This is one of my favorite books. It's just good. It's about time travel, but it's not. It's about wizards and magic, but it's not. It's about 1800's...moreThis is one of my favorite books. It's just good. It's about time travel, but it's not. It's about wizards and magic, but it's not. It's about 1800's England, but it's not. And it's just SO GOOD. Tim Powers is a genius for writting this. The pace is fantastic, the writting is fantastic and to this day I still say "'What's a Catastrophy?' 'It's like a small piano. I saw one when I went to see my nephew play his organ.' 'His what?' 'His Organ!' 'People will pay to see anything'" which I know isn't accurate, but is still hilarious to me. And that's what gets me about this book. so much of it stays with you. I still think about the part where Jacky has a hand full of bees, and I am afraid of people who have platform shoes. The feel of "urban fantasy" but in a historic setting is something that I still find hard to find in any other book to this day. This book is what got me reading fantasy novels.(less)
This book is so good. It proves that not all fantasy needs to be "fantasy"-y. It's dark, broody and awesome. I can't write reviews very well, (I alway...moreThis book is so good. It proves that not all fantasy needs to be "fantasy"-y. It's dark, broody and awesome. I can't write reviews very well, (I always sound like a 10 year old saying "OMG THIS IS WAESOME!!11ONE1!2), so instead I'll just say that there are images in this book that never have left my subconcious. I still have trouble not giggling knowingly when I hear an "Ode To Joy" ringtone. But I think that's just me, since that part of the book is actually kinda creepy. This is a fantastic book and is so well written it's kinda creepy. The characters seem real, even as they do things that would be impossible for non-Gods or non-demi-Gods to do. This is one of my favorite books, and I'm not just saying that because I'm now internet "friends" with Neil Gaiman.(less)
George R.R. Martin is an evil, evil man. I mean this in the best way that I possibly can, because, well, he wrote the best fantasy series ever beginni...moreGeorge R.R. Martin is an evil, evil man. I mean this in the best way that I possibly can, because, well, he wrote the best fantasy series ever beginning with this book. But he keeps saying things like "only one more book" or "OK, two more books, but only because that way we can focus on smaller groups of the expandingly huge collection of characters". I know that by book six he'll just write something like "And then, out of nowhere the time machines arrived and killed everyone" and all the fans will be all "WHAT?! That's awesome! I never saw that coming" because you never see any of the major surprises coming. Martin has written the broadest of fantasy novels ever in this case and has succeeded in writing a book that not only has good action, but also the best characters ever. If you like Arthurian Fantasy, you should read this. If you don't like Arthurian Fantasy, you should read this. This is the first "High Fantasy" series I've read, and I love it.
Oh wow, I've gone back four years after writing this and re-read my review. I didn't know what I was getting into with this series. This is still probably my favorite fantasy series, it's deep and creative and the twists and turns take you by surprise. I'd say this is the deepest scope book I've read, but I started reading The Way Of Kings and that is promising to be a larger series. That isn't to say that Martin isn't amazing, he is, it's just that with Way of Kings Sanderson is making a 10 book series, and it looks like each one is going to be about 1,000 pages long. At least we know that from the outset.
Anyway: back to this book. The thing I liked about this book was that the characters are extremely well written. And they stay true to their character in all the future books too. If a character seems trustworthy but a bit shady they turn out to be a bit shady later on. If a character seems evil they're probably evil, but that doesn't mean that you don't get to see the story from their point of view later. The fact that Martin takes the point of view characters and changes them every book really makes the series feel fresh and exciting. I can't wait for the next book to come out later this month.(less)
I really do love Jasper Fforde's works. I have yet to be dissapointed by his writing style and skill. I thought this was fantastic. It takes place 14...moreI really do love Jasper Fforde's works. I have yet to be dissapointed by his writing style and skill. I thought this was fantastic. It takes place 14 years after "Something Rotten" and so it's rather essential to have read the other books in the series before reading this one, but like the rest of the books by Jasper Fforde, if you just choose this one you probably won't be too lost. He does a great job of summarizing what's come before without giving too much away. Rather than a standard "review" of the book I think that the best thing to say about this book is that it is clear that Jasper Fforde loves the concept of Story. He uses the Thursday Next series to show just how important Story is to the world and to society. This book also makes a good point in stating that you should try to preserve "The Long Now", which is in part a plot point so I won't spoil it for those who have yet to read, but also just basically means "cherish your life as it is, and don't try to rush around all the time" but said in a less touchy feely way. Also I love the fact that he uses characters to just talk to the audience. Landen's advice to writers seems to be taken from real life. And the last thing I'll say is that I love Fforde's ability to write really silly, really goofy characters and situations that you actually care about. There are a few moments where I actually found myself on the verge of tears, and then laughing out loud just a few pages later. I love you Jasper Fforde, and when your "Ten Books in Ten Years" thing is done I will be one of the many that will be extremely saddened by the loss of new Jasper Fforde books, even if it's only for a year or two.(less)
When I was reading this someone saw me reading it intently and said "Well named eh?" I couldn't agree more. I love Jasper Fforde! I just wanted to keep...moreWhen I was reading this someone saw me reading it intently and said "Well named eh?" I couldn't agree more. I love Jasper Fforde! I just wanted to keep a theme in my Jasper Fforde reviews. Um, you should read it, it is awesome. You don't even have to have read "Eyre Affair"(Though you should) because he uses the first couple of chapters to review what happened. I have known two people(my best friend Joe, and my Uncle Bill) who read this without Eyre Affair and still loved it. And Bill went back and read all of Jasper's books because he liked it so much. So you should read this.(less)
I love Jasper Fforde. I think I've said this in my other reviews of his work, but it's true. He is brilliant. Sure, we've all read books about people...moreI love Jasper Fforde. I think I've said this in my other reviews of his work, but it's true. He is brilliant. Sure, we've all read books about people who police crimes through time, and we've all read books about people who fight monsters for a living, and we've all read books about the various crimes related to and caused by cheese, but it takes a different point of view to think about the various crimes that can be related to books. And that's what Jasper Fforde does best in this book. He introduces the main character of his series, shows the world that she is in, introduces villians and then actually has a good storyline that not only includes time travel and monster fighting, but a new way of seeing books. This has made me really want to learn how to booktravel. And I think that with Jasper's books such a phenomenon is always easy to do. Also, I'd like to say that I am very glad that this comes up first before Michael Chricton's "Next" when you search for books on here. That makes me happy. As does this book.(less)