What a let down! Waited 5 years for this?! I'm sorry, but I usually zip through things when I love them, but I felt rather apathetic about this one. IWhat a let down! Waited 5 years for this?! I'm sorry, but I usually zip through things when I love them, but I felt rather apathetic about this one. I am trying to figure out if perhaps my tastes have changed (I was sucked into angels and demons and da vinci code when they first came out) or if this next volume is just mediocre. i am happy that i bought it when i did, because with my barnes & noble membership i was able to save 46% of the list price on the day it was released and ended up paying $16. However, i wish i would have waited for the mass market version. We had 1504 copies delivered to the store for the release date, and we've already sold 600 copies, but all i can say is there are 600 people out there who are going to feel disappointed. its just boring. and its not that interesting. i've always been a dan brown fan, and i love his other books, not just the robert langdon ones. maybe he should write about another character, deception point was pretty good if i remember correctly. however, i did enjoy his tidbits about noetics, so i'm sure i'll be reading about that in the future. by the way, i do live in d.c. and i have no desire to go on a "lost symbol tour" here either. save your money and if you must read, keep the book in good condition and return it within 2 weeks with your receipt to get your money back.
This definitely wasn't my favorite Pendergast book. I was disappointed by the last installment, and I was hoping the books would get better, but no diThis definitely wasn't my favorite Pendergast book. I was disappointed by the last installment, and I was hoping the books would get better, but no dice. It was kind of lame, and predictable. Maybe the authors are working on too many side projects. I wish they would put out quality again, I'd gladly wait a little longer for a good book then get another snore fest next May, because their books are becoming as predictable as their release dates....more
I thought the writing was ok, I read it slowly because I found myself getting bored for some parts. I love the tv series, and I appreciate there are lI thought the writing was ok, I read it slowly because I found myself getting bored for some parts. I love the tv series, and I appreciate there are literary differences, but in this case I have to say I think from what I've read so far, the first season floored the first book. I'm probably going to read the 2nd book and give it a chance because I'm hoping that the writing improves as the author gains experience.
I guess it's just weird and confusing how Dexter seems to talk to himself like a schizo in the book, it was kind of hard for me to get used to the style. He's also a lot more brutal, the show makes his character a lot more likable. I'm giving it 3 stars because it's short and easy, something good to read in between epic reading projects....more
I didn't realize that this was the sequel to the shining when I decided to purchase it. I felt like I hadn't been reading anything in a long time, andI didn't realize that this was the sequel to the shining when I decided to purchase it. I felt like I hadn't been reading anything in a long time, and it was high time I try something out as I've been vegging in front of the tv way too much lately, binging on Netflix episodes. It's too easy, and I feel like I don't have to think. Anyway, I figured getting back into reading should be looked at like rehab from my new tv addiction, so I started with what I thought would be an easy read from an author who I think is a pretty good story teller, and whose quality of writing has improved drastically since he first started.
So as I began reading this book, these names kind of started popping up that sounded a little familiar: Danny Torrance, Dick Hallorann, Overlook Hotel, etc. I know that sometimes King will mention characters in other books, so I googled these names, and low and behold I realized I was reading the sequel to The Shining!!
I didn't really feel there was much relevance between the major plot and The Shining, other than the fact that we see the kid grown up with his own problems. I didn't really understand the dynamics of the new "bad guys". I mean, I understood how they harmed people, and what they needed, but I think it would've been nicer if King had extrapolated more on the connection between the Overlook and our new bad guys. It was kind of touched upon briefly, but I felt cheated.
I also had trouble following the final "battle scene". Grown up Danny Torrance, and his co-protagonist, Abra, a young girl who shares Danny's gift of "Shine", battle the baddies; The "True Knot", a group of supernaturals, I guess for lack of a better term. I had trouble picturing what the heck was happening, and I'll probably have to re-read about 30-40 pages in that last action scene. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it was just kind of weird, and I don't think the tactics they used made much sense or were explained properly when I read it. For example, there was a third person on the good side in the equation, and in one part, he did a random cartwheel. I don't know the point of the cartwheel.
I also felt there was a major plot hole: (view spoiler)[ The reason the True Knot became sick and desperate to prey on Abra, was because they "ate" a kid who had suffered from the Measles. The theory was that since Abra had been inoculated, her immunity would save them. The kid was not much older than Abra, and it made no sense that he would've ever suffered measles. The story is taking place now in modern times. I find it hard to believe this particular kid-a middle class rising star in baseball from the Midwest- would have NOT been vaccinated for Measles if born in the 80s-90s. Heck, I was vaccinated for Measles in 1980! I did a google search and found out it was targeted for elimination in 1978. This really bugged me throughout the book for some reason! (hide spoiler)]
Maybe my reading comprehension has deteriorated since I started binging on Netflix, and it was an excellent read? Not sure, but I'll give it 3 stars. At first I felt engaged and was interested, but I didn't feel it was up to par to the Stephen King novels I enjoy. King's books are usually hard for me to put down (*with some exceptions). It should be noted that I downloaded this book on Oct 27, and finally finished it on my commute from work On Dec 4th. The first half I read fairly quickly, but then I found myself putting down and reading a lot less regularly. I basically finished it because I felt I needed to know the ending.
NB: I didn't always enjoy King. I didn't like his writing style in his earlier works. It wasn't until he became more seasoned, that I got turned on to his works late. So I'm NOT a King hater. Just didn't love this story :(. If he wrote another book about the True Knot, which he actually did leave open in this book, I'd be interested to pick it up to read more about them. He didn't totally ignore them, but I didn't think they got the same attention as other baddies he's had in his books. I guess they kind of felt like they were out from left field.