I was working at B. Dalton when the second book in the series came out. My boss was so excited by the first book that when the second one came out sheI was working at B. Dalton when the second book in the series came out. My boss was so excited by the first book that when the second one came out she tried to get everyone in the store to read the first one. So, although I didn't 'discover' the books on my own I still feel that I got in on them before they gained mass appeal. I enjoyed introducing kids to these books and was stunned when the third book came out to grand praise. We had a great party for the forth book and you know how the publicity took over the world at that point.
I hate it that so many books are made into movies. I've read this book at least five times (I re-read the series every time a new book came out) and I still find that I can't seperate what was in the movie versus the book. I am writing this review several years after having read the book the first time.
My review is/was this: I loved it! So will you.
2014 Review Addition: I just read this aloud for the first time - to my 6-year-old twin boys and they loved it. I thought I'd wait until they were Harry's age or a bit younger to start reading them, but so many of their friends have already seen the movies that I thought I'd better start reading them if I didn't want the whole series to be spoiled by the time they're old enough to read them to themselves. They loved the twins, the magical creatures and the idea of riding on a train - but when we go to the scary ending one of them wanted to close the book and put it away. The other convinced his brother to listen to the last two chapters and they decided it was just a little scary - not REALLY scary. They want me to read the rest, but I know that they do become REALLY scary later on, so I'm not sure we're going to make it through many more......more
When I was young and naive...in my 20's...I swore I didn't like sci-fi or fantasy. A friend handed me a copy of Ender's Game and I have been hooked evWhen I was young and naive...in my 20's...I swore I didn't like sci-fi or fantasy. A friend handed me a copy of Ender's Game and I have been hooked ever since. Having learned nothing, I said something similar about graphic novels a while later and this same friend sat me down with a copy of The Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes and Nocturnes. Again, I was hooked and now I am the one who preaches the virtues of graphic novels to both friends and students. Neil Gaiman taught me one thing that day...graphic novels are wonderful! I've read much of his other writing since then and he's taught me other things, but I have to admit, even though I've seen many photos of the author, whenever I think of Neil Gaiman the image in my head is Dream.
I read the Sandman collection in the late 90's, but never owned my own copy. I worked at a library and would check them out over and over again. When I saw the Absolute collection, I had to have it! But then it sat on my shelf...I was too afraid of damaging it to open it. But then I read the The Graveyard Book and remembered how much I loved the The Sandman Vol. 01: Preludes and Nocturnes series, so I broke it open and am re-reading it...again!
Sometimes you go back to old favorites and they pale in comparison to memory...not this! I am in love with it all over again and am rationing it - one story a night.
I just finished A Midsummers Night Dream...wow! Again, wow!
I just love - love - love this series. The re-issue of the artwork is spectacular and I could just sit and stare at some of the pages for hours...but I don't...it's always about the stories to me. Mr. Gaiman, you're bloody brilliant! ...more
My husband has been on a H.P. Lovecraft kick lately. He's reading everything, including stories by authors who have been influenced by 'The Master'. HMy husband has been on a H.P. Lovecraft kick lately. He's reading everything, including stories by authors who have been influenced by 'The Master'. He reads the intro's to me for some of these short stories, especially when he sees something by an author he knows I've read. Such was the case with Brian Lumley. I have copies of my Necroscope books on my shelves, I read them when they first came out and enjoyed them so much I've kept intending to re-read them. (Yes, I was a middle and high school girl reading horror novels about vampires in the 80's.) So, one day Brad asks me, "Have you ever read Brian Lumley?" and I'm drawn irresistibly back to the series.
First off, they are dated. The Russians vs. the US and England. The Russians are EVIL, the Americans are...well, not quite saints...but the good guys nonetheless. Perhaps a first read would be best thought of as Historical Fiction and it would be easier to overlook the lack of technology and odd politics.
Second, writing styles have changed over time. We, today, are used to fast-paced. Everything is faster today than it was when Necroscope was written. So, go into it expecting it to read a little slow in the beginning. It's still damn fine writing!
