I found it disappointing. There were a lot of lists; lists of the novels, lists of songs, lists of names and places and words and more. I don't get th...moreI found it disappointing. There were a lot of lists; lists of the novels, lists of songs, lists of names and places and words and more. I don't get that at all; I read the books and liked them but why would I want lists of all the things in the books?
There was a refresher course in Valdemar history (really? why? why would you want one?), a few maps that did not really give much new information as far as I could see.
There was one new story and an interview. Other that that this is a book for only the strongest and most acute of fans.(less)
A Brisbane boy returns to his home town after his band made it big on the international stage and then did the crash and burn that many bands do. He l...moreA Brisbane boy returns to his home town after his band made it big on the international stage and then did the crash and burn that many bands do. He lives quietly, almost aimlessly, in a suburban home he bought before moving back. He attempts, painfully and clumsily to reconnect with his brother and come to terms with his fathers death. His main social connection is with his next door neighbours; and single mother and her two teenage kids.
It sounds so banal doesn't it? It wasn't.
The main character comes through as such a real person that I felt as if I was hitching a ride on the inside of someone else's' eyeballs. The understated reality of the people and the simplicity of the storyline were what made his book so absorbing and memorable. The contemplative style of writing was exactly what I was in the mood for and I may well re-read this one at some stage.
There was an added enjoyable frisson in that it was set in Brisbane and that the places described were often places I knew, and that the people and behaviour resonated with my daily experiences. Does anyone else get sick of everything they read being set in England or USA?
I was in the market for a bit of chicklit, not having read any for a while. Started off well, I liked the main character – she had a bit of ch...moreOh dear.
I was in the market for a bit of chicklit, not having read any for a while. Started off well, I liked the main character – she had a bit of character, even if her life revolved around her job and her crush on her married boss. The family (absent) and social scene (minimal) added interest and I was all set to enjoy some nice fluff fiction.
Then it went wrong for me; So she kisses her boss-who-is-married, is horrified, flees her job and runs into the arms of another guy. Doable. She then persuades the guy to chuck over his life because she is too much of a whimp to change her life on her own without a male backup? Not doable.
I was not in the mood for a story of a guy having his life screwed over by a self righteous liar. Even though I am sure it will all end on a high note I don’t feel like being sorry for the guy being screwed over. Is this chiklit these days? The last one I read was about a succubus who sent her lovers to hell, and she still had better morals and ethics than Nina in this story. Might try it again one day.
Having posted the above, I went and read some of the goodreads reviews. This was positive as it assured me that, rather than Nina screwing over some poor guy, he actually screws her over as she richly deserves.
I also read that one person felt the book separated into three 'sections' with Spain being the middle one. So I went back and read the final section without bothering with the middle part. This was quite entertaining; I liked the house, characters and story line. I got occasionally annoyed by Nina's idiocy but that was much easier to bear if you think of her as being in breakdown. So I liked the last bit but it still only rates two stars since I had to skip the entire middle of the book. (less)
Pretty good, it is what it is; a basic storyline with a bit of hot supernatural sex.
No drawn-out literary seductions here; the characters are getting...morePretty good, it is what it is; a basic storyline with a bit of hot supernatural sex.
No drawn-out literary seductions here; the characters are getting down and into the sex part by page 20. There have been books where I have thought to myself "Will you GET ON with it already!" ... not this one.
Suspension of disbelief is heavily required for those first few pages: While there have doubtless been occasions where a young man knocked on a strangers train door, said "Let's fuck" and it worked, I suspect, not many of them.
Also, while I do get bored by vampire novels where the main human refuses to believe they are real for ever and ever, immediate acceptance followed by an invitation to do anything he likes to her... suspension of disbelief working it’s hardest. Pun intended.
The rest is pretty good up to the end (view spoiler)[ which was... random. We start to learn about a huge supernatural world, but then the novel just ends. We find out she can fly, and the story just ceases, We find that she is not really, totally a vampire... the end.
I suspect I catch the scent of sequels on the horizon. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The by-line, the teaser and the back of this book all promised something other than what was delivered; at least that is...moreThis was an odd sort of book.
The by-line, the teaser and the back of this book all promised something other than what was delivered; at least that is how I felt.
