Goodreads seems to have lost my review of this book, but suffice to say that I still really like American Gods. I enjoyed the ensemble cast that I lisGoodreads seems to have lost my review of this book, but suffice to say that I still really like American Gods. I enjoyed the ensemble cast that I listened to in this audiobook....more
I thought The Truth would remain to be my personal favorite of the Discworld series. Then Night Watch came along. I really arfing loved this one, fromI thought The Truth would remain to be my personal favorite of the Discworld series. Then Night Watch came along. I really arfing loved this one, from beginning to end. It wasn't even just about the little gems that Pratchett usually comes up with (though Death talking about cake in CAPITAL LETTERS LIKE THIS only further made me laugh and love this book even more). It was the story and the characters and well, the wibbly wobbly timey quantum-y. Yes.
I must admit that I knew to pick the book up because of one person, and one person only: Havelock Vetinari. Of course, reading it, I realize how much of a kickass Sam Vimes is, and if Vetinari hadn't been just as fabulous in the book, I would have said that Sam was my new favorite Ankh Morporkian. But come on, a man in black who can just waltz in and assassinate people? "Boo," I say. Vetinari still pwns the world. VETINARI DOES NOT NEED TO CREEP EITHER. He just does it out of natural ability to disappear. In STYLE.
Really liked how the story managed to go back in time, yet since most of the past had been so shrouded in mystery, it wasn't as if I knew everything that was going to happen. Sure, I was practically hopping back to the beginning to figure out who lived and who died, but that wasn't the be-all, end-all indication. Who knew what the quantum-ness would have done with Vimes changing a bit of history?
Barring the future issues in this particular series, I have to say that this was certainly the culmination of all those previous stories and issues. TBarring the future issues in this particular series, I have to say that this was certainly the culmination of all those previous stories and issues. The plants (prevent my beanstalk pun, har de har) from all previous issues were finally tied into this last volume and delivered in a fantastic set of illustrations. I know I have maybe two to three more volumes left, but this really was the end of the war for me, and thus the end of the major altercation between the Adversary and the Fabletowners.
I think what I really did love about it is the characters. Good or bad, I was cheering for their individual stories. Cinderella? Fantastic. Briar Rose? Lord, who knew her curse could be manipulated so! Bigby Wolf and Snow White? More, please! I was personally glad that Boy Blue narrated the majority of the volume (save Cindy's own kick-ass narration), as he's also another one of those characters you never expected coming at you from the beginning (as is Ambrose, but that was last volume, heh). Even Prince Charming had quite a charming way about him (I couldn't really stay annoyed at his indiscretions...though I admit I wouldn't dare go near him with a ten-foot, um...yeah). Oh, and Frau Totenkinder! Another "what the frell" experience there.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series. I felt like the first volume introduced readers to a petty argument between Fabletown inhabitants, but clearly outside of that, there were greater things at bay. Thank goodness for that!...more
I wanted to wait until the last volume to be able to properly say anything about Gaiman's The Sandman. Needless to say, I definitely did enjoy certainI wanted to wait until the last volume to be able to properly say anything about Gaiman's The Sandman. Needless to say, I definitely did enjoy certain volumes more than others, and some I thought did drag on (but since I read this in volumes and not by issue, I was saved the overall hassle of having to wait for what's coming next).
Really liked the series, even though it might have been the oddest thing I've read graphic novel-wise. I admit, the first Sandman-type graphic novel I'd read was not part of the regular series, but after being introduced to Dream's crazy family, I just had to pick the rest. I loved him and his six brothers and sisters, and I certainly found the world of the Dreaming fabulous. Not to mention, I enjoyed the additions of gods and faerie. And Shakespeare....more
"The play's the thing" indeed. The entire last act more than made up for the tedious traveling across the Decapolis. Not that I minded too much over t"The play's the thing" indeed. The entire last act more than made up for the tedious traveling across the Decapolis. Not that I minded too much over the traveling, it was definitely more entertaining with an acting troupe roaming the countryside. Plus, the scenery was refreshing and completely away from Rome (or Italy for that matter). And Falco a playwright!
As usual, I loved these books mostly because of the charming point of view that the narrator has. The fact that Falco also has a stalwart girlfriend says something at the very least. Not to mention all the juggling he's had to do the entire book!
But the best part has got to be the acting troupe and the random plays they'd performed along the way. Falco's very idea of The Spook Who Spoke already killed me somewhat, because it's supposed to be the fictional "prototype" of Hamlet. The fact that Lindsey Davis totally played around with the Shakespearean tragedy and turned it into a comedy only further added to the amusement. Gawds, it was definitely a fantastic end....more
I hate Philip Pullman. I love this book, but I hate him so much right now. Because I can't think of reading this book again. And I don't know when I'lI hate Philip Pullman. I love this book, but I hate him so much right now. Because I can't think of reading this book again. And I don't know when I'll be compelled to read the third installation. Ugh. So much hate. Right about now.
