one of the most horrendous books it has ever been my displeasure to read, bland one dimensional characters, an uneventful story that goes nowhere. DOone of the most horrendous books it has ever been my displeasure to read, bland one dimensional characters, an uneventful story that goes nowhere. DO NOT attempt to read this if you are over the age of sixteen and have a penis. And the only reason I have given it 1 star is because you can't give it 0...more
A fun book and better than the first in the series (Killing Floor). The book is slightly dated by it centering on a Montana Militia plot to be declareA fun book and better than the first in the series (Killing Floor). The book is slightly dated by it centering on a Montana Militia plot to be declared a nation, but it is still fun. Jack Reacher is fun character to go along for the ride with and this book really brings him into his own. The entire book you is a roller coaster and everytime he gets into something there is a great excitement to see how he gets out of it. Like the last book though it is obvious this book is designed for guys who spend most of their time watching action movies with some kick butt vigilante hero in them....more
So far this is not nearly as good as the previous two books, way too much romance in a series that has had little romance up to this point. I startedSo far this is not nearly as good as the previous two books, way too much romance in a series that has had little romance up to this point. I started to read this series because I was tired of those books that couldn't make up their mind whether they wanted to be action books or romance books. I am only a little over half way through so maybe it will get better.
The book did get better, the story came together nicely and was quite compelling, the book still is my least favorite of the series so far. it lacked the same amount of action as the previous books. And Reacher didn't project that same confident badass personality that exemplified the last two books. The ending was not exactly anti-climatic, but it was still a bit empty. The story was good though. ...more
I would call this a Harry Potter rip off for adults, because that is the first impression you walk away with, but that is a very wrong comparison.
FirI would call this a Harry Potter rip off for adults, because that is the first impression you walk away with, but that is a very wrong comparison.
Firstly, this was written first. Secondly this is essentially a crime fiction book, like hundreds of others I have read. The difference here being that it is set in a magical world that exists within our own.
My big problem with this book is this, Harry Dresden, is a grownup wizard with a vast magical knowledge. We are thrown into his life at about middle age. So we know nothing of his world and are forced to play catch up. This isn't the first series I have seen like this, but I never like and more so here give the strangeness of Dresden's world. It is made more annoying by Dresden giving very brief bit size accounts of past adventures. They make you really wish you could have been there. With Harry Potter the magical world existed but you always got to learn about it with Harry since he had no knowledge of it before we met him. Maybe a few books into the series when I feel like I am on comfortable ground with Dresden this feeling will go away and I can enjoy the series.
As far as crime fiction goes, ignoring the supernatural aspect for a minute, the story is par. It does nothing incredibly amazing or unexpected with the story. It is fast paced which is fun, but comes to a very predictable conclusion and in a very predictable way.
The magic is slightly gay and lacks the cool naturalness of Harry Potter. But it is servicable. This book did entertain me and if that is your only criteria then it is a sucessful and good book. I had wonder how I didn't hear about this series when the Harry Potter mania broke out, the answer it turns out is very simple, the books don't have alot in common and Harry Potter is so very different and better that this series is hardly worth mentioning....more
okay, this one was better. Still nothing great, but better. I felt more comfortable with Dresden's world and that was a big help. There were a coupleokay, this one was better. Still nothing great, but better. I felt more comfortable with Dresden's world and that was a big help. There were a couple of really great and intense scenes in the book. Still the character of Dresden is slightly annoying and those people that are his friends even more annoying. All in all it was a satisfying trip though, I considered stopping the trip a few times throughout, but I saw it through to the end and I am glad that I did, but I believe I will take a break befor I go on any more trips with Dresden. ...more
Great this one was as much fun to read as Die Trying and it had a better story and tighter plot. This one has been the hardest to put down of the seriGreat this one was as much fun to read as Die Trying and it had a better story and tighter plot. This one has been the hardest to put down of the series so far. It starts off a tad confusing, but you don't have to stick with it long to become hooked. Most of the twists Lee Child put there I didn't see coming and that is always fun. This one is another that at times seems more like a cookie cutter crime fiction book, it isn't though. Awesome action sequences, a great plot, and the best characters yet in the series. Plus this is the first book in the series that gets you emotionally involved, or maybe that is just me. Another very strong selling point to me in this book, there is absolutely no hint of any kind of romance in it, nothing, nada, zip, zilch. And that is great. My actual favorite thing about this one though is that it is almost two stories in one, you have half of the book centered around the idea of Reacher as a protector and half of it around the idea of him as a investigator....more
It has taken me way too many years to get around to reading Richard Matheson, everytime I would try to search for great horror I had not read his nameIt has taken me way too many years to get around to reading Richard Matheson, everytime I would try to search for great horror I had not read his name would come up,and I knew he was a huge influence on my personal favorite writer Stephen King. But for some reason it has taken me this long to finally read this writing master.
