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 ta...moreThis 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.(less)
"Raptor Red" is a wonderfully written animal book starring Raptor Red, a self-titled Utahraptor, in a prehistoric world that is in the book how it cou...more"Raptor Red" is a wonderfully written animal book starring Raptor Red, a self-titled Utahraptor, in a prehistoric world that is in the book how it could have been back then. The animals in "Raptor Red" are not anthropomorphicized at all--they don't speak, act human in any ways that we don't act like them. (Um, did that last sentence make sense? I don't feel like rewriting it. XP) Thoughts are merely translated into English for our convenience. Incredibly original, creative... really good material for people who like to write, especially about animals, as it helps the writer get a better sense of how animals should be written to be as realistic as possible. That's what this book did for me. Truly brilliant book. (Thanks for the recommendation, Rathacat!)(less)
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 unders...moreA 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. (less)
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 two...moreMy 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.(less)
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 swo...moreIf 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.(less)
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 tha...moreThis 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. (less)
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 and...moreIt'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.(less)
This book is technically sci-fi, I guess, but it feels like fantasy. "The Sky Village" has an intricately woven plot set in an intricately woven world...moreThis book is technically sci-fi, I guess, but it feels like fantasy. "The Sky Village" has an intricately woven plot set in an intricately woven world full of rampant beasts and meks, basically animals and renegade robots, in a war-torn world as the humans, beasts, and meks all fight for control. The two main characters are connected only through the Tree Book, which they use to write to each other. They haven't actually met. One lives in the Sky Village, an airborne tangle of hot air balloons and ropes floating over China, and the other in a sort of post-apocalyptic Las Vegas overrun by beasts. The ideas in this book are very original--the whole thing with the Sky Village and the demons and kaimira and Animus. Rather than being hurtled at you, these things are hinted at and then slowly revealed, creating a strong sense of mystery and giving the world of "Kaimira" a strong depth that makes you want to keep exploring it and seeing what all these things are about. A brilliant story, and I look forward to reading the second book.(less)
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 fi...moreDefinitely 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.(less)
xxxHolic is an original manga with a bunch of great ideas. And Yûko is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy reading about her... antics, and I can't wait to re...morexxxHolic is an original manga with a bunch of great ideas. And Yûko is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy reading about her... antics, and I can't wait to read the sequels. Oh, and if the title sounds or the covers look weird to you, don't let them scare you. I was a bit nervous about the series at first, since it kinda looked and sounded like it was a book about druggy people or something, but when I read about Yûko in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, I really wanted to read more about her. She's such a cool character. <3(less)
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,...moreThe 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. ^^(less)