As creepy as this book was, after these last few years of studying anatomy and all the sciences around medicine, it felt really silly. A lot of the thAs creepy as this book was, after these last few years of studying anatomy and all the sciences around medicine, it felt really silly. A lot of the things are impossible. For instance, changing the larynx to give the beasts speaking abilities. I got the impression he was altering body parts, so where did the more human larynges come from? If not replacing, then changing the vocal cords to be able to make human speech seems nigh impossible. though, Dr. Monroe did say he was implementing certain thoughts into their brains as well... Which leads us to the conclusion that he has a much deeper knowledge of anatomy and physiology than you'd expect. He can change the whole anatomy of legs, making the vessels, muscles and nerves line up. It seems incredible and impossible and terribly sad that Dr. Monroe was using his gifts and knowledge to such ends.
He reminds me a lot of the doctor in Frankenstein, actually. Ugh, as a medical student and a human being I am repulsed. The tale does manage to impart a few important lessons to one who has the power of life and death in their hands. Playing God should be left to God. ...more
I don't think I will ever have the guts needed to finish this book. The gist of it I read in February 2012. That was a very harsh time of year. I readI don't think I will ever have the guts needed to finish this book. The gist of it I read in February 2012. That was a very harsh time of year. I read this chilling book while lying, freezing cold in darkness, in bed at night. That definitely added to my own terror level.
If you want to read something incredibly terrifying, where it's really just the setting, the mood of the tale, that gets to you, then you should give this one a try. The psychological horror is quite deep, more so than the actual fantastical elements of the novel.
If you have a weak heart, like me, consider reading it on a beach in the middle of summer on a hot August afternoon. You'll still feel the chill of the frozen Arctic, though....more
So you know those books that get published as fiction because if they were produced as non-fiction no one would buy them / believe them? I sorta haveSo you know those books that get published as fiction because if they were produced as non-fiction no one would buy them / believe them? I sorta have a feeling that this is that type of book.
This has been the most fucked up, craziest, most interesting, too realistic and plain dead frightening book I have read in a long time. I'd rate it up there along with It, The Shining and Prey under scariness level. While we're comparing this book to others, though, I might as well throw out there that it's like an odd mix of Buffy, Prey, Fight Club, reddit.com/r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix, the Matrix (movie), Chrestomanci and hell, a ton more I can't even think of anymore. Needless to say, it's a wild crazy mix of a story which will turn the insane sane and the sane insane.
I think for me it was the former.
So the plot is incredible. Over the top amazingness. And the characters are annoying and realistic and just way too into themselves. Also the writing is really good. Essentially, it's an amazing book, but one that you might just end up hating. Go for it....more
I cannot read this book. I stuck with it until my mandatory 10% although I would have called it quits a few pages earlier.
This book was chosen as a BI cannot read this book. I stuck with it until my mandatory 10% although I would have called it quits a few pages earlier.
This book was chosen as a BOM read for my group, Serious About Books. Sadly, all the suspense/thrillers voted for in that group SUCK. This one is really no exception.
The characters are screwed. I couldn't connect to them. Except in a negative, I-wish-I-never-met-you, super annoying and irritating way. The main character, Sara, is trying to find her birth parents. So she stumbles across the big secret that her father was a serial killer. Sounds like a great premise, yes? But Sara is rude, uncouth, bratty and irritating. She was emotionally abused as a child, growing up as she did with 2 'real' children. Probably due to that she has scars.
I read a few of my friends reviews, but even those that are positive left me thinking "this isn't the book for me". Instead of forcing myself through something I don't like I just wont read this book.
Perhaps someone else can find something to enjoy. ...more
This and A Gift of Magic are my two ultimate favorite Lois Duncan books. Not only is her writing style amazing, but these topics felt real to me whenThis and A Gift of Magic are my two ultimate favorite Lois Duncan books. Not only is her writing style amazing, but these topics felt real to me when I read them the first time, and I still enjoy them now.
In Daughters of Eve, we have a bit of a popular-girls high school setting, but not in the way you would expect. Irene, a teacher, picks those girls who need friendship most and brings them together to create something good, something feminine and powerful. The only drawback is that Irene has a bone to pick and wants to get back at men for cruelties she was subjected to as a younger woman. That is where the dark, horror-esque type genre comes in to play. All of a sudden it's girls vs boys where the girls have taken up Irene's feelings and are lashing out at society males as a whole.
