I can't really describe how this made me feel, but it just gave me a funny feeling. You know what I'm talking about? It's not a BAD "funny" feeling. MI can't really describe how this made me feel, but it just gave me a funny feeling. You know what I'm talking about? It's not a BAD "funny" feeling. Maybe its more like, the story resonates with me. I enjoy reading about and seeing things that aren't "beautiful". I think in American society there's way too much emphasis and importance put on beautiful things, so reading a story like this is a breath of fresh air to me. I love the idea of a creature that's so horrifying, the sight of it kills you, or makes you go insane, then kills you. Just it's presence in your dreams can put you into a coma for days. I love the imagery of a dead Cthulhu dreaming under the ocean, waiting for its time to come.
You know, I'm not really sure why I wasn't too thrilled with this one, but I just wasn't. Maybe I've read too many YA teenagers in a dystopian world,You know, I'm not really sure why I wasn't too thrilled with this one, but I just wasn't. Maybe I've read too many YA teenagers in a dystopian world, but I just wasn't buying this one. The thought that kept going through my head while I was reading it was that I didn't understand why leaving one's home to join another home was such a big deal. One of the main hold ups was just that. The main character takes quite a long time to come to grips with leaving her family, but I just feel like most teenagers probably want that freedom, and it wouldn't be a dilemma for them. On the surface, it's a quick read. It wasn't really terrible, but it just felt like it's been done before. Unfortunately I think that's just a symptom of the YA genre now, everyone is writing about the same type of thing. One thing I DID like is that the main character wasn't beautiful. Thank you for that, I'm REALLY getting tired of the main female character being a "hidden beauty" or everyone around her thinking she's gorgeous and she thinks she's hideous. Enough of that, please. I may come back to this after I read some non-YA stuff for a bit. It was a quick read, it was somewhat interesting (I certainly read it pretty quickly) but I guess I don't find myself all that curious about what happens to the characters. There wasn't enough development to make me care. We'll see....more
I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. I wasn't sure if I'd like a zombie romance book, but I really enjoyed this one. While the premise is pretty old, tI'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. I wasn't sure if I'd like a zombie romance book, but I really enjoyed this one. While the premise is pretty old, the zombies put a fresh little twist on the Romeo/Juliet star crossed lovers type of story.
Warm Bodies follows zombie R and Julie's ill fated romance. R is out feeding one day and discovers Julie. He's not sure why, but she makes him..feel. As their relationship develops, he starts to change, mentally and physically. There are some bumps along the way, aside from the fact that R is technically dead. Keeping Julie safe from the rest of the zombie horde is a challenge, and R blending in with humans is probably equally as challenging.
The book is short and has enough action to keep it going without being boring or getting bogged down with too much detail. Something that stood out to me writing wise was Marion's use of imagery when he's describing places and things. It's quite gritty, and very much not sugar coated. When describing the human's stadium fortress, he says "But look at this place. The corrugated sheet metal glaring in the sun. The fly-buzzing pens of moaning, hormone-pumped cattle. The hopelessly stained laundry hanging from support cables between buildings, flapping in the wind like surrender flags." When talking about the streets he says, "The asphalt. Mud and dog shit softening the sharp edges." Something about his usage here, and in many other places, just sends a really powerful image to my brain. I like when writers can describe things in a gruesome kind of way. He's not shy in letting the readers know that the world is pretty much dying.
There's supposed to be a second book coming out, so I won't say too much more. I hope there is, because this is an interesting premise. I'm not sure how successful a zombie book will be without an interesting romance to back it, but hopefully we'll see. ...more
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first! Solid four stars for me. I like the two perspectives for story telling, as Four can sometimes get a bit.I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first! Solid four stars for me. I like the two perspectives for story telling, as Four can sometimes get a bit.. exasperating, I guess is the word I'm looking for. He makes some pretty terrible choices in this book, but at least there are some consequences. While Marina seems to fit the role of typical fantasy girl so far (she's the healer..), I'm very much enjoying Six's badassery. I love me a strong female character. Can't wait to see more from this series!...more
Good start to this series. I read this for a book club, and I enjoyed it! I'm sure I'll read the rest of the series, especially since this was such aGood start to this series. I read this for a book club, and I enjoyed it! I'm sure I'll read the rest of the series, especially since this was such a quick read for me (I think overall it may have taken me 4-5 hours. It's probably something that could be read in one sitting, if you really wanted to).