The book has a very highly descriptive style of writing like some other highly recommended, Italian translations I have read. Again similarly, there is an emotionally detached feel to the writing which is odd considering that by far the majority of the book is about the inner landscapes of the characters as seen from their point of view. This makes the one or two characters that you follow somewhat bland because they seem to have no strong feelings about themselves or their lives, and this makes it difficult for the reader to have strong feelings about them.
And this is also odd given the sensationalism of the by-line; very little actually happens in the book (at least as far as I got), one small event will occur for a page or two and the next twenty pages will be the daily minutiae of the person involved in the brief action. The small scenes of action are, I think, meant to be shocking and the pages of detached description of nothing much are I think meant to highlight the ‘shockingness’ if you will.
It is not a bad literary style, but I was not in the mood for it and while I enjoyed the first twenty pages I found the rest becoming duller and duller. I finally gave up around page 115 when everything seemed deadly predictable. To enjoy this novel you have to be enjoying the writing style, because there are not a lot of surprises, content or conversation to it. I may try again one day. (less)
It was ok. I might have liked it better if I had read the first one before it, but that is the hazard of picking things up randomly from the library a...moreIt was ok. I might have liked it better if I had read the first one before it, but that is the hazard of picking things up randomly from the library as you see them.
Artwork; standard ordinary digital, no surprises no major inspirations.
Storyline; intriguing, I like the notion of the antichrist and jc being on earth but uninterested in 'fulfilling their destiny' and bonding over the fact. The notion of god being mad has already been done to death in Preacher though, Garth.
Characters; Variable; main characters good, talking rabbit very good, the amazing sexy lady doctor who gets knocked up and is dying to be a breeder-very ho hum at best, vomitous at worst. And what is with the dead Aussie pope? It took me a while to realise he was meant to be speaking in an Ocker accent and after that it was so overdone that I could barely concentrate on the storyline. Still undecided as to whether I loved or hated it.(less)
I loved it! It was fun, well written, well researched. The descriptions of the sea voyagers on the whale road were so vivid that I felt my own beard...more I loved it! It was fun, well written, well researched. The descriptions of the sea voyagers on the whale road were so vivid that I felt my own beard icing over... (Only I have no beard, being female and I live in the tropics).
It had a likeable and believable main character - actually all the characters that we saw a lot of were utterly believable. I think the realism of the time and place is attributable to the author being a Viking enactor (according to his acknowledged)and the clarity with which we, the readers, see the Vikings has to do with the fact that a lot of the main characters are based on the author's fellow enactors.
I definitely want to read the other books now - I will probably buy them as soon as I get the chance.(less)
An enjoyable read. It did not hook me as fast and completely as the first one but I will still be continuing on to number three as soon as I clear up...moreAn enjoyable read. It did not hook me as fast and completely as the first one but I will still be continuing on to number three as soon as I clear up my reading schedule a bit and order it in from the library.
In this book our heroes; Calum and Lena are travelling back to the northlands with the Vikings. From the start it is clear that this is continuing the story arc stated in the first book. The 'bad guy' who has issues with the rune users and that arc continues as expected.
The reason this one did not initially grab me as much was that there was less description of the world around. In the first book I found the detailed, often meticulous, descriptions of life very readable indeed. I love reading about the lifestyle of the tenth century (or thereabouts) and the descriptions showed that a lot of research had gone into the construction of the book. That was less obvious in this one, still good descriptions but not as much of. The plot and the 'bad guy' were not as interesting to me, though I liked seeing Lena and Calum advance as rune users.
I did enjoy it and will keep reading the series.(less)
I mainly concentrated on the introduction and up to part three, which is the Viking age. Part four is the age of chivalry...more This was a first rate read!
I mainly concentrated on the introduction and up to part three, which is the Viking age. Part four is the age of chivalry and goes into a period of history in which I have less interest, but I may yet pick it up and read it sometime simply because it is such fun to read.
In the preface to the 1994 reprint the author explains a little of the hostory of the book and the reprint; I strongly recommend that anyone who is going to use this as a source book (As I will be) read that.
The descriptions of the history, distribution, function and development of ornamentation in swords is comprehensive and very absorbing.
There is a lot of miscellaneous facts making it good reading and I will take this review up again when the electricity stops flickering.(less)