I have half a mind just to reread all my favorite books. It's way more satisfying than I thought it would be. I first read this book about 4 years ago...moreI have half a mind just to reread all my favorite books. It's way more satisfying than I thought it would be. I first read this book about 4 years ago and forgot why I loved it so much. I actually forgot a lot more than I thought I did, but it's definitely a book worth rereading.
From the start we see that Kate is in trouble for something her prettier, younger sister did and so is sent off to the Perilous Gard. Once there she finds little comfort from anyone. Just the maid's occasional complaints, a word with a witless singer, and an argument or two with the moping Christopher-who has a heavy weight on his shoulders she soon finds out. But Kate is curious. What is all the talk about these Fair Folk and the Well and what does it have to do with the young lord Christopher? She got more than she bargained for but not more than she could handle I'm happy to say. This practical girl is soon in the midst of this "Fair Folk World" with whom else but Christopher. Just like one of those ballads the witless singer might know.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy a strong protagonist like Kate. She is very observant, kind, and full-hardy. She knows just what to say and do, though she sometimes doubts her abilities and she is a lot smarter than she gives herself credit for. For having so little to go on she figures some things out and makes connections, gains knowledge and maybe even some grace. One more thing that I thought was just oh-so-satisfying was the relationship between Kate and Christopher. It was more of a show don’t tell kind of thing which I always love to see in books. It was clear to see the development of the relationship without the mushy lines and all that (though I do admit that I kind of like that sometimes in moderation of course).
When I first read The Perilous Gard I didn't know it was a retelling of a ballad (I think it's called Tam Lin?). There isn't a lot of "magic" in the book which suits it perfectly and the fairies' culture can be a bit confusing but I'm no scholar and I got through it just fine. Actually, I got through and closed the book with a big old smile on my face. (less)
I hate this book. But I guess I should say why. Some might say that I was too young to read this book since I read it when I was 15 but I'm a few year...moreI hate this book. But I guess I should say why. Some might say that I was too young to read this book since I read it when I was 15 but I'm a few years older now and I still hate it with seething anger. I heard that Toni Morrison was a good writer so when we had to pick a book from this long list I decided to read it. BIG MISTAKE!
I didn't like any of the character -at all-or the plot. I know the book is supposed to give you a view on the cruel treatment of slaves but after I finished I actually less sympathetic for them. How exactly am I supposed to feel sympathetic to people who screw cows -that is just disturbing on so many levels- and kill their own babies. Paul D even admitted that the male slaves usually rape the girls. Beloved (the charater) is supposed to give the book more depth but she was just confusing and quite annoying, so is the mom by the way.
The writing of the book was good and believe me its painful for me to give any praise whatsoever to this book. There are metaphors, similes, symbols, personification, and basically everything that is an English teachers dream. But that does not mean it was a good book in the least. I like a decent metaphor as much as the next person but that is not what I think makes a good book. You know how your supposed to feel all deep and intelligent after you read classic book. Nope didn't happen. (less)
Okay, I had to read this book for a class I'll admit but this book surprised me. I actually got into it. These men are old but somehow so full of prom...moreOkay, I had to read this book for a class I'll admit but this book surprised me. I actually got into it. These men are old but somehow so full of promise. They learn so much and I learned a lot about South Africa. The reason I didn't give this book a higher rating is because its just so sad almost the whole time and just when I thought it was getting hopeful the author had to put some doubt into the mix. If you like nice sugary ending like I do I would not recommend this book. However I saw the message clearly and there were moments that I got goosebumbs because I knew exactly what the author was trying to say. Its just too sad for me is all.(less)
Cracker! has a value all its own. I read this book in 2 days but only because I had to sleep and I fell asleep thinking about it. I was that enthralle...moreCracker! has a value all its own. I read this book in 2 days but only because I had to sleep and I fell asleep thinking about it. I was that enthralled. I adore Cracker, and Rick is a great owner. I can relate to Rick's frustration in the beginning of the book with both Cracker and himself.
I like that you get the perspective of Cracker, Cracker's previous owner Willie, and Rick; it makes the book more interesting. Rick and Cracker don't just make a team, but a relationship. They have a bond that grows with each trial they go though.
