Another good one by Stephen King, not quite as good as the first, but definitely worth the time.
This book is a lot of build up and very little action.Another good one by Stephen King, not quite as good as the first, but definitely worth the time.
This book is a lot of build up and very little action. But, King's ability to develop characters keeps this book incredibly interesting. You know what you are building to, but the suspense while you make the journey is pretty intense. It is a little strange that Bill Hodges, the main character of the series, doesn't appear in the first half of the book, but even though the series is his, this book isn't so much.
The book is a lot about the love of books, writing, and reading. Because of this the book is written with a lot of passion.
Not a lot bad to say about it. The epilogue is a bit annoying as it is obviously the prologue of the third book and is more interesting than most of this one.
Worth a read and can't wait to try the third....more
I like to categorize books so I can say I've read a lot of fantasy or memoirs. But, books like A Walk in the Woods have a tendency to not stay in oneI like to categorize books so I can say I've read a lot of fantasy or memoirs. But, books like A Walk in the Woods have a tendency to not stay in one genre. This with some authors is a good thing, but it didn't work well for me with this book.
I would say this book is part travelogue part history book part science book and part liberal conservation book. Now, most of these are done fairly well, but they don't flow together well and it makes it hard to be excited to pick up the book after a break.
I loved the stories on the trail, unfortunately it appears there were not enough of them to fill an entire book so these only take up about a third of the pages. From there we are treated to many stories of the history of the trail, the park service, the towns along the way... These are interesting, sometimes too long and generally oddly placed. I found myself picking up where I left to realize that I was done with fun stories for a bit and was going to be taught a history lesson, which often times made me want to stop and try again another day.
Other times it seems he had nothing to say about an interesting happening along the way or the history of his surroundings so instead we get pages of botany or biology or geology. Not my favorite subjects and therefore were some of the hardest parts of the book to me.
I had read that Bryson was an opinionated author and often would have sexist or overtly masculine passages. I didn't notice that a lot. But, I did notice his tendency to complain about modern society, expansion, lack of government funding, hunters... I don't mind reading a political book or a philosophical book with opinions leaning to either side, but I wasn't expecting it so it felt like he was preaching to the wrong audience.
This book was ok. I wouldn't suggest it, but I wouldn't discourage anyone who is intersted....more
It's an interesting experience looking for things my kids can read. I have been learning that some kids books aren't bad.
This one was interesting. KepIt's an interesting experience looking for things my kids can read. I have been learning that some kids books aren't bad.
This one was interesting. Kept my attention the entire time and made me want to finish it. Had a good and unexpected ending that satisfied the time I spent on it.
It does get a bit gruesome for kids, but it is horror also. The characters are rich and although the adults don't seem to make sense it is still easy to accept the premise.
The writing is simple, but again... for kids... So, no complaints there. I think the only things I don't really like about kids books are the length and the lack of complications. Makes it for a quick and refreshing read, doesn't take a ton of concentration.
I didn't read much in elementary school and because of this I missed out on the Goosebumps books. So, I decided to give one a try.
The book really wasI didn't read much in elementary school and because of this I missed out on the Goosebumps books. So, I decided to give one a try.
The book really was pretty good. The writing is simple and the story is predictable, but it is written for children. There really isn't much to dislike here.
I think it bleeds through that the book was very well planned out with some very well defined characters. The parents seemed a little one dimensional, but it was needed to make it scary. And there were some questionable choices by the characters, but this is horror which is filled with those.
In the end, I liked it. It was fun and great book for kids that want something a little scary....more
Sometimes great writing makes a book better. This time a great story made bad writing better.
This is one of those books that I almost gave up on. VerySometimes great writing makes a book better. This time a great story made bad writing better.
This is one of those books that I almost gave up on. Very quickly into the book I could tell I was not a fan of the way it was written. It feels a bit clunky with too much not quite poetic prose making the author feel a little pompous. Tons of dialogue and blocks of description that precede almost every scene.
But with all that said the story is great. Lots of information about the time period mixed with a fun story that makes you think a little. There are some plot holes, but they only come when you over analyze the situations. This is much more fun and shallow. It doesn't need a lot of scrutiny.
