I tend to enjoy Diana Wynne Jones's work, but never more than that; her stories about "Howl's Moving Castle" moved me with its simpleness and yet compI tend to enjoy Diana Wynne Jones's work, but never more than that; her stories about "Howl's Moving Castle" moved me with its simpleness and yet completely new world of familiar and new magic, but the two sequels to the first book always felt a bit odd to call sequels as they never had Howl and Sophie as protagonists but always as minor characters which were to help the different protagonists rather than lead the stories.
“All she heard next of the strange conversation behind the sofa was Mrs. Pendragon saying something about sending Twinkle (or was his name Howl?) to bed without supper and Twinkle daring her to 'jutht TRY it.”
Saying I enjoy Jones's writing is true, also when it comes to "House of Many Ways" which is a witty written novel about a different kind of magic than the previous ones; one that can bend and bind times in small house on the country. The protagonist in this story is a grumpy and spoiled child named Charmain; her parents just let her to be with her books which means she does not know how to do the most simple things in her everyday life at the Wizard's house when she is to look after it for him. She gets grumpy at every character and every adventure she comes by, but also grows with these as she cannot just be in her books but also have to live her life fully. However this book feels more like a children's book compared to the previous books in the series. ...more
Every little girl has once dreamed of happily every after in from of a fairy tales with true love, adventures and magical beast, but even though theseEvery little girl has once dreamed of happily every after in from of a fairy tales with true love, adventures and magical beast, but even though these things might happen they might not happened the way one would expect them to. "Wildwood Dancing" by Juliet Marillier is a sweet and delicate story of five sisters who finds a way into the Other Kingdom, filled with dwarves, fairies and wizard on the bright side, and the mysterious and pale living dead on the dark side. Every month the girls travels to this place in order to dance with all the creatures, but when love starts to bloom and their father falls ill everything changes.
Written in s simple yet almost poetic prose this novel is a delightful and easy read full of wonders and fears. Reading this was nothing I had hoped for, because it was something quite different from my expectations, and yet I enjoyed every single page, sentence and word. Mariellier is skilful with her choice of words and her characters slowly comes to life, even though I would have liked to get to know the younger sisters better. She manage to create a world of her own build on familiar feelings from fairy tales, but still she manage to make it her own. I truly enjoyed this with its simple plot and beautiful language. ...more
'The Children of Húrin' by J.R.R. Tolkien is the most depression and darkest tale of Tolkien that I have read so far. It is filled with misery from be'The Children of Húrin' by J.R.R. Tolkien is the most depression and darkest tale of Tolkien that I have read so far. It is filled with misery from beginning to end with no sunshine at all, and yet it is very captivating; when I first picked it up it was as an audio book read by Christopher Lee, who played Sauruman in 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'. He is a fairly good reader, but my reading or rather listening was not moving very fast. That changed, however, after I bought the book and started from page one.
“I will not walk backward in life.”
What is really incredible about this book, is how magnificent Tolkien was; his imagination and creation of both names and creatures are spell bounding. It is obvious that he was inspired by lots of myths and legends, and yet he always manage to create is very own master piece, putting him on top of the fantasy genre as the uncrowned king he truly is. ...more
I am utterly and deeply loving J.R.R. Tolkien's writings of Middle Earth, and "Tales from the Perilous Realm" is no exception. Surely I enjoyed some oI am utterly and deeply loving J.R.R. Tolkien's writings of Middle Earth, and "Tales from the Perilous Realm" is no exception. Surely I enjoyed some of the tales better than others, but I did in fact enjoy them all. "Roverandom" was a short story I have only heard good of, and it was such a sweet and delicate tale about a puppy dog being turned into a toy by a grumpy wizard, but it has in fact very different from what I expected. It has sea creatures and wizards as well as non magic creatures such as seagulls and loving little boys. It is aa fun story aimed at younger readers.
“Rover did not know in the least where the moon's path led to, and at present he was much too frightened and excited to ask, and anyway he was beginning to get used to extraordinary things happening to him.”
