Wow. I really liked this book-way more than I thought I would. I fell in love with Twilight despite the years I spent refusing to read it, and now I h...moreWow. I really liked this book-way more than I thought I would. I fell in love with Twilight despite the years I spent refusing to read it, and now I have devoured this as well. What will she do next? Probably another book where the men carry the women around all day.(less)
This book is a roller coaster! I rushed through the first 750 or so pages in about a week, took a two week hiatus, and then finished off the rest in a...moreThis book is a roller coaster! I rushed through the first 750 or so pages in about a week, took a two week hiatus, and then finished off the rest in a couple of days. I'm not sure what was up with that.
I loved Nick Andros through the whole book, and then right before the end I fell for Larry and Tom as well. M-O-O-N, that spells how much I love Tom!
I highly recommend this, it doesn't stand alone as an absolute favorite for me, but its fascinating. The characters are all real, there are horrible people, but they all have redeeming qualities, and the story weaves itself to show how they perhaps COULD have been good, under different circumstances. All the people considered "good" make mistakes and are clearly imperfect, but they come together as a whole to do the right thing.
A very good read. Maybe I'll pick it up again someday. (less)
For the first 100 pages or so, I loved loved LOVED the story. Its a scary portrayal of the breakdown of America.....more**spoiler alert** This book is weird.
For the first 100 pages or so, I loved loved LOVED the story. Its a scary portrayal of the breakdown of America...and the story of a family that lives out in the middle of nowhere, right on the edge of a forest. They end up having to survive on some canned food they harvested from their garden. The dystopian aspect of the story is captivating, horrifying, and poignant. Basically...it half scared the crap out of me, and half made me want to dance around my house hugging everything from my clean socks to the light switches.
Then, the characters take over the book, and it is downhill from there. The only character I liked was the father, because he was hilarious. Once he died, I wasn't a huge fan of the story. The two sisters never grew on me, and...I don't know. Their personalities were both just WEIRD. I imagine that the way they acted would probably be somewhat realistic if you really did lose all the things we take for granted, but still...they just didn't captivate me like the background of the story did. Especially when they "made love." (Sorry for the spoiler, but I sure wish someone had warned me about it.)
So the portrayal of a dystopian America gets 5 stars...and the characters get nil. I compromised and gave the book 3 stars. I still recommend picking it up though, because its pretty short and the story's backdrop is fascinating.
Update: okay, nevermind. I'm changing the rating to 2 stars, hehe.(less)
I think I finally found a boundary of things I just CAN'T take seriously when reading a book. I used to think I wasn't a fantasy fan...now I'm a HUGE...moreI think I finally found a boundary of things I just CAN'T take seriously when reading a book. I used to think I wasn't a fantasy fan...now I'm a HUGE fantasy reader. That being said, I've pushed myself lately to go deeper into the genre and have been reading more and more stuff my friends and family would roll their eyes at and make endless fun of.
I got through this book pretty quickly, the story was pretty engaging from the beginning and I had a few favorites picked out early on. It was the very last chapter that did it for me...just too weird. I don't know if I'll continue the series or not. We'll see. I do kinda wanna see what happens to Jon and Arya, they were my favorites.(less)
Right from the beginning, this book will grab you. The characters and setting are so exotic and enticing...you will first want to be there, and then,...moreRight from the beginning, this book will grab you. The characters and setting are so exotic and enticing...you will first want to be there, and then, as you read, start to feel that you are.
I was so caught up in the fantastic descriptions and places that I wasn't even thinking as much about the plot! There were a couple of twists and turns that left me gasping in disbelief.
A magnificent story in every aspect, can't wait to read the rest!(less)
This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you unti...moreOriginally posted here.
This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you until you give in and give it a go.
One of the reviews I read compared it to The Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings, saying that the book was equal to the best of fantasy written thus far. Well let me tell you, this doesn't stand alongside the fantasy greats, it knocks them off the shelves.
It isn't just some fantastic epic that you read for fun and adventure (although you'll get plenty of that too). It is story of a real life. Kvothe has known pain, despair, the feeling of being completely abandoned and alone, and he has also experienced joy, love, happiness and knowledge. One chapter he is beaten half to death, the next he is being shown some of the truest acts of kindness I could ever imagine.
