I first read The Colour of Magic when I was about 13 or 14. At the time I didn't really enjoy it or take much in, so a fair few years on I decided to...moreI first read The Colour of Magic when I was about 13 or 14. At the time I didn't really enjoy it or take much in, so a fair few years on I decided to reread the Discworld books I'd read as a kid.
The Colour of Magic is of course excellent, and Pratchett is a genius. It is funny, and engaging, I'm glad I reread it, even if it did take me a few months and a break to read a few more books inbetween. Now for The Light Fantastic, its' follow up.(less)
Another one I read when I was about 14, still in school. As I remembered from back then, it is much better than The Colour of Magic. You can really se...moreAnother one I read when I was about 14, still in school. As I remembered from back then, it is much better than The Colour of Magic. You can really see a huge difference in writing style, and story developments. This is the book that let me fall in love with Discworld all over again and I plan to read more, though this time I'll read over things between books. A brilliant book, and nice to see that most of it was different to the Sky One TV show they did.(less)
This book was a brilliant read and I look forward to reading the following books in the series! The first person perspective really helps you to conne...moreThis book was a brilliant read and I look forward to reading the following books in the series! The first person perspective really helps you to connect to Yelena, and to love and hate the characters. The idea of a fantasy novel based around assassination, rather than epic quests, is great and I loved every moment of it, as you can see it took me less than a week to read. I did find myself wondering how exactly the characters were measuring time as the environment was medieval-esque and there were no mentions of clocks or watches, just the position of the sun, however, I'm sure that's just my overactive imagination. Would definitely read again!(less)
I don't really have any criticism for this book. It was very easy to lose yourself in the world of the Six Duchies and the story of Fitz, the royal ba...moreI don't really have any criticism for this book. It was very easy to lose yourself in the world of the Six Duchies and the story of Fitz, the royal bastard. A good friend of mine forced me to read this because he loves it so much and I can honestly see why now. I would recommend this to any fan of good fantasy. The world is deep and rich in history. The characters are the same and so imperfect they were believable, it's very easy to create Mary Sues in your stories, and Robin Hobb has not even come close to that. And she really does make you love the dogs in the story. The story itself weaved itself around the characters and settings to the point that, whilst pointing at something, would hide it so well that when the twist finally came to light, you were surprised by it and not expecting it. Good plot twists! It didn't thrust anything in your face, it was subtle and enjoyable. Therefore, I can't give it any criticism.
As an aside, Jhaampe reminded me of Munchkin Land, and Galen reminded me of the bad guy from Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. (less)
I finished this one sometime last week while I was away - the sequel to Poison Study. Whilst I didn't feel it was as good as Poison Study, I love Snyd...moreI finished this one sometime last week while I was away - the sequel to Poison Study. Whilst I didn't feel it was as good as Poison Study, I love Snyder's writing style, the first person perspective is well done and helps to integrate yourself into the story, making it a lot easier to lose yourself in the story, which is sometimes just what you need. The story developments were good, and if you enjoyed Poison Study (or enjoy, if you haven't read it yet), then I do recommend this one to you. Looking forward to finishing off the series with Fire Study.(less)
Originally, I was going to give this one a 5 star rating because I did think Fire Study was a fair bit better than Magic Study (though as I've said be...moreOriginally, I was going to give this one a 5 star rating because I did think Fire Study was a fair bit better than Magic Study (though as I've said before, Magic Study was read in a time when I found it quite hard to focus, so that may have had something to do with it), I probably enjoyed it as much as Poison Study - I love fiction that involves magic. The story flowed well, and it was fun to read. A few loose ends were tied, too. It was still pretty predictable, everybody who seemed bad was bad and everybody who seemed good was good. Perhaps there were one or two who strayed from the mould, but that's it really. The ending was what lowered the rating for me, because it felt so rushed. I felt like there could have been more description, maybe more of a struggle, but there wasn't. Either way, I still felt this novel was a very good read, and I would read the series again!(less)
This being one of Gaiman's books written more specifically for children was quite light-hearted considering it began with murder. It was a fun read an...moreThis being one of Gaiman's books written more specifically for children was quite light-hearted considering it began with murder. It was a fun read and kept me going a little while I was away. I loved, without giving spoilers, how some characters were introduced without really telling us what they were, just giving pretty obvious hints, which is nice because that's probably how Bod would have felt, and the man Jack, of course. All of the themes seem to link together and it's a lovely read.(less)
I'm actually giving this 2.5 (I rate my books on readability - how much I enjoyed reading them) stars but Goodreads won't let you *shakes fist*.
This...moreI'm actually giving this 2.5 (I rate my books on readability - how much I enjoyed reading them) stars but Goodreads won't let you *shakes fist*.