Reading this also introduced me to Tolkien's delicate lyrical tales about bearded men, lovesick mermaids and hungry dragons. Each word seems to have been chosen carefully and well, making every poem and every tale a delightful read. Also Alan Lee's illustration suits the stories very well, making them seem even more alive than the words alone make them. ...more
"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully written story which proves that fantasy can easily be written for and read by adults. The author, Neil Ga"Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman is a wonderfully written story which proves that fantasy can easily be written for and read by adults. The author, Neil Gaiman, waves his magical pen and creates a secondary universe to the world of the ordinary, leaving the reader with two very different Londons even though they both share the same street names, London Above and London Below.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London when he one day comes across a girl laying on the pavement. Richard has an ordinary life with an ordinary job and a snobbish girlfriend. The moment he decides to help the girl, Door, he could never have imagine what a world he was about to enter. Imagine, a world underneath your feet where Giants as well as tiny rats walk, where animals terrorize and hunters must do everything in their power to put them down, where you can buy nightmares, lost objects and trash at the market to a very fair price, but also where danger lurks in the corners of this strange place. Door is running from someone who killed her family, and somehow Richard ends up in this dangerous world of hers which is nothing compared to the ordinary.
This is a story so well written and well composed that I do not have the right words or the same magic to even put them together the way Neil Gaiman manages to do so well. The only thing that irritated me a bit, was the slowly moving plot, but when this first starts moving, oh, how fast it moves then!...more
"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman is a jumble of beautifully painting pictures which the author seems to paint effortlessly. He manage"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman is a jumble of beautifully painting pictures which the author seems to paint effortlessly. He manage to describe complex feeling of a child which I found much believable, and sometimes it scared me how well he uses his words, because I felt like he was painting a picture of me as a child much rather than of the main character, whose name we never mentioned. This means that the main character, besides from the fact that it is a boy, could be anyone. What he feels is not only for him, but might as well be for the reader as well.
“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”
Neil Gaiman manage to combine two genres, fantasy and realistic fiction, and the way he does so is admirable. I have no doubt that he puts a great deal of effort into his literary works, but the outcome makes it seem so easy which is truly his talent. I do own a paperback version of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", but I decided to listen to Neil Gaiman's reading of it in the first place the same way I did with his "Stardust" a few years ago. He is a magician not only with writing but with reading as well; I dared not pause the audiobook, because his voice lulled me in, made me gasp and even shed a tear. He is so believable and much overlooked when it comes to reading.
”I couldn’t get you to the ocean,” she said. “But there was nothing stopping me bringing the ocean to you.”
When I reached the end, I almost wanted to start reading it one more time; this book is simple in its form and style, but much complicated when it comes to the emotions. It is a great piece or written work which I have no doubt I will return to again and again and......more
This I really enjoyed about Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift is how this novel is first and foremost a satire of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe,This I really enjoyed about Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift is how this novel is first and foremost a satire of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, but also the body focused issues which it deals with. Swift operates with what happens when one is in a place where one is either very big or very small compared to the environment. Since I enjoyed this aspect a lot, I am very much looking forward to discuss this at one of my courses seeing that this will be a major part of reading this exact novel.
That said I found this easy to read. The plot is much more straightforward than Robinson Crusoe and something is always lurking around the corner for the main character, however, I do think Swift takes too much times to describe the surroundings rather than focusing on the plot and that is a shame. That struck me the most is the fantasy aspects of the story seeing how this was written sometime in the 1700s....more
Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a dark fairy tale for adults. It has parallel worlds, falling stars and kingdoms just across the human world. It has detailStardust by Neil Gaiman is a dark fairy tale for adults. It has parallel worlds, falling stars and kingdoms just across the human world. It has detailed love scenes, bloody fights and duels and is over all a very enjoyable and modern fairy tale. To begin with the story seemed to confuse me a little because it stars off with Dunstan Thorn, whom I thought was the main character but is actually the father of the main character. Anyway, when Tristan Torn is born the actual story begins with a typical love story where the poor shop-boy has fallen in love with the upper class snob who is very materiel and therefore prefers the rich kid. In order to win her icy heart he decides on finding a fallen star to present her with, and that is when the fairy tale really begins.
Neil Gaiman's writing style is absolutely delightful, and even though many has criticize him for being too detailed and graphic when it comes to the sex and the fights, I believe that only shows what a great author he really is seeing that he is able to make the audience bend and disgust. If he did not know his way with words the audience would not have felt this way. Furthermore I think that is also one of the reasons this novel is an adult fairy tale....more
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin made me badly want a cigarette in order to ligthen up this read, and I am no smoker. The reason for this was pA Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin made me badly want a cigarette in order to ligthen up this read, and I am no smoker. The reason for this was probably because I got bored by the fact that this novel only follows a few characters and non of those I really wanted to here more about. I have longed in fact to get inside the head of Cersei Lannister and to begin with I really enjoyed mostly reading about her, Jamine, Brienne and Sansa/Alayne.
