I've wanted to read a Koontz book for several years now. When I read about this story and that the ghost of Elvis plays a part in it, I decided that n...moreI've wanted to read a Koontz book for several years now. When I read about this story and that the ghost of Elvis plays a part in it, I decided that now was the time. I loved the character of Odd Thomas with his quirky disposition and great sense of humor. He kept the tone of the story somewhat light-hearted, not dark and brooding which this story could have easily been. I thought the writing was vividly descriptive, clever in its humor, and the plot totally unpredictable. Had I been more in the 'mood' for this type of thriller when I read it, I probably would have given it another star.(less)
Wow! I had no idea just how dark and horrific this book was going to be. I love that it caught me off guard like that. It’s not the kind of story that...moreWow! I had no idea just how dark and horrific this book was going to be. I love that it caught me off guard like that. It’s not the kind of story that I can say I enjoyed per se, but one that was I was completely fascinated by. Watching Dorian Gray fall into a totally self-indulgent, pleasure-driven, immoral lifestyle, and then seeing the effects of that lifestyle and the toll it took on his soul was like watching a train wreck. Craziness!
I pretty much loved most everything about this book. The only real negative was some description overkill in a couple of chapters in the middle of the story. Wilde went a little crazy with the details and I found myself getting bored a few times. All the other amazing aspects of the story outweigh that little complaint, though. The atmosphere was incredible, so rich and palpable. And the characters, my gosh….they were all pretty much unlikable. But their cynicism and their seriously distorted philosophy on life and humanity were so darn interesting that I didn’t care that I didn’t like them! I couldn’t stop marveling at how they lived, how totally self-centered they were, and their complete disregard for others. This made for some great entertainment, that’s for sure! A fantastic read. (less)
Hmmm, not as spooktacular as I was hoping it would be. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this. The last (and only) King book I read was T...moreHmmm, not as spooktacular as I was hoping it would be. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this. The last (and only) King book I read was The Eyes of the Dragon and that was 20 some odd years ago and I don’t remember a thing about it. So this really felt like I was reading King for the first time.
I thought the story was pretty boring up until the last 150 pages or so. Initially, I thought that I just must not really care for his writing style, and that was why I wasn’t getting into the story more. But as I continued to read, I found that I really did like his writing, and that it was the story itself that wasn’t doing anything for me. I really love descriptive writing, mostly of the flowery, poetic, and romantic sounding variety. But I have to say that I enjoyed King’s descriptive style. It’s very raw, in-your-face, blunt and, at times, gruesome. He doesn’t sugarcoat a thing, and I totally loved that. His style set the tone perfectly for this type of story. Here’s a quote I really liked that’s a great example – awesome description:
And then, suddenly, her back arched like a bow, and her mouth stretched open until it seemed her jaws must break. A huge explosion of darker blood issued forth from the wound the stake had made – almost black in this chancy, lunatic light: heart’s blood. The scream that welled from the sounding chamber of that gaping mouth came from all the subcellars of deepest race memory and beyond that, to the moist darknesses of the human soul. Blood suddenly boiled from her mouth and nose in a tide…and something else. In the faint light it was only a suggestion, a shadow, of something leaping up and out, cheated and ruined. It merged with the darkness and was gone.
My favorite parts were the ones where the vamps were interacting and had dialogue with the other characters. I think I would have liked the story better if we had gotten to see the story from their point of view more, versus mainly from the non-vamp camp. I think that would have raised the creep-meter considerably for me. As it was, it didn’t feel scary or even really creepy, which disappointed me. I was hoping to get the heebie jeebies at least a few times while reading this. I’m kind of wondering if I’m just not a horror kind of girl, or maybe I just didn’t pick the right book of his. Who knows…I liked the writing enough to want to try another of his at some point, so we’ll see. (less)
Hmmm, this is a hard one to call. The story fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars for me. But I think, overall, it was mostly a 3.
I’ve not had the pleasur...moreHmmm, this is a hard one to call. The story fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars for me. But I think, overall, it was mostly a 3.
I’ve not had the pleasure of seeing the musical yet, but I have seen the more recent movie version with Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler, which I absolutely adore. And now, having read the book, I think this is going to be one of those rare moments when I say that the movie was actually better than the book!
While I LOVE this story, I thought Leroux’s writing was just ok. I don’t know if that is due to it having been translated or if it’s just his style. It wasn’t bad, but it just felt kind of flat. I wish it would have had more lush description and emotion played into it. I got a hint of the darkness and creepiness of the story, but I wasn’t as saturated in it as I would have liked to have been. I wish he would have delved deeper into the characters and created a more dramatic atmosphere. I was just left wanting more from the story. Something to rival the strong emotions I felt while watching the movie. And I’m sad to say that it fell short on that account for me.
I’m really excited to read some of the spin off novels and wouldn’t be surprised if I end up enjoying them even more than the original. (less)
This was more like 3.5 stars, but leaned more toward a 4 than a 3 so that's what I'm going with. This is a good series, but I wouldn't call it great....moreThis was more like 3.5 stars, but leaned more toward a 4 than a 3 so that's what I'm going with. This is a good series, but I wouldn't call it great. It's entertaining enough, though, to keep me wanting to continue on with it. I'm looking forward to reading book 3, which came out today. I'm not in love with the series enough to actually buy it so I'll have to wait to get it from the library. (less)
Hypnotic. That is the word I would use to describe Anne Rice’s writing. It’s probably been 15 years or so since I last read one of her books. I had fo...moreHypnotic. That is the word I would use to describe Anne Rice’s writing. It’s probably been 15 years or so since I last read one of her books. I had forgotten just how much I enjoy her writing! This was a re-read and I found it just as captivating as I did the first time I read it. The story moves along at a pretty slow pace but that was not a negative for me. I enjoyed being able to really savor and enjoy the magical feel of the story and the writing. If it weren’t for a few boring parts that dragged on too long this would have been 5 stars all the way for me. (less)
I’m having trouble thinking of anything to say about this one. It was pretty good but not a standout or anything special. I don’t know, I guess I was...moreI’m having trouble thinking of anything to say about this one. It was pretty good but not a standout or anything special. I don’t know, I guess I was anticipating something more creepy and disturbing. The bad guy in the story was indeed a sicko, but I never felt particularly freaked by what I was reading. And I really wanted to. *shrugs* Maybe I had the wrong expectations. At any rate, I liked it enough to maybe pick up Silence of the Lambs at some point. Not soon though.(less)