I'm definately enjoying this series but I found myself torn with this installment. I was caught thinking often that we were getting a 'better view' of...moreI'm definately enjoying this series but I found myself torn with this installment. I was caught thinking often that we were getting a 'better view' of something (i.e., plot, character development, romantic progress, Jane's history), then conversely feeling that we could have used just one more tidbit. I'm glad that the majority of smaller issues in the previous book found resolution here. I was not pleased with the choice in romantic partners though, but realized that said choice was most likely not long for this earth (or Jane's bed, imo) so I won't stress about it. This book definately established the secondary and tertiary characters better/well so I felt that overall, this book had more to offer than the first. You also definately came away knowing more than you anticipated knowing about vampire culture. I am very interested in seeing the development of Angelina and little Evan (and their entire family/witch aspect) and what role they play in the future of the series.
This was a nice change and I am looking forward to reading the entire series. I tend to avoid the more 'religiously' based post-apocolyptic/dystopian...moreThis was a nice change and I am looking forward to reading the entire series. I tend to avoid the more 'religiously' based post-apocolyptic/dystopian reads as they tend to have a pendantic flavor. Not so here and I appreciate it. As opposed to feeling that I was being coddled by fiction in order to have Christianity served up to me, I found this very informative and began to enjoy the biblical references as much as the interpersonal stories. I felt, as other do, that the mage-heat piece was a bit forced. Mostly due to the fact that the reasoning behind it was not really explained. Those unanswered questions may solve themselves though in future books, so I left the stars in place.
A good begining to a series, and the descriptions were wonderful. I was able to draw elaborate and vivid pictures in my mind of the characters and the surroundings. The fact that I was left with many questions and wanting more, speaks well to the portioning out of information in the series. On to the next!(less)
This book was just a hoot! It wasn't the best written book as it was so packed with shmarmy-one-liners that at times it felt really contrived. Regardl...moreThis book was just a hoot! It wasn't the best written book as it was so packed with shmarmy-one-liners that at times it felt really contrived. Regardless, I really enjoyed it. It was just funny and made me smile repeatedly. Sometimes you just need lighthearted on the menu and this book delivers. It was so over the top when it came to the 'supernat potential' of Aisling, that you can whip up a really good case of suspension of disbelief for the whole series. I'm thinking that I will never gush over the elegant and poetic writing of MacAlister, but I will definately keep reading her books. This book probably didn't deserve a full 4 stars, but it left me with a 4 star feeling when all was said and done. In the end, how the book makes you feel matters more than its literary value so I would recommend giving Aisling a try to see if she makes you smile too.(less)
I, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many au...moreI, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many authors have this 'Ivy' aspect in a series and it almost, without fail, drags on too long. The "I'm not sure, but I'll keep teasing at the relationship, but won't commit, but I'll beat myself up over it, then I'll embrace it fully, then I'll mess it up, etc." thing makes me crazy! Male, female, vampire, witch, demon, or rainbow-striped zebra, the indecision over Ivy had gone on for about two books too many and I expelled one gigantic sigh of relief to see it go. Finally!
I love many of the aspects that others do. The development of Trent's character and allowing him to interact in a way that portrays him as a man with individuality was a long time in coming. He has been the 'elf drug-lord' for so many books that I was begining to despair. He was allowed to become more in this book. (At last!)
Seeing the characters outside of Cincy was also a treat. Kim herself had mentioned that she enjoyed writing about this and I can see why. A nice change, both in physical and emotional scenery.
A few people have mentioned in reviews that they felt this book moved too slow and lacked 'action'. It should be acknowledged that since the majority of 'action' in this series has centered around Rachel fighting demons, this book would inevitably have considerably less action than others. This is the book in which she comes to terms, whether forced, implied, or chosen, with her biology, and she obviously won't be fighting as many demons if she IS one. Bad form to beat up your uncle at the family reunion you know. :)
The shift in relationship with Trent is also a welcome aspect in my book as it seems a requirement for the resolution of the series. When all the 'unknowns' come to a head in the series, the chance for history to repeat itself with elves and demons waring again is high. Having a leader figure from each camp, Rachel and Trent, become one on the list of partners, lovers, friends, etc. seems a vital aspect to take the story in a different direction. (My take on future action...probably wrong but it makes me happy!)
Overall I was ridiculously pleased with this book. It was a definite 'turning of a corner' and I look forward to the new landscape we will see in book ten.
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are...more★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Some things, my friends, are worth the wait.
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great books. They rock like an 80's 'big-hair' band. They are the books that everyone wishes their book could be. They are the Six Million Dollar Man of books. They are the MacGyver of books that can build a repelling harness out of a hair scrunchie, 3 earrings, and the elastic from a pair of boxer briefs. God is jealous that he forgot to create these books.
You see where I am going with this I'm sure. They are worth a minute or two of your time.
