I was bought the trilogy a few months back by a friend when he was out shopping his local charity shops. And this has become my bedtime reading.
CollinI was bought the trilogy a few months back by a friend when he was out shopping his local charity shops. And this has become my bedtime reading.
Collins is an exceptional writer. Her words stream from the page in an effortless ream through the story. The pace and eloquence of the book encourages further reading and I'm afraid to get to the end. This will mean of course I will look for more from Collins once I'm through with Mockingjay....more
I'm a contributing author to this fabulous anthology of 40 author stories. With all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders, I'm proud to be a partI'm a contributing author to this fabulous anthology of 40 author stories. With all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders, I'm proud to be a part of this superb line-up of authors I both admire, and discover.
And get this. The papaerback features, 40, FORTY individual artworks for each story. Boom!...more
I love the words of Stephen King, his prose rings out in my ear, so when the author himself reads his story, I feel that I might just have died and goI love the words of Stephen King, his prose rings out in my ear, so when the author himself reads his story, I feel that I might just have died and gone to heaven.
To understand this review you will have had to read the story. Though I'm not a huge fan of spoiling, some may class this as that, and it is necessary, as you will see.
Early on in my search for writers and what advice they gave to aspiring craftsmen and -women, I happened on Ray Bradbury. He said, of talking about writing short stories, to read plenty of them and find the metaphor.
I think it true of novels, too, in some cases and I certainly found one in Bag of Bones, though I'm unsure Stephen King put it in there consciously, or even sub-consciously, indeed he may not even be aware it exists at all. What I took from the book happened right near the end, I must tell you, I listened to him narrate this over three days, never wanting it to end, but alas, all good things come to an end, eventually.
It occurred to me during the scene in which Mike Noonan was setting to drown young Kyra Devore and slit his wrists shortly after. He was sitting there unaware that an unseen force, the voice of Sara was urging he drowned the girl, like all the ones before. To me this is a lot like addicts, certainly and in this review I'll use alcoholics specifically, you have this voice in your head, whether you realise it or not urging you, telling you to have that drink. It took the ghost of his wife Jo to bring him out of it, (the good guy,) and in drunks we have the same; one voice saying, "yeah, go on," or "you were fine the last time, you didn't die anyway," stuff like this, and yes there is that good voice as well, the one reminding you how awful you felt the next day, or recalling a conversation you wish to heck you hadn't had while boozed up. Yep, in most cases the Sara's shout louder than the Jo's. But the Jo's do win out. These could be your friends, girlfriends, or in severe cases councilors. The metaphor here, certainly how I see it is: with the right Jo the drinking addiction can be overpowered.
Mr King, if you do read this, let me congratulate you on another fine tale. I thoroughly enjoyed Bag of Bones. I'm a film lover, too, and have always maintained that books are better, not just in your own stories but in other books turned into movies, as well. I caught the movie on a late evening some years ago with that Bond bloke playing the major role. While I liked that movie, I loved this book better. If ever anyone needed proof books are better than their movies, they should absorb this story in both its formats....more
I was so taken by this book, I simply couldn't put it down. I am a night owl most of the time, and it is in the dark hours that I come alive and am atI was so taken by this book, I simply couldn't put it down. I am a night owl most of the time, and it is in the dark hours that I come alive and am at my best. Let us put this fact aside, and that I was suffering with the flu is also negligible, the truth is I wouldn't have put this book down if my life depended on my looking up from its pages.
A well paced and enthralling read. It shows the sheer belligerence of the wild, and a young girl's struggle to get through, to survive. If you've ever been out walking in the woods, and wondered what it might be like to spend a few days out there, alone, you will reconsider the question, and realise it ain't all about the smell of the roses, nor the sight of the spring fauns.
Highly recommended book, not only to King fans, or Red Sox fans, but to those who want a lesson in how humans can get back to nature, and survive in the most perilous of circumstance....more
Other than I thought Hitchhiker was a bit far-fetched, I did thoroughly enjoy these tales from a master of fiction. It was especially nice to read andOther than I thought Hitchhiker was a bit far-fetched, I did thoroughly enjoy these tales from a master of fiction. It was especially nice to read and learn a bit more about Dahl, and how he got into writing.
Dahl has a special way to bring into his stories, and keep you entertained throughout....more
World building at its best. This book takes us to a new realm in Canavan's arsenal, and fundamentally is two books in one, because it focuses on two mWorld building at its best. This book takes us to a new realm in Canavan's arsenal, and fundamentally is two books in one, because it focuses on two main characters, Tyen and Rielle, who are from two separate worlds, one with magic dwindling with each use, the other with magic a plenty, but has strict rules against usage. So far, I have seen no connection to these characters, and indeed worlds, but as this is a new trilogy, or saga, I'm guessing the connection will surface.
I loved, The Black Magician Trilogy and Age of the Five Trilogy for they had great pace and sentence structure. Though this book has both I found it to be very slow to get into, there's a lot of great prose where nothing really happens. Tyen finds a book which he discovered on a tomb raid, though in the book it is described as an archaeological find, and we learn the book can talk to its bearer through its pages and that indeed the book is made up of human parts, hair and skin, etc., I felt the pace was somewhat a slow one in learning more about the book and that, in the wrong hands, could be potentially very dangerous for the world. On the flip world, Rielle is a magician, though she has to keep it a secret because on this world using magic is deemed stealing from the gods, and doing so means you must spend a life in exile. She doesn't want that and hides her ability, wishing only to live a normal life. She meets and falls in love with a local artist, whose family lines do not make him a great pairing in Rielle's parents' eyes. And so we have a forbidden love which severs the ties to her family. This all makes for good story of course, but there was a pace issue I found, and all this could have been done a lot faster for my liking. It does pick up, and as you move though the book you will find it a page turner, though, for me, this didn't happen until three quarters of the book had been read.
I'd still recommend it for it is a book I enjoyed to the end....more