This series is about a group of gifted alien children that are sent to Earth from their home planet after it is attacked by another evil alien race. The main character, Four, starts to develop his abilities (his legacies) and finds friends and love after years of moving around trying to hide from these evil aliens.
It's an interesting premise, albeit not entirely unique. The thing I love about YA books is they tend to be straight forward and not too verbose. That's the case here, and I really appreciate it. Having just tried to read The Once and Future King, I can appreciate a book that mostly gets to the point and doesn't get too descriptive or wordy. There weren't any characters that I found obnoxious. Everyone seemed to have a point to them. Parts of the story were predictable, but at this point, YA books all sort of have the same underlying premises so it doesn't bother me too much.
Something that's a bit random though. I find it kinda...pretentious that the author would place himself in the book as the most powerful elder. Something about that is off putting to me, for some reason....more
I want to give this a 3.5 but since I can't, I won't round up to a four.
I think the "point" of this book is lost on someone like me. I'm about 10 yearI want to give this a 3.5 but since I can't, I won't round up to a four.
I think the "point" of this book is lost on someone like me. I'm about 10 years too young to really connect with all of the 80s references in the book. I got most of the references, but I don't feel any particular nostalgia to any of it since I didn't grow up with most of that (except for Monty Python and some of the anime references). I guess because of that, I won't rate it a 5 for nostalgia's sake.
In terms of the story itself, similar things have been written. Even in my own small stash of science fiction books, I can come up with a few titles that have similar elements to them, Daemon and Freedom (Daniel Suarez), Neuromancer (Gibson) being some that come to mind. I found the story enjoyable, don't get me wrong. Three stars means you "liked it", and I did. But there's nothing ground breaking here. I love that more people are starting to write books about virtual reality taking over the real world. I'm an IT professional so it's really right up my alley, plus I played Warcraft for years, so I can relate on those points.
Take the nostalgia away, and take the virtual reality part out of it, and you have a story that's been told before. Treasure hunters looking for a long dead billionaire's fortune. They have stop an ultra evil corporation (I really wish that corporation had been named Shinra. I would have been all over that, but maybe that's a bit TOO cliche) from getting the prize and perverting their game into a money making "paid-for" service. It sounds kinda like what video game companies are trying to do today, actually. Of course, there's the love story that's a bit predictable too. Maybe that's my biggest gripe here. I purposely try to read books without thinking about what's going to happen next, because I hate predicting things then spoiling the story for myself. But I couldn't help but think "such and such will happen next" and it did. There weren't any twists or shocking revelations and I was hoping to be surprised by something.
I'm not trying to slag this book by any means. Just because it's predictable and done before, doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. I've read many books that weren't groundbreaking that I really loved. This one wasn't as polished, which may be because it was Cline's first book. I'll look for more of his in the future. Hopefully he'll continue to write more books in this genre, because I tend to read them up fast. It only took 2 days for me to read through this one.
I recommend for people that love: - 80s culture - books about virtual reality/mmos - old school video games - "safe" adventure plots - books like Daemon or This Is Not a Game...more
I LOVED Dune. I took longer to read it than I normally do with most books, but I feel like this book is the type of book where you need to really takeI LOVED Dune. I took longer to read it than I normally do with most books, but I feel like this book is the type of book where you need to really take your time to read and enjoy it. I believe the people that say that this is a classic science fiction book. I will probably start telling everyone that's interested in reading sci-fi that they need to read this one first.
So what makes it so great? Well, I love a good intrigue. I like that with the action in this book, there was plenty of politics going on in the background, silently changing the lives of the people on "Dune". It's well written, keeping my interest from beginning to end. The story is so original, even after reading hundreds of books. The characters have depth and Herbert makes you care about them, and makes you want to know more about who they are. The language that Herbert uses is easy to read and follow; he isn't too wordy or overly descriptive. I really loved this book. I may read the sequels, if they are written by Frank Herbert (I know his son continued some of this series).
