5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly lucid...
I have read several of McKillip's books, and while I haven't always understood them completely, I've never disliked them. McKillip's style is vague and dreamy, more apt to give impressions rather than photographic descriptions. If you can appreciate that style, give her books a try; if not, might I suggest you look somewhere else?
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Published on July 16 2004 by temiak
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy
The only thing I can truly praise about this book is the dream-like spell it casts over the reader. McKillip's prose flows gently along like water babbling over rocks in a brook - quiet, effortless, and beautiful. Her writing has a certain poetry about it that is memorable, and the book is worth a read if simply for her unique, calm tone that is as enthralling as a spell...
Published on May 23 2004 by Book_Learning
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing writer,
Ce commentaire est de: Alphabet Of Thorn (Paperback)i think that this is one of the better written books i've had an opportunity to come in contact with, her writing style is just amazing. i mean, no offence, but the plot is not the most fascinating i've come across... it's focus is on a librarian who's trying to translate a book written in some foreign language. kind of dry sounding. but the author does a phenomenal job at capturing a sense of passion and obsession that one can't help but get drawn in to.
my one complaint about this author in general is that her books are kind of detached from the reader, distant in a way. it's not so much that i don't care about what happens, but that i'm just not given enough information to be able to assess the situation in depth. on the other hand, this quality gives a lot of her books an air of mystery and unpredictability. like the detachment you feel on a rainy day, where things are kind of surreal and you don't feel quite connected to the world, feeling like you're interacting with the world from another place, not your own body. so while this is a negative, in certain moods i do enjoy it because of that almost dream like approach. unique to be sure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly lucid...,
As to the Alphabet of Thorn in particular, I found it surprisingly grounded in reality (as real as fantasy gets, anyways!) for one of McKillip's stories. (Never fear, it was still occasionally obtuse and mystifying, but less so than her previous works.) It was an interesting premise, and had me hypothesizing until nearly the end. Once the mystery was revealed, the book quickly drew to a close in a moderately anticlimactic finish. Don't get the wrong impression; this was more of a disaster-averted-at-the-final-moment sort of anticlimax rather than a disappointing conclusion. This is also one of the few of her books I'd be willing to reread at some future date (once I've forgotten the answer to the riddle of thorns). Give it a try.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, of course!,
In a rare turn, though, I was disappointed in the ending. A child's fate is in the balance, and nobody thinks to consult the father. He's more than just a sperm donor, you know!
Despite this, McKillip is my all time favorite and I will continue to look forward to new work.
Deby Fredericks, author of THE MAGISTER'S MASK
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth,
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,
I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Language of Mythos,
Patricia's simple lyrical style holds as true in this her newest novel as it ever had in the past. Her knowledge of folklore and mythology transcends the obvious name dropping usages of many authors by transforming into a new story with new characters that seem familiar while being something totally different.
Of all her stories of recent years, this one reminds me most strongly of her Riddlemaster series in many ways: From the mysterious school of wizardry floating above the distant forest, to the use of illusion as a defense.
I highly recommend this book for your collection. It is a wonderful read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy,
5.0 out of 5 stars She continues to stay on top...,
I would warn you though, because as soon as I started reading it, I got as obsessed with this book as Nepenthe, the 16-year-old translator, got with her book of thorns! Once I picked it up, I wanted to constantly read it. Although I didn't enjoy all of the charactres as much as I enjoyed Nepenthe, Bourne-a mage from a floating school of wizardy, and the characters that Nepenthe reads about, Axis and Kane. In my opinion, Vevay, a very powerful mage, wasn't that interesting to read about. But since every chapter the book changes viewpoints, you're never with someone you don't like to long, and there is a bit of variety.
I also think that a certain romance between two of the characters was much too rushed. Yes, they belonged together, and they had "chemistry", but I think that the author should have slowed it down a bit.
Otherwise, this book is definitley one of my favorites of hers. She is such a good writer; if you're already a fan, you don't need to be worried, and if you're just getting into her, this is a good place to start out. Have fun!
4.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFULLY DIFFERENT,
While not an epic by any means ALPHABET OF THORN is a darn good story, well written and rich in characters and character development. Marvels of marvels it's also a single volume novel so you won't be gritting your teeth waiting for the next installment.
All in all I have to say I liked it, a lot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Orphan Nepenthe studies books in the royal library,
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Alphabet Of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip (Paperback - Feb 1 2005)
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