So, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what can I say about you? (See that little rhyme I did there?)
Well, first off, this book really annoyed me. I’m n...moreSo, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, what can I say about you? (See that little rhyme I did there?)
Well, first off, this book really annoyed me. I’m not entirely sure what it was, the book was just annoying. It’s almost like it had this subtle smugness to it. Like it knows that it’s a bestselling novel around the world. (Which I still, in all honesty, can’t understand.) But wouldn’t that annoy you too?
Secondly, I hate how this book is marketed as a mystery. Is there any mystery-solving going on here? Barely. It’s like the friggin’ mystery is a subplot. The main plot? That damned magazine Blomkvist writes for, Millennium. That’s all they talk/care about in this book! And I wish I were kidding. Now look, I bought a damn mystery, and that’s what I expect to get! I don’t wanna read about some middle-aged man, who I’m pretty sure is ugly, moan and groan about his friggin’ magazine that he co-owns, or however you put it. (And yes, I realize that the series is calledMillennium, but still, I don't wanna hear about that damn magazine.)
Now, my next point: the sadism. Was the whole bit with Salander and her guardian (I can’t remember his name and I don’t feel like looking it up) really necessary? Did Salander’s getting raped really add to the story? The mystery? Hell no, of course it didn’t. And I find it kinda creepy that a middle-aged man was writing about young women getting raped anyhow.
I also can’t help but feel that Blomkvist was a sort of author surrogate for Mr. Larsson. Know what I’m saying? I mean, who was the one getting all the action? (And by action I mean sex, consented sex of course, but who knows what really goes through Blomkvist’s mind?) Blomkvist. The one just about all the female characters wanted to be with, even though I’m pretty sure the man’s ugly? And no, they didn’t necessarily want him to “passionately take [them:] into the bedroom and tear off [their:] clothes. No, [they:] really just wanted his company.” Cuz if you were given the chance, wouldn’t you want to spend your free time with an ugly, middle-aged man too? God yes.
The whole time I was reading this book I’d think to myself, “Well, maybe it’ll get better on the next page.” I read 4 and 5 star reviews and people said, “Just wait until page 100 and something.” Well, I got to page 100 and something and it didn’t get any better. “Just wait until page 200 and something.” I waited until page 200 and something. Did it get any better? No. “Just wait until you get halfway.” I’m already halfway dammit, it hasn’t gotten any better! And that’s when I decided to give up on this book. I got a lot of stuff to do in the day, and I definitely don’t have time to read a book I’m definitely not enjoying.
But in all seriousness, I’ve got nothing against The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I mean, besides that fact that’s boring and as hell, the characters are dreary, and the whole internal smugness thing going on is aggravating beyond belief, its still…a book. A book that I would not recommend to anyone. Ever. (less)
Finally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.
Well I've finished the bo...moreFinally! It took Scholastic forever to get this book out to me. Anyway, once I read it I'll quickly write a review for it.
Well I've finished the book and now I must write a review.
To be quite frank I thought the book was boring. It takes place sometime in the future, after some terrible natural disaster I believe. The oceans have taken over most of the land, so many people have been forced to live under the sea. That sounds pretty good huh? I thought so! But this book is kinda like a Western, and I'm really not a fan of Westerns. Anyway, the main characters are Ty, and this girl, Gemma, who I found kind of annoying. Ty lives under the sea and Gemma's from up top, trying to find her brother. Ty tries to help her while also trying to protect the settlement he lives in from the ruthless thugs that like to go around and screw everything up.
I read the book about halfway then sort of just skimmed the rest.
The number one thing I didn't like about it was the writing style. Kat Falls writes like a teenager, I should know cuz I am one and we write the same. So, that was minus one star. Plus I found the book to be terribly confusing at times. I dunno if it was me or Falls. Cuz, y'know, maybe I just wasn't paying that much attention. At first I really tried, trust me, I really tried to follow what was going on, but after a while I was just like, "Screw it."
And it wasn't that the plot was confusing, I knew what everyone was trying to do, it was just that Ms. Falls didn't describe things right. Or at least she didn't describe things in a way that I could really follow along.
Anyway I give Dark Life two stars on a bad day, two plus a half on a good day. Who would I recommend it to? I guess boys that don't like to read much.
By the way, I won this book from Firstreads.(less)
So, I just found out I won a copy. Hope the book's good.
Well, I gave it a go. I read The November Criminals about halfway, then gave up. Which I fe...moreSo, I just found out I won a copy. Hope the book's good.
Well, I gave it a go. I read The November Criminals about halfway, then gave up. Which I feel bad for doing. I mean, I won a copy, the least I could do is read the whole thing, right? But I'm not gonna waste valuable hours of my life on a book that fails to hold my attention just because I won a free copy. Although free stuff is nice.
So anyway, my review. There's nothing wrong with The November Criminals, it just bored me to tears. Nothing happened for the first five chapters and I didn't feel like reading the rest to see if it would stay that way. I just assumed the rest of the book would be boring.
But anyway, I was under the impression that the book was about high school senior Addison Schacht's obsession with solving the murder of a classmate, but all he ever really does is ramble on about the many school asemblies he has to attend at Kennedy, or his getting stoned with his not-girlfriend Digger, or how he likes to screw his not-girlfriend Digger, or how all his teachers are morons, and then some stuff about his father. Nothing about murder solving in there, or at least in the first half I read.
