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
Just when I thought CHS wouldn't get any better (not that it's bad, or I wouldn't have read this far), I read this volume... brilliant. Absolutely briJust when I thought CHS wouldn't get any better (not that it's bad, or I wouldn't have read this far), I read this volume... brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Hayashida falls down a manhole and is sent to the subterranean Empire of the Apes. Hence, "Hayashida and the Subterranean Empire of the Apes". Aforementioned title heads every chapter concerning this "movie-like episode", in the classic slanted Star Wars font. I honestly don't think that I will be able to think about the Chosen One the same way again.
Also, Kamiyama has more or less slipped out of the picture. He comes back later, but all our favorite characters are pretty much sharing the spotlight. Except Freddie and Hokuto, who only appear sporadically now. But the thoughtful, moving, intelligent conversations among enlightened badasses continue with the same brilliant level of brilliace (maybe even more), Mechazawa keeps doing his thing, and Eiji Nonaka somehow manages never to run out of ideas that make me laugh out loud and think "What the heck..." at the same time.
I need to start actually buying these soon....more
A brilliant conclusion to a brilliant series. I think the only thing I didn't like was the ending--the obvious set-up for a potential sequel. I undersA brilliant conclusion to a brilliant series. I think the only thing I didn't like was the ending--the obvious set-up for a potential sequel. I understand the intent, but it felt a bit sloppy. Hopefully there will be a sequel anyway, because I'm sure Riordan can compose much more brilliance yet.
Otherwise, the entire book was great. It's filled with the same humor and amusing quirks as the rest of the series, and the characters are still entirely intact. It was also sad, gripping, fast-paced, and filled with several twists that left me wondering all the way until the point where they were resolved. It may be my favorite in the series. ...more
My favorite of the Flight anthologies so far. I love them all, but each new one seems to be at least a bit better than the last.
There were one or twoMy favorite of the Flight anthologies so far. I love them all, but each new one seems to be at least a bit better than the last.
There were one or two stories I didn't care much about, but I still liked them. The art is beautiful. I particularly love Michel Gagné's style in "The Broken Path". "The Aqueduct" was an interesting blend of fantasy subgenres. "The Dragon" has an interesting story and striking art, and is perhaps my favorite in the book... along with "n", "The Chosen One", and "Scenes In Which the Earth Stops Spinning and Everybody Flies Into a Wall", and numerous others...
Any lover of fiction, art, and/or graphic novels should definitely check this book out. I eagerly await the release of the next anthology in July....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
If I were to choose one thing I liked best about this book, I would probably choose the way that Ogiwara takes a bucket of fantasy tropes (magical swoIf I were to choose one thing I liked best about this book, I would probably choose the way that Ogiwara takes a bucket of fantasy tropes (magical swords, Chosen One types, Light and Darkness, etc.) and dumps it upside down. At first glance it seems like a rather cliché story, but read it and you will discover something strikingly original and beautiful. Or I might choose the fact that this book struck me in the same way Ratha's Creature did. Original, interesting, a roller coaster of action without a visible path. I read something and thought "Oh! This will happen!" Of course, "this" did /not/ happen. Which was amazing.
The book starts out a bit slow, and the dialogue seems a bit forced. But once the plot picks up, everything else soars up into an amazingly colorful, intricate pattern that isn't really a pattern at all. The writing--not just the translator's writing--is vivid, filled with strong imagery and emotion, and the characters are all very strong and unique. I truly enjoyed this book and hope that the sequels are published, and soon....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
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
Why did I read book 3 before book 2? Because that's the one that came in the mail first. :P
Absolutely adorable story. Yotsuba is my hero. :3 I felt aWhy did I read book 3 before book 2? Because that's the one that came in the mail first. :P
Absolutely adorable story. Yotsuba is my hero. :3 I felt a bit stressed and down today, and since there isn't an overarching plot, I went ahead and read this. I instantly began to feel better--brighter and more optimistic. This, paired with a re-read of Inubaka 2, pretty much made my day!...more
"The High King's Tomb" is an excellent book with an excellent story. The whole thing is very well-conceived and well-thought out. It poses several int"The High King's Tomb" is an excellent book with an excellent story. The whole thing is very well-conceived and well-thought out. It poses several interesting problems and has a great resolution, but still leaves a lot uncovered--I'll be looking forward to the sequel. ;) My only complaint about this book is its length. Normally I'm okay with this length of book, but it can start to get old if I don't have enough time to read it. This one took me about a month, although the last half of the book only took me about a week. While I did enjoy the book immensely, I'm glad to finally be done so I can move on to something new. That said, this is probably my favorite book in the series so far....more
Hilarious. The characters are amazing... I can't decide on a favorite. I also love the reference to the Charge of the Light Brigade. :D This is a greatHilarious. The characters are amazing... I can't decide on a favorite. I also love the reference to the Charge of the Light Brigade. :D This is a great, creative manga, and I checked the first book out from the library, but if it stays amazing, I might have to buy it all. ...more
Definitely a worthy sequel to Dragon Slippers, especially concerning the fact that Dragon Slippers wasn't supposed to have a sequel. Just as in the fiDefinitely a worthy sequel to Dragon Slippers, especially concerning the fact that Dragon Slippers wasn't supposed to have a sequel. Just as in the first book, Dragon Flight is a creative and humorous story with a clever and inviting writing style. 'Flight' may even be better than 'Slippers'... I can't decide.
I wasn't particularly impressed at the beginning of the story. The whole almost-dying-but-not-actually think is kind of cliché, and felt very plot device-y. But in the end, I didn't at all mind having Shardas back--I love it. He's so cool. <3 Also, I was slightly put off but at the same time interested in the vague plot given at the beginning. Oh look, the country is randomly being attacked... that's annoying. But I knew from Dragon Slippers that there would certainly come more depth to the plot in time. I was right. I became more than interested in the story. I was wrapped up in it, enthralled. More so than in Slippers, I believe.
The story curve was also sort of weird... the powerful climactic moments happened in the middle of the book. However, it wasn't at all bad. It's certainly better than the two or so pages of resolution that some books have. Dragon Flight was a great and happy book with a bunch of great ideas and plot twists.
Now that this is a series, I'd love another sequel. I'm sure that if Jessica Day George can spin a second Dragon War that still feels completely original and makes for such an excellent book, she can do it again... or even come up with a completely new idea....more
The short stories in the back were weird. I didn't really like them... but ignoring them, this is by far the most hilarious manga I've ever read. Oh,The short stories in the back were weird. I didn't really like them... but ignoring them, this is by far the most hilarious manga I've ever read. Oh, Raenef... please don't mature. You're too great as you are. XD I feel so bad for Eclipse. I'll definitely be reading the rest of these. ^^...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