Like I said before, the writing is superb, especially for a YA book. I was engrossed the whole time I read this and I would recommend it to all YA fans but also a bit older generation. The topics discussed in this book that Duncan tries to garner attention for are still alive today. They are set in a more drastic light (I believe a bit more of who women were treated in the 60's) but there are still injustices today.
All of the underlying stories of the individual girls were also so great to read about. There is at least one character who you feel connected with! A great book, and one that I'd read over and over....more
This was a very odd Duncan book, and I think the last one I tried reading by her. It definitely did not compare to either Gift of Magic or Daughters oThis was a very odd Duncan book, and I think the last one I tried reading by her. It definitely did not compare to either Gift of Magic or Daughters of Eve for me.
The storyline was interesting, but there was just too much of the 'thriller' / 'horror' element in it for me to really enjoy it. I like being scared, but not THIS scared!...more
This is a short story collection of vampire tales. Not all that knew. It was special for me, since it was one of the first vampire books I picked up (This is a short story collection of vampire tales. Not all that knew. It was special for me, since it was one of the first vampire books I picked up (other than the compulsory Dracula).
I remembered the story Carmilla the longest. It still haunts me now, 10 years after having read it. And I had forgotten what it was called or what book it was in, until I found my copy of Vamps again.
I don't really remember the other stories, but they are all classic vampire tales, and a great way to start your vampire education!...more
I went through a phase where I would only read scary stories (and that right before I fell asleep!) and this was one of the many books.
I wish I stillI went through a phase where I would only read scary stories (and that right before I fell asleep!) and this was one of the many books.
I wish I still remembered some of these tales a bit more clearly, since some of them were really amazing.
Me and my little sister had a bit of a ghost-tale telling last Christmas (you know that Christmas song where they go "and we'll tell ghost stories around the fire" or so? It never made sense, but we tried it this year!) and I was sad to see how many of these stories I had forgotten!
But, I do remember being pleasantly frightened. I'm not sure if I'd have the same reaction now, since they are clearly YA or children's tales, but they are great to work through as a kid to get the heebie jeebies!...more
As a pre-teen, I adored ghost stories. They really scared me, freaked me out and left me feeling like if I would get up, out of bed, I'd run into a ghAs a pre-teen, I adored ghost stories. They really scared me, freaked me out and left me feeling like if I would get up, out of bed, I'd run into a ghost as soon as I left the (somewhat) safe confines of my room!
Now, they're just odd. Perhaps that's due to the fact that I consumed just about every short story anthology of ghost stories I could get my hands on at that age. This book, Ghost Stories, is one of the few I still own.
I really loved these short story series. I think if I'd read them again I'd be as appreciative. In just a few short pages you're left feeling shivery and frightened and freaked out and then you can do it all over again once the next story starts!
Somehow I just wish I had remembered more of the stories......more
Of the first three books in the series, I'd have to say the second was my favorite. I loved how at the end of the first the series started deviating fOf the first three books in the series, I'd have to say the second was my favorite. I loved how at the end of the first the series started deviating from the TV show (LaGuerta dies, yay!!!!!)
The third book really bugged me.. marriage, strange kids, and then this weird cult thing, plus Dexter having issues with his Passenger? There the TV Show did a better job, although the show did get rather boring.
In general, I rated these books so highly because they are like nothing that has been written yet (well, nothing that I found, anyway). Most books are copies of other books, so this was definitely a fresh take (especially on the topic matter)....more
I had actually read this book a few years ago and had totally forgotten... until I got to the part in the summary about the crazy old grandma who twisI had actually read this book a few years ago and had totally forgotten... until I got to the part in the summary about the crazy old grandma who twists the main character's mind. That part has stuck with me all these years, which goes to show good storytelling. Or maybe it just goes to show how creepy this book actually is.
