--Rating is something like 4,5, but I did not feel like it's worth rounding up.--
It's nice that Riordan decided to write this from a first-person POV.--Rating is something like 4,5, but I did not feel like it's worth rounding up.--
It's nice that Riordan decided to write this from a first-person POV. It was more interesting to live inside the headspace of a god-turned-mortal because of all the accompanying baggage. Certainly, it's more fun than being inside the headspace of a whiny demigod teen.
I was pleasantly surprised that Apollo was not as annoying as I was expecting. Although, he annoyingly sounded so similar humor-wise to Percy and some of Riordan's other characters. It's probably already part of Riordan's writing signature; it's just disconcerting when so many characters sound so similar. This, in no way, detracts from the story though.
And I haven't been this fascinated about a Riordan series villain since The Kane Chronicles.
Now that President Danny Daniels' administration has ended, it would be fun to to see what Cotton and Stephanie's relationships with the new PresidentNow that President Danny Daniels' administration has ended, it would be fun to to see what Cotton and Stephanie's relationships with the new President will be like. But more importantly, I just realized, there's already a new president, and we still don't know where Cotton got his nickname. Heck, in this book, even the villains wanted to know! (^～^)...more
These are quite good introductions to the world of "Dominion of the Fallen". I like that we get glimpses of the world through different characters. ItThese are quite good introductions to the world of "Dominion of the Fallen". I like that we get glimpses of the world through different characters. It was particularly interesting to finally meet Morningstar after reading "House of Shattered Wings".
While these are obviously prequels, I feel that readers would appreciate them and the subtext more if they have read HoSW. ...more
The plot wasn't anything special, but of course all the Star Wars elements made it more fun. The entire book being hand-drawn and hand-written was whaThe plot wasn't anything special, but of course all the Star Wars elements made it more fun. The entire book being hand-drawn and hand-written was what really made the story come alive.
Age-appropriate readers will be able to relate despite the setting, while adults -- especially Star Wars fans -- will find a lot to smile and laugh about....more
Assorted notes, because I may be too busy to blog:
- I'm rating this at around 3.5 but I am comfortable rounding up to a 4.
- I eventually finished theAssorted notes, because I may be too busy to blog:
- I'm rating this at around 3.5 but I am comfortable rounding up to a 4.
- I eventually finished the Kindle Edition and stopped listening to the audiobook because the narrator puts me to sleep, and I cringed at some of his woman voices.
- In the thick of the action, I eventually got over the awkwardness of all the colons and semi-colons and parts of the prose, though my brain still flags them.
- The setting was really good, and the mash-up of various world mythologies was done well. The magic system seems solid, though I didn't scrutinize too closely because I was caught up in the murder mystery.
- This has shades of Name of the Rose and Daughter of Smoke and Bone somehow, but it's definitely its own thing. :)
- I'm actually looking forward to the next installment, though I'm honestly not sure if I'm ready for de Bodard's other works just yet....more
**spoiler alert** I'm too tired from reading this to leave a proper review, but here are my notes:
- I expected an honest-to-goodness, thrilling, life-**spoiler alert** I'm too tired from reading this to leave a proper review, but here are my notes:
- I expected an honest-to-goodness, thrilling, life-threatening adventure to search for the eponymous Codex. There was none of that. There's only some snogging after library hours in an obscure warehouse with crap security protocols.
- Edward (the protagonist) has no clear motivation. He pays the search for the Codex only part of his attention. The rest of the time, he was losing conscious time to who-knows-what (you'll think maybe some weird paranormal force related to the Went Library has gotten a hold of him, but it's never really explained,) and a weird RPG that has more screen time than the actual search for the Codex and the Codex itself. Oh, and he peered down a couple of women's cleavages, attended a LAN party, and had meals with a college acquaintance twice. Huzzah!
- I really don't get all the attention paid to the MOMUS RPG game. Pages and pages were devoted to describing Edward's game sessions. Maybe it's a metaphor that totally went over my head?
- When Edward finally figures out where the Codex is ("It's here!"), he just steps back and lets the lady do all the work. Occasionally he goes out to buy supplies, and once he even finds the time to have sex with the lady. Great job, Edward! (insert annoyed emoji)
- Margaret insists that the Codex does not exist. If that were so, why does she know so much about it? Like the entire story written on it? With details? And some sort of table of contents?
- So much is left unexplained. It was never really explained why Edward became so fascinated with the Duchess (half of the couple who owns the Codex). It was never really explained why everyone around Edward seemed to know the Duke and Duchess. And it was never shown why the Duke was so...fearsome?
