I started reading this series around the time the 3rd book came out and I loved them to death. My copies of the first few books...moreDear Brandon Sanderson:
I started reading this series around the time the 3rd book came out and I loved them to death. My copies of the first few books in the series have been read and read so many times that they fell apart years ago.
As the series continued on, adding more and more characters, and becoming more and more cumbersome, I got more and more disillusioned with it and the overall grand vision. My complaints about the series seemed to increase with each passing book, ultimately hoping that Mr. Jordan would stop wasting so much time on tertiary characters and just tell the story. But even amongst my complaints, I kept on reading, hoping to see a glimmer somewhere of the thing that appealed to me from the beginning. Book after book I was disappointed, and yet stubbornly kept reading them, just to see the end to the story that I had invested so much time into.
Knife of Dreams had a faint glimmer of hope, but this book is different. And it's not a glimmer anymore, it's there in full and complete vision, better than I could possibly have imagined. Every complaint I had about previous books is non existent in this book.
So I thank you Mr. Sanderson, for restoring my faith and giving me renewed hope in the ultimate climax of this story. Your work here is stunning and quite honestly a revelation to me. I'll be purchasing the rest of your books in the near future to say the least.
So while I don't buy into the comments about how hilarious this book is, I did think this was quite a good book overall. I found it fascinating for th...moreSo while I don't buy into the comments about how hilarious this book is, I did think this was quite a good book overall. I found it fascinating for the descriptions of life in varying areas of India, especially as Balram makes his way through it. He has that unrelenting charisma behind him that almost makes you want to root for him improving his station in life, even though you ultimately know what the cost will be.
I would like to preface this review by saying thank you to Mr Moore for making me laugh aloud on the bus at 7am this morning. Getting odd looks from y...moreI would like to preface this review by saying thank you to Mr Moore for making me laugh aloud on the bus at 7am this morning. Getting odd looks from your fellow bus patrons just has a warm and inviting feel to it that makes me all cozy in my sleep deprived state of mind. Hopefully they won't expect a repeat performance tomorrow morning as my next book isn't a funny one (sadly).
And now onto my random incoherent rambling! And go:
An absurdest take on death! An original one at that, at least as far as I'm concerned (really that's the only important opinion right?).
The entire thing just felt bang-on for me and I tore through it. Moore's books have gone back and forth for me a bit. I loved Fool, but i thought that Lamb was a bit lacking. This book was like Fool for me. I liked the characters, I loved the absurdity with serious undertones, and Charlie reminded me a lot of myself (I suppose that's my Beta Male tendencies rising to the surface).
I think a lot of the latter, last act things that happened were pretty obvious, but I've never really been one to care about that. This book is more to have something to laugh at and enjoy that jumping up and yelling "I saw that coming a mile away!", because really, everyone notices, so just hush up, read the book, and enjoy yourself.
So for you Mr. Moore, for your crazy notions of Death Merchants and having hellhounds as pets for a baby, I salute you sir.(less)
A classic love story. Forests, lakes, and estates in the English countryside. Five young daughters trained in the deadly arts of the Shaolin. Zombie h...moreA classic love story. Forests, lakes, and estates in the English countryside. Five young daughters trained in the deadly arts of the Shaolin. Zombie hordes. And of course Ninjas. What's not to like?
When I first heard about this book I was immediately enthralled with the concept. Here was a classic love story (one of which I never had any intentions on reading) presented in a fashion that made me giddy with excitement.
The end result is something I absolutely adored. All of the additions I found fit perfectly within the storyline and oft times made me laugh aloud.
I really hope they do more of these, because this one was fantastic.(less)
A prequel of sorts to Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game returns us to the Barcelona of the past. Actually scrap that, it's not a sequel, and it's n...moreA prequel of sorts to Shadow of the Wind, The Angel's Game returns us to the Barcelona of the past. Actually scrap that, it's not a sequel, and it's not a prequel. It's another tale that exists in the same world as Shadow, but they work perfectly on their own. We return to the Cemetary of Forgotten Books, and see a few familiar people along the way to help reinforce this world, but they're very much their own stories.
The style and flow of the book was very similar to what Shadow was. There's a few differences of course, such as that this time we're involved with a writer instead of a reader, but overall there seemed to me to be a lot of similarities between the books in the first act. At first I found it a little bit off-putting and was thinking to myself that I had read this book already (more or less). After that initial phase of familiarity though, this book takes off on a life of it's own and I found myself thinking that the initial similarities really helped ground the book in the same world, for me at least. This book very much seems like the creepy, scary, older sibling of Shadow.
Reading over some of the comments that Zafon made about this book it would seem that there may be further works in this mysterious, gothic, first half of the 1900's Barcelona, and that to me is an encouraging thing.(less)
This book is a Chuck Palahniuk terrorized romantic comedy satire. I think that accurately sums it up (at least I think so).
There's certain things tha...moreThis book is a Chuck Palahniuk terrorized romantic comedy satire. I think that accurately sums it up (at least I think so).
