There is A LOT of stuff happening in this book. Of course, that's no surprise, given the title. Harry goes through so much in this book that it can beThere is A LOT of stuff happening in this book. Of course, that's no surprise, given the title. Harry goes through so much in this book that it can be hard to keep track of. There are things he has to do to keep the people he loves safe, and he does them, even at great cost to himself.
At a few points I wanted to call deus ex machina, but Butcher has set up his world so God (or gods) really could just step in at any moment, so just keep reading and forget about it. And as much as Butcher says the ending is not a cliffhanger, you'll certainly be saying WTF to yourself.
This book pulls together a lot of the threads that Butcher has put out there in previous books, and it's really quite neat to see how well he's planned things out. But there's plenty more in the series, so off I go to read the next installment, fresh from the bookstore today.
First read July 25-26, 2011, via an ARC won from JB's agent just days before the actual release....more
This book is a MONSTER fantasy. On one hand, I love the detail that Brandon Sanderson goes into with the worlds, the magic system, the people. On theThis book is a MONSTER fantasy. On one hand, I love the detail that Brandon Sanderson goes into with the worlds, the magic system, the people. On the other hand, sometimes it's SO MUCH that you get lost in it instead of the story. There are a lot of characters in this one, which is to be expected in a book that has more than 1000 pages. I don't doubt this took BS ten years to write--it shows. The story is there, sometimes buried underneath the detail, and usually it's quite a good story. I have to say I liked Kaladin's sections much better than Shallan's, but both stories receive a kick in the pants by the end of the book, and will make you want to know what will happen next.
The presentation of this book is spectacular. You don't see a lot of fantasy with illustrations nowadays, but this book not only has color endpapers, it has sketches and maps throughout. They really did a good job with the design.
I took a long time with this one, with a few long breaks between sessions--but not because it was slow reading. I just had other things I had to read first (like books from the library, with a due date). I got back into it just fine, though someday I'd like to reread it and appreciate how the story fits together.
If you have a fondness for epic fantasy at all, you'll like this book.
First read over several months, September 23, 2010-January 10, 2011....more
Well, I did it--I finished my reread of this series before the next book comes out. I can't wait to find out what happens to all the missing characterWell, I did it--I finished my reread of this series before the next book comes out. I can't wait to find out what happens to all the missing characters. This one is sometimes slow, and honestly, I could do with less of Cersei's psychoses, but there's still a story in there, and I'm very interested to see what comes next. Please don't make us wait so long between books, GRRM!...more
I got three hours of sleep last night thanks to this wonderful book. Carol Berg stays at the top of my favorite authors list with this one, because itI got three hours of sleep last night thanks to this wonderful book. Carol Berg stays at the top of my favorite authors list with this one, because it kept me reading from 8 pm until 5 am. Yes, 5 am. Oh, there were interruptions of dinner and a chat with the roommate and Pirates 3 (it was quiet in the apartment, what can I say? I have to stare at Orlando), so I could have finished sooner, I suppose.[return:][return:]Not quite the less-than-six-hours marathon of finishing HP 7, but close. I never wanted to sleep. I begrudged the time it took to shower and get ready for bed. Valen is as real to me as anyone, and I could see him in my mind as he leapt and danced, which is not at all usual (a phrase often applied to Valen in the book). I have a hard time visualizing characters, but my hands are itching to take a shot at drawing what I see for him.[return:][return:]I felt like a bad fan. I knew this book was coming out and I was looking for it, but I didn't know the exact release date, so I was actually a little late getting it. It wasn't until Carol sent out her sweet little email yesterday that I knew it was even available, and you can be sure that the hours I had to wait until I could leave work and head off to Borders were pretty darn long. But I have it now, and I'll be riding the high from reading it for a while.[return:][return:]I had to finish. It was too wonderful to stop, and I honestly didn't want to. Well done, Carol. Words can't express how happy I was to be reading it. It makes me want to write that well, and I hope I come close. I love Valen so much right now. For once, my speculations were right, but the story never made it too obvious.[return:][return:]So nice to read the rest of the story I got a glimpse of during those private readings with Carol at Archon in August. What a fitting conclusion to Flesh & Spirit.[return:][return:]Sleep deprivation will hit me a little later, but it was worth it.[return:][return:](from my site: http://etoiline.com/coronach/2008/01/...)...more
