**spoiler alert** Danny asked so many questions, it was irritating.
The chapter where Danny walked into the school taken over by feral children was bea**spoiler alert** Danny asked so many questions, it was irritating.
The chapter where Danny walked into the school taken over by feral children was beautiful.
Joseph Mallon was a great character, I was crushed when the whole Hater rehab facility was an elaborate scam.
I liked the alternating Hater/Unchanged perspectives of Danny/Mark.
Look forward to when my co-worker finishes the third book and lends it to me.
(Run Ellis run! I see her as an amalgamation of the little girl at the beginning of the Dawn of the Dead remake who attacks Sarah Polley in her home and the little girl from Kick Ass. A little ball of bloody fury.)...more
**spoiler alert** Through the first third of the book I kept thinking that Brian seemed more like someone who could turn into The Governor than Philip**spoiler alert** Through the first third of the book I kept thinking that Brian seemed more like someone who could turn into The Governor than Philip. Then I dismissed that idea, because clearly Philip is named Philip and Brian is named Brian. So of course the ending still took me by surprise. Silly me.
It was nice to see Martinez introduced, brief as it was. There was also a Bruce, whose name I recall as one of Philip's goons and Dr. Stevens, I'm assuming that's the doctor from the comics. I only have a vague recollection of that story arc as it was many issues ago.
As usual, my imagining of the characters paid no attention to descriptions from the book. Nick I pictured as Nick Frost from Shaun of the Dead. Bobby I pictured as a fatter Nick Frost. April I pictured as Marisa Chase from Uncharted: The Golden Abyss. Tara I pictured as the fat girl who crushes some people in a trash compactor in the Borderlands 2 trailer.
Can't remember a specific example, but this happened several times. Every now and then there would be a line that just didn't seem to belong at the end of a paragraph. I can't describe it further than that. Overall the story was nicely written by Kirkman and Bonansinga. I very much look forward to the next book. No sympathy whatsoever for Brian....more
**spoiler alert** I thought this was just a zombie novel. Silly me. At some point early on Mary tried to melt into Travis as she was drinking his swea**spoiler alert** I thought this was just a zombie novel. Silly me. At some point early on Mary tried to melt into Travis as she was drinking his sweat. I realized then that romance novels are not for me.
Every third page someone was crying. Most of the time it was Mary. Near the end of the book Mary said, "I want to cry but I can't find the tears." What!?! I laughed out loud. She found them shortly afterwards. The zombies were not her biggest threat, it was dehydration.
I found myself hoping that each character would suffer some form of dismemberment, except for Jacob the little arsonist and Argos the puppy (who I kept calling Aggro for some reason). I really, really wanted to hit Mary.
The words "as if" appeared far too often within sentences. Not sure why that bothered me. Made me want to hit Mary some more.
**spoiler alert** I want to rate this a 3.5. Can there possibly be too much action? This book doesn't really let you take a breath through its 576 pag**spoiler alert** I want to rate this a 3.5. Can there possibly be too much action? This book doesn't really let you take a breath through its 576 pages. Far more brutal than The Hunger Games.
I liked that chapters alternated the focus to almost all 42 of the students in the program. I liked that a lot of the violence came unexpectedly. "Whoa that was horri... WHAAATT?? Damn, didn't see that com... HOLY BABY JEBUS' TRAINING WHEELS!!!"
I didn't like half of the personalities of the students. "Really!? How can you be so stupid/shallow/paranoid/cold/etc...?" Several times I found myself imagining how I would kill a character in a certain instance because of the frustration I felt. Then again, I am fully aware that at 15 years old I did a lot of stupid things and my personality probably caused older people around me to want to hurt me. I did love Shogo and Kazuo. Scary that as soon as Kazuo started playing the game, he reminded me too much of one of my friends.
Hilarious was the fact that one of the government supplied weapons was a fork. Seriously.
I loved Koushun Takami's interview at the end of the novel. He's such a geek. He explains the influences from some English writers like Stephen King that inspired him (The Long Walk), how the idea of his story evolved out of a conversation with his friends, and interesting little tidbits like how he seemed to be drawing from sources like Terminator 2 as he was writing (Shogo + shotgun as saviour = Ex-Governator, Kazuo as unfeeling killing enemy = Robert Patrick).
I can see why some 'hardcore' fans of The Hunger Games would not like this book and in particular the comparisons that are constantly made between the two. The Hunger Games = Michael Mann movie. Battle Royale = Michael Bay movie. That may not really be fair to Michael Bay or Koushun Takami, or even giving The Hunger Games too much credit - my point is, know what kind of movie (or book) you're going into and you'll enjoy it a lot more. :)...more
Katniss was pretty insufferable throughout the book. And I didn't really like the ending at all. Good for Gale, meh for Kat & Peet. Happily together with kids. Really?
