From the Fellowship of the Ring mocking Robin Hood wanna-be's (seriously, they're using The Fellowship of the Ring as their point of reference, to Gleep actually talking, Massha getting engaged, and Guido and Nunzio's antics, This book was a brilliant wrap-up to a three story arc.
I'll properly review this when I have a few minutes. I'll be taking a day or so to type out all of my reviews at some point....more
A proper review to come, however, I don't get why everyone is so negative with this story.
It's short, sweet, and to the point. It allows us to see SkA proper review to come, however, I don't get why everyone is so negative with this story.
It's short, sweet, and to the point. It allows us to see Skeeve and Aahz while Sheeve was still learning, without the focus being on the Kingdom. I'd actually like to see more of these little stories, of JLN would consider doing them. ...more
(I HAD THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS AND I DIDNT NOTICED THE EYES BEHIND THE WOOD UNTIL TODAY. JFC. THOSE ARE CREEPIER THAN THE BOOK!!!! 1/Rating: 4 1/2 stars
(I HAD THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS AND I DIDNT NOTICED THE EYES BEHIND THE WOOD UNTIL TODAY. JFC. THOSE ARE CREEPIER THAN THE BOOK!!!! 1/12/14)
Abandon is a story about murder, love, gold, pride, betrayal, regret, and remorse. It's about good intentions not always being so good and not everyone gets a happy ending.
Most of the characters are selfish, greedy, and driven by their own wants and desires; be damned the ones they manipulate in the process.
1893: A town mysteriously vanishes without a trace on Christmas. Two days before hand, a murder is committed over gold found by the owner of the towns mill. In on the murder are two of the mine workers, Oatha and Billy, and the bartender, Jocelyn (Joss), that will be hung in the spring for killing her husbands. There's also a former whore, Gloria, her outlaw husband, Ezekiel, a faithless priest, Stephen, a mute piano player, Lana, an abandoned wife, Molly, and an abused wife, Bessie. These are only a few characters in Abandon, and the only ones mentioning.
Bartholomew, the owner of the now declining mill, discovers a cave full of gold and shares this information with the town bartender. Jocelyn (Joss) wants the gold and tells Oatha about it. Oatha brings in Billy, and the two hold Bart hostage, killing him and his maids for the gold. On Christmas Day, Bart's body is discovered by Stephen, Gloria, and Zeke. Billy gave his wife Bessie a brick of gold for Christmas, and through her fear Bessie tells Stephen, and Ezekiel and Gloria about the gold and they make the connection on who killed Bart.
Zeke takes the priest and the doctor to find Oatha and Billy. Zeke and Doc lose their lives while Stephen escapes and finds the gold. Upon leaving the gold, Stephen watches as Indians descend upon Abandon.
Or do they?
2009: A freelance reporter, Abigail, is contacted by her deadbeat father, Lawrence, to write a story about the ghost town named Abandon in Colorado. Her father is going there with a couple of paranormal photographers, June and Emmett, and thinks Abigail would enjoy writing about it. Lawrence, an expert about Abandon, is using Abigail's article and Emmett and June's work, as an excuse to go into Abandon proper.
Upon entering Abandon, the group starts to explore. Their guides, Scott and Jerrod are fatally injured and killed. The rest of the group is kidnapped by three guys dressed in all black with tactical gear. The explorers then become engaged in a game of cat and mouse, danger and mayhem. Looking for any chance to escape and every opportunity to stay alive.
The book flip flops between 1893 and 2009, giving the story of past and current. The story of a town full of impurity and greed; desperation and hope; alcohol and prayer. It's the story of a town about to run dry and lose its lively hood. And the story of false pretences and a writer who wants nothing more than to survive the nightmare that her small little story has now become.
----------------------- Review and spoilers below Abandon is an almost brilliant story that could make an almost perfect movie if the script were to be written by the right person and the film directed by the right person *coughKathrynBigelowcough*.
To watch the decent of madness of Stephen, between his questioning of his faith and the murdering of an entire town, and the fact that it had nothing to do with him wanting the gold, was fantastic. Here is a town that was booming at one point, full of money, liquor, and sex, to its defining moment of greed and murder, Blake Crouch weaves a story between generations that is masterful.
100+ years after the gold went missing again, it's still driving people to the point of madness to find it.