I really liked The Ruby in the Smoke. It was such a great way to introduce a slew of characters, and while there were multiple points of views, I appreciated how the reader knew what the villains were thinking. This kind of writing followed through in The Shadow in the North, and it was fabulous to see the repeated cast the second time around.
It also helped that Sally Lockhart went from the fantastic 16-year-old to an even more fantastic 22-year-old in the second book. Someone I would have been able to relate to more (which is also probably why I like this character more than I do Lyra Belacqua in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy). But I'm not going to continue furnishing praise over characters. I'm still upset.
I enjoyed the book. The only reason it got one star less was I got so frustrated by what happened near the end that I almost threw a tantrum and chucked the book out the window. Seriously, I was on the verge of tears. Then I remembered that my window has a screen and I don't go about abusing books in the first place, so that was out of the question.
Yes. I know this was relatively low, considering I finished this in a day. But when you've run out of library books and the library is actually CLOSEDYes. I know this was relatively low, considering I finished this in a day. But when you've run out of library books and the library is actually CLOSED, well. One had to finish it, right?
I really like dystopias. I am a sap for romance. But when romance is the be-all, end-all of a dystopic story, I'm not sure I'm ready to buy into it these days. Well, actually, when romance is the main subject, I think I have a hard time buying it now, but nevermind.
The thing about dystopias is that it is always fascinating with how the "establishment" faces the wrongs of the environment and seeks to make the past into a better future. This seems to be the case in some of the more recent dystopias I've read in the YA universe; some terrible human failing occurs in the past, which sets civilization back, and it is up to the survivors to recreate mankind and make things in their image. The God complex, to put it simply.
The characters in Matched live in one such dystopic city. Except, of course, Matched is a love story (with the theme being obviously the matching system, how can it not?). It doesn't end at the love story, however, because obviously, even amidst Cassia's griping over one boy and the next, there is that complex, underlying concept of choice and free will. What Condie decided to do was depict this dilemma in the Matching system of the city.
I couldn't help but snort at the love triangle, though. Again, I think this might be because I've gotten too skeptical for my own good or what. But at some point, as I read about how the two males in question went about competing in their evenly-matched rivalry, I thought: "Well, what are you guys waiting for? Hook up already and forget about the damn girl!" Frankly, here's another story where I felt like slapping the main protagonist a few times.
Then there was this business about some war. I'm not sure if I somehow missed the subtle hints a few times, but the bits about war outside of the Provinces seemed randomly thrown in at the end as an excuse to write up a continuing novel. Oh, hey, look, it is a build-up for the next book! Sigh, I really do miss onesies....more
I have a bias against urban fantasy mostly because I don't really care much for emotional teenagers getting their clammy, addle-minded hands on the beI have a bias against urban fantasy mostly because I don't really care much for emotional teenagers getting their clammy, addle-minded hands on the beautiful and equally frightful faery world. That said, I understand the young-adult appeal to Holly Black's attempt at relating to today's teens (I feel so old saying that!).
But--and yes, there is a big but--I actually liked the book. Well, the faery-business part of the book. The Seelie and Unseelie court and the ritual of Samhain with the Seven-Year-Tithe/King/whathaveyou were nicely depicted, and there were some characters I actually enjoyed. I hated Kaye, but I loved Roiben. Really didn't care about Janet, but loved the kelpie and the respective rulers of the Seelie and Unseelie. Hated the human world and loved the natural world of the fey.
So you see my predicament here. If Tithe had been a story with Roiben as the main character, I doubt that many people would have found that appealing. Personally, I would have. I suppose one needed an outsider's eyes to see the events unfolding. Though I am rather tired of those kinds of stories (years of Japanese games have further disillusioned me). I do admit Kaye proved useful at the end, but by how much is a huge question.
The book did get better, but after a couple of hundred of pages in. For something that isn't epic fantasy, I'm not sure that's all too good of a thing....more
You know, I seem to like the absolutely minor characters. Like Bob. Bob is fabulous. And Toot. You know what, I even like Morgan! Yet I'm still on theYou know, I seem to like the absolutely minor characters. Like Bob. Bob is fabulous. And Toot. You know what, I even like Morgan! Yet I'm still on the fence about Harry Dresden himself.
But. I liked the book! It's a much different take on the mystery/suspense genre that usually hits mainstream, because heck, Harry's a freaking wizard. A good one at that. Whether or not he's relatively competent half the time only makes it more amusing, especially when he manages to pull off a nifty trick. And yes, he also made me laugh.
I think my one downside was the women in the entire story. I swear, they were either all good-looking or potentially good-looking or somehow wound their way into Harry's pants (okay, one person did). I suppose it had to happen to take the edge off. But maybe I'm used to the longer process of romance. Meh.
The standout of Storm Front was definitely its fantasy aspect, more than anything. Which is a good thing. Yep....more