This is a good book that could have been REALLY good with a bit more editing. I really enjoyed the story line, the characters, and the feel of the boo...moreThis is a good book that could have been REALLY good with a bit more editing. I really enjoyed the story line, the characters, and the feel of the book but there are multiple spots that drag on and on and on... and on. Entire chapters could have been removed without taking away from the story, in my opinion. All-in-all I really liked the book but I wont be reading it again anytime soon :) (less)
Hamilton created an interesting and concise look at many of my favorite myths. What makes this book stand out above other books of this kind is Hamilt...moreHamilton created an interesting and concise look at many of my favorite myths. What makes this book stand out above other books of this kind is Hamilton's insights into the mind of the original authors. Her retellings are never overly long or complicated and yet still entertaining. I recommend this book to all those passionate mythology buffs that want to brush up on their favorite stories or those looking for an easy introduction into the world of ancient hero. (less)
As a fan of the DTS I was ecstatic, and more than a little nervous, when I heard King was adding a new volume to his already outstanding and, dare I s...moreAs a fan of the DTS I was ecstatic, and more than a little nervous, when I heard King was adding a new volume to his already outstanding and, dare I say it, epic series. I fell in love with Roland and his ka-tet years ago and even though I was excited to hear what else these characters had to say I was also worried that the new book might in some way take away or change the storyline. Fans of the DTS fear not! The Wind Through the Keyhole is like a Mid World vacation, a quick literary retreat for those who, like me, don’t have time to reread all seven books but would like to visit. My heart warmed with reminiscent phrases like ‘Ka is a wheel’ and “Thankee, Sai”. I smiled when a Billy Bumbler barked in its gruff high pitched voiced. I felt aw when a grateful man took to one knee and saluted the gunslinger with his fist to his forehead. I actually laughed out loud while reading the crude gunslinger humor one can only find in the DTS. Yes, as a fan I completely enjoyed this story.
Haven’t read any of the Dark Tower Series? Not a problem! King starts the book off with a small introduction for those new to Mid World and though one might find the story a bit ‘jargon-y’ it is still an enjoyable piece of fiction, especially the story within a story that makes up the majority of this book. While I loved revisiting my favorite characters I was even more impressed with the captivating tale of Young Tim Ross and his encounter with a mysterious mage in a back cape. The Wind Through the Keyhole, and all the DT books, has an Old Western meets Arthurian Legend feel. The story is told in the laid back style of Low Speech, which is the kind of simplified country talk you might expect to hear if you could travel back in time and visit a western saloon, and includes many of my favorite mythical creatures.
At roughly 300 pages I would classify this as a quick read and I think it is perfect for those short on time. As a Mother who is also a full time student AND has a full time job I know how hard it is to find time to read and I can honestly say this book is worth all five stars I gave it. Enjoy! (less)
Claire Messud is a beautiful writer so it pains me to say I did not enjoy The Last Life. Maybe it is because this is outside of my usual genre but I w...moreClaire Messud is a beautiful writer so it pains me to say I did not enjoy The Last Life. Maybe it is because this is outside of my usual genre but I was very bored during this read. I love the fact that Claire was weaving the histories of many different generations into what could have been a very inspiring story, but I found myself skimming chapters and even skipping some all together because I just couldn't get into it. I gave two stars because you can't ignore her talent and I think if she worked on a story with an interesting plot line Claire could be phenomenal. (less)
This is one of the best books I have ever read! McCammon uses vivid, and many times grotesque, descriptions. He doesn't linger too long on any particu...moreThis is one of the best books I have ever read! McCammon uses vivid, and many times grotesque, descriptions. He doesn't linger too long on any particular part of the story line, which is great since the book is pretty thick. And I was very much reminded of Steven King while reading Swan Song. I think anyone who is already a Steven King fan will find McCammon's book right up their ally. I gave this book 5 stars because of the following... * Excellent and intriguing story line * In depth character development * Doesn't shy away from parts of the story that are uncomfortable to read * One of the BEST, and most creepy, "Bad Guy" characters EVER. Seriously I was actually nervous when I knew the main bad guy was going to be a scene. I haven't felt like that in a LONG time. * The over all feel of the book was perfectly balanced between beautiful and gritty. (not a book for the easily scared or queasy)
My only Negatives * I understand why the book is named Swan Song but I still hate it. When I told my guy friends about the book they were really into it until they asked me about the title. You could see the doubt creep into their eyes upon hearing the name "Swan Song", as if it were something altogether girly and undeserving of their time. The phrase Swan Song is based of the old myth that a Swan sings a beautiful song right before they die. This sorrowful song is their last gift to the world before they pass on to the next... One of the main characters in the book is called Swan so I am sure McCammon probably thought himself clever when titling this book. I guess we really shouldn't judge a book by its cover OR its title but still, it is a misdirecting (less)