I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I loved the descriptions of the Louisiana swamp and its inhabitants, and the story was fast-paced and exci...moreI'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I loved the descriptions of the Louisiana swamp and its inhabitants, and the story was fast-paced and exciting, but on the other hand I found the accent of the people forced and it served to distract me from the story. I know the way people from Louisiana sound and reading the author's interpretation of the local dialect was disappointing. Maybe it's just me, but I was so busy reading the words exactly as Feehan had written them (all of the "don'" do thats and "goin'" to do thats,) that I felt like I missed some of the magic in the story - seriously, the word "don'" had to be used at least a hundred and fifty times!
As with all her series', Christine Feehan is a master at weaving her stories together and introducing new characters that I am certain to pine for in the coming year. Anxiously awaiting the newest installment in any of her series' is something that I find delicious. I hope however that her next book will focus more on the story instead of the way her characters sound.(less)
Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes is a fine piece of satirical science fiction. Originally published in French, it seems to be lacking nothing in tra...morePierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes is a fine piece of satirical science fiction. Originally published in French, it seems to be lacking nothing in translation and is easily one of the most shocking novels that I have had the pleasure of reading this year. I've loved the original movie from 1968 for many years, and am pleased to report that the spirit of the novel was kept largely intact. However, I will say that as is the case in most novel to big screen adaptations, read the book - the book is better than any of the movies.
Planet of the Apes is one of those novels that makes me wish I hadn't seen the movie first - I can't even imagine how I would feel about the story had I not had prior knowledge of the wheres and whyfors. Pierre Boulle's writing is brilliant and mercilessly cunning in its transparent attempt to expose the reader to an inventive morality play. Told in a succinct and piquant voice, Pierre Boulle's Planet of the Apes is a novel not to be missed. (less)
I found Alice Borchardt's The Silver Wolf during a library search on NoveList - it was recommended to me based on other books I have read and enjoyed....moreI found Alice Borchardt's The Silver Wolf during a library search on NoveList - it was recommended to me based on other books I have read and enjoyed. I was expecting a light, paranormal romance type novel, easily read and enjoyed, and just as easily forgotten. What I got from reading The Silver Wolf however, was so much more...
Hidden within the pages of The Silver Wolf is an expertly crafted work of historical fiction. Borchardt has created a world of political intrigue and deadly suspense with a splash of the paranormal thrown in for color. The "woman-used-as-a-tool-to-make-men-more-powerful" motif, which is ever present in works of historical fiction, becomes painstakingly real for the reader as she makes her way through the novel. I had to catch my breath more than once as Regeane was moved around on the proverbial chess board of life, without free-will and choice.
The Silver Wolf is a beautifully descriptive piece of fiction with a fascinating story and captivating heroine at its heart. I had no idea when I picked it up that it would end up being one of the best books I've read this year. I read it almost straight through in two days time, and now I wish I has slowed myself down a bit. I will definitely be picking up other Alice Brochardt novels in the future. She certainly was as gifted a writer as her sister, Anne Rice. (less)
Words like beautiful, graceful, and enchanting seem so contrived when reviewing Pamela Uschuk's delightful collection of poetry, Crazy Love. Full of i...moreWords like beautiful, graceful, and enchanting seem so contrived when reviewing Pamela Uschuk's delightful collection of poetry, Crazy Love. Full of intoxicating imagery and dense with metaphor, this slim volume of poetry is a deceptively heavy read. Pamela Uschuk has incredible creativity with words, painting some of the most vivid pictures I've ever "seen" in poetry. I absolutely loved reading Crazy Love, and will definitely be spotlighting Uschuk next year in the poetry feature on my blog. (less)