**spoiler alert** You know, I am really impressed with the Mistborn series. I even bought the old man a copy to read. I'm still digesting this one, so**spoiler alert** You know, I am really impressed with the Mistborn series. I even bought the old man a copy to read. I'm still digesting this one, so I really can't say much about it at this point. I will, however, mention that Sanderson manages to weave independent POVs well. ...more
**spoiler alert** I loved that this book provided many more points of view than The Golden Compass. I also found the characters much richer and everyt**spoiler alert** I loved that this book provided many more points of view than The Golden Compass. I also found the characters much richer and everything seemed more gray, however that may have been due to Lyra's changing perspective of the world. Anyway, here's what happens: Will Parry, is a boy from our world who accidentally kills a man who is after something (that may have to do with his missing father) that his unstable mother has in their home. He goes into hiding and finds a window to another world. There he meets Lyra. In the meantime, Serafina Pekkala and Lee Scoresby are looking for Lyra. It comes out that the witches having a prophecy about Lyra and that the Church and Mrs. Coulter know about it. The witches decide to join Uncle Asriel against the Church and the Authority and Lee goes to find a man, Stanislaus Grumman, who he thinks can help Lyra. Lyra and Will find out that the world they are in is overrun by Spectres, who eat the soul of adults, but not children. They return to Will's world so that Lyra can find out about Dust and Will can look into his father's disappearance. The alethiometer tells Lyra who to ask about Dust and tells her to help will find his Father. Lyra meets Dr. Malone and they discuss dust--Dr. Malone asks Lyra to come back the next day. She goes, and is nearly captured by the men who have been harassing Will and his mother. She gets away and is given a ride by a man she met in a museum the day before. He steals her alethiometer. They go to get it back, but he will only trade it for a special knife that can be found in the world where they met. They get the knife, but Will loses 2 fingers in the process. The knife can cut doors into parallel worlds and they use it to try to sneak into the man's house to steal the alethiometer back. The man is actually with Mrs. Coulter and Lyra remembers him as being one of her friends. They get the alethiometer and take off back into the world where they met. They've pissed off a bunch of the kids who live there and they all attack them. They are saved by Serafina. In the meantime, Dr. Malone is told where the window is, by Mrs. Coulter's special friend, and uses the I Ching as an alethiometer to guide her. Mrs. Coulter finds out that the prophecy about Lyra says she will be the next Eve and decides to kill her instead of allowing her to sin. Lee finds Grumman and calls Serafina for aid before he dies defending him. The alethiometer is guiding Lrya and Will to his father. They make camp for the night, but Will can't sleep and starts to wander. He runs into Grumman and they fight. Grumman tells Will to take the knife to help Asriel defeat God. Grumman and Will realize that they are father and son just before a witch kills him. Will returns to the camp to find all of the witches eaten by Spectres, a couple of angels, and Lyra missing. He refuses to go to Asriel until he finds Lyra....more
I think I'm a little fantasied out lately, so I'm taking a little break from it. All and all, I really liked this novel. The characters were well deveI think I'm a little fantasied out lately, so I'm taking a little break from it. All and all, I really liked this novel. The characters were well developed and the plot really didn't feel all that improbable to me. My family is incomparable when it comes to holding grudges--10 years is nothing!...more
I was really impressed by this book. When you read a lot of fantasy, it's easy for the novels to begin to feel contrived and over-done. Sanderson avoiI was really impressed by this book. When you read a lot of fantasy, it's easy for the novels to begin to feel contrived and over-done. Sanderson avoided all of these things. This book really has a little something in it for everyone. The characters are well developed and interesting--and pretty awesome, to be honest. I loved the heist feel of the whole thing. And the best part? A realistic female lead. I'm looking forward for his first installation in the conclusion of The Wheel of Time. (If he could only go back and fix the females in that disaster!)...more
**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what to say about this book, I stayed up all night reading it (but that's not really unusual). It was beautiful.**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what to say about this book, I stayed up all night reading it (but that's not really unusual). It was beautiful. It was heartbreaking. ...more
**spoiler alert** My sister-in-law loaned this book to me months and months ago, thinking that I may like it. I put it on the bottom of my "To Read" p**spoiler alert** My sister-in-law loaned this book to me months and months ago, thinking that I may like it. I put it on the bottom of my "To Read" pile and it stayed there for a very long time. Every time I saw her, she asked me if I read it, so I finally put it on my Goodreads list and started it. I did like it, but I'm surprised she knew that I would. I like everything I've ever read by Robin McKinley. She writes with the perfect mix of straight forwardness and figure it out for yo'self. She also develops strong female leads, something sorely missing in the book world. I even had to get out my dictionary when I read this--that made me happy! Anyway, here's what happens: Sunshine gets kidnapped by vampires to feed to one of their vampire prisoners. He doesn't and the two escape by Sunshine channeling her sun energy into the vampire. (I can't quite figure out how else to explain that!) They part ways, but Sunshine's world is pretty much turned upside down. The vampire comes back to her when she calls for help and tells her that they both being hunted by this other group of vampires. He realizes that Sunshine was poisoned by them and comes back the next day to heal her, which leaves her able to see in the dark. He leaves and doesn't come back for a while. She's convinced that something is wrong and ends up having to use magic to find him and save him. She figures out where the bad group of vampires are hiding out and they go off to face them. They win. Oh, and there's a bit of a love story thrown in there too. ...more
**spoiler alert** I've kept a list of books that I have read for years now. I got tired of reading a book and realizing half way through it that I had**spoiler alert** I've kept a list of books that I have read for years now. I got tired of reading a book and realizing half way through it that I had read it before. Re-reading books is great, but only if it is done on purpose. So, last night, I started adding the books on my list to the Goodreads website. And, in January, 2006, I read this. And last night, I decided to re-read it. Anyway, here's what happens: After her father dies, Harry Crewe goes to live with a couple who are stationed with her brother on the border of the Homelands and Damar. The Damarian king, Corlath, visits to discuss an alliance against the Northerners, which goes badly. He leaves, but his Gift tells him that Harry is important, so he kidnaps her and takes her back with him to Damar. There she learns to ride horses like them and goes on a 6 week boot camp to learn how to sword fight. She wins the right to wear a sword in the laprun trials. Corlath makes her a king's Rider and gives her the legendary blue sword, Gonturan. (Gonturan has a sense of humor, I'm only writing this because I've been trying to remember for a year what book I had read where there is mention of a sword with a sense of humor.) The Damarians ready to battle the Northerners and move to one of 2 mountain passes. Harry is unhappy that Corlath is ignoring the second pass, which is near the outpost, but Corlath is still pissed about the bad negotiations. Harry steals off one night with a couple of friends to guard the pass and mobilizes a small force from the Damarians and the outpost to hold it. The Northerners send the bulk of their host through this smaller pass and Harry ends up bringing down a mountain on top of them. Harry returns to Corlath, fearing that he will be angry with her for leaving. Instead, he tells her he loves her and they live happily ever after.