This had me itching to re-read the entire series. The book runs parallel to Divergent and it was interesting to read about the other side of the storyThis had me itching to re-read the entire series. The book runs parallel to Divergent and it was interesting to read about the other side of the story of the two characters and his insights. This had some of the strongest development I saw from Four, and like some of the earlier short stories, it helps answer a lot of important questions and missing pieces from the plot in the novels.
I'm glad I read the four short stories, as it added something extra to the story and series as a whole, and a few pieces that never felt right, fell into place. Well worth reading.
This was one of the more slower of the short stories, but wow did it have a lot of information in it. Some of it I predicted, although I'm not sure ifThis was one of the more slower of the short stories, but wow did it have a lot of information in it. Some of it I predicted, although I'm not sure if it's because I remembered it from the novels or if I figured it out on my own - it's been a long time since I read the books. Either way, this short story has a lot of vital information in it that is threaded throughout the rest of the series, and it's sets the tone for Four's development into who he is when we first meet him in the novels and the rest of the series.
It was a well done short story through Four/Tobias eyes, and it added to his character and helped me appreciate him more. I liked the insight to the bIt was a well done short story through Four/Tobias eyes, and it added to his character and helped me appreciate him more. I liked the insight to the background of his character as well as other details throughout the series as a whole. While I think this may have been my least favourite of the short stories staring Four, I do think this was one of the more important ones, and it helped set up the entire series and has some interesting hidden jems for the rest of the series, that I never thought about before
It's hard to know where to start with the book. It was intense, graphic, horrifying at times. But it was also such a powerful story, it was hard to puIt's hard to know where to start with the book. It was intense, graphic, horrifying at times. But it was also such a powerful story, it was hard to put down.
The writing was superb, the author create Aminata's voice wonderfully. Her character felt very real and I couldn't help but fall into the book and become lost in it. While the alternating time jumps took a while getting used to, it did help break up the story, especially considering some of the scenes in the book. Which was my least favourite part of it. There's no way the book would be the book it is without everything that's in it, but there are some horrifying moments in the book.
Words are hard to come by to fully explain the book, it's one of those books you need to read and experience for yourself. The writing was lovely, the characters stick with you, the story is one t hat should be read by all. What an incredible read.
I enjoyed the concept of the book a lot, and I think the author did a good job on how he brought all the characters and their stories together.
Altho I enjoyed the concept of the book a lot, and I think the author did a good job on how he brought all the characters and their stories together.
Although it read like a short story collection, I wouldn't exactly call it that in the traditional sense, but like with all short story collections, I enjoyed some characters stories over others. All of the stories were incredibly well developed and told, especially considering how short each of the characters stories were. But, despite that, each character had a very personal, tale that had a profound effect on their lives - all of which is connected by trains.
I would have liked the book to be longer, as I wanted to know more about some of the characters and their stories, in fact, I would have loved to see some of them in fully length novel.
Overall, it was an enjoyable, quick read - and a very perfect choice, if you commute by train.
I enjoyed the short story, it was a very good lead into the first book and helped build some character development around Tomohiro and Katie.
It's a qI enjoyed the short story, it was a very good lead into the first book and helped build some character development around Tomohiro and Katie.
It's a quick read, and while I don't think it's necessary to read this one before Ink, it does help bridge a few plot points together and gives you a better understanding on who the characters are and opens up the book on what's to come - basically it gives the first book added depth. Overall, a good short story.
This was a wonderful book, very emotional at times but it was an incredible read. I'd never have read this book, if it weren't for a online book groupThis was a wonderful book, very emotional at times but it was an incredible read. I'd never have read this book, if it weren't for a online book group I belong to, and I'm glad I got a chance to read it. Not only was it well written, but it was also an incredible story.
I liked Charlie from the start, I think the author did an excellent job at creating his voice and creating the character. He was instantly likeable and I loved following him on his journey. I also loved how the author transitioned Charlie's transformation throughout the book. I think he did an incredible and detailed job at developing that aspect of the book.
The book was an emotional one, as Charlie led a difficult life, and how people treated him was heart wrenching. With that being said, the author did a fantastic job at bring the harsh realities people with mental disabilities like Charlie has to light and how they're viewed in society. While the book was written decades ago, a lot of the points and issues the author rises can be applied to today.
Overall, this was an incredible read, and I'd highly recommend it.
The book started off slow for me, and while it did pick up and ended up being an okay read for me, it wasn't what I was expecting.
The first half of tThe book started off slow for me, and while it did pick up and ended up being an okay read for me, it wasn't what I was expecting.
The first half of the book was something I felt I had to slog through. Not a lot happened, and while it was a good time to set up the characters and story, I felt it the author took too long to do this, and it caused me to dislike all three of the narrators. Rachel especially was a character that was hard to like and read about. She was a mess throughout the book, and I never could understand her or some of her actions. While there were some issues she had, I found it hard to be sympathetic towards her with her drinking problems. There was some good development with her by the end, but even by then she wasn't a likable character for me. I think she was well written as an unreliable character - actually it's safe to say all the women (and narrators) in the book were not the most likable but were incredibly well written as unreliable characters. It made for a fun read because of the three character and never knowing who to trust.
I did like the ending, although it was somewhat predictable, I think the author did a good job with it. While the book wasn't the read non-stop start to finish, it was still a good book, it just wasn't the type of thriller I was expecting.
The writing was beautiful and at times the story was compelling and emotional, overall it was an enjoyable read.
The writing, storytelling was what iniThe writing was beautiful and at times the story was compelling and emotional, overall it was an enjoyable read.
The writing, storytelling was what initially pulled me into the book. It had such wonderful style and pace, it made for a great reading experience, and I think the author told the story of the characters beautifully. Especially Ted and his paintings. I think his aspect in the story is what I enjoyed the most - and I really wish I could have learned more.
The novel is a short one, but despite that, there was a lot to the book - a lot of elements to explore and rather enjoyable ending. I think the author managed that well, while it wasn't my favourite part of the book, it was still worthy ending for the book.
One of the aspects I didn't like was the pot growing. It didn't fit with the rest of the flow and themes of the story, it stuck out and it felt awkward. It didn't work for me and I couldn't figure out, why it was necessary for it to be there, while it did bring some of the characters into the book, it just didn't feel right compared to the rest of the story.
I was first brought to this world, through a short story Cast in Moonlight, in the short story collection Harvest Moon. That short story really drew I was first brought to this world, through a short story Cast in Moonlight, in the short story collection Harvest Moon. That short story really drew me into the world of Elantra and I always had it on the back burner to continue the series. Now finally I have, but while it was an interesting read, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
The story was interesting, as was the fantasy world the author created. There were a lot of interesting and complex elements to it. A variety of races and people that fill the fantasy land of Elantra, but so little is explained to the reader. I had the same issue with the short story, but I figured that was because, it was because it was a short story that takes place after the other information was already established. While element of mystery worked for some parts of the story, the author slowing revealing as the story goes on, other aspects needed some kind of explanation. I constantly had the feeling I was missing a big chunk of the story, the important background information wasn't there - and little of it was ever revealed.
I also found that while I enjoyed the story in the beginning, by the end I was glad it ended. The deeper into the story I got the more complex it got, which was a good thing, except the complete lack of exploring and fully showing the reader what was going on. While I liked how we, the reader go on the journey with Kaylin, and discover certain things along with her, there were multiple cases that needed more, to help push the story forward.
While the book itself was very original, there's a lot I'd like to know more about in it, and that alone kept me reading. The fantasy world the author created sounds wonderful, but because there were so many pieces left unsaid, it's hard to carry on with the series. And at this time, I'm unsure if I'll do that.