Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer

Book - 2017
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In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION TAY
Characteristics: 536 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 30, 2019

Book #1

Jul 20, 2019

The first half of this book really gripped me. Unfortunately the typical YA love story snuck its way in just as I began to believe that I would be free of it for this story. It took away from the rest of the plot in my opinion. I came to love Lazlo, and Sarai, and many of the other characters, and I was very interested to see where thing were headed, but when the focus of the book turned to the love story I realized that Taylor did not have a new and exciting ending in mind. Just a strong beginning with a typical Hero's Journey ending.

kelly_williams Jul 20, 2019

I read this book because it was on the finalist list of YALSA's top ten. I fell in love with Laini Taylor's writing style almost immediately; I was drawn to her characters as if they were my own flesh and blood. I streaked through this book as fast as my eyes could take me, and was left dreaming for more. The sequel, Muse of Nightmares, is equally good, and I absolutely must recommend that you read them both consecutively.

ArapahoeTiegan Jul 08, 2019

What a beautiful world Laini Taylor has created in this novel! I could not get enough - every description was so vivid I just had to keep devouring it. I seriously could almost see everything described as if I was also able to walk through Lazlo's dreams.

Jun 21, 2019

Lazlo Strange, orphan and junior librarian has always been fascinated with books about the lost city of Weep. Everyone around him dismisses him as a dreamer, until the day a hero of Weep rides into the city and chooses Lazlo to accompany him on a mission to restore the city. What Lazlo finds there, is more magical and terrible than even fairytales could have prepared him for.
This is a hefty book and admittedly quite slow to begin as Laini Taylor introduces the world and characters with her trademark descriptive prose. But readers who persevere are treated to a mesmerizing world peopled with gods and scientists, alchemists and warriors, each the hero of their own story

WoodmontTeens May 01, 2019

One of the best written books in any genre. It doesn't hurt that the main character is a librarian...

I loved this book! A great novel that establishes a strange world and some strange characters who you're immediately hooked on! A really great hero's journey following a bookish dreamer on an adventure unlike any other. A really fantastic Teen read. Can't wait for the next one in the series!

JCLJoshN Mar 05, 2019

I love fantasy stories that are lush and strange. This novel is wonderfully, lyrically, eerily lush, and "strange" is right there in the title. And the protagonist it's named for is a librarian, so extra goodness for me. Creepy gods, eccentric scholars, fairy tales, alchemy, ghosts, airships, dreams...there's really nothing about this I didn't adore.

Mar 02, 2019

First time reading this author and find her style and abilities amazing. Unusual plot. What's not to like ?

Feb 20, 2019

World building was lovely- but..

I remember reading - what, a decade ago perhaps - Kerr's first "Children of the Lamp" book; it hit me that we were going to get a large number of kids beneath the stairs turning out to be wizards, and kids with single moms turning out to be Greek Gods. So fine

Taylor writes the story she wishes, with her characters, and her world building which as I said was well done... and then, the big reveal is that this is the same story that was getting stale 10 years ago, and that the book ends, without conclusion, as the beginning of a series. Bah.

She clearly has talent as an author, and she is *Most Certainly* making the right financial choice. I'm sure this series (which is like many others) will make money.

Oh, and I didn't love the pacing, and the female lead trapped in the tower. Being trapped until you meet the right person is a powerful metaphor, and Taylor doesn't leave her female lead without any agency... once, on page 328, she disobeys her sister and makes an important choice. (The consequences of which are ... *Spoiler*...)

Thus two stars. I gave it three, then talked myself down to two. If you want to go out to coffee with me and explain why it should be at least three, I'll listen. I'd be open to reading something else by Taylor, but clearly this wasn't for me.

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Dec 04, 2019

“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And... I hope you’ll let me be in your story.”

Oct 18, 2018

His books were not his dream. Moreover, he had tucked his dream into their pages like a bookmark, and been content to leave it there for too long. The fact was: Nothing he might ever do or read or find inside the Great Library of Zosma was going to bring him one step closer to Weep. Only a journey would do that.

JCLChrisK Dec 29, 2017

One can't be irredeemable who shows reverence for books.

AshleyF2008 Jul 17, 2017

"One looked at him and thought 'Here is a great man, and also a good one,' though few men are ever both." -pg 69

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Oct 31, 2018

Lady_Librarian thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Feb 09, 2018

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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