As Stephen King gets older he tends to ramble a little more. This book is him rambling about his life and his thoughts on writing. This is one of theAs Stephen King gets older he tends to ramble a little more. This book is him rambling about his life and his thoughts on writing. This is one of the few books that I've started that I couldn't finish. Not because it's bad, Stephen King knows his craft, but once I realized that every book about writing is basicly people telling you what worked for them while at the same time tell you that you just need to find your own way. I stopped....more
**spoiler alert** Why! Why? I've followed the Dragonlance saga almost from the very beginning, I learned to love to read through your books and this i**spoiler alert** Why! Why? I've followed the Dragonlance saga almost from the very beginning, I learned to love to read through your books and this is what you give us? I feel betrayed, sold-out and dirty....more
Not as often as I would hope do I come across a character with which I can really comprehend. Odd Thomas is one of these characters; probably the primNot as often as I would hope do I come across a character with which I can really comprehend. Odd Thomas is one of these characters; probably the prime example.
Odd Thomas is a small town kid in probably the most stereotypical sense and is constantly bordering on the edge of insanity, he knows it and does what he can to avoid it. He sees dead people, but he's going to do something about it. He keeps his life simple, because he is simple, but not naive. He's seen the horrors people commit, been the victim of a very dysfunctional family, but continues to dream and not allow the bleakness of life overtake him and bring him down.
Odd Thomas to me is the essence of what a person is or at least could be once all the vices and self-imposed complexities have been striped away. He loves a pure and innocent love, he dreams pure and innocent dreams and knows what he has to do and does it.
I enjoyed the twists and turns of this book. I'd heard the Dean Koontz usually writes horror, and this book at times certainly had that feel. Not of blood and guts but as if something horrible was going to happen. It certainly was a change of pace for me.
I would certainly recommend this book to those who are trying to do their best and often don't feel they're up for the task....more
I only gave this book two stars because it was so fantastically horrible that I couldn't put it down. I couldn't believe someone actually had the gutsI only gave this book two stars because it was so fantastically horrible that I couldn't put it down. I couldn't believe someone actually had the guts to put this crap-fest onto paper and then have the cajones to put a cover on it.
My first problem with this book is the local of the book, Peru. I've been to Peru, I've lived in Peru and the only thing that this book does to make one feel like they're in Peru is when he throws out some names of places he must have pulled from a map. Really, you can take random names of cities in Texas replace the Peru names of cities and you would hardly notice a difference. For example the main character visits Machu Pichu, the most famous ruin in all of South America, and the only indication that the main character is at Machu Pichu is when they say "Here we are at Machu Pichu." The author couldn't even give a couple of the main points from a brochure and call it a description.
Then there is the fact that everyone in Peru seems to speak a good enough English to be able to deliver a lecture. Lets not forget the fact that everything in Peru seems to be pretty close to each other. I know for a fact that it takes more than a day or two to travel from Machu Pichu to Iquitos in a car. Let's not forget that at the time this book was supposively taking place Peru was in a almost civil war, the army certainly didn't have time to be running around covering up a manuscript, and be taking orders from a cardinal.
My favorite insight was the one about kids. Did the author know that Peru is a third world country? Often people have kids because there aren't any birth control options, and here a native Peruvian is giving the lecture about how we should only have so many kids.
Also I had quite a problem with the fact that the author mentions how the manuscript was written in the same language as the bible but never really got around to talking about how or why. But, by the time the book ended I didn't really think about it because I was trying to keep my brain from folding in on itself. Wait for the surprise ending!
All that aside this book reads the same way I learned to drive a stick shift. Bunny hops every other chapter. Lecture, ACTION, lecture, ACTION!, Long Lecture, ACTION!. If the guy really wanted to write a new age manual he should have just done it and not squandered everyone's time and money by wrapping it up and calling it a story.
This book is one of the few cases where the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction. The only disappointment is that they never really find outThis book is one of the few cases where the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction. The only disappointment is that they never really find out the absolute truth behind the Monster of Florence. Although Douglas Preston certainly makes two compelling cases about the Monster. One, we almost directly accuses someone about who the Monster was/is. Two, he shows that the Monster wasn't only the man who killed all those couples but the police force that started a very literal which hunt.
I really enjoy reading the Pendergaist books ever since my brother recommended them to me. Pendergaist gives me the same kind of feeling that Homes gaI really enjoy reading the Pendergaist books ever since my brother recommended them to me. Pendergaist gives me the same kind of feeling that Homes gave me when I read Hound of the Baskervilles.
Nevertheless, of all the Pendergaist novels this isn't his best moment. Not because of his own follies but more because of the writers. I can't help but hope that the authors knew that they weren't sticking true-to-form when they wrote this.
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the characters and the writing style and up till now I haven't been able to find a writer that can kill people off with the same kind of creepiness then these guys can. Wheel of Darkness certainly stays true on that but what it lacks is some of the realness that the other books have. In all of the other books the plot had a semblance of reality, it never strayed so far that one would have to suspend belief in order to enjoy the plot. The plot was always presented as probable if not possible. This book doesn't do that, and that is really where it lacked.
If you read this book be prepared for a bit of unbelievability but the ride is still fun....more
First I need to put out a disclaimer. This book is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. If you had no problem with the movie then you will have no prFirst I need to put out a disclaimer. This book is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. If you had no problem with the movie then you will have no problem with the book, but if you wouldn't watch the movie, then don't read the book.
Anyway, as far as a work of literature I really think it excels. It does things with the language that a person just isn't used to but does it so completely that it never makes you feel out of place. It reminded me of the first couple of chapters of Brave New World when it consistently jumps around but does it so well you never feel lost.
I could certainly read this book again and admire the way the language is twisted in order to make the twist work.
I would suggest reading it, my only dislike is that I knew the twist before it came because I saw the movie....more