The Big Book Review Top 100 Books…. and a few more

13Jan/110

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader – C.S.Lewis

Top 100 Book:: Number 33
Star Rating:: *****

Quick Review::

The next in the Chronicles of Narnia series The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was published in 1952. The third of the books.

This one has so far been my favourite! I love this tale.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader see's the return of two of the Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund and the arrival into Narnia of Eustace Scrubb. Again the family find themselves magically transported back to Narnia where they come across Prince Caspian who is on a mission to find the fate of the seven lost lords of Narnia! The book is entirely focused on this journey and the brave warrior mouse called Reepicheep plays a larger role in this book.

The book explores trust, loyalty and bravery amongst many characters and it is wonderfully written... again a complete joy to read.

13Jan/110

Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis

Top 100 Book:: Number 33
Star Rating:: ****

Quick Review::

The follow up to the tremendous Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and it does not disappoint. In this story many years have passed in Narnia and the Pevensie children return to help return order to Narnia which has yet again fallen into disrepute at the hands of a rogue false king! Shock Horror.

This book explores the themes of courage and chivalry and is yet again beautifully written by Lewis. The books flow so well and are such a joy to read. Like its predecessor the book was made into a TV series for the BBC in the late 1980's and was released as a major motion picture in 2008. I have yet to see the film version of this book but thoroughly enjoyed the previous one.

13Jan/110

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis

Top 100 Book:: Number 33/36
Star Rating:: ****

Quick Review::
By now a classic book and TV series and film! That most people would have heard of :)

I am going to be cutting these reviews shorter still I am afraid! I would love to write the long reviews I used to but time is not on my side! And I want to give you all a quick summary and some feedback before I forget :D

So anyway... back to the book itself! A beautifully written book, set in a fantasy world that can only be accessed by certain people at certain times we meet the Pevensie children who mysteriously find themselves in the magical land of Narnia! They find themselves on a quest of good vs evil and a great battle ensues. Along their journey they meet people both good and bad.

A truly wonderful book to read although really meant for children I thoroughly enjoyed the read and this classic will be read for years to come.

16Dec/090

The Magicians – Lev Grossman

The Magicians - Lev Grossman

The Magicians - Lev Grossman

Top 100 Book: Not a top 100 book

Star Rating:: ***1/2

Quick Review:: To all my friends I have constantly described this book as a dark Harry Potter meets Narnia and from scouring the web it appears others have supported my view. The Magicians tells the story of young Quentin Coldwater who stumbles across the magical school of Brakebills (your Hogwarts) unintentionally when he turns up for his Princeton interview to find his examiner dead and a mysterious envelope bearing his name.

Everything changes once Quentin immerses himself in the life of a true magician love, death, pain, laughter, lust and hard work lay before him and the book concerns itself with his tales at Brakebills and his life after it.

My opinion, I am on the fence on this one! There were elements I loved, and elements I loathed, I felt that the author tried to cover too many storylines with this one, not that it was difficult to follow, I think I found some areas rushed and rather shallow. It may have served better as two books or a trilogy covering Quentin’s Brakebill days and his life after.

9Dec/090

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Top 100 Book: Number 19

Star Rating:: ***

Quick Review:: Now a successful film the Time Traveler's wife is the story of Henry and Clare. Henry has a condition which means that he travels through time regularly and is unable to control it so he goes forward and backwards without any control! I likened it to Journeyman if anyone has seen it. This book tells the story of Clare and Henry in a diary style as they meet at various points through Henry's travels.

A wonderful concept which would have been more highly recommended if it had been around 200 pages less. It got a little repetitive and seemed to keep going over the same stories again and again. The beginning and the end were very well written, lose some of the mindless middle dribble and it would have been a much more enjoyable read.

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*

19Feb/093

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Top 100 Book :: Number 8 (The whole trilogy)

Star Rating:: ****

Quick Review::

Northern Lights, The first in a trilogy of books follows the story of Lyra an Orphan in a world parallel to ours. After losing her friend Roger she embarks on a mission to find him… Along the way she discovers horrible experiments, scientists and unravels many mysteries….

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*

12Nov/080

Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie

Enchantress of Florence

Enchantress of Florence

Not Recommended By Anyone, Just Fancied Reading it :)

Star Rating:: **

Quick Review::

The Mogor Dell’Amore arrives at the door of The Emperor Akbar claiming to be an ambassador from England with a message from the Queen herself. This young blond haired visitor captivates the Emperor with his tales of a foreign land and his claim of being the son of Qara Koz a kinswoman of the emperor……. But are his stories just make believe?

Detailed Review:: *SLIGHT PLOT SPOILERS*