Poetry Madness
 
 

Find Books


Read the City


Win Free Books!


PowellsBooks.news


Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
  1. $9.07 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer

Customer Comments

Rodney Wilder has commented on (11) products.

The Tale of Narsi DeFleur by C. A. Rogers
The Tale of Narsi DeFleur

Rodney Wilder, December 13, 2013

The Tale of Narsi DeFleur feels very much like the story you'd get if C.S. Lewis wrote his Chronicles from the perspective of a Narnia-less Susan Pevensie. A story that seems to take place entirely in the pre-Prince Charming phase of fairy tale. The story C.A. Rogers tells us is one of despair and tragic brokenness, with the flitting rays of hope always on the fringe of the narrative's emotional valleys. Narsi's tragedies hit all the more devastatingly because they are so readily familiar. The shape and size of her struggles may differ from those of the reader, but the color of her sorrow - the sehnsucht threading the book up to its absolutely beautiful climax - is one unmistakeably common among the canvas of humanity.

The story Rogers tells is a recognizably difficult one, but as dark and dismal as Narsi's tale may be, her ending casts a transcendent warmth and hope on both her own travails and those of the reader. There is hope, and this hope will never remove Himself from us, though dark the days may seem.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No



The Third Kingdom (Richard and Kahlan Novels) by Terry Goodkind
The Third Kingdom (Richard and Kahlan Novels)

Rodney Wilder, October 7, 2013

'The Third Kingdom' shows author Terry Goodkind continuing in a discernibly different direction from that of the Sword of Truth series. While the story is still as ably conceived as ever, the manner in which Goodkind tells it has changed significantly since that 11-book series. Longtime readers will have no trouble noticing a more simplistic vocabulary, a less poetic delivery of the narrative. 'The Third Kingdom' strips much of the colorful language of former books down to something much easier to digest. For some this won't be a problem, while others may find the simplified tone tedious and immemorable.

Fortunately, the story itself is still wildly engaging and outshines any of Goodkind's stylistic changes. The passion and believability of character is still palpable in the story the author presents. As Richard and Kahlan again find themselves neck-deep in otherworldly troubles, the way Goodkind pulls them (and vicariously we, the readers) through them is unrelenting in intensity and menace. In typical Goodkind fashion, he brings the characters to the depths of despair, making it seem like the story can't possibly end on a good note with the few pages left to go...but then he does it anyway. The ending doesn't feel contrived or artificial. It ends satisfyingly. Heartbreakingly so, but satisfying nonetheless. His characters are as real and unforgettable here as they ever have been.

Tone-wise, the book (in conjunction with its predecessor 'The Omen Machine') shows a new bent for horror-tinged fantasy, as opposed to the high fantasy of Sword of Truth's early novels. So natural is the transition in setting and opposition, from the known regions of the New World to the occult and mysterious Dark Lands, that the necromantic horrors lying in wait feel appropriate in the world Goodkind has shown us, even if they have not been explicitly encountered before.

While not the most linguistically artful book to his name, 'The Third Kingdom' is emotionally resonant and faithful to the characters whose personalities he has been channeling for so long. A powerful contribution to the series.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No



Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Rodney Wilder, January 12, 2013

An absolutely amazing mosaic of interweaving narratives and cosmic commonality. Its message is deeply moving and emotionally rewarding to the reader.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No



Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Rodney Wilder, October 13, 2012

Once in a blue moon will the voracity-tongued reader encounter an author with David Mitchell's combination of fearlessness and skill. "Cloud Atlas", his third novel in a steadily increasing catalogue, is an exemplary work attesting to just how brilliantly those traits commingle in the author's craft. Simply put, "Cloud Atlas" is phenomenal. To be more precise, "Cloud Atlas" is an unprecedented and inimitable work of art, a masterpiece the world of contemporary literature should be proud to see issue from its inveterate loins. If this praise seems too high to be truly warranted, a week-long sojourn in the book will confirm what I theorize: "Cloud Atlas" is unlike anything you likely have ever read, or will ever read again.

The glory of Mitchell's creation is in its transcendent nature. "Cloud Atlas" tells a story, of course, and an engaging one at that, but it is so much more than the events of its ongoing narrative. There is an attention to detail the likes of which literature had theretofore (2004, the book's release) never known, not just in its literal composition, but in the very arrangement of its contents. The order in which Mitchell chose to unfold his expository sextet is so profound and brilliant I, in all my obvious verbosity, am left grasping for the appropriate descriptors. I hesitate to go further into detail for fear of shattering prematurely what is a truly mind-blowing and rewarding mosaic. I can only report that it is an incredible, unfathomably connected set of stories, and hope that you take me up on my promises.

There is heart to "Cloud Atlas." In its entirety, there is a revelry in the spectrum of human existence; sadness and joy, life and death, love and hate. "Cloud Atlas" is a celebration of all it is to be both human and spirit, a rapturously written map of the latter's effect within and around the former. It challenges the reader to rethink human purpose, the function of life and relationships, and most of all the infinite nature of our actions and choices. It challenges, but the payoff is, for all my wordy attempts, wholly indescribable.

You will not regret a single moment spent drifting through this atlas of clouds. You have my word.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)



Sword of Truth #06: Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind
Sword of Truth #06: Faith of the Fallen

Rodney Wilder, October 11, 2012

This was without a doubt my favorite book of the series thus far. Goodkind exceeded his previous standards by unprecedented extremes in this offering. The beloved characters we've known for so long appear in a new and acutely-focused light, exposing sacred and truly invaluable traits, and revealing to the reader the absolute truth of the importance of life, of will, and of spirit. I loved this one, the passion and vigor are without equal.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No



1-5 of 11next
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.