All I can say is: I'm sad it ended. Hale has a way with characters, she knows her characters, she knows how to make them act to feel human. And you geAll I can say is: I'm sad it ended. Hale has a way with characters, she knows her characters, she knows how to make them act to feel human. And you get attached to them, you feel for them, you love them, you hate them, you get annoyed by them, you understand them and in the end you're sad the book had to end. I liked the fact that the world is detailed, down to customs and traditions. Well ok, I liked a lot of things about this series, but if I start writing them all out I'll probably still be here in a few hours. Suffice to say that the series is good, the characters are well defined and the world is well constructed. ...more
Dialogue is definitely Ginn Hale’s strong point, followed closely by action scenes.
“Lord of the White Hell” was a pleasant read, although I have to saDialogue is definitely Ginn Hale’s strong point, followed closely by action scenes.
“Lord of the White Hell” was a pleasant read, although I have to say that the twist was predictable. The last chapters boosted the books’ rating for me. I was a bit disappointed by the “twist” and wanted to rate it a 3 star but the last chapters made me reconsider and give it a 4. They also had me reading without pause, so that’s saying something.
I'm not saying that the book didn't have flaws, like the constant reminder of Javier's perfect, god like body, and there were others that escape me at this moment, but towards the end they didn't really matter. The book was good, that's what matters.
If there's one thing I really love about this author, and the book of course, it's the way the characters interact with each other. Wicked Gentlemen wIf there's one thing I really love about this author, and the book of course, it's the way the characters interact with each other. Wicked Gentlemen was a first insight into her writing and this book is the second and in both of them, I loved the way characters talked.
The world is interesting and, unlike my previous read, "Wicked Gentlemen", well described. I liked the fact that the author took some time to let us know about their religion and way of life because that way, the reader understands the characters and their actions a bit more. Like the brothel scene for example. I read that some people found it a cheap way to start up a fight between the main characters, but I didn't see it that way. Javier's behavior, him being used to living a certain way and under certain rules, was on spot in that moment. Kiram as well. He was used to people being free to chase their desires, be it a man or a woman and the fact that he couldn't explore his relationship with Javier the way he would have liked, came crashing down on him. Because the way I see it, up till then, he was still being a kid about it and maybe thought that a secret romance was thrilling. When his feelings for Javier grew, he realized it wasn't that easy. Both characters acted the way they should have.
Picking up the next part, and honestly, I can't wait to read it....more
The book feels like it's been cut in half, or at least some important parts came missing. The world could have been a bit more explored and describedThe book feels like it's been cut in half, or at least some important parts came missing. The world could have been a bit more explored and described and the characters could have had a bit more development. But, as it stands and besides that, the book was a good read.
The story was interesting, although the ending seemed a bit rushed, and the characters had an interesting chemistry between them, which I loved.
I don't think there's much to say about this book other than it was good and I somehow wished it went on a little longer than it did. But the author has definitely caught my eye....more
This book is scary, because written 82 years ago, it can still be read like a modern book. Huxley managed to predict most of our future in this story,This book is scary, because written 82 years ago, it can still be read like a modern book. Huxley managed to predict most of our future in this story, and that is, for me, frightening. Orwell was scared that society would be imprisoned in a totalitarian world, where just a few people fight for freedom. Huxley, however, managed a better prediction of the future. People don't care, they're too distracted by senseless beauties and meaningless things to care. They're kept happy with a cocktail of drugs and, buried in their ignorance, refuse to acknowledge anything else.
Everybody belongs to everybody and if one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
The book leaves a certain feeling of despair and depression at the end. No matter how much you try and run from society, it'll always find you and haunt you. John was the last ray of hope for individualism, but society extinguished it. ...more
Well, this certainly wasn't what I was expecting as a sequel but it was damn good. Different, in a very good way. In a way, it wasn't exactly a sequelWell, this certainly wasn't what I was expecting as a sequel but it was damn good. Different, in a very good way. In a way, it wasn't exactly a sequel, but more of a tangential story, an autobiography of Harry Ransom, part inventor, part charlatan and part mad-man. But he was a mad-man with a plan. He had dangerous ideas in a world where The Line stretched its hand to capture everything it can. His flaw was his youth and what came with it, and maybe things would have gone differently if he was older. But he learned from his mistakes and in the end, he was only human.
