Liked this much better than the first in the series. It does have some problems. The main annoyance is the main character being self-sacrific3.5 stars
Liked this much better than the first in the series. It does have some problems. The main annoyance is the main character being self-sacrificing to the point of the ridiculous at times. It's okay, and preferable, really, to be real/human. Another problem is something specific...how easily Estrid's army accepts her, and allows her into a mild leadership position. But, I think these things are minor annoyances and easily overlooked for a fun, creative read. There are a few good twists and the monkeys gain a little bit of color, which is an improvement from the first book in the series. Looking forward to reading the next :)...more
I wonder if I would have rated this higher if I hadn't already read 4 of this author's books. They are always enjoyable reads. However...the recipe seI wonder if I would have rated this higher if I hadn't already read 4 of this author's books. They are always enjoyable reads. However...the recipe seems to be pretty much the same in terms of characters and plot. Sullen, angry type female and male main characters, a few well-developed supporting characters, and a few two-dimensional characters...chase around a fantasy world having adventures and experiencing danger and fighting the bad guys. What she is really good at is creating the worlds...with new settings, plants, animals, splendid homes. Good detail and creativity.
after reading a few other reviews, one word that kept cropping up that I completely agree with is "flat". It was easy to read because you never get very emotionally involved...and leaves no meaningful impression behind. As someone said, it makes for a great outline of a novel. Now if she'd just flesh it out. Poison Study was great, despite its problems, and we all keep reading hoping for another one of that caliber. Another word for the book - predictable....more
I read the first of the stories in this book, and it was a huge disappointment after all of the endorsements, e.g., "Rowling can type, LeGuin can writI read the first of the stories in this book, and it was a huge disappointment after all of the endorsements, e.g., "Rowling can type, LeGuin can write!" Really? It was very slow. I kept waiting to get to the good part, but it never came. There is a lot of the main character alone, but he doesn't have enough character to stand on his own. The morals were obvious, the story was depressing much of the time, and in the end, the story was so meh, it was not worth the time. Just because it was more complicated than Harry Potter (which was written for young adults, right?) does not make it better. It just lacks. So I do not recommend it, and I will probably donate the book and not read the other stories. ...more
My dad bought an illustrated version of this for me as a bday present when I was a kid. Loved the story then as now. Glad to see Peter Jackson is makiMy dad bought an illustrated version of this for me as a bday present when I was a kid. Loved the story then as now. Glad to see Peter Jackson is making it into film. The battles are a little too drawn out and a little too unrealistic in the movie, but...it's still wonderful.
This is the story that precedes the Lord of the Rings series. It is the story of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo's uncle. As you know, hobbits do not like adventure...they like their quiet, warm, happy homes in the shire with plenty to eat :) Safety. Except for the Tooks...you know, they are a little off ;) Bilbo is both a Took and a Baggins, so he has that adventurous streak......more
I like this one even better than Game of Thrones. It is faster paced with more action. It can be a bit more graphic, which at times I could do withoutI like this one even better than Game of Thrones. It is faster paced with more action. It can be a bit more graphic, which at times I could do without, but wonderful book!
Some good prose..."'That was the brush of Lord Tywin's fingertip, my lady,' the girl said. 'He is probably feeling for a weak point, and undefended crossing. If he does not find one, he will curl all his fingers into a fist and try and make one.'......'that's what I'd do. Were I him.'" Brienne, on pg 656
As I read this, I totally thought I was going to give it 5 stars because it's just that good. But by the end, I was just done with all the violence/graphic violence/carnage. It got to be a little much. I am going on to the next book, and I hope things go better. There needs to be a bit of happiness, no matter how dark the overall story...there just is very little happiness....more
I have just started this book and already love it. To give an idea of what type of story it is, the best comparison I can make is to the Lord of the RI have just started this book and already love it. To give an idea of what type of story it is, the best comparison I can make is to the Lord of the Rings. But...whereas Tolkien can be laborious at times, King can be over-descriptive, and the Hunger Games lady far too simplistic and ridiculous, Martin has incredible balance. Perfect amount of description to put you in the setting, but never tedious; engrossing - never a scene drawn out too long or cut short; and, thank God, intelligent.
I saw that another reviewer had pasted in quotes from the book to give an idea of the style. I might do that here, but less to give a sense of style, and more just to share some great lines. To me the style is succinct...concise...without being abrupt.
Did I mention witty humor? I love this book! So here are some quotes:
"Let me give you some counsel, bastard [literally]," Lannister [the dwarf, Tyrion]said. "Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."
"I don't even know who my mother was," Jon said. "Some woman, no doubt. Most of them are." (Tyrion Lannister)
"I vowed to kill Rhaegar for what he did to her." "You did," Ned reminded him. "Only once," Robert said bitterly.
This started as a 5 for me, but ended as a 4....not to say I didn't love it. Excellent book.
This is a really unique book. What is fun about it is that the author found a bunch of creepy photos, and used them to create a fantasy story.The storThis is a really unique book. What is fun about it is that the author found a bunch of creepy photos, and used them to create a fantasy story.The story is okay, but at times cumbersome to fit each picture into it. I think if he really wanted to, he could have wrote a better story and still worked them in, but it's basically an interesting premise, but then a thin story that at times is almost solely to get from one picture to the next. Still, it's worth reading. It's fun to finally have pictures in a book as an adult!! Plus, the story is not bad. At times it's hard to put down. The ending is not too great...like, I ran out of pictures, I am not interested in this anymore, so here's what happens, the end. It's short, I would recommend it for the novelty of it if nothing else :)
I had purchased it, but I donated it to the library....more
Have this on audiobook. Loving it!!! Reminds me a bit of Hunger Games and Poison Study. I did not care for Hunger Games bc I disliked the premise of tHave this on audiobook. Loving it!!! Reminds me a bit of Hunger Games and Poison Study. I did not care for Hunger Games bc I disliked the premise of the games in the first place, and felt like the main character was naive to the point of ridiculous. I find this more balanced in that way. It is a YA book, and that is obvious as you read it, so bear that in mind if you think about reading it.
What I know so far...it takes place in a land of several kingdoms - 6? Populated by normal people, but wherein exist a minority of "graced" people. These people have a special talent, known as a grace. They are often feared, so they may be destroyed or harnessed to be used. They are easily identified by the fact that they always have eyes of two different colors. The grace itself manifests at different ages with different people. The main character has a deadly grace - the ability to kill. Personally, I do not like to know too much about a book...I like it to tell itself. So that's all I'm saying. That, and it has all the elements. Adventure, action, interesting characters, romance... this is the beginning of a series, which makes me happy, bc if it continues to be good, I will read the others. Like any story, sometimes the main character can be maddening :)...more