One thing that really jumped out at me in this re-read, which I'm not sure whether I caught/comment on my first read, is the amount of reRe-read
One thing that really jumped out at me in this re-read, which I'm not sure whether I caught/comment on my first read, is the amount of repetition in this story.
Some of it was the seemingly obligatory reminder of what happened in prior books - which is helpful when you're reading months or years apart, but annoying when reading back to back.
A lot of it, though, is in Xandra's inner thought process. I mean, in the past two books she must've thought, at least a dozen times, how inconveniently grey real life is, and how she wishes she could go back to the comfortable illusion of black/white thinking.
Or how she's a strong person, really, but still enjoys being able to be taken care of and rely on Vex.
Like, I get it... I do... but this are pretty short books, and I don't need to read about her having the same thoughts a hundred freaking times.
That aside - I still enjoyed the series, and Vex is quite yummy. ...more
I liked Mr. Mercedes a good deal. I thought it was one of the better King books I've read, outside of Dark Tower and a few others. (Maybe I'm just morI liked Mr. Mercedes a good deal. I thought it was one of the better King books I've read, outside of Dark Tower and a few others. (Maybe I'm just more a mystery/thriller person than horror... )
But I was a bit hesitant to start this book because hubs had informed me that the titular trilogy hero - i.e. Bill Hodges - is absent for a good part of this book.
He shows up somewhere in the 40% realm.
But I'm glad I knew this going in... and so I pass on the savings to you, as it were.
The first 40% of this book sets up the stories and backstories of Morrie and Peter. This is really their story, of which Hodges only comes in towards the end.
It's also only partially related to the events of the first book - more in the character way than the actual way, except for one particular - and admittedly important - aspect.
Knowing that did help, I think, but that didn't help with the fact that it's still a slow set-up. I mean, the first, like, 62% of this book is all build up and backstory. And, like, there was definitely some character development, but I felt like around the 40% part, along with meeting up with Hodges and Holly again, we also kind of hit a wall for development, and I felt like Roland rolling his fingers in that "move it along" gesture.
Of course, this has often been a complaint of mine with King. I feel like he tells good stories, and develops good characters, but he doesn't seem to know when to stop and just finish the fucking story.
The ending was really good. Tense and fun.
Ok, fun's probably not the right word. But King built in a lot of synchronicity in this story and ah-ha moments, and it was cool to see them finally resolve when Morrie - and with name like Morrie he's got to be the antagonist* - had come so close to stumbling onto them so many times.
But, yes, the ending was tense and made a great little movie in my head - which is why this is a 3-stars instead of less - but I still feel like a good 50 pages could've been cut for the first two/thirds of the story.
That said - it also does set up the next, and final, chapter well, so there's that.
* With apologies to hubs for the theft/paraphrasing of his cleverness. :)...more
I bought this version mostly for the Riddell illustrations, which I enjoyed, but I was a little disappointed that I'd seen them all online before, and there weren't any ones I hadn't seen. But that's really not the books fault at all.
As I said in my original review, each chapter is a snippet of Bod's life, and is almost like reading a series of short stories. That said, it did feel a bit more... complete to me this time than it did the first, I think.
I like Liza a bit more this time around, but was a little more annoyed with Silas, too. (view spoiler)[It's hard to describe why. Maybe because I felt bad for Bod and wished Silas was a bit more... available. But, then, I think that's just a raw bone that hits close to home, so... (view spoiler)[
The first time I read this book I only gave it a 3. I liked it much better this second time around. I've developed a better appreciation for Vimes andThe first time I read this book I only gave it a 3. I liked it much better this second time around. I've developed a better appreciation for Vimes and his trials and travails than I had when I was a bit younger...
I'd also forgotten how early Lady Ramkin was introduced into the guard books. For some reason I didn't think she came into the story until later - but I think that may be because I may have read them out of order.
And of course the Patrician is always a pleasure. The scenes with him and the rats was great fun. Thanks to the mini-series of Going Postal, the Patrician is forever Charles Dance in my mind. :>
And this was the first book, I think, where the Librarian really had a substantial role.
