More of a 4.5 than a full 5, but this was excellent. The writing alone made me love it, but the story, atmosphere, and themes (sisterhood! fate! love!More of a 4.5 than a full 5, but this was excellent. The writing alone made me love it, but the story, atmosphere, and themes (sisterhood! fate! love!) made me adore it....more
***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supe***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supervisor doesn't not affect my opinion or rating. I sadly was not bribed either.***
I've been putting off this review for, well, a while. Mostly because I didn't quite know what to write since so much of me was mixed on this novel. Blackbeard's Freedom was a fun novel in a lot of ways; fun moments, good character interaction, and a few gripping scenes. There was that piraty adventure quality to it basically that makes you want to break down and buy all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies even though 3/4 of them are godawful. But they're fun, they have pirates, they have crazy inexplicable adventures (view spoiler)[like that one time the boat was on this giant rock thing and I don't know what kind of physics was going on, but I call all the shenanigans Jeremy, all of them. (hide spoiler)] So while there were moments of historical inaccuracy (view spoiler)[Acadians do not belong in the Caribbean! Do not make me get out my history notes! (hide spoiler)], crazy physics moments, and a romance plot that I was nooot a fan of (view spoiler)[Sorry, but even before the giant princessy plot twist at the end, that ship had sunk for me (hide spoiler)], Blackbeard's Freedom was an enjoyable read.
And while there were parts I didn't care for (which I've mentioned briefly above), and I found the writing difficult at times (I'm always a stickler on this), I really enjoyed the spirit of adventure and friendship through this novel. After all it has more than a few intense relationship between the pirates that a fanfiction fandom could definitely sink their teeth in :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
For the first half to 3/4 of this book, I was incredibly frustrated with the characters in Le Survenant. Venant was a drunken loser. Everyone else lovFor the first half to 3/4 of this book, I was incredibly frustrated with the characters in Le Survenant. Venant was a drunken loser. Everyone else loved him. Everyone gave him money and made excuses. And jeeze.
Then my co-worker pointed out two things to me:
A-I'm not very forgiving. (It's sadly true, but I am trying to work on that?)
B-Men in those times lived in a hash climate that encouraged drinking as the only way to survive.
And it changed everything I thought about this book. Seriously. As weird as that seems. It made me open up to the book, if that makes any sense, and when I reached that final page I saw the love the author has so carefully woven. The love of land, of home, of security, of community, isolation, the love of living and breathing in a self-imposed exile made by the community Venant visits and tries, near the end anyway, to change. And it made me think of Quebec; its history; its culture; and its attitude (at least in the past) of being a separate country within a country. Basically it made me realize why this book is important in the Quebec canon; because it illustrates the problem of creating a isolated community within a wider world.
I had a lot more to say about this. But I'm kind of sick at the moment, so the brain isn't quite working. Needless to say, if you want to read more about Quebec, here's a good place to stop and smell the minds of its writers....more
It was good for a lot of parts, but ultimately didn't have quite the punch it needed to stand. Especially that epilogue. I've never read such a paltryIt was good for a lot of parts, but ultimately didn't have quite the punch it needed to stand. Especially that epilogue. I've never read such a paltry attempt at closing a book.
Some moments of truly knock-out feels, but a lot of annoyance at the amount of naivety we were supposed to believe. If he was 6 or 7, it might've been more realistic...
A book set in the Holocaust, but ultimately not a book about the Holocaust.
And here I thought I would cry. Both this and The Fault in Our Stars were sadly not cried over at all. Guess I gave it all to The Last Unicorn animated film. ...more
While it still kept to its core of historical mystery, I was half sad and half proud of this volume for not continuing to be a typical CSI mystery series, and instead talking about historical mysteries and keeping the series neatly within the era's context.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that this volume surprised me by being so different from what I expected. Instead of more suicide-mystery victims, we got something far more intriguing.
I wish I found interesting things like ciphers in my used books. Instead I get pictures of Brad and his 10 pointer.
"Jen loves Brad." everybody.
And now its leaving me longing for the next volume. A pre-order date? Anyone?
I was kind of more than a little surprised (and impressed to be honest) how much I ended up liking this novel at the end of it. For the first 100 pageI was kind of more than a little surprised (and impressed to be honest) how much I ended up liking this novel at the end of it. For the first 100 pages I was in agony; seeking only to read my required amount (I give every book 100 pages to shape up, though there are exceptions to that rule), before I could smack it across the room and into my to-sell pile.
But somehow I ended up reading the next 100, and the 100 after that.
Hades' Daughter has an...interesting...plot. And by that I mean its crazily convoluted and just...well out there. Reincarnation, jumps in time, moments with a murderous Minotaur (and believe me that sounds much more fun and scary than it actually was), gods and goddesses, ritualistic, rapey sex...
Yeah, it's one of those fantasy novels. With plenty of emotional outpouring (literally and metaphorically) by the characters to boot.
I think my shelves say it all. The cast in Hades' Daughter had both a very whiny (enough to rival the majority of the YA heroines I read) and highly annoying protagonist (her tears alone....jeeze) and a bunch of idiots who get much too overworked over their jealous feelings.
And one of the main villains can't seem to figure out how to assassinate someone, even though she has the power to create crazy sea storms, destroy gods, and apparently is good at manipulation based on her ability to control these jealous idiots.
but that would ruin the plot, Carissa.
The main villain, said Minotaur, is sadly as about as interesting and compelling as our whiny, pathetic heroine, and most of his random moments made me want to jump in with a jar of tar-tar sauce and kill him, so I wouldn't have to read about him chuckling in the darkness and stroking his knife (no that is not a euphemism, I hope anyway) while waiting for his revenge.
Which, considering there are THREE sequels to this series, is going to be a lonnnnnnnnng time in coming.
Which is also kind of the reason why I'm not going to continue reading the series, even though I'm sort of interesting in reading more. I'm trying to be more selective in my reading choices, something a long 500-pages meh quartet doesn't quite cut it, plus based on the synopsis for each of them, there's a definite reincarnation and repetition theme going on, probably with some added character development.
Which, if you hadn't guessed, I'm not quite intrigued by.
All in all, while I was somehow sucked into this novel (something I'm still trying to figure out-its definitely not the writing, maybe it's train-wreck-cant-look-away worth?), its not a fantasy series I wish to continue. Too much crying. I've been there once before, with Wizard's First Rule. On the bright side, however, my reaction does bode well for my future reading of The Wayfarer Redemption. 3.5/5...more
For sheer size alone, this book gained my respect. And then I read it.
While I do admit there was a lot of crazy in this bundlTalk about an eppppiiiic.
For sheer size alone, this book gained my respect. And then I read it.
While I do admit there was a lot of crazy in this bundle, and a few moments of 80s fantasy shamanism (why is that always in 80/90s fantasy??), overall this was a very interesting retelling of the Arthurian legend (if slightly anti-religious, not to mention more than slightly anti-Gwen (view spoiler)[and then there's the threesome (hide spoiler)]) and an amazingly well written piece.
Wow. A perfect blend of supernatural and history, this juicy little novel kept me well entertained and perfectly satisfied with its dark, tragic endinWow. A perfect blend of supernatural and history, this juicy little novel kept me well entertained and perfectly satisfied with its dark, tragic ending....more
I love the political repercussions to the previous arc. It's definitely proof of the series' utilization of history, and it just generally makes me haI love the political repercussions to the previous arc. It's definitely proof of the series' utilization of history, and it just generally makes me happy.
Now if only I didn't have to deal with cliffhangers!