I grew up loving, adoring, obsessing over The Princess Bride movie, and I'm not afraid to share the fact that I would go around quoting during my yout...moreI grew up loving, adoring, obsessing over The Princess Bride movie, and I'm not afraid to share the fact that I would go around quoting during my youth, and maybe now - so what of it? - in my best Castilian accent, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." I thought I was über cool and still do. Anyway, when I read this book (I was clueless to the fact that the amazing movie was actually based on a novel of the same name) I couldn't put it down. William Goldman is hysterical. I totally dig his dry sense of humor. There are many things in the book that naturally were left out of the movie because they wouldn't have made sense. You'd have to read this classic to understand what I'm referring to after having viewed the movie, obvi. And yes, I feel like this book should be a classic. Well, to me it is, so there. It's brilliant, IMHO. I urge everyone to read The Princess Bride. It's charming, funny, sarcastic, romantic, action-packed, endearing, amazing, epic, and I'll stop now. Hopefully, surely I got my point across that I love, love, love, and love this novel. (less)
About six month ago, while on vacation, I brought Poison Study along for the ride. For some reason, I couldn’t get into it. Must have been the crisp,...moreAbout six month ago, while on vacation, I brought Poison Study along for the ride. For some reason, I couldn’t get into it. Must have been the crisp, fresh Smokey Mountain air affecting me. A few days ago, I had an itch to read Poison Study, to give it a go once more. I feel books are just like other things in life - it’s all about timing. Sometimes when you pick up a book, you’re just not feeling it because the timing isn’t right. Or there are those moments where you come across the perfect book, drawn to you for whatever it is that ails you, a perfect match. Now, this isn’t for every book because obviously some of them just plain suck as all get out. But getting back on track, upon reading the first page of Poison Study a few days ago, I was hooked and didn’t want to stop reading. I do most of my reading at night and this particular week I’ve felt exceptionally bedraggled and bone-tired, so the fact that I struggled to stay awake till o'dark thirty in the name of Poison Study is a testament to how unputdownable this book is.
I love the main character, Yelena. I love her voice, her strength. I love Valek - the Commander’s personal security chief. I’m a sucker for the strong, stoic, heroic type. The story itself reeled me in. There was the perfect amount of intrigue, romance, characterization, rich background to make for an awesome reading experience right from the beginning. I can’t rave enough about Poison Study. Clearly. It is that awesome. Which leads me to wonder what the hell was wrong with me months ago? Must have been the timing.
I for one can't wait to rip into Magic Study. And I think it's safe to say that I've found another favorite author. (less)
**spoiler alert** Johannes Cabal the Detective is a difficult novel for me to review. For one, unfortunately the magic that was swarming about in the...more**spoiler alert** Johannes Cabal the Detective is a difficult novel for me to review. For one, unfortunately the magic that was swarming about in the first book was lost on the sequel. During my reading experience I kept thinking that maybe I was expecting too much going in because I thought the first book in the series was beyond amazing and that's why I was a tad disappointed. I can't exactly put my finger on what kept me reading aside from the fact that even though the story I felt was fairly good, I still have an affinity for this series and oddly enough, I must read these books. There were very few laugh out loud moments with the Detective and those said moments were more like a titter, most definitely unlike my experience with its predecessor Johannes Cabal the Necromancer.
Onto the story. The overall plot was kind of weak. I suppose I was expecting more of a mystery a la Sherlock Holmes because that's how the mystery started out. And I must mention that the book seemed divided into three different stories that didn't flow smoothly enough for me. They felt choppy. The novel starts off with Johannes Cabal getting caught red-handed with a stolen book dealing with none other than necromancy. The first one hundred pages deal with Cabal's incarceration and the machinations used to get out of the hoosegow. Act two: escaping at the eleventh hour from execution and now on the run, Johannes assumes the identity of a civil servant and boards an aeroship to make a quick getaway from the authorities chasing after him. Once aboard this ship and patting himself on the back for executing another clever plan, he runs into an old "friend" who knows his true identity - Leonie Barrow. She threatens to expose him once the aeroship lands. So, while dealing with that minor hiccup, he switches his hat to the role of detective when not one but two "suicides" or murders occur aboard the ship. I must say that mystery was wrapped up pretty quickly for me. There were pages and pages of exposition explaining how he solved the case. I would have preferred the reader realizing along with Cabal, but that's just me. And again, maybe it was just me that was clueless as to what was going on by the time he solved the murders. By the time the third story/the epilogue/whatever you want to call it rolled around I was bored out of my mind. Thank the Lord above it was only twenty pages long.
I suppose I continued reading because I still do enjoy Johannes Cabal and his precarious struggle with having a conscience at times and not understanding his feelings, especially when dealing with Leonie Barrow. Like I mentioned before, sarcastic humor is peppered throughout the story, just not as thick as the first book and to a lesser degree. But, at the end of the day, I adore Johannes Cabal the character and I will continue reading this series. And of course, I do enjoy Jonathan L Howard's amazing writing style. I think he's brilliant. I wish goodreads offered a 1/2 star system because my real rating is 3 1/2. (less)