I admit to having a weakness for young adult fantasy, especially if it's by someone like Charles de Lint. I admire people who can write convincing urb...moreI admit to having a weakness for young adult fantasy, especially if it's by someone like Charles de Lint. I admire people who can write convincing urban magic.
Now that I completed this book (months ago--I need to be better about keeping this thing up to date!) I can say it was fun, but not the best effort I've read of de Lint's. Oh well. I still had fun reading it, which is really all I care about.(less)
So far, I'm really enjoying this one. It's for teens, so it's not all that challenging. But I don't care. I'm having fun with it. Fantasy is my true l...moreSo far, I'm really enjoying this one. It's for teens, so it's not all that challenging. But I don't care. I'm having fun with it. Fantasy is my true love, and I really love how this has fantasy mingled with reality. It's set in Oxford, initially, and has references to other real places. But there are daemons and witches and some sort of magick, and the Church is evil. That right there amuses me. Oh, if hell is real, I'm so screwed...
Wow, I actually read this several months ago. I need to be much more diligent in updating this site! The Dark Materials were a fun read. Certainly not difficult or terribly thought provoking, aside from the fact that I am still amused by the evilness of the church, which does open up many avenues for social commentary. But it can also be read merely for fun without the commentary. It would be over the heads of most little children anyway, so I say read it for fun. (less)
Totally mindless teen fic. Loved it, but it could never be called "good." It was good reading for the plane, kept my mind off the fact that I was 40,0...moreTotally mindless teen fic. Loved it, but it could never be called "good." It was good reading for the plane, kept my mind off the fact that I was 40,000 feet off the ground. That alone earns it 2 stars rather than the 1 it probably rightly deserves. :)(less)
Holly Black never fails to entertain. I expect this book will be as good as her others that I've read.
Update: Yep, Ironside was just as good as her ot...moreHolly Black never fails to entertain. I expect this book will be as good as her others that I've read.
Update: Yep, Ironside was just as good as her other books. I was a little confused in parts, but it was my own fault for not re-reading Tithe first, the book that went before this one. It was no fault of the author's.
Holly Black's writing style continues to impress me. I really like dark urban fantasy in general, and her novels are very well suited to the genre. She has wonderfully descriptive sequences, and her development of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts held my interest. They're both very shiny and glittery. I don't think her style is as completely sensual as Francesca Lia Block's, but it is very much in the same vein. Black's style is has matured a bit, I think, since her last novel, so I look forward to seeing what her next novels will be like.(less)
Predictable and the "hair raising battles" described on the back cover are hair raising only in their cheesiness. But still, it was a fun read and I k...morePredictable and the "hair raising battles" described on the back cover are hair raising only in their cheesiness. But still, it was a fun read and I knocked it out in a day. I still like faerie stories, even if they're kind of lame. Other than wandering about London a bit, arguing with her mortal parents like any other teen and going to Faerie a couple times, there really wasn't anything that *happened* in this book until the last few pages. Oh well. It boosted my book count for the year, for which I am not in the least apologetic. If reading silly brainless lit once in a while gets me to my goal of 50 books a year, then I will do it. =)(less)
Your typical teenage angsty goth book. I enjoyed it. It was mostly like diet food--light and you gain nothing from it. The theory about the original v...moreYour typical teenage angsty goth book. I enjoyed it. It was mostly like diet food--light and you gain nothing from it. The theory about the original vampires being dying diabetics, though, was really quite fascinating. I can easily see that as something credible. Interesting stuff, that. I'd recommend for anyone who enjoys angsty teen fiction and books you can read in a day. (less)
Kate Forsyth is really good at wrapping up her series. She did another great job with this conclusion. I didn't want it to end, which, to me, is a sig...moreKate Forsyth is really good at wrapping up her series. She did another great job with this conclusion. I didn't want it to end, which, to me, is a sign of an excellent book. (less)
**spoiler alert** Another typical Marillier book--it took about 30 pages to get into it much. Then it seemed a bit slower than average. But there's ju...more**spoiler alert** Another typical Marillier book--it took about 30 pages to get into it much. Then it seemed a bit slower than average. But there's just something about this woman's writing that makes it impossible to put her books down. The same happened with this one. I enjoyed it from the start but then got completely sucked in and couldn't put it down. It did move a bit slower than usual for her, though. But somehow not in a boring way.
