It was under my bed last night. Grinding it’s teeth…
Friday, 10th November 2017
Story Title: Young Goodman Brown
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Date of Publication: 1835
The story begins with Goodman Brown leaving home reluctantly for unknown reasons, though it is implied it is something questionable. On his travels through a wooded area he meets a man, who is possibly the Devil. At first he wants nothing to do with the mysterious man. Time passes, the two continue on their path, despite Goodman’s desire to return home. People from his town pass through the forest on their way to a Devil worshiping ceremony. This leads Goodman to a sort of epiphany – that people are not as good or pious as they seem. He becomes bitter and frustrated for the remainder of his life.
I’ll include a link to the story, here.
What did I like?
This story is fairly ambigious in nature, and is – in my opinion – open to quite a significant amount of individual interpretation. I liked that it left a lot to the imagination and there was no force-feeding of exact information. In a weird way, I almost felt as though I was walking down a dark wooded path with a mysterious and somewhat dubious character.
What didn’t I like?
On the other hand, as I read the story I felt the story was very vague. Goodman Brown leaves home to do something – it’s never clearly stated – and meets a man en route. Did he intend to meet this man all along? (I got the impression he didn’t) If not where was he going? What was he doing? What was so bad about it? (As part of his inner monologue he feels what he’s doing is not a particularly good thing). Who really is this man? As the reader I can only speculate. What’s his interest in Goodman Brown? What does he want? There’s no clear motive for anything. The ending is a particularly gloomy ending and actually quite underwhelming. Goodman has this huge (at least for him) epiphany and it ends with him dying a miserable old man. It almost felt rushed.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would recommend it. It is an interesting story.
My Personal Rating: 3/5
Until next time,
Thursday, 8th June 2017
How’s it shakin’, bacon?
Book Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date of Publication: August 15th, 2013
Ratings: 4.5/5 (Goodreads), 4.8/5 (Barnes & Noble) & 4.5/5 (Book Depository)
Link for purchase: Book Depository
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Celaena has become the King’s champion and has been tasked with killing those who stand in his way. Failing to do so would result in losing those who mean the most to her, but what are the consequences of following his orders? What does a long dead Queen want her to do? Why Celaena? Celaena must come to terms with who she is and accept what she must do, but can she?
What did I like?
I really like the way Sarah J Mass writes, how the plot unfolds and the way every last detail fits into the story. Questions are asked, eventually answered but more questions arise, but it’s not so complex that it can’t be followed. The plot progresses smoothly and doesn’t feel forced. Looking back on what I just read, it’s so clear that everything that happens is leading to the end – probably sounds stupid – but it’s as if it could never end any other way once everything in the story is considered – every line, every word seems to be pointing you, the reader, to that ending of the book – but also the series. It’s like following a string to it’s inevitable end. Side note: not gonna spoil the ending of the book but it was… pretty good. I expected this connection to be made, but none-the-less – it was interesting to watch it unfold as it did. Also, leaves me wondering where Chaol’s loyalties lie, or if he even knows himself.
What didn’t I like?
No book is flawless and I honestly found this love triangle grew very frustrating, very quickly. While I like the characters in the story, I don’t like a lot of their behaviors and a lot of Dorian’s and Chaol’s thoughts and feelings around the others mutual love for Celeana were petty. I can’t help compare them to Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices (honestly I thought the love triangle in that series was better executed) and maybe that’s where my problem lies – me wanting them to be more like Jem and Will, call me Captain Obvious, but their not. I try not to make that comparison, I really try! While their is increasing tension between the pair of friends, they whine a lot to themselves, in a tone that may suggest they feel they have some definite claim on Celaena as theirs and only theirs.
Would I recommend?
I’d highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels. It’s well worth the time spent reading it!
My personal rating: 4.5/5
Until next time, warm hugs