Just a quick note as I am stocking my shelves--"N" is still one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read. Would have ended up giving the collecJust a quick note as I am stocking my shelves--"N" is still one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read. Would have ended up giving the collection three stars without it....more
Just under halfway through, and while I want to avoid spoilers I am going to say I am liking this book a more than I thought I would. I expected to liJust under halfway through, and while I want to avoid spoilers I am going to say I am liking this book a more than I thought I would. I expected to like it--it's about valiant news-bloggers after the zombies rose, after all--but not this much.
Each chapter advances the action, fills in more details about life after Kellis-Amberlee (the zombie virus), and finishes with a blog article from one of the team; I find it manages to have a presentational tone, rather than crunchy info-dumping, and since the narrator's a Newsie it's really what you'd expect. I hit the end of the second chapter block last night, and for the record I was not expecting what happened at all.
More as it develops. Meantime, I think this is turning out to be one of those books I need to loan out to people.
ETA: I've finished the book. I think the story greatly benefits from my coming to it spoiler-free, so I'm not going to include any spoilers. It is one of those books I need to loan to people--it is smart, funny, involving, and makes sense of the zombies-caused-by-disease idea.
Also, the author said she cried when she wrote one scene. I cried when I read it. Don't know if you will, but I strongly recommend you go and get the book and find out....more
Someday I will get through a Mira Grant book (or possibly a Newsflesh book; my experience of the the two groups has had 100% overlap until now) withouSomeday I will get through a Mira Grant book (or possibly a Newsflesh book; my experience of the the two groups has had 100% overlap until now) without getting weepy. That day, kinda unsurprisingly, is not today.
I dragged my feet on reading this book for a long time (a tendency I have noticed in myself when I don't want something to end). I'm very glad I finally read it, and I wish I'd done it sooner, and dammit it is hard to discuss these without spoilers. In the absence of spoilers, there is really not much I can say.
* As always, the epigraphs are brilliant; the ones before Chapter Thirty-Six are my favourites. The moment where the epigraphs of certain characters stop being marked as "unpublished" made me want to cheer.
* This book has made me think I need to revisit Watchmen and call for a bit more accountability from certain characters. I suspect it will make me angrier with the story. That's okay.
* Much love for the recognition of the cold equations.
Because we chose to tell the truth (The cool of age, the rage of youth) And stand against the lies of old (The whispers soft, the tales untold) We find ourselves the walking dead (The loves unkept, the words unsaid) And in the crypt of all we've known (The broken blade, the breaking stone) We know that we were in the right (The coming dawn, the ending night). So here is when we stop the lies. The time is come. We have to Rise.
It's a good weepy, and it's been a fine trilogy to read....more
This is actually a three-star review if you aren't prone to genre analysis. I kind of hate to give this one a relatively unfavourable review, but it jThis is actually a three-star review if you aren't prone to genre analysis. I kind of hate to give this one a relatively unfavourable review, but it just did not enthrall me as much as I was hoping. When it comes to classic noir, I think I prefer James M. Cain.
Alright. The good: decent pacing, engaging voice, canny plot. I'm not counting the slightly dated style as a mark against it.
The bad: nothing, really. The arch descriptions of Ford's backstory feel a touch stilted, but nothing egregious. And I will forgive the description of someone in an hours-long frenzy due to smoking too much marijuana as an artifact of the period. Reefer madness, we hardly knew ya.
Is it a solid read and generally a satisfying way to have spent time? Sure. So at least three stars.
Is it a book everyone should read regardless of whether or not they generally enjoy the genre? Not IMHO, so not five stars.
And at that point, is it a book that should be read by anyone interested in the genre? Well, yes if you're into the history of the genre; no if you're just looking for awesome examples of the genre. And if you're going to dust off a 63-year-old book, I'm guessing you're kind of into the history of the genre.
So four stars if you're likely to pick it up; it was groundbreaking in its time, and it's still not a pain to read....more
I may have read a more wrenching book at some point.
I'm not sure what it would have been.
I *may* up this to five stars later. I'm not sure; I never doI may have read a more wrenching book at some point.
I'm not sure what it would have been.
I *may* up this to five stars later. I'm not sure; I never do that lightly.
I have Shutter Island on my to-read list, and I've remembered Lehane's "Running Out of Dog" since I first read it a decade ago. I'm going to be picking up the rest of his stuff; meanwhile, I suggest reading Gone Baby Gone if you like crime/mystery stories.
(Caveat: The plot involves a child going missing. The setting is not particularly happy. Please keep this in mind; I know at one person I've advised to never read this book because of that.)...more