**spoiler alert** Mid-way through "Neverwhere", I realized that I was going to add Neil Gaiman to my very short list of favorite authors. I loved his**spoiler alert** Mid-way through "Neverwhere", I realized that I was going to add Neil Gaiman to my very short list of favorite authors. I loved his style so completely that I knew the next few weeks would be spent getting myself up to date with his published works, swallowing his novels whole in one sitting. I went out and bought two more of his books - "American Gods" and "Good Omens," which he co-authored with Terry Pratchett.
I read "Good Omens" first, only because it looked funny and I haven't read anything light-hearted in a while. Oh. My. God. It is truly rare to come across a book where something will make you actually laugh out loud. I had a few of those moments in "Good Omens," passages that were so utterly hysterical that I would look up around me, certain that everyone else around me would be collapsing into a fit of giggles as well, only to remember that I was, indeed, alone. And it made me sad, because I wanted to share. The book is just delightful.
"Good Omens" centers on a demon and an angel who have been living on Earth since the beginning of time who are about to face Armaggedon. Unfortunately for them, they've become quite comfortable with their respective lifestyles on our great planet and are less than thrilled at the prospect of the end of the world. The demon, Crowley, is charged with watching over the Antichrist, and when the bouncing baby boy gets misplaced, all hell (literally) breaks loose. Gaimain and Pratchett find hilarity in the most mundane subjects, and never miss an opportunity to insert sarcasm or ridiculous humor into an otherwise ordinary situation. I am still laughing at a recurring prbblem for Crowley (the demon) in the book, where every disc or tape he inserts into his shiny Bentley somehow transforms into Queen's greatest hits. I had "Bohemian Rhapsody" stuck in my head for three days and I love it!
If you haven't gotten the gist by now, I can comfortably and whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, laugh-out-loud book that doesn't ever take itself seriously. Read it! You won't regret it! ...more
It had been a long time since I'd enjoyed a book as much as I loved "Neverwhere." Sadly, I was a NeiHow do I love this book? I cannot count the ways!
It had been a long time since I'd enjoyed a book as much as I loved "Neverwhere." Sadly, I was a Neil Gaiman virgin before this book (I still can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading one of his books). At this point I've read two of his novels and I can hardly wait to get my hands on the rest of them. He is so undeniably imaginitive, I'm almost envious.
"Neverwhere" takes place in an imaginary realm of London, the "Underground" which is inhabited by all of the people who "fell between the cracks" so to speak. The narrator somehow gets transported to this world when he rescues a beat up, apparently homeless girl on the side of the road, and what he discovers is so unbelievable that it takes a good three chapters before he convinces himself he's not dreaming. The journey they embark on is sprinkled with gruesome, wacky, unforgettable characters, such as the Marquis de Carabas, a mysterious conman whose true nature is not really certain until the very end of the book.
Though this book delved into the darkest kind of fantasy and was, at times, a little grisly, the constantly changing scenery and plots made it so that you didn't have to dwell on the bloody, nasty bits and instead allowed yourself to be delighted at the whimsical. I've heard it described as a dark "Alice in Wonderland" and I couldn't describe it any better myself. Some of the locations and characters are so ineffably bizarre that it seems impossible that Gaiman wasn't smoking some kind of hallucinogenic drug. And to that I say, keep on smokin' Neil! ...more
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I heard about this book on an internet forum. Various posters raved about it, so I decided since I had some extra time on a long car ride yesterday that I’d give it a whirl.
I am SO glad that I did. This book was EXCELLENT. And while it falls into the “Young Adult” category, I really believe that this book would appeal to readers of all ages. It’s the story of a high-school aged girl who has just lost her sister, her idol, and in the process of grieving is discovering her identity and falling in love. I normally wouldn’t pick up a book that sounds so transparently sappy – but this book was so much more than that. The elements that made up the story were so rich, so real. Not sappy in the least, but sparkling with characters that felt like home, people who you could almost see and hear.
