[[ Ebook ]] ➨ Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling Author D.M. Cornish – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk
I m not really sure waht to say about this book It wasn t bad, really, but it wasn t very good, either I think some of the ideas and people were interesting enough that it could ve been better even though there were some times where I was rolling my eyes because the conveniences and stupidity at times sort of strained credulity.One of the things I liked most about the book was view spoiler the budding complexity of the nature of the monsters In the beginning, it s a very basic monsters evil set up, but as the story and characters progress, we find that not all of them are, but since most people think they are, and since it s a huge deal to be seen as a monster sympathized , this puts some strain on our protagonist It could certainly develop into an interesting s Found this one at the library and picked it up for a listen I found it quite good The worldbuilding was thorough, including a lexicon of terms especially adapted to the storyline It s not quite steampunk no steam tech , but that s probably as close a designation as I can use There is some advanced tech, including enhanced humans, and primitive gadgetry, and some mad science type elements that bring to mind the steampunk aesthetic, so there you have it Rossamund was a really great kid quite tough for all that he goes through in this book He had a good heart and an unshakeable sense of conscience that guides him through the murky waters of his journey from being a foundling at a home for orphans to his profession as a Lamplighter in service of the Emperor.I liked Europe She was a bit fussy and stuck up at times, but I think that s just her way of dealing with emotion Reviewed by K Osborn Sullivan for TeensReadToo.comMONSTER BLOOD TATTOO is an unusual book Even before I delved into it, I was struck by some of the ways that it s different from other young adult fantasy novels For one thing, than a quarter of the book is taken up with an extensive glossary and other appendices It is also sprinkled with art typically sketches of characters in the novel So even before reading a word of the story, I was curious Surely such an unusual book would be either a magnificent, ground breaking achievement or a disappointing, confusing disaster, right Turns out that neither of those lofty expectations panned out Nonetheless, this is a good, entertaining novel with some interesting characters and a unique approach to the human monster relationship The hero of MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO is an orphan, or in the language of the book, a foundling, named Rossamund Bookchild He was raised at an orphanage, or rather, a foundlingery, called Madam Opera s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls The only clue the boy has about his parents is that someone had pinned a girl s name, Rossamund, to his blankets before abandoning him years earlier No doubt that is a story in i This is what young adult fiction should be, by all rights The vocabulary was rich and liberally sprinkled with neologisms that tickled my etymologist s fancy, and the writing was lucid and flowing, keeping me involved with ease.I was particularly enchanted by the world details that slipped into place the complex, quasi magical chemistry the vinegar seas whose acidic waters gave sailors their rugged, pit faced appearance the boats powered by gastrines, basically vat grown muscles in large boxes Imagine if Perdido Street Station had been written as an adventure fantasy rather than a brooding pastiche That s the best metaphor I can come up with.The edition I read included numerous charming woodcut style illustrations, which added to the charm of the book For myself, I simply loved the originality and completeness of the world it presented, with a quasi steampunk vibe to it Really, the only reason this book is classified ..yeah, I gave it 5 stars, huh Sort of surprised me to.I didn t go into this expecting a 5 star read For a while I was even very annoyed with the main characterRossam nd Bookchild, the boy with the girl s name I don t want to spoil the book for anyone especially as I think it s an excellent read, really a great read Anyway, for a while I was so annoyed with the kid I wanted to slap him up side the head and say, think But then I took a deep breathcalmed myself and thought, how young is this kid Would I have acted this way had I been in his situation at his age Rossam nd is at first admittedly thick He fails to follow simple direct instructions that would have protected him He falls forwell things that he should have spotted up front He s na ve than seems possible But the I thought about it the it seemed actually plausible.Not only that, Rossam nd learns from his mistakes Unlike many YA protagonists he doesn t remain thick and dim in spite of and in the face of experi Before I delve in to this review I admit to being a tad bias Monster Blood Tattoo has since become one of my favourite series of all time The rating of this book also depends on the inclinations of the reader if you are not a fantasy book fan or have trouble immersing in imaginary worlds, you will not like this book Having read the entire series through, I feel that despite the hero being a young boy, Monster Blood Tattoo may not be appreciated by the average young reader Perhaps I am doubting the ability of youth today, but Cornish s world is quite complex, and each book comes equipped with a lengthy explicarium with terms and definitions Also, the book often splits off into tangents in the midst of paragraphs explaining the incredibly expansive history of this world and its characters.This book has a learning curve, and I believe that to be appreciated completely, you have to sort of give yourself a crash course and refresh your memory occasionally with that handy glossary included I m not joking Before you get frightened off, the Half Continent is a remarkable world and terribly interesting I found myself just as excited to take little breaks and study the fine details of Cornish s world as I was to continue Rossamund s adventure This is truly a book for the hardcore fantasy fan with a large imagination to exercise and challenge.I believe it is because of this that many people feel the book starts off slowly However, this This is a re read, as I ve been reading the series aloud to my youngest son, who adores all things large, scary and monstrous The story meanders around a bit at first rather like its boy hero, in fact , and the prose can be unnecessarily florid and at times nearly opaque in its lavish use of invented vocabulary But I ve said, and I ll stand by my assertion, that D.M Cornish is the most comprehensive and immersive world builder since Tolkien.He s also created a fantastic array of distinct and interesting characters, particularly Europe both feminine and fearsome, mercurial and laser brilliant, and with the coolest monster fighting powers anyone could wish for zzzzzzzak Also, Sebastipole is my Half Continent boyfriend and I will fight anyone who says otherwise This is how you can tell that this is a Very Serious Review Anyway, I do love these books, even when they spend an unfashionable amount of time describing the scenery, the weather, and what everyone i Tolkien loved inventing languages, and designed Middle Earth, and wrote Lord of the Rings to have someplace to put those languages.DM Cornish is an illustrator, and has been drawing characters, creatures and maps for years, and wrote this book to have someplace to put them.The world, called the Half Continent is GINORMOUS The map is roughly 8 x 10, and the book covers about a square inchof the world, and this is the first book Lots of potential here.World of Dickens, with alchemy and iron clads Humans inhabit walled citiesand the rest is monsters yes, I am soooo happy Big ones, and small ones, land monsters, and sea monsters oooh, did I mention the ocean is made out of toxic acid Blood thirsty, lots of teeth and claws Characters a lot of great charactersMagic alchemy than magic, but lots of itCritters Monsters, monsters everywhere yay Action a fine amount for a first book, and to comeCool Places it s a haunted, monster covered world it s all coolOur hero, Rossamund, is an orphan, who gets enlisted into the service of the Emperor, as a Lamplighter Keeping the Emperor s road lit and safe for travelers, from all manor of Ooga Booga s.I don t think I want to really classify this as a kid s book This is an incredibly detailed world Did I mention there is a 120 page Explicarium Glossary in This was such a great, different read It is what YA should be thrilling, engaging and with mind blowing world building It is also a dense read It sometimes felt like a Tolkien book there are 100 pages of Appendix at the end and I loved every world of it Meet Rossamnd A Foundling, A Boy With A Girl S Name Who Is About To Begin A Dangerous Life In The Service Of The Emperor Of The Half Continent What Starts As A Simple Journey Becomes A Dangerous And Complicated Set Of Battles And Decisions 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