a compelling retelling of the Scandinavian legends leading up to the death of the gods and the end of the world. I would advise it to anyone who hasn'a compelling retelling of the Scandinavian legends leading up to the death of the gods and the end of the world. I would advise it to anyone who hasn't encountered these myths before and wants an easy and an exciting read....more
I can't explain how wonderful this book is. People say it's childhood, and yes, it's all my childhood was, as much as I remember of it, but it's not aI can't explain how wonderful this book is. People say it's childhood, and yes, it's all my childhood was, as much as I remember of it, but it's not all there is to it. So here, have these quotes:
“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”
“Different people remember things differently, and you'll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not. You stand two of you lot next to each other, and you could be continents away for all it means anything.”
“A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.”...more
this book (and hopefully/potentially its sequels) has the ability to become one of the great fantasy novels. it truly has deserved the comparason withthis book (and hopefully/potentially its sequels) has the ability to become one of the great fantasy novels. it truly has deserved the comparason with Lord of the Rings. it drew me in with the very first page and kept my attention for all 700 of them.
for the first 100 pages I thought it was the story of a legendary hero. then I realized he is the one telling the story of how he became what he is, and started loving it even more. it's beautiful because it's the perfect mix of magic and adventures and believable struggles of a poor boy. he's intelligent and brilliant but nothing comes easy like it sometimes does in these kind of novels.
the book is full of history. by that I mean: the world is so full of life, of legends and stories, it made me think of Middle-earth, of how Tolkien created a whole world and thousands of years of its history (and a language!). Kvothe's world has the potential to become as rich and beautiful.
the first thing I'll do when I get home is order the sequel from the Book Depository, as it hasn't been published in Latvia yet. I think this shows how much The Name of the Wind has stolen my heart and mind.
also, long red hair. do I even need to say more....more
I give this book 4 stars because of the last 30 pages, before I had resigned to give it 3. I'm not sure what changed my mind: did I finally understandI give this book 4 stars because of the last 30 pages, before I had resigned to give it 3. I'm not sure what changed my mind: did I finally understand Gem, did the book took so long to convince me that it was good, or was it just that those few glasses of wine were clouding my judgement.
This is one of the earliest Remarque's works, but it wasn't published until 15 years ago. It was clear how unpolished his words were in this book, but also how... happy. This was certainly one of the happiest Remarque's books I've read (view spoiler)[(several men were killed because of Gem, but still... in the end it was a happy ending for her) (hide spoiler)], considering that usually his heroines die of tuberculosis or some other illness.
However I had expected something else when I bought it. The summary made me think of a female adventurer in the 20s, beautiful and independent of men... I'm not sure why I expected something like this from Remarque, but maybe that's why the first 200 pages was a bit of a disappointment. Only later I finally saw something I had in common with Gem, something I could relate to. She clearly had strength, but it stemmed from her beauty, which made men go insane. Yes, it is an art and a valuable ability, and she used it well while at the same time not caring much about it.
But I want a book about a woman from the turn of the century-era who travels the world and is not dependent on men, and there is no romance involved. Maybe I need to write one myself.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I finally finished this book, even though I haven't held it in my hands for about a year. I've been sick for the past 4 days, and I found audiobooks fI finally finished this book, even though I haven't held it in my hands for about a year. I've been sick for the past 4 days, and I found audiobooks for all the Song of Ice and Fire saga, so I finished this one while trying to get well again.
this book - probably the whole series - makes me feel very uncomfortable. it's good, it's very good, it perfectly shows you the human nature, though mostly the bad parts of it. humans also make me uncomfortable, so maybe GRRM got it right. but still... it's too raw, maybe? I'm not really sure what is it. but I sure as hell know why these books make me angry - I wanna slap half of the characters and yell 'get it together, damnit' at the other half. if they, especially the bloody Lannisters (well, Cersei mostly), thought about the good of the country and tried to be proper rulers, not walk over bodies just to get what they wanted, no one would be in this whole mess. we could all learn from their mistakes and do better in life.
I've read how Martin, while still loving LotR, had problems with how Tolkien approached - or, rather, didn't - the ruling of a kingdom. it was just said that because Aragorn was a great person, he was a great king and everyone loved him, and all was good. Martin wanted to deal with how you can be a good person but still not know how to rule, or be a good king but still have problems ruling and mess things up. and he did that. but sometimes I feel like so many things have gone wrong in Westeros that no matter what people do and how much they try, it's gonna end badly. like, can you imagine what will be left after the wars and the murders and the schemes are finally over? I think already they've killed off half the population of Westeros and destroyed half of the ancient Houses. in the end Daenerys will have nothing to rule over.
in the beginning I really rooted for the Starks and the Baratheons. (Renly was my favourite. my favourites always die.) but by now it's obvious that it's gonna end with Targaryens on the throne. which I am not so thrilled about, because if we look at the history of Westeros, it's thousands of years old, but Targaryens invaded the lands and made themselves kings, because who can win against dragons, in the last 300 years. so (and this probably comes from my background as someone whose country has been invaded and occupied several times in the course of history) technically they're not the rightful rulers. but I feel like this story is gonna end with all the survivors turning a page and starting anew, with a Targaryen on the throne who for once is not insane and not a horrible ruler, and Sansa and Tyrion and Arya somewhere in there to aid her, and Jon being probably her long lost half-brother or something.
(view spoiler)[ Cersei deserves everything that's happened to her, but I still felt weirded out by the religious fanaticism. totally her fault, though, so I've no idea what she was expecting. oh, Catelyn. I understand her anger and pain, but she's acting so unreasonable it annoys me. but then again I think she never really understood Brienne, or never tried to. just like she never tried to understand Jon. I'm glad that Jaime has finally had an epiphany about how awful Cersei is and what a dick he used to be, but, dude, way too late. I'm not really sure where Arya's storyline is going. I though something's gonna come out of it when she met Sam, but nope. Sam is the sweetest but he is too trusting. Arianne is my favourite, but she turned out to be not as smart as I thought in the beginning. and Doran Martell is just... I read a whole post about how useless he is at the game, like, he has connections across the Narrow sea, but even though he arranged Arianne's marriage with Viserys, he couldn't protect them or make their lives easier so his future son-in-law and king shouldn't marry his sister off to the horselords? bad planning, Prince of Dorne. see, this is what I was talking about earlier. everyone messes up all the time, so how is anything supposed to get resolved? this is a good book but so infuriating. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am sad to say Bone Quill didn't excite me as much as its prequel. At times I quite enjoyed it but not once I felt like I couldn't put it down and haI am sad to say Bone Quill didn't excite me as much as its prequel. At times I quite enjoyed it but not once I felt like I couldn't put it down and had to know what would happen next. This was mostly because I found Emily and Matt quite annoying. Matt is obviously written to be a 'typical' teenager: never listens to anyone, especially his mother, always thinks he knows better, etc. I might have lived with that, but Em magnified all the other problems I might have with him. As a 20 year old, I still remember quite well what I was like at the age of 12, and while I was as sensible and careful, I feel like in her all the traits of a typical girl, as perceived in the 1950s, have been thrown in and magnified.
I had a small problem with this in Hollow Earth already, but I wrote it down to it being a children's book. Reading Bone Quill I realized, children are not supposed to think that it's all there is to girls and boys. I may be a bit too harsh about this, but if I read this at the age of 12... I wouldn't have been satisfied with Emily. That's why I'm writing this now.
In my review of Hollow Earth I compared it to the works of Enid Blyton. Now I have to say it again, because of how the roles of girls and boys are portrayed. (And also women and men, because of how their mother is treated, but I won't even go into that.)...more