NOTICE: I was given a reviewer copy of this book at my request and for no cost. In order to receive this book as I was given it I have pledged to postNOTICE: I was given a reviewer copy of this book at my request and for no cost. In order to receive this book as I was given it I have pledged to post an “honest review.” END NOTICE
I’m a bit befuddled about how to proceed here, since I just had too many problems with this book to give an overall positive review. And that, in large part, my “thunder,” such as it is, has already been stolen in the review posted by Michael, here. Very solid take on the book, and I think a fair one, if perhaps a bit stronger than I ultimately felt about it.
Well, now for me and my $.02 of input. What did I like about this book? Some of the action scenes were tolerable, possibly even mildly enjoyable. And when I come across that in a book I feel myself able, and with a clear conscience, to give out a two-star rating at the absolute minimum. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t go beyond that with this one.
Why? Well, first let’s take a look at some selected bits of text. Note that I’m using page references to the reviewer copy, a PDF, which ran to only 159 pages. I’d guess if you double the page number referenced you’d come close in the paperback, but I’ll also throw in the chapter number for those who really wish to follow along at home.
"So late!" the young woman cried, as her loyal, worn, cream-colored sneakers tried to distort reality so she could run faster than time itself. [Chapter 1, p. 6]
Remember when you thought Sydney was the capital of Australia? I know that in reality"—Jadie pointed at Cindy with a sarcastic attitude—"you're a moron. [Chapter 1, p. 7]
A rusty water pipe roared out from the blackened cave above and dropped down over Cindy's head like a log going to a sawmill. [Chapter 3, p. 35]
They loaded up their empty chambers with bullets, quivering to rip into Cindy's flesh. [Chapter 4, p.57]
Cindy found herself staring down dozens of rifle barrels, each holding quivering bullets in their blackened chambers. [Chapter 8, p. 129]
Sigh. What to do here? What can I say? Of particular note is that first entry. It is actually the first line of the of first chapter in the novel, leading me initially to wonder if I’d not somehow stumbled into an entry in some sort of strange Bulwer-Lytton Contest. It certainly did nothing to pull me into the book, to make me wish to read more, and so forth. Quite the contrary. Never having written a novel I’d always supposed an author would take particular care with that first sentence. Apparently not.
And beyond that? I’ll keep my pointy sarcastic attitude at my side for fear of putting somebody’s eye out, avoid any chambers, blackened or not, and pass on in silence, though perhaps looking a tad askance at those quivering bullets. And please note that what I’ve posted here involved no particular search. You can find sentences similar to the preceding at any point you’d care open the book.
As to the logic, or lack thereof, at certain places in the book let me post one example. Though I remain unclear as to the importance of this episode to the overall plot, I’ll mark my discussion of it with spoiler tags
(view spoiler)[Early in the novel Cindy is stabbed by an attacker. To use the author’s curious phrasing,
She whimpered softly, as she felt pain in its liquid form spilling onto the ground. The concrete became stained with a deep, copper red; her blood spilling over the curb and dripping into the water drain below.
[Chapter 1, p. 16]
She then passes out, has her purse stolen, and is discovered by her sister after, oh, I dunno, an hour or two spent laying in that condition. Sound serious? I sure thought so. But, apparently not. She’s up and at ‘em and going to work the very next morning, pain in its liquid form or not being no bar to our Cindy. Sorry, but I had to roll my eyes. (hide spoiler)]
Let me just end this now. Could you do worse than to read this book? Yes, I’d think so. I’ve given it the GR “It was okay,” rating, and I mean it. But are there some quite serious problems here? Problems that I found by turns giggle-worthy and annoying? Unfortunately, also, yes. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm honestly pulled in so many directions over this short book I'm unable to review it coherently. Yet I did want to say at least something so here'sI'm honestly pulled in so many directions over this short book I'm unable to review it coherently. Yet I did want to say at least something so here's my abortive attempt. I suppose the ideal approach would be to tackle each of the authors on their own, but I just don't have that in me. Some entries I thought were very well done and quite touching (Will Hadcroft) some I had no idea what they were saying, or trying to say (Donna Williams, Leith McMurray) and at least one gave what I can only consider erroneous advice (Malcolm Johnson).
