Absolutely painful. A terrible, horrible, atrocious book. I could not in good conscience recommend this to anyone, even someone I hated. I am the kindAbsolutely painful. A terrible, horrible, atrocious book. I could not in good conscience recommend this to anyone, even someone I hated. I am the kind of reader that will almost ALWAYS push through a book I do not like. I take it as a mark of failure if I leave a book unfinished, even if it is horrible. With this book, I'm willing to take that L.
It is so horribly written that it is literally painful. I lost brain cells for having read it. I am a dumber person for having read it. As an aspiring writer, I know the golden rule is to read books that you think are amazing, because the excellent writing will elevate your own. I wish I had not read this book, because it has set me back as a writer CONSIDERABLY.
HOW IS PATTERSON SO POPULAR? I mean, my clients that are currently incarcerated love him, but most of them have minimal education and have never been exposed to good books - not even decent, middle of the road books, so perhaps that's why they think this drivel is good.
Patterson and the other guy who wrote this have a tin ear for dialogue. The dialogue is HORRIBLE. There's a smattering of racism and xenophobia, so that's fun, the execution/flow of the narrative is choppy and EXTREMELY clumsy, liek you wrote out an entire, full fledged, well ordered novel out on about 3000 index cards and then let a drunk toddler pick about 500 of those cards and cobbled that together into a book. The premise is awesome, which is what drew me to it in the first place and forced me to suffer through exactly half the book but MY GOD everything else about it is terrible.
THe main character sucks and isn't sympathetic or relatable - just annoying. The "love interest" is one dimensional, and is anyone else creeped out by how, whenever the main character is lusting after her, he describes her as "child-like" and "girlish"? Was the editor asleep at the wheel, that he thought that shit was remotely acceptable? The main character and his love interest fall in love in two seconds flat (it seems like, with the lazy cop-out line, I knew I was falling in love hard and fast with this woman and suspected she felt the same, which of course absolves the writer of doing any actual, oh, I dont' know, WRITING to *show* the reader that the two are in love), and everything about this book is a trainwreck.
I'm reading the plot synopsis on wikipedia right now, because I cannot handle another word of this shit, and I'm hoping that some better suspense writer comes along and does a much better job, which isn't a tall order, because they could do a better job writing this while unconscious from alcohol poisoning.
Do not read this fucking book. Just wikipedia "Zoo by james patterson" and take a look at the plot, and then daydream about what even that crackpot Michael Crichton could have done with this concept, much less someone who's wonderful as a writer and a person, such as Stephen King. ...more
Everyone annoyed me in this book except the twins. Especially Harry. His teen angst was just ugh. Also felt like this one was a bit too long and couldEveryone annoyed me in this book except the twins. Especially Harry. His teen angst was just ugh. Also felt like this one was a bit too long and could have been effectively pared down a little. Still good. ...more
The only criticism I have is that it would have really benefitted from a stronger editor. There were some word usage issues and many sentences where aThe only criticism I have is that it would have really benefitted from a stronger editor. There were some word usage issues and many sentences where a key preposition had just been omitted completely. I'll write a longer thing on my blog (http://humarashid.com) talking about my thoughts on this as a criminal defense attorney, but suffice it to say this was a compelling read and I have nothing but respect for the hard working coroners that do the work most of us would rather not think about....more
Was all set to give this five stars, but then came away profoundly disturbed by the author opting not to judge a father who brutally beat his daughterWas all set to give this five stars, but then came away profoundly disturbed by the author opting not to judge a father who brutally beat his daughter with a belt for coming to him with a bullying problem and not handling it herself. (She did handle it herself the next day - with a rake handle. And wasn't bothered again.)
Yeah, profoundly disturbed by the author shrugging at/condoning that as the father helping his daughter acclimate to the life she'd have to live given their rough environment.
That being said, this is an excellent, thorough book that needs to be a part of any conversation on American mass shootings involving young men. I'm so glad Sue Klebold wrote this, and wish her and Tom and Byron the best. ...more
Yeah, detoxing is not a thing. It is pseudo-science. The human body evolved to be able to handle a wiiiiiide variety of food substances, as well as diYeah, detoxing is not a thing. It is pseudo-science. The human body evolved to be able to handle a wiiiiiide variety of food substances, as well as differing amounts. It can handle it when you eat weird processed shit, and it can handle those few days that you eat like 3,000 calories or whatever. The key to losing weight is hotly debated, but this "tea cleanse" nonsense ain't it. (I could even launch into a long lecture about how a calorie isn't even a calorie, but this isn't the place for that.)...more