I feel compelled to write a review based on all of the arbitrary diatribe I was just subjected to within three minutes of perusing the reviews on thisI feel compelled to write a review based on all of the arbitrary diatribe I was just subjected to within three minutes of perusing the reviews on this book. I, too, can use fanciful words and playground putdowns to describe people who had a different experience reading this book than I did because its beginnings as a Reddit story was considered beneath them (which, as a disclaimer: I have never been on the Reddit site and found this book on my Kindle).
However, I think I’ll continue in plain English for the remainder of my review – I wouldn’t want people to think I was a snoot, now would I?
Having read several novels in the horror/thriller category, I can tell you that the format of this story and its progression is quite unique. It kept me puzzling over how the pieces of the narrator’s childhood formed together into one complete, unified picture. Just as the character in the story has to put together seemingly disconnected pictures frame-by-frame to get a full understanding, so do the readers. I found it creepy without being too contrived, and it gave me chills that few other horrors have managed to do (for some reason, The Shining bored me to tears –sorry, Stephen King fans!).
I agree that the story does have a few plot holes, not to mention a couple scenarios that are highly implausible - such as kindergartners being allowed to send messages up in balloons for random strangers to find – the story continued to hook me and I found myself finishing the novel in very little time. Furthermore, I’m impressed that the author spent what must have been hours of time editing and reformatting their original stories on a horror site into a cohesive novel that didn’t lose its appeal. ...more
Mindy foreshadows the future with one of the ideas she has for rebooting: An all-girls ghostbusters movie. I don't know, Mindy, maybe the psychic tv sMindy foreshadows the future with one of the ideas she has for rebooting: An all-girls ghostbusters movie. I don't know, Mindy, maybe the psychic tv show you worked on rubbed off on you after all!
The hilarious irony is that Mindy wants us to know how much she isn't like Kelly Kapoor, even writing up a list of differences between them, until you are utterly convinced in the end that, yes - Mindy really IS Kelly Kapoor (minus all the horrible stuff like blackmailing people - I just don't believe Mindy would do something like that). She certainly likes to gab!
Refreshing when Mindy pens a section, and rightfully so, about her hatred for the "Roast" - treating other people like garbage for a laugh. She has a very bold and brave view that differs outside the norm of the Hollywood lifestyle, something that us "regular people" can appreciate.
It's an entertaining and quick read, although jumbled and fragmented almost beyond recognition at times - much like Mindy's mind, no doubt. ...more
Given the enthusiastic reception of just about everything Stephen King writes, I thought it was high time I actually read something from him, and whyGiven the enthusiastic reception of just about everything Stephen King writes, I thought it was high time I actually read something from him, and why not one of his most memorable novels?
I went into it with what were quite possibly, unrealistically high expectations. As one of the Masters of Horror, I imagined it would be a book that I’d return to again and again. It simply couldn’t grab me. While I found it only vaguely creepy, to be fair, I’m pretty certain I’m fairly desensitized and most readers would be frightened by his prose. So, if you’re looking for a spooky piece of literature and you’re not as crazy about horror as I am, I think this will offer you some excellent thrills. It’s certainly unlike anything I’ve ever read before.
Filled with more psychological action than actual physical, heart-pounding scenes in the first half of the book, I found myself a little, well…bored? I felt the set-up and the scene flashbacks were a bit too much for me, and I wished Mr. King would hurry up with it just a little bit. Again, from a personal preference and not really out of anything concrete, I like being able to relate to the main character at least a little bit, and I couldn’t do that here. I hated him – absolutely loathed him from the first page. It is horror, so I understand this isn’t necessary, but for some reason or another, it always has been for me. There was only one character in the entirety of the book that I could actually stand, and they didn’t have a main role in the novel.
The reason I read the book from start to finish was two-fold: One, I really, really wanted to read a Stephen King novel, and two, I had a LOT of spare time on my hands at work this holiday. It isn’t that the book is bad – it’s not at all, and the writing is clear and descriptive. It’s the pace of the story, and the unsatisfying conclusion, that left me with nothing more to say when I closed the book than,
Nightlife is a fantasy story with creative one-liners and humor on every page. I found myself laughing (in a good way) at the dialogue and interactionNightlife is a fantasy story with creative one-liners and humor on every page. I found myself laughing (in a good way) at the dialogue and interaction taking place between the main character (?) Cal, and his brother, as well as those they meet along the way. The fact, however, that I must question whether Cal, who is clearly set up as the protagonist at the beginning of the book, is still the main character as the book progresses, is one of the novel's flaws. Without delving further into the writing history of the author, my immediate thought while reading the book was that this was their first novel, and it showed.
Issues with seamlessly progressing the plot, issues with creating a concrete plot after setting the scene, a lack of diversity in characters (their dialogue, though amusing, all seemed to blend together and originate from one character personality instead of having their own unique manner of speaking and behaving), and the tendency of falling prey to the writer trap of trying to be unique and switching from on character's point of view to another,led this book to becoming disjointed and confusing. I say it is promising because it is. It has an interesting setup, and a pair of brothers is almost always fodder for complex relationship issues, the stuff that juicy books are made of. As this is the first book of the series, I am curious to see what Thurman does with their characters in the next novel, and whether the writing has evolved. I will say that if you desire to have a strong female lead, or any female character that has a purpose or role in a novel at all, this book is not for you....more