I have no words for how unendurably horrible and boring this book is. Armand knows only how to cry, beg people to love him and seemingly can't get his...moreI have no words for how unendurably horrible and boring this book is. Armand knows only how to cry, beg people to love him and seemingly can't get his head around Christ. He is a pathetic wanker that can do nothing on his own, with an unhealthy obsession with Lestat...whom he both loves and hates. He's 17 when turned a vampire, but when he's 500 years old and still 17 in his head, all you want is to strangle him. Apart from that - the narrator being an idiot and a madman - the book lacks plot. Absolutely nothing happens. When alluded to things of interest, Armand/Anne Rice is quick to let the reader know that the matter has already been told in this or that book, and anyway Armand Is Too Jealous Of Lestat to bother recounting it all. The ending is also absolute shit. I had hope until the very end, but...No, Armand is still a whiny wanker that needs to grow a backbone.(less)
I feel like this one delivers on the promise of the first one. It is a little more slow going it feels like, but it's brilliantly done. I find it inte...moreI feel like this one delivers on the promise of the first one. It is a little more slow going it feels like, but it's brilliantly done. I find it interesting that katniss isn't made out to be an either/or heroine - either rebellion or playing snow's fiddle - she does both. Her priority is to stay alive and keep her family alive, but she also wants to incite hope in the other districts, spark a rebellion. Not at first, mind. Katniss shows great character development from someone independent on people doing most of the thinking for her, to being someone who does a lot of their own thinking. My one issue is that I can't shake the distaste of katniss being used as piece in a game, literally by both the system and by the rebellion, so she comes across as having a lot less agency than she initially seems to have. Here's to hoping that in the next book she'll really come into her own instead of being the pawn of adult men around her. I'm looking at you, Haymitch.
A great read, one i enjoyed a lot. I only wish I hadn't seen the movie first, as it killed some of the suspense I'd otherwise have felt about some things. (less)
I liked it a lot and I might even like it better than the others, but I'm not sure. A few things confused me...moreSpoilers in the review, read at own risk.
I liked it a lot and I might even like it better than the others, but I'm not sure. A few things confused me because they weren't what I expected to happen, it wasn't streamlined or what would typically happen in this kind of story - like somehow I was expecting katniss to actually make it into snow's mansion and kill him, but instead we got four pages of her being injured and drugged and then maybe ten-fifteen pages of being off her rocker. Which I do like, I mean, if nothing else everything has been super realistic, but on the other hand I feel like katniss' agency keeps being removed from her, something I mentioned in my review of Catching Fire as well. She's spent so much of the book being a pawn and when not a pawn, being in hospital. When she shot coin I'm not even sure that was an independent thought because of her conversation with snow.
I guess I have mixed feelings.
I like katniss with all her flaws and imperfections and passions and whatever, but I feel like she is ultimately just treated like a child and a pawn and rarely gets to do anything independently. She was independent before the games, when she was hunting and doing things. I feel like her final independent act was to volunteer for the games and that everything that came after was a giant construct in which she was a mechanism, like a gear in a clock or something. Not a person who decides things for themselves. She's was constantly coached and guided and made do things, then she was manipulated to do things, then she was again coached and guided and made do things while sometimes also manipulated and try as I might, I can't think of anything she did because she decided it. Maybe when she lied about the assassination mission. Not when she shot coin. Not even when she shot the arena.
Idk it feels a bit like we were supposed to have this heroine do stuff and rebel and blah blah but we didn't really.
At least I get the feeling that the movies will make her more independent because he movies don't showcase her internal monologue so when she shot the arena in the movie, she appeared to do it because she figured something out of her own and she made a decision to bring it down, but in the books she didn't know what the fuck she was doing and what the consequences were going to be. So the movies will have to cut out all the times the books describe her not knowing what's going on, being indecisive, being - frankly - slow/stupid at times, and only show her actions which come across a lot more awesome when you remove that. I kept thinking that maybe the books would've been better not in first person POV for it.
