OK, so I watched Gone Girl a couple nights before, which in turn made me really wanted to read the book!
The movie kept me on the edge of my seat, andOK, so I watched Gone Girl a couple nights before, which in turn made me really wanted to read the book!
The movie kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was wishing I had read the book first because I knew it had to be more exciting. Although I already knew how the story was going to end, I love this book and kept hoping the ending would be different. Its not. In fact, I gave my younger sister my old ereader, so she has access to anything I download. She had also seen the movie, and like me, was part of the 50% who didn't like the ending. I told her she was free to read the book because it was now in my library, and the first thing she asked me was "DOES THE ENDING CHANGE?!" Me: no, but its still goo- Sis: then I'm not interested Me: no really, the book is riveting and explains more Sis: (irritated) No, Joanna, I want the ending to change or I'm not going to read it!
I thought that was amusing, maybe I can reach out to Ms. Flynn and request she write an alternate ending to satisfy my sister :)
So I wish I would have read Flynn's books in a different order, because I read this one first and it was by far the best. However, as I mentioned earlier, I HATE THE ENDING! I described in my review for The Collector, by John Fowles, there were some similarities, and I described reaching the end of The Collector as feeling a rug was pulled from under my feet as I reached the finish line.
What I find fascinating about this book is that I hate both protagonists, or perhaps I should call them antagonists because both (husband and wife) are loathsome, vile, creatures. The man is soooo stoooopid, and the woman is such a sociopath/narcissist. If they rate levels for sociopaths, she's the worst of the worst. I won't go into too much detail here, but let's just say her other two works involve f-ed up women, psychos, to the extent I'd be nervous if I was her husband.
Ms. Flynn, I have no doubt, could get away with murder. It's kind of scary how fool proof the plan is in this book!
There are two points of view, the husband and wife, and you begin to see that they're a case of "I can't live with you, but I can't live without you, either". The relationships in this book are all so sick, but you can't stop reading although you may feel disgusted. I'm not sure if I would have been surprised with the ending if I read it before the movie, but I was shocked when I watched it onscreen the previous week. I just felt as a reader I was left with no closure.
It's hard to review this book without spoilers, but if you want to read about an intense game of cat and mouse, I still recommend it. Apparently opinions are split down the middle about the ending, so don't rely on my opinion about it, you may feel different. If you like the ending though, you to may be a psychopath! Just kidding.
The fact that the ending pissed me off but I still gave it 4 stars then immediately read her other books should tell you how hard it was to put down. Just a head's up, I wasn't sucked in right away, but I patiently kept reading because the movie was so intense. I'm really excited for her next book! Its amazing how you can love the book and hate everyone in it!
One more thing, in my opinion here's how I rate her 3 books, best to worst:
Gone Girl Dark Places Sharp Objects (at the bottom of the list because I was able to figure out what was going on before the ending)...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.
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
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
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.
Read this book after having it recommended by another coworker at the bookstore a few months ago. I tossed it into my "to read" pile and just never goRead this book after having it recommended by another coworker at the bookstore a few months ago. I tossed it into my "to read" pile and just never got around to it. I'm glad I did though! It isn't really marvelously well written, but its quite entertaining and a fast read. Recommend it for someone looking for a fun, fast read on a lazy day off or trip to the beach! ...more
**spoiler alert** *SPOILER ALERT!* Re-read my review 2 yrs later to realize I had major spoilers & didn't warn anyone! Oops :-/
Wow, what a read! i**spoiler alert** *SPOILER ALERT!* Re-read my review 2 yrs later to realize I had major spoilers & didn't warn anyone! Oops :-/
Wow, what a read! i read this book back in high school when it was assigned, and I just finished zipping through it again, in just a few days. I was apprehenisive as I remembered Ayla's fated doom, but this time, maybe because I was older, I had such a greater appreciation for the story. Even though the ending isn't what I probably would have wanted, since it doesn't offer much closure, and is pretty much depressing, I felt so satisfied with the way Brun stood up for Ayla after he realized his decision was wrong to pass the leadership to his arrogant, hot headed son with his unrational obsessive hate and jealousy for Ayla. I guess I was so disappointed the first time I read it when Ayla was cast out, I wasn't able to appreciate the gratification of hearing Brun acknowledge finally that Ayla had won, Broud was weak, and Ayla was the son he never had, but always wished for. I have heard Jean M. Auel doesn't have Ayla revisit the clan in the later books, and I think its a shame. It would be great for her to return and find out Broud was overthrown, or better yet, crushed by a mammoth. This book is going on my all time favorites shelf. Its awesome. Plus, I'm glad I was able to finish it because I've been waiting to start the new Dan Brown book!...more
I really enjoyed this book, I am not into vampires very much, but I found it really entertaining. By the time I was half way through the book I was hoI really enjoyed this book, I am not into vampires very much, but I found it really entertaining. By the time I was half way through the book I was hooked and couldn't put it down! I even bought the second book in the series before I had finished reading this one so i could have it ready when i was done!
i recommend this book as a beach read, or a lazy day on the sofa read for anyone who enjoys good fiction, mystery, action/adventure or sci fi because the book can really be lumped in all those categories...more