I've always wanted to be a writer. I love books so much I just can't imagine anything more fulfilling than getting your ideas onto paper, publishing tI've always wanted to be a writer. I love books so much I just can't imagine anything more fulfilling than getting your ideas onto paper, publishing them, and having them loved by millions. Naive, I know. I had a conversation with my daughter a couple of days ago. She is becoming quite the bookworm herself. After a trip to the library she asked if I would like to write books. She agreed with me. It sounds like such a wonderful thing to do. Then I read a book like The Name of the Wind and I am reminded why I am not an author. I could not possibly do justice to a story in the way that Patrick Rothfuss does with this fantasy novel. This book wasn't just written, it was crafted. With exceptional care, expertise and an attention to detail that is truly remarkable. He never wastes a word. The plot is tightly constructed and full of detail but also beautifully lyrical. It is a book that deserves an immediate re-read. Inevitably, I am tempted to compare any new fantasy book with Tolkien. That's not particularly fair, but it's the association my mind draws. The Name of the Wind belongs on the same shelf. I believe it an equal, a peer. I look forward to reading more books in the series. I have read the second book titled The Wise Man's Fear, and it does not disappoint. I can't wait for the third book in the series. There is no release date in sight but that's ok. Although I'm impatient to read it, I can see that books this beautiful don't just appear out of thin air. Take your time Mr. Rothfuss, I'll be waiting.
Bonus link: Tor's extensive re-read of The Kingkiller Chronicles is found here. Read the books then follow the re-read to really benefit from the details layered into the novels.
I loved this book. It is a sweet, wonderful, wise little treasure of a book. The children are realistic and the observations of their motivations andI loved this book. It is a sweet, wonderful, wise little treasure of a book. The children are realistic and the observations of their motivations and character are tender and insightful. The negative thing I can say about this book is that I waited until now to read it. I wish that I had known about this book when I was a kid. I would have fallen in love with it. I recommend it to everyone. ...more
What was I thinking???!! In a fit of pique and housecleaning I decided to throw away my dog-eared copy of this book with a careless "Oh well, I'll jusWhat was I thinking???!! In a fit of pique and housecleaning I decided to throw away my dog-eared copy of this book with a careless "Oh well, I'll just buy another one later." Now I want to read it again and have no chance of getting to the bookstore soon. Yes this book IS that good. It is my favorite of Tan's books, even surpassing the wonderful Joy Luck Club. It is the story of a lionhearted woman who rises above the stifling role imposed by her culture, misfortune, cruelty at the hands of others and her own foolish youthful decisions. I found it inspiring and hopeful. Full of the hope that I will prove to face my lifes challenges with similar bravery and conviction....more
No one starts a book like Dickens. We begin with a sense of foreboding. Life is cold, dirty and truth is obscured by this fog that rests over the cityNo one starts a book like Dickens. We begin with a sense of foreboding. Life is cold, dirty and truth is obscured by this fog that rests over the city, coming from Chancery. The Court of Chancery is almost a character itself. It is the source of confusion. It takes people up, uses them until there is nothing left and breaks them. Into this court have come our three young protagonists. Ada, Richard and Esther suddenly find that they are involved in a court case at Chancery, Jarndyce v. Jarndyce. This case embodies everything that is wrong with the judicial system of Dicken’s day. It is a court case that has dragged on for generations and destroyed many people in the process.
Dickens was a social activist. His novels frequently attacked the problems facing people in his day. He targeted workhouses, child labor, debtors prisons, the banking systems, and the state of the poor. His books served to make people aware of these issues, and he did it by telling a ripping good story.
All of that being said, I think what drew me to this book most is one of the main characters, Esther Summerson. She is a wonderful person. Selfless, kind, generous and principled. She has had her share of hardships. She is a selfless person, because she has no sense of self worth. Her dubious parentage has been visited on her all her life. In those days, if you were not born well, then you might as well not have been born at all. But, she has not become embittered by her circumstances. Instead, they have inspired her to acts of generosity towards other, in particular, people who are disadvantaged or unfortunate in some way. I love this about her. As a young woman, I was very conscious of my faults. My temper, my perceived selfishness, all the ways that I was not a perfect person. In short, I was a normal girl. A little good, a little bad all mixed in together. Esther was a role-model for me. An unattainable one, because who could ever be as good as Esther? But a role-model all the same. Reading about her reinforced to me the need to have principles. She and Jane Eyre taught me that standing up for what you think is right, still has a place in these modern times.
There is so much more to this book though! On top of all that, there is mystery. A fallen woman, a love story, tragedy, heartbreak, sickness and a terrible, cruel villainous man who wants nothing more than to ruin people. There is unrequited love, spontaneous combustion, Hope, Joy, Youth, Peace, Rest, Life, Dust, Ashes, Waste, Want, Ruin, Despair, Madness, Death, Cunning, Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin, Plunder, Precedent, Jargon, Gammon, and Spinach!
It has everything you could want from a Dickens novel. Yes, it’s my favorite. It will always hold a place of honor on my shelves....more