I had no idea this story was so short. I have watched so many versions of this tale across television and movies, that when I finally got around to reI had no idea this story was so short. I have watched so many versions of this tale across television and movies, that when I finally got around to reading the book I thought, "That can't be it."
And while I truly enjoyed the story, Irving's wonderfully extravagant writing style, and an oddly new representation of Ichabod, it was just too short. No wonder so many movie versions actually ended up expanding on the tale (Tim Burton's is AWESOME, by the way). But I was pleasantly intrigued with the real Ichabod. His description reminded me of a thinner version of Chris Eccleston. So, he was instantly likable, despite this attitude towards being a bit conniving. Still, can't go wrong with the Wishbone version either. ...more
Another good collection short stories from the Warriors world. filling in much-anticipated gaps in the story-lines. Two would feature favorite charactAnother good collection short stories from the Warriors world. filling in much-anticipated gaps in the story-lines. Two would feature favorite characters of mine, so I was particularly stoked. 4 combined stars, individual ratings below.
Tigerstar's Fury - 3 stars Decent. Decidedly decent. Although it was nice and informative on how Tigerstar got to that point in his "career," I wasn't crazy about this one. It was still a good story; it simply felt a bit disjointed. Again we are treated to a character who is very smooth while maintaining his evilness. Tigerstar is the Hitler of cats, honestly. And I liked the addition of Mapleshade into the mix. She pops up all over the place now in the mini-series, and I'm very intrigued with her! I'd like her own story.
Leafpool's Wish - 4 stars I capital-L Loved Leafpool's story arc in the new prophecy, and it's continuation into the Power of Three. We saw glimpses of how the kits were born within each of those series, but were never actually given the opportunity to witness it first-hand. Behold this novella. It was just as heart-wrenching as I'd imagined, and it brought on such feels. No actual tears, but genuine heart-string pulling. And I love the trio so much; I was glad to see them as kits. Heart Jayfeather <3.
Dovewing's Silence - 5 awesome stars Ugh, the feels were brought on right away. Oh, the feels. This one starts off RIGHT AFTER The Last Hope. Seriously, like the next sentence. And that whole ordeal was brought back into the forefront and I had to relive some pretty damaging stuff. This story dealt with the aftermath of the battle with the Dark Forest, and there was some big stuff to deal with. I had always wondered, and I'm so glad this story existed to clear things up. It got a bit deep, and perhaps I was simply vulnerable with all the resurfaced feels, but I think every time the name Firestar even came up, I choked. Oh, this one is good. If you read any of these stories, read this one. ...more
I'm a fan of B-Horror Movies. They're wonderfully cheesy and often have great characters and a decently strong plot despite their craziness. Reading tI'm a fan of B-Horror Movies. They're wonderfully cheesy and often have great characters and a decently strong plot despite their craziness. Reading the summary for The Vines, I was expecting something pretty good--maybe even something like Grabbers (which is awesome by the way; go watch it). However, I was disappointed with this story. When it comes to "horror" stories that you know aren't going to be that scary, you at least have to have good action and good characters. You have to have a solid reason behind the madness, even if it's a bit stretched. Sure, what Rice wanted us to believe about the plantation and its "evil garden" ended up decent. He gave it a base, but it wasn't strong enough for an excellent story. Plus, the characters around the vines couldn't stand up well to the reasoning. I don't know.. they were just so cardboard for me, something the author picked up from a hastily written piece of fanfiction. Blake's story was tragic enough, and Nova had the potential to be interesting, but them as a duo didn't work. Caitlin didn't work. Sure, she wanted revenge and who could blame her. But the set-up of her character we are given in the first few chapters does not match the rest of the book. And, I'm still not sure I understand why the vines (and the spirit possessing them) were even obligated to help exact anybody's revenge. An explanation was attempted through the bug ghost - yes you heard that right - but I'm not buying it. So, Meh. Thought the "acclaim" behind Christopher Rice would equal a good story. Nope. Some good imagery peppered here and there, but the rest was disappointing. ...more
This volume probably should be a 4, but I enjoyed myself way too much while reading it. So I bumped it up. I was stunned by how dramatic and emotionalThis volume probably should be a 4, but I enjoyed myself way too much while reading it. So I bumped it up. I was stunned by how dramatic and emotional sections were.. no used to that level of depth from shounen titles. I'm too much of a sucker for these kinds of stories, honestly. The characters are finally making very important decisions and taking risks that will obviously upset the balance even more. But yay.. The whole Romeo and Juliet bit is so old, and my expectations were low. However, Komi managed to make it interesting and it was exactly what the storyline needed to introduce/break tension (some of which started over summer vacation). Juicy tension. I just think this story is doing a very good job! I look forward to the next volume....more