"The Eyre Affair" tells the story of Thursday Next, but with a twist: an alternative version of 1980s history where the Crimean War still rages, dodos...more"The Eyre Affair" tells the story of Thursday Next, but with a twist: an alternative version of 1980s history where the Crimean War still rages, dodos are not extinct, time travel is a thing, and the love of classic literature is a huge craze where you can teleport yourself to and from your favorite books. Interesting, right?
I'm kind of conflicted with this book. Overall, the premise is super awesome. I'd personally love to crawl my way into my favorite books and be a part of that environment. And dodos! I think I want a pet dodo now. But this book took a very long time for me to get into, and I think I had other ideas of what exactly this book was about. It really didn't pick up until literally right near the last several chapters. So what were the problems?
1. Sporadic Plot. Seriously, a lot of the plot seemed so random and just thrown in half the time. Thursday hunts vampires. Thursday fixes some type of black hole. Thursday fights random villains. You get the picture. A lot of these "sporadic plot" elements weren't necessarily bad, but I just didn't understand half the time what was the use of them and I felt like they took away from the main issue which was valuable manuscripts being stolen and altered. I was far more interested in that.
2. Point of View. The majority of the novel is told in first person perspective from Thursday. Occasionally, the narrative would leave her and maybe go to Mycroft or Acheron or someone else. I didn't have a problem with that (tons of books do that). My problem was how on occasion Thursday would do the whole "I" thing, but it would be some sort of event where her character wasn't even there. I often got confused at these points, thinking that she was narrating, but then in fact, she wasn't even in the room. The POV was all over the place I felt.
3. What Genre Are You? I think this book suffers with just that question. Is it trying to be an alternative history? A supernatural thriller? A time travel tale? A black comedy? Like I said in #1 up above, there is so much going on in this book.
Let me deter from all the bad and focus on what I actually liked. The alteration of manuscripts was very intriguing. I liked the idea that classic literature could be changed if placed in the wrong hands. Acheron was an interesting villain. He came across as the classic "twirl-of-the-mustache" type of villain. I liked the brief interruptions of Thursday's home and love life. I kept rooting for her and Landen to get together from the very beginning. I also liked the humor on occasion (especially if I got it). You really have to know your literature to enjoy this book. There were many things I got a kick out of, but several things that flew right over my head. "Jane Eyre" is the big thing about this book, so make sure you read that (plus "Jane Eyre" is so great!). I really loved all the bits where Thursday interacted with Mr. Rochester.
Though I was a bit disappointed with the book, I still intend on reading the next books in the series to see if my dislikes turn to likes. I recommend this book for lovers of literature and anyone who likes a good tale of alternative history.(less)
Who would have thought that adding zombies to Jane Austen's classic "Pride & Prejudice" would be so entertaining? I was quite surprised with how w...moreWho would have thought that adding zombies to Jane Austen's classic "Pride & Prejudice" would be so entertaining? I was quite surprised with how well Seth Grahame-Smith integrated the zombies into the action of P&P. The inclusion of zombies doesn't feel randomly thrown in---they have their proper place, and actually fit quite well with certain plot elements (like Jane getting sick, for instance, and Darcy believing she's been stricken, which in turn figures into the Jane/Bingley story later and how Elizabeth thinks Darcy has messed up their relationship). I also really loved Elizabeth as a sword-swinging heroine and that she was an equal of Darcy, which I never quite felt in the original classic. So overall, really fun to read, and at times, I felt like I was reading the original classic because of how flawlessly Grahame-Smith wrote this out and how well developed it all was.(less)
Goodness, I'm done! This was a long one. And the final book looks a little bit longer.
Anyway, book three had some great moments. But it also had some...moreGoodness, I'm done! This was a long one. And the final book looks a little bit longer.
Anyway, book three had some great moments. But it also had some dull moments, as is typical of most books in the fantasy genre. Can't fantasy writers just say what they want to say? Why does it always have to take dozens of pages to make a point?
The books starts of very nicely and we get immediate action. As promised, Eragon travels to Helgrind with Roran to rescue Katrina. Afterwards, after parting with Roran, Katrina, and Saphira because he want's to deal with Sloan, Eragon is on his own for a little while until Arya comes to get him. Meanwhile, some great chapters with Nasuada occur. She has quickly become one of my favorite characters in the series. The Trial of the Long Knives was awesome! I find Nasuada a much more interesting character than Arya---and Arya is supposed to be Eragon's love interest! I think Paolini does a poor job with Arya. Why am I supposed to like her exactly? I was hoping for character development with Arya in this book and it simply did not happen. So yeah...Nasuada is wildly more entertaining to read.
