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APA 6th ed. Messed me uuuup. It was slow to start for me. I was hooked from the moment she went underground. So hooked that I just read over half of this book in one day. I loved Elisabeth as a main character. She found herself in the un Dude. The Goblin King. He was such a well written love interest. I, too have a little brother that is half of my soul and boi did I relate to their relationship!! I really liked him and his love interest as well.
I adore her. I ate. I was in band and choir growing up, so I understood the technical lingo that was used, but other people may not. View all 13 comments. Aug 17, S. I've somehow stumbled across my own book on Goodreads! Want more information and a behind-the-scenes peak at Wintersong? Would you like to be one of the first people to see the cover before it's revealed? Sign up for my newsletter!
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This is a story of a tragedy. This is a story about the power of love. This is a story about the compassion and love and sacrifice between siblings. This is a story about selfishness and selflessness. This is the story of the greatest sacrifice. This is a story about life. The writing is exquisite. The world is so encompassing and real. The characters are flawed and selfish and selfless an This is a story about a brave maiden.
The characters are flawed and selfish and selfless and strong, so so strong. I am absolutely shattered and heartbroken and mourning. Someone help me this book has exceeded my highest expectations and ended on a note that I cannot bear.
View all 56 comments. Oct 25, Simona B rated it liked it Shelves: , in-english , ebooks , fantastic-lit-and-co. They are enchanting. Alluring- no, no, what are you saying? It's something else. They are the enchantment. They are the ghost and the obsession. They are the allure. The difference is slight, almost indiscernible -one could say it exist only if you will it into existence- but it's there. And since it's there, since these notes don't make you feel, but are the feel, the space between them is filled with promise.
The st "What's the use of running, if we are on the wrong road? The staff is bursting with it, full to the brim, the spaces insufficient, the lines painfully bulging. Paradoxically, they should explode. For the song to fulfill its crescendo, they should explode. Dissolve in the river gushing from within them. They never do. The boy you've been crushing on for so many months you forgot how it is not to adore him, on a lucky and maybe a little tipsy night finally kisses you.
He gently backs you in a corner and even more gently kisses you. You are stunned blissful, overjoyed, and you wait for the shock to wear off so you can properly enjoy the moment. You wait and wait and wait, and the shock does wear off. And you wait and wait and wait. Something is still missing, but you are faithful. You can't have waited all that time for such a plain thing. And so you wait and wait and wait. It must come. It's just here around the corner. It must be so.
But it isn't, and the magic never comes. The next metaphor is far less pretty, but we are not striving for prettiness. Do you know when your nose prickles, and your eyes start to water a little, and the muscle in you upper lip twitch just the littlest bit? Of course you know. And you know what it means.
I am also sure you know how unpleasant and irksome it is when the sneeze doesn't actually come. I feel as if I just had to sneeze , and couldn't. Since I am not much of a lover of plot-driven books, this is, to me, a real asset. The book hasn't got any plot twist worth the name, and I always appreciate not only this fact in itself, but the audacity it takes for an author to bet on a plot of this kind and stake their hopes on it.
The middle part is absolutely dull I wonder if that counts as an oxymoron? The chapter leading up to the grand finale grandly fail to build up the climax. Things happen without a reason or a later reference or meaning, as if they were meant simply to fill up some dozens of pages.
Instead of neatly rearranging itself in a ball, the thread of this story unfolds and unfolds meaninglessly, aimlessly, heading nowhere in such a blatant state of confusion I could not, for the life of me, turn a blind eye on it.
The rhythm was off; the song did not catch my ear. Have you ever seen After Earth , the movie? When I'm asked what I think about it, my usual answer is that even though it is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, it might as well have been set on another planet, and that did not make sense to me.
Here is the same: readers, meet the goblin people. They're nasty, they're mischievous, they're absolutely similar to any other sprite you can think of.
Some of them are kind of kind. And there are changelings too: view spoiler [ they are born from wishes hide spoiler ]. Think that is cool? Want to go deeper into that? Forget it. Because apparently, the romance was more important than some proper world-building.
I unfortunately did not feel it. I understood the development of their relationship on a rational level, but it did not, not even in the slightest, touch me.
I tend to blame it on the partial lack of characterization -and I know I have to provide further information on that "partial". The book generally exceeds in tell and lacks in show. Throughout all the first part of the novel, we're told, repeatedly, how Liesl feels miserable, unwanted, neglected, but we're not told why , or rather, we are not shown. Later in the book we are, through hardly , honestly; but at least we had those a couple of instances, but it felt like too late.
