Sunday, May 23, 2010

Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #6) Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is cheesy, I know, but one reason I give this a 4 is for brevity. The story is not lacking in any way, but this is a much shorter read, which is opposite of the bloat that many authors engage in as they try to wrap up all of the plotlines introduced in previous books. At the same time, I can't say that I am fond of the ending. I don't think I am giving anything away by saying that the last scene Arthur is in has him falling thousands of feet through the air. Talk about being left hanging. Literally.

Probably wouldn't have been a big deal if I'd had the next book close at hand. I would have just kept on reading...

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lady Friday by Garth Nix

Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #5) Lady Friday by Garth Nix

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So this is probably my least favorite of the series. The concept of "experiencing" somehow isn't mentioned in any of the previous books, but it seems to be really appealing to the denizens, similar to the black-market trading for human ailments, which is used and referred to throughout the series. Also, it doesn't make sense to me how denizens really get that much from it. They seem to have human-like responses to things, although a much more bland version (jealousy, hate, a pity, etc.) Plus, most things that are considered "mortal" are looked down upon. Why would they want to experience them? Why is experiencing all that great?

Maybe that gets resolved in the last book. For now it is a 3.

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