I just completed this book yesterday. I tried once before, but was thwarted but Williams' long winded style. I am glad I tried it again.
Williams doesI just completed this book yesterday. I tried once before, but was thwarted but Williams' long winded style. I am glad I tried it again.
Williams does a great job with character development in this book. Simon, the main character, starts out a careless child. He's not quite a brat but not exactly well mannered either. This book, while containing the beginnings of a world-destroying evil, is essentially about the development of Simon from boy to man.
The plot development in this book, while slow, is captivating. Williams is beginning to build a complex universe with this story, but is somewhat unique in his undertakings. I highly enjoy the idea of a philosophical troll who is half the size of a man instead of the common brutish, bone crunching villain we all know and hate. The Sithi, and their ancient, demolished race tugs the sadness strings in my heart.
In my opinion, however, the downside of the book is that it is too hero-centric. While I do enjoy heavy character development, I feel that the development here is one sided. I know everything about Simon, how he will act and react, but nothing of anyone else. Binabik, Simon's best friend has moderate development at best, but not enough for my tastes. I hardly know anything of his home lands, what he does, what his master does (did), what his favorite food is, what his favorite color is, etc. While I love the character, I feel that its my own imagination that gives him depth, not Williams' writing. The other characters in the book, sadly, are the same, if not worse. For example, Josua, the political champion of the "good guys" is paper thin at best.
Despite its downfalls, it has been hard to put down. While I hope the other 3 books of this "trilogy" fill in some back story, I am in no way dreading reading them. =) ...more
I don't want to write any spoilers, so my review will be brief and vague.
Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy is one of the best fantasy series I'veI don't want to write any spoilers, so my review will be brief and vague.
Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy is one of the best fantasy series I've had the pleasure of reading. Actually devouring is the more accurate way of putting it. I couldn't put it down. This book delivers what I had been craving at the time: A dark fantasy. Not only that, but a naughty (read blasphemous) dark fantasy.
Characters: Pullman's characters are fully fleshed. While reading this trilogy, I felt that I knew Lyra. I could predict her actions, but not because the book was cliche (in fact, its anything but) but because I felt like I knew her. The supporting characters, Will, Mrs Coulter, and Lord Asriel were just as believable. But people can be easy to relate to. Pullman has honed his character development so well that Iorek, the armoured, talking polar bear, is a character you can not only relate to, but get behind and root for.
Plot: The plot is blasphemous and fun. There are times when its extremely bleak and hopeless, and when you think it cant get any worse, it does. Then it soars to places so high you can't help but smile while you read, and cheer aloud when a character makes a narrow escape.
Buyability: I say go or it. This is a trilogy, that if it weren't so controversial, would be deemed an instant classic. Personally, if I didn't have this trilogy loaned out to a friend right now, would be on top of my re-read list =)
Bottom Line: This trilogy should be on any fantasy nut's must read list. ...more
I was referred to Terry Goodkind as a better alternative to Robert Jordan. I feel betrayed and lied to. Or maybe it was some kind of joke. Goodkind's I was referred to Terry Goodkind as a better alternative to Robert Jordan. I feel betrayed and lied to. Or maybe it was some kind of joke. Goodkind's characters are simply not believeable, and this absolutely kills the book. The dialog is forced, and it feels as if no one ever proof read Goodkind's "masterpiece." If you like books written in a style where if you squint your eyes and pretend that instead of reading, you are watching a one-liner Bruce Willis fantasy movie, go out and get this book right now. ...more
To start, I really disliked Wells' writing style. However, the book's story was strong enough to pull me into it regardless of how it was written. We To start, I really disliked Wells' writing style. However, the book's story was strong enough to pull me into it regardless of how it was written. Wells writes in the fashion of a news reporter, delivering a cut and dry, just the facts ma'am kind of novel. I did enjoy the brief delving into the nature of primal man, and the reflection of the true human psyche. Wells is quite astute in his delivery of how some of mankind would act, and how others differ. No one was a hero in this book, no one was a villain, it was just nature, albeit the mingling of two worlds of nature, but nature pure and simple....more
This book was garbage. Let me repeat: This book was/is/forever shall be garbage. Yes, yes, I know I will get flamed for this, but this is just my opinThis book was garbage. Let me repeat: This book was/is/forever shall be garbage. Yes, yes, I know I will get flamed for this, but this is just my opinion. The writing style reminds me of when I was in fourth grade and I wrote a six chapter book one hour before it was due. Ok, enough bashing. I know this book is a "classic" but I was not impressed. The development of character or plot was completely non-existent. No one grows, no one learns anything, and there is no moral to the story. The plot itself is barely coherent, and is a story without repercussions. The book has a very unsatisfying and willowy feel to it, leaving the reader feeling hollow and wondering what he or she is missing, only to realize later, that the book simply had no substance. On the up side, the book was much darker and less annoying than the movie. The Tin Man was quite the axe slinger, offing animals left and right. The Scare Crow's ninja crow neck twisting abilities were simply uncanny. And Oz was the best con man ever depicted in a fairy tale. He told the party he had nothing to give them, dashing their hopes at first, then proceeded to lie to them with trash for rewards, then skipped town. Because of that, it gets two stars instead of one. ...more
This book was actually good... for a Robert Jordan Book. I am only going to give it 3 stars, however, because giving it four would feel like I was re This book was actually good... for a Robert Jordan Book. I am only going to give it 3 stars, however, because giving it four would feel like I was rewarding Jordan for actually publishing a fantasy novel instead of just a meandering collection of thoughts and idle whims. Jordan's pace, as compared to his other novels, is set on par with lightning in this book, and most readers will agree that this is a most welcome change. However, unless you have too much time on your hands, and are a speed reader, I do not suggest getting this far in the series. The juice, is simply not worth the squeeze....more