I'm glad I discovered the Mistborn series a few months ago, because I never realized what I was missing without Brando...moreGreat Odin's Beard. What a book.
I'm glad I discovered the Mistborn series a few months ago, because I never realized what I was missing without Brandon Sanderson's books in my life. I love discovering authors whose stories make me forget about time and page count and make me feel like I'm being served the best grilled cheese sandwich of life. I love grilled cheese sandwiches. Straight from the get-go, Steelheart explodes off the page and slaps you in the face with essence of pure awesome. And even though I enjoyed the entire book, the prologue may be my favorite part. It's just so... so... HOLY MOTHER OF GOD MY EMOTIONS! It's pretty spectacular to say the least.
I had a bit of a ride reading through the ending. Unfortunately, during the time I was reading it, I wasn't feeling well. My stomach was already in a whirl, and so with the added excitement and nervous feeling from reading its heart racing ending I really worried I might have an accident.
Thanks, Brandon Sanderson. You almost made me shit my pants.
The first thing I want to say about Christopher Meades is that he can put a sentence together like no other. His use of the English language is absolu...moreThe first thing I want to say about Christopher Meades is that he can put a sentence together like no other. His use of the English language is absolutely beautiful, and simply put, it's like literary magic. It's quirky, unique, and by Odin's beard it's damn funny. His use of imagery conjure vivid scenes full of detail, some that caused me to throw my head back in laughter, and the dialogue is always a joy to read.
Although I didn't like The Last Hiccup as much as I did The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark (if you haven't read it yet then I suggest you put your life on hold so that you do!), it's still a great book. My first thought upon reading the title was "How does one write a book about everlasting hiccups?" But Christopher Meades does it and does it well! I'll admit that I hadn't expected it to play out the way it did, but that's not a bad thing. Vladimir is an interesting, complex character, and the rest of the cast are just as great. Especially Dr. Sergei, some of his scenes were my favorite.
Lastly, Meades' definitely has a flair for dramatic endings. This one certainly doesn't disappoint. I was glued to the pages and could hardly keep myself from ripping them out in the haste I was in to turn them.
After The Last Hiccup, and especially The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark, I can hardly wait for Christopher Meades' next novel!(less)
I've been waiting for Death's Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel all my life without ever knowing it. After reading the blurb, I knew I'd be in for someth...moreI've been waiting for Death's Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel all my life without ever knowing it. After reading the blurb, I knew I'd be in for something interested, but I never expected that this book would quickly become one of my favorites ever read. It's an action packed roller coaster of an ass-kicking good time!
What I loved most about this book was its characters. It's brimming with interesting personalities, both protagonists and antagonists alike. Hands down, my favorite character would have to be Hank, the giant hit man. I mean, really, how could you not love a grittier, rough and tumble version of Wreck-it Ralph? Being that his character revolves around the brother Grimm Fearnot (or, the boy who went out to learn what fear was) made him all the more likeable to me because that's one of my favorite stories. Every character have their own individual stories, each tragic in their own way, but still so much fun to read, and that was the hook, line, and sinker for me. I really felt for them.
And then, of course, there is The Devil. I love stories that revolve around angel, demons, heaven, hell, etc. Stories like Constantine and the likes have always interested me, and this particular story does a fantastic job with it all. This book's portrayal of The Devil is one of my favorites.
(view spoiler)[ There is only one thing about the plot that I didn't like, and it's the ending. Nathaniel, who is also an awesome character, just seems too willing to give up his life in the end for a baby he has no idea will make a difference in the world or not. I understand that after going through the struggle of saving her life may push him towards wanting her to live, but he doesn't appear to even care about his own life at all. He's the only being of his kind, a person who lives in the land of the living and the dead, whose power is second only to Death himself, and he's willing to sacrifice his life for a baby who may very well be a nobody, all too gladly and without contemplation. I would have at least see him struggle with the decision at least a little bit. It was just too easy. I almost brought my rating down to a 4.5 for this reason, but the rest of the book is just so good I find it a minor issue. (hide spoiler)]
This book is a page-turner. It's brutal, mystical, and full of intriguing characters and back stories. It's the kind of book that makes me feel like I'll never again find another that'll satisfy me the way that this one has (thank goodness that's not true, however, because what would be the point of continuing to read?). All I can do is the sequel isn't too far away.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)