Third, a great character lives on. I still love Harry Keogh today as much as I did in the 80's and 90's.
Fourth, a great plot is timeless. Good vs Evil. Vampires who are truly evil, horrible creatures. Secret societies that remain secret throughout the books. And, I love the way the dead are handled in this book. It's fascinating to think about the great masters and what they would do with infinite time.
So, I guess it's obvious that I love this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Horror. Notice, I didn't say vampires. Today's 'vampire' lovers would probably not like this traditional depiction of the monsters. But, hey...all that shimmers is not gold....more
This is my second reading of this series, the first I've read them all at the same time - without the break between publishing. I hope to enjoy the thThis is my second reading of this series, the first I've read them all at the same time - without the break between publishing. I hope to enjoy the third book more this time. I loved this book when I first read it and I am loving it all over again.
This time I am listening to it on audio - and I find the character of Will to annoy me because his voice sounds just like Daniel Radcliffe and I I feel as though Harry Potter is being channeled into the character of Will. I keep thinking I'll get used to the voice, but I find that, just as I get into the story, he says something in a way that pulls me right back out of the story. This is not the fault of the author or the narrator - but I mention it in case it will annoy others as it did me. I love the characters in this book and the casting of readers is excellent!
I love this series and enjoyed this book; although, it wasn't quite as good as the previous two books. I didn't like the overall plot - "Let's all goI love this series and enjoyed this book; although, it wasn't quite as good as the previous two books. I didn't like the overall plot - "Let's all go kill Thor." - but the characters and writing made up for it, somewhat. It seemed like an action taken in order to build the series, a bridge into whatever comes next...and I very much look forward to whatever comes next!...more
I enjoyed this book as a mix of mythology and urban fantasy. It has elements that remind me of Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher. It has a lot of Celtic mytI enjoyed this book as a mix of mythology and urban fantasy. It has elements that remind me of Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher. It has a lot of Celtic mythology and I love that he explains who each of the gods are. Unlike Gaiman, who assumes everyone is as brilliant as he, Hearne goes out of his way to fill in the blanks about why each god is getting involved in each element of the story. And, unlike Butcher, who works hard to remind us that Harry is just a human under it all; Hearn is not afraid to introduce a character who is stronger than almost anyone in the story. It's the 'almost' that makes the story suspenseful.
I enjoyed the main character and his cast of friends; although, I don't know why every story written today seems to require a pack of werewolves and a friendly vampire. The widow and the dog were wonderful, the plot intricate, the storytelling smooth - except for the modern cursing which seemed a bit too pointed for me.
Overall, I would gladly recommend this book to fans of Gaiman and Butcher, or urban fantasy in general, with the following caveats: This is not Harry Dresden; and, don't expect urban fantasy romance, the sex is secondary to the plot.
I read this book several years ago and was really disappointed in it. I might actually say I HATED it. But, in the years that have passed I often thouI read this book several years ago and was really disappointed in it. I might actually say I HATED it. But, in the years that have passed I often thought that maybe I wasn't giving it a fair reading since it had been so long between when I'd read the first and second books and when the book came out.
Nope, I recently re-read all three books in quick succession, and...I'm still disappointed in this one. Bah! The first book was amazing, the second was still pretty darned good. This one...not so much.
Perhaps it's that I can't get past the idea that Lyra enters the underworld just because she wants to say, "I'm sorry." That's just silly and a bit lame.
Perhaps it's because we're told over and over that the prophecy will only come true if she does it all while being unaware of the prophesy...and yet she later says something like...Oh, that? I've known about that for ages.
Perhaps the book lost me when the characters all seemed to be preaching to the readers instead of living their fictitious lives.
Or maybe it was the ending. Nope, I disliked it before the ending. But, the ending didn't help the matter.
