I enjoyed it. As a romance, it was more substantial in story and not too fixated on, or terribly graphic, on the sex scenes (all things in moderation,I enjoyed it. As a romance, it was more substantial in story and not too fixated on, or terribly graphic, on the sex scenes (all things in moderation, and all that, right?). I guess I land in the camp of those who feel you can only plug in a light so many ways and a light alone certainly doesn't qualify as a fully furnished room. Thank heaven for authors that take a moment to decorate and create some atmosphere. Put a couch in there. Maybe a tea pot and some books or something... a cozy blanket and a place to rest my feet. Give me a little substance and put a lampshade on that light before you flip the switch. I want to appreciate the light for the atmosphere it adds to the room...not sit there squinting and uncomfortable.
I liked that the characters had more dimension than usual, and one actually gave some sensible, practical advice. I didn't like that the meeting between the two main characters was the usual "bad impression turns good" scenario, but ah well.
The female main character is not the usual "headstrong stubborn" female who makes stupid choices just because they're there to make. This one makes a couple big choices out of desperation, but others out of her need to get distance and grow and assert herself. I liked that. She also goes after what she wants and defines it, instead of swooning around helplessly.
The male main character has his own issues to work through and is coming to terms with a disability. I started the book thinking "oh, great, he's going to magically be cured at the end of the book" (cue an eye roll) and I was pleased to see that she saw it through start to finish without resorting to magic and miracles. There's even a nice side comment that if it were a fairy tale, that'd be the case... but it's not going to happen. I liked that.
The conversation reads a bit stilted - especially early on, the dialogue didn't flow very well for me. Because of this, I don't think I really immersed myself in the book, but I "observed" it, for the most part, as an enjoyable thing. Still, I loved the concept - particularly that a group of veterans are working through their issues together and that it (without getting too deep for an escape read) addresses the aftermath of war on soldiers in a historical setting. ...more
Could be suggested as a thriller style sci-fi for kids. Maybe reluctant readers? I'm not sure it has enough suspense going to really grab on and hold Could be suggested as a thriller style sci-fi for kids. Maybe reluctant readers? I'm not sure it has enough suspense going to really grab on and hold attention.
My main beef and loss of interest came with the main character morphing into a jerk. He starts out a reasonably sympathetic character - he keeps his jerk thoughts inside his head. Then they start coming out his mouth and it goes downhill from there. What's with the attitude, kid? Other than a couple weird letters, he has no real reason to get his panties wadded... his pal Chip does, considering the bomb dropped on him out of the blue, but Jonah's malfunction & bad attitude after the FBI scene seems overboard when he previously seemed like a pretty laid back kid.
Also, his parents are accommodating of his attitude to the point smoke should be pouring from around their gears.
So, yeah, I wasn't in tune with a little jerk in training as the hero of the tale.
A phone set to speakerphone in the hand of the person trying to be a spy is going to be broadcasting the listener's end of the conversation, not the spy's.
There's no way in hades a kid is going to be able to open a folder, flip through the pages and take 6 pics per page, get it closed again and get back in her seat while the folder-keeper is simply turned around in his chair. Or, if so, she has a bright future in thievery. Maybe stealing babies...
Not my cuppa tea, but that won't keep me from giving it to kids - they'll get into the mystery and "what's going on" and tear through it fluff...which it is... suspense fluff. ...more
This one seems hard to review without saying too much - the story doesn't unfold so much as it is like those cellophane anatomy illustrations in encycThis one seems hard to review without saying too much - the story doesn't unfold so much as it is like those cellophane anatomy illustrations in encyclopedias back in the day, where each page you turned added another layer till you eventually saw the finished product. I don't want to blurt out something that fills in all the blanks right off the bat, because that "filling in" process is half the fun.
As an audiobook, the narration was excellent. I loved how the story unfolded, the characters, the interpretation of a popular theme and details of how that particular interpretation worked, and even the ending.
There were a couple gruesome scenes in there that were a bit too disturbing for me. It was conflicting: on one hand, par for the course in this sort of novel...on the other, a concept was being considered that put a twist on what was happening. In both cases, way too much detail.
(view spoiler)[ The 5 year old getting beheaded. I wasn't really buying into the idea of the "innocent little 5 year old boy," at least. The kids were, in a way, innocents, but also feral little super predators and creepy as sh#t. So that wasn't as disturbing as the level of detail in the scene. It read a little too real.
I also wasn't into the nastiness between two female characters. It got tiresome and overplayed quickly. One was clearly meant to be a villain, but I was on board with a character's assessment of a peripheral "heroine" character as a sort of criminal in her own right. And, she was a stone cold obnoxious b#tch in the second half of the book. This did not help. In one scene (view spoiler)[the flare (hide spoiler)] I was stunned at her stubborn stupidity.
On the flip side, that character had one scene early in her b#tch career that made me laugh out loud. (view spoiler)[ Ms. J: "Do you want me to punch you in the face again?" (hide spoiler)]
I liked the main character and Parks. I also liked Ghallager's (sp?) assessment of their relationship ("mouse barking at a pit bull").
