A cool parasite-vampire book you should pick up and read. Not so much about how exciting the story goes (actually not much on the story except if youA cool parasite-vampire book you should pick up and read. Not so much about how exciting the story goes (actually not much on the story except if you like cheesy romance YA, this might count) but the concept behind vampirism was interesting. Scott wrote a lot of information and chapters about the different types of parasites and how they play a part in our daily life. And he combines that information and weave it into his story. Kinda of like watching a docu-drama on cable minus the serious tone narration they always have. "Peeps" was entertaining and a good deal all in all (I got this book for 2 bucks! hah). I'm looking forward to read more from Scott Westerfeld after reading Peeps....more
"The murders were my own conception; my sex. The factory was my attempt to construct life, to replace the involvement which otherwise I did not want."The murders were my own conception; my sex. The factory was my attempt to construct life, to replace the involvement which otherwise I did not want. Well, it is always easier to succeed at death."
The main character has this eerie yet such casual way of speaking about murder, death and the ghastly routine things he does. It's quite a slow read (My first Ian's book), one that you need to pay attention to and let the words start forming images in your head. Did I care much about the main character or the others? Not a single one. This is partly why the book didn't do so well for me. There was no connection (at least, some sort of sympathy thing if you're going to make him all weird and dangerous) at all with the main character. The only thing I enjoyed about this book was how he made this book sound like being successful from causing people's death was OK for Franky - like how all the murder scenes got away with innocent acting and careful-bizarre murder plans.
Avoid this book if you're looking for a fast read....more
This book was on my to-read list for so long. I was afraid I might lose interest in it if I didn't read it any sooner. And so, I did and it didn't doThis book was on my to-read list for so long. I was afraid I might lose interest in it if I didn't read it any sooner. And so, I did and it didn't do good for the first part of the book. It was more of the introduction phase of the book and getting to know Mia was rather slow. It's not that I didn't like Mia but connecting with her takes quite awhile for me. Another thing about the character is that I find it really hard to be convinced by 17 year old speaking and acting like adults. Don't get me wrong, Foreman has a good concept of what a relationship is and I support that. But, I had doubts about them as teenager characters.
Despite my restless connection I have with the main characters, I thought it was well-written. Gayle has a flair in writing and it shows. She writes with depth and allows readers to experience alongside her characters. Something most YA authors lack of when dealing with character development. This could have been a sad-sob story about an emo-reminiscing teenager undergoing a rough period but it was not. When the choosing shifted to MIA undergoing an out-of-the-body experience, I was hooked. It was riveting to know the confusion of what MIA is confused about. The question of whether spirits (?) experience what she's going through and the choice she has to make from outside her physical body. Thought-provoking yet quiet, If I stay relished a new kind hope even when you're on the verge of letting something go. ...more
The different insights and perspective written from the viewpoint of so many characters have got to be the mot admirable aspect of this book. ShustermThe different insights and perspective written from the viewpoint of so many characters have got to be the mot admirable aspect of this book. Shusterman has the magic powers of luring me into the world of his individual characters without confusion and my impatience tendency of skipping part of the books. I shall patiently wait for the last book because creating masterpieces requires time. And I will give time to this trilogy....more
The title intrigued me. I would love to get to know more about the subconscious mind and what it can do. Thought would give this self-help book a chanThe title intrigued me. I would love to get to know more about the subconscious mind and what it can do. Thought would give this self-help book a chance(normally i don't read them) but sadly, this book didn't sit in well with me. EVERYTHING in this book is in self-help language/tone. zzzzzzzz...more
Good artwork plus entertaining rhyming poems is just a brilliant combination to put this monster museum in one piece. I'm just in awe with Gris's effoGood artwork plus entertaining rhyming poems is just a brilliant combination to put this monster museum in one piece. I'm just in awe with Gris's effortless artwork everytime I pick up his books (Grimericks with Susan Pearson, The Dangerous Alphabet with Neil Gaiman) co-author with another writer. This particular book made monsters look like they were literally introducing themselves in a humorous tone to the students visiting the 'scary' museum. Marilyn Singer's rhyming poem is just pure awesome. They should combine often to produce such entertaining children books in future. Marilyn Singer and Grim Grisly is the perfect combination....more
First few chapters - Average. More chapters, close to half of the book - Annoyed by the main character and the story didn't seem to progress, a lot ofFirst few chapters - Average. More chapters, close to half of the book - Annoyed by the main character and the story didn't seem to progress, a lot of family flashback...bla bla bla..I skim through the pages and gave up....more
**spoiler alert** This book could have cut the pages short. I'm perfectly fine with reading thick books even if the book creeps the hell out of me. I**spoiler alert** This book could have cut the pages short. I'm perfectly fine with reading thick books even if the book creeps the hell out of me. I would have stayed loyal and bury myself deeper in the story. That's what I did when I'm reading this book. I stayed loyal and I finished the book. But I certainly didn't bury myself deep enough in the story.
