It was a while I ago I finished the book, so I can't make too many points on exactly why I found it such an average read, but I will say this: If I haIt was a while I ago I finished the book, so I can't make too many points on exactly why I found it such an average read, but I will say this: If I had stopped reading after 50 pages - as I was tempted to do - it would have warranted just the one star. However, I persevered (the book was a present and it would feel rude not to finish it) and it really did pick up around the midpoint. I'm glad I finished it.
Just goes to show - you can't judge a book by its... erm... opening chapters....more
Unfortunately the most fun you'll get out of this book is reading speech bubbles in the characters' voices (particularly Taggart's)Yeah, not so good.
Unfortunately the most fun you'll get out of this book is reading speech bubbles in the characters' voices (particularly Taggart's) as there's really not much to enjoy here.
The story is uninspiring and borrows from other science-fiction (Terminator; Futurama) without ever really going anywhere interesting. You get a glimpse of a Jo backstory, but nothing really interesting or revealing.
The art is sub-standard, and (covers aside) the characters don't even look all that much like their real life counterpart.
None of the cast are at all put forward as being a genius, and, in fact, the smartest thing about the book is that it includes a 10-page preview of the next volume which looks oh-so-much worse. This was a clever move because there's no way I can rate this as a one star book as there is clearly worse to come!
So, two stars it is, and I shall read no more....more
Books are better than the film they inspired - it's pretty much a given fact. But if you forced me to choose a film that was better than its book - ifBooks are better than the film they inspired - it's pretty much a given fact. But if you forced me to choose a film that was better than its book - if I had to give one on pain of death - I would say that 'Jaws' was it. So what happened Spielberg? Why did you butcher this so? What happened in those twenty years?
I wasn't expecting anything great from this sequel, really, as it came out rather quickly on the high tide after the first film did so well, but I was actually surprised by how much of a worthy sequel it actually is. Whereas in the film we find ourselves on the island within the first ten minutes, the book takes its time a bit more, setting the background as to why we are heading there over the first hundred or so pages. And even when we arrive Crichton explores the island in his own time, not rushing to get on with the dinosaur attacks, which is admirable in a sequel of this kind - where generally people want excitement from the off.
What then follows is a very enjoyable extension to the story. Sure there are times when you can't understand the motives behind the character's actions, but it's all pretty much excusable - they're under some stress after all.
The only other gripe I'd have with the writing is that the word 'frond' is used to excess, particularly in one early section of the book - which becomes tiresome, and the 'gunning' of engines which happens often towards the end.
Otherwise, if you enjoyed the first book then you should find this a reasonable continuation of the story. It's not as good as Jurassic Park, as you wouldn't expect it to be, but enjoyable never-the-less.
Just don't judge the book on the film. It is, after all, an entirely different beast....more
Sad to say this is a terrible book. It gets two stars instead of one merely for being based on a great idea, and that is in no thanks to its author.
ThSad to say this is a terrible book. It gets two stars instead of one merely for being based on a great idea, and that is in no thanks to its author.
This book, basically, didn't have to be written. The Hitchhikers series was Douglas Adams', and Douglas Adams' alone. If someone had to finish it off then it should have been someone who would give it the love it deserved. Jasper Fforde springs to mind, as does Grant Morrison, although that may have been a bit too weird.
The guide notes here are terrible. The basic ideas are okay, but every new invention being called a 'something-o-something' shows a real lack of imagination on Eoin's part.
The characters are pretty much entirely wasted, with the exception of Zaphod. Wowbagger and Trillian is a ludicrous idea that sprang from nowhere and doesn't sit right at all.
And to cap it all off it makes a big thing about how "stories never end, they're just a middle" which pretty much makes the book a complete waste of time as it just underlines the needlessness of itself.
I wish this had been better, but in reality, I've never missed Douglas more....more
I didn't know what to expect with this book - even in its physical form - I ordered it up and always thought 'Hmm... an anti-war book with slaughter iI didn't know what to expect with this book - even in its physical form - I ordered it up and always thought 'Hmm... an anti-war book with slaughter in the title - this is going to run to 800-odd pages and be a really heavy read'.
