Much like Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series, Leigh Bardugo's "Six of Crows" introduces readers to a group of scrappy, unlikely heroes who you canMuch like Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series, Leigh Bardugo's "Six of Crows" introduces readers to a group of scrappy, unlikely heroes who you can't help but become totally endeared to.
I'm of the belief that any book that is prefaced with intricate maps is a sure sign of a great adventure, and this book confirms that belief. The book itself (hardcopy edition) is a thing of beauty. With rich, red lining on the endpapers, a mystical cover, and delicately dyed black edging on the entire textblock, the book itself is imbued with mystery and magic.
This is a well rendered world with cheeky, memorable characters who have been bound by fate, magic, luck (for better or worse) and suffering. If you enjoy books with characters who have to achieve something that seems impossible- if you love a clever heist -if you take pleasure in a relentless adventure and a story well told..."Six of Crows" will certainly entertain and satisfy you on many levels. ...more
This book is like biking on Route 66: although whatever landmark your looking at is actually miles in the distance, it looks as though it's right in fThis book is like biking on Route 66: although whatever landmark your looking at is actually miles in the distance, it looks as though it's right in front of your nose. You can see everything about this book pages in advance...and can almost predict how it will be worded, too. I wish the author made her audience work a bit harder at earning some of the plot points.
Don't expect this to be a masterpiece. It's witty and interesting enough to be a perfect "beach" read...
Enjoyable, light and perfect for women with great taste in stormy, libidinous male characters. Scottish, too (can't go wrong with a saucy brogue, black hair and hot, hairy forearms)!...more
Scott Lynch, in my opinion, is an author to keep an eye on and an ear out for. This dude is smart, funny and obviously has a massive imagination.
It wScott Lynch, in my opinion, is an author to keep an eye on and an ear out for. This dude is smart, funny and obviously has a massive imagination.
It was after this, the second in the Gentlemen Bastard series, that I was hooked. I was devastated to learn, after searching for the third installment, that the book is not set to be released until 2013. I'm hoping the recent reports, stating that it will actually be released in autumn 2012, are correct. I'll definitely be looking forward to devouring the upcoming "Republic of Thieves"
I'm attached to Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen. I'm in love with the world Lynch creates. It's definitely got a crapload of heart and is an exquisite nod to honorable thieves everywhere.
I've got to flesh out this review to do this world justice. It's so beautifully crafted and well worth your time-- I'm a fan of the fantasy genre-- not particularly adventurous in that arena...but Lynch is the type of author who makes me want to explore and unearth more rollicking gems like this.
First: Don't expect too much from this book, and you'll find it an enjoyable read...It serves as a good transitional book...something that cleanses thFirst: Don't expect too much from this book, and you'll find it an enjoyable read...It serves as a good transitional book...something that cleanses the palate prior to your next literary feast...
Best Aspects of the Book: It's entertaining and certain scenes actually plant a seed of fear and suspense that is nurtured until the end of the book. It's an easy and consistent read (the quality of writing doesn't waver or seem pretentious). The characters mature and develop in a very clean, unobstructed manner. The realms are fairly interesting and well realized. Portraits of each character are also well depicted--it's easy to get an impression of the characters, both mythical creatures and humans alike...
Worst Aspects of the Book: It's difficult to explain...I suppose I'll write about it this way: I don't like it when I can practically hear the clickity-clack of the author's keyboard in my mind. While I'm reading any novel, I want to forget that the author exists. A while after I'm finished, however, when I'm digesting a theme or technique, I'll willingly think about the author's process, and relish the thought of those long hours that resulted in his or her labor of love...
In this case, Bray was practically sitting in my bedroom while I turned the pages of her book. Each page smacks of self-awareness...I'll have find some concrete examples to support this opinion...
Other weaknesses: Published in 2003, in the wake of Harry Potter's enormous success, it seems as though young-adult genre has been pigeonholed...
There's the predictable setting: Spence, a gothic, all girls finishing school in England, is where the action takes off in the first novel...There's one particularly gifted person(Gemma Doyle, main character) who shoulders nearly all of the responsibility...blah blah...go into the forest, see what is right before your eyes...
It is used as an uninspired springboard to London, where the fashionable and unsavory streets seem a bit contrived and flat,there's some obligatory drizzle, the token suffocating crinoline, don't forget about the perennially charming, rakish gentleman...debutante gossip-mongers, surly, duplicitous professors and a wickedly stuffy headmistress...the list goes on ad infinitum......more
This is another pleasant book for young adult readers who are interested in fantasy...(can you sense an impending "however"?)
At times, HOWEVER, I reseThis is another pleasant book for young adult readers who are interested in fantasy...(can you sense an impending "however"?)
At times, HOWEVER, I resented the editor, because it seemed like the arguments between Cezar and Jena acted as filler pages that prevented the story from moving forward.
I also disliked the fact that it was nearly impossible to become attached to any of the sisters (besides Jena, who is the main character)though such an attachment or personal investment (on the reader's part) is the effect the author wanted to produce. There just didn't seem to be enough time to create substantial character development for each sister...They were merely good spices thrown into the pot; they added flavor to the meat that was Jena's story...
Like so many of this genre, I'm sure it would have been best enjoyed prior to entering this callous, skeptical world of pseudo-adulthood. I suppose I've become a cantankerous, all-too-serious old woman, despite the fact that I'm still in my early twenties...I'm reading about fairies, for chrissake! What do I expect?
I'm being unnecessarily critical; it was a charming, young story--I liked Gogu's character very much and Jena did make an interesting main character; I wished the utmost happiness for her while I read her story, and will remember her fondly.
This book is excellent for a couple of stormy summer nights--it's a fast and easy, enjoyable read.
*Also, I must give Marillier some serious props for being inspired by the "12 Dancing Princesses"--she added a very cool interpretation of it and obviously loved researching Transylvanian culture, which I really appreciated.
Elizabeth Marie Pope has certainly mastered historical fiction. That Pope is capable of weaving fantasy and folklore into the mix is absolutely delighElizabeth Marie Pope has certainly mastered historical fiction. That Pope is capable of weaving fantasy and folklore into the mix is absolutely delightful!
This is a great read for any age, although I'm certain my love for it would have been magnified tenfold were I a bit younger when I first read it. Still, I was transfixed by the story-and greatly appreciate the way Katherine Sutton (the hero of our story) is portrayed.
If you're like me, you'll enjoy the banter that Christopher Heron (our other worthy hero) and Kate share. It's the type of relationship that brings a smile to my face-Pope has also mastered the translation of tense, antagonistic affection to the page in a clever, lively way.
This is a quick, great read that almost anyone is sure to enjoy--but it's especially for those, like myself, who are given to fits of whimsy.
I also heartily recommend Pope's "The Sherwood Ring."