After Harrison's last novel of The Hollows left me disgusted, I swore I was done with the series altogether. But when Ever After released, I grudgingl...moreAfter Harrison's last novel of The Hollows left me disgusted, I swore I was done with the series altogether. But when Ever After released, I grudgingly picked it up from the library; I've invested so much time in the previous ten books, I have to see how it all ends, right?
Expecting to be completely disappointed, yet again, I was most pleasantly surprised byt this novel. Finally, after the last three less than mediocre installments, Kim Harrison is back on point! Rachel is kick ass instead of whiny, she's not "going into shock" every other chapter, & she's FINALLY learning from her mistakes. Throw in a healthy dose of Al, Jenks, & Trent, & I'm a happy camper (sorry, can't stand all the overdramatic emo angst that Ivy & the vamps bring). Two thumbs up!(less)
I was surprised and excited to stumble upon the first book in Robin Hobb's new trilogy. I've read the Farseer, Tawny Man, & Liveship Trilogies, an...moreI was surprised and excited to stumble upon the first book in Robin Hobb's new trilogy. I've read the Farseer, Tawny Man, & Liveship Trilogies, and thoroughly enjoyed them (the Farseer Trilogy is by far my favorite). The Rain Wilds have held an air of mystery and magic that made me want to venture further than Bingtown...so yeah, I'm thrilled at the chance to explore up river with a new cast of characters!
The Dragon Keeper is fairly typical of the first novel in a series; lots of character and world building. But Hobb is a master builder, weaving multiple points of view and layering plots in what will be a fantastic epic story. There was some repetition/restating of events and character traits, but perhaps Hobb meant to drive home the customs and otherworldiness to those who haven't read her prior series. I disagree with a previous reviewer who claims anyone who hasn't read Hobb's Liveship Trilogy will be lost. There are little Easter Eggs, so to speak, for those who can recognize the possible connections between the stories, but by no means will newcomers be neglected or left out.
An enjoyable read, with promise of adventure and intrigue to come. Now I just have to wait for the next in the series...(less)
Black Magic Sanction was to be my last book of the Hollows, if it read like the last three. But thankfully, this novel is action driv...moreGlory Hallelujah!
Black Magic Sanction was to be my last book of the Hollows, if it read like the last three. But thankfully, this novel is action driven, not drowning in unnecessary angst. The pacing, plot twists, and blurred allegiances are what hooked me on this series in the first place. So Bravo! Plus I love me some Big Al. Now if Rachel could keep her blood AND her vagina to herself for a whole book I'd be a happy camper...(less)
I tried reading McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" about ten years ago, but had a hard time getting past some of his signature quirks (no dialogue mar...moreI tried reading McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" about ten years ago, but had a hard time getting past some of his signature quirks (no dialogue markers, absence of certain punctuation, etc). My husband actually asked me to borrow "The Road" from the library (we're both really into post-apocalyptic themes right now). He hasn't read a book for recreation since junior high, but he was flying through "The Road." So I decided I'd give McCarthy another try.
This novel is beautiful, lyrical, breathtaking in its prose. It's poignant, heart-stopping, and heart breaking. It's an eye opening look at a world that could be, but doesn't preach an agenda, just truth.(less)
Boneshaker was my 3rd attempt at reading steampunk fiction. The first two were so bogged down with the authors' attempts to write Victorian style nove...moreBoneshaker was my 3rd attempt at reading steampunk fiction. The first two were so bogged down with the authors' attempts to write Victorian style novels, that I just couldn't wade through all the frippery and frills to get to the story beneath. I've read several other of Cherie's novels, and decided to give steampunk another try (if only because I'm enamored with the fashion)! I am SO glad I did!
Hands down, Boneshaker is THE best book I've read in years (and I read 1-2 books per week). The plot is tight, with no bits left dangling and no sudden deviations in the world as it is presented. The pacing, oh my gosh, the pacing! It's like you're on a coal car going downhill, picking up speed until you couldn't stop even if you wanted to (and I guarantee you won't)! This book would make a FANTASTIC feature film!! The characters were wonderful, fleshed out as much as they could be realistically within the time constraints of the book. I would LOVE to see a side-by-side novel about the Doornails; who they were before the Blight and why they decided to stay within the city when everyone else fled.
Cherie hit this one out of the ball park. She made a steampunk world come to life; decimated a city in such a tragic way, yet part of me would like to take a peek over the walls. And to top it off, she gives us a new spin on zombies that's more solid and imaginative than anything Romero has thrown at us in the last 5 years.
This is a book that now I MUST own! I want to read it aloud to my hubby, the zombie buff. I want to dig out my old waist cinchers and corsets and search for adventure!