This was a very involved book. For one, it was hard to decipher if the dragons were in their dragon forms or in their human forms unless you read through the subtle clues given while reading. That made things a little difficult when attempting to sort out whatever the situation was in my head.
Apart from that little quirk, this was a politically based book, feuding royals, long grudges, coming of age dragons, centaurs, actual humans, witches, and many other unique things kept the plot moving. Though the book makes it seem like it’s only a fantasy romance, it is much more than that. In fact, the majority of the book revolves around the Kyvich, a faction of witches coming down from the north.
This is also part of a series, the fourth book and I haven’t read the first three. Now I like series where the books can stand alone, apart from the series, where each book builds on the other, but you can jump in with any book and know what’s going on. This book does this, so in all, I liked it.
I’m guessing this is what’s called a “Cozy Mystery”. The main character is a woman, there is no blood, guts, murder, or violence to speak of either. What happens is her husband disappears, then there are rumors he’s done something illegal, which stretches the boundaries of their marriage.
The pacing is alright, the characters are believable, I’m just not sure I’m a fan of this genre? I’ve honestly not read a cozy mystery either in a long while or ever, so I’ve no frame of reference for this. Also, it plays off as a crime/mystery novel which more reminds of something that James Patterson would write, but this isn’t that.
Having never read Hemingway before I can now understand his presence as one of more classical and popular authors whose works stand the test of time.
The Old Man and the Sea is one of the more well known of his works, while relatively short, and few on characters (most of them being sea dwelling creatures) it tells a remarkable story of life and the challenges we face, and the not so overwhelming outcomes of our choices.
There’s not much left to spoil as anyone who is literary minded will have at least heard of this tale or the author, so without further ado… Santiago is an old fisherman who is down on his luck and hasn’t caught anything for ~85 days, his record is 87 days. Manolin is a young boy, his friend, but his parents believe Santiago to be unlucky and make him sail with another boat.
Santiago sails out farther the next day, snags a huge marlin, and fights with the fish for two days and one night, before returning home again to a very worried Manolin. The way Hemingway tells this simple tale makes it all that more interesting and more like a folktale. I liked it, and want to read more of his writings.
I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.
The 3rd Degree by James Patterson
The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.
Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?
I would have given this four stars, but there there were some plot inconsistencies that confused me. For one, it was never explained how the main character knew where the Cemetery of Forgotten Books was. It was supposed to be this big secret, and then all of a sudden there they are. Other plot points were either shoved aside as unimportant later on in the book.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story, but it got my hopes up at seeing some of the events concluded and then they suddenly weren’t important enough to follow through with. Now, I have to admit that this is a book in a series, and that some of these events may either be explained in previous/later books, but as a stand alone book, it doesn’t really resolve much.
In short, it’s a good story, I just wish it would have resolved more plot points.
This seems like just an extension of the other book that this book references extensively – Bite Marks. The references make me feel like I’m missing out by not reading Bite Marks, like all the action happened in this other book and this book chronicles the aftermath of that.
I’m not even entirely sure what the climax was; the rescue, the cure(s), or a few other things that happened in between and after. The book was thoroughly anti-climatic, but did have a few interesting scenes. The chapters jumped back and forth through time, explaining things as I read along; it even explained the plot of Bite Marks by the time I was done.
I’ve never read a book like this. I liked the scenes, but the entire book didn’t seem like a book in itself. Like it was an advertisement for Bite Marks rather than a book to be read alone. It confuses me.
I’ve read Shakespeare before in school and on my own, and with him you always have to read between the lines and learn a little more English to understand what he’s telling you. Richard III is a play based on the royal movements that were happening at the time. So I guess you could say this play was based on actual events, but played out in such a way as to be entertaining.
Its hard to say anything about Shakespeare other than, it’s Classic and historical, and his writings are still being studied, and his plays are still being produced and even turned into movies. So I’ll say this: I’m glad I took the time to reread myself some Shakespeare.