Granted, this didn't have as many noteworthy quotes as some of his other books - there were a few, of course, because there always are - but the story and characters, overall, is definitely up there on the list....more
Reread of Coraline, mostly to partake of Riddell's wonderful illustrations. (I have a quibble about the illustrations, though - namely the placement.Reread of Coraline, mostly to partake of Riddell's wonderful illustrations. (I have a quibble about the illustrations, though - namely the placement. They would put an illustration from each chapter at the start of the chapter, but their placement ended up being a bit spoilery. Wasn't a huge issue for me, being as I've read it before, but I definitely think they didn't think the choice through very well.)
This will never be one of my faves of Gaiman's. I like the story well enough, especially the last few chapters, but it's written in a straightforward style and doesn't have much of his signature 'voice' which I love in his story telling.
I think this might be one where the movie actually expands on the story a bit, to be honest. Probably more a 2.5 than pure 3....more
Unlike some others, I wasn't really overly excited about this book coming out... or about the existence of the play at all.
Especially once I'd heardUnlike some others, I wasn't really overly excited about this book coming out... or about the existence of the play at all.
Especially once I'd heard that Rowling didn't even write it. And then I heard the play was split into two parts, and I was like, "Well, that seems unnecessary" and then they announced this and I was like, "Well, I guess I have to read it"...
That said... my lack of upfront interest in the story didn't really stop me being supremely annoyed with it - and with Rowling for signing off on it. I don't care what she says, this reads like bad fanfiction and nothing you do or say will make me accept it as canon.
As others have said, the characterizations are fairly terrible. They are mere shadows of their true selves. I mean, yes, I understand that people will change in 19 years... but to change so dramatically that they would do or say things that make no sense for their characters and their history?
No, this is simply not acceptable.
And that's not to mention the absurdity of the plot, the "twist", and the canonical issues.
The rest of this rant will be about specifics about the story, and instead of worrying about what's a spoiler and what isn't, I'm just going to mark everything as a spoiler from here on out:
(view spoiler)[So first there's the issue of Albus. I didn't care for him. At one point I was reminded of OotP - or "Harry Potter and the Years of Angst" or "Harry Potter and the Year Everyone Wanted to Smack Him".
Harry, though, had two advantages:
1) We had already come to know and love the character, and so were, perhaps, more willing to forgive. 2) We found out there were mitigating circumstances to his behavior - i.e. sharing headspace with Voldie.
Albus has no such chances.
Mostly, I just didn't get why he had such a massive chip on his shoulders... and I feel like I ought to. I mean, I, myself, am the black sheep in my family, the one who has little in common with the rest of my family, who feels misunderstood and put out and my parents have told me that they didn't know where I came from. So, yeah, I feel like I should get Albus - but I don't. And I can only say that comes down to bad writing. Because he's never believably sympathetic and he starts off annoying from the get go.
Now, like many others, I liked Scorpius a lot, in all his pseudo-Hermionishness. But hubby pointed out that Scorpius was very rarely proactive in this story, and seemed to be more of a counterpoint to Albus. Most everything actually revolved around Albus, though, and it would've been nice for Scorpius to have some of his own agency. (I did appreciate, though, when Scorpius calls Albus out on his shit and was like, "Dude, we just destroyed the world... could you seriously table your daddy issues, because this is bigger than you!" (Paraphrasing. Obviously.))
Also, he belongs in Hufflepuff. Which is not a slight in the least - he just doesn't seem like he belongs in Slytherin. Like, at all. I mean, I can buy Albus there a bit, what with the whole 'thirst to prove himself' and all. But not Scorpius.
Throughout the years, after Deathly Hallows, Rowling has given us glimpses into life after the stories.
She has stated that McGonagall did not stay on as headmistress long after the Battle of Hogwarts, because she was becoming a bit long in the tooth.
She has said that Kingsley Shacklebolt became Minister of Magic, and Hermione "went back to Hogwarts to pass the NE.W.T.S. after which she worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures while also continuing to work for S.P.E.W. and the rights of non-humans everywhere. She then became the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and helped Kingsley Shacklebolt eradicate antiquated pureblood laws."
Of course, none of that matters to these people, who had Hermione as Minster of Magic (?!) and McGonagall still as Headmistress these many years later.
Also, the way that they all treated each other - Harry, Hermione and McGonagall I mean. McGonagall scolded Hermione like she was a student still (and presumed to think she could tell the Ministry how to behave), and Harry was rude to McGonagall! Ginny was barely present, except to be a sounding board for Harry, and to scold him when he was having trouble connecting to Albus.