This was a very interesting story that combined several different fantasies, from the frog prince to vampires. I enjoyed the way Marillier incorporated stories of the wood folk into her tale, the way the sisters were able to get through the gateway into the other world, and her interpretation of vampires. I didn't really like that there was little to no closure on the issues with Tadeusz or Cezar. I also found her character development to be much less detailed and complete as in her other books. Maybe it's because this book was written for teens rather than adults. All said, though, her character development is still a good bit more detailed than many authors out there.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Marillier's other works, or who has a deep and abiding interest as I do in any sort of vampire novel. I'd prefer to give it 3.5 stars, since 3 isn't enough but 4 is a little too much for this particular effort. (less)
First off, the general action part of the plot wasn't too bad. That said, this book read like **terribly** writte...more**spoiler alert** Spoiler/rant alert!
First off, the general action part of the plot wasn't too bad. That said, this book read like **terribly** written fan fiction. No joke. It was sort of embarrassing that this made it to print.
The character development of T'Ryssa Chen was moderatly good, and she was an entertaining character. However, she was NOT someone who could likely ever make her way onto the Enterprise.
The rest of the characters were only marginally in character. Everyone was incredibly brooding and depressed, except Worf. He was pracitcally Mary freaking Poppins complared to his usual self. Picard was all over the emotional map. Certainly that has happened in previous events, but generally it doesn't interfere with his command decisions. Particularly not to the extent they did in this book. Also, his little breakdown about his 2 kids from his memories as Kalen was laughable.
Which leads me to another issue I had. Picard and Beverly getting pregnant? Really? For fuck's sake, they are in their 60s and 70s. Even in the longer-lived world of Star Trek that is just a Very Bad Idea(TM). My little shipper heart was excited in the books that preceded this one that they finally got together. I didn't even mind that they got married. But having a baby? After all the years of building Picard's personality quirks that make him not amenable to children? Or families on his ship? And now that he got married he suddenly wants babies of his own? It's just not plausible to me. It is too much of a change to be believable.
All in all, I honestly think TPTB are trying to run the Trek franchise into the ground. They killed Data. They are marrying off the logical couples (Riker and Troi, Picard and Crusher). They killed Kathryn Janeway (sob!). They are closing down the Trek Experience in Las Vegas. They are tying everything up in a nice little package with a bow on top. If they want to do that, that's fine. It's just not a particularly well wrapped gift. They need to do a much better job of it than this. This book seriously could have been written by a teen or young person who doesn't have a realistic grasp on adult relationships or emotions. It was really sad that this is the apparent quality of Trek now. It would have been better just to stop production of any new Trek books than to let this one make it to print.
I also recognize the irony in that I will likely read the next book in this series since now I want to see how much worse it can get. It's like a train wreck. You want to look away and just can't. (less)
I went into this book with essentially no expectations. I figured it would be the standard teen vampire book, fairly cliche, with vamps that had maybe...moreI went into this book with essentially no expectations. I figured it would be the standard teen vampire book, fairly cliche, with vamps that had maybe one or two minor changes from the stereotypical vampire figure.
In some ways, I was right. There was teen angst and vampires who drank blood, were unfairly beautiful and were freezing cold to the touch. The change to the cliche is that they could go out in daylight, but bright sun makes them sparkle. So they stay in coudy, gloomy places.
