Good news! Tom's found his way out of the whale stories!
Ok, this volume has some of the forward motion that was missing for me in the last volume. FinGood news! Tom's found his way out of the whale stories!
Ok, this volume has some of the forward motion that was missing for me in the last volume. Finally, finally, some of the mystery behind the what/who/how of Tom's origins are starting to be revealed. Well, his father's origins are starting to be revealed, at any rate. And since his father's past holds the clues to Tommy's Tom's creation, it feels like we're getting somewhere. Maybe. Ish.
So. Tommy discovers how to use a new power, and he and Lizzie start on a journey through his past. But before they can do that there's a whole spoilery Ocean's Eleven thing that happens with the Evil Book Cabal (not their real name, but hell if I can remember what they call themselves) and a bunch of rich collectors (<--of rare stuff).
The creepy Puppet Lady makes an appearance that made me sorta love her, Richie is dealing with his vampirism plus running an underground YouTube channel, and the Evil Book Guys try to take out anyone that Tom's ever known...with a pretty decent success rate.
Also? This dude!
Definitely enjoyed this volume, and looking forward to grabbing the next one!...more
I went into this knowing that it was an (almost) 20 year old romance about pirates, so I was prepared toThis cover is Fabiolous, right?! Hyuck, hyuck!
I went into this knowing that it was an (almost) 20 year old romance about pirates, so I was prepared to give it some wiggle room for a lot of things. But, at the same time, this one kept popping up as one of the Top Pirate Romances of all times, so I was also seriously excited by the prospect of reading such a guilty pleasure. *whispers* Faaaabio...
Sadly, this did not live up to my (rather pathetic) expectations. And while I was a bit let down by the lack of swashbuckling, I was quite honestly more let down by the lack of hot n' dirty pirate sex. I mean, there was sex, but it was just...eh.
Ha! Ok, I'm throwing this one in as a freebie:
Can't unsee that shit, can you? You're welcome, Goodreads!
Ok, ok. So what was wrong with Gentle Rogue, you ask? Well, more than likely the problem stems from it being an (almost) 20 year old romance about pirates. So. Yeah. It was just dull by today's romance standards, and since I didn't read it back in the day, I didn't have any sentimental feelings to poke me in the feels and trick me into enjoying it more.
Still, there were very real problems with the story. I thought Mallory was an asshole. And not in a rogue-ish way, either. Just douchey, you know? He was an ass for the sake of being an ass, and for some unknown reason everyone thought it was charming. Ok, you know that person who likes to make rude comments loudly about strangers in public, while everyone else just cringes inwardly and looks away? That's Mallory in a nutshell. You'd think he gets away with it because he's got money and comes from nobility, but that's not it. It's apparently because he's better at fighting than anyone else in the world. He's a ninja-pirate! *rolls eyes* Whatever. Georgina wasn't any better. She was an idiot. The book tried to pass her off as a determined little spitfire, but what that actually meant was dumbass. She was like a cat who eats a ball of yarn, then freaks out because there's shit hanging out of their ass on a string. Except she wasn't as much fun to watch. In short, they were both ridiculous, and I didn't like either of them.
Then there was the gross age gap. First, let me say that I'm not knocking age gaps. But my personal cutoff date on said gap is whether or not this person could be your parent. Georgina was 22, and Mallory had a son that was 17. Sorry, that's cutting it a little too close for my taste. Blech...
Another annoyance were all the times that Georgina got nervous or ran off and hid, because either Mallory or one of her brothers were threatening to beat her. And, no, none of them ever did, so I probably could have given that a pass if the book had been more interesting. As it was, it grated on my nerves and made me hate all the characters even more.
Still. Fabio. 2 stars for the story and an extra star for that cover.
Except neither of them this read this. So, I'm just that idiot who climbed the water tower, got drunk waiting for her friends to show up, and had to be forcibly removed by the cops for trying to pee off the edge. Thanks for leaving me hanging, guys!...more
A decent story, but when they start talking about all the existential stuff, my mind wandered.
