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Book Review: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

Rating: Hot Princess

Book Review: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

As you may have noticed in the review immediately preceding this one, I bought this book in the emotional wake of having finished book one, The Hunger Games, of this series. I liked Catching Fire too, though not as much as the first one. The first one has such a great pace, I think a sequel would have had to be unfathomably mind-blowing to be better, much less “as good.” So, with that in mind, I definitely recommend this one to anyone who liked book one and is wondering if book two is worth it. It is. Continue reading Book Review: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Rating: Grumbling Gargoyle

Book Review: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

This book was tough for me. I had a really hard time getting into it, and actually stopped twice during the first hundred and thirty pages and read other books (one is the last review I did, the other was Of Mice and Men, which I was tempted to review, but decided not to because everyone already knows that book is amazing anyway). All that said, I think in ways, Dan Simmons’ Hyperion is a beautiful book. I think the writing is wonderful. It’s just that the story started slow for me. And the ending, well, let’s just say the last two pages were so completely unsatisfying I can hardly articulate how vexed I was. Continue reading Book Review: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

Rating: Center Centaur

Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

I realize I am really late to this party (the book came out in the 1990s), but I usually am with everything reading related—there’s just so much to read, and so little time to keep up, and school set me back on my fantasy reading quite a bit. But I wanted to read it, so I finally did. And I enjoyed this book very much by the end. It was actually pretty tough to decide what rating to give it, because for many parts of it, especially in the first half, I was really annoyed and fully anticipated I wouldn’t be able to finish it (I thought I was going to have my first Caw-Caw Crow review), but the end was fantastic, and would have been worthy of an Epic Dragon rating had there not been some of the things that, at least for me, work against the over-all experience. Continue reading Book Review: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin