Review: The third installment, The Dragon Reborn, from the series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, is possibly my favorite one so far. By now I am invested in the heroes and heroines, I have my favorites and the plot has entangled enough to keep me on my toes all the time. I don’t say the others were not as good or interesting but with the development of the story our involvement and interest is supposed to grow, is it not? Of course it is.
Review: The Wheel of Time is an epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan which basically sets the base for all future fantasy stories to come. Along with Tolkien, those two men are like ‘the founding fathers’ of fantasy genre and with a good reason.
The Eye of the World is the first book of fourteen (I know, I know, that’s a lot) and every one of those books can be used as a weapon and I don’t just mean that the language and writing style are solid. They are around 800+ pages long each (unless you’ve got the new edition where this book is separated in two). But that’s okay, we’re talking about major epic fantasy saga here. They are supposed to be long.
Review: Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan is one of my favorite series of all time. Truth be told, it is not everybody’s cup of tea and I have found that many grow bored with the massive world-building, numerous story lines and more characters than you can remember. But not me. I love that shit. I love the world, the tiny details that make everything come to live and the care with which the author builds every character.
A fun fact is that I haven’t finished the series (don’t judge me, it can still be my favorite – those books are 600+ each and he has, like, 14 of them) but I have now set my mind to it. I’m on maternity leave with a baby and I’ll be going on a lot of walks so long live the audio books.
Review: I don’t know if it is just me but when I am reading a series I grow to like them more and more with every next book. I’m not sure if the author is getting better or the stories, if I am just more familiar with the style and the story but it has been true for almost every series I read (where I managed to go past the second book).
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin, the fifth book in the series, is living proof of that. And the funny part is that the books in the Hainish cycle are not even following the same storyline. In the best case scenario we have a brief mention of planets or species we know from before but other than that every book starts with new characters, new planet and new social, racial or alien issue.
Review: Well! Here we are already on the third book of the series and finally I am excited. City of Illusions is, no doubt, the most suspenseful and well-planned book by Ursula Le Guin (in my humble opinion). I was getting kind of scared that I would be utterly disappointed by the Hainish cycle but I can see hope at the end of the tunnel.
In City of Illusions we move back to Earth, hundreds of years in the future, where people, our people, are forced to live a simple life and are afraid of advancing in any field of technology since the Shings, the Liars of Earth, the Enemy of Mankind, the bad guys, would destroy them.
Review: I started Planet of Exile by Ursula Le Guin convinced I wouldn’t like it. After all, the previous book was a great disappointment for me. Funny enough, I was surprised.
The Hainish Cycle is a series of short novels connected only by the author’s name and a few distant connections between characters and places. So essentially you don’t have to read the other books to understand this one. From one side this is awesome since every book would be expected to provide a satisfying ending and resolution of the plot. On the other side, each book is too short for me to really fall in love with the characters or the story. And I don’t get to read about them again so even if I do, I’ll be left wanting more.
Review: It’s been a long time since I’ve read any Sci-Fi books so I feel a bit rusty in commenting. When I went through Ender’s Game and Speaker of the Death I was so hyped that I couldn’t put them down. It was strange, the jargon took some getting used to but still, it was super entertaining. Things were a bit different with Rocannon’s World by Ursula Le Guin.
Despite being written in two different genres, this book and the Earthsea cycle’s books are strikingly familiar. Same author, eh? For some that may be a plus but I feel like I am reading the same thing with different characters and slightly different setting.
Review: Ah, true old-school fantasy feels like home <3 I used to avoid reading in the fantasy genre out of fear that it would influence my writing and ideas but as many, much better writers have said, writers must read. So I think this book marks my return to what inspired me to read and write. A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book of the series by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the very first big fantasy writers (and a woman at that). I got the books from my mom who first bought and read them shortly after giving birth to me (or was that The Wheel of Time? Can’t remember). So when we talk about the series calling it old-time fantasy is really accurate.
Review: Predator’s Gold is the second book of The Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve and I have to admit, the story is growing on me. I am still blown by Reeve‘s imagination but contrary to what I expected, he raised the bar even higher with this book.
The story follows Hester and Tom two years after the destruction of London as they make their living on board Henny Hanniver, the aircraft that previously belonged to Anna Fang. Trying to stay clear from the other cities and the Anti-Traction league they find themselves chased by a extremist group that is part of the Anti-Traction league only to be saved in the last possible moment by the famous Anchorage city which turns out to be just a shadow of its previous glory.
Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve was something unexpected. I have to admit that I didn’t hear about it until I saw the movie. Most of you would say, and I would agree with you usually, that the book is always better than the movie. Well, in this case I am not entirely sure.
Now that I finished the book I realize that the movie was waaaay off the book plot and half of the things in it never happened in the book but it was thrilling, interesting and I think the choices in the movie script were super cool.