Yes, I'm a rabid fangirl, and yes, I completely loved this book. Hell, I'll take every bit of additional canon that I get my hands on, because this shYes, I'm a rabid fangirl, and yes, I completely loved this book. Hell, I'll take every bit of additional canon that I get my hands on, because this show has yet to produce canon that isn't made of awesome (unlike other shows, where you really don't want to look at canon too closely, especially not the extra-tv-kind)
My hear bleeds for John, for the hurt that is always there in and between the lines, but also for the boys, because over the years the hurt turns into obsession, and well, we all know how that ended. Turned both your sons into hunters (definitely not what Mary wanted), and got them both killed in the process (good thing that death is so easily reversible these days), did you, John?
Well, you suck at being a dad and we all know it, but we still love watching you be a dad. Or reading about it. Because between all the horror and obsession and pain, there's always love, and, you know, there's LOVE.
God, I'm such fangirl, it's embarassing. I think I'm gonna hide over here with my SPN DVDs and books and be embarassed for a while now. *hides*...more
This is the one with Poe in the Plot! The fangirl says: this was fun! It had pretty boys on the cover! It came with a soundtrack! *fangirl loves*
The moThis is the one with Poe in the Plot! The fangirl says: this was fun! It had pretty boys on the cover! It came with a soundtrack! *fangirl loves*
The more sane person in me says that I cannot give five stars to every book that has pretty boys on the cover and mentions some good music within. But I still gave it three stars, because it gave me fangirlish pleasure. (As for the factual errors and characterization that some have criticized, see my review of Bone Key.)
Things I liked: - boys seeing a friend of Ash's. Remember Ash? Who doesn't love Ash? - lots of pot being mentioned (I just like it when they cross the line) - NEW YORK! - really good soundtrack! - Boys almost getting arrested - Dean hitting on bartender - Poe in the plot!
Things I didn't like: - lots of pot being mentioned (channels Faith: "Because it's wrong!") - enough with the music already! - Boys almost getting arrested (come on, you like the in handcuffs just as much as I do!) - the bartender being female - Boring solution (but: Poe in the Plot!)
Fangirlish fun, I would - no surprise there - recommend this book to you fangirls. (always with the caveat that there is of course better fanfic on the internets, but you already know that. Also, fanfic ususally has lett Poe in the Plot!) (sorry, I just had to)...more
Ah, this is more like it! Sam and Dean go down to Key West to hunt ghosts. what's not to like?
I liked this book better than "Witch's Canyon", becauseAh, this is more like it! Sam and Dean go down to Key West to hunt ghosts. what's not to like?
I liked this book better than "Witch's Canyon", because the story was more what I had expected from these kinds of books. Where "Witch's Canyon" just introduced tons of OCs seemingly without direction, Bone Key creates OCs, people you get to know and who actually play a part in the things that are about to happen.
And there's tons of things going on, starting with Sam and Dean going down to Key West, tons of ghosts, including Hemingway (and maybe some cats) and a honest-to-god doll (Chucky! The Killer Puppet! *evil laugh*), demons, more ghosts, salting and burning and Dean flirting in bars, and just generally tons of supernatural fun. Yep, I liked it.
Now, I know that some have criticized the inaccuracy in the book, the voices sounding a little off, Dean's eye color etc., and you are right about those things. It's just that I can easily overlook them in favor of the story. I have my own version of these characters in my head, I know what they look like, I know how they act - so if the book is slightly off on these things, I just don't notice, because I really didn't care about the author's version of Sam and Dean in the first place, since I like my own just fine.
I mean, if you were really looking for good SPN fic with amazing characterization, you'd go looking at fanfic, right? You don't expect these kinds of things from a tv-tie-in, do you?
Anyway, these are just details, most of the book is well-written and in character, so if you are a Supernatural fan, I would recommend this book to you without hesitation. ...more
Again with the fangirlishness, it's hard not to like this book. For a tv-tie-in novel (is that what these things are called?), it's really not bad. OfAgain with the fangirlishness, it's hard not to like this book. For a tv-tie-in novel (is that what these things are called?), it's really not bad. Of course, tons of better fanfic out there (with tons more sex, too), but well, fangirl here, so I'm forgiving. Which means that I'll freely admit that I added one star just for the sheer prettiness that is SPN, because otherwise, two stars would really have been enough for this book.
