With one of the most enticing back cover descriptions I've ever encountered, I eagerly began this tale, fully ready to meet my favorite fantastical inWith one of the most enticing back cover descriptions I've ever encountered, I eagerly began this tale, fully ready to meet my favorite fantastical indulgences. I couldn't help feeling a bit disappointed by a lack of intimacy~ it's just not the kind of story that engrosses~ it reads like more of a study of human nature or reflection on perspectives.
There are some truly beautiful stand-alone lines I found both artistic and inspiring as well as a surprising "Aha!" moment, but the narrative was a little droll for me.
It incorporates knowledge of the tarot world and interestingly different interpretations of the pictures as they form stories. Yet, to deliver that promised perfect fantasy tale, for me, it would require just as much heart and emotion as it has literary prowess. ...more
Beautiful, meditative, softly makes you teary-eyed. I wonder why cats are so revered in some cultures, yet so shunned in others...by studying the attrBeautiful, meditative, softly makes you teary-eyed. I wonder why cats are so revered in some cultures, yet so shunned in others...by studying the attributes of animals, the artist finds balance in his own nature....more
A truly charming trilogy with a lot of heart, heavily reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings yet in its own vibrant, mythology-doused world.
I can honestA truly charming trilogy with a lot of heart, heavily reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings yet in its own vibrant, mythology-doused world.
I can honestly, yet affectionately, call this story the most melodramatic thing I've ever read. With use of such epic language and heightened drama in both dialogue and narration, Kay means to ingrain enough import in every line as that of a sacred text, and so while reading, my inner voice became that of an exceedingly theatrical man shouting deeds of the legend from a mountaintop with the bearing of a thunder god, lightning flashing all around him. That's why I believe this series would have an impact closer to what it reaches for and be relished and enjoyed even more, if read aloud.
Although, if I were to read every line with as much gravity and significance as Kay intends, I don't think I'd get far without exhausting my vocal powers and experiencing a few fainting spells. ...more
I've found in the past that with trilogies, it's often the second volume that gets the least attention~ not as many noteworthy events, it gets treatedI've found in the past that with trilogies, it's often the second volume that gets the least attention~ not as many noteworthy events, it gets treated as a bridge between the first and the last and is often over-looked in memory, like a middle child might be. The Wandering Fire, however, was riddled with ventures and high energy~ it gives a more complete idea of the world and a lot of the culture which the first book only teases us with.
You must be ready for the sly way Mr. Kay introduces new characters and meaning, using high drama, creating an impression of epic grandeur (to feel everything as hard as he hits us with it requires emotional stamina!!).
Does anyone else still wonder how these kids seem to effortlessly blend into the world with the language they use and what they all seem to know about the lore? Maybe it's an effect of the immersion~ how living in a new culture can quickly change your outlook when one is impressionable and eager to learn.
Rich with history, language and with so much love poured into the mythology, I will never not liken this to The Lord of the Rings, though it definitely stands on its own!! Beautifully woven. ...more
A beautifully "woven" beginning to what promises to be a full-bodied series!
Astounding~ Kay's talent with words. I would often feel little sparks of aA beautifully "woven" beginning to what promises to be a full-bodied series!
Astounding~ Kay's talent with words. I would often feel little sparks of admiration brimming up at each curiously perfect description. It's remarkable~ how he can mold the reader's mind to picture uncannily specific reactions, emotions, character motives... I trust this author to sweep me far and away and I'm eager to dive into the next volume!!...more
This book will forever bring a special smile and beautiful memories~ it is the first book my Love and I read out loud to each other!! And that is someThis book will forever bring a special smile and beautiful memories~ it is the first book my Love and I read out loud to each other!! And that is something I've only dreamed of doing with another, for it takes a mutual interest in the genre, committed time, an eagerness to interpret characters; a love of reading at all. His distinct voices were expressive and often hilarious and I could listen for eons~ what else can you expect from actors?? This is the first of many such literary adventures together <3.