First, you've got to wonder what's gotten into her for about two-hundred pages. Not pretty. Moreover, she comes off as a monotonous and unvarying, in spite of the fact that her change, her growth, is supposed to be the main point of the book.
Again, not pretty. I hoped she would become more tolerable as soon as she grew tired of play victim , but although the change really was noticeable in some ways, it did nothing to allow me to connect with her. He could let her go in the first place, let her forget him and live, if without excitement, without fear as well, but he doesn't. Such malice is so unusual in ya books, I couldn't help but adoring it, and I am a little bewildered S. Jae-Jones didn't play on it more, because it really looks like a winning point to me.
Besides, it makes the character development stand out even more, because at last view spoiler [he regrets his actions and really lets her go hide spoiler ]. To me, this was the point of the Goblin King's character and the most beautiful and poignant thing about him, but it kind of got lost among many other less striking things, who knows how. On the other hand, since, as I already said, the timing and the writing of the book don't really do their job, his background and its revelation too left me completely indifferent.
And, sorry if I repeat myself, the problem lied not in the contents, but in the form. It is neither happy nor sad, but a perfect middle ground. It is the ending that finally, actually shows Liesl's full potential as a heroine , because that's what Liesl is in this ending, a heroine.
She is confused in the sense that her character seems to be clueless as to where its narrative purpose lies and ineffective throughout the whole book, but now and here is where she finds herself. Loved loved loved it. So Liesl sacrifices herself; we even see how the world actually threatens to plunge into eternal winter when she so much as steps outside of her husband's dominion.
And then she can just un-sacrifice herself like that, and the world continues existing happily ever after? Does this mean, what? That a sacrifice is no longer requested? If that's the case, why, and how is that possible when the whole plot basically stems from that? I really can't stand when authors do that, bending the rules they set themselves so the story can flow on undisturbed.
If you don't want to or can't stick to those rules, change them, switch them with new ones, and if you need exceptions, arrange for the exceptions to be rules in the first place. What's the fun part of creating , if not this?
So I'll put it simply: although the potential was all there, the execution wasn't satisfying to me. It felt hollow and unsure; very heartfelt indeed, and passionate, but paradoxically I could only take it in with my mind, my heart untouched, and, as if that were not enough, my mind as well found a thing or two to say.
What I am profoundly grateful for is that ending : that alone is surely worth the whole book , which, I hope, will prove to be nothing like any other ya you've read before. If that's a good or a bad thing, it's up to you decide. But if you ask me, I most certainly believe the former is the one. Set in a fantasy realm?
Ever-so-enigmatic male lead? Teenage girl bethroted to said enigma? The two hopelessly fall in love? View all 10 comments. Beautiful, dark, mysterious, and captivating. It is a book that deals with a wide range of themes: Love, pain, selflessness, selfishness, sacrifice, family, music, strength, insecurity, and confidence.
Wintersong is apparently a retelling of the movie Labyrinth. I have never watched Labyrinth, so I had no idea what to expect. However, I was told it resembled the book Caraval, a favorite of mine. The first half definitely resembled it and I think both Caraval and Wintersong were executed wonderfully.
I was quite worried picking up this book due to the mixed reviews. I didn't want to be disappointed, and I had high hopes I'd love it. I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed. However, I'm sad I didn't love this book as much as I'd hoped.
It had its ups and downs. But I did love it. Jae-Jones is a brilliant author. Her writing is absolutely magnificent. I was so positively overwhelmed by it. It was captivating and so beautiful and magical. Honestly, wow. Just wow. Her creativity, her imagination, her wonderfully flawed characters The second half deals with Liesl's emotional well being and how she deals with the aftermath, which was done excellently.
However, during the second half is where I think the book started going a tad downhill for me. Yes, things are revealed, yet there's a lot of questions unanswered obviously for the sequel. Something was missing, something was lacking.
Some of the events and aspects weren't properly explained. Stories were thrown into the plot here and there and I still couldn't connect some of their relevance to the actual plot. We also see character development in Liesl. She goes from a selfless, self-sacrificing young girl to someone putting herself first.
As for the Goblin King, I really liked the mysterious aura surrounding him. He's still an enigma and there's more unanswered questions about him than answered. I'm quite excited to find out more in the sequel. Finally, I enjoyed the romance between Liesl and the Goblin King.
Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Progressive metal , power metal. At least 30 are incredible stories, and the anthology is worth buying for these alone.
