I rated this two stars in the true "it was okay" sense of the rating. The idea behind this is kind of fantastic and unique (to me, anyway), but playin...moreI rated this two stars in the true "it was okay" sense of the rating. The idea behind this is kind of fantastic and unique (to me, anyway), but playing out the murder mystery is where everything fell flat. Too much had to be told in scenes reminiscent of every cop show where the tech geek spells everything out (especially needed here because the tech is made up and thus needs the exposition) so the audience can follow.
Usually something like this could be saved by great characters, but there were none here. Everyone is cut from the same murder mystery cloth.
...This is a lot more than I anticipated writing on the mobile app.
I've enjoyed other Scalzi novels a lot more than Lock In. The idea is great, but the execution, not so much.(less)
Finally finished this in a blurry haze last night (some of that blur came from tears, I'll admit) and like every other David M...moreActual review (sort of):
Finally finished this in a blurry haze last night (some of that blur came from tears, I'll admit) and like every other David Mitchell book I've read, I'm completely unable to write a review.
The Bone Clocks doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights Cloud Atlas did for me -- will any book? -- but there's some damn good character work here. The fantastical aspect is intriguing and unique, as far as I can tell. Though it took a while for the fantasy to be more than just bits and pieces in the first few sections, when we finally reach the actual meaty plot of the novel, we've traversed decades and touched different aspects of Holly Sykes' life through her eyes and the eyes of others who knew her.
Each character section is incredibly compelling, with the sort of full immersion that Mitchell is a master of - Holly sounds completely different from Hugo and Crispin, etc. Crispin Hershey was probably my favorite of the character studies, considering just how much development he goes through. By the time his section ended, I was...angry, I'd say? So much going, and to have it just stop was frustrating.
That's the mark of how easily it was to get into the heads of these characters - unfortunately, in the case of Hugo Lamb. Ugh. Uuuuggghhhh.
I won't lie and say I wasn't super excited to see some familiar names from other Mitchell novels. It makes it feel like there's some larger, interconnected universe at play, and I like thinking that all the characters I've loved from his other novels are still wandering around, having lives and interacting just slightly with other characters.
Anyway. I suppose that was something of a review. A mess, I'd say, but after reading hundreds of pages of David Mitchell, anything I write anywhere would seem a mess.
Here's to another few years waiting for a Mitchell novel!
August 8th edit: LESS THAN ONE MONTH LEFT!
This wait is just as terrible as the waits between Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet -- I'm used to waiting for books from you, David Mitchell, BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT ANY EASIER.
I'm just gonna go keep re-reading his twitter short story The Right Sort until then, I guess. Sigh.
Original ridiculous note: What do I have to do to get this in my life NOW??
If there's one thing I've learned about Jonathan Hickman after the last few years of reading his work, it'...moreReview also posted at Girls Read Comics Too.
If there's one thing I've learned about Jonathan Hickman after the last few years of reading his work, it's that you will get frustrated and wonder if he even knows what the hell he's doing, but then the day comes, that wonderful, glorious day, when everything clicks. Story lines come together and create something so big, you have to wonder how he does it over and over again.
East of West is his most refined and elegant work so far.
Here, the wait to see plot threads come together isn't so long (or so frustrating). Though there is a much bigger story at play, volume one ends with a sort of closure, a sort of understanding. Death may walk away toward an ever growing plot, but the promise that this volume is named for is understood. One tiny thread has been tied off, and that is enough to satisfy me and keep me reading and wanting more, more, more.
I've only ever experienced Hickman within the Marvel universe, so to see him build a world so effortlessly in the first issue alone is incredible. A large part of that has to do with Dragotta's artwork. It marries western and sci-fi in a way that just plain makes sense. The color palette is muted but beautiful. I need to track down some of his other work, just to see his take on superheroes.
I thought about starting to add this to my pull list, but I think I'll be waiting for the trades. I enjoy Hickman much better when I don't have to wait for a year to see where his stories are going.
(Volume provided by NetGalley; this has had no effect on this review.)(less)
Here's the problem I found with Beggars in Spain: while the ideas and philosophy and ethics are deep, everything else, from the characters and plot to...moreHere's the problem I found with Beggars in Spain: while the ideas and philosophy and ethics are deep, everything else, from the characters and plot to the writing itself, is shallow. There is no meat to the characters at all, which is painfully evident in Leshia as we see the world through her eyes. There is nobody to really root for, and the narrative is so detached from the events that I didn't find myself caring for anything at all.
Which is a shame, because there is some really interesting philosophy in this.
Also, it's ridiculously obvious that the cover is an altered picture of Angelina Jolie.(less)
On the outside, Mal is your typical angry teen, the boy people think will snap one day and go on a school s...moreOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
On the outside, Mal is your typical angry teen, the boy people think will snap one day and go on a school shooting spree. On the inside, Mal is an angry, dejected, incredibly sad boy whose world is turned upside when his father leaves, and things are made even worse when he’s abducted by aliens.
Or is he? I chose to believe everything was true, but you could take it either way.
At 150 pages First Day on Earth is a short, quick read, but it packs a punch with what it does. Mal’s turmoil and angry view of the rest of humanity is easy to understand and sympathize with. It makes it easier to take the journey with him when he meets meets Hooper, a guy in his abduction support group, who may or may not be an alien stranded on Earth. Already feeling detached from his fellow human beings, Mal thinks the answer to all his problems will be to leave Earth with Hooper.
However, the short length of the book fails the narrative once you’re in the last fifty or so pages. Mal thinks and acts a certain way for the entire book, and his torn up emotions are an anchor as the book moves along. Then all of a sudden, without any visible change (except a girl actually talks to and befriends him), Mal changes his mind on something that drives the last half of the book and it all just ends. I enjoyed the book until the very end, but it’s definitely worth a read.(less)
What a hilarious, delightful little book. Gratuity Tucci has to write an essay discussing what the true mea...moreOriginally posted at The Wandering Fangirl.
What a hilarious, delightful little book. Gratuity Tucci has to write an essay discussing what the true meaning of Smekday, the day aliens conquered Earth, means to her. Thus begins the hilarious and often sweet story of Gratuity's journey to find her mother, accompanied by an alien who calls himself J.Lo and her mother's cat. The adventure is huge, the aliens hilarious, the action thrilling, and every picture and drawing littered about made this an incredibly charming read. I totally recommend it to everyone. (less)