I made the right choice reading this around Halloween back in '09.
Back when I was younger, I remember seeing this book for the first time and was intr...moreI made the right choice reading this around Halloween back in '09.
Back when I was younger, I remember seeing this book for the first time and was intrigued by the scary looking cover (also awesome looking), and flipped the pages in the beginning to read about a scared out of her wits woman running away from something. Mr. Perreti has some intense writing skills as he successfully portrays a most ominous setting in the mountains around this small town called Hyde River.
There was a brutal killing of a man in the Oregon mountains and his brother comes to the area looking to find answers. There is the local town filled with a bond of silence, trying to protect a secret with it having to do with more than just one killing, but notable and numerous individuals go missing over the decades.
Reading it (mostly during the bright sunlit day) still gave me the chills just turning the pages to find out what happens next.
The book had an excellent plot, characters, mystery and horror. This book also happens to be a Christian-inspiration novel and it itself made the book even better in my opinion.
I actually feel confident in recommending this book not only to other Christians, but to Non-Christians as well. If they like Stephen King, they might want to check this book as well.(less)
While the tale of immortality is nothing new and how the main character uses the curse is questionable...moreI was very impressed with Blade of the Immortal.
While the tale of immortality is nothing new and how the main character uses the curse is questionable - he's most definately considered an anti-hero with all the killing he does and he doesn't seem to care much for the welfare of a young girl who requests his services to avenge her parents (he might change though). He attempts to the break the curse by killing a thousand bad men [that he considers to be] rather than just saving people.
In a way, Blade of the Immortal is like the complete opposite of Samurai X [Rurouni Kenshin] regarding thoughts on life, death, atonement and redemption.
My favorite part of the manga is the art when the artist leaves the use of pencilwork in his artwork which is very unique compared to other manga. There is still the use of ink screentone but only to ink in the parts that need it. The characters also look more realistic. The best part has to be when the MC defeats (by chopping up) a current foe (very stylishly) with a mandala inspired background.
Oh yeah, this manga has lots of body parts flying around (every single chapter nearly) so if you can't stand the sight of gore, you may want to skip this. But it would be a shame to miss the unforgettable artwork - so if you are the skiermish type at least take a look through the Blade of the Immortal artbook.
This novel blew me out of the water. Its one genre and then it changes to another and then another.
It started off a little rough in the beginning with...moreThis novel blew me out of the water. Its one genre and then it changes to another and then another.
It started off a little rough in the beginning with the FORCED humor of Jade Moon's clumsiness and run of her "bad luck" because of her "unlucky zodiac sign". It was like the beginning of a romantic comedy. She came across as "meh...another clumsy heroine...breaking crap or tripping over them."
However, the further I read, the story and Jade Moon herself changes throughout becomes more engaging.
The story eventually turns into a drama on Angel Island with prison like conditions for the immigrants coming through there and slowly starts to form into an action story when she leaves the island (one of the best parts of the novel when you read how she does it).
The rest, Jade Moon really shines, showing off her resourcefulness and smarts. This girl...the same clumsy heroine from before..is JUST SO AWESOME.
Its a historical novel and uses the "curse" of the fire horse, while taking place in both China and San Francisco which I love to read about with elements of crime which I did not expect to be tackled.