**spoiler alert** To start off, this likely is a four-star book, at least, I just personally couldn't rate it that way. While I liked the main charact**spoiler alert** To start off, this likely is a four-star book, at least, I just personally couldn't rate it that way. While I liked the main character, and I liked the world that was slowly being revealed, I disliked what the main character was doing half the time, and found it otherwise boring the rest of the time. Side characters I was growing to like being killed off or made into insane enemies of the protagonist hurt more than it interested me.
If the intent of the novel was to make me feel as confused, beaten, and cynical as the protagonist, it was very successful, and in that it should earn at least a four-star rating. But I just didn't find myself enjoying the novel. Upon reflection I wishing that the ending of this book, as it related to the main character's personal growth and social standing, had taken place somewhere closer to the middle of the novel, so that the focus on the main mystery could have taken further center stage.
That being said, I'm likely to continue reading the series, as it definitely appears to have a great amount of potential....more
Another Newsflesh novella set during the time of the Rising (See Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella), this one focuses on a very specific event that happeAnother Newsflesh novella set during the time of the Rising (See Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella), this one focuses on a very specific event that happened at the same time as the Rising, Comic Con 2014. Fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy and more will be all too familiar with famous convention, known for drawing thousands to San Diego for a weekend of fandom and fun.
Then add zombies.
The novella follows a reporter as he interviews and pieces together the the events of the Rising inside Comic Con, and the last stand of the California Browncoats....more
Fun read. Interesting premise. The main character was interesting and had a great character arc. Th climax made me read the entire ending in one foe dFun read. Interesting premise. The main character was interesting and had a great character arc. Th climax made me read the entire ending in one foe despite being tired which gives the book high marks for me. If I had one nitpick it is that that the ending tied itself up nicely a little quickly. Othwise I'm very glad to have read this book....more
While no means a bad book, parts of Monster Hunter International just fell a little flat for me while other parts stood out as pure awesome, leaving mWhile no means a bad book, parts of Monster Hunter International just fell a little flat for me while other parts stood out as pure awesome, leaving me with a feeling that the book was just okay.
Monster Hunter International is a book about a man who learns how to hunt monsters, and becomes the savior of the world in the process. The book takes itself seriously, creating a mythology where in almost all monsters are inherently bloodthirsty and and the US government pays out a bounty to anyone who kills a monster, while also paradoxically making it illegal to publicly discuss the existence of monsters. Our protagonist has his first run in with a monster and is subsequently recruited by a private organization called Monster Hunter International, that makes a living out of collecting the bounties the government pays out, while also butting heads with the government run version of MHI.
What fell flat for me in this book was the main character. While our protagonist is well written, he was not the type of character I enjoy being inside the head of. Anti-authoritarian gun nut with rage control issues, while simultaneously being a genius in accounting and a complete idiot when it comes to dating. I completely understand that this type of person would be the more likely to join a organization like MHI, but his journey of self discovery felt a little cliched and boring. Additionally the action sequences lost my attention on more than one occasion.
All that being said, I found both the world and the host of secondary characters far more interesting and appealing. The build up and aftermaths of various action scenes were often very interesting, and the slowly revealing mystery over the world saving plot kept me going. I would personally find it more interesting to be in the heads of the secondary characters than the main character, if I were to continue reading this series.
That being said, I've no doubt this book has a readership. The author is definitely a "gun nut", and his attention to details regarding various types of weaponry and equipment was something I could enjoy, despite not being a gun nut myself. The main character would likely be appealing to many other types of readers but he just didn't click with me....more
An enjoyable story of young adult steampunk fiction, Etiquette & Espionage is lighthearted affair full of fun and amusement. Set in a alternativeAn enjoyable story of young adult steampunk fiction, Etiquette & Espionage is lighthearted affair full of fun and amusement. Set in a alternative history Victorian England, where Vampires, Werewolves, airships and mechanical automatons are, if not common place, understood and mostly accepted by society, Etiquette & Espionage focuses on the youngest daughter of a family, fourteen year old Sophronia, who is in desperate need of "finishing", according to her mother, due to her rather rambunctious and unladylike behavior.
Little does her mother know, Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is not a normal finishing school. While manners, poise, dress, and social regard are matter of course, so is spying, assassination, combat parasol manipulation, and much more.
Etiquette & Espionage is very much the first novel in a series, entitled Finishing School. While the story ties up the primary mystery somewhat nicely, there are plenty of dangling threads and inserts obviously intended for a long running series, which is common in all the Gail Carriger novels I have read. Fans of Gail Carriger might note that this series takes place in the same world setting as the Parasol Protectorate, her other slightly more serious and adult series. By comparison, I enjoyed the first book of the Finishing School series more than the first three books of the Parasol Protectorate, however I found P&P to be better at enticing me to pick up the next book. Like P&P, Finishing School's strength seems to be more in its characters than its plots.
Overall I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for some fun light reading, perhaps a pallet cleaner between heavier fantasy or romance novels....more
I think this was my favorite of the John Cleaver series. It changes up the formula somewhat and we see more character growth overall. The finale has sI think this was my favorite of the John Cleaver series. It changes up the formula somewhat and we see more character growth overall. The finale has some rather sickening parts that was very reminiscent of the first book for me which helped me enjoy the book more.
I Don't Want to Kill You is the third book in the John Cleaver series about a young man who deals with a growing urge to become a serial killer by hunting and killing supernatural begins that are killing off people in his home town. The third book picks up almost right where the second leaves off and changes up the formula enough to be new and interesting.
I'd recommend this book for fans of the series and people who like antiheroes or serial killers....more
While I liked this book better than the first I'm still not sure how I feel about the series overall. I'm not an avid romance reader but I've read serWhile I liked this book better than the first I'm still not sure how I feel about the series overall. I'm not an avid romance reader but I've read series like this before and it strikes me as the the type of series that likes to hopscotch between the romance genre and, in this case, the steampunk genre. Because it its constant jumping, I feel I'm not getting the enjoyment that I want out of the book.
I don't want to say the book is bad. It isn't. In this case I believe the problem is with the reader and his expectations rather than he book itself. I want a slightly more in depth steampunk novel and instead I'm reading a Victorian science fiction romance adventure novel.
That being said I will read the third book because I both already own it and the ending to this book was a bit of an emotional cliffhanger which I'm curious to see how it is resolved. We'll see if I continue reading after that....more