Here's my assessment: the book makes a good book and the movie makes a good movie and I probably wouldn't change anything in either, really. But. If yHere's my assessment: the book makes a good book and the movie makes a good movie and I probably wouldn't change anything in either, really. But. If you held a gun to my head, I guess I'd have to admit that I prefer the film. It's kind of rare that this happens, but there's at least one plot point that was changed in the film adaptation that I think is infinitely more effective than it was in the book. That having been said, the ramp-up to the plot is entirely missing from the film and it was one of the most interesting parts of the book. I would recommend reading it, if for no other reason that the first few chapters, plus, the narrative is clever and funny and the sequence at the end (different from the film) is at least as good, if not a little better. I only leave off the one star because this is a rare case of a book with a film adaptation that kind of works better overall....more
The world-building drew me in first, but I stayed hooked as I rapidly got to know the characters. Drift takes a lot of typical elements from YA and plThe world-building drew me in first, but I stayed hooked as I rapidly got to know the characters. Drift takes a lot of typical elements from YA and plays with them in a way that's really unique, but beyond that, that world-building element that I'm so crazy about feeds into how the society is structured which further feeds into the characters attitudes and motivations and it all just feels so logical, not in spite of the fact that everyone lives on the backs of giant turtles, but because everyone lives on the backs of giant turtles. A lot of subtle craft went into creating this world and the story unfolding in it, it feels careful and it feels cared-for. My favorite, favorite part (without actually saying anything about it) is the very end, when the world structure is revealed to be even more fantastic than originally presented....more
I think I've brought this up before. I'm a huge sucker for mythology and an excess of research, especially in these retellings/adaptations. Beauty andI think I've brought this up before. I'm a huge sucker for mythology and an excess of research, especially in these retellings/adaptations. Beauty and The Beast transposed into a well-developed world of Irish folklore is something I never would have thought of, and something that totally needed to exist. So important. I adored every page of this. It handles the themes and necessary characterizations very well, and all of that fits in so beautifully to the structure of pagan tradition butting heads with christianity. Awesome....more
Like I still feel bad about not giving this one 5 stars, just like Receiver of Many, but if I'm going to critique technical stuff, I guess I'll just sLike I still feel bad about not giving this one 5 stars, just like Receiver of Many, but if I'm going to critique technical stuff, I guess I'll just say that I like a tight 3rd person narrative and I prefer dual POVs to be separated by full chapters. But honestly, I got used to the shifting, omniscienty pov. It was rare that I'd get confused by the blocking and have to look back to figure out who's head I was in. And like it's sort of thematically funny bc... you know, omniscient... they're all gods. I laughed.
But, honestly. This book. My word, this book. Gorgeous. Long, but well worth the commitment. And it was exactly what I needed for Hades and Persephone. I probably enjoyed this even more than the first half of the story. I devoured both Receiver of Many and Destroyer of Light in a matter of 3 days though, precisely because it's very readable stuff. I kept trying to stop reading to go live my life and I just couldn't. I got nothing done and I blame this beautiful story.
Unfortunately, I feel really uncomfortable recommending it to people because of all the scads of sex. Sexy times everywhere. So, I have no one to talk to about how much I loved reading it. There's a lot of consistency with actual Greek myths, or nods to actual Greek myths, and the few things that did get changed worked so well, and it makes perfect sense why they'd need to be different in order to serve the story. ...more
Full disclosure: I do not read erotic fiction. It's just not my thing. There are many things that are my things, and erotic fiction is typically a harFull disclosure: I do not read erotic fiction. It's just not my thing. There are many things that are my things, and erotic fiction is typically a hard pass for me. So, I feel pretty unprepared to offer a valuable opinion on that front, which is sort of ridiculous of me, because sex is a huge part of this story, not just as a prominent and word-consuming component of the narrative, but as a driving force behind the well thought-out and well developed themes of the book.
That's why I had to leave off that fifth star, even though I'm super tempted to just go ahead and give it full marks because honestly, this book is AMAZING. I was blown away by the research behind it. The author manages to weave together several Greek myths, all of them heavy with the appropriate accurate details and symbolism. Here and there, some things get changed, always in a way that serves the story (or it's themes) and doesn't feel forced, doesn't feel too-far-off from the source material.
The characterization is great, backed-up with all kinds of believable motivations and culminating in just some grade A development. I didn't even realize how much I needed Detemeter to have a complex characterization until she gave it to me.
I don't even know what else to say. I'm still kind of recovering. This is my original OTP y'all. Let's briefly journey back to my childhood where I remember tiny me lying awake at night so worried that Persephone and Hades couldn't be happy together, until some kind person explained that they could be as happy as I imagined them to be. This book explores a complicated relationship, where two people have to actually put some effort into making their marriage work, and that ultimately turns into a healthy, heartwarming romance. So satisfying....more
One of a small handful of books I've ever read in my life that actually made me laugh until tears streamed down my cheeks. I couldn't breathe. I was oOne of a small handful of books I've ever read in my life that actually made me laugh until tears streamed down my cheeks. I couldn't breathe. I was on the floor in the fetal position. People were asking me what was wrong. I couldn't tell them. Because I couldn't speak. I suffered an overload of funny.
But this book is more than a damn good time. It's got a lot of beautiful sentiment and thoughtfulness to offer about the nature of good and evil and the destiny of humankind. It's pretty gentle in it's humorous deconstructive treatment of historical/traditional Christianity. Loving, even while decidedly critical. That's a hard line to walk, but Good Omens does it beautifully.
I typically shy away from co-authored books, because I'm sensitive to the changes in voice, but Prachett and Gaiman complement each other. The intersecting storylines complement each other. The characters are all amazing. This is a very fun one to mentally construct a cast for the inevitable film version....more