i love this author's writing - beautiful tripping all over the place. and funny! the voice changed so much, but of course it's a story about a littlei love this author's writing - beautiful tripping all over the place. and funny! the voice changed so much, but of course it's a story about a little girl growing up, falling in love and living her life as honestly and searchingly as she can. i found it best to read this late at night, with some mindless knitting to help keep the rhythm while i read. ...more
i don't think i've read a book recently that thrilled me so much while reading and still now, i want to go back, linger over words, ideas, passages. ii don't think i've read a book recently that thrilled me so much while reading and still now, i want to go back, linger over words, ideas, passages. i've read some very good books recently, and some not so good, but this was on a different level. this is the kind of fantasy i've been looking for but didn't realize it. the stories, each one, were so rich and ready to be spun out into novels, trilogies, a whole career of writing. each story, mind you. the author's restraint, to keep each one in short story/novella format, is admirable. but even more so is her imagination - it's like these stories cost nothing to create. if i had made them, i would be tempted to indeed make any one of them my career, but clearly this author's imagination is not greedy and bountiful as can be. i'm gushing but really... wow. it's just beautiful and so inspiring coming across writing like this. the worlds created here have so much depth to them, with lyrical writing and beautiful imagery, thoughtful dialogue and an atmosphere of rich fairy tales being created now but with the feeling of centuries behind them.
i'm such a fan and clearly have a new favorite fantasy author. wow wow wow. ...more
First off: "I'll belong to libraries wherever I go." Yes!
This book is remarkable. Sounds silly to use that word, but really nothing else fits. I can'First off: "I'll belong to libraries wherever I go." Yes!
This book is remarkable. Sounds silly to use that word, but really nothing else fits. I can't think of the last time I read a novel and used Wikipedia/Goodreads/Google so much... and I have a lovely list of sci-fi books to read now too. That might not sound like much of a endorsement for a book, but for me it is, as in I like and trust the author/narrator that much.
Mor has such a great voice - very distinct, very honest (surprisingly so at times, but boy I didn't realize how much I was looking for a character like this for so long), and I loved how independent she was. Partially of course that's due to her sad circumstances, but partially it's just her. She doesn't feel sorry for herself, even though she clearly feels like an outsider, an observer, in a lot of ways. It was almost hard to believe she was 15, but then I remember at 15 feeling a lot stronger than I did at the weary age of 18, ha.
I loved that the book started where it did - and that it didn't involve any typical jumping-back-in-time scenes. In fact, it's not clear what happened really even at the end of the book, though somewhere around the middle-ish it became a bit clearer that what I was ready was what happens to the heroines after they save the world, after their quest is done, or whatever.
Oh, and her book club! It's like the dream book club. Engaging, committed members, lots of discussion, everyone has read the book!, and even better they discuss all the books an author has written. Wow. Like probably a lot of readers, I recognized many names, but many were new to me as well. As much as I love (and it's one of my earliest reading loves, and it doesn't waver) Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, I did find it a little hard to believe they were discussing it at the same level as Heinlein and LeGuin and so on. Not that I've read enough of either of those two authors, but what I have, and what I've gathered from what others have said, McCaffrey is pretty darn light-weight in comparison. But oh I loved hearing others say they want to Impress a dragon too. Couldn't help but sigh in comprehension at that. Ah! and I agree, I would never ever want to forget my adventures, or be like Susan in Narnia at the end. Bah!
This makes me want to find all the Jo Walton books and have a major glomfest, as they say.