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Strange the Dreamer (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 28. März 2017

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"Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other."―Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

* "Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "...Characters are carefully, exquisitely crafted, the writing is achingly lovely, and the world is utterly real...This is a thing to be savored."―Booklist, starred review

* "[Strange the Dreamer] has all the rich, evocative imagery and complex world-building typical of Taylor's best work. This outstanding fantasy is a must-purchase for all YA collections."―School Library Journal, starred review

* "The luxurious prose and complex world building invites and rewards slow reading....Here readers will find characters to love and ones to hate and, ultimately, a world to be willingly lost in."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

* [Readers] will dive into Taylor's gorgeous prose and brilliant imagery and relish this story about dreams, love, monsters, gods, ghosts, war, and alchemy. Told from alternating points of view, this is complex but satisfying, a story about cultures meeting and clashing."―VOYA, starred review

"[Laini Taylor] has spun another mesmerizing tale with captivating twists and turns, an array of intriguing characters, strange and beautiful language, and baroque flourishes of the imagination."―Horn Book

"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling."―Kirkus Reviews


A magical new world and a whole host of stunning characters to take to your hearts in the brand new, un-putdownable No. 2 Sunday Times bestselling novel from Laini Taylor. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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I just want to start off this review by mentioning how BEAUTIFUL this book is! I have the UK signed edition with the blue sprayed edges and it is easily one of the most asthetic books sitting on my shelf right now. This is made all the better by the fact that the story within the pages was just as beautiful as the actual book itself! I was completely hooked with the world that Laini Taylor has created and I absolutely need the next instalment... I needed it yesterday!

The world building in this book is extremely vivid. I definitely felt transported to the world Taylor created - I wish I was there! Taylor's description was lyrical and poetic, which helped to lull the reader and keep them hooked! I loved the imagery created - both within the dream states and the "real world", especially in the sense of contrasting between a dreamscape and a harsh reality. I would revisit this world in the next instalment just to find out more about this world and the things inside of it!

I really liked Lazlo from the beginning. He is extremely relatable to us readers (hello - librarian!) and he was an easy going character who I could see myself being friends with if he really existed. He always helped others without expecting anything in return (much to Thyon's chagrin) and it was fun watching him experience firsts with Sarai. I definitely feel like the ending has changed him in a big way - whether that is for the good or the bad remains to be seen, but I cannot see him doing anything bad. Well, unless Minya has her way.