I think, overall, this would be a good short read for fans of The Passage, or similar books. (view spoiler)[These zombies read a bit vampy (of the engineered sci fi vamp variety, not hipster seattle sparkleparty vamps) and you've got the whole Mad Max Dystopian thing going on, as well. Fans of The Stand might like it, too, and certainly Walking Dead viewers. (hide spoiler)]
Edit: Oops - I need to clarify, the text version of this came first, then the Manga, so I went about this a bit backwards.
Keiji is a rookie soldier anEdit: Oops - I need to clarify, the text version of this came first, then the Manga, so I went about this a bit backwards.
Keiji is a rookie soldier and dies his first time out in battle. He wakes up in his bunk, confused. Doomed to repeat his last 36 hours again and again, he tries to get himself out of the loop by training and building his skills in combat. He thinks he's alone in his experience, but there's someone else who knows how he feels...
I received this as a gift, opened it up to check out the first couple pages and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting (annnd I am paying for that, this morning!). I like the story concept. There were a few interesting little nuggets of wisdom scattered in there, but it's not too heavy or laid on too thick.
When I started to tell my husband he'd probably like it, he said it sounded like a movie he'd seen...sure enough, Edge of Tomorrow was based off this Manga (and it looks like it stayed pretty close to it).
I liked it. I'll read the text version and check out the movie as well. ...more
That was so, so worth the listen. The narrator is great, the story is fantastic - well written, great language. It took a little bit to get used to thThat was so, so worth the listen. The narrator is great, the story is fantastic - well written, great language. It took a little bit to get used to the pattern of language, but not too long.
Dark and gritty, as always, but this was my favorite so far. I loved the idea behind this story, and a storyline that follows Morpheus cover to cover.Dark and gritty, as always, but this was my favorite so far. I loved the idea behind this story, and a storyline that follows Morpheus cover to cover. I love one great twist in there, the "Hell conundrum" and the inclusion of multiple mythologies/mythological figures in one story.
I liked the one (dead) child's observation that hell is not a place, but something you carry with you. Some other great quotes and things to ponder in the story, as well....more
I loved the premise of the book - being trapped in a high school during the storm of the century (or quincentury, I guess, if that's a word), and haviI loved the premise of the book - being trapped in a high school during the storm of the century (or quincentury, I guess, if that's a word), and having to find a way to survive as the snow piles up, up and up is a GREAT story concept. I love survivalist stories and that was nicely unusual.
I also love that I started reading this as a small snowstorm started up while I was at work and led me to question how it would go if the same thing happened and I was stuck in the library (there'd be cannibalism in mere hours, just an fyi. Orrrr, perhaps more rationally - and to my co-worker's relief - maybe we'd just make our way down the hill to the grocery store before it got too bad... Say, do you think ordering delivery be out of line? ;)).
Overall it just lent a nicely creepy sense of "oh yeah, winter can still be deadly" flavor to the snowy festivities outside.
So for that I really liked it.
It is written in a teen boy's narrative, which is ...well, teen boy. And the adult version of the teen boy narrative is sometimes a little 1 dimensional. That said, I didn't mind it. Ok, I did mind the zit narrative... and I didn't really care for the explanation of poop slang. I'm sure we've all heard the term before, so it read more as an attempt to appeal to the male teen reader, which was silly. So that part didn't do much for me, but it was easy enough to ignore. Well, it would have been if I had not been reading those scenes during lunch.
One reviewer has gone off on a heckuva tangent about misogyny and sexism. I'll leave it to those reviewers to pick apart, because I'll be honest here: I was waiting to see who was going to die and how, and didn't really care about much of anything else.
Wasn't super keen on the ending. I wanted an aftermath chapter, personally - the days of recovery and all that. But we don't get that. This is a drag.
(view spoiler)[ Had a hard time believing they'd find one kid laying on top of the snow just after dark when they completely missed smoke coming out of a school window.
Also, how does this school not have: flashlights gym mats (mentioned early on, but apparently forgotten)
And, how did we not find our way with our iphone flashlights to the basement furnace to huddle around THERE and see what was working? Sure, pitch black, whatever...
How was this kid machining metal for sled skids without electricity?
But speaking realistically - teenagers. My expectations for resourcefulness were not too high... though I'm shocked jock kiddo was not a boy scout, too.
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They mention, in this book, that the Armenian Genocide is a genocide no one has ever heard of. I hadn't. So in bringing this event in history to aware They mention, in this book, that the Armenian Genocide is a genocide no one has ever heard of. I hadn't. So in bringing this event in history to awareness, this book was excellent. It is set in the aftermath.
I liked the various character's stories. I didn't really feel "into" the book at any point, but I didn't dislike it. I didn't really feel the relationship between Elizabeth and Armen, but I felt also that it was a more low key, quiet sort of relationship of the "refuge" variety than "passion."
There was a twist in this that I didn't see coming. There were clues about it beforehand that I recognized immediately afterwards. Subjectively: I didn't like it. Objectively: it was a good twist.
Audio narration was great, bar the one narrator's Aussie and NZ accents...those got a bit mangled. The rest, pretty good. Luckily those parts are just a few lines here and there.
Loved the interview at the end with Chris Bohjalian, which made me forget that 30 or so minutes before that, I'd been saying "This is F'd up!!"
This was reading outside my comfort zone and I've never read Bohjalian before, so I'd say given those two things, it went fairly well. Having now read him, I know to expect his other books will not be light reading (not that I really expected that anyway, granted).
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