Enjoyable, thought-provoking read with incredible characters that are perfectly nuanced, complicated, and human. Well, some of them are. I can't say t...moreEnjoyable, thought-provoking read with incredible characters that are perfectly nuanced, complicated, and human. Well, some of them are. I can't say that Baerd or Alberico did much for me in terms of character development, but the choices and journeys that Dianora, Alessan, and Sandre (among others) undergo really kept me riveted to this story, not to mention Kay's extremely well-written and literary prose.
Nonetheless, Tigana left me feeling like something was missing in the end. I think the epilogue was unnecessary, though I suppose many epilogues are; but I can see Kay putting it there so readers could have closure. However, I didn't feel like I had any closure when I finished. Maybe that's part of the point of the story.(less)
This installment of the Artemis Fowl series is strange. It feels like an interlude rather than a story in and of itself, and the beloved characters th...moreThis installment of the Artemis Fowl series is strange. It feels like an interlude rather than a story in and of itself, and the beloved characters that I've been reading about for over ten years seemed like shadows of their former selves.
The ending is particularly disappointing as well, as if Colfer just ran out of steam and threw in a slapdash resolution in the guise of wry humor. After so much buildup to the final confrontation, it was a pretty anticlimactic and (frankly) lazy conclusion.
Maybe it's just me getting older and my reading tastes changing, but this book doesn't hold a candle to the rest of the series. I'm definitely going to go back and re-read them just to be sure. In any case, I think it's a good thing that Colfer is ending the series after the next one; this book makes me feel like he's losing interest in writing it.(less)
I mostly enjoyed this book; it has pretty well thought out characters, an interesting and somewhat complex world, and a story that's reasonably entert...moreI mostly enjoyed this book; it has pretty well thought out characters, an interesting and somewhat complex world, and a story that's reasonably entertaining.
The three siblings are pretty obviously acting as stand-ins for a certain moral stance, with Rollo being on the extreme side of goodness and forgiveness, Maddy being good yet driven by revenge, and Bram being completely driven by revenge. I think that Duncan missed an opportunity with Bram to create more contention between him and his siblings. (view spoiler)[he very obviously wanted to get revenge for his parents' death, and he did and doesn't feel bad about it, but then feels bad about innocents dying. I understand that Duncan probably wanted the three siblings to reunite and for everything to be happy and whatnot, but it would have made for a better story if the three of them had butted heads over each others' methods for handling the misfortunes they'd endured. (hide spoiler)]
I was pretty on-board with everything until the last few chapters. The end feels hastily cobbled together, almost to the point that it doesn't even seem like an ending. I assume that Duncan is setting up the makings of a sequel, but he did it in a very deus ex machina sort of way. Speaking of deus ex machina, I got a little tired the "familiars" always making sure that the characters did the right thing. It really seemed like a way to make sure that Bram went in the right direction because all the other characters with familiars hardly ever consulted them.
Overall, it's a relatively fun read, even though the ending was kind of a let down. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I felt like Wallace was rushing us through everything the whole time I was reading this book. He hardly took any time to introduce his characters, but...moreI felt like Wallace was rushing us through everything the whole time I was reading this book. He hardly took any time to introduce his characters, but when he was trying to flesh out their stories, it just seemed like a massive info dump. The dialog between characters is so stilted and unnatural, also, and I found myself cringing every time someone opened their mouth.
The plot itself is pretty straightforward, so I didn't really feel compelled to finish it since I could see exactly where it was going. I gave up about 80% of the way through. It just didn't hold me interest.(less)
I enjoyed this follow-up to The Lies of Locke Lamora, though it was considerably sadder than the first book. Where the first book introduced the chara...moreI enjoyed this follow-up to The Lies of Locke Lamora, though it was considerably sadder than the first book. Where the first book introduced the characters, this book seems to be setting up the tone of the series. Definitely felt like an interlude, and I'm interested to see what the next installment is going to bring.(less)
Brent Weeks takes a very different approach to the fantasy trope of a young man discovering power that he never knew he had, and then he doesn't even...moreBrent Weeks takes a very different approach to the fantasy trope of a young man discovering power that he never knew he had, and then he doesn't even make that young man the primary protagonist, which I also found interesting and compelling. He even manages to get in some pretty good plot twists that I never saw coming, which is something that I always appreciate in fantasy given the fact that so much of it is very predictable.
