The story was great, but the writing style was very mechanical and soulless.
The humor found in the movie was absent from the book. Very little of theThe story was great, but the writing style was very mechanical and soulless.
The humor found in the movie was absent from the book. Very little of the characters back-story was explored (you don’t learn anything new that wasn’t said in the movie). The scene added did not add much to the plot, nor did the extra dialogue lines. Plus, the pace was somehow irregular. ...more
Not as fun as the first book, still very entertaining though.
It really sticked quite closely to the movie with a few additions (the Empire paperworkNot as fun as the first book, still very entertaining though.
It really sticked quite closely to the movie with a few additions (the Empire paperwork and a Leia/ Mon Mothma dialogue) but not enough to my taste. However, the literary style was great, like someone telling a story around a campfire, speaking directly to the reader. And the endnotes were amusing :) ...more
Fue un libro interesante. Para niñas, claro, pero estaba bastante bien para mí para practicar mi español.
Me gusta mucho Anastasia y la triste historiFue un libro interesante. Para niñas, claro, pero estaba bastante bien para mí para practicar mi español.
Me gusta mucho Anastasia y la triste historia de los Romanov. La primera parte del libro se interesa por la vida de los Gran Dusquesas y la rutina en el palacio (las clases, las bailes, las bodas…) mientras que la segunda parte se interesa más por la revolución del pueblo ruso y la reacción de Anastasia. Me gustaba esa parte mejor (sin embargo, la primera ocupa la mayoría del libro). Además, la escritura de tipo diario permite leer el libro rápidamente. ...more
This is a review of the whole series, His Dark Material. Mild spoilers ahead...
I do not know what to think of this series to be honest. When I stumbleThis is a review of the whole series, His Dark Material. Mild spoilers ahead...
I do not know what to think of this series to be honest. When I stumbled across the movie and saw that, while a cliffhanging ending suggested following films, no sequels were made, I grew curious. Why did they stop? And when I read it was mostly because of censorship due to an antireligious message, it really triggered my curiosity. That was when I picked up the books. Now that I finished reading them, I don’t totally understand the fuss about it all. Yes, it doesn’t exactly promote religion but it’s nothing earth-shattering either.
The Golden Compass or Northern Lights, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are, was an interesting adventure novel. I liked the universe presented where humans have daemons. I liked Lyra, her ability to lie and her strong character, as well as the brilliant twisted evil, Mrs. Coulter.
The Subtle Knife, on the other hand, did lack the adventurous side of its predecessor. But as it seemed to prepare the way for the last book, I didn’t seem to mind. We were introduced to Will and the other worlds, some with daemons, some without. We caught a glimpse of alliances being build and an immanent battle likely to take place as the grand finale of the trilogy.
But the problem is: nothing happened in the Amber Spyglass. Lyra was drugged asleep for the first third of the book. Instead we wasted our time with a nun turned scientist and the Mulefas, bugs looking creatures that had no impact at all on the plot. I dreaded the part of the books with the Mulefas, I would have skipped them gladly. The whole description of how their society works seemed to me a big combination of all the most boring university classes I had condensed in a single chapter. However, I liked the voyage to the World of the Dead. It was maybe the only part of the book that kept my attention. As for the big battle we have all be waiting for, well, it lasted 2 pages. The glimpse of the manipulative church we saw in the previous book disappears, to be replaced with an «out of nowhere» redemption from Mrs. Coulter (who sacrifices herself to save her daughter...). When we think about it, the ending leaves a lot of things unsolved (the church is still there!) and was long to no end (Will and Lyra’s 12 year old love... Love solves everything...blablabla).
As I said, I am perplexe. Some aspects of the series were great as some of them were not. We pass from an adventure story to a more spiritual one, then to a fantasy looking one (bloody useless Mulefas). And those stories do not coexist really. They seem is different worlds...
PS: I listened to the audiobooks and the narrating was really well done. They had enough actors for all the characters which I highly appreciated. ...more
I loved this retelling of the movie Star Wars: A New Hope. It is fun, well written, and the character’s spirits are accurately captured.
The book is diI loved this retelling of the movie Star Wars: A New Hope. It is fun, well written, and the character’s spirits are accurately captured.
The book is divided in three parted. First we start with Princess Leia’s point of view. Some back-story and extra scenes were added, which I found pretty cool and pictured Leia as a fierce, independent, and the not picture perfect princess I like.
Then comes Han’s point of view. I laughed out loud at the Falcon’s description (a beauty according to its owner). And at the scene at the cantina with Han’s girls (same old Han here!). And even though most of the dialogue was taken from the movie script, the lines added were faithful to Han’s way of speaking and being.
We finish with Luke’s point of view. It wasn’t the most interesting part, mostly because, according to me, Luke is not the most interesting of the three main characters. Still, tones of actions is condensed in the last third of the book. And I like to see the in-between the movie scene (Luke being tested as a pilot on the simulator for example).
So, overall, it’s a fun read and really brought me back to my childhood. ...more