Ghost Story was amazing and I am in a daze currently. A wonderful, floating, dreamlike, haze of satiety fed by the fantastic power of The Word of Butcher.(less)
1/2 of a ★ (only because it had a shiny cover, so really the graphics department at her publishing house should get the credit)
This should not have bee...more1/2 of a ★ (only because it had a shiny cover, so really the graphics department at her publishing house should get the credit)
This should not have been sold as a full novel. It is a novella (I don't care how many pages it had!), centered alone on Anita. There are only short appearances in the first chapter from Micah, Jason, and Nathaniel...teaching her to flirt?. (Dark urban fantasy=learning to flirt??? WTH???) There is no advancement of the main sereis plotline, with the single exception that Anita brings home another pet in her new 'lion to call', Nicky. (Puh-leaze) There is one moderately good zombie raising scene like the Anita of old. If you have read any other AB book after book 12, you basically know everything already that happened in this 'story' because the exact same scenes have been written in previous books.
Years ago, I loved every word the LKH wrote and bought all her books the moment the book store opened on AB pub dates. Now, I am ashamed that I have recommended her to others. It actually embarrasses me. The thought that I can't keep from my mind is, "Does she not feel a moment of shame when she hands over books like this to her editor? Does she not regret where she has taken this series? (meaning, the toilet) Has she no loyalty AT ALL to her fans?!?
I used to go to her books signings, both for AB and for MG. Now I won't go (even though they are 20 minutes away) b/c I am afraid of what might come out of my mouth. It's like watching some musical prodigy child ditch their instrument to take that job at McDonalds. A truly tragic sell-out.(less)
So I will give this one the full one star instead of just the half since this book had a shiny cover like Flirt AND it actually had characters other t...moreSo I will give this one the full one star instead of just the half since this book had a shiny cover like Flirt AND it actually had characters other than AB in it. Wow, real promise there.
I would call the comments that I'm about to make 'spoilers'. The problem with that is that it implies there is something to be spoiled. Sorry. Too late. The author did that all on her own.
So, Anita Blake novels are about a woman who is a necromancer and vampire hunter. The series can be really violent as it is dark urban fantasy, so how many vamps did our hunter snuff out? Zer-ooooo! However, she did have sex with some so we can at least say there were vamps in the book.
Vamps killed: 0 Vamps that 'got a piece': 2-9 (depending on how many she took care of during the big orgy scene)
No vamps were 'hunted'? Oh, right. No worries since she's a necromancer too so that must be what this book focuses on. So if the book wasn't about vampire hunting, it must have had lots of necromancy in it, right?
Zombies raised: 0 *Fortunately AB did not have sex with any zombies. She did however have sex with a 17 yo boy. (Which of those is more repulsive? You decide.)
There seemed to be only three major points of conflict in the book. One was the ever-present threat of 'Marmie Noir'. The second was Anita needing to have sex with Haven or kill him. (These are the only options, really?)
I think the thing that sums up the absolute absurdity of this novel best is the last conflict issue. The last was that Asher was PO'd that he wasn't getting gay sex from JC.
Serously. Really. I mean it. That was a huge issue for many chapters of this book.
I'm not sure if I can express how truly pissed off I am at LKH. She is the world's biggest literary sell-out. She will put any piece of quality-free crap on a piece of paper and hand it over to her editors just to make a buck now. Pitiful.
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was awesome. I thought it burned with the smokin' heat of one thousand suns, BUT....you have to love ginorm...moreI absolutely loved this book. I thought it was awesome. I thought it burned with the smokin' heat of one thousand suns, BUT....you have to love ginormous heavy on the world buildingepic fantasy to love this book.
It is loooong, and more importantly, the entire trilogy is one single huge story (if I am getting the right impression). It is not as 'action' centered as some of these large fantasy novels are. It had lots of action to keep you jumping, but that was not apparently the main focus of the story to my mind. It was much more introspective and focused on the one main character, Kvothe.
I found Kvothe to be an excellent character and well thought out. I never had the sense that he was lacking in depth. I have noticed that this is sometimes the impression some people are left with after reading the book. My guess is that due to the fact that Kvothe is so calm and centered for the most part, he feels two-dimensional to some. This character is presented as nothing less than a genius (child prodigy) and while we may be tempted to expect the erratic behavior of a child in many instances, that is not what would be typical for this character. Calm, rational, and controlled does not mean dry, shallow, and under-developed.
This story requires you to enjoy large scale world building as a process and have patience for plot development. Rothfuss is a man who can write a fantastic story for the sake of a story. (You know how some people just tell good stories, even if they are just telling you about going to the grocery store?) He's like that, super talented and you just like his story telling style...regardless of topic.
I can usually push through a big book like this in a day or two but this one took a while and made me slow down and listen. I would totally recommend this book to anyone, but I would warn them that this is not an action/adventure film, it is the story of a man's life. A brilliant, brave, and heroic man, but a man just the same. (less)