Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004
The story opens as a disutopia similar to that of the Giver and a bit darker then Hunger Games, luckily the author quickly moves the reader pass this and on to a much brighter world. In many ways this is a brighter and happier story then the title implies. The childern are well treated and enter into a much better world. The only thing missing is book 2!
I really enjoy this book. While it's set long long before the original 3 books it is a return that then a reframing of the start of who Bartiumaeus is. The book is filled with lots of back chat and Bartiumaeus trying to help the "masters" he claims to hate. I always love turning Bartiumaeus on after a long day with pissed customers. He validates so much what you wish you could say while dealing with complaints.
This has very much the same favor, writing style and plot as Peirs Anthony's Incarnation of the Immortals books.
While this is set in the distance post technology era; it has so little to do with the story that it could be set in the past or on another plant for all the effect it has.
It's a pretty good story but there is little original about it.The author does distrubening seem to have failed to read any actual Greek Myths. Apollo is for unclear reason set to be a dark hair youth not a gold hair one.
It's rather like somewhat slate popcorn; it not bad but not that good.
Little is explained in this book; not the characters' motivations, not who knows and what they know. There seems to be no center to the story but rather it's a loose collect of conversations which attempt to outline something. For the first hour it's sorta Zen; after that I started to wonder about the author's skill. Mostly I found myself not really caring. If you enjoyed 7-9 of the Wheel of time then you might like this otherwise stay clear.
I really enjoy the unwanteds and looked forward to book2; but this one really is only half the story. Which is a shame. The ending not even a cliff hanger so much as a low point in a raising action.... :(
Wee Free men is set in the discword but is start of Pratcett's childern books which in someways are a little bit different take on the witches then in Equal Rites. In many ways this book works on Pratcett view of books for Childern : If they don't know it too hard then it might not be and a hint of blood is only offence to the people reading the story to the children.
Actually this is a very clean story and rather more true to English Folklore about Pixies and Elves then some of the more sugaring stuff pressed out.
Pratchett returns to the idea of belief and seasons. This should not off put anyone with strong views about what do believe in; rather this is about the effects of belief and how societies work with belief through charity; exchange and tradition.
It's also light and funny. Morals without preaching but a dose of guilt. If you enjoy the others go right and head and dive in.
The author warn the reader that she is going to attempt to give one inside into the thinking of an age based on a single person; the way the book unfold it's more of a single male line then about a single man.This history is trying to balance itself between a general history and that of a single family. In the end it reads more like a second year history reader for a couple of lectures then a detailed book about the family.
The author knows her business and seems to have a reasonable collection of proofs but it's a dry first hour.
This really is an important over the first book. I normally hate series where the rules of magic change a couple of books in because the "God" of the run out out. This is well done. It's early in the series and actually gives the author and the characters a bit more play without being a "Holy Hand Graide" to solve all problems.
Kiff really becomes a "him" not just a shadow in this book. It's worth the credit for sure.
I was first inducted to Greenblatt in a 4th year history course. This should not put anyone off but underlined that this a scholar work rather then a personal essay which the sample make it appear.
I would suggest hearing "On the Nature of Things", which is on audible first, Greenblatt does describable the text but more as a sample of what pleasures you might enjoy rather as a summary.
This book is rather about the effort in the 15th and 16th century to rediscovery the great works of Greek and Rome by the humanists. It is interesting and a reminder of why we should keep printing books and teaching our children to write with a pen and not just with a keyboard.
Mr. Ballerini voice is very well suited to this book and while I can not comment on his ability with the Itailon and Latin to the untrained ear it was very enjoyable.
I couldn't get by the first 30 mins of this. I suffer from depression and anxiety and while the drugs are effective this book is written in such a style that the reader feels that they are within the mind of a suffer of anxiety. It could be a interesting story but given the mood of the book I suggest passing.
The title is correct the main character really is suffering from the games of her own mind.
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