Definitely a step up from other mind-candy romance novels, this adds in a few refreshing twists.
The supernatural element is mostly welcome, but there...moreDefinitely a step up from other mind-candy romance novels, this adds in a few refreshing twists.
The supernatural element is mostly welcome, but there is also a definite change in the overall language to the books as well, far less purple than other novels in the genre. While there's not a quivering member or a honeyed anything to be found, it makes the reader feel a lot more at ease reading the book because the actual details don't make you cringe or feel like you're wading through metaphors.
The characters themselves are actually very well supported for a romance novel, and there's an irreverent sense of humor in this book that appeals to the regular reader and the wink-nudge sensibility of an edgier reader.
The plot, while not the most imaginative (how many times can the romance novel support an immortal man story) offers quite a few twists along the way, as well as a surprising ending, enough so that what could have been a stale re-tread stays fresh and enjoyable. (less)
The Crystal Warriors, and its sequel, Crystal Sorcerers, were bargain bin specials that I picked up strictly on the strength of their cover art. I was...moreThe Crystal Warriors, and its sequel, Crystal Sorcerers, were bargain bin specials that I picked up strictly on the strength of their cover art. I was not disappointed.
While the story is rather predictable (opposing sides pulled through to a new dimension and must work together or die) there are enough differences from the formula to make it interesting to read. The characters and the new world of Haven are both fleshed out in ways that introduces the readers to everything at the same time the Earthers are introduced to it, and that helps a great deal in pulling the reader into the story.
There are the usual bad guys, both in and out of the core group, but even they are fleshed out in a way that they are not boring characters, either. The love stories are a bit contrived, but the friendship between the American and Japanese World War soldiers make up for it, especially the commanding officers (Mark and Ikawa). If you like fantasy, pick these two books up, and you won't be disappointed.(less)
Written as a tongue-in-cheek survival guide, this book could be thought of as a zombie lover's bible. It includes not only survival tips but how to ki...moreWritten as a tongue-in-cheek survival guide, this book could be thought of as a zombie lover's bible. It includes not only survival tips but how to kill a zombie, what weapons are best and worst, and how to survive in a world infested with zombies.
In a nutshell, this is everything you want to know about zombies, but were afraid to ask. (less)
Formerly a member of the Royal Shakespearean Company, actor/director Kenneth Branagh confesses that he has been intrigued and in some ways obsessed by...moreFormerly a member of the Royal Shakespearean Company, actor/director Kenneth Branagh confesses that he has been intrigued and in some ways obsessed by Hamlet from early on in his life, early teens and before.
That intense devotion-bordering-on-obsession serves this book well, as well as it's movie counterpart. Both the introduction and the film diary give excellent insights into not just how the movie was made, but the play itself, and how things that we don't notice--for example, what a good statesman Polonius is, because he treats Hamlet well and with respect even after Hamlet disgraces Ophelia ("To a nunnery, go" and during the entire play-within-a-play)--help to create that character in more dimensions than simply the Kingmaker.
As you read the text of the play--and that is exactly what this is, the "eternity version" of Hamlet, pieced together from several quartos and one surviving copy--there are notations from Branagh, stage directions and hints for the reader of what the passage is saying. Several soliloquies have been shifted in this edition to make it flow better for filming, and I think they are actual improvements on the places they are found in the text.
However, the shifting of passages does not dull the understanding of the play a whit; even though this is made as a companion book to an excellent film, it stands alone quite well as an "everyman's" treatise on how Hamlet the play and Hamlet the man can influence one person's life. (less)