I didn't think it was possible, but this book was even more intriguing and amazing than Ender's Game. Yup, I said it...and I simply adored Ender's GamI didn't think it was possible, but this book was even more intriguing and amazing than Ender's Game. Yup, I said it...and I simply adored Ender's Game so that's a big deal.
The depth that this book have just amazes me. I was so invested in all the characters that I found myself getting angry when they made poor decisions. I wanted to jump into the book and yell at them. Or when they made hard decisions, I wanted to give them the companionship they were looking for. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry and only this and the Hunger Games have succeeded in that.
This book also has depth in what it addresses in terms of politics, religion and the like. I can see why others were disappointed. It is definitely not as action packed as the first book. However I think that is truly what makes this book so much more touching. It reaches in and wakes up parts of you that you aren't sure you were willing to deal with. I can see why older readers would get more from this than younger readers as well.
I am not sure what else to say, besides the fact that this is a great book. If you are a lover of Science Fiction, if you enjoy books that make you think about society, this is a book that you will fall in love with.
Orson Scott Card has my undying love now. I cannot wait to see what else he has in store for me....more
One of the few books I did not get the opportunity to read before the movie came out, I was so excited to read this book! I waited anxiously for it toOne of the few books I did not get the opportunity to read before the movie came out, I was so excited to read this book! I waited anxiously for it to come in the mail.
When I started reading, I instantly found myself playing pieces from the movie in my head (one of the reasons I generally tend to avoid movies based on books), yet I pushed on. Then, oh then, surprise! There is so much more to this story than the movie shows us! I loved meeting the characters who played a part in the way that V behaves. I loved learning more and more about who he was behind that perpetually smiling mask.
V for Vendetta is one of those books that makes you think about your life. After I read this, I again felt the same thing I felt after I saw the movie. I wanted to act! I wanted to protest something...anything! If a book can make me feel that way, I am sold!
I truly loved this book! It yet again proves to me why books are so much better than their movie counterparts....more
This novel touched me in a way that I truly don't think I will ever loose.
Others I knew who read this complained about the lack of names, the jumbledThis novel touched me in a way that I truly don't think I will ever loose.
Others I knew who read this complained about the lack of names, the jumbled writing style, the lack of punctuation...
I didn't notice one bit of that. From the moment I opened this story I fell into step with the nameless man and his son. I walked the ashen roads with them, plagued with nameless fears. I celebrated when they "did good" and mourned when they found nothing. Despite the depth so many said this book lacked, I felt more connected to this story than I lot that I have read lately.
Desolation, but deep within the characters so much hope and love.
To those who will read this after me, please go into this novel with an open heart and mind. It is true that it isn't like a lot of other novels out there, but perhaps that is what makes it so much more intriguing....more
So I don't think this is exactly going to end up as a review. By which I mean that normally I sit back, try to assess the good and the bad, and then aSo I don't think this is exactly going to end up as a review. By which I mean that normally I sit back, try to assess the good and the bad, and then attempt to write it up in a coherent fashion. Nope, this is all rambling. This is stream of consciousness. I tried to sit down and write an actual review, but I this book is just too full of feelings for that to happen. I didn't know it was going to hit me this hard this time around.
I read this book in my teens. I might have been thirteen, or fifteen, I don't quite remember. What I do remember is thinking that the best part was the fact that friendship was what slayed the beast. How many stories out there are all about one person who, against all odds, fights back? This story is about how a group of friends, of outcasts brought together by fate, of completely terrified children, that believe enough in their bond to fight that evil. I still think that's my favorite part, but more than that I see how much I miss that bond. Friendship as an adult is so much harder. It comes with barriers, and judgments. Childhood friendships are so pure.
Look, I'm not going to lie. I all out bawled at the end of this book. That didn't happen to me the first time I read it. It might not happen to me if I read it again. But this time around it just hit home so hard. The concept of slowly forgetting who you were, of losing the special bonds that you thought would last forever, well I guess I'm just at a point in my life where that is especially true. These characters were like my best friends. I was devastated to have to let them go at the end.
Gah. Rambling, I know. I'm a big sappy, mushy mess right now. But damn did I love this re-read. It was what I needed right now, without knowing I needed it. It was cathartic. And I have a book hangover that might last a few days, because it's sticking with me....more
Let's go back. Back to when this bookworm was a 13 year old girl, and Stephen King was still new to her. I remember laying my hands on a beat up copyLet's go back. Back to when this bookworm was a 13 year old girl, and Stephen King was still new to her. I remember laying my hands on a beat up copy of Needful Things, and that was it for me. Suddenly I was devouring everything King that I could get my hands on. I loved it all, the delicious horror, the gruesome details, all of it. That is, until I read The Eyes of the Dragon. Stephen King writing Fantasy? Bah. Where was the terror? Now, at the age of 29, I re-read this book and fell utterly in love with it from the first few chapters. It's interesting how time changes your perspective of things, and also how what you're reading at the time dictates what you want to read next. I'm a much more eclectic reader than I was back then. This book was just waiting for me to be able to appreciate it.
Sorry for the lengthy intro paragraph, let's talk The Eyes of the Dragon. This book is as close to a "children's book" as I think King will ever get. It has its moments of naughty language, and cruelty, but overall it's honestly pretty tame. It's also beautifully written Fantasy. The reader is introduced to the kingdom of Delain. To it's ruler, King Roland, and his two young sons. The story is told as if a storyteller were sitting right next to you. I loved this. It gives him the ability to tell you different points of view, to break that fourth wall and talk straight at you, and even to throw in his own opinion. I don't think I appreciated it this before, but I absolutely do now.
What I couldn't get enough of though, were the characters. They feel like real people, just waiting for you to come and meet them. The good guys are perfectly good, the bad guys are deliciously bad, but then there are also those in between. The people who can be swayed one way or the other. We all know these people. We are these people. When you're at your weakest is when you're the most malleable, and Stephen King shows that in this story. On the flip side, he also shows how much strength and ferocity can be hidden inside us at the same time.
Honestly, if you'd let me, I could go on forever about this book. I read it the first time, and listened to the audio book this time around. If you have the time, definitely try the audio book! Although it took me a few chapters to get used to the narrator, I soon found myself unable to stop listening to him. He's a perfect storyteller, and you'll love his impression of the evil magician, I guarantee it. Don't go into this expecting King. Instead, go into expecting something amazing, and it just might deliver that for you. ...more
The one word that describes this book most easily, is disturbing. Although in this case disturbing was really intriguing as well. I found myself enamoThe one word that describes this book most easily, is disturbing. Although in this case disturbing was really intriguing as well. I found myself enamored with this book from the moment I started to read, and I just flew through it. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart though. Readers need to brace themselves for ample amounts of descriptive blood and gore!
Haunted takes a look at the deep, dark parts of people that hide beneath the surface. It reminds us how easily we can revert back to those hidden selves. All it takes is a little coaxing.
What really sold the book for me, was the short stories that bind the storyline together. I wasn't always completely sure of how I felt about the characters, but each time I read one of their stories I felt connected again.