The general consensus seems to be that this is the weakest story of the series, but, honestly, I think I liked it even a bit better than Cinder.
DespiThe general consensus seems to be that this is the weakest story of the series, but, honestly, I think I liked it even a bit better than Cinder.
Despite the problematic* aspects of it, I found the sexual tension between Scarlet and Wolf to be yummy.
I also appreciated that the story starts moving rather quickly, and doesn't have an overly prolonged set-up where we're waiting to get back to what was going on in Cinder - though I did find it jarring, picking this up immediately after Cinder, to find several chapters focusing on Scarlet first.
That said, I do agree with some people's complaints that I would've liked more development for Scarlet. We don't really seem to know much about her, as a person, because it's all about her concern for her grandmother and then her concern for and relationship with Wolf.
That said, what we do know about Scarlet is that she's the kind of person who isn't going to automatically hate someone because they're Lunar, and thinks that you should get the full story before you persecute someone... and I can only appreciate someone like that.
“I just think we shouldn’t judge her, or anyone, without trying to understand them first. That maybe we should get the full story before jumping to conclusions. Crazy notion, I know.”
Of course, Scarlet does also share Cinder's inability to see what's in front of her. I mean, Wolf's arc was pretty obvious but, even from a non-genre-savvy perspective, he was clearly (view spoiler)[digging for information from her, and she never seemed to cop on, even knowing she should be on her guard. I mean, sexual tension's all well and good, but it's not good to act like an idiot because of it. (hide spoiler)]
Despite liking the story as a whole, I did appreciate when Cinder's and Scarlet's stories merged, and we were able to focus a bit on the bigger story.
Wolf was awesome. I also liked Thorne well enough, though I feel towards him kinda like Cinder does - a sort of exasperated fondness. Iko was her typical ray of light, despite her... expanded situation.
Kai annoyed me, though. I get that he feels all drawn into a corner and all, but, damn. (view spoiler)[To agree to give Levana exactly what she wants, despite knowing he's just a stepping stone and she's gonna try to take over everywhere anyway? I don't know, I think most people would rather die fighting that live the "life" that she promises. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
I get he's meant to be young and naive and all, but you'd think he'd've had some training to take over for his dad, and not seem quite as unprepared as he is. Meh.
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I hadn't originally planned on reading this. I considered it, because fractured-fairytales are all to the good, and cyborgs and shit and cool... but YI hadn't originally planned on reading this. I considered it, because fractured-fairytales are all to the good, and cyborgs and shit and cool... but YA dystopians haven't really worked out for me, in general, and some mixed reviews just made me decide it wasn't for me.
But then a friend mentioned she was reading it, and then it got picked for a group read, so I decided to give it a go.
And I'm glad I did! (So, so often this goes the other way - so yay!)
Granted, at first I felt the Cinderella's references were a bit forced. Especially when they found an old clunk in a junkyard and it happens to be an ugly orange and a character is like, 'that looks like an old, squashed pumpkin'. *eyeroll*
And I had a quibble about the fact that her stepmother (view spoiler)[isn't actually her stepmother because Adri's husband doesn't appear to be Cinder's father, and adopts her (hide spoiler)].
But these were generally minor things.
And, yeah, there's a lot of suspension of disbelief in this. The way Kai acts towards Cinder, the sort of insta-infatuation on his part.
And I wish there was more of a sense of place. I mean, I didn't realize it was an Asian setting going in, but once there it felt... not really there. And other reviews comment on how the setting is pretty damn generic, and it is. Though I do think this could be explained, at least a bit, by the fact that the (view spoiler)[Commonwealth is said to be made up of the dregs of various cultures, and is really more of a syncretism with some Asian elements, and not really an "Asian setting". (hide spoiler)]
I really liked the characters of Cinder and Kai. I thought they were interesting and relatable, and I liked that it was written in third person so we got see both of them on their own. I really like Iko and Peony as well, and the doctor guy whose name I can't remember.
I did think the bad guys could've used more in the way of development, as they were kinda one-dimensional - though Adri had her moments. But, despite the almost cartoonishness of the lunar queen, she was fairly terrifying.
By the end I liked how the elements were used, but twisted, like how the whole situation with the ball was handled.
