This book was great. I found great enjoyment in the way the author went into great detail to show the reader how people from different cultures, diffe...moreThis book was great. I found great enjoyment in the way the author went into great detail to show the reader how people from different cultures, different ideologies, and different walks of life. He also went into painstaking detail of countries with different topographies that either were a great help in defending against the hordes of the undead or were the reason for their doom! I recommend this book to anyone who likes horror books. This novel was a very quick read, and the author Max Brooks really delivers a fantastic tale!(less)
Yes. I am giving this book 5 stars. It isn't that often that it happens, but this one deserves it.
DIALOGUE – 3.75 STARS MONOLGUE – 5.00 STARS First of...moreYes. I am giving this book 5 stars. It isn't that often that it happens, but this one deserves it.
DIALOGUE – 3.75 STARS MONOLGUE – 5.00 STARS First off, what the author lacks in writing dialogue which has more than one person involved he more than makes up with internal monologues and story progression. Which just happens to be the main part of telling a story to begin with.
Luckily there were not too many times where more than one person are speaking amongst themselves. But during those conversations I cringed after a while as one after another each line of spoken dialogue ended with "He said" "She said".
PREMISE – 4.5 STARS I don’t really have to go into detail to give anyone an idea of what the story is about; it is pretty self-explanatory just reading the quick synopsis on the back of the book or just by reading it online. So I will save anyone a bit of time on that. I rate the premise of the book with a 4.5. I’m not knocking it down because I’m being rude. It loses a half a star kinda by default. There is hardly an original idea out there and the stranded-to-die-alone concept has been done before. Sort of in the vein of Robinson Crusoe, however to look at his situation now it seems more of a cake walk than the odds stacked against Mark Watney.
Now to the glorification of this book. I felt very included in this story as if the main character, Mark Watney was leaving me personally his log entries. I also feel like I was very informed with the gadgets and equipment he was using. He went into great but not too lengthy detail explaining what this apparatus did or how it functioned.
SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD Another thing I enjoyed which is more of personal reason is that the semi-sarcastic tone of the protagonist reminds me of a character that I have been writing myself. The first person perspective really enables a writer to bring the audience closer to their character, and in Mark Watney’s case I was genuinely concerned for his well-being. Now I don’t want to say that I knew the outcome was going to be a pleasant one, but with the high reviews for the story it was kind of a telltale sign that he would eventually survive his time on Mars. Not too many people like it when the main guy dies.
OVERALL SCORE – 5.00 STARS I know the math doesn’t add up, but as I said before this book caused me to be heavily invested in the main character and I felt like I was part of Mission Control attempting to help him safely back to Earth. So I am willing to look past this book’s miniscule flaws. I am also hoping that the author didn’t just have a one hit wonder with this book, and that a future book although not necessarily with the same character, but perhaps with the same point of view story telling. My only improvement would be that it is not needed to add the “he said” “she said” after every statement. There are many other ways to indicate who is speaking than to overuse those phrases. (less)
Without really have to divulge this knowledge, this book and each subsequent novels are long and only get longer. I felt the only way for me to fini...more
Without really have to divulge this knowledge, this book and each subsequent novels are long and only get longer. I felt the only way for me to finish this book in a timely manner was to read and listen to it on audiobook while driving, which I do so much of (the driving that is). In the span of seven business days I found myself saying ‘mission accomplished’ and ‘holy crap’ in quick succession. Attention to detail – Almost every character is beyond intense. They are carefully crafted, and the perspective shift ensures that the story never dulls. With different houses owing fealty or allegiance to another, and all of their colors and outfits, and crests, and seals, and sigils, and house words, etc. How he kept everything sorted out, is almost beyond me. From what I’ve heard (cause I didn’t keep count) there were almost 300 characters introduced in this first installment. Knowing the characters – Excluding just a few individuals, the thing that I find interesting is that some of the people within this world can do such horrible things, things that make you want to hate them eternally. Then you will hear a backstory of that character, and next thing you know you feel slightly sorry for the person, and you begin to question why you hated them so much to begin with? It’s because they seem so human in their nature. In my opinion so far in the series, besides three characters in the book (Joffrey, Arya, Jon Snow) none is wholly good and none are completely bad. Keeping it together – I will say that the one way to make sense of all the chaos and names, and alliances, my strongest urge is that if anyone is planning on reading the books, watch season one first. It may be necessary to watch season two as well, but by watching the show before undertaking the novels it really helped give a face to each name and also really cement their relationships to other characters. I think that without that little crutch I would not have been able to keep everything straight in my mind. In finishing this behemoth, I will move on to the next novel, but have other concerns. George R. R. Martin isn’t really a Danielle Steele, and he doesn’t churn out a book every month. The difference his books are good, and take time. However, the length of time is what troubles me. Spending 4-5 years on each book is a bit long and if I finish all of the books this year, I would still have to wait up to 10 years to see the conclusion of this saga. With that being said, you can see how remembering almost or over 6000 pages of prior novels could become cumbersome to attempt to recollect and pick up again. Still I do look forward to the next novels and the future TV series. I give GoT a solid 5 stars even though there are many repeated phrases throughout the book that at times can get old, but I can forgive all the mentions of boiled leather, chain mail, seven hells, etc, because, well it is a huge damn book and how can you not be forced to repeat things. Overall, it is a well-crafted world and I found myself wanting more when it was over.