The book is a perfect length for its surreal story~ it takes you on a trip through memory, from the perspective of a child, at that age when children know so much more about the world than adults do. Mr. Gaiman, ever a master narrator, has such clever wording that some sentences just force you to look up, blink a few times, and smile. ...more
I love this story~ in all it's forms it's always been so emotionally inspiring! It's always given me the kind of intense feelings of affection and conI love this story~ in all it's forms it's always been so emotionally inspiring! It's always given me the kind of intense feelings of affection and connection with the characters that my heart spills open every time. That's how I felt about the musical and film adaptions, anyway....I'm sorry to say that the book left me feeling pretty indifferent. Maybe I know the story too well that nothing surprised me? It seemed that the translation was SO literal that it completely left out the rich artistry and poetic airs that I so much enjoyed in The Hunchback of Norte Dame. Here, the language is over-simplified~ I read the word "totally" so many times it became an infuriatingly repetitive little nuisance, like a biting bug stuck in my sweater. The words read like a food that's been so over-processed that it's become fake, void of nutritional benefit.
But again, I might be too harsh, having grown up with the characters and story so defined in my mind already, and the original book apparently spanned over many tomes in length. I feel it's been too condensed, too "processed", but it's still a beautifully heart-wrenching story....more
It's my belief that we're currently in an era where strong female protagonists are extremely important, especially in young adult fict*SPOILERS AHEAD*
It's my belief that we're currently in an era where strong female protagonists are extremely important, especially in young adult fiction, where the audience reading is often impressionable, idolizing the characters, looking up to them, even (dangerously) living vicariously through them. Especially when it comes to a favorite theme for teens: love life and dating.
The story painted a cool world for sure, a different and alluring atmosphere and an unsuspecting protagonist plunged into the thick of it. However, unlike Divergent or Hunger Games, where the female protagonists have a mighty voice and heroic tendencies, as a character Luce falls dangerously close to Bella from Twilight.....Everything happens TO her, people naturally gravitate and are attracted TO her without much exertion on her part at all. A character who finds difficulty in taking care of herself, who needs constant protection. A classic damsel in distress. However, as someone who grew up a misfit and always had difficulty making friends and "fitting in" during my school years, I find portrayals of "perfect" females frustrating and uninteresting. I value the years I spent struggling to fit in~ it lead me to grow up valuing the friendships I did have immensely, and as an adult the love I feel for myself and those in my life is something I've earned and come to understand as a beautiful journey of self-discovery, crucial for every young person to discover for themselves.
Luce does have a neat peculiar trait that sets her apart and even colors her as "crazy", which is intriguing. But too much time is spent inside her mind as she reacts to every trait/word/action of the men of her love triangle and weighs their qualities. And there are many superficial moments....Specifically, after a seriously devastating tragedy befalling her friend, her mind wandered to "the state of her hair". That was, for me, an appalling moment which lost Luce a lot of points.
But it was a quick easy read with addictive storytelling in an entertaining and mysterious world. That's what I love about it. I wish just it were a SUPERNATURAL story with a hint of romance, rather than a LOVE story with a hint of supernatural. I know that there is a big audience for this kind of theme.....I just fear how it might poison young minds with misguided self-consciousness, a lack of love for oneself and unhealthy ideas about love for others. ...more
My feelings about this tale begin with where I found it~ I spent the day walking around a quaint pocket neighborhood of Cleveland and wandered into a lMy feelings about this tale begin with where I found it~ I spent the day walking around a quaint pocket neighborhood of Cleveland and wandered into a little bookshop, where I recognized the shopkeeper from the Shakespeare plays he does in the park. "Od Magic" was front and center in the fantasy section, and he was kind enough to give me a discount (for being friendly, I guess)! It's special to own a book from someone who performs stories as well as sells them~ a true lover of imagination.
