Survivor is a story which is very dear to me, having worked so closely with Saffron Bryant in her writing of it.
We are presented with a science fictioSurvivor is a story which is very dear to me, having worked so closely with Saffron Bryant in her writing of it.
We are presented with a science fiction story, which I would personally describe as "Tomb Raider meets Fifth Element".
Nova is a bounty hunter, accompanied by a robot that I had grown quite fond of: Cal. In fact, Cal is probably my most favourite character in the book. We follow Nova as she finds herself in the middle of an alien awakening, and how she handles dealing with the aftermath.
The story itself is interesting, and in a world where originality is hard to find, this is a very fun ride. It is, however, a ride which ends a little quicker than I would have liked.
Truth be told, and even though I had assisted in editing the book, my actual rating would weigh in at 4.5/5.
The reason the rating is so high, is because Saff has a natural talent for storytelling, which is evident in the story she conveys. There are some really nice action scenes, and you will certainly not be bored when reading it.
There are very few things I can critically say about the book, and it really comes down to its speed. I didn't find myself connecting to the characters as much as I should have, and as a whole, the story could be fleshed out into a novel of a far greater size.
Overall, this is definitely a book that I can recommend, and I hope that Saff gives us far more insight into the rich characters she has created, because there is an amazing series here to be discovered, and it deserves attention....more
Robin Dover is a creative genius. I had the pleasure of working with him on this little gem of a story, and I must say... it had me glued, from beginnRobin Dover is a creative genius. I had the pleasure of working with him on this little gem of a story, and I must say... it had me glued, from beginning to end.
Little Susie is a story which will mess with your mind, and make you want to stay far away from a morgue. As someone who has had personal experiences with the paranormal, this one really grabbed me by the goosebumps. It touches on much more than fright factor though, and touches on taboo topics which for me, made me smile.
As a fellow author who prefers to show both the light, and darker sides of characters... this was a delicious read, and one which made me want to read more of Robin's work....more
*I was generously provided a copy of this book to read and review*
A short story about a boy named Billy, and his (mis)adventures in the bush.
Now, I ha*I was generously provided a copy of this book to read and review*
A short story about a boy named Billy, and his (mis)adventures in the bush.
Now, I have to be honest to say that this is not usually a genre that I read. My favourite genres are fantasy, scifi, true crime, thriller, and biography.
Having said that, it did not distract me from enjoying the story for what I loved the most about it, Gary's obvious talent for storytelling and a rich world that he has created. Take this from another writer, that is not an easy thing to do. He must have done a lot of research and it shows. Amazingly detailed.
The character building is strongest here, although I have to be honest and say that there was a wee bit too much exposition for my liking, where I got very much lost with the number of names being talked about, but I kept reading as it focused back on Billy and the kids he competes with.
Gary has a great way of hooking the reader into the scenes, which is where I have a gentle bone to pick with him in what is otherwise a very lighthearted and funny book.
One scene in this book, and given that I am a highly visual person, made me literally sick to my stomach. It was incredibly well described, but that was part of the problem for me. The book wasn't my cup of tea per se, but I loved Gary's writing voice, and reading his intricate details about the world he described.
Gary, well done on a fabulously written story, even if it isn't my cup of tea. There were a few tiny things I would suggest to improve on in writing, but this was one of the smoothest manuscripts I have read in a long time.
This is aimed at young kids, and the language gets a bit strong in some places for me to feel comfortable giving this to young kids to read.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I wouldn't say to let too young kids read it though, but it is a cute read... If your stomach can take some of the content....more
Many people know what IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is, how it is measured, applied, and may have even taken the endless amount of IQ tests online. WhenMany people know what IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is, how it is measured, applied, and may have even taken the endless amount of IQ tests online. When EQ (Emotional Quotient) or EI (Emotional Intelligence) is mentioned, it is apparent that many people do not know what it is, or much about it.
EQ or EI (I will try to stick with one or the other in this review, to reduce the use of acronyms) is a measure of our abilities to not only understand our own emotions and how we react to them, but to tune into the emotions of others. Whether or not you realise it, we are affected by our emotions on a continual basis, and so are those around us. This applies to work, home, and even decisions that you make by yourself, for yourself.