I'm also a sucker for world building, and Weeks has created an incredibly rich and detailed world in this novel. He manages to build on the usual fantasy foundation while at the same time creating a wholly unique and fascinating world. Not only that, but the mechanics of how magic works is very unique as well, and I'm always happy to read about a new way of approaching magic that actually incorporates some logic and doesn't just require someone thinking real hard and speaking random words.
I really enjoyed this trilogy and the way Weeks establishes and charts the evolution of his characters. It's complex enough to keep the well-read ente...moreI really enjoyed this trilogy and the way Weeks establishes and charts the evolution of his characters. It's complex enough to keep the well-read entertained, but not so complex that weekend/vacation readers won't remember what's going on. While there are a few deus ex machina moments from time to time, I feel like those instances were at least partially tongue-in-cheek. Even if they weren't, then I don't really mind because I found those parts funny; and that sort of thing is what I expect from fantasy fiction anyway.
I also liked how the focus was on the seedy underbelly of this world. Many fantasy novels focus on the nobility, and while nobles/royalty aren't absent from the Night Angel Trilogy by any means, Weeks crafted an extremely rich and detailed crime world in these books. He also balances political intrigue with personal stories really well, and I was definitely a sucker for the love stories that he wove into the narrative.
The reason I took a star away is that I feel like Weeks couldn't quite commit to huge events that happened in each book. Instead of committing to a big change in a character's arc, he would bring it right back around, and it just kind of took away from the impact of the initial change in that character. Sorry if this is super vague, but I can't be anymore explicit without spoiling parts of the story.
Even with that, this is definitely a series that I would read again.(less)
My review is based on the assumption that you've already read the synopsis of the book, so without further ado:
Roth's writing is perfectly okay, thoug...moreMy review is based on the assumption that you've already read the synopsis of the book, so without further ado:
Roth's writing is perfectly okay, though I personally am not a fan of first-person narratives. Since everything we see is from Tris' point of view, we don't really get much of an understanding of the greater world around her.
Additionally, Roth teases some of what happened to the world to make it like it is now, but then doesn't really follow through. There's very little information given on why the factions exist, or what happened to the rest of the country. That lack of information is odd since Tris often refers to random things she learned in her "Faction History" classes, so she should know more about her world than she seems to. Aside from vague throw-away lines about how society decided that humanity would be better served by being separated into factions, we get pretty much nothing about how the world actually works.
My issues with world building aside, Divergent is a pretty okay beginning to Roth's trilogy. Judging by the end of the novel, the rest of the series will be concerned with Tris trying to find out more about the inner machinations of the society she used to trust. If you want a fast read, enjoy this type of genre, or are a teenager, then by all means pick up Divergent. Just don't expect it to blow your mind. (less)
This has to be one of my favorite books ever. Although I already owned a paperback copy, it was my first e-book purchase when I got my Kindle.
Patrick...moreThis has to be one of my favorite books ever. Although I already owned a paperback copy, it was my first e-book purchase when I got my Kindle.
Patrick Rothfuss' writing is like nothing else I've ever read. Each sentence feels so carefully and lovingly crafted, it makes me despair of ever writing anything as poetic and wonderful. I've probably read it four or five times, and I never get tired of it. I still tear up in the same places, even though I know what's going to happen. I also love the way he established the mechanics of how "magic" works in this world he created; it's treated almost like a science that anyone can learn if they have the willpower and put in the practice.
I don't care if you're not into fantasy--this is just a good book. Period. I make everyone I know read this if they ask for a good book to read!