Anyway. I liked the series a lot and the only real beef I have with it is katniss' lack of agency. And everybody dying. Everyone always dies. <.<(less)
Not a great piece of literature and the prose is fairly plain. It's entertaining enough, however and Collins manages to build up a believable dystopia...moreNot a great piece of literature and the prose is fairly plain. It's entertaining enough, however and Collins manages to build up a believable dystopian world and interesting characters. I'm particularly fond of the role reversal of the heroine being the saviour and the guy being the damsel in distress; it's very refreshing. I do have a few minor nitpicking issues with the novel, which may in part be brought on by the fact I saw the movie first. I thought the movie was somewhat stale, whereas the book feels like the extended edition directors cut version of events, and I'd venture to say that the book on the whole is a lot darker and grittier in contrast to the movie which seems awfully polished in comparison. (This is where I'd make a comment about the movie actually serving as some kind of piece of meta reflecting back on the universe in the novel; surely the media coverage of the movie and the proposed love triangle in the movie (which doesn't exist in the book) is right in line with the Capitol's treatment of the actual Hunger Games. Morbid and fascinating. I'll stop here, though, as I'm simply too tired to expand upon that thought.)
Tl;dr: I enjoyed the book a lot and I'd recommend it for anyone looking for dystopian YA which is actually dark and gritty and also for people who aren't looking for romance per se. This is the kind of book I'd want my younger sisters to read, because really, I'm Katniss and I'd do anything to protect my sisters and they'd recognise that. How fortunate that I don't actually have to sign up for slaughter in order to do so.(less)
i want to give this four and a half stars, but because goodreads doesn't do half stars, it'll get away with five. this is a thoroughly enjoyable book...morei want to give this four and a half stars, but because goodreads doesn't do half stars, it'll get away with five. this is a thoroughly enjoyable book with well-cut characters and an intriguing world and storyline. i'm much too tired now to actually go into details of why i loved it so much, but towards the end i had to keep taking breaks just to prevent the story from being over. the reason why i want to take half a star away is that i have some issues with how the names, for people, cities, countries, etc., have been constructed. i realise we aren't all tolkien, but having clear references and influences from vastly different languages in the real world to show something of the same cut was a bit confusing, and one has to wonder whether the writers were just counting on no-one noticing the irregularity in their system. nevertheless i enjoyed playing 'spot the language' whenever something new popped up, so it wasn't all bad. another, also language related, reason why i want to take away half a star is because some words just seemed very out of place, such as 'gasoline' and 'cappucino' which seem to me to be very modern words and don't really fit into a semi-medieval fantasy world. minor details, though, and i'm sure there are explanations for them.
i don't want to end this review on a critical note, but it's often easier to pinpoint one's problems with something than the likes, so have a bulletpoint list of awesome to sleep on: - rook with his braids and blue streaks and foul mouth - relatedly, havemercy with her dry wit and equally as foul mouth - thremedon, for being probably one of the most confusing cities i've yet met in fiction, but simultaneously the most charming and beautiful - the strong bonds the characters form between themselves and the different ways in which they manifest - the fact my heart got torn out on several occasions - and just as many times, whooped of joy - the clever and vivid descriptions of both people, places and actions - there are more books in the series and i'm going to buy them all instantly so that i can stay in this universe with this characters for a little while longer(less)
i love love love love how this book takes pretty much every single sexist thing that could happen to a woman and goes “NO” and “SHAME ON YOU” and kill...morei love love love love how this book takes pretty much every single sexist thing that could happen to a woman and goes “NO” and “SHAME ON YOU” and kills it with fire. i love that locke does some bad shit and gets called out on it and learns from it and apologises for it and becomes a better person. i love that we get the teenage!locke storyline alongside the present!locke storyline to really highlight the difference. i love that sabetha is wary and immediately on the defense and acts rashly - like a scared rabbit - because why shouldn’t she be.
i love everything about sabetha, by the way, she’s a wonderful, wonderful character and i love how fucking fierce and competent she is and i love that she i everything i thought she would be and that i wanted her to be. i love that after two books of hints and mystery the woman was finally revealed, and she was perfect. i love that she’s a warm, kind and thoughtful person, i love that she’s equally ruthless and bold, i love that she’s sensitive and snarky and insecure and proud.