The funny thing is that unlike personality and IQ, which cannot be improved or changed by study or practice, EQ can be improved by study, awareness, and practice. We are born with a set IQ, and our personalities are mostly formed by the time we are 3 years of age.
Why is EQ so important? Because the most successful people in the world have high EQ, and have learned to be in tune with those around them. People with high EQ have better and closer relationships, and enjoy more fulfilling lives.
A pretty big promise, isn’t it? But this is a promise that can be delivered.
The hardest thing to do is to take an honest look at ourselves, our weaknesses, and to then work on practicing to improve them. Our perceptions of us tend to be far more flattering than the truths. Positivity is a good thing, but as we are human, we tend to make mistakes and those tend to stem from emotions. Emotional decisions and reactions tend to be wrong. If we can understand how we process, deal with, and react to emotions… then we can improve ourselves in what we do. If we take a look around, we can generally work out who has low and high EQ. Those that build good relationships and keep them, tend to have higher EQ. The colleagues that are great to work with tend to have higher EQ.
I cannot profess to be a master of EQ, as I am but someone who is continually seeking to learn and improve it. Call me a student, if you will. But there are resources out there for those wanting to learn, and they can be found quite easily.
I recently completed reading “Emotional Intelligence Quick Book” by Travis Bradberry, and Jean Greaves and will share my thoughts on it.
This book’s cover boldly states: Everything you need to know to put your EQ to work.
Does it deliver on that promise? Not really, but there are benefits to reading this book.
I find it strange to see the cover of a book stating “quick” and “everything you need to know”, as the two do not align in my mind. About a year ago, I bought an eBook titled “Primal Leadership”, and the first few chapters were very interesting. For some reason, I had not picked it up again as it seemed a bit long in the tooth, which is where I thought that this book would fill in the gaps for me, with far less words.
What I got out of EI Quick book were some simple techniques that I could implement into my life, to practice EI skills and to understand that making mistakes is the only way to learn. I once read a brilliant quote in the Chinese Idioms Dictionary that stated, “Failure is the mother of success”, which definitely rings true. The times that we fail, if we analyse the situation and ourselves honestly, give birth to our path to success.
This book rattles out a lot of statistics, which are rarely backed up with research, and other times appearing opinionated and at times, ambiguous. Some of what is shown in the book makes sense and rings true, that we feel our emotions whenever any thought comes to our mind, before we actually think about it. And, as I am sure you have all experienced, there are times that our thoughts and decisions are clouded or impacted by emotions surging through our minds and bodies.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, but I would not recommend it to be the sole source of learning and truth.
You will power through its pages and will learn a thing or two, but you need to keep searching for more material on EI/EQ if you truly want to succeed in improving your skills. You will need to ignore the many sections designed to make you want to investigate the author’s website and services further. It is a not-so-subtle way of the author selling to their readers, which is something I am not much of a fan of. ...more
As a child, I was a huge fan of Michael J Fox... and let's face it, anyone who was a child of the 80's would remember his biggest hits. Back to the fuAs a child, I was a huge fan of Michael J Fox... and let's face it, anyone who was a child of the 80's would remember his biggest hits. Back to the future, Family Ties...
In all of this, I had absolutely no idea of the struggles and pain that he went through.
But this book is not a depressing read, even if your heart will tug at the words written within its pages. No, this is inspirational. In the words of Fox, if he was approached by someone that said the could take him back to before he got Parkinsons and cure him, he would tell them to get lost. I admit, that in many chapters of this book... I formed tears.
Michael J Fox, you are an amazing human being! When I think of your story, what you've been through, and what you have had the strength to share with others... I feel like this:
The strength, humility, courage, and inspiration in this book are beyond words. Read it, as soon as you can....more
Although I have written Book 2 in the series to be able to beLegends of Marithia: Darkness Rising is my sequel to my debut novel, Prophecies Awakening
Although I have written Book 2 in the series to be able to be read in its own right... It will be far more enjoyable if you have read the first book. Legends of Marithia 1 (Prophecies Awakening) was an adrenaline rush journey of events, that set the stage for the entire series.
