I love when an author whose work I've read in the past goes down a completely different path. And with Night Oracle, that's what J.P. Rose (aka JordanI love when an author whose work I've read in the past goes down a completely different path. And with Night Oracle, that's what J.P. Rose (aka Jordan Rosenfeld) has done. In Nan and Cal, Rose has created two incredibly damaged people who are drawn together... even if maybe, just maybe, they shouldn't be. Each has their own reason to avoid sleep, and each has issues than eventually spiral out of control. What follows is an intriguing blend of drama, melodrama, intrigue, mystery, secret-fueled shame and some good, old-fashioned lust. To say more would be to give away some of the great surprises that unfold over the course of the story... so I'll leave you with simply a hearty recommendation that you go into the book blind and let the story reveal itself to you. ...more
Having been bored to tears by some recent YA fiction (coughDIVERGENTcough), I put off reading this book for a very longtime. But I was actually incredHaving been bored to tears by some recent YA fiction (coughDIVERGENTcough), I put off reading this book for a very longtime. But I was actually incredibly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Having the narrator be a male seemed an interesting choice in a field dominated by female-centric fiction... and it also seemed rather ingenious. Instead of reading about Bella lusting after Edward, why not let young women read a novel in which the guy is the one doing the fawning? Isn't the whole point of escapism to want to BE the person whom someone desires? While the countdown to the big birthday seemed to go on a little long, and the ending was a bit more pat than I might have liked, I will (eventually) get around to reading the next book in the series... which is more than I can say for Divergent. ...more
This book takes an incredibly long time to "kick in", as it were. And then, about 300 pages in, a simple phrase cues you into what's really going on iThis book takes an incredibly long time to "kick in", as it were. And then, about 300 pages in, a simple phrase cues you into what's really going on if you're paying attention.
And it was at that moment that I groaned as I flashed back to another Koontz book I'd read a few years ago, The Taking.
Like this book, it presented itself as being a horror novel only to near the end reveal itself as the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing.
This was a similar experience... and by the time the wolf reveals itself, it's too late. You're 300 pages in... past the point of no return. And at that point, you will either enjoy the rest of the ride for what it is or resent having bought a ticket for a haunted house only to find yourself on a completely different type of ride. ...more
I'll admit it: I'm not a big fan of this genre. But after a friend recommended the series, I dove into the first book... and haven't looked back sinceI'll admit it: I'm not a big fan of this genre. But after a friend recommended the series, I dove into the first book... and haven't looked back since (unless it was to peek over my shoulder and make sure no one matching Gretchen Lowell's description is there). This is the rare book that not only defies perceptions of the genre but redefines what the genre can be. The characters are beautifully drawn and feel real. The story works on numerous levels, including as a psychological drama, a serial-killer thriller and as a character piece. What's even better is that not all loose ends are necessarily tied. As in life, things get messy... and, because this is a series, you're left with the immediate desire to pick up book two. ...more
While I'm a huge fan of Hayes and his weekend show, "Up With Chris", I found this book to be a tough slog. I'll admit with no shame that the book leftWhile I'm a huge fan of Hayes and his weekend show, "Up With Chris", I found this book to be a tough slog. I'll admit with no shame that the book left me feeling like I wasn’t quite smart enough for it... and I'm by no means a dumb person. But whereas Rachel Maddow's book, released shortly before this one, turned a topic about which I had zero interest and explored it in a fascinating way, Twilight always left me feeling as if I was being lectured and/or talked down to. ...more
Key To The Kingdom represents both the very best and the very worst of self-publishing. On the one hand, it is clear that Dixon is a huge fan of WaltKey To The Kingdom represents both the very best and the very worst of self-publishing. On the one hand, it is clear that Dixon is a huge fan of Walt Disney World (as am I), and that this book allowed him to create a world within the World via a scavenger hunt through the Florida resort. That's the good news.
The bad? The book, like many self-published tomes, is in desperate need of an editor. When your lead female character's name is spelled three different ways over the course of the book, this is problematic. (Maybe this is especially egregious to someone such as myself, who is an editor by trade and is immediately taken out of a story by ridiculously easy-to-fox things like spelling errors or sentences that are obviously missing a word, examples of which litter Dixon's work.)
Style wise, the book is wildly repetitive, especially when it comes to the various clues our hero follows in order to solve the mystery which is the heart of the story. (What lies at the end of the trail is beyond ridiculous and yet will, for many Disney fans, be the very definition of a dream come true.)
In all honestly, the only thing that drove me to finish this book was my unshakeable completion issues. As it was, I wound up skimming many pages when plot points were being endlessly repeated.
As I said earlier, I am a huge fan of the Disney theme parks, which was what drew me to this novel in the first place. Unfortunately, most of the passages which describe the parks and attractions sound as if they are lifted directly from travel guides or corporate literature. Worse, this is Disney as seen through the eyes of someone who seems determined to praise at all costs all things Disney. Even folks who make annual pilgrimages to the House Of Mouse (such as myself) have complaints about the resort... but our hero (and the author) take their Disney worship to a level that feels like fear of backlash for an honestly-stated criticism.
I wanted to love this book, and dove in excitedly. Unfortunately, I walked away more disappointed than a kid whose told they're one inch too short to ride Space Mountain. ...more
There was little to no info of value in this book thanks to it's determination to avoid being critical and ridiculously brief summaries. Anyone lookinThere was little to no info of value in this book thanks to it's determination to avoid being critical and ridiculously brief summaries. Anyone looking for good, in-depth info on the cruises offered by Disney would be far smarter turning to the way more informative Passporter book by Dave Marx and his wife Jennifer. ...more