Short stories are not usually my thing either, I usually prefer a novel, but this was an awesome collection of short stories. A few of them are so legendary that everyone will be familiar with one form of them or another, the title story everyone everywhere recognizes from either William Shatner, John Lithgow, or Bart Simpson. But there were a few other stories I remember, Prey also showed up in an episode of Treehouse of Horror, I even remember Long Distance Call from an issue of Tales from the Crypt or Vault of Horror.
This is easily the best collection of short stories I have ever read in my life, including Stephen King's Night Shift or any book of Poe stories. Lovecraft and Poe get all the glory but Matheson is the father of modern horror. Some of the stories have a dated feel to them. You can't read Dance of the Dead without almost laughing at it at times, but most of the stories are very current in terms of it not mattering when they were written.
It would be shorter to list the stories I didn't like in this collection, there are no really bad stories but I don't guess I could really get into Dance of the Dead and Old Haunts, but that by no means makes them bad stories, none of these stories is bad. I could take almost each story in this book and write a long loving review of it, but just trust me if you are on the fence about reading Matheson, jump off the damn fence and run to a bookstore or library....more
Kenneth C Davis' look at history is not quite as entertaining as Bill Bryson, but you actually feel like you take more away from it. The what it toldKenneth C Davis' look at history is not quite as entertaining as Bill Bryson, but you actually feel like you take more away from it. The what it told its stories in question and answer format was not only helpful but useful. Davis likes to use timelines a little too much in talking about the wars and that is unfortunate because he turns what is an anti-textbook history book into a by the numbers textbook format. It removes the curiousity and inserts boredom. When I would get to the timelines I always felt like I should be memorizing the stuff in case there was a test later....more
this is the last book in the series that I really enjoyed and I almost wish Douglas Adams would have called it quits here. The book gives us the chancthis is the last book in the series that I really enjoyed and I almost wish Douglas Adams would have called it quits here. The book gives us the chance to laugh at ourselves in going back to prehistoric earth and Adams alternate view of how we ended up the creatures we are, that was extremely clever.
But Krikkit was the best part, this story was amazing and I can't help but wonder if Adams religous views are at work here. A group of people that just can't accept the idea that there might be another group of people besides them in the universe, and the only way they can deal with it is to kill anyone who is not them.
But the time paradox starts to become a real problem at this point and utterly undoes the series from here out, and the fact that the cast of characters spends most of their time split apart and that is not as much fun. Also, the characters flaws have become exagerrated by this time and the things that made them interesting characters but people you wouldn't want to know, has now made all of them a little annoying. ...more
This was a fantastic book, well it was fantastic right up until the unsatisfying and demoralizing ending. But I am not going to hold the last 3 pagesThis was a fantastic book, well it was fantastic right up until the unsatisfying and demoralizing ending. But I am not going to hold the last 3 pages against a book, even though those are the pages I can't get out of my head.
First I want to warn you this book is not for everyone. Richard Laymon pushes some boundaries, and some people, me included, have to wonder if they all needed pushing. I personally think the book could have done with a little less description of child rape. That is my big complaint here, Laymon does everything he can to make Roy the most despicable person imaginable, and he suceeds very well in that regard, the first and probably worst scene of child rape comes and I think that is horrible, well we won't have to deal with that again. Richard Laymon has established the character and surely he won't do that again, but he does, and again after that. I can't remember how many times and he does at least get less descriptive of it, but it felt like he wanted to keep his reader uncomfortable. As a result of that you are constantly worried for Donna and Sandy, even after their protector Judge shows up.
There are two points where this book is a massive success. First is the house itself, you are instantly interesting and curious about Beast House, and they way Laymon morsels out nuggets about it only serves to make you more curious. A need to know what is going on inside Beast House would push you on to the ending alone. But the second point is the book has fantastic characters. They lack a certain amount of believability but that doesn't make them any less likable. Judge is a little too quick to offer to kill the Beast of Beast house for a guy he had never met before. And Donna and Judge get way too close too fast to be anywhere near believable. But they are likable and you are instantly fond of them as much as you instantly hate Roy. You become invested in the characters of the book very quickly.
