I definitely enjoyed this book and will recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, bold action adventure. With likable heroes and a quick pace, you won'tI definitely enjoyed this book and will recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, bold action adventure. With likable heroes and a quick pace, you won't find yourself putting the volume down very often. :) ...more
When I read the first part of the Abhorsen trilogy, I completely fell in love with Garth Nix's world with contrasts between light and dark. At first gWhen I read the first part of the Abhorsen trilogy, I completely fell in love with Garth Nix's world with contrasts between light and dark. At first glance, I thought it might make the transition from fun adventure into some gothic, angsty mire. Delightfully, it doesn't. I loved Sabriel and Touchstone in the first book, looked forward to reading their characters further when I picked this one up....only to find out that my beloved characters barefly featured in the sequel.
Now I have this...thing... against sequels featuring characters other than the ones I liked in the first. I inevitably begin to draw comparisons between the protagonists in both books. I compared Lirael to Sabriel almost brutally, and nearly ruined the read for myself. Lirael really does have some heavy issues with angst and I think I had trouble connecting with her until about a third of the way through the book. The prince, Sameth, who's store features the other half of the story, was also flawed in his own ways. I stopped reading because I drove myself nuts, but I knew that I just needed to give the book a break and separate myself from it.
A few years later, I come back to my reading list, and Lirael was still sitting there. I picked it up again, and started it over with an open mind. This time I was able to enjoy it and appreciate the characters. Some return characters, such as Mogget, also make me grin. The important thing you should know about this book is that Sabriel is more of a prequel, and this book is starting fresh. However, it doesn't stand alone very well. You'll want information from the first book in this one. Lirael also has a weak resolution, overall. It completes its message, but it's very much a cliffhanger into the next edition.
So overall? The world that Nix has created is fascinating, ominous, and wonderful all at once. The characters - though flawed - behave in realistic and sometimes irrational, but believable ways. The dark times and truly horrific. The wonders are truly wondrous. It's a great little journey and your time reading this isn't ill-spent.
Definitely a good second to the first. At the beginning of this book I wasn't sure about Elend Venture. I didn't dislike him from the first book, butDefinitely a good second to the first. At the beginning of this book I wasn't sure about Elend Venture. I didn't dislike him from the first book, but he seemed a poor "substitute" for other characters. (Those of you who know book 1 will know what I'm talking about.) However, I was very surprised that he grew on me, as did the other characters.
Like Mistborn, this story is all about the characters. You really feel for the heroes. You really can't stand the villains. Perhaps because the story paints them a little too "black and white" but I think that's the fun of it. You pick a side, and aren't made to feel guilty about it!
It had a few flaws, in my mind, but despite them I couldn't put the bloody thing down. I often have trouble putting a book down when I get into it. I got only a few hours of sleep on a work night and was feeling quite zombie-like the next day. I thought i'd get relief from this when I finished it, but no! It ends and I had to order the third book - Hero of the Ages - immediately! ARGH!
So now I'm losing my sleep to that volume. Now quit reading this and go read the book....more
I really did enjoy this book. It's a very character-driven story and I found myself loving the heroes and hating the villains. That's a good trait inI really did enjoy this book. It's a very character-driven story and I found myself loving the heroes and hating the villains. That's a good trait in a book. It was highly entertaining, though I think I predicted to myself the major twists before they came. Don't expect this book to be something "new" in its plot. It has a lot of cliches and a lot of standard story procedure, but that doesn't mean it's not an awesome read.
Again, the characters are really what drew me in. Kelsier is brash, arrogant, overbearing, borderline psychotic and completely likable with his defiant cheerfulness and charismatic personality. Vin contrasts him well without being over-the-top angsty. I was worried as they cast her the abused street-rat, but she also becomes a very interesting heroine in her own right.
