So, City of a Thousand Dolls started off a bit slow and I almost regretted buying it, but then it got pretty addicting and found myself daydreaming abSo, City of a Thousand Dolls started off a bit slow and I almost regretted buying it, but then it got pretty addicting and found myself daydreaming about possible outcomes like I do with any book that gets me utterly hooked, and the ending was perfect! I so did not see it coming!
If you'd like to check out a talented Idaho author, read City of a Thousand Dolls....more
I don't believe these quotes spoil the book, but they are from the book, so read at your own descretion. I just liked what Alexander/Mr. A. H--/The maI don't believe these quotes spoil the book, but they are from the book, so read at your own descretion. I just liked what Alexander/Mr. A. H--/The man in the grey suit had to say.
"'Stories have changed...There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister's story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead. Good and Evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlett-clad little girl. And is not the dragon a hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with it's prey.'"
"'Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when pirates find there treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast...Someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's a magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it is different, and it will effect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it.'"...more
**spoiler alert** A brief spoiled valley-girl review ;)
At first I was like, "Interesting." Then I was all, "Fricken Moriarty!" Then Holmes was a bad g**spoiler alert** A brief spoiled valley-girl review ;)
At first I was like, "Interesting." Then I was all, "Fricken Moriarty!" Then Holmes was a bad guy and I was like, "Awe, Hell no!" But then Tweed was all "I'm who!?", and then it was over and I'm like, "Will there be more?"
**spoiler alert** I think this one is my favorite. And Honestly, I'm not too upset about the turn of events with Kiyo. I prefer Dorian anyway. But I a**spoiler alert** I think this one is my favorite. And Honestly, I'm not too upset about the turn of events with Kiyo. I prefer Dorian anyway. But I am surprised he would write her (and his children) off so quickly. I can't wait for the next book! There will be drama-a-plenty and a whole new set of action....more
Obviously the graphic novel is meant for reading after the novel. You miss so much information, but they did manage to keep in the important stuff, hoObviously the graphic novel is meant for reading after the novel. You miss so much information, but they did manage to keep in the important stuff, however brief.
And I like how they actually finished the 1st book, unlike Twilight where they did like a quarter of it (However, Twilight had more detail) and never released another . I do hope they make more for the other books....more
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Not the kind of ending I expected for a Doctor Who story, but I liked it nonetheless. It had me in
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Not the kind of ending I expected for a Doctor Who story, but I liked it nonetheless. It had me in tears at the end (and I wasn't alone, so I had to fight to keep them in). Touched by an Angel was well written and had a solid story arc. Jonathan Morris put this story together well. I'd say he could write some DW episodes, but you could probably say that about any of the Doctor Who authors. Besides, writing a novel and writing a screenplay are way different. I love the Weeping Angels, they are my favorite DW monster, which is why this is the 1st DW book I've read.
For those of you wondering (as I did before purchasing), so long as you're caught up with the series from when the book was published, it doesn't matter which order you read them in (You don't even have to be caught up, so long as you're aware of who the companions are). For this book, I would suggest at least getting to episode 6 of season 5, so you're not surprised to see Rory with Amy and The Doctor. They don't go along with the show's main storyline and the books together don't have it's own storyline. It's just a collection of separate stories. Think of it as all those things the Doctor and his companions do when we're not watching ;)
This is also the first British book I've read. You wouldn't think their would be much difference from American literature, but there is. The grammar rules are different, like their quotes are backwards, while Americans use "" for dialogue and '' for inner dialogue, they use '' for dialogue and "" for inner. And Mr. doesn't have a period after. They say "OK," instead of writing out "okay." I guess we're just more strict in our grammar rules. I used to critique this woman's story and was constantly correcting these errors that are apparently not wrong, lol....more
**spoiler alert** A great ending to a...what do you call it? A series? No, a duology, dilogy... It was only 2 books. But they were 2 awesome books.
I'm**spoiler alert** A great ending to a...what do you call it? A series? No, a duology, dilogy... It was only 2 books. But they were 2 awesome books.
I'm not sure how I feel about not being able to find out what really happened to Giles, but I get why Catherine kept it a mystery. Sometimes stories are better when we're left to fill in our own blanks. Did Giles die in Incarceron? Is Finn a remake, so to speak, or is he the same boy? Was Giles ever even sent to Incarceron? We'll never know for sure.
Here's what I choose to believe. Giles was sent to Incarceron, and in there he died. Finn is a child of the prison, recycled from Prince Giles.
More blanks she left for us to fill in; Is Keiro's heart softening a bit for Attia? He'd never admit it, but i think he's got a bit of a soft spot for her, and maybe after some time, when Keiro learns to be a little less hard living in the Realm, he'll let his feeling known (this is what I choose to believe anyway).
The books hinted at romance, but never really had any defining moments. Finn and Claudia obviously get married, but there wasn't any romance between them. He sometimes shows how important she is to him, and vice versa, but none of that fire we often look for in novels, especially YA novels. Especially YA Fantasy novels. Something I wish she would have drawn a little more attention too, it certainly would have brought out the tears that choked me in the ending scene on the roof.
Despite all the unanswered questions, she had a beautiful ending that, while not bringing tears, did choke me up a bit. Catherine Fisher is a very talented author. I'd hope that if you're reading this, you had already read the books, so there would be no point in recommending it, but it's probably something I'd read again in the future....more
Incarceron started off a bit slow and slightly confusing. My image of Incarceron kept changing throughout the book, now I've only got a vague pictureIncarceron started off a bit slow and slightly confusing. My image of Incarceron kept changing throughout the book, now I've only got a vague picture of what it may look like inside. Aside from that, the book is very clever. Jumping between the Warden's daughter, Claudia, who is desperately trying to get out of an arranged marriage, and Finn, an Incarceron prisoner, told he was born in the prison, but convinced he's seen the Outside. Both are trapped, and only the help of the other can free them.
Anyone who is a fan of futuristic science fiction should pick up this book. The world Catherine Fisher created of people living in the future but frozen in the past and a prison unlike any other is remarkable, exciting, and engaging....more
I bought this book after I bought "Bite Me," the 3rd book in the series. I saw it in a magazine and wanted to check it out, unfortunately the magazineI bought this book after I bought "Bite Me," the 3rd book in the series. I saw it in a magazine and wanted to check it out, unfortunately the magazine didn't tell me there were 2 more before, and I didn't think to check into it. So after purchasing "Bite Me," I went out and bought "Bloodsucking Fiends." I thought it would be a nice twist on the supernatural genre. "Bloodsucking Fiends" had it's moments, I admit, I laughed a few times, but the author was so focused on the comedy that the story fell through the cracks. In fact, there really wasn't much of a story.A girl is changed into a vampire, she falls for a human, things get difficult. Blah Blah Blah. Heard that one. A book that should have taken me a couple nights to finish ended up taking me a couple weeks. He does add his comedic flavor, which adds a bit of uniqueness, but not enough for me to go out and buy the 2nd book. So now I have "Bite Me" sitting here, untouched. Maybe one day I'll finally get to it, but I'm in no hurry. ...more
**spoiler alert** The book was good. But the ending destroyed it all. I was so pissed. Why the hell would John do that? I was seriously steaming. It's**spoiler alert** The book was good. But the ending destroyed it all. I was so pissed. Why the hell would John do that? I was seriously steaming. It's one thing to help someone you don't particularly like- That's big of him and all-- but to sell your fathers most precious possession to do it? Too far. And then he dies anyway! WTF! At least the movie smoothed it over a little. ...more