after i got over the McCarthy's deliberate withdrawal of quotation marks, i read it in one sitting. The plot was quite simple, but turns increasinglyafter i got over the McCarthy's deliberate withdrawal of quotation marks, i read it in one sitting. The plot was quite simple, but turns increasingly complex and suspenseful as it moves ahead. The villain was terrifying in his unflinching brutality, and some characters met horrible fates that i did not see coming. The only thing i wasn't really a fan of was the ending, it, exactly like the movie, just ended in a conversation i really did not, and still do not, understand fully. Still an entertaining and thrilling read....more
This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 yeTime to review another oldie:D
This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 year old naive mind remembers it.
But, anyway, it is epic, with great stories, lovably mean characters, cool sci fi/cyberpunk elements and an AMAZING finale (it's on this giant floating weather baloon/space station thing, i really dont remember much just that i was drooling all over myself). I swear the first thing i remember thinking upon finishing this book was "no director could ever do justice to this book." I just loved it that much.
I've always wondered if you could have a favorite song from a band who isn't your favorite band. I recently realized, of course you can. Because you can have a favorite book by someone who is not your favorite author. Case in point, I'm not the hugest fan of his Artemis Fowl series, so i've never read any of Mr. Colfer's other works. But this is hands down, no contest, that's a wrap, my favorite book ever. and it's not even 300 pages. go figure....more
This felt sort of a step down from Abraham's Echo Falls mysteries. Cody was an okay main character, but had none of the charm and wit of Ingrid fromThis felt sort of a step down from Abraham's Echo Falls mysteries. Cody was an okay main character, but had none of the charm and wit of Ingrid from the Falls trilogy. And the most important thing about a mystery novel, the, you know, mystery, was way to simple.
Early on its established that Cody is from the poor side of town (he lives over a bar and his dad is a heavy drinker). But Clea, his girlfriend, lives in a mansion, has acres of farmland, and her own purebred horse. So when Clea leaves for a Vermont boarding school (because her dad catches her and Cody together in her bed) and she quickly goes missing, its pretty easy to assume why someone would want to kidnap her.
It also took FOREVER to get anywhere. Clea doesn't get kidnapped until the 100 page mark. Cody's investigation is basically for the rest of the book and its just not interesting enough, characters included. It's not until the last, I'd say 50 pages, where its all revealed, and the final scuffle with the bad guys is stupidly simple. The book also ends way too suddenly and felt too easily wrapped up.
I kinda hope Abrahams goes back to Echo Falls for a spin off series if/when he writes another YA book. Because those books were filled with fun and quirky characters and really intriguing and well played out mysteries. This one just fell flat....more
It's, unfortunately, really slow to start, but packs a wallop in the end. Really reminded me of The Hunger Games at times with how young kids were forIt's, unfortunately, really slow to start, but packs a wallop in the end. Really reminded me of The Hunger Games at times with how young kids were forced into these insane and brutal situations. The last 100 or so pages are an amazingly brisk read, filled with revelations, action sequences, and terrible deaths. I also feel like the book really well avoided that first-in-a-series pit fall by revealing just enough about what the Maze is for, why certain boys were chosen for it, and what is happening to the world outside its walls. You get answers to all these questions, with just enough left out to leave you wanting, desperately, for the next book to come out. The Scorch Trials, can not come soon enough....more
I feel as if i read it in one breath, constantly surprised at the brutal and unflinching deaths that the characters inflicted on one another. Just, brI feel as if i read it in one breath, constantly surprised at the brutal and unflinching deaths that the characters inflicted on one another. Just, breathtaking....more
It delivers everything i expected (fun twists, rebellion against an oppressive government, and satisfying action during the last half), but never quitIt delivers everything i expected (fun twists, rebellion against an oppressive government, and satisfying action during the last half), but never quite reached the level of excitement i felt with the first book. Nevertheless, this is a series no one should ignore. Book three can not come soon enough....more
This is a hard one to review. It starts off like a typical YA novel: two friends who don't fit in with anyone besides each other. The guy (Tane) has tThis is a hard one to review. It starts off like a typical YA novel: two friends who don't fit in with anyone besides each other. The guy (Tane) has the hots for the girl (Rebecca) but is to afraid to admit it, and they lie in the middle of a makeshift lake pondering the possibility of time travel. Okay, maybe not exactly like your typical YA novel. But it becomes a really engaging and frightening, almost Stephen King and Michael Chrichton-esque, vision of the apocalypse.