I am not sure what changed this enjoyable beginning into some boring... bleh! I really think that is the only word that describes how I felt half way through this brick. I did not feel like anything was going to happen, and the more I read the more irritated I got. In other words: this just did not work for me. ...more
If you are wondering if The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is just Percy Jackson gone Egyptian, the answer is yes, yesm yes. Egyptian mythology sure appeIf you are wondering if The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is just Percy Jackson gone Egyptian, the answer is yes, yesm yes. Egyptian mythology sure appeals to me, however, I am not very familiar with the legends the same way as I am with Greek mythology. Despite my two stars rating, I would definitely recommend this to younger readers or fans of the Percy Jackson universe but only if you are open minded for a new setting and new myths.
The reason I am only rating this two stars is because I could not help imagine the author thinking of writing a new story and just take what he created before, knowing that worked and then just add a little new myths here and new nationalities here. Even so, I can only imagine younger readers having a blast reading this novel which is full of adventure, modern language and instructive information. ...more
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens is undoubtedly a great story of mixed creatures and adventures. At least I can imagine this might be the case if yoThe Emerald Atlas by John Stephens is undoubtedly a great story of mixed creatures and adventures. At least I can imagine this might be the case if you are thirteen years old or even younger. Being my age, almost twenty years old, this novel did not appeal to me highly which is also why I do believe this book should have a age limit, not because it contains swear words or inappropriate descriptions but for the enjoyment only.
What I did like about this novel was the characteristic of Kate, Michael, and Emma. Kate who happens to be the oldest of the siblings is very protective and very mature for her age and situation. Michael is nerdy when it comes to the fantasy genre and its creatures. He also lives in his own world. Emma is nothing like her siblings; she is the youngest about also the toughest in her way of acting and speaking. These characteristic of the main characters makes the reading smoother.
So be aware that I unfortunately have to rate this book one star, main because I and only I could not get fully into it and did not feel the enjoyment of it. Also, I believe the author has mixed too many elements from other well known stories such as Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. These mix are too extensive and only complicates the read. Nevertheless, I would recommend this to younger readers....more
As a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien 's work, The Silmarillion was unquestionably a must read. Even though the novel was nothing I expected it to be, I hapAs a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien 's work, The Silmarillion was unquestionably a must read. Even though the novel was nothing I expected it to be, I happen to like it. It was very insightful to get around how the well-known world of Lord of the Rings was created. ...more
Yes, I did buy this book because of its cover. Yes, it was quite expensive, and yes, I happened to like it. At the same time, I fee, quite ambivalentYes, I did buy this book because of its cover. Yes, it was quite expensive, and yes, I happened to like it. At the same time, I fee, quite ambivalent about this novel, which might also show in my rating; the thing is that Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan actually deserves more than three stars, however, my reason for not rating it any higher was because of the lack of depth. I wanted to love this book. I liked it well enough, but after all the hype, I was disappointed with it.
The main reasons why this novel deserves more than three stars are because of the plot with two likeable main characters who also happen to be thieves. While Hadrian seems very outgoing and does not think twice about his actions, Royce is silent and has a tongue as sharps a the knives he carries. These contrasts are really what makes this a great story. Also, the setting is great.
The main reasons why this book only deserves three stars are because of the time it took before the actions set in. Also, I think the author happen to write something with great potential, but he did miss a lot of opportunities to makes this an epic read. This review sounds like Theft of Swords is an awful read, but it is not. It has a great storyline and characters. ...more
In my opinion the plot in A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by by George R.R. Martin was rather boring, and I easily got distracted from the overall pIn my opinion the plot in A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by by George R.R. Martin was rather boring, and I easily got distracted from the overall purpose. Still, I found it interesting to be introduced to two new characters, Samwell Tarly and Jaime Lannister, who somehow managed to light up the gallery of characters. As I've said before in my reviews for the previous novels in this series, the frequency of certain character viewpoints is highly erratic and it does not only annoys but also make it very difficult to follow what is going on.