Lennie, the narrator, leaves lines of poetry scattered everywhere she goes. The lines of poetry usually begin and end every chapter, and so many of these short blurbs literally made me choke back tears, lines of adolescent comings of age, memories of her sister, things she just couldn’t understand. And sometimes there would be these brilliant lines, scattered throughout the book like Lennie's poems - shining gems of English, words arranged so perfectly and enormously that I would just sit and savor them over and over again until I really understood them. This book is what growing up is like.
Never at any point did the story lag or was there anything unnecessary. Everything meant something, a quality that is rare in a book, especially one that is specifically intended for younder readers. Nelson's style is flawless, the writing lyrical, and in spite of the tragedy, almost always hopeful. This book made me want to be seventeen again.
Bear with me for a moment, as I try to figure out how to express how dearly I loved this book, and how much joy it brings me to feel so completely entBear with me for a moment, as I try to figure out how to express how dearly I loved this book, and how much joy it brings me to feel so completely entranced by a story again, the likes of which I can't remember since finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, several years ago. Yes, I said Harry Potter.
I know that whatever I could write here is not going to do this book justice. I'm still reeling.
Part of me feels a little dead inside. Not because of the content - the book is, in a word, incredible. I feel empty because I haven't read anything so utterly wonderful and imaginative and just completely engrossing since HP7 - that is the last time I felt so... much. So moved. So inspired. So heartbroken. Because of a book. I'm just in awe.
Okay, now that I've done enough gushing, let me try to actually describe what this series is about.
I read Rothfuss' first book, The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) late last year and immediately fell in love with his writing. After reading the second book in the series, The Wise Man's Fear, I can officially declare myself a die-hard fan. The story (which flows seamlessly from book one to book two) is highly descriptive, intense fantasy - but even if you don't usually enjoy fantasy, I'm convinced that I'd be hard pressed to find a true lover of literature that wouldn't enjoy these books. The fantastical elements are so flawlessly weaved into the story that you can accept it without blinking an eye - Rothfuss builds a dangerous new world, a strange, delightful culture, and a highly imaginative form of magic that mixes science with the impossible, and makes it seem so tangible and reachable that it becomes hard to separate fact from fiction - Rothfuss' imaginary world from our knowledge of the material world. It's glorious, really. And that's just part of why these books are so wonderful.
The real reason why I fell in love with these books is because of the characters. Rothfuss' character building is masterful and intricate; the narrator, Kvothe, has a voice unlike any other I've encountered in reading. Throughout the books, we are introduced to characters that seem almost unbearably real - what Rothfuss exhibits in creating such realistic, empathetic characters is a fundamental and deep understanding of the subliminal aspects of human nature, and of what makes different personalities - he knows what makes people tick. And he uses this knowledge to make these gorgeous characters come alive and force their way into our hearts.
I don't want to tell you much more about the story - it has all the major themes that any epic fantasy novels should tackle - the endless battle between good and evil, a boy maturing and becoming a man, a man battles obstacles to become a hero - you many think you've seen it all before, but not like this. Not like this.
I INSIST that you go out and get a copy of The Name of The Wind. Go get hooked on this series. You will not regret it. ...more
I cried my way through this book. When I finished reading it, in bed, at around midnight, I woke up my husband and sobbed and hiccuped in his arms forI cried my way through this book. When I finished reading it, in bed, at around midnight, I woke up my husband and sobbed and hiccuped in his arms for 15 solid minutes while he patted my hair and probably wondered whether I had finally, completely, lost it. This book is not even sad, people. It's just so wonderful, and awful, and beautiful, and TRUE. This book gets marriage, and parenting, and careers, and family. And second, third, or even hundreds of chances. Rainbow Rowell has a gift for writing REAL people. I really, really connected with Landline - this one might just be my favorite of hers yet....more
I first learned about this book on Goodreads and was almost immediately intrigued by the concept - histOriginally read March 2010
Re-read January 2014
I first learned about this book on Goodreads and was almost immediately intrigued by the concept - historical romance mixed with science fiction? Yes, please! Hot red-headed Scots in kilts? Why, now that you mention it, I've always loved men in plaid!