- And the ending. What the f*ck was that???? No resolution, no proper reveals. Edward thought maybe he should start carrying a flask of Scotch around for moments like that. Well, yeah, maybe I should have gotten drunk before reading this book, so maybe then it would have made sense.
I had no idea what Grossman's editor was thinking releasing the book in this state. I don't even get the story that Grossman was trying to tell. It comes across as trying hard to be part Dan Brown, part commentary on literary history, but it never succeeds on being anything other than frustrating.
Is this book a steganogram, too? XD Is there a hidden story inside this story? Is this what Edward feels like whenever he's playing that weird MOMUS RPG game?
This is probably one of the most disjointed and wtf stories I've read. It's unfortunate because this had such promise. :(...more
The elements of this series seem like a cross between The Seven Wonders and The Kane Chronicles and The Mummy, but the aspects of Ancient Egyptian mytThe elements of this series seem like a cross between The Seven Wonders and The Kane Chronicles and The Mummy, but the aspects of Ancient Egyptian mythology used and all the archaeology stuff are rather different and fresh (LOL...ancient stuff...fresh...LOL :P).
The world-building is not very deep just yet because it's the first book, so I hope there would be more of an exploration of the magic system in the succeeding titles. I would also like to know more about the characters, particularly Alex, because I'm pretty sure there's something weird about him. What else would you think if the Book of the Dead actually calls out to your blood or something? :P If he ends up the son of Anubis, I won't be surprised. After all, his Dad is never mentioned. XD
Like The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals, this has a gaming component, but I have yet to try it because I read an ARC and there was no game activation book code in it yet.
Nevertheless, this was a fun and creepy read, and I look forward to the next book.
Recommended for younger readers who are interested in archaeology and Ancient Egypt but who won't be able to handle the scope of The Kane Chronicles or The Seven Wonders just yet. Also recommended for older readers who just want something light and fast-paced.
Being in a book club sure won't mean the same thing for me anymore. XP
--- Comments are based on an ARC provided by Scholastic Philippines...more
[2015.05.22] It's rather unfortunate that work keeps me from sitting down to write a proper review of this story because this was a wonderful read. I[2015.05.22] It's rather unfortunate that work keeps me from sitting down to write a proper review of this story because this was a wonderful read. I only remembered that I scribbled notes for a blog post when Mr. Malik re-tweeted my rating.
So even if I am unable to write a more detailed review, here are three points that I feel I must at least devote some time to post:
1. This is the first story of Mr. Malik's that I have read. The writing really is beautiful, and the style fits the story like a glove, so much so that even during parts of the story where there are no extraordinary things happening, you are bound to tell yourself that there has got to be something magical going on because you can feel it.
2. While I am not a migrant, the migrant experience is very familiar to me as a Filipino; I have migrant relatives, and I have read a lot of books, both fiction and non-fiction, that describe the migrant experience. Sometimes I even got to interview the authors. This story made me realize the similarities of the experiences even if you come from different countries and cultures, as well as the importance of family and of learning about where you came from. And I love stories that involve some kind of quest to solve a mystery in the character's family's past.
3. I always say that when I read, my brain produces a movie in my head. I visualize settings and characters vividly, and sometimes I can almost hear voices and accents, taste the food, and imagine the smells. The epic fantasies end up looking like major Hollywood blockbusters, and others are like indie movies. I must admit that, while it is something I vividly saw in my head (dude, it busted my mental movie's special effects budget!), the climax and big reveal of this story baffled me. Not in a bad way, but I feel like I have to re-read that part to fully understand it. (It was surreal and magical and fantastic, and...is this what being high feels like? XP) This did not take away from my reading experience, though, because I could still feel the weight and importance of what was happening to Salman and what he was witnessing.
Oh, and one last thing. I hope I never have to experience losing memories in real time. It really must be terrifying....more
More than the stories in the anthology, which were all wonderful and entertaining in different ways (and some of the best shorts I've read in a while!More than the stories in the anthology, which were all wonderful and entertaining in different ways (and some of the best shorts I've read in a while!), the writing process of each of the authors was what really fascinated me.
From the brainstorming to the first drafts and the workshopping, the edits and the essays on their process, this is a very useful resource for writers. I don't fancy myself as one, but as a reader, I did enjoy the look behind the scenes.
Branderson has always been open about his writing process, even posting drafts and annotations on his site, but it was cool to be able to follow the progress of his writing even more closely.
Recommended for anyone who loves innovative stories and recommended especially for writers. :)