I wanted to like the book, it's got a gripping storyline to start with. It just wasn't enough to hold on to the end. I got annoyed at them scrambling throughout the whole book, with them force to only rely on HOPE (I blame Ben entirely). Can you imagine running in circles trying to kill off the only villain that doesn't want to die and having to not know some sort of clue to the real story what the hell is happening? Seriously if I am Todd, I will be very pissed off.
I have no issues with the characters, they are fine as they are with no romance to disturb their friendship. I just wish I got more out from it, close to 500 pages yet still not satisfied with the read. The fact that the first book ended off as a cliffhanger was even more annoying. It feels like the first book was only a portion of a giant idea and I don't really like books that can't stand on it's own.
Perhaps, watching a movie about the books would save so much time....more
For starters, I did not fall for the main character's tremendous courage (she is really fearless)throughout the third quarter of the story and the teeFor starters, I did not fall for the main character's tremendous courage (she is really fearless)throughout the third quarter of the story and the teen mid-wife character but I shall not be too critical about it. After all it's a YA fiction and despite this being Caragh first book, Birthmarked did have a story to tell. I was intrigued by the Enclave Wall and the advanced babies that was described in the jacket sleeve of the book. The pacing was good, not draggy and moved quite fast despite the thick hardcover book on the outside. There are a number of memorable scenes that I like because I find that Caragh did a pretty good job in conveying emotions in her writing. My only concern about the book is the over repetitive telling about Gaia's scar throughout the story. If it's going to be repetitive or has to be emphasize at certain points in the story, make sure it's damn severe or rather something about the history/event of it has to be hurtful enough for Gaia to relate back to its back-story. From the book conclusion, I don't think Birthmarked will stop at Book 1. Some mentioned that she was signed to do till Book 3. Whatever happens to Leo, I definitely want to know....more
2 and a half star for Epitaph Road, we really need a half star here oh dear goodreads. I picked this book among the featured tables in the library. Th2 and a half star for Epitaph Road, we really need a half star here oh dear goodreads. I picked this book among the featured tables in the library. The premise of the synopsis made me think about the possibilities that could happen, but before I start scaring myself deeper in my own thoughts..I quickly made my way out of the library with that book in my hand. Patneaude painted a dystopian world of tomorrow (in the future like 2097..a very looong time from now, phew) where the population of man is decreasing and is infected by a virus called the Elisha Bear. Imagine this, all the boys and men are dying..and the next 'best' thing to control the world are...WOMEN!! Ok, opinions and debates about whole premise of the story aside, now the review of Patneaude's book.
I felt that he did not take his time and tell us more about PAC (The women in power). Their strength, their limitation, their capabilities, their rules, their punishments and etc. And when you have not establish that group yet, it felt as if the women in the group were zombies and didn't have that personality that you wished they had. Too many holes in the story. There was no driving force of how they wanted to make the world a better place (good or bad). I also felt that Patneaude's characters were the same like the PAC women. Not inspired by the conflict and situation of the problem instead saving his dad was more of his adventure with Tia and Sunday.
Reading Epitaph Road is like having a conversation with a zombie co-worker everyday. I felt that there was a lot he could tell from this idea but sadly, it didn't come through for me in this one....more
Reading this book..ok, not exactly reading because it doesn't contain text in the pages of the book. More like experiencing the journey from the firstReading this book..ok, not exactly reading because it doesn't contain text in the pages of the book. More like experiencing the journey from the first page to the end. I really enjoy Shaun's illustration, imagination and how he cleverly use good narrative visuals to tell the story.
I read a couple of his previous books like The Red Tree which is well received by people despite it's depressing content (according to some people) and Tales from Outer Suburbia has a couple of interesting tales equip with surreal imaginary images. I found it quite odd in a good way. I noticed that Shaun is very much drawn to illustrating about the dark side and the imaginary characters/world.
The first time I discovered Shaun was a couple months back when I found The Red Tree lying on a couch, wasn't really attracted to the cover but as you flipped the pages, the book sort of charm its way into the heart. Then after that, I got hold of Tales from Outer Suburbia. The third read was a jackpot. I loved the concept, the style, the layout, the old nostalgic pages, the story...practically everything about the hard cover book.
'Reading' The Arrival is like watching a silent movie, something that is new to me. Definitely excited what he's about to come up next....more