**spoiler alert** It amazes me how many different ways people can write about elves. Everyone has their own opinion to what elves are like, but one th...more**spoiler alert** It amazes me how many different ways people can write about elves. Everyone has their own opinion to what elves are like, but one thing that remains constant is the tie of elves to nature. And "A Darkness Forged in Fire" is no different.
The thing that really stood out to me was the fact that some elves use muskets, and the main character, Konowa actually hates the forest. It really helped make the Iron Elves or the "fallen ones" stand out among other elves I have read.
The book had a strong opening that grabbed me from the get-go. Evans is heavy on the militaristic breakdown and that isn't something I usually go for. A lot of time spent in camps and going on about the breakdown of the regiment. While being well written, it got old after a while, as did the idiot prince in charge. In the beginning Konowa complains he's going to have to baby-sit the prince until he becmes a man and I was hoping to see a little of that transformation. Granted, this is only the first book of either a series or a trilogy so I hope to see more from that transformation as the tale continues.
All in all not a bad read and I did enjoy it, however I perfer a little more character development. The only feeling I really got from that was Alwyn, a lad fresh out of the village seemingly unsuited for military life and Yimt, a surly dwarf who goes from saying the best way to stay alive is to stay away from battle, to leading a scout party in the most dangerous area. (less)
I really liked this book. Oryx and Crake gives an erie glimpse at a possible future where science has gone too far.
Snowman is the last human alive an...moreI really liked this book. Oryx and Crake gives an erie glimpse at a possible future where science has gone too far.
Snowman is the last human alive and he has only genetically altered humonids, known as "Crakers" or "Crake's Children", for company. In the same style as Handmaid's Tale, the narration goes on with the present with frequent dips into the past so we can learn how things got to be this way. The book is almost an Adam and Eve story where instead of bringing life, they bring death.
As with most dystopias (although I hesitate giving that exact label here), there is a certain element that mirrors our own future or things that have come to be, however Oryx and Crake seems to be closer to the mark on modern science than I have seen so far. (less)
A humerous love tale between vamipres, when theres frozen turkey bowling, can you go wrong?
One thing I like about Christopher Moore is his comedic ti...moreA humerous love tale between vamipres, when theres frozen turkey bowling, can you go wrong?
One thing I like about Christopher Moore is his comedic timing and hysterical situations. This is yhe second book I've read by him (The first being "A Dirty Job") and in both stories I felt like the end fell flat. There was almost no tension building up to a climax and the ending just felt dull and unfulfilled.
On the other hand, I have never read a story where one of the characters had my name. (With the exception of the book my parents had especially made for me when I was a kid) and the fact there was an Abby in here made my day. Moore's Abby is a 16 year old goth girl who loves her red converse high-tops, likes cocoa, she does her best not to be cheerful, hates it when people call her "cute". She's also 90 pounds and laments frequently about her small boobs. One of her closest friends is a guy named Jared. Jared is also a goth, he writes vampire stories, and loves videogames. Any of that sound familiar?
Well, that's about where the simularites end. Moore's Abby has a tendency to fall head over heels for guys she meets at once and I'm not sure I can describe her personality but not like me at all. And Moore's Jared is gay and a bit of a pansy. (less)