Things I loved: Dean and Sam going to see the Grand Canyon (yay, normal stuff! Sightseeing! Remembering that really hot Dean/Castiel fic I read not too long ago where he kind of moves the Grand Canyon!) Impala in the snow! Plot, with tons of ghosts and supernatural creatures! Hot gay sex! Uhm, other things!
Things I didn't like so much: Plot that involved tons of other people getting to know what the boys do. Solution to plot that seemed kind of farfetched even for SPN (or maybe that's just because reading leaves you more time to think about how much these thigns really don't make sense) No hot gay sex! Other things.
So, if you just like the show and stumble across this in a bookstore, you may want to choose something else. If you are a fangirl, well you probably already own this, but you may want to just look at the cover from time to time and read some more fanfic instead. If you are a CRAZY fangirl (*hangs head in shame*), you will love this despite its weaknesses, so go ahead and read.
(plus, it's a book, and unlike most fanfic, you can carry it around and read it all over the place. That alone makes it worth buying.)
Ok, so I'm not a comics fan. I like exactly three kinds of comics: Donald Duck, Peanuts and Calvin &Fangirl says: OMG WHERE ARE YOUR EYES, JOHN!?!
Ok, so I'm not a comics fan. I like exactly three kinds of comics: Donald Duck, Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes, which, you know, really doesn't make me part of the "graphic novel" fandom (that's not what it is called. I think.) I'm just not interested in the genre, nothing against it, but, things to do, books to read, no time to look at pretty pictures. (and I do think that many graphic novels are very pretty).
However, I was willing to make an exception for SPN, because it's SPN, and it's pretty, and it's Wee!chester fic, so, you know, fangirl must love.
Well, this fangirl loved exactly nothing about this book. The story was stupid (and far away from canon as we know it). The mysterious stranger helping John become a hunter could be spotted as the bad guy miles away. But the worst thing was the "artwork", and, well, maybe I'm the wrong one to judge, but let me repeat,
OMG WHERE ARE YOUR EYES, JOHN!?!
I could easily add to this things like
OMG DID YOU GET LIP IMPLANTS AT ONLY FIVE YEARS OLD, DEAN!?!
OMG WHY DO YOU LOOK LIKE A MONKEY WITH A SQUARE HEAD, SAM!?!
I'll leave it at that.
(my copy will be available on ebay for the next couple of days)...more
To be honest (and you wouldn't believe how much it pains me to say this), I was a bit disappointed by this book.
First of all, the writing style didn'To be honest (and you wouldn't believe how much it pains me to say this), I was a bit disappointed by this book.
First of all, the writing style didn't work for me at all. The book is written like a "How-to" from the Winchester boys, and nothing about it convinced me, starting from the ever-annoying "we" to the whole idea that the Winchesters would tell someone in such a fashion about the monsters they encountered. I picture Sam and Dean sitting in their motel room at the evening writing "we did this" and "we saw a ghost" style essays, and I just laugh (and not in a good way.)
Second, the actual "information" in this book was rather boring for me. It really is how-to (kill demons, ghosts, other monsters etc.) and there's tons of information. Some about the monsters we saw on the show, some general information about the history or tradition of a certain kind of supernatural occurence, be it a ghost or a monster or any other kind of lore. This is probably interesting to the people who believe in this sort of thing (which I don't), and must be immensely useful to fanfiction writers (which I am not), but to realists like me who are here just for the pretty, it's rather useless. I was hoping there'd be more actual canon, something we haven't seen on the show, but it was mostly just short references to some of the monsters from the show, and then tons of information. Not bad, but not what I expected (or wanted).
This book would have worked a LOT better if it had been written for example from Sam's POV. It could have been Sam's Guide to Monster, Spirits and Demons, because you just know that Sam sits down in the evenings and writes down all his research results and everything else that is useful for hunting, in case they ever encounter anything like it again. (whereas Dean just says "shot it last time, shoot it again this time, and if that doesn't work, shoot it again.". Oh, no, I'm being unfair! Poor Dean, but you look so good witha gun in your hand, I cannot help but use those images for my pleasure!)