I can't think of an emotion I didn't experience while reading. I snorted with laughter, gasped in outrage, choked back tears, shook with disbelief and trembled with anticipation. Seriously, the book has it all.
What a magnificent achievement to tell this story in a completely believable way-I mean sure there are dragons and magic (sympathy)...but I mean the "real life" stuff. Here you have a 15 year old boy, who early on, had fantastic parents and a happy life as a traveling performer. When that was taken away, he lived on the streets of a large city and raised himself to be tough and cunning. He knew how smart he was, and he got himself a place in the University. Now-before you start thinking that he is portrayed as being perfect-the author never hesitates to remind you that he is still a kid! He is constantly showing off and doing outrageously idiotic things that get him into heaps of trouble. I wanted to wring his neck more than once myself!
Anyway, I'm not going to try to summarize the book. I wouldn't be doing it any favors. I will say that the beginning was slow. It probably took me over a hundred pages to actually get really involved with the story. But, even that was all so mysterious and sinister that I knew sticking with it would pay off. I can't wait to read it again someday when I will be able to understand more of what was going on in the beginning.
The ending. I have read a ton of reviews and comments of people saying it ruined the book and so on. I don't get that. I thought Kvothe ended his story in a perfect place to set up anticipation for the next book, and the little scene with Bast and the Chronicler that closed the story was brilliant, set up interest in the current setting. Anyway...just my opinion.
Even after over 700 pages, I still don't "know" Kvothe. Isn't that the point? He isn't predictable, and he hardly ever did what I expected him to do. For that reason alone, I know the next installment will probably be even better then this one.
So...quit listening to me and go meet Kvothe for yourself.
Oh yeah--one more thing though. If you're a fan of the book...or really, even if you aren't, I recommend checking out Patrick Rothfuss' blog (it is posted on his website). He is hilarious, and regularly keeps me entertained. He is just the type of guy I would love hanging out with. Not in a creepy-I'm-looking-at-him-through-his-window way, more of a "hey lets eat something really unhealthy and talk about books."
Anyway, he comes off as a really nice, interesting guy. Its a pleasure to read such a fantastic book by a guy that actually seems to deserve the privilege of having come up with it.(less)
This book wasn't as good as the first one for me...just not quite as magical and exotic feeling...which could just stem from the fact I've been readin...moreThis book wasn't as good as the first one for me...just not quite as magical and exotic feeling...which could just stem from the fact I've been reading Shogun so the mythical Japanese world doesn't seem as mysterious to me as it did with Across the Nightingale Floor. The book still captured me from beginning to end, and I was caught up in the story. The book was pretty tense, and the ending set up very well for Brilliance of the Moon, can't wait to read it!(less)
I think Neil Gaiman's blurb describes my feelings about this book pretty well:
Sunshine is a gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of...moreI think Neil Gaiman's blurb describes my feelings about this book pretty well:
Sunshine is a gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview with the Vampire, Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast.
I wish there was a sequel. If there was, I would go get it immediately. If it was any other author, I bet there would be a sequel-probably a series. But McKinley doesn't seem to be much for continuing her stories.(less)
This book is amazing. I give two types of books 5 stars. The first type is one where the book feels personal, like I relate to the characters and the...moreThis book is amazing. I give two types of books 5 stars. The first type is one where the book feels personal, like I relate to the characters and the story just touches me somehow. The second is one where I want to run down the street, naked if necessary, to get everyone's attention to immediately go out and buy the book because the story is just so awesome.
This is the second. Yelena is an amazing character, and I was drawn to her from the very beginning. I think she was handled very well, she had to go through quite a transition during the span of the book, and it all seemed very believable and not rushed at all. Everything from her weapon training to her very basic induction into her magical abilities to the romantic bond she ends up forming is all so real feeling, not contrived or forced just to carry out the story. Yelena IS the story...and that is my favorite kind of book, one that revolves around the characters. Some of what she had to go through was heartbreaking...but those experiences were necessary to form her character, I don't think she would have been complete without them (plus there would have been a gaping plot hole...).
Also, for the record, her poison teacher Valek is my new book crush. His character is the coolest...I love assassins! I don't have much reading time with them...mainly just the Tales of the Otori (which are also amazing)...so reading about someone being able to kill a gazillion people at once was icing on the cake.