As I said in my review of the first book in the series, Necroscope, I first read these books in middle and high-school. They are dated, but once you tAs I said in my review of the first book in the series, Necroscope, I first read these books in middle and high-school. They are dated, but once you think of them as historical fiction and are able to overlook the politics and technology, they are well worth the read. Lumley had a wonderful story here, and excellent characters, not to mention a mind-blowing plot line.
The books are a bit a slow to read, but only because they make you think and figure out what's going on. Details, intrigue, tensions...this book is just as good as the first. This is a horror book...not the shiny happy vampires of today's kids. Lumley is a devotee of HP Lovecraft and you can tell in his style and his monsters.
I enjoy these books. The setting seems realistic, the characters are fun to get to know and interact in interesting ways. I was caught up in the plotI enjoy these books. The setting seems realistic, the characters are fun to get to know and interact in interesting ways. I was caught up in the plot and wanted to know what would happen next.
The only trouble I have with series - not just this one, but all series - is that you know that the main character is going to survive. No matter how hard everything seems to be, you know the next book will feature the same main character, so the tension is lost. Hearne does a good job killing off enough 'minor' and 'not-quiet-minor' characters to keep the tention level high. Will the widow die, Perry, Oberon? I love them all and am scared for them, even though we all know that Atticus has to walk away....more
I really enjoyed this series. This book was just as good as the first two and I recommend this *trilogy to anyone who likes horror, scary vampires andI really enjoyed this series. This book was just as good as the first two and I recommend this *trilogy to anyone who likes horror, scary vampires and a good bit of plot. Oh, and GREAT characters.
* Trilogy in this case means three stand alone books that have expanded into 34 novels in the same world. I don't intend to read them all. I liked the way the three books wrapped up and created a great story with a few open ends that I could let my imagination play with....more
I really enjoy learning more about some of the other characters in the series. As Mr. Butcher says in one of the introductions, there are things thatI really enjoy learning more about some of the other characters in the series. As Mr. Butcher says in one of the introductions, there are things that are not possible to write from the point of view of Harry Dresden. It's great to read about Mac, Thomas, Michael and Will in stories of their own.
All but one of these stories have been published in other compilations, but I have read none of them because I don't read most of the other authors in that genre. It doesn't make sense for me to buy a book, just for one or two entries. This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be....more
It just took too many words for the small (though wonderful) plot it encompassed. There were too many descripLong...long...long...but good. 3.5 stars.
It just took too many words for the small (though wonderful) plot it encompassed. There were too many descriptions of place, of people, or emotions...etc.
The plot was wonderfully rich and complex, but it didn't even start to come together until well into the book. We first met each person, learned about them and their relationships then watched them get pulled into the plot. Once the first secret was revealed the story caught me up very quickly, but it was a hard thing to get that far into the book.
If you can get through the slow beginning it's worth reading to the end. ...more
QUICK REVIEW: I liked this book even though several plot points were predictable. Several times I read a line and immediately thought, "Oh, I see wherQUICK REVIEW: I liked this book even though several plot points were predictable. Several times I read a line and immediately thought, "Oh, I see where she's going to go with that" and then she did exactly what I though she would. It was supposed to be suspenseful but wasn't. That being said, I still find myself wanting to read more. I liked the world, the characters and the finale. I will read more to see if I am more surprised by the next book....more
Genre: Supernatural Mystery Audience: Adult Setting: London Notes: First in a series
Review: Felix Castor, known as Fix to his friends, is an exorcist inGenre: Supernatural Mystery Audience: Adult Setting: London Notes: First in a series
Review: Felix Castor, known as Fix to his friends, is an exorcist in and alternate modern day London. He is hired to remove a ghosts in an archive, but in the course of this relatively simple job he uncovers a mystery.
Each character is fully developed and intriguing, but often seem disconnected from the other characters. It isn't until near the very end that it comes clear that two or three plot lines are actually tied together. Fix feels that they are connected somehow from early on but readers are as clueless to the connections as he is until the mystery is solved....more
**spoiler alert** Okay, what can I say about this book...well, honestly, I hated it. What to know why? Read on.
I tried to start it several times becau**spoiler alert** Okay, what can I say about this book...well, honestly, I hated it. What to know why? Read on.
