Having watched one of the movies but never read the books, I can now see why they chose Robert Downey Junior as Sherlock. Perfect choice. Downey pulls...moreHaving watched one of the movies but never read the books, I can now see why they chose Robert Downey Junior as Sherlock. Perfect choice. Downey pulls off Sherlock's arrogance and self assurance to a T.
As for the book; the mystery was entertaining, Sherlock's deductions are so precise they border on the unbelievable. I appreciated Doyle introducing a back story for the murderer and going off on a tangent, it worked well. The ending was a bit illogical and unreasonable (view spoiler)[ Hope already knew Holmes address as he had sent his friend to reclaim his ring. Therefore, why on earth would he go back there when someone asked for him by name? Specifically since he mentioned fearing that the ring's address was a trap. The only reason he'd go was if he wanted to get caught, which he clearly didn't want, judging by how hard he fought. (hide spoiler)]
Besides the illogical moment, I'm also giving this a 3 because we don't know anything about the characters. Yes, we know that Watson was in Afghanistan and that he's a doctor, but other than the odd bits here and there, the characters were very shallow. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Heartbreaking yet hopeful, this book tells the story of Alice's frightening dissent into dementia. Alice, a mother of 3 brilliant children, a doctor i...moreHeartbreaking yet hopeful, this book tells the story of Alice's frightening dissent into dementia. Alice, a mother of 3 brilliant children, a doctor in psychology, a tenured professor in Harvard for the past 25 years, wife to an esteemed and extremely intelligent scientist and researcher, has Early On-set Alzheimers disease at the age of 50. How does a woman whose whole life revolved around her intelligence and her sharp mind cope with the knowledge that she's loosing her intellect one synapse at a time? How do her children cope with their mothers genetic disease knowing it can be transmitted to them? How does a renowned scientist cope with the fact that the woman he loves for her intelligence will eventually not know him or their children?
Told in Alice's voice, we are taken on a journey through the mind of an Alzheimer's patient, a patient whose trying her best to retain who she is and keep her family together. Heartbreaking is an understatement. Through the eyes of Alice we witness her families varying and sometimes devastating reactions to her disease, we also witness how hope can bloom even in the most bleak situations. Alice is a wonderful, engaging narrator, I wanted to be there for her, I wanted to be one of her daughters. This book will make you cry, it will break your heart and it will fill you with the sense that somehow, everything will work out. (less)
If this book was a movie it would be a low budget Direct to Video one. Previously, I would have given this a 1-Star but I've evolved as a reader and a...moreIf this book was a movie it would be a low budget Direct to Video one. Previously, I would have given this a 1-Star but I've evolved as a reader and am now mature enough to save my 1-stars to those books that are an abomination.
Areas in which this book was lacking:
Keepsie and her friends are Third Wave heroes, which are people with useless superpowers like keeping all bar trays upright or knowing things about people from sniffing them. In a town run by real superheroes and infested with super villains, the Third Wavers are shunned by the Academy (Hero training centre) and by society. When Keepsie gets a chance to stand up to the Academy by withholding a device given to her by a villain, she does so just to spite the Academy and her friends stick by her. Interesting premise, right? Well, the rest of the story went something like this:
Third wavers get beaten up by the Super heroes, then they hide out in Keepsie's bar.
Third Wavers get beaten up by the villains, then they hide out in Keepsie's bar.
Third Wavers get beaten up by machines, then they hide out in Keepsie's bar.
Third Wavers get beaten up by a psychotic drugged scientist, then they hide out in Keepsie's bar.
Third Wavers get beaten up by demons from another dimension, then they hide out in Keepsie's bar.
Third Wavers, heroes, villains, machines, psychotic drugged scientist and demons all end up in Keepsie's bar.
Furthermore, the ending was not fulfilling at all.
H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. Badly in need of an editor. Cringe worthy dialogue. Half of the time it read like a superhero spoof and the other half it read like a bold and the beautiful script. Bad. Just needs to be re-written completely to sound plausible and real.
Flat. Did not feel for them AT ALL. They did not amuse me one bit. I wasn't rooting for anyone, they were all fake. The deep relationships that should have existed between them was not shown properly at all. I couldn't connect with the book or feel the connection between the characters.
I wouldn't recommend this. This should have been a first draft. Shame, as the premise had a positive prospect. (less)
Dear Goodreads, as this is the third time I am writing this review, I beseech you, please do something about these review windows. Accidentally click...more Dear Goodreads, as this is the third time I am writing this review, I beseech you, please do something about these review windows. Accidentally clicking on the surrounding screen space results in the whole review getting erased. Can something be done? Please. Thank you.
-Brilliant scene painting and tone setting. I got the feel for the dark and Gothic plot instantly, even getting chills at certain scenes.
-Solid Plot and Mystery.
