Although mini series of short tales, these were fun. If only because the duo somehow always go against enemies normally seen as invincible; and triump...moreAlthough mini series of short tales, these were fun. If only because the duo somehow always go against enemies normally seen as invincible; and triumph. Perhaps a bit over the top, but I do love the glimpses into their lives. The Mouser is my favorite, but he can be dumb at times as well.
I wish for a longer novel involving their deeds, though. A quick conclusion to facing death by a simple trick of running away seems lame compared to a drawn out duel! (less)
This book turned out to be much better than I had orginally thought it would be. There are so many deeper plot lines traversing this series that I can...moreThis book turned out to be much better than I had orginally thought it would be. There are so many deeper plot lines traversing this series that I can't just put it down! I need to read the next book already!
Notes to myself: Arista hiring Hadrian and Royce to take her to meet the Nationalists, they get trapped by the church. The Empress awakens slightly. A city is stolen. (less)
Such a short tale! Yet it reminds me of why I like Hadrian and Royce so much. Thanks to finding this on my phone, I think I'll add more of the series...moreSuch a short tale! Yet it reminds me of why I like Hadrian and Royce so much. Thanks to finding this on my phone, I think I'll add more of the series onto my phone later. :)(less)
My goodness. I promised myself I would take my time with this book. Still, stealing every free moment to read, that's not taking my time.
This second...moreMy goodness. I promised myself I would take my time with this book. Still, stealing every free moment to read, that's not taking my time.
This second in the series was a wonderful continuation. It pointed out the authors flaws to me even more, but it also highlighted the better parts. More questions were raised, and more mysteries uncovered. I love this series. It's everything I could have ever wanted in a fantasy series. Yet, I am so sad that it's over. Now I, along with the rest of the world, have to wait for the author to finish writing.
It's an amazing book/series, and I recommend it to all fantasy fans. That is all. (less)
It would seem to me that this is one of those books that a reader either loves or hates. Personally, I couldn't get in to it. I read about a third, an...moreIt would seem to me that this is one of those books that a reader either loves or hates. Personally, I couldn't get in to it. I read about a third, and while bits were interesting, overall I was bored and annoyed. I gave up. Perhaps one day I'll have the ripeness or mind needed to appreciate this rather English work. (less)
It took me a whole month to read this book. Youch. Med school is really kicking in with no free time thing at the moment.
But back to the book, from w...moreIt took me a whole month to read this book. Youch. Med school is really kicking in with no free time thing at the moment.
But back to the book, from what I recall it really was great. What I enjoyed the most was the classic science fiction cornerstone that this novel represents. I wasn't reading it for the story or adventure so much as I was for the inevitable knowledge that this would bring to my future scifi books.
That said, it didn't disappoint. It did bore me a bit at times, and the dialogue seemed downright childish at times, but aside from that it was definitely worth reading.
As adaptions of other novels go, this one was pretty amusing. Based on Sherlock Holmes (and he does come up as an absent character) and his types of a...moreAs adaptions of other novels go, this one was pretty amusing. Based on Sherlock Holmes (and he does come up as an absent character) and his types of adventures, this is an erotic twist on the whole thing. It was a series of 5 or 6 short stories in which Ambrose Horne has to solve some sort of erotic-based mystery.
Because of Sherlock appearing in absentee, I'm sure you've surmised that this book is set in the same era. That was about the most interesting part for me, mainly due to the fact that the characters would say awesome things like "Let us speak frankly." and then proceed to keep talking around the subject (at least in a modern sense!)
This book had me more reflect upon the writing style, and how the author was certain that she was actually getting the proper diction of such fascinating folks set in such an interesting time, rather than the supposed mystery occurring, or the erotic bent of the whole thing. I doubt that was the intention, but it really did give me some fun ideas on how to procure proper writing styles for peasants of the 1800's.
Anyway, an amusing book, but without the fun mind trip it would have been really dull. (less)
It has been a long time since I found a book well worth dropping everything else, just to read it. Even sleep. Especially sleep, I might add! I read t...moreIt has been a long time since I found a book well worth dropping everything else, just to read it. Even sleep. Especially sleep, I might add! I read this whole book in under 7 hours, which for it's size is saying something! (For those of you who are curious, the last book that I can recall that I wanted to immerse myself into this much was The Night Circus.)
I'll try and address all the many things that went through my mind while reading this amazing novel, but I doubt I'll recall them all.
First off, the book had flaws. One of the most annoying ones was that the kids were all around 20 years of age, and yet spoke, acted and generally behaved as though they were between the ages of 14 and 16. Now, this is easily explained away by saying that it's a future-society and such mental regression is probably very likely. Anyway, it bothered me, but most of the time I hardly noticed.
Next, this novel is fucking amazing. It combines something like a billion different movies, tv shows and novels into a masterpiece. The ones that my mind kept referring to were Gamer (2009), The Bourne Identity (2002) and , Wargames, the game Kingdom of Loathing, , , plus about a million others I can't remember right now. Suffice to say, Cline was a genius in writing this book... he managed to combine a futuristic world and the 80's decade while wrapping the whole thing up in a race with enough geek flair tossed in to even make it exciting for me, someone who was born at the end of the 80's (and yet still managed to "get" a lot of the references!)