There's certain things that we've come to expect from Chuck's books, and I found them all present and accounted for here. There were sections that made me laugh (the revered Colonel Sanders!), and things that disturbed (in true Palahniuk fashion, very early in the book). Overall I'd put it somewhere above the middle, it's a decent book, but I think new readers to Chuck's work might especially struggle with it. The humor for me brings it up a few notches from where it otherwise might have ended up.
The thing I personally struggled with the most was the prose. It took me probably the first 20-30 pages of the book to really "get" the voice. That being said, once I did I quite enjoyed the effect. It really gives the book a personal feel and provides a connection with the main character, Pygmy.
So if you're looking for a satirical look at socialist states and greedy, fast food America written in a completely original voice, then full speed ahead.
I kinda want to learn the Flying Giant Stork Death Kick... bam blam!(less)
Far Bright Star was an amazing journey. It's a beautifully crafted story of pain and loss, and the unkn...moreI won this book through a First Reads giveaway.
Far Bright Star was an amazing journey. It's a beautifully crafted story of pain and loss, and the unknown road ahead. Human nature is defined and examined throughout Napolean's journey.
The style was different than most everything I've read but within a few pages it was apparent that it fit the world Robert Olmstead was creating extremely well. The prose overall was superb and realized a rich and detailed world of war that was captivating start to finish.
So, the Gospel according to Levi, known as Biff. Decent book overall, had it's funny moments for sure. Just seemed to be something lacking for me that...moreSo, the Gospel according to Levi, known as Biff. Decent book overall, had it's funny moments for sure. Just seemed to be something lacking for me that I just can't put my finger on. The concept on a whole works pretty well as Moore largely sticks to trying to fill in the gaps of the life of Joshua.
So worth a read if you have a sense of humor about religion anyhow.
Fool is much better in my opinion as far as Moore's books go.(less)
After much meandering and tomfoolery I finally partake in a work of whimsical amusement by Christopher Moore. The warning on the book served it's purp...moreAfter much meandering and tomfoolery I finally partake in a work of whimsical amusement by Christopher Moore. The warning on the book served it's purpose true and set the stage for a poignant work of hilarity to the end.
To say I loved this book may be a bit of an understatement. For how can you not help but to love something that makes you laugh, indeed especially in the company of strangers on public transport? Perhaps I should have felt embarrassed, but instead only wanted to find the next element of rapier wit and nonsensical hilarity (usually to be found further down the page, or possibly the next if at the last line you already were).
An inspired tale, filled with talking puppets, talking ravens, raving lunatics, and a ghost, because there's always a bloody ghost.
I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to say about this book. It hooked me in the first few pages and I ended up finishing it in less then a day. That doe...moreI'm at a bit of a loss as to what to say about this book. It hooked me in the first few pages and I ended up finishing it in less then a day. That doesn't happen all that often for me.
Every possible ounce of hype surrounding this book is incredibly well deserved in my opinion. I can't wait to see what Mr. Davidson comes out with next. (less)
I had initially given this book 4 stars, but looking back on it, I couldn't think of anything wrong with it, nor anything I would change in the slight...moreI had initially given this book 4 stars, but looking back on it, I couldn't think of anything wrong with it, nor anything I would change in the slightest.
Reading it made me feel like I was a part of the story, living and breathing in 1930's-1950's Spain. Any book that can do that I can't help but recommend to everyone I talk to.(less)
This book was great. Reading it I couldn't help but hear him narrating it in my head (is there an audiobook version? May have to look for that...). Ov...moreThis book was great. Reading it I couldn't help but hear him narrating it in my head (is there an audiobook version? May have to look for that...). Overall it's a good wake up call as to some of the practices in the restaurant world and one man's journey through life in New York to where he is today.
So I've been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for a little while now, first getting into his TV show No Reservations. I like his tastes and his opinionated nature as to what deserves recognition as a culinary delight (all things pork) and what you should avoid at all costs (Rachel Ray). He tends to strike some people as a bit of an asshole (and certainly at times I could agree with that), but I honestly think there's a lot more to him than that. He provides ample evidence that he does in fact heave a heart beneath that rough punk-rock, Ramones lovin' exterior. He accepts the consequences of his actions and admits to his mistakes and ultimately would in my mind probably be a blast to hang out with. He's had a rough road getting to the place he's at now and really, in my mind, he's earned every scarp of recognition he gets.
Overall, he's a great writer with a very clear and distinct foul-mouthed voice. I treat this as a Good Thing. So if you don't mind the language/sex/drugs/etc and are interested in the culinary world at all, I highly recommend this book.(less)
The writing style threw me for a bit of a loop initially, but it's amazing how well it is to follow conversations and easily be able to pick out who's...moreThe writing style threw me for a bit of a loop initially, but it's amazing how well it is to follow conversations and easily be able to pick out who's talking.