We get a wedding between Roran and Katrina. An introduction of a cool blue-furred elf dude. Treason among the dwarves. Roran wants to prove himself to Nasuada, so we get some great little battle sequences. It's back to Ellesmera for Eragon. Forging of a new dragon-rider sword. Shocking revelations (Brom makes a surprising cameo). An emotional scene involving Glaedr and Oromis. Another large battle at the end. And I was still left going: where the hell is Murtagh! He's one of my favorite male characters and he's only in, what?, two chapters I think.
Overall, the book was really good I felt. Just dragged in several spots with a lot of lengthy dialogue and overly complicated plot developments. Out of everything I just summarized, does that really look like it has to be a 700+ page book?
I am excited for the final book. Though the series does have a few minor issues, I'm intrigued to know where this is all going. And who will live and who will die?!?!(less)
**spoiler alert** I've been so excited to read "The Omen Machine" since I really loved the Sword of Truth series and I really missed all these great c...more**spoiler alert** I've been so excited to read "The Omen Machine" since I really loved the Sword of Truth series and I really missed all these great characters. "The Omen Machine" was not bad. But neither was it great. I guess, somewhere in between.
So, this is what happens: mysterious prophecies; Richard and the gang do research; more prophecies; Kahlan tries to scare the representatives from surrounding lands; more freaking prophecy; lots of murder and gore; more prophecy; oh, a mysterious omen machine (finally!); more gore and murder and some more prophecy; treasonous kingdoms; something about a Hedge Maid; uh...more prophecy; and then finally the last 25 pages we get some action to the story only for it to end in a cliffhanger into, apparently, another book.
Okay, I have to say that I did enjoy the mystery/thriller genre that Terry Goodkind was going at in the book. I love that genre and it actually works with this set of characters. But in a mystery/thriller, you have the problem and then everyone races to find the solution and it's all intense. I didn't get that intensity with this book. So much talking, but not enough doing. Kahlan spends the majority of the novel getting healed. Cara and Nicci (two of my most fave characters) are reduced to really doing nothing but voice opinions and say how much they care for Richard. Richard spends the whole novel translating prophecy and yelling at the representative and wondering what on earth the Omen Machine is. Oh, and he saves the day, yah!
The best part of the novel, for me anyway, dealt with the scenes that finally moved away from the palace (like the Hedge Maid's Lair) or dealt with characters that weren't the central core (like Henrik, Abbot Dreier, and Queen Orneta). The novel grew tedious with Richard and the gang, especially since the action was getting nowhere. At least the side characters revealed more.
The Omen Machine itself. I was actually kind of intrigued with the machine. What's up with it? The machine was it's very own personality, a character. I actually felt an odd sense of pity and sympathy for it.
