Third book into the series and I'm still intrigued where this is going. We got a little more detail in this one about the Professor, Jack and the Drea...moreThird book into the series and I'm still intrigued where this is going. We got a little more detail in this one about the Professor, Jack and the Dreamers which was good - I actually like explanations for things like this! I want to understand why things are the way they are but in these books things have happened so quickly there hasn't been time for it. Sam locates another of the Last 13 - who has been there almost all along. I thought this may be a little too easy until I considered the "nature vs. nurture" argument that is discussed in the book and figured that in the circumstances, it does make sense.
Alex is starting to get on my nerves, and Eva seems to be in a bit of a mood because she's being told to stay put. Eva, there is a reason you don't go out climbing mountains by yourself in the middle of the night! Sigh. I hate stupid characters and as we now have the books from both of their perspectives now as well as Sam's I hope it improves!
The only other thing is I don't think any of the characters are emotionally mature enough for what they're doing, which definitely shows. I only hope their guidance under the Professor, Lora and Dr. Dark keeps them on the right track.
I don't love these books exactly and I am a little beyond the readership, but I feel like I'm committed now to the series and I may as well see it thr...moreI don't love these books exactly and I am a little beyond the readership, but I feel like I'm committed now to the series and I may as well see it through. If the writing wasn't so immature I might like them more but honestly I fly through them so quickly it's not that bad of an issue.
The last time we saw Sam, he was face to face with Solaris fighting for his life. It's not much of a surprise that he manages to get away with the Star of Egypt and continue following the dream sequences which come to him as he sleeps. It has fallen to Sam to track down the rest of The Last 13 as they appear to him in his dreams, a journey that in this book sends him from New York to Egypt to Rome, escaping enemies and relying on the help of friends as he goes.
This book will appeal to young readers who don't like much 'filler' - a lot is happening quite quickly and it's all a bit go, go, go which is good I guess but I prefer a little more fleshing out in the books I read.
Crucial reading prior to the latest Elementals release Secret. This novella gives so much necessary backstory that I don't understand why the content...moreCrucial reading prior to the latest Elementals release Secret. This novella gives so much necessary backstory that I don't understand why the content was not just included in the story of Secret. It's a bit of filler, that's true, but important to the plot that follows. (less)
I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you haven't read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories...and I'm not sure I would recommend it if you ha...moreI wouldn't recommend reading this book if you haven't read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories...and I'm not sure I would recommend it if you had. To read this, you need an understanding of the cases but also to remember: it's not 'canon'. It's written by a third party and while it is supposed to add to the understanding of Sherlock Holmes' great nemesis Professor James Moriarty, it's not an understanding that's given by Doyle as he wanted to portray the character. A lot of other characters get caught up in this too and I would have thought they are being misrepresented.
Some of the little tantrums Moriarty has because of Holmes are giggle inducing but this collection of papers and things from Moriarty's desk is not well laid out or convincing the way the original Sherlock stories are. The font used, meant to represent handwriting, is also at times hard to read at times and that seems to me to defeat the purpose.(less)
**spoiler alert** I didn't realise I was anticipating the next Elementals book until I heard it had been released and I rushed down to Dymocks to get...more**spoiler alert** I didn't realise I was anticipating the next Elementals book until I heard it had been released and I rushed down to Dymocks to get myself a copy. These books have a weird hold on me, maybe because I feel they have so much potential and could at any moment get better and live up to my high standards - and I don't want to miss that!
Secret is Nick's story, one I have been looking forward to, and includes the novella Breathless which is such important and crucial reading to understanding the events of Secret that I don't understand why it wasn't worked into the main novel. In this book we see a different side to Nick, having only seen him as his brothers and Hunter see him. Some of his behaviour seemed out of character for him - I would never have expected Nick to be so aggressive and violent, particularly towards people he cared about. He also was very rash and for someone who has never judged anyone else, I found his expectation that his brothers would judge him harshly for his choices not particularly fair towards them and again out of character for him. Also, it really lets me down when I see students letting things like relationships affect their studies - I would have thought he knew better. At the same time, the emotional turmoil he was going through really changed him and it was heartbreaking to watch Nick at war with himself as he struggled to accept who he was. Of course this is going to impact on all aspects of your life. And yet we never see him working to make up his bad marks. This disappoints me so much! Maybe instead of hanging out with Adam you actually do your physics homework, Nick! His judgment of situations since he recognised himself as gay and started seeing Adam was really oversensitive of him - Gabriel thought it was 'creepy' that Adam was hitting on him because he thought Nick had a girlfriend and wasn't interested and so that behaviour was inappropriate. But Nick jumped up and down and freaked out. CALM DOWN NICK. You're supposed to be good at reading situations, now you're just getting crazy. I wish he had put some more trust into his brothers. They're his only family, and you can see how much they all care for each other.
As for Quinn - her home life is not ideal and she should not have to live with that. However her little routine of 'poor me nobody loves me but if they try to help I should tell them to get lost and/or offer them sex and then act offended when they just want to help me and why doesn't Becca care about me anymore' - holy crap that got old really quick! If you don't tell anyone other than creepy kind of stalker guy Tyler Morgan what's going on, nobody is going to know and then nobody will ask you or help you. Sometimes if you have to put away your pride and get help, and if you don't want to do that don't complain! She frustrated me so much. And I don't understand why she got so mad at Becca for not telling her what she was - Becca's whole world has turned upside down and Quinn didn't even care, only that she didn't know. And I still don't get why Nick told her. The whole town is going to know at this rate!
