The intrigue and politics of this story is the focus, as I had heard. But it was not quite as engrossing as I was led to believe, but almost. Each chaThe intrigue and politics of this story is the focus, as I had heard. But it was not quite as engrossing as I was led to believe, but almost. Each chapter focuses on a different characters story, characters who are usually far from each other, in different parts of the kingdom, and in some cases in a completely different continent. So there are certain sections of the book that are naturally more interesting than others to each person. I may prefer the chapters focusing on Daenarys and Arya, but others may prefer chapters focusing on Tyrion and Jon. It makes it rather choppy, but really I cant think of another way of telling a story spread over so much distance. There are so many characters that I dont know who I would want to win. No one is perfect or really stands out over the others. There are some characters I hate that I am not sure if I am supposed to like (Sansa). And there are characters I like that I am not sure if I am supposed to hate (Daenarys). But there are so many players in such a large game that it keeps it interesting. The stakes are high and you never know what is going to happen. There are no clear winners....more
This book was amazing. I hope no one judges J.K. Rowling by the movies, because the story was almost unrecognizable. If I had read the book before I sThis book was amazing. I hope no one judges J.K. Rowling by the movies, because the story was almost unrecognizable. If I had read the book before I saw the movie I imagine I would have been very upset. This is up there with The Lost World: Jurassic Park for worst adaptations I have seen.
There were so many little questions left open, and so many little things I didnt understand after watching Goblet of Fire. I wasnt sure if I just didnt understand, because I admit I am not the sharpest tool in the shed. But after reading this book I know it was not me, and certainly not J.K. Rowling, but the ppl who adapted it to film. Everything made sense and came together in the end. If you ever found Harry Potter movies interesting but somewhat incomplete, definitely give the books a shot....more
There is now a new contender on my list of worst movie adaptations I have ever seen. That would be the movie adaptation of The Order of the Phoenix. IThere is now a new contender on my list of worst movie adaptations I have ever seen. That would be the movie adaptation of The Order of the Phoenix. I am going to hold out on reading Half-Blood Prince until after I see the movie. I dont want to imagine how disappointed I would be if I decided to read the book first, after immensely enjoying the first five, I wont ruin it for myself.
The Order of the Phoenix was simply amazing. The story of the series so far is basically the same as the movies, but there is just so much more that was left out. It has so much more depth than I would have thought, and I was impressed enough as it was with the movies. Its like discovering a whole new world within a world. And as I know I said in my Goblet of Fire review, there were so many little questions left open, and so many little things I didnt understand after watching the movie, but everything made sense and came together in the end of the book.
I also have to comment on JK's writing style. It is simplified for younger readers, but it makes it a real joy to read. Its like a soothing treat for my brain. Its so easy and even fun to read. Although it makes it somewhat difficult to go back to adult novels after reading this. And I really enjoy the clever way she narrates, like the narrator lives in Harry Potter's world, and makes comparisons to things that only exist in the book. A real treat to read....more
This was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar IThis was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar I had trouble rating it. I wasnt sure if I was rating the book or the movie, they were too similar to take apart. But I dont have that problem with Chamber of Secrets, since I gave the movie 3/5 on my frequented movie site. The story was much more exciting than the previous. The chamber is more interesting than the stone, there was lots more action and sneaking around. More danger. If the books continue to get better and better, as, imo, the movies did, I'm in for quite an adventure....more
Its hard to say if I liked this because it was great or because the movie was great. They are similar enough to picture the movie scenes as you read.Its hard to say if I liked this because it was great or because the movie was great. They are similar enough to picture the movie scenes as you read. Wesley, Inigo, and Vizzini were pretty much exactly the same. Buttercup was somewhat annoying in the book, a "spoiled brat" type of annoying. I also preferred the movie's version of Fezzik. Fezzik in the the book was too much of a baby. Humperdinck was much different but I dont know which was better. ...more
This wasn't quite what I had expected but I still greatly enjoyed it. I read New Spring first so I expected this to be similar. New Spring was heavily political and focus mostly on magic, mythology, and intrigue. I was totally blown away by it, but I later discovered a lot of people weren't because they expected it to be like the rest of the series. I suppose its a good thing then that I read it first and was able to enjoy it. The Eye of the World had a good deal of magic but very little politics and intrigue. It was primarily an adventure.
I know this must be simply the introduction to a much grander story, and there were certainly signs of that. With curses and prophecies and chosen ones, this is far from over. I would know that, even if 14 books hadn't already been publish. But all that was introduced to us so far would not have taken 800 pages. The bulk of it was running from one danger to the next. One city to the next. One monster to the next. I enjoyed it immensely. I knew there was always a threat around the corner. I may not have known who or why but I knew someone was after them I wanted to run with them. Trying to stay one step ahead.
There is quite a large cast of characters. I believe most, if not all of them, stay in the story till the end. So I don't have to worry over much, but really I know absolutely nothing about the future of the story. I feel awkwardly vulnerable reading such an old series. I don't know what to expect, and so many other people do. I will say that I enjoyed Rand, Perrin, and Lan the most. I found Nynaeve and Egwene annoying at times although they had their qualities. I seem to prefer the sedate men, although Mat made me bark an occasional laugh, he was mostly a nuisance. I can only imagine what everyone's role will be in the bigger picture, or "the pattern". I honestly have no idea.
I really was not expecting any romance in this book. I was pleased, but caught completely off guard. When I read the scene when Nynaeve spoke to Lan my heart nearly leapt from my chest! But I was in public and I was freaking out and trying not to show it! But 13 books! Gosh, who knows what could happen between now and then (haha, everyone knows but me :P). I have no expectations and am not letting myself get too attached to any characters, particular relationships, or subplots. But I can still speculate. My mind is going in every possible direction while I read this! Some people may be intimidated by the length of this series, but I look at it as a lot of potential for expansion. I am sure my imagination has not even brushed its possibilities yet. ...more