This book was well written. Feist gives the reader a look into the darker side of Faerie Tales. He blends folklore with the modern world. An entertain...moreThis book was well written. Feist gives the reader a look into the darker side of Faerie Tales. He blends folklore with the modern world. An entertaining read.(less)
This is the version I read, Adult HC straight from the UK.
I know that there are Harry Potter fans that can't understand why anyone would rate this boo...moreThis is the version I read, Adult HC straight from the UK.
I know that there are Harry Potter fans that can't understand why anyone would rate this book less than a 5+ star rating, well the truth of the matter is that this book just isn't deserving of such a high honor. In all honesty, I don't think it's possible to give this book more than a three star and that's pushing it.
My indoctrination to the world of Harry Potter was admittedly through other more avid fans extolling it's virtues and it's uniqueness in the world of young adult literature. Indeed, I give Kudos to J.K. Rowling for her early work and her idea of how to put a school of witchcraft and wizardry into a context that was both familiar and alien to the readers. It had a point of reality to ground before breaking the rules and bending it into a potentially epic fantasy.
Having read spoilers and having seen the movies (yes I know they're not close to the books and some details have been changed for the sake of brevity), I figured it was the last book of the series, so why not indulge.
They hype was greater than the delivery. A series that had roared in like a lion whimpered out like a lamb that had been nearly beaten to death. I found this book to be extremely painful to read. The most annoying aspects were the really infantile shouting matches between Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I found myself wondering why I should care about a pack of whining, argumentative brats. All this going on during their overly drawn out camping excursion - I don't need to "feel" every minute of their being on the lam. I found myself more and more annoyed as I read. There are other story crafting techniques other than the monotonous tedium (yes, I'm intentionally being redundant) to convey the passage of time. That was about 400 pages (I'm exaggerating) that we didn't need; the less than spectacular final confrontation between Harry and Vol de Morte - this is his arch enemy, the Dark Lord, He whose name shall not be mentioned - the person who has wanted Harry DEAD since the beginning - I don't think that he'd make simple, nearly moronic mistakes. Vol de Morte was supposed to be evil incarnate and I didn't feel any sense of real threat and he seemed to be defeated rather easily in the context of epic throw downs between hero and villain; and the casualties of that final confrontation at Hogwarts that read off like a check list of who needed to be killed off before the epilogue. I felt no sorrow for these characters, they were just a footnote (not in the actual context of the story) but how their deaths were handled. One reviewer put "A Rock fell, and everyone died"; Pretty much the way I felt about it.
There were plot holes galore. I think this book could have been half the length and could have been tightened up considerably. I think that if J.K. Rowling had said, "I'll write the final chapter when I'm ready", it could have delivered on the hype and so much more.
Couldn't finish it. I'll take my Arthurian legends in illuminated manuscript form please. It was overtly modern feminist to me and that really killed...moreCouldn't finish it. I'll take my Arthurian legends in illuminated manuscript form please. It was overtly modern feminist to me and that really killed it for me.(less)
Anthony's concepts are always clever, but I nearly died from pun fallout in this book. They aren't even clever puns. They were incredibly distracting...moreAnthony's concepts are always clever, but I nearly died from pun fallout in this book. They aren't even clever puns. They were incredibly distracting after a while. As a result, this was the last Anthony book I picked up.
There comes a time when a series has run it's course and the author needs to stop.(less)