The sheer volume of incidents happening to these characters is incredible, particularly that of the one eye witness to the events. A very enjoyable book overall, though fairly brutal at times, especially some of the atrocities in the quarantine.(less)
I received this book as a gift and it's not my usual fare to say the least, but I thought, what the hell, I'll see what it's like.
This book most remin...moreI received this book as a gift and it's not my usual fare to say the least, but I thought, what the hell, I'll see what it's like.
This book most reminded me of the standard Hollywood-flavor-of-the-week-lowest-common-denominator thriller. You know the type I'm sure. Those movies that people watch just for the sake of something to watch when they don't feel like watching a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.
That's about the kindest thing I can think of to say about this book. I didn't hate it, I just am not a fan of the vastly overdone and incredibly clichéd genre as a whole. There's just no originality to it.
I pretty much only finished reading the book because well, I'm stubborn I guess. Plus I wanted to make sure that my guess as to who the killer is was in fact correct (it was).(less)
Like most others, I agree that this book doesn't seem completely finished. I think it's most of the way there, but there's parts where it doesn't main...moreLike most others, I agree that this book doesn't seem completely finished. I think it's most of the way there, but there's parts where it doesn't maintain that flow found in the rest of the book.
Overall I thought it was brilliant, but I am deducting a star for making me drag my way kicking and screaming through The Part About The Crimes. For me that entire section felt disconnected from the rest of the book. I'm not squeamish in any way, it just really felt to me that the entire section didn't fit quite right with the rest. During some sections in that Part that were dealing with the various police officers I got the same flow found in the rest of the book, but just as soon as it began, it would end right away as several more women were murdered. I spent far more time navigating this section than I did the entire rest of the book.
In the end, the book was a challenge to read, which is largely why I chose to read it in the first place. I enjoyed it for that and it's inspired me to check out The Savage Detectives at some point in the future.(less)
This book seemed to start off really strong on the "sidesplitting" that was promised by the quote on the back before losing ground in the middle and f...moreThis book seemed to start off really strong on the "sidesplitting" that was promised by the quote on the back before losing ground in the middle and finally picking up a bit towards the end.
On the whole it was enjoyable and now after having read 3 of his books I feel that I can truly appreciate Sedaris' style and largely self deprecating sense of humor.
So, my high school was lame and we never read many of these books that have an almost mythical aura about them (1984 being one of them). I really wish...moreSo, my high school was lame and we never read many of these books that have an almost mythical aura about them (1984 being one of them). I really wish we had as now that I've been going back and reading them I've discovered some great books.
I admit, I never knew the significance of 2 + 2 = 5 until now. 1984 was one of those things always referenced with Big Brother type activities, but I never truly understood how deep into that world this book delved. The realization that this book is 60 years old, and aspects of The Party are prevalent here and there throughout modern society is scary. The book itself serves as a warning to the future and essentially is a guide on what not to do.
I enjoyed it, even though it was depressing to witness the actions taken against the populace (and more specifically, Winston and Julia). I think George Orwell was incredibly ahead of his time, and his material is still relevant today.
Recommended reading to all of those who missed out on it due to less than stellar English classes in high school.(less)
So, this is one of those books that I always viewed as an epic undertaking. It was written a long time ago by someone long dead from a country a long...moreSo, this is one of those books that I always viewed as an epic undertaking. It was written a long time ago by someone long dead from a country a long way from here. I mean, most of the music I like is from the past 30-40 years, why should this be any different? There are exceptions to this rule (in as far as music is concerned), but I mean, this book was published in 1844-1846!
This seemed to be one of those books that I only sort of would hear about, and then ponder reading while never actually really consider reading. Well, until I opted to start expanding my reading beyond cliched fantasy novels anyhow. Apparently this switch flipped in my brain and I woke up one morning and decided that I was sick about reading about the former (insert pacifist oriented profession) who was destined to be the savior of a land ruled by a ruthless dictator who was secretly his (insert family relation here).
So what the hell. I'd read everything from stories about kite runner's in Afghanistan, serial killers at the Chicago World's Fair, a gay man going to Japan to quit smoking, a samurai/ninja who drives a super fast car to deliver pizzas, rulers of dreams, and about 40 other books since last summer. So how about this epic tale of revenge?
I admit that I saw the movie remake of this book that starred that guy who was Jesus in that movie where he died, the blonde guy who couldn't make new memories and recorded his life on Polaroids, and of course, the always good Richard Harris. So anyways, I had liked the movie. I liked the spectacle, I enjoyed Edmond's planning and fruition. I even cheered him on once or twice.
Ya, the book's nothing like that. It's oh so very much, I'd like some more thank you please kind sir, better. When I read books like this where I can only guess at the outcomes, I usually prefer to stay ignorant and let the author guide and surprise me. I was plenty surprised to say the least.
The extensive planning. The vast array of secondary characters all brought to life and conniving and scheming. The setups, the betrayals, the elaborate plans. Murder, mayhem, revenge, and redemption. I loved everything about this book and whole heartily recommend it to everyone that I know.
I'm never going to look at that movie in the same way again, that's for sure.(less)