Well, once again the legendary wordsmith writes another fantastic tale regarding the life and times of “problem-solver” Matthew Corbett. The latest in...moreWell, once again the legendary wordsmith writes another fantastic tale regarding the life and times of “problem-solver” Matthew Corbett. The latest installment follows Matthew as he is forced to do work for the director of evil, Professor Fell, in the Godfather-esque fashion – I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse. For the first time Corbett meets him first-hand rather than through a proxy.
In the normal flair Robert McCammon is able to beautifully script his thoughts and put them to paper for his readers to enjoy. However, there are differences in this newest segment in the saga story-wise as compares to his first novels. Speaks the Nightbird, and The Queen of Bedlam, contained more plots that needed to be "figured out" and both involved great mysteries of the classic whodunit style. Everyone was a suspect and there was not a soul to trust who didn’t have ulterior motives. Yet with the last two books in the series, Mister Slaughter and The Providence Rider, much of that Sherlock Holmes panache, “I must use deduction to solve this mystery” was absent and the last two books both were like a plowing tornado ripping through the land carrying with it more of an action packed yanked-by-the-seat-of-your-pants and quite possible perhaps part of the dangly bits with it.
I still feel compelled to grant this book 5 stars. I do feel think 4 and a half better suits this one, but I won’t grant it 4 because the site does not allow the half star ratings. Therefore by default The Providence Rider gets a perfect score. Fans of the series may be a little let down, by the lack of mystery but as I said, only a little let down. Perhaps in the subsequent novel/novels the old formula will be returned and restored.
My only gripe with the book was the placement of the girl Fancy, or Pretty Girl Who Sits Alone. I’m not really sure her character really belongs in this book, as she was supposed to be the Indian girl who knew the hunter/tracker, Walks In Two Worlds, from the previous novel. I had one of those moments where I said to myself, “Really, out of all the places in all the world, Matthew would just happen to run into this girl.” She seemed misplaced to me and somewhat overused. I think having a random Indian woman as a slave owned by the two Thatcher boys would have painted a more realistic story than the “just so happened to be the native girl mentioned in the last book“. However, all in all it was a fun ride and once again it was one that I hated to see end. (less)
I read this book when I was younger (maybe 13 or so): it was a novel adapted from a point and click mystery game. I enjoyed the game very much, howeve...moreI read this book when I was younger (maybe 13 or so): it was a novel adapted from a point and click mystery game. I enjoyed the game very much, however I became stuck at one point during the game. This was a time before you could just Google everything when you wanted an answer so I bought the book and ended up figuring out what I needed to do. I really did like the flow of the novel as it clearly followed the exact same events of the game, and it enhanced some of the places as well. Plus having played the game the characters felt very alive to me. I wasn't an avid reader at this time but this novel was a pivotal point in my appreciation of books. I usually go back and re-read this book every couple of years and each time the adventure pulls me in!(less)
Once again Robert McCammon delivers a masterpiece. Matthew Corbett has really grown on as a character and the colonial era although never before a gen...moreOnce again Robert McCammon delivers a masterpiece. Matthew Corbett has really grown on as a character and the colonial era although never before a genre that I enjoyed is now one of my favorite epics. I had previously enjoyed Wilbur Smith's ancient Egyptian saga, and then onto his swashbuckling adventures, but they didn't contain the raw substance that McCammon is able to infuse into his writings. I was very glad to hear that there will be a fourth follow up to this series, as I had previously only thought that these novels were part of a trilogy.
The characters in this series are put together very well, and for the first time in this saga we get to witness a truly evil individual. Mister Slaughter, this guy is just plain wicked and the viciousness by which he dispatches is victims can be quick and other times drawn out. The sad truth is that the character in this book is extremely horrific but he is just that "fiction", however at the same fact there are people who live beyond this world of fiction and preform actions like this in reality. So although grisly and you want to tell yourself it's only a story the true fact is that these things happen in the news everyday.
Moving on, another thing that I really like the blending of elements from one novel to the next are seamless. Now it's on to a Agent Pendergast novel and then I will be taking a jump back to McCammon's "They Thirst" or "Usher's Passing".
Once again, a special thanks goes out to the author for entertaining with his story-telling!(less)
McCammon!! You make me want to smack my Grandma into a coma! In all forms of the word, you are badass! Once again, masterfully, you delivered another...moreMcCammon!! You make me want to smack my Grandma into a coma! In all forms of the word, you are badass! Once again, masterfully, you delivered another story of epic proportions. This one was a breath of fresh air, as I usually read multiple books at once, this one was paired with Stephen King’s, Cell. The horrendousness of that book only made this one all the better!
