The mystery at the heart of the book was very compelling and kept pulling me along. The book is very focused on theThis was a fun, easy to read book.
The mystery at the heart of the book was very compelling and kept pulling me along. The book is very focused on the mystery though, there is an interesting cast of characters here and it might have been fun to explore them a bit more, but this book doesn't veer far from it's central whodunit question. But there is a lot going on there and it unfolds slowly and very satisfying. ...more
There is a lot here and if you are interested in serial killers or true crime in general this is great read. I feel like I will go back to this a fewThere is a lot here and if you are interested in serial killers or true crime in general this is great read. I feel like I will go back to this a few more times because it throws so much information at you there is no way to retain much of it. A lot of reviewers have noted that it gets repetitive because many killers fall into different categories and they are not wrong, you will constantly being hearing about Albert fish, Ed Gein, Dahmer and all the other heavy hitters. But it is still a good read. This is best enjoyed it bite size portions instead of reading the whole thing at once....more
Ehhhh, if you like true crime, this book is perfectly adequate. That is really all there is too say, there were no shocking twists and turns, but if yEhhhh, if you like true crime, this book is perfectly adequate. That is really all there is too say, there were no shocking twists and turns, but if you are fascinated by this kind of stuff and enjoy the process, this book is a good read. ...more
I loved this book. It gripped me early on and never let me go.
The book has essentially 2 main characters to it, the book is told almost exclusively frI loved this book. It gripped me early on and never let me go.
The book has essentially 2 main characters to it, the book is told almost exclusively from these two characters perspectives, with the exception of a couple of late chapters. Kelsier is instantly likable they establish him as a shady but noble hero in the opening scene, and although his character does not develop much beyond this for the novel he remains a solid character. Vin starts out a bit shakier, she is very likable right from the beginning but her distrustfulness while understandable as it relates to her character gets a bit tiresome as it takes us a large chunk of the book, but as the story unfolds and she develops bonds with the other characters in the novel her character becomes much more interesting. The supporting characters are very nice, without offering an really complicated characters. Sazed is especially fun though, but Elend becomes more and more interesting the more time you spend with him. Now a weak point of the book is the lack of good villains, especially early on. The book offers steel inquisitors which are freaky cool even early on but there is only one that is ever developed as a character and it is very late when that happens. Mostly the only villainous prescence is the Lord Ruler and he exists as a completely "off-screen" villain throughout the book, until the last little bit. I like a good villain and this book is very much lacking in that department, there is a noblewoman at about the half way point that becomes a very good contender for a villain or at least a despicable person, but she is almost the only one.
The mythos of the book is great, it takes quite a bit to catch up to it in the book but it is fantastic, A world where a thousand years ago a hero conquered an earth destroying evil to save everyone, but in the process became a god, and a cruel god at that. There are a lot of revelations about this and I would have preferred to learn them a little at a time but mostly all the revelations about this are saved for the end, they are still very good when they come. It wouldn't be a fantasy novel if there was magic or something mystical in it and here there is Allomancy and Feruchemy, and they are fascinating. You spend most the book becoming familiar with Allomancy which is powers derived from burning metals and it is much cooler than my brief description made it sound. There is a lot in the book to digest about both of these and this world.
The actual plot of the book might actually be the most boring part, it is fairly straightforward and obvious, our heroes are of the lower class oppressed part of society, they want to overthrow the ruling class, and achieve a more fair world. That is it in a nutshell, but it is still a very fun ride. The story is very meandering, but it never really bogs down at anytime, mostly I assume that is because there is so much to learn here that everything feels important.
I am not really a big fantasy fan, but this book was listed on a "if you like Game of Thrones" list somewhere, and that made me check it out, I am very glad I did. This book is nothing like Game of Thrones, but it is very good in its own right. I would recommend this book to everyone fantasy fan or not. If you like good books and don't mind long books, read this book, you will not be disappointed....more
I loved the concept this book is built upon, and when I started the book that concept made me feel like I was about to read something transcendent. II loved the concept this book is built upon, and when I started the book that concept made me feel like I was about to read something transcendent. I kept waiting for the book to become more than what it was, I thought it was going to have something important to say about America or our western culture. It doesn't, and as I became more aware of that the book started to disappoint me, but then I grew to appreciate the book just for what it is. It is a great journey filled with interesting characters, and a few good plot twists. It is book that sticks with you long after putting it down, the characters and places are so vivid and entertaining you don't want to let them go. This book is not for everyone because Gaiman is never in any hurry to get anywhere with writing so you have to be ready for long trip, but if that is your kind of thing, I highly recommend the book. ...more
A very fun book. The book feels like a young adult dystopian future book and seems to be written that way but this book is clearly aimed at an audiencA very fun book. The book feels like a young adult dystopian future book and seems to be written that way but this book is clearly aimed at an audience they did their growing up between 1975-1990. I thought the book would be a fun stroll through nostalgia, but there was much more to it than that. Ernest Cline presents and interesting and compelling vision of the future, one that makes sense, but one that is also written from a perspective of an old man scared of the future. The future of this books highlights all the worst qualities of gen X, gen Y, and millenials making it seem as though they will completely screw up the world. The book is clearly trying to say the last good generation was the one that played Ataris and listened to Rush while they played D&D in their parents basement. I know I sound like I am complaining, and I guess I am, but I really loved the future this book is set in, I just find it to be a little too cynical and condescending.
The characters are mostly excellent, Wade is not a unique character, hell he is almost Harry Potter. He is an orphan living with a cruel aunt until one day he becomes part of a magical world. He lacks much of Harry Potter's nobility but he does feel like much the same character. I loved his relationship with his pal Aech, but all of his relationships in this book are very engaging. Aech was my favorite character though, I couldn't really say why, I found him to be fun and the kind of buddy every guy hopes to have, one who always has your back but will always tell you that your being a douche when you need to hear it. Artemis is the Hermione Granger of this book in everyway too, the good ways and the bad ways. She is clearly the most noble and cleverest character in the book but her journey takes a back seat to Wade's. And although you are rooting for Wade in the book you know that Artemis is way more deserving of finding the egg. Daito and Shoto and good characters but hardly worthing mentioning because they play so little role in story, still they are ok. Continuing with my Harry Potter comparison think of them as Fred and George, they certainly make the story more interesting but are not essential to the plot. The only other character worth mention here is the villain of the book, Sorrento. I thoroughly enjoyed him and I loved the way he was presented and I hate to keep doing this but I like him because he is presented like Voldemort is presented for much of the Harry Potter series, he is rarely ever in the scenes with the character aside from a great moment with Wade early on, but mostly he exists as this menace just off screen. He is a very over-the -top villain, at times feeling like a comic book villain, but still very fun and because we don't see too much of him he is very intimidating.
The story is so much fun, aside from a point almost halfway through where it bogs down into a relationship boredom and loses its steam. Other than this point the book was near impossible to put down. The puzzles are well designed and when Wade makes a connection they puzzles start falling to place for you too. There are some great twists in the book that you see coming at the perfect moment. I don't want to give away any of the plot points but they were all fun. I can't really see someone who didn't grow up in the 80's enjoying this book though. It is clearly a book for a very specific audience. Still though if you are a fan of the 80's (or you just grew up then), a fan of video games, or a fan of dystopian sci-fi books then give this book a shot. It is a great read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. ...more