It isn't a classic, but this book is a nice read. The story is clear with a twist at the end. Some characters need some fleshing out, but considering...moreIt isn't a classic, but this book is a nice read. The story is clear with a twist at the end. Some characters need some fleshing out, but considering it is the first part of a series this can improve. If you like Laurel K. Hamilton's novel you'll like this series too. It quick read, ideal if you haven't got a lot of time to read.(less)
Not as scary as I thought it would be, but a good effort for a first time novelist. The characters are rounded and you can sympathize with them and th...moreNot as scary as I thought it would be, but a good effort for a first time novelist. The characters are rounded and you can sympathize with them and the concept of the Birthing House is interesting. It's a shame the history of the house is only shortly touched upon at the end of the novel, much more could have been done with this. Some things weren't worked out, they feature prominently in the first part of the novel, just to be shortly dealt with at the end. Curious to see what the writer will write next.(less)
A collection of short stories. Although none of the stories can be considered full-blown horror, all have disturbing or scary elements. Although some o...moreA collection of short stories. Although none of the stories can be considered full-blown horror, all have disturbing or scary elements. Although some of the stories have gore all still feel they are scary and disturbing more by suggestion than because of the outright gore. Also, the setting of the stories are every-day and normal which might contribute to making them even more disturbing.
I liked most of the stories, some could be better if they would have been longer. Many end abrupt, which I don't really like.(less)
The first three novels of the Darren Shan Saga. Interesting, different from many other vampire series I've read. Unlike other vampire/supernatural ser...moreThe first three novels of the Darren Shan Saga. Interesting, different from many other vampire series I've read. Unlike other vampire/supernatural series this one is obviously geared towards boys.
The three stories are interesting, although the somewhat open endings and lack of explanation in the next novel is a bit annoying.
I found the style of storytelling annoying, although it does get better after the first novel. It makes the main character, Darren Shan, appear egoistical and self-centered. Although this is probably deliberate it is irritating.(less)
I really liked this book and I can't wait for the second (and third) installment.
The story is made up of three parts. The first part (about 200 pages...moreI really liked this book and I can't wait for the second (and third) installment.
The story is made up of three parts. The first part (about 200 pages) tells the story just before and after "The Big Event". It's fast paced and a good read despite that some characters are stereotypes. The characters aren't that rounded but since nearly all of them die by the end of this sequence it doesn't really make sense to have character development anyway.
The second part is set around 90 years after TBE. A group of decendants of survivers of TBE live together in The Colony and have managed to stay alive whilst constantly being attacked by Virals (Vampires). Now the old technology they were depending on is starting to fail. At the same time a teenager, Amy, walks in to the camp raising more questions (why wasn't she killed by the virals, etc). Strange things start to happen and Amy is blamed for it. A small group, including Amy, flees from the Colony in search of answers. They go through a lot before finding help. This section is rather long; about 400 pages. It is also a lot slower paced than the first part. All the major character are well developed. In my opinion this part could have done with some good editing, the long descriptions of The Colony and it's people are great but they also take the pace out of the story and you keep wondering if it will ever pick up.
The last part is again about 200 pages. Comparable to the first part; it's a fast read and hard to put down. The group, minus some they have lost along the way, gets help from militia men to get to their destination. They find some answers there and manage to partially do what they came to do. They also find out that their task isn't over yet.
It ends with a rather annoying cliffhanger which makes me wish the second part would be released earlier than 2012.
Although the story is good and it's well written it still has some flaws. First of all, as I said before, the middle part could have been cut down to keep up with the pace of the first and last part.
Second of all, at times Cronin's sentences are too long and complicated. You have to read them several times to make sense of what he's trying to tell. This threw me right out of the story.
Lastly, the word "flyer" is used as both a curse and as an exclamation to express eg surprise "flyers, you gave me a scare" (basically; the way we use the word "shit"). It is hard to believe they have only one word to use like this. Plus Cronin uses it too often.
As others have said, this novel is much darker than its two predecessors in the Dresden Files series. Whilst before nothing too serious happened to ma...moreAs others have said, this novel is much darker than its two predecessors in the Dresden Files series. Whilst before nothing too serious happened to major characters this isn't the case in this novel.
The pace of the novel is fast. In the beginning you get the feeling you have skipped a novel because it keeps referring back to a previous adventure that you don't know. This adventure is told later in Grave Peril.
I've got a feeling this story introduces a lot of things for the next novels in the series. Harry's godmother is introduced and the full story is unkown, except that his mother is involved (who we don't know much about either). Also Harry's acquisition of new power promises some interesting things for future novels.
When reading the two previous Dresden novels I got annoyed with how much Harry Dresden whines about things, luckily he didn't do that too much in Grave Peril although Jim Butcher should cut down on Harry saying "hell's bells".(less)
From the start I had the idea that I have read this novel before. I probably borrowed it years ago from the library when I first got interested in the...moreFrom the start I had the idea that I have read this novel before. I probably borrowed it years ago from the library when I first got interested in the horror genre.
I really like this novel. It's fast-paced yet it does a good job at expaining the technical stuff and even if you don't understand it (all) it doesn't make you understand the story less.
It is very clear which are the good, bad and ambiguous characters. I loved Agent Pendergast and I am certainly going to read more novels he is featured in.
Some people noted that it was gory, but I didn't think so. Sure there are horrible murders but when they are described in a way and in a setting (often in the morgue) where it doesn't feel as if those details are just added for the sensational factor. They are stated as something the beast is capable of.
My only complaint is that there are so many characters that they aren't worked out that well. Some are characatures of the job they have (Smithback as journalist). Hopefully in the next books of the Pendergast series the recurring characters are fleshed out more.(less)