Featured reader reviews: Page 9

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.

Hope and Red by Jon Skovron

10 stars

I'm 76 years old and usually like mystery books. I ran across Hope and Red at my library here in Clearlake, California. I truly enjoyed reading this book even though it had some spicy speech. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel Bane and Shadow. One thing I've found out in reading material is, to always reach out to other writers and material your not usually interested in because you surely will miss out a good read and a fine author.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

9 stars

Echo all the sentiments previously. You can take from my 9/10 rating that I agree with all the favourable comments about this book. Insofar as the very slight problems, the constant misspelling as story as 'storey' occurs in the hardback version as well, so I can only take it to mean this is a choice. If it is, it's a very jarring and annoying one. If it is a typo, I apologise. Also, Sabetha. She doesn't live up to the hype and it reduces Locke's love of her to that of a childhood crush. I was constantly wondering why he ever loved her and why he couldn't get over her. She was cruel as both child and adult. Other than that the book is absolutely first class, the plotting and dialogue being as masterful as we've come to expect from this author and I can't wait for the next one!

36th Chamber

Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw

8 stars

As someone who's familiar with Yahtzee's sense of strong negativity towards everything, I was sort of expecting that in his first novel, Mogworld. After reading it, I can definitely say that it's a stronger novel than the one that proceeded it, Jam (which is OK in a strange and silly way but has a weaker plot and characters overall). Mogworld takes place in a world titled, well... Mogworld. Its story follows an undead mage named Jim as he goes on a Journey to find a way to die once and for all. What will make Mogworld stand-out, but also even confuse, some is the fact that it's more than just a novel: it's a satirical piece on Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, such as World of Warcraft. While people who have little to no knowledge of what those games are or what is in them can read this easily, for the most part, some language gamers (and also people close to being considered 'gamers') are used to (NPC, for example - which means Non-Playable Character) may allude them. Regardless, the story is a perfect blend of intrigue and unusual, and though some of it is predictable, it has many twists and turns and also sports one of the greatest endings to a novel I've ever seen (so much so that I don't want to spoil it even to people who ask for spoilers). Its characters start out weak but grow stronger overtime, with the main character, Jim, being a great example. The adventure in Mogworld is an interesting one that will hold your attention for sure. It also gets more awesome points because of the author, Yahtzee Croshaw, who read the audiobook in a brilliant way that matches the tone of his writing to a pitch.


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

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