It does read slow and takes a while for the story to pick up, but once it does it is a lot of fun....more
This one had an interesting premise, but it turned out to be the most mediocre thing ever.
I truly expect to not remember reading this a year from now.This one had an interesting premise, but it turned out to be the most mediocre thing ever.
I truly expect to not remember reading this a year from now. The writing doesn't stand out, the story doesn't stand out, the twists don't stand out. It is forgettable, plain and simple.
There are two things that did stick out a little. First is the premise. The idea is there is a car crash. A driver dies and in the car he had a bag of money, a lot of money! But, it is for a ransom. I read that and I was hooked. I don't feel it delivered though.
The other thing that stood out was the characters. They are all horrible people. I know the main character is supposed to be an anti-hero, but it isn't just him. He is surrounded by a cast of people with no ethics. This includes the bad guys, the good guys, the bystanders. They are all horrible people.
This isn't fairing well for my journey into the thriller genre. Again I don't like stories about people being mean to each other. And that's most of what you get here....more
The beginning of this books runs a very quick explanation of some of the climbing terms and how things work. It is so fast it feels like they knew nonThe beginning of this books runs a very quick explanation of some of the climbing terms and how things work. It is so fast it feels like they knew non-climbers aren't the target audience for this book. Turns out non-climbers are not the target audience for this book. The amount of technical description laced with climbing terms and slang is monumental in this book.
It is written by two people. Alex Honnold who is the subject of this book. He has the ability to write simply and beautifully, but that is only displayed on a few occasions. The majority of Alex's writing is in a conversational tone, but since he is a climber it is very technical, lacks normal description, and seems to drone on and on when the subject is some climb in some park.
The other writer, David Roberts, writes a little less often in this book, but is pretty much the straight dictation of facts. The narrator on his portion of the book came clear when they were recapping Alex Honnold's appearance on 60 Minutes. When they quoted the voice over from the show I realized that was the voice I'd been hearing as the narrator the entire time.
Overall parts of the book are very interesting, but other parts require you to be a climbing enthusiast. It would have great as a multi part article in Time Magazine, but is just too much for a book....more
I don't care for thrillers. I don't watch the movies, I don't read the books, I just don't like stories about people doing terrible things to other peI don't care for thrillers. I don't watch the movies, I don't read the books, I just don't like stories about people doing terrible things to other people.
Regardless I liked this book a lot. As usual King does a great job of bringing characters to life, weaving an interesting plot, and making me care about what happens. For the reasons I don't like the genre, I didn't care for the villain, but the story was interesting enough to make me really want to find out what happened.
My biggest problem with some recent King books was the characters seemed older than they were supposed to be. Not a problem this time as the main character is a older washed up former cop.
I don't read the genre so I'm unsure if it is good for its genre, but I loved it. Good pacing, good story, good characters... King is a master....more
There are times when an author tries to step outside his comfort zone. Unfortunately this often is a stumble not a step.
Carlton Mellick III is known fThere are times when an author tries to step outside his comfort zone. Unfortunately this often is a stumble not a step.
Carlton Mellick III is known for his bizarro books. They are strange and gross and sexual and crazy. In the Morbidly Obese Ninja he kept a few elements, but since he put it in an anime style world these things don't feel off the wall at all.
Not only did he stray a bit from his core genre, but the writing suddenly is very focused on emotion and character development. This takes the focus off the strange world he was trying to create. Instead it feels like the book should have been developed in the real world so the real emotions make more sense.
The story is fine, less interesting than his others, but it's perfectly acceptable. Since the book focuses so much on emotion there is a lot less that happens in this one. In his other books he moves at a lightning fast pace and is able to fit in a ton of events in a few pages. This time there really are only three or four scenes throughout the entire book. In the end I felt a little cheated. This more than the rest of his I've read is a glorified short story masquerading as a book.
Overall this is just not what I've come to Expect from Carlton Mellick III....more
Another mishmash of greatness and awful. It is a pretty good book, but you better have some thick skin.
The plot was fun and interesting although a litAnother mishmash of greatness and awful. It is a pretty good book, but you better have some thick skin.