Actually, some of the story, in general, made me think of Ever After, which is my favorite Cinderella re-telling. I mean, the stuff with one of the sisters being nicer towards her and not an evil harpy, while the other still was, and the scene at the ball even had a bit where Cinder had to remind herself to breathe.
But it never got really similar with any other Cinderella story I've read, and almost always stood well on its own ground.
That said, I do agree that the reveal at the end was sooooo predictable and heavily foreshadowed, which sort of made Cinder seem really thick, to be honest.
But despite it's flaws, and there are a fair few, I got generally sucked into the story. The writing was good and kept things interesting, and even though the main reveal about Cinder was obvious, I was still curious how things would turn out at the ball, and with the queen, and how Kai would react, and what was going to happen?!
Also - no love triangle! Woo!
So, overall, I got fairly sucked into this story, despite some eyerolling moments, and I've already started the next in the series because I just need to know what happens. :>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The continuation of the story with Rincewind and Twoflower, I liked this book less than the first, even though I think I read it faster.
The continuation of the story with Rincewind and Twoflower, I liked this book less than the first, even though I think I read it faster.
Mostly, the plotline with the wizards wasn't all that interesting to me. I actually liked the bits following Rincewind and Twoflower (and, of course, the Luggage) better. And Cohen is always a humorous side point.
Still, it had its moments, but I definitely prefer the knew batch of wizards which get introduced after the events of this story....more
Hubby and I decided to do a reread of the Discworld series, in publication order. The Rincewind stories have always been some of my least favorite,2.5
Hubby and I decided to do a reread of the Discworld series, in publication order. The Rincewind stories have always been some of my least favorite, so I had to sort of force myself to get reading before the month was up.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while this is still far from my favorite, I did enjoy it more than I remember enjoying it on my first go. Maybe because I went in with lower expectations, or maybe just because I found more humour in it than I was able the first time.
That said, it still does have some pacing issues, and swathes of the story seem to happen off-page, like all this stuff about being captured by pirates which I couldn't remember actually happening, and I was wondering if I was missing a part of my e-book until a friend commented that she had the same issue with the book - so, no, not my copy.
I'm still not sure I'd recommend this as a starting point for the series - I know I tried to get my dad into the series and he read the first two and didn't like them and never continued. But, on the other hand, it does give you a sort of general idea of the Disc as a whole, as opposed to the more focused books....more
The highlight of this was probably the depth it added to Lex Luthor's character, and it was interesting to see the Rogues working together. I got the impression there are a lot of tie-in stories because we got introduced to a bunch of people who never get used in this main arc, and I'm probably not going to be bothered to follow those various tie-ins.
The biggest gripe about it is that it's yet another set-up for the next Big Event - Darkseid. I guess that's the problem with serials, though I have read other serials which did have some freaking conclusions to arcs instead of just a constant lead-in to the next. Meh....more
This was a cute story, overall, in the general vein of stories like Inkspell and the Jasper Fforde books, where people in books 'live out' their st2.5
This was a cute story, overall, in the general vein of stories like Inkspell and the Jasper Fforde books, where people in books 'live out' their stories, mostly unawares, unless someone, or something, changes that awareness.
The Librarian is the guardian of the stories and is thus tasked with trying to fix them when things go awry.
And go awry they do when Wesley and Taylor end up in Oz and change the story.
I got this as a two book set because Amazon was having a special. I'm glad I got the set because I think I would've been disappointed if I'd just gotten Book One. I mean, Book One basically felt like set-up, and it wasn't until I was into Book Two that I'd actually realized Book One had even ended (me being the story to miss the convenient End of Part One notice...)
Book Two is much more eventful and interesting, by far, though I can't say it left much of an impression other than I did enjoy it - I liked how Oz was clearly based on the books and not the movies - I'll probably read the next when it comes out, but it's not high on my priority list, either....more
Recently I read Justice League Dark, Vol. 4: The Rebirth of Evil and realized this this volume was bits and pieces of a larger cross-over event, whichRecently I read Justice League Dark, Vol. 4: The Rebirth of Evil and realized this this volume was bits and pieces of a larger cross-over event, which is more thoroughly captured in Trinity War. Since my library had Trinity War (when I was actually looking for JLD 6) I decided to give it a go and see what it was like having more of the story.
