Both the things that were the same as, and the things that were different from, the movie made this book an awesome read. Living with an insane beagle...moreBoth the things that were the same as, and the things that were different from, the movie made this book an awesome read. Living with an insane beagle definitely makes this book both funnier and more touching. Yeah. Not much I can say about this book. "I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me..." That about sums it up. (less)
I went back and forth on this book and its sequels.
On the one hand, I felt the writing was kind of clunky. Sanderson often chose phrases I'd expect in...moreI went back and forth on this book and its sequels.
On the one hand, I felt the writing was kind of clunky. Sanderson often chose phrases I'd expect in some kid's facebook updates rather than in a novel--if he'd called one more thing "awesome" or "amazing" I really was going to spit.
However, I liked the characters and the plot enough to keep going through all three books. I'm not going to write separate reviews of all three, because while they were "good reads" I don't feel strongly enough about them to write extensively about them.
I will say I thought the ending was kinda cheap though. (less)
As a dog owner, I found this book hilarious and strangely informative.
Did you ever think you could understand what your dog is saying to you? My beagl...moreAs a dog owner, I found this book hilarious and strangely informative.
Did you ever think you could understand what your dog is saying to you? My beagle is constantly saying things like, "Take me out now please!" or "I really would like some of that organic uncured turkey bacon you're eating."
In this book, the main character's dog takes pity on her and really does start talking to her. And so do all the other dogs she knows, which is a lot as she works at a dog daycare.
And you know, I find myself believing that what her dog said to her is probably what Ian is saying to me. "Don't leave me alone in the car, you won't come back for like five hundred years, and I'll just have to eat the seat cushions. It's a rule!" Ms. Markoe is funny and a good writer, and she also knows her dogs. It's a good combination.(less)
I've reread this a couple of times now. I love the premise of the series, set as a faux-historical translation of texts from an imaginary ancient civi...moreI've reread this a couple of times now. I love the premise of the series, set as a faux-historical translation of texts from an imaginary ancient civilization, complete with footnotes and references.
The story of The Naming (more so than the other two currently published in the series) is reminiscent of the Harry Potter series: a young girl possessing magical powers she doesn't know she has is prophesied to be the One who will defeat the Dark Lord (okay, okay, the Nameless One, Sharma, same diff). So she gets hooked up with a teacher and goes to a Bard School to learn magic.
Except. Alison Croggon takes this completely similar plot and turns it into an entirely different story. Her writing is lyrical in a way that J.K. Rowling's is not (and I'm a big Rowling fan, please note; this is not intended as a criticism of Harry in any way). There's a compelling immediacy to the story: Maerad is not allowed to spend seven years in a cushy wizarding school to learn magic, she has to learn it NOW, because she has to do whatever it is she has to do YESTERDAY.
The characters are fascinating, the writing intense, complex, and lovely, and the plot moves one with almost dizzying quickness from one dire situation to the next without battering the reader, but placing the reader in full sympathy with Maerad, who is certainly close to overwhelmed by the events that take her out of slavery and servitude to being arguably the most powerful Bard in Pellinor.
Oh, and the Hulls are completely creepy. Sharma, A.K.A. the Nameless One, doesn't creep me out nearly as bad as these minions of his--but that is probably because even after three books I have seen only glimpses of him. I'm guessing when The Singing is finally in my eager little hands, I will at some point have all my blood chilled by the real bad guy.(less)
I just finished listening to Melting Stones. I found it very interesting, and I especially liked the production. This book was written for and recorde...moreI just finished listening to Melting Stones. I found it very interesting, and I especially liked the production. This book was written for and recorded by Full Cast Audio, rather than being a printed book and then adapted to the audio version.
Full Cast Audio, as always, did a wonderful job putting this book together. I love audiobooks almost without regard for the narrator; although there have been one or two so horribly narrated that I couldn't listen, in general it doesn't matter to me who's reading it so long as somebody is. But I particularly enjoy Full Cast productions. Having a different voice for each character--especially artfully acted--adds tremendously to the whole experience.
Audible doesn't--for some weird reason--carry the first, third, or fourth of The Circle Opens trilogy, which is why I haven't listened to them... I think I would very much like to hear those on audio as well, so I guess I'll have to assault my local library for copies. I listened to the second, thank goodness, because without it I would have been lost listening to Melting Stones, which is about Evvy, a character who just happened to be introduced in Street Magic. I like Evvy, and Grace Kelly, who acts her role, got to narrate this production, because it's a first-person narration. Her style is lively and attractive, and her voice well-matched to the mischievous Evvy.
The story takes place as Evvy, having got in trouble at Winding Circle, gets taken by Rosethorn on a voyage to find out why the trees and water on a certain island are being poisoned. It turns out that Evvy is very necessary on this journey, as a stone mage; she and her friend Luvo, a bear-shaped stone that is really the heart of a mountain, are the only ones who could deal with the real cause of the poisonous air and water killing the trees: the volcano that formed the island is about to erupt.
I especially like the way Evvy develops in this book. She is, because of past trauma, selfish and self-serving, unable to care about most other people (except for Rosethorn and Briar). Through the course of the book--and some seriously courageous acts--Evvy matures, realizing that she can let herself care about others, and that she wants to learn to build rather than destroy.(less)
More of the same excellence from Alison Croggon. The story continues to be rich and compelling, and even surprising at times. I never do this, honest,...moreMore of the same excellence from Alison Croggon. The story continues to be rich and compelling, and even surprising at times. I never do this, honest, but I looked toward the back of the book to find out if something in the story really happened or was just a brain f*#k. I won't say if it was or not here... but I had to know. I just did. I couldn't wait another 200 pages to find out.
I was so glad to read this one at last. I LOVE Daja, of all the four Circle characters. I don't know exactly why she appeals to me--I'm much more like...moreI was so glad to read this one at last. I LOVE Daja, of all the four Circle characters. I don't know exactly why she appeals to me--I'm much more like Sandry and a little bit like Tris, and not very much like Daja at all, but she's the one of the four (I like Briar too, and I admire him, but I don't relate at all personally--he kinda reminds me of my little brother, though) that I really enjoy reading about. The story was quite satisfying, and the ending was satisfying, though I wished there had been a way to not know who was burning the buildings as I was reading. But knowing gave me insight into the character, so it served a real purpose.
And now I'm officially out of Tammy's books until the second Beka Cooper book is published later this month. Sigh. Wait wait wait...(less)