Yeah, so I was wrong on all counts. What a funny little book! I breezed through it in a couple of sittings (a rarity for me, book size irrelevant) and thoroughly enjoyed it. For some reason that I can't entirely put my finger on Billy is really easy to connect with, despite him being more than a little fantastical. He reminds me of Billy the Smartest Kid on Earth which maybe more than a coincidence, since both Billys are, essentially, loners, despite other characters around them.
The book does lose it's humour towards the end (which is to be expected really) and some of the fun dies when it gets to the meat of the story. So it goes. But Kurt Vonnegut has shot up my list of writers to explore further... Not least because I'm currently reading High Fidelity and Rob keeps Kurt in his Top 5 Authors of All Time list - a coincidence that will surely affect my basket next time I head toward Amazon!
On the whole, a superb read, and one of those books that everyone should read at least once....more
Not bad, possibly a good start to a series, but it doesn't stand out as being particularly exceptional. As an introduction to the characters it does iNot bad, possibly a good start to a series, but it doesn't stand out as being particularly exceptional. As an introduction to the characters it does it's job well, but I'll have to read the second volume before I decide that this a series worth continuing through to the end.
It is probably worth noting that this is the first manga that I've read since Death Note, which is an absurdly hard series to follow, so that may have affected my opinion somewhat......more
An absolutely cracking read! Half way between Short Circuit and Watership Down, I was totally taken off guard by it.
Recently I have found that some ofAn absolutely cracking read! Half way between Short Circuit and Watership Down, I was totally taken off guard by it.
Recently I have found that some of Grant Morrison's books are too short and deserve to be a series rather than a limited run. Not so with We3, it works perfectly as a story with three parts, and the posters that start each act are a wonderful idea. The dialogue is almost minimal, the story pretty much speaking for itself, but the few words uttered by the characters have been chosen carefully, with the use of 'txt spk' being suprisingly powerful.
And than we move onto Frank Quitely's artwork, which, really, is revolutionary. The little splatters of reaction shots and activity that pepper the main action pictures work superbly, really giving the reader a sense of time and movement, whilst still centred around one image. Also worthy of note is one frame in particular where a newspaper is dumped on a shop counter, and one of the customers emits a speech bubble which contains no words, but is just transparent over the newspaper, so you know they're just indescriptly chattering about the news.
I have read collaborations between Grant and Frank before, and I look forward to doing so again. May their working relationship be a long a fruitful one!...more
Madness. Absolute madness. Trying to keep it all together whilst reading Filth is something of a challenge. It's the kind of material that you have toMadness. Absolute madness. Trying to keep it all together whilst reading Filth is something of a challenge. It's the kind of material that you have to read straight through as any gaps will just cause you to forget entirely where you are. Grant Morrison tries to cram every literary device possible into a relatively short 13 issue run, which, after The Invisibles, seems way too short. There are some parts that I wish he'd made more of - the Paperverse, for example, where characters can leave the comic's page and can create their own thought bubbles is criminally underused, and only referenced on occasion. The same goes for the tiny creatures and their world within a world, the different sections of The Hand, and the traversing of the worlds. In fact the only real mainstay is the love of a cat, which may be the bizarrest crouton in a bizarre soup.
After reading this and Arkham Asylum recently it seems to me that Grant Morrison in his post-Invisibles days seems to have had many a good idea, but just doesn't give them the nurturing they deserve. He jumps from one great idea to the next without fully exploring what he's created which, unfortunately, is an injustice we the reader have to suffer....more
Everyone seems to love this! Whether they are reviewing the series or just this first volume is sometimes unclear, but with this first installation IEveryone seems to love this! Whether they are reviewing the series or just this first volume is sometimes unclear, but with this first installation I was mostly disappointed. It's one of those comics series that you hear about here and there, so I decided to give it a go. And to me it mainly seemed crude just for the hell of it, and with characters that you're not supposed to care about or relate with. Spider is supposedly meant to be a moral character, and yet when the story starts it is made abundantly clear that he isn't - he'd signed a contract, taken the money and ran. He blows up a bar, for no discernible reason. He then leaves his car in the middle of a traffic jam and wanders over everyone elses. It also appears later on that he still has his car.
It just seems to me that this could have all been thought out a bit better. The writing seemed to be rushed, and, while the artwork is good, it rarely stays constant. I shall try the second book in case there's something I'm clearly missing, but as a start to a series 'Back on the Street' leaves something to be desired......more