And... it was ok. It wasn't the hot-miss of trying to read JLD4, but it wasn't a great story, either. It was just... too much, overall, and mostly focused on JL and JLA with only little forays into JLD and other titles. (And the Constantine bit was kinda terrible.)
I had two main issues with this, aside from above:
1) Inconsistencies and unexplained bits. For instance, Constantine (view spoiler)[takes Shazam out of play at one point, saying it's for the ultimate good. Shazam tells others John tried to steal his powers, which he does, albeit briefly, and it's not really explained why John did what he did or whether he actually was trying to steal his powers. (I say no to the latter because it's not like he could really use them.) (hide spoiler)]
A bigger inconsistency which bothered me was with Batman and Stranger. In one volume, a JL one I think, Stranger says they have to question Doctor Light, but in the Stranger episode which comes later, it's Batman who has the idea and has to convince Stranger to do it. These sort of things kept popping up through the story.
Also, a lot of focus is placed on Madame Xanadu, but what she sees doesn't seem to be all that important.
2) The biggest issue is that there's a non-ending. Nothing is resolved, and this whole story is basically just set up for Forever Evil, which is another/continuation of the cross-over thing, so, again, I've seen some parts of that in JLD4 already, but I guess I'll have to get Forever Evil to finish off the story. (Though I'm hoping I don't then have to read more companion material and can just finish it off.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I hadn't originally planned on reading this book, tbh. As much as I loved Gaiman, I wasn't sure I was interested in a kid's bedtime story.
But then thI hadn't originally planned on reading this book, tbh. As much as I loved Gaiman, I wasn't sure I was interested in a kid's bedtime story.
But then the box-set came out, all UK editions of this, Coraline and Graveyard Book, and since I'm sort of in love with Riddell's illustrations, especially along with Gaiman's story, I had to get it. I was looking for something quick last night, so I gave it a spin.
It was definitely a cute and quirky book. Dad sets off to the corner shop to get milk, but ends up getting pulled into a journey across time and space. Lots of humor and little references. (I was particularly fond of their pointedly being no tragically misunderstood wumpires.)
And, as predicted, I loved Riddell's illustrations and felt like they added a lot of charm and extra silliness to the story.
Gaiman and Riddell are a great pair, and this is a fun little book. ...more
More coherent than the last story, since it was actually a complete story, but not a whole lot better.
Got some backstory on Nightmare Nurse, which wasMore coherent than the last story, since it was actually a complete story, but not a whole lot better.
Got some backstory on Nightmare Nurse, which was interesting, and backstory on Deadman, which was kinda hokey. (view spoiler)[Nightmare Nurse is really a demon inhabiting an almost dead body. Deadman was a neglected child who spent his childhood astrally projecting into Nanda Parbat and is secretly - even to himself - all mystical or some such nonsense. (hide spoiler)]
Every installment has them doing some dangerous, "this will kill you if you do it remotely wrong", and then it gets pulled off easily. The only "consequences" ever faced in this book is no one likes Constantine, shockingly enough, and he's turned into some sad sack because of it.
Then the last story in the installment jumps ahead 5 years, we have yet a bit of a different cast - because every fucking story has had rotating cast - and random wackiness. I'm like, "I don't know what's going on, and I don't know why I'm meant to care."
I was so looking forward to this series. The first 3 had their problems, but were decent enough. These last two are just calling it in, man.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This installment was a hot mess. The story is part of some huge crossover event, but we only get the JLD pieces, so it's like starting a story on t1.5
This installment was a hot mess. The story is part of some huge crossover event, but we only get the JLD pieces, so it's like starting a story on the third chapter, and then skipping 2 or 3 chapters between every one read.
You can grok enough of the story to cobble together what's going on, for the most part - but it's so herky-jerky and half-assed, you don't really even want to. It would be nice if they'd've marked the book as part of a crossover, or something. They should've given some sort of wrap-up summary before each chapter - a "this is what you missed" thing. Or, at the very least, tell you what other books/series are involved so you could read them if you wanted without having to hunt them down!