But honestly, for a book that had not a drop of sex in it, it was amazingly erotic. The connection between Edward and Bella was intense and sensual, in the way that a book by Francesca Lia Block is sensual. All the senses were engaged in the descriptions of their interactions, from hate and loathing to desire and love and a hint of fear and danger threaded throughout it all. I loved it.
The characters were fairly well developed, but not as much as I would have hoped. That said, they were still rich and vivid. They had personalities and quirks. They weren't just flat, one-dimensional people. I didn't know as much about their history as I wanted to, and maybe that will come in the rest of the books, but what we learned about them in the present is sufficient to make me happy.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected I would, to be honest. I thought it would be cheesy or try too hard to imitate older vampire novels and just embarrass itself. I was very pleased to be proven wrong. I'd definitely recommend this to any lover of the vampire genre. (less)
This entire book can be described by one word: emo. It was riddled with teenage angst. It had little real plot. It had little character development--e...moreThis entire book can be described by one word: emo. It was riddled with teenage angst. It had little real plot. It had little character development--either further development of Bella or the other known characters, or initial development of newer characters like Jacob. The whole vampire/werewolf conflict is cliched.
That said, I still liked it immensely. I give it 2 stars because I can't in good conscience bring myself to rate it higher. But I still liked it. :) (less)
**spoiler alert** I liked this one a little better than New Moon. I think NM was too emo and I kinda missed Edward. :) Eclipse was totally angsty and...more**spoiler alert** I liked this one a little better than New Moon. I think NM was too emo and I kinda missed Edward. :) Eclipse was totally angsty and emo, too, but I thought the character interactions were more interesting this time. I liked learning more of the history of various groups and individuals. I wish she had developed the story of the newborns in Seattle more. She spent on awful lot of time on the preparation and background for the final confrontation but not enough, in my opinion, on the events that caused the confrontation.
I also like how she handled the triangle. I think we've probably all been in a situation where you are in love with two people, or where two people love you and you don't requite one of them. It's a horrible position to be in, and I felt bad even for emo Bella, Edward and Jake. (less)
**spoiler alert** Well, if the rumors about Meyer not publishing her 5th Twilight book are true, that's perfectly all right by me. This was a decent e...more**spoiler alert** Well, if the rumors about Meyer not publishing her 5th Twilight book are true, that's perfectly all right by me. This was a decent ending to the series.
I found the whole accelerated pregnancy thing to be ludicrous. I don't know why, but abnormal pregnancies in fiction just bug the shit out of me. Whether it's Bella's accelerated pregnancy with a half-vamp fetus, or a woman well beyond childbearing years getting pregnant as in the last Star Trek book I read, or any other form of weird pregnancy, it just smacks me as stupid and weird and generally unnecessary.
But Meyer must have needed a deus ex machina to resolve the triangle with Bella, Edward and Jacob. Having him imprint on Nessie is a much better resolution than having them all face an eternity of angst and emo acting out. I wonder what Anne McCaffrey would think about imprinting? Clearly, she was a huge influence on Meyer for that aspect.
I would have liked to see even just one bonded pair that wasn't male-female. Even if it wasn't a sexual bond, why couldn't there be a pair of 2 females, or 2 males?
In some ways I was glad when Bella finally became a vamp. It allowed them to move beyond the teenage angst a little and into situations that were a little more grown up. In other ways, though, it's creepy. The idea of living for all eternity FOR another person just is weird. I would totally dig being a vampire, preferably an Anne Rice vampire, but living for another person who is essentially a supernatural stalker is NOT the message I would want my teenage kids to have.
I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of other vampires in this book. I would have liked to get more story for each of them, particularly Garrett and the Irish coven. And there is a separate book, I'm sure, screaming to be written about Stefan and Vladimir and their vendetta against the Volturi.
All told, I think this book effectively ends the series. There are a few loose ends, but they aren't so drastic as to be annoying. In the case of Nessie and the Amazon half-vamp, I am not even sure if it's a loose end at all. This book pretty much put a neat little bow on the story. (less)