Disappointed with the ending of the trilogy, definitely didn't measure up to the first book. Katniss is such a dry character who doesn't seem to grow...moreDisappointed with the ending of the trilogy, definitely didn't measure up to the first book. Katniss is such a dry character who doesn't seem to grow or develop. It's too bad, really, because Hunger Games was quite good & I thought the series had a lot of potential.(less)
wasnt my favorite follet book. maybe its just hard to live up to genius of pillars & eye of the needle. it wasnt bad, just story not as captivatin...morewasnt my favorite follet book. maybe its just hard to live up to genius of pillars & eye of the needle. it wasnt bad, just story not as captivating as some of his others, and he's written better smut. 3some would've been hot if the girl in the book was into it. If looking for a good follet book, read Needle instead, better plot, more suspenseful, hotter smut scene.(less)
I would have read this book in a day, but I had to work when I started it. However, I did manage to finish it coming home after drinking wine & fi...moreI would have read this book in a day, but I had to work when I started it. However, I did manage to finish it coming home after drinking wine & finishing with Heradura- rather than pass out I managed to complete it. Well Done, Mr Follet, Well Done!!
I loved this book so much, was reading on my nook and I was hooked after page 13. I gave it 5 stars, but I really would have given it 4.5 if I could, only because I would have preferred an alternate ending. Ken Follett is a genius. The whole time I'm reading this book, an Espionage Thriller set in Britain 1940-44 I'm falling in love and pulling for Henry (Heinnrich) Faber, or 'Die Nadel'- the German spy who has information so vital that this individual could literally cost the war. He has such a strong reputation that the Fuhrer, in the story, personally reads Faber's messages and will trust his information over his own SS commanders. However, the story is about Faber's intelligence, stealth, and seemingly superhuman abilities as he evades the other 2 protagonists in the story: the British investigators reporting directly to Churchill, who are sent to catch him. This is a seemingly impossible task, as Faber is a true professional, has no close contacts, friends, even remaining celibate since 1938 to ensure he's never too careful.
The thing is, Faber is apolitical- you aren't pulling for the SS, you are pulling for the man. In fact, Faber doesn't think much of the Nazis, little more than pigs. The second son of an Aristocrat, he is well connected, and the Fuhrer has even stayed at his family's estate because of his family's socioeconomic and military status. He has no respect for authority, his messages insulting and condescending, but he's driven to do his job mostly due to his loyalty to his country, partly boredom, and part ego: he knows he the best spy the Germans have, which is why he gets away with his insubordination. Even when he kills in cold blood, his reasons seem quite logical in his mind. He avoids it if he can, but he weighs the consequences in his head, and if you pose a threat....well, you'll be dead before you figure out what happened. While he is obsessively independent, incredibly quick thinking, and probably the luckiest bastard ever- the human side of him is what seeps through, which is why I say you fall in love with the SS spy.
I won't report the ending here, but I'm disappointed. I mean, you know who wins the war, but I still was hoping for something different. It was still a good ending, but I have to admit I shook my fist at Mr Follett from across the ocean. I guess that means the book was pretty good! It was also quite unexpected, which I liked, too.(less)
Well, George RR Martin is now up there with my favorite authors, and I am completely obsessed with this series. It was so awesome that I am going to r...moreWell, George RR Martin is now up there with my favorite authors, and I am completely obsessed with this series. It was so awesome that I am going to reread the series this summer after this first reading has settled. The only con is waiting for the anticipated Dance with Dragons, the next book in the series, which is running now on being 2 years late. This is probably my favorite epic fantasy series, and both GRRM and JK Rowling have now made fantasy my favorite genre of writing. Its literally mind blowing. For all of you out there afraid of commiting to such a long book, this is SUPERB story telling of the finest quality. I know my best friend Ginger would LOVE this book because she loves medieval England.....(wink, wink Gingerbing)(less)
so far this book is quite entertaining, except that yesterday, after reading 100 pages of the book, i made the mistake of checking out reviews on amaz...moreso far this book is quite entertaining, except that yesterday, after reading 100 pages of the book, i made the mistake of checking out reviews on amazon to see if my love for the book was shared by others. unfortunately, some douche-bag totally fucked up/crapped on my reading *SPOILER ALERT* first!!! what a first class asshole. why do people do that???
i am done with the first installment of Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. I had trouble classifying what shelf to tag this under, but I did include my "fucked up shit" shelf because Martin is a total douche-bag and will drive your emotions up the wall, to their limits. Their are no taboos in this book and I was obsessed over it the last few days. I'm glad I had already prepared myself buying the second book, which I intend to start after writing my review.
