A Little Bit About: The Snow Child, The Wise Man's Fear, and Mercury

I hate it, but I waited way too long to review these books, PLUS, I’m not feeling the blogging mojo after coming back from vacation. AND I’m still sick. So sick I just typed stick for still sick. Gah. SO, in the spirit of killing two birds with one stone, and giving my befeebled sick brain something to do, I give you MINI REVIEWS!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I’m not sure why I haven’t reviewed this book yet. It’s fairytale quality, luscious prose, and unique ending were right up my alley. I guess by the time it came to review it, everyone had already said everything I wanted to say! This story of a couple who so desperately want a child that they wish one into being (or do they?) really struck a chord with me, having had a miscarriage (although I was nowhere near as far along) myself.

Also, I adore the cover.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

You guys, I really really hate hate HATE giving this book a mini-review. Yet, it’s just been too long since I read it to give it a proper review! It’s sad, because honestly, I adored this book as much as the first one (The Name of the Wind; my review) and, my biggest fear is that people will not give these books a chance because of their size. I almost didn’t give them a chance because of their size. But trust me when I say that size, here, does not matter. The pages fly by. Kvothe’s story of magic, bravery, a little bit of foolishness, hardheadedness, the meaning of friendship, love, and growing up is impossible to put down and this newest chapter of his story is just as riveting as the first. I seriously cannot wait for the last (sob!) chunkster of the series. There are very few characters I literally have a die-hard crush on and Kvothe is on that very short list (hello Jamie!). Oh my goodness but Rothfuss is a magician with words. With story. With my brain.

Mercury by Hope Larson

You guys, this graphic novel is cuh-reepy. In a good way. See, there are these two girls. One lives in with her family in 1859 Nova Scotia struggling to scrape out a life for themselves in an unforgiving new world. The other lives in Nova Scotia today, struggling to scrape her way back to normalcy after the loss of everything (but her mother) she holds dear in a tragic house fire. As these two stories slowly unfurl, and come together, things take a…rather…terrifying turn. I sincerely hope Larson (ha, see what I did there?) is planning to continue the story, because it ended with one heck of a cliffhanger! The art is stark and gorgeous, the story engaging and new; I highly recommend this one.

9 thoughts on “A Little Bit About: The Snow Child, The Wise Man's Fear, and Mercury

  1. I certainly considered giving the Rothfuss books a miss when I saw the size of them, but once I got into Name of the Wind I was so glad I decided to give it a go. Wonderful book, one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. I have yet to read Wise Man's Fear, which is less about the book and its size than it is about just having too many books clamoring to be read. As it gets closer to the release of the third book I'll dust it off an go for it.

  2. I am – *takes a deep breath* – about to embark on The Name of the Wind. It's not the size that worries me. It's the genre. The only high fantasy I've enjoyed so far is Brandon Sanderson, who is absolutely amazing, and several friends have recommended trying Patrick Rothfuss next. The book is sitting on my desk and I will likely begin it today. I hope it goes well!

    1. I think you are in for a surprisingly good time, Amanda. I don't read a lot of high fantasy either but in the space of about a year read A Game of Thrones, The Name of the Wind, and The Way of Kings and each chunkster of a book proved to me that sometimes big things also come in big packages. I don't have a lot of interest in continuing with GRRM's series because it is a little to dark for my tastes, but Rothfuss and Sanderson have quickly become two of my favorites.

      Another great thing about Rothfuss is that he is a true, geeky fan. If you spend any time on his highly entertaining blog you realize that he is as big of a fanboy as anybody. He gets excited over meeting his idols and he has a wide an eclectic taste for fantasy and sf. When I read his stuff I know I'm reading a book by a guy who LOVES these genres and that adds to the experience for me.

  3. I have to write my reviews within the first couple days or they lose something. I can still remember the general story, but the feelings that came from reading it seem to fade quickly. You still managed to write good reviews!

    I loved The Snow Child. I agree that the prose is beautiful and it has a fairy-tale feel. It will make my top 10 list for the year.

    The other books look interesting. I'm not a big graphic novel fan, but this one intrigues me. Thanks for reviewing.

  4. I admit I didn't love The Name of the Wind nearly as much as everyone else here 🙂 I thought it was kind of dull and just can't bring myself to try the second one, when it's so long! The Snow Child sounds wonderful in EVERYONE'S reviews. And Mercury sounds AMAZING to me- I don't like scary stories, but it just seems awesome! Is it kind of like Anya's Ghost?

    1. Mercury gave me the same vibe Anya's Ghost did. There isn't really a “ghost” persay, but there is a kind of malevolent “spirit” in the story. I lloved both of them, so I'm pretty sure you would like Mercury too! <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV style=”FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif; FONT-SIZE: 12pt”> <DIV dir=ltr> <DIV style=”BORDER-BOTTOM: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 0; MARGIN: 5px 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; HEIGHT: 0px; FONT-SIZE: 0px; BORDER-TOP: #ccc 1px solid; BORDER-RIGHT: #ccc 1px solid; PADDING-TOP: 0px”></DIV>

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