Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dreamhunter and Dreamquake

This is a newer series that I've seen recommended, so I thought I'd tried it out. I'm not completely in love with it for several reasons. First off, it's a completely new concept. That in itself isn't a flaw, but so much of the first book was spent trying to explain this new world and set up this new fantasy system that I thought the plot suffered heavily. In a nutshell... well, you know what, I'm not even going to try to explain it because it's too complicated. These books have a lot to do with dreams. Boy, talk about stating the obvious. I thought the second book was better because I was more familiar with the setting and was more easily able to dive into the plot. There was much less explaining going on and the flow was better. There were some interesting elements and some that I didn't care for. I know I'm being vague, but I hate spoilers! It's a clean read, though, so if you want to try it out you won't have to worry about that. I very nearly decided I hated these books because they were about to end badly until they made a split second good ending. I hate that, though, because you don't have time for the happy ending to sink in and you're left feeling unsettled. Not fabulous, but not the worst books of the year either.

1 comment:

Buffy said...

So funny...I really enjoyed these books, more than the hunger game books (although I do like those too). I actually liked the first one better. It is so funny to me that people can read the same books and get something totally different from it. I really miss book club for that reason. I loved the characters and family dynamic of the first book. I loved watching the changes that occured in the characters after the Try and they realized that life wasn't going to be what they expected. I loved Nown in the second book (was he in the first one too?) and I too toally agree that the entire last 3d of the book I was 1) really worried they wouldn't tie up all the loose ends and 2) that it was going to be super sad. Not that I mind sad endings mind you (as long as they aren't emotional manipulative), but happy endings are better. I had a harder time getting into the second book at first because the story was split between too many characters and each one had only a short time to speak before it swtiched to another one. I always have a hard time getting into books like that.