Read these when they came out and loved them, but I've gotten behind in the series. Will probably have to reread in order to continue...
Thursday NextRead these when they came out and loved them, but I've gotten behind in the series. Will probably have to reread in order to continue...
Thursday Next series 1. The Eyre affair - read 2. Lost in a good book - read 3. The well of lost plots - read ---------------------------- 4. Something rotten 5. First among sequels 6. One of our Thursdays is missing 7. The woman who died a lot ...more
I will generously give this 3 stars. It was okay, but nothing special. I kind of expected more from Connie Willis. It's an interesting variety of storI will generously give this 3 stars. It was okay, but nothing special. I kind of expected more from Connie Willis. It's an interesting variety of stories, and even styles, but I think I will be hard-pressed to remember any of them two months from now. My favorite was probably "Adaptation" in which a book-store clerk encounters the ghosts from Dickens' Christmas Carol. "Inn" was interesting - the plight of Mary and Joseph displaced out of time to the parking lot of a modern-day church. And "Newsletter", which was a fun spoof of both Christmas newsletters and movies like The Body Snatchers.
Book Description: Connie Willis capture the timeless essence of generosity and goodwill in this magical collection of Christmas stories. These eight tales-two of which have never before been published-boldly reimagine the stories of Christmas while celebrating the power of love and compassion. This enchanting treasury includes:
"Miracle," in which a young woman's carefully devised plans to find romance go awry when her guardian angel shows her the true meaning of love "In Coppelius's Toyshop," where a jaded narcissist finds himself trapped in a crowded toy store at Christmastime "Epiphany," in which three modern-day wisemen embark on a quest unlike any they've ever experienced "Inn," where a choir singer gives shelter to a homeless man and his pregnant wife-only to learn later that there's much more to the couple than meets the eye...more
I am not at all sure I want to dignify this book with a review. I am utterly perplexed by all the 5-star reviews, and all I can say is this is SO notI am not at all sure I want to dignify this book with a review. I am utterly perplexed by all the 5-star reviews, and all I can say is this is SO not my genre. Romances (not the same thing as love stories in my categorization) are silly. This book is sillier than silly. I can't call this historical fiction by any stretch of the imagination, so I have settled on fantasy. As far as romances go, this one was pretty tame with one utterly unbelievable sex scene. If I hadn't been listening in the car, this would have been a did-not-finish at that point. It started out as a not bad adventure story, some cute characters, some humorous dialogue. But then it seemed to completely change direction in the second half with the appearance of Merry's mother, a witch. Not just herbs and potions - but actual magic seemed to be involved. There's a bit of mystery, and a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. So two stars. Adequate entertainment if you just want a light read, but don't set your expectations too high. There are apparently recurring characters from previous books in the "series". I read this thinking it might be a fun read for my book club, as the library has it as a bookclub-in-a-bag kit. But no, I won't be recommending it.
Book Description: When Garron of Kersey returns home from the king's service to claim his title as Baron Wareham, he's shocked to find Wareham Castle very nearly destroyed by a man called the Black Demon. According to the last starving servants still clinging to life inside the castle walls, the Black Demon was looking for silver belonging to Garron's brother Arthur. Among his remaining servants is the enigmatic Merry, said to be the bastard child of the castle's priest. Garron quickly realizes that she is much more than a servant: She reads and writes and makes lists, just as he does. Together they bring Wareham back to its former splendor. But this is only the beginning. Did Arthur have a cache of silver? Who is the Black Demon? And the biggest question of all: Who is Merry? ...more
This was a reread for me for my face-to-face bookclub. Jim Dale does an excellent job with the narration.
Original review from Sept. 2012: Impossible tThis was a reread for me for my face-to-face bookclub. Jim Dale does an excellent job with the narration.
Original review from Sept. 2012: Impossible to characterize! Fantasy but not quite. Mystery/suspense but not quite. Romance but not quite. Allegory? Fairy tale? Steampunk? Metaphysical? All I know is that without much of a plot, and without much character development (which should be faults), and without even a real magical contest (if that isn't a spoiler), the author has created a magical, riveting world that I won't soon forget. It jumps around in time and place and from one character to another, which should be confusing, but isn't. It just adds to the sense of an elaborate illusion, the peeling of an onion to get to the truth of why all of this has been set in motion. And whose story is it in the end? Reading this book is a bit like reading Tarot cards. What do they mean? How do they relate to each other? Is it about the past or the future? It is about symbolism, and archetypes, and how we might escape from the things that bind us. It asks us to ponder the nature of dualism, black and white, good and evil, power and weakness, truth and illusion, the nature of time and of being. Among the recognizable archetypes are the Hero's Journey, the Wheel of Fortune, Merlin in the tree, Tristan and Isolde, and the Labyrinth. The prose creates vivid images, and I think this will make a splendid movie. My favorite scene: the boat made of books sailing on a sea of ink... I am still there, and I expect to look out the window and see the black and white tents far off in the cornfield. ...more
Well, I guess this completes the series in a satisfactory way, since we were left with the disappearance of Sophos in a previous book. Perhaps I was gWell, I guess this completes the series in a satisfactory way, since we were left with the disappearance of Sophos in a previous book. Perhaps I was getting tired of the series, but this just didn't hold my interest very well. Yet another point of view - Sophos this time - but he is nowhere near the hero that Eugenides was in the first three books. In fact, there seems to be very little of him here at all. So unless you are dying to know what happened to Sophos, this book seems like just an afterthought to tie up the loose threads. There is none of the trickster quality that made Gen so endearing. Just a lot of political maneuvering. Sophos seems a bit plodding, and I'm not sure what Gen and the Queen of Eddis saw in him. It did pick up again toward the end when Sophos finally decides to fight for his right to rule Sounis.
Book Description: Sophos, under the guidance of yet another tutor, practices his swordplay and strategizes escape scenarios should his father's villa come under attack. How would he save his mother? His sisters? Himself? Could he reach the horses in time? Where would he go? But nothing prepares him for the day armed men, silent as thieves, swarm the villa courtyard ready to kill, to capture, to kidnap. Sophos, the heir to the throne of Sounis, disappears without a trace. In Attolia, Eugenides, the new and unlikely king, has never stopped wondering what happened to Sophos. Nor has the Queen of Eddis. They send spies. They pay informants. They appeal to the gods. But as time goes by, it becomes less and less certain that they will ever see their friend alive again. Across the small peninsula battles are fought, bribes are offered, and conspiracies are set in motion. Darkening the horizon, the Mede Empire threatens, always, from across the sea. And Sophos, anonymous and alone, bides his time. Sophos, drawing on his memories of Gen, Pol, the magus—and Eddis—sets out on an adventure that will change all of their lives forever.
Series info: Book 4 of The Queen's Thief series (see The Thief)...more