This book was fantastic. It's my first new favorite book of the year. I picked it up because I was told Sanderson is good at world building, and thisThis book was fantastic. It's my first new favorite book of the year. I picked it up because I was told Sanderson is good at world building, and this book flew past my expectations. Everything he tells you matters. There's no wasted bits of story. The characters are fantastic and likeable. The twists are great. The book felt like a fantasy Ocean's Eleven. Questions kept coming up, and I needed to find the answers. I couldn't put the book down.
The setting itself is interesting and different. A world that constantly has to find a way to deal with ash falling from the sky. Constant cloudiness and a mysterious mist that comes every night. I can't wait to find out about that mist. Even the magic system isn't taken for granted. It's intrinsic to the setting, and part of the history of the world. It's not just "There's magic, tadaa." The author actually explains why there is magic, or at least how it may have happened. I had absolutely no problem immersing myself in this book, and finished it in only a couple of days.
Which brings up the magic. I LOVE Allomancy. If it's not realistic, at least it's mildly believable. It almost feels like some sort of fantastic science, where the people themselves are test tubes, throwing their own chemical components into their bellies and seeing what mixes. I liked that while the main characters had power, they weren't the only ones with power. Again, it makes things more believably and adds to my ability to step into the world myself.
Another favorite Discworld book. This one is right up there with Night Watch (my most favorite Discworld book). Moist is a great character, and the niAnother favorite Discworld book. This one is right up there with Night Watch (my most favorite Discworld book). Moist is a great character, and the nicest crook I've ever read about. I sincerely hope to read more books about him (moving on to Making Money now). Veternari plays a big role in this one too, and as my favorite see despot ever, I'm glad of it. it's always nice to get those rare views into how he actually manages to run the city....more
This book was fantastic. I got everything from it that I really wanted. What I thought would just be another traipse through the same humdrum cliche fThis book was fantastic. I got everything from it that I really wanted. What I thought would just be another traipse through the same humdrum cliche fairy-tales (which someone told me before hand that the stories in the book are based on) turned out to be just one exciting new adventure after another. I like the set-up, with what are basically a few short stories, interconnected by the one larger picture sort of story. And while the stories were often clearly based on things I'd read often enough, the dark twists and plots made them incredibly fun to read. I could hardly put it down. Geralt of Rivia is a fantastic character, who's already come into his own incredible power quite a while ago and clearly (though at the same time you can tell he does his best not to show it) wishes he were simply a normal man. There's no coming-into-power, growing up story. Geralt is just Geralt, trying to live in a world that does not appreciate the differences in people, even when those people are trying to help them. I'll admit I started reading this because I played the first Witcher game, and enjoyed it so completely I wanted to see where it came from. But this book was good in its own, completely separate light. I'm certainly going to read Blood of Elves and cannot wait for the others to be translated into English....more
This is a great book with great characters and an interesting plot. I love the idea of doors going to different places, and that's what originally strThis is a great book with great characters and an interesting plot. I love the idea of doors going to different places, and that's what originally struck me in this book. After that the world and the magic and the people caught me. It's a quick, fun read. That being said, I wish there was more in it descriptively. Largely, the scenes and the people were described by my imagination. Though not necessarily a bad thing, I would have liked to maybe read a little more than "His hair was yellow." or "The floor was dirty." This didn't happen everywhere, but it did in some places that I felt it would really count.
The movie take a big leap away from the book, making it more "based on..." than anything. I only really see the basic premise and characters as the same. So I don't think people should really compare the two.. Plot-wise, I like the book more, which is something since I love Miyazaki films....more
This is my #1 favorite Discworld book. The whole Watch series is fantastic, but this one takes the cake for me in a setting spanning over 30 books, maThis is my #1 favorite Discworld book. The whole Watch series is fantastic, but this one takes the cake for me in a setting spanning over 30 books, maybe even 40. Sam Vimes is a great character, and always has been, and a little bit of light is shone on the mystery that is Lord Veterinari. My only real complaint might be that if you're not familiar with the Discworld books, this one probably isn't where you should start. It's definately doable. I think this was the 2nd or 3rd Discworld book I ever read, and I caught on quick. But there's a lot of history you're missing if you don't at least read a couple of the previous Watch books like Guards! Guards! or Men at Arms. But I could never put this book down. You ALWAYS want to know what happens next, and meanwhile you're thinking. That's what I like about Terry Pratchett books, the make you think and keep you entertained while doing it.
EDIT: Read it again, and reaffirmed Night Watch's place as my favorite Discworld book, and in my top 5 books ever. ...more
Fantastic. I've been waffling around about reading this book for a long time. It's not my usual sort of read. Even so, I'm so glad I finally picked itFantastic. I've been waffling around about reading this book for a long time. It's not my usual sort of read. Even so, I'm so glad I finally picked it up. The romance part of the book is secondary here to the history involved. From what I've heard, this book is pretty accurate about 1930s circus life. Honestly, I don't know squat about circus life now or then, but this book makes me want to read more about it. The characters are all interesting and different, from the lowly roustabouts to the grand Ringmaster himself. The way it's set up, going between Jacob Jankowski the 90 (or 93?) year old to the man in his early 20s gives us a picture of how Jacob's life went, even after the story ended. I'll definitely read it again, and so this book has made it to my favorites shelf. ;)...more
I think I may actually like this more than I liked Ender's Game (maybe, it's a very close call). But I know I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much ifI think I may actually like this more than I liked Ender's Game (maybe, it's a very close call). But I know I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much if I hadn't loved Ender's Game first. What I really saw about this book was that it filled out on details that I had sort of missed in EG. You get to know more about Battle School, in particular, and you get to hear a lot more about things happening behind the scenes, because secrets aren't as easy to keep from Bean as they were from Ender. Where Ender's Game made me satisfied with just reading the one book, Ender's Shadow has made me want to try reading the whole series....more
I love this book. It's one I go back to again and again when I just want to read something light and fun. It's my favorite Crusie book, and I really rI love this book. It's one I go back to again and again when I just want to read something light and fun. It's my favorite Crusie book, and I really really hope she and Mayer get together to right a whole bunch more....more