The mark of a successful thriller, for me, is a book that keeps you up reading until your eyes are so heavy you can barely make out the words on the pThe mark of a successful thriller, for me, is a book that keeps you up reading until your eyes are so heavy you can barely make out the words on the page any more. In this respect, Beautiful Lies was definitely not a disappointment. I went into it totally unfamiliar with Lisa Unger's work, for the sole reason that I'd picked up Sliver of Truth in a charity shop and realised it was a sequel. My first inclination was just to read that one anyway and hope for the best, but sixteen pages in, our narrator Ridley Jones tells us:
If you don't know what happened to me and how it all turned out, could go back now and find out before you move ahead. I'm not saying the things that follow won't make any sense to you or that you won't get anything out of the experience of joining me on this next chapter of my vida loca. What I'm saying is that it's kind of like sleeping with someone before you know her name. But maybe you like it like that. Maybe you want to come along and figure things out as we go, like any new relationship, I guess. Either way, the choice is yours. The choice is always yours.
The tone is just so conversational and engaging that I made the choice to start from the beginning, and I'm glad I did, because it's hard to see how the drama that unfolds here could be succinctly imparted before seguing into a sequel. It's not a perfect book - the romance never really held my full attention, the twists and turns the plot took were moderately guessable - but it is a solid 3/5, and now I look forward to returning to Sliver of Truth even more....more
I don't think The Ersatz Elevator is the breakaway point of ASoUE - I'd peg that more as being The Vile Village or The Hostile Hospital - but it is thI don't think The Ersatz Elevator is the breakaway point of ASoUE - I'd peg that more as being The Vile Village or The Hostile Hospital - but it is the point at which you can tell the game is about to change, the rules are about to be re-written and the familiar formula abandoned, and that's an exciting thing. It's wonderful to re-read a book knowing exactly what will happen and still hope for a different outcome. The general well-meaning patheticness of Jerome is almost painful - you want to root for him, but he just won't. quite. let. you. Big mysteries come into play here, and as a book of transitions - from the familiar to the unknown, from few questions to all too many questions - TEE is a successful bridge....more
This was a pleasant enough read, but a bit too technical to sustain my interest throughout. The sections that focussed on Kirkman, Darabont, the charaThis was a pleasant enough read, but a bit too technical to sustain my interest throughout. The sections that focussed on Kirkman, Darabont, the characters and cast were enormously interesting, but I think the book was hampered by Ruditis' selection of principal interviewees. Of the cast members, only DeMunn, Yeun and Riggs have a voice here. The crew are by far the most predominant, and while, yes, it is interesting to read about Nicotero creating zombies, I'm just not sure I was ever this interested in the scoring, visual effects, post-production process etc. It's the insights into the characters' psyches, the development of the comic and the transition into the TV series that really interested me, and compared to the bulk of the book - which focusses on the technical process - they're a bit lacking. Still, it was enjoyable enough to dip into here and there before bed each night, if not a compelling can't-put-down read. I'm sure there's something to relish here for most avid fans, if not the casual viewer. I'd like to read something similar on season two, but given the veil of secrecy that descended over Darabont's departure, it's sadly hard to imagine that working....more