This isn't the best book over, it's not necessarily cleverly written, but its a good blend of myth and science, which is what makes this a favorite foThis isn't the best book over, it's not necessarily cleverly written, but its a good blend of myth and science, which is what makes this a favorite for me. ...more
Everyone else loves this book- so I'll keep it simple (stupid).
1. The beginning doesn't jive with the end. I have no clue what great lesson was to beEveryone else loves this book- so I'll keep it simple (stupid).
1. The beginning doesn't jive with the end. I have no clue what great lesson was to be learned by publishing Abe's journal, other than you should definitely keep a journal if you're Night time BadAss but a daytime Whiny-Sissy Mary Poo.
2. I felt the Whine to Violence/Action ratio was way off balance and in favor of the Whine category.
3. I'm kind of bothered by the "slave owners were just crazy vamps" story line, for the same reasons most vampire fiction in a small way rubs me the wrong way. It's always implied that Vamps are "animalistic" and "predatory" and that this makes them evil. I'm sorry- but only humans are capable of true evil, animals follow the laws of nature.
There was just way too much hype, especially with the movie, I kind of thougth I was going to get a Civil War era Nathaniel Cade type book (Blood Oath/Nathaniel Cade series). But instead I got a Woe is Me Lamentation of Not so Honest Abe.
**spoiler alert** so- this is book is exactly 2 1/2 stars. I get all the quote references, and nods to comics and music and what not, and wow that's a**spoiler alert** so- this is book is exactly 2 1/2 stars. I get all the quote references, and nods to comics and music and what not, and wow that's all fantastic and everything... but when it comes to the actual story... it just plain sucks. The characters are under developed- and that's saying something, since this is written in first person and we get to witness the first person narative of Yambo having a private intimate moment with his own shit. As in poop. Part 1 has a good lead up, good premise. I was thoroughly interested to see where this all was going. And then Part 2 happened. I'm a 26 year old female that grew up in the late 80's and early 90's who didn't partake in the reading of comic books. So I didn't have any sort of comradery or reminiscent moment while Yambo's going through his stuff. And even though he's lost his episodic memory, there was a growing coldness to his character that I couldn't understand. Even in Part 3 (which I'll discuss in a moment), it was mind boggling that Yambo never discusses his wife or his daughters in depth, or rediscovers his love for them; more than 1/2 wayvthrough the book he discovers his first love was Lila Something-Or-Other and the rest of his existence (and the book) is all about her. It made him somewhat... sociopathic? He spends 20-30 years married to a woman who loves him and gives him daughters who then give him grand children. But the love he receives from these people, when it comes to his memories... pale in comparison to the unrequited love of some bimbo hussie from high school? And then there's Part 3. there's not much to say, just four words. Acid Trip. Yambo Dies.
I get the the themes and thought provoking elements of this novel. How what and how we choose to remember things, as well as the things we choose to forget, form the person we grow up to be. How memories shape life and death, and yada yada yada. I just didn't feel this book did a good job of it. At all. I know childhood favorite objects and interests have a huge part in our mental development, but as someone who has been married for a while, and has a child... these events have huge impacts as well.
so... here it goes-
1/2 a star for the acid trip involving Mickey & Minnie Mouse 1 star for the shit/poop moment 1 star for the theological/philosophical conversations...more
I zoomed through this book, wanting to know the story, but all the while growing a nasty little distaste for Gwenivere. Nobody in this book is with thI zoomed through this book, wanting to know the story, but all the while growing a nasty little distaste for Gwenivere. Nobody in this book is with the person they love, Arthur's breaking oaths for a woman who doesn't love him like she should, Morgaine keeps getting the short end of the stick... UGH. 1 star because it was written, another for Morgaine because I do like her as well as pitty her, and 1 more because I am very much interested in the story. -2 stars because Queen of Camelot is one hypocritical, tyranical, and very much STUPID (yes, very lacking in any sort of intelligence) b*tch. lol...more
I feel like this book gets some momentum and it's nice to see things working out much better for Morgaine. I don't wanna blow anything so star breakdoI feel like this book gets some momentum and it's nice to see things working out much better for Morgaine. I don't wanna blow anything so star breakdown it is...
Morgaine gets 2 stars- for coming into her own, getting back on track
1 star because Acholon is hot and doesn't whine at all lol
-1 star because Gwen, Lance, and Art are still weak, whiny, sniffling children. I can't stand Gwen's character at all- I'm waiting for Art to finally quote her the verse that women should be silent and obedient and to shut her damn mouth.... geez, maybe that should be -2 stars... :shrugs:
+1 star because I'm excited for Mordred's confrontation... I like his character... alot. out of everyone he seems the most... real... and one who doesn't whine too much even when he has reasons too. ...more
I want to give this 4, maybe even 5 stars, but CAN'T!! A longer more thorough review to come... but I will say this- I will change my rating dependingI want to give this 4, maybe even 5 stars, but CAN'T!! A longer more thorough review to come... but I will say this- I will change my rating depending on the next book because the cliffhanger is BLOODY F****** UNFAIR!!!!! 4 storylines at jarring cliffs! ...more
**spoiler alert** I will admit, I was a little sketchy to start this because of alot of negative reviews- saying that the book drug out too long, wasn**spoiler alert** I will admit, I was a little sketchy to start this because of alot of negative reviews- saying that the book drug out too long, wasn't interesting, wasn't enough Claire and Jamie, and the scariest that lot of people found this book to be "boring"
I'm glad the reviews and my apprehensions were wrong :)
This book is indeed long, and alot of plot lines don't get resolved (so to speak) as quickly as you want them to... but like the poem "the wasteland" its the shadow, the tension where things get interesting.
