Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008
This is a really good story. I enjoy the whole package - the characters are believable and enjoyable. It is a pity it's hidden in the young reader section! This is about being different and then coming to see that you are not the only one and that your differences isn't the most extreme in world nor does it define you but it does change how you are. But this isn't a moral story it's a actual story - enjoy read. My only question is where are more books by Rachel Hartman?
I view these as popcorn - light fluff and finished quickly. I got the feeling with this book that Robert Asprin wanted to return to earlier books where he was only balancing a few characters and each could get a bigger part. About chapter 3 the end plot is pretty clear but the rest of the plot was fun.
If you are looking for a light distraction that this is pretty good.
Noah Levine continues a strong reading of this series.
I am not sure why but this book feeling like (at least to me) "The Curse of Chalion" by Lois McMaster Bujold. I am not totally sure why but it does.
The story is actually a story with characters that are under the authors control;that are developed and are distinct. The characters see the world differently - the author actually make this part of the plot, have different weakness and feel complete. A young man in his 30s - self conference (maybe a little too much); a world weary woman; a late teen far from home and his culture.
The "magic" I think is most where I get the feel of Chalion from in this book. It brushes with God swooping in but it works.
This isn't a book of war; of the end of the world or of DOOM but rather excitement on a scale that is believable. There is evil to be fought but it wants control not the death of the world.
Wil Damron gives a strong Narration - I would buy another book he read.
the story started out a tad dull , sheep herding and the promise of the girl next door romantic. Then the rape started so I skip a chapter now the main character is magically inflaming the town folk (more rape) about 5 chapters later the town boys are trying to rape the girl next door and I am giving up on this.
If you read the Disney release where Frozen is based on this book and are planning on playing it for the children in your life I would strongly suggest you read a free copy off the internet then decide if you still want to let your kids hear it.
I got the feeling while reading this book that this one of those stories where to a child nothing is really wrong and adults are unreasonable upset. To an adult there is a fair amount to be upset about - kidnapping,illusion to prevent the child wanting to escape; "evil" dust that freezes the goodness in peoples hearts; only true love of the "turned" person can save them. (Because loving an abusive person no matter what they do to you is good - and will turn them into a good person. ---)
I read this because I am working on a knitting project and it's was on a daily deal for $2.
Julia Whelan does a lovely job with a nasty little story for childern.
I enjoy the story;the magic system was reasonable; I enjoy the characters - what I felt was missing was an actual end to the book. The cover is quiet right if you are looking for a new series with a similar feel to Wheel of Time then this likely a good choice. Epic reborn immortal character with no memory; a great deal of power and no idea what the goal is - to order; strong and powerful magics locked up - little different twist but check; prince of the realm - also check; good narration also good. But it does also have that somewhat drifting feel that means the author is in really no hurry to achieve or enlighten. My idea of a good series would be the Cast in Shadow --- the books are connected but also have actual endings.
Micheal Kramer performance is top notch. I pretty sure I made through the book in large part because he read it.
This is in many ways for me the happiness point is the story arch. Original and feel good ending.
Of all the Terry Pratchett books I find my myself re-reading this the most often. It's about: being professional without being preachy; about see the good that all your "thankless" work does and about getting out of your world and see some elses.
All of this and you feel glad you read the book.
My only minor complaint is the recording has a minor hiss which on really good gear is rather noticeable.
I really wanted to enjoy this story - I had found Inkheart series pick up after the author in the first few chapters got listing books out her system and set down the story. Yet when I got to Chapter 7 and the author had provided about 1 and half chapters of story and the rest backdrop and lists of books and music I decided that was more then I was willing to wait through. As for the story it appears to be a copy of Neil Gamin's Neverwhere and inkheart onle with list of books before you move forward another step.
This is the type of story I like best - well written characters - with the center figure like able and if a little slower then me rather good company. This is an adventure well written - not a growing story or a morel or horror but fun and exciting. The story is original and even the author admit at one point you likely already worked this out but on the plus side not that much before the character.
This isn't a childern story but likely a older child (grade 6-7) would enjoy it; it not a teen story but if the teen isn't look for a sex story then they would enjoy too.
The book is modern enough to have a few pass reference to more popular books but nothing that is more important that the length of the paragraph. In many way I liked it much better then those book anyway.
Worth it's very high rating.
I won't comment on the book. I not really sure I enjoyed the story but I understand why it is deemed a classic.
The reader is very enjoyable. Frankenstein and the Monster are read so completely differently that it is jarring to return to Frankenstein. I bought this one on sale and I believe this edition frequency is the one selected to be on sale. It still every good.
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