This book is beautiful. The characters are interesting, the writing is incredibly graceful and a joy to read. The prose is aptly poetic for a Heian taThis book is beautiful. The characters are interesting, the writing is incredibly graceful and a joy to read. The prose is aptly poetic for a Heian tale. I find the construction of the novel fascinating, with Kagaya-hime’s story-within-a-story and Harueme’s story weaving back in forth, each developing Harueme’s character, and thus giving insight into Kagaya-hime. I bought the book for Kagaya-hime and ended up reading it for Harueme--her drabbles became quite engaging to me.
I found everything to like about Fudoki, and I can only hope for more books set in the Heian period in the future, and that they are as expressive as this one....more
I haven't been this blown away by the Warriors series for... a few years. I totally did not expect the ending. It was great.
I was surprised at how litI haven't been this blown away by the Warriors series for... a few years. I totally did not expect the ending. It was great.
I was surprised at how little action (battles, etc.) was in this book, but I suppose it was a nice change. The mystery was good because there were so many suspects and no information given, although I got a bit bored with the fuss over Sol. Sol is developed much more in this book, too, which was great, as I find him to be a fascinating character.
Not entirely sure what to think of this book in terms of liking or disliking, because it was rather different from the other Warriors books so far. I wasn't sure whether I was going to bother to go on to the fourth series, but I'm pretty sure I will......more
"The Underneath" is a beautiful book. The story is set in a more or less modern-day world, in a forest along the Sabine River between Texas and Arkans"The Underneath" is a beautiful book. The story is set in a more or less modern-day world, in a forest along the Sabine River between Texas and Arkansas. Suspense and intrigue are built with the aid of a legend, an event from a thousand years past which seems to have little relevance to the actual story, at least at first.
This is not a dialogue-driven book--the lines of dialogue may not even total to ten--and the only other such book I've read is "Raptor Red", with no dialogue at all. This allows for the book to be driven by its flowing story and for the animal characters to feel less anthropomorphized, a trait I value in a story.
This book is great for general reading as well as reading aloud. It is a highly original and characteristic book, and the writing style will certainly influence my own. Something similar would be perfect for what I'm writing right now.
I'm so glad to see more and more quality fantasy(ish) books being released. This, "Promise of the Wolves", and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" all compete for my favorite books of last year....more
Wow, I can't believe I forgot to add this book to my "read" list. "Marley & Me" is an absolutely adorable book. It's heartwarming at some times anWow, I can't believe I forgot to add this book to my "read" list. "Marley & Me" is an absolutely adorable book. It's heartwarming at some times and heart-wrenching in others. I think I cried a bit when I read it. I also laughed out loud. I love dogs, so naturally I was interested in reading it. My dad got me the Barnes & Noble special edition, with a red linen-esque cover and full-color photos throughout the book. They're great. I read the book and fell in love with it, Marley, everything. (Well, I was a bit apprehensive of the "adult" scenes, but I was in middle school then. I still can't exactly appreciate them, but I don't mind them now.) If you love dogs, want a touching non-fiction, something you won't want to put down, I recommend this book strongly. It's an unforgettable story. And Hollywood had better not trash it with their movie adaption!...more
What do you get when a dog develops an almost human brain? Enzo, a dog who loves pancakes, television, and race cars.
As I read this book, I had to keeWhat do you get when a dog develops an almost human brain? Enzo, a dog who loves pancakes, television, and race cars.
As I read this book, I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. The whole thing is written so realistically. What makes the story really interesting is the point of view: the whole story is written in first person, with Enzo the dog as the narrator. The life and times of a Seattle racer is chronicled by his own dog, who in the meantime is waiting for his time to come so that he can be free from his limiting canine body and come back as a human, as in Mongolian belief. (He learned that on a TV documentary.) This book offers some new and very interesting views on the world and human society.
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is an incredibly beautiful novel. I smiled, laughed, even cried as I read it. I had trouble ever putting this book down, and I was more enticed to pick it up whenever I could than with most other books I've read. I guess I'm more used to fantasy, so reading a book about a kind of normal life in the real world was an interesting experience. But I loved it. Enzo is a brilliant character. I want to see more books like this.
Normally I don't like paying a lot for my books, but once I started reading this I didn't care that I had spent $24 on it, which for me is considerably more than the $17 or so I'm used to. The money meant nothing. I had given it to one of my favorite bookstores anyways. It was gone. What I had was the book, and I wanted to read it.
I'll have trouble seeing my dog as anything less than a mindless creature now. With the way Enzo acts, it seems as if anything could be possible with dogs.
