I am not sure I liked this book and that really pains me to say.
Without going into spoilers, it felt too busy to me, and like it was really supposed tI am not sure I liked this book and that really pains me to say.
Without going into spoilers, it felt too busy to me, and like it was really supposed to mainly be about dumping information. I felt like I was getting a review of everything I'd read from the series so far, as well as a description of how it was going to be from then on.
I felt, through the book, like Grover does in The Monster At The End of This Book, waiting to see how things would turn out for Harry. It was almost too stressful because I wasn't enjoying the ride very much. I adore Butcher and TDF so much, but this book just was not as good as the others have been up until now. In the end, my assumption of how things would go was correct, but I put the book down feeling incredibly unfulfilled.
I usually come away from The Dresden Files with warm fuzzies and a massive literary hard-on for Harry Dresden. I am over the moon in love with this character and I sometimes feel as warm and mushy about him as I do about my husband. (Crazy, party of one) But this time I felt sort of empty and annoyed and like I was promised one thing but I got another.
Maybe I just didn't get enough of the characters I adore, or maybe things had changed too much in the Dresden-verse. Or maybe nothing can top Changes. I'm not sure, but I don't think that Ghost Story will be one I re-read any time soon....more
I really enjoy the books where Dallas goes against driven, strong women; Reunion in Death is my favorite of the series. I also really liked all the inI really enjoy the books where Dallas goes against driven, strong women; Reunion in Death is my favorite of the series. I also really liked all the insight into Eve's work that we got in this one. We get a better idea of her work environment, though I would have liked more Baxter and Trueheart. Plus! Webster is back! I dig him, and how Roarke gives him guff just for fun.
I hope Det. Strong comes back later and gets to work with Dallas on a case....more
It's been some time since a zombie book looked different; I've been a fan of the genre for awhile, and with the explosion of popularity, I've found itIt's been some time since a zombie book looked different; I've been a fan of the genre for awhile, and with the explosion of popularity, I've found it hard to find something that seems interesting. This was the first zombie book in months (at least) where the blurb didn't sound like a copy-paste of a dozen other zombie books.
It looked like this book would have an interesting plot: someone immune to the zombies coming into the lives of those who are not. Most of the book kept me wondering if there would be a big twist, a big reveal; what is the reason for Mona being unaffected by zombies? Unfortunately, nothing really happened and nothing of interest came to light.
In my reading of the zombie genre, I've come to the conclusion that zombies books tend to fall into one of two camps: books about the characters and books about the zombies. Some books skillfully walk the line between these two (Z.A. Recht, may he rest in peace, did this; David Wellington, also), but this is firmly a character book. You're in it to read about how these people go from starving, skeletal survivors to selfish, well-fed, mostly drugged out jerks. You have to care about the characters (either favorably, or in a love-to-hate way) in order to enjoy the book; you can't go in hoping for zombie action or you'll be disappointed. The overall character arcs made me think of Lord of the Flies.
In short, the book opens mixing current events with flashbacks to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Characters are introduced in the past only to die as a way to demonstrate why the main characters are holed up in their New York apartment building. The story plods along, centering on the cast running out of food and considering desperate measures. Just as slowly as the rest of the book moves, Mona comes into their lives. She's a flat-line when it comes to personality, but what matters is that the zombies fear and hate her. The undead give her a wide berth, leaving her the ability to loot the city for supplies for her new neighbors; despite the fact that she doesn't seem interested in actually interacting with the main cast, she agrees to move in with them and be their gofer. This is, of course, a boon, and the characters are thankful and relieved; however, their innate selfishness rears its ugly head immediately when they prepare a large meal and sit down to eat, completely forgetting about Mona and what she's done for them.
As she is able to bring comfort and normalcy back into their lives, the characters go from selfless survivalists to selfish, jealous, whiny adolescents, incapable of thinking of anything other than themselves. Life's small joys- booze, drugs, cigarettes, religion- slowly pick off most of the characters until a rather anti-climactic scene takes place out among the zombies. Then, abruptly, the book is over, and we're down to less than half of the characters we started with, all of whom are presented as being happy, go-lucky.
With all the talk of religion, I had hoped the author was going somewhere more interesting with Mona's immunity. I had been hoping for something twisted and clever, perhaps having it be Mona herself that takes out the rest of the cast. Despite not being religious, I would have preferred a divine or evil hand guiding her rather than the explanation spat out in a short, bland paragraph. I don't like coming away from books with the thought, "Wow, I could have done so much better with this premise," but that's how I felt with this story.
Overall, if you are someone who reads zombie books because you like to get into the heads of the people stuck in the horror that is an undead world, I think you would enjoy this book. If you're looking for zombie action and interaction, give this a pass....more
I can't say anything more about this book than other reviewers have said, so I'll stick to the basics. I really adored this book. It was a great insigI can't say anything more about this book than other reviewers have said, so I'll stick to the basics. I really adored this book. It was a great insight into one of my favorite performers, and I think any fan of Steve Martin would be as touched and fascinated by this book as I was....more
This was an okay book; I love all of Wellington's other books, but this one felt amateur to me. The dialogue was stilted and clumsy and the expositionThis was an okay book; I love all of Wellington's other books, but this one felt amateur to me. The dialogue was stilted and clumsy and the exposition got tired. It felt like the story took way too long to get started and then it barreled toward the end, throwing out plot twists and characterization changes haphazardly. By about two-thirds of the way through, I was done reading all the back-story and I ended up just skimming anything that wasn't action or dialogue.
Overall, I'm glad I read it, because I really, really do adore Wellington as an author, but I can't see myself picking it up again....more
This is quite solidly a 3-star book. It's got some good aspects and some bad, and neither are to an extreme. Overall, the book is interesting and theThis is quite solidly a 3-star book. It's got some good aspects and some bad, and neither are to an extreme. Overall, the book is interesting and the story is engaging; the dialogue never feels faked or forced and the character interactions are mostly believable and also don't feel forced. The story moves at a pace that's just short of fast enough and it has some good twists and turns. It hits a wall, however with the excessive amount of narrative.
I was not interested in all the backstory the author gave about the American Indian tribes described in the book. There were many sections and pages that I would skip entirely because they literally did not help the story move along at all. In fact, a lot of the backstory that was necessary got explained more succinctly later on, and it still could have been pared down further. I think this book could have been a great deal shorter and still would have been interesting and may have actually been a better read.
I'll find the next book in the series used and check it out, but I wouldn't pay full price, yet. I always like picking up a good series, however, and I'm honestly hoping this one gets better as it goes along....more
The main thing this book suffers from is that it was trying to be every other book in this paranormal, plucky Mary-Sue FIGHTS CRIME genre. The main chThe main thing this book suffers from is that it was trying to be every other book in this paranormal, plucky Mary-Sue FIGHTS CRIME genre. The main character was nothing special, uninteresting, often irritating and the characters around her were just props to be used in the author's attempt to show how amazing and special the character was. This, of course, made Elena come off just like any other mary sue heroine in the genre....more