I generally stay away from young adult novels, but I heard great things about this one so I gave it a try.
I did somewhat enjoy it. The beginning was fI generally stay away from young adult novels, but I heard great things about this one so I gave it a try.
I did somewhat enjoy it. The beginning was fun and strange – it’s not everyday your algebra teacher tries to eat you – and the ending tied up quite well. It dragged a bit during the middle, and I had to put it down for a few days before deciding to pick it up again and soldier on.
Overall, the premise of the story was quite original and interesting. It wasn’t badly written either, just a bit average.
It just boils down to it being written for a younger audience. At times, the dialogue and the nicknames the characters called each other (seaweed brain, goat boy) were just immature and made me cringe.
I really did like that Percy had ADHD as well as dyslexia; it made him that much more developed. It was rather different to read a main character with learning disabilities, which is not an ordinary character trait to possess.
Also, the dynamic between the three characters reminded me a lot of Harry Potter (yes, I totally went down this comparison road). You have the chosen one whom people can relate to, the funny but sometimes daft sidekick, and the smart girl. However, this three-way dynamic can be found in plenty places – Boy Meets World anyone?
Had I read this 10 years ago, I would have loved it. However, being 22, I thought it just a bit too childish for me. ...more
Nothing happens given the length of the novel. Meyer draws out scenes for far too long with pointless dialogue where she is trying to be funny but onlNothing happens given the length of the novel. Meyer draws out scenes for far too long with pointless dialogue where she is trying to be funny but only succeeds in adding humour in all the wrong places. Just because your books are long, Steph, doesn’t make them good.
My condensed opinion: Edward scares me. Jacob is a potential rapist. Quil is a pedophile. Rosalie and Jasper finally have a story. Bella is forced into getting married because it is the only way she will have sex. And there were too many characters starting their sentences with “Aw” far too many times. ...more
The worst thing about this book is that nothing actually happens. Here is my rough breakdown:
- First 200 pages: Edward breaks up with Bella. Bella getThe worst thing about this book is that nothing actually happens. Here is my rough breakdown:
- First 200 pages: Edward breaks up with Bella. Bella gets depressed and mopes and sulks. She hears Edward’s voice when she does something dangerous. - Next 150 pages: Hangs out with Jacob. Still mopes, but a bit happier. Does more stupid things so she hears Edward’s voice. - Next 70 pages: Goes to Italy to stop Edward from killing himself - Next 80 pages: The longest and most boring conclusion I have ever read
Now, I understand that getting dumped can be painful. The right to sulk is well warranted. But Meyer took it to a whole new level: insanity. Bella becomes an unstable girl who belongs in the psych ward. She passes out at the mention of Edward’s name and does dangerous – read: suicidal – stunts because she hears his voice in her head. Um, got crazy?
All of this happens because her boyfriend left her. In other words, Bella is defined by her man. What a lovely role model for all those young girls.
The only interesting bit of this book is the Volturi scenes. It had action and something actually happened. Unfortunately, it was just a fraction of the actual book.
After the Italian kerfuffle, the conclusion is far too long and pointless. Nothing happens except Edward proposes to Bella and she will get her wish of becoming a vampire soon! OMG I CAN’T WAIT. They’ll be beautiful and sparkliful forever and ever.
Now, let me say that I will respect Meyer for writing a book and completing it. However, she could have at least put more of an effort into it. There is far too much dialogue and far too little descriptions. The descriptions that are included are either: Edward is pretty, Bella is klutzy, Jacob acts like a twelve year old boy.
Her characters are not fleshed out at all. They all seem as though she bought them from the Generic Character store and made one sparkle, one fall down a lot, and one turn into a wolf. If Bella was three dimensional, her depression may have been interesting, but seeing as though she wasn’t relatable or realistic, I just kept wondering when she would finally kill herself.
As horrible as this book is, it gets people reading that probably wouldn’t otherwise. That in itself is a good thing.
