Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Review of Eric

Title: Faust Eric
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 4/5

Powered through this one in three days. As ever, the Discworld characters are a hoot to read about and this had me giggling through much of the story for one reason or the other.
Good to see Rincewind is finally out of the Dungeon Dimensions again, though what he’s been dragged into isn’t much better. Eric, a 13-year-old demonologist, is cute in his naivety about the wider world. Yet he still insists on his three wishes and what happens next is just hilarious.
First we get him wanting to be ruler of the world: Which ends in a run-in with Terry’s take on Aztecs and their end-of-the-world-mythology. And there’s a little imp ... named Quezovercoatl. ^_^
Next is wanting to meet the most beautiful woman in the world: This has us landing smack in the battle for Pseudopolis (Discworld’s Troy, wooden horse and all). He gets quite a shock there, the world’s more beautiful woman is a mother of seven as well. Though I still wasn’t sure how that no longer made her beautiful. -_-
Lastly, living forever: Failure to mention “from this point on” get them flung back to the beginning of time. There’s an upside to that, at least I thought it was, they got to meet the creator. And, according to one small paragraph, life started from an egg and cress sandwich. (How weird would that be for it to have been right? LOL!)
But even then, their adventure isn’t finished. After entering hell, where the eternal punishment is bored, they must come head-to-horns with Astfgl (seriously how does one pronounce that?). But the ending does seem to get a little muddled but in an ‘omg, I can’t believe that just happened’ kind of way.
Still, there seemed to be something missing from this. As if the ending was wrapped up a little too fast. Ah well, onto Moving Pictures.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Review of Towers of Midnight

Title: The Gathering Storm
Author: Robert Jordan
Rating: 5/5

Ugh, despite that I devoured the first 50 pages in one night, it’s taken me several months to get through the whole book. It all comes down to time. When I’ve a choice of reading or writing, I’ll take writing every time. But the flu knocked me back on that and I turned the ultimate comfort. A good book.
As much as I enjoy seeing Rand returning to a less psycho version, this book puts more focuses on Perrin and Mat than the last one did. And there were scenes from Lan! In fact, the book opens and ends with him! There’s been so little of him lately that I was beginning to fear we’d never find out what’s happening to him. The initial frustration from him at his predicament is actually quite humorous, but the last piece now has me worrying all over again. I’m really hoping he survives Tarmon Gai’don. (Now, does anyone care to guess which WoT character is my ultra favourite? ;) ).
Anyway, the story takes a back step timewise, showing what the others have been up to during the period of The Gathering Storm. It hiccups but once for me, in the scene where I realised Rand’s father was still with Perrin’s group when he wasn’t at the end. But there were so many things going on at the time that it was a minor blip. A faint tug on the memory and I’m back in Ghealdan, on the move with the massive army.
Though the level of power the MC’s are getting is a little disconcerting at times (especially with Rand. The clouds are parting wherever he goes. Am I the only one who see that as funny?), it was good to see that some plans would wobble on the edge of failure at times (revealing the murderer that’s killing Aes Sedai) or not go in the exact direction I was expecting (the trial with Perrin). I also welcome that winning, even near the end of the series, isn’t always easy for them.
Towards the middle, I found it sort of scary and thrilling (in a good way) to see everything and everybody finally starting to come together for the Last Battle. All the side plots that were laid out are being neatly wound up to, but there’s also fresh worries popping up (I’m still wondering what the heck is up with the gateways around the Black Tower and heavily suspecting another dreamspike, but there are more worries there than that).
Speaking of towers ... I’m of the opinion that the Tower of Ghenjei should be turned into slag. Those foxes and snakes are creepier than all the shadowspawn in the world.

I cannot wait for A Memory of Light to be published. After all this time, I’m fervently hoping it’ll be good.