Prepare yourself to fall into a mythical world of magic, monsters and moths in Laini Taylor’s “Strange the Dreamer”. From the first few pages I wasPrepare yourself to fall into a mythical world of magic, monsters and moths in Laini Taylor’s “Strange the Dreamer”. From the first few pages I was whisked away into the world of Lazo Strange as he chases his childhood fantasy: a wondrous city, locked away from the world and lost in time. A war orphan and an apprentice librarian, Lazo spends his days wondering what happened to the lost city that was cut off from the world over 200 years ago. When an opportunity presents itself, he takes it and finds himself within grasp of the answer. The more answers he finds, the more questions he has - one of his biggest questions he faces is how did he find himself in love with something that everyone in his lost city fears?
The author, Laini Taylor, impressed me so much with her writing that I have looked into other books written by her. You can appreciate the effort that has been put into crafting every sentence. Her imagination must be vivid and she writes in such a way that you can picture exactly what she is describing. It is a substantial book and well worth the investment in time, I even noticed my own writing and vocabulary improving as I read her work.
I expected the book to be an easy read and I was sorely mistaken. This book demands your attention at all times, and if you don't give it that, you will struggle to follow the plot. One of Laini Taylor's writing devices is to drip feed you information. She does this as a means of keeping you in suspense. In particular parts, this caused a bit of confusion, however when I stuck with it, Taylor always cleverly reveals what is happening in many "ahhh!" moments.
I am a lover of reading and it isn't often that a book has me as enthralled as "Strange the Dreamer" had me. If you looking for a read vivid enough to take you into its world, this is the book for you!
**spoiler alert** I found this to be a beautiful story, but not a page turner. This is the type of novel I would enjoy studying more than reading.
Roy**spoiler alert** I found this to be a beautiful story, but not a page turner. This is the type of novel I would enjoy studying more than reading.
Roy painted a vivd picture of this family as well their contextual situation, and his control of language was sooo incredible. I really enjoyed the hetrodiegetic narration with varied internal focalisation through the different characters. The use of the non-linear plot was effective in presenting the characters lives, but hard to follow. I felt there was a lack of use of Chekhov’s gun, but perhaps that was purposeful. I also felt the incestuous twist at the end was forced, but I’ll admit it did resonate.
I’d recommend if you are a bit of a literature fan, but maybe not for a casual summer read...more
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