This was the first World of Warcraft tie-in book I have read, and I have been told that Chrisie Golden is much better than Knaak. Well, whilst she isn't the best writer in the world, she gets the story across well and it is fairly easy to read, but apparently tie-ins just aren't my thing, not since my teenage years of reading Buffy books.
I wouldn't read any of the other World of Warcraft tie-in books, but I am glad I read this one. It gives a very good insight to the lore and what the characters are like.(less)
The sequel to Assassin's Apprentice, and second in the Farseer trilogy. Yet again, Robin Hobb weaves her magic across the Six Duchies, further develop...moreThe sequel to Assassin's Apprentice, and second in the Farseer trilogy. Yet again, Robin Hobb weaves her magic across the Six Duchies, further developing the subtle story of the Farseer trilogy, and creating these characters with such depths that they annoy us, yet we fall in love with them, and hate them. Well, that's how it goes for me anyway. And my God I hate Regal. Hate. He's a phenomenal bad guy.
I also wasn't sure whether to take a quick break after this one before picking up Assassin's Quest, but Hobb has perfected that ending. It's not a cliffhanger in an annoying way, but she definitely hasn't closed the story and it has left me with this hunger to read the next and see what happens. What happens to everybody in the end? The way she writes, will we even know what happens to everybody? I'm a little dubious that the story will be left open. Not in the way that a film is left open to make way for a sequel, but in the way that a true artist will let your mind fill in the gaps for yourself.
Hobb is definitely what I think fantasy should be, and I can only hope that other fantasy authors I have yet to read are as diverse and subtle as she is.(less)
How to review this without spoilers... That's quite a difficult one isn't it. Reviewing the last in a series without spoiling the ending because all y...moreHow to review this without spoilers... That's quite a difficult one isn't it. Reviewing the last in a series without spoiling the ending because all you want to do is discuss how everything was wrapped up, what you thought of the way such-a-body acted, what was sad, what made you smile. I guess I can safely say that Hobb is fantastic at letting her story fall into place. Giving justice, sadness, and happiness in equal measures, ending her story as it began - balanced. And to me, it almost did come around in a circle, starting the way it began. I think the best literature successfully mirrors itself.
The first half of the novel was a struggle, I will admit. I felt as thought the same times were happening again and again and I almost took a break from it, right in the middle, and then something changed and the story dusted itself off and got going again, and I didn't quite expect it to go where it did. Some things I anticipated all along, some things weren't even trying to be twists, which is fine, not every change in a story should be a twist, but the things that you don't expect, you really don't expect, or perhaps you're given plenty of clues, and you have an inkling, but even so, the twist comes and slaps you in the face, mocking you for missing it so easily.
Hobb is a genius with words, and though I'd probably have rated this one more at 4.5 stars for the first half of the novel, the ending was brilliant and ended the Farseer trilogy perfectly, and so it was closer to 5 than 4, based on the ending and her writing style alone. If you haven't read it yet and like fantasy, I recommend you go and get yourself a copy of Assassin's Apprentice.(less)
I decided it would be best if I rate these separately even if I am reading them in the omnibus, because they are separate stories.
Sword of Shannara fi...moreI decided it would be best if I rate these separately even if I am reading them in the omnibus, because they are separate stories.
Sword of Shannara finished, whilst I found the narrative way too descriptive of the landscape making it a little too heavy-going, and the perspectives of characters switched a little too frequently, sometimes mid-paragraph, the story was brilliant. I'll give it 3.5 stars, because it was difficult to read but the story was worthwhile. I look forward to reading Elfstones, but for now I need a break!(less)
Spoilers for the Farseer trilogy in this review. If You haven't read that yet, don't read this review.
Robin Hobb is probably the only author who manag...moreSpoilers for the Farseer trilogy in this review. If You haven't read that yet, don't read this review.
Robin Hobb is probably the only author who manages to write a novel that can leave me thinking, "That was fantastic! So well written! But not very much seemed to happen." That is the beauty of her books. They are so driven by the characters' stories and the writing that the plot can be as slow as it wants, and the book will still be brilliant.
Fool's Errand again follows the perspective of FitzChivalry Farseer, except 15 years on from the end of Assassin's Quest. He has been living away from society in a cottage with his bond wolf, Nighteyes and an abandoned boy called Hap, short for Mishap. It doesn't take long before duty calls and he has to aid the Farseer crown once again. The characters are bright and interesting, as I've come to expect from Hobb, and there are hints of bigger things to come, which I can't wait to see unfold in the next two books (which I'm very glad I picked up at Christmas).
