Genre: Fiction

The Illearth War by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Illearth War by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Illearth War is just more of the same. Whereas in my previous review I excused Donaldson for being tedious because it was the first book in the series and required a certain amount of introductory information, he has thusfar failed to add any level of excitement. The reader’s feeling of “leaving the story just as soon as something interesting has happened” becomes stronger, and more disappointing. Some things felt too obvious, and perhaps it was intended to be that way, in order to let the reader feel like they know something about the book, only to throw them off […]

Posted June 28, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

I didn’t hate this book. My thoughts on it almost all the way up were negative, but I didn’t hate it. This is why: I am a character writer, and by association, a character reader. Meaning that I am incredibly judgmental about the depth and quality of characters in the books I read. I loathed Thomas Convenant. He was – to me – the epitome of a despicable character. From a writer’s perspective, though, I understand that he wasn’t supposed to be likable. However, needing to follow him through the Land and listening to his constant whining became a tad […]

Posted May 17, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

This is the book that time and time again makes me want to be a writer. There’s something about the story that Alexander crafts… it certainly isn’t the main characters, for they are simple (as, in a children’s book, they should be). I think part of it is the history, and part of it is the magic. Alexander is known for his Black Cauldron series, but like any good writer, he continues to shine in other areas as well. Time Cat is no exception. Alexander plays with the idea that a cat does have nine lives, but these aren’t lifetimes… […]

Posted May 14, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I think every child in the American school system has read this book. English teachers love it for its metaphors, and even the roughest students tolerate it for its charm. I last read this book in my tenth grade English Honors class, sitting at a table with two friends. Our teacher encouraged us to draw pictures of the things that stood out to us, and in that way, the book was made more accessible to us. I vividly remember my friends and I doodling Scout in her ham suit, and Dill with his duck-fluff hair (we were horrified that this […]

Posted April 28, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

I’m still wrapping my head around this book. It’s very detailed, incredibly well-researched. I’m impressed. It’s not the type of book where you feel good walking away from. The ending didn’t feel like an ending, more like an ending interrupted, but I think that is exactly what the writer (Marisha Pessl) intended. In that way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ending. The reader is left thinking and wondering. We can fill in the blanks for ourselves. In some ways, it was difficult to read this book just because it was set up like an incredibly long MLA essay. […]

Posted February 28, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments //