DNF at about 30%. I can't say that this is a bad story, or that it's badly written. I just can't get into the writing style. It's written in a journalDNF at about 30%. I can't say that this is a bad story, or that it's badly written. I just can't get into the writing style. It's written in a journal type fashion that just isn't doing it for me. ...more
This father/son collaboration wasn't really close to everything I dreamed it could be. My problem could be that it was merely a short story, I'm not aThis father/son collaboration wasn't really close to everything I dreamed it could be. My problem could be that it was merely a short story, I'm not a huge fan of Novellas, but I have the highest of expectations with these guys and they left me unfulfilled. The story was limp and was just plain missing something. I love Stephen King and I loved Horns by Joe Hill. A combo of the two??? I thought I hit the jackpot! Maybe not.
The characters were great, even the grass was a character unto itself. I just felt the story was a bit flat and I wanted more. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The p**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The premise of Raze is based on our hero (Raze) who was forced (basically slaved) into the underground fight world, escapes and seeks his revenge on the man who betrayed him. This is all well and dandy, but Raze doesn't remember why he is seeking his revenge, he only knows that he is. As a matter of fact, he doesn't remember anything from his life before he entered the fighting slave world. Upon his escape his memory slowly starts coming back with the help of Kisa. The other half of his soul.
This was a really great character driven story. Tillie Cole did a great job of "showing" us what was going on instead of merely "telling" us. Both Raze and Kisa were wonderful characters that you really want to see get their happily ever after. Same with the character development of Alik. You really hoped that he got what was coming to him.
My problems came in a couple areas. The first and main issue being the way the plot unfolded. Raze just conveniently begins to remember things pertaining to Kisa. He was this huge bad ass killing machine that is now vulnerable to the world and looked only to Kisa for protection and guidance. This was explained away just too easily and completely out of the character of Raze that we were initially introduced to. I'm not saying that Raze's life was easy, just that there was no depth to the story beyond that point. No complex unfolding. Just wam bam thank you mam and now we love each other. My other area was with the editing. The book needs to be edited... Lots of typos, mis-spelled and over used words to the point that it was a bit distracting.
On that note... Within my reading I can set aside my disdain for the word "cunt". It is a strong word that can be used to express a harsh emotion. Fine, I accept it. But in the context it was used here, it just grated on my nerves... And not in the way it normally would when it's used towards a woman. Both Raze and Alik used it repeatedly when referring to the other. I don't know if you could exactly use a thesaurus in that instance, but the over utilization of that particular word was something that stood out to me.
I don't want this review to reflect too negatively because I did enjoy the book. My reading preferences sway totally to the character driven style of writing and overall I think Raze did satisfy my reading mind in that regard. ...more