I'm one of those Walking Dead fans that became interested in this series due to the AMC show. I had two major lines of thought when reading this:
* ThiI'm one of those Walking Dead fans that became interested in this series due to the AMC show. I had two major lines of thought when reading this:
* This is great. It embodies the heart of what makes many zombie apocalypse books and movies so popular. You see the characters deal not only with flesh-eating zombies, but with other humans who have been pushed into all sorts of dark places and do all sorts of awful things to each other. It holds nothing back.
* I'm completely looking forward to seeing how the show integrates Daryl Dixon into these storylines. Zombie greatness + Daryl Dixon? Be still, my heart....more
Jackson Lee is a psychic who can see your entire life through a single touch. His powers came about one tragic day when he was fourteen years old, andJackson Lee is a psychic who can see your entire life through a single touch. His powers came about one tragic day when he was fourteen years old, and both the powers and that tragedy have impacted his life. He has difficulty trusting people, so when a representative from a government project comes seeking Jackson for his powers, the emotionally-distant and sarcastic psychic comes face-to-face with both his bloody past and his very dangerous present.
As an avid reader of Thurman's work, I went into this book interested in seeing how she'd approach the general fiction genre. Overall, I was pleased with the book. All Seeing Eye starts strong and ends even stronger, and Thurman tells Jackson's story in such a way that the reader feels fully-connected to all parts of his life--past, present, and future. Fully-developed characters made for interesting reading, and I was impressed with how Thurman could make the readers feel the impact of characters who actually got very little "on-screen" book time. There were not many--if any--over-the-top elements like in the Cal Leandros series, which made for a more serious novel, but Jackson's sarcastic nature does provide a bit of comic entertainment. After such a strong beginning, the story does plateau towards the middle save for some character development, but Thurman totally nailed the ending. It's probably one of her best-executed twists to date, and I'm not talking about the whodunit reveal.
Overall, I think if the subject matter of general fiction novels like The Lovely Bones appeals to you, then I recommend All Seeing Eye, but there is also plenty in this novel that will appeal to a fan of urban fantasy....more
It's been a while since I devoured a series like I did this one, and I thought it was wonderful. Lanyon has a knack for creating multi-layered and comIt's been a while since I devoured a series like I did this one, and I thought it was wonderful. Lanyon has a knack for creating multi-layered and complex characters, and even the side characters have depth and experience character growth. But the greatest part of this series for me is the relationship between Adrien and Jake, which we get to see through all its ups and downs over the course of five books (so far). It's really beautifully-executed. Well done without being overwrought. As far as the murder-mystery aspect of the series goes--I don't read too many mysteries (well, outside of the urban fantasy genre), but I consider any mystery where I can't guess whodunnit until close to/right up to the end a good one. These were good ones. You can tell there was a good amount of thought that went into them, and it showed.
Anything else I have to say is pretty much gushy and nonsensical, but I'm definitely going to look into more of Lanyon's stuff....more
I didn't really feel like I should rate this novella, since I haven't read the series that's it's part of. Seems to be a "life during/after the zombieI didn't really feel like I should rate this novella, since I haven't read the series that's it's part of. Seems to be a "life during/after the zombie apocalypse" setting. The world seemed interesting enough; I may check out the novels if I ever come across them....more