And poor Ron. I mean, Ron was never my favorite character - but this story makes him completely bumbling. In one of the alternate timelines, while he's a fucking freedom fighter no less, he's scared of the thought of fighting a child, and pulls his wand out the wrong way? I mean, FFS!
Rose is barely in the story, and there's no mention of Teddy or Victoire or any of them at all.
Speaking of which...
One of the revolving points of this story is that Albus is sorted into Slytherin, and his only friend is Scorpius.
Except I find it completely unbelievable that a member of the Potter-Weasley clan would be just left adrift, Slytherin or not!
I mean, I also find it hard to believe that McGonagall wouldn't work to alleviate some of the prejudice against Slytherin, and while prejudices don't disappear, I was disappointed in the way Slytherin was still treated as the "bad house".
But, I mean, hell... none of the Weasley's could stand Percy, but he was still family and they treated him as such!
Where was I?
As for the plot itself...
Where to start?
First, with a sort of minor plot/canon thing. Polyjuice potion.
This potion is used at least once and mentioned a few more times - but without holding to any of the canon of its use. For one, it's used to change into people, on the fly, but those people would have no way of having anything of the people they were turning into, so it's impossible that it would've worked.
And then, later in the story, Albus suggests using Polyjuice again and that he's sure a local house will have the ingredients and he can just nip in there and brew up a batch.
Except polyjuice is a notoriously difficult potion, this kid if no fucking Hermione, and oh, by the way, it takes a month to brew!
And Hermione is there and is like, "No, that won't work, because we don't have anything from the person to use" (because now that matters), but doesn't mention, "Oh, by the way, it takes a month to brew!"
(Ok, that's arguably a minor thing, but it really bothered me.)
Now, onto the worst parts of the plot:
In a now deleted post from Pottermore, Rowling mentions her sort of regret for introducing Time Travel in Prisoner of Azkaban:
Clearly she "Changed her mind", but we would all be better off if she had stuck to her guns. Because this...
Ok, first off there's the convenient appearance of not one, but two, unique and differently functioning Time Turners.
Then there's the idea that changing small things in the past can hugely alter the present... but then meddling some more will revert everything back to "normal" without any change whatsoever. (Not to mention that when there was time travel in PoA it was of the variety that "what happens has always happened" - like when Harry saw himself make the Patronus in the "first" iteration, and then knew he could do it in the second because he had "already done it". The time travel rules for the world are completely different for this story than they were in PoA.)
And then there's the blasphemy of what they did to poor Cedric.
Part of their plan to "save Cedric" is to go back in time and stop him from winning/tying the Triwizard Tournament. So they go back and "humiliate" him... and apparently this is enough to turn Cedric into a Death Eater.
Yes, boys and girls... they turned Cedric-fucking-Diggory into a goddamned Death Eater.
And that's not even the worst part of the book.
No, for that we come to the "twist" that Voldemort had a daughter.
Voldemort. Had a Daughter.
VOLDEMORT. Had sex.
With Bellatrix - who was apparently pregnant and gave birth right before the Battle of Hogwarts, except that no one, including Draco, had any fucking clue.
This is. Without a doubt. The most ridiculous. Fucking. Thing. EVER!
Entering the reread of this one, I didn't really remember a single thing about the story. The only thing I knew was that this was never one of my favoEntering the reread of this one, I didn't really remember a single thing about the story. The only thing I knew was that this was never one of my favorites.
I think I enjoyed it more on the reread than I did on my first go around, though it probably still won't be one of my faves. It won't be in the bottom tier, either.
This is pretty much a standalone in the series. I don't believe we ever encounter Teppic again - or, if we do, I don't recall it just now - but it's also a companion piece with Small Gods (which is one of my faves) because both deal with life outside of the usual places and also, more importantly, deal with the realities of faith and gods and religion - not all of which go well together.
There were some really nice quotes from this book, and I did find it an enjoyable and interesting read.
(As a side note, I'm note sure I got the sound-joke of Djelibeybi the first time, and now I'm wondering how in the hell I would've missed it!)