Anyway...I highly recommend this. It has it all. I LOVE the feeling when, once you finish a book, you immediately want to flip back to the beginning and read it over again. Its a confirmed case of book love.(less)
Well. It should be no secret that I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I first read The Name of the Wind back in earl...moreOriginally posted here.
Well. It should be no secret that I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I first read The Name of the Wind back in early 2009. Since then, I've been on a crusade to make as many people read it as possible. I haven't kept up an exact count, but I know the number of people that have picked it up because of me is around 20. When people ask me what my favorite book is, that is the book I tell them. When I re-read it last month, I just loved it more. Now, after finally getting to see the next stage of Kvothe's story, I am glad to say that The Wise Man's Fear is just as good...maybe better!
(Ridiculous amounts of gushing to follow.)
The writing. Oh, the writing. I have had countless conversations about how amazing the writing is in The Name of the Wind. I quote the especially poetic and lyrical parts - or the dialogues that made me laugh. I absolutely believe that Rothfuss is one of the best writers out there. (Click here to check out all the Goodreads quotes from the book so far, you'll see what I mean!) But, other authors can write lyrical passages and make me laugh. I couldn't put into words what it was that made Rothfuss the (in my opinion) undisputed best. Then, I read a scene in this book that made it come together:
The real magic behind the story is the writing. Not just the lyrical and poetic passages, not just the humorous ones - but the parts that cover the everyday, basic interactions. You know how, when you're talking to your friends, you'll laugh (chuckle, if you will) at little things that aren't particularly that funny? Then - you read a passage with dialogue like that in a book - and even though you notice - and appreciate - the (borderline) humor, you don't actually laugh. Well - when you're reading something Patrick Rothfuss has written, you laugh. You do a double-take. You feel a slight awkwardness. You get a chill...you blush. You do all the little things you'd do in your own life and your own conversations that you don't normally react to when you're reading. That is what Rothfuss does like no one else.
One of the best things about Kvothe is that he can really be an irritating SOB. He isn't one of those characters that starts perfect and has absolutely no personal growth. In this book, we see him finally start to mature and understand that, while he might have more life experience then some, he is still ignorant in a lot of ways. We also (finally) see him realize that sometimes it really is better to keep his mouth shut. Of course, on the other hand, sometimes he still can't help himself. He still manages to get into heaps of trouble, most of which is his own fault. The way his character thinks and interacts with others makes it really seem like you're reading about a life and not a character. The realism is why it is so easy to become so deeply involved. Also, sometimes, when he isn't being obnoxious...he can show kindness that will make your heart clench. The man has layers.
I was really nervous about the middle of the book, because I knew that he had to leave the University at some point (based on the synopsis). Actually, I was scared to death he was going to be kicked out for some godawful reason and that it would be a horrible section to read. I was hardcore dreading it. Well, no spoilers, but it didn't unfold like I thought it would and, as you can see, I lived through it. I enjoyed the story just as much away from the University. I shouldn't have doubted it!
Also, we get a lot more of "Kote," Bast and the Chronicler in the present-day with this book. I liked those parts a lot, which was another pleasant surprise, because I didn't so much in NOTW. And if the Kvothe that is unfolding through the story has layers, forget about trying to understand him as he is in the present-day. Although we're closer to seeing what has brought him to an out-of-the-way inn, there are still gaps and mysteries. The third book will have a lot of ground to cover!
One of the best surprises in the book, for me, was Elodin. SO MANY awesome scenes with this guy. Seriously, he is easily one of my favorite characters in the series. I'm definitely avoiding going into specifics in my review, but let me tell you - when you read the book you will love him.
This book ended basically the same as the first - it leaves you definitely wanting more, but not on a cliffhanger that makes you want to choke somebody to death. I am already looking forward to the third book - and whether it takes one year or seven, I can't wait to see what happens next!(less)
This is just an easy, sweet story. None of the outcomes are hard to guess, and most of the characters are ridiculously perfect...but I had a lot of fu...moreThis is just an easy, sweet story. None of the outcomes are hard to guess, and most of the characters are ridiculously perfect...but I had a lot of fun reading it just the same.(less)