For the past seven years, since she was but sixteen, Alyssa has served Lord Dillon, the Earl of Westcott, as his wisewoman and healer without the manFor the past seven years, since she was but sixteen, Alyssa has served Lord Dillon, the Earl of Westcott, as his wisewoman and healer without the man being aware that 'tis not the wisewoman that had served his father and his father before him that hides under the umbral robes...Then, acting out of love for the man, Alyssa makes the ultimate sacrifice, healing his mortal wounds, ending at Death's door herself. In order for him to save her, Dillon removes her robes and discovers her deception...
But instead of taking offense, he gains much, much more.
Ms Duvall was a new-to-me author, and I must say my first foray into her "world" didn't disappoint. That's not to say the story was perfect—far from it, but the flaws didn't completely overshadow the strengths. The premise, despite this particular plot device being rehashed over and over throughout the history of literature, was solid, and the initial few chapters (before the big reveal) offered some great character development, and good, steady pacing.
Unfortunately the pacing slowed down drastically after Alyssa's robes came off, and the story started suffering from "overstuffing". A redundant scene here and there, a dialogue or inner monologue (mostly about how to overcome the many obstacles on the road to happiness) too many and you quickly end up with a bogged down story that reads like you're trying to waddle through thick mud... And there was definitely too much angst in the second half of the book. Legitimate angst (to a degree) about a problem that ended up being solved too easily. I felt a little cheated when everything ended up nicely tied in a bow. After all the angst and drama, it felt too sweet and rather sugary the way it ended.
But still, the story was solid, the writing and narrative style was good, the use of "Old English" wasn't much of an issue once I passed chapter one, and the characters were well-developed, incorporated nicely into the story and working very well together as an ensemble.
It could've done with a little more editing to weed out the unnecessary stuff, but overall, it was a very enjoyable read....more
Pet Sematary...Or as I first heard about it (saw it in movie form); Mačje pokopališče. Saw the movie, read the book, enjoyed the book more.
InterestingPet Sematary...Or as I first heard about it (saw it in movie form); Mačje pokopališče. Saw the movie, read the book, enjoyed the book more.
Interesting characters, gripping storyline exploring the (often) hidden depths of human grief and what it can turn a person in or make a person do, yet intensely creepy and gripping, keeping my interest.
I have to agree with (some) other reviewers about this book...I actually enjoyed the movie more. Noah and Allie in the movie had a very passionate cheI have to agree with (some) other reviewers about this book...I actually enjoyed the movie more. Noah and Allie in the movie had a very passionate chemistry, and an almost palpable connection that was somehow absent in the book...And I’m also one of those who prefer the movie’s ending to the book.
Also the constant jumps back-and-forth in the timeline, and switches in narrative POV were rather bothersome and slightly distracting at times.
Still, a nice book, well-written, rather cheesy and sappy, and...Yeah, I figured out that’s what a Sparks novel (or movie) is all about....more
Having seen the movie, and actually liked it despite its cheesiness, I decided to read the book the movie was based on. Turned out the movie creatorsHaving seen the movie, and actually liked it despite its cheesiness, I decided to read the book the movie was based on. Turned out the movie creators took a few liberties, but still…
It was an enjoyable book. Well-written, rather well-paced despite its many points of view, and with nicely-plotted, fleshed-out characters. I actually ended up liking the book more than the movie, with its suspense plot much more prominent, and rather gripping, even though I knew, having seen the movie, how it all ended. And yeah, although this is supposed to be a romance, it was rather light on that particular subject, which actually worked quite well for me.
I liked how the story was fleshed-out, “existing” outside of the requisite romance....more
I was among those who watched this when it came out as a miniseries. I was definitely too young to watch the miniseries, which proved itself when I keI was among those who watched this when it came out as a miniseries. I was definitely too young to watch the miniseries, which proved itself when I kept inspecting out bathroom sink for any signs of blood for months afterwards.
Anyway, with the movie coming out (which I probably won’t go see), I became interested again, and after reading about the books having a much more developed Pennywise storyline, I decided to give it a go. After more than a week, I must say, the book proved to be quite a disappointment.
It started off great and the creepy factor was high, but then it sort of fizzled out and should’ve become a DNF, but somehow my stubborn streak kicked in. It was too long with too many things crammed into it going from creepy and gory into rather disgusting territory (with the animal torture and the “orgy” in the sewers) to downright bizarre with the whole alien and the Ritual of Chüd thing.
Somehow it all felt overblown, bloated and overburdened with all these different elements while most of it could’ve been cut creating a leaner, meatier tome....more
The Torrance family moves to the Overlook Hotel in order for the recovering alcoholic patriarch, Jack, to start his new job as caretaker. But bringingThe Torrance family moves to the Overlook Hotel in order for the recovering alcoholic patriarch, Jack, to start his new job as caretaker. But bringing his family with him proves to be a huge mistake for Jack, since his psychic son seems to bring out the worst in the old hotel.
Nicely plotted and well developed with realistic and believable, somewhat heart breakable (Jack in this instance) characters and plausible actions and reactions, this books flows more along the lines of psychological thriller than straightforward horror. The suspense builds up so slowly that the true horror and evil creeps up suddenly and (almost) unexpectedly, although it also has its silly moments that break the flow of the story and the slow, inexorable progress of the creeping evil.
What also breaks the stride of the story is the length. It felt overblown, overdrawn, and was slowly getting very boring indeed. Fact is, it took me ages to finish. But maybe it was just me having an adverse reaction to King’s narrative style....more