As the end neared, I kept thinking "How can this be called 'Calamity'? We haven't even made it to Calamity! This should be called 'LimelightFantastic!
As the end neared, I kept thinking "How can this be called 'Calamity'? We haven't even made it to Calamity! This should be called 'Limelight' or something." But then it all worked.
It was interesting to read this right after finishing Sanderson's 1,000+ page book The Way of Kings. I read how completely in-depth and immersive his writing could be, and then this book, Calamity, is just a very different kind of book. Written in a very different style, and I wish there had been a little bit more to the ending. Not 800 pages more, but just a little.
But on the other hand, I do like how the Reckoners series is different from the epic fantasy Sanderson can write. Sanderson kept true to the comic book feel even though he fleshed it out into a trilogy.
Well done. Very interesting.
I do still have a few questions about the other dimensions/worlds, but I guess when the viewpoint of the book is from the characters, and they themselves don't know, there is no way for the reader to find out!
Here are some excerpts I enjoyed.
"The sun peeked over the horizon like the head of a giant radioactive manatee."
"The robots, on the other hand, acted like a bunch of youthful dreams and got thoroughly crushed."
"I released her. And then I left, as she had said. I felt cowardly, but part of being in a team was about recognizing when someone else could do a job better than you. And part of being a man was learning to let your immortal girlfriend take a turn being the heroic one."
". . . attacking his bowl of food like a man whose house had once been burned down by a particularly violent ear of corn."
"'But...,' I wrote back. 'You've been texting me all day.' 'Totally different,' he wrote 'Didgeridooing invasion of privacy, calling a person without their permission.' 'Didgeridooing?' Megan asked from over my shoulder. 'Profanity filter on my mobile,' I said. 'You use a profanity filter? What is this, kindergarten?' 'Nah,' I said. 'It's hilarious. Makes people sound really stupid.'"
"I had been young when this had all started, only eight, an orphan on the streets. I'd lived a year on my own before I'd been taken in. I remembered hushed conversations among adults about the breakdown of society projecting horrible things like cannibalism and gangs burning whatever they could find, families breaking apart—every man living for himself. That hadn't transpired. People are people. Whatever happens, they make communities, struggle for normalcy. Even with the Epics, most of us simply wanted to live our lives."
"That said, there is a look about an Epic who is in the throes of their power. The way they stand so tall, the way they smile with such confidence. They stand out, like a burp during a prayer."
"Keeping him here is like snuggling up to a bomb, content that it's not going to explode simply because you can still hear it ticking."
"Heck, a rabid Chihuahua having a seizure would stop and listen when Abraham spoke."
"I tried not to gawk. Or, well, I tried to gawk covertly. Megan's sleek red gown was all sparkly and gorgeous and . . . well, it really accented her curves. Like how a nice cheekpiece with shadow lines accents a perfect rifle stock. Unfortunately, she wasn't wearing her own face. That ruined the effect. But still, that neckline . . . I caught her looking at me and blushed. Only then did I realize she didn't seem to have noticed my ogling, but was instead nodding to herself, a faint smile on her lips. 'Are you . . staring at my chest?' I asked. 'What?' she said. 'Stay focused, Knees.' Awesome, I thought, tossing on my jacket."
"My dad, he liked people who were straightforward. Said he'd rather get cussed out by someone who meant it than smiled at by someone who didn't."
"I skidded to a halt, then shot him in the face anyway. I mean, it had to be distracting, right? Even if the bullets bounced off? Maybe I could get one stuck in his nose or something."
"'So,' she said, 'you going to get super buff?' 'Dunno,' I said, flexing. 'Steel heart was, and my father is. Might come with the portfolio.' 'Should make up for the terrible kissing.' 'Hey, all you have to do to fix that is let me practice.' 'Noted.'"...more
This book was really interesting. The main character is trying to look through her high school best friend's life to figure out why she would have decThis book was really interesting. The main character is trying to look through her high school best friend's life to figure out why she would have decided to commit suicide.
I think this book does a really good job of raising awareness of a real problem....more
This historical fiction was really impressive. I found myself feeling horrified along with the character at the gloomy events. I have read some WWI fiThis historical fiction was really impressive. I found myself feeling horrified along with the character at the gloomy events. I have read some WWI fiction, but nowhere near as much as WWII, and the WWI I had read all took place in Europe, so it was really interesting reading about the effects of the war in the US and the effects of the Spanish Influenza. Intense. Some scenes were so well described that I really could picture it as I was reading. I was impressed by Cat Winters.
The use of old photographs was also interesting.
As I figured out what was going on, I felt really angry that the book took place in the 1910s, because I REALLY wanted a modern heroine who I feel would have charged the scene MUCH sooner and saved the day. Gah. But we were stuck with a heroine from the last century, and horrible events were not prevented. :(
Surprising book. Interesting read! I would not call it a cheerful book though....more