Right, where was I? Oh, yes, so the book would have been better if it was written from a different POV and in a different style, but I think most fans will still enjoy it. ...more
More official fanfic that I read before I ever discovered "real" fanfic. Gods, how I ever survived my childhood (do teenage years qualify as childhoodMore official fanfic that I read before I ever discovered "real" fanfic. Gods, how I ever survived my childhood (do teenage years qualify as childhood? Because I think they do) without the internet I don't know. Also, gods, how I ever survived my twenties WITH the internet I don't know. Other things I don't know: what this book was about, if it featured Krycek and if he and Mulder got to make out while waiting for a UFO to lan in an alleyway. Though I'm guessing that none of this happened. Still I'm sure I liked it anyway, because it was X-Files fiction, and there was a time when I got really really excited when I only saw the X-logo. Gods, how I ever survived my childhood AT ALL, I don't know. *g* ...more
Fanfiction from a time before I had internet access. I don't remember much, but I remember that I really liked it. Of course, back then (we are talkinFanfiction from a time before I had internet access. I don't remember much, but I remember that I really liked it. Of course, back then (we are talking BEFORE the internet, well, not THE internet, just my internet), I was so starved for anything with the telling X on it that I even owned a X-Files flashlight. Why would there even be such a thing?
Susanna Clarke is a talented writer. Imaginative, eloquent, entertaining. It's not her talent's fault that I didn't like this book better, that's mostSusanna Clarke is a talented writer. Imaginative, eloquent, entertaining. It's not her talent's fault that I didn't like this book better, that's mostly her writing style, with its dry and stiff early 19th century language. It'd take a miracle to make me enjoy a book about this time, simply because I find the characters so very "dreadful". That's why I hesitate to write that her characters are alive, but they are. About as alive as you can be in the early 19th century.
Though admittedly, even if I had enjoyed the writing style more, I wouldn't have given the book more than 3 stars. Tops.
As talented as Ms. Clarke might be, someone should have told her that she would have the chance to write a second book. Maybe then she wouldn't have tried to put every single story and character she ever thought of into this one. I really like long books, love them, actually, but "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" would have been much better if it had had, oh, maybe 500 instead of a thousand pages.
The way it is, it just drags on and on through countless years and new characters and detailed descriptions of things you don't need to know, sometimes even in footnotes. Which seemed especially strange to me, since it's is clearly written as a novel, not as a fake history book, and novels and fake footnotes don't mix too well IMO.
And for those of you who have been told that this is a Harry Potter for adults? Forget about it. Strange & Norrell painstakingly explains every detail of, well, everything. It leaves nothing to imagination and evoked no desire in me to know more about the characters or the story. Harry Potter is the exact opposite - no matter how much Rowling wrote, she could never begin to tell all the stories that take place in the wonderful world she created. The couple of millions (felt) HP-ff-writers out there are proof of that, if you need any.
If you are looking for HP, read the original. Then read it again.
If you like early 19th century language and characters and are not afraid of long books that really do feel long, read Strange&Norrell.
In my opinion, however, no matter how much this book was advertised everywhere: you are really not missing out if you don't read it at all....more
How much did I love this book? I bought it because it looked pretty (black cover with green bird), and the description sounded interesting, but from tHow much did I love this book? I bought it because it looked pretty (black cover with green bird), and the description sounded interesting, but from the first moment on I was hooked. The story is simple:"It is the 1920s, and Spiritualism is all the rage. Twenty-three-year old Harvard graduate Martin Finch is sent by the Scientific American on the investigative opportunity of a lifetime: an examination of the powers of Philadelphia "society psychic" Mina Crawley."
What a great story! And great writing! This is why I spend hours in book stores, to discover little gems like "Inamorata". Three-dimensional characters to love or hate, suspense, mystery, a narrator who visibly struggles to stay objective when he slowly falls in love... I loved it. Very much recommended....more