THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK!!! Lol. But really it is. It has the style of an old fashioned fairy tale. The humor of a screw ball comedy. Reading it a sec...moreTHIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK!!! Lol. But really it is. It has the style of an old fashioned fairy tale. The humor of a screw ball comedy. Reading it a second time cannot recapture the magic of a first read. Although I forgot many details there wasn't the sense of worrying about the happily ever after like I had. But it was comfortable to revisit like watching a beloved movie over and over again.(less)
This series is consistently entertaining. And with each book the writing is better. Not many series you can say that about.
Dresden is one of the most...moreThis series is consistently entertaining. And with each book the writing is better. Not many series you can say that about.
Dresden is one of the most stylish characters in recent memory and I think the potential is there for the popularity of an "adult Harry Potter" or "Twilight". Not that I'm comparing the series to these other books. I just feel like they could with the right exposure go mainstream.
Most of you have read these. Most of the rest of you are in the process of reading them. The rest of you have heard everyone else go on about them. But if there's one person reading this that needs even more convincing... Start reading. If you like urban fantasy even a little try this series. If you're tired of all the urban / paranormal romances flooding the market read them. If you don't like dark fantasy don't be afraid to read these. They have a surprising amount of humor. And goodness. There's even a little romance if that's your thing, but not too much if it isn't. There's mystery, so if mystery is your thing. If you're a fan of film noir pick up these books. Pretty much if reading is your thing....read this. =) (less)
I actually liked the character of Nevare better in this one. It was a strange choice for Hobb to make her lead gain so much weight. In parts it remind...moreI actually liked the character of Nevare better in this one. It was a strange choice for Hobb to make her lead gain so much weight. In parts it reminded me of the Stephen King book Thinner. I thought she did a good job showcasing of feeling betrayed by your body. I also thought she did a fine job of changing the character just enough in response to his new hardships. I felt a sympathy for him that I didn't in the first. Although some things were way too repetitive. Baths and cleaning come to mind but mostly bread. Seriously don't read this book hungry. The prose describing his meals are beautifully constructed however it does get to be a bit much. When I started the first book I thought it was going to follow the Pocohantus route. I guess I should give credit that she didn't use that old formula. But I wonder if it would've made a better book. I instantly liked the scout characters and so much effort was used to observe them I thought for sure Nevare would become a scout. And I don't like the Specks. For a colonist vs natives story to work you usually need to like the natives. I liked the Plainsmen better. The Specks are maybe too different. Too weird. I do like the plague, how it's spread and why. And now for the bizarre. Trees being the contaners for souls isn't new. I thought that's where we were headed but I hoped to be wrong. I think what bothers me most about that is the lack of originality. Well and the following scene might be the worst I remember reading [spoilers removed] I think that's when I started to loose interest. The nudity and sexual content reminded me of cable. A cheap attention grabber. Some of it seemed to be writen by or for pre and early teen boys. I'm probably making it sound like I hated this book. I didn't. There are moments of brilliance. Hobb can definately write. It's more disappointment than hatred. Potentially it could've been much better. I will read the next book but because of the author.(less)
This was okay. Liked it enough to try one more book in the series. The draw is the characters and the chemistry between all of them. But I must say ev...moreThis was okay. Liked it enough to try one more book in the series. The draw is the characters and the chemistry between all of them. But I must say even though this should be an easy read I got lost a few times. The writing was unclear about the politics and I think the author wrote above her comfort zone. (less)