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One of my all time favourite books. The story is spellbinding and will rob you of sleep as you turn the pages. If you like Tigana , then you should definitely read a song for arbonne.
As an avid Raymond E Feist fan in my teens, I was dismayed by Firemane. The narrator kept telling us the same key points every couple of pages, which besides being annoying for the reader, sucks up good oxygen that could have been used to flesh out details about culture / character / history etc. I struggled to maintain attention because of this. Not to mention Hatu and the other major characters lacked depth. I couldn't even finish the book and have resigned it to the recycling bin. I know this seems extreme, however for someone of Raymond E Feist's amazing imagination and experience this is a massive let down to fans. In contrast, I'm re-reading Magician. I struggled with the first half - particularly the Tolkeinesk / folklore elements of elves and dwarves, who lack mystique and magic. What saves this is Tomas and his regression to the memories of Ashen Sugar. What an interesting and complex psychological narrative Feist spins here. I agree with an earlier reviewer who said the story - with better characters and less condescending & repetitive narrative descriptions - could have been saved with a deft editorial touch.
I really liked this book because it is based on greek mythology, which i like a lot and because of its unpredictible plot. In my opinion it is the Best fantastic book ever. I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy greek mythology. This story isn't only for children and teenagers. I think adults would be crazy about this book after reading it. So people of all ages, don't ignore this book if you see it in a bookshop - just buy it. You'll definetly like it!
Kurintor Nyusi is one of the most exciting and refreshing books I've read in a long time. The plot was not the usual fantasy fare, the world not like the usual worlds you find in the genre, and the characters...well, it was the characters that made this tale a pure pleasure to read. The author has created something very unique, and this is sure to be an award-winning story. Through the eyes of these believable and well-portrayed characters, the reader is treated to a wonderfully enthralling experience, seeing the world through their eyes and coming to care for each and every one of them. We feel their emotions, share in their pains and joys. Even the antagonists. Nurisha, Xavion, Qaradan, Zuri, Alyelu and so many more. Yet, while there are plenty of characters, I did not feel overwhelmed at any time while reading this book. This is fantasy as it was meant to be, not focused on creatures and landscapes, or even on the events, but on the people who live them, and we get to experience it all right along with them. I cannot say enough about how well-written this story is. This is an author all fantasy fans should keep their eyes on, and I highly recommend reading Kurintor Nyusi. I am anxiously awaiting the next book, and if this book is any indicator, the next will be magnificent!
In one of my elective classes at University we were assigned a book that mentioned "The Machine Stops" briefly. I was so intrigued by the quotes that I went looking for this short story and I do not regret it at all. This story perfectly captures the extreme of full reliance on technology and machines for every form of resource and the changes it creates in humanity. The fact that this entails for a large admiration for something that humans created is insane and will of course end poorly. I enjoyed Forster's story and the thought provoking features it holds.
This is the greatest satire of the darker face of modern history which highlights deep issues about trust, betrayal, tyranny and corruption. Orwell's chilling fable is remarkably accurate and gives is one of the best allegories out there to read. It is a book worth reading by anyone who understands its context and structure. This 94-page book is the best book I have ever read and I am glad I read it! A MUST READ!!!!!!
Robert R. McCammon's book Swan Song spoils any other reading of a of a nuclear war aftermath you have or will ever read. You will be comparing the narrative of this book, once you read it, to any other as lacking in something. I could only wish the author take up the setting again, this time with new characters of dark fantasy...elves, trolls, nymphs, etc... and man. I believe he could out-write the "Shannara" series.
McCammon has written King under the table. Swan Song is evidence of it. While King babbles and can't get to the point for about 50 pages, McCammon stays with the point on every page. McCammon consistently moves the story forward at a fast pace and his Characters, especially in Swan Song, are well developed. What I loved best about Swan Song is the unpredictable plot as the story carries the reader through a world of Terrible Chaos. Unputdownable read. Kick-ass novel !
This book is amazing once you pick it up you can't put it down, this book is an action and adventure story so if you like that kind of book then this is a book for you. At school we are reading it and I think most people love it.
Filled with both eerie and disturbing mystery and atmosphere, Phantoms grabs you with a gripping, unsettling mystery and doesn't let you go until the very last page. Those looking to read a book by this author will never be disappointed.