Chucked at 10%. I should have known better. How many times have I seen all those awards listed in a blurb and been suckered into trying a book?
I'm jus...moreChucked at 10%. I should have known better. How many times have I seen all those awards listed in a blurb and been suckered into trying a book?
I'm just not doing it. Maybe it gets better, but no. I'm not getting trapped into losing a couple of months of my life because I'm determined to finish a China Miéville/Gene Wolfe-type experience. Maybe I'm not smart enough to grasp this genre.
I read this a few weeks ago, and though I usually write my reviews right away, I didn't. I honestly didn't feel inspired to do anything but check the...moreI read this a few weeks ago, and though I usually write my reviews right away, I didn't. I honestly didn't feel inspired to do anything but check the 3-stars and move to something else.
That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I did. It was superbly written and had that Gaiman charm. An early chapter really got under my skin on a creepy level (view spoiler)[the worm in the foot - holy shit! (hide spoiler)], and I had very high hopes at that point.
But overall, it just didn't strike me as anything special. Good, but not fantastic. Enjoyable, but nothing to write Mom about. Was I disappointed then? Not really. The length pretty much indicated that it wasn't going to be another American Gods/Neverwhere. Between that and the blurb, I expected something around the quality of The Graveyard Book or Coraline. And that's right about where it falls.
I've seen the debate/conversation about whether to classify this as an adult novel, or a younger reader's book. I can see either side, but I'd probably stick to the adult thinking. What it felt like to me was the story of an adult remembering his childhood. A child's story seen through adult eyes.
All in all, this is a good addition to the Gaiman collection. Not a personal favorite, but definitely worth the time invested.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
That was my original review, but not much to go on. Then again, if I took up 200 pages with flowery words of why this booked suck, I'...moreI tried. Fuck it.
That was my original review, but not much to go on. Then again, if I took up 200 pages with flowery words of why this booked suck, I'd be doing the same thing the author of this piece of shit did.
The Torture of the Shadower:
Flowery prose? Yes. Gene Wolfe has it. He's a talented writer that can make a pretty sentence. I was often impressed with his word usage and some of the sentences were really enjoyable to read.
That said, you don't have to construct pretty sentences to impress me. That won't last but a moment, gone by the time I've moved to the next sentence. But when you string along a bunch of them, I start getting annoyed. Look, I read a work of fiction for story. Not to clap my hands to my face and get orgasmic because the writer is so very talented and smart.
I get that Gene Wolfe is smarter than I am. Frankly, I don't give much of a fuck. I'm reading a book for story. Tell me one. And while you're doing that, try using the language that your readers read (in this case English). Wolfe has this insanely annoying tendency to make up a bunch of words without definition and string them through the narrative, making the readers feel like the dumbfucks because they don't know what they mean. Many of these you can pick up in context, until after the halfway point of the book when context goes out the window. Because you don't know the fuck is going on. And don't much care by this point. This reminded me of China Mieville, and as people that know me will tell you, THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING.
I found myself skimming by the last 40 pages or so. Sure, I missed a lot of what was happening by doing this, but to be honest, I wouldn't have gotten much more by reading every flowery word. I'd have just been more impressed with Wolfe's ability to use fancy words (which he either makes up or I'm just too stupid to comprehend), and been angry with him for wasting my time.
I get that some people love this stuff. That's fine. I can see where one might. I'm just not that one.
This is a difficult one for me to rate. I liked it, but at the same time I had a hard time getting into it. I listened to the audio and while it was o...moreThis is a difficult one for me to rate. I liked it, but at the same time I had a hard time getting into it. I listened to the audio and while it was one of my favorite narrators (George Guidall), I had a difficult time staying focused on the story.
Overall, I liked PKD's descriptions and concepts of this alternate history world. It was fascinating. I had a little trouble following the intrigue, but again that's due mostly to my lack of focus. I don't know if this is because the audio was hard to concentrate on, or if it was the material.
I liked PKD's writing style and ideas too much to give this just an "it's ok" rating, but couldn't stay engaged enough to give more than a 3-star "I liked it". So that's a good middle ground.(less)
So here I thought I was diving into one of the Sci-Fi classics, and I ended up in what seemed like a wild, trippy, R-rated version of That '70's Show....moreSo here I thought I was diving into one of the Sci-Fi classics, and I ended up in what seemed like a wild, trippy, R-rated version of That '70's Show. Except, that's not it either. It was a trip, certainly. "What a long strange trip it's been." - The Grateful Dead.
Well, even though I was lost for much of it, I rode with the trip and didn't worry too much about piecing together a coherent plot. I think the audiobook narration helped quite a bit with that; I don't know that I would have enjoyed this book near as much by simply reading it off the page.
But I did enjoy it. I was fascinated, and couldn't pull away. In a sense, it was like playing in the street, as the author illustrates in his note after the novel....(less)
So, when I was asked to make the "member's selection" for April 2012 in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Group, I decided that I wanted to find something...more3.5 stars.
So, when I was asked to make the "member's selection" for April 2012 in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Group, I decided that I wanted to find something different from the standard fare. Something that was accessible as well, and it would be nice if it was actually good.
I had recently read The Hum and the Shiver by the author and found it to be an excellent book. It hit all the requirements I was looking for, actually. It had been recommended to me by Ala, another member of the above mentioned group. So that's where I narrowed my search. I could have easily picked TH&TS, and it would have been fine, but I wanted to read another cool new book.
So I found this one, Bledsoe's first novel and the first in his Eddie LaCrosse series. I read the blurb and thought it might work. A quick, light read that had shades of Jim Butcher and the Urban Fantasy craze, as well as the more traditional fantasy fare.
What I got was different than expected. It fit all those things, but was something else. It was almost like Elmore Leonard had decided to write a fantasy story. A pure noir driven mystery with a gun sword for hire with lots of sexy women thrown into the action. Wow. Very cool. With all the twists and turns I'd expect from such a marriage.
So is born, Sword Noir. And it's a pretty fun ride.(less)