I just learned that this book is the second book I've read by JA Konrath. I wish I had known that earlier. I don't think I'm ever going to read any fiI just learned that this book is the second book I've read by JA Konrath. I wish I had known that earlier. I don't think I'm ever going to read any fiction book of his again that's not vetted by a publisher. On to the review...
Like all guys, I like porn. Whereas women call their porn, "erotica," I"m going to call it porn here. Now, I love watching porn and even reading porn. I don't know how other guys feel but I actually like it when the porn I'm reading or watching has a story. That's kind of like my thing. Now sometimes, I'm far too interested in the story than the sex but either way, I'm entertained.
Sadly, there's no story here.
Since this was a parody of Alice in Wonderland, I thought it might take place in that same time period. But when dildos and Amazon.com got mentioned, I realized it wasn't. Still, I never quite knew when and where it took place and never got my barrings. That was OK when it was in Wonderland, but not in the real world.
When porn has no story, it usually involves bad acting or in this case, bad writing. But the major problem with no good story in porn for me is that it's just a bunch of jumbled sex scenes. Characters go from one place to one place or from one man to two men or women to another for no reason. Nothing makes sense and I question characters motivations.
Here, Alice is a prude. I was hoping for a slow transition into sexual liberation(?). I don't know. Some kind of progression where her character grew. That didn't happen. Now, there were glimpses of that happening, but everything happened so fast and Alice was so dumb that the situations didn't make sense nor did I care about what was happening to Alice.
This book might have also been better if it was serious or humorous. Instead, it tried to be in the middle but failed miserably. I don't understand what the reasoning of that middle ground was.
I am curious about one thing though. Was 50 Shades of Grey this bad? I'm not into bondage, but I do wonder how that book would be like? As much slack as that book has gotten, it's gotta be better than this one....more
I wanted to like this book. Then again, I can say that about all the books I CHOOSE to read for pleasure. This book reminded me of a book I read yearsI wanted to like this book. Then again, I can say that about all the books I CHOOSE to read for pleasure. This book reminded me of a book I read years ago. They both had a very similar premise, but that one had a possible Lucifer in the Andes(?) Mountains who was a three dimensional and fascinating character. This one did not. I wish I could remember the name but I read it before I used Goodreads. Go figure. It was a damn good book.
The premise for this book was fine but the execution was sorely lacking. And the book got worse and worse as I kept reading. I should have known something was up where in the first few pages, Bub was described as, and I'm paraphrasing here, but only slightly "Something as too horrible to describe." OK. That just seemed like lazy writing. Instead, that was just the beginning of the setting, not to mention the characters, never being fully fleshed out.
Now sure, while I much prefer Lucifer who's a fallen angel and has depth whether it's in "Paradise Lost," Carey's "Lucifer," or the book I can't remember the title, he doesn't always have to be. But the set up of this book, I felt was supposed to keep you guessing. With the works I mentioned, you're usually guessing at Lucifer's motives, plans, sides, etc., but here Bub just came off as some kind of creature/animal. He wasn't scary or even fascinating but merely an animal with power. That's how he came off to me.
While that could have worked, the biggest problem were the characters. There were so many problems with them, it's hard to know where to begin.
I know that Andy and Sun are supposed to get together, but I didn't care about them. Everything felt so rushed especially their relationship. The characters in here do the dumbest thing, and I mean Prometheus dumb! And they're supposed to be educated people. There are short chapters for them, but they're all flashbacks or told and you never spend enough time with them to feel that they're anything more than a plot device. Those chapters take away from Andy and Sun. Everyone else could have came off as one-dimensional if that pair came off as three-dimensional. Instead everyone came off as flat and one-dimensional as possible.
And then when the shit hit the fan, everyone took the situation far too lightly. So many quips were thrown about. They were flippant about it, and if they didn't care why should I? Compounded with that were a whole mess of cliches. Every character just spoke in cliches.
As bad as Origin was, it did remind me of that really good thriller I once read. I might go ahead and re-read that if I can find out what the title is. ...more
I am anti-social, and I like chick-lit. So it stands to reason that I should have liked this book. Sadly, I did not.
The main reason I didn't like thisI am anti-social, and I like chick-lit. So it stands to reason that I should have liked this book. Sadly, I did not.
The main reason I didn't like this was that the entire book is told instead of shown. I think it took me about 30 pages to realize that. That is it's major failing.
There's a reason why the number one rule of writing is show not tell. Mainly, it has to do with making a connection with the characters, setting, etc. There's none of that here. The whole book felt like a friend talking you about their friends and family that you know nothing about. You don't really care. You just kind of nod and humor and hope there's a point to their story. That disconnection made reading this book a slog.
Now, there is one character you do get a feel for--Mace. It makes sense since she's the one telling the entire story. But I found I never ended up liking her even though I could probably relate to her. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if there's any redeeming quality about her. She's an alcohol, depressing, selfish, cheater. I can't remember anything she does in the entire book that's not about her or where she does something good. Though she does show a tiny bit of growth at the end despite the lack of resolution.
I think there was a story here. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it had it been shown. I would have cared and known the characters and I would have wondered how Mace would have reacted to those situations. And maybe, I would have known why the hell guys were so interested in her. She must have looked hot, and that's about it.
Vol. 2 is much better than Vol. 1. Willis even says so in the beginning of his book. It's no where near as good as Dumbing of Age but it does get bettVol. 2 is much better than Vol. 1. Willis even says so in the beginning of his book. It's no where near as good as Dumbing of Age but it does get better even if it does take awhile to get there.
To be honest, I don't think I would get Shortpacked if I wasn't already ordering Dumbing of Age. Don't get me wrong. I like Shortpacked and I relate to a lot of it since I love Transformers, once worked in a toy store, and collected far too many toys. But the humor or writing isn't as sharp as DoA.
I'm hoping that it'll pick up since Willis does obviously improve as a writer. Plus, since the drama tag got pulled, so I expect things will get better....more
I knew Dumbing of Age was good but I forgot how good it was. It had been a long time since I read the first volume and damn, this is one fine series!
NI knew Dumbing of Age was good but I forgot how good it was. It had been a long time since I read the first volume and damn, this is one fine series!
Now, it was a bit rocky at first because if there's one drawback to DoA, it's that there's a huge cast of characters. Even though there's a nice little recap in the beginning and even bios of the people, that's still a lot to take in especially when two of the characters look exactly the same. Luckily, it didn't take long before I fell right back in the DoA world.
I don't know what to say. It's hard to review something when you love it and it's so good. If you love a funny, heartfelt, witty, diverse story then you will love DoA. If you don't, what the hell is wrong with you?...more
When I finished A Dance with Dragons, the first question that came to why was this book split from A Feast for Crows. They were originally supposed toWhen I finished A Dance with Dragons, the first question that came to why was this book split from A Feast for Crows. They were originally supposed to be one book. This book was far better than the previous one. Whereas I felt like nothing much happened in Crows and it followed characters I didn't care about, this didn't have those problems...as much.
It's not that things don't happen here, they do, they just don't get resolved. My second question when I finished was, that's it? Just when things were getting interesting, and a it took a long time to reach that, the book ended. It's not so much that it ended on a cliffhanger, it just felt more like GRRM stopped writing. I don't think anything was resolve and that's just bad storytelling. You have to give the reader something and I got nothing.
I'm glad Jon Snow was in this book because he singlehandedly carried the book. Well, him and Theon. Those two had engaging stories and things felt like they were moving forward. Everyone else either popped in for a second (Arya), people I can't really name or remember (Prince of Dorn?), was just inept (Daenerys), or loved food (Tyrion).
Speaking of which, man was there a lot of food description. Way too many pages were devoted to food. Still not sure if it was as bad or worse than "You know nothing, Jon Snow." As much as I loved Snow's chapters, I hated every time he thought that, which was every other page or so.
All in all, it was all right, but things could have been cut. If four and five were one book, with all the necessary cuts, I believe the story would have tightened and picked up pace. I think book six will be interesting considering all the "cliffhangers," but things have got to pick up. These people have to meet, the Others must bring the wall down, everyone must unite and defeat them, Jon and Daenerys must rule togethe and bring 1000 years peace.
I'm sure this will happen. The question is how long will it take to reach that point because while it may be about the journey, there comes a point where we ask, "Are we there yet?" I believe we've reached that point. ...more
For some reason, I have been itching to get into tea. Doing a Google search didn't help because there is so much information out there. I figure I'd dFor some reason, I have been itching to get into tea. Doing a Google search didn't help because there is so much information out there. I figure I'd do something a little old fashioned and read a very basic beginners book.
19 Lessons On Tea is a bit misleading of a title. I had thought that I'd be getting 19 lessons about tea. Instead, what I got were 19 snippets about tea.
Now as a noob that shouldn't be too bad for me, but it was. The fact of the matter is the information presented was too short for me to actually learn anything. And the information that was in those snippets weren't particularly interesting. Reading them was like reading a small paragraph in a history book. What was even the point?
Now the book did do one thing well. As short as the information and the information is, it does cover a lot. It covers pretty much every tea in existence, their origin, how they got brought over and so on. So I do give it props for that.
Anyways, I suppose I'll have to just try a bunch of tea and figure out what I want. Since I borrowed this from Amazon, I don't regret reading it, but I'm glad I didn't buy it either.
I enjoyed this volume of Dragon Ball far more than the previous one. One of the reasons because it more or less "ended" the whole plot with the Red RiI enjoyed this volume of Dragon Ball far more than the previous one. One of the reasons because it more or less "ended" the whole plot with the Red Ribbon Army. I never really cared for them.