Thoughts on it:
I actually find several parallels to the Wheel of Time series, another of my favorites. The Bene Gesserit reminds me of the Aes Sedai both a group of scheming women with magical powers. The Freman remind me of the Aiel, both hard, desert fairing peoples. Each group has a woman shaman-like leader (Wise Ones and Reverend Mothers). In each, an ordinary man becomes a legend, fulfilling old prophecies. Yeah, now that I think of it, these books are pretty similar. Maybe if you like the concepts and story in one, you'll like the concepts and story in the other....more
I would have given it 3 1/2 but for the sheer craziness of it, I'll upgrade to a 4. I've never read a book as trippy as this one. At some points I honI would have given it 3 1/2 but for the sheer craziness of it, I'll upgrade to a 4. I've never read a book as trippy as this one. At some points I honestly had a hard time keeping up with what was going on. It really got worse with the second half of the book, but I loved the first half. I don't even think I'd read it again, it was that trippy. It was good, just a bit mind blowing.. haha :)...more
I've thought about it and I've decided that I liked this book. Did I need to read what happened between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead? No. WasI've thought about it and I've decided that I liked this book. Did I need to read what happened between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead? No. Was I at least a little bit curious? Yes. Especially after the "cliffhangers" at the end of Bean's series. Card does a good job clarifying some of the mistakes (he even calls them mistakes in the afterward) between Ender's Game and some of the Bean books. So, what I liked: The writing is still great. He really knows how to draw his audience in. I feel like there's usually a point in his books where I realize, "I don't want to put this down until I finish it". For me, that part came during the voyage to Shakespeare when I thought there might be some light romance put in the book. Two, I think I'll always find the Enderverse to be interesting, and I'll always want to read something new about it. So this book, while not quite necessary, was still welcome to me. I like Valentine and always wanted to know more about her. This book gives me more information. I'm hoping I will eventually learn more about Jane. What I didn't like: Yeah, it's kinda gripe-y but I really wish Card didn't tease me with that romance. Having read Speaker and Xenocide, I know who Ender eventually ends up with, but that doesn't mean I didn't want to see more of that here. Card didn't even tell us who she ended up with. He devoted chapters to her story, and doesn't even say (or did I miss that part? He just skimmed over it so quickly!) who's kid she is having! What's up with that, Card? Yes, it's not a "YA vampire romance" and I wouldn't even expect to have ANY romance from this book or genre, for that matter, but dammit, Card started to put it in there and left me hanging. Maybe this is how Valentine felt with Ender during the Shakespeare voyage. Maybe this is Card's ploy of getting me to empathize with his characters. If so, well played, Card.
But really, what's not to like? This book is kinda like the jelly filling in a donut. Does it have to be there to be able to enjoy the donut? No... but, it makes it infinitely sweeter, doesn't it?...more
**spoiler alert** Hmmm. Okay. Well, I think this book was meant to be the ending of all of the Ender books, but I feel like this book generated a lot**spoiler alert** Hmmm. Okay. Well, I think this book was meant to be the ending of all of the Ender books, but I feel like this book generated a lot more questions! If this truly is the last book, it's a shame because it really leaves a few important things just hanging. I love Bean and I was sad to see him die, of course, but he had a "good" death, I suppose. This book felt a little forced, I think, because while it does answer some questions about the giantism, it really just generates more questions about Bean's children and about the Hive Queen that Ender saved and whether or not she lied to him about how the Formics live and die. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, but I'm a little annoyed that I won't get the answers to my questions. :)
The writing is fine, the characterizations of Bean's children sound a bit familiar. I think people that love the Ender universe would love this book, but they will probably have more questions coming from this book and that might annoy them too!
Edit: Yay! I just found that there is going to be another book wrapping up the story with Bean's kids. Good. Not nearly annoyed now. Changing my rating to 4 :P...more
My very awesome, amazing friend Kory sent this book to me, and I'm so glad that he did! One of the more original urban fantasy series, with an interesMy very awesome, amazing friend Kory sent this book to me, and I'm so glad that he did! One of the more original urban fantasy series, with an interesting magic system. There are a few good plot twists thrown in too that made me go out and buy the second book immediately after I finished this one. I never saw the movies, but it doesn't look like I'm missing out on much, based on the other reviews here....more