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I'm not good at expressing my opinions of books, but I'll try.

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley - I'm a fan of McKinley's work, but this isn't one of my favorites. I didn't worry enough for the characters.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom - Some good life lessons in this memoir. Morrie seemed like a good guy with advice worth listening to.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate - A middle-grade book about a gorilla who spends most of his life in a cage at the Big Top Mall. This is really well written, and it's based on a true story so I spent some time researching the real Ivan after I read this. It was interesting enough to keep this adult entertained.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - It's Gaiman. He's a god to me, so of course I liked it.  ;)

Horns by Joe Hill - I think this is the first book that M.G. Boronha and I have disagreed on. Well, actually I do agree that some of the characters were despicable, but I rather enjoyed watching the MC suffer through some of that.  The writing was very good, I thought, and I don't remember any boring parts. I'll be reading more by Hill, for sure.

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn - 3rd book in a series, but I started with this one and had no trouble following the story. A little mushy with the romance sometimes, but with a huge cast of characters it was easy to find someone like, someone to root for, and someone to worry about. I'll probably read more in this series, and more of Shinn's other work in future.

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms  e-book is on sale at Barnes and and Amazon for $1.99 in the U.S., if that helps anyone out. Not sure how long the sale lasts though.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Re: Neverwhere - Finished!
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:52:22 AM »
I enjoyed these last chapters, but the part when he got back to London Above was probably the slowest, most boring part of the whole book for me. Reading about his regular life was a bit of a letdown after all that had happened to him Below, and I'm going to assume that letdown was by design. I think "let down" was exactly how going back to regular London and his job and everything was supposed to feel. It's how it would have felt to Richard. Even with the improvements, his old life was boring. It was drab. Richard had experienced something magical in London Below, so how could he go back to this humdrum existence Above? Obviously he couldn't, and that's why the ending worked so well.  :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Books that make you cry
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:22:03 AM »
Oh, gosh, I'm drawn to the sad ones. 

Life of Pi, and Marley and Me (about the dog) made me cry. So did The Graveyard Book, The Book Thief, A Monster Calls, and Wonder. Middle-grade books are the worst offenders.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 20, 2014, 12:17:49 AM »
I'm about 3/4 of the way through Horns by Joe Hill. It's the first thing I've read by Hill, but it won't be the last. Really liking it.

Word of mouth is how I find new authors. If people I trust are talking about a new author, I'll check out the blurb, and if I like the blurb I'll read the first pages, and if the first pages hook me I'll buy the book.

Now if I were the last person on earth and I was looking through the library for something new to read ('cause I'm sure that's what I'd be doing if I were the last person on earth), I'd look for an interesting title, and if I liked a title I'd look at the cover, then the blurb, and then the first pages, and if all of those things met my approval I'd read the book.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Re: Neverwhere - Week 3: Chapters 9 - 14
« on: November 19, 2014, 03:37:36 AM »
 Lots of unexpected things happening in these chapters.  I thought it was interesting that Jessica could see Richard even before he spoke to her. I'd like to think there's hope for her, that maybe she's not as cold hearted as she originally seemed.

Richard is starting to gain some confidence, but he's still not thinking things through the way he ought to. Seems kind of impulsive and way too trusting.

The stuff with the Marquis de Carabas, Croup, and Vandemar was unexpected. I've  been hoping Carabas is one of the good guys, so watching his torture was a little disturbing.

The bird man is turning out to be quite the useful fellow. Not sure what to think about the angel. The rats seem like the most trustworthy group of all the downworlders. I think if I was Richard I'd be nice to the rats.

I guess the best thing about the book for me is that I don't have a clue who the real good guys are, other than Richard. Door seems genuine, but I can't even be positive about that at this point. I'm enjoying this book very much. It's not a heavy read, just fun. Perfect for this time of year.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Re: Neverwhere - Week 2: Chapters 5 - 8
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:42:34 PM »
"Mind the gap" was definitely memorable.

I found my mind wandering a bit during the scene on the platform, but meeting the earl woke me up and I was pretty involved in everything that followed. The rat saying that "sometimes they come back" gives me hope that we'll see Anethesia again. I find all the characters interesting, and I like not knowing whether to trust them.

I'm hoping Richard will start taking charge of his own destiny soon. He's a bit like those damsel in distress characters that I get so tired of reading about in other books. I *like* Richard, as in he's a very nice man, but right now it's the interesting characters around him that keep the story moving and keep me reading. Plus I like the setting a lot.

He said what I've always felt but haven't been able to articulate. I doubt his response will change that professor's mind, but I like that he said it, just the same.   8)

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Re: Neverwhere - Week 1: Prologue, Chapters 1 - 4
« on: November 09, 2014, 02:57:39 PM »
I agree with Nino and M.G. Bornha. I'm having the same reactions they did to the story so far. The idea of being able to create doors to other places is pretty cool. Door seems smart enough, and determined enough to beat Croup and Vandemar. Richard is timid right now, but I believe he'll overcome that. The part where he was becoming invisible was really good. I *did* think it was interesting that Jessica remembered his name though, or part of his name, at least. I wonder if that means she does actually love him, or if I'm reading too much into it. I saw it as maybe showing that there was a part of her, at least, that found it difficult to forget him.

The bridge scene was really good, but I sure hope Anethesia isn't really gone. I'd like to see her come back into the story at some point, 'cause I really liked her.

Anyway, I'm liking this one so far. Very cool idea about the world underground and the doors and all the stuff with the market.

[NOV 2014] Neverwhere / Re: Neverwhere - First Impressions
« on: November 02, 2014, 03:01:37 PM »
I'm going into this one completely cold. Don't know a thing about it, other than it's written by one of my favorite authors, and I've seen the quote "beware of doors", which sounds typical Gaiman. The prologue sufficiently piqued my interest, so I'm moving ahead with a positive (and hopeful) attitude. 

Steven Brust, Juliet Marillier, & Neil Gaiman have my undying loyalty. Also, I'd read Tolkien's grocery lists if they ever decided to publish them.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Robin Hobb Reading Order Advice
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:55:15 PM »
Thanks for this, Arry.  I read the Rainwild Chronicles first, just because they had them cheap for the Nook, and "cheap" seemed like a good way to find out if I liked Hobb's writing, since I'd never read her before. I liked the Rainwild Chronicles so much  I bought Assassin's Apprentice right after, but haven't got around to reading it yet. From now on, I'll read them in order.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:45:20 PM »
I'm reading The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. I've read a lot of books by this author, and yet somehow never got around to this one (probably her most popular book), until now. I'm only a few chapters in, but the heroine won me over right away. Thinking I won't be disappointed.

Also getting ready to start Neverwhere with the book club. Gaiman is one of my favorite writers, so I'm really looking forward to this one.

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