I got this book only because of the story "Two Hearts", the novelette sequel to The Last Unicorn. It was worth the price for that story alone, which iI got this book only because of the story "Two Hearts", the novelette sequel to The Last Unicorn. It was worth the price for that story alone, which is simply amazing.
The other stories in the collection are pretty good as well - some better than others, of course, but I considered them extras tossed in for free....more
First in a trilogy, this is a new fantasy world that just begs to be discovered, with a well-thought out magic system that relies heavily on principalFirst in a trilogy, this is a new fantasy world that just begs to be discovered, with a well-thought out magic system that relies heavily on principals of modern chemistry and physics.
Innkeeper Kote is more than he seems - in fact, he is Kvothe, a hero of some fame. We learn his history as he tells his story to a scribe for posterity... but we only get so much before the rest of the tale is left for the sequels.
What we do get is a tale of early childhood among traveling entertainers that ends in tragedy, and attendance at a magic university by way of extreme poverty. There's also a love story, a rival, and a mystery that involves the oldest and most powerful demons and gods....more
It's really a good book, and an important one. Getting the story straight from John Robert Lewis himself adds unbelievable weight, accuracy, and explaIt's really a good book, and an important one. Getting the story straight from John Robert Lewis himself adds unbelievable weight, accuracy, and explanation to the story.
This story and video do a good job of explaining it. While I think that co-author Andrew Aydin (who works in Lewis' office) did a good job on the book, he comes off a little too "Pow! Comics!" in the interview. On the other hand, illustrator and comics veteran Nate Powell understands the power of comics and how to tell this story.
It's a wonderful, wonderful book and I couldn't recommend it more. It deserves to be added to classrooms and school libraries. I'm looking forward to the next two volumes....more
I recently read a comment that this book was like a poem, and I find that the best way to describe it. Beagle paints a full, rich world without wastinI recently read a comment that this book was like a poem, and I find that the best way to describe it. Beagle paints a full, rich world without wasting a single word.
I don't think the book is very deep, but it contains deep things - almost as if we get to see the tip of the iceberg and, although we know more is beneath the surface we do not see it, though we certainly can feel and appreciate the power under the waves....more
At it's heart, this book is about a hero's quest, complete with a prophesy about saving the world. However, the setting makes this basic story all butAt it's heart, this book is about a hero's quest, complete with a prophesy about saving the world. However, the setting makes this basic story all but unrecognizable: in a post-apocalyptic Africa, old computers are sold alongside bread and perfume at village markets, while sorcery is common enough to be feared or respected.
The book is awkward at times, and individual characters often take a back seat to the discussions of war rape, female circumcision, and gender/racial inequality. Important topics, but they would be more meaningful if we cared more for the characters as people.
Ultimately, this book addresses fate versus free will, and the ability to make a difference. I think the author accomplished what she wanted to do with the book, albeit a bit clumsily. Nevertheless, the book is entertaining and makes you think, which is more than enough....more
This book is an illustrated poem that somehow manages to bring together all sorts of fantasy scenarios that are familiar and make something new. In otThis book is an illustrated poem that somehow manages to bring together all sorts of fantasy scenarios that are familiar and make something new. In other words, it's pure, concentrated Gaiman doing what he does best.
TenNapel once again walks a tightrope in telling a religious tale without being preachy. He is outspoken about his Christian faith, and his books allTenNapel once again walks a tightrope in telling a religious tale without being preachy. He is outspoken about his Christian faith, and his books all seem to bring that into focus to some extent. This story, presenting a version of the afterlife, has some obviously Christian elements, but it also has plenty of other things, dealing more with fantasy than religion. The result is a story that entertains and makes you think. It's not going to be taught as a religious text, though I can see how the religious aspects might be unappreciated by some. The story is a "what happens when we die" fantasy of a city of ghosts, with a small dose of Christian teaching thrown in....more
This books is written for older children, perhaps pre-teen and below (more likely below). It concerns a father's explanation about why a trip to the store for milk took longer than expected, complete with pirates, dinosaurs, and time-travel paradoxes. It does, however, rely on repeating the phrase "Fortunately the milk...", which seems forced in places.
I'm a big fan of Scottie Young, but I have to admit that I liked Riddell's version better in just about every way (except for the volcano god - I preferred Young's version of that character). Riddell's art simply works better to compliment and set up the text. Plus, the UK version has a shiny foil cover, has a fold out panel, and the father character bears a striking resemblance to the author.
Both versions serve to demonstrate that there is more than one way to illustrate a story (a lesson my children need to learn), but if you can only have one I'd pick the UK version with Riddell's illustrations....more
The stories are very good, and haunting in that "stick with you long after you stop reading" sort of way. They both seem a little too short, and the author clumsily includes the phrase "strange birds" in the text, but both stories are deep and complex.
Either that or I'm starved for good literature lately. :)...more
You need to be familiar with The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, the two books of Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller trilogy that have been published so far. Yes, those are big books, but no, you can't just read this smaller book to see if you like it and want to read the others.
That's because this book is not like the others at all.
This book dives completely into the headspace of Auri, one of the characters of the Kingkiller books, and you need to meet her there. Get introduced to her in those books and then read The Slow Regard of Silent Things in order to know her better.
It would be easy to say that Auri is out of touch with reality. But maybe she's more in touch with reality than you or I could ever be.
On the surface, very little happens in this book. Auri has a routine, she cleans up, explores, and makes soap. She probably comes off as suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder or other psychosis.
But what if she's right?
It's easier to make this jump in a fantasy world where magic and demons exist, but what if she's right? What if objects do have specific places, or times, or rules? What if Auri isn't weird or strange, but is only doing the best she can to make sense of rules the rest of us don't even know are there?
This story could not have been told in the other books. But this story needed to be told. It needed it's own place and time. Auri would know this. And so should you....more