I thought another 40 or so strong, well strong according to my own personal taste -and Miller deliberately provides a very varied selection here in terms of style and theme. And there was roughly a quarter I d Been dipping in and out of this for a few years. View all 4 comments. Mar 15, Kirsty rated it really liked it Shelves: may The range of contributors is diverse, particularly when one takes into account the wealth of original languages in which the tales were originally penned.
Primarily, those in That Glimpse of Truth are English , but there are stories translated from Danish, Yiddish and Vietnamese to name but three.
It is as good a way as any to organise a collection of tales, and there is consequently a marvellous progression from beginning to end. The format of the book makes it a perfect volume from which to read one or two stories per day. So many themes, perspectives, characters and emotions have been encompassed.
There are stories within stories, and also those which ask wider questions. That Glimpse of Truth has been beautifully designed. The book itself is lovely; a red hardback with a nicely designed dustjacket and ribbon bookmarks. The only drawback is that there are rather a lot of mistakes within the majority of the stories, and it is a real shame that it was not better edited.
Regardless, at over pages, That Glimpse of Truth is sure to keep every reader amused. It is a marvellous collection, and has been thoughtfully put together, so much so that it is an absolute delight to read.
Obviously, these are not really the finest short stories ever written; they are one person's selection. Further, I note that David Miller works for a literary agent, and according to the credits a suspiciously high proportion of the contemporary authors are represented by his agency. It's a global collection but inevitably biased towards the West. But leaving those matters aside, there are some crackers here.
There are the obvious choices, like Chekhov, Munro, and Pritchett though I wouldn' Obviously, these are not really the finest short stories ever written; they are one person's selection. There are the obvious choices, like Chekhov, Munro, and Pritchett though I wouldn't have chosen the stories he did -- but I most enjoyed discovering authors I hadn't read before.
I was especially taken by Sean O'Faolain; his How to write a short story is witty and superb. I laughed aloud at Georgina Hammick's The Dying Room , which revolves around an argument between an upper class mother and her son about what to call specific rooms in the house -- the English class system meticulously skewered.
Elsewhere I laughed at Wodehouse's consummate comic turns: "In the case of Angus McAllister, why, going a step further, have made hum a human being at all? All the ingredients of a first-class mule simply thrown away. Well worth having if you love short stories -- keep it handy to dip into -- and I'll be looking for more from the authors mentioned here.
Oct 22, Kathryn Bashaar rated it really liked it. I asked for this book for Christmas last year and I took the whole year to read it. As with any anthology, I liked some stories better than others. Some of my favorites were Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited and Cheever's The Swimmer, neither of which I had previously read even though they are classics. Other well-known classics included in this collection include Shirley Jackson's I asked for this book for Christmas last year and I took the whole year to read it.
A lesser-known and more recent story that really stuck with me was Ian McEwan's Butterflies. You need strong nerve to even read it, but it is almost perfectly constructed, as the horror of what actually happened slowly occurs to you. Like my reviews? View 1 comment. Nov 29, Eva Praskova rated it liked it. In a weird way a bit like a proto-Hunger Games. Errand by Raymond Carver Ok, I get why he is considered so good now. The Swimmer by John Cheever Stunning, lyrical and eerie.
Leaves a strong taste in the mouth. The Wavemaker Falters by George Saunders A serendipitous discovery; an arresting surprise; a true hidden gem.
Never heard of this guy before but this darkly comic, vivid and evocative story made me laugh out loud and heave with silent giggles several times when I was reading it in bed and my wife had to ask me to be quiet.
It leaves a strong imprint on the memory and a distinct taste in the mouth. AND it contains some interesting theological reflections placed in the mouth of its villain. Gold standard. I can see why it is among the most anthologised of all short stories ever written in English. Go and listen to the Sufjan Stevens song named after it too. My least favourite stories, in descending order of un-favouriteness, were: Solid Geometry by Ian McEwan Saw the trick coming miles off--it was signposted far too heavy-handedly by McEwan.
A chore. Entropy by Thomas Pynchon Self-indulgent pretentious bollocks. What is it with these writers and dog sex? A Real Doll by A. Homes Graphic sex, this time with Barbie dolls.
Stopped reading and skipped ahead. I think Amis should be ashamed of himself for having written it. Some other things I noticed: 1. Good short stories seem more often than not to have compelling characters painted with revealing details in a small space, feature interesting or unusual situations or people, and focus on precise, surprising observations.
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