It is only fair that I make yet another important note here to all new readers:
*Content warning* Legends of Marithia : Darkness Rising is a book written for an adult audience. It contains themes and scenes that some readers *may* find confronting, or difficult to handle.
Also, if you are looking for a standard fantasy read with a happy-go-lucky storyline, that is predictable, and hides the darker sides of characters... This is not the book for you, neither are any in the series.
For those who have read the first book, prepare for a very different journey in a familiar place. You will get many answers that may surprise you, twists and turns that you will not see coming, and carefully wrapped secrets revealed.
You will meet some new characters and get to know some familiar characters much better. You thought that the prophecies were black and white and simple? Think again!
Enjoy the second installment in my series, and may the gods be with you.
P.s. Yes, I am beginning work on book 3... Over time, I will reveal snippets of the third book's storyline... Things may be hidden in posts and updates. You just need to know where to look... And keep an eye on my Facebook author page, blog, and twitter accounts. I have plot lines and planning, and when the writing of the book begins, you will know....more
Legends of Marithia: prophecies awakening is my debut novel in the Legends of Marithia series. I want to take this opportunity to give all readers somLegends of Marithia: prophecies awakening is my debut novel in the Legends of Marithia series. I want to take this opportunity to give all readers some insights that they may not be aware of, and some fair warning of the content inside the book.
Let me start with the most important point for anyone wanting to read my books, the "controversial" content:
*Content Warning* Legends of Marithia is a different fantasy series, which is written for an adult audience, and contains scenes and themes which some readers *may* find confronting and difficult to handle. I wrote my books with a realistic mind, as I am sick of happy fairy tale fantasy stories that are all predictable and made for children.
This is based on my uncut and extended edition of prophecies awakening, and there is a bit of a story as to why there is a new edition... But I will spare you those details (look on my blog if you want to know more). I first wrote legends of Marithia : prophecies awakening and published it in 2009. Back then, I had some proofreaders and an editor, one of the bunch was prudish and convinced me to cut scenes from the book, and subsequently, I did not write many scenes for fear that people may feel that I am delving into erotica and may spoil the novel.
I later realized, that I couldn't have made a bigger mistake. I regretted cutting all of that out in my first edition and restored those scenes, wrote in the ones I intended on writing, and the book felt more complete as a result.
The focus for me is around telling the story, and as a fantasy series... These scenes are integral to the telling of the story and revealing the darker sides of these characters. If you want a happy-go-lucky fantasy book which hides all of that, my books are not for you.
This book is a fiery and blistering introduction into the world, and the war of prophecy. I will not spoil anything for readers, but I can tell you this:
* All is not what it seems, and what may appear to be simple... Is anything but. I have many books to write in this series, and when you read legends of Marithia 2 (cover below), you will discover the many, carefully wrapped, surprises in store for you.
* You will not get all of the answers in the first installment, and I expect every reader to be asking many. Some things will be revealed, some characters that appear to be honorable... May not be, and vice-versa. Lies may be hidden within truths, and if you want to know what happens... You need to read the books. I do enjoy surprising people with twists that they did not see coming, and not spelling it all out for them.
Enjoy the intense journey of Prophecies Awakening... And be prepared for a ride that will not give you much time to breathe... When you exhale, the different journey of Darkness Rising awaits you.
**Past, present, and promises was provided to me for an honest review.**
OVERALL RATING EXPLANATION: I rated this book 3 stars as it represents that "I**Past, present, and promises was provided to me for an honest review.**
OVERALL RATING EXPLANATION: I rated this book 3 stars as it represents that "I liked it" although I didn't "really like it", which will translate to 4 stars on Amazon. In its current state, this is what I would rate it. If the delivery of the story was improved, it would definitely rate higher.
This is not usually a genre that I read, but I do like to read books of all genres and read this with an open mind and a hunger for a good story and great writing.
