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.

King of Ashes by Raymond E Feist

6 stars

As an old fan of REF, I found this book to be disappointing. Yes it drew me in and kept me reading but despite its potential it fell short on many levels. Character development was underwhelming and, as has been stated before, very two dimensional. Too much unnecessary reference and focus on sex, which could have been conveyed without the need for the crass and obvious descriptions. I had hope to introduce my eldest daughter to this sequel but no more. The plot and different characters all seamed to come together too conveniently and very predictably (i.e. Halfway through the book it was obvious). One has to wonder where has this author's subtle and creative skill at storytelling has gone? And or to what level it was vetted by a few select early readers/editors and in make their thinking visible for the story's great good...?

David
Australia

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

1 stars

Its rare for me to actively hate a book, but this is one of those times. The plot is so beyond awful I cannot believe that JK would allow this to be released. It is overwhelmingly obvious that she had minimal to no input in this monstrosity and I will never forgive her for allowing to be released. Its just total garbage. The subplots are ridiculous, the characters act absolutely nothing like their original versions, there are numerous incredibly cringey scenes and lines..  is it worth going on? Even when time travel was introduced in Harry Potter it was only short lived and quickly removed from the realms of possibility because it created too many issues and plot holes, so why these idiots thought that basing an entire book around this idea is beyond my comprehension. Why did they inflate Cedric Diggorys death to such importance, it's not like fans were chomping at the bit to see him return to life? They destroyed so many characters whose personalities were well honed and developed over the course of the books - Snape is suddenly best friends with Hermione and Ron and crying over Harry? Hermione in the absence of Ron's love becomes a nasty heartless cow to rival Snape? Harry says some things to his own son that he would just never, ever say. And poor Ron isnt given anything to do, he's just cast aside as some pathetic comic relief and is of no importance to the story at all. Honestly I could pick apart this thing chapter by chapter to explain how awful it is. Anyone who enjoyed it either is not familiar with good literature or is just so enamoured with Harry Potter and desperate for it to go on forever that they enjoy it just because it has his name attached to it. Why can't people just accept that its over? It was a beautiful well-crafted story which will live on forever in its own right. I'm glad it ended on a high and i'm content for that to be the end, I'm sad that others apparently don't feel the same way.

Charlie
UK

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

5 stars

It’s a great premise – essentially, Metro 2033 is a modern-day Gulliver’s Travels in which Glukhovsky comments on the socio-political landscape of Russia. The metro has Nazis, radical Christians, Communists and more – none of whom are spared sharp examination.

Bryan Conforto
Australia

The Death of Grass by John Christopher

1 stars

This is a deeply unpleasant book which seems to glorify brutality. It calls into question whether the author had psychopathic tendencies which he sublimated by writing ( very badly incidentally ) the horrid little tome. Quite how it has achieved classic status - except as an example of how not to write books in this genre - is beyond belief. Avoid at all costs - reading it leaves on feeling dirty.

Thomas
UK

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolf

10 stars

It goes so much deeper than the review even implies. I read this book once and enjoyed the atmosphere a lot but thought the characters were flat and the plot was random nonsense that was impossible to get into. I'm finally reading it a second time, six years later, with a lot more difficult books under my belt, with the intent to push through the entire series with a friend. Let me just put it this way--Severian would LOVE for people to think he got expelled from his guild against his will for showing compassion to a prisoner. It's a fantastic story, that paints him in a good light. That doesn't necessarily mean that's actually what happened...

David
United States

Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson

9 stars

The only reason this isn't a ten is because it's not the best book in the series. Not sure about other reviews complaining about character development as I love so many characters from this series. Maybe not as strong as A Song of Ice and Fire in that sense but the story is better. The scope blows it out of the water and there're far more characters in these books. The Chain of Dogs will live on in future instalments. If you enjoy this then Memories of Ice will blow you away.

Tony
United Kingdom

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

8 stars

In this book we get to know that it is only under uncomfortable situations we develop to become the best. As our protagonist, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins finds himself in an unexpected adventure, we see his growth as he makes his way out of many tough situations thrown at him with his intellect and courage, which he thought didn't have in him. The book has many great characters, especially Gandalf and Gollum and many others, a lot of funny situations and a great story, the best u can get out of this genre. So overall a great book and a must read.

Priyam
India

The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

10 stars

Loved the book. While there have been many entries into the genre, this one did a really good job of not compromising either the fantastic elements, or the background realism of the story. It was ancient myth in modern setting with absolutely no apologies or wasted energies on trying to downplay the fantastic. Also, I will never look at pie quite the same. Their magic was the magic of our mythology, and such a natural outgrowth of the world as she wove it that it didn't seem fantastic at all, so much as inevitable. Great story, characters of depth and development. Family that lets you know that even magic can't get you out of family issues.

John
Canada

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

10 stars

This is an amazing emotional roller coaster. Michael is washed out to an island where he is stranded alone or he thinks so... But soon he discovers Kensuke. I love this book. It has a very heart warming end not leaving you agitated but relaxed. :)

Maja Szul
England

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it several times, and it never gets old! A classic, must-read for all ages. Even younger kids can enjoy it when it is read aloud to them! The story is captivating and set the foundation for many other amazing stories, and the character development is superior. Tolkien is one of the greatest word smiths of all time. Most of the people who gave it one star are in middle school reading it because they have to. But I am in sixth grade and can enjoy this book outside of school! I know from experience that over analyzing a book at school can kind of ruin it for you, so I would recommend reading it outside of school so you can appreciate it and read at your own pace and not have to do work on it. In short, this book is a masterpiece.

Annie
USA

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