Reviews by Brad B.
This is one of the best fantasy books I've read in a while. It’s extremely inventive.The golbin kingdom is dark and quirky, full of monstrous, yet sympathetic characters.... Many fantasy books seem cookie-cutter these days; this one isn't. It’s beautiful and haunting –like any good fairytale- and there’s a bit of romance to hold it all together. A great, quick read. Couldn’t recommend it more.
If you’re a Terry Pratchett fan and you’re wondering if writing for teens has changed his work, have no fear. The same tradmark wit is here, as he's not one to talk down -or "write down"- to children. And, if you’re a firstcomer to Pratchett, this is an excellent place to start. I found this book hillarious and clever and just as good as some of his best books for adults. Great for fantasy fans who enjoy witty dialogue.
All I can say is this book is amazing. Ok, maybe I should explain a bit more. David Small is an artist usually known for his award winning picture books, but here he brings us something very different. Stitches is a darker tale for a much older audience. It's an autobiographical account of his own childhood, a childhood that was not all sunshiny, let me warn you... it's unsettling, it's moving, it's powerful — perhaps in part because it's true; it's one of those books that amazes you with its ability to tell so much with so few words. I really don't mean to just bandy this word about, but it really is a "masterpiece".
You need to check out the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, the legendary creator of the Flight Anthologies, if you haven't yet. It's amazing how Kibuishi can convey so much action with just a few scenes. And, the storytelling is top notch. I get the same chills of excitement reading this as when I, say, first started reading Bone. It's that good, and I can't wait for the next one. Take a peek at this all-ages fantasy romp about a girl with a magical amulet and a very unique destiny and you won't be disappointed.
A lot of people really like this book. I've read The Oracle Betrayed, also by Catherine Fisher, a book loaded with clever plot twists I never saw coming, and I was expecting something similar here, but didn't quite get it. Too much of the story was predictable...but maybe it was just a matter of my expectations. The world in the book, though, was insanely imaginative: Forests made out of metal, airships inside buildings, and animals with wiring weaved into their veins. The narrative winds between a boy trapped inside a futuristic, living prison and a girl on the outside, in a faux 17th century world, trying to get him out. I give Fisher lots of credit for creativity, but I have to be honest, it just didn't hook me as much as her other book did.