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Cassandra Clare – City of Bones | Review

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 448

Rating: 5*/5

 

Cassandra Clare - City of Bones

Cassandra Clare – City of Bones

 

Wow. So I suppose I had relatively low expectations for this one, and I’m not really sure why. I think part of it is the fact that everybody has been talking about it non-stop for the last few years and so I automatically assumed that because this series is popular, I wouldn’t like it. But the YA fans on YouTube – and the Netflix adaptation – both helped to convince me to give it a chance. That and the fact that I was able to get it on the cheap from a charity shop.

It turns out that this book is definitely worth the hype. I mean, I loved it, and now I want to read the rest of the series, and I’ll be prioritising it over some of the other series that I have on the go. The characters are three-dimensional and the story line is great, and while it does include a couple of cliches here and there, I kind of feel as though this is what started them off in the first place.

Of course, I have the benefit of having seen the Netflix series (which is good, I guess, but not as good as the book) and some of her interviews with popular booktubers which helps to give you a good idea of what she’s like as a person. This is the kind of series where more context is usually a good thing because there’s so much to the fictional world that you can almost never know it all. Plus it has its own unique political landscape which is well thought out and as absorbing as the stuff that George R. R. Martin writes in A Song of Ice and Fire.

 

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare

 

I’m not going to go into detail about the story line because there are potential spoilers and because most people already know about it. But it’s effectively about a teenage girl who discovers a whole hidden side to her life full of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves and warlocks. It’s YA, but it’s thoughtful YA that reflects the multi-faceted world that we live in today. It’s very well done.

Overall, then, I regret coming to this book late, and I also regret letting my opinion be swayed by the simple fact that other people enjoyed it. It lived up to the hype, which books like this rarely do, and that alone makes it well worth reading. It’s not the right book for everyone of course, but if you’re already on the fence and debating it then definitely – jump right on in. You can thank me later.

 

Cassandra Clare Quote

Cassandra Clare Quote

 

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Stephen King, Dan Simmons and George R. R. Martin – Dark Visions | Review

Title: Dark Visions

Author: Stephen King, Dan Simmons and George R. R. Martin

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 266

Rating: 4*/5

 

Stephen King, Dan Simmons and George R. R. Martin - Dark Visions

Stephen King, Dan Simmons and George R. R. Martin – Dark Visions

 

This book was quite the find – I picked it up for 50p in the Ten Bob Barn at Astley Book Farm. The cover jumped out at me to begin with because of its psychedelic design and awesome colours. It’s also a hardback, which helps – I don’t go out of my way to get them, but I do enjoy them when I find them. Mostly, though, this book caught my eye because it’s got Stephen King and George R. R. Martin in it.

What we have here, then, is a cracking collection of shorts that are grouped by author, for your convenience. We start out with Stephen King, who contributes three short pieces that range from a short about a haunted shithouse in a recording studio (my favourite) to a longer piece about a black woman that took a while to build up steam. Dan Simmons’ effort was okay, but possibly not the best introduction to his work – I’m not sure, I’ve never read anything else that he’s written. And then there’s George R. R. Martin, who was the only author to opt for a single story, a piece about werewolves called The Skin Trade. It was good, but his longer form work is better.

Overall then, it’s a quirky little read and one you should get if you’re a fan of any of these authors. But individually, they all have better stuff. King’s first two stories were absolute crackers, though!

 

Stephen King

Stephen King

 

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