I was waffling over three stars or four, but I remembered I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing it, and looked at it and thought that even if ConstantineI was waffling over three stars or four, but I remembered I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing it, and looked at it and thought that even if Constantine appears to have completely dropped the plot at least someone is still writing a horror comic that involves people being angry about things not being fair. So four stars.
That aside; everyone's started being upfront about their various supernatural aspects, and Drake's figured out been told that she's a banshee. The individual stories were neat, the overarching story was... rather blatant for the creeping horror I was hoping for, and rather sweet for a Spectre story, but something I can run with. I'm hoping to see more of Tarr and Weaver....more
A solid story, and it handles the emotional distance of the narrator fairly well, but ultimately--much as I enjoyed it--it just doesn't rise to the leA solid story, and it handles the emotional distance of the narrator fairly well, but ultimately--much as I enjoyed it--it just doesn't rise to the level of "everyone interested in the genre must read it" and so I'm not giving it four stars. Still worth picking up if you're interested in the history of horror or Willard....more
One of the few books I've ever read that I had to read alone; I tried picking up a couple of the others I've gotI'll... be over here. Thinking a lot.
One of the few books I've ever read that I had to read alone; I tried picking up a couple of the others I've got on the go over the past three days, and I wasn't able to. A Canticle for Leibowitz is to be read alone, apparently.
I'm kind of surprised I've never read it before; I love post-apocalyptics, and it's one of the ones that, if not seminal (and I say if rather than although), is certainly a milestone of the genre.
The presentation of a slower sort of zomapoc where at least some of the infrastructure starts in effect is interesting.
That said, I am 24% of the wayThe presentation of a slower sort of zomapoc where at least some of the infrastructure starts in effect is interesting.
That said, I am 24% of the way in and I would dearly love to meet a female character who isn't incompetent, in denial, or dead. Kind of holding out hope for Carolyn to come back as a survivor and righteously smite the dudes who are dispatching their former neighbours, but at this point I'm not sure it'd be enough.
31% of the way in. Two more women have shown up (one alive by the grace of dudes with guns, one who got beat up by bad guys and then hooked on to the same dudes with guns group). Carolyn has also joined the dudes with guns, because she's a crying blonde and they're a sap for that, even though the author assures us she's shallow and stupid. My hopes of her smiting people are not coming to fruition.
Back at the apartment complex, Christine is still... not doing much. Being cool with her fiance going out to kill sick people (yes, zombies, but she's clinging to the "sick people" thing) every morning. Wondering how she'd ever survive if he died and not doing anything to answer the question. You know.
I'm not asking for Lyudmila Pavlichenko here, but could I get /something/?
43% of the way in and there's a female character following the dudes-with-guns group. She is apparently skilled enough to not be noticed as she follows the group, hiding in shadow and tree-top. I will take it. (Her name is Anita.)
51% of the way in, a month and a half into the zombie apocalypse, and Christine has just announced that she wants to help so she's going to START getting training.
53% of the way in and in the space of a page a character has breathily flirted with a guy to make him agree to a plan, been rude to him so he won't think she likes him because then he might try something, and snottily implied that Carolyn, who is interested in him, is a total slut (who hasn't actually slept with any of the guys in the group in the six weeks they've been together).
(Actually, Carolyn is basically a totally beautiful blonde who is lucky for her being irresistible to guys--except all of them actually reject her, either because she's stupid and shallow or because she's stupid and shallow compared to the truly beautiful, intelligent woman who spent the first twenty-eight hours of the zombie apocalypse in high heels.)
I tried. I really did.
"But the reader of the "Deerslayer" tale dislikes the good people in it, is indifferent to the others, and wishes they would all get drowned together." ---  Who was locked into her apartment so her (male) neighbour could intermittently feel bad about doing it. She then somehow disappeared....more
The ideas in the stories are interesting, and I'm always a fan of weird Westerns, so the collection ended on a relatively strong note for me.
That saidThe ideas in the stories are interesting, and I'm always a fan of weird Westerns, so the collection ended on a relatively strong note for me.
That said, the characters seem to remember things exactly when the plot requires them to, and the internal consistency seems a bit touch-and-go. The sentences are choppy and repetitive, and the action switches from past to present tense within a single sentence and back again.
A lot of the description feels pretty removed, and I found that undercuts my attempts to engage with the story. I found myself thinking that a lot of them would work better as scripts, where an actor could convey what a character was feeling or how people were reacting to them.
I've seen notes that this is early work, and am curious to see how the author's developed....more
It is not an easy book. It is very plain about some of the things which are systemically entrenched in the society it is setThis is a very good book.
It is not an easy book. It is very plain about some of the things which are systemically entrenched in the society it is set in, and some of those things are upsetting. (It also requires you to pick up a lot of the truths of the world without much explicit explanation; I enjoyed it, but I know that it's a technique which irritates some people. I'm not sure how common it is outside genre fiction, either.)
The meshing of the three characters it follows, and the revealing of the world, and the progression of events is brilliant. And dear god, the last line...
Read it. :) ---  I may have put down the book at the first interlude--due to a commitment to discuss it with someone else at that point, not due to lack of interest--and announced that I wanted to burn down the world. Did I mention this is a very good book?...more