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)
Well I bought this book thinking it was a collection of short stories. I was wrong, at least 2 stories are novella.
The story I really love is 'the Wi...moreWell I bought this book thinking it was a collection of short stories. I was wrong, at least 2 stories are novella.
The story I really love is 'the Wizards of Perfil'. It's about children bought to become slaves to wizards, but there are other reasons why the children are chosen. 'Monster' (wow, a monster that knows how to use a phone and can track you down..) and 'The Specialist's Hat (the dread...) and 'Pretty Monsters' (another novella, about werewolves but with a twist)
Also, I didn't care for 'Magic for Beginners', I kept flipping the pages to see when the story will end. Not a good sign. The idea was good, just that the story keeps dragging and I got bored and began thinking "what's the point anyway".
Anyway most of the stories are without a clear ending, so if you're someone who wants to know exactly how it ends, the stories will nag you. There is even a passage in 'Pretty Monsters' that describe this feeling.
It was late evening. The library was closing in 10 minutes. So I just picked one book at random from the shelves. I noticed this one won the Newbery M...moreIt was late evening. The library was closing in 10 minutes. So I just picked one book at random from the shelves. I noticed this one won the Newbery Medal. Should be good, I think, so I borrowed it along with 5 other books. Then I forgot all about it and started to read Terry Pratchett's Jingo instead. Fast forward 3 days or so.. I was bored, tired from whole day at the lab. Remembered the book. Picked it up. Started to read and found that I couldn't stop. I finished reading close to midnight and started reading from the beginning again! That weekend, dreading that I had to return the book soon, I went to the bookstore and bought myself a copy! That's how good "Holes" is.
So. It's a really good book, kinda like a puzzle. There's Stanley Yelnats story at Camp Green Lake, and there's the 100 years ago story about Kate Barlow, and the story about Stanley's no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather (what a mouthful, I had to refer to the book) and somehow all the story is interwoven. You'd think 3 stories in one book (and to children) might be confusing but the way Louis Sachar wrote is amazing. There's little things here and there that connected the stories that make you read something and then exclaimed, hey, isn't that Sam onion field or something (spoiler? nah). The second reading revealed more about things that made me like, why didn't I notice that before? so yes, I really enjoyed the book, now go read it!
My review, as usual, doesn't tell anything about the story itself. Read the blurb for that :) (less)
"Framed" is another great book I bought on a whim. Sometimes this kind of impulsive buying leads me to a great find (like Emmy and the Incredible Shri...more"Framed" is another great book I bought on a whim. Sometimes this kind of impulsive buying leads me to a great find (like Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, an awesome book found just the week before), while sometimes it leads to a total disaster (don't remind me, I'm trying to forget all those tried-but-can-never-finished books). Luckily this is in the first category.
This is a hilarious book, especially towards the end. I love all the characters, criminal-minded that they are (except the Dad) and I especially love the parts on how the paintings affect the lives of people in Manod.
And yes, I forgot that Minnie is just a small girl (that is worrisome), and the part where Marie said, 'of course, they have children too' (or something along that line) makes my heart breaks..
And sorry, it seems that you won't find what the book is about from my review (or anything useful for that matter).. (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)
Definitely different from the usual Pratchett - Discworld . Less humour, and darker. It also get really annoying when half of the time Mau questions t...moreDefinitely different from the usual Pratchett - Discworld . Less humour, and darker. It also get really annoying when half of the time Mau questions the reason if god exist and if yes, why god do this thing to people that either deserve or don't deserve it, to the point where I almost stop reading the book. I know what Mau's been through, but really Pratchett, you don't have to keep on hammering that to the readers. Still, I kept reading (no other books to distract me, huh). Glad I did, in the end it is a pretty good read. (3.5 stars) (less)
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)
What a collection. I am amazed at the great ideas this author have.
A story that give a deep impression on me is "The Language of Blood", a different,...moreWhat a collection. I am amazed at the great ideas this author have.
A story that give a deep impression on me is "The Language of Blood", a different, sadder version of blood sucking vampire.
"The Giant's Tooth" is a story about people surviving in a giant mouth by building a kind of home in his tooth (of all place) after the giant tried to eat them. It is the story that led me to buy the book in the first place. A warning though, don't read this story while eating.
"There's Nothing Under the Bed" is seriously scary.
I also love the lighter stories "Clean as a Whistle" and "The Stinky Princess" (a fairytale? Kind of love story of unlikely couple). Anyway, it is rare that I liked all the stories in a collection so this book is really an exception.
I read somewhere that this book might not be appropriate for the intended age group (12 and up) because of the subjects covered and language used, such as the story "Am I Blue" that discussed on homosexuality. So if you're concerned, read the book first and be the judge.(less)