I don't particularly like Tyler, but I think his revelation as a full Elemental is interesting. This is the part of the story I enjoy the most and what keeps me reading, the Elemental part. I'm intrigued as to what it will all come down to in the last book. I'm predicting a full out war and some amazing action scenes, hopefully not too much romance because I'm sick of the girls in these books. That being said, I think this has been the best of the lot.
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book. This did not influence my review in any way.
The unique story of Mark Schimmoeller, who aft...moreThank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book. This did not influence my review in any way.
The unique story of Mark Schimmoeller, who after college left an internship to pursue a dream of unicycling across America, is unlike anything else I have ever read. How many people do you know who ride a unicycle, let alone decide to trek across America on one? It's an impressive feat to say the least. One Schimmoeller is fairly modest about, really. These days he has hung up the unicycle (but not quite for good) and lives a sustainable lifestyle in the woods with his wife, not far from the home he grew up in. The book is written in an alternative perspective, one based on his time on the road, the other of his quiet life where he has no electricity or water, instead uses a rain catchment system and a solar cooker and is fighting to save the land surrounding him from development.
I enjoyed the imagery presented in this book of not only the woods where he lives, but also of the places he traveled through and the interesting characters met along the way. However, I felt there were a lot of irrelevant passages about his dreams (that made no sense, as dreams in real life often don't) and random recountings of his childhood that disrupted the flow of the narrative. I liked how he related his unicycle journey to the life he knew at home, but a lot of little anecdotes didn't feel like they belonged. This made the book seem much longer than it was and made it difficult to finish. I found my attention wavering as I inched towards the end, even though I was curious to see how it all wrapped up - it just took some work and concentration to get there. Maybe they should have been a little harsher on the cutting room floor (applies for books too yeah?).
Schimmoeller mentions that he likes happy endings, and this is apparent in the way he glosses over how plain difficult it must have been to travel such distances on a unicycle in such ever changing environments. Any hardships are brushed off, fixed by a meal and a good night's sleep, making it seem fairly easy to pedal cross country on a bike with only one wheel. While we definitely should encourage people to achieve great things, it's something else to ignore all the bad bits. And even if your journey over all was a success, of course there's going to be bad days and rough days and days where you want to go home. It's not realistic to pretend that they don't exist. I'm not looking for drama, just a bit more raw honesty would have been nice.
Other than the lengthy descriptions I found Schimmoeller to be a talented writer, although in some parts he came off a little self-righteous I was able to move past it due to my sheer interest in his way of life so different from my own. I can sympathise with him about the threat of further development in his secluded area, and to be honest his travel adventures made me want to have my own - just maybe with four wheels instead of one.
The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'...moreThe only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it.
While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any Sherlock inspired TV series). From that sitting room I embark on, with Holmes and Watson, so many mind boggling adventures where I try as I might, like Watson does, to keep up with the great Sherlock Holmes. He leaves me for dust just about every time, but that makes it no less enjoyable. I rather like watching him prove his talents time and again.
John Watson faithfully chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes for us, as Holmes is called to many a case where it is never about the money, only the mental exercise. Holmes likes to be challenged and more often than not he rises to the occasion. We are told that there are some cases that were not solved, which is interesting, but their tales have not been concluded because they lack completion. We also find in this volume, one story from the third person and a couple from Holmes', both which I enjoyed and had a distinctly different voice to that of Watson. I felt that these were interesting author choices but also reflective of the fact Watson and Holmes were not always together.
As I'm sure you can tell, I loved every Sherlock Holmes story I read. Some of course were more thrilling than others, more adventurous, but they were all well written and very clever all the same. My hat off to Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.(less)
I got absolutely nothing from this book. No enjoyment, no thrill, no sense of wonder was aroused throughout my reading of this book. It was no...moreOh dear.
I got absolutely nothing from this book. No enjoyment, no thrill, no sense of wonder was aroused throughout my reading of this book. It was nothing but an increasingly frustrating experience because guess what? 'Real time' is BORING. Nothing happens during 'real time' which is why most authors tend to skip over those bits.
The story is set in an airport cocktail lounge over five hours where an unspecified global catastrophe is occurring because oil prices went up, for some unspecified reason. So people start going crazy and some people shoot each other and other people barricade themselves into hotels and/or cocktail lounges and there's some explosions. BOOM. Big chemical ones.
And while this is happening there are four people in the cocktail lounge: Rick the bartender, Karen a single mother who flew out to a nowhere place to have an internet hookup, Luke a pastor who stole a bunch of money when he lost his faith and Rachel, a blonde beauty who doesn't understand the world around her. Add to that the 'mysterious' voice that calls itself 'Player One' - which is not so mysterious as it reveals itself in the first chapter or 'hour'.
There is exploration of the deep seated issues the characters have - their issues with time, religion, their own identities and what comes next. But there just doesn't seem to be anything interesting about their discussions and their discoveries about themselves. I jusr didn'r see the point of it all. I feel like I've wasted my time with a very disappointing book.
Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Medallion Press, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a...moreThank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Medallion Press, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book from a LibraryThing giveaway, not realising it was the third in a trilogy or really knowing anything about it at all. What I entered into was a complex world (or worlds, I should say) far beyond my expectations.
Considering that this book is the third and final book in a trilogy, the author did a good job of catching me up to speed in the first couple of chapters so that I didn't feel so in the dark. However, I was still missing a lot and at times there were things I didn't understand or could have used some context, which is to be expected when I came in as the story was drawing to a close.
I can still appreciate the imaginative and complicated plot of the novel, but the large cast of characters made it hard to feel connected to any of them. They arrive abruptly and were there for a short period, then gone and replaced by someone else just as quickly. This made it hard to see any real character development among any of them. I did however enjoy the plot twists and turns, particularly the major one at the end, and am intrigued enough to maybe pursue how it all began.