Falkner really researched and thought this one out, there is no falling back on the simple and cliche apocalypses everyone has seen (zombies, earthquakes, volcanoes, aliens, etc) but a truly original vision of the Earth's demise. While in the beginning, the physics talk of "quantum foam" and gamma rays that transmit messages from the future back to the present, really left me baffled, i never felt talked down to.
Then there is the actual "creatures," for there are creatures that bring upon the destruction of our world, and its really disturbing in its implications. At first i was nervous that the book was becoming preachy about global warming and pollution and all that stuff, but it really walks a fine line between conveying a message and using that message to thrill readers.
I feel like i need to mention the New Zealand religion that is really important in the last half of the book. I'm not in any way shooting down these particular religious ideas, or any of that, (Faulkner himself is from New Zealand) but i found any time a character discussed anything to do with it, i was totally left in the dark. Partly due to the words that i had NO idea how to pronounce. Like: Kenehi Tuarua , Waewaetoroa , oh and Kaitiakitanga . I know what they are is described, if haphazardly, in the book itself, i just felt completely lost when it was brought up. And it just got worse in the end when, as I mentioned, it becomes an important part of the story. I found myself simply skipping over these words, and in turn being confused as to certain character's actions and motivations.
But i still give it a recommendation to anyone looking for a refreshing vision of the end of the world....more
What a nice surprise this turned out to be! It's tailor made for anyone who loves old scary houses, secret passage ways, and all the creepy descriptioWhat a nice surprise this turned out to be! It's tailor made for anyone who loves old scary houses, secret passage ways, and all the creepy descriptions of things that go bump in the night.
Starting off shooting right out of the gates, the prologue is truly the most gripping andhaunting 5 pages i think i might have ever read. It made me sad, scared, and really wary for every main character from there on out.
Otherwise, it is your usual first-in-a-series-novel origin story. There's the characters' descriptions, explanation of why they're moving, the usual. (ala, The Spiderwick Chronicles) The supernatural occurrences start off pretty quickly, and are spread out at a nice pace to keep things nice and spooky.
And when i say spooky, i mean this isn't in the kids section for a reason. There's a giant man that looms through the house in the middle of the night and talks latin, voices and sounds never come from the right place and disorient people, footsteps appear in dust all over the house every morning. Even the daughter, Toria's, little bear that records sound creeped me out.
Getting through all that, there is a story and it is really really good. Like i said before, this is the first of a 6 series story arch, so there is no solid closure on the events that happened, but i can not WAIT to read the next books. The possibilities are really open for where the story can go, and i have faith in the author to really deliver.
All-in-all this book really rocked, i was expecting a rip off of every Goosegumps and Spiderwick-esque stories out there, but it really stands out from the haunted-house crowd. Seriously, all you guys have to do is go to your nearest library or bookstore, and read the prologue. If it doesn't even peak your interest a tiny bit, i would be shocked....more
First of all, this review contains no spoilers, because i wold kill someone a violent death if i had been told of the crazy twists towards the end ofFirst of all, this review contains no spoilers, because i wold kill someone a violent death if i had been told of the crazy twists towards the end of the book.
Okay, so i was pretty sure i'd like this book, i've only read 2 of King's other novels (Cell and The Mist) and i liked them enough, Cell especially, but i never thought i would love this book so much. The characters are so well developed, with individual back stories, relationships, families, dilemmas and problems. But it never becomes tiresome and overwhelming, it really works in the book's favor to draw you into the story.
And oh boy what a story it is, starting off predictably slower, but picking up pace around the 200-300 page mark, when the town's "Second Selectman" Big Jim Rennie (the main villain, along with his son Junior) really puts some vile plans into motion. And while the feud between Rennie and the protagonists Dale Barbara (Barbie) and Rusty Everett is the main focus throughout the book, things really start cookin' when glimpses are shown as to where the Dome came from.
While you do get hints to the finale around the 500-600 page mark, its never outright in bold font, "THIS IS IT, THIS IS WHERE IT CAME FROM," it is a bit more open-ended. Which usually just annoys me, but there's enough of a conclusion with all the different characters and their plots to really satisfy a reader's hunger for answers.