It's a great set up to the trilogy and you can expect quite a ride from them. When I finished book 1 I wasn't sure if I would like how the sequels might possibly compete with the first, but I see now that the characters from book 1 that i didn't quite notice will grow on you in book 2 and 3 as well. Gotta love the crew. :) ...more
I think this one is one of the better books in the series. There's more danger, there's the hunt for someone missing and being on a mission. It's a quI think this one is one of the better books in the series. There's more danger, there's the hunt for someone missing and being on a mission. It's a quick, easy read. Nothing fancy or thought provoking. It's just entertaining. ...more
I was initially worried about this book. I burned through Name of the Wind so quickly - I got nothing done for days! So when I heard that some got annI was initially worried about this book. I burned through Name of the Wind so quickly - I got nothing done for days! So when I heard that some got annoyed with this book for its handling of Kvothe coming into his sexuality I thought "oh noooo! I hope he doesn't ruin it!"
It didn't. I burned through this book with the same voracity that I burned through the first. I won't go into details or spoil, but I think it was a natural progression, considering what happens and how. Sure, there are some parts where I found my eyes rolling, but everything is tastefully written. There's no "smut" in this book. Each thing happens toward a purpose.
But my favorite part of this book? Encounters with Elodin. Let's just say that if you've not read it yet, you're in store for some serious funny from this character. If you thought he was kooky and odd in the first book.... XD Just read!
I cannot WAIT for the next book. I'm going to have an anuerism if I have to wait three more years. D: ...more
**spoiler alert** This is pretty much in the same vein as the first book, I thought. It's fun, trashy and not-at-all thought provoking. I think my fav**spoiler alert** This is pretty much in the same vein as the first book, I thought. It's fun, trashy and not-at-all thought provoking. I think my favorite part about these books is the characters.
Most memorable moment: Our favorite Viking vamp in a lycra?! Really? How could Sookie not laugh her ass off long enough to hold an investigation with HIM prancing around like that? XD...more
This was at least an entertaining read. I was relieved that it wasn't as skanky as the tv show was. I really didn't want to read about every little nuThis was at least an entertaining read. I was relieved that it wasn't as skanky as the tv show was. I really didn't want to read about every little nuance of Jason Stackhouse's bondage tapes or the freaky vampire stuff. Some people like that, but it's just not my thing. I also heard the show was a lot different from the books so I was pleased to get a different take on the story from the books.
Since this novel came out first (I think), I realized pretty early on that Twilight had been a PG-13 version of Dead Until Dark. Similarities: Mind readers, strange abilities, vampire meets human girl, careful romance. Difference is: The vampires are more like the vampires you'll know and love and you won't get half the gripey circular arguments that filled the pages of the teen novel (though there are some stupid ones).
Bill actually has a dangerous feel about him at times, which helps him maintain the whole bad boy persona. And, from what I can tell, he doesn't carry around the guilt complex as heavily as so many other intolerably depressed vampire protagonists. Seriously, it's old.
Bottom line: Good trashy vampire novel. Fun characters. Somewhat risque but far more tame than the tv show's soft porn. Came before Twilight, but is basically Twilight for grown-ups.
I liked it, and will probably read the next in the series....more
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the quality of the characters. Though they had their flaws, these characters do not fit in sterOne of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the quality of the characters. Though they had their flaws, these characters do not fit in stereotypes. Though Esperanza is rich, and can be a bit spoiled at times, the book also shows the tragedy in her inexperience and the embarrassment she goes through for being so privileged. She doesn't have a rotten heart. Rather, she is very realistic in that she has multiple sides. Despite the hardship, anger and bitterness was frowned upon. These characters thrived on love, even through their oppression and hardship.
The book doesn't really take sides and point fingers. Rather it demonstrates that almost everyone involved had to do what they had to take care of their families and each other, whether they had to keep working through strikes or whether they were out there on the picket lines. Sure, there are villains in this book, but those people are not the focus. Somehow this book weaves all those threads together and teaches an important lesson about thankfulness and richness of the heart over physical riches. ...more