As usual, I listened to it as an audio book. It was brilliant to have professional actors reading the parts of the many characters. Audio is so, so much better than reading.
In many ways the plot is far better and more fantastical than Harry Potter. It’s the coming of age story of Lyra Belacqua (later Lyra Silvertongue) — an orphaned, eleven-year-old girl growing up at Jordan College, Oxford.
The most interesting angle of this very adult story are the dæmons (animal-formed, shape-shifting manifestation of each human’s soul).
I haven’t seen the movie, yet. It was terrific. Especially the casting!
Super book, especially for anyone with a fondness for old comics. Kavalier & Clay are a “Czech artist named Joe Kavalier and a Brooklyn-born writer named Sam Clay—both Jewish—before, during, and after World War II.”
The writing is clean. Simple.
The plot fascinating and never predictable. I swear I could believe it was a true story.
Author Michael Chabon is widely considered one of the best working today. Though this book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001, that meant nothing to me. I got it as an MP3 from the library on recommendation from Downtown Ronnie. (Yes, he’s still alive, though almost 50 now.)
Unfortunately the audio was abridged. I want it all, so I plan to get the dead tree version as well.
For some reason I thought I’d like All the Pretty Horses, the award winning novel by Cormac Mccarthy.
That would be wrong.
… The plot is simple enough. John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old dispossessed Texan, crosses the Rio Grande into Mexico in 1949, accompanied by his pal Lacey Rawlins. The two precocious horsemen pick up a sidekick–a laughable but deadly marksman named Jimmy Blevins–encounter various adventures on their way south and finally arrive at a paradisiacal hacienda where Cole falls into an ill-fated romance. …
The writing is excellent. But the plot plods and has nothing more to redeem it than tired “folk wisdom of uneducated cowboys” cuteness. The last time that engaged me, Clint Eastwood was a young man.