I know some of this seems like a complaint, but it was still a good book and a way to reunite with these familiar characters. The novel simply lacked continuous development, and a lot of the characters felt underused or used too much. I am interested to read the next book to see what happens, and I'm sure that novel will help expand on some of the questions I had while reading. Really, this novel should have been maybe 350 some pages, instead of a looming 500+ where nothing was going on it was just repetition.(less)
You know, I was actually kind of expecting more from this for some reason. It was an okay read, but I don't think it was something I necessarily neede...moreYou know, I was actually kind of expecting more from this for some reason. It was an okay read, but I don't think it was something I necessarily needed in order to expand my knowledge of the Wizard's First Rule books. I don't think it particularly added anything further. I was really intrigued with the character of Abby and I especially loved young Zedd. Instead of being under 200 pages, this whole story could have been expanded and developed and I probably would have enjoyed it more.(less)
One word: wow! The last three chapters left me speechless. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I was reaching for a tissue those last three chapters. I...moreOne word: wow! The last three chapters left me speechless. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I was reaching for a tissue those last three chapters. I didn't think I'd get so emotional during this final book of the series, but I did. The ending message of this entire series that Richard is constantly preaching: "You're life is your own, don't let others let others live it for you" just really moved me by the end. Goodkind had some many issues he developed in this series, and I think the major issues of war, death, and religion really pulled through in this book to an emotional ending. Goodkind's thoughts of religion is an interesting one and really thought provoking. So overall, an amazing final book to this amazing series. Now I wanna go back and re-read the whole series!(less)
Great second half of the Chainfire trilogy. I felt that a good chunk of this book was filler, which wasn't a bad thing, because I think it is all just...moreGreat second half of the Chainfire trilogy. I felt that a good chunk of this book was filler, which wasn't a bad thing, because I think it is all just leading up to the final events of the last book of the series. I did find myself a bit confused with a lot of the concepts and issues that were revealed in this book---very heavy discussion. If you're looking for an action packed book, this isn't it. This book has a lot of deep discussion about magic and the inner workings of magic and it all just gets very scientific and you really have to pay attention. Overall, I did enjoy the book and I'm excited to get into the final book of the series to see where Richard and Kahlan's stories lie.(less)
Really really liked this and it was refreshing to have Richard and Kahlan separated in this manner. Very intense plot and great action sequences and q...moreReally really liked this and it was refreshing to have Richard and Kahlan separated in this manner. Very intense plot and great action sequences and quite a page turner near the end.(less)
Two words: "fooking crazy!" Haha! Goldsher's spelling, not mine! This book was something else. I'm actually not a Beatles person. I mean, I obviously...moreTwo words: "fooking crazy!" Haha! Goldsher's spelling, not mine! This book was something else. I'm actually not a Beatles person. I mean, I obviously know who they are and I've heard practically all of their songs, but I don't consider myself to be a Beatles enthusiast. So for some of the book I actually didn't get some of the inside jokes, but it was still a very good, fun, and crazy read. I do warn anyone that if you are in any way squeamish, or dislike vulgar material, this is totally not for you. You really just have to take the book as it is and go along for the ride and have fun. I think my favorite parts of the book were any sections with Ringo who is a Ninja. A Ninja! How cool is that? I really loved the journalistic style of this book and how Goldsher presented the book in a format that actually made the book much more funnier and clever instead of the typical fiction format. Very eye-catching. So overall, I really enjoyed the book, enjoyed the humor, and enjoyed Goldsher's take on the Beatles.(less)
I actually *gasp* LIKED this book! The "Twilight Saga" has been a series of books that I casually enjoy. I don't consider myself a "Twihard" or a "tea...moreI actually *gasp* LIKED this book! The "Twilight Saga" has been a series of books that I casually enjoy. I don't consider myself a "Twihard" or a "team whoever" person. I just like to read the books, and be in the know with the rest of civilization. I've always had problems with Stephenie Meyer's overall writing style (which I find much too simplistic) and her lack of good villains (villains usually make a book for me). But I think Ms. Meyer did pretty well with this final installment.
Once again, the book opens with the cheesy-as-hell romance that is Bella/Edward. The whole time I'm thinking, "I want more Alice/Jasper." We get the wedding, and the honeymoon, and the sex scenes that we're just too weirdly wrote. And ta-da! Bella is pregnant! The book gets very interesting once Meyer switches the narrative to Jacob's perspective. It was refreshing to be in a new mind, and to see those different types of relationships that we don't get to see because the narrative is usually all Bella. I really loved the whole Jacob/Leah/Seth dynamic. Fun, really.
And the moment we've all been waiting for: Vampire Bella! And we are introduced to Edward and Bella's daughter Renesmee (I've seen reviews and complaints with people hating on the name, but I actually think it's kind of adorable. Am I missing something?)
I think what I like about the second half of the novel is the lack of the Edward/Bella cheesy-as-hell romance. It's way toned down. I actually kind of felt that Edward became a non-entity in some weird way. It's all about protecting Renesmee, Bella discovering her new talents, and the introduction of all these super awesome new vampires. And vampires that I want to read books about, too! I was most interested in the Egyptian coven, the Denali clan, and Garrett (who was played brilliantly and sexily by Lee Pace in the movie). If Stephenie Meyer must write new books, I'd really love to see some focus on these other vampires because, honestly, they were cool and they were what made this second half of the novel as good as it was. It wasn't Edward and Bella that made the book for me, it was all the side characters.
I really don't have anything else to say about the series, other than that I'm impressed that I actually really liked this book compared to the others. It's been reviewed to death already, haha!(less)