That said, I happened to enjoy the story although the generally boring plot, because some of the characters developed, but also because i was longing to hear something about the White Walkers. Despite the lack of action I will definitely continue on this series, but probably not right away. ...more
At first I thought First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain was an epic fantasy novel, but then I read Jenny's review and suddenly my opinion changed froAt first I thought First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain was an epic fantasy novel, but then I read Jenny's review and suddenly my opinion changed from oh-my-god-this-is-the-most-epic-read to wow-deja-vu. This suddenly feeling of deja vu is because of the many similarities First Rider's Call have en common with magnificent Lord of the Rings trilogy.
"So the main character, Karigan (Frodo?), gets dragged into this quest because she inherited a magic object, which is a golden brooch (ring?). This brooch allows her to become invisible. Ok, so that was last book. To move one to this one, there is an evil being, Mornhaven (Sauron?) which has been asleep for a long time that is now coming to life and spreading evil. He uses ugly, evil creatures called groundmites (ogres, anyone?) to fight battles. He also sends out these wraith-like creatures wearing crowns who used to be his generals(ring-wraiths?) to do his bidding and retrieve Karigan. Complicating the matter is a race of tall, beautiful, and magical people called Eletians (Elves?) who are trying to stay out of worldly affairs but find themselves drawn into the conflict." — Jenny'sreview.
Of course there will always be similarities among novels such as the magic number three and the good fighting the evil, however, after I read Jenny's review, which I'm glad I did, I could not ignore these similarities which really bothered me. Even so, First Rider's Call is a great series with a lot of great aspects and a certain originality (the green riders) despite what I just wrote. Even thought I do enjoy this series, I'm in no hurry to get my hands on the next book....more
Thank God there are 3970 other people here on who rated this novel two stars! To be honest I've been a little nervous about writing this review, becauThank God there are 3970 other people here on who rated this novel two stars! To be honest I've been a little nervous about writing this review, because the hype of this is so huge.
The Gunslinger by Stephen King is one of those books I really wanted to love, however, the situation was different. When the last page had been turned over, the only feeling left in my body was 'Meh...' as in meh-and-throw-the-book-away.
The only thing that make me rate this book one star were my personal theories and thoughts on the symbolic meaning of the characters, place etc. the writing style and lack of descriptions didn't make it any easier for me to read, but I'm willing to read the next book in the series and see if it gets better, but I was not impressed with this book....more
I do not remember being this torn when it comes to give a book stars. On one hand The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa really got to my nerves; For exampleI do not remember being this torn when it comes to give a book stars. On one hand The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa really got to my nerves; For example, I did not enjoy the first part of the book where Ethan Chase, the main character, starts a new school, get chased by fairies and his class mates thinks him a butt-kicking-ninja-killer-who-burns-down-schools. In general rarely enjoy school scenes in young adult books no matter weather it is in a love novel or a paranormal novel. I did not care for Ethan's struggles to separate himself from any human contact, nor his extreme anger towards his sister, who happens to be the the Iron Queen in fairy-world and never visits. His anger is reasonable, but it is so dominating that it made it hard for me to actually like Ethan which is sad considering how lovely I found him in the previous series. I also hated how his looks had changed, because it made him seem like a stranger to me. Small things annoyed me, but when small things come together they can get big.
The second and thrid part of The Lost Prince were more enjoyable and almost got to me; once again Julie Kagawa, whom I really admire despite this review, really has it going with her imagination that never seems to fail the audience. She manages to create likeable and not so likeable characters with traits that shines through. To meet with some of the old characters, especially Grim - my all time favourite snobby cat-character - but also new ones such as the surprising who-is-he-really Keirran, the is laugh-out-loud awesome Razor who is most likeable to yell "BAD KITTY" at inappropriate times, and of course the sneaky Leanansidhe. Nevernever is always a battle field, and this time it is no exception. I also disliked, without leaving any spoilers, how the writer did something to Ash's and Meghan's story. No me gusta!
All in all I enjoyed this book in general, not as much as the previous series, even though it felt good to visit some of the old characters once again. Lots of things annoyed me, the language was very boyish and suited Ethan Chase great, but I did not buy it. I did not really like Kenzie to begin with, but after she got to Nevernever she almost got butt-kicking-ninja-killer-who-burns-down-schools awesome. Or whatever. I am not sure if i will buy this series or reread it the same way I have done with the Iron-series, but one thing is for sure: TEAM GRIM! ...more