This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 yeTime to review another oldie:D
This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 year old naive mind remembers it.
But, anyway, it is epic, with great stories, lovably mean characters, cool sci fi/cyberpunk elements and an AMAZING finale (it's on this giant floating weather baloon/space station thing, i really dont remember much just that i was drooling all over myself). I swear the first thing i remember thinking upon finishing this book was "no director could ever do justice to this book." I just loved it that much.
I've always wondered if you could have a favorite song from a band who isn't your favorite band. I recently realized, of course you can. Because you can have a favorite book by someone who is not your favorite author. Case in point, I'm not the hugest fan of his Artemis Fowl series, so i've never read any of Mr. Colfer's other works. But this is hands down, no contest, that's a wrap, my favorite book ever. and it's not even 300 pages. go figure....more
The more i think back on it, the less i dislike it. For some reason right after i finished it, i hated it. The end just really angered me at how ambigThe more i think back on it, the less i dislike it. For some reason right after i finished it, i hated it. The end just really angered me at how ambiguous it was, with no real closure and no promise of a sequel. And at that point, i wasn't sure if i would be up for a sequel. However, as of now, i would definitely want to find out what happened to Honor's parents and to her on the Island. Of course, with my luck, one will never be made....more
**spoiler alert** I would put this one under the "nice try" category. This time we have Eoin Colfer, creator of the Artemis Fowl series and one of m**spoiler alert** I would put this one under the "nice try" category. This time we have Eoin Colfer, creator of the Artemis Fowl series and one of my all time favorites, The Supernaturalist, taking up the helm. And while it reads pretty similarly to Mr. Adam's first five books, it's just not up to par.
He writes a decent plot, but in reading it the most recent of all six books, i find it the most forgettable. I also felt like the characters acted differently than they did in Adam's books. Trillian ends up with Wowbagger, REALLY? Really, Mr. Colfer? We're supposed to believe that this alien who has dedicated his whole life to insulting EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the known and unknown Universes, just up and quits to live a quiet life with a human woman he just met. I can't be the only one who assumed Trillian and Arthur would end up together, right?
Oh and what about Fenchurch, what the hell ever happened to her? I know Adams wrote her out of the story merely as an easier way to move the plot along, but I want answers, man. I was really hoping that would be resolved here. Marvin isn't mentioned either, although i can barely remember the last story he was involved in, so that isn't necessarily Colfer's fault.
Oh, and on the subject of the "Guide Notes." They suck. It's almost the exact same problem I had with The Red Pyramid 's recording interruptions, but times ten. These annoying buggers pop up almost every 2-3 pages to let you know interesting tid bits of planets the characters are on, technology they're using, or anything the Hitchiker's Guide knows. It's gimmicky. Whereas Adams would simply devote every couple of chapters to a Guide monologue, Colfer does both. It just becomes an overload of information that i could really care less about, and distracts from what is supposed to be important, a.k.a the story. Colfer isn't nearly as witty and sly in these instances, either. His naming of planets and aliens are uninspired and really fall flat in the joke department.
Okay, I know a lot of people did not like how Mostly Harmless ended, me included, and Colfer was trying to undo that (he sort of had to if he wanted ANY main characters alive). But to unwrite a dissatisfying ending, and to write one even more so? And it's not even sad or anything, just depressing. Like hitting the nail in the coffin of this once great series....more
It's almost impossible to put into words how much i absolutely loved and appreciated what Westerfeld managed to do in this book. He took the history iIt's almost impossible to put into words how much i absolutely loved and appreciated what Westerfeld managed to do in this book. He took the history i know of World War I and added just a little bit of fiction to all the facts.
The juxtaposition of the Clanker's (Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary) machinery that seems leaps and bounds of anything humans have ever made, and placing it in an era that is almost 100 years old, is brilliantly realized (especially in the beautiful drawings). I know this is "steampunk" and that's basically the very definition, but i have never read a novel in this genre, and after this, i just may go looking for others.
And then we have the Darwinist (France and Britian) and the amazing half animal half machine crafts they create. The origin is what i thought was ingenious. In the books's history, Charles Darwin himself discovered human DNA in the mid 1800's, not like how it was truly discovered in the 1950's. He began to play around with it and soon managed to instill multiple "life strands" together to form new species all together. They range from the gargantuan Leviathan itself to the tiny "messenger lizards" that have the ability to repeat human voices word for word, and scuttle to and fro on vessels transferring messages.
The imagination and thought process of Westerfeld is put on display beautifully in this novel. I eagerly anticipate the Behemoth 's arrival, my imagination is spurting with ideas as to what kind of beastie it could possibly be..
It's, unfortunately, really slow to start, but packs a wallop in the end. Really reminded me of The Hunger Games at times with how young kids were forIt's, unfortunately, really slow to start, but packs a wallop in the end. Really reminded me of The Hunger Games at times with how young kids were forced into these insane and brutal situations. The last 100 or so pages are an amazingly brisk read, filled with revelations, action sequences, and terrible deaths. I also feel like the book really well avoided that first-in-a-series pit fall by revealing just enough about what the Maze is for, why certain boys were chosen for it, and what is happening to the world outside its walls. You get answers to all these questions, with just enough left out to leave you wanting, desperately, for the next book to come out. The Scorch Trials, can not come soon enough....more
I feel as if i read it in one breath, constantly surprised at the brutal and unflinching deaths that the characters inflicted on one another. Just, brI feel as if i read it in one breath, constantly surprised at the brutal and unflinching deaths that the characters inflicted on one another. Just, breathtaking....more
I'm all for short chapters (i zoomed through this in like 3-4 hours, i kid you not) but, no joke, the longest one in this book is 4 pages. This choppyI'm all for short chapters (i zoomed through this in like 3-4 hours, i kid you not) but, no joke, the longest one in this book is 4 pages. This choppy storytelling mechanic makes all the characters seem extremely one dimensional and very cliche. Even Daniel X himself, whom i was expecting to be a brooding and angry main character after the slaughter of his parents right before his eyes, is annoyingly arrogant, careless and, despite his "encyclopedic knowledge" pretty dumb. Oh, and another note, i read on Wikipedia that Patterson wrote this because his son would not read, so he tailored it especially for him. So unless you're an ADD, ultra-hyper 7 year old who can't read chapters longer than 5 pages at a time, avoid this one like the plague....more