"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. " C.S. Lewis
It was nice to revisit the world of Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and all
the other great characters in Goodkind's universe. It was good to
get reacquainted with them, but the book itself leaves a little to be
desired. It is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, and can
whip the pants off of most fantasy novels. But compared to other
books in the Sword of Truth series, this one was just okay - not
terrible or phenomenal, but definitely a compelling read. It is the
type of books that kept me up too late at night because I had to know
what happened next. But that was probably due to the fact that I
know and love these characters. Thanks Mr Goodkind for opening this
world up to us again.
Morwenna and her twin sister used to talk to the fairies. When her mother loses her grip on reality she is sent from Wales to England to be cared for by her father. She is sent to boarding school. She is a outsider both in her new home and at her new school. Noticing she is an avid reader, the school librarian recommends a weekly book discussion group which meets at a local library. She makes new friends and finds refuge in this book club
I love this book for so many reasons. One reason is that it defies classification. Is it fantasy or sci-fi? Is it just a straight forward novel? I'm not sure which leads me to another reason. The narrative is never clear as to whether or not Mori really sees fairies and interacts with them or is she delusional? This is a bittersweet tale of the end of childhood and so much more. I recommend this one.
John Rayburn meets a curious stranger who says that he is John, but from another universe. Believing this other version of himself, John leaps into a new universe. The remainder of the book chronicles his and the other John's universe hopping activities. This book was good enough - light sci-fi fare suitable for the beach or a plane
ride. But nothing to get super excited about. Pulp fiction lives on.
The Wall of The Universe by Paul Melko
An orphan girl tells fantastical stories to a boy of the royal household. This is a spellbinding book filled with intertwined
tales in the tradition of the Arabian nights. The narrative is layered and interwoven as each new character
shares their story. It was hard at times for me to keep all the
story lines and characters straight, which makes me truly appreciate
the author's skills. Visit the author's website to learn more about these fascinating tales.