Whew, that's better.
I'd been putting Outlander off because it's a monster - more than 800 pages of lengthy prose - but that proved to be one of its virtues. I couldn't get enough! The series is downright steamy, with plenty of lusty, intricately described sex scenes and heated romance, intense fighting and drama, political scheming, and a refreshing view of what it was like to be alive in Scotland in 1743.
Gabaldon's prose is a bit like traveling by bicycle. Sure, you can get to the same place as anywhere you'd normally drive, it just takes you a looot longer to get there and the view is much more scenic. She takes her time describing each particular detail with a rich, loaded vocabulary that always seems appropriate for 18th century Scotland and I did find myself skipping over a few passages I felt were a bit repetitive. But the romance between the lead characters is compelling and heartwrenching, utterly beautiful in its honesty and that is why I absolutely inhaled the 700+ pages in two sittings and dashed to the bookstore to purchase the next book in the series, "Dragonfly in Amber." It's the kind of book you think about long after you've put it back on the shelf....more
My God. I honestly cannot remember the last time a book touched me the way If I Stay did. I'd been hearing positive buzz about this book for quite a wMy God. I honestly cannot remember the last time a book touched me the way If I Stay did. I'd been hearing positive buzz about this book for quite a while, but for some reason or another I hadn't made the time to pick it up. Boy, was I kicking myself for having waited so long to read it.
If I Stay is the story of a young woman who, after a terrible car accident, is abruptly torn from her comfortable, easy life and loving family and forced to make an unbelievably difficult decision - whether she can stay without them. I don't want to tell you too much about the plot, because a.) I don't want to ruin it for you and b.) talking about it makes me cry. I will tell you that this book is so incredibly moving that when I'd finished, I literally put my Nook down and cried for five minutes straight (at least). And man, was it was an ugly cry. If I Stay has a way of making you feel so profoundly grateful for every last moment in your life - it reminded me of my mortality in a subtle, heartbreaking way.
In some way, the feeling I had when I closed the book reminded me a bit of The Book Thief. I wasn't sad about what happened in the story so much as I was moved at how the story made me think of my own life. I found myself constantly thinking about what I'd do if I was ever put in that situation, and God, I don't know if I could be quite as brave as the narrator.
If I Stay is a reminder of how short and innately sweet life is, and about how at the end of the day, or at the end of your life, the one thing you are always going to want to hold on to is the cherished memories of the people you love. The people who make life worthwhile. I'm going to cry again just thinking about how this book evoked those memories for me. I called my parents just to tell them I loved them. I made sure to tell my little brothers how much they mean to me. I gave my husband an extra kiss goodnight, and told him how thankful I was for his presence in my life.
Also, the writing is simply lovely. Forman takes teenage love, teenage emotions, teenage dreams and writes about them in a way that is accessible to every age, and is still believable. The language is beautiful, the pacing perfect. It's a short book, (about 200 pages) but I honestly don't know if my heart could have taken any more.
I highly recommend this to anyone who reads to feel something, and not just for entertainment. I loved it and I think you will, too! ...more
Resplendent is the second book by my dear friend, author MJ Abraham. It's a story about friendship, about family, about life getting in the way of lovResplendent is the second book by my dear friend, author MJ Abraham. It's a story about friendship, about family, about life getting in the way of love, and about choosing each other above all else.
Savannah is a wonderful heroine; I know I definitely want to be her BFF! And Dre is such a swoonworthy hunk! A hotblooded Cuban man with a heart of gold. Their story tugged at my heartstrings, made me laugh countless times, and left me feeling all warm inside. I was desperate for them to find their HEA after years and years of missing their chance; you are going to loooove this book.
If you are looking for a heart wrenching romance about REAL characters, then this is the book for you <3...more