Just like the other book I read by this author, "The Watchman" had very interesting characters, but not much of an interesting plot. Actually, it wasJust like the other book I read by this author, "The Watchman" had very interesting characters, but not much of an interesting plot. Actually, it was a bit more disappointing than the other book because in this one, there were some instances where I went "no way would he/she do that, it's totally out of character". And also, some parts were painfully predictable. The writing style also seemed a bit awkward in some places. I didn't really like this book and I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone, much less those looking for a good mystery....more
**spoiler alert** I've heard the arguements in favor of this book and I disagree with them. I thought this was a terrible book.
First of all, the prot**spoiler alert** I've heard the arguements in favor of this book and I disagree with them. I thought this was a terrible book.
First of all, the protagonist is a young taxi-driver, who has no idea what he wants out of life, but he magically knows exactly what other people need. A girl with confidence issues participates in races and loses each time. The protagonist notices that she has worn shoes, so he offers her a new box of shoes. But the box is empty, and the girl understands the symbolism, so the next day, she races barefoot. Her feet are bleeding, she loses the race, but magically, she gains confidence. Every week she runs barefoot, bleeds, loses, and is very happy. Everyone is impressed with her. Um, hello? Who runs barefoot in races? I don't think that's even allowed.
Confronted with a rapist, the protagonist holds him at gunpoint and asks the reader what they would have done. I timidly offered that I would have called the police, not exacted judgement myself. A few days later, it is his sad duty to beat up a 12 year old kid. It is justified, of course, because he just knows it in his heart that it's the right thing to do, to teach him a lesson.
The ending was good though, I have to give it that much. A bit supernatural, but it was interesting.
The book is full of symbols, but I think symbols are only as good as how realistic and meaningful they are. This book meant nothing to me, and I wouldn't recomend it to anyone. We are now reading "The Book Thief" by the same author in the book club, and I can only pray it's not as ridiculous as this one. ...more
**spoiler alert** And this is where the "Twilight" story gets a bit too much. After Bella and Edward get married, the go on a honeymoon for some... fu**spoiler alert** And this is where the "Twilight" story gets a bit too much. After Bella and Edward get married, the go on a honeymoon for some... fun. "Fun" between a vampire and a human hasn't really worked out in the past, but they make it work, and the next think Bella knows, she's pregnant. And not the normal pregnant, the ten times faster, a blood-thirsty-vampire-is-growing-inside-of-me type of pregnant. Jacob is struggling with his feelings for Bella, Rosalie is struggling with her hatred for Bella and adoration for her child, Bella is struggling with staying alive (she refuses to get rid of the baby), Alice struggles with her inability to see the future with the werewolves around... basically, everyone is struggling. And everything is solved when Renesmee is born. Edward turns Bella into a vampire (finally! it was three books in the making!) and that's when the fun begins. Suddenly, Bella turns from plain, clumsy girl to sexy, elegant vampire extraordinaire. And, of course, a crisis strikes and it's Bella to the rescue. Alice and Jasper disappear while more and more vampires appear to help Bella and her new family (including two awesome Romanian vampires - yay!) Yea, so, what started as a cool story ended (in my opinion) as an overdone drama. On one hand, Bella's selfishness in the second book made me dislike her, but at least it made her flawed and plausible. Now she's the perfect Mary-Sue....more
**spoiler alert** "New Moon" is the continuation of "Twilight". It starts off on an optimistic note for Human Bella and Vampire Edward, until things g**spoiler alert** "New Moon" is the continuation of "Twilight". It starts off on an optimistic note for Human Bella and Vampire Edward, until things go horribly wrong on Bella's birthday. She gets a papercut, making the 7 vampires in Edward's family suddenly blood-thirsty and when Jasper almost kills Bella, Edward decides he's putting her in too much trouble. He and his family move and half the book details Bella's utter despair at losing the love of her life. I think that's why the book is called "New Moon"; it details the darkest part of Bella's life. Once again, I think the angst was overdone, albeit well-written. A werewolf named Jacob helps her through this time and eventually falls in love with her, which complicates things when Edward returns. I thought the werewolves were also a bit much. We already have vampires that are cold to the touch. Why do we need their exact opposites - werewolves who are hot to the touch? Cold vampires make sense, since they are practically dead, but why would werewolves burn hot? Just to be the opposites of vampires? There are so many interesting characters in this book: Jasper, Alice, Carisle, Sam, Angela... I kept wondering why Stephanie