I mean, seriously... first someone is an enemy... and then all of a sudden they'd been captured off-page... and then even more suddenly they're an ally. And a fucking angel shows up at some point. And it was just a hot mess.
Even worse is what they did to Constantine. He spends most of the book acting like some moon-eyed teenager, his feelings for Zatanna suddenly being all-encompassing.
And then she acts all surprised at the end that he's not the bloody hero she wants him to be.
I didn't like how they handled him at all in this story.
Also, suddenly Zatanna, who was nigh useless in the last installment because everyone seemed to know how to counter her magic, is this unstoppable badass and not even talking fucking backwards half the time.
And who the hell is Nightmare Nurse?
The bump to 2 stars is more for the story that might've been... though it probably only deserves a 1.
Apparently it you read Justice League: Trinity War followed by the Forever Evil titles you get the whole story. Maybe I'll bother someday, if my library has it in stock. Can't say I'm overly fussed from what I've seen....more
DNF: The Gone-Away World - just didn't grab me, and all those tangents didn't help The Wild Girl - not what I expected, and it started going to a dark place I didn't want to follow Hood - lacking in the spirit of Robin Hoodness, and kinda boring
** May be updated between now and end of the year!...more
I first encountered Deadpool though various internet memes, and I developed a liking of the character without having read any of the comics. Then, witI first encountered Deadpool though various internet memes, and I developed a liking of the character without having read any of the comics. Then, with the movie being announced, I decided I wanted to read some of the story.
But I heard about this one through Facebook, specifically the way Deadpool signed with Hawkeye and lifted his mask to let Hawkeye read his lips... and since I like Hawkeye, I decided to give this a go.
Overall I think I like Way's version better, though I was critical of it at the time (mostly for the puerile humor and some jerkiness in the stories). This Deadpool seemed a bit too vanilla, I guess, and the Hawkeye seemed like kind of a loser. (I mean, I know he's "the Avenger without a power", but, still... )
I'm also not sure why it's called vs. when the two actually work together - much to Hawkeye's chagrin, at least at first.
And I just don't know enough about the comic universe and the details of Black Cat and the Kate Bishop Hawkeye to really get into their parts of the story - though Kate seems pretty cool.
Overall, it was a decent enough story and a quick read, and I did enjoy it. I'll be looking out for more Way stuff in the future, though....more
This was one of the books that I kept meaning to read but kept putting off. I wasn't a huge fan of the Shining, having given it only 2-stars, and I3.5
This was one of the books that I kept meaning to read but kept putting off. I wasn't a huge fan of the Shining, having given it only 2-stars, and I was hesitant to read this one.
This is a different story, though. In this we're dealing less with 'ghostie people' and more with vampires who feed on the shining. It's got more of an almost suspense thriller feel to it, and I ended up really liking it, overall.
** minor spoilers **
One of the things that I disliked about the Shining was I felt it overly focused on Jack, and very little on Danny. But this is clearly Danny's story - all grown-up, with demons of his own to deal with. I liked the aspect of showing the different way father and son deal with their alcoholism. Well, Jack never really deals with it, though he tries now and again. Danny, on the other hand, follows the 12-step path - but I liked that he questions parts of it, finds part of the platitudes to be just that, and sees the use and value in it, but doesn't just swallow it whole cloth. (I've always had an issue with the overly religious aspects of the AA, and liked how those parts were handled in the story.)
But that's just a small part of the whole story - in many ways, it just sets up the story.
The real thrust of the story is once Danny comes to a particular town, one which his old friend Tony tells him is the right place to stay. There he finds friends and a family, and has to protect his life and the lives of those he comes to love from those who would take it away.
It was a bit slow to get going, but once it did it moved well, and I really liked the ending. I even teared up a bit when (view spoiler)[ Jack's ghost saves Danny. (hide spoiler)]
I also appreciated that while this story alternates PoVs as many of King's books do, it felt more focused, for the most part, than the Shining did. That said, some of the parts spent with the Knot were some of the slowest, imo.
Overall, I'm glad I finally got around to read this. It had a different feel from the Shining - a different sort of horror - and I felt like it was a better story, overall, though not really what I would call scary in the usual sense. One of the better reads of the year.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more