Well written action fantasy book especially if you like the game. Adds to the Dragon Age lore by providing history and background on Logan and the kingdom. Not sure I'd recommend it to someone not familiar with the game but a good story overall..
I don't normally read horror and this was my first Neil Gaiman read. Main character reflects back on his childhood, growing up as a six year old in the country. His new nanny is a dark presence that negatively influences those around her and he must seek refuge with a mysterious friendly neighbours. Reflecting back on it the plot wasn't that scarey or original. But it was very well written.
Normally I don't notice an authors use of prose (words) but here they sucked me into the mindset of a child, along with his fears and sorrows. I'll read more Neil Gaiman books because of it.
Mr. Gaiman voice reading only enhanced the atmosphere.
A freak accident, or was it? kills the Elvish Emperor and his immediate heirs, forcing his exiled half-goblin son Maia to take the throne. Ill prepared Maia must navigate political intrigue, bureaucracy, assassin plots and find a wife. It sounds more exciting then it is.
This is a book about political intrigue, nobility and royal court system, basically behinds the scene of royal government. Instead this is a character study that could be used to show children the other side of fairy tales. Why you don't want become ruler as it is lonely on the top, boring trying to remember formalities, and people trying to undermine or kill you.
Can also be used as a study guide for royal formality, when to use the royal 'we' the informal 'I', etc. The main character is extremely likeable, idealist and relatable which saves the book as we have empathy for his situation and watch him grow.
The world building is excellent, you can tell there is a bigger world not fully explored and the characters are all well developed. However, while it take place in an elvish kingdom and main character is half Goblin, other then ear movements it doesn't take advantage of being fantasy, could easily be rewritten as historical fiction with different human cultures.
If you like political intrigue, reading about nobility, being inside a confused character head and a positive book read it. If you want to be thrilled, excitement or lots of action look somewhere else. It a nice contrast to dark and grim fantasy that seems to be the norm today.
If you read the previous two books in the series, just read this one too, you won't be disappointing.
While the previous books dealt with John's struggle and identity as a sociopath, here we see him in action accepting who he is and his mission in life. His personal life also develops entering a more serious relationship. Can someone without empathy be in a relationship?
Like the other books half the enjoyment is being inside this character's head, seeing how he sees and interprets 'normal' teenager and social situations. Anyone who struggled understanding people behaviours or emotions will identify. Book is full with humour, much of it dark.
The ending was great, you need to be a sociopath not to feel impacted by it. Good ending to a series but leaves room for a very different continuation.
The main character is recruited by a University to conduct historical research in secret using time travel.
For a book involving time travel it doesn't deal with paradoxes and except for the Cretaceous period, very little of the story takes place in the past. Plot plays like a disaster movie, if anything can go wrong it does and often. A large part of the book deals with the main character relationships and life at what comes off as a party school. Read more like a coming of age disaster story then thought provoking.
Told in reflective first person perspective with plenty of dry wit and self depreciating humor, personally I found it often hilarious. There are many side characters and about half way I started losing track of them. The story shifts and twists a few times the ending opens up sequels/series to a new direction.
It's a fun read and I got through it quickly but besides a few cool concepts not much to reflect back on or thought provoking. I'll probably read the sequel.
I found it to be a slow read, more literary then fun, and more hard sci-fi then fantasy sci-fi. Despite being published in 1996 the predicted science is vague enough not to take away from advances since then.
In the near future the discovery of nearby alien civilization causes the Jesuits to organize a mission to make contact. Loosely Paralleling historic Jesuit missionary.
Like good sci-fi it deals with several social issues and other themes. Faith and devotion is a strong theme throughout. Dealing with significantly different cultures and overcoming one's troubled past.
Half the book is dealing trauma and a character's personal struggle to reconcile his faith of a loving God with the horrors and evil he witness.
The aliens and world are different and strange by our standards but understandable if not always relatable. Characters are well developed, believable and interesting. I had an issue that every Priest on the mission seemed loose with their faith. I think the organization of the Church was handled well.
While funny, clever and hopeful at times this is not a feel good book at the end. If you like first contact stories or theme of struggling with one's faith or traumatic past it's worth a read.
This was a easy, fast and comfortable read but mostly due to the writing style and not the plot.
A girl from a 'savage' tribe is summoned to the capital where the monarchy have gods as their slaves. The story starts off sounding like it will be political but that plays very little. There is a LOT of sexual tension and innuendo in this book which seems to be the main focus as well as relationships..
Explores themes of corruption, desire, and history interpretations. Lot of world building at the start and figuring out how the god system works. The book is enjoyable while I was read but reflecting it afterwards, it seems to lack substance, like junk food.
I'm not sure if I'll read the sequels.
Like good science fiction the story deals with the concept, ideas and people over actual science. How would individuals, a small town and eventually society at large deal with or believe in an invisible man. The advantages and disadvantages being invisible presents and what it could do to a person's mind. There's enough scientific explanation to allow us to understand how someone went about achieved it.
Anyone with a remote interest or curiosity of the middle east should read this book. It's an honest first hand account of what it's like for a girl growing up in Pakistan. Malala recounts what life for her, her family, her village and her country is like before the Taliban, living under the Taliban rule and after the military "officially" pushed them out.
I like to think of myself of well informed but this explains many questions. How terrorist organizations are able to use propaganda and start off with compassionate gesture like providing funding to win the heart and minds of locals. Why the country citizens don't trust the United States, the extent of government corruption and political maneuvering.
The second take away we see through Malala, a girl who strongly believes in her rights to an education, and her father how one person can make a difference. It's an inspiring tale of how standing up for what you believe and against what is wrong can affect people and change.
The book does a good job of not getting tied down in the high level politics but covers them just enough to understand what is going on.
Forget the rhetoric and listen to this first hand account of life in Pakistan.
This is a long and slow read taking place in a well thought out world. It's the first in a popular series so while it plays into cliche and tropes of the genre it may not have been a big deal when it was written. This makes the plot predictable and not very thrilling.
Characters are stereotypical but distinct from each other, however as often the case with many main characters only a few are really fleshed out and even then briefly.
If you like dungeon crawlers, campaign based stories (RPG) or classic fantasy it is worth a read.
How could the tower of babel be built, how would a mad scientist view the world, What if we could make ourselves unaffected by people's looks, and what if Angel sightings were common everyday occurrences and we could see the deceased in heaven or hell? These are some of the stories this collection examines with their social, scientific and psychological impact. Some stories better than other, aimed more at plot and themes so some readers may find them boring.
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