Utterly brilliant. Best use of language I've come across in a long time. Wonderful similes and metaphors ooze from the page at every turn. Breathtakin...moreUtterly brilliant. Best use of language I've come across in a long time. Wonderful similes and metaphors ooze from the page at every turn. Breathtaking comparisons and insightful observations offer up glimpses of a uniquely talented mind at work. Rarely does a contemporary work of fiction in any genre probe and stimulate the human soul as this book does. I look forward eagerly to reading the rest of Rothfuss's catalog.(less)
Bought it thinking it was a Norse mythology retelling, but it's actually a version of the Greek Prometheus tale. Well told and beautifully written, bu...moreBought it thinking it was a Norse mythology retelling, but it's actually a version of the Greek Prometheus tale. Well told and beautifully written, but I only read that first tale, as I am currently immersed in studies of Norse myths. Will finish later.(less)
I'd give this another star if it were written better, because the story is interesting and a few of the main characters are likable enough (if not the...moreI'd give this another star if it were written better, because the story is interesting and a few of the main characters are likable enough (if not the rest).
But who writes in present tense? It's awkward and clunky as a grade school paper. And I continue to dislike the trend toward first person narratives, which I find far too limiting in scope to tell a story of any great depth. Like the main character, I found myself far too often thinking "What?" and waiting for an explanation to come.
This is particularly annoying in the poorly handled final twist, which would have been far more interesting if things weren't kept so secretive and we were allowed to hear the thoughts and see the actions of the secondary characters. But first person narratives don't allow for this, so we're left with only one character's point of view, only to find that character is intentionally left in the dark much of the time.
Collins does an admirable job of portraying the few main characters close to Katniss, but the remainder of the cast is populated with thin and clichéd figures, most of whom have no real depth or motivation. Still, this is Katniss Everdeen's story, and I'm looking forward to reading the final book of the trilogy in order to see how it turns out, so I suppose that's a sign that I liked it well enough.(less)
Mixed bag of essays aimed for the most part at medium to large scale publishing houses whose outmoded production model is in flux. Wh...morePart 1: The Setup
Mixed bag of essays aimed for the most part at medium to large scale publishing houses whose outmoded production model is in flux. While much of the content is of little use to indie authors and other content creators, the overall discussion of the changing landscape of publishing is informative and enlightening (if often pedantic and heavy-handed).
Of most value and interest for myself (as an author and independent publisher) were Liza Daly's essay on "What We Can Do with Books" (which discusses the malleable nature of digital and how interactive elements can give readers a chance to participate and explore a more immersive text), as well as Craig Mod's insightful analysis of the "post-artifact" landscape of content creation, with its direct interaction between author and reader.
Additional essays cover topics from distribution to metadata and the usual concerns with DRM. Discussions of digital workflow and context vs. content are strictly for large-scale production facilities and irrelevant to the average reader. The overall impression is of not just an industry in turmoil, but a cultural icon undergoing a fundamental change.
The ebook itself was produced using the new PressBooks conversion utility, which suffers from some inconsistent formatting, broken external links, and at least one garbled graphic on the Kindle Fire. It also currently contains only the first of three parts at this point, with the next two said to be forthcoming as free "updates" for anyone who purchases part one.