This book has some adult content, and much of the plot is centered around things that anyone below teenagedom may not understand. I recommend it for anyone 14 and up who has the ability to appreciate the novel for its voice. It's definitely a book for people with open minds....more
I truly enjoyed this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect of it--what kind of plot it would have, how the characters would work, how Adams wouldI truly enjoyed this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect of it--what kind of plot it would have, how the characters would work, how Adams would develop the culture--and found a familiar world made completely new. A rabbit's POV is unusual and was very interesting to read. I'm surprised at how well Adams created an epic tale with rabbits, an animal that most would never dream to write about. He made them feel intelligent without making them too human, and giving them their own developed culture and language to fit their species helped with that a lot. I think this is my favorite book out of all the books I've had to read for English class... and it is good....more
This book may sound cliché when you open the cover flap and read the blurb. So maybe it is, but the story is so well-woven and brilliantly written thaThis book may sound cliché when you open the cover flap and read the blurb. So maybe it is, but the story is so well-woven and brilliantly written that I didn't care at all. It felt totally fresh and original. And it is. The wolves truly feel like wolves in this book, as much as they can when anthropomorphized. While it doesn't have the grand story arc of David Clement-Davies' "The Sight", the story was more natural and the wolves more like wolves. The characters are stronger, I believe. I could tell that the author has put much time into her research. The story is told from the first-person perspective of a low-ranking pup, which provides a very interesting view into the ancient world Hearst has crafted. The characters who seem "evil" on the outside (this isn't a "good vs. evil" story, by the way) have recognizable motives and I could understand their positions, even feel pathos for them. At the least, "Promise of the Wolves" is certainly deserving of its striking cover, and I hope it starts to see some good attention soon. As noted by "The Wolf Chronicles" *cringe* tag at the bottom, this is the first of a series, and I look forward to the release of the second book. ...more
It's been a while since I've been truly impressed by a Warriors book. The writing style is just on the higher end of "good", and usually the plot andIt's been a while since I've been truly impressed by a Warriors book. The writing style is just on the higher end of "good", and usually the plot and characterization aren't particularly strong. Things have been pretty interesting in PoT, however. The Erins have done a good job of keeping us in the dark. I think that if I had to choose one thing about Eclipse that I liked best (it's a hard decision), I think I would say that my favorite element was that I actually couldn't guess what would happen. Sure, I predicted a battle, but I didn't know when or with whom--and I sure wasn't expecting a battle like this. Sure, I figured there would be an eclipse, but I didn't know what it would mean to the Clans. Sure, I knew that Lionpaw was developing from a Stu to something more interesting, but I didn't expect it to be this clever. Also, ShadowClan becomes more than just its normal cold closed-doors self, and WindClan becomes more than a meager Hufflepuff-like band. The plot and characterization in this book are great. Several of the characters who sort of lost their personalities before got them back, and the main characters' personalities were developed more as well. I went from merely curious in the outcome of the series to engaged and interested. I much look forward to Long Shadows this December, and I hope that the Warriors books can at least maintain this level of greatness at least until the end of this series....more
A promising start to what I hope turns out to be a good series. The premise is interesting, and we still don't know exactly what these bears are goingA promising start to what I hope turns out to be a good series. The premise is interesting, and we still don't know exactly what these bears are going to get up to in the end. Yay mystery. :D I don't think I like this as much as I do Warriors, but I might later. The ending got a bit confusing because all three bears' stories rose to different climaxes, so it felt a bit hectic and somewhat weak. The story was good otherwise, though. I love how all three bears have different names for things, especially the North Star. My favorite character was Toklo. He has the strongest personality of the three; Kallik and Lusa seem pretty weak, but I'm hoping they'll get more development later. Ujurak sounds like a very interesting character, and I'm looking forward to learning more about him....more
A very well-written, cute and touching book about a stray dog named Squirrel, set in first person. The dog's person. The author did a pretty good jobA very well-written, cute and touching book about a stray dog named Squirrel, set in first person. The dog's person. The author did a pretty good job of capturing what might be going on in a stray's head and putting it into human terms. This book has a good balance of happy/funny and sad, light and dark, etc. On that last comparison, the author did a great job of portraying humans as both evil and benevolent in Squirrel's POV. It's a pretty short book, found in the children's sections of bookstores, but child or no, this is a good read for all animal lovers. I have friends both younger and older who read this and loved it (and recommended it to me)....more
This is a very cute and rather humorous manga about Suguri, a dog-loving girl who wants to get away from the strict rule of her parents. She ends up wThis is a very cute and rather humorous manga about Suguri, a dog-loving girl who wants to get away from the strict rule of her parents. She ends up working in a dog shop. Its owner, Teppei, finds Suguri to be a complete faliure at first. However, she seems to have a special something when it comes to dogs... I thought Suguri a good character in that she has a strong personality and well-defined flaws. (I love sufficiently yet realistically flawed characters. They're far more interesting than the perfect Mary Sues and Gary Stus such as... Eragon.) This series is perfect for dog-lovers, and... I still need to get book 2. Sigh. I should start doing chores for money....more
Yet another creative and well-spun tale from Clare Bell. "Tomorrow's Sphinx" was a very interesting book. The whole time I was reading it I was thinkiYet another creative and well-spun tale from Clare Bell. "Tomorrow's Sphinx" was a very interesting book. The whole time I was reading it I was thinking about how original the whole thing was. I got confused a few times, though. For some reason I had trouble focusing most of the time I was reading it, which was more just happenstance than because the book was boring or something. It happens from time to time. If I'd read it at more opportune times, I would probably give it all five stars. But, even if I did get confused, I read it well enough to tell that it was a very well-thought out story, and it kept me interested, even amazed, the whole time. This book definitely derserves a reprint!...more
A big and beautiful tome full of legends and lore concerning birds. I love birds, and this was very fun to read... and it kinda made me think about alA big and beautiful tome full of legends and lore concerning birds. I love birds, and this was very fun to read... and it kinda made me think about all the different ways the world could work, and how we have no real way of telling what's truth or tale... Anyways, it was a fantastic source of inspiration for me, and I still refer to it when trying to think of story ideas. ...more
By far the superior of the Graystripe graphic novels. "The Rise of Scourge" has a great story and really good drawing. (I refuse to admit that this isBy far the superior of the Graystripe graphic novels. "The Rise of Scourge" has a great story and really good drawing. (I refuse to admit that this is manga, but this art is much more befitting of a book called manga.) I love the art. I don't like to buy these books because they're so short--this one only has 79 pages of actual story--but I liked this one enough that I might have to get it for myself. I was very impressed with this book. Scourge is one of my favorite characters from Warriors, so reading this is really interesting. It makes so much of The Darkest Hour just click. Pros: great art, story, etc. Cons: so short :( And there isn't a sequel. Waah! Poor book just lost a star. Hopes and Dreams: More character singles such as this will be drawn/written, e.g. Yellowfang, Tigerstar, Spottedleaf....more