Definitely the best in the series, for me, so far, it was also the most intense, as this entry follows a serial killer. Not just follows, but we get cDefinitely the best in the series, for me, so far, it was also the most intense, as this entry follows a serial killer. Not just follows, but we get chapters from the killers perspective, reminding me almost of a Stephen King level of dwelling on the grotesque and gore.
Of course, as with all of Rowling/Galbraith's books, the focus is on the characters as much as the crime. It is my enjoyment of reading about Strike and Robin and their partnership which brings me back to this series more so than the plot elements - but this felt, to me, to be the first book which more readily balanced those two aspects of the story.
Of course, the fact that this case is so personal to Strike, and to Robin, helped blend those two spheres more readily than the other stories.
Here we get more about Robin's backstory - which she dropped out of college and took an aggressive driving course. Herein lies, perhaps, my main quibble about the story - I'm a bit tired of the (view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)] trope. On the other hand, I felt Rowling handled it very well. It wasn't a throw away like it often is in the trope. It was realistically explored, and it was not used, thankfully, as a means for motivating Strike.
Another quibble is that there were some slow parts to the story, which felt very repetitive. This was during the 'lull' part every case is required to have, which they are staking out various targets without any real clues to lead them in one direction or another. They're also short of funds - because a PI can't not have money troubles. Of course.
But, anyway, during the lull of the story, we spend more time in Strike's and Robin's personal minds, and it just started to get way too repetitive and circular for a while...
Anyway - we also get more Strike backstory, as each of his three suspects for the crimes are people who have personal grudges with him from the past. Rowling weaves the story of Strike and Robin's investigations through the chapters from the killer's perspective, leaving clues and red herrings along the way, as we get sucked up into theories and counter theories, and never seeing quite enough of the killer to guess out of hand who it might be.
And we see a bit more of Robin and Matthew together in this story, as Robin is preparing for her wedding, and also dealing with the case and being a target in it. All I can say without getting too spoilery is that I never liked Matthew - and now I out and out hate him - and I sort of hate Galbraith a little for that cliffhanger of an ending! (The cliffhanger relates to the personal side of the story, not the killer side of it.)
I liked the chapters dealing with Strike and Robin's relationship as partners. (view spoiler)[I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of Strike and Robin getting together. While I really, really *hate* that she seemed to marry Matthew at the end, I also agree with Strike that I think a S/R relationship would be doomed. I don't know, though. At first I was annoyed. I mean, why can't a man and woman work together without it ever being platonic in stories? But the more it seemed like it was going to happen, the more I ended up rooting for it... So I'm not opposed to it, but I do hope the will they/won't they doesn't start dominating the story. (hide spoiler)]
A bit of a warning, though.
I mentioned before that the chapters from the killer's perspective border on King levels of grue and sadism. They are also potentially very disturbing and triggery, because this story is about misogyny in its worst forms. There are issues of rape, child abuse, domestic violence, prostitution, and a whole sort of ways that women are treated badly, and it's sometimes described in more detail than people will be comfortable with.
I did not think this devolved into the gratuitous or lascivious - at least not on the part of the readership. I never felt like Rowling used any of the abuse to be secretly titillating, the way I felt about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I know some reviewers did, and I'm giving fair warning to people who think that they may not be able to handle somewhat graphic descriptions of violence towards women.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Some people I've seen have compared this book to something written by China Miéville. I'm inclined to agree. The difference is that they say it as a cSome people I've seen have compared this book to something written by China Miéville. I'm inclined to agree. The difference is that they say it as a compliment...
Of the few Mieville books I've read, I've had a similar reaction - he is more enamoured with weirdness for weirdnesses sake, to show how much cool shit he can think of, than to worry about putting that weirdness into a coherent, well-plotted or charactered book. So, in that way, I would say this has much in common with Mieville.
Of course, that also means there are moments of coolness. Of near brilliance, even, when an idea, or a poetical turn of phrase gets a light shined onto it. The climax of this story was definitely interesting, and kept me reading, and I was quite glad to see (view spoiler)[David (hide spoiler)] get some comeuppance... but, overall, the disparate puzzle pieces never quite seemed to gel.
And I do mean puzzle pieces. The group with which I read this book had a Q&A session with the author, and someone asked him about the changes in perspectives, and one particular choice - (view spoiler)[to have a bit from the perspective of a lion. (hide spoiler)]
The Dresden and Naga scenes came about as a side effect of the fact that I don't usually write stuff in the order it will be read. For instance, the Steve-goes-for-a-jog scene appears in the middle, but it was about the first thing I wrote. I wrote it up to the point where he was getting swarmed by the dogs, then moved on to something else. Later, when I circled back around to finish it, I had to figure out how to save him...
