I loved Howl's Moving Castle and expected more of the same--and got it. I was somewhat disappointed that Sophie and Howl were not the main characters, but I fell in love with Charmain and Peter too.
It is fun to see how Ms. Jones twisted cultural assumptions about what is appropriate for girls and the traditional (in fairy tales) differences between royalty, peasants and merchants. I was entertained with the nontraditional roles of Charmain going off to work each day while Peter stays home doing chores.
I wish for a follow up novel on what becomes of Charmain and Peter as the come into adulthood.
Overal fun listen and well performed by Ms. Sterlin.
Let me preface my review: I do not care for the writing style of this novel (first person present tense with flashbacks in past tense-drives me crazy). That being said..when I picked up this novel last year on a friend's recommendation, it didn't take more than the first chapter for me to be sucked in. I was enthralled by the characters, the plot and themes explored by Ms. Collins. I enjoyed it so much that I read the other 2 novels within just a couple of weeks.
When I listened to the audio book the novel became even more enjoyable! I thought Ms. McCormick performed wonderfully.
Listening gave me more time and freedom (less time struggling with writing style) to reflect on the challenges of being true to yourself in a constraining society where every minute is focused on survival. I love the subtle rebellion Cinna practices and the sincere kindness and devotion of Peeta, but I truely identify with Katnis's self aborbed survival mode. Katnis chooses to include a few others in her personal circle of responibility like her sister Prim and later Rue, but generally her choices are self serving through most of the book. Slowly she realizes not everyone acts with the same motivations and she begins to explore her own motivations.
Yes! This was the first Pern novel I read years ago as a teenager and have reread many times since. Listening was just as much pleasure as reading!
The story pulls you out of reality to a different culture and different time. You get to explore the world of Pern through Menolly's experiences in her Hold, in her cave (Holdless), and at the Weyr. The journey she takes (emotionally and physically) was relevant to me as a teenager and I still enjoy it as an adult. It explores deep emotion and turmoil without dragging you into the depths yourself, but still manages to pull you out and reveal hope and joy of life.
I love Menolly's character. As the story progresses she develops from a shy quiet girl dependent on her teacher into a girl who knows what she wants as is ready to go out and make it happen (even if she is still shy & quiet). I identified with her a lot (as a teenager especially).
I always struggled with how to pronounce the unique names of characters and places created by Anne McCaffery. Although her vowels are short where mine are long and emphasis is placed on different syllables, she is consistent and I liked the changes.
This story swings through many emotions-greif, desperation, hope, joy. My favorite thing about the story is that it takes you on the journey without dragging you down and ends in hope and joy for the future.
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