I really enjoyed this book! I took forever to read it for some reason. But I thought the characters were well developed, and the story was entertainin...moreI really enjoyed this book! I took forever to read it for some reason. But I thought the characters were well developed, and the story was entertaining. I am a sucker for fanatasy, and used to get lost in the Narnia chronicles as a child. 'The Magicians' combines a bit of Narnia and a smidgen of Harry Potter with the cynicism and caustic wit of a misanthrope. I think it's worth checking out for sure!(less)
This is my first time reviewing a book on the goodreads site. I've decided that from now on I'm going to try to make a quick review of the books as I...moreThis is my first time reviewing a book on the goodreads site. I've decided that from now on I'm going to try to make a quick review of the books as I finish them, just for shits and giggles. So on with the review...
This is the first of de Lint's juvie lit books that I have read. Not the first I bought, just the first I read. I needed a mental break from all the historical fiction I've been reading, and I wanted something that I could zip through quickly but would still enjoy. "The Dreaming Place" was the answer to my needs. It was super short (only 120 or 130 something pages), and it was a very entertaining, enjoyable read.
I wasn't sure what to expect out of the juvenile literature selection. I wasn't sure if de Lint could nail the angst and malaise that is being a teenage girl. But he pulled it off! I have always been a sucker for a good fairy tale, and that is what I have LOVED about de Lint's writing. He writes these beautifully magical fairy tales for grown ups (I know... this one was "juvie"). And this little tale did not disappoint. He weaves the elements of magic and folk lore into a thoroughly modern and urban storyscape so believably, so naturally that I find myself looking in the trees expecting to see a manatou or nymph looking back at me.
So, I would definately recommend "The Dreaming Place". It wasn't my all time de Lint favorite, but it was an endearing and entertaining tale for sure!!
So much for a "quick" review!! But now I can finish my last library book, "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory. And after that I am taking a bread from the historical fiction, and the library to catch up on all the books I just got in from Borders!! Plus, Chris's mom lent me a ton of her Evanovich collection so I need to finish them up and return them. More reviews to come! Hopefully they will be shorter and more informative about the book (and not ramblings and tangents of a ridiculous and unnecessary sort). (less)
I read this book a few years ago, and I have actually read it about 3 times total. Then I lent it to someone and I have never seen it again. And I mis...moreI read this book a few years ago, and I have actually read it about 3 times total. Then I lent it to someone and I have never seen it again. And I miss it desperately! I can't bring myself to buy a new copy because I have so many passages underlined, and tons of my own comments in the margins that to have to start all over makes me sad. (Every time I would re-read I would use a different color ink. This allows me to know when the different yummy bits popped out at me.) I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! It gives me the warm fuzzies in my belly!
Crane has a way of telling a story that is so easy to immerse yourself in, completely, all the way in, from eyebrows to ankles, you are in the shit! I felt like I knew these characters. Like they were my friends that I met up with at the pub and then went to a Built to Spill concert with. I knew them, I cared about them, and at some times of my life I have been them. Crane tells one hell of a story! I fell in love with the way she was able to catch me in the web of her words. I wish that I could write like her, had even a fraction her talent!!
It has been entirely too long since I have read this amazing book. I think I am going to have to crack and buy another copy. Everyone should read this book. It is comical and sweet but keeps this quirky, edgy, somewhat snarky attitude that makes it awesome! (less)
I've been on a bit of a run with the Ellen Hopkins books. I knew that her books tend to lean toward the darker, perhaps more depressing side of things...moreI've been on a bit of a run with the Ellen Hopkins books. I knew that her books tend to lean toward the darker, perhaps more depressing side of things. I was ok with that, and the story was skillfully told. My whole issue with this book actually came when I read the Author's Note at the end. Hopkins' "Note" was to remind us that though this was a work of fiction, we should remember the tragedy of real-life downwinders, those who were terribly effected by the results of government nuclear testing in the Nevada desert... Yeah, Hopkins. That's a great reminder, but perhaps the message should have been to encourage victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse to seek help...
In this story, Pattyn describes early on how reading books had the power to change her thinking. And it seems to me, that the power in this book would be to make young people aware that keeping abuse silent can kill. It seems that it would have been more responsible to remind people that abuse can be stopped, and there are ways to get help. It is my opinion that by Hopkins remembering to acknowledge a PAST event, however tragic, she totally ignored that she could have taken the opportunity to positively influence and encourage someone that my presently need to hear a message of hope and healing.
I realize that I let the Author's Note totally ruin my opinion of this story, and I'm a bit on the nuerotic side when it comes to my reactions to what I read. But... that's just one of my goofy quirks... And I'm sure that I will continue to read other books by Ellen Hopkins, because she really is an amazing talent! (less)