After a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behindAfter a childhood spent assisting her father, one of the world’s most talented art thieves, Katarina Bishop tries to leave the family business behind when she forges her way into a New England boarding school.
She quickly discovers, though, that her past is inescapable. Her father has been accused of stealing already stolen masterpieces from a dangerous Italian billionaire. Certain that her father is innocent, Kat resolves to find the missing paintings and return them to their unsavory owner, who has given her a two-week deadline.
Her dad is currently under surveillance by Interpol (a result of the job he was actually pulling on the night the paintings were stolen), so that leaves Kat to discover who pulled the art heist and get the mobster's paintings back before he starts hurting the people she loves.
In her discreet way, Carter sets the stage for a future romance, but the reader is left wondering if it will be Hale, fellow thief, or Nick, whose mom is investigating Kat's father. In a world of rushed romances in literature, it is refreshing to see a romance built slowly over friendship. One of the best parts of this book is how Carter weaved some history into the art heist when Kat "meets" Mr. Romani, who is working diligently to recover artwork stolen by the Nazis. Hopefully in future books, readers will be able to learn more about Kat's parents and perhaps how the family started stealing in the first place.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, cinema-ready adventure, and the details of thieving tools and techniques, lavish settings, and cast of eccentric characters, including possible spies and love interests, all add texture and depth to the action.
Carter's style is conversational, smooth, and clever, exposing Kat's wry humor and her steely determination. Amid themes of family loyalty and identity, the protagonist comes to understand herself, her beliefs, and her place in her family.
What would you be willing to do, to undergo, in order to have your Heart's Desire?
"You and your firstborn child and his or her firstborn child...It'sWhat would you be willing to do, to undergo, in order to have your Heart's Desire?
"You and your firstborn child and his or her firstborn child...It's a gift that will last as long as I live." "And what would that be, sir?" "Your Heart's Desire."
I love "Stardust"! This is THE fairy tale meant for adults. It retains the fantasy that you'd want yourself immersed in: a world that is so much older than what we know, where everything is possible & where you're only bounded by your own unimaginativeness.
Here you meet a refreshing take on the creatures of Faerie: The wood-nymph who became a tree with copper leaves that rustle prettily; a small, hairy creature in floppy clothes who proved to be an invaluable member of the Fellowship of the Castle (I do wish Gaiman expounded on this); the exotic bird/Lady Una with her deep violet eyes & mysterious aura ("I gain my freedom on the day the moon loses her daughter, if that occurs in the week when two Mondays come together"); Tristran Thorn, the most unlikely of heroes who in the end realizes what is truly his Heart's Desire; and of course, the fallen Star, Yvaine ("the way she glitters and shines, upon occasion, in the darkness").
My heart twinge in sadness at what the star must've felt when she thought she had lost the heart she gave to a boy: "I'm called Yvaine," said the star. "So," she said, "you are Victoria Forrester. Your fame precedes you." "The wedding, you mean?" said Victoria, and her eyes shone with pride and delight. "A wedding, is it?" asked Yvaine.
This book features an interview with Neil Gaiman on how he was inspired to write “Stardust” as well as a separate story, “Wall: A Prologue.” Been hunting for this edition for quite some time now, having disliked the current movie tie-in covers currently published.
Title Stardust Author Neil Gaiman Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
I loved this story especially when it came out in a graphic novel of the same title (loved the illustration of the Silver City). Is it possible to kilI loved this story especially when it came out in a graphic novel of the same title (loved the illustration of the Silver City). Is it possible to kill or murder an angel? If yes, then how was it done? If yes, then what is the reason for it? If yes, then will God punish the evildoer? The story is an account of the first murder in the history of the universe, before even Cain and Abel, told from the viewpoint of Raguel, an angel whose function is to be the "Vengeance of the Lord."
The Lord: "Poor sweet Lucifer. His way will be the hardest of all my children; for there is a part he must play in the drama that is to come, and it is a grand role." Raguel: "Perhaps it is true that all that happens is in accordance with Your Will, and thus it is good. But sometimes You leave blood on Your instruments."
I gained a totally new perspective on angels because of this great story. Thank you, Gaiman!
Title Murder Mysteries Author Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is muShadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired.
Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Gaiman tries to keep the magical and the mundane evenly balanced, but he is clearly more interested in the activities of his human protagonists: Shadow's poignant personal moments and the tale's affectionate slices of small town life are much better developed than the aimless plot, which bounces Shadow from one episodic encounter to another in a design only the gods seem to know.
Gaiman's protagonist always seems to get shoved, manipulated or dragged around in the story without ever exhibiting much control. Like in this book: eventually it becomes clear that Shadow is the hero because of his remarkable capabilities, but emotionally and mentally, he remains passive, directionless and often--whether literally or figuratively--completely in the dark.
This aspect of the book, while very effective for those readers familiar with various mythologies of the world, is sometimes over laden with references to events and symbols of the various deities. It's admirable to include such a wide variety of worldly figures, but somewhat detracting from the story if as a reader, too much extra research is necessary to understand the associations. The stories range from African gods to creatures from Oman to a woman from Cornwall, England who worships piskies.
The problem is that I was expecting an epic. The book's subject matter, length, awards, and reviews all scream epic. I was expecting something deep, meaningful, and memorable. Gaiman's writing talent teased me nearly all the way through that this was indeed what I was reading, yet it never quite delivered. Instead of a memorable epic, what I finally discovered in American Gods was a well-written and enjoyable pulp novel.
"The world will be built new for you morning. If you stay here, you can have whatever you want." "You really don't understand, do you? I don't want wha"The world will be built new for you morning. If you stay here, you can have whatever you want." "You really don't understand, do you? I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn't mean anything. What then?"
Both Coraline's parents work at home, and sometimes she feels a bit ignored and bored. Nevertheless, she is encouraged to explore and so she does. First her neighbors. Having run out of people, Coraline investigates the premises. Her flat is most unusual; it has 21 windows and 14 doors. Only one door is locked, and that only leads to a brick wall.
Well, most of the time it does. On some occasions, it opens up on a world just like this one, where Coraline finds her other mother, other father, and even other neighbors. At first it seems quite nice, people pay more attention to one there, the toys are better, and, of all things, the cat talks.
Soon Coraline finds all is not quite as it seems. Everyone has buttons for eyes, her other mother has strange hands that seem to have a life of their own, and there are a remarkable number of rats. In fact, if you dig deep enough, things are really most horrible. Coraline has much to do to make things come around right.
"Coraline" is full of sinister atmosphere -- it's easy to tell real kindliness from the creepy parody that the "other" people exhibit. With singing rats, soulless children trapped behind a dark mirror, a doughy grublike "other" person, a bag of beetles eaten like candy, two "other" people melted into a monster, and a clawlike disembodied hand searching for Coraline, it's full of things that will terrify and excite. The easily frightened or grossed out should avoid this book, but those who revel in the over-the-top ickiness and horror will enjoy it.
You could say that it's Gaiman's ability to touch the sources of wonder and fear without the necessity of excessive gore and grimness.
Title Coraline Authors Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean Reviewed By Purplycookie...more