The beginning of the book really reminded me of Seraphina, the world building happens organically as part of the story but the initial chapters can feThe beginning of the book really reminded me of Seraphina, the world building happens organically as part of the story but the initial chapters can feel alternately super interesting and super confusing. It took me a while to understand that one character was an android and that meant all robotic, and one is a cyborg which is part robotic and part human. I found the setting really clever, and is also why I'm tagging it as "asian". I called the "twist" on page 36 of the ebook (whatever that corresponds to), but I don't know that it actually counts as a twist if it gets telegraphed so blatantly. I did feel a little less motivated to read it near the middle/end as I realized from reading the synopsis of the sequel books (which I'm glad are mostly published at this point!) that the first book probably wouldn't tell a complete story. Not that I wasn't interested anymore, I just sometimes start to feel sad that I won't get a conclusion at the end of the book and things will be left unresolved. I'm looking forward to reading Scarlet....more
Yay an Emma shout-out on top of the Persuasion one. I definitely liked the Book 1 part the best, but I'm also not much of a mystery reader anyways. I'Yay an Emma shout-out on top of the Persuasion one. I definitely liked the Book 1 part the best, but I'm also not much of a mystery reader anyways. I'm glad Lydia's portion was pretty insubstantial for most of the book, because I had forgotten how *annoying* she is.
There were a few things I didn't enjoy just because of my preconceived notions of the characters, and then a few things I didn't like because of the writing. Of the latter, it was mostly just the very exposition-y bits about the various portions of a murder trial in Napoleonic Wars times. It got a little boring. Also, so much of the description seemed to be so obviously for the "modern reader" to explain why they couldn't do things the CSI way. Not that I would expect them to, hence finding it a little over-explained. I did find the little segue on the lack of appeals process interesting, but only in the trivia sense.
For the characterizations, I always though Colonel Fitzwilliam was fairly pleasant and non-offensive, but he was really douche-y in this book. It wasn't a huge deal, and by the end of the book I was just used to thinking he's a generally pompous guy, but it was jarring at the beginning. Also the thought of him with Georgiana (not a spoiler) is squicky. One that did make me sad was the little side-note on Charlotte. I really liked Charlotte in the original book, and I always assumed that after Elizabeth's visit that Elizabeth had a better understanding of how Charlotte could resign herself to a life married to Mr. Collins. And in my head I imagined that they went back to being good enough friends that they would write often or something. So it was a little sad to read that Elizabeth never trusted Charlotte again and suspected her of deviousness/mischievousness in telling Catherine de Bourgh about the non-engagement.
Overall I don't think the book ruined any of the legacy of Pride and Prejudice by any means. I liked reading about the continuation of the lives of the Darcys and the Bingleys, that was the best part. Near the end, I did feel that the narrative focused much more on Darcy than Elizabeth which is a bit of a change from the original. The tiny little clues and side story threads that were planted did get a satisfying payoff in the end. And I totally didn't guess at the actual solution....more
This book is *super* short, but it still took me like two months to finally finish it. I kept getting distracted by other, shinier, books. The Fool'sThis book is *super* short, but it still took me like two months to finally finish it. I kept getting distracted by other, shinier, books. The Fool's Girl is a vague re-telling or continuation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with Shakespeare as one of the characters in the novel. I don't have any particular affinity to Twelfth Night, other than mostly knowing the outline, so I enjoyed this "historical fiction" take on it. Some parts seemed to drag in the story telling, as well Feste seemed awesome at first, and then less awesome as the book went on. And I really thought one of the "good" characters was going to have some kind of evil twist, but I guess the author went for the happy ending instead. ...more
Ah, unadulterated chick-lit. Fantasy chick-lit even! Mercedes Lackey started a new "universe" series, all set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms. I think thAh, unadulterated chick-lit. Fantasy chick-lit even! Mercedes Lackey started a new "universe" series, all set in the Five Hundred Kingdoms. I think the first one, The Fairy Godmother, was the best. Basically all the novels tell the story of some mixed up fairy tale. This book dealt with more Russian folklore, which I don't know much about, so that was kinda fun. It also had a short bit where one of the characters travels to a distinctly Japanese island. Overall, the book was okay, but the plot dragged a bit. It also seemed like certain elements of the story were just repeated over, and over. Like the fact that the male lead is a Songweaver, or something, and it gets mentioned in, like, every chapter. The romance is cute, and it's nice to see mentions of characters from the previous books....more
Ah, the long-awaited (to me) sequel to The Looking Glass Wars. This is the second book of a planned trilogy, but I don't know when the third one willAh, the long-awaited (to me) sequel to The Looking Glass Wars. This is the second book of a planned trilogy, but I don't know when the third one will come out. As is typical of a middle book, I wonder how they come off the incredible action from the first book and still keep it interesting enough for people to want to read the last one. I think Frank Beddor did a decent job. I really liked the premise of the first book: this was the "true" story of Alyss of Wonderland who travelled to our world and became Alice Liddell who Lewis Caroll (Charles Dodgson) based Alice in Wonderland on. I especially liked the characters of Alyss, Dodge and the Hatter. But somewhere between me reading that first book and waiting for the next one to come, it kind of came across like Beddor was trying to create a franchise empire, not a compelling story. He came up with a tie-in comic series about Hatter M's adventures while searching for Alyss, a soundtrack and now I think there are plans to have a theme park. And it's not as if the idea is terribly original, it was the basis of a computer game called "Alice".
Anyways, so all of those thoughts were colouring my reading of Seeing Redd, which told the story of the rebuilding of Wonderland and war with a neighboring country, not to mention the comeback of Queen Redd. There were some storylines that I was more interested than others, but they tied together well with a nice dose of intrigue. And the ending definitely left a good set-up for the last book.
Also, I totally couldn't wait for the book to appear at Chapters or McNally Robinson when it was already available in the UK and US...plus I wanted to nicer UK cover, so I bought it from amazon.co.uk...*sigh*...more