It seems to me that readers of this book either love it, like five-star love it, or they hate it, like Where-is-half-a-star-for-this-tripe-hate it.
IIt seems to me that readers of this book either love it, like five-star love it, or they hate it, like Where-is-half-a-star-for-this-tripe-hate it.
I think the concept of this story is spot-on. I love this, this young female assassin is captured and forced into slavery in salt mines for punishment. She's a rogue, and she's brave, and she's snarky, and she bows to no one. Man I love her already, tell me more. Okay, so in exchange for her freedom she has to match assassin skills with the best of the best in the land for the Prince's personal bodyguard. Nice. I'm still listening.
Then I read it.
I can't with this. First of all, the reader is never brought to her battles. We're never shown her prowess as an assassin, or really how she became such a clever one, we're just told it. A lot. There are a lot of reminders of what she COULD do, but she never does.
She's eighteen? A very young eighteen. I want to believe that eighteen year old girls throughout literature and history aren't ALL the same. For instance, why would this amazing warrior-like ex-slave who has worked in salt mines be so...teenagery? Where does she have the privilege to be so spoiled? Or care what boys think? Why does she even care about boys? Her training is assassination and protection, no? And boys. Can we please have a strong female lead that doesn't have to choose constantly between Boy A and Boy B? One is a prince and he likes me and he reads and can lend me books. But one is a warrior and is hot and is my mentor. I'm so over this.
I don't know, I just totally missed the boat on this one. My fandom heart has lots of room for more, but this one was just silly, fan-ficcy, and needed better writing. ...more
This book was a suggestion through my library Overdrive app. It was like the person at college who matches up roommates based on profiles they fill ouThis book was a suggestion through my library Overdrive app. It was like the person at college who matches up roommates based on profiles they fill out finally gets it right. What a nice match!
A "freak" in her time (which is also my time) because she's a science experiment baby, child prodigy, youngest FBI agent, etc etc Kendra Donovan watches her team get slaughtered in an FBI bust. She is severely injured, lands herself in the hospital and therapy for months, and vows to seek revenge on the traitor who is now "turncoat" for the FBI. She follows him to England as a rogue and plans to kill him. She gets caught up in an old castle that is the catalyst for her time travel to 1805 England.
Okay so I'm a sucker for time travel. And heroines who don't need a man to rescue them, but would rather break the perp's face themselves and fight him. And she does. She uses her modern-day Quantico training in serial killer profiling to track a murderer who is terrorizing a house party on the castle grounds. But Kendra is a strange woman who isn't an invited lady, and she isn't a maid, and she isn't a companion, and she isn't really anything, stuck in a time when labels and positions are everything. Imagine a title-less female trying to interrogate a duke. Scandal!
Since Kendra is used to being out of place in 2016 America, she just needs to get used to being a freak in 1805 England. An outspoken female from America with a short haircut, vulgar mannerisms, and no regards to their rules. I like this girl.
I'm going to try to read this again later when I have a better frame of mind for it. It wasn't at all what I was expecting so I couldn't stay with it.I'm going to try to read this again later when I have a better frame of mind for it. It wasn't at all what I was expecting so I couldn't stay with it. It was about 15% when I decided to give it up. Also....plot holes everywhere just in the first 15%.
One, GRRM had anything to do with it. Two, for Rothfuss's "The Lightning Tree", which I can't recommend unlesI wanted this anthology for two reasons.
One, GRRM had anything to do with it. Two, for Rothfuss's "The Lightning Tree", which I can't recommend unless you've read the Kingkiller Chronicles first.
Well, I suppose "The Lightning Tree" would be okay on its own, with no former knowledge of Bast or who/what he is, or his Reshi, and you'd be..okay. Just okay. But first, get some KKC knowledge from Rothfuss, 2000 pages worth of knowledge that is, then you'll like it better. Also...did not disappoint. The entire anthology was worth it just for that story.
The final story, a nice little timeline of Targaryen happenin's was fine too. I have missed reading ol' George. May need to visit Westeros again.
Those two stories, and then the forward at the very beginning, were pretty much the only reason to find this anthology. It was a terrible collection. Let me think if there were any other redeeming stories.
Ummm...I showed some interest in the band instrument hijacking one. Not enough to find that author and read anything else, but to read that one story.
The ghostly weird Sherlock-Holmesy one...with the dead wives or hypnosis or whatever, that was very good as well. I should actually put that story up with the Rothfuss and Martin ones.
Okay, so three redeeming stories and a good forward. And that's about it.