So, if you have any likeness of stories with science-fiction, horror, action adventure, romance, and disasters woven into them seamlessly, Under The Dome will no doubt fill your cup, more likely to overflow it.
Oh, and on the 1,074 page topic, while it did take me a month to read the first 500 pages (school), it literally took me only 4 days to read the last 600 or so. There are no really boring parts or slow points in the plot, its all pushed along by the foretelling of a giant massacre on Halloween, and boy, does it deliver....more
I could write so much about this book. About how this series is still awesome, the characters still engaging, the bad guys still terrifying, and the sI could write so much about this book. About how this series is still awesome, the characters still engaging, the bad guys still terrifying, and the story still completely enthralling and compulsively readable, but you guys already know all that. Just add an extra dose of backstabbing and treachery and you have LIES , the newest, and possibly most satisfying of the series to come along yet.
And while it doesn't completely outright say "Hey this is the answer to all the weird shit that's going on, you don't need to read the next 3 books, now, kthnxbai!" It feels the most satisfying in giving little hints and glimpses to where the adults went, how they got there, and who sent them. Which is a great testament to Mr. Grant's writing, because it's the shortest of the series so far (about 150 pages short of Hunger ).
Loved, loved, loved. Three years is waaaaaay to long to wait to see how this thing plays out....more
A perfect mix of the adventure/puzzle aspect of City of Ember coupled with the deep and often highly disturbing morale choices from Unwind. You learnA perfect mix of the adventure/puzzle aspect of City of Ember coupled with the deep and often highly disturbing morale choices from Unwind. You learn slowly what The Compound was built for, and the book has a way to pull you into keep reading. It's told at a breakneck pace, and has a truly surprising twist, that while it may have been revealed a little to early, still made complete sense in the plot. Highly, highly recommended....more
**spoiler alert** It starts off menacing enough, with a prologue meant to grab your interest (it may, did for me) and then moves along with frequent m**spoiler alert** It starts off menacing enough, with a prologue meant to grab your interest (it may, did for me) and then moves along with frequent mentions of a class trip to New Orleans where something "terrible" happened, something nobody wants to talk about anymore. Turns out someone was murdered (shocker, i know) and the group of kids, including the teacher, swore never to tell anyone what happened.
Unfortunately, for everyone involved, when they got back home, one by one they start having nightmares, and one by one they start killing other students. This is the part that kind of lost me, i mean i know it would be terrible if i woke up to find out i had drowned someone in the ocean, but there's no real threat directly aimed to the main characters throughout the book (well except at the end, of course.) I just never felt like any of them would die or were in trouble, because they weren't. Only unimportant, barely mentioned characters get bumped off. And of course the one character from the group that does get killed, is done so by lighting himself on fire, he was just paranoid, never in real danger. He was also the least developed and most uninteresting of them all.
And then there's the final twist. I mean i can't say i saw it coming, because i didn't, and it was a nice change of pace to have something unexpected, i just did not fully see the character's motivation to do this to all of her fellow students. Yeah, she was "troubled" and having an affair with the teacher, whatever, i just felt there could have been a better reason for her to want to murder half her class. But, the way she did cause the sleepwalking was really neat: through hypnosis using this old projection machine with character's names etched into creepy old paintings. Sure its completely implausible but it sure is nifty!
So, it's a pretty quick read that is hampered down by a unfortunately uninteresting take on the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" story, a group of uninteresting characters, and a meandering plot that never really feels like it actually goes anywhere, especially anywhere interesting. I'd give it a 2.5 if i could, but i cant, and i'm not feeling generous today. A 2 out of 5....more
My favorite ongoing series of the past couple of years continues with Plague, and proves that the first three books were no fluke. This is just as acMy favorite ongoing series of the past couple of years continues with Plague, and proves that the first three books were no fluke. This is just as action-packed, jaw-dropping and lightning-paced as the first books. And a TON bloodier.
So it's been eight months since every adult disappeared and the impenetrable dome descended on the sleepy town of Perdido Beach. Throughout fires, horrid blood-baths, mutating monsters, and freak evolutions in the kids, the town has survived. The very unstable societal structure built up in the first books continues here, but the council is loosing its grip, Sam is gone for the majority of this book, and Caine is eying the town from his safety nest on the island.