It had been YEARS since I read a McKillip novel, yet as a pre-teen I was drawn to the beautiful covers of her books and the descriptions on the back always painted an idealistic land of ultimate fantasy. She was never an author I could read with one eye closed, however. For me, her delicate, poetic script is hypnotic, almost song-like; it contains many metaphors and subtleties and as a child I would often drift off as I read, only to come-to and realize I had no recollection of the last few pages.
I made sure to stay focused this time and not fall pray to daydreaming the book away. It was a beautiful story, full of favorite magical themes, symbols and mysticism. It takes you to another realm to get lost in, where days and nights are filled with mystery and enchantment. The characters have intriguing quirks and no one has a dull storyline.
I felt the ending was abrupt, almost clumsy...there was little resolve, with open possibility for a sequel, though it doesn't feel like that was the plan.
Still, it was a pleasant escape, like a soiree into a beautified Renaissance Festival for a time, and teaches the important lesson of tolerance. A charming read to inspire magic in your world....more
After so many years, it was a comfort to read the voice of Mr. Beagle, who had lit up my heart with all the magic possible in my earliest years. It reAfter so many years, it was a comfort to read the voice of Mr. Beagle, who had lit up my heart with all the magic possible in my earliest years. It reads like a blossoming memory, yet over just as you find yourself smitten with the familiar characters from long ago all over again. Thank you for this little visit, Peter. I hope we'll meet again someday. All I have to do is whistle, right? ...more
In the words of Scott Snyder: "While his is the story of the first American Vampire, it's a story about us, about Americans, about what makes us scaryIn the words of Scott Snyder: "While his is the story of the first American Vampire, it's a story about us, about Americans, about what makes us scary and admirable, monstrous and heroic."
This is absolutely a spellbinding work, both in the literal sense and visually~ I did not want it to end!! There are two different artistic styles for the two stories~ one with bold clean ink and the other more of a wash~ both are "ink"credible.....I just said that XD.
A girl I met at Free Comic Book Day practically put this volume into my hands and told me that she was truly excited for me to read it. I wish I could tell her how grateful I am that she did!! ...more
I am very new to the world of American comics, but this was highly recommended by too many to count back at Free Comic Day. It plunges right in and flI am very new to the world of American comics, but this was highly recommended by too many to count back at Free Comic Day. It plunges right in and flew by so fast! I'm always paying close attention to the artistic choices in graphic novels and there was so much expression and color to adore.
The monsters were so creative they were truly unexpected~ I've never seen anything quite like this, but if you're a sci-fi fan you're sure to love it!! ...more
I can describe this novel as a surreal pilgrimage across a distorted American landscape, where we explore peculiar landmarks that have somehow becomeI can describe this novel as a surreal pilgrimage across a distorted American landscape, where we explore peculiar landmarks that have somehow become famous more from word of mouth than from actual impressiveness, but that's American folklore for you.
All across the country, hidden away where we least expect them, the nearly forgotten heroes of our ancestors have grown old and decrepit; mere shadows of the mighty beings they were, desperate not to be left behind. For all gods need the faith of the people, in order to thrive.
At first I was drawn by intrigue and excitement to find out what American mythology is actually like. It always seemed to me that we had been cheated out of a culture and traditions.....then, I became painfully aware that the things we "worship" now have lost that imaginative, magic quality that's so alluring about the gods of other cultures. America is no place for the gods of old.
There were so many obscure characters from every sort of culture....as interested in mythology as I am, I was oblivious of a great many of them, even though the book is teeming with hints about who each character moonlights as. This book would have been even more exciting, had I been more well-read about legends from a greater variety of ancient civilizations.
I encourage everyone to read on into the back pages, where Gaiman explains why he omitted (or perhaps not!) the Christian God perhaps most renowned in our society, and why he instead focuses on more corrupt, unreliable deities ;). ...more
Unique story that jumps right in. Not a whole lot of time to get to know characters, but a great deal of visual noise in the communication of apocalypUnique story that jumps right in. Not a whole lot of time to get to know characters, but a great deal of visual noise in the communication of apocalyptic sounds through words and composition, and some unexpected humor. ...more