I bought the trilogy based on recommendations I found on another forum. I made it 64% of the way through before giving up. It really wants to be a gre...moreI bought the trilogy based on recommendations I found on another forum. I made it 64% of the way through before giving up. It really wants to be a great story, but it gets bogged down by over explanations. The character development reminded me of Robert Jordan - give each character Their One Trait, then never pass up a chance to cut'n'paste The One Trait into the narrative, even if it breaks the flow of the story.
The action is thin and predictable, but I kept reading through it expecting the characters to become interesting. Unfortunately, I never felt emotionally invested in the characters, and by a third of the way through I decided I was going to give it another third to become interesting. Not only did it not get interesting, it started reading like a young adult romance. Not my thing, though if the sales figures for Twilight are any indication I must be in the minority.
The writing style is very expository. It felt a little droll; like reading an objective recollection rather than fighting side by side with our heroines while society collapses around them. The author 'tells' more than 'shows', which is fine but I like a more vivid, descriptive style in my horror.
Obviously, a lot of people like this book so please give it a try. I found it VERY reasonably priced at kobo. Readers like me, who enjoy vivid violence, gore and sex and uniquely quirky characterization will be disappointed. However, if you like your romance and horror "PG" I expect you would like this a lot.(less)
This book is 67 ereader screens full of pure win. An intensely allegorical story, it seamlessly blends christian apocrypha and thelemic laws. Using ou...moreThis book is 67 ereader screens full of pure win. An intensely allegorical story, it seamlessly blends christian apocrypha and thelemic laws. Using our cultures most sacred taboos, vividly scrawled across the page in a matter of fact tone that made me feel prurient while piquing my curiosity, this book explores the nature of the will to power in the nietzschean / reichean sense.
I definite must read for anyone interested in the darker recesses of the human mind. I think this book would be good for people who like Clive Barker, Aleister Crowley, Friedrich Nietzsche and Wilhem Reich. (less)
This book makes up for volume 5 of the series. It's storyline is like a tragedy, and not everybody gets to live happily ever after. It's set during th...moreThis book makes up for volume 5 of the series. It's storyline is like a tragedy, and not everybody gets to live happily ever after. It's set during the Democratic Convention in Atlanta in '88, where Senator Hartmann is trying to win the nomination against the far right candidate Reverend Barnett.
The chickens come home to roost, as the histories of all the biggest players in the series come barrelling down out of history and demand their due, while the aces and jokers desperately try to get the right candidate nominated. Hartmann's secret slowly gets out, and as he rallies his forces the body count - and the tears - mount.
A gripping book that reads almost like a political thriller, this may be the best of the series.(less)