So as it is, The Queen of Bedlam lies in her personal asylum, drifting alone in her mental prison. But were she to speak from the depths, what a secret story she would tell! Thus, Mr. Matthew Corbett is at it again. He embarks on a trek to uncover the murders of three profound members of New York City. (Errr, well population 5,000 at the time) Now, I’m not talking about the Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick maker, but you get the drift. The night assassin makes quick work of cutting masks into their faces as well as slicing their throats. Which causes the denizens of New York to give the murderer his fitting moniker, The Masker. Here lies the mystery of who is The Masker, and why has he selected these specific targets selected for his nocturnal pleasures? Once again there is mystery, there is adventure and there are comedic moments. Matthew seems to always find trouble at his doorstep, and not only is it there, but it’s thundering loudly against his door with Thor’s hammer!
In this novel, Matthew moves another rung up the ladder and now begins working for the Herrald Agency. Further reeling me in and given me pause to wonder in the next novel will he indeed take on the characteristics of Sherlock Holmes himself? McCammon blends action and dialogue, history and fiction, and intrigue with mystery; throws them all in a bowl mixes them up and serves up the perfect tale of cordon bleu mystery stew! The only puzzling question I have now is at what tender age did Mr. McCammon sell his soul to the Devil for such talent, and if not his soul the purchasing price what was the cost? Cause’ I might be willing to get in on that! Anyway, as before Robert doesn’t fail to entertain and as always this novel ends on another moment of piqued interest in what sort of shenanigans will Mr. Corbett get himself into during his next adventure. (less)
This one rests in my top 10 books of all time. The pacing was perfect, and the plot kept me intrigued the whole time. John Corey is one of my favorite...moreThis one rests in my top 10 books of all time. The pacing was perfect, and the plot kept me intrigued the whole time. John Corey is one of my favorite characters in literature. His humor and sometimes mindless banter never cease to catch me off guard and at some moments laugh out loud. Take all of the perverseness of the world, a kick ass police officer-turned retired cop-turned ATTF detective agent, throw in a little talk radio quick wit, and loads of sarcasm and that would be the recipe Nelson Demille cooked up for Mr. Corey! In this novel John finally goes against someone who is able to go toe to toe with him in dialogue. I nearly want to slap Nelson Demille and hug him at the same time. For he not only gives you an incredibly believable story that brings you in and cranks everything up to 11, but he also takes away that false sense of security that everyone has and gives you the realization that somewhere in the world some crazy crap is going down and we could all pretty much die! I'm already waiting for another John Corey Novel and perhaps a movie take on the whole franchise. (less)
This book was outright amazing, the only comparison I can draw for this novel would be something like Law & Order: Witch Trials. Thereby seeing th...moreThis book was outright amazing, the only comparison I can draw for this novel would be something like Law & Order: Witch Trials. Thereby seeing the first lines of the novel indicating the location in the Carolinas, I hear the distinctive DUN! DUN! in my head just thinking about it. There is definitely some shady dealings going on in the town of Fount Royal where an accused witch is on trial and the one and only penalty for cavorting with the Devil is death by flames. For a town that deems itself holy and wants nothing more but to purge it's self from the presence of evil, nearly everyone in the town seems to be guilty of something. But down the rabbit hole Robert McCammon takes us, who is to blame for the atrocities that have been committed in this town? Did the accused truly murder her husband and the Reverend? Is the owner of the town a silent schemer? Does the Dr. in the town have ulterior motives? Does the new Reverend that arrives to the town care too much about lustful ideals than saving souls? What's up with all the rain? Why does my stomach hurt right now? All but the last two questions get answered in this epic book. This book is really long, and I mean REALLY long, but it is extremely enrapturing. This book isn't for the feint of heart, if you are the occasional reader this may not fit the bill for your wants and desires, but if you like to be kept guessing the whole time, it is sure to please.
Robert McCammon makes every detail matter and I sopped it up like I was eating biscuits and gravy. Sometimes picking out details that I would read knowing that there was an obvious reason why it was mentioned, but having to wait a while until the answer comes to fruition. I'm very glad to know that Matthew Corbett makes an appearance in 3 more novels! I'm already ready to crack open the next volume in the series. I read this book right after finishing Wolf's Hour by McCammon, but this book was a completely different animal. Robert paints pictures in your mind that you can't help but see clear as day, and the dialogue is also quite amazing, as his attention to detail in the character's speech, and talking style is painstakingly rendered. I can only imagine how long it must have been for the author to craft this masterpiece. Also, I'll give a nod to Robert for not including so much detail to the main character being quite the slut that Michael Galatin from the Wolf's Hour was. I have to give McCammon a lot of credit on this novel, and I don't feel guilty in the slightest from awarding this book 5 stars, which is not something I do all willy nilly!(less)