I was so very interested in reading this book. Harry Potter is by no means perfect, but I've always found them to be solid stories worth reading againI was so very interested in reading this book. Harry Potter is by no means perfect, but I've always found them to be solid stories worth reading again and again.
But this book was, in my opinion, quite terrible.
First, the author forces his points in a way reminiscent of bad high school literary analysis. Granger has a point to make and, by golly, he's going to make it. He cherrypicks examples and ignores anything that might contradict his point. He forces things into his way of thinking. I kid you not, at one point he's discussing characters whose names come from or mean "red" and he gives Fred as an example because if you remove the letter F you get "red." I'm sorry, but no. That is stretching.
Beyond that, Granger likes to tell readers what the did, do, or would think about something. I found this patronizing, especially since at times his statements are a bit insulting: you didn't see this, dear reader. Also, he refers to Rowling as Ms. Rowling throughout, but other authors don't receive that same treatment, which, in my analysis, makes it seem as if he doesn't consider her a real author. His words show otherwise, but I found this an inappropriate stylistic decision.
There's more I could say, but I don't want to waste any more time on this book. ...more
Quite good, quite enjoyable, but I must say, having read a lot of Sanderson this year, there are a lot of similarities. It's the differences within thQuite good, quite enjoyable, but I must say, having read a lot of Sanderson this year, there are a lot of similarities. It's the differences within those themes that keep me reading, but at times it's a bit...odd to me....more
I don't know. The book was enjoyable enough, and I liked the development of a wide range of characters, particularly Steris, even though we see littleI don't know. The book was enjoyable enough, and I liked the development of a wide range of characters, particularly Steris, even though we see little of her. I called a few of the plot twists, but not nearly enough to not turn the last 50 pages with anticipation. But my complaints come in two forms:
1. I'm most interested in Sanderson when he's exploring the ways characters react to and interact with the mythology of their worlds. However, taken in one light, all the Mistborn books have essentially carried the same overarching theme: Faith is about believing in something when you don't have all the answers; faith is believing in something good when bad things happen. Which is a fine theme, but by book 5, I'm starting to feel a bit hit over the head with it, and right now Wax's arc seems too close to Sazed's in book 3 for my taste.
2. I'm always a bit distrustful of books that take place over a few short days. I understand that there are events in life that are short-lived yet that change us in massive ways, but usually that change doesn't come until there's been some time to sit and reflect. I do appreciate that Sanderson didn't try to weave a romance in (I'm looking at you, Dan Brown), but parts of the ending felt a bit too neat. Not with regard to Wax, but moreso with Marasi. Do I believe she would have learned big lessons from these events? Yes. Do I believe she would be able to put away her anger so quickly and make the right decisions? Not yet I don't. I don't know. On the whole she just felt a bit more Mary Sue-ish to me in this book, which is odd because she's much less the damsel in distress than in the previous one.
But hey. There is another book, and I will be anticipating it eagerly. In some ways, I'm nitpicking, I suppose, and I did enjoy the book. (Could do with a little less schoolboy humor at times though.)
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read (I've never read a comic book either), and I enjoyed it enough to readReally, this is 3.5 stars for me.
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read (I've never read a comic book either), and I enjoyed it enough to read it all in one sitting (minus two breaks to take the in-potty-training puppy outside), but I kept forgetting to stop and really take in the graphics, and I was a bit thrown sometimes by the differences in styles between artists. I also tend to really pull away from graphic art. Still, after reading this I felt a bit as I did after I read my first steampunk book—as if I would have enjoyed it better if I had more exposure to the genre. So I'll probably read another few from this series....more