I'm a little torn on how to rate this. On the one hand, the story is original, and the prose is fluid, visceral, and perfectly tailored to the voice oI'm a little torn on how to rate this. On the one hand, the story is original, and the prose is fluid, visceral, and perfectly tailored to the voice of Rootless' narrator. Both of which I find admirable.
But that same narrator can't seem to think his way out of a paper bag, and yet somehow---simply by virtue of his potent emotions, as far as I can tell---he always manages to come out on top. Usually at the very last moment...and accompanied by a maximum of gratuitous violence and gore. (This, by the way, coming from someone who read and enjoyed A Clockwork Orange.)
The other characters have interesting details but don't ever feel fully fleshed-out, and the instant romantic connection between Banyan and his lady love never really makes sense. Which may have something to do with the fact that they don't ever have an actual conversation beyond, "Hey, I want to kiss you," or "Sucks that both our parents were taken," or "How 'bout you kill those people?"
So overall, though I can appreciate Rootless' uniqueness and prose, I didn't really enjoy the experience of reading the book all that much. And while I'd kind of like to know what happens next, the thought of reading the next book leaves me cold....more
This is my kind of horror: lots of humor, likeable and realistically inept characters, a touch of philosophy, and plenty of mystery left even after weThis is my kind of horror: lots of humor, likeable and realistically inept characters, a touch of philosophy, and plenty of mystery left even after we meet the man behind the curtain. I'm very much looking forward to reading the sequel. Whenever that gets written.......more
Intriguing in concept, lackluster in execution. This book is ideally suited, I believe, for those who've never read Pride and Prejudice. For someone lIntriguing in concept, lackluster in execution. This book is ideally suited, I believe, for those who've never read Pride and Prejudice. For someone like me---who has not only read the book, but seen the miniseries, dabbled in fanfiction, read other interpretations of the same story, and inadvertently memorized whole passages---this was rather tedious than entertaining. Despite the inclusion of zombies, nothing changes. Certainly a handful of details are different, but the book remains in essentials unchanged. Which is a little hard to believe when you have zombies running around.
Add to this that the editor, or perhaps the writer, cared so little for continuity that they allowed "Bennet" to occasionally gain an extra T; "Kilkenny" to shift back and forth from "Kilkerry;" and characters to consistently reference statements they don't actually make in this version of the classic (e.g., Elizabeth refers to Darcy saying his temper is "resentful"---a statement he makes in the original but not in this book), and it's hardly any wonder that by the last third of the book I was desperate for the end.
If you've been meaning to read Pride and Prejudice, but can't quite bring yourself to struggle through early nineteenth century prose, this is the book for you. But if you already have a strong background in the book, you'd be far better off skimming this version for the zombie bits and paging through for the pictures....more
Disappointing. Rather than discovering a world torn apart by zombies, I was treated to a first class tour of Mary's neuroses. She's afraid! She's loneDisappointing. Rather than discovering a world torn apart by zombies, I was treated to a first class tour of Mary's neuroses. She's afraid! She's lonely! She hates herself! She hates everyone else! She loves Travis! If only she could have Travis! But Travis isn't enough! And always, harping in the background of every other page is her talisman for escape, The Ocean! The Ocean! The Ocean!
The more emotional Mary got, the less I cared about her. And when she felt burdened by her own hope? ::rolls eyes:: I'm sorry, but why am I reading this? Mary doesn't learn anything about herself or the world that she didn't at least suspect at the start of the book. And all the interesting aspects of her world---the Sisterhood, the fences, the nature of the Unconsecrated, even the concept of community---were passed over in favor of the mire of Mary's angst....more
Not a bad graphic novel, but so much of horror depends on imagining the awful things that having them pictured, as with a graphic novel, tends to dampNot a bad graphic novel, but so much of horror depends on imagining the awful things that having them pictured, as with a graphic novel, tends to dampen the effect. And the pictures themselves were so clean and even bright that I found myself reassured rather than frightened. I did enjoy seeing Coraline's adventures through another's eyes, but I was glad I'd read the book, and experienced them myself, first....more
I'm of two minds about H.P. Lovecraft. On the one hand, he's a classic, a master at creating grotesque, oppressive atmosphere, and I can see certain sI'm of two minds about H.P. Lovecraft. On the one hand, he's a classic, a master at creating grotesque, oppressive atmosphere, and I can see certain seeds of modern horror, science fiction, and even fantasy within his writing. But on the other hand, that writing is fixated on one set of ideas and themes, and his stories read as though they are slight variations on one another.
Only occasionally in this collection was I surprised by a turn of events or eager to see how Lovecraft would resolve a conflict. Most of the time, I knew exactly what was going to happen, who would be involved, and how it all would be described. There was only so much my appreciation for Lovecraft's technique and place in literary history could do to keep me engaged in the text.
So, five stars in respect for that technique and impact on the writers that followed, but minus one star for not quite having that impact on me....more