I read this Q&A after I'd finished the book and had a sort of "Ah-ha!" moment. Suddenly my feelings of why there were some cool parts in the book but it never felt like it came together as a coherent whole made sense to me.
Because it wasn't.
Which is why some of the plotting and character choices, to me, didn't make sense. I often found myself question characters reactions and motivations... and I was left with the answer with, "Well, that's what Hawkins needed them to do to get to the next piece he had constructed."
I dislike when stories have characters act in seemingly strange ways for the sake of moving the plot forward. I prefer where the plot comes organically from the characters acting in ways which seemed organic for those 'people' to act.
As for characters, I liked Steve and the lions.
Erwin seemed like a character you were meant to like, because he's all badass and devil-may-care and whatnot, but he seemed, to me, to be more someone with a perpetual chip on their shoulders full of posturing and gestures, and that's annoying in the long term.
Carolyn was interesting enough, though not particularly compelling.
I hated David, as I'm sure we're meant to.
Father was... interesting, moreso because (view spoiler)[we're lead to believe that despite how horrible he was, anything to replace him would be worse. Still, I felt like Carolyn forgave him too easily. The ending seems to suggest Father's cruelty was a necessary caldera, but I'm not sure I'm really buying it, all told. (hide spoiler)]
The others are somewhat interchangeable or forgettable. They only exist insofar as is relevant to the story. Several of the children and catalogues didn't seem to be mentioned at all after the initial introduction - because there was no point to them.
Again, from the author:
For the most part I didn't plan the catalogs out beforehand in any major way, just sort of let them evolve as the book took shape. It ended up being a real mess--when I was doing revisions I ended up with way more catalogs that had a least a brief mention than I had librarians.
(As I said earlier - it's all piecemeal, and it shows. That said, I'm not one who tends to be easily dazzled by shiny things, and so I may have honed in on the holes more than most people are likely to.)
Long story short, it was interesting and cool in parts (thus 2 stars instead of 1), but the whole is lesser than the sum of its parts.
I also didn't like the way that the climax happened and there were 100 pages left, and then we get a big long bit of exposition, and a set-up for a possible next installment. I think I'll pass, thanks.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm not really sure what to say about this story. It's cute and fairly enjoyable, but the writing style was both simplistic and sort of herky-jerky2.5
I'm not really sure what to say about this story. It's cute and fairly enjoyable, but the writing style was both simplistic and sort of herky-jerky.
It read almost more like a TV treatment, giving a sketch outline of scenes and characters, instead of ever really delving into anything. It jumped from character to character, and a lot of times the action would happen off-page and be related from one character to another later.
It's also fairly forgettable. I mean, it's been a little over a week since I finished it, but I had to read other reviews to jog my memory about what the story was even about. The two main fairies annoyed me with their constant bickering, I found the love story unbelievable, and the names kind of confusingly interchangeable.
But, I mean, like I said, it was cute. (It was also kind of refreshing to see a story where sexuality is treated as healthy and normal and not fetishized.)
I'm not sorry I read it or anything, but I'm not really fussed about picking up anything else by this author, either. ...more
This was the first ever Discworld book I read, back in the day. At the time I gave it 5-stars because it was unlike anything I'd ever read.
Still, I waThis was the first ever Discworld book I read, back in the day. At the time I gave it 5-stars because it was unlike anything I'd ever read.
Still, I was a bit hesitant to enter into this reread, because the Discworld marathon(ish) hasn't been going great. Most of the books thus far have been 3, or even 2, stars.
But I was pleased, once I'd bitten the bullet, that I was almost as amused this time around as I was the first time. And I think I'm a little more critical of some of Granny's faults, this time around, than I was before. (I told my hubs I'm some sort of weird middle ground between Magrat and Granny... weird as that may seem.)
There was a stretch in the middle which seemed a bit on the slow side... but, overall, this remains one of my favorite Discworld novels....more
I've come to realize that at least 3 or the first 5 Discworld books seem very similar to me, what witDefinitely not one of my favorites of the series.