I tried to start it several times because I won it in on the giveaway page and knew a review was expected. Each time I started reading it I got a little way in and was turned off by the language and the erotic nature of the book. I picked it up because I'd been on an urban-fantasy kick and thought it sounded interesting. Well, I love Harry Dresden and despise Sookie Stackhouse. Phoenix sounded like Dresden from the jacket, but turned out to be even worse than Sookie once I started reading.
First the language. The main character is in her twenties, an ex-cop, and a hard-luck case from the streets. She's rough and tough and not the brightest bulb in the bunch - unless she needs to know something - like the years of the crusades - yeah, then she just plucks them out of the sky. And, you know when people add a questioning 'much' to the end of a sentence to make it mean something. You know like "Overindulge, much?" or "Paranoid, much?". Yeah. I hate that. She thinks like that. The writing is simple and the dialogue is stilted, but the worst part is that the thought process of the protagonist is so flighty. She reads like a prom queen with a minimal IQ. Wasn't I just told that she's supposed to be street-wise and tough? Unrealistic, much? Arg!
It felt to me like the author thought to herself, "What sells: Sex!" Then thought - "Now, if some's good then more's better. Hmmm, how can I get as much sex in a book as possible?"
Well her answer was two-fold. First - she created a magical power that allows characters to gain more magical powers from others by having sex with them. It's not gender specific. Anyone can sleep with anyone...whatever. Second, Handeland decides to have the main character get raped, twice. But after the initial rapes she decided it was all okay and then had sex with these two different man again - of her own free will. Right...
Oh, and each session of sex wasn't just - sex. It was mind-blowing, exceptional, never-ending multiple-orgasmic for all involved every time. Right...
True love - um, yeah that was mentioned somewhere, but no one ever said that they loved each other...although maybe they did in the past. And they might again in the future - if they didn't hate each other so much.
I didn't see an 'erotica' tag on this book when I requested it - the supernatural aspects were played up, the romance was talked about, but really, this book is about several sex scenes tied together with a simple plot that's been done before.
I know, you're asking who am I to give such a review? What credentials do I have? Am I a published author? No, I'm not...but having read this trash I feel better about my chances should I send my as-yet-unwritten manuscripts out. All I need is a thin plot and some mad crazy sex...
**spoiler alert** I started reading this book as part of my never-ending mission to find good books for my school library. Will I put it in my library**spoiler alert** I started reading this book as part of my never-ending mission to find good books for my school library. Will I put it in my library? Probably not.
I started out disliking the book because it was cliche and trite. Poor nice guy likes beautiful girl who catches the attention of a rick and gorgeous guy. Blah, blah, blah. SO the men happen to be vampires, there are too many vampire works out for this to be the only saving grace. I went from dislike to strongly dislike when the main character and his nemesis bet on who could get 'the wetback' to date them first, then the main character is called a 'pussy' for not standing up the Wes, then 'the piece of ass' is harder to get than Wes expected. Both men end us sleeping with the girl, in different ways. Arg. Why would anyone put a 'teen' lable on this? None of the characters are teen, nor are the themes. Juvenile, yes, but not what I would classify as teen.
Good points? The ending. It sucks (pun intended) when the only good writing is in the last few pages. It makes you what to read the next book in the series, but can't quite make you forget that you didn't like what came before....more
I like to keep up on what middle school students are reading. I especially like to read books recommended by my students. This was a recommendation frI like to keep up on what middle school students are reading. I especially like to read books recommended by my students. This was a recommendation from a 'goth-girl' at my last school. She loves all things vampire, and so there's little surprise that this is about...a vampire.
Personally, I think it's cute. I thought the art was OK, nothing spectacular, buy it was nice. I didn't like the way Abby is drawn. I can't put my finger on it, but she seem's too cartoonish to me. Paris and the werewolf are my favorites. I find the character of the skeleton annoying and the gargoyles entertaining.
