Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dreams of Gods and Monsters Review
Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Laini Taylor
And exhale -- "aaaaaah."
This = most anticipated book of my lifetime.
I've never pined harder.
It did not disappoint.

Ready, aiming, and firing (spoiler-free) bullets atcha:
  • Peop's, you should know: New characters pad out the chapters between those with Karou, Akiva and Co.  I didn't resent the padding; in fact, upon finishing the book I decided these chapters were essential, enriching, and inspired contributions (Laini knows what she's doing, surely we all trust her by this point?).  But when I turned to the start of a new chapter and established I was with others, I would have a small acceptance moment, as though whispering to my Mainies on the page just finished: "Okay, hang in there, I'll be back in a minute, guys."  Also: Delayed grat, it's a good thing.
  • Zuzanna. is. awesome.  Rest assured, rabid fairy fans, there are plenty of Zuze Moments.  If you've enjoyed the books and haven't read the novella yet, you really must.  
  • My heart flat-lined and rez'ed multiple times.
  • I did not predict everything.  
  • The book is so well-thought out!  Questions from all three books are answered. Every character contributes meaning.  Every scene is relevant.  Things that seem unlikely or unresolved are explained.  So. impressed.
  • The resolution is excellent, albeit incredibly short.  You'll see, too -- you're reading, and you look down, and your right hand is holding a very thin remainder of pages, and you're thinking, "HOW!?"  But it will all be okay, she'll do it in those pages, she'll get 'er done!  And you won't feel robbed.  It's a talent.
  • The religious commentary expressed via character sentiment is more explicit...unfortunately.
  • Expletives are limited to blasphemy.
  • Sensuality is kept pretty well in check (there are a few moments, but they're allusions rather than play-by-play).  Thank you!
  • I love so many characters. 
  • I was pleased to see characters changed for the ordeal they've endured; war takes an ugly cost on those involved, and I think the story is more intelligent and poignant for seeing characters pay these dues.
  • So often Laini shows instead of tells us what to think.  It is clever.
  • The twists and turns are gripping.
  • The world-building is so sophisticated (the names work as style sets; the Eretz legends feel authentic; the classes within Elsewhere create depth...).
  • There are some truly memorable scenes begging to be translated for the screen.
  • As always, it is speckled with funny.
Win a copy here or here.
Buy the books here.
Or head to your bookstore...they're appearing...
Own them, one way or another.

Hachette, THANK YOU for sending me a paper portal.  #smitten

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