I've come to realize that at least 3 or the first 5 Discworld books seem very similar to me, what with them revolving around the wizards and all about a person or persons with special magic and inviting in the Dungeon Dimensions and whatnot.
It was interesting to see Rincewind become an actual hero, and of course the Luggage is always fun.
Other than that, though, this is kind of a forgettable installment....more
Let me preface my review by saying I read this because it was picked for a group read by someone who loves Andre Norton, and I'd neSo... this thing...
Let me preface my review by saying I read this because it was picked for a group read by someone who loves Andre Norton, and I'd never read any Norton so I decided to give it a shot. I mean, I do like the occasional S&S romp, but I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it hadn't been under group-circumstances.
Let's just say that, based on this, I have not become a fan.
It started well. The juxtaposition of the gamers and the world, the way the two were linked, was interesting. It was an idea which I think could've been done really well, but which I felt was kind of squandered in this book, since, aside from the set-up and the resolution, the only real bearing it had was the bracelet of dice all the characters wore (and couldn't get off).
Speaking of the characters - none of them felt particularly developed, and I didn't care overly for Milo. I especially didn't like that we were so married to Milo's perspective since a lot of stuff happened to or around other people. I'm not generally a fan of a million perspectives, but I felt this book definitely could've benefited from some perspective jumping. (It also couldn't been a way to actually develop some of the other characters who were clearly only there for their abilities to be useful at some point.)
As for the plot - well, it's based on D&D and the plot was a them heading towards a goal, finding out around the 65% point that they were going to have to go to a place the reader knew they would have to go to around page 5, and lots of random encounters. (In short - D&D is much more fun to play than to read about other people playing, which is what reading this was like.)
Honestly, I only pushed through because of the aforementioned group-read thing, and I wanted to be able to say I gave it a decent shot.
But I posted this gif in the group, because this is pretty much how I felt after the umpteenth random encounter following a bunch of people I cared diddly squat about:
This book started well, but then it kind of fizzled for me.
I expected it to have some ambiance. Some eeriness. Or quirkiness. Or, well, peculiarity..This book started well, but then it kind of fizzled for me.
I expected it to have some ambiance. Some eeriness. Or quirkiness. Or, well, peculiarity... something evocative and atmospheric reflected in the writing. But, instead, the writing was rather bland and lifeless, really.
Ultimately the story ended up being very typical. Aside from the peculiarities and the children and their circumstances, it's basically just "bad guys try to do bad things to good guys, who have to try and stop them."
On top of that, the characters were pretty thin, with the possible exception of Jacob, as the lead - and even that's debatable.
I also felt a bit uncomfortable about the romance and felt it wasn't really necessary. I mean (view spoiler)[here the "girl" is, just mourning for Jake's grandfather, and the same day she's going to be flirting with Jacob. He even mentions that it's kind of incestuous, in a weird way, and how he thinks she's digging on him because he reminds her of his grandfather... but then he's like, "Ah, fuck it, hormones."
I also think I would've liked it more if Jacob had decided to stay less because of his feelings for Emma and more because I felt he wanted to stay, overall. (hide spoiler)]
As to the photos. I find the concept to be an interesting one - but like another book I read which used the same gimmick, I often felt like the story was forced at times in order to try and fit the photos in.
Also, was it just me or did we not meet several of the people we're lead to believe exist early on from the photos? Did I miss (view spoiler)[the twins wearing the creepy ballerina outfits inside the loop? Or the girl in the jar? Or are we meant to believe those were fake, but the others were real? (hide spoiler)]
Lastly, I was really annoyed with that non-ending. It's not a cliff-hanger, really, it's just that it feels so unresolved that it's like you *have* to read the rest of the series. I'm getting really tired of first books in series which don't have some kind of resolution.
Honestly, I'm not sure I can be arsed to continue - especially after just reading some reviews on the next book which say they liked the first, but found the second boring. That doesn't bode well for someone who found the first less than impressive...
So, this book has been on my to-read pile for awhile, but I kept pushing it off. When I heard they were making a movie, I decided to bump this up the list and get it read before the movie comes out.
After finishing the book, I went and watched the trailer.
Hubs asked me, "So, how does the trailer look? Does it look like it follows the book?"