I found this one a lot easier to read than the previous trilogy as not only does the writing seem improved, which isn't something I expected to say, truth be told, but although it had its' moments, Fool's Errand was much less depressing than the Farseer trilogy was. It doesn't feel like a fantasy story in the typical sense. There wasn't a hell of a lot of action, and I don't recall any real twists, yet it still excels as an epic fantasy.(less)
I didn't even have to think about the rating for this one. I haven't been this hooked on a book since I read Harry Potter and that was a fair few year...moreI didn't even have to think about the rating for this one. I haven't been this hooked on a book since I read Harry Potter and that was a fair few years ago. The Final Empire has easily moved up to being my favourite book. It wasn't perfect, of course, but it was enjoyable.
Brandon Sanderson weaves between the characters Kelsier and Vin, building them up so well that you do become quite emotionally invested. If a book can make you laugh and cry and frown and smile and all of those things with the turnings of the story, it is a good book. This one did exactly that.
I found that I worked a few things out fairly early on, but the story's twists and turns constantly proved me wrong and left me surprised. Another brilliant feat for a good book. The ending itself was really one of those kick yourself moments, but my god I was shocked by it.
I love the characters in this story. Sazed the Terrisman steward is absolutely fantastic (and oddly reminded me of Iggy from Ergo Proxy). Vin is an amazing female lead, and Kelsier is a loveable male protagonist. The world building in this novel left me able to imagine exactly how everything must look in quite some detail without leaving me bored. I love the mists, and the ashfalls, and the way "magic" works in Mistborn.
Sanderson has set us up well for a good trilogy, leaving a fair few things open, whilst ending the book well enough to not be too annoying a cliffhanger. I'm officially a fangirl - without all the creepy obsessiveness.(less)
I started reading The Name of the Wind when I first bought it about 4 years ago (I think it was about that.. perhaps closer to 3 and half *shrug* does...moreI started reading The Name of the Wind when I first bought it about 4 years ago (I think it was about that.. perhaps closer to 3 and half *shrug* doesn't matter), in fact, it was the last book I was reading before I stopped reading for a few years, which perhaps left an impression on me that it wasn't a great book, but honestly, I read upto the part just before Kvothe meets Chronicler, which can't be must past page 60. Those first few chapters feel very disjointed, as you're following the story of an innkeeper and his student, but there is clearly more to them than at first glance. And so it goes on, leading you into a "what the frick is going on here?!" mindset, which I think when you barely feel like reading and you're sat on a train is difficult to shake. This does kind of break off after page 200 or so, but those first 200 pages had me wanting to put the book down so many times, I just kept pushing on.
After page 200 or so it does really pick up. I love the layering of the telling of the tale, and the tale itself. I felt that was very well done, and the idea that he would take 3 days to tell his story really sets up well for a good trilogy. Once he gets to the University, the story becomes fun to read. There wasn't really much change in pace or events, but it really did improve a lot. And as for the "this is like Harry Potter for adults" comments - I don't really see it. I suppose that comes from my not liking to compare one good thing to another good thing for fear of ruining one of the good things out of comparison, and becoming disappointed that there isn't an owl called Hedwig in it. Sorry for the spoilers, but Hedwig isn't in The Name of the Wind. This is a fantastic fantasy novel, it's not fair to pin Rothfuss up against another novel that is completely different to this one. His imagination is brilliant and I loved the magic system in place, and the creatures and colours and buildings described. Excellent world building. And such a way with language!
The story is wrapped up as well as you could wrap up something that is so clearly laid out to be written as a trilogy. Many people he said how the story seems to just stop, but now I see why, and if it had wrapped up really well, the way most trilogies do, I don't think it would have worked as well. My thoughts regarding this book, overall, were, "Wow. If this was the foundation for the story, how good are the next two books going to be?! And will there be a sequel series?" I don't see a reason why not. This trilogy is the life story of Kvothe, as far as we are aware. What's to stop Rothfuss from creating further novels based on the later life of Kvothe, or Bast, or perhaps somebody else entirely in the same world? Because it would work. It's a shame that the third novel won't be available for a while, but I am glad I waited this long to finally read it, and I did read it at the perfect time. I can't wait to see where he goes.
Originally, I planned to give it a 3.5 rating, because there were so many times I wanted to put the book down for a bit and pick up the next Mistborn book, but I'm terrible at giving books a break. I knew it might be a long time before I picked it back up, so I kept with it, and I'm so glad I did. I'm still a little torn over whether it deserves a 4.5 or a 5 star rating, because 200 odd pages of wanting to put a book down is a very large chunk, but I really think the rest of the novel picked up enough. On Goodreads, it's a 5. (less)