Tag: Enjoyable

C. S. Lewis – Prince Caspian | Review

Title: Prince Caspian

Author: C. S. Lewis

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 4/5

 

 

I’m glad that I enjoyed this one, because the last Narnia book that I read was The Horse and His Boy and I thought it was awful. But this one was a lot better, in part because we see the return of a bunch of characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and a sense of character development from throughout the series.

True, it did still have the fairly generic storyline of the kids travelling across Narnia for a while and then getting in a big battle at the end, but it was told in a different way and there were a couple of new characters and some new lore that was actually enjoyable instead of just feeling like a load of exposition.

All in all then, the Narnia series bounced back for me after a real low with The Horse and His Boy, and now I’m back to being excited about finishing it off. Bring on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – I’m starting it straight away.

 

 

 


Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata – Death Note: Black Edition Volume II| Review

Title: Death Note: Black Edition Volume II

Author: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 367

Rating 4.5/5

 

 

This is arguably the book that’s got me invested in this series, because up until this point, I kind of knew what to expect and roughly what was going to happen. As of this one, I didn’t really know what was going to happen, and that made the book much more enjoyable as a result of it.

I also like the way that the different twists and turns kept me guessing throughout, and it seems as though that’s only going to continue as the story progresses. In a way, it reminds me of Prison Break because of that, with each of these Black Edition bind-ups acting a little bit like different seasons.

Now, I don’t want to go into the story line too much because it’s the second book in a series and so it’s hard to talk about it without revealing spoilers. What I will say is that our understanding of the laws governing the death notes continues to grow here while at the same time, rules that we previously knew about and forgot come back into play.

 

 

We also get some new characters coming into play, which changes the game and stops it from feeling as though the authors are simply rehashing the same ideas. Having read the bulk of the third collection at the time of writing, I can also confirm that it sets things up nicely for that, and because this is a longer series, there’s no sense of middle book syndrome here. Just quality writing and quality illustration.

I’m relatively new to manga, and Death Note is the only series that I’ve dipped into so far, but I can safely say after the first two installments of this, I’m hooked. Of course, it helps that the story line itself is so unique, so quirky, and that I haven’t really seen anything like it elsewhere. So would I recommend this book? Of course I would, but it’s obviously not the best one to start with. They need to be read in order.

 

 

Click here to Death Note: Black Edition Volume II.

 


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