I couldn't find anything about this book that annoyed or disappointed me. It is an absolutely beautiful book, and contains a powerful story. It's narrI couldn't find anything about this book that annoyed or disappointed me. It is an absolutely beautiful book, and contains a powerful story. It's narrated by Death, but that shouldn't put you off. The narrative follows a German girl named Liesel as she goes to live with a foster family during World War II. I'm not going to put a very detailed review down but this is really good for any one who loves a touching story. Spoiler though, there isn't a happy ending. Such is the way of WWII....more
Wow, this book was amazing. The only unsatisfactory bit about the story that bumped it down to 4.5 was that the conclusion didn't feel comple4.5 stars
Wow, this book was amazing. The only unsatisfactory bit about the story that bumped it down to 4.5 was that the conclusion didn't feel complete in the sense that we knew exactly where she was heading after that in terms of life. Besides that, I thought the book was great. The author had recommended this to me personally while I was at a book fair and I had finally gotten down to reading this. I think the part about the book that was the most realistic to me was the characterisation. James Roy had told me that he got his characters' reactions, dialogue etc. from schools that he had visited and conversations that he had overheard. All I can say was that it really worked for the book. And well done to him for bringing in the less popular topics that are a bit awkward to write about into the book. Great job overall....more
Very interesting book, the switch between pictures and the words were very entertaining and fascinating. The connection between Rose and Ben was intriVery interesting book, the switch between pictures and the words were very entertaining and fascinating. The connection between Rose and Ben was intriguing and a good idea. The artwork was stunning, just absolutely stunning and I loved seeing the parallel between Rose and Ben. The issue of Deaf culture in the book was very real for me and the author had clearly done some worthwhile research. The only criticism I had was that the book was really heavy...joking! But it was hard to read while I was walking to class. But seriously, the only criticism I had was [minor spoiler] why Ben had to lose his hearing in his good ear as well. I know that it was supposed to be a parallel but I thought that it wasn't really necessary for him to be completely deaf. Still, it was a fantastic book and I'll be sure to check out Brian Selznick's other books as well....more
Huge Chris Colfer fan. So, I was completely over the moon when I realised that 'The Land of Stories' had been released in Australian bookshops. When mHuge Chris Colfer fan. So, I was completely over the moon when I realised that 'The Land of Stories' had been released in Australian bookshops. When my mother presented it to me, I am not ashamed to say I immediately forgot my homework and took this to my room.
My first comment was 'Where's the map?' Apparently, the editions that the bookshop sold did not have a map of the Land of Stories attached. This did really disappoint me as I hoped I wouldn't have to rely on online pictures. Nevertheless, onto the actual prose I went.
After I read it, my first thought was 'Wow, he can write. Like, really write.' Sure, this book could have been improved by slowing down the pace a little near the end, fleshing out or maybe even toning down a few scenes but overall, it was pretty fantastic for a first novel. The descriptions were vivid and I could definitely picture this in my head. Heck, it might even make a good movie.
The main characters, Alex and Connor Bailey, are extremely likeable and endearing. They are complete opposites and their dialogue is snappy and hilarious. Alex is extremely enthusiastic about everything whereas Connor, as a contrast is more sarcastic. They make a good balance to each other and they don't ever seem to grate on nerves.
The originality of the plot is extremely entertaining and the twists that Colfer gives to the fairytales are interesting to say the least. When Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive and Red Riding Hood is an airhead, you know you're on to something. I loved to see how he kept the characters more in line from the Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen versions than Disney.
To conclude, great book for kids and young adults that want something fun. Warning for some light cussing in the book. Waiting eagerly for a sequel and a copy of the audiobook :D...more
This was quite good, but since I am well versed (cough, cough, obsessed) in Greek Mythology, there were some aspects of the retellings that didn't matThis was quite good, but since I am well versed (cough, cough, obsessed) in Greek Mythology, there were some aspects of the retellings that didn't match up with the actual myths I had read. Still, it was explained in the author's note at the end but I have to admit it still bugged me a little. It was one of the better retellings I've read so far and it's great that the myths were told from a woman's point of view....more