A young adult or children's fairy tale. Overall this story vaguely reminds me of the Labyrinth movie: child enters magical land, meets fantastic creatA young adult or children's fairy tale. Overall this story vaguely reminds me of the Labyrinth movie: child enters magical land, meets fantastic creatures, goes on a quest, and saves the world.
The prose is whimsical, which I found charming most of the time. However, sometimes I found myself muttering to myself, "Stop being so precious already and get on with the story!" Though this book is geared toward older children, I believe adults will enjoy it most. There is plenty of nostalgia for childhood here and only adults, who have left childhood behind, will fully appreciate that.
I listened to this on audiobook. It was read by the author, who did a wonderful job. I may have to hunt down the book so as to see the illustrations....more
Rereading this book reminds me of why I gave up reading Star Wars books in general. I'll always read Zahn's though. And Stackpole, perhaps. Anyway, thRereading this book reminds me of why I gave up reading Star Wars books in general. I'll always read Zahn's though. And Stackpole, perhaps. Anyway, this book was just bad. The author killed off a major Star Wars character for no reason whatsoever except, maybe, to prove that he could. I could just picture him saying, "No one is safe!" followed by maniacal laughter. I read these stories for the characters and the adventure. Kill off characters I love, and I'll stop reading.
Which brings me to another problem I had with this book. The characters were like pod people. They looked like the people I knew, but didn't act like them. Where was Mara's wry humor? And Han's crooked grin and rebellious streak? The fun was missing. The bad guys were pretty flat, I thought. They were of the let's-take-over-the-universe clan with very little differences between characters. There were at least two bad guys that we saw for any length in the story and the only memorable difference between the two, at least for me, was that they were on different planets. Yep, there sure was a lot of character development going on here! ...more
I must have been one of the first ones on the library hold list because I got an email saying this book was on hold for me not too long after it was rI must have been one of the first ones on the library hold list because I got an email saying this book was on hold for me not too long after it was released. I've been waiting for this sequel to "Alloy of Law" for, like, forever. Okay, it wasn't forever. It just felt like it.
Okay, first the things I liked. The characters. I like the characters Sanderson has created. I can enjoy a so-so story if the characters are awesome. I did like seeing Steris more in this book. I remember her in "Alloy of Law" as being rather stiff and cold. This book shows a more human side to her. Her massive over-planning comes across as humorous and quirky rather than OCD. Okay, it probably is still OCD, but she acknowledges it and uses it to her advantage in one part of the book. MeLaan was a fun additional character. A wise-cracking kandra was not something I had imagined, and I enjoyed her a lot.
I liked this book, but I don't think I liked it more than "Alloy of Law." The plot was a little more complex, but otherwise it seemed a little too much like the first book. You have the same characters (who are great) in a fantasy world that resembles the Old West (also really fun--is anyone else tired of the same level of technology in all fantasy worlds?) facing a seemingly immortal villain bent on destroying civilization. In "Alloy of Law" it was a feruchemist named Miles, a lawman who was tired of the constant injustices of the world and wanted to tear down the Elendel because he was tired of the corruption of the establishment. In this book it is a kandra, nicknamed "Bleeder," who doesn't want to be controlled by Harmony (basically God) anymore and wants to free everyone from Harmony's control. Her motives come across as insane for most of the book, but the author has it all make a kind of sense by the end. I felt Bleeder's motives were fleshed out better in this book than in the previous one, but it still seemed rather the same to me. It was rather like, "How do you top a seemingly immortal villain? With another immortal villain!"
I liked AoL because it was an action-packed book with fun characters and was unencumbered by the weightier themes of religion that Sanderson has in his other books. Don't get me wrong, I like the world-building. But in a shorter book I felt that it slowed things down. It was relevant to Bleeder's motive, so it was needed, but I suppose I wish it wasn't. ...more
Lots of strong language in this one. I usually can't help but keep track of f-bombs, but in this one I stopped counting around 9 or 10, and t3.5 stars
Lots of strong language in this one. I usually can't help but keep track of f-bombs, but in this one I stopped counting around 9 or 10, and there were easily more than twice that. Of course this book is about machines killing people, so you can understand some characters were a little upset.
The story is told like a history by someone who has survived the robot uprising. Each chapter is bracketed by the storyteller telling who we are going to read about next and why their story is important. Most of the story lines repeat, so it's not like we get to know one character and then never see them again. Since I listened to this as an audiobook, I found the little summaries helped me to keep the various characters straight.
So right from the beginning you already know that the humans have won (or have they? The book leaves open the possibility of a sequel). This eliminates some potential suspense, but I found enough action in each story that I didn't mind so much. The ending was a bit anti-climatic compared to the rest of the book, so it gets 3.5 stars instead of 4....more
I nice YA fairy tale type book. The ending is predictable (it is a fairy tale after all, so you know "happily ever after" is going to happen), but it'I nice YA fairy tale type book. The ending is predictable (it is a fairy tale after all, so you know "happily ever after" is going to happen), but it's a fun journey. The narration is a bit overwrought at times, but since I was listening to it, instead of reading it, I didn't mind much....more
I had a hard time finishing this book. It wasn't until most of the way through that I realized that I didn't like any of the characters. Most of the bI had a hard time finishing this book. It wasn't until most of the way through that I realized that I didn't like any of the characters. Most of the book seemed to be spent whining and griping about who was the leader in the group. One would think that after all that these characters had been through in the last book they would feel a little gratitude toward the others and be at least inclined to work together, but they don't. I wanted to slap the lot of them.
Rigg, Param, and Umbo have time traveling abilities, which was kind of intriguing in the first book as they were figuring everything out, but now I find kind of boring. If they make a mistake, they can go back in time to fix it. Endlessly, if necessary. Where's the suspense in that? There's not just not enough tension to keep me interested....more
Not my favorite Christie book. The plot is fairly straight forward without any major plot twists. Miss Marple doesn't show up until the end and, in myNot my favorite Christie book. The plot is fairly straight forward without any major plot twists. Miss Marple doesn't show up until the end and, in my opinion, could have been left out entirely without harming the story....more