You will notice that while this book does not have as many pages as the later Harry Potters or some other YA series, most reviewers comment that it is...moreYou will notice that while this book does not have as many pages as the later Harry Potters or some other YA series, most reviewers comment that it is TOO LONG and I have to agree. The story lost steam for me as soon as the setting switched from Nora's hometown to Prague. At first it seemed like it would be a quick read but I quickly became annoyed with reading the letters that Nora was translating and such.
I am just not into these kinds of stories, the Da Vinci Code books that are too clever for their own good. I prefer action and adventure. So this might be a better fit for a different kind of reader...but it certainly was not a good fit for me.(less)
When I picked it up, I knew the basic plot - that Agent Chu could eat something and tell you it's pas...moreI devoured this trade in one sitting *harharhar*
When I picked it up, I knew the basic plot - that Agent Chu could eat something and tell you it's past, so when a body shows up murdered he ends up having to "chew" on them. But what I didn't know was the weird, alternate world he existed in, where a bird flu epidemic caused poultry prohibition, elevating the F.D.A. from paper-pushers to enforcers.
The cartoony style of the artwork makes some of the nastier seems more bearable, and the great mix of mystery and humor kept me reading into the late hours of the night. Like any good "pilot episode", the story appears simple enough on the surface, but by the last few pages, you start to learn about the bigger conspiracy that will keep Chu working - and you reading - for many more issues.(less)
JAWS the movie = 5 stars - a well crafted tell filled with suspense with memorable characters who try to stop a shark from terrorizing their small New...moreJAWS the movie = 5 stars - a well crafted tell filled with suspense with memorable characters who try to stop a shark from terrorizing their small New England resort town.
JAWS the book = 1 star - a plodding narrative about a bunch of jerks who keep screwing around when they really should be more concerned with the frakkin' shark that is terrorizing their small New England resort town!(less)
Really 3.5 stars, mostly because it is the first book in a planned trilogy so it doesn't really end, so its hard to say how much I liked it.
Clearly G...moreReally 3.5 stars, mostly because it is the first book in a planned trilogy so it doesn't really end, so its hard to say how much I liked it.
Clearly Guillermo Del Toro has had enough of this Twilight crap too. You won't find any sexy sparkling vampires in this store. It's 100% horror.
The Strain is the first book in planned trilogy. It's always hard to judge Part I when you have no idea what Part II or III will bring. But here goes nothing...
A plane lands at JFK airport in New York City and almost everyone on board has mysteriously died. But their bodies were not discovered hunched over their seats or with horrified looks on their faces - they were all sitting peacefully in their seats. A small group of 4 passengers survived and are rushed to the hospital. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather ("Eph" for short) drags himself away from a weekend with his son to examine the incident. But things don't add up. There's no evidence of terrorist attack, there's no problems with the plane...the strangest thing they have found is a large wooden cabinet in the cargo hold filled with dirt...
Del Toro's vampires are not supernatural demons - they have more in common with Scott Westerfeld's vampires in Peeps - an ancient virus that takes over the host body and sets up its own shop. It's not possession so much as a plague. It's not two pointy fangs you're dealing with, but a jaw that unhinges like a snake and a stinger that sucks the life out of anyone it can reach.
Del Toro and Hogan blend in a good amount of random facts and pseudo-science. It was like if Michael Crichton had written a horror novel. You'll learn a lot about New York City's subway system, rats, and more! Look kids, it's educational too!
This first book spends a lot of time introducing you to the characters. Part of it was that horror movie feel - let's meet all these people - WHO WILL LIVE AND WHO WILL DIE! Made it a bit more tense when an infected person arrived at their doorstep.
The sequel won't be out until 2010 and the ending does have a cliff hanger, though it surprised me with how it ended. If you want a spooky beach read, I definitely recommend picking it up, but just remember, it doesn't really end and if you're easily frustrated by a cliffhanger, you might want to wait a couple years.
For more on The Strain, check out the official site which has interactive bits of information you can read, like the medical report on the passengers and the notes of exterminator Vasily Fet, plus a link to their YouTube page with some disturbing video of two pivitol scenes in the book.(less)
**spoiler alert** "In Mary's world, there are three simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconse...more**spoiler alert** "In Mary's world, there are three simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent."
Mary grew up in the village, surrounded by the fence which separates them from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. No one goes outside the fence because that is where the Unconsecrated roam. The Unconsecrated are undead that stumble around with only one goal - to feed on human flesh. They are zombies.
Mary had never really thought about her life, her fate, the rules that controlled her world, until a few months ago when her father went missing. Everyone said that he was dead or had been turned into an Unconsecrated. Her mother became obsessed with finding him and spends long hours searching for him in the crowds of zombies gathered around the fence. Mary's brother Jed patrols the fence as one of the Guardians, so it is Mary's responsibility to watch their mother and make sure she does not stray close enough to the fence to be attacked.
But today, Mary lingers to long by the river, when Harry approaches her and begins the ritual of courtship that will lead to a betrothal. Realizing that her mother has been left alone, Mary rushes back home only to find that she is too late: her mother has been bitten and will turn into an Unconsecrated. Mary watches her die and then Return, no longer human but a monster. Jed refuses to let Mary come home, blaming her for their mother's death, so Mary has no where else to turn - she is forced to live in the Cathedral and train with the Sisterhood.
At night in the Cathedral, Mary begins to hear things - discussion and secrets that she is not supposed to know. One night she sees a young girl her own age brought into the Cathedral and hidden from everyone else...a young girl from outside the village. Mary begins to realize that perhaps she should question their world, their way of life...
Carrie Ryan's tale is one parts zombie survival guide, one parts love triangle, and one parts M. Night's The Village. It is an action packed read that will appeal to both teen and adult audiences alike. Mary is strong-willed and perhaps a bit selfish (the way any young adult might be if they were torn between their first love, their dreams, and what society expects of them). Ryan's writing is consistent and well-paced, sucking you into the story right away making the book a quick read even at 310 pages.
The book has a sequel/companion slated for 2010 and the movie rights were just picked up so a feature film is on the way!(less)
I read the book after I watched the first season of the show and I prefer Dexter on the television show. MCH and the writers of the show have created...moreI read the book after I watched the first season of the show and I prefer Dexter on the television show. MCH and the writers of the show have created a very twisted sort of Pinnochio, while the Dexter in the book (while more realistic in his sociopath-ness) is just too creepy for me to enjoy reading about.(less)