I also thought that the demonstration of war was well presented. It doesn't focus on how gruesome it is all the time but it does show you the seriousness of war. War isn't a game and you get that. That is why the dog handlers become so attached to their dogs, because their dogs will be there though the thick and thin of it. I truly felt for the dog handles and their dogs.
The ending was absolutely satisfying. A book I could read 30 years later and still enjoy. A definite most read.(less)
I loved this book. I was a bit worried about the poem structure and I was also worried because it was about Lady Elaine. But I really could admire Ela...moreI loved this book. I was a bit worried about the poem structure and I was also worried because it was about Lady Elaine. But I really could admire Elaine and her courage. And I could follow the book just fine. I really liked that the men were very chilvaric and honorable. The few women that were in the story were not pathetic and swooning all the time. They actually played a big part in Arthur's success. Elaine helped in a realistic way during that period in time. After I finished reading it I was smiling from cheek to cheek. Although I think that this book is more for girls, which is fine with me.
This book is so raw and grusome that I'm sure a story like Paul's is real. I wasn't sure what to give this book because, well, it was just so hopeless...moreThis book is so raw and grusome that I'm sure a story like Paul's is real. I wasn't sure what to give this book because, well, it was just so hopelessly depressing. It made me so depressed that at times that I just had to put it down and breath. I don't regret reading it because I learned a lot about what war is really like but I just felt so hopeless about everything. If you are anything like me and can't handle a lot of hopelessness then have something like Winnie the Pooh on hand to cheer you up. (less)
I've never read any Robin Hood retellings or any Lawhead books so this was pretty new for me. I had no standards for this book because of it, so I was...moreI've never read any Robin Hood retellings or any Lawhead books so this was pretty new for me. I had no standards for this book because of it, so I was neither disappointed nor pleasantly surprised.
In the beginning of the book it wasn't that hard to get into. There is action within the first chapter. It continues this way for a while, switching between boring details and action. The boring details take forever and consume almost half the book. You learn the whole history of Great Britain to the present. There are the British of course, the Saxons, the Normans, then Welsh and another one that starts with a F (I assume they are French). You have to keep up with all of them, what land they own, what land they are trying to get, and how they are planning to get it. The French and the Welsh are the most active during the course of the book but the British are presented often enough. I guess some background is necessary but I’m used to the YA books with a lot less detail. However, I did like the action parts of the book and those did keep me interested.
Bran starts out as a womanizing, selfish, narcissist. He doesn't give a rat's... butt about anyone but himself and has no sense of duty, at least in the beginning. As the story progresses he does follow through -he has to, he's Robin Hood for goodness sakes! I hope the second book has him in a better light. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for 3 dimensional characters but I tend not to like the book as much if I don't like the main character; I do not like womanizing, selfish, narcissists. You don't get a lot of Bran though. There are a whole bunch of other characters that you have to keep up with throughout the whole book too. I don't particularly like any of the other characters either, but if I had to choose it would be Little John. Hes pretty much the exact opposite of Bran, loyal and selfless.
I'll read the second because I do want to know what happens next and I did enjoy reading this book despite what my review might suggest.(less)
There was nothing WOW STUPENDOUS about this book. I like it well enough. The witch trial was my favorite part, but that was the highlight of the whole...moreThere was nothing WOW STUPENDOUS about this book. I like it well enough. The witch trial was my favorite part, but that was the highlight of the whole book for me. The plot was slow almost the whole time.
Kit was an okay heroine. She does what she thinks is right and stands by it but she didn't have much personality. Her spontaneousness wasn't that spontaneous. Kit was rich so she felt very degraded by all of the work she was told to do. That bothered me because she felt like only servants did that sort of work and she was above it. It wasn't mentioned very often and Kit does more or less get used to it so it didn't bother me too much.
The setting was in Puritan time and it felt like a true decription of Puritan life. Not many events happened, I think that the plot was suppose to be character driven, but characters just didn't interest me enough. There were numerous romances going on at the time and none of them really caught my attention. I felt for the characters (especially Mercy) but I wasn't hooked.
Lastly I didn't feel like I learned anything new. (less)