In 246 H.E., the Provost's Dogs guard Tortall's capital city. Beka Cooper is one of their newest trainees - a Puppy wet behind the ears but eager to learn. But Beka will have to learn faster than she bargained for because ...more
I'm beginning to, finally, recognize patterns in Tamora Pierce's heroines. When I was a kid I identified with her books so strongly I couldn't possibly step back as a writer to see her tricks. Now, with the benefit of age and distance, I read this book with new eyes. Her main characters always have some kind of fatal flaw - in Beka's case it's fear of public speaking and chronic shyness, for Alana it was cold and spiders, for Kel it was heig ...more
- Firstly: Terrier is written in first person, which is the first of Tammy's novels to be written thus (Note: Tammy has written short stories in first person).
- Secondly: it is writ ...more
I still can’t believe I have to rate this one star. A Tamora Pierce book too! But I found this book so slow with a lot of unnecessary details and not enough necessary details. I mean a lot of this was just ramble about the MC’s everyday life and like who came to visit her and what they talked about etc…
So basically the whole of this book is about the everyday life and line of duty of “Puppy” Beka Cooper, and don’t get me wrong I actually ...more
I really really do. Cross my heart. Hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye
(You know, I never knew the reason why kids on our country say these things when they want to convince people they're telling the truth.This sounds painful.Maybe that explains the phrase, the truth hurts? )
But anyway ... por favor .
This book almost bored me to death. The only reason why I finished this one was because I have a high respect for Pounce . I think it tells a great d ...more
Beka Cooper is a Puppy, training to be a guardsman, known as a Dog. (Once trained, a Puppy becomes a Terrier.) Beka's very shy, but competent at her training. She's also able to hear ghosts, who hitch rides on pigeons, and a cat who seems to be so much more has moved into her lodgings, and follows her everyw ...more
Was tossing between a 3 or 4 stars and then decided that Mrs. Pierce DESERVES a 4 because she is just that good.
I'll give a more thorough review when I've got the time but I just wanted to put down a quick thought about this book and her author.
Tamora Pierce's world building is so fluid and concise that it's like you're trying to immerse yourself into an actual country! It's hard going at first, learning the dialect and the ...more
The book was just as good the second time around. At first I was wary of reading it again thinking it might not be as enjoyable this time around. Obviously I was wrong. I even caught myself looking ahead to see what happened, and then I would remind myself that I al ...more
^^If don't understand that sentence ^^, 'I'D RATHER WATCH PAINT DRY'
Do not get out this book unless you are looking for torture. The chapters are a million pages long, and most of which are boring. I reckon I got up to about page 30 and then I had to stop, for the story was doing my head in. Whoever told me that was a good book, don't tell me anymore, cuz' obviously your eyes have incinerated and all that's left is the eye socket. SERIO...more
'Cause you see, the Lower City is a crack pot of gamblers, smugglers, slavers, thieves and every ot ...more
So I feel like I didn't enjoy this as much this time around, and I'm wondering if it's because I listed to it in audiobook form rather than reading it? Or maybe it was just my mood. I'm going to let my original rating stand. But I might skip the rest of the prequel trilogy and skip to the Alanna books which I've only read once about 8 years ago.
3rd Read: 5/22/2015
2nd Read: 2/1/2012
Original Read: 2/3/2011
This isn't great literature, but it is an imaginative world that kept me entertained for several months. Tamora Pierce likes to write books in couplet ...more
The imagination of Pierce proves to be limitles as she decribes Tortall. It has knights, magic, beggars, Dogs, slaves, mages, etc. There is ...more
Beka Cooper is such a flawed and wonderful character that is strong in some areas and weak in others. Plus the world structure, magic system, and religious orders are always so well developed. There is just so much here.
Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Ijb... ...more
"My peaches are well enough. Doubtless they would be larger if I put on more pounds, but as I have no sweetheart and am not wishful of one for now, my peaches are fine as they are."
Somebody kill me now. I need to bleach my eyeballs after this. ...more
Beka isn't a bad character, she's smart and a good fighter. I liked her ability to speak to the dead through birds and her cat Pounce was pretty funny. She was trying to prove herself to the dogs while also solving ...more
Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors. Her heroines are always so honest and well-rounded people who inspire and subtly encourage young women. When I was 10, I found Daine and Alanna, and they opened a whole new world to me of characters who looked like me, and did things maybe I could do. They were flawed but not fatally, and they grew up as I did.
Beka Cooper is another such young heroine. She grew up poor, no stranger to the ravages of fate. She has a small magic, and a huge de ...more
I have a love-and-hate relationship with Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. I found the Alanna quartet poorly written, enjoyed The Immortals, absolutely adored Protector of the Small ( so much so that Kel is now one of my favorite fictional characters ever), liked the Trickster's duo but also found it extremely problematic in certain respects. And then I moved onto Terrier which I'm sorry to say is my least favorite Pierce book that I've read so far. Pierce depa ...more
Even though this is written as an epistolary novel and thus my two leas ...more
7/29 - Still trucking through. The story is good, but something about the narration is slowing me down, perhaps because it's in the form of a diary, and that seems cumbersome. Not only that, but here are the epistolary laye ...more
Beka was unique because of her shyness! It was a first. Usually Pierce's characters are these kick-ass, take charge type of heroines and Beka is definitely bad ass, but talking to authority figures? She'd rather not. It worked out though since she has an amazing group of friends. I loved them so much, it was perfect!
Besides Beka, the star of this book was totally Pounce! I fuckin ...more
One thing about this book that my rer ...more
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