The book that made my sister read from the start till the end (in English!) and said 'is there more books like this Along?' and ask me to borrow/buy f...moreThe book that made my sister read from the start till the end (in English!) and said 'is there more books like this Along?' and ask me to borrow/buy for her. That's a first.
Well, I am off to find more fairytales book for my sis and preferably by the same author. She already read Ella Enchanted and like the book as well. Me, I prefer Ella Enchanted (a favourite of mine) than this book, and I think I already had read enough re-telling of fairytales, but well, anything that could make her read more books in English is good. (less)
More like 3.5 stars. Not a review, more like a rant.
I miss Bartimaeus; that's why I bought this book. Unfortunately, one can't help comparing this book...moreMore like 3.5 stars. Not a review, more like a rant.
I miss Bartimaeus; that's why I bought this book. Unfortunately, one can't help comparing this book to the Trilogy.
In the Trilogy, I like Nathaniel in Book 1, hated (both Nathaniel and Kitty) in book 2, but began to love them in the epic last book, Ptolemy's Gate. I feel I understood why they acted and turn out that way.
But with Asmira in this book, I couldn't like her even towards the end. Asmira is like 2D character compared to Nathaniel and Kitty, and the only thing I feel towards Asmira is frustration and the feeling of 'how stupid can she be' and that's one of the reason I finished reading another 2 books before going back to finish this one.
The saving grace is of course Bartimaues, and the unexpected Solomon and the Presence.
Note: another recurring character is Farqual, for those who missed him.
So in short, if you haven't read The Bartimaeus Trilogy, go read them. It's long (3 thick books), but if you can persevere, you will be rewarded. And skip the Ring of Solomon unless you really miss Bartimaeus.(less)
'ENCHANTRESS is another word for "seductress", only with more punch.'
'MISSING HEIRS occur with great frequency. At any given time, half the COUNTRIES in Fantasyland will have mislaid their Crown PRINCESS/PRINCE, but the rule is that only one Missing Heir can join your Tour at a time.
Yours will join as a COMPANION selected from among the CHILD, the TALENTED GIRL, or the TEENAGE BOY, and as a part of your QUEST you will have to get them back to the Kingdom where they belong. This can be a right nuisance.'
and among my favourites:
'SCURVY. Despite a diet consisting entirely of STEW and WAYBREAD, supplemented by only the occasional FISH, you will not suffer from this or any other deficiency disease. It is possible that, while on the Tour, you absorb Vitamin C through the pores of your skin.'
Like Yati said, I am tempted to read Fantasy books just to see all the cliches mentioned in this 'Guide'.
Great read. Just don't attempt it in one go.(less)
Read this some time ago.. Still, not too late to write what I thought:
Much, much better than I anticipated. Even better than Gifts, the first book. An...moreRead this some time ago.. Still, not too late to write what I thought:
Much, much better than I anticipated. Even better than Gifts, the first book. And no, you don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one.
I especially loves the language, the style the author use throughout the book. A rather slow read, but really worth it. The story unfolds nicely, with beautiful writing, excellent character development (I feel like I've known Memer all my life; she's not perfect, she's real, sometimes irritable and certainly a strong-willed one), with detailed setting, and everyone, even the villains (the Alds) were fleshed-out nicely, and some subtle message (morals like Faizah said) in the book without being preachy.
Here there's no character had that "she's so good it makes me want to puke" aura or that "just hate him cause he's evil"-kind of villain, but everyone had another side to him, both good and bad, which is like us in real life..
No hocus-pocus magic here (certainly no yelling 'Alohomora!, no wands nor flying broomsticks), but a kind of quiet, harder to understand, earthly magic. This part I simply loved.
A satisfying conclusion to a great series. Great character development, rich and detailed story, everything falls neatly into place, and no wishy-washy...more A satisfying conclusion to a great series. Great character development, rich and detailed story, everything falls neatly into place, and no wishy-washy happy endings that tried too hard to satisfy everyone (better a great ending rather than a hyped-up start that only ends up disappointing - anyone knows what am I babbling about?)
Anyway, although the first two books are not my five-star list, this last book of the trilogy makes the whole series worth reading. Highly recommended.
The start of the book was very slow and boring. I can't even sympathize with Zanna and Deeba, they were as flat as characters can be. So I lose intere...moreThe start of the book was very slow and boring. I can't even sympathize with Zanna and Deeba, they were as flat as characters can be. So I lose interest. Until Part IV, that is. Things began to get interesting when Deeba takes charge. There were plenty of things to marvel, as Mr Mieville has quite an imagination! So this book is worth reading, if only you can stand the first few chapters..
Edit: re-read the book. A book worth re-reading is worth more than 3 stars :) (less)
Not very impressive at the beginning - the footnote style was not funny, no, Myrtle was one character that I hated instantly (and I hate annoying char...moreNot very impressive at the beginning - the footnote style was not funny, no, Myrtle was one character that I hated instantly (and I hate annoying characters - they killed the book) but I usually try reading books halfway before giving up and in this case, I'm glad I read on. A few chapters later, I was hooked.
The setting itself was unique - Victorian (year 1800 something), and in space! When Isaac Newton find a way for humans to fly in outer space (i.e. spaceflight), it was the start of the British colonization of the planets (think Empire).
Art and his (annoying) older sister Myrtle and their father live uneventfully in a house called Larklight that floated in the outer space. When a certain Dr Webster came for a visit, it was the start of their adventures - meeting with pirates, way out-of-this-world creatures, thwarting some evil plots, some very unexpected plot twists- I must say, a very entertaining read indeed.
And yes, I did like Myrtle diary of events more than Art's parts, and Myrtle redeemed herself after all (cough cough).
And the illustrations - they're simply superb.(less)
I edited my review so it won't contain (too much) spoilers. See how much I love this book?
You'll either totally love or loath this book, it seems. I'v...moreI edited my review so it won't contain (too much) spoilers. See how much I love this book?
You'll either totally love or loath this book, it seems. I've read both positive and negative reviews out there, and I thought I'll give this book a shot. And I was hooked! Definitely worth reading and worth buying! It looks like Ender has another fan.
To be honest, it contains brutal portrayal of military way of training, and of human manipulation. To me, the book doesn’t represent kids’ thinking (I sure hope it didn’t, no matter what the author said).
For me, Ender is a believable character, it makes you pity Ender, you feel for him, and you end up rooting for him. And the manipulation by the teachers makes you think, oh God, is that how it is at the military? Is that what a soldier, a commander, needs to do, show no feeling, keep it all inside, and in the end become all alone? Respected, but never loved?
The battles in the Battle School was one of my favourite parts(though by now, you’d probably say that the games were outdated already, but it was written in 1970 something, so it was amazing). And I simply love Alai and Ben and Valentine.
Some other things: I don't care much about the Valentine-Peter subplot (shrug). And luckily no one spoil the book for me, so I won't do that either.
Currently I'm wondering whether I should read Ender's Shadow or Speaker for the Dead, or... neither. I was afraid they'd ruin Ender's Game for me, sequels sometimes did just that...