This entire series was a roller coaster of ratings. I found the first in the series to be pretty average, the second improved on the first, and the coThis entire series was a roller coaster of ratings. I found the first in the series to be pretty average, the second improved on the first, and the conclusion was the first OSC work that I've been disappointed in.
Early in the book two of the characters take a very metaphysical journey that evolves their understanding of magic. It gives a lot of insight into how the magic in the world works and it was pretty neat. Then they try to explain it to someone else. Then they solve three minor conflicts in the story by applying what they've learned in slightly different ways, but also explaining it to different characters in the story in slightly varying ways. To the point where, frankly, it lost me.
I never felt much urgency from the characters to solve the conflicts of the story. Everything conflict that got resolved seemed to do so because the characters were in the right place at the right time and things just happened.
The afterword that OSC wrote talks a lot about his inspiration for where he went with this book. He talked a lot about the idea of afterlife and what happens to the soul when the body dies. I see these themes in the book and I have a better sense of and appreciation for where he was headed, but it just didn't work for me. ...more
The Golem and the Jinni is a great unexpected story about two supernatural creatures trying to find their place in turn-of-the-century New York.
I realThe Golem and the Jinni is a great unexpected story about two supernatural creatures trying to find their place in turn-of-the-century New York.
I really enjoyed it, but didn't love it. I can't think of a single thing wrong with it, except for the fact that it left me wanting for something. I can't put my finger on what it was lacking, but there was definitely something missing for me....more
The Gate Thief was much improved from The Lost Gate, in my opinion. I enjoyed the further development in the magic lore and the discovery of the reasoThe Gate Thief was much improved from The Lost Gate, in my opinion. I enjoyed the further development in the magic lore and the discovery of the reason why Loki began eating gates.
I was a bit irritated by the fact that every girl that wasn't a mithermage wanted to get in Danny's pants, it seemed a little overkill to me.
This book was definitely a set-up for the last book in the Trilogy. Many of the characters are left in some majorly cliff-hanging situations, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the third book!...more
The Lost Gate was my first experience with Orson Scott Card's fantasy writing. I didn't enjoy it as much as his Science Fiction universes - but I stilThe Lost Gate was my first experience with Orson Scott Card's fantasy writing. I didn't enjoy it as much as his Science Fiction universes - but I still found it a fun read and will probably keep an eye out for the next book when it comes out.
What I didn't know before I read The Lost Gate was that Mithermages is loosely based on mythology. I say loosely because I felt like they mythological references were a bit superfluous. Basically, the mithermages are from the world of Westil and their different families more-or-less inspire the mythologies of Earth. I felt that it was a very vague connection and I almost feel like it took away some of the originality of the book - I think the same universe could have been created without the use of Earth's Mythologies.
Danny's story runs concurrently with the story of Wad, a kitchen boy back on Westil. His story is more medieval fantasy while Danny's is more contemporary fantasy. He's also a more interesting and complex hero. These two stories were drastically different. While Danny's story felt more coming-of-age and young adult, Wad's story was darker and more mature - this difference made it a bit odd when going back and forth between the two stories. ...more
Gods Behaving Badly was voted as the August beach read for 1book140 (The Atlantic's Twitter Bookclub), so I had never heard of it and had no idea whatGods Behaving Badly was voted as the August beach read for 1book140 (The Atlantic's Twitter Bookclub), so I had never heard of it and had no idea what to expect when I picked it up.
I loved it, though I should probably mention that I have a severe soft spot for fiction based on any ancient group of gods.
As in any Greek myth, you need a hero. Phillips' mortal hero was a nerd, and I loved him. He loved board games, and organized his DVD collection in chronological order of purchase to better observe his "developing tastes." He was great.
There is a bit of dirty humor, especially in the Apollo-Aphrodite relationship and Aphrodite's constant teasing of Artemis (being the virgin God). I found both hysterical in the books context, but it may not be for everyone....more
Nia is a young mermyd, supremely qualified to become an Avatar of the city of Atlantis, and awaiting the day when she is chosen to compete in the triaNia is a young mermyd, supremely qualified to become an Avatar of the city of Atlantis, and awaiting the day when she is chosen to compete in the trials to become an Avatar. When her less qualified cousin is chosen to represent the Bluefin clan in the trials, she begins to unravel the dark secrets kept by her family and the Avatars of Atlantis.
Though I haven't read much in the way of mermaid fantasy, I did enjoy the unique twists on their civilization that seem like they would make the mermyds of Dakley's world stand out among the rest. Some of her mermyds have legs, others have the characteristic fins, and those of the Sealion clan even has fur in lieu of scales on their fins (which I found exceptionally clever!).
The big "twist" doesn't happen until the last two chapters of the book, which leaves just enough time for a huge cliffhanger, so I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a stand alone book.