Review of Resistance by Jaye L. Knight

Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles, #1)Resistance by Jaye L. Knight

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This book is much too long and epic in order to give as in-depth a review as I would like to otherwise. However, I will try to share my thoughts on the book as a whole.

The characters are well drawn and vivid, each a distinct person from the others. It is interesting how the author chose to focus on two main characters, sharing various scenes from their point of view until (view spoiler) The author chose an omniscient POV, moving through the various characters thoughts and emotions. While this can be difficult to do, (and was, I admit, at times distracting) I feel that Jaye L. Knight carried it off well.

The setting itself is interesting, though not entirely unique-it has a feeling very reminiscent of Ancient Rome. I found it a little hard to keep track of what was a city, country, or continent. Thankfully a well-drawn map is included in the front to aid the reader’s understanding, along with a pronunciation key. I also liked that the author included an appendix on the various races that populate the story. (It reminds me of Donita K. Paul’s created cultures, and it is interesting to note that the author thanks Paul for being one of the inspirations for the book.)

The plot itself promises to be interesting, as even though Resistance had its own plot arc, the overall theme will continue over the rest of the series. (Six books total, not counting prequels/novellas.)

It is Christian fantasy, and the Christian world-view is evident, though not fully explained. It may be difficult for those not familiar with the Christian faith to understand the character’s faith and what they believe.

For those worried about content, it is a very clean book. The biggest concerns would be violence-as there is quite a bit-but thankfully it is not graphically described. A few characters are described as immodestly dressed, or wearing revealing clothes, but that is all the description there is to it. A few ‘lascivious’ looks, and that is about it for sexual content. There is no language concerns. I would recommend it for ages 13 and up.

This was my second time reading Resistance, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first time. I will be moving on to reading the next book-The King’s Scrolls-(also for the second time) and will post a review once I have finished it.

By the way…
Stay tuned for a surprise May 13th on my blog.

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Shakespeare Spotlight

In honor of Shakespeare Week (officially last week-sorry it’s a little late!), I decided to spotlight a few things related to Shakespeare, Art, Wittiness, and Disney. (No, that is not a typo. I do mean Disney.)

 

First of all, I must confess I am not an avid Shakespeare fan. The only plays I’ve read in their entirety are Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. However, many of the plays I did read in prose form, in a compilation by Charles and Mary Lamb. I highly recommend it, especially for younger readers worried about content.

 

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Now, for the fun stuff. 😉

 

  1. Witticism

My all time favorite quote by Shakespeare is

“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!”

I was unable to find what play it is from, so I can’t verify that it really is Shakespeare…but it’s a zinger anyway.

 

 

2. Art

One of the most gorgeous paintings of the 19th century is Ophelia by John Everett Millais. He was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters. According to Wikipedia, “The painting depicts Ophelia singing while floating in a river just before she drowns. The scene is described in Act IV, Scene VII of Hamlet in a speech by Queen Gertrude.”

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     3. Disney

Okay, to be honest, my sister caught this one before I did. I didn’t notice it until she pointed it out to me.

Everyone know the basic plot of Hamlet? If not, I suggest you read up on it so you can experience the full impact of this revelation…

Okay, done reading the summary? Here goes…

Hamlet was the inspiration for…The Lion King!

Surprised? I was too. I can just picture the screenwriters now, trying to come up with a new Disney movie.

“What if we take Hamlet, and set it some where else?”

“Like where?”

“I know! Let’s put it in Africa!

“Yeah!”

“And instead of people, let’s use anthropomorphic animals!”

“Brilliant!”

 

You can read a full report on the similarities and differences here.

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To be…or not to be?

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Shakespeare Spotlight!

 

“If we do meet again, we’ll smile indeed; If not, ’tis true this parting was well made.”

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at V, i)

Shopping for Books

Being an avid reader, I have found a few tips and tricks over time that have helped me save quite a bit when book buying. I thought you’d appreciate the chance to save some money too-after all, more money means more books, right?

  1. Buy books used

Okay, now before you freak out and say “But used books mean ruined, falling-apart-at-the-seams books! It’s unsanitary! And what about my frequent customer punch-card at the bookstore?”

Relax and save the punch card for step number four. Just because books are used does not mean that they are falling apart. To the contrary: I have bought used books that are in better condition than some straight from Barnes & Noble’s squeaky clean shelves. Plus, it can save you anywhere from a few bucks to nearly 80% off list price.

(Disclaimer: I can’t really comment on sanitary-ness, since I’m not sure how I would test that. I do buy a lot of used books however, and I haven’t caught the bubonic plague yet.)

Places to find books used:

Online-more about this in step three.

Local used book stores such as Book Haven, Book Lovers, etc. The mother of all used bookstores is McKay’s Bookstore. If you are lucky enough to live in/visit Tennessee, you simply must stop at one of their three locations. You can find the locations at http://www.mckaybooks.com.

Another place you should check out is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR. It claims to be the largest used/new bookstore in the world. I have never visited it, but it sounds like one of those must-see places to visit before you die.

2. Discounts

Couponing-this is not your mother’s extreme version. The kind of couponing I’m talking about is primarily found online (where I shop the majority of the time). My favorite place to find coupons is Retailmenot.com. You can find a lot of great coupons here, and they also have sale information as well. Another place to check would be Fatwallet.com, though you do have to sign up. They offer rebates (most of the time like 2.0% back on your purchase, or something similar) and also have topics on sales, coupons, black friday, etc, on a variety of different stores.

If you’re shopping at a local location, try asking the people who work there if they know of any sales or promotions coming up, and if they give out coupons in an ad or newsletter. Some places also offer regular discounts, such as employee, senior, etc. Barnes & Noble has a membership option (it cost $25 a year for a membership), which is good if you shop there often. It gives you a discount and free shipping. They also offer an Educator’s Discount, which saves you 20% off each purchase (my mom has one on account of being a homeschool mom).

Another option is trading. Some used bookstores will accept books you bring in for store credit, which you can then use on other books. This depends on store policy. I have also seen sites such as Paperback Swap that promote book trading between people, but I have never tried one.

3. Online

Sites I shop from include:

Half.com

Ebay.com (great for series, or ‘lots’ of books-a lot is defined as ‘a group of similar or identical items that are sold together to one buyer-a case of batteries, three dresses, a CD collection, etc.’)

Amazon.com (yes, they do have used options)

Local craigslist (more for series, or groups of books, like Nancy Drew, or Hardy Boys, or classics. You never know with this one.)

But the very best site I have found for searching for used books online is bookfinder4u.com. In fact, it is the very best tool for shopping for books in general. This site is simply awesome. It searches for the best price new and/or used for the specific book you are looking for, and gives you a link to where it is found.

4. Buying Books New

Yes, there is those times when you have to buy a book brand new. The shiny cover beckons to you from the shelf, drawing you in…a book lover and their money are soon parted. I highly recommend reading step two and using those techniques when buying a book new. Also, shop around at Amazon, Ebay, B&N, or other places, to find the best price for it new. Bookfinder4u.com is really good for that. 😉 (Can you tell I love that site?)

 

Well, I hope this helps all my book-hungry friends. Never can have too many books, can we?

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Comment and let me know if you have any tips that you know of for book shopping, or how the book hunt went for you.

 

Tally-ho!