If the stories are real, are we a story? What was the trA decent story, but when they start talking about all the existential stuff, my mind wandered.
If the stories are real, are we a story? What was the true meaning of the Leviathan? Does it represent all human consciousness working together to suspend disbelief in stuff n things. Is the whale really just a whale, or does it fart the secrets of the universe out of its blowhole...yadda, yadda, yaddda.
Shut up, Neo. It was cool when you were dodging bullets, but now you're boring me.
The best part of this title (so far) has been the mystery of whatever/whoever Tom is in relation to this secret cabal thing is, and what their plans are for him and the world. What is Tom's actual power?! It better be something cool, because so far all he seems to be able to do is conjure up and enter stories. And that's pretty neat! But unless that translates into the real world... At any rate, a lot of this volume concentrates on Moby Dick, which (surprise!) I've never read. Maybe I missed out on some of the inside jokes because of that, but nothing that happened made me want to seek out this little gem and remedy my ignorance.
I really liked the introduction of this creepy puppet lady. She's fuckin freaky, and shit happens that will (maybe) have an impact later on in the story.
Oh, and you also get to see a bit more about Tom's past with his crazy-ass father. Cool bedtime stories, bro!
The whole my BFF is a vampire thing, plus the sexy-times with the crazy girl thing were both very cool, as well. And then it ends with another one of those awesomely fucked up rabbit stories, which was a nice way to go out.
Honestly, the time he spent on the ship and in the whale bored the shit out of me, but everything else was interesting enough to sort of cancel it out. Still looking forward to the next volume!...more
Warning: Mild (ish) spoilers for the first 2 books
I like the way Grossman tells stories. I mean, none of the books in this trilogy are told in the samWarning: Mild (ish) spoilers for the first 2 books
I like the way Grossman tells stories. I mean, none of the books in this trilogy are told in the same way, which just gave it a little extra sumpin-sumpin, in my opinion. In the first one, everything plods along in this somewhat linear way with Quentin first discovering magic is real, moving through his education at the magical Brakebills, then finding out Fillory is real, which leads to losing everything and giving up magic, and finally (in a cliffhanger twist) becoming a king in that magical land. Hogwarts, then Narnia, then home, the Narnia again? I mean, it's all over the place!
In the second book, it's mainly a Fillory adventure story. Sure, some of it happens on Earth, but the core of the plot is finding the key to a special place in Fillory, and saving all magic. But what makes this one special is the way Julia retells her story. Told in flashbacks from her point of view, you find out what she went through while the rest of the cast of characters were farting around in school or traipsing through the Neitherlands.
And this last book? The first bit of the book is told by flashing back and forth between the past and the present, the rest is linear (but split between several characters) and, towards the end, an important chunk of the story is told through the diary entry of long-dead character. Maybe it was just me, but I liked that Grossman didn't use the same formula every time.
Ok. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I will say that I really enjoyed the conclusion to this trilogy. Quite a few things happened that caught me off guard (in a good way!), the addition of Plum was a nice bonus, and getting a peek into some of the other characters' psyche was a lot of fun! But one of the best things about this last book was seeing how much Quentin had grown up. No, he wasn't perfect, but he was definitely more mature and less of an ass. Oh, and speaking of Quentin being an ass? There was that one character I had been dying to find out about, and (thankfully) The Magician's Land didn't let me down!
So, how does it all end? Well, I can't really tell you without ruining it, but I will say I was satisfied with the way it all turned out.
Also, if you are a fan of the Syfy show, don't go into this expecting it to be anything like what you're used to seeing. I'm not a rabid fan who's seen a lot of it, bu I can tell you from the few episodes I've watched this is not like what's on tv. I don't think that's a bad thing, but several of the characters have been changed quite a bit from the book (although I like the way they were changed), and it looks like there might be some characters who aren't even in the books. Again, not a bad thing. Just go into it knowing that you're getting a different story....more