I enjoyed many aspects of this book. As someone who has studied communication and culture (as well as Culture) I found the book to be fascinating. It...moreI enjoyed many aspects of this book. As someone who has studied communication and culture (as well as Culture) I found the book to be fascinating. It also served as a time capsule of sorts, bringing back many teenage memories, particularly about zines and indie music.
I would recommend this book as both a tool for pop cultural studies and for enjoyment reading.(less)
Good, basic information for conquering half marathons. I frequently refer back to the training plans and a few other sections of the book. Although, I...moreGood, basic information for conquering half marathons. I frequently refer back to the training plans and a few other sections of the book. Although, I do think that the information could have been organized into longer chapters of related information. If a chapter title only has enough supporting information for one or two pages (with pictures too!) then there is probably another place it can go.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book is the equivolent to a surprise party. Sure, it sounds like a good idea, but when put to practice...not so much. Picture i...more**spoiler alert** This book is the equivolent to a surprise party. Sure, it sounds like a good idea, but when put to practice...not so much. Picture if you will: your friends and family are all sneaking around your back, exchanging information and sly, knowing looks. When you ask questions, they respond with cryptic, we're-not-telling answers, which only serves to infuriate you and make you start questioning your friends' (and your) sanity. You know something is up, but you just can't figure out where or when. And then, when the special moment arrives to surprise the unknowing victim...er, guest of honor...everyone jumps out at you and screams and is subsequently crestfallen that you didn't have the reaction they wanted.
Torment left me a little bewildered. What exactly was the point? And since Fallen didn't really go anywhere either, I'm left to wonder what the big buildup/showdown will be and when it will occur? Book 6?
Luce spends the entire book being sheltered by practically everyone she knows, although no one will give her an answer as to why, exactly. Just that she is the key to the future of existence and must be protected. She's sent to a special Nephilim school even though she's human (or so we think). But she can still manipulate the otherworldy Announcers.
She's beginning to wonder why she loves Daniel so much, and honestly, so am I. The guy may be beautiful and an important angel, but that's about it. He hides Luce in a school where she can be kept safe and says that he can't stay because it will compromise that safety. But what does he do? Sneaks in for visits every other day. And then rails on Luce that the Outcasts keep finding her. So far, after 2 books and about 800 pages, he's no more than a pretty face. In every other aspect he's flat and one-dimensional.
And what's up with the Outcasts? They spend the whole book stalking and hunting Luce in order to kill her until the end, when it was all just a big misunderstanding and they would never hurt her, they would die for her, and she needs to go with them so they can get back into heaven. What? And also along those lines, if the Outcasts (and all the other angels/demons, for that matter) can sense Luce because of her light or whatever, why did they immediately think Luce had been killed when Cam shot the decoy Luce with the starshot? Shouldn't all of the angels have sensed that the real Luce was still nearby? What kind of angel-proof material was that shed made from?
No wonder Luce is fed up and wants to crawl into the nearest Announcer portal. I would too, if I were involved with this bumbling group of misfit immortals. At the end of the book we have no more useful information than we did at the beginning. None of the characters have any dimension, and the main characters are among the most boring of all. I'm tempted to try reading the next book in the series because I think there just *has* to be forward progress (doesn't there?!?), but I just don't know if I can waste any more of my time.
I found The Executor to be enjoyable reading, especially the first two-thirds or so. The main problem with i...moreI won this book in a first reads giveaway.
I found The Executor to be enjoyable reading, especially the first two-thirds or so. The main problem with it is that should not be considered a suspense thriller, as it was neither suspenseful nor thrilling. However, as a character study, it is successful.
I enjoyed the author's writing style. The book is well written, intelligent and witty. I also liked the way the style changes a bit as Joseph changes throughout the progression of the story. It's a little stream-of-consciousness with a bit of greediness and a whole mess of free will debate thrown in for good measure.
The last act seemed rather rushed, especially in comparison to the rest of the book. It almost didn't feel as though the payoff was worth the investment, although I think that is a little too extreme. The final chapter acted as an epilogue but it contained information vital to the plot. It would have been better if some it had been fleshed out more.(less)