Is it me or do these just get a little busy in the last third? I enjoy the Sandman Slim series a lot, but I'm always glad when they end simply becauseIs it me or do these just get a little busy in the last third? I enjoy the Sandman Slim series a lot, but I'm always glad when they end simply because there's this huge pile on and rush to wrap is hectic.
But it's over now and I can look forward to the next one, with its beginnings and fresh starts....more
It's a slow burn, like Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, or even Duma Key - the horror isn't jumping off every pI said to to another reader:
It's a slow burn, like Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, or even Duma Key - the horror isn't jumping off every page, it's what's happening to the characters you've gotten to know.
It's like the any really well done SK novel - here are your characters, they're likable, you want the best for them; they make you laugh, they piss you off, but really, you just want them to do well. You want them top be happy.
Then when things get bad, they go south in a hurry and it's relentless. It doesn't stop and there's absolutely nothing you can do for them. Nothing.
**spoiler alert** You can tell this is the last book in the series, not just because she wrapped up the arc with Cameron, but because of the icky rela**spoiler alert** You can tell this is the last book in the series, not just because she wrapped up the arc with Cameron, but because of the icky relationship between her and her step brother.
I like to think of myself as open-minded, but when you live as brother and sister and then you start boinking non. stop. because you're over the whole familial ties, I reserve the right to walk away.
Look, these are two emotionally damaged people who decided to because Harper is too broken to deal with other people and Tolliver has a nasty possessive. I think this is why books like 50 Shades Of Gray are popular because there are people who believe this is exactly how love is supposed to be.
Then they decide to get married because that's what adults who have sex do.
THEN we get to see how people who live in trailers have unbearable lives and create unbearable situations and that's why people who live there are on drugs and kill people.
I ... can't ... even...
This will be the last Charlaine Harris book I read. Ever. I'm disappointed that this felt like such a lazy end to what could have been a fun series. ...more
I mean, the initial story was good, and the ideas driving them seem sounds, but then rehash her live and how ha**spoiler alert** The ick factor.
I mean, the initial story was good, and the ideas driving them seem sounds, but then rehash her live and how hard it's been and ... ick and contrived nonsense and I can't believe I went on to Book 4.
Look - when they finally profess their love for each other and so the post-coital pillow talk as to why they did what they did, it gets worse. Harper is distant because she doesn't want to ruin their relationship but she loves him so. much. and Tolliver sleeps around with "waitresses (by the by all waitresses in small towns sleep with random customers, so says Charlaine Harris) because he can't nail his step-sister, and I'm thinking this isn't hot or sexy and it really makes the two of them kind of unbearable.
Then it's all about the sex, and they do it lots of times and it's always magical but described in such an awkward way, the reader just feels dirty.
Look, if this is your thing, you may have All THE BOOKS, because padding books with sex (story boring? add sex!)is a pretty lazy form of writing. ...more
Most of this book feels like padding and I get that for some series it's nice to be able to pick up a book as if it were a standalone, but there is soMost of this book feels like padding and I get that for some series it's nice to be able to pick up a book as if it were a standalone, but there is so much rehashing from the first book, you find yourself mumbling yeah, I know when another well-hammered "fact" comes up again. The whole lack of personal boundary issues ramps up in this book, and while the mystery was better than most, it felt contrived and dragged out, especially when it felt as though the story should be wrapping up.
It could just be I don't like the way Charlaine Harris writes women. They all come off needy and clingy and crazy, especially our heroine. I saw it in the Sookie Stackhouse stories, and I see it here.
I liked the tie from being struck by lightening (which again is hammered home over and over) to being able to locate the dead, one of those abilities that seems useless unless you can make it work and I liked the nomadic lifestyle of Harper and Tolliver, but it always comes back to the story and the writing, which I now understand Charlaine Harris cannot deliver for me
It could just be I don't like the way Charlaine Harris writes women. They all come off needy and clingy and crazy, especially our heroine. ...more
Harper Connelly is certainly no Sookie Stackhouse, which is fine, since it's nice to read a book by a female author where the lead doesn't sleep withHarper Connelly is certainly no Sookie Stackhouse, which is fine, since it's nice to read a book by a female author where the lead doesn't sleep with everything within reach.
Harper isn't a fully formed character and together with her brother They have some growing to do. They're co-dependent and quiet and not a little creepy, but maybe in later books that smooths itself out. This isn't a great book and there's a lot of stretching and stalling to make it longer. All of the characters do a lot to put themselves in situations no one with any sense would pull, but that's fiction for you. It wasn't a great story and the thread from one plot point to another was broken a frayed, but I would give this series another book before I bail. ...more
It's nothing like what I'm used to, but that's what makes it a good series.
Stark is destructive, a jerk, and the kind of guy you'd cross the street tIt's nothing like what I'm used to, but that's what makes it a good series.
