I've lost track of how many times I've read this book. But I never get tired of reading it. Coming to the Tomorrow series rather late in the game (I'dI've lost track of how many times I've read this book. But I never get tired of reading it. Coming to the Tomorrow series rather late in the game (I'd hazard I was 16 when I first picked it up), I suspect if I had read it earlier it would have had more of an impact on myself. Even so, the book's impact is great. The writing is perfect, the premise of the book - that Australia has been invaded - is breathtaking, and the characters and their actions are unforgettable. I've been on a real teenage/YA kick lately, and rereading this reminded me that amidst some of the crap out there in the genre, there are some shining gems. Any Australian who hasn't read the books in this series (though the first 5 are the best), whether a teenager or not, should. Others outside Australia would do well to read them as well, even if they don't understand some of the Aussie slang and colloquialisms. John Marsden is a great writer. ...more
**spoiler alert** Everyone knows that you begin an Isobelle Carmody book at your peril since she takes - literally - a decade to finish her most famou**spoiler alert** Everyone knows that you begin an Isobelle Carmody book at your peril since she takes - literally - a decade to finish her most famous and popular series, frequently taking detours to write other books and start new series. But the Legendsong trilogy (of which Darkfall is the first and Darksong the second), is my favourite out of all her books.
I'd read this before, in 2003, so forgot most of it. But I never forgot how much I loved Glynn and Solen together, and how transported into raptures I was over the feinna. One mention of it's liquid eyes and I melt. Although I don't always love her writing style (the frequent mentions of Chaos and the segues began to bug me after a while), she is the master at creating other worlds, and filling them with so much detail and description that it feels real. The Legendsong world is utterly believable and tactile, and lush.
What really amazed me is how easily Carmody is able to draw you into this world and make you REALLY believe in the "religion", for want of a better word, of the order of the soulweavers and their beliefs that the Unraveller will come to release the Unykorn. I mean, I'm an atheist for heaven's sake - which means that I should at least have some understanding, with the Draakan cult. But this is not so. In the end I think this is because of how Carmody has portrayed all the characters; you can't help but recoil from the Draaka and her beliefs and gravitate towards Glynn and Ember and all their allies' plights.
I can't wait for Darkbane, the last book to come out, although it won't be for another year at least. *sigh*...more
There I have stated the unstateable (is that a word?). No seriously, as much as I want to wring her neck for making us waitI LOVE ISOBELLE CARMODY!!!!
There I have stated the unstateable (is that a word?). No seriously, as much as I want to wring her neck for making us wait so freaking long for the completion of the Obernewtyn Chronicles and the Legendsong trilogy, damn the woman knows how to keep us coming back.
We plunge into action straight away; unlike the 4th book where the start was so tedious it took me 10 tries to read it fully, this installment has so much going on. Carmody can write really crappily and far too leisurely sometimes and there are moments (such as the romance parts) where I can barely read on and cringe because it is SO. BAD. But so much happens in this book that the 1000 pages it takes up doesn't seem like that much at all, and it really is page-turning stuff.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and eagerly look forward to the last one to see once and for all what happens.
N.B. One glaring contradition that I noticed that Cathy also noticed, was when Brydda is meant to be in the third ship which never turns up and then he's with them on the land asking questions and then a page later Elspeth wonders what happened to Brydda and morbidly wonders how she would tell his parents that he had died. Hilarious.
P.S. And also another bone of extreme contention for me which has nothing to do with the actual story - why did the publisher publish this book SO FREAKING BIG. Honestly, the font is so large and there is a margin of a full inch between text and the edge of the page. What really annoys me though is that if I buy the book then it won't be the same size as the other four I do own. IT WON'T BE THE SAME SIZE. IT DOESN'T MATCH. AAAAARGH. Totally anal-retentive but it is ridiculous. Publish the damn book in the normal size and don't charge $32 for it, dammit....more
I am finding this so very very difficult to get into. In about a month I've barely made it past the introduction! Pathetic. It does not help that theI am finding this so very very difficult to get into. In about a month I've barely made it past the introduction! Pathetic. It does not help that the first couple of pages appear to be written in the vein of Ulysses or Trainspotting, in which the character speaks in half-English, half-made-up-own-language, thereby forcing me to have to translate what he's saying even as I read his garbled English!
I think I'm going to put this aside for a bit, until I find myself in the right frame of mind to tackle it. ...more
By far one of the better books that David Leavitt has written. The three novellas stand alone as great stories in their own right - though the last isBy far one of the better books that David Leavitt has written. The three novellas stand alone as great stories in their own right - though the last is in my opinion the best - with each story bringing forth a different emotion. The language is finely controlled; the plots enthralling. A very satisfying read. ...more
To be absolutely honest, I did not manage to finish this book. This is actually a rather common occurence, as many books just cannot hold my interestTo be absolutely honest, I did not manage to finish this book. This is actually a rather common occurence, as many books just cannot hold my interest long enough. So.. I passed this book on to my younger brother (who is the demographic the book is actually aimed at), and he is here with his review.
He managed to finish this book within a day, so I guess it held his interest long enough. He said it was funny, and the story was quite good. The language is sufficiently youth-oriented. That's about it....more
The Secret History is undoubtedbly a very good book; highly original and fascinating enough to warrant your full attention. What is really impressiveThe Secret History is undoubtedbly a very good book; highly original and fascinating enough to warrant your full attention. What is really impressive is that Tartt manages to keep your attention to the end, despite the fact that you know what's going to happen. There is a murder - and the narrator, Richard, tells you straight off. The development of the story, the plot, and in particular the characters, are all responsible for how good this book is. It also set off my interest in the classics. ...more