I am almost tempted to call this “Neil Gaiman Lite” and not just because of the length. The writing was up to Neil's great descriptive standards but t...moreI am almost tempted to call this “Neil Gaiman Lite” and not just because of the length. The writing was up to Neil's great descriptive standards but the story was not in places. It really felt like it was lacking his usual depth and was aimed at a young adult audience and not the adult one that was touted.
All that side I still devoured this book. I must admit Neil can make the horrific seem almost normal in his worlds and the sense of whimsy is just enough to offset the horror. The main character's love of books will probably reach out and touch almost everyone that reads this that felt the same as a child. The Hempstocks were both scary in their power and symbolic as the three ages but they were also tempered with love and compassion. I would have liked to see the mother and grandmother as more than just caricatures but he made up for that in Lettie.
This is what Neil does best and is why his portrayal of the deepest fears and highest hopes of childhood always resonate with me. If it weren't for some of the things lacking this would get a solid five but I doubt I'll reread this as I already have done twice with American Gods.(less)
What starts as a minor mystery ends up becoming a long and eye opening journey for 15 year old autistic, Christopher. While his autism isn't the main...moreWhat starts as a minor mystery ends up becoming a long and eye opening journey for 15 year old autistic, Christopher. While his autism isn't the main theme of the book it does play into how he interacts with the world around him. Reading this book really helped me understand the mindset of Asperger's Syndrome a lot more.
The story is told from Christopher's perspective which includes his likes and dislikes, dogs, math, prime numbers, Sherlock Holmes, and how he basically copes with his phobias. Some of the saddest and funniest parts of the story are caused by him being too literal minded. Most of which help to identify with and like Christopher that much more.
If you're looking for a mystery you might well look to a different book but if you want an interestingly written story of an odd coming of age then I highly recommend this one.(less)
Most post apocalypse books aren't about the apocalypse itself. Most zombie books are about the zombies and the gore unless they were about voodoo. Thi...moreMost post apocalypse books aren't about the apocalypse itself. Most zombie books are about the zombies and the gore unless they were about voodoo. This book was neither and both and a whole lot more.
Temple is smart strong and fearless but it's the world that created her this way. She also seems foolishly brazen at times till you realize that what she wants may be a good end to hidden pain. It's a coming of age story that makes me wonder how someone that mostly looked after themselves could have such a vocabulary yet call a man a dummy.
I have a love/hate with both her and Moses. The whole set up just doesn't feel right. And don't get me started on the Nephilim. The author seemed to want to include a little too much in this short novel without fully fleshing it out.
I did enjoy Bell's prose. He writes well and that's what tipped me into giving this book four stars and not three. Please may I have half stars?(less)
This is not quite a stand alone book. It makes multiple references to prior events in the first book so that you wond...moreARC won in a First Reads Giveaway
This is not quite a stand alone book. It makes multiple references to prior events in the first book so that you wonder what you've missed. As you continue to read you find that while it might be nice to know what happened previously it isn't really necessary to follow and enjoy this book.
It's a fairly standard tale of a child straining at the yoke placed on them by a parental authority. They wish to break free and experience life without restraints. Once they are amidst the adventure comes the usual regret and a “careful what you wish for” feeling. What makes this different is the world that's created for these children to adventure in. It's not a Never Never Land or anything even remotely like it. It has a different kind of magic and that was a refreshing change.
The story moves along at a good pace and sometimes things seem to be just a little too convenient but there are enough thrills to engage most young adults. There's little to no graphic violence so it's safe for younger teens as well. I don't think this book translates well for adults but would be a good one to read to your children.(less)