Stark is destructive, a jerk, and the kind of guy you'd cross the street to avoid, but he's not a bad storyteller and his antics are amusing. I like the mysticism woven throughout and it's a little thrilling that Kadrey doesn't bother explaining half of it. He doesn't take his audience for idiots, and that makes for a quicker pace.
I do have a nitpicky needle that happens towards the end, and I'd like to have someone explain why it happened. Maybe in the comments so someone doesn't accidentally get spoiled.
It's not a perfect book (or series) by any stretch and it's got some continuity issues, but overall it's fun and we'll worth the time investment.
Oh, and MacLeod Andrews is becoming a favorite reader of mine. Seamless accents with great pace and characterization....more
Call it a low-rent Dresden Files, James Stark is a down and dirty, West Coast Harry Dresden with a twist. This isn't a slam, it's praise, because if yCall it a low-rent Dresden Files, James Stark is a down and dirty, West Coast Harry Dresden with a twist. This isn't a slam, it's praise, because if you're looking form something similar Kadrey is your guy. The story is loose in some places and I didn't get all of the answers I wanted but when you're stepping into a series, you have to expect more than a few loose ends.
It feels noir and dark, and you have to give credit to authors who don't make their lead characters intellectual powerhouses. It's one thing to know your job, but knowing everything abut every situation feels forced. Stark is just a guy trying to make a living as a magician in a city where extraordinary is manufactured on back lots, and being human in a sea of false fronts feels like insincere performance art.
Also, you can't beat Macleod Andrews as narrator - gritty as Stark, sensual as Candy, and as Frenchman Vidocq - absolutely incredible! ...more
As much as I enjoyed White Fire, I particularly hated the character of Corrie Swanson. I've never encountered a character so bent on doing the exact wAs much as I enjoyed White Fire, I particularly hated the character of Corrie Swanson. I've never encountered a character so bent on doing the exact wrong thing every blessed time. It was more than impulse control, it was this desperate need to prove how close she could come to being killed. None of those traits are what make a good investigator. She needs to wash out of university and move in with her dad to work at the diner.
I could easily go another 6 books before I ever see her again.
Other than the Corrie-hate, I enjoyed White Fire. There was more telling telling telling than usual, and I don't think we needed all of the Conan Doyle information to get the gist of the story, but the pace was even and the story was compelling enough. I was a quick read and other than being utterly irritated with Corrie Swanson and the very uneven True Antagonist, I could almost recommend it. ...more
This is a book where the character can't seem to not get himself into trouble, which makes his adventures tiring, rather than energetic. Also, Jake FiThis is a book where the character can't seem to not get himself into trouble, which makes his adventures tiring, rather than energetic. Also, Jake Fisher is kind of a stalker. He loved a woman for three-months over one summer, and one day she up and married another man and told Jake never to make contact her again. Six years later, he learns that everything he thought he knew was a lie and feels justified in ignoring his promise, and tries to make contact.
This makes him a jerk. Now he wants to find her, for reasons that aren't even clear to himself - because he still loves her after all of these years, we're to suppose - and what would be a romantic notion if he'd known her for longer than it takes to get over a rash, feels creepy and delusional.
So, he's a stalker who finds himself in dutch with the mob and betrayed on all sides. Doesn't matter because he still has his self-righteous indignation, and nothing will stand in his way!
This story should have ended end with him being institutionalized, because clearly he's a threat to society. This was my first Harlan Corben book, and I don't know if I'll pick up another one. ...more
I'm not sure if it was the narration of Grover Cleveland (which was not bad, but not great), or the lack of production (like a definable break betweenI'm not sure if it was the narration of Grover Cleveland (which was not bad, but not great), or the lack of production (like a definable break between stories), but whatever my reasons, the reasons why this collection didn't set my heart on fire wasn't because of the stories, but the way they were presented. When I could mark separate stories, I enjoyed them. Overall I wish the production value was better, but you get what you get.
Matheson remains one of my favorites and an influence, and the stories in this collection solidified that for me. He's a man of his time, and his characters in this collection don't hold up as well as they do in his novel, "Stir of Echoes". "The Box, Dying Room Only, and Clothes Make The Man" are the ones I remember liking a lot.
Not everything worked. I wasn't crazy about The Creeping Terror", "The Jazz Machine" I remember as being a series of phrases that irritated more than engaged, "No Such Thing as a Vampire" felt obligatory, and I can't even tell what "Shock Wave" was about, because it just doesn't stick out in my head.
The exceptions certainly don't take away from the whole, and I imagine had I read a physical copy I would have given a higher review.
Contents: The Box Girl of My Dreams Dying Room Only A Flourish of Strumpets No Such Thing as a Vampire Pattern for Survival Mute The Creeping Terror Shock Wave Clothes Make the Man The Jazz Machine Tis the Season to Be Jelly...more