Enjoyed it just as much as the first one ALTHOUGH at times it was hard to create that mental division between author/character commentary when discussEnjoyed it just as much as the first one ALTHOUGH at times it was hard to create that mental division between author/character commentary when discussions of literary merit, ebooks, online publishing, etc. came up.
I think that's always the danger when a writer is writing about other writers and the business of writing. It's very difficult for me not to be jolted out of the story a little and wonder how much is actually the author talking. The characterizations are consistent here -- so it's not the author's fault and I never felt she was putting the wrong words in a character's mouth -- but it's just something I have a hard time with whenever there's an author/writer character. I lose that distance.
I am grateful, though, that Galbraith never made me go through that wink-wink moment of "I'm talking about myself!" because author-insertion is even worse than everything above.
The last few King books I've read have just been okay for me, but I moved it up the TBR after reading Rosario's review (http://rosario.blogspot.co.uk/The last few King books I've read have just been okay for me, but I moved it up the TBR after reading Rosario's review (http://rosario.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07...) and was kind of awesomely surprised by it. No real horror, just suspense. ...more
**spoiler alert** Marked as a spoiler because the one thing that really irritated me is related to the main character, Melanie, and her relationship t**spoiler alert** Marked as a spoiler because the one thing that really irritated me is related to the main character, Melanie, and her relationship to two women.
Overall, I really liked this. I loved the main character, Melanie. I loved the explanation for the zombie infection. I loved that it really felt as if it had an ending. Even if a sequel does pop up, I don't feel as if I need to read it to complete the story (unlike 98% of other post-apocalyptic books now.)
I hated the two primary female characters, who were both TSTL. One too blinded by ambition to see anything but a monster and a specimen in a girl, and one too blinded by compassion and emotion (including a lot of regret) to see the monster in the girl, when she really should have. There was one point (many points, but this one nearly made me toss my ebook reader) -- when Helen fired the flare -- that I just about put the book down forever because it made me SO FREAKING RAGEY. Probably because I really, really wanted to like this character. But I really couldn't.
At least these characters were given reasons to be this way? But at the same time, it kind of didn't matter what their reasons and backstory was, because in the moment I just wanted to punch them both and leave them for the hungries. I don't know how the other characters didn't.
Anyway, I did enjoy it! Mostly. Just prepare some ice, because you might need it after you whack your head against the wall five thousand times....more
Ignore my ratings, because they are totally inconsistent. Four and five always mean that I liked it a lot and probably loved parts of it, but this oneIgnore my ratings, because they are totally inconsistent. Four and five always mean that I liked it a lot and probably loved parts of it, but this one gets a five purely because of the ASCII line-art boobs and the context in which they were sent, and because I'm apparently twelve years old. And I always feel obligated to say: I suck at reviewing. So I don't.
Awesomely funny in parts, pulse-pounding and tense in others -- and I was expecting a lot of despair and angst and soul-searching (after all, he's stuck on Mars and will probably die!) but it never really showed up. So it was just entertaining and awesome all the way through....more
I read this last summer, I think, and I just saw it in my timeline so I'm trying to remember to mark more books read (because I'm really bad about thaI read this last summer, I think, and I just saw it in my timeline so I'm trying to remember to mark more books read (because I'm really bad about that).
This was fun. Not quite what I thought it would be when it started, but one of those books where it's okay to have your expectations blown, because the reason for everything was better than you expected. Though also weirder. ...more
I read this earlier this year, but was just reminded of it because I saw a giveaway for it (it's like 99c now) and the second book. It's a New Adult,I read this earlier this year, but was just reminded of it because I saw a giveaway for it (it's like 99c now) and the second book. It's a New Adult, and it was my "read it while my daughter is in TKD practice" book -- just something easy to read while I cleared my brain for the day while I was struggling through my own deadline. I was kind of surprised by how much I got into it, because I think I expected something lighter and fluffier.
Anyway, I suck at reviews, and there are already enough recaps to make another one redundant. I did enjoy this, quite a bit.
It ended on a cliffhanger, but oddly enough, I felt that the book was resolved and
even though Drew took off to figure out his issues, I didn't really have any doubt that eventually they'd get back together and work things out. So although the book didn't have a HEA, I felt that it would eventually come, so it was enough of an emotional resolution for me to be satisfied with the romance and the story...as if his determination to get help WAS really the most important thing by the end. Since he decided to get that, it kind of was a HEA.
I do have the second book in my TBR, and I'll eventually get to it, but I don't feel like I *need* to read it, if that makes sense. Drew & Fable are already together again in my head. ...more