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 tI 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....more
I was glad the entire book didn't centre entirely around the Games themselves. I wasn't, however, happy to see that this ended off as a cliff hanger.I was glad the entire book didn't centre entirely around the Games themselves. I wasn't, however, happy to see that this ended off as a cliff hanger. As I have enjoyed both books so far I would have happily read the third without this annoying gimmick. A lot of times the second book in a series falls far short and is a disappointment. While this book wasn't as good as the first I still felt myself just as drawn in only this time I noticed the flaws a lot more.
I could have done with a lot less recap but this series isn't aimed at adults. It is aimed at young adults who may have read many things in between and need a light refresher. It just happens to appeal to a good many adults because the books are so well written.
I found I wasn't so enamoured of Katniss this time around but I'm not so sure I wouldn't be more selfish were I in her place. I'm also finding the love triangle tiresome but it least it furthers the plot. The arena this time more than makes up for all the flaws. It's devious and a stroke of genius.
I am truly looking forward to book three which makes me glad I am late in reading these and already have a copy....more
Being a Ghibli fan I was periferally aware that the animated film had been based on this book. I intended to eventually read it and now I'm extremelyBeing a Ghibli fan I was periferally aware that the animated film had been based on this book. I intended to eventually read it and now I'm extremely glad I have.
While Miyazaki made a brilliant and enjoyable film the book itself really shines a little brighter. Diana Wynne Jones writing makes this a true gem.
Whimsical, magical yet still with a tiny foot in reality. I swallowed this book whole and read it in one sitting. It had me smiling so much I just couldn't put it down and while I realise it is a rather small book and that isn't that great of a feat to read it all at once. It's the smiling the whole time that was....more