I am not going to spoil the ending here, even though I detested it, but you should know that it is very unfufilling and you will feel slightly cheated when you get there, but don't let that run what is otherwise a great little horror story. ...more
This is my second Laymon book, he is a brilliant storyteller and it is a shame we lost him so soon. The characters in this book are great just like thThis is my second Laymon book, he is a brilliant storyteller and it is a shame we lost him so soon. The characters in this book are great just like the other book I read by him, that is what I need for a good story is good characters I am actually interested in. The book could best be labeled a tragedy though, so few of the character you get connected too and involved in have anything remotely approaching a happy ending. But they are great characters and you enjoy your time with them, even the horrible, well actually maybe even especially the horrible ones. The book keeps you interested through out but there is a certain amount of anticipation to the end that seems to go on too long. Although there is alot going on it is the craziness at the end you have been unconsciously waiting for to remind you that Richard Laymon was a horror writer, and by the time it gets there you have forgotten all about this and are kind of wondering where this book is heading. The climax is great though, which makes up for a book of interesting but unmemorable events. ...more
Really great book in the series, an amazing plot that keeps you guessing throughout. The characters are first rate, and the book does not get bogged dReally great book in the series, an amazing plot that keeps you guessing throughout. The characters are first rate, and the book does not get bogged down at all with a love story, there is a satisfying conclusion and everything makes sense and gives you that feeling that everything was there for you to see to just like Reacher...more
This is very much a different kind of book. I was reminded of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States while I was reading it. I guess beThis is very much a different kind of book. I was reminded of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States while I was reading it. I guess because it told the story of the zombie war from the points of view of the people in the action and not from a (fake)historical point of view or from the view of the people that made the decisions that changed the world. The stories of the war are told from the people that was there. The book feels real in a way that few books do and that is where the actual terror of the book comes from because it seems so believable at times. It is an awesome books and I would highly recommend it to any zombie fan, any horror fan, or anyone looking for an unconvential story. ...more
Okay this is a prequel to the reacher series set when he was still an mp in the army. If a prequel is even possible in a series of loosely connected bOkay this is a prequel to the reacher series set when he was still an mp in the army. If a prequel is even possible in a series of loosely connected books.
Calling the book a prequel is the only complaint you are going to hear from me with this book. As a book this is by far the best book in the entire series to this point. You can really start to see Lee Child getting a lot of control over his plot in this book. He lets you in on enough information throughout to keep you curious and excited about what is around the next corner. I had no idea where the book was headed, but there were enough clues that I was able to formulate my own theories. Although as the book goes along the conspiracies start to mount and it gets a tad confusing.
This book also features alot more of Reacher's background than all the other books combined, of course it would since it is set in his background in comparison to the rest of the series.
When the end comes it makes sense and is very satisfying. And that is the most you can ask for from any mystery.
Now even though this is is a prequel I would certainly not recommend starting with this book in the series. Any of the Reacher books can be read and understood in any order, but you would miss out on alot of the fun of discovering reachers past if you started here. So if you are thinking of starting this series don't start here.
The second thing I want to point out about this book is more for Reacher fans who haven't reached this book yet, this book lacks alot of the action of the series which seems strange considering that the setting is the military which would seem to be a great playground for the series standard action. It isn't here, but Reacher's personality and attitude are in form here. So if you are hesitating about going on to this book stop wasting time and settle in for a great adventure full of twists and turns. ...more
This is the first Reacher book since the very first book in the series that is told in the first person. There are few changes that make this book staThis is the first Reacher book since the very first book in the series that is told in the first person. There are few changes that make this book stand out from the rest but mostly they are superficial. The main baddie in this book is someone from Reacher's past, and the first one he hated going into. Most books he grows to the realization that he is going to kill the bad guy, but here he starts out from that point of view. One thing I really liked about the book is it had that isolation feel that my favorite book in the series had, Die Trying. Mostly set on a deserted coast of Maine. The book has trippy begining that will leave Reacher fans wondering what the hell is going on. But this is still a great action packed book for fans of action movies. It does stand out from the series as a whole, but not signifigantly. ...more