Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors, though she is not well known. This book is one of her few more lighthearted tales, and is one of my favorite books. It revolves around a girl named Sophie who feels herself to be drab and uninteresting and wanders away from her home when she is cursed by the Witch of the Waste. She winds up in the home of the evil and flamboyant Wizard Howl - turning both of their lives upside down, resulting in hilarity, disaster, and happy endings.
I really enjoyed this book. I don't pretend that it is a literary masterpiece, but the characters and story are engaging. I had a hard time putting it down. The narration is not my favorite but I liked the story enough to get past it.
This book is a wonderfully irreverent romp through the apocalypse, with angels and demons who have been in contact with humans for so long that they have acclimated. I love the four horsemen (I admit that the idea of Famine owning a series of fast food restaurants that sell food with no actual nutritional content has stuck with me since I first read the book in high school - it just rings so true!) Then there's the mix-up with the antichrist, so that he's raised as a normal little boy with no desire to take over or end the world.
Martin Jarvis does an excellent job of narrating this book.
I love Terry Pratchett and have for years. This book is fun and enjoyable, as are most of his books, but is by no means a representation of his best work. I do enjoy the character of Mr. Nutt - a self-conscious nonentity who has some amazing talents. Also, the idea of the wizards playing football (soccer for us from the U.S.) is certainly amusing, but if your'e new to Pratchett I would recommend Thud!, The Truth, or Going Postal.
I'm a fan of fantasy. This book, being mostly about werewolves, is a bit out of my general reading territory, but was definitely worth listening to. The characters are well done and interesting and the plot makes you want to keep listening. I definitely recommend it.
I have been a fan of Terry Pratchett for almost 20 years. This book represents the peak, in my opinion, of his writing. It is captivating, intelligent, hilarious, witty, and shows an amazing depth of human interaction and psychology (of course it does so by using many non-human analogs). This book mostly follows Vimes as he endeavors to stop a traditional war between the dwarves and the trolls from destroying his city. Stephen Briggs' narration, as always, just adds to the enjoyment of the story.
This was slightly dissapointing, as I expect more from Tanith Lee. The premise, a sci fi/fantasy switching between a futuristic Hollywood and a movie script world, was cute, but not enough to keep me particularly gripped, even for the 3 hours or so that it ran.
This is the story of a spoiled brat of a prince who comes into his own after getting stranded on a hostile planet. I enjoyed the character development and the narration was excellent. The battle and fight scenes were plentiful, possibly a bit too plentiful for my personal taste. What I could have lived without, however, were the extensive ballistic and technical details of all of the weaponry used.
I ejoy character driven novels and this one was extremely entrtaining. Strong character development and intriguing well, intrigue. The only downfall was the ending, which felt a bit weak after all of the strong build up during the body of the story.
This book was an enjoyable YA epic fantasy that kept me involved for the duration. Well written, interesting characters interplay in a struggle for a kingdom's survival. Be prepared for a number of battle scenes.
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