*3 1/2 stars* I guess you could call this book a guilty pleasure. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it. I found the writing frustrating at times because...more*3 1/2 stars* I guess you could call this book a guilty pleasure. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it. I found the writing frustrating at times because at different points in the book the characters lacked depth. Yet I had emotionally invested enough to want to find out the ending.(less)
I read this book back in 1995 when it first was published. Nineteen years later I am reading what Preston hypothesized when he stated that the virus i...moreI read this book back in 1995 when it first was published. Nineteen years later I am reading what Preston hypothesized when he stated that the virus is just an airplane ride away from coming to the United States!
Reading this book scared me in a way that I have never forgotten it. This is significant because there are very few books that I can say that about and I've read a lot.
If you want to have an idea of what Ebola and these type of viruses mean to humanity, this is a must read. Yet, be prepared to be hyper sensitive to the current situation we are facing here. In some ways it makes you wonder when this virus will mutate to an airborne disease. After that happens, it will be catastrophic. (less)
Are you kidding Goodreads people? I clicked to rate Kim Harrison's last book in her series saw 4.5 and wondered: "Did these people read the same book...moreAre you kidding Goodreads people? I clicked to rate Kim Harrison's last book in her series saw 4.5 and wondered: "Did these people read the same book I did?"
I am being a tad bit harsh,yet I am being more than a tad serious. This series officially "jumped the shark" on book no. 12. I saw how, like so many of my favorite series, too many authors don't know when to end a popular series. And, instead of ending strong, they finish weak. What used to be an enjoyable race to read the next book becomes an inevitable predictable plodding of tied up plot lines arranged neatly in a row.
I can appreciate Harrison's previous books, yet wonder if the steady paycheck was a factor as Rachel's story happily ever after begins or rather ends in an entirely predictable way.
*Spoilers* Hmmmm. I wish goodreads would give half stars. I rate this book a 2 1/2 Stars. Where do I begin? Until this book, Kim Harrison has been very...more*Spoilers* Hmmmm. I wish goodreads would give half stars. I rate this book a 2 1/2 Stars. Where do I begin? Until this book, Kim Harrison has been very consistent in regards to plot and character development. The Undead Pool does not deliver on both counts. First, let's talk about the plot. This one is easy because there isn't one.
It is a murky mixture of the progression of Rachel and Trent's relationship to its "romantic" conclusion. And the parallel plot where the Elven "Goddess"'s parts and pieces (who the Demons consider a figment of a deranged mind, but really isn't)are causing the Dead Vampires to sleep and starve to death; hence, bringing about their second death.
Without the Dead Vampires the Undead Vampires who started all this mess with the help a deranged Priest Elf are running a muck and causing all sorts of trouble. The Undead Vampires want to be free from being parasitic hosts or under the thumb of the aforementioned Dead Vampires. However, the Undead Vampires can't seem to keep their $h!# together, so Rachel and Company have to bring the Dead Vampires back to "life". Even though Rachel's roomate and would have been paramour, Ivy, has a girlfriend who is being mind raped by the crazy former head of the I.S., a Dead Vampire who happens to be the only Vampire uneffected by the Goddess' missing parts because he is loony toons.
Finally, what a dissapointing conclusion to the prolonged romantic hook up between Trent and Rachel. Ugh, it wasn't pretty or poignant. Just imagining Trent mince walking with his pants around his ankles carrying Rachel to the couch so she could touch him while they finally do the deed made me want to say WTH? Ivy and Rachel never got together, but their scenes together exuded sexual heat and tension. I hate to say it, but who gives a crap about Trent and Rachel? I don't. Let's bring back Al. He has more libido in his goat slitted eyes than Trent has in his wispy blonde hair.
Rachel acts like a self doubting, indecisive, self-hating, clingy woman-child. Where is the balls to the wall, quirky, kick butt Rachel? She isn't found in this book that is fer sure. The one time we get a mere whiff of the old Rachel occurs in the last action scene on the train. Rachel is getting major mojo from the Goddess' bits and pieces who are acclimating to her aura and who give her some awesome power potential. But, nooooo, these will parts will make her crazy, so she can't have them. What's wrong with a little crazy??? It would have been welcome to make sense of this book's inconsistent plot.
2 1/2*'s I read most of Harris' other Sookie Stackhouse series until the books became stale and uninteresting (just like the HBO series). This is the...more2 1/2*'s I read most of Harris' other Sookie Stackhouse series until the books became stale and uninteresting (just like the HBO series). This is the crux of my review: stale and uninteresting.
I don't think even the characters would be interested in themselves if they met on the street. No, I am being too harsh. The ability of the main character to experience the last moment of dead person's life is not a gift, but a curse.
It is a heavy load to bear emotionally and physically. I get it. And, Harris, takes advantage of this fact. Maybe, if Harper and her brother, Tolliver....( Isn't this a lovely use of alliteration?) weren't swimming in all things depressing, perhaps?
Never say I am a quitter, I read the 2nd book in the series.....but by the third, I gave up. (less)
hmmmmm. 3 1/2*'s I picked this book up to read more than once. And I put it down more than once. After taking it on a road trip I forced myself to rea...morehmmmmm. 3 1/2*'s I picked this book up to read more than once. And I put it down more than once. After taking it on a road trip I forced myself to read until I either I was (a) going to the used book store (b) going to the used book store after reading it (c) putting it on my shelf to read again.
I did read it. And, yes, it will still be going to the used book store. It will not inhabit a special place on my bookshelf.
I don't know why I am so ambivalent about this book. It isn't aweful. Sanderson isn't a heinious writer. The setting and character 'powers' are perfect fantasy; Wherein, legitimate conflicts play out in a world unfettered with real world contexts and limitations.
My conclusion is this: I think this is definitely a book to try and read if you love the fantasy genre. For some readers this book will hit their "sweet" spot, run to the bookstore (or, sadly, type on their Kindles) and they will be thankful that it is a trilogy.
More than likely, I will read the next book. But, it will be a stroll, not a run.