Drowned_in_light (drownedinlight7) wrote,

Book Reviews 14,15 & 16

Tite: War of the Fantasy Worlds
By:Martha C. Sammons
Summary: A discussion and comparison of the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein.

I think this was actually rather well written. Sammons not only gets into some of the history between Jack and Ron, but also compares their works, tells us what they both thought of it, and brings in some of the more wells known names in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. And she expanded my reading list a lot. It was a little dryer than I expected it to be, but I think that that's because I read this late at night when I wanted to go to sleep. This is also kind of short, because I'm not in a very analytical mood right now.

Overall: A good read

Title: Terrier
By: Tamora Pierce
Summary: Beka Cooper is new on the Proverst Guard, and in her first week, she stumbles across not one, but two mysteries to solve.

So, I'm a long time reader of Tammy's Tortall books, and I have to say that I was not only happy that she went back in time to explore some more of the universe, but also very intrigued that she managed to write a thriller noir in a traditional fantasy setting (and it didn't even hit me that this is a thriller noir in a traditional fantasy setting until half way through the book). Props, Tammy. The story, told in first person, reads rather well, and quickly. It's fast paced and up beat. The only thing I would have to maybe say against it, is that this is the fifth character set of books Tamora has written in the Tortall 'verse, so there are some in jokes, and the book does not do it's best to explain the universe, at least not like say, Alanna did. I think it is still readable, if you're being introduced to the universe, so don't let that stop you (I didn't when I picked up Trickster's Choice).

Overall: Saga Exciting.

Title: The Titan's Curse
By: Rick Riordan
Summary: The third book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy must travel west to help save the goddess Artimes before the winter solstice.

I was told that Riordan made up the character Percy Jackson to comfort and entertain his kids (some of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia), and I think he does a good job of making the narritive craft suitable for children, the story is engaging, and there is a few times where you are left wondering what is next for Percy and friends. Riordan also has a great grasp for mythology and expresses it well, adding in the occasional machine guns.

Overall: Excellent continuation

But see for yourself: War of the Fantasy Worlds by Martah C. Sammons
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan 
Tags: 2000/50 project, book review
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