Wow! Wax hooked me from page one. Going from AFTER to BEFORE was a brilliant idea which kept me in major suspense. I would love to see this book contiWow! Wax hooked me from page one. Going from AFTER to BEFORE was a brilliant idea which kept me in major suspense. I would love to see this book continued, Phil Duncan's tale is definitely not over!
Yancey was a typical boy: dysfunctional family, sucky school, unapproachable crush and all. "Yancey Muncy was born. He went to school for a while. Then he died. Then he was reborn, went to school for a while, and could never die again." Pretty much sums it up. I don't know how I could properly review this without excitedly giving anything away. Simply: Read it!
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Even after repeatedly reminding myself to have no expectations for this book, to remember that witchcraft would be given up for fresh characters in aEven after repeatedly reminding myself to have no expectations for this book, to remember that witchcraft would be given up for fresh characters in a more mature setting, I couldn't help but feel stunned by differences between the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. Let's be honest, it's hard not to judge authors by their past works.
Being a lover of J.K. Rowling's famous series, I feared The Casual Vacancy wouldn't live up to my personal hype over it (reminder: no expectations!), however, this book is amazing! Being borrowed from the library, I only had one week to read all 504 pages (it's new, so many holds, blah-blah-blah); not the easiest thing with a full time job and family. Late fees were expected, but never charged because I flew through each page and finished in time (pat me on the back, please).
Both puzzling and shocking, The Casual Vacancy made me want MoreMoreMore! So simple is the setting, so basic (at first glance) are the characters, that it is all totally relatable. Harry Potter fan or no, give this book a go!
Set in a small town with many small minded people, the story unfolds after an critical cog in the town's political machine dies, leaving a spot open. After Barry Fairweather's death, everyone in Pagford becomes affected; some by grief others by greed. As A Casual Vacancy continues, the inhabitants of Pagford begin to lose their footing. Accusations fly, relationships take 180 degree tilts and life in this community threatens to never be the same.
Reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland, mixed with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Lauren Olivers' The Spindlers was a magical read from beginningReminiscent of Alice In Wonderland, mixed with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Lauren Olivers' The Spindlers was a magical read from beginning to end. Journeying with Liza through all of Below, we're able to view a new world of a different order than what what we are accustomed to living Above.
My only regret is how alike the aforementioned stories this one turned out to be, making the story more predictable than I would have preferred. Keeping in mind the age group it's sanctioned for, The Spindlers is exciting and fun, with enough humanity to keep characters familiar while creating a uniqueness reserved for the inhabitants of Below alone.
I would recommend this to any middle-schooler craving a little magic.
I didn't review this book immediately after reading it because it was hard to, I couldn't properly form my opinion. This book frustrated me, made me wI didn't review this book immediately after reading it because it was hard to, I couldn't properly form my opinion. This book frustrated me, made me want to put it down numerous times yet I couldn't. Not just because I hate leaving things unfinished - I wanted to know what was going to happen next! House of Leaves has a style I've never seen before. There are stories within the stories, characters writing about other characters. There are hundreds of references in the footnotes of this book and even though I knew they were fiction, I researched many of them. I'm still not convinced parts of Danielewski's story weren't derived from the journal of a real madman. Maybe Danielewski IS the madman?
This book can't be described as good or bad because it is neither. It's an experience - one you must indulge yourself in. ...more