*I am a member of a family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys so I do honestly understand this lifestyle and its social norms.
I listened to the audio versi...more*I am a member of a family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys so I do honestly understand this lifestyle and its social norms.
I listened to the audio version of this and frankly, I was blown away.
I am traditionally not a fan of short stories. Epic fantasy is my favorite and is at the opposite end of the spectrum so to speak. I have always felt that short stories are the 'commercials' of writing. don't get me wrong, some commercials are better than the show you are watching, so this is not a statement of quality. I just usually want a bit more heft to my story and shorts don't deliver. To each his own.
This story however was magnificent. It is no wonder that it received professional accolades. It is beautifully done, sensitive to what is a difficult and painful situation for the characters, and most importantly, completely realistic. True to the time and percieved mindset of the character choices, I never had a moment of "well that just doesn't track" and felt thrown out of the story.
Two thumbs up, 5 stars, and a deafening round of applause for Brokeback Mountain.(less)
This is a great trilogy. A wonderful weave of post-apocolyptic fantasy and an original take on Christianity. I'm going to have to...moreWell, wow...just wow.
This is a great trilogy. A wonderful weave of post-apocolyptic fantasy and an original take on Christianity. I'm going to have to come back to this one to detail out my review. I'm a bit gobsmacked right now.
OK, feeling better, whew!
Quick-cap: Thron St. Croix has discovered that she is the 'omega mage' that has been foretold of for years. Her sister, Rose, was lost to the Darkness 4 years ago but Thorn believes her to be alive. After being outed as a mage in hiding, Thorn now has been accepted by the citizens of Mineral City, but her own kind have turned against her. In Mineral City, she has drawn to her an amazing circle of friends, made alliances with Seraphim, caught the attention of the High Host, bound the energy of a cherub to her bidding, and is the center of three different prophecies. She will need all her allies and newly acquired power though in the upcoming battle against the major Darkness that has been unleashed within the nearby mountains of the Trine.
What a detailed book/series this has been. Host, the final installment in the trilogy was as strong if not better than the works before it. Answering almost all questions posed in previous books, it takes you on a whirlwind ride of Thorn's battles and subsequent loss. This world is absolutely epic in its fine detail and depth of plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish the series could keep on going! Full five stars!(less)
FrEEEEEk-in' fantastic!!! This is really all that must be said, but of course I will say more. Many people that review this book will take the time to...moreFrEEEEEk-in' fantastic!!! This is really all that must be said, but of course I will say more. Many people that review this book will take the time to recap the plot and give you some character intros, so I am taking the lazy man's road and skipping anything remotely informative about the book itself in my review.
Instead, I will tell of how I felt throughout the book. One of the main objectives in reading is to think and feel something, right? A good book will make you think in circles of confusion or starbursts of inspiration. The Black Prism had me thinking and feeling to such extremes that medication was called for; valium, lithium, and aspirin in turn.
I had a love/hate, bipolar friendship with so many characters in this book that I would have finished it out of self defense even if it had been 1800+ pages. You don't purely love (or hate) real people, and the best book characters are the same. Gavin, Dazen, Karris, Liv, and especially Kip himself, had me either disgusted with one of their choices, or cheering for them like a fool.
* My only real complaint was that the 'simple-minded Kip' thing recieved one or two references too many. It bordered on annoying right before it stopped.*
The best thing to be said of this book is about the ending. This was one the the most inspired, creative, and HOLY $h!t!!! endings to a story that I have read in quite some time. Some authors con, wheedle, or seduce you at the end with just enough of the cliffhanger aspect to get you to pick up the next book. Good ol' Brent black-jacked me in the side of the head with the substantial weight of the hardcover of this book, kicked me in the ribs while I was down, and then jumped atop me and bellowed in my face, "You will buy the next installment of The Lightbringer Series, or suffer my wrath!"
**Warning: If you find that the sci-fi-ish basis for the luxin concept is confusing to you, you have only yourself to blame because you didn't listen to your chemistry teacher in high school. The premise of the magic in this world is really easy once you have read about 4 key pages out of a 100 level Chem book. Take the time to read it and you will feel like a genius! ;)**
On a side note:
I took some time and read a few of the reviews by others and I am really, Really, REALLY sick of everyone comparing this book to Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy! My friends, it is a new series; new characters, different flavor of writing, and in reality it is even a different sub-genre of fiction. Jeesh! If you liked Night Angel so much, read that again. Don't deduct stars just because it wasn't Night Angel. I'm almost sure you were aware of that when you read 'The Black Prism' on the cover. :)(less)
I loved The Black Prism to an almost manic and unhealthy level. Knowing how highly thought of Weeks' Night Angel books were, I had been savi...more★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved The Black Prism to an almost manic and unhealthy level. Knowing how highly thought of Weeks' Night Angel books were, I had been saving them like one would a fine wine. Well, the special occasion that I was saving that particular bottle for has arrived and I finished The Way of Shadows last night. It was intoxicating...and 12 hours later I am still drunk. (metaphors...dead horses...beating....much, ya' think?)
The above paragraph is a spectacular example of why the best books that I encounter, rarely get a review quickly after I read them. I'm a mess. An emotional muddle. A wordsmith passenger on the U.S.S. Tartarus.
Chaos + brain = me.
Ugh! I'm sure it will take me days, if not weeks, to pull myself out of this gaping, awe-inspired incompetence to the point where I can write anything worth a damn. Until then, my best advice/review/reccomendation is...
READ THIS BOOK.
*Don't give me that crap about how you aren't much for fantasy writing, or how you can't see how an 'assassin book' would appeal to you. Even mentioning how you need something light and carefree with a HEA will make me want to slap you. Stop it. You resist the inevitable. The thought that this work of fiction is just the twisted and dark dreamspace of some genre writer, and that you need 'the real world' to ground you is tripe. No words between two covers are more based in the reality of emotions and motivations of people, than are the ones you will find in this book. Nay-sayers. Get moving. I'm watching you.*(less)
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)