Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Storykiller by Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson's latest young adult book is called Storykiller. Thompson is also the author of The Girl Who Would Be King. I supported both of these books on Kickstarter and have thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

Storykiller is the story of Tessa Battle, a girl celebrating her 17th birthday with a return to her hometown of Lore, and the arrival of her standard super hero package of powers. It turns out Tessa is a scion, someone who stands between the world of fiction and the real world.

Fictional characters are real, and exist in a realm of their own, but some choose to live in our world instead. It is up to the Scion to see they don't get up to mischief. Too bad no one prepared Tessa for all of this.

The book makes me think "Once Upon A Time" meets The Eyre Affair. It isn't quite as clever as Jasper Fforde's writing, but it also didn't make me feel like I'm not well read enough. It mostly sticks with characters from familiar stories, many from fairy tales.

The ebook version I got from the kickstarter had several illustrations done by different comic book artists also, which were fantastic. Tessa is a fun character, and so is her misfit band that she winds up recruiting. Some of her merry band is made up of human friends from school, some from Story and some give rise to the question of who's side they're really on.

I would highly recommend this book, and I hope Thompson plans to write more in this world!
I would rate Storykiller 4 Stars.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Divergent Book and Movie

I had read the Divergent book around the time Insurgent came out, and I never got around to reading the other two books. With the movie on the horizon I decided to re-read Divergent before seeing the movie and then read the rest of the series.

The re-read of Divergent reminded me that it was a good book, in some ways I like it better than Hunger Games. There is overall a more hopeful vibe than Hunger Games has. Maybe it's that the action is limited to one city, it feels more manageable somehow. The names of the factions still bug me, they feel a little like trying to hard and explaining the book to my husband made me feel ridiculous. I love Tris though, and in some ways she feels more real than Katniss.

I saw the Divergent movie on an IMAX screen on March 26th. I really liked the movie too. I think overall they did a nice job translating the book. Of course things get left out, and of course the book in general is better. However, one place I think the movie did better than the book was when it came to Tris' final exam in the fear landscape, and in her preparation leading up to that.

In the book it feels like she knows that how she performs in simulations is part of what marks her as Divergent, but in the book it also feels like she doesn't do much to change that performance. She maybe tries to slow down. The movie has Four showing her how to go through the simulation like a Dauntless would instead of like a Divergent.

I flew through Insurgent and am working my way through Allegiant. I hope the series has a good ending, but I'll let you know!