Plot is where Meyer excells. Always wanting to know what happens next, and how she'll tie her fairy tale characters into one another's storylines hasPlot is where Meyer excells. Always wanting to know what happens next, and how she'll tie her fairy tale characters into one another's storylines has been the driving force behind my reading of the series. Her prose is fine. It doesn't dazzle, but it gets the job done. Which is why at 800+ pages, Winter was too long. If the prose is merely adequate, and doesn't further the plot, please: get rid of it. There were so many paragraphs and pages in this book that seemed to do nothing but lengthen the book, and I often found myself bored as a result.
I understand that many fans probably loved holding this brick of a book in their hands. I for one cheered enthusiastically when the page count of the next Harry Potter book was announced. More pages meant more time to spend in that world. But it also meant more depth, more clues. That was not the case with Winter. Entire pages could be skimmed without missing anything at all.
Enjoyed seeing how Meyer carried out the Snow White storyline, but longed for the concise, more action-packed storytelling of Cinder and Scarlet.
Having recently read The Wind Up Girl, I'm wondering how much of the Lunar Chronicles was consciously based on that. The scene in the throne room where Cinder went bezerk and lept out the window was total deja vu. ...more
A very somber chapter in the lives of the Moomins. The reading is a bit murky, at times a bit of a drudgery even, as you struggle along with the familA very somber chapter in the lives of the Moomins. The reading is a bit murky, at times a bit of a drudgery even, as you struggle along with the family as they forge a new life for themselves on an (almost) deserted island where nothing seems to work and nature itself is against them. But that's life, isn't it? Whether you're human of hippo-like-something-or-other, you've got to keep pressing on even when the world fights you and fills you with self-doubt. In the end, if you have your family about you.. annoying though you often find them (again, whether his an or hippo), you have home. At least I think that's what Jansson is getting at in a much more nuanced and unsentimental way.
Moominpappa At Sea is quiet in the leisure way of all Moomins books, and still enchanting, though in a more chilling manner this time around thanks to the foreboding presence of the Groke, and the very swift and strange upheaval of the trees. Some books are like a warm crackling fire, but reading this on snowy nights made me colder still, like waves of cold sea water rushing at you. But I swear I could smell pine needles and smell snow reading this too, and that's another kind of enchantment altogether....more
I don't quite know how I feel about these. Two books into a long series, maybe I shouldn't pass much judgement, though.
It's one of those things that II don't quite know how I feel about these. Two books into a long series, maybe I shouldn't pass much judgement, though.
It's one of those things that I appreciate but that isn't quite for me. It isn't my style, I find it, especially the inking, garish, but everything flows, there's a ton of detail, and it works for the story. And that's no minor thing. And the storyline itself, while a bit confusing in its grandness (I need a Sandman Wiki to remember who everyone is), it's interesting and strange and complicated, albeit heavy on the disturbing factor. Especially the convention of serial killers. Oof. Even knowing that Dream is just, there have been parts I've really had to grin and bare my way through in both books one and two... the American Horror Story of comics, maybe?
Anyway, a strong book in nearly all respects if not my favorite....more