my first terry brooks novel, and purely by chance. since then, i was hooked. don't care if people say that brooks was a hack compared to tolkien. i li...moremy first terry brooks novel, and purely by chance. since then, i was hooked. don't care if people say that brooks was a hack compared to tolkien. i like both authors--they have their own writing styles, and both are very good in their art.
what is great about brooks and his shannara series is that every chapter is riveting. there were times when i really couldn't put the book down--i just wanted to gobble up every scene, every confrontation, every revelation. besides having fantastical characters, there's also humor, romance, and even serious emotional turmoil. plus, the way brooks describes his characters and the world around them is so textured and rich: one can feel the beat of the sun on the characters' faces, the merciless twists and turns of the forests that they traverse, the pounding adrenalin as they are pursued, even the despair and exhilaration that overcomes them at salient points of their journeys. surely only something a master storyteller could execute.
i'll always be grateful that i discovered the shannara series thru the Scions--(well, after this novel, it was just romance between me and its other installments... ^_^ )(less)
this novel tells of the tumultuous period before elizabethan england from the point of view of one of its courtiers. rife with intrigue, sex, and betr...morethis novel tells of the tumultuous period before elizabethan england from the point of view of one of its courtiers. rife with intrigue, sex, and betrayals, 'the other boleyn girl' presents the dark, fascinating world behind the glitter and grandeur of henry VIII's court as the infamous king flits from one paramour to another, seeking a male heir, as well as for affection and love where love is forced to be pretentious and often ambitious, ultimately for the sake of claiming the throne and ruling a kingdom almost on its knees. ms gregory is a master storyteller, bringing to vivid life characters and historical events that became the impetus of the tudor dynasty.
the story highlights, among others, the insidious and overwhelming power that the women in henry's court wield as they resort to trickery (even witchcraft) and depravity. amidst the raging political conflict lying just beneath the veneer of the most powerful people in that time, readers will continue to experience the emotional battles that the 'other' boleyn girl has to go through as she is first swallowed up in the world of henry's court but later determinedly struggles to carve a life for herself and her family, as far away removed as it can be especially when her sister anne howard became obsessively bent on a destructive path to put her own stake to the throne.
a wonderful read for anyone who wishes to experience historical england in the guise of superb storytelling. never loses its momentum, and is sure to deliver until the last page...(less)
it may look inconspicuously thin, but the book, i bet, would be something that any lucky reader is sure to want to have...morewhimsical yet packs a punch...
it may look inconspicuously thin, but the book, i bet, would be something that any lucky reader is sure to want to have for keeps. starts off innocently enough...well, okay, maybe not so innocent since the first scene was the finding of a brutally murdered dog. some may already think that that is all the story is going to be about--the finding of the killer. nothing too deep or exciting. heck...maybe not worth the effort at all (hey, don't pelt me--i own a dog and i drown her with hugs and kisses...).
then readers will realize that the protagonist isn't the usual teenager. christopher's frames of argument, logic, judgements are so interesting to muddle through, you'll find yourself at times amused, oftentimes befuddled, and, sometimes still, sympathetic. the way haddon reveals how christopher thinks, feels, and understands the world around him was masterfully done--not too inflated, nor apologetic. there were chapters and chapters where it seems that everything in christopher's life would be untouched by his determination to find the perpetrator of the crime, and then suddenly what seemed so delicate and innocent came crashing down on his shoulders. the focus of the story then hones in mercilessly on christopher and his topsy-turvy world. one can actually feel his overwhelming fear as he is inevitably forced to "confront" the world outside his comfort zone, yet often one has the strangest desire to embrace him for his even stronger will to make things "safe" and "logical" for him again, if only for the sake of his sanity.
though special people like christopher may hardly ever be truly understood by any one person in all their entirety, haddon makes it excruciatingly evident to us that, what for most people is just a simple day, it's a series of endless emotional barrage for autistic people.
i found myself on the verge of tears when his father yearned to "hug" christopher but was unable to do so. you sort of "hurt" with the father and may even be empathetic to how it must be for him to look after a son with special needs, and yet you also can't help but inexplicably cry for christopher and for what he unknowingly needs but is unconsciously having such an enormous difficulty in reaching for -- indeed, there was a part of me that was relieved that the burden of having to know this will never be christopher's.
i immensely enjoyed this novel. it may begin on light, delicate feet but steadily gains ground, and before you know it, you are assailed with conflicting emotions you never thought to feel. a real treasure.(less)