This was a good book, a fun and interesting listen, but the basic plot and a lot of the ideas were done about ten years ago in a Japanese book called Battle Royal that was later turned into a movie and a manga. Of the two, I found Battle Royal more enjoyable and plausible, but both are good. Ironically Battle Royal was considered controversial when it was first translated into English--now ten years later Hunger Games (which has almost the exact same plot about twenty four kids isolated in an arena and forced to fight to the death for a nations entertainment) is a hugely popular young adult book. (SPOILERS) Hmmn, thinking about it now, not only did both books have twenty four juveniles forced to fight to the death until only one survior remained while a nation watched through cameras mounted all around the arena, but in both books for the first time two contestants live--and in both books its a boy and a girl who are in love. I wonder if Collins ever read Battle Royal. Any way, I recommend this on audio, and I recomend anyone who liked this pick up the Battle Royal novel off of Amazon.
I loved this book. I loved that Tiffany has grown so believably from the first book through the fourth. I loved that the story tackled such big issues. I loved that Tiffany visited Ahnk Morpork and fit so nicely into the larger Discworld. I loved seeing Carot and Anqua and Vimes (I always love seeing Vimes) and The Times and everything that makes the Discworld such a fully realized and amazingly created place. I loved the plot. I loved the sense of threat. I loved that you could appreciate this book even if it was your first discworld book ever, and I loved that there were so many characters and references to past discworld books that made it even better for long time fans.
And boy did I love the ending. It was beautiful. It was done so well. It actually brought a tear to my eye.
To me, each Tiffany Aching/Wee Free Men book has been better than the last, and this book is a briliant, insightful, exciting, beautiful book I'd recomend to anyone.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The first book in the series was good--obviously good enough that I got the second--but this book was even better. The first book had some great action and an amazing end, but the pacing felt off a bit. This book had better pacing throughout, and really did a nice job of developing the characters (much more so than the first book). The action in this book (as with most of Sanderson's work) is brilliantly done and very exciting, and the world feels more real because of the character and situations developed. My only complaint for this book would be how quickly a certain ruthless/evil enemy meets his end near the end of the book. I spent a lot of the book waiting for him to be forced to acknowledge his errors and arrogance, but instead he was killed in about one sentence before he really had a chance to recognize his mistakes. That was disapointing, but the book is very well done and very satisfying overall. I've already picked up the third. To tell the truth, I'm becoming a big Sanderson fan. The work he's done carying on Jordan's The Wheel of Time has been fantastic, and now this Mistborn series really has me captivated as well. His The Way of Kings had some pacing issues, but after listening to The Well of Acension, I have more faith in The Way of Kings sequel than I previously did. Anyway, great book, very well narrated, engaging characters, amazing/unique fight scenes, highly recommended.
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