This book was truly magical and fun. I really enjoyed recognizing much the symbolism and foreshadowing but it was not too obscure or too in your face. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Oh my!! I listened to the 40th anniversary edition read by Mr. Blatty himself. His voice was EXCELLENT for the demon! There was a night when I had to walk to the end of my dark suburban side street to get my mail and it was right at a part where Caris was listening to a recording of the demon and playing it backward. I sort of ran the same way I use to run up our basement stairs when the furnace kicked on!
There are some books that deserve to be listened to as the author intends!
3.5 stars. I liked this book. I think I may have liked it more if I was not already so in love with the Gabaldon Outlanderseries. There are soooo many comparisons. Unfortunately, I read many of the comparisons before I read this book. It was hard to not frequently draw lines between the similar stories. Claire has a HUGE advantage over Elizabeth, however, by being a medical woman. The medical scenes in the Outlander novels were some of my favorites.
Anyway, I absolutely love books where a "lady" of wealth or status is not interested in
acting as such. Elizabeth, in Into the Wilderness, learns the ways of her Native American brethren and earns their respect. But this is not the life that her father, the Judge of the small town would have wanted for her.
There was also a colorful array of supporting characters. Many I found more interesting that Elizabeth, herself. Like the Scottish backwoodsman, Robbie MacLaughlin, the sly, ambiguous Julian and little reformed Liam Kirby.
I also found myself making comparisons to a novel called The Legend of the Bloodstone where an unlikely woman chooses to make her home with the Indians and learn from them. I liked Legend better, also. Not sure if I will read the rest in this series.
Not bad. It wasn't exactly what I expected, however. Fantasy novel or Ghost story? It was a bit weird, but the Chinese lore was fascinating in that way. Li Lan made so many references to the afterlife having distinct parallels to the life of the living. I thought this was going somewhere and she would learn some moral or truth (whatever), but nothing ever came of this. I was left to come to my own conclusions there, which is fine except that I felt that she was building to something that never came. Many parts were slow for me, hence the 3 stars, but it wasn't bad.
I didn't like this one as much as the first. The story was not as exciting without the children involved and without the suspense of the Mid-wife awaiting her fate in the prison. This one was more of a scavenger hunt for holy relics. I had developed strong feelings for the Hangman, his daughter and Simon so it was nice to be with them again even if the story wasn't as good as the first novel. I will read the 3rd.
Very dark but lovely. I loved Fermine and would like to read more about him in the subsequent books. Complicated but just enough to keep me on my toes. I listened in audio and had some trouble keeping many of the Spanish names in check. "Which guy was that again?"
I am a visual learner, so reading a hard copy might have helped with some of my confusion. Not the book's fault. I had the same confusion with all the names and landmarks in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels. oh well.
The last quarter of the story saved this whole book for me. It had a very slow take off. The end got really exciting and made the book worth recommending. I enjoyed the character named Tim and hoped the book would elaborate on his story, but that didn't really happen. Oh well. I also would have liked maybe a little bit more back story on the man that started it all, but that was sort of abbreviated, too. Oh well.
I wish I could have given it more stars. I really wanted to love it. I loved Winter Sea so much and seeing a revival of some of that story delighted me! There were parts of this book (the end) that were moving and satisfying, but for the most part, I didn't care for the modern day story involving actual psychics and Nicola's mission to help the sick girl. I felt this major plotline was underdeveloped and therefore almost forgotten making the entire point of the story easy to forget.
It FELT to me like a strain to try and replicate Winter Sea but didn't work
For the first half of this novel, I could not take the buds out of my ears! I was certain that I would assign 5 stars when I reviewed it. I loved the way it jumped from the past to the present and back again. I began to love the characters.
Later, the novel seemed to lose much of it's spark and took a left turn towards Depressing Town. Yes, the plague that ravished most of Europe in the 14th century is certainly a morose topic, however, I felt disappointed that the mood of the book seemed to change so.
This book was entertaining but I thought it was one of those rare circumstances where the movie was better than the book.
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