A delightful story - full of Fforde's particular style of writing. Quirky way of speaking. Hinting at a much larger (and well-thought-out) world beyon...moreA delightful story - full of Fforde's particular style of writing. Quirky way of speaking. Hinting at a much larger (and well-thought-out) world beyond the action. Believable, engaging characters. Everything I'd expect from this author.
My only gripe (and it's a minor one) is that the book seemed to end rather abruptly - with everything being swiftly resolved in a short epilogue. As I write this, I have discovered that this is only the first in a series, which seems to justify the "sudden" conclusion. Not untidy, mind you - just a bit out of the blue as it were. Left me wanting a bit more of a gradual end.
On the other hand, I'm twitchy to track down the next book....so maybe Fforde's actually pretty clever, eh?(less)
My wife really, really loved this book - to the point where she wouldn't stop talking about it. Since she rarely gets that worked up about anything ,...moreMy wife really, really loved this book - to the point where she wouldn't stop talking about it. Since she rarely gets that worked up about anything , I decided to give it a try. I lucked out and managed a digital audio version narrated by Jim Dale (popular narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks). I was blown away. I couldn't stop listening to this book. The prose and imagery were pure poetry with descriptions and narratives that were so vivid and so enchanting. The words themselves were like magical illusions creating images and sensations as I listened. While I can't say to have particularly "liked" any of the characters, except perhaps the twins Widget and Poppet, I did enjoy the interactions and the dialogue....and the "manner" of speaking that the characters had. The story jumps time periods a lot, slowly approaching the story from two different angles until they finally meet during the climax of the tale. In the audio version, this was a little difficult to follow at times but it got easier as I went on. It may be easier in a print version, but Dale's narration added to the unreal and magical quality of the fictional world.
In summary, this book is fantastic if only for the style of the writing and the beauty of its words. (less)
While I'm not a big fan of the whole zombie schtick, I am a fan of the superhero genre. And since there isn't a great deal of superhero fiction out th...moreWhile I'm not a big fan of the whole zombie schtick, I am a fan of the superhero genre. And since there isn't a great deal of superhero fiction out there to be read except in comic or graphic novel format, I decided to give this a go.
It actually turned out to be pretty decent. Nothing award-winning in my opinion, but an enjoyable book that was occasionally hard to put down.
A few cons: the violence is extremely graphic....to the point of nauseating at times to read. But it does convey the absolute horror of the situation. There are some scary scenes in this book. Also, the language is pretty strong....but in defense, the characters are caught in a situation where that kind of language is sort of warranted.
My main pro: the heroes themselves. All very interesting characters. The author does a neat narrative thing where he constantly shifts backward in time to portray the rise of the zombies (or "Ex's") from various points of view of the characters, including some that are dead in the "current" time period. It gives the reader a glimpse into the mind and motivations of each character, which turned out pretty cool. I also loved the effort made by the heroes to STAY heroes, even when things get worse than they imagined. I like it when my heroes are actually heroes....and this portrayal didn't disappoint.
Bottom line? A good read. A quick read. Mind your stomach at times. I think it's good enough that I'll be reading the sequels, especially to find out what else happens to these characters. (less)