Temple of the Winds is the first book in which Kahlan just... goes... nutty. She becomes obsessed with Richard and another woman. She tunnelvisions soTemple of the Winds is the first book in which Kahlan just... goes... nutty. She becomes obsessed with Richard and another woman. She tunnelvisions so damned hard to the exclusion of all else. Yeah, she had to fulfill the prophecy but I feel like this prophecy was a lazy, drama ploy by Goodkind....more
So I read a review of this book that compared it to Harry Potter. Sure, this book is about a magical worldYet another book abandoned for the year....
So I read a review of this book that compared it to Harry Potter. Sure, this book is about a magical world hidden in the real one we currently know. And it has some kids and some adults. Other than that, it's nothing like Harry Potter.
The truth is, the kids, a brother and sister pair, are... flat. The girl is good, the boy is curiously mischievous. And the adults are just as bad. Additionally, this story has nothing driving it. The plot seems to have no direction and so we just laze about, watching these boring people do nothing. It's not really captivating or motivating. It's boring. I couldn't really push myself through it and I decided to abandon it after talking to my husband about how unlike Harry Potter it was.
My advice? This is a story that shows that sometimes YA really is only for young adults....more
"The Fairy Godmother" is the story of a young woman, Elena, who had the potential to fulfill the Cinderella story. Unfortunately for Elena, her prince"The Fairy Godmother" is the story of a young woman, Elena, who had the potential to fulfill the Cinderella story. Unfortunately for Elena, her prince was ten years her junior, making it impossible for her story to come true. So as her evil stepmother and sisters run away from their debts, they leave her behind. Elena decides to become a servant and as she waits in the square all day for work, no one will hire her because they fear the wrath of her stepmother. Enter her Fairy Godmother to whisk her away to be a Godmother herself. We learn that all around the 500 Kingdoms, stories we all know are constantly being acted out because of The (magical) Tradition. Elena becomes a Godmother rather quickly and takes over for her mentor. Her first notable order of business is to intercept three brother princes as they journey towards a fabricated quest (a king searching for the right husband for her daughter/heir to his kingdom). Elena acts as the crone and while she just sets the first brother (who simply ignored her) to be lost in the woods, she turns the second brother into an ass, and sends the third brother on his way to save the princess.
After this, I may give some stuff away.
Elena's journey to become a Godmother was ridiculously rushed. Everything felt as if it was just there so that Lackey could get to the romance part. I hated that Elena kept using women to save other women to bipass moments when The Tradition would create romance (meaning, if a man saved a married woman, she'd fall in love with him while she couldn't possibly fall in love with another woman). I actually found it kind of appalling. The romance between Elena and Alexander felt awkward... particularly the sex dreams they were having together. I mean. What? Elena's mentor spent a lot of time pointing out that any prince Elena met would pretty much love her and leave her but despite this story being highly focused on tradition and the value of history, no one remembers that Fairy Godmothers had consorts (lovers) until the end of the book wrap up that also featured some very nice (not) woe-is-me angst on Elena's until the council let her know it's okay to bone who she wants too. And last but not least: about 15% from the end, some random battle happens that's just out of no where and the Evil Mage is easily defeated. Also, at one point, Alexander plans to basically rape Elena and I feel like that was just brushed off even though it made him pretty damn evil.
The book wasn't that good. It could've been, but it wasn't well developed because at the end of the day it relied on dues ex machina to smooth away any problems that couldn't simply be ignored (like the planned rape).
I abandoned "A Shadow in Summer" because the characters are boring. I don't care. I was interested in Otah because the version I read introduced us toI abandoned "A Shadow in Summer" because the characters are boring. I don't care. I was interested in Otah because the version I read introduced us to him first. He was cool, he figured out who he was, stood up to his teachers, walked away, etc. Then there were chapters and chapters about these other people that suck. And honestly, the magic concept in this? Not as awesome as it could be. Poetry turns concepts into people with powers? It is just kind of, meh.
The plot is also extremely boring. It's all talk, talk, talk, talk. I was too bored to continue....more
"Luka and the Fire of Life" is the sequel to "Haroun and the Sea of Stories." Luka is Haroun's little brother so much littler (18 years) that he gave"Luka and the Fire of Life" is the sequel to "Haroun and the Sea of Stories." Luka is Haroun's little brother so much littler (18 years) that he gave new life to his father, the Shah of Blah, and mother. But when Luka is 12, he curses a crappy circus ringleader (Captain Aag) which leads to the Shah of Blah being put to sleep and Luka embarking on an adventure to save him.
One of my favorite things about these two stories is that they follow a similar plot, the two boys venture out on a journey that will ultimately save their father in some way. Haroun saved his father's story telling abilities while Luka gave him new life. I see these two stories as labors of love for Rushdie, showing his sons just how important they are and why.
What I love about "Luka and the Fire of Life" is the use of video games. I love playing games and the flow of this story and use of the video game as a framework for Luka's journey was silly, entertaining, and a eensy bit commentary on games. Games so often seem to have arbitrary objectives and save points. Now, here's my dig, when Luka dies, he doesn't go back to a save point. I don't have a problem with this in a flow type of way after trying to read "Life After Life" and finding myself sick to death of rereading the same thing over, and over, and over. However, this breaks the rules set out in the first place. I'm not letting it get me down though.
The characters that we encounter in Rushdie stories are not always fully developed because of one huge reason: he's writing an adventure story. The point of the story is the adventure not the characters. Yes, there are amazing stories out there that have both, but I think Rushdie's story is following the genre a little more tightly.
His chaotic plot twists and additions always throw me for a loop and make me feel a little behind, like I'm skipping every other word or something as I read. But I like the chaos.
I love the book. Others don't. I'm not willing to fight over this one....more