The story was interesting, told through the perspective of one man, thus not accounting for the war and the major battles, since he hadn't participated in them. He heard stories, which he related. It was somewhat off putting that Liv and Creedmoor weren't more present in the book, but Mister Ransom made up for that along the way.
The ending was fitting. It wasn't grand, it wasn't tragic, it was just fitting. The fact that Mister Ransom remained an optimist throughout the book, despite everything that happened, makes the reader hopeful that in the end, he will achieve his dream. And I chose to think he had. It's somewhat of an open ending.
"I have zombies so I'm scary, right?...Right?...Guys?"
That's the first thing that popped in mind after I finished reading this book. I can't say it wa"I have zombies so I'm scary, right?...Right?...Guys?"
That's the first thing that popped in mind after I finished reading this book. I can't say it was bad but I can't say it was good either. It was, well, moderate. First thing's first. The book had no atmosphere. The zombies weren't as scary as they could have been and the author jumped over several occasions to create a proper atmosphere. The "he said, she said, he said, she said, he said, she said, he said..."...you get the point, gets really annoying after the first 50 pages or so. Also the author has a really bad habit of using the characters to explain some things to the reader that either were out of place or just plain obvious even without the explanation.
Second, the characters in this book seem a bit shallow and inconsistent. The only moment when Briar actually struck me as "real" was at the end in her old house. Most of the book I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to them along the way. The lack of atmosphere makes it hard for the reader to actually get invested in the book.
I honestly didn't understand why the people in the city needed Briar to confirm their suspicions, so they could have a a reason to revolt against the self proclaimed leader, when they could have done that even without her, but that was that. And by God, yes we got that she didn't know she was pregnant until after the Blight the first ten times around. Another thing that struck me as weird was the fact that the Blight was deadly when inhaled but didn't do anything when it came in contact with an open wound.
That doesn't mean that the book doesn't have some good moments in it. The chasing scene, with the Clementine, was the best scene in the book in my opinion and it got me really curios what Brink was smuggling out. I actually found this scene better than the fighting scene in Minnericht's fort.
It was an ok read, but not enough to get me interested in the rest of the series. I will probbaly read the rest of the books, eventually, but they won't be a priority....more
I was surprised how fast I finished this book. The pages poured freely and I didn't even notice when I read about half of the book. It's captivating,I was surprised how fast I finished this book. The pages poured freely and I didn't even notice when I read about half of the book. It's captivating, it makes you wonder what sort of mischief our friend Locke has planned next and how will he get out of the mess he's gotten himself into in the end. Reading on though, you realize there can't be a happy ending, or at least, that's how I felt about it. I was disappointed when I found out I was right, but at the same time I realized that any other way of ending it would be far fetched in this universe.
The torture scene, for me at least, felt like it was there just for the sake of being there. Sure, it showed how much the Capa degraded and how afraid he was, but that was easily shown by the fact that he just killed 8 of his loyal people because they couldn't give him an answer. However, the Bondsmagi torture scene felt well deserved and not at all out of place. He had it coming and Locke delivered in full.
All in all it was a fun experience, a wonderful book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. The book easily became one of my favorites....more
If I were a character in the Scalzi universe I'd fear for my life, because when things go bad, they get very bad indeed. George R.R Martin bad, I dareIf I were a character in the Scalzi universe I'd fear for my life, because when things go bad, they get very bad indeed. George R.R Martin bad, I dare say.
I'm expecting a war with the Consu sometime in the next books and, of course, the unravel of the deeper plot the author hinted at the end of the book.
I loved how Scalzi treated the new born soldiers and the moral approach of the book. It wasn't something he shoved down our throats and he let the reader chose his own side. The book was well balanced between humor and seriousness and the characters' development was treated well enough to not make me feel like it's been forced or far-fetched. ...more