I absolutely LOVE ALL of the DUNE books, my favorites being The Legend of Dune series. But, it's so interesting to go back and read this trilogy because it reveals so much detail in how the plots and intrigue of the future books were set up, including the mysterious "no-ship" that is a major part of Chapterhouse Dune. This is another series that I can't get enough of, and apparently, Herbert (Frank and Brian) couldn't get enough of writing it either! There are so many branches that take off from the "main" books. I'm actually reading the whole series over again, in order, as much as I can figure out, starting with this Trilogy. I know someday I will go back and read Legends of Dune -- wonderful!
I really do like this Trilogy. Rothfuss is a great writer. However, there are some parts that really, really drag. I tend to get a little bit bored with some of the detailed conversations, descriptions, and plain boring subjects. There is just too much detail in the whole experience with the fairy creature that kills her victims with sex (can't think of her name), and the whole mercenary experience, and more.
As I've said before I LOVE all of Kevin J. Anderson's sci-fi/fantasy. This new Trilogy - Terra Incognita - has been so much fun. A really interesting change of setting for a sci-fi/fantasy. To sum up it is about two basic storylines in this fantastic world - one is a continuous exploration to find the "key to Terra Vitae(sp?)" and uncover the true map of the world in which they live; second is a religious war between two lines of the same origin. The story goes that Urich and Andan were brothers of the original creator of the world who became "lost" and descendants either followed Andan or Urich and a Holy War started out of an accident that was interpreted as an attack and the war goes on and on through, so far, two generations because of continued acts of violence being carried out in "the name of Andan" or "the name of Urich" without authority to do so and it stirs up more hate and vengence. This is the second book and the violence and hate is escalating. The characters are endearing and Anderson has even created "rock opera CDs" with several well known and respected musicians and artists in the industry (including Mike Welsh(sp?) from Kansas). There's a sample at the end of the audio book - great hard rock - just the way I like it! I look forward to experiencing the music and art in the CDs.
I had read this book before, but then bought in through audible thinking I hadn't read it then realized when I started into it. I love the historical fiction of this period in history because my lineage is Danish/Swedish/Welch. It is gritty and violent, though, but I really love reading about the warrior character who has integrity, is strong, honest, and fights through the battles with faith in God taking care to be righteous. I have heard a lot about The Pale Horseman which is Cornwell's sequel to this book and I am looking forward to getting into that one, too.
I love Brandon Sanderson's books - such unusual portrayals of humanity similar to, but not quite like our own cultures.. I'm excitedly looking forward to this new series.
I finished this book and it is fantastic! Sanderson did a lot of work at the beginning to set the background of the story and the foundation of the characters and for a while, it seemed it wasn't going anywhere, but finally the pieces started coming together and it was fantastic! Can't wait for the next one!
At first I found this book so strange that I had a hard time getting into it, and even trying to figure out what it's all about. The writer has an interesting way of presenting the story by showing both sides of a conflict (war) from the perspective of all the characters (3rd person omniscient), so that the reader begans to care for and appreciate both sides of the conflict. Finally, you get so caught up in the characters that you're definitely guessing as to what they could possibly come up with next and it's difficult to take sides.... It wasn't so good that I want to immediately purchase the next book and start reading it today, but,I will, eventually, get around to reading the rest of the series.
Suzanne Collins wraps up The Hunger Series with a bang in this, the last book in the trilogy. I'm sad to see the series end, but thoroughly enjoy her writing style and shaping of the characters. The readers are in for some big surprises in this book and we find out how absolutely evil President Snow (and the Capital?) really are. I really appreciate the way it's all told from Katniss' perspective even her perceptions of what is happening to her even when she is practically incoherent are written so well as to pull the reader into her confusion and pain. This book seems a little bit more poetic than the others and definitely more brutal. All the characters are there and some new. Without going on forever about it, I LOVED IT!
I really enjoyed hearing A Christmas Carol told by Tim Curry. He did an excellent job and, of course, listening to it at Christmas time is so appropriate for remembering human compassion and kindness at this time of year and always. Charles Dickens was a clever, clever writer...
Learning the secret to our main characters demise is a bit of a shock, and somewhat disappointing, and funny and familiar all at the same time. I love the way this series is based on true "fairy tales" and myths of English/Irish/Scottish origins. I think that's why I love these books. The ending was, yeah, like, what happened, exactly? But, I believe Dart-Thornton clears up some of the mystery in her afterword in Part II.
This is like a prequel to the Miles Vorkosigan series. It was enjoyable to get to know Miles parents and what they went through to bring Miles into this world. Their personalities are funny as well as courageous and down-to-earth inspite of their high standing in their world. I read A Civil Campaign first, which is like almost the last one in the Miles Vorkosigan series and then this book. So, now I guess I need to read in between some.... Funny, romantic, dramatic, adventurous -- it's all there.
This book was a fun, easy read, and even though it had a decent plot and storyline, it seemed somewhat simple for my tastes. The romance was reminiscent of Clan of the Cave Bear. Still, I'm glad I read it.
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