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, diffeThis 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!...more
I read this one immediately after reading Concussion-Cover Up. I liked this one a good deal better than the other. I really thought the idea of the NSI read this one immediately after reading Concussion-Cover Up. I liked this one a good deal better than the other. I really thought the idea of the NSA agent, Priest is interesting. I thought it very creative how Chalk had to first get his attention through his little techy-cloak and dagger way. I couldn't help myself but to think, "aaaahhhhh, that's pretty cool." Also, since this book does end and there isn't really a complete wrap up of the Priest character, but I think it would be neat to see him come back into the picture in a later book. Hope you are listening Carac!!
What a breath of fresh air!!! That pretty much sums this book up. Lately I have undertaken some pretty lengthy books in the past year. A few works froWhat a breath of fresh air!!! That pretty much sums this book up. Lately I have undertaken some pretty lengthy books in the past year. A few works from Greg Iles, a semi long Joe Abercrombie book but still really good, oh and just this kinda off the wall series you've probably never heard of, oh yeah Game of Thrones. Now these guys are pretty wordy in their descriptions and sometimes you find yourself saying. 'I get it he has shiny armor on', or 'I know this town is really quaint and has a lot of history to it', and 'I understand, that guy you have spent 5 paragraphs talking about his age spots and wrinkles is old!'
But the pacing for Dark Digital Sky flows and it flows well. I might even add you might need to be quick witted and fast on your toes to read this book.
Now onto the main protagonist. I found myself liking Chalk quite a bit. He's gone through some heavy crap in his day and I did feel a little pang of sadness for the guy. He has the perfect personality for his job and a pretty nice car to go with it.
I also never had a moment where I was truly annoyed with Chalk's actions. Many times when I read a book a character or sub character does something that bother's me and I question their logic. In Dark Digital Sky, most of the time I found myself think he did exactly what I would have done.
I am also glad to know that there are future installments in the works. And a short story out there that I will be checking out very soon.
Now onto another aspect of the book. I really liked the techy vibe that was constant through out and felt I learned quite a few things along the way without feeling like I was at a lecture "a la" Dan Brown fashion.
I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone.
The only negative I found along the way was that there were a few editing mistakes and typos here and there. But they were not widespread. So it was not enough to downgrade this story by anything. I can understand that hiccup though as I have been working on a novel myself and have edited and edited it ad nauseum, and I feel that I could keep going through it and continue to find mistakes. In conclusion I award this book 5 solid stars.
****As a side note: I liked how the author explained and described that Chalk wore band T-shirts pretty much everywhere he went. And as my favorite band I was glad that Social Distortion made the list. ...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 fini
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.
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 favoriteThis 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. ...more
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, howeveI 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!...more