Not a bad book, by any means, but I'm still unclear how ANY of the entries did or do as the subtitle suggests: "How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine In Life." And I'd include even Temple Grandin in that bit.
I've also got a quibble with the title: "All-Stars?" Certainly Temple Grandin falls into that category, but as to the rest? Perhaps, but I'm personally not seeing it....more
I'm going to forebear giving a rating here, since one handicap the book had -- at least as I viewed it on my kindle -- was not the author's fault. NamI'm going to forebear giving a rating here, since one handicap the book had -- at least as I viewed it on my kindle -- was not the author's fault. Namely, everything was in black and white. Duh, I suppose, but this seriously detracted from the whole reading experience. And it also isn't fair to criticize the author for brevity in certain areas, since going into the book it is made perfectly clear that that's what is aimed for.
On balance I suppose if I were to ignore the issue my now seemingly out of date Kindle caused I'd give the book at least three stars. But if I did not I'd probably think two stars a fair rating...so I skip that whole business and move on.
And, I suppose this book also wasn't exactly what I was looking for. What I'm more interested in at this point is figuring out what camera to buy, rather than getting into the nuts and bolts of photo compoosition. But, again, no false advertising or misleading statements I can complain about. So I'll happily take what I was given in that area, and shaddup and move along. (FTR, what was given seemed both balanced and in reasonable detail when he did discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different camera types.)...more
This book tried to do far too much in 300 pages. The result is a confused mish-mash of Knights Templar, Aleister Crowley, the Mafia, Chinese crime synThis book tried to do far too much in 300 pages. The result is a confused mish-mash of Knights Templar, Aleister Crowley, the Mafia, Chinese crime syndicates and imbecile New Age twits who seemingly swallow anything fed to them. I suspect the greatest weakness in the book is either that the author really never came up with a theme to unify these disparate elements, or that he takes on a tabloid/freak show tone far too often for my tastes. ...more
Quite frankly I found this work exceedingly hard to follow, perhaps because my unfamiliarity with Access put a great many things "over my head," but IQuite frankly I found this work exceedingly hard to follow, perhaps because my unfamiliarity with Access put a great many things "over my head," but I don't see how anyone can say the material is particularly well organized. As an example, the section relating to append queries also involved a detailed explanation of how to import data from an Excel file. To my mind this resulted in a jumble, where neither topic was explained clearly and almost seemed to interfere, one with the other.The book also began with an overview of reports and forms and then shifted back to queries. Huh? There's better books out there than this one, but if you're stuck with it you can probably figure out what you need. Just expect a fair amount of confusion, potty-mouthing and fist to desk pounding along the way....more
Charlie's Angels meets Delta Force and blah, blah, blah. You know the drill in a a book like this: Men are REAL men, women are REAL women and drug oveCharlie's Angels meets Delta Force and blah, blah, blah. You know the drill in a a book like this: Men are REAL men, women are REAL women and drug overlords from the Balkans with excessive body hair, personal hygiene issues and sexist attitudes are REAL drug overlords from the Balkans with excessive body hair, personal hygiene issues and sexist attitudes.
But thank god Team Barbie Doll (Diversity Edition™) is on watch to protect us all from the above, as well as some confused mess about "rediscovered" Nazi technology a mere 60+ years after the fact. Boy, those Nazis sure were busy, busy, busy inventing stuff, which we should all be thankful for, since it gives hack authors a way to pull stuff out of their rectum that might otherwise seriously plug them up.
PS: I wonder if the author of this masterpiece even knows the first thing about the Athena of mythology? Like the perpetual virginity thing, getting popped out of Zeus's head a fully grown adult fully clad in her armor and that where she gets a mention in anything I've read she comes across as rather sterile and flat. Oh. Maybe he does know at least that last bit.
PPS: Gotta with two stars. I finished the damn thing, and due to the obvious degeneration of my intellectual capacity and utter lack of taste kept reading even as I kept groaning....more