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Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instruments Series (5 books): City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls Kindle Edition
|Length: 1520 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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City of Bones:
While the book is different than the movie I can't necessarily say the book is better which is usually the case. I will say for the most part the movie seemed to get the characters right for the most part. The book somewhat reminds of Anne Rice's "Interview with a Vampire" in the sense the author goes into great detail about things that don't really enrich the story much if at all. There's a good 60-80 page section in "Interview" that just seems to ramble without progressing the story much. Thankfully though Anne got much better as her books progressed & I'm hopeful that will prove true with Cassandra Clare as well. There aren't any long spells like that in "Bones" thankfully but the author does tend to get overly descriptive about some things that don't seem to matter. While I found the book entertaining and enjoyable I never got the "can't put it down" feeling some books have. Seems like the books are aimed at pre-teen to teenage girls but I'm a 37 y.o. man & I liked the book. My biggest complaint is the author goes to the trouble of quoting Star Wars but not only misquotes who said what, she actually gets the wrong movie as well. C'mon Man!
There's still enough love, learning, coming of age etc. to keep the avid reader interested if you're not a fan of all the blood and fighting and demons. It's a very good balance. Having read the prequel series, Infernal Devices, first, I loved recognizing pieces that crossover between the two. Now that I'm rereading the Infernal Devices, I'm finding things I wouldn't have picked up before reading the Mortal Instruments - you can read them in whichever order, I liked reading the Infernal Devices first.
I don't "love" the characters as much as those in the Infernal Devices - I feel like the world of 1878 London was deeper, more interesting as compared to this series set in present day New York. Both series' are excellent reads though! I just found myself getting frustrated on occasion with the characters. For instance, the parabatai connection between Jace and Alec isn't really described in depth, but if you read the Infernal Devices you realize how important it is in understanding their personalities.
I originally bought the paperback, but passed those on to my brother and traded up to the hardcover. As someone who loves the look and feel of books, I have to say, these "feel" great - the cover art is beautiful and has a glossy, almost "shiny" feel to it - they match the Infernal Devices hardcovers as well. I highly recommend this series, and other works by Cassandra Clare as well!
This box set is a great deal if you're interested in reading the whole series and don't want to wait to purchase them separately or spend a lot of money buying each book on its own (I waited around for a good deal and got it brand new in the plastic for about $30 dollars) and it's a very nice box set. I got it in paperback (wanted hardcover but couldn't afford it) and I think it's very nice. My only qualm is that they released this box set only a couple months before the 6th book, so I've had to buy that separately (and because my box set is paperback I'll be waiting for the 6th book to come out in paperback too so all the books match).
I think it's imaginative, and unique. As an editor of many years, I can see that there are more levels to it - when you look past the bare surface of the concept, you can discover more complex themes, great character development, and archetypal correlations. No wonder young people like this series so much - there are a lot of different perspectives presented within a relatively small framework. It's very well done, in my humble opinion.
Aside from all the technical stuff - I have thoroughly enjoyed the story, and am looking forward to the final installment when it comes out in May. Thank you Cassandra Clare for sharing this gem with the world!
Highly recommended for young and older alike! :)
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Her details make you feel as if your in the story... I get lost in the for days
It will be a bit empty after reading this for this long. Im going to miss the story
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