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message 1: by Simcsa (new)

Simcsa I'm curious to know your opinion. :) Many friends of mine liked it, but I found it lacking in many aspects and I was like WTF?! all the time.


message 2: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I am pretty middle of the road about this one. I like the main character and some of the world building but the book as a whole is a bit of an unstructured mess.


message 3: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus The Redeemers believe life is sin and salvation only comes through blood and pain. Thus, torture is a common form of discipline and the methods used would cause shivers in most and give a full on chubby to the Marquis de Sade.

oh...you mean catholic nuns! i remember those.

excellent job, though i suspect your jam-jar had a bit more than enough black chicken in it to account for your generous 3* rating. heck, 'tis the season.


message 4: by Stephen (new)

Stephen See that, you do know me...the black chicken is flowing and I'm not sure that I will be completely sober until after New Years. Should make for some interesting reviews. If you see me giving 5 stars to New Moon, please email Becky and arrange for an intervention.


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus *shudders mightily* NO FEAR THERE! but honestly, IS there enough alcohol to cause a grown man who's read more than 10 books to do such a thing?


message 6: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Richard wrote: "*shudders mightily* NO FEAR THERE! but honestly, IS there enough alcohol to cause a grown man who's read more than 10 books to do such a thing?"

One word...Tequila
Two words...Patron Tequila
Three words... Patron Tequila Gold

From this wellspring, ANYTHING is possible.


message 7: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus oh dear....


message 8: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Yes...oh dear. It has been years since I have been to Patron Island, but eye witnesses, court documents and a loud extradition request from the Mexican Government all tell me that I had a lot of fun there.

I just regret that so many people had to lose their lives...


message 9: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus when i was about to marry #1, i went out and had myself a bachelor party. i drank eleven mexican snowshoes. eleven.

a mexican snowshoe is a shot of anejo and a shot of peppermint schnapps shaken on ice, strained into a shot glass, and pounded.

i get a little queasy even typing that.


message 10: by Stephen (new)

Stephen If I was going to name a second worst villain of the alcohol world, it would good old Peppermint schnapps. You got tag teamed by the best in the business, good sir.

BTW, that sounds absolutely delicious...one sounds delicious...eleven sounds like a torture worthy of Torquemada.

The only thing I can think to compare it to is The Three Wise Men. This is a 2oz shot of equal parts Vodka, Jagermeister and Peppermint Scnapps. You will be able to speak to your ancestors and/or your spirit animal after a few rounds of these.


message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus jagermeister

**hurl**

nastiest stuff ever distilled, bar none, and i've even had peruvian corn-spit beer. once.

yeah, one *is** delicious. after that, things get dicey.


message 12: by Mimi (new)

Mimi Oh i feel your frustration, maybe the second book ( if you read it) will be better constructed. It seemed to me this book had the potential to be better


message 13: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I hope so, Anne. There is a lot of potential here and the guy can write some compelling scenes. He just needs to get better and bringing it all together.


message 14: by Lea (new)

Lea The problem with your review is that you actually make this sound SO GOOD! Maybe you could write a teensy bit more -- hidden spoiler? -- then I won't have to actually read it and discover for myself that the book isn't as good as your review?


message 15: by Sophie (new)

Sophie I second what Lea said!
Stephen, I often much prefer to read your reviews than to read the actual book. This one is a case in point. A liitle more from you, with the necessary spoiler alert and my curiosity would be satisfied without suffering through a structurally messy book. :) lol


message 16: by Leon (new)

Leon Aldrich Once again Stephen raises the bar on how a mediocre book can have a compelling review(er).

All in favor of Stephen writing a novel, say, "Aye!"


message 17: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Aye!


message 18: by Lea (new)

Lea Aye!


message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus aye!


message 20: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Lea wrote: "The problem with your review is that you actually make this sound SO GOOD! Maybe you could write a teensy bit more -- hidden spoiler? -- then I won't have to actually read it and discover for myse..."

Lea & Sophie, that is one of the real tricky parts of this book. It really is a 3 star read for me as the prose and the main character are terrific. The narrative is just jumbled and there are too many viewpoint changes and changes in tone from YA coming of age to gritty adult to keep the reader engaged in the plot. Overall, this is a book that I would recommend giving a shot as there is much to like. It just has some flaws that keep it from being a truly excellent book.


message 21: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Leon wrote: "Once again Stephen raises the bar on how a mediocre book can have a compelling review(er).

All in favor of Stephen writing a novel, say, "Aye!""


Leon, Lea, Sophie, Richard...that is extremely nice of you to say. Crazy, but very, very nice. Thank you.


message 22: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Stephen wrote: "Leon, Lea, Sophie, Richard...that is extremely nice of you to say. Crazy, but very, very nice. Thank you."

not crazy in the least. you can do it. just have to get fired up about a story...then look out world!

i predict with hope and confidence that 2012 will be the year.


message 23: by Sophie (new)

Sophie The thing of it is, Stephen, you are a talented writer. Readers of your reviews easily attest to that. But you need to do what makes your heart sing, whatever that may be!


message 24: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Thank you. Again, you are too kind. One thing that certainly makes my heart sing is reading and sharing my thoughts about them with all of you. That will satisfy me at least until I retire from my day job and have to figure out something to do with those 8+ hours a day.


message 25: by Thomas (new)

Thomas I agree with what's been said Stephen, you are a great writer.


