Amazing. The good news is that I now have all of Terry Pratchett's books to look forward to. The bad news: I've recently learned how many books he has...moreAmazing. The good news is that I now have all of Terry Pratchett's books to look forward to. The bad news: I've recently learned how many books he has and my wallet's going to take quite the hit. (less)
What a great story. Books like Finn Finnegan are very much convincing me that Middle Grade is where it's at. Darby has written a fun, engaging novel t...more What a great story. Books like Finn Finnegan are very much convincing me that Middle Grade is where it's at. Darby has written a fun, engaging novel that can (and will) be enjoying by the young and old alike. For younger readers, Finn Finnegan is sure to spark imaginations and provide a realistic protagonist to eagerly follow through adventures. For older folks, Finn is sure to delight with its homages and plays on Irish folklore. I really enjoyed the mythology behind the Tuatha De Dennan and their relationship with the Amandan. SHP has done it again by championing yet another wonderful novel. Bring on book 2!(less)
Neil Gaiman has lost me more friends than monopoly. Normally, after I read one of his works I get so overwhelmed by some piece of philosophy, or story...moreNeil Gaiman has lost me more friends than monopoly. Normally, after I read one of his works I get so overwhelmed by some piece of philosophy, or story,or nugget of knowledge that I go and recite it over and over to everyone I know (hence the friends becoming scare every time I read something Gaiman.)
But this book didn't really do that for me. I loved it--don't get me wrong--but it didn't set my tongue on fire with anything in particular. If this were written by any other author, I would have given it an immediate five stars. It has everything I look for in a novel: adventure, mythology, great characters, deep undertones; but since Neil Gaiman is on of my all-time favorites, I have imposed on him the highest standards possible.
I was under the impression that this book was the companion to "American Gods" which has been my favorite Gaiman book for a long time. What I found, however, is that the two really don't have much to do with one another; except that they both focus on, well, gods.
But on the positive side, Anansi boys really is a treasure of a story. It focuses on the sons of the African spider-God Anansi, and follows their misadventures. They get tangled up with all sorts of baddies (godly and otherwise) and us readers get to see both sons' very enthralling growth process.
"Fat Charlie," the protagonist is very likable, and the side characters are three dimensional (which Gaiman is always deft at doing). What I loved so much about this novel is how everything ties together so nicely. Sort of like every random piece was in a fact a cog in a bigger machine that Gaiman was building behind our backs. I highly recoomend checking this book out, even if you haven't read "American Gods."(less)
Well, now I have to read everything this guy has ever written.
Not since the "Kingkiller Chronicles" by Patrick Rothfuss, has an epic fantasy no...moreSigh.
Well, now I have to read everything this guy has ever written.
Not since the "Kingkiller Chronicles" by Patrick Rothfuss, has an epic fantasy novel struck me so. I picked this book up because Mr. Rothfuss gave it five stars, so I figured It was worth a shot.
Wow. Seriously. Wow. First off, Sanderson's worldbuilding is far too good. It's scary how realistic his systems are: whether they be magical, political, or social.
The system of magic is similar to that of Mr. Rothfuss, in the fact that it's very science based, but Sanderson's magic is unique. The two magics in MISTBORN are called Allomancy and Feruchamy and they are so well explained and utilized that I couldn't help but feel that somewhere in our universe these systems are being used. Somewhere.
The characters are also very well fleshed out. They're your friends (especially Vin) by the end of the novel. I'm wasting no time, and I'm off to go purchase the next installment in the trilogy, so I can hang with them some more.
It's rare that I come across a fantasy novel this good. It's been called "Oceans Eleven" meets "Lord of the Rings" and it's a good descriptions, but MISTBORN stands in a class all it's own. (less)
So I hate to say it, because I know it's a huge jinx, but I am on such a book hot streak. First the "Mistborn" trilogy from Brandon Sanderson and now...moreSo I hate to say it, because I know it's a huge jinx, but I am on such a book hot streak. First the "Mistborn" trilogy from Brandon Sanderson and now this fantastic coming-of-age novel by Jonathan Maberry.
I don't know why, but i've kind of steered clear of the zombie craze as of late. I'm big into magic (and there are so many magic-centered books to go around already) so when it comes time to pick a sci-fi/fantasy book, I usually gravitate to something magical. I rarely read fiction about vampires or werewolves, although I know there are some great ones out there, and until this book I had not read one book about zombies.
I was hesitant, but I met Mr. Maberry at the BEA and he signed a copy of "Rot and Ruin" for me, so what the hey, right?
It's moments like these that I treasure. Diving into the unexplored (both genre and author) and coming up with a glowing pearl. I really, really liked, "Rot and Ruin". I was prejudiced against zombies because I keep thinking that authors might use them in a way to draw readers in, but might rely only on the inclusion of the creatures, ignoring plot and depth. Maberry does something fantastic. He uses the zombies to examine humanity, and what actual struggles someone might face growing up in a society that had once been overrun by the living dead.
Character development ain't easy, and Maberry manages to turn protagonist Benny Imura, at first a snotty, lazy punk, into someone honorable and memorable. I don't want to include any spoilers, so I'll just say that if you're like me, and you haven't yet read any zombie fiction yet, this should be your foray into the field of the living dead. And if you like zombies, then you're a shoe-in to like "Rot and Ruin."
I'm not giving it a perfect score because I definitely saw many things coming, but I hope that doesn't deter you. This book was a quite a ride. And just to further emphasize my attachment to this book, I went out RIGHT away and bought the sequel. Which I'm planning on diving into right away, and hopefully continuing my hot streak :)
It's been a while since I've read something without any sort of fantasy trappings or supernatural going-ons, and until reading "The Prophet"I hadn't r...moreIt's been a while since I've read something without any sort of fantasy trappings or supernatural going-ons, and until reading "The Prophet"I hadn't remembered how much I enjoy curling up with a good thriller.
This book also reminds me of yet another reason I am so gosh-darn in love with the BEA. When I walked into the BEA I had never heard of "The Prophet" or Michael Koryta, and (just being honest here) I probably never would have purchased it. If I was going to read a thriller I would have asked my father for a recommendation and he would have sent me Dennis Lehane or Lee Child's way.
I am so glad that I picked this one up, though. The plot itself isn't anything too unheard of: there's a murder, a feuding family, and lessons learned throughout the novel. Sounds kind of standard, right? But Koryta has such a command over his characters that I couldn't help but feel like I knew them. His characters are just so friggin human. They strengths, flaws, mistakes and their motivations of the protagonist brothers are so spot on that one can't help but feel attached to Adam and Kent, cheering when they make good decisions and even cheering when they make a bad decision; because heck, it makes the story all the more realistic.
I'll most definitely be reading more of Koryta's novels when I'm in the mood to jump back out of the supernatural and into more realistic fiction (which is funny to me, because realistic isn't a word often associated with thrillers).