Meh is a good word for a lot that happened that was probably supposed to affect me. Annie was pregnant? Meh. Prim is dead? Meh. She shot Coin? Meh. Though Malcolm McDowell laughing and coughing up blood was amusing to me. (Yes, again, he should have been cast for Snow.)
Finnick's death was pretty unspectacular, which was a nice touch. It's war and many deaths should be unspectacular. Rather he not have died though. That chapter was just a massacre. Poor Mitchell.
**spoiler alert** About the spoilers, I'm also going to compare a point or two from Battle Royale too. So spoilers for two books...
Just like the first**spoiler alert** About the spoilers, I'm also going to compare a point or two from Battle Royale too. So spoilers for two books...
Just like the first book, I couldn't stop reading. Loved the underground movement. Loved most of the new characters. Loved the concept of the arena. Tick tock. Didn't like Katniss going mental at the end of the book in the arena. And then again attacking Haymitch. Peeta is just too likeable, I'm rooting for him. Even with that mullet I picture on him (see below).
Similarities to Battle Royale: Previous winner of game having to play again. Outsmarting gamesmakers and escaping the game itself. Removing of tracking device.
Not much more to say, so again like the first book, here is how I imagined the characters, completely ignoring how Collins described some of them and most of the time their ages as well...
Peeta - Still looks like Prince Adam from He-Man. Pink, white with a mullet. However, the first actor I did think of for him was Alex Pettyfer.
Haymitch - Doesn’t look like Woody Harrelson but not exactly like the Monopoly Man anymore as I pictured him in The Hunger Games. His voice is that of Scott Marvin as Burt in the We’re Alive Zombie Podcast, very gruff and barking out sentences.
Brutus – Ray Stevenson as Titus (on the left) in the HBO series Rome.
My reading time is generally my commute to and from work. This morning on the bus I reached Part III "The Victor" of The Hunger Games.
I found that thMy reading time is generally my commute to and from work. This morning on the bus I reached Part III "The Victor" of The Hunger Games.
I found that this book got better and better as the story progressed. Throughout the work day I kept sneaking a page in here or there under my desk. By the time my commute from work was over, I had just over 100 pages left. Sadly it's a very short trip. But I just had to find out how the book ended.
Very important note: It is the middle of April. Hockey playoffs have just started. Which means there are on average 4 games a night to watch for the first few weeks. Which also means that I'm unavailable until June. I live and breathe hockey.
I kept reading. Yes, hockey was on in the background and I was flicking channels constantly. But I was actually sitting there focusing primarily on the book. That's just weird. Like some fake-me.
The story itself was amazing. Great pace. And I had this constant problem with my eyes trying to tear up. I'm sure everything else I want to say in praise has already been said, so instead, I'll share the way I pictured some of the characters. My mind is strange sometimes because it doesn't matter what the author says, I'll find myself imagining the characters my own way. Not all the time. This was just one of those books my mind did do this.
Katniss - Thankfully she was normal.
Gale - Garrett Hedlund the way he looked in Four Brothers.
Peeta - Prince Adam. Not He-Man. Prince. Adam. Complete with purple/pink costume and mullet.
Rue - I adored her. She appeared normal too. My favourite character. (I wish goodreads would stop telling me that I'm spelling 'favourite' wrong. This is the way we spell it.)
Cato - Kept seeing a Praetorian guard.
Thresh - The Incredible Hulk. Yes green.
Haymitch - The Monopoly Man.
Mutts of the tributes - The Lickers from Resident Evil.
Clove - Sheeva from Mortal Kombat. With 4 arms.
Foxface - The lead female alien from Avatar, whatever her name was.
I'm actually fighting the urge not to buy the next books until the paperbacks are available. I hate hardcovers. I've never actually written this much for a review. This isn't even really a review.
My only beef with this book is that Stephenie Meyer's name is on the back cover. :p
And now, back to The Kings vs The Sharks...
EDIT: I'm adding two more faces that I remember before I watch the movie that opens today thereby ruining how I originally imagined the characters.
Cinna - He looked exactly like the guy who was supposed to be Criss Angel in the Supernatural episode "Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag" from season 4. Kind of like a younger cross between the real Criss Angel and Robin Black.
Caesar Flickerman - Fred Willard. As soon as he was introduced I saw Fred Willard....more
**spoiler alert** One sequence really stood out to me in this volume.
A domesticated Abraham doubting himself. Old Abraham shows up when needed. (What**spoiler alert** One sequence really stood out to me in this volume.
A domesticated Abraham doubting himself. Old Abraham shows up when needed. (What the f*** is a 'Phalanx'?! Hahaha.) Tobin discussing with Douglas that Abraham has earned the leadership of his crew. No resentment. That was especially refreshing.
Caught up now. Which means I'm zombieless until who knows. A rather sad situation....more