I did at least *begin* all of the stories, to give them a fair shot. I only finished four stories. ...more
It seems unfair to give this only two stars, because it clearly states before starting the first chapter that this is not for Kvothe, it doesn't haveIt seems unfair to give this only two stars, because it clearly states before starting the first chapter that this is not for Kvothe, it doesn't have anything to do with his story, and to not touch it before reading the other two books.
Well I've done that, and now that I'm waiting (im)patiently for Day 3 and Kvothe's continuation, I'll find other things to amuse myself.
This is basically 150 pages, in a week of Auri's life, of Auri finding new things to name and arrange, and rearranging her other things, and making soap. Pretty much it. No dialogue. No other people. A dog barks. The reader is shown what Auri does all day long, and how she navigates through the Underthing, and how her little mind works. Her use of alchemy, that's worth knowing.
It isn't a terrible story by any means, and it might be worth reading if you're just waiting for more Kvothe. (He himself is never mentioned by name, but Auri thinks of him a lot.)
Maybe it wasn't meant to be, or maybe it was, but I found a couple of things in this story that may be useful for future Kingkiller Chronicle episodes. I definitely think this story should be accepted as "canon" in the Chronicles. Auri is Auri. ...more
Well, I now get to board the ship of Those Who Have Been Waiting for Five Plus Years for Book (Day) 3. Make room for me.
This bad boy was 1107 pages,Well, I now get to board the ship of Those Who Have Been Waiting for Five Plus Years for Book (Day) 3. Make room for me.
This bad boy was 1107 pages, paperback form. In a few places I wondered if Rothfuss had an editor. The good thing is that when Kvothe is in a new place/situation/town/castle/inn/whatever, the story picks up like it just remembered that it was refreshed. When Kvothe *stays* in that new place/situation/town/castle/inn/whatever, the story gets sleepy. It wants to lay its head down and take a nap, so reader wants to as well. Then Kvothe moves, the story catches a second wind (haha. Ahahhaa. haha hahaaa) and perks up again.
Regardless of the sometimes-plodding plot, the characters and backdrops and languages and subjects are just wonderful. I did something horrible, though. I had to actually dog-ear my pages for cross-referencing. It's much needed. I flipped to the map at the front several times.
Don't read it without the first one finished. Don't read it if you're not in the mood for a loooong story. Don't expect a nice poolside read.
Read it if you love fantasy, and wordplay, and poems and specific language. Read it for stories-within-stories, and songs, and magic (although magic isn't supposed to exist). Read it for a protagonist who is given in two faces...a tired, weary innkeeper sharing his story (who is by far the most interesting character in the series), and a bright, clever, lute-playing teenager who does indeed invoke emotions that adults might indeed have for teenagers: he's a know-it-all, cocky kid who needs taken down a couple notches or needs a Purpose. The Purpose, in Kvothe's case, hasn't yet been defined. It isn't the search for the Chandrian, or the Amyr, or Denna, because those aren't pursued as doggedly as a protagonist *should* pursue their Purpose. Whatever it is.
And not since Harry Potter (Snape) have I loved a fictional professor so much (Elodin). ...more
In the same vein as "The Red Tent" where an obscure figure (nameless, in this case) in the Bible is given an entire story and background.
Claudia is nIn the same vein as "The Red Tent" where an obscure figure (nameless, in this case) in the Bible is given an entire story and background.
Claudia is never mentioned by name in the Bible, only one account in the four gospels mentions her at all, and in passing. Pilate's wife sends a message to him as he is interrogating the Teacher after his arrest. The message reads to not have anything to do with the righteous man and her dreams of this man were disturbing to her.
Intriguing in itself.
The book actually reads like a YA book, which I thought it was. It does delve nicely, if shallowly, into the Roman dress, culture, foods, family structure of the time of Jesus.
Pilate is nothing I imagined, but I do appreciate new perspective in this...a Roman governor tortured in his own mind for the remainder of his life after he sentences the Son of God to death. He doesn't believe in Jesus in terms of how the new "wave" of believers are, and Pilate is barely sympathetic to the Jews. He is a Roman through and through, and worships many gods. He is "almost persuaded" several times by Claudia to believe in this Jewish teacher as something more than human. The man himself almost convinces him, during the interrogation.
After the resurrection, Pilate is even more upset and disturbed that he had a hand in killing "a god", and this haunts him. The author takes some time at the end to share what little is known about the real man in history, Pontius Pilate. She did well in her research of the times and trying to get into the mind of Pilate. The structure of government in Rome in the times of Jesus isn't difficult to understand, and the drama, backstabbing, paranoia, "game of thrones" is terribly familiar. The structure of that government, plus the Jewish customs that butt heads with the Roman culture helps lay the groundwork of why Jesus taught the way he did, and what he said. This book does help show the relevance of Jesus's message to the times he was in and how the people responded.