I think Thyon is supposed to be a character that we would struggle to get along with, however, I found him to be misunderstood.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful Prose though not as yummy as expected 28. April 2017
Von Beth Yacoub - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
~~~~3.5 Stars~~~~

"Some things, thought Sarai, were too lovely to devour, while others were too lovely not to."

It pains me...yes physically hurts me to give one of my all time favorite, beautifully minded, creatively unique and the current undisputed queen of poetic prose anything less than 4 stars...I feel like Vizzinni...it's simply inconceivable!!
Now it is true, for anyone who might not have read any of Mrs. Taylor's earlier works (though I doubt there are many of you out there especially those on my Friends list), her writting is usually very deep/evocative and many say "flowery". I personally LOVE how she sees and relates to the world and her imagination and skill are incomparable. Having said that, Strange the Dreamer was slow to start and once it began to pick up pace I found the direction of the plot as well as the major plot twists easily foretold. Also, that ending...that ending...how I LOATHE, how I DETEST that ending!! No spoilers here but be prepared to be disappointed. Laini (if I may be so bold as to call you that), I love you... I truly do...BUT this is nowhere near the callibre, grandeur, the resplendence of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Yes, both the character and world building were excellent! Yes, your imagination and vivid imagery are unparalled BUT the plot was slow to simmer and even harder to savour. The love story was lukewarm, the "Evil" was tame and the ending...I can't even bring myself to dignify that unsatisfying end with another mention...I promise, that's it.

You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” “Beautiful and full of monsters?” “All the best stories are.”

Read it if you want something Strange in your life but don't expect emotional resolution...see, I didn't mention the ending again. Go ahead and read it, you know you want to. After all, at the end of the day it still is a glimpse into the magical brain of Mrs Laini Taylor (so amazing my spell check names her after just 3 letters).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ... I LOVED) but I had to say what a beautiful book this is 30. März 2017
Von Margaret - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I've never posted a review before (not even for the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy which I LOVED) but I had to say what a beautiful book this is. I would give anything to have even a 10th of Laini Taylor's imagination. I know the description says YA but this book is for anyone who loves dreams and understands that nightmares are real.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I'd just pause every few paragraphs to put the book down and sigh over how beautiful it was 1. April 2017
Von Michella (YA Books Girl) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I have finally composed myself, I think.


Nope. Never mind. Not composed.
Will never be composed. What is life.

All right, SO. STRANGE THE DREAMER is phenomenal. Gorgeous, lush, magical, heartbreaking. It's The Laini Taylor Brand, okay. It's also the book I'll use to answer "If you were stranded on a desert island and had one book to read forever, what would it be?" I never actually thought I'd have an answer to this question. But while I was reading this, I'd just pause every few paragraphs to put the book down and sigh over how beautiful it was. Which is why my first night of reading, I got less than 30 pages into it.

"There were no books to hide behind, and no shadows--only Lazlo Strange in his worn gray robes, with his nose that had been broken by fairy tales, looking like the hero of no story ever told. Or. No story ever yet told."

This is a story for the dreamers, for the ones that look at the ocean and hope for a glimpse of Ariel or Nessie. For the ones who could spend a day with a book, and still be thinking about it when they finish the final page. For the lost ones, and the scared ones, and the broken ones. For the hopeful ones, for the shunned ones, for the weird ones.

This book is slow. Like, achingly slow. But broken Godslayer Eril-Fane, rebellious Ruby, clueless Feral, bookdragon Lazlo, sweetsweet Sparrow, blue gold hearted Sarai, twisted and bitter Minya, and so many others will wrestle your heart from you.

Happy book birthday STRANGE THE DREAMER. May you bring a little more magic and compassion into the world.
4.0 von 5 Sternen STRANGE THE DREAMER continues to remind me why I admire Laini Taylor's stories so much 20. April 2017
Von ViolettePen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Gosh, I wish I could write fantasy like Laini Taylor. Her worlds are so imaginative and complex, her characters appealing and well-rounded, her plots a carefully crafted and devastating blend of light and darkness, hope and heartbreak. And her writing. Sweet blood candy, her writing is out of this world. Full of imagery, luscious detail, and evocative word choices. Every time I read one of Laini's stories, even if I have some quibbles about it, I'm reminded of why I admire her work so much.

STRANGE THE DREAMER is many things. It's a tale of lost cities and a centuries-old clash between gods, their half-blood children, and humankind. It's an ode to libraries, alchemy, and quest stories. It blurs the already-faint lines between dreams, nightmares, and reality. It takes themes such as war, love, knowledge versus power, self-discovery, and "what makes a monster?", then stirs them into an otherworldly concoction with hints of melancholy as blue as the godspawns' skin and the gold shimmer of wonder. It's witty and aching and frightening in parts; and when you finish reading it, part of you doesn't want to leave its absorbing world... and part of you wonders how our poor heroes will find any resolution to their conflicts in next year's sequel.

I'm not sure if I have a favorite character from STRANGE THE DREAMER. There's Lazlo, the titular dreamer, who's kind, intelligent, eager to learn, happy to help, and desperate to know where he came from. And there's Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, a half-human girl who screams moths at night and is haunted by other people's horrors when she sleeps. And Eril-Fane, the Godslayer who saved the city of Weep fifteen years earlier but is tormented and conflicted by his past. And the other godspawn like the sweet "gardener" Sparrow, the impulsive and (literally) ignitable Ruby, the sobering rain-gatherer Feral... and Minya. The oldest of the godspawn yet trapped in a 6-year-old's body, she binds the ghosts of Weep to do her bidding - and while it's easy to understand her desire to protect her remaining kindred, her hunger for revenge against the city's humans is so relentless and absolute that it chills you to the bone.

What's keeping me from giving STRANGE THE DREAMER 5 stars, though, is the "book of two halves" dilemma. The first half is stunning and well-paced as it introduces readers to her invented world and her large cast of characters. But the second half, despite the gorgeous dream sequence interactions between Lazlo and Sarai, was a bit of a slog. It's overwritten and much too slow, which unfortunately weakens what should be a devastating ending.

In short, I didn't love STRANGE THE DREAMER as much as other Laini Taylor books like DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE or BLACKBRINGER. Yet it's still victorious in showing what a whimsical and incomparable talent Laini Taylor is and the fresh air she continues to inject into YA fantasy. No other writer in that genre is quite like her, and that's why I continue to marvel at her work, one book after the next.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Utterly unique and mesmerizing 19. Mai 2017
Von Lisa P. Benwitz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
MILD SPOILER ALERT, 2ND PARAGRAPH. I absolutely loved the first book in the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy, but was disappointed in the second book, which seemed to take a sharp turn into a completely different story. Book 3 picked up again, but neither book captured the magic and the suspense that kept me turning pages in the first book. So when I picked up "Strange the Dreamer" and realized from the first few pages that I would be captivated, I really fought not to get too attached to the characters or the unfolding story, in fear that the same thing might happen again. I couldn't do it. I fell in love with Laszlo Strange, I fell in love with Sarai, and I fell in love with the amazing world Ms. Taylor created - both the dream world and the reality.

I fell into a reverie of my own as I read it, the entire reality of my own world falling away as I fell deeper and deeper into the story of Weep and its residents, even as I realized the moment the color of a character's hair was revealed that the ending was going to be rough. While I look forward to reading the next chapter of Laszlo Strange's life, I do so with guarded anticipation, and hope that it lives up to its beginning. However, the hours I spent reading this book were everything I've ever loved about reading... and I have no idea what I'm going to read next, but I doubt it will live up to the unique beauty of "Strange the Dreamer."
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