Brilliant. Amazing. Very cute and humorous. Very well-written. I was constantly smiling as I read this--except at the end, where my eyes watered a bit...moreBrilliant. Amazing. Very cute and humorous. Very well-written. I was constantly smiling as I read this--except at the end, where my eyes watered a bit because the characters were so cool--but my smile returned afterward. The plot is great--'one pair of slippers to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them' does a pretty good job of summarizing the book. Of course, you'll have to read it to figure out what they bind... and what the darkness is... because there isn't true good and evil, black and white in this book. Just general enemies. Many shades of grey, and other neutral colors. Most of the characters are too strong to be just gray. Yet another charm and great quality of this book. Also on the 'awesome slippers' note: they are SO much better and original and great to read about than x magical piece of jewelry. It's always an amulet or ring. Never shoes. Creel isn't very strongly flawed, but the flaws are there enough that I didn't at all think of her as a Mary-Sue, and I rather liked her a lot. Mary-Sues don't get it in their heads to just about call the king a liar. Strong characters, writing, plot, everything. I liked this book a whole lot more than I thought I would. I definitely want to read the sequel, "Dragon Flight". And even more bonuses: one, I got a few story ideas while reading this, and two, somewhere in the middle of the book, the legend of the goose girl is mentioned. I liked hearing that (and actually knowing the legend). Recommended to all fantasy and dragon lovers who want a good book that delivers strong but not melodramatic emotions, characters... all that stuff I've already said. :P(less)
It's BEAUTIFUL. The art of Ammy on the cover is in SHINY GOLD FOIL, and the rest of the book is in glorious full-color print on pages slightly narrowe...moreIt's BEAUTIFUL. The art of Ammy on the cover is in SHINY GOLD FOIL, and the rest of the book is in glorious full-color print on pages slightly narrower but about an inch longer than a piece of printer paper... and it's almost 300 pages long... it's MASSIVE and AMAZING and totally worth $40. :D Not to mention that they kept the book in its original Japanese format, so it reads like manga. Very nice.
It's really interesting to read everything the game's creators wrote about the game design process. It's funny to look at the concept art of familiar places and characters and wonder "What the heck happened?!" Plus I loved reading more of each character's background. I learned some things about the game that I hadn't noticed yet in my five playthroughs. :P While I was familiar with most of the art, there was also quite a bit that was published only in here (at least to my knowledge), so that was great to see. I also found it amusing to read familiar text with a different translation, as you will find in the "Providence Image Scroll".
This is a very high-quality book that all Okami fans must get. All the images and text stuffed in here is almost overwhelming, especially the large images that span entire pages, or even two. Even the bosses look glorious. Another bonus is that the cover already has a beaten feel to it, so I actually wanted the spine to fold and crease. It looks more worn and loved that way. <3 Oh yeah, and the publishers added little side notes in various entries relating them to specific tracks in the Okami Original Soundtrack.
I suppose that if I had to complain about one thing, it would be the smell. It has that 'new fancy book' smell, which makes me a bit lightheaded. But hey, it'll air out in time. :P Also, there are a few inconsistencies... e.g. 'Takamagahara' appears three times in the book, and each time it's spelled a different way: "Takamagahala", "Takamagahara" (the right way), and finally "Takaramagahara" or something.(less)
"The Sorcerer of the North", as with the rest of the series, is very well-written and has a great plot. I enjoyed this book more than the last two (no...more"The Sorcerer of the North", as with the rest of the series, is very well-written and has a great plot. I enjoyed this book more than the last two (not that those were bad at all). Will and Alyss are amazing. I was sad that we didn't get to see more of Horace, but there was enough of Halt to keep me happy. It was nice to have more of a focus on Will as an individual. John Flanagan is brilliant. His sense of humor hasn't waned at all. I can't wait to read Book 6!
BUT. Why did they publishers change the cover layout? It's so ugly now. I can't see the rest of the pretty cover painting. Similar fates have befallen many of my favorite books...(less)