This book was very enjoyable like all of his, but it was kind of all over the place. I almost forgot about the Truelove through most of the book till...moreThis book was very enjoyable like all of his, but it was kind of all over the place. I almost forgot about the Truelove through most of the book till the tidy wrap up at the very end. But it was still another nice high adventure on the seas. (less)
Great book, really well written, interesting characters, crazy and amazing plot as usual for Palahniuk. It follows a model who's face has been blasted...moreGreat book, really well written, interesting characters, crazy and amazing plot as usual for Palahniuk. It follows a model who's face has been blasted off in a freak accident as she reinvents her life and reimagines her past. The other characters are similarly interesting with a good mix of obvious and deep. The plot twists are good. I feel like I should have seen them coming even though I didn't and they serve the story, so basically it's a very well constructed novel.(less)
So nerdy, so wonderful! My favorite line is Harry's family motto, "You can never have enough books!" Everyone should give it a try, especially if you a...moreSo nerdy, so wonderful! My favorite line is Harry's family motto, "You can never have enough books!" Everyone should give it a try, especially if you aren't morally opposed to harry potter and sometimes like rationality.
Even if you don't want to get through the whole thing, if you take the chapters as short stories the first few chapters or 100 pages are a compete riot.
If you're a historian you'll appreciate his occasional appeals to historical occasions during his search for moral high ground, or at least an internally consistant set of rules for himself.
If you're a scientist or SF geek you'll appreciate that this Harry is, too.
If you're neither, but you like Harry Potter, then this is a funny departure and somewhat flippant response to some of the silly things that went on the HP universe. Not that it isn't serious and a bit scary (in that it's sometimes scary to think about the complexity of good and bad characters beyond, well, good and bad), but it's more light hearted than dark and the extra dimensionality to the characters, if you liked them in the HP books is fun.
Oddly, this book is still in progress (though at 1300 pages it doesn't feel like I've been left with a cliff hanger, though I will come back occasionally looking for new chapters to finish it off). It's free, as it's a fan fiction, and you can read it in pdf, or download a format your ereader can handle. Or if you like, print it out yourself. Which is cheaper than buying a book, and in the end wouldn't "waste" any more paper. :) There's also a pretty good audio book version if you have a commute or work with headphones on. You can find it online here: http://perf.hpmor.com/
A warning, though, this Harry is sometimes as or more annoying than the original. He's smart, but really full of himself, cold, more like an educated 20-something than an 11 year old, and almost always gets his way. Also, if you are triggered by people who are evil by not thinking of their enemies as people, or by callus conversations about doing evil-death-eater-like things, avoid it too. (less)