The Great Wall (2016)

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Year: 2016
Director: Zhang Yimou
Genre: Fantasy/Action
Category: #5 Film with subtitles

I loved the idea behind this film… not so much the execution. The idea that there could be this kind of alien type creature that would break down the Great Wall of China is great. Unfortunately, the whole thing was incredibly poorly executed with the creatures seeming a bit like an afterthought rather than a central part of the plot.

What was good was the costuming which was just so bright and just nice to look at. But if that’s the only thing this movie has going for it then I’m just not sure it’s worth your time.

Rating: 1/5 stars

The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman

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Author: Genevieve Cogman
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Pages: 329
Category: 21. Read a short book, one between 5,000 and 100,000 words
Format: Paper

Date Started: April 1st 2017
Date Finished: April 14th 2017

In keeping with the theme of the year so far this book also had a huge focus on the importance of words with the librarians having a language all of their own that was able to impact the world. Throughout the book this was frequently used to open locked doors or animate an object. In the lore of this series objects are easier to influence if you are asking them to do something that is natural for them such as opening a lock or animating a stuffed animal (in this case the animal was once alive and therefore movement is the natural state. This use of language is distinct from anything else I’ve read and kind of quirky which I like.

The plot follows a librarian and her apprentice who are seeking a book from an alternate reality which is supposed to be quite important to the (invisible) library for reasons unknown to the main characters. Of course, the book is not where it is supposed to be and of course there are some politics that get in the way from both the library and the alternate world.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting premise, though there was quite a lot going on with a lot of different lore mixed in together making it seem like a bit of a hodge podge rather than a cohesive lore.

This is the first book in the series and I liked it enough that I plan to read at least the next book in the series even if it will probably never make it to my top 10 (I was kind of hoping it would with such a great premise for it).

Rating: 3/5 stars

City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Pages: 485
Category: 48. Read the first book in a series
Format: Paper

Date Started: January 28th 2017
Date Finished: January 29th 2017

This one’s been on my to-read list for a while, I’ve thought about it and looked at it so many times, each time thinking it would be another case of a book that everyone else thought was cool and I hated. For a change I was wrong. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite book in the world, or that it changed my life, but it was a nice easy book to read and it kept my attention.

City of Bones follows the life of teenager Clary Frey when things start going a little bit strangely in her life. First she sees a girl in a club being followed by a guy, then she finds out she can see things nobody else can see. Of course, she happens to be able to see a particularly interesting boy who nobody else can see and it just gets weirder for Clary from there. Her mum isn’t who she says she is, but of course Clary can’t ask her about it because her mother has disappeared leaving a demon in their house which attacks Clary.

Okay, this is probably not the book for you if you’re into great literature, but if you’re looking for a nice easy read with some vampires, demons, warlocks and other paranormal and fantasy creatures then pick this one up. I’ll definitely be picking up the other books in the series.

Rating: 3/5