This is the third volume in Garth Nix’ series about Arthur and his adventures. Arthur has already defeated Monday and Tuesday, which brought him two oThis is the third volume in Garth Nix’ series about Arthur and his adventures. Arthur has already defeated Monday and Tuesday, which brought him two of the seven keys. Now he has to face Wednesday. Wednesday governs the large sea of the House that can even be expanded to reach into the human worlds. Arthur learns this the hard way when his hospital room is suddenly flooded. He and his friend Leaf are drawn into the world of the House, in the middle of the ocean, where they have only Arthur’s hospital bed to prevent them from drowning. But the bed won’t stay above water for long. In comparison to Nix’ other series I’ve read, the Abhorsen books, this series is aimed at a younger audience. Having read it so far, however, I think that those books belong to those that can be read and enjoyed by all ages. Nix creates a vivid world with wonderful characters. They can be funny, scary, sympathetic or just plain disagreeable. In this respect Drowned Wednesday didn’t disappoint. After having already read two books in the series that had the same basis: Arthur has to go into the House to find the ruler of the part of the House that is the current topic of the book. In this book Nix introduces a slightly varied background in this respect and I really enjoyed that. I also liked to see old characters return (especially Susi). I listened to the German audiobook read by Oliver Rohrbeck. Rohrbeck is a great narrator and gives life to those books. As such those audiobooks are highly recommendable for Germans. The only downside of the audiobook is the fact that it is an abridged production. I got the audiobook from the library, which is the only reason I listened to this abridged production (I refuse to buy any abridged audiobooks). Considering that the books aren’t that long in the first place the abridgment is probably not as severe as in other books. Not having read the books before listening to the audiobook I can’t say whether the abridgment affects important parts of the books. At least there weren’t any abrupt changes or scenes where I thought there was something missing. The books only exist as an English audiobook production, which as far as I can tell is unabridged, but not having listened to that, I can’t say anything on its quality....more
The Distant Hours is the third published book by Kate Morton and the second that I read (actually I listened to the audiobook); my first book by KateThe Distant Hours is the third published book by Kate Morton and the second that I read (actually I listened to the audiobook); my first book by Kate Morton was The Forgotten Garden.
This book follows Edie Burchill, a woman working in the publishing business who was never really close to her mother. Now she delves into her mother's past when she visits an old castle. The castle is the home of the three Blythe sisters. Edie's mother once lived for a few months when she was a young girl and befriended the youngest sister, Juniper. The book alternatingly tells the story of Edie, her mother when she was a girl and the Blythe sisters.
What seems quite straight-forward in the beginning turns out to be an intertwined, tragic story where everything is connected. A wonderful book and great narration by Caroline Lee....more
Lirael, who doesn't know her father and whose mother is dead, is a great, deep character. On first glance she seeThis is a wonderful piece of fantasy.
Lirael, who doesn't know her father and whose mother is dead, is a great, deep character. On first glance she seems weak, not having the sight as the defining feature of her people. However, she is very skilled in magic. Her work in the great library of the Clayr also allows her to discover new things. On her side is a magical dog, who calls itself the Disreputable Dog. I loved her in particular. She acts as Liraels advisor and friend. Eventually Lirael discovers a hidden cave and her destiny. She has to leave the Clayr and go on a mission suggested by one of their visions.
The second main character of this book is Sam, the son of Sabriel. He is destined to be the next Abhorsen, following in his mother's footsteps. The only problem with this is, that Sam is afraid of entering the world of Death. His fear also hinders him from doing his studies of the Book of the Dead properly. Still he leaves the security of the palace to find one of his friends and help him. Sam is a contrast to Lirael. On first glance he seems to be strong, being popular in his school and a prince, but he has his weaknesses as well, foremost his inability to accept his duty as the next Abhorsen.
All events are overshadowed by a new threat presented by two powerful necromancers.
While I had my problems with finding my way into the world in Sabriel, I found this much easier in Lirael, probably because I was already acquainted with it. I liked the worldbuilding, the characters and the story in itself very much. Actually, there is only one negative aspect I have to point out, that is the open ending. The story finishes at a real cliffhanger and while I already intended to read the last part in the series, I would still rather have both be one book with the story being so intertwined....more