Saturday, October 04, 2008

Breaking Dawn--Stephanie Meyer

I don't think Meyer will ever be able to match what she had with Twilight. I enjoyed New Moon and then the series started to lose it with Eclipse. And now we have Breaking Dawn. Twilight was just so GOOD. Breaking Dawn is, well, okay.

I read it quickly because I wanted to see how it all ended. I liked it better than most of my friends did. But there were problems. I'm not sure how I can go into them without spoiling the book. Let's just say the major plot points of this book felt like a cop-out to me. It felt like she didn't have a vision when she started the series, didn't anticipate the success, and she was grasping at straws at the end.

I enjoyed the book in the sense that I had heard so many negative things about it from my friends, that I thought it was going to royally suck. And when it didn't suck, I was pleasantly surprised. I think it's a must-read to conclude the series, but it's a bit disappointing.

Superior Saturday--Garth Nix

If you're a "regular" reader of this barely updated blog, you'll know of my love affair with Garth Nix. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do when this series ends... I guess I'll have to wait for his next one.

Superior Saturday is the 6th in a 7 book series. I reviewed the last one here. You can get links to the others there as well.

Arthur, the rightful heir, has collected 5 parts of the will and 5 keys. Since using the keys are slowly turning him into a denizen, he has only kept one key in an attempt to keep himself human. In this book Arthur tries to find the 6th part of the will and 6th key, as he also tries to keep the House from disappearing into nothing.

I cannot tell you if he is successful. Not because of a desire to keep you unspoiled. But because this book is a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER.

This series is just amazing. There's adventure and fantasy and mystery. But there's also a lot of deep stuff for adults. There's the religious framework underlying the series...the 7 deadly sins... and so much more. This would make a great book discussion title. Or series discussion title.

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