Featured reader reviews: Page 10

Listed below are the latest featured reader reviews on the site. Some are positive in praise, some are negative in criticism, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are well written and explain their reasoning. We can never have enough reader reviews as they add to the quality of the site, making it ever more useful for visitors.

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

10 stars

I love this book. Great description. Dramatised in parts where needed and extremely upsetting and worrying sometimes. Michael seems real- his story seems real and this is why this book is one of my favourites. Michael Morpurgo is extremely talented and knows how to please his readers.

Lily
UK

The Stand by Stephen King

10 stars

I was 11 years old the first time I read The Stand. I had read several other Stephen King books before, and was already on my way to becoming a Stephen King superfan. His books have a tendency to start out slow and then pick up as you read. The opposite could be said for this one, as the flu is sprung on you practically from the start. King connects the dots exceptionally well when describing how the flu could spread from a military base in California first to a small town in Texas then to the entire world. It seamlessly transitions from one character to another, giving insight into each one's strengths and liabilities. For instance, Stewart Redmond's loyalty for his friends, yet his feelings of not being strong enough to be a leader. The ending was a little blasé, but it makes sense in a way. The three men who went to Las Vegas brought God with them to a Godless place. It was their faith that let God finally deal with Flagg and his army. All in all, I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who not only like horror and fantasy books, but just good stories. I'd just have to warn them about the length and recommend an eBook copy.

Michael
US

The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks

10 stars

First book review I've ever left (and I'm certainly no reading genius). This is partially why I've followed almost all of Terry Brooks offerings. He makes fantasy easier for the reader. To be concise, this novel weaves a fair few characters into the story with a number plot lines that are slightly more appealing than some of the more worn out threads of earlier editions. The characters seem more amibguous in nature (in a good way). I was often suspicious of them all even if they ultimately turned out to be honourable. The tempo was good when compared with the likes of Sword. If only on a practical level, airflight seems to have given the series the ability to switch direction geographically with greater ease lending quicker scene changes. When I finished I was left wondering "what will become of such and such a character". I didn't feel like it was yet another fantasy story being trawled over a trilogy (in this case there will be four books). I have felt this in the past. With Black Elfstone I feel like lots was covered and there's still plenty left to uncover. Just a small note, there is an air of sexuality/sexual mischief alluded to in a number of areas which I've never witnessed before with Terry. Nothing gratuitous but I'm sure you'll recognise it. An enjoyable read reminding me of why I like Terry's more reader friendly approach to fantasy. I never lust for Silmarillion like descriptions or back references so I'm particularly pleased when I'm not asked to wade through them. Hope you all enjoy

Owen
United Kingdom

The Deverry Cycle by Katharine Kerr

10 stars

I couldn't put KK's first eight books down. I'm always surprised they are rarely mentioned in top fantasy series lists. Her system of magic is brilliant. Her Deverry is gritty and believable with a cast of characters that you can follow through their reincarnations over a violent 400 plus years. Highly recommend.

Troy
Canada

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

I would give it a 12 out of 10 if i could. If you could only read one book about the apocalypse this should be it. I have read every post apocalypse book I could get my hands on, old ones, new ones, kindle only ones. Nothing compares to Swan Song. The hardest part of reading Swan Song was the knowledge that there was no book to follow. But it didn't need one. Thank you Robert, it is the best book I ever read, and about every 5 years I pick it up ad read it again.... WHERE IS THE MOVIE ???

Lisa
Canada

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10 stars

This is a book that I could read forever and never get bored, the pure complexity of culture and all together raw feelings displayed by all the characters is incredible, I do believe though that my favourite piece of his works is the concept of the 7 words to make a girl love you. It’s so much fun to find all the different places 7 word sentences appear when Kvothe is speaking to any number of girls. There are very few books out there that have pulled me so thoroughly into the story so completely that on my best and my worst days Rothfuss' words make me forget who and where I am. We all share the fear, joy, laughter and sorrows that take place. We experience the jolt of surprise as "Kote" pauses in his story from his younger self. In my personal opinion for all that that is worth, Patrick Rothfuss is right there along the authors of the classics and even surpassing a few of them. I take great joy in telling people about his works and look forward to what he might come out with next.

Rachelle
United States of America

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10 stars

One of my favorites, ever. So good! I love the fact that Kvothe breaks the trifecta mold. Most contend with the character that is proactive, likable, and powerful. I think the way that Rothfuss overcomes this is absolutely brilliant. In the autobiographical style in which he writes, we are allowed to take the lead role. Now we are awesome just like Kvothe. Also, inside of this character is where we see the most interesting bits, his weaknesses. Now he's less perfect, but more interesting. Pure genius, all there is to it.

Adam
United States

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

9 stars

Few books have brought me to tears as much as this one. An epic tale of love and loss. If their countrymen had been as noble and tolerant as the three main characters, what wonders they could have created together. Left me crying over what might have been. Brave and good people having to cope with a world not as they wanted it to be but as it was. By taking you into the hearts and minds of the people caught up in an epic, world changing struggle, it brings ycloser to the truth of human experience than the history it parallels.

Kristin
USA

The Crippled God by Steven Erikson

10 stars

A fantastic end to a fantastic series. Certainly rewards those who made it to the end. To Tom from Withernsea, I think you need to read back your own review and realise the immense hypocrisy of your statements. Furthermore, I'd place a heavy wager that Ol' Will himself would love many of the narratives in these books!

Dan
England

The Deverry Cycle by Katharine Kerr

10 stars

I love these books so much that I've read them til they fell apart. I even named my daughter Dallandra after the strong powerful silver mage.

Sian
Australia

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