Having not read very much Sherlock Holmes (I don't think I've read any since my Freshman year in high school, and while my dad used to like watching tHaving not read very much Sherlock Holmes (I don't think I've read any since my Freshman year in high school, and while my dad used to like watching the BBC Sherlock Holmes shows, I never paid that much attention to them), I thought this was a good homage to the master. Since I haven't read much of the original, I can't say 100% that King did or did not do well representing that character; however, the story was really good, the idea (Sherlock Holmes gets a young gal pal/mentee) was great, the writing was enjoyable, and the twists and turns and disguises were exciting. I will definitely continue with this series at some point....more
Charming. That's possibly the only thing you need to know about this book.
Okay, if you want to know more, it's a sort of prequel (but not written by tCharming. That's possibly the only thing you need to know about this book.
Okay, if you want to know more, it's a sort of prequel (but not written by the same author, so more of an homage/prequel) to the Anne of Green Gables series. We learn about Anne's life up to the point when she goes to live with the Cuthberts we've known for so long. We find out about Anne's parents, how she becomes an orphan, her troublesome life bouncing from family to family, and why she has such an insatiable appetite for knowledge.
There are a couple of times that I thought were a little farfetched or didn't fit in with the original Anne series, but they were few enough that I was able to forgive them. I think Wilson got the tone of Anne close enough (Again, there were a few things that I thought didn't quite fit perfectly) and the heart absolutely spot-on. And that's the most important thing, to me: it felt like it really could be Anne.
Furthermore, the narrator's (Renée Raudman) voice was so perfect that the story had so much extra charm because of it. For me, she *really* made the story great....more
I think this book fell into that horrible category of "I listened to it while doing other things that required too much attention, so I couldn't giveI think this book fell into that horrible category of "I listened to it while doing other things that required too much attention, so I couldn't give it enough attention and sometimes got lost, but also because I was listening to it, it took me a loooooong time to get through it, so I tended to forget who or what characters or events were," and thus the book seems not as good as if I'd actually *read* it, or if I'd listened to it while able to pay more attention to it. For the most part, I enjoyed the parts I was able to pay attention to, but it was pretty long, so I'm not sure it would have kept my interest if I'd physically read the book, either.
So, 3 stars: it lost my interest at points, but was that because I was distracted with other things? The story wasn't bad, but it wasn't so great that it kept my attention while doing those other things....more
Wow. I figured this was going to be a throwaway book for me (something to read and take lightly, but not really pay much attention to or remember afteWow. I figured this was going to be a throwaway book for me (something to read and take lightly, but not really pay much attention to or remember after I'd read it), but that ended up not being the case. Kay does an amazing and imaginative job of laying out the Phantom's early years, and does a beautiful job of writing in different voices (Erik's mother, Erik, Christine, Raoul, and others).
My only problems with this working of the story come when Kay's story overlaps with Leroux's story. Kay's Christine seems weak and scared (being terrified to tears of a spider), whereas Leroux's Christine seemed brave. Kay's Christine is also described as having no friends other than her beau Raoul, but Leroux's Christine is best friends with Meg Giry (and I think is popular with the other girls of the opera and ballet). Other parts of Kay's timeline that cross with Leroux's story also seem off--in places, Kay's events don't match how the events are referred to in The Phantom of the Opera, seemingly changing the whole story.
Overall, though, this is a great story. I absolutely loved everything leading up to Erik meeting Christine at the Opera, and even the portion of the story at the Opera is good (just different from Leroux's original). A high 4.5 stars....more