So, the major "problem" in this one is, well, a plague. There are two possible guesses as to what it is: a deathly whooping cough that reaches such extremities it cracks your neck; or a series of bugs that hatch in your intestines and numb your pain sensors to eat your way out without you feeling anything. They go hand-in-hand in making Plague the most brutal and unsympathetic of the series, which is why it's my favorite. These are kids. The oldest are 15. They are being ripped in half by giant cockroaches, thrown out of windows, decapitated, disemboweled and eaten. Their young age makes the proceedings feel as if you're watching a train-wreck you can't look away from.
A glorious, beautiful, exciting train-wreck.
With tons of gore. The previous books were, well, mature in their descriptions of violence, but Plague is on a whole different level. The previously mentioned bugs eating out of your pores; giant roaches chewing on kids lying helpless in hospital beds; someone being cut into three separate pieces by barbed wire; Drake talking about microwaving a puppy. This shit is legit. And I loved it for its brutal, simple and honest portrayal of these horrors.
But, otherwise, it's what we expect from this series. A tightly wound narrative told at a breakneck pace, with chapters counting down to a sure-fire epic showdown (this time with GIANT COCKROACHES, oh yeh). We get to know a lot more about the giaphage and its origin. I can't help but feel like I know exactly what it is and why its doing what its doing, but I know Grant has something up his sleeve.
We also get, in some three or four chapters, the perspective of Little Pete, Astrid's autistic brother. The kaleidoscopic and disjointed view he has on the life of the FAYZ is so intriguing, I wished we had gotten these from book one. He knows, and understands, WAY more than I every thought, and I really hope Grant puts these in the next two books.
My only real bash against this series as a whole is the re-caps. Or lack there of. I feel like this series lends itself to a TV show set-up amazingly well. And in that regard I felt like I needed a little "Previously On..." prologue for each book. And even within this novel, there are so many characters, so many plots, that I forgot the death of a major character, to the point that when it was brought up by someone else in the story, I was shocked and horrified a second time. I'm not saying Grant doesn't handle this all well, he does, like a pro; I just feel like maybe this one in particular does definitely jump around perspectives more so than the previous books.
There are now only two left in the series. And I read that the last will fully explain the causes of the FAYZ and detail life after it has ended for the kids. Sad. I don't want this series to end. Ever. And, as always, with the scandalous cliffhanger this one ends with, waiting another year will be utter torture....more
A great and fulfilling followup to House of Dark Shadows . It expands on the mystery and reveals some information about the house and Taksidian, theA great and fulfilling followup to House of Dark Shadows . It expands on the mystery and reveals some information about the house and Taksidian, the man bent on getting the Kings out of their house. I guess the only thing i can say i did not like about it is because of what it is, a sequel. It literally begins right where the first book ended, and ends in the middle of a crazy and hectic scene where so much was going on i had to read the last 5 pages twice. I checked the third book and it begins literally on the last line of dialogue from this one, so it seems Liparulo enjoys continuing the story with no unnecessary fillers, which is okay by me.
The only thing is nothing insanely creepy or odd happened in this one. Yeah a group of "watchers" gather in the forest every night and stare at the family, and the new villain, Taksidian, is really interesting after we discover where (and when) he comes from. Just don't expect the terrifying and disturbing finale of the first book.
I still love this series and the characters, and can not wait to find out what the old man, Jesse, knows about the house!...more
I feel like the series is getting back in stride after the last two. Despite a pretty uneventful middle, the opening and closing of this one were insaI feel like the series is getting back in stride after the last two. Despite a pretty uneventful middle, the opening and closing of this one were insanely exciting. An adventure on the Titanic, revelation of a destroyed Los Angeles filled with mutant creatures and a battle against Norse Vikings are but a few of the new adventures facing the Kings.
Although we still don't have key answers to all the big questions (which i better get answers to really soon), these exciting sequences and a couple of new twists, made me really enjoy this one, not as much as the first, but definitely my second favorite of the series so far.
But one note, David really annoys me sometimes. I mean, i know he's gotten chased by a crazed time traveling ninja, survived the sinking of the Titanic, and fought saber toothed tigers, but his house has portals that leave to other WORLDS for Jesus' sake! Lighten up a bit, kid....more