Claudia herself goes from about twelve years old to possibly mid thirties in the span of years offered in the book. She is calm and gracious, and not terribly annoying. The dreams she has about this Jewish man she has never met, and then getting to see and hear Jesus and meet him, as well as other apostles and Bible characters, is interesting if just for perspective.
If you don't like heavy religious allusions or have a problem with Jesus at all, don't read it. You'll be offended by something. If you can accept that religion was essentially WHO the Romans and Jews were at the time and the birth of Christianity began here, and thus impacted the entire culture of both sects, then you'll be okay. ...more
I love this author from her Pennyroyal Green series. I'm used to that time period, so a modern-set story was new to me, from her.
I also hate the titlI love this author from her Pennyroyal Green series. I'm used to that time period, so a modern-set story was new to me, from her.
I also hate the title of this book. I hope she didn't name the book herself. She wrote a sweet, summertime beachy-read (more on that later) and a very readable manuscript and likeable characters...and then slapped with this B-movie straight to video title? Please. Fire the editor.
Definitely a love story, definitely a great poolside read. Don't search for a deep meaning and a life-changing epic adventure with maps and aptly named weaponry. The wit and banter between the characters and the small-town backdrop is worth noting. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen will pick up on character quirks and dialogue.
I'm glad to see this is a series though. Because I hope Glory Greenleaf is going to have HER own story. ...more
This is the kind of book that you read with Google readily available. Because when one character says "Hey there's a website that couples can use to fThis is the kind of book that you read with Google readily available. Because when one character says "Hey there's a website that couples can use to find more wives. Check it out," so you do. Or when one character says "Brigham Young looks like a young Russell Crowe." So you check that too, for fun. Or just to see if this amazing Ann Eliza Young was indeed REAL (she was) and if she really did get excommunicated from the Latter-Day Saints church (she did) for running away from Brigham Young and filing for divorce in 1873 because she didn't want to be "the nineteenth wife" (true again...except she was probably more like wife #53.)
This book is jam-packed with information about the culture of the "Firsts", a sect of Mormonism that still claims polygamy and still thrives. In the United States. The author uses a (fictional) modern-day murder mystery to weave into the history of polygamy and Ann Eliza so there are alternating chapters and viewpoints. It's all done very well.
I like the protagonist, Jordan Scott, a lot. I like his amateur detective work to help his mother (a plural wife herself) clear her name as a murderess. I would very much read a series of Jordan Scott books where he and Elektra solve different crimes. ...more
Picked up on a whim, on a e-suggestion by my e-library. What saves this story is the prose. Kevin Hearne writes very bloggy, very modern. He doesn't fPicked up on a whim, on a e-suggestion by my e-library. What saves this story is the prose. Kevin Hearne writes very bloggy, very modern. He doesn't fill the pages with pretty language and dialect. Even the ancient gods and goddesses sound like they just crossed the local university campus and are trying to fit in. But it's okay, it works.
Atticus O'Sullivan is an okay hero, but I'm not having fits of lust over him. He's a bit Mary Sue for my liking, but I'm going to give him a wide berth here because he's the first 2100-year old Druid hero I've encountered (not counting the studly Druid heroes of Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series who stick to Scotland and don't ever really modernize themselves like Atticus does.) The story told in first-person works because a.) Atticus is modern and thus fits in his world and isn't all awkward trying to work Druidspeak into modern-day Arizona b.) Kevin Hearne writes like people talk and think. He doesn't waste words or bog people down.
I'm probably the only person who was annoyed by the pet dog. I'm tired of heroes with animal sidekicks, I suppose. An Irish Wolfhound. Please. I mean...some kind of magical hellhound I might even accept better. Or the red-eyed crow.
I do like the large cast of ghouls, goddesses, and werewolves. The weapons were pretty good too. (Even in KMM's series, I get bogged down with all the artifacts and dark and light and blah blah blah. Tell it, get to the point, but I'm not going to easily remember or care about what Seelie or Unseelie artifact belongs where.)
I will definitely be seeing how "Hexed" goes for the second installment...I saw there are up to six books. I know series can get bogged down and repetitive after the third book. I hope he doesn't disappoint me.
ETA: Years later, I read this again.
I enjoyed it much more than the first time. I think what helped is reading some more Fae/fantasy/out-of-their-element protagonists before I could really enjoy this story and stop trying to make it all fit into modern-day fiction. Actually, Kvothe helped.
I liked Oberon this time around. The dog. Their mind-link is a bit cheesy, but hey, the werewolves do it in Twilight and it was okay there. I can get over it.
Still "lol" in a few places because Kevin Hearne knows how to write comedy, understands timing, and relevance. Glad I read this again....more