This “young adult” book actually offers more chills and thrills than adult horror books I have read. Surprisingly well written. There were moments thaThis “young adult” book actually offers more chills and thrills than adult horror books I have read. Surprisingly well written. There were moments that actually made me have that feeling we all know of when we are watching a horror movie and we want to cover our eyes. The language and words the author chose made for a very eerie atmosphere.
In my limited experience in reading horror (Stephen King, John Saul) I have rarely gotten frightened by anything I have read. Though when it comes to movies I am wimp. This book, and this author, made me realize why this is.
Often times it is not what we see that scares us. But what we don't see. It is not what we read. But what we don't read.
And many times it is what we hear but don't see that makes us want to hide under the covers.
Something this book did very well.
Recommended to children who are not easily frightened. For those who love horror but aren't quite ready for their parents and older siblings favorites but ready for something a little scarier than Goosebumps.
A bit of warning. It isn't a “safe” book. Bad things happen. Bad things are mentioned. And there is no easy “happily ever after”. Probably not a good first introduction into horror.
Though that is also my only complaint. The end. It seemed (to me) as though the author took the safe route when he should have “just gone for it”.
For those of you who have read it: (view spoiler)[The answer of who had been taken over by the witch just seemed a little too easy and safe for me. And that everyone came out of the encounter alive. Shrug. (hide spoiler)]
I also recommend it to those parents and older siblings themselves. I think any horror fan, of any and all ages, would enjoy this.
I am actually tempted to file this one under “horror” and not “young adult”.
I bought it on my nook because it was cheap and it caught my eye. My expectations from book cover and title alone was anotherWhat a surprise this was.
I bought it on my nook because it was cheap and it caught my eye. My expectations from book cover and title alone was another light and fluffy young adult romance/adventure tale.
And I couldn't have been more wrong.
Not that it was a heavy read by any stretch. But it brought to my mind some of my favorite books. And reminded me very much of a sword and sorcery story in the style of Leiber.
I liked that the author took her time in the beginning of the book. She set the mood well. And I loved how she added small stories within the main tale to create the atmosphere of her world.
However this is also the book's one major fault. The first half takes such a long time to be set up. And you the reader start off with absolutely no idea what is going on. That there is little to no actual plot.
And when the plot begins to finally move forward during the second half it has the feeling of being rushed. Especially with the slowness of the first half.
I enjoyed it though. The characters. The writing. It was fun.
I will more than likely continue with this series. And I hope to see this author grow into the great potential I saw in this first one.
Recommended to anyone who is a fan of light adventure fantasy. Sword and sorcery. Fans of Fritz Leiber. Or Michael J Sullivan.
You might be pleasantly surprised as I was....more
The Hobbit. What can be said that hasn't already been said? Nothing probably. It is one of the most beloved books of all time, all genre, all age. ButThe Hobbit. What can be said that hasn't already been said? Nothing probably. It is one of the most beloved books of all time, all genre, all age. But what is it about it that makes it so loved? That has made it endure for so long?
At first glance it's an odd little children's book. There's no children in it. Think about it.
The Wizard of Oz. Alice in Wonderland. The Chronicles of Narnia. Peter Pan. All of these classic children's books have regular boys and girls who get to live out the adventures that other girls and boys can only dream of.
And there's no wonder that these sorts of stories are so loved by children. After all if Santa Claus can leave presents on Christmas Day, why can't there be a portal into another world? If the Tooth Fairy takes your tooth and leaves you money in the middle of the night, maybe someday Peter will come instead and take you to Neverland.
Children live in a world where anything is possible. Even a wardrobe into a magical world of talking animals.
But why The Hobbit?
Bilbo Baggins isn't a little boy who dreams of adventure. In fact he's an old man (in the eyes of a child) who has stopped dreaming of adventure. He would rather sit comfortably in his favorite chair and read of other people's adventures from the safety of his home.
And Middle Earth cannot be visited. Not by tornado. Not by a rabbit hole. Or in this case a Hobbit hole. Not by a magical wardrobe. And not by a pixie dust.
But that doesn't make it any less real.
Middle Earth is the place that may have been. The perfect haven for those of us who wished, and still wish, that hobbits, elves, dwarves, and dragons were real.
Middle Earth would be my idea of heaven.
And maybe that is 'why The Hobbit.'
This is a book I recommend to everyone. But especially those who read fantasy. In my opinion you have to experience it at least once.
I recommend it to those of you with small children as something you both can enjoy.
And lastly I recommend it those of you who have forgotten that you used to dream of adventure.
One of my most favorite of my favorite books that I can read at anytime and any day....more
For me, as for many of us of a certain age, this was my gateway into the world of fantasy. And this first book of the Wheel of Time series can alwaysFor me, as for many of us of a certain age, this was my gateway into the world of fantasy. And this first book of the Wheel of Time series can always transport me back to that time. I remember when the genre felt new, and exciting, and like nothing else I had ever read. This was my first love. And it started me off on a road I have been on ever since.
How can you rate your childhood? You can't. How can you review something that meant so much to you? You can't. How can you critique something that helped shape who you are today? You can't. And not be completely honest. So I am not even going to try.
These books aren't perfect. I know it now, even if I didn't know it then. And if you're going to read them for the first time you will have a strong feeling that you've read them before. That you've been there. Done that. And for good reason.
Jordan was very much so influenced by the authors who came before him. Most notably is Tolkien of course. But as Jordan was influenced by those who came before, he influenced those who came after.
I find the familiarity comforting. Like sitting in front of a fireplace with an old friend. Sharing old memories. And making new ones.
I recommend this book for anyone who has just started their own journey into the world of fantasy. To anyone who can remember why they started down this road. And to anyone who wants to remember why they took that first step.
In my opinion this is one of the finest examples of traditional fantasy. ...more