Anyway, perhaps if the characters had been a bit more likable, or the writing more to my taste (not that it was bad or anything), then maybe I would've been able to finish it. But they weren't, so I didn't. Ah well.(less)
Horns started off really good, as a lot of people seem to agree. It’s about Ignatius Perrish (how conveniently named he is) who comes home late one ni...moreHorns started off really good, as a lot of people seem to agree. It’s about Ignatius Perrish (how conveniently named he is) who comes home late one night from doing “terrible things” to find horns growing out of his head. Hence the title of the book. The horns give him special, “demonic” abilities, like bending people’s will if he tries hard enough, and just generally freaking everyone the hell out. People also, upon seeing the horns, tell him all about their dirty desires. And lemme tell you, the people in this book are screwed up, which is the first thing that pissed me off, but only slightly. It seemed liked everyone had this really messed up desire to kill their mothers, or bone the 14-year-old girl next door, or cheat on their spouse. Oh, and the gay police officers? Seriously? I know everyone’s got a “skeleton in the closet” but, c’mon, let’s be realistic. Not everyone is that screwed up. But I was willing to look over all that cuz it was just so damn juicy. It kept you coming back for more. But then part one of the novel stopped abruptly, part two began, and everything went up in flames (sorry, couldn’t help it).
All of part two in this novel is one big ass flashback scene and it is so incredibly pointless. And did I mention boring? Everything that was addressed in the 5+ chapters of part two could have easily been explained in a couple of paragraphs. Half the stuff could’ve been taken out completely. Like Lee’s bad eye. I never did get the significance in that, if there was any. Oh, and what the hell was the deal with Lee and “fixing the moon”? I never got that either.
I hated all the characters too, especially Merrin. I’m not sure why I disliked her so much (maybe it’s her hideous name), but I was glad she was already dead at the beginning of the book. Ig was a little pussy, Terry annoying as hell, and Lee was just an all-around jackass. The only semi-decent character was Glenna, and no one liked her. Probably because she was semi-decent.
But the number one thing that pissed me off about this book was the religious themes, in all their half-assed magnificence. Like, the fact that the cross could muffle the power of the horns. Why? Because it’s a cross, that’s why! That’s reason enough, right? Well, for Mr. Kin- I mean...Hill it is. Or that damned tree house put there by L. Morningstar. Mr. Hill, could you possibly make your book any stupider? Oh wait… Or that weird love affair Ig had going on with Lucifer. Oh, and let’s not forget the Lucifer matches (please, people, save your eye-rolls for later. I know it’s hard) Ig’s lame-ass goatee, his lame-ass pitchfork, all those lame-ass snakes, and that friggin’ skirt. (I know the skirt has nothing to do with Lucifer, at least I’m pretty sure it doesn’t, it just pissed me off). I wonder if he was supposed to resemble someone with all that crap? Oh yeah, Lucifer, cuz that’s obviously what he looks like. Honestly, it just seemed like Mr. Hill wrote this novel just to make Lucifer look good. (After all, Lucifer was the first superhero, right? According to Mr. Hill he was.) I imagine this is how his to-do list for Horns went: Find a way to glorify Lucifer with the minimalist amount of research possible, and write it in such a way that my readers have no choice but to agree with me. Oh yeah, and include a plot.
If so, then Mr. Hill, you succeeded. Or you halfway did, at least. Kinda like your book.
Oh, and one more thing, it really annoyed me whenever he’d use the phrase “sex murderer.” Do people really say that, cuz I’ve never heard anyone use it. He should’ve just said murderer/rapist. I like that better. (less)
Oi, this book was boring, and it moved at a snail's pace. I read about halfway and just gave up. The majority of it was Shauna asking herself the same...moreOi, this book was boring, and it moved at a snail's pace. I read about halfway and just gave up. The majority of it was Shauna asking herself the same, trite questions over and over. I don't want questions, I want a damn mystery! (Yes, I know, I just contradicted myself.)
Plus, the way Ted Dekker writes really annoys me for some reason. I dunno, I just find it awkward and confusing, and it pisses me the hell off.
Anyway, perhaps if I had a bit more patience I'd actually like Kiss. Ah well.(less)
I would give John Dies at the End 2.5 stars if I could, but since I can't I figured that I'd just round up.
John Dies at the End was pretty good at the...moreI would give John Dies at the End 2.5 stars if I could, but since I can't I figured that I'd just round up.
John Dies at the End was pretty good at the beginning. It was funny, there were some parts where I did laugh out loud, but then near the middle it just starting getting...I dunno, old I guess. I mean, Mr. Wong really could've stopped after the whole Las Vegas thing. But no, he had to keep going. And after that it just became tedious and boring. I didn't finish it all the way, but I read about 3/4 so that's a fine amount I guess. Maybe one day I'll come back and finish the whole thing... Find out if John really does die at the end.
But anyway, if Mr. Wong had just cut the book in half it would've been better.(less)
I was hugely disappointed in this book. At first, at the bookstore, I was kinda waffling on whether or not to buy it after reading a few pages, becaus...moreI was hugely disappointed in this book. At first, at the bookstore, I was kinda waffling on whether or not to buy it after reading a few pages, because the writing annoyed the hell outta me. But I just figured that maybe the story would make up for that.
I sorta felt like McMann was building and building up the suppense in the book, getting us ready for this amazing ending, and then...nothing. The ending was crap, the mystery turned out not to be a mystery at all, and we don't learn anything about the girl's (sorry, I forgot her name)special ability. Now I know this is a trilogy or something, and I'm sure the other books diclose more on her power to enter people's dreams, but I hated the first book so much that I have no intent on buying the others.
Another thing that really annoyed me was the girl. I don't think Cable annoyed me (I can't really remember much, but that fact that I remembered the boy's name sorta supports this theory) but the girl certainly did. I remember that at one point Cable was supposed to meet her at her house or something, but he never showed, and she got all piss angry at him. Now, I understand that she might be a bit peeved, but I felt that the way she acted was irrational.
Anyway, bottom line is, I really really really disliked this book.(less)