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Memory of light, A

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2013-04-12 09:03

A pretty good end to the series (and what a wait it has been!). Just about every loose thread has been tied off and Mat's POV was entertaining (as usual). However, Sanderson's dialogue was clunky at times and some of the sub-plots a little too contrived. I make special note of the Faile and the Horn of Valere episode through most of which I was grinding my teeth rather loudly. The last battle with the Dark One was also more disappointing than not. That said, I am reasonably satisfied.

Paladin of Souls

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2013-03-05 17:22

A sequel to The Curse of Chalion, PoS (bad initialism?) is almost as enjoyable. However, it is a little too sappy and too, dare I say it, feminine in its atmosphere. The universe is nevertheless nicely developed.

If you enjoyed its prequel, you will enjoy this one as well.

Life of Pi

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2013-02-28 23:12

I thought that the acting in the first half was borderline poor. The older Pi is singularly unconvincing. The second half, on the other hand, has above-par acting and fantastic CGI. The star of the show? The Royal Bengal Tiger. The twist is worth the wait.

Wreck it Ralph

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2013-02-16 01:32

A fun movie with a pretty unique setting for a decent plot. Some bits are a li'l cheesy and I generally tend to find John C. Reilly annoying, but his voice work in Wreck it Ralph was good.

Bonus point for a lot of out-of-the-box thought.

American Gods

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2013-02-15 13:23

American Gods by Neil Gaiman is an award winner and a heavily hyped book. While there were riveting passages and some nice character build-up, I thought that the plot itself was rather weak.

Recommended if you are into mythology and particularly Norse mythology.

Hobbit, The

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2013-02-14 01:46

The Hobbit is the prequel to LotR and reads like a special episode as it has a lot of the same atmosphere, but is relatively scant on details. Recommended reading if you liked Tolkien's opus magnum.

Curse of Chalion, The

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2013-01-28 11:47

An offering by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion is undoubtedly a page-turner which is primarily, and oddly, based on the concocted theology of the Quintarian/Quadrene faith. While the authoress does not provide enough background for the mysticism to bear close scrutiny, there is enough of a structure for it to be fascinating (which is more or less all that you want in fantasy).

Lightning Thief, The

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2012-10-23 11:18

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is the first book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for "young adults". Even though I do not fall in the aforementioned demographic, I decided to give it a whirl as I've heard mention of this novel on the Interwebz. Well, after a breezy read, my recommendation is to not bother. While it might make for good reading for young adults, I expect that it will fare pretty poorly in the hands of anybody above the age of say, eighteen.

Other Wind, The

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2012-09-30 18:21

While it is the fifth book of the Earthsea cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Other Wind" is more like a direct sequel to "Tehanu", the previous book in the series. Compared to the other books, this one has many more characters and attempts to create "grand" fantasy. IMHO, it fails in this respect. It also loses the key element that underpins this series, its serene atmosphere.

While I found its denouement interesting and fulfilling, I was on the whole quite disappointed with its flow and characters.


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