I shall conclude with several hilarious quotes from this novel:
“Though I respected the need for maintaining a safe distance between my skin and his razor-sharp, venom-coated teeth, I tended to forget about trivial things like that when he was kissing me.”
“I curled over, pressing my face against the steering wheel and trying to breathe without lungs.”
“The contrast between the two of us was painful. He looked like a god. I looked very average, even for a human, almost shamefully plain.”
“That would be just like me–ruin everything, destroy the world, in a moment of klutziness.” ...more
When it comes to Neil Gaiman, I’ve found that people either love him or hate him. I came across his novel “Neverwhere” for $2 so I decided to give itWhen it comes to Neil Gaiman, I’ve found that people either love him or hate him. I came across his novel “Neverwhere” for $2 so I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did!
The story was so fun and ingenious; another world with a touch of fantasy right under our noses. He made it seem plausible. It wasn’t a typical fantasy novel in the sense that they were in 15th century England and there’s an elf, and a man, and they have to save the elf princess, etc. It reminded me of “Alice in Wonderland”, except with a grown man instead of a little girl
It was more story oriented than it was character driven. They were all a bit flat and not as much depth as I had hoped for – and with a story like this you can most certainly explore characters in far more detail than Gaiman did. The Marquis, though, was the one character that seemed more developed than the others, but that only started to show within the last third of the book.
Gaiman is a very funny writer; his humour is somewhat Douglas Adams inspired. Several sentences made me laugh out loud – particularly many of Richard’s.
If you are solely a character person, then stay away. But I would recommend it if you like a fun novel that keeps you reading; something entertaining to fill a void. ...more
My immediate thoughts upon completing Brisingr: overly descriptive.
Don’t get me wrong, I like descriptions, however there is such a thing as too much.My immediate thoughts upon completing Brisingr: overly descriptive.
Don’t get me wrong, I like descriptions, however there is such a thing as too much. And Paolini gives the perfect example of what not to do when it comes to describing. He gives long-winded, dry, meaningless descriptions of things that are completely meaningless to the plot and character development.
The first 200 pages are basically a recount of what happened in the previous two books, which, of course, is overdoing it just a tad seeing that most people who will read this book will have read the previous two. After 200 pages I put the book down – this was last fall. I did not pick it up until about a week ago (I hate leaving books unread).
I pretty much forced myself to continue reading with the hope that something exciting would happen, maybe even a battle. And, yes, my wish came true, there were several battles.
You would think that the battle scenes would at least be interesting, exciting and gripping. Wrong. Most of the narrative was along the lines of “He did this and then he did that. Then, he did this little thing, which caused this thing to happen, which, in turn, caused the foe to die.” Again, it was dry, mediocre writing. Boring seems to describe it well.
Still, I carried on reading and found myself skipping over paragraphs of useless adjectives. Finally, finally, it got interesting and exciting. Unfortunately though, that was around page 700. The last fifty pages were good (good compared to the rest of the book) and ended on a fairly interesting note.
If he cut out the meaningless descriptions and the dry recounts, this book would be a hell of a lot better, not mention shorter. It really didn’t need to be this long; the plot does not call for 750 pages of tedious rambles. I think Paolini seems to think that the longer a book is, the better it is, and has attempted to stretch out everything in order fulfill this crazy notion.
So, only read this if you want to find out what happens in this series (yes, important information is revealed) and if you are planning on reading the last book....more
It was an enjoyable read, and as far as Young Adult Fantasy novels go, it was actually pretty decent. I would not read it again nor would I put it inIt was an enjoyable read, and as far as Young Adult Fantasy novels go, it was actually pretty decent. I would not read it again nor would I put it in my top 50 books, but it was entertaining.
I was expecting more, though. It didn't seem to live up to the hype that is aroung it. The big climax scene was not very climatic and seemed to be lacking quite a lot; I remember thinking "oh, is that all?". It just seemed too easy.