Professional Review: This is a good addition to a school library. It has a decent plot, varied characters and some bacis themes. There is nothing extraordinary about it, but it will be a good choice for high-interest/low-level readers. There are hints of sexuality, but nothing truely objectionable. Recommended for ages 12 and up....more
I've read a lot of reviews of this book. People seem to love it or hate it. I fall into the love it category, with a few reservations.
Personlly, I enI've read a lot of reviews of this book. People seem to love it or hate it. I fall into the love it category, with a few reservations.
Personlly, I enjoyed it as a light and quick read. It was fun and fast-paced.
Professionally, I didn't think it held a lot of classroom value. It has a villian as hero. I think that kids have enough negative role-models without creating new ones. The writing was OK, but not exceptional. The imaginative elements were the best part of this book. I enjoyed the way the commonly accepted ideas were explained in new terms. For instance, I liked the idea that Leprecauns were just a misunderstanding of LEPrecon, a military task force.
Overall, I'd recommend it as a book report title or a free-read option. I would also use it for a high-interest/low level reader in ninth grade or higher. It's a good read for middle-school boys and might interest those who enjoyed the Anthony Horowitz books for their eadventure or Harry Potter for the magic....more
This is one of those books I walked away from thinking, "What the hell was that?" I can't say that I liked it, I can't say that I didn't, I can just sThis is one of those books I walked away from thinking, "What the hell was that?" I can't say that I liked it, I can't say that I didn't, I can just say that I am glad I read it and put it straight into my 'to re-read' stack.
Shadow is a big man with a good heart inside and darkness surrounding him. He gets out of prison and is immediately embroiled in a war between the old gods and the new. His wife dead and his future in tatters he walks through events without much care about their outcome. He watches, he witnesses and he learns.
I started out liking Shadow, feeling his pain and hoping for good to come to him. About half way through I started disliking him because he didn't seem to have a soul. He didn't do anything, he didn't care and he couldn't hold my interest as much as the events surrounding him did. By the end of the book I was again hoping for him to find good things.
The cast of characters is huge. Most of them are old gods that I personally have little knowledge about. I'm sure I missed dozens of symbols and allusions. Perhaps this is why I had a hard time keeping characters seperate. There were characters that appeared one way in one location, but different somewhere else. The author did a good job tying them together, but I'm sure that I missed some things because I didn't understand why so-and-so was a spider and such-and-such was a hundred feet tall. I feel like I need to go read an mythology encyclopedia before re-reading this book.
I will be re-reading this book. I really feel that I missed a lot the first time and want to understand the symbolism next time. I also want to go back adn see how Mr. Gaiman tied the plot points together. I know there was foreshadowing and hints dropped, but I was so interested in the storyline that I kept looking forward as I was reading, not wandering backward to tie things together. ...more
What a wonderful book! I really liked The Curse of Chalion, but this book overshadows is entirely. I loved that she took a minor character from one noWhat a wonderful book! I really liked The Curse of Chalion, but this book overshadows is entirely. I loved that she took a minor character from one novel and gave her a story all her own. I love that the twists and turns in the plot were not obvious and I loved the characters. That's key to me, I'm all about the characters. A novel can be well written, ingenuous plot, historically accurate and funny or educational or dramatic...or whatever the author is going for, but if the characters don't feel real to me, the book is never going to become one of my favorites. This book is one of the most wonderful examples of character driven writing I can remember reading. Even the evil and the pitiful are given such wonderful attention and detail. ...more
Hmmm...what is there to say about this book? It's a cute, light read. I don't have anything really bad to say about it, but I don't have anything realHmmm...what is there to say about this book? It's a cute, light read. I don't have anything really bad to say about it, but I don't have anything really good either. The characters are one-dimentional, but not boring. The plot is interesting, but not groundbreaking. The good guy and bad guys are very similar in a lot of ways.
I guess this just isn't my genre. I like dark and gritty thrillers, not light and fluffy slightly erotic novels....more