Was I provided that? In some ways, absolutely... but this book is rather unusual in that it contains two stories by two different authors. It is difficult to review as a whole, so bear with me as I do my best :)
I will focus mostly on "White Shine of Appalachia", which was written by Patricia H. Graham... as I enjoyed reading it more than "Small Town Girl"
I admit, I was not prepared for what I read in the opening chapters of White Shine of Appalachia. To say that it was hard hitting is an understatement... and every thread of my being wanted to find this guy, "Bill", with an angry mob to deal with him. In some essences, the violence and charactarisation did seem a little "over the top" and made me wonder what year this whole story took place. Maybe I was confused, but I had no idea when this story was set. From the speech, the farm, and the other characters... I am guessing this was back in the 50's? but as this is not fantasy in another world... it is a crucial point to the story that is missing.
The rest of the story had its sections that I found most enjoyable... and notably, it wasn't the senseless beatings. Although this book focuses on women dealing with issues... it is a point to note here that there are men out there who equally suffer from abuse. Ignorance and abuse are not gender specific, even if there probably will be far more men like this than women.
The stories in this book did feel dated, and that may be the way it was intended. I have no idea what the culture of Appalachia is, as I have never been there and I am pretty far removed in Australia.
In White Shine of Appalachia, it sort of turns from a family drama into a thriller-style manhunt. What bothered me about that, is that the violent drama segments in the story were told in great, disturbing, details. But the manhunt and "action" piece was surprisingly expository and brushed over in many sections. As an author myself, I do the same things at times and am improving that in my own writing... but there were story-critical situations that happened that as a climax to the story, that should have been played out... not told in a few sentences and paragraphs as to what happened.
There was something in WSOA that bothered me as it's biologically impossible, even with the explanation... but the resulting scene with the children was very well done. Without spoiling anything for readers... it all comes down to time elapsed and the situation that someone is in. For this particular character to have survived it... would have been more than a miracle, I can't fathom it as believable.
Was it a good story? It was... but it could have been *great*, even to the point of exceptional and unforgettable... if it was delivered better to the reader and issues with the book were resolved.
I am somewhat of a reading and movie/tv show fanatic, so it is very difficult to surprise me. I did find the story somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable to read as a whole.
The characters in the book (both stories) were mostly well-defined, although I did find myself having trouble in picturing many of them.
In WSOA, bill presented as a somewhat stupid psychopath wife-beater (I had many names for this guy, and none of them can be safely repeated here)... but later in the book, he read as a really clever and cunning criminal with a more calculated thought process. I had issues with that. Consistency is key.
The best characters were the women, and they were very well written as characters.
I didn't honestly particular like most of the characters much... even with my sympathy to the women in the book. The children were, however, powerfully written, and made for some great scenes.
I really didn't like that when she went to the sherrif's house with her kids and had been obviously beaten... the sherrif basically hits on her. Even if the character said "it's not the best time"... really? If a woman and her children come to my house bleeding and beaten and needing help... who in their right mind would hit on her?
I could have really liked the Sherrif, but that blew it for me.
Dialect in speech can be good, but make it readable. Dialect is best done subtly, not brutally. Second story was very difficult to read as a result.
Ths is a mixed bag for me. The manuscript presents with some problems that I also suffered from in the first edition of my first book, and others that are common in early writer's careers.
Let's start with some great positives:
* There were some incredibly well written scenes * I liked that the authors played with dialect. That is something that I have not yet played with in my writing and this had some good examples of how to do it well. * Descriptors and adjectives were generally used well, and I found myself being able to easily visualise what was going on in the majority of chapters, especially in the violent scenes. Bravo to their raw writing talent. * There are many sections of the book that are incredibly clean and well written, and breathed of polish * Some dialog flowed well
The constructive comments:
(I have a lot of detailed feedback for the author, that is not really fair to put the details in here... I will sum it up with one liners as to what could have been improved)
* The point of view was mixed up. * There are many sections of the book that had grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. * Dialect can be and was taken too far * The characters names were repetitiously used in dialog and narrative * Writers must be careful about what they write that a character knows * It would be better not to include brackets (like this) in fictional writing * A reader only needs to be told a fact once.
I did enjoy the read in general, and the authors *do* have raw talent. I look forward to what they bring out in the future and would describe this book as a rough diamond that is not going to be everyone's cup of tea....more
As a fantasy and sci-fi fan, I was excited to pick up Influx. This is not only because of the content of the book, buBook Review - Influx by J.C.Jones
As a fantasy and sci-fi fan, I was excited to pick up Influx. This is not only because of the content of the book, but that I happen to know the author, and he's a darn nice guy too! Nevertheless, I read and review every book fairly and honestly and by its merits.
