The first word that comes to mind is disappointed. From the outside this book seemed well put together. It was short but seemed like it would deal wit...moreThe first word that comes to mind is disappointed. From the outside this book seemed well put together. It was short but seemed like it would deal with an important issue today - unemployment. On top of that the science fiction romance aspect of it really peaked my interest. I have so far enjoyed every book I've read in that genre. I didn't really enjoy this one.
From the beginning I felt a few things in the story seemed odd. For example, Joe starts off as an unemployed man looking for a job. He goes to a job interview where it's announced that the positions are all filled. Then he goes home and opens his mail - a bunch of rejection letters from companies he sent his resume to. Here is where it got strange for me. It seemed as if the author was writing from a different time, when things were conducted in this really formal manner. But it seems as though Joe is opening his mail looking for an interview acceptance. Why would the companies not phone him instead of corresponding with him about an interview in the mail? And then he actually does get an interview and the letter says for him to check his email for more details. Huh? Since when does email and regualar mail arrive at the same time? And why would they even bother with the letter if they were going to email him? On top of that, Joe ponders to himself how they even know he has a computer, as if it's some rare luxury that most people don't own today. I didn't know what the author was trying to get across so I had to just shrug it off as odd and move on, hoping that everything would make more sense after that.
I didn't feel like much was done better after that. Everything was worded strangely, there was repetition where it wasn't needed, and the biggest problem of all was missing words in the middle of sentences. For example:
Layone tries to learn more about the job, but is kept in suspense as they travel the tram trip leading to the huge room that houses the amazing craft. The tram arrives at end of the trip and the general, Zann, and Layone exit the tram, leaving the guards to return the tram to the big building where they are needed. The general enters the right numbers into the security box, resulting in the big door opening.
(All missing words, repetive use of the word tram, and the wrong use of articles ("a big door" would have made much more sense considering we were not yet introduced to any door) are the author's doing, not mine.)
Then the author seems to equate love with sex. Apparently Joe (now renamed Zann in his new job) falls in love with the copilot of a spaceship he was just hired to fly. It was love at first sight. But I didn't feel any chemistry at all. They just seem to know exactly what each other was thinking about, even though they just met, down to thinking exactly where they are going next with the spaceship. For some reason, they celebrate this at every stop by having sex. That seemed to be all there was to their relationship - knowing where to go with the spaceship and then having sex when they were there.
On top of all this, the people in charge of the spaceship seem to be really secretive about it - they go so far as to rename both the pilots and tell them their life as they know it is over. People die protecting it. Yet they don't seem to care that Zann and Layone are flying it to every major city in the world where people can see it and that they are spending extra time in casinos making a big show of their new-found "brain power" that they get from having ship-sex. (really?)
I'm usually a pretty open-minded person. I can see where a book has value even if I don't feel that way myself and I can usually look past a few oddly worded paragraphs and grammar issues. I found the amount of missing words and poor grammar in a book of this size unexceptable, especially considering the cost ($2.99 ebook, $8.95 paperback). This book also seemed to defy all logic, which I just couldn't get past. I don't mind a silly adventure here and there but I need weird things to make sense in their own context.
The one redeeming quality I found in this story was the message at the end of the book about how strong love can be. I wished that was focused on more or explained better. For that very wonderful message, I am not so much as upset that this book was not an enjoyable experience, but as I said above, disappointed.
This review is for Ella's Coffee only and not the bonus story Adrift. For some reason I could not make any sense of the characters or what was going o...moreThis review is for Ella's Coffee only and not the bonus story Adrift. For some reason I could not make any sense of the characters or what was going on in Adrift so I'm leaving that out for now.
I thought Ella's story was very cute. I have never been on a blind date but I've known the nervousness that comes with waiting for someone to come and meet you. Do you go early, get there on time, a little late? What if they don't like you or you don't like them or you're not dressed right? So many things can run through your head. That is exactly what this story is about. I thought it was cute and liked the little surprise ending. However, I did wish that it would have gone just a little further after Ella had made up her mind what she was going to do. I felt like the ending was a little abrupt for me. Overall a cute story that I liked. (less)
This is a very short tale but a wonderul one. Weaving elements of fantasy and horror together, this one really struck a chord with me. It seemed at fi...moreThis is a very short tale but a wonderul one. Weaving elements of fantasy and horror together, this one really struck a chord with me. It seemed at first this was just a fairy-tale-esque story about a boy with an overactive imagination who builds a snow owl instead of a snow man and his father who wanted more than anything for his child's dreams to come true. But it became apparent that the authors may have been trying to tell the readers something more - something about the loss of a loved one and how people find their own ways of dealing with the loss. Recommended, but I wish it were longer in spots. Like in the beginning where the plot seemed a bit rushed.(less)
The description of this short story sounded mysterious and fascinating and after reading Blackbird by this author I decided to try it. I was a little...moreThe description of this short story sounded mysterious and fascinating and after reading Blackbird by this author I decided to try it. I was a little dissapointed the "mortality" thing meant this was just about a vampire. I like vampire stories and all, I was just hoping for something different here. Overall it was enjoyable, although there are also a few very obvious spelling and grammar mistakes ("know" instead of "now", etc.). It had an interesting take on the souls of people/vampires so it was worth the read for that. However, I'd probably still recommend Blackbird over this one.