"Meh. Based on the trailer it looks like they've changed a bunch of stuff already. But, honestly, that's all to the good. Hopefully this will be one of those movies which actually improves on the book."
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When I told my husband that I was rating this only a 2 - 2.5 stars, he was surprised it wasn't at least a 3. Frankly, so was I, as I remembered lik2.5
When I told my husband that I was rating this only a 2 - 2.5 stars, he was surprised it wasn't at least a 3. Frankly, so was I, as I remembered liking this one more than I did on this go around.
Overall, I liked the parts with Death taking a holiday a lot, and the parts with Albert were kinda funny. The beginning was good - but the middle parts just focusing on Mort running around just seemed kinda draggy and not all that interesting.
I also wasn't a fan of the climax. It just felt... off. Maybe it's just down to some Early Installment Weirdness, still... but the whole thing with (view spoiler)[Death losing his shit and backhanding Mort seemed kind of out of character. Maybe that was the point - since there was the whole thing about Death *wanting* Mort to win... but I still didn't like it. (hide spoiler)]
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I've been wanting to read more Deadpool comics, specifically ones which also have Spiderman, because I'm intrigued by the unreciprocated bromance aspeI've been wanting to read more Deadpool comics, specifically ones which also have Spiderman, because I'm intrigued by the unreciprocated bromance aspect that the internet memes love to play up so much...
Which is how I came across this story.
Overall it's a decent story. Deadpool is framed for something, and the Punisher decides to collect the bounty against him, stymied by Daredevil, and eventually Spidey comes in the scenes and does an about face on which side he's on.
The main problem is that, as you might guess, there's so much going on that there's not really a lot of time given to developing anything to any real extent.
Also, the women in the story are sort of just there to be decoration, complete with teeny, teeny waists and ginormous boobs. Of course.
But the story was entertaining enough, and I look forward to more Deadpool and Spidey comics in my future.
My friend Felina mentioned she was reading this book in one of the groups, and that it was weird but she was enjoying it. I read the blurb and decidedMy friend Felina mentioned she was reading this book in one of the groups, and that it was weird but she was enjoying it. I read the blurb and decided to give it a go - even though neither of us were familiar with the podcast it's based on.
At first I wasn't sure it was quite my thing, but as the story with Jackie progressed I got more invested. I wasn't as keen on the Diane and Josh bits at first, but I liked the way they were brought together.
The random weirdness is probably more my hubby's thing than mine, but there were definitely some amusing and/or poignant bits - some of which I've captured in my status updates. (As to the weirdness, I thought of comparing this with China Mieville at one point - but the weirdness in this felt like it served the story more than his books sometimes manage. Well, it was either that or the lack or pretension and the fact that it was often humorous.)
I thought it was interesting how the story explored relationships of people - the way we never really know what other people are thinking, or going through. The way we project our own thoughts and feelings onto others, and the things we never say that maybe we ought to, or say that we oughtn't. It had a lot of insight, really, for what it was.
It's kind of a weird book to explain. It's a weird, quirky town and people living through really strange shit as if it was totally normal - because, for them, it is.
But it's also a story about people being people and relationships and I liked how it all came together in the end....more
This is the third Cat Winters book I've read. I find her interesting as an author. I like her stories, overall, but there are issues to her writing2.5
This is the third Cat Winters book I've read. I find her interesting as an author. I like her stories, overall, but there are issues to her writing - such as not fully developed characters, and wooden dialogue - which keeps me from really being able to get lost in her stories.
This story is sold as a retelling of Hamlet - but very loosely so. This is actually to the good. As I started reading I was worried that the story was being forced down certain lines, and things were going to be far too predictable... but the story actually really picked up once she left the rails, a bit, and branched out on her own.
More to the point, though, it's a discussion about bigotry in America. This story is written in 1920s Oregon, but is sadly still relevant to life today. Racial tension and homosexuality both play a role in a world where the KKK is not just a thing that exists, but is a strong part of government and basically controls the area.
Winters does a good enough job of making this a good story, and not just an "issues" book, but, conversely, the characters are often defined by the traits relevant to the story, and not really developed enough beyond that.
If Winters had developed the characters a bit more, and if her writing developed a bit more panache and polish - and didn't feel quite so wooden and yet also modern - then she could tell a truly great story. As is, I can't quite decide whether to go 2 or 3 stars with this effort... ...more