I will do my best not to make comparisons with invasion films I have seen, but I couldn't help but think back to certain scenes from movies that unfortunately, made the ending in the book mostly predictable for me. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it, as there is an original element in this book and I did find myself wanting to read the sequel... as it is obvious that there should be one! So that means that Jones has certainly done something right with Influx.
One thing that I recognised immediately, is that in some respects, Jones and I share a similar writing style. He broke his book into movie-like scenes, which I enjoyed. To be honest though, I found myself ignoring the chapter locations and time and just reading through the story. It's great that Jones has focused on creating a timeline, but I didn't think it was necessary to enjoy the story and follow what was going on, as there were no time shifts, and things flowed nicely.
Influx tells the story of what looks to be an alien invasion originating from the moon, and in some respects, this was done in a way that I hadn't seen before. Sadly, as someone who is somewhat obsessed with watching alien invasion movies, some of the story felt too familiar. Being fair, Influx was written far before a lot of films which I would compare it to, that I have seen in the past few years. The most notable comparison is Transformers: Dark of the moon, where I got the biggest sense of deja vu. Who knows, maybe the directors got a copy of Influx?
The idea of self replicating machines and an invasion from the moon is evident in the Transformers series of films. They self replicate with the "cube", are intelligent, learn, and adapt and want to take over earth. It's a comparison which may irrit JOnes, but as I said... he wrote the book far before the Transformers movies came out.
There were also moments that were very Independence Day, especially with the way that the invasion force was stopped. I did love the way that the last decoded signal was done, but in the scene where Starscream escapes into the stratosphere in Transformers, I did see it coming.
Comparisons aside, this was an enjoyable ride. I did find that it was slow to start, and thought that there were almost too many characters, but once the proverbial hit the fan, I was hooked right in... and I then found myself looking at the remaining pages and wanting to scream "Noooooooo! not much left???"
I do absolutely love that it's evident that Jones knows his craft, and his research is clear... as is the endless references to coffee. I found myself having cravings from reading the many descriptions of the stuff.
Probably the biggest thing that bugged me (ba-dam-ching), was that there seemed to be no descriptions of people dying from the invasion or aliens themselves, fatalaties, etc. We have an alien invasion, and they get angry... very angry. Later in the book, there is mention of people who had died. There was a good scene depicting the brutality of military. When the aliens were coming into the base, I was gearing up for some blood and guts, but although they got their butt kicked... people were unscathed.
If this is re-written, then there should be expansion in these scenes, and a new cover, as the words Jones used to describe that scene outshine the cover 1000 fold.
This had better be a series out of this! Because there was substantial build-up, a decent amount of action, but then as a reader... I am left wanting.
There are a lot of characters in this book, and that can be okay for a series. Some characters I enjoyed more than others. Angela and Ziggy were my favourites. There were some action scenes where Jones really shined in his writing. Jones definitely can write, and well too! I will get to that.
Some characters were well developed, and others were a touch plastic... but that may be intentional as an opener to a series. I really didn't feel too close to many of the characters, but Jones managed to get me emotional at a final scene between Michael and Matthew. Good work on jerking a tear out of me! It's not easy for a book to do that. All of that character building paid off ;)
This was one of the cleanest reads and very smooth at that. Jones knows how to write, and writes well.
The only annoyance with style, was that there was no differentiator between narrative and internal thought/dialog. I found myself re-reading many passages to know where the story stopped, and the internal thoughts began, and vice versa. It was small, but annoying.
I know that there are reasons that this book has been "americanised", but there were times that it irritated me. Most alien invasion movies are set in the states, so that makes sense, but at times... there were moments of overkill.
Jones really shines in his action scenes and technical writing, which showcases his research and experience. There was a lot of care taken in getting the details right, and it is appreciated.
Influx was a decent read, and it did hook me in. The build up was nice, and I would definitely recommend this to fans of sci-fi and alien invasion books and movies.