i love that we don’t see all of her. i love that we only get glimpses into how she thinks, that she’s still a mystery to us, the same as she still is to locke. i love their complicated relationship. i love that they try to work on it, despite everything. i love that they have fallbacks, and i even love the fact that sabetha left, because what else could she have done in her position?
and then there’s jean and ahh jean i just love jean let’s all agree to love jean jean is the best (anybody else read the nose re-break bit and just sit there all .__. super quiet and it felt like you were in a room full of people and everyone was just .__. and then when locke said “now that we’ve all realised we’ll never be that hardcore let’s move on” just went *nod* ? because i sure did)(less)
Yes hello I'd like to punch the writer because I don't think I'll ever be okay after reading this
In all seriousness I enjoyed this book a lot and I h...moreYes hello I'd like to punch the writer because I don't think I'll ever be okay after reading this
In all seriousness I enjoyed this book a lot and I have a lot of praise for it but gods the pain. I've done far too much crying tonight over this stupid book and its characters to be entirely objective, so there you have it.
I considered giving it five stars, but I had some issues with the pacing and the somewhat ragtag plot - it's hard to explain but I felt everything was a little too random and sort of oddly cobbled together (and the sudden SEA AND PIRATES was a bit wtf and the story very nearly ground to a halt for about two hundred pages). Also dammit I wanted more satisfaction out of the sacking of salon corbeau.
I do however absolutely love Zamira Drakasha, who's a great character. I want to know what happens to her and her children and I'll be looking out for her in the next book.
The four stars is only because of the slow start - a third into the book and I still didn't know why I should be rooting for Locke or indeed who the h...moreThe four stars is only because of the slow start - a third into the book and I still didn't know why I should be rooting for Locke or indeed who the hell he was. I'm also inclined to let part the reason be because suddenly EVERYTHING was happening at once and I was like HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE but alas, that was the most exciting part of the book so maybe not.
I love how hilarious everything is half the time, which makes for very good reading both when things are happening and when there's a lull in the plot. These guys have mouths on then, but Locke, man. HOW IS HE EVEN STILL ALIVE. how. (In that vein, how upsetting was spoiler, spoiler, spoiler and spoiler??! Ahh man. I am so mad.)
The writing was lovely. I particularly enjoyed the symbolic repetitions and how things that had been subtly introduced in the beginning came back and were relevant later.
I'd be reading the sequel right now if it weren't for the fact my copy is another country and I won't get home to it for another 27 hours. Sad.(less)
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up a random Artemis Fowl book without any prior knowledge of it and found out it was worth my money. It's a f...moreI was pleasantly surprised when I picked up a random Artemis Fowl book without any prior knowledge of it and found out it was worth my money. It's a fantasy novel for young adults, but a well carried out fantasy novel. It does not once fall through - and in my opinion it bears comparison with other well carried out fantasy novels such as the harry potter series or the dark materials trilogy. Although these three series are miles apart, they have one thing in common: the main character is a kid/young adult. also fighting for the good - or wait. I'm not sure about Artemis Fowl. Apparently he is a criminal (but turning somewhat good in this book? Hmmm). It's an interesting read all right and if you have a thing for geniuses and alternative dimensions and magical creatures, you're prolly going to like this. At least I did. :D(less)
the whole first half of the book felt forced. The plot, the character descriptions (the characters felt inconsistent), the dialogue... it got better e...morethe whole first half of the book felt forced. The plot, the character descriptions (the characters felt inconsistent), the dialogue... it got better eventually, but yet some things in the universe just felt...not quite thought through. It wasn't *bad*, but it could've been better. I also think the Epilogue was sort of unecessary...taking place some ten years into the future and quickly skipping over what's happened in the meantime and be like "tadaaah!" is a bit, urgh, annoying, to say the least. It wasn't good enough to write out properly, leave it out altogether.(less)
the beginning was a bit long and tedious and nothing really happened until about 1/3 into the book. i think the book could've been shortened considera...morethe beginning was a bit long and tedious and nothing really happened until about 1/3 into the book. i think the book could've been shortened considerably, but well. the end was nice, my favourite part perhaps... not a bad book, entertaining, at times it made me laugh out loud, but it lacks something.(less)