The main reason is this volume shows how awesome Goku is! Ever since DBZ, I've always loved how Goku gets his ass kicked, trains, and comes back and kicks some ass. It's not that Goku is a great tactician or figures out a weakness. He just comes back stronger than ever. That determination of Goku has always been endearing.
That said, there was one, minor weakness in this volume. While DB has always been far superior to DBZ when it comes to its supporting cast, here, the cast takes a bit of a backseat. It's mainly about Goku. And while I love Kid Goku, I also love most of the cast of DB. They don't play too big a role until the end.
While this is called "The Ultimate Visual History," when I pre-ordered it, I always thought it would be like a DK book. But it's far more than that.
ThWhile this is called "The Ultimate Visual History," when I pre-ordered it, I always thought it would be like a DK book. But it's far more than that.
This book IS The Ultimate Visual History. Sure there are pictures from the cartoons, comics, and even sketches, but it has far more than that. There are scripts, letters from fan cards, press releases, flyers, and so on. And they're not part of the actual page like you might think. They're glued(?) to the page. They're not too obtrusive nor will they fall or tear off though they do feel that way.
However, I think the one thing this book does best is that it doesn't matter what type of Turtle fan you are. It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of the comics, movies, games, or cartoons. It takes you through it's entire history and will show you how ALL of the different aspects of TMNT. How it changed over the years and more importantly, influenced and took hold of the world. So if you have ANY interest in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you should pick up this book!
There's also one last thing that I almost forgot to read. At the end of the book, there's a reprinting of the first TMNT comic. While I read the current IDW comics, I came in through the 80s cartoon and watched the live action movies. The original comic was radical departure from what I was used to, but it was still awesome. I can see how a comic like that kickstarted everything.
This is one of two webcomics I read and by far, my favorite. Oddly enough, I much prefer my webcomics in a physical. Probably because I hate clickingThis is one of two webcomics I read and by far, my favorite. Oddly enough, I much prefer my webcomics in a physical. Probably because I hate clicking on lists.
Anyhow, it's great to read it again and it's still an excellent read on not only the goings on in a movie theater but the young people who work there. That said, as much as I enjoyed this book, there were a few flaws with it.
There and Back Again focuses entirely too much on Jason. I say that with Jason being my favorite character. But one of the things that makes Multiplex great is that it's an ensemble cast. That cast disappears for a huge chunk of the book and focuses on Jason and his love life. Speaking of which, why do the girls like him so much? He's as critical and sarcastic about movies as I am (and in other things), but I get no where with the ladies.
With that said, it's still a great read. I hope the next volume will be able to do a better job at balancing the cast, and maybe focusing more on the bromance. Because bromance > romance....more
Because no one else wanted to run the Deadlands RPG, it was up to me to run. Even though I've never ran or even played an RPG before, I decided to givBecause no one else wanted to run the Deadlands RPG, it was up to me to run. Even though I've never ran or even played an RPG before, I decided to give it a go. Mainly because I missed Doomtown. If I had known Doomtown would make a return, I probably wouldn't have done it. Still, running an RPG may help me in my writing.
Anyhow, I expected more of a structure from this GM book. I thought that GM books were filled with scenarios that players could do along with stats and monsters and what not. Boy was I wrong.
This book was basically a who's who and a what's what file on various characters and settings. You can pretty much write whatever you want and go wherever you want and just use the ideas this book gives you. While that's cool, up to a point, it's not good for a noob like me.
Since this is the first of three books that I have to learn, I hope it makes more sense after I read the other two. Even if I don't do a good job at running a scenario or coming up with one, it was great to read more about the history and players that were part of the Deadlands universe....more
I'm trying to learn and run the Deadlands RPG. That means I have to learn the Savage Worlds system. Having NO experience in RPGs, I thought this bookI'm trying to learn and run the Deadlands RPG. That means I have to learn the Savage Worlds system. Having NO experience in RPGs, I thought this book would be skewed towards a beginner.
Sadly, I was wrong.
At the very least, I expected the rules to be in the front. That was not the case. Why would characters be before the rules? Reading the characters made no sense because I didn't have a simple grasp of the game. I couldn't understand how to make a character or have my players do it if I didn't understand how everything functioned.
On the bright side, things did get better once I started to read the rules first. Each detail had their own section, things were bolded, and there were easy to follow examples. But still, the fact that the rules weren't in the beginning bothers me to this day.
Which brings me to a point. How do people get into RPGs? I guess it's by being exposed to them. But when you're starting from scratch, it sure would be nice if the books that are supposed to be for beginners are helpful. Then again, maybe RPG books aren't for beginners? That's why the same dwindling people buy the books over and over for the updated rules or new traits or characters. That said, I fail to see how the hobby will ever grow.
I'm sure I'll have to reread things when I get around to my campaign...if I can ever understand role playing....more