If you love action, drama, and low fantasy, you will love this book. It kind of made me think of Ken Follet's pillars and world w/o end a bit, but only because of the knights and politics, but same idea with the power struggles.
Couple things about this book (had to shorten my favorite bits): once you get through the first part of the book with the introduction of the main characters, you will start to notice that each chapter ends in a cliff hanger. everyone is playing a part in a different side plot, yet everything is interwoven/interconnected, and its just about impossible to find a proper stopping point unless you are forced to leave your reading to go to work, or you fall asleep reading (which i did a few times late at night).
every chapter is written through a different main character's POV which makes it interesting because you see through different eyes, and see the humanity behind most of the different characters...even "the bad ones"
another important thing to remember when you read this book and start the series: you may feel some of the details are mundane and tedious. However, all these details are important. Emulating one of the character's in the book, Syrio (a guy who teaches young'uns to use the sword): "don't watch, see!". Martin doesn't TELL you what is happening, he SHOWS you, and its up to you to use your common sense and wits to figure it out, but no matter how smart you are...
...you never know what's going on. whatever you think will happen, shove it out the window. this guy martin is the most unpredictable, unforgivable bastard i have ever read. yet i cannot stop, must...read...more.....
i highly recommend this book to EVERYONE! i guess that's a stretch, but if you like fiction, politics, history, you get it all rolled up in one. its not a crazy, unrealistic fantasy novel, except for a couple of monsters that pop up here and there (think zombies, a dragon or two maybe). "ZOMBIES YOU SAY?" yes, zombies. but fear not, they are not important in this book so much as i suspect they will be later on.
pick up this book and give it a chance, you won't be disappointed. but i warn you, prepare to be shocked, the author, Martin, can be quite brutal to the reader. One page in my book in particular has a wet spot where i spilled my tea in shock, and wrinkled from the way i scrunched up the page in my anger as i shook my other fist in the air, damning the author.
Another thing to watch out for: another reason the author is brutal is that he takes a LONG time to put out next installments in the series. Supposedly he has proposed to make it a 6 book installment, and 4 of them are out since the first one (this one) was published in 1997. Supposedly book 5 is coming out soon, but the author hasn't even announced yet on his website that it was finished, so if its not done, there's no publication date, but apparantly the title and cover are ready to go (Dance of Dragons).
Enjoy, and read your hearts out- i hate to give away too much so i don't spoil it the way it was spoiled for me, but don't be intimidated by how long it is, its truly a treasure to behold and to read.(less)
I have to say, its not my favorite book starring "Special Agent Pendergast" because in the first part of the book, he's not there (but i don't want to...moreI have to say, its not my favorite book starring "Special Agent Pendergast" because in the first part of the book, he's not there (but i don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't read Brimstone, the prequel). If you have read the Pendergast series, you understand why its disappointing because Pendergast is one of those fictional characters you find yourself falling in love with*, and I was impatient to get to him in the story. Once he's in the plot though, the story moves quite quickly and I was kind of upset when it ended. If you read this, you HAVE To read Book of the Dead, then you will REALLY love Pendergast and want to marry him.
* I find myself wishing he was a real person so I could marry him myself. Yes, I am in love with a fictional character. Is that weird?(less)
i found this book in the bargain bin at the borders where my sister works. the cover interested me and i asked my sister about it, and when she said t...morei found this book in the bargain bin at the borders where my sister works. the cover interested me and i asked my sister about it, and when she said that people asked her about it a lot, i bought it since with my discount it came to about $2. was a great book and i'm sorry i read it first because its the last book in a trilogy made by the two authors about their FBI protagonist, special agent pendergast. i highly suggest this book, its awesome and i rarely care much for mass market paperback thrillers! i found i couldn't put it down.
to read in the proper order, the first in the trilogy is Brimstone, then comes Dance of Death. Although all three books can be read without the other, if you read the last one first like i did, it ruins earlier books because you find out stuff ahead, like reading the last chapter of a book first. the first book ever with Agent Pendergast is "Relic" which i still haven't read, but i would definitely recommend this book- at the very least i would recommend reading Dance of Death first for the background info, but Book of the Dead is much better(less)