This is such a fascinating story and really aptly portrays how even the best of intentions can go wildly astray. There's so much present in this shortThis is such a fascinating story and really aptly portrays how even the best of intentions can go wildly astray. There's so much present in this short novel: a down-on-his-luck hero, love, a sick child, a world in peril, a harsh ruling class and a sneaky and crafty villain to despise.
And while the story is finished nicely, I can't help but wish there was more to the characters' stories after the last page. I'm definitely reading the other book in this world (The Executioness)....more
This short story was fantastic. Considering how short it is, there's a wealth of information, about the people who live in the silo, about the rules aThis short story was fantastic. Considering how short it is, there's a wealth of information, about the people who live in the silo, about the rules and about the past.
Within a short amount of pages there is plenty of second guessing (both on the part of characters and the reader) about what is or is not outside the silo. Because that's what this book is really about. It's about faith in a way; it's about how seeing is believing. It's about how when an idea forms in someone's mind they have to know the truth. So what's the truth about this world? And what is really outside the silo?
Wool is crafted so beautifully that the reader won’t know what to believe until the very end....more
In Genesis, we meet young Anaximander, who is enduring questioning on the topic of her choice in an attempt to gain entry into the prestigious AcademyIn Genesis, we meet young Anaximander, who is enduring questioning on the topic of her choice in an attempt to gain entry into the prestigious Academy. Through the questions presented to Anax and her carefully worded answers the reader learns about how a devastating plague ravaged the world and a small society survived by completely cutting itself off from the outside world. Of particular interest to Anax is the figure Adam Forde. We learn about Adam's importance as if the story is the center of an onion and we need to peel back the layers to slowly unveil the true meaning of this story.
Genesis is not an easy read. There is a lot of philosophical discussion, particularly when we look at one of Adam’s interactions. These philosophical discussions and arguments become quite important for the end of the story we are being told. And the end of this story is delivered with a punch. This is a book that I believe needs to be read again in order to truly appreciate the ending.
Genesis is a quick read but it is not easy material, and that makes it all the better.
Some thoughts about the very end of the book, so major spoilers ahead. (view spoiler)[I find it interesting that even the robots have their own religious founding in a sense. There is Adam and Art who represent Adam and Eve. It is Adam, though the infects Art and brings about the virus (equivalent to Eve eating the fruit and giving it to Adam). This is interesting because men dominate women throughout the Bible and history and yet it is the woman - whom men would consider the lesser of the two - who brings about a cataclysmic event.
Now it is the human, the lesser and flawed of the two that brings about the mutations in certain robots, something they are still trying to stamp out years and years later (I believe they even refer to it as original sin). But without Adam Art would never have been able to send out his programming and thus begin the war between robots and humans. They even refer to this whole episode as their Genesis. I found it interesting that although they are robots and probably have no need for religion and faith, they still use terms from religion and their history mirrored a religious story. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Overall, this was a pretty underwhelming book. Personally, the only redeeming factor about this book was the ending, which was rather realistic and daOverall, this was a pretty underwhelming book. Personally, the only redeeming factor about this book was the ending, which was rather realistic and darker than I had expected. There is no fairytale happy ending here, instead, it’s all rather bittersweet.
I was already pretty iffy about this novel when I realized just how similar it was to Labyrinth (which is a huge guilty pleasure from my childhood. Who doesn’t love David Bowie in makeup and exaggerated hair dancing around in super tight leggings with an obvious bulge?). But The Goblin Market reads like Labyrinth with shades of The Iron King (I don't know which came first, Kagawa's book or Hudock's because I know Hudock had originally premiered this story as a podcast or something). At first I was willing to enjoy it for the ride, the adventure and the similarity to Labyrinth. But it was too similar.
If you're interested, here are the similarities to Labyrinth: (view spoiler)[1. Kothar is the Goblin King. Jareth (aka David Bowie) is the Goblin King.
3. Both Goblin Kings challenge the girls to take back their siblings, but don't think they'll make it to the castle.
4. Meredith needs to travel through the Darknjan Wald, which no one has ventured into and passed. Sarah needs to find her way through the labyrinth, which I'm also assuming no one makes it through, or at least hasn't in hundreds of years.
5. Meredith gets help from Gorigast, a minion of questionable loyalty. Sarah gets help from Hoggle, a creature of questionable loyalty.
6. Both Gorigast and Hoggle get threatened by the Goblin King (Kothar wants Gorigast to bring Meredith to the castle but kill Him, while Jareth wants Hoggle to make sure Sarah doesn't get to the castle), they both chicken out and decide not to "help" the girls and then change their minds later and go back to help them for realsy.
7. Meredith loses her memory, arrives at the castle and takes part in a masquerade ball, is dressed up like a princess and sort of charmed by the Goblin King before Gorigast finds her and she comes to her senses. Sarah gets trapped in a bubble where she loses her memory, is dressed up like a princess and takes part in a ball where she is sort of charmed by the Goblin King before she breaks out and is found by her friends, who help her regain her memories.
8. When Meredith finally remembers, she runs around the castle trying to find her sister and discovers that it's strangely reminiscent of an M.C. Escher painting with stairways going nowhere. Sarah finds herself in an M.C. Escher painting while she runs around, going up and down stairs, trying to find her brother. (hide spoiler)]
And then came the super cheesy insta-love. Nothing sours me on a book faster than poor romance that relies on insta-love. I’ve just become so sick of the plethora of books that use this crappy plot device to get to the romance, and The Goblin Market relies heavily on it when it comes to Meredith and Him.
"... and though she knew they had barely known each other for the full cycle of one day, she felt as though they'd walked that forest together for the length of several lifetimes." (Emphasis mine)
"One night, and already she couldn't imagine a day apart from him. One night, and she was already thinking about forever."
Also, this is self published, so it's lacking some copy editing. There are periods in the middle of sentences, there are words incorrectly spelled and there were a few odd instances where a sentence had been changed halfway through but the original wording wasn't deleted. All in all, the actual text is very much readable, and these issues are not overwhelming.
Hudock isn't a bad writer, in fact she's pretty good. But I just couldn't get over the fact that the story she was telling was so similar to something that came out a quarter of a century ago. Oh, and that pesky insta-love nonsense.
If insta-love doesn’t bother you and you haven’t seen the movie Labyrinth, then The Goblin Market is going to seem like a really unique and fun ride.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A wonderful compliment to The Alchemist, The Executioness is even more ambitious, striking out from the main city in its companion novella and exploriA wonderful compliment to The Alchemist, The Executioness is even more ambitious, striking out from the main city in its companion novella and exploring the rest of the continent, showing readers what life is like elsewhere.
After raiders have burned her town and stolen her children, Tana chases after them, sending her on a journey that will not only affect her, but thousands and thousands of others. And while The Alchemist was about finding hope and beating back the bramble, which makes life hard and almost unbearable, The Executioness is more about controlling your own life and beating the people who make life hard and unbearable.
This novella is so empowering for women, who are often pushed aside in war and fighting. It brings up the very salient point that they too suffer, they too lose people, only they are never given the chance to get their revenge. They have a powerful desire to fight back that is ignored by men because they believe the women are too weak. But Tana is not too weak and she knows that all women have the same ferocity within them just waiting to be let out.
I really enjoyed the personal journey, the changes that go through our main character as we see her constantly sacrificing and transforming herself so that she can do what is needed. And by the end, she has changed, perhaps not into who she wanted to be and maybe not even into a good person, but into someone that was necessary.
She did it all for her family, her children. And really, what wouldn’t you do for the ones you love?...more