Not even slightly interested in reading the rest of this series. I felt bored as I read it, the youngest member of an all-male community is chased by...moreNot even slightly interested in reading the rest of this series. I felt bored as I read it, the youngest member of an all-male community is chased by this community because they want him to join their army but he has a moral objection to killing. About two thirds into the book the main kid murders a totally non-threatening alien. So much for "I...CAN'T...KILL!" Something happens at the end...can't remember and didn't care by that point.
I rated it two stars rather than one because the bit where the kid kills the alien provoked quite a reaction in me, I was queasy for a while afterwards! It's quite rare that a book will bring forth a physical discomfort. It reminded me of that bit in Thérèse Raquin where the husband bites the other guy's neck. I went around for days afterwards with my shoulders hunched up to protect my neck from phantom biters.(less)
I consider myself to be pretty sick of the YA dystopia trend-that-never-ends but realised that I've hardly even partaken of it. I read and loved The H...moreI consider myself to be pretty sick of the YA dystopia trend-that-never-ends but realised that I've hardly even partaken of it. I read and loved The Hunger Games trilogy, same for Bumped and Thumped by Megan McCafferty, loved 'em!* So yesterday I thought why not try one of the titles that have been languishing for years on my to-read list. I picked Matched because it's been on the list the longest and it's got a great-looking cover.
Matched is very steady and well-written. Maybe a little too steady, verging on slow. The world-building was interesting, with details being given at an engaging pace, same with the characters. It's a good novel, it really is but just as I can't think of any big criticism for the book I also can't think of anything amazing, anything that stuck in my head or made me eager for the next instalment.
I wasn't expecting much from Matched after checking out the low star-ratings from the people on my Goodreads list, so I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the novel. Having said that, it was nothing special. Read it, don't read it. Your life will continue unchanged either way.
*Come to think of it I also read Divergent and The Knife of Never Letting Go and absolutely hated them. (less)
Overall I did not enjoy this book. It meandered and blithered on and I thought it would never end. It is completely unheard of for me to take over a y...moreOverall I did not enjoy this book. It meandered and blithered on and I thought it would never end. It is completely unheard of for me to take over a year to finish a book but this novel did not hold my attention. I would normally have just abandoned it (it nearly lost me about halfway through when Strange goes over to France and/or Spain I can't remember which to assist the army) because life is too damn short, but every now and then a plot point would pique my interest and I'd carry on reading. For example the bit leading up to the thing that happened to Strange's wife, the saga with what kept happening to Strange's books and anything to do with Childermass, he was my favourite. These pique-moments were few and far between however, so eventually it was a battle of wills between me and the book. I WON. EVENTUALLY. Take that, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. (less)
The first half of A Storm of Swords is slow but thankfully not dull. After the halfway point the action starts and the story builds to quite an intens...moreThe first half of A Storm of Swords is slow but thankfully not dull. After the halfway point the action starts and the story builds to quite an intense pace. It was very engaging and I became totally involved in the story. At one point I looked up from my Kindle and was surprised to find that I was on a bus. Where the hell did the snow and all the wildlings go?
It was great to read from Jaime Lannister's point of view. He's intriguing in the first two books as a ruthless, kingslaying jerk/smart-mouth dungeon-dweller but in this book his character fleshes. He's got his own, very strong idea of what is right and is very independent in this way, but he's practically enslaved by a sense of duty towards his family especially his father and sister. It's sad because they're horrible and not worth his devotion.
The only other Lannister worth a damn is Tyrion. His chapters in the second half had me paralysed with suspense, I got quite carried away and even exclaimed at the end of his last chapter. Arya's chapters become less and less thrilling as the series goes on. Just how many times can she set out to go somewhere and get far enough to have the place in view, only to be thwarted at the last minute? I would sacrifice a goat to see her reunited with either her wolf or a blood relation. I guess it's a good thing that I'm so emotionally involved with the character.
Davos is super-boring. I'm gonna touch my pouch. Oh wait I lost my pouch. I just want to do well. He's Ned with less fingers and more onions. I groan inwardly every time I see his name at the top of a new page. The only good thing about him is his cool sigil, a black ship with an onion on the sails.
This has been the best book of the series so far. Once past the halfway point I couldn't stop reading it, forgoing things like work and socialising until I was finished. I have the next two books all lined up and ready but I'm reluctant to read them right away, if I can resist I'm going to try to spread the remainder of the series out as much as I can.(less)
I was so smitten with the Game of Thrones TV series that I downloaded the Kindle edition and did a sort of read-along so that I could get a Thrones fi...moreI was so smitten with the Game of Thrones TV series that I downloaded the Kindle edition and did a sort of read-along so that I could get a Thrones fix between episodes. The book has a lot going for it but I'm not sure how much I would've enjoyed it if not for the show. I love the idea of the wall and the rag-tag Night's Watch standing between civilisation and the wild. The bad guys are so diverse in their villainy that there's something for everyone to hate, dumb and cruel, wicked and devious, stupid-name douchebag, and so on. The one time I read ahead of the episodes I found the story so gripping that I didn't even notice my lunch hour pass or even that I had eaten my lunch. On the other hand I may have lost patience with the way the book is written, particularly the Babysitter's Club-style attention paid to what everyone's wearing.
The Kindle edition that I read was rife with typos, "bum" replaced "burn" on a number of occasions and was especially distracting. (less)