Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Two Books I Read Recently: Mr. Monster and Mistborn

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

That's right folks. I read 'Mistborn'. I'm putting in a caveat right here so that everyone knows where I'm coming from. The last real fantasy novel I seriously got into (barring Harry Potter) was The Lord of the Rings. After that, I sort of stopped reading fantasy so much. Can you blame me? It's hard to follow a series as awesome as that. But, when Donna recommended 'Mistborn' so highly my interest was piqued. Anyhow, I picked it up and let me tell you, it doesn't disappoint! The magic system alone was enough to keep me reading, but added to that was the impeccable timing and well-developed characters. I love a novel that builds and builds until everything comes together in a tidal wave at the end and that is absolutely what Brandon Sanderson accomplishes. Read it!

Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

Mr. Monster came out in the U.K. recently, but I didn't have to wait for shipping because...oh, that's right! I bought it from the man himself at LTUE 2010. Woohoo!

Be warned: 'Mr. Monster' is not for the faint of heart. The story picks up not long after 'I Am Not a Serial Killer' ends. John Cleaver is as messed up as ever, a situation not likely to change anytime soon. We see early on that John is having difficulty containing his darker side, manipulating his rules to accommodate his changing needs. While 'I Am Not a Serial Killer' deals with John letting his darker side out, 'Mr. Monster' deals with John trying to lock his darker side back up. Whether or not he is successful is debatable. He spends a lot of time with his daydreams which are incredibly disturbing and not for wide consumption. However, if you can stomach the ride, the entire book is worth the read for the last page alone. Dan Wells does an excellent job creating a character that is not lovable, but that we're still able to root for right up to the end. I can honestly say that I can't wait to see how the whole thing wraps up!


  1. Um...JEALOUS MUCH! I've got to get my hands on that book.

  2. I'm reading "Mr. Monster" now. My hubby said he loved the last line. I'll have to see what it is.

  3. Oh boy. I want to read Mr. Monster. Hoping I can handle it.

  4. Me thinks Mr Monster is out of my league. But I do enjoy Dan so much as a person. Maybe some day there will be a book of his that I can handle. :) ha ha Ha hA.

    I've never read a "serious" fantasy book. Not even Lord Of The Rings. I didn't even finish the Harry Poter series.

    I should but I haven't. Reading and writing . . .I can't do both. SO I must chose. Right now I'm chosing writing.

  5. I loved Mistborn. I'm on the very last part of Sanderson's/Jordan's The Gathering Storm, which has been an amazing read! He has brought things to the series that Jordan was having a hard time writing in his last few books.

    Can't wait to read Mr. Monster.