Another novel I decline to finish. The main character is a completely unlikeable, misanthropic jackass and I find it ironic that he gets so upset abouAnother novel I decline to finish. The main character is a completely unlikeable, misanthropic jackass and I find it ironic that he gets so upset about--whatever happened to his daughter, I can only guess at this point--when his own behavior towards women is so predatory and unfeeling. ...more
Nope. Not gonna read any more of this enthusiastically yet poorly written drivel. The author needs to get himself a dictionary before he starts throwiNope. Not gonna read any more of this enthusiastically yet poorly written drivel. The author needs to get himself a dictionary before he starts throwing around medical terms like he's some kind of Big Brain Scientist, and a 10 page description of the torture and killing of a kitten is just sick and unnecessary. Just so you know, when I saw where that little nugget was going, I stopped reading, immediately and forever. It was gratuitous violence/animal cruelty that was not germane to the plot at all, IMO--it had already been well-established that the perpetrator of the act was a psychotic little fuck. In fact, while the kitten incident was the cherry on the icing for me, the agonizingly slow build-up, with laborious descriptions of each Scout's personalities and peculiarities, and excerpts from news articles, interviews, court documents, lab reports, etc. etc. etc., made it difficult for the story to gain any real momentum. I skimmed a LOT before finally quitting.
The OTT gruesomeness up to that point didn't bother me at all, btw, and the premise, while it's been done before, was intriguing. But in spite of the author's exhaustive attempts to get the reader into the heads of these boys, I personally just couldn't get interested in any of them. I also found the idea of a killer tapeworm kind of silly; at the point where I stopped, it did not appear that the worm could survive long outside the host or that it could travel very far on its own. Stay away from the cabin--problem solved, right? I know, I know--problem most definitely not solved, no rescue in sight, Black Ops military quarantine, how will the boys survive or will they- ....whatever. When you devote more than a paragraph to torture-killing a wee little kitten, and why would you??, you've lost me. Just don't go there. ...more
This is the age-old story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks getting sucked into the orbit (and secrets!) of an awesomely wealthy and privileThis is the age-old story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks getting sucked into the orbit (and secrets!) of an awesomely wealthy and privileged family for a summer--I gather, from what small portion of the book I've been able to read. None of it, so far, has been the least bit interesting or believable. Why beautiful and aloof Ev should suddenly befriend her dumpy room-mate Mabel (that name--seriously??) and invite her to spend the summer at the family compound in Vermont is not explained. Mabel is immediately caught masturbating by one of Ev's brothers, soooo icky, why oh why is this important to the story? I don't want to know. A little later on, Ev's brittle and snobbish mother complains about having dogs "up the wazoo", at which point I knew I wouldn't be able to finish. I think, if an author is trying to paint a convincing portrait of wealth and class, "up the wazoo" is not an expression any character should use. No, no, no. However, the emphasis the author has placed so far on the many bolts and locks to be found on bedroom doors leads me to believe that a certain amount of possibly incestuous, most certainly nonconsensual, going "up the wazoo" is in the cards--again, soooo icky. I'm not a prude by any means, The End of Alice by A. M. Holmes is spectacularly icky and one of my favorite books, but dirty sex among the rich and fabulous has been done before, by better writers. Mabel, Ev, the ridiculously-named brothers and parents and nieces and nephews and eccentric elderly aunt--I don't care for or about any of them at the one-quarter mark, so rape away, Daddy or whoever; I'm not hanging around for it....more
I didn't actually finish this even though I was over the 80% mark because I just don't care what happens. There was entirely too much going on with enI didn't actually finish this even though I was over the 80% mark because I just don't care what happens. There was entirely too much going on with entirely too many characters, and the trifecta of possession, ghosts, and scary (not really) supernatural beings muddled the "plot" to the point of ridiculousness....more
You know what? No. I am not going to force myself to read this. Giving up so early--I'm only on page 36--is unusual for me but I can see where this isYou know what? No. I am not going to force myself to read this. Giving up so early--I'm only on page 36--is unusual for me but I can see where this is going and I'm not interested. I already don't like silly Clara and Izzy's story so far is every YA cliche ever written. I just can't. ...more
