I began this on the plane to LA - took too long in the beginning so I wasn't enjoying it. Got about halfway and I fell asleep. And then I needed to of...moreI began this on the plane to LA - took too long in the beginning so I wasn't enjoying it. Got about halfway and I fell asleep. And then I needed to offload something from my bag so I left the proof on a terminal chair at LAX.
To be frank, I do not believe this book is ready to be published. More polishing, an increase in the main character's age, and a somewhat more mature writing style would have me more interested, but unfortunately it wasn't the case.
At least someone at LAX may have picked it up? Perhaps a cleaner?(less)
Eli Glasman's debut novel is just what the Australian contemporary young adult scene needs. It's diversity in its main character Yossi – Jewish-born a...moreEli Glasman's debut novel is just what the Australian contemporary young adult scene needs. It's diversity in its main character Yossi – Jewish-born and gay - will make it fit perfectly alongside such novels as Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil and The First Third by Will Kostakis (both 2014 CBCA shortlisters by the way). There's no preaching about Judaism or any shoving of Yossi's sexuality down your throat - everything is done respectfully to both communities. Instead of disregarding aspects of the Jewish culture, The Boy's Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew teaches you but also subtly questions elements of the religion, the errors of conformity and the freedom inherent in individuality. At 170 or so pages this book is a quick read and its straight-to-the-point plot helps.(less)
Saga gets progressively better in complexity and world-building, but despite this third story arc doing just that it also was lacking in meat. If anyt...moreSaga gets progressively better in complexity and world-building, but despite this third story arc doing just that it also was lacking in meat. If anything this ties in with the second volume as it interweaves and shows the other side and characters to what volume 2 had shown. Nevertheless, there were some great moments in this book and as always the art and colouring are engrossing beautiful.
Now I guess I can collect in monthly issues.(less)
I must admit, after everyone saying to start the New 52 Green Arrow from #17, I had to obey word, and, bo...moreAnd that's how you write and artify a comic!
I must admit, after everyone saying to start the New 52 Green Arrow from #17, I had to obey word, and, boy, was I glad I did. I knew who Oliver Queen basically was, so getting into the series from #17 was done with ease and satisfaction. The entire arc was fantastic!
2014 is the year of good fantasy, and Jen Williams’s The Copper Promise (previously available as novellas from Headline) has started the year off with...more2014 is the year of good fantasy, and Jen Williams’s The Copper Promise (previously available as novellas from Headline) has started the year off with a ba– … with a dragon. Williams’s published debut novel is a classic fantasy quest story, and thanks to the novellas, there’s a “cliffhanger” after every quarter that makes you eager to read what happens next.
In The Copper Promise there’s crippled Lord Frith, whose family was slain and castle ravaged, and so, on a quest to reclaim his castle and seek vengeance, he employs Wydrin (The Copper Cat) and Sebastian (The Ynnsmouth Knight), leading them to the Citadel with promise of gold and riches. But unbeknownst to the mercenaries, Frith has his own plans, with a desire to regain his strength and earn the powers he needs to defeat his foes. However, Frith’s plans go awry when he unleashes a dragon (and subsequently her brood of daughters) upon the world, a God hiding beneath the Citadel. The trio must then fulfil and play a greater role in their world that none of them had foreseen.
George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is driven forward by the characters of the story rather than the plot. In fantasy, personally, there’s no story without there being developed characters that you can find an attachment to, that you would want to read about, hoping for the length of the book and series that your favourite characters don’t die – tough luck, Ned Stark! What Williams gets remarkably right in The Copper Promise is the characters of Frith, Wydrin and Sebastian, all so different yet so much alike, relatable and developed. Each of those three become tied into this quest together and then must conquer it together. Throughout all of it they each have their own arcs to realise and make right.
There’s also griffins in The Copper Promise, and you know how much I love griffins in fantasy. Oh, yeah, and dragons – but griffins!
Though I’m thinking I may have enjoyed this novel much more when it was previously released in four novellas. For me, the narrative wound down in the final third of the book, when it should have picked up. Perhaps that is because each novella took their own time to build momentum to a whopping cliff of an ending. I found myself getting restless at times, but thankfully the ending had made it up, and now I’m eager to see what quest Williams puts Frith, Wydrin, and Sebastian on next.
So if you’re a fan of quest fantasy (a la The Hobbit) then The Copper Promise will be that adventurous, perilous, and rewarding journey that you’re frothing for.
I found Sheltered to be pretty average with not much more than the pre-apocalyptic backdrop and the 'Lord of the Flies'-esque story to keep you readin...moreI found Sheltered to be pretty average with not much more than the pre-apocalyptic backdrop and the 'Lord of the Flies'-esque story to keep you reading. There truly was nothing outstanding about Sheltered and I won't be returning for more of this series. As a reader who has read my fair share of children taking control and trying to survive on their own, Sheltered isn't the best, and there's much better – and more interesting – stories out there, with characters you can actually be emotionally invested in.(less)