As a crime and get-inside-the-killers-head novel, it is one of the best, no doubt. I don't know if I'd read it again right now (I think that I much prefer the quirky humor provided in the Dexter series) but there is something compelling about this novel that made it worthwhile to read. So give it a try if you want to get inside his head....more
The first Miéville book I ever read was The Scar, which is actually the second in the New Crobuzon series. So all I knew of the city that Perdido StreThe first Miéville book I ever read was The Scar, which is actually the second in the New Crobuzon series. So all I knew of the city that Perdido Street Station takes place in was a bit of vague hints, a lot of mistrust and fear but nothing very concrete. So I knew to be prepared for some really odd things!
At first, I was bored. I started listening to the audiobook version a few months ago, and just couldn't stay focused. I am a science-loving kinda gal, but Grimnebulin bored me. So when I finished Kraken and I wanted another Miéville to devour, I didn't want to go back to Perdido Street Station. But then I figured "some time has past, maybe you'll like it now?" so I found me an ebook, put it on my iPhone and started reading!
Oh what wonders there are in store when not constrained by the slow reading of a narrator! (On a side note, this is why my fourth grade teacher got us all to hate Harry Potter. She took at least 4 sittings on the first chapter alone, and everyone KNOWS how boring that first chapter is!) So, I found myself living in New Crobuzon, day and night, pulled deeper into it's depths with every sentance, every wonderful descriptive passage tossed my way. I still don't really get Isaac (Grimnebulin) but at least now I could enjoy the story.
I do have to admit surprise when the whole story shifted direction from a scientific treastie on Bas-Lag sciences into this type of horror movie, hunting-down-the-bad-beasts show, but in the long run it worked for me. At times I was completely horrified and thinking "there is no way for these dreaming humans to ever win!!" but I trusted that the author would get us through, and find a way to make the good guys win.
I have only a bit more to say on plot, characters and writing style. I love everything that Miéville tossed my way (and unlike a lot of the reviewers on GoodReads, I actually get quite along with his writing style and flair for adjective use. Just consider: we're in a foreign world, where there might be humans, but nothing else is really the same. We need his colorful descriptions to paint the world around us. It is only through his writing that I can actually find myself thouroughly enjoying the story!) As to plot, it was a tad dry, in some parts, which is incredible, considering all the new "discoveries" the characters make along the way. Just the Glasshouse alone, and where it comes into the story (at suh a late moment) is incredible, tht such a monolith existed in this city of unique sections and structures, and Miéville managed to not spoil everything for us at the beginning already. The characters I found a lot less interesting in this book than in others I've read. Lin, the khephri artist was disturbing and just annoying, Isaac was the mad scientist, of whom I kept forgetting that he was such a smart genius most ofthe time since he kept acting so amazing dumb-like, and Yag (the broken Garuda) was interesting at first, and then became more interesting, and then by the end of the book I was annoyed with him to. All the other characters were fun and new and of different races and had interesting depths and really fleshed out the story. Of the most remarkable I will just say: Construct Council.
Last of all, the ending. The whole thing felt a bit like fate to me. After the huge moth thing, I realize that Miéville needed a way to finish the book and patch things up as much as possible, but it just feels poorly done. There could have been a better ending, a more acceptable ending. I am not satisfied with it.
The combination of not quite good enough character and the messy ending lowered this books rating to four stars. The Scar was a lot better, and I'm hoping that Iron Council, the third of the series, will be better as well. ...more
Okay, so, this book was lacking quite a bit more than even the last crazy romp. The killer was actually quite interesting, but dearly departed DexterOkay, so, this book was lacking quite a bit more than even the last crazy romp. The killer was actually quite interesting, but dearly departed Dexter (or so it would seem) seemed to have mentally regressed. But not just Dexter; the plot has regressed as well. It's almost as though the author has been reading Paul Auster in the mean time and trying to somehow feed Auster's insane ambiguity into his own novels!
Anyway, I don't think that I'll read the next in the series. I could write a better serial killer than this anyday (although mine would probably use less alliteration). ...more
This was very different from the other two books in the series. More fantasy, less crime. My favorite parts are Dexter's nights of sharp steel shinninThis was very different from the other two books in the series. More fantasy, less crime. My favorite parts are Dexter's nights of sharp steel shinning in moonlight, not him becoming human.
Still, I suppose that the question of where the dark passenger comes from is a legit one. Can we go back to darkly demented Dexter nights now?...more
So, I'm not sure whether or not I liked this one better than the first book. Lets analyze.