Meyer would bother inventing so many fascinating characters and then not develop them at all. Jacob developed a lot over the series, though, so I can't complain there....more
**spoiler alert** If I were ever to write a book, I think that I would leave the ending open-ended, because it would make the reader think and imagine**spoiler alert** If I were ever to write a book, I think that I would leave the ending open-ended, because it would make the reader think and imagine what might have happened. However, that doesn't mean I have to like it when a book does that to me. Three fourths of the book was a mystery in the making; a boy named Robert woke up during surgery and saw that he wasn't really human on the inside, made up of metal and plastic. He's desperate to find out what he is and running from those who seemed to want him dead, lead by a man named Ryan. Then, quite suddenly, he realises that he's in love with Elli, and that he no longer wants to find out the truth about himself and about those following him. So, when Elli is murdered and Ryan is offering to explain things to him, Robert walks away. The end. Ooook. Did I just skip half the book or what? I suppose the point is your feelings make you human, not your body, but still, the author made me think he was building up to something mind-boggling and then... the end. The first three quarters of the book were good, but the ending didn't make this one of Brooks' better books......more
Unfortunately, even though Robert Crais' books don't make up a series, he uses the same characters and this wasn't the first book he wrote. Therefore,Unfortunately, even though Robert Crais' books don't make up a series, he uses the same characters and this wasn't the first book he wrote. Therefore, lots of references are made to past books that I don't really get. I think it would have helped if an overview of what happened were included. The characters are amazing. I like the way their personalities are as different as day and night (Cole is cheeky and easygoing, Pike is serious and taciturn, while Starkey is the funniest combination of love-sick girly girl and tough bomb defuser I have ever seen :)) But the characters alone aren't enough to make a good story. The plot is rather simple and eventually predictable. I'm reading two other books by Robert Crais, because the characters are so interesting. I'm hoping the plots will be more complicated. I'm not sure I would recomend "The Forgotten Man" to anyone....more
As interesting and thought-provoking as this book was, as much as I loved certain parts, overall, I didn't really like it much. First of all, the authAs interesting and thought-provoking as this book was, as much as I loved certain parts, overall, I didn't really like it much. First of all, the author has an odd way of expressing her feminist views: in this book, we see the recurring theme of the innocent and pure woman victimized by the evil, sex-crazed man. Really. The point of feminism is to show that women can be strong, not to fish for sympathy and hope we shed a tear or two for the delicate creatures. This made me dislike most of the female characters of the novel, except perhaps Ferula and maybe Alba and Ana Diaz on a certain level. On the other hand, I thought Jaime and Nicolas were very interesting characters and I laughed throughtout the whole description of their dynamic as brothers - Nicolas uses his impressive intelligence to play devil's advocate for his brother, convince him he's wrong, and then procede to show Jaime the arguments he should have used and thus convince him he was right in the first place. I also thought Pedro Segundo was an interesting character - a simple, hard-working man who believes in the natural order of things, yet who loves his son enough to support him in his quest to ruin the "natural order of things".
I found several plot holes in this book that annoyed me, but the story was very complex so I guess I can get over them. All in all, it was an okay book with a brilliant conclusion that past, present, and future all happen at the same time and even the most evil people in the world have a purpose. ...more
The author of this book is also the writer of the only Star Trek: Next Generation that I liked - "The Measure of a Man". It was a very deep episode thThe author of this book is also the writer of the only Star Trek: Next Generation that I liked - "The Measure of a Man". It was a very deep episode that dealt with how human an android is and what rights he has. So I knew from the get-go that this would be a deep book that dealt with controversial issues, and I was ready.
The book started off great - a futuristic fight between religion and science, presented through an wild array of characters (among which a homeless god with multiple personalities). However, I was a bit disappointed that all the secrets were out by the middle of the book. I was hoping for a little mystery until the end that left me thinking, but it was a bit clean-cut.
I was also disappointed that although the book started out well, it reverted back to mechanical arguments and childish crushes and petty revenge, coupled with some ridiculous conversations (whine - "what does she have that I don't have?")
Ah well. Can't have them all. I would have loved the book if I had stopped reading after three quarters of the book......more