I almost loved the internal struggle of Abigail and her should I/shouldn't I of taking the job proposed by her father. I would have liked to see their relationship explored a bit more before just jumping into this expedition. That's not saying Blake didn't do a good job of filling in the missing holes of their background, he did, I just think the opening scene between them could have been a bit more struggled and awkward.
For the town itself when it was a town, parts definitely could have been left out. I understand the use of Lucy, a mute piano player who's tongue was cut out by her alcoholic and gambling addict husband, but a couple of characters could have been left out; just for the sake of pacing. I also don't quite understand the need for Jocelyn's backstory, as it really doesn't add or take away much from the plot. In fact, even if she wasn't chained to the bar waiting her execution, she still could have gotten Oatha and Billy to do the dirty work. I think Jocelyn could have been a much stronger character if she had a much stronger background.
Back to present: I don't know why Blake chose to have the town sheriff and her brother also be accomplices to finding the gold. Jennifer, the sheriff, was briefly mentioned in the beginning and then her brother just shows up out of nowhere. Scott would have known who he was the moment he saw him, but still continued to say nothing while him and Abigail were trying to escape back to safety. I don't think so. There is no reason Scott couldn't have notified Abigail to who Quinn was.
And speaking of Abigail, again, the whole trial of her guilt or innocence should have been left out. For me, it completely ruined the flow of the book. It would have been perfect to see Abigail going back to NYC and then right into her fathers last few moments. Especially since she had access to the journal talking about the gold, which any CSU would have found at the crime scene. They would have found her clothes in the house and found the journal right there.
But no. Apparently, Colorado's small town police department couldn't even do a proper job of securing a crime scene because at no point during Abigail's trial was the gold or the cave even brought up. You cannot tell me that the secret of the town is really going to end with her and her mom, especially since Abigail told the cops about it and they went searching for her father.
I also remember Quinn stealing some of the gold, but I don't recall him ever losing it. If the gold was still on him or in the car he was driving, the local PD would have found it and known Abigail was telling the truth. (Unless he did lose the gold chasing after Abigail and I don't remember reading about it.)
You cannot tell me someone else's interest wasn't peaked and they didn't go looking for the gold themselves or even to investigate Abigail's claims.
Now, despite all of that and despite some need on certain characters, I still give this 4 1/2 stars. The story kept me engaged (even if I was jerked out of it once in a while. Mostly due to having to get used to switching between two different points of view: the town old and the town current.). I can totally see this being not only a movie, but a successful one. I even found myself fan casting roles while reading; seeing the location; hearing their voices; feeling their concern, anger, and desperation.
I've read a handful or so of Blake's book and, this is, by far, one of his best I've read. Right behind Snowbound (another that would make a great movie).
I still have his Wayward Pine trilogy to read and that's coming up next. If the Wayward Pine trilogy is anything like Abandon, Snowbound, and the first two Andrew Thomas/Luther Kite books (Stirred was a complete travesty), then I know I'm in for a wild ride that I can't wait to join. ...more
I love these books so much. This is my first time reading this series and I love it. I've yet to be disappointed.
Skeeve is on Perv looking for Aahz.I love these books so much. This is my first time reading this series and I love it. I've yet to be disappointed.
Skeeve is on Perv looking for Aahz. They had a falling out and Aahz went back to his dimension. This book is all Skeeve centric and introduces a few new characters that I really hope continue with the next books.
The humor is still as prevalent in this one as it was in the first. Chock full of puns as usually. You can tell Robert Asprin was a giant nerd; one of the headings for the chapter is a quote by S. Strange, M.D. (Doctor Strange for those not in the loop).
To everyone complaining about Perv not living up to the expectations from Aahz's descriptions; remember, Pervs always uptalk everything. It would make sense for the Perv Aahz describes and the real Perv to be two different things.
The only problem I have with this book is that it felt too short. Aahz is missing until the last few pages of the book and BAM! Him and Skeeve are best friends again and off to save the universe. Or, well, Skeeve's home dimension. I would have liked to have seen more interaction with Aahz and Skeeve before they teamed up again.
Can't wait to listen to the next one. I've done all of them on audio and honestly have no desire to actually read them...more
This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. And I read Twilight and Fifty Shades.
This whole book is one giant emotional abuse fit. If I had aThis is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. And I read Twilight and Fifty Shades.
This whole book is one giant emotional abuse fit. If I had an actual paper copy, I would set it on fire. I have no idea what chapter I quit on, but I wish I hadn't wasted my time. I was hoping it would get better but everyone single one of those daughters are douche bag Mary Sue's and I can't. ...more