I'm done. Got through 62% and quit. Koontz just can't keep up the momentum of the first two books in this series and I've grown quite tired of the relI'm done. Got through 62% and quit. Koontz just can't keep up the momentum of the first two books in this series and I've grown quite tired of the relentless sermonizing, the nauseatingly cute LOLs (Little Old Ladies), the deeply spiritual survivalists, the perpetually pregnant Annamaria, even Odd's smarmy "Yes ma'am, no ma'am [three bags full--of bullshit]", the head, the tail, the whole damn thing....more
Yeah, I quit. Made it to page 428, though, so a little over halfway. The problem is, I have lost all interest in what happens to anyone due to the wayYeah, I quit. Made it to page 428, though, so a little over halfway. The problem is, I have lost all interest in what happens to anyone due to the way-too-long section on the events in Germantown, PA. When I finally got through that--skimming heavily, I might add--I was faced with paragraph after paragraph about Reverend Jimmy Wayne's religious empire and his tedious thoughts on divorce, fornication, drugs, and blah-de-blah, none of which is surprising or original or especially germane to the plot, IMO. (what plot? I have lost track of it now.) This book is just taking forever and ain't no one got time for that. ...more
This is terrible. I have struggled through half of it and I give up. The narrator, Thea, is a whiny, vacuous twit and the narration itself wanders aroThis is terrible. I have struggled through half of it and I give up. The narrator, Thea, is a whiny, vacuous twit and the narration itself wanders around pointlessly while nothing much seems to happen. At this point in the novel it's pretty obvious why Thea was sent away--eh, who cares--and that something distasteful may happen with the headmaster of the girls' school in the near future, and that someone else LIKE-likes girls and blah blah blah. I just don't want to read about any of it.
I thought I would like the horsey bits but I did not--the author may be an equestrienne herself, i don't know, but she doesn't come across as having much of a feel for horses, in my opinion, and she does a poor job of portraying any real warmth between Thea and her pony. In fact I pretty much decided to stop reading after she describes an instance wherein Thea beats her horse with a riding crop and states that horses are "dumb". They are many things, and they don't, obviously, think and reason the way humans do, but they are far from "dumb". I read on through the accident at the riding ring where Thea is teaching the headmaster's daughters how to ride (how is it that they live at a riding school with an in-house riding instructor and yet it never crossed anyone's mind that they might like to learn until Idiot Girl Thea came along, BTW?) and then I said, ah, screw this. Life is too short to read bad books....more
I confess I didn't finish this book, it is just too mind-numbingly awful. There are many things wrong with it; the most annoying aspect is the way theI confess I didn't finish this book, it is just too mind-numbingly awful. There are many things wrong with it; the most annoying aspect is the way the characters keep reviewing the same information over and over again, chapter after tedious chapter, each time being completely amazed by it, forcing me to the conclusion that none of them are very intelligent. I'm quite sure that the whodunnit will turn out to have been perpetrated by a character that will not be introduced until the end of the book (a very weak writing trick) but I will never know because I plan never to pick this silly novel up again. ...more
Truthfully, I quit this book with about 150 pages to go because it was just...boring. The narrator, Harry Lytle, is a pale, undeveloped, and uninteresTruthfully, I quit this book with about 150 pages to go because it was just...boring. The narrator, Harry Lytle, is a pale, undeveloped, and uninteresting copy of Rose Tremain's marvelous Robert Merivel (if you want to read a novel of Restoration England I cannot recommend her beautiful novel Restoration highly enough) and he is mysteriously commanded to solve a murder with the help of a butcher--why?? Maybe that's all explained in the last few pages but eh, who cares. Things happened in the course of this nearly 500 page novel, but it felt like nothing really happened--and it seemed to not really happen over and over; there was a lot of repetition. The plot was somewhat confusing but not in an intriguing way and I just stopped caring who did what and why they did it. Usually when I've already read 3/4 of a book that I'm not liking I can force myself to finish it but you know what? Not this time. Tempus fugit, summer is already halfway over! ...more