There is a long story leading to me grabbing this book to read. Paul Cornell wrote probably my favorite 10th Doctor, Doctor Who episodes...Human NaturThere is a long story leading to me grabbing this book to read. Paul Cornell wrote probably my favorite 10th Doctor, Doctor Who episodes...Human Nature/Family of Blood. I went to the Gallifrey One convention the next year, where Paul was a guest and he was so nice and humble, all I had for him to sign was the cover of a Doctor Who magazine with the scarecrows from his episodes on it. I started following him on Twitter and watched as he went through the process of writing and publishing this book. I've wanted to support him by reading it ever since and I am FINALLY getting to it...sorry Paul...hope it's great!
So I have completed the book...I got off to a rough start...I listen to my audiobooks on my phone and I got 2 phone calls and 5 texts within the first 1/2 hour of starting this book, so I was a bit...AHHH...with being thrown so many characters at the beginning...but once the supernatural shit started to happen I was locked in.
I thought this was a really good book and I guess the start of a series for Paul, I will definitely read the next at some point. I feel like such a dork for not seeing some of the plot twists he put in there, but then I enjoy that kind of "HOLY BALLS!!!" moments, especially when I am at work (seriously!).
Paul knows how to write scary, other worldly shit that could/will give you nightmares and at least will make you take a second glance at your surroundings.
Hmmm...so I just finished listening to this audiobook in one complete and non-stop session during a day at work...so...
I love this kind of story...thaHmmm...so I just finished listening to this audiobook in one complete and non-stop session during a day at work...so...
I love this kind of story...that whole dystopian world that you are thrown in the middle of. You only learn past aspects of how the characters got to this place through flashbacks. I love that type of shit.
For the most part, I think the book has aged pretty well. It was written in the 50s, set in the late 70s...I did grow up listening to records and I have an extensive record collection, so I don't find that part to be out of place...
There were parts where I was like, yeah...I'm reading a "dude's" book. Like his level of/weirdness of his sex drive was kinda!!?!? (TMI, but handle your business alone dude...this doesn't seem like a crazy thought to me) And his utterly sexist description of a poor, library matron almost made me want to hurl...but I had to pull back and remember when this was written.
There were parts that very much remind me of The Walking Dead (both TV and comics) and I think I enjoyed that mental parallel? I mean I was mentally telling him to RUN at certain points during the book and other parts would just rip your heart out.
I'm glad I read it...ladies...please remember this was written in the 50s....more
I literally just started this book today...if you even THINK you like listening to David Tennant read something you MUST listen to him read this book.I literally just started this book today...if you even THINK you like listening to David Tennant read something you MUST listen to him read this book. I didn't know that I needed him to speak French words and phrases, but he does and it's awesome. I don't know if someone gave him some special direction to read this book super sexy, but he is...I don't even care what this is about. I might need a cold shower when I get home from work!
So...this is a book, written by a dude...for dudes...that like to do dudely things. But let's be honest, if you've been alive since the 1960s and know anything about the James Bond genre, this should not be a surprise...it was not a surprise to me.
The book is a bit dated and I was surprised in the amount of detail Fleming went into when discussing dudely things, like car models and ladies. It wasn't AS bad as I thought it would be as far as the treatment of women goes, it's not great either. I don't know if this is a quirk of this particular book or if all the books are like this and the portrayals of women are just crap in most of the movies? By some bit of weirdness, this is the only Bond book I have read but it is also probably the only Bond movie I haven't seen, so I can't compare them. I was amazed at how much the ladies of this book really, seriously, helped Bond and saved his life more than once.
Once again though...I think the real treat is David Tennant reading this book. His characterizations are AMAZING and not only does he do French, but German as well... (Hubba, hubba!) There were times when he was reading some conversations and I honestly forget that it was the same person reading it.
Extra added bonus: David talks a bit at the end of the book about his experience reading the book. Yay!...more
Once again...if you have the chance to listen to Neil Gaiman read his own stories...PLEASE DO IT!!!!
This is a wonderful collection of his short storieOnce again...if you have the chance to listen to Neil Gaiman read his own stories...PLEASE DO IT!!!!
This is a wonderful collection of his short stories, I loved them! Some were super short, others were longer...ALL of them continued to mystify me, like all his writings I have read have done to date. Maybe that's why I love his writing...there is always the unexpected...even in the shortest of his works. AMAZING
I don't even know where to begin with this, everyone is going to have their own favorites, as everyone is different...
Some of mine...
He wrote a "later in life story" of Sherlock Holmes [The Case of Death and Honey]...Holy Shit! I don't even know what else to say...I am current reading Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes tales and I found it to be a beautiful continuation...please write more!!!
He also wrote a story for Doctor Who, which I read in another book [Nothing O'clock]...fucking brilliant...
I REALLY enjoyed The Sleeper and the Spindle, which is it's own publication in the UK...I may have to buy this from Amazon.co.uk because I loved it...
Are you sensing a theme
For those of you who have read American Gods...there is a continuation of Shadow's story [Black Dog] I didn't realize how much I missed being in this fictional world until Neil brought me back. I lapped this up like a cat with cream!
In all honesty, there wasn't a one that I thought was a dud. I am amazed by Gaiman's range. I feel so lucky to be alive during his lifetime, to enjoy his works while he is living, because he will go down as one of the greatest writers....more