The comparisons with films do not mean something bad, but instead... it shows that he's nailing something and doing it well. There are some absolute blockbuster alien invasion films, and to be compared to them is actually a compliment. There are no "used" ideas here, just familiarity.
It is not perfect, but what book is? Even Tolkien has flaws and annoyances. And for anyone worried about it feeling "dated", it didn't feel that way at all.
Solid debut novel from Jones, and I can't wait to see what he does with his second. This boy has talent! and this series has huge potential....more
I did not finish reading this book, which is something I try not to do. Why? Because after being about a quarter in, I realised that I was not learninI did not finish reading this book, which is something I try not to do. Why? Because after being about a quarter in, I realised that I was not learning so much about this journey he was taking. Rather, I was reading a book which was telling me about the lives of people that he encounters on his trip. The book started with high hopes for me, and I really wanted to enjoy it. I was intrigued as to why he was making the choice to do this, how his family and girlfriend reacted, and then I was left reading chapter after chapter of different folk, camping grounds, families, their reactions, etc.
I tried to continue and find something that really grabbed me in the book, but even some of the people's quasi-wisdom just felt like people venting their opinions on the world... none of it was life/soul changing for me.
When I started to feel like this while reading, I knew that I had to stop:
The book itself is pretty well written, with the odd error here and there that I noticed.
If you read this hoping to find something to change your life, you may be disappointed. If you want to learn about how to appreciate life and take nothing for granted in a biography, read Michael J Fox's, Lucky Man.
I met Kristen Lamb on Twitter before I bought this book and was so impressed by her tweets and her blog, that I took the plunge.
Wow! Her book was likeI met Kristen Lamb on Twitter before I bought this book and was so impressed by her tweets and her blog, that I took the plunge.
Wow! Her book was like a well needed splash of water to my face. I was asleep to the fact that I was running fast in the wrong direction and working very hard at it. So much energy was expended that would have been better used in the right techniques for social media.
Let me put this simply. It doesn't matter if you are technical or not, but if you are a writer or you want to succeed with your online media platform, buy her book. It is worth every cent.
This will not feel like learning, but will feel like you are meeting a new friend and you will laugh along the way. Nothing in this world is perfect, but her first book does an excellent job at delivering content that you will wish you already knew.
I think that this book, given the popularity of the series and recent release of the film adaptation, likely needs no introduction. At the time when II think that this book, given the popularity of the series and recent release of the film adaptation, likely needs no introduction. At the time when I picked it up, I was taking a break from a poorly written indie book and being that the movie was getting rave reviews, decided that I would grab a popular and commercial read.
The premise of The Hunger Games is relatively simple and a somewhat of a typical underdog story. Set in a futuristic world, there are 12 districts that are forced by the Capitol to provide 2 teenage tributes (1 boy and 1 girl), to participate in a televised fight to the death. The story primarily follows Katniss Everdeen and her journey from volunteering as a tribute to save her younger sister from what I shall call, televised death row... to her training and ultimately, participation in the "games".
It may have been that I picked up this book at the right time and was really struggling to read the book I was crawling through, but I found that this book was easy to pick up, read, and complete. Ease of reading however, does not necessarily mean a good book or a well written story, but I will get into that.
Plot of The Hunger Games
As an author, I must say that the storytelling itself was the area that I picked up the most from this book to carry through in my own writing. It is far from perfect and is laden with plot holes, but Suzanne spins a good tale of world building and engaging the reader.
I had to remind myself that this is a young adult title and as such, I could excuse the fact that there is a wealth of content here that could and should have been expanded. The ability to write some strong messages was mostly missed. I wanted to know far more about the history behind the hunger games, the uprising, and the people of Panem. This was an area that was sorely missed for me. There were snippets of information which were fantastic to read, and then I was left wanting. In my opinion, the book could have been greatly improved by exploring those details and providing the reader with a far greater view of Panem, its history, culture, and much more.
However, what Suzanne does very well is to suck us into the story of Katniss, her struggles, and dare I say it... a "Twilightish" love triangle that kind of bugged me and was undercooked, but I am glad that this story is actually a decent read.
