I picked this up on a whim from the discount bin at a Books-A-Million and don't regret it! After months of reading almost nothing but sci-fi (it's my...moreI picked this up on a whim from the discount bin at a Books-A-Million and don't regret it! After months of reading almost nothing but sci-fi (it's my favorite genre, but I was getting over saturated with it), this was a pleasant change. I don't even care if things worked out too perfectly for the characters; I was willing to suspend my disbelief for this super sweet, funny, touching, and ultimately feel-good read.(less)
I completed this entire book in about 7 hours, which is pretty rare for me. Typically, no matter how interested I am in what I'm reading or how much I...moreI completed this entire book in about 7 hours, which is pretty rare for me. Typically, no matter how interested I am in what I'm reading or how much I like it, I can't keep my concentration on it for more than 1-2 hours. My mind inevitably starts to wander and I end up having to take a break from reading. But I didn't have that problem with this book.
I've been a fan of Star Trek since before I lost all my baby teeth, though, admittedly, I'm not quite as well versed in The Original Series (TOS) as I am in the later series, so some of the references to TOS flew over my head. Still, anyone who is a Trekkie, has known a Trekkie, or has ever been to any kind of sci-fi/comic book/anime/general-nerdiness convention will likely find something familiar and/or endearing in this book. And if not, there's plenty of zombie action! haha
At times funny, scary, thrilling, sweet, nerdy...I really, really enjoyed this book!!
March 5, 2011: I'm only on the prologue and I already think I'm going to LOVE this book!
I correctly predicted the winner for Best Picture (The King's Speech) at the Oscars (Academy Awards?), so Books-A-Million gave me $5 off a purchase of $25+ :D. I usually only shop the clearance books there, because I'm cheep lol, but I wanted to use my winnings! I spent about 40 minutes roaming around trying to find something, anything, to buy and was about to give up when I spotted this book! A friend (Christy Leigh Stewart) recommended it to me a while ago, knowing I'm a total Trekkie, so I thought I'd give it a go...(less)
I caught a cold while reading this so I had to take a break from it for a few weeks, so it took longer to read than I'd hoped. That aside, I liked the...moreI caught a cold while reading this so I had to take a break from it for a few weeks, so it took longer to read than I'd hoped. That aside, I liked the book and enjoyed reading it. The whodunit twist was a total surprise to me!(less)
**spoiler alert** I picked this book up from a Books-A-Million clearance rack, and bought it on a whim for $1.
I'm not sure if there's a technical ter...more**spoiler alert** I picked this book up from a Books-A-Million clearance rack, and bought it on a whim for $1.
I'm not sure if there's a technical term for the style of writing used in this book, but it's definitely different from books I typically read. Most of the story unfolds in narration, but it doesn't feel so much like narration as it does a free-flowing barrage of atmospheric descriptions. I liked the random tangents revealing glimpses of future events in the lives of the characters, it helped to add to the building mystery of the story. You know disaster is coming, but you're mostly left guessing about when and why.
I have only two complaints about this book: 1) The cover. It gives too much away. If there weren't spaceships on the cover then it would have really been a mystery as to who/what the impending doom was. Spaceships on the cover give it away before you ever start reading.
2) I feel like the book should've ended with the sub-chapter "There's Always a Party Somewhere", with final words "It will not come yet, but it is coming soon. We promise. Happiness.". That ending feels much more powerful and...final, to me than the actual final sub-chapter in the book, "Wendell's Dream #4".
OK, now that's out of the way, my very spoilery responses to parts (mostly the ending) of the book:
Oh no! Robert Lord Townsend Jr., don't smoke around gasoline! And don't drop your cigarette on the ground when Ma Xiao Ling drops her gasoline and spills it on the ground...You guys are gonna blow up before you ever get to run into each others arms!!
Okay, Trout and Salmon, guys, like, seriously, just make out already or something lol.
It took an alien invasion apocalypse for you to finally tell Lucas you love him, Diane?? Geeez girl!
I feel so bad for Wendell. He became this reluctant hero, an unwilling symbol for hope, when all he ever wanted to do was just find his boyfriend whom he obviously loved deeply...But it turns out his boyfriend ran off to save himself from an alien invasion apocalypse, selfishly abandoning Wendell without any explanation, and he's never coming back. What a bastard.(less)
Towards the end, some of the explanations felt a bit muddled and I had to re-read some parts a few times in order to really work out and understand th...moreTowards the end, some of the explanations felt a bit muddled and I had to re-read some parts a few times in order to really work out and understand the explanation given...But over all I really enjoyed the book. I think it's probably my favorite of the series, even with all the death and destruction.(less)
As I've been reading through this series, I've been watching the corresponding movie once I've finished the book. After reading Goblet of Fire and the...moreAs I've been reading through this series, I've been watching the corresponding movie once I've finished the book. After reading Goblet of Fire and then watching the movie...WOW. This has been the worst book-to-movie adaptation in the series so far. Entire characters were wiped from the story, scenes significant to character development and to plot development in the next book were complete deleted, a heroic and noble moment was re-written to make it seem like Harry saved the day instead of him being the one who was saved. I know it's a cliché but...THE BOOK WAS SO MUCH BETTER.(less)
Over all I think this was an interesting concept for a story, but I feel like the execution could have been better. Writing the book almost entirely i...moreOver all I think this was an interesting concept for a story, but I feel like the execution could have been better. Writing the book almost entirely in narration left me feeling kind of disengaged. Most of the time I felt little to no connection to what I was reading. While reading this book I was reminded of something my high school sophomore English teacher told the class whenever we were writing any sort of narrative: Don't tell me what's happening, show me what's happening. Meaning, when possible, use dialog to tell a story instead of just using narration, because using dialog will typically make a story more dynamic. I feel like this book could have benefited from more "showing" and less "telling" since I found the most interesting and engaging parts to be when the father and son were reacting to/interacting with each other or other people—scenes which generally included dialog. I understand that the lack of dialog was likely a very purposeful style choice given the setting of the story, but it just didn't work for me.
Something that really annoyed me with this book was the use of apostrophes, quotation marks, and commas. Or, I should say, the lack thereof. No quotation marks were used (even when there was dialog, which is generally in quotation marks), and apostrophes and commas were few and far between. Honestly, I can understand if you're going for a certain style that you might want to forgo those things, but be consistent! Don't use apostrophes when contracting "will" or "would" (e.g. - you'll, he'd) but leave out the apostrophe when contracting "not" (e.g. - wont, hadnt). Either use apostrophes when contracting words, or don't. Choose your style and stick with it! Also, there were a few instances where the lack of quotation marks made it hard to differentiate between when dialog ended and narration resumed.
The over all writing style frustrated me a bit as well. At times it seemed as if the writer was trying so hard to make the style of writing come across as stilted/stream of consciousness that it made some scenes unclear or confusing. There were parts where it was difficult to tell if something was just a weird (day)dream, a flashback, or something actually happening in present time. I'd read the same paragraph like, 3 or 4 times and still find myself thinking "What...just...happened?" I feel like at times there was almost too much detail sacrificed for the sake of achieving a certain style of writing.(less)
This was a quick and very enjoyable/entertaining read. Lots of funny snarky dialog! Exactly the kind of stuff I've come to expect from Torchwood. I al...moreThis was a quick and very enjoyable/entertaining read. Lots of funny snarky dialog! Exactly the kind of stuff I've come to expect from Torchwood. I also really liked the "styling" of some of the chapters. For instance, one chapter is done entirely like Facebook status updates ("Emma Webster is..."), and another is done in numbered list format. The resolution felt a tad rushed, but again, something I've come to expect from Torchwood.(less)