message 26: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Stephen wrote: "Thank you. Again, you are too kind. One thing that certainly makes my heart sing is reading and sharing my thoughts about them with all of you. That will satisfy me at least until I retire from my ..."

snotballs! no time like the present! start while it's a struggle to find the time or it'll never become a priority. this i promise you. from bitter experience, i promise you.


message 27: by Mark (new)

Mark if its worth anything so do i agree with comments. i love your reviews there brilliant. incidentally Richard in the light of one of your earlier comments just back from catholic midnight mass not an evil sadistic nun in sight. hopefully they're all gone to somewhere bizarre and horrid and far away. merry Christmas to you all


message 28: by Simeon (last edited Dec 25, 2011 09:32PM) (new)

Simeon I've been reading this since yesterday, because of your review, and I can see what you mean about incessant the PoV switching. The overall story, particularly considering the cast of characters, had pretty sick potential. It could have been much better...


message 29: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Mark wrote: "if its worth anything so do i agree with comments. i love your reviews there brilliant."

Thanks, Mark. Very nice of you to say. I am glad I am not alone in how I saw the novel.


message 30: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Simeon wrote: "I've been reading this since yesterday, because of your review, and I can see what you mean about incessant the PoV switching. The overall story, particularly considering the cast of characters, ha..."

Exactly. That is just how I felt. So much potential...


message 31: by Lera (new)

Lera I finish reading this book and now I get what you mean Stephan about the main character...but to speak hole truth I find main character and Bisco the ONLY thing that i enjoed in this book. Thank you for your review! It was really helpfull.


message 32: by caracal-eyes (new)

caracal-eyes awww...this makes me sad. Because from the summary you gave in the first part of your review, it sounded friggin' awesome, the sort of book I absolutely love. Of course, my building enthusiasm was held in check by my awareness of the books flaws, which you mentioned at the start of your review. So I was only sorta crushed by the second part of your review. Few things make me sadder than a book that might have been great for its premise, plot, and so on, if only the rest of it didn't suck. Still, I think I'll have to give this one a try, maybe hoping my tolerance for clumsy storytelling is higher than yours, or else I fear I'll lack the perseverance to finish.


message 33: by Liam (new)

Liam Nice review. Just FYI, I don't think it's set in the USA, as Memphis was also a major city in Egypt for about 3800 years, which is the association I jumped to in reading the book. The text also refers to various European cities - Fatima, Kiev, and to Norway being part of the empire.


The Lady Inquisitor Awesome review,i loved the friends with benefits comparison,and you did a great job of showing what you liked and what you didn't like in the book :)


message 35: by Mee (new)

Mee Hanson I was trying to figure out why I have a love/hate feeling about the book, your review helped me figure that out! thank you. :)


message 36: by Cliff (new)

Cliff Not only the US of A. The book names a York (without a New prefix) and Silbury Hill, very definitely based on the one in Wiltshire, England, right down to it being artificial


message 37: by Abd (new)

Abd L The best thing about reading the book is reading your review after ROFL.


message 38: by Francisco (new)

Francisco Neto Well rated, Stephen, I see your thoughts coming into view as I read this book. But I MUST desagree on one point. Cale... " the king of badassia"? Maybe. Cale... "THE DEATHBRINGER, THE ANGEL OF DEATH, THE LEFT HAND OF GOD"? NO FUCKING WAY!!
Even though I really enjoyed the character up his "meeting" with Miss Perfect. I couldn't disagree more that the best part of this book is the development of Cale through the story. The author made a very good job at pushing our expectations over the top with the promise of a vile anti-hero character (on the Mark Lawrence style). What I have to say about it? He failed miserably! The expectations were HIGH I guess, but the execution POOR. You can read the whole book and try to find Thomas Cale as we were presented at the beginning of the book, promising to become the "Angel of Death" we SO wanted, but what Cale turned to be is a passionate boy obsessed about a girl that he cannot have, and do good to put him out with a BANG!
I feel so sorry about the execution of this book, I look so.. PROMISSING at the beginning with the dark and fantastic world that the author failed to show and vile and sadic anti-hero we were so eager to love and hate, but than everything turned into ROMANCE... romance, can you believe this?


message 39: by Francisco (new)

Francisco Neto Well rated, Stephen, I see your thoughts coming into view as I read this book. But I MUST desagree on one point. Cale... " the king of badassia"? Maybe. Cale... "THE DEATHBRINGER, THE ANGEL OF DEATH, THE LEFT HAND OF GOD"? NO FUCKING WAY!!
Even though I really enjoyed the character up his "meeting" with Miss Perfect. I couldn't disagree more that the best part of this book is the development of Cale through the story. The author made a very good job at pushing our expectations over the top with the promise of a vile anti-hero character (on the Mark Lawrence style). What I have to say about it? He failed miserably! The expectations were HIGH I guess, but the execution POOR. You can read the whole book and try to find Thomas Cale as we were presented at the beginning of the book, promising to become the "Angel of Death" we SO wanted, but what Cale turned to be is a passionate boy obsessed about a girl that he cannot have, and do good to put him out with a BANG!
I feel so sorry about the execution of this book, it look so.. PROMISSING at the beginning with the dark and fantastic world that the author failed to show and vile and sadic anti-hero we were so eager to love and hate, but than everything turned into ROMANCE... romance, can you believe this?


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