This does leave us with another angle to all of this, a "discovery" style of storytelling, where we find out bits about the world as we go along. I enjoyed the trip to the Capitol and what they discover there, and how they felt living the "rich" lifestyle from their "poor" district. Again, this is a major topic that could have had some strong messages written... and didn't. A few odd comments from characters here and there that never really struck gold for me.
Although my first novel also travels at a fast pace, I felt that I found myself already in the games far quicker than I had expected and a little quicker than I would have liked.
This was the area where things really soared in the story for me, and I found myself glued to reading. It was not groundbreaking storytelling, but it was darn good! Suzanne does have a talent for delivering world building and vivid details through storytelling and that is something that I will definitely learn from.
Where I was very much annoyed was the times that many events that would have been absolutely fantastic to read about... were practically ignored. For example, when Foxface died... it wasn't described at all... only the results of them. Or at the end of game days, pictures of dead adversaries would just appear in the sky. No detail, no scenes, no explanation. Convenient for the story to continue? Absolutely. As much as I do love this story, to just kill off characters for the sake of progressing the story is lazy writing and problem solving.
The ending of the book was a bit predictable for me, but still enjoyable to read. I do fear, however, that I really don't know where the sequel will go from here... and I hope that it doesn't turn into a love story with not much of anything going on.
This is a mixed bag for me.
Although Katniss was very well described... I found myself liking Katniss's strength and courage, but really disliking the internally emotionally damaged character that just can't seem to decide which one of her love interests to go for. It doesn't make much sense. She has Gale, who she spent so much time with but can't see herself having a relationship with... or Peeta, who saves her life and fights for her throughout the games, is in love with her, they share kisses, cuddles, etc... but she can't fall for him? What is she... The ice queen? By all counts, she should be genuine in her love for Peeta. This is where, by the end of the book... I seriously began to dislike her and feel sorry for Peeta.
Katniss embodies what I really dislike about girls who toy with the emotions of others. Even with her history of her mother and hard times, it doesn't excuse it.
The remaining characters in the Capitol and Katniss's family are somewhat well described, but I found myself really wanting to know what they were thinking or feeling during the games. As a reader, I was denied this... and for what I have read so far of Chasing Fire, it's dealt with unsatisfactorily .
The tributes from other districts were poorly described, with exception to the tributes that interacted closely with Katniss... ie. Rue, Peeta. I pictured Cato and Thresh as almost mindless brutes.
There was not many dimensions to most of the characters, and that annoyed me the most. I really liked Peeta, Rue, and Cinna the most.
Writing Style of The Hunger Games
This was easy reading, and the story flowed well on the pages... but there were more cliche's in the writing than I would have liked... it was loaded with them. "Shaking like a leaf", etc. There were some nice descriptions of locations, but I never found myself saying "Wow, these prose are just fantastic" or feeling lost in visualisation.
I did get sucked into the story, but found that the writing style was fluid... but somewhat flat and simplistic. As you would expect from a commercial title (although I have found plenty in commercial titles before).. there were no grammatical or spelling errors in sight.
Overall opinion of The Hunger Games
At the end of the day, I enjoyed the read... more than I had reading most titles in a long time... but I was left feeling like it could and should have been so much more. I do eagerly await seeing the movie, and hope that they did a good job of adaptation and screenwriting.
This is a good, solid read... but I wouldn't expect standout writing... just a good story told smoothly. The pacing is good and held my interest through most of the book, even though I had felt that there was a lot that should have been written in. The writing is good, not exemplary... but good. You can easily slide into the story and keep turning the pages, and that is always a good sign of a solid novel.
I have already started to read the sequel, so she has definitely done something right :)
It's an entertaining ride, and I do recommend the read to anyone thinking that it's all hype and no substance... you will most likely be pleasantly surprised....more
Got through two chapters and still had no idea what the story was about. This book is painfully difficult to read out loud. Put it down to find somethGot through two chapters and still had no idea what the story was about. This book is painfully difficult to read out loud. Put it down to find something that flowed with a story that made sense. And I love dragons!!!
The Liveship traders series is one that I hold dear to my heart. It was my first voyage into fantasy and I loved every page. One of my greatest influeThe Liveship traders series is one that I hold dear to my heart. It was my first voyage into fantasy and I loved every page. One of my greatest influences....more