They are both avaible for free download from Feedbooks.com(less)
I didn't enjoy all of them but overall a pretty good collection. Poe is a great author. I'm glad I read this.
Contents/thoughts: The Gold-Bug, (NOV 19/2...moreI didn't enjoy all of them but overall a pretty good collection. Poe is a great author. I'm glad I read this.
Contents/thoughts: The Gold-Bug, (NOV 19/2009): An interesting story to begin with. It has great promise with an actual gold bug and this crazy lunatic looking for gold. But halfway through it pretty much just turns into an instruction booklet for deciphering codes.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue, (OCT 23/2009): This is my favourite by far. The manner in which the main character comes to his conclusion is a fascinating look into a person's thought process and the outcome is just classic.
The Balloon-Hoax, (AUG 2/ 2009): It doesn't seem plausible to me (despite all the detail!), but I think I'd still be angry at the newspaper for publishing a story as news!
The Purloined Letter, (AUG 1/2009): A lot of pointless blabber and then an ending that makes no sense?
A Descent into the Maelström, (OCT 23/2009): I found the first half of this one a little dull with extensive description of what the maelstrom was but the last few pages were really interesting and I thought, worth it.
The Black Cat, (AUG 1/2009): Definitely decided I can't bring myself to read this one. Sounds just too horrible.
The Fall of the House of Usher, (OCT 22/2009): Their shock at the end of the story was surprising. It seemed from earlier on with the mention of "the experiment" that they knew what they were doing. I think the two of them were NUTS!
The Masque of the Red Death, (OCT 22/2009): Something about this one seemed different than the rest. Less deceitful at the ending I think. There wasn't any really big reveal at the end that got to me.
The Cask of Amontillado, (JULY 3/2009): It was a good story. I didn't quite get the ending though. I had to look it up to see if what I thought it meant was really what it meant (would have helped if I knew Latin I guess).
The Pit and the Pendulum, (JULY 8/2009): Parts of it were interesting, but overall not as good as the previous two I read.
and The Tell-Tale Heart (JULY 1/2009): Very intense! Must watch episode of Simpsons with Lisa and her little display now. (less)
Uh...yeah. This was AWESOME! I think the knife scene was the perfect scene to write from Four's perspective and I'm glad Veronica Roth had the insight...moreUh...yeah. This was AWESOME! I think the knife scene was the perfect scene to write from Four's perspective and I'm glad Veronica Roth had the insight to choose it (if it was up to her). That was one scene in the book where I really wanted to know what was going inside on his head and why he reacted to things the way he did.
It was really more like an extra scene than a short story actually but if anything, this reminded me how much awesomeness was in Divergent. It was fun. (less)
It's worth reading if for nothing else, at least what it teaches the reader about how rich and interesting the history of historical documents and art...moreIt's worth reading if for nothing else, at least what it teaches the reader about how rich and interesting the history of historical documents and artifacts can be. I did find it frustrating to read the mini stories though because just as I would figure out who all the characters were and get attached enough to want to know more about them, the story would end. It was sort of like reading the beginning of a book over and over but never getting to find out what happens once you finally reach the interesting bits.(less)
This rating is for the free download from Amazon, not the whole book. For some reason the story doesn't have it's own page. I was torn between a 2-sta...moreThis rating is for the free download from Amazon, not the whole book. For some reason the story doesn't have it's own page. I was torn between a 2-star or 3-star. I gave it the 3 star rating because it had a nice message at the end that I think will be memorable. (less)
Death Sentence is a very short book/novelette (about 38 pages) by one of my favourite YA indie authors - Rhiannon Paille. I loved the world she create...moreDeath Sentence is a very short book/novelette (about 38 pages) by one of my favourite YA indie authors - Rhiannon Paille. I loved the world she created here. It's gritty, dark, and full of intrigue. The entire story takes place in an arena where the underground society tries to kill Fable, a girl who has become immortal. There were lots of surprises and the ending had a lot of depth. I was surprised by how much could be packed into such a short story, how vivid the world appeared to me, and how much I cared about what happened to Fable. I can't wait to see where else Rhiannon Paille goes with this and find out more about the world it's set in.(less)
This isn't the kind of book that is easy to say "Yes, I liked it" or "No, I didn't like it". At times it's light hearted, other times so sad and depre...moreThis isn't the kind of book that is easy to say "Yes, I liked it" or "No, I didn't like it". At times it's light hearted, other times so sad and depressing, the characters get on your nerves, or you feel like - that person -you know, and you love. Sometimes you want to lull and stay in it forever and other times you just want to finish it to get it over with. The way Elizabeth Strout has made the most simple things in life into something to really ponder and reflect on can really get to you if you let it. It's really kinda brilliant if you think about it.(less)