Big disappointment after the first book in the series. While still well written, I was looking forward to seeing Bertie deal with the world outside thBig disappointment after the first book in the series. While still well written, I was looking forward to seeing Bertie deal with the world outside the Theatre...only for that world to turn out to be just as magical and surreal as the world inside. Which doesn't make sense to me if the Theatre's characters come from actual plays.
It's possible she just hasn't reached the actual "real world" yet, but I don't know if I'm motivated enough to read the third one and find out. :-(...more
Picked this one up after the last book in the series was (finally!) released. I'd been waiting until then to see if the series ever WOULD end.
As for tPicked this one up after the last book in the series was (finally!) released. I'd been waiting until then to see if the series ever WOULD end.
As for the book itself...I love the characters (well, most of them--Rand and Mat get on my nerves), the worldbuilding is strong, and there are dozens of little nods to Arthurian Legend, history, and other fantasy that I enjoy a great deal. There's just one thing that drives me up the WALL. Which is that it takes forever for anything to happen. Most of the book feels like it could've been cut out--or at least pared WAY down--because it's just the characters running away from the bad guys. It feels like the actual plot doesn't kick in until the last fifth of the book, and then the ending is rushed.
I'll keep going with the series because in spite of this I do understand why it's considered a fantasy classic, but considering how many books there are I'm not holding my breath that the problem will get better any time soon....more
Don't get me wrong, this book is just as gorgeously written as the rest of the series, if not moreso. But there's a twist that just...hurts too much fDon't get me wrong, this book is just as gorgeously written as the rest of the series, if not moreso. But there's a twist that just...hurts too much for me to enjoy this one as much as the rest....more
I read this book for the first time when I was probably ten years old, ironically long before I picked up Bridge to Terabithia. Now years later afterI read this book for the first time when I was probably ten years old, ironically long before I picked up Bridge to Terabithia. Now years later after having read and loved both, it's genuinely difficult to say which is my favorite of the two.
Both books deal with a certain number of similar themes: an "ordinary" child whose life is transformed by an imaginative friend who opens their mind to a world of possibilities, then those friends are parted. The difference is that Ivy comes and goes from Martha's life over a number of years instead of the tragic brevity of Jess and Leslie's friendship. So, while both books have a sadness to them, The Changeling is more a quietly mournful tale about growing up, losing--and trying to reclaim--the immediacy of the dreams of childhood in the face of adulthood's harsh realities. Whereas Bridge to Terabithia delivers a much quicker, sharper blow (to try to put it in a way that won't spoil either book too badly).
I think part of the reason it's so hard for me to choose between them is that my own growing up years delivered blows of both kinds, so both books resonate on a very personal level with me. But I would definitely recommend The Changeling to anyone who did love Bridge to Terabithia, either as a child or an adult....more
Another Service favorite and one of the few of hers I managed to get my hands on when it first came out. It has since fallen out of print like many otAnother Service favorite and one of the few of hers I managed to get my hands on when it first came out. It has since fallen out of print like many others. :-\
The premise *sounds* like standard science fiction fare: Connie is an American teenager, Rudy is the heir apparent to a tiny European kingdom, and they've been psychically linked ever since they can remember. That link comes in handy when Rudy's position puts him in danger. But one of my favorite things about this book is that the psychic bond between Connie and Rudy is not your traditional telepathy. It's...more like some sort of astral projection version of a foreign exchange program. *g*
What this means is that the challenges the two characters face are also very unusual, particularly once Rudy gets kidnapped and Connie's last "visit" to him is the only information they have on where he's being held. Overall, it's an intriguing premise, (IMO) well-executed. Definitely recommend....more
While I adore the premise of this book--following Martha on her journey around the world during the year-that-wasn't--I'm sorry to say it didn't quiteWhile I adore the premise of this book--following Martha on her journey around the world during the year-that-wasn't--I'm sorry to say it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I mean, don't get me wrong, I still loved it or I wouldn't have rated it four stars *g*, but there were two things that stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have. One, several segments (flasbacks to Martha's time with the Doctor) were written by different authors and I'm afraid it shows. While each one individually is pretty good (some MUCH stronger than others), they don't mesh well. The second and bigger problem I had with the book is that it pretty much ends with the destruction of Japan, skipping straight from there right back to where we picked up in "Last of the Time Lords." Which means that we get some good detail on the first few months of her journey...and then nothing. So it really doesn't fill the gap it promised to.
Even so, though, I'd definitely say it's a must-read for any Martha fan. If for no other reason than because it shows her being the strong, insecure, brilliant, compassionate individual that we know her to be, persevering in the face of unimaginable odds because she has to (even though she's terrified and overwhelmed), because she made a promise and she wouldn't be who she is if she didn't keep it....more
I take it back. While I still adore Sweet Danger beyond belief, this book has completely and utterly stolen the crown of my favorite Campion book fromI take it back. While I still adore Sweet Danger beyond belief, this book has completely and utterly stolen the crown of my favorite Campion book from it.
Amanda returns again (you'll probably notice I tend to adore the books with her in them) and this time Albert *finally* gets it, what the reader has seen all along, that she is the perfect partner for him in every sense of the word and he is head over heels in love with her. Naturally, it takes a bad case of traumatic amnesia to do it and his timing couldn't be worse: Amanda, weary of waiting for him to come around, has fallen under the spell of a charming other man and wants out of their engagement of convenience.
As if that weren't bad enough, some horrid Axis plan to undermine Britain's war effort--and its sovreignty--is under way and the only way to stop it is locked in Campion's very lost memory. Meaning he has to not only figure out a way to win back the girl of his dreams, but also to save the Empire while he's at it. For a man unaccustomed to being helpless in matters personal *or* professional, it's a humbling position to be in. And quite frankly, though I adore Campion just the way he is, it's a humbling he sorely needs. ;-)
Okay, I have to admit: I picked this book up for one reason and one reason only. The protagonist's ex was a man named Chance with strange luck. (ThisOkay, I have to admit: I picked this book up for one reason and one reason only. The protagonist's ex was a man named Chance with strange luck. (This will only make sense to any fans of the mid-90s TV series Strange Luck. *g*)
That said, I really enjoyed it. Corine is an engaging heroine (much frumpier than the girl on the cover, which amused me) with believable fears and issues (considering the world she lives in). I liked that her gift didn't come without a price, and found the reason for that intriguing. Another great thing is that for an urban fantasy novel (at least the kind typically aimed at us girls), Chance was pretty well developed too, largely through his relationship with his missing mother, who turns out to have a past neither he nor Corine ever imagined. The supporting cast of characters was great too, to the point where I almost didn't roll my eyes at the requisite rival for Corine's affections, a local cop who happens to be an empath. Most importantly, the book left me wanting to know more about both Corine and Chance. This is good since it's the first of a series. *g* ...more