If I compare it to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – and I have to compare it to Addie LaRue – yes, the basic concept, the idea behind this book totally worked for me. It hooked me. But while I was head over heels in love with The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, my feelings for this one are lukewarm at best. Why? Because I am in love with the concept, nothing more.
Buckle up and fasten your seat belt, folks, cause I’m about to demand a HYPE for this.
Lots of good ideas, some wasted potential, an interesting Panemesque setting on Mars, but too much bad writing, Sevro ex machina and Darrow Stu for my taste – still, this series looks promising.
Mealing has written a terrific debut filled with excellent worldbuilding, fascinating characters, and a plot that couldn’t be more high stakes. Highly recommended for veterans of Fantasy and lovers of original magic systems- and also for fans of military/flintlock fantasy.
Rotherweird’s setting, characters, and writing style are a magnificent mixture of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Stranger Things, and Doc Martin. It has that amazing combination of the charm of a rural British town, it has the witty, keen look at each individual character that lives in this town, and it has that mysterious vibes of somethiny otherworldly going on unnoticed. Something dangerous, something creepy- I LOVE IT.
Hab noch’n Buch geschrieben, was soll man im Lockdown auch sonst tun?
So. I finally read this. Many thanks go out to everyone who kept recommending this one to me because reading this has been a joy. The first couple of chapters were just okay, but once Thomas Senlin entered the Parlor, this had me hooked.
Dear Ken Follett,
thank you for everything, but this is the end of our common path.
Lieber Ken Follett,
danke für alles, aber hier geht unser gemeinsamer Weg zu Ende…
One of my goals for this reading year is to read more books from five authors whose works have inspired me over the past year; V.E. Schwab among those after The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue which in my opinion was the best new release of 2020. ‚Vicious‘ had a lot I loved about ‚Addie LaRue‘, but also some weaknesses.
To me, this is the perfect ending to the best series there ever was. Rowling has made a whole generation into readers with this series, and this is the worthy coronation. It’s beyond competition. There’s so much happening, so many threats, so many climaxes, so much heartbreak and so much love.
The one about Tommy Riddle’s past. After five books where we only got to know that Voldy is a mad, powerful racist, we finally get to know his road there better.
The first part of this one is a bland The Name of the Wind fanfiction. Nothing more.
Behold: my first five star-read of 2021. ‚Best Served Cold‘ features an expertly constructed plot from the master of character writing. It’s a wild mixture of The Count of Monte Cristo and Kill Bill, a revenge story par excellence, graced with Abercrombie’s fleshed-out anti-heros: his best book yet.