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31 October 2009 @ 12:24 am
Un Lun Dun  
OK, I've decided that I'm not going to review books that I would not reccomend. Why bother, when the bottom line will always end up being "don't waste your time"? So, I'll review the good books, along with reasons you should read them, then I can just tell you you which books I did not like, with one or two words about why they're not worth the time it would take to read the back cover.

First, the good stuff:

NOT MINE! property of Mieville et al

title: Un Lun Dun
author: China Mieville
genre: YA fantasy
summary: Deeba wasn't supposed to be the hero; she was the sidekick. But prophecies are not always right, the hero isn't always the one to count on, and there isn't always time for an epic quest. Sometimes you just do what you have to do, because you're the only one who can do it. Of course every hero, or un-hero in Deeba's case, needs the support of dedicated friends like a half ghost, a talking book full of iffy prophecies, and an adventurer with a bird cage for a head.

This book is so wonderful, I don't even know where to start telling you how wonderful it is. How about it's my third favorite fantasy book of all time? It has a different world with exotic inhabitants and wacky vehicles, a perfectly awful villain, a hero who wasn't supposed to be the hero and doesn't want to be the hero but will be the hero because she loves UnLondon and wants to protect it... Oh, and dustbins with karate moves. And a pet milk carton. I'm not sure if the umbrella really counts as a pet, but you get the idea.

I can't put into words how much you should read this book. Maybe this will help:

Top Fantasy of All Time
1. Lord of the Rings
2. Harry Potter
3. Un Lun Dun
4. Keys to the Kingdom
5. Vellum

That's how in love with this book I am. I've already read it twice. But I'll stop going on about it now, because you'll either read it or you won't, and anything more I can say won't change your mind.

On to some books I've read that you shouldn't read unless you're going to die of ennui before you can find something else:

-The Historian (but I think I already did that one)
-The Shadow of the Wind--boring, long-winded, unnecessarily convoluted, and the crux of the conflict is not nearly shocking enough (at least to me) to cause the problems it causes. But then again, I ship Wincest, so maybe it's just me.
 
 
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Roshni (mememememeee)mememememeee on November 26th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Nice! I will definitely be trying to get my hands onto this :D