While some of the books in the Dark Tower series are more compelling than others, this book is powerful. A mini story in itself about Roland's past whWhile some of the books in the Dark Tower series are more compelling than others, this book is powerful. A mini story in itself about Roland's past when Gilead was falling, I stayed up a few nights into the morning to finish this.
A tragedy that eclipses Romeo and Juliet, I almost cried by the end. It has deep emotional connections and passionate inspiration. Roland deserves to succeed in his quest after this book. The finest of all seven books, IMHO....more
This book is written a little like a play--which is a shame, because its disconnected style may turn some sci-fi fans away. The real power behind thisThis book is written a little like a play--which is a shame, because its disconnected style may turn some sci-fi fans away. The real power behind this novel is the setup for the Gap Series which totals five books.
Donaldson is trying to play with melodrama (the shift in roles for main characters, e.g. hero becomes a villain) and he does a great job, all the while spinning a fun tale of space and science-fiction in-general. You hate Angus, you feel sorry for Morn, and you really want Nick to win. By the end, you feel sorry for Angus, you want Morn to Win, and you hate Nick. If you can pick up the sequel, Forbidden Knowledge The Gap Into Vision, then things really start to heat up.
The friend who showed this to me told me that Donaldson does fantasy almost exclusively. To read this series, you would have thought he was up there with Card and Heinlein....more
Melanie Rawn paints a very compelling female-positive swords and sorcery story that is vastly superior to it's "damsel-in-distress" counterparts. IntrMelanie Rawn paints a very compelling female-positive swords and sorcery story that is vastly superior to it's "damsel-in-distress" counterparts. Introduced to this book in my youth (simply because it has dragons, and I have a fetish), I had forgotten how politically driven the story is.
Opening with action that leads to a young and un-blooded heir assuming reign over a large kingdom with a valuable secret only he knows, the intrigue is strong from the start. Add to it the idea of an arranged marriage to an accomplished wielder of magic that he falls desperately in love with, but cannot reveal until after he has abused his search for his bride to win an advantage over a cruel rival, and you have the makings of an incredible political story.
But rather than the typical power-struggle stories of traditional fantasy--dry and emotionless, or lustful and indulgent--Rawn captures the spirit of a woman's point of view and imbues the writing with passion and soul. Her world has incredibly strong female characters, along with men who are uncomfortable with the idea, and they are all believable as they succumb to their own strengths and weaknesses.
Very compelling read, accented by a well-crafted world of magic, knights in shining armor, and princesses who demand respect from the reader time and again. Occasionally reads like a romance novel, but it was not often, and I enjoyed how they set the mood....more
First, the opening is a jarring first personThis book is significantly different from Interview With A Vampire in several ways, for better or worse.
First, the opening is a jarring first person account of Lestat's current state of being that is supposed to prep you for the "new" Lestat before he begins his historical narrative. It is so different that it routed me from this book more than once before I even got to the meat of the story. Gone is the cruel, merciless (and later, whimpering) Lestat that Louis claims he knew well. Instead, we get a bold, arrogant rock star, which Rice very badly wants you to love, even though he was a primary antagonist in the first novel.
Second, while the snotty vampire is still there, I could not help but feel a tad cheated that my notions of Lestat from the first book are supposed to be dead wrong and I have to completely change my perspective. This is part of the point, I'm sure--that point of view has everything to do with how history is told, but there were some glaring inconsistencies that Rice throws one rushed explanatory paragraph at to "fix" and then moves on.
Third, much of the book's ending is spent in the present, with Lestat talking about where he goes after he reads Louis' "Interview With A Vampire". Yes, that's right; the first book you read is actually a very important object being referred to in "The Vampire Lestat". I got the impression that it was supposed to make Rice's vampires feel much more real, leading me to believe they could really exist in the "real world", but it instead made me feel like Ann thought I was 12, not 30.
In spite of all those things, the book's main story, the history of Lestat, is utterly enchanting. From the moment Lestat begins his true story, you will be enthralled by the historical France that Rice has created. Again, the intimate emotional connection is strong, and the world lush and vivid. The vampire's tragedy is slightly different this time, but it is still a tragedy, and the sense of loneliness and loss is beautiful.
The bottom line is, this is still a Rice vampire book, though it may not be quite what you are expecting. It still delivers at its core, and we learn even more about the mythology of the dark children....more