A book I can always go back to for continued satisfaction. Not the deepest or the most mature, but a believable character you can root for. Whenever IA book I can always go back to for continued satisfaction. Not the deepest or the most mature, but a believable character you can root for. Whenever I need to remind myself why I love reading I return to the Song of the Lioness quartet to fall in love all over again.
The best of girly fantasy. Must read.
Edit 2014: I've lost count of how many times I've re-read this Quartet. ...more
Just re-read one of my favorite books. Not sure it's possible to review a book I first fell in love with during high school and have read numerous timJust re-read one of my favorite books. Not sure it's possible to review a book I first fell in love with during high school and have read numerous times (I put 3 on Goodreads but only because I don't actually know how many but it's at least that). I was probably....fifteen when I first read the book. So that was what, 14 years ago (I am 29). Part of me wants to review it but I feel almost too close since I've spent almost half of my life with this story. It's more like an old friend than anything else. ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. The blending of San Francisco & Faerie is really fascinating and the whole world she built is very interestingI really enjoyed reading this book. The blending of San Francisco & Faerie is really fascinating and the whole world she built is very interesting. It's not perfect. Urban-fantasy protagonists always seem to be "so dang cool because I'm not trying to be cool," but I felt the same thing about the Dresden Files so I think it's just a genre thing.
Worth reading! Not sure why all the bad reviews. A fun interesting read. Recommended.
Just re-read this. I liked this better the second time. I thought the first was the weakest but now I see that they've dropped so many important pieces of information along the way. ...more
Chimes at Midnight once again proves that Seanan McGuire should write all of the books. Whenever I've had a slew of sub-par books and I'm able to comeChimes at Midnight once again proves that Seanan McGuire should write all of the books. Whenever I've had a slew of sub-par books and I'm able to come back to one of her works, it feels like you've thrown a starving person into the best bakery in the world and I can't help but devour everything. (For me this is the world's best gluten free bakery which makes it even more important).
"When you decide its time to up the ante on getting into deep shit, you don't mess around, do you? You're just like, hey, what's the worst that can happen? That's the worst that can happen? Great. Let's do that."
October Daye is one of my favorite heroines. Despite being half-fae, she feels all too real. Even if technically she's not human, she clings to and carry her humanity because that's what keeps her from becoming too disconnected with the world. That stubborn humanity, is what sets her apart from the fae around her and makes her good at what she does (solving crimes, saving the world, etc).
As I read Chimes of Midnight and all the pieces from previous novels began to fall into place, clues dropped over time, it was hard to believe that the world McGuire built exists only in her head. How can someone build a world so complex, characters who will matter more later, and drop so many clues? It makes me wonder, is San Francisco really a hot-bed of faerie activity? I'm just in awe of McGuire's ability and foresight in building a world and a multi-book narrative that feels so flawless.
The humor in this book might be the best yet. The story has emotional highs and emotional lows. Even when I was scared shitless for October, the book always had a gag, pun or joke to throw at me. And it never felt out of place. The book manages to balance it's sarcastic sense of humor and ability to laugh in the face of certain death,with it's well-plotted, dire circumstances storyline.
That's about all I can say spoiler free. Because this book is so cleverly written, now I want to leave you with some quotes (and these might contain minor spoilers for people who have not read books 1-6.)
I went to pick my favorite quotes and they were all from Tybalt (I don't know why this surprises me). Without further delay, three Tybalt quotes to savor! "I am a cat, October. I have a sense of duty, because I am also a man, but no cat can be held down by duty forever. Eventually, we must go where we wish to be, not where we are told.' Tybalt smiled slightly at the expression on my face.
He smiled against my lips. When I pulled back, he said, "I was a student of Shakespeare centuries before the romance novel was even dreamt. Be glad I do not leave you horrible poetry on your pillow, wrapped securely around the body of dead rats."
"I would gladly take a bullet for you. I would even more gladly stand behind a man of living stone and allow him to take the bullet for the both of us." ...more
In some ways these books drive me nuts but I keep reading onward (staying up date to do so at times) so obviously they are doing something right. TempIn some ways these books drive me nuts but I keep reading onward (staying up date to do so at times) so obviously they are doing something right. Tempted to give 3 stars because sometimes the main character tries a little too hard (or the author tries too hard to make her) to be "not cool so cool" and seems to muse on thoughts about faerie when most people would just think "PEOPLE ARE DYING AHHHHH." Still I'll probably read the next one so giving it anything less than a 4 would be lying to myself and others. I really do like these books (but its sometimes a disgruntled type of like)....more
There are so many things that seem like they shouldn't work for this book. But when I finally reached the end…they did4.5 stars if that were possible
There are so many things that seem like they shouldn't work for this book. But when I finally reached the end…they did. I loved it!
And I really like it when books surprise me like that. I've enjoyed this series from book 1 but occasionally during the book things would come up that would make me ask "Really? Will this work" then I keep reading and somehow weird things--like October's fetch showing up as a death omen--turns out so much more amusing that I ever imagine. I also found myself asking "REALLY again" at one point (and once you read this book you'll see exactly what I mean" and I thought "surely they're just dragging the story out at this point," but nope, I was wrong. It also worked.
October Daye has a chip on her shoulder as always, still mouthing off sarcastically when she really should shut up. But that's why we like her? She's a hero, but more of a reluctant one.
Something I liked about this novel was that I felt like we got more of a picture of Toby as a mother. That's something I've always had trouble picturing. But her maternal side is there--only with her best friend's children (because Gillian is still not in the picture).
SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT
Just some thoughts: -At first May Daye bothered me. But when she started becoming her own person and participating in rescue missions I started liking her. She's a more cheerful version of Toby. -What's with Tybalt sulking off again? I like him, probably more than is decent to admit. Can't they just admit they like each other and make out a little? Please? -Quentin & Katie - normally you hear the human side of abandoning faerie lovers, but clearly it broke Quentin's heart. -Now I kind of want to know more about Sylvester's hero days -Did Toby really think she wasn't a hero? Jeeze? -Please tell me more about Amandine soon? What does everyone seem to have against her? (Looks like maybe we'll know something next book…)...more
I'm not going to change my review or rating. But if you're curious what it's like to re-read this in a snarky mood when it's less shiny or new read myI'm not going to change my review or rating. But if you're curious what it's like to re-read this in a snarky mood when it's less shiny or new read my status updates. But I say all that with teasing love because this series feels like an old friends where I'm allowed to poke fun and tease it's flaws because our relationship is stable enough. Yes it's flawed. But we're friends anyways.
I'm still on a post-reading-this-book-high. I loved it. It threw Katniss in yet another impossible situation that she had to think her way out of. Reading a great book is like falling in love...a bit intoxicating...and I feel like I fell in love last night.
The thing about these books is that you care about the characters. Those are the books that stick with you, the ones where you believe the characters and love the characters. Having read a book recently that I thought lacked character development Mockingjay (and all the Hunger Games) reminds me of how characters can go so right and by the time you reach the end you don't care how the plotline ends, but about how that effects the characters.
There were points where I got very confused in this book, usually when Katniss was confused and there was a lot of choas. I had to re-read a couple of passages because 1st person + choas = confusion. I was so glad that this book did not focus on the love triangle. Yes it was mentioned occasionally but the war took centerstage. Some people may not like this. I find it slightly unbelievable when stories focus too much on the romance in the middle of life-and-death situations where the character should focus on survival. ...more