I would say that out of all the books up to this point, the fiery cross has the most humor, and the most... "reality" as far as day to day marriage is concerned. Some of the scenes between Roger and Bri, the "lack luster" sex, the jealousy a father feels for his child, etc echoed alot of tense moments I've had in my own marriage, and with my own child. The almost reverent "intimacy" between Claire and Jamie... the outlander series isn't a "romance" series... it's a series about love in all of its forms. Man and wife, family (or kin), man and those who work for him (tenannts), parent and child, love between friends, unrequited love... it's all presented in... a masterpiece of words and scenes.
The humor though- lol that was a shock. To list off a few... Roger's medical impossibility- dying of sexual arousal, Jamie's pain in the backside (calling Claire his pain in the backside), Jeemy and "chit!"and the scene with Jemmy, Roger and Jamie and "I have balls?"
all in all... this book is like... a 5 or 6 course Michelin star meal. You don't come to the table voracious and amped up- its one you want to take your time with, open your senses and your heart and ease into it... it's not just about the plot and "what happens next?"... its being so wrapped up in the moment you can see it taking place before you, and you start feeling the emotions the author has gone to great lengths to incite.. the same way a chef will use herbs and oils and cooking methods to heighten the subtle flavor of whatever he's cooking.
The only reason I give this 4 stars rather than 5, is I felt like the whole miscommunication between Roger Wakefield vs Roger Mackenzie went on too loThe only reason I give this 4 stars rather than 5, is I felt like the whole miscommunication between Roger Wakefield vs Roger Mackenzie went on too long... aside form that I loved everything about this book :) ...more
This book threw me in a tailspin of wild and crazy emotions! I was scared at first, reading some of the bad reviews, that I wouldn't like it as much aThis book threw me in a tailspin of wild and crazy emotions! I was scared at first, reading some of the bad reviews, that I wouldn't like it as much as Outlander or Dragonfly, but this book was just as magical. I laughed aloud, nearly teared up, read with ridiculous anticipation, and sighed in the romance. I usually do final notes in my reviews but probably from here on out in this series, it's not needed. Jamie is still Jamie. Claire is still Claire. The plot is their simply just their story, their lives, the sex is love, and the end leaves you wanting to know more, but feeling warm inside and full of hope for them. ...more
I'm not the overly emotional type- don't usually cry in movies, and less so in books. This book had me struggling to keep them back. I've read complaiI'm not the overly emotional type- don't usually cry in movies, and less so in books. This book had me struggling to keep them back. I've read complaints that Dr Gabaldon can be long winded and overly discriptive- to me, that's one of the best parts of this book. Reading it is like watching a movie- it's poetically descriptive, and alot of the "little, minor" details are actually literary uses for metaphor, foreshadowing, and other ingenius literary elements... in the way Steinbeck used alot of the same tools in The Grapes of Wrath. Now into book 2, I'd say this series is less "romance" but more about love. So I wouldn't recommend this to just any romance reader- I wouldn't say you have to like "historical romance" or highlander stuff, but if you have you're a lit-nut, enjoy reading full thorough setting details and character arcs with a full bodied plot, I'd say this series is for you. Oh- and if you don't mind your heart just breaking apart.
The hero - Jamie Fraser- my biggest complaint with most romance novels is that the hero/love interest/bad boy loses all of this edgy badness at the end, and turns into a whiny, needy, too much sugar sweet kind of guy- and all the things about him that made us (the reader) adore him abruptly disappear. Not the case here. Jamie starts out funny, sweet, and underneath, quite dangerous. And nothing changes... in fact, I'd say in this book he's a little harder, a little tougher, a little rougher, which falls in line with the horrors he'd survived in the previous book. The tender sappy moments he has with Claire are precious- you don't feel like that "eww too sweet!! turn the page!" feeling... he's an amazing character. One of my absolute favories.
The heroine - another shock- I usually hate heroines in novels lol but not Claire Fraser. Brave, smart, funny, a survivor, strong, she never comes of "helpless" or "damsel in distress" even when she's in great distress.... but never too harsh, never too "masculine", never whiny, never weak... and the love between her and Jamie you honestly want to read about forever. It's not a perfect relationship, and they're not perfect towards eachother... but it's real love. The real love that is imperfect but you fight for it.
The Plot - Plots within plots :) my favorite kind- keeps you on your toes. It starts with Claire wanting to tell her daughter the true identity of her father. Then, it's trying to stop the Jacobite rising with Jamie.... then trying to help the Jacobites succeed.... and then. Can't be bored though with so much going on :)
The sex - no sex in thsi book. not really. Just love. To me, there's nothing written that make your heart race or perk your carnal senses- but scenes that will touch your heart, other scenes that you'll grimmace at but understand, and at the end.... a scene that makes you go "really?" but when you sit back and silently think about the moment when you take your last breath.... doesn't everyone imagine that they'd think on the one they love and wish for one last time? If I were to compare the love-making in this book (and I NEVER use that word lol) and the sex in others to food- Most romance novels would be somewhere between... plain yogurt (as in bland, or kind.. just there sex scene) and spicy buffalo wings. This book, however, would be... warm creme brulee. I'm not saying creme brulee tops spicy buffalo wings every time (and as for plain yogurt, anything tops that) both are extraordinary if you're in that type of mood.
The end - well... it's not a shock, but you definitely want to know more! I'm doing to know what happens and I KNOW what happens lol but the "ending" of the 18th century story... that nearly tore me up... it's twist your guts around in knots you wanna cry... but still- absolutely wonderful.