Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
This is a beautiful book. It has a majesty and stateliness to it that seems to be missed by most fantasy authors. The story is beautifully told, despite a few pacing issues and some patches of inconsistent writing.
Where do I even begin? I just don’t get it. I don’t get the praise for this book, I don’t get the four and five star ratings… I just don’t get it.
It’s just so stuffed with awful, it’s overflowing. It’s lucky to be getting any stars at all from me.. If not for a few (very few) redeeming sections that I actually enjoyed, it wouldn’t even pull that. But I mean honestly. Really? Really really?
Well damn. That was a close one. For about the first third (maybe even the entire first half) of this book I was worried. I wasn’t really getting into it, it wasn’t having even close to the same effect on me as the first two in the series had. I mean don’t get me wrong.. I still liked it. But I Loved the first two. Hell, if this were the first in the series I probably would have Loved it from the get go as well, and then I would have exploded with glee upon reading the others. But it’s not the first, it’s the third, and it had a big reputation to live up to. But thank goodness, at some point it won me over. I didn’t even realize I had been won over at first, it slowly crept up on me and wrapped it’s tentacles (yes, the book has tentacles, weird, I know) around me and I was lost before I even knew what hit me.
Sanata’s Heat was very disappointing. It started so promising and then just exploded from there. I didn’t care about the characters. I started reading this last night and realized that I really didn’t like Santana too much. Her character was completely inconsistent. One minute she’s a strong woman who can take care of herself after being on her own (and homeless) for 10 years, having killed at least one person. The next minute she’s running away because someone slipped her an anonymous note or some woman wants to claim her man. Really? Seriously? The BDSM elements rang horribly false and seemed only to be thrown in so that the author could get this book put in that sub-genre.
I figured everything out waaaay too early and there seemed to be more than a little deus ex machina going on.
It’s hard for me to rate this because I was so disappointed. My gut reaction says “1 star” but the writing itself wasn’t that bad. Grammar was decent and there weren’t any noticeable typos. I guess 1.5 stars?
As a bonus follow up to the Alloy of Law review that was posted last week, the kind people at Macmillan Audio have provided a sample clip of the audiobook for us to share!
Alloy of Law Audiobook Clip (Narrated by Michael Kramer)
Just a note.. My review was based purely on the dead tree book, it’s not reflective of the overall quality of the reader / audiobook version. But I gotta say.. I’m digging the clip. Enjoy!
Catch-22 falls into the category of books I can’t believe I didn’t read sooner. I loved this book. It made me laugh aloud multiple times. Reading it so soon after All Quiet on the Western Front added a sort of poignancy, but did not in any way detract from my ability to enjoy and be amused by the antics of Yossarian and the others. The name Major Major Major was one I have long heard, but now can truly understand. Milo, the black marketeer operating out of the camp’s mess hall is one of my favorite characters. Among other antics, he is frequently involved in different incidents on both sides, the American and the German, but he keeps himself in good with both by telling everyone they are “part of the syndicate and everyone gets a share.” The highly confused chaplain who just wants to go home to his wife and children is another favorite. The book is not always so lighthearted though; there are some scenes which are filled with horror, and when they came along I found myself consistently shocked. They are mixed in skillfully, though, and added to the story while still being jarring. Overall, this is a smart, funny book which deserves its place in the canon.
If books were boys, with the exception of two really awesome but short flings, my relationships in 2012 would be stuck firmly in the dreaded friend-zone.
But this book, this book took me by surprise…For about 200 pages, I thought this was another book for the friend-zone. It was good, smart and funny, but it didn’t really hook me until almost the mid-point. After that, I couldn’t get enough. After that, when everything started to come together, I realized how masterful this book is, and how it snared me without my even realizing it. I kept coming back for more because I just needed to know what would come next. If books were boys, this one would be my boyfriend.
Well… for a while, anyway. 😉
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