This was a good book. I have my gripes with it, but the headline is that this is a good book which I enjoyed more than I expected to enjoy it.
Democracy in America, Tocqueville’s nineteenth century commentary inspired by his travels in America and written for his primarily French audience in an attempt to salvage that nation’s struggles with revolution and democracy, is one of those classic works that is referenced over and over in everything from newspaper editorials, to historical essays, to modern, scholarly books.
Why not simply name the book after her, if she is such an important character, or maybe name it ‘Elfland’s Princess’ or something similar? After reading it, I think you’ll understand why a more direct title is unsuitable for this fairy tale: the titular king of Elfland’s daughter is not so much the protagonist of the story as the catalyst.
If the fantasy genre has its roots in fairy tales and mythology, science fiction birthed from the horror genre in a kind of mutated mitosis. That relationship is on prominent display in HG Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau.
No, I think that one need not like an author or their views in order to like their books, which is a good thing, because after reading Tomalin's biography of HG Wells, he's definitely not my favorite person.
In other words, it is a more realistic depiction, devoid of cluttering drama, and reads like the framing story intends: as a pamphlet describing a few experiences and perspectives on the Martian invasion.
There’s always something over the next hill, just beyond the horizon, and insatiable curiosity will one day propel us to find out what it is. I think that’s why we read, why we hike, why we write, why we build robotic spacecraft with plutonium radioisotope thermoelectric generators: we’re always Chasing New Horizons.
I can see where there would be a certain resonance perceived with Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, since the road to the land of the fairies in Phantastes also passes through a piece of old furniture, in this case a desk.
Of the three Mistborn books, this one is the most intellectually and philosophically interesting.
As my wife and I noted while I was reading this, it's a good thing that my voice has a magical ability to put people to sleep, because otherwise my tendency to engage in Socratic-style arguments would probably have people force-feeding me hemlock.