I was really excited to pick this one up, and Butcher doesn't disappoint. Lots of dangling plot threads are picked up in this novel, and I was alwaysI was really excited to pick this one up, and Butcher doesn't disappoint. Lots of dangling plot threads are picked up in this novel, and I was always cheering for Tavi. It's fast paced (I finished it in a day, while working and watching Pirates of the Caribbean 3) and emotional, and a reward of sorts for those who really liked the series before. Definitely a read for Butcher fans. Better than 1&2, maybe even 3. I've reread most of it already since I got it on the 4th (three days ago). (Originally posted on etoiline.com just after original release date)...more
SO MUCH happens in this book. GRRM isn't afraid to toy with your perceptions of the characters or to kill, with the very last line of a chapter, someoSO MUCH happens in this book. GRRM isn't afraid to toy with your perceptions of the characters or to kill, with the very last line of a chapter, someone you thought for sure would be around for the rest of the series. And the ending is one heck of a cliffhanger. I'm really glad I have A Feast for Crows ready to read, and the fifth book is coming out next week. I know there will be more cliffhangers to come, so all I can say is, GRRM, write quickly please!...more
Big fat fantasy that introduces a little more magic and brings back the politicking and sweeping action from the first novel. Lots happening here, andBig fat fantasy that introduces a little more magic and brings back the politicking and sweeping action from the first novel. Lots happening here, and there are plenty of storylines that are waiting for resolution in future books....more
When I come across a new author, I'm always pleased. When the book actually turns out to be good, I'm jealous, but hopeful, because that means that IWhen I come across a new author, I'm always pleased. When the book actually turns out to be good, I'm jealous, but hopeful, because that means that I have a chance to do something with my own writing. Patrick, you make me so jealous with your debut novel. But I've got my novel file open again, thanks to you.
This story has magic, music, mystery, romance, alchemy, and in spades. Kvothe (pronounced 'quothe') is a fine protagonist, very human even though he has amazing capabilities. He can be brought low by pride, just like the rest of us. It's easy to imagine him, red hair flying, playing his lute, tackling the trials at a magical university, pursuing a girl, building a name for himself that is founded on lies but mostly true...
]Beware: this book has an ending that will leave you desperate for more. Me, at least, and I didn't expect it. But I very much look forward to reading more in the Kingkiller Chronicle. Well done, Patrick.
(Bought on a thursday night, finished on saturday night, and that's only because my roommate and I went shopping fri night. It would have been finished much earlier if not for that. Found out about it from author John Scalzi's blog, and saw it had a review by Robin Hobb, one of my favorite authors, so I knew it had to be good.)
I read a book yesterday. Now, before you say, oh, that's boring, she does that every day (which is true enough), realize that I read an entire book yeI read a book yesterday. Now, before you say, oh, that's boring, she does that every day (which is true enough), realize that I read an entire book yesterday. Specifically, Jim Butcher's new Dresden Files book, White Night. Oh, Jim. How do you do it? There are only a few authors out there that can make me forget everything that I'm supposed to be doing and read. Admittedly, it's easy for me to get wrapped up in a book, but I don't finish very many books in a day any more. Though last week I read two books in four days. He's got tight pacing. His characters are very human, no matter that they've got magical powers. His world is real, and I can see it. You care about what happens. And you know what? He actually answers questions that the series had posed earlier. Thank you, so much. I read it fast enough that I can't remember all of it, which is a failing of mine, but I don't mind that much because it makes it easier to re-read ;) Thank you for the funnies and the heart-pounding moments, thank you for Toe-moss and Marcone and Lash. (from my site: http://etoiline.com/coronach/2007/04/...)...more