The plot was fun and interesting although a little too over the top. The writing was great at times and annoying at others. The issue I had with this book fell into the characters. There are a couple narrators and timelines. One narrator is an old school punk who is straight forward and offensive. The second narrator is a younger girl who is a little more mainstream high school drama. The problem is there are a few instances when the second narrator makes a metaphor or side comment that doesn't fit. It becomes apparent that the young girl finds women to be inferior to men, sexual things, and just outright useless.
This reared its head over and over leaving me completely removed from the story. With comments like, "the man she tricked into raping her" I lose all believe-ability.
But, if you can ignore that and deal with a bit of testosterone driven narration give it a shot, the story is pretty good....more
Carlton Mellick III has a very specific voice in his books. His narrator is similar every time. It is a very neutral and to the point voice that movesCarlton Mellick III has a very specific voice in his books. His narrator is similar every time. It is a very neutral and to the point voice that moves the story along. This isn't a bad thing, it actually makes the book about the plot as opposed to book that is about characters and psychology. It makes it good for a quick read which is what he produces.
The characters as usual are very stereotypical and the plot seem weak throughout most of the book. It isn't, it twists and turns, but you don't realize how unpredictable it is until it is almost over. Don't take the generic characters as a flaw either because as usual when Mellick creates something that seems common and unoriginal it is a part of the story. There is a reason for the characters being the way they are.
I wasn't as big a fan of this one. It is the fourth book I've read by him and my least favorite so far, but it is entertaining, surprising, and a quick read. I rate it as mediocre, but it is kind of masterfully mediocre. It is hard to describe what is appealing about his books but they are appealing none the less.
As usual this is not for kids. It contains descriptions of sex, violence, debauchery, and menstruation of inanimate objects.......more
I can say I don't like long books or ones with too much historical description. I can complain about the setting of the late 50's, but I despite all tI can say I don't like long books or ones with too much historical description. I can complain about the setting of the late 50's, but I despite all this I can't say 11/22/63 was anything other than great.
I have gushed the praises of Stephen King, so finding out that I was a huge fan of this book should come as no surprise. As has been the case with his later books, 11/22/63 is written amazingly well. I had an issue or two, but it was amazing.
I think my biggest complaint was that the protagonist is supposed to be in his forties, but with the decisions he makes and the thoughts he has it feels more like someone in their sixties. I think this is forgivable seeing how Stephen King is in his sixties. It only was noticeable because I am closer to the character's age than the author and I didn't feel like he was as identifiable as he should have been.
I think it is worth noting that the book is not 100% about JFK and the assassination. It is somewhat promoted that way, but there is much more there. This is about life and existence and how the two intermingle. It is beautiful in many ways. It holds its own as a story for entertainment sake, but it is also artistic in many ways. There is a lot of subtlety that is included making the whole very much a work of art. Some of these are brought to light in the story as the main character realizes them and others are left to the reader to identify.
As much as I don't care for long books this one probably should have been longer. The conclusion although doesn't feel rushed could have been dragged out some. Or maybe I just didn't want it to end....more
Sometimes everything can be done well and still end up with mediocrity. I was looking forward to reading another Clines book since I very much enjoyedSometimes everything can be done well and still end up with mediocrity. I was looking forward to reading another Clines book since I very much enjoyed the majority of The Fold, but this one wasn't quite as good.
The characters - The characters are alright. They are typical comic book characters. At first they seem stupid and way over the top, but eventually you get used to them. Then they feel deep, but eventually you realize they are rather one dimensional based on a single event from their past. Could have been richer, but it is less the author's fault and more the genre's fault.
The writing - Peter Clines is a pretty good writer. This one leaves you in the dark for a while, but at the same time throws you straight into the story line. So, you are left to figure some things out for yourself. Because of this there were some parts near the beginning that had me daydreaming.
The plot - Once again it is comic book-ish. It is a pretty short plot with one dimensional motivations. And a lot of the big revelations were foreshadowed in such a way, that they felt unsurprising.
Overall it was decent. Definitely suggested for big time comic book fans.