Lots of wonderful stories and poems. Compiled for children but a very good listen at any age.
Interesting characters and dialogue. It sounds like a Lemony Snicket book when it begins. Highly talented orphans, a brother and sister, who have been trust upon an obscure relative who dosen't want them. The plot was just plan silly.
How to massacre a romantic vampire story:
First, take your basic elementary becoming a vampire story. Throw in some potentially romantic scenes then bludgeon them to death before anything exciting should happen. Next poison the plot with blaring inconsistencies. After that, drown any hope the reader might have of seductive vampire scenes with gruesome bloody graphic medical descriptions.
If the story still lives…
Then thrust a heroine into the heart of the story who’s too dumb to follow her own advice, loves to smoke (why this is important to the storyline only author can say) and wants to be a doctor. Place said heroine in a hospital were there should be blood, blood everywhere, yet for some reason, not a drop for a ravenous vampire to drink. Last but not least, drag in some male vampires to struggle over this stupid heroine’s affections. Either man could have any woman they wished to bite yet for some reason this one is special. The only thing special about this heroine is her death wish. Gentlemen, put the story out of its misery, kill her, and go bite someone else!
When I saw previews of the movie, I ran out to buy this book. Once I read this book I couldn't put it down and had to get it in audio form. The movie was a wonderful adaptation. An all round very good story. A fairy tale for adults.
Great character development, fantastic storyline, the plot had great pacing. The reader was able to really empathize with both Mr. Invincible and Cybergirl. Awaiting the next book. Great locution!
I respect Neil Gaiman as a writer. I loved Stardust. Neil Gaiman has a wonderful writing style, but this I hated. The entire book was fraught with depression. Which was a shame because Neil Gaiman has a great sense of locution and charaterization but the overall plot and movement of the story was lacking and seemed to drag on forever.
The plot, if you can called a plot, was convoluted and hard to follow. The little snippets of immigrant stories were very bleak. I came away from this feeling betrayed, depressed and very angry.
It's the story of Good Twin verses Evil Twin in a race to save the world. Only a carefully constructed team of 4 brilliant orphans can help. Filled with logic puzzles. I'm sorry but NO TWO YEAR OLD COULD DO THAT! I don't care how smart they are it's just a question of developmental stages. And if these brilliant children aren't able to see that one of their member has a very big head, small body and is just out of diapers then they aren't that brilliant.
A very good read. Excellent sequel! The demons are back. The prince is up to new and exciting ways of completely messing everything up. And yes, once again everyone is out to get him, but for some completely new reasons and with some excitingly unexpected methods. You've got to read this!
A fantastic story of Harry Potter caliber! If you liked the Bartimaeus Trilogy you may like this one. The writing style is a bit lighter but it's packed full of action. Yes! I groaned when I got to the part about alternate realities. It seems to be the fashionable thing to use in fantasy writing. However, Herbie Brennan made it work. The kittens and adulterous affair are just minor catalysts for a even greater story about a prince fleeing for his life and the enemies that would harm him. It’s not so much a story about little flying people and woodland creatures, as it is a story about a magic realm, alternate worlds, and demons. I can’t wait to read the next one. Definately not something for a 6 year old but 11 year olds and up will like it.
The characters are all there. There were interesting plot twists and I appreciated the full cast of character voices. But the characters are very 2 deminsional. There are some gaps in logical character movement. I had a very hard time caring about the main character and the ending was just plain annoying. The question of What is Dust is something that keeps coming up in the book but it's never answered. I guess that's what the next book in the series is for, but at this point I don't care.
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