATIONS. Also, it is kind of interesting how Meggie wanted a sister and even Mo wanted a daughter, but it ends up to be a brother...Hmmm, interesting. :)
So, throughout the book, I always wondered what three words is Mo going to write in the White Book. Well, eventually, I read that it's Heart, Spell, and Death, the words in the three titles of the trilogy. And now, I wonder if Funke means "Heart SPELLS death." I don't know. It's just a thought. Anyway, I also heard that in the German version the second book was Inkblood, not Inkspell. Weird.
Oh, another thing! Farid...Okay, I admit it, he was kind of getting annoying in this book. He was always trailing around Dustfinger, and if Dustfinger wasn’t there, sulking around. So, I perfectly understood why Meggie didn’t feel the same way towards Farid like she used to. And, why she started liking Doria...But in the end of Inkdeath…! (And here comes my point.) Meggie was just like said, “Oh, sorry, Farid, but I don’t like you anymore. I like it here. I don’t want to come with you...but good luck wherever you going,” and Farid just left… forever… It was just so sad... :(
Well, is anyone asking what I didn’t like about the book? Well, I thought and thought, and found one thing.
Meggie is NOT the main character in the book! *Gasp* (I know, right? I couldn’t believe it!) Seriously though, she does NOTHING, but sit around and worry and expect OTHERS to save her beloved father, Mo. Ugh, I completely hated that. I read the whole 700 and so pages and she simply did zilch! Even ever-disliked Jacopo, Violante’s son, had a bigger role in the conclusion of Inkdeath than Meggie. Where is the daring, audacious Meggie I knew in the first two books that basically disappeared in the third one?
So, I give this book 5 stars. (I'm ignoring that one thing I dislike about the book. Maybe Funke wanted the adults to "save the day" this time. Whatever.) Anyway, I enjoyed the trilogy a lot and now it's kind of sad there isn't more... *weep* ...more
This book contains so much depth that it's bound to feel heavy in your hands regardless of the only 300 pages. You will fall in love with the vivid chThis book contains so much depth that it's bound to feel heavy in your hands regardless of the only 300 pages. You will fall in love with the vivid characters. The small Alabaman town will materialize before your eyes. Valuable messages of mankind and human nature will be uncovered. This book isn't just meant to be studied in high school; it's meant to be visited again and again and to be enthralled each time. ...more
*sniff* I finished this book crying silently. It is truly amazing, so incredible, the best historical fiction I've ever read, the best book I read thi*sniff* I finished this book crying silently. It is truly amazing, so incredible, the best historical fiction I've ever read, the best book I read this year...I don't know what to say except that if you haven't read it yet, you MUST read it. ...more
If we take away everything that causes us sorrow and suffering, do we end up with a perfect world? Lois Lowry does an excellent job answering this queIf we take away everything that causes us sorrow and suffering, do we end up with a perfect world? Lois Lowry does an excellent job answering this question. She depicts a vivid and disturbing world with no feelings, color, memories, and pain. It’s such a small book, and yet it is very meaningful and thought provoking. I first read this book four years ago, and I read it again now. So that should imply that this is a great, great book. :) ...more