I very rarely write reviews, but damn, I loved this book. It was one of those rare gems that just grabbed me in all the right ways. It has more heartI very rarely write reviews, but damn, I loved this book. It was one of those rare gems that just grabbed me in all the right ways. It has more heart in a single page than most books manage in their entire length. It was exactly the right story at the right time for me—a sweet, thoughtful romance that didn’t try to be complicated or existential. It was absolutely authentic, and I can't stress enough how wonderful that is.
Mr. Witt's writing is clean and sometimes lyrical. His characters are wholly believable and never one-dimensional. Even the supporting cast is rendered in rich detail without bogging down the flow. I even loved outlandish, crotchety old Iris, but damn it, Mr. Witt... (view spoiler)[ You killed Horace and couldn't find it in your heart to replace him?? I literally yelled at you for leaving that poor woman without a companion! I mean, I know Horace was a bastard, but... he fit. Correct this posthaste! Write a side story or something. (hide spoiler)]
Perhaps the best thing I can say about my time with "Then the Stars Fall" is that, as the pages ticked down on my Kindle, I found myself dragging my ass, lingering over every word for as long as possible because I knew I was coming to the end of my time with Travis, Wesley, Wendy, Jason, and the kids.
Bravo! Cannot recommend enough for anyone looking for a sweet, well-written romance that will stick with you long after the last page is read. Brandon Witt has more than earned his place on my "must read" list. ...more
I was skeptical about this book, since I don't typically LOVE post-apocalyptic stories. (They're usually so depressing I feel like I need to listen toI was skeptical about this book, since I don't typically LOVE post-apocalyptic stories. (They're usually so depressing I feel like I need to listen to Disney songs just to keep from leaping off a cliff.)
Predictably, there's a lot of darkness here. There are also people whose heads I don't particularly like getting inside. That being said, as much as I didn't love the people, they felt like... well... people.
For whatever reason, I also like Robertson's prose. It's snappy, with enough detail to keep you in the story, yet it doesn't overpower your imagination along the way. That's hard to pull off.
The one niggle I have with this book is that it leaves a lot unanswered. It's not trying to be existential, either. Literally, a lot of loose threads are left hanging. Now that I've read the second book, I feel much more satisfied with the experience, since it was obviously part of the plan.
This is definitely a series I'll be sticking with through the end. (view spoiler)[ Since Walt is apparently coming back in future installments, hopefully he'll have a chance to redeem himself, and I'll find a way to like him. (hide spoiler)]...more
Several times while reading Christian Nation, I scoffed and said those exact words. Except, by the end, I was questioning my o“It can’t happen here.”
Several times while reading Christian Nation, I scoffed and said those exact words. Except, by the end, I was questioning my own convictions. It can’t happen here. Can it?
In this tale, an alternate reality in which McCain and Palin win the 2008 election, America transforms into a totalitarian theocracy in the span of two decades. In a calculated series of moves—THAT HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN ATTEMPTED, by the way—civil liberties are virtually eradicated and what emerges is an ugly vision of what might have been. (What could still be if we are not vigilant.)
Sadly, Christians will either ignore this book or dismiss it as a hit-piece when it’s nothing of the sort. True Christians will find respectful treatment and will probably be just as disgusted by how completely and perniciously dominionists have hijacked their faith. No rational, patriotic American wants the world described in this book, Christian or otherwise.
You likely won’t find yourself falling in love with the people. They’re not so much drawn as sketched and are only there to tell the tale. (Except Sanjay. I really liked him.) What WILL keep you turning the pages is the alarmingly realistic demise of the American ideal—all the more terrible because a glance at the politics section of your favorite news site will illustrate just how thin a line exists between the fiction Mr. Rich has created and the reality playing out in legislatures around the country.
Horrific and utterly unforgettable. Highly recommended. ...more
This is classic Terry Brooks and I loved every minute of it! I can't wait for the rest of the series, and the good news is that I won't have to.
Some tThis is classic Terry Brooks and I loved every minute of it! I can't wait for the rest of the series, and the good news is that I won't have to.
Some things I loved:
* Female lead - Aphenglow is an interesting character and I really like where she is headed * Nods to Elfstones -Elfstones Of Shannara was one of my favorites and there's a lot in here that reminded me of it * Intrigue - I was guessing at the villain right up until the end
I'm not a hard core fantasy fan, but for whatever reason, I've always enjoyed books by Terry Brooks. While there's definitely elves and wizards and the like, the stories aren't what I would classify as "hard fantasy."
This book is a great setup to a trilogy, with the other two books following at 6 month intervals. While it ends on a cliffhanger, it is still a very satisfying story that did not disappoint....more
From the first page to the last, this book reached into my chest, grabbed my heart in a chokehold, and did not let go.
The story is deceptively simpleFrom the first page to the last, this book reached into my chest, grabbed my heart in a chokehold, and did not let go.
The story is deceptively simple, but pause for a moment and contemplate the deeper themes and you’ll realize that there’s a surprising complexity here that will leave you pondering after the last word is read. Ethan, for all of his simplicity is rich with nuance and he really makes you think. His innocence initially lends an almost uncomfortable youth to the character—particularly when his more grown-up aspects come into play—but as the story progresses you start to recognize that there’s an elegant sophistication to him that I think we could all aspire to. I loved the way music dipped and weaved through the story, it grabbed hold of me in certain moments and made me think “Yes, I know exactly how that feels,” even if I don’t hear music in the stars or the spaces between passing clouds, I could imagine perfectly what the characters were thinking or feeling. There was one moment where Ethan is tapping his feet to a private tune and Carter asks him what music he’s hearing in his head. Ethan responds simply, “Yours.” Instant waterworks. It was moments like in this story that had the power to leave me stunned and breathless—it’s a rare book that has that kind of power.
It is patently clear to me that Ryan Loveless was writing from the soul with this book, and that’s a rarity that we readers should applaud. That takes an enormous amount of courage. I didn’t just come to know something about these characters, I feel like I had a brief fellowship with their creator. I suspect Ryan is someone I’d admire very much as a human being and could learn a great deal from.
This story was equal parts touching, humorous, intriguing, and heartbreaking—and I loved, loved, loved every second. Ryan Loveless is an author I’m looking forward to getting to know better.