I have no idea how long the author spent hiding his own Easter eggs into this book (I bet that there are many, but I really do not have the stamina to search them all out!) and I most certainly enjoyed a lot of the little bits of "trivia" tossed out at the reader. (In fact, I squealed and probably had a bit of a geek-gasm each time I got a quote, scene or just an off-comment xD)
For anyone who has a passing interest in SciFi&Fantasy novels, old arcade games (or just computer games in general), the 80's genre, the development of computers, futuristic life, or just about anything mentioned in this book, then you might want to find a copy of Ready Player One. It'll definitely be worth your while!
P.S. I really wish NetHack had been mentioned in the text-based adventure games section. Seriously.(less)
My little sister decided to read this to me as a "bedtime" story last night. It was so cute, and yet totally charming at the same time! I loved how th...moreMy little sister decided to read this to me as a "bedtime" story last night. It was so cute, and yet totally charming at the same time! I loved how the author added in so many things that just resonate with us personally (e.g. listing socks and cookies together!)
This series is definitely a really really great one if you want something totally unnormal to read to your child! (For heaven's sake, it starts on a rainy, gloomy day on the bottom of the ocean!)
But it is very much worth it. I'll have her read the other three books in the series to me soon, just because it's so adorable!(less)
All I can say is "wow". There aren't many words to describe a novel of this nature; this length and depth and breadth and convoluted plot details so f...moreAll I can say is "wow". There aren't many words to describe a novel of this nature; this length and depth and breadth and convoluted plot details so filled with characters both striking and mundane that evolves with such unpredictability and sharpness.
You, P.L. Nunn are a genius.
I loved the first book I read by this author, Bloodraven, which was passionate and had a plot and yet so dark as to be nearly depressing. Somehow this book was both better and worse than that one. There wasn't a clear aim to the plot line, a point in the distant horizon that the characters were working towards (well, other than their own happiness) and I felt like a lot of possible thread-lines were unfortunately dropped (say, the whole Gunthar attacking plot) but overall it really was a much happier and smoother story to read through.
I love Nunn's writing style. It's so clear and easy to follow. Yet filled with enough details to let us really feel what is going on around the characters. I adore his character development the most, though, I believe. He really has a way of making you admire and yet perhaps even despise a little one of his main characters (or perhaps even both).
I had a terribly lovely time reading this book, and it may have taken me almost two weeks, but that was mostly due to being in midterm session right now.
I really cannot believe that I have finished. It was an incredible journey. I really did not want the story to be complete! And somehow, I know that Ashe and Illya will continue to live on. Happily ever after.(less)
I don't know what to say to this book. It has left me with a lot of questions, but also a sense of peace mixed with peculiar nostalgia.
It's probably...moreI don't know what to say to this book. It has left me with a lot of questions, but also a sense of peace mixed with peculiar nostalgia.
It's probably a fair amount of the worlds population that wishes removal from the world of noise and pollution to a land of simpleness, contemplation and peace. I certainly wouldn't mind it most days, confronted as I am with living inside an ancient monolith of a dirty city filled with so many rotten feelings. That's not to say that there aren't nice things to be found here... It just seems easier to love the purity and simpleness that are sunrises and gardens and wild forests and rivers. And that is what I wish for myself.
This novel, one that I've glanced at before but only chose to read now thanks to some sort of noise about it over in the Collage Students book group, is a strange conundrum. Finch is a man who doesn't want much, or need much from life. So when he gets fired and then lands the perfect job of solitude, introspection and laziness, all while being paid a hefty sum, it doesn't look like much of a tale. And yet there is an undercurrent of mystery to this tale. The novel jumps back and forth in time, trying to uncover the mystery for the reader slowly. I am *so* glad that the author decided to do away with all the annoyingness that is the abhorrent literary device of foreshadowing. Inferior (in my eyes anyway) authors love to look back in time and then spoil the whole story by saying *insert Jaws theme* but things were about to get much, much, MUCH worse! *dum dum dum* Himmer doesn't do this. Thank goodness. There is something along the lines of plot foreshadowing, except I'd rather call it plot uncovering. Just enough information for us to want to know more, but not so much that we're filled with a sense of dread and despair. It was lovely and refreshing to read a story written in this style! Would that more authors were influenced thusly!
Another thing I'd like to compare and contrast the writing with is that of Paul Auster's works. The whole idea of writing a story about not much at all seems also to be his specialty. But while the new York Trilogy frustrated me and made me violently angry with it's 'leading nowhere' type of approach, Himmler managed to have his story lead almost-nowhere. I won't give away endings, except to say that the lack of a very definite black/white was not a bad thing. The grey was a trifle annoying, but understandable.
In conclusion, I just want to say that this book doesn't deserve five stars. But it earned it. There is not much substance to the story (if you had to make one of those grade school plot analysis graphs, it'd be pretty boring, probably) and yet although I didn't learn anything precise, I still feel as though I gained something positive from this novel.
The only thing still really bugging me is how realistic this book is!
P. S. If I felt very livery I could start analyzing the recurring theme that is gardens and it's connection to Mr. Crane, Finch, their insides, the world at large and how we all need something like it, physically, spiritually, mentally, etc. But I'll leave that for another day, another read. (less)