There is something incredible about Jonathan Carroll. No matter how strange the plots of his books are, no matter how absurd the happenings within theThere is something incredible about Jonathan Carroll. No matter how strange the plots of his books are, no matter how absurd the happenings within them are, he makes them seem real. "Bones of the Moon" is an incredible book that ingeniously weaves together the dreams and realities and how they all intertwine. Everything fits, and yet not so well that both stories don't still contain their own hearts and abilities. Everything works in the end. ...more
From elementary school onward I adored the fantasy genre. I read every fantasy book I could find until I got through just about every one in the schooFrom elementary school onward I adored the fantasy genre. I read every fantasy book I could find until I got through just about every one in the school library. Then I moved on to the public library. It was around high school that I finally grew sick of the genre. Fantasy had become predictable. It was light.
Then came The Lies of Locke Lamora. This book has BALLS.
This book deserves all five stars, I would give it more stars if I could and put it at the top of every list that I possibly could. The book had me laughing at loud, growling in frustration, and up way later than I ever should have been awake. At first, it's simply fun. Then it becomes interesting. Then it becomes something that you're unable to put down. This was a book that I thought about first thing in the morning and last thing before I went to bed.
Beyond that? This guy is not afraid to throw around bad language, gore, and utter reprehensible deeds. This is a trickster tale well-spun and with no holds barred.
Get on the ride, but only if you're unafraid of never getting off it.
Dogsbody was first laid before me by my first librarian in elementary school. She offered me the book, what with the cAh, well, we meet again my love.
Dogsbody was first laid before me by my first librarian in elementary school. She offered me the book, what with the chilling rendition of the cold dog on the cover. Fur as white as snow, ears as red as blood, in mid leap towards the front of the cover. I devoured the book more quickly than anything, and left with a part of me stolen by the story. I could relate to Leo, to Sirius, to whatever you choose to call him. I had my rages, had my temper. Rereading it all these years later, yes, I've had my ill-chosen love. I felt I understood him, and understood the love that Kathleen had for him and the emptiness she felt towards the end.
Rereading it now, I understand the subplot of the Irish Troubles, the prejudice that I missed completely when I first read it innumerable times. I understood the mythology of the Hunt, and better the desire to chase and destroy and mourn and love that was all wrapped up within it. I understood the difference between the wild and the tame, the intelligence and the cruelty. There is so much in this book that just... it's almost like we were given only a brief snapshot of what could have continued on for ages. The world built was beautiful, cruel, confused and haunting. We were given so much in this book to explore, and so much was just viewed through inadequate eyes.
I think I'll always love this book, and I know it will always have stolen a large part of who I am. It's my favorite for a reason, and I spent years trying to find it for a bigger reason still. This book is an under-appreciated classic, and one I'll always hurriedly recommend to anyone who asks me. ...more
Hell and Back is probably the best of the Sin City graphic novels. Instead of telling a story of hideous corruption (which it certainly includes) andHell and Back is probably the best of the Sin City graphic novels. Instead of telling a story of hideous corruption (which it certainly includes) and dark resignation, Hell and Back tells the story of moving past Sin City, effectively creating a nice ending niche for those who have read from the start....more
Roald Dahl is one of those authors omnipresent during childhood, but slowly fading into obscurity as the years go by. We all know the books he's writtRoald Dahl is one of those authors omnipresent during childhood, but slowly fading into obscurity as the years go by. We all know the books he's written, the films and plays made of them. We all know the basis of the stories, but have we actually read the books? I hadn't, unfortunately, but I've been slowly amending that over the years and trying to understand what exactly I missed during my childhood. Unfortunately, what I missed seemed to be rather a lot. Fortunately, I'm making up for it now and able to more greatly appreciate what would have flown a bit over my head had I read them all during childhood.
Matilda I mostly remember as the film that came out when I was younger and constantly playing on television. I had a distinct image of a child being thrown through a window by her pigtails, and sure enough that did end up happening a bit later on during the book.
The writing in the book is good, wry and told with a bit of a smirk. While the classic idea of children versus adults is at the heart of the story, so is the notion that good adults can and do exist. The nurturing of Matilda's teacher, and the constant seeking of knowledge on her part were refreshing themes that resonated for me at least, as I'd been a child reading at a rather higher level than the rest of my classmates for some time. I also was rather touched by the fact that the children never resented Matilda her knowledge, but rather liked her. She was humble about it, quiet about it, helpful and sweet.
The book was touching, illustrations grand, and the story funny without being too harsh or too vulgar, as some children's books can be. Roald Dahl well reserves his status as a classic children's author....more
While the previous volume in the Finder series gave me a small case of culture shock, this volume was all of the culture and none of the shocUm. Wow.
While the previous volume in the Finder series gave me a small case of culture shock, this volume was all of the culture and none of the shock. The non-linear story was far less jarring now that I knew what to look for (for instance, Jaeger's tattoo fading, his hair growing, the different body shape of Brig, etc.) and it was easier to understand now that the initial introductions are all complete.
The artwork is gorgeous, the story engaging, and even moreso - I find myself thinking about the world that it inhabits. I'm very curious about the next volume, King of Cats, because the Nyima from the first volume greatly intrigued me.
The more I read of this series the more I want to immerse myself within the world. Speed has really created something worth diving into....more
Getting away from Jaeger's story this volume focused greatly on the conflict between the Ascian and Nyima cultures. It delved deeply into the differenGetting away from Jaeger's story this volume focused greatly on the conflict between the Ascian and Nyima cultures. It delved deeply into the different cultures as well as the classic counting coup that was utterly hilarious to watch fall out. I liked this one better than the Sin-Eater volumes story-wise, though that may just be because I'm getting used to Speed's world now.
Highly recommended, either way. This series has not failed to deliver yet....more
Finder never disappoints. Dream Sequence ends up being a discussion of the difference between virtual reality and real life - and more, the question oFinder never disappoints. Dream Sequence ends up being a discussion of the difference between virtual reality and real life - and more, the question of originality. How much of a person goes into what they write, and can any work be anything but derivative? When critiquing something - how much did the author truly intend, or is the reviewer writing something that's more like fanfiction? A lot of high brow questions, a lot of interesting thoughts. It's just a fascinating read.
The artwork, likewise, is beautiful. I'd recommend this book, and more, all of Finder to anyone who takes an interest in writing. This series is a wonderful example of good world-building. The series inhabits a consistent world, and each installment tends to view a chunk of it. The characters change, explanations are given, but we never truly get to see everything. It's good story telling....more