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.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

9 stars

The Princess Bride is a very adventurous book that keeps you turning pages long after you planned to stop. There is plenty of adventure and danger. You never know what is going to happen next. On top of all that is kept interesting by the humor sewn throughout the whole thing. It was a very interesting and exciting book to read. I had only ever seen the movie until reading the book and the book has a lot more detail that I loved having.

United States

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

9 stars

Excellent book, cannot recommend it enough. The reason it only had a 9 rating is that I thought some of the characters 'talents' weren't explained In enough detail, Yisht and her 'rock forging' for example. I was fully expecting another story set in the world of jorg and jalan and was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be, if not a different world, then a different time to those two. I was thoroughly gripped by the story from beginning to end. The way he describes 'the path' makes you think you can concentrate and reach it yourself, The imagination of Lawrence is truly wondrous I look forward to the next instalment.


The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

When I first read this book I was 11 years old. This book is amazing. It paints an amazing picture and you feel like your right there and you are watching it all happen. When I read it as a prepared reading my teacher was very impressed. I if you don't like reading long books it might not be the best for you. Some parts are a bit sad but other wise it is a great book that I would read again.

South Africa

The City by Stella Gemmell

8 stars

I picked up this book to read while travelling and was surprised how much time I put into it. It reminded me, particularly in its dark realism, of the Malazan Books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson, which is my favourite fantasy series. The only problem I had was that I wanted to keep learning more about the City and its peoples, functioning, surroundings and neighbours when it finished. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!


The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

Tolkien has created something so unique, so intelligent, that even all these years later it is the paragon of high fantasy. I first read it one year ago when I was 18, and it still echoes in my mind. I can hardly bear to pick up the book again, because I want to remember the rapture and awe I felt when I first read it. The style is eloquent, yet simple. It is heavy, yet innocent. The humor is uplifting, the darkness intense, the characters endearing. I have never seen such a strong example friendship in any novel as there is in Lord of the Rings. The book is second to none, unrivaled, unprecedented. If your attention span is short, don't read it. But if you care for complex and intelligent worlds, you will not be disappointed. As someone who watched the movies first, I must mention the fabulous job Peter Jackson did. Not everything was exactly by the book, but the spirit of the book was preserved, and that is what you want for a move. You don't want a carbon copy of the book, because then the movies are boring and predictable, and there is no fun in going back to read the book as I did. Books and movies are two very different ways of telling a story, and cannot be the same. Books are ideas strung into sentences and paragraphs that lead the reader into an imaginary narrative. They are entirely based on words, and most make the most of simple letters. Movies, in contrast, deal with visuals and sounds. The characters assume faces, places become structures. It is an entirely different realm of story telling. What is important, then, is that the author's intentions be honored and the spirit be preserved. Ideally, a movie should endear you to the characters and create visual images that can be used when reading the book, and the book should reveal and expand on the characters you are already in love with. I like the fact that Jackson took exact quotes from some characters, and gave them to others. I like that some things were mixed about. When I read the book, the differences were exciting changes, and I was eager to know more. In conclusion, Tolkien is the master, and Jackson constructed excellent portrayal of his masterpiece.


Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson

10 stars

Best book I've ever read, well, there's nothing to add, and beside of George rr M and the bible its a literary wonder. Steven Erikson is THE BEST fantasy author of the 20th and 21st century. And those, who don't give this book more than eight points are blind.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

10 stars

Avada Kedavra! On July 21, 2007, J.K. Rowling released the final iconic novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, of an astonishing seven book series. The Harry Potter series are still wildly loved to this day, with 400 million copies sold worldwide, and translated in 68 different languages. The Deathly Hallows is about Harry Potter and his friends finding ways to destroy Voldemort. They learn that even good contains a bit of evil, and vise versa. Even though the trio faces many difficulties, they persevere. And most importantly, they learn that love conquers fear, and this allows then to be selfless in many ways. The Deathly Hallows is written in third person and portrays the thoughts and emotions of each character. This allows readers to thoroughly see inside the characters’ heads. The Deathly Hallows is marvelously written, and closes the series out beautifully.

Corrine Y
United States

Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson

10 stars

Interesting the bimodal distribution of reviews for this series. I found it to be the most compelling fantasy I've read in many years. I've finished the series and am going through it again... and I'm doing it for reasons that some complained about - there's a LOT going on. There are a lot of characters, the plot's are vast... and it's often a challenge to stay oriented (especially if you're reading the novels over some period of time). Having said that... there are VERY few authors who can keep a story coherent over so many books. Some authors (Like the excellent Jim Butcher) create series that are connected individual stories... and some (Jordan) try to create an expansive story spanning the series... and inevitably fail to some extent (Jordan could have skipped 4 or 5 mid-story novels and not lost anything). Erikson IMO had a mix of the two approaches and looking back from the final novel I felt he was hugely successful at telling the story of the Bridgeburners, neat and clean it is not... but the story arc is there and it's compelling.

Dave Kuhn

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

7 stars

I agree with Dark that the subplot towards the end of the book was not needed and it was highly ineffective. I also thought that some of the main characters were stupid in that they kept going for guns when it was quite obvious from the very beginning that they would be ineffective. I also didn't think the introduction of Flyte was needed, since it was never really revealed HOW he knew about the ancient enemy. What was the point of even bringing him up, then? Other than that, the book was excellent and kept me on my seat the entire time I was reading it.

United States

Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson

10 stars

Best series ever read, actually reading it for a 3rd time and enjoying it as ever. 2nd best is Iron Throne. That's so rich, breathtaking, it's an ufo in fantasyland.


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