Plot: Much more interesting this time around. The murderer wSo, I'm not sure whether or not I liked this one better than the first book. Lets analyze.
Plot: Much more interesting this time around. The murderer was especially unique (a surgeon who is so skilled as to remove the eyelids of a human without causing other damage, and leaving the patient alive) but the last book did have that whole familial aspect which made a nice circle (although I find that the TV show connected that one a bit better.)
Characters: Deeply demented Dexter became more distinct, at least personality wise for me to understand him. It's still not to the point where I could say "hmm, so that's how a serial killer thinks" but I suppose that is lack of the author's skill, and not our darling dark Dexter. (Gotta love the alliteration thrown in!)
I wish Lindsay would have explored Deborah's character a bit more (especially with what happened at the end of book 1) but I suppose I'll just have to pursue book 3 to see if dear Debs decides to follow up with her hidden suspicions about Dexter.
The other characters all played according to rules, but I do so love what is starting with Rita's children. I wonder what Dexter will end up making out of them in the long run? (Perverse, indeed, but from a purely fictional story side, quite amusing.)
Writing Style: Once again, Lindsay was lacking a few fundamental skills (like a too hasty ending) but they weren't so outrageously evident as in book 1. I did have an evil chuckle or a perverse giggle every few pages, though, something that I deeply appreciate. They not only made the story more interesting, but it did give a deeper insight into Dexter's mind. Also, it resonates within me (fore who can still live in our modern western society and not become a bit cynical; like a catch-22).
I think I'll start reading the next book and let the full moon lure out my own literary dark passenger. (Cliche much?)...more
I think I might have learned a lot more from this book than I realize.
It's dystopian (synonymous with morbid and painful) but usually it's exactly thI think I might have learned a lot more from this book than I realize.
It's dystopian (synonymous with morbid and painful) but usually it's exactly this genre that teaches us the most about all that is dark and dead with in ourselves.
I think this is the perfect book to have a group discussion on, be it in real life or online. It is so much deeper than just the pages. I'll try to explain.
Firstly, what King focuses on isn't the qualms of society (1984, Brave New World) and not specifically on the main character and his/her struggle for life (The Hunger Games Trilogy, Unwind) and yet, without much of a focus on anything in particular, his novel is darker than The Lottery. How does King achieve this? Possibly by having a main character who is seen by everyone in the book as a hero, but displayed to us as a normal human who cares on a personal level about the world, but doesn't mind seeing through the threads of the tapestry either.
I'm not making much sense here. Let me try again: Garraty is hailed all along the long walk by all the spectators. The schadenfreudic spectators who turn into the Crowd, which only has an eye and a roaring mouth. He focuses on his girlfriend and his mother as his goal but we never know why he chose to even join the Walk. Why any of the thousands of boys across the US choose to do the Walk. Why any normal, sane, humans would even go out to watch the Walk. This is different from almost every other dystopian novel (even in The Giver we learn some of the history of the society).
The only fragments we ever learn about the society in here is that there was a "Change" and before that there were millionaires and libraries and no Walks. Also, the Walk has been going on for 17 years. Everything else focuses on the boys, the walk, their malnutrition, their deaths. It was so disturbing, some of the scenes, but because of them, perhaps I can personally now complete my own Long Walk, where ever that leads.
It's a great book to read, anyway. Although I did a horrid job of trying to explain what I may have learned from it....more
This is one of my most favorite King novels, primarily because it deals with such inexplicable things like telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
The story seemThis is one of my most favorite King novels, primarily because it deals with such inexplicable things like telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
The story seems plausible to me, seeing as what we have since been let to know about government projects like MK Ultra and the Project Dragonfly. (Although, in those cases the aim wasn't so much supernatural powers as much as mind control, brainwashing and creating multiple compartmentalizing personalities).
Also, Charlie is a protagonist that I felt I wanted to protect and aid, so whenever she triumphed, I was happy, and when someone came to almost-kill/catch/terrorize her, I wanted to hurt that person. This is over course very important when creating characters.
The plot was riveting and moved forward at a fast pace, with a few calmer scenes in between for the reader to catch their breath. The characters were true to their cliches (especially the governmental goons). And of course, as always, King's writing was superb. ...more