-Never a dull moment, the story maintained a constantly fast pace.
-A simple mystery that kept me guessing until the end.
-The dialogue fell flat
-For a "Historical Dark Romance", the scenes between the lovers where abrupt, lacking and few and far in between. They only met 3 times during the novel and even then the dialogue and events where just unjustified and unsatisfactory.
-A lot of "Fuck Logic" moments that were ignored and unexplained. For example, at one point the heroine is locked in her room and our hero breaks her window, yet no one in the household seems to hear this breaking, nor do they question her about it when they see it the next day.
-Anti-Climatic ending. The promise kept building up, promising a dark ending. It didn't happen.
It was a good effort, could have been better. (less)
Imagine a 19th century London where Dracula (Vlad Tepes, The Impaler) has defeated Van Helsing, turned the queen of England and became the Prince Cons...moreImagine a 19th century London where Dracula (Vlad Tepes, The Impaler) has defeated Van Helsing, turned the queen of England and became the Prince Consort. Now imagine that one of Helsing's ex-crew member (Seward)went a bit cuckoo in the head and started killing vampire prostitutes, earning the name of... Jack the Ripper. Sounds like a pretty awesome solid plot, huh? That's what I thought too. Unfortunately, I was not impressed.
This whole book was an ode to 19th century bibliophiles and historians. Newman has incorporated real life people, characters from Victorian novels and countless of references unique to that era into this book. Someone whose knowledgeable in this topic would surely have been delighted. The references where lost on me. I was left to concentrate on the actual plot rather then delighting in Newman's cleverness. And for me the plot fell flat. It seems that so much effort was gone into throwing in blatant to obscure historical references that plot efforts suffered. 80% of the book revolved around the Ripper murders; an ancient vampire and a national spy leading the efforts. Although the killer was right under their noses and pretty obvious, they were both completely clueless. The last 20% of the book suddenly made the whole Ripper killings into a national conspiracy which everyone in the book was either intentionally or accidentally in on. Too many aspects where coincidental for this conspiracy plot to actually be believable. Additionally, to keep the book real, Newman added a bunch of side scenes and plot lines, which I feel, were so random, unnecessary and eventual resulted in loose ends.
Read this book if you're a 19th century lover, Bram Stoker fan or aware of the Jack the Ripper case. Otherwise, return the book on the shelf as you found it and walk away. (less)
I wanted to give this book a 4 stars but I wasn't feeling it. I liked the series, it was a solid fantasy work but I found it lacking. I'd give it a 3....moreI wanted to give this book a 4 stars but I wasn't feeling it. I liked the series, it was a solid fantasy work but I found it lacking. I'd give it a 3.5 in total.
I stick to my initial feel of it being juvenile. The dialogue still confounded me with it's childishness coming from 30 year olds. The plots and plans came off as naive at times (Taquar and the whole baby thing). And the flow of events felt a bit chopped and too easy. What a coincidence that Jet's horse ran into Dibble and Jasper appeared out of nowhere, just as Terelle and Co. happened by... It's too planned. Furthermore, what the hell is up with the Khromatians?! They were introduced, our super heroes jump into their land cause massive havoc and just.. leave. End of story... No! Their excursions in Khromatis will definitely have consequences, we can't just ignore them and hope they go away!
Oh well. Still a good read. Kaneth and Ryka's plot line is the best out of all of them. Even though their's got a bit retarded at the end. I don't know any 1 year olds that can form sentences... But their child apparently can and is some sort of Storm lord extraordinaire, the likes of which have NEVER existed in the land.. ever. The ending with Ravard felt so futile, anti-climatic and useless. But I guess that's what the author was trying to get through; War is so pointless, it's waged for such petty reasons, people die for nothing and no one emerges victorious at the end. She also stresses on the importance of family and focusing on what really matters. I liked that aspect and I think she got her point across nicely.
Would I recommend it? I'm not sure. There are just so many amazing books out there that I'd rather spend my reading time on. This book was just mediocre. (less)
As good as the first book. Events usually slow down in the second book of a trilogy, but Larke managed to keep the pace, even improve it. I read the f...moreAs good as the first book. Events usually slow down in the second book of a trilogy, but Larke managed to keep the pace, even improve it. I read the first 3 quarters of the book in two sittings, but then things slowed down at the end. There was a lot of plotting and movement back and forth across the deserts and the white outs and the scarpen that could have been avoided, but it all worked out in the end.
Ryka and Kaneth have been bumped up to be my favorite characters, in fact, their story line is the most interesting. Terelle became pathetic and resigned after her kick ass debut in the first novel and Shale has become hard and a user, I do not approve!
This book was bleak as all the events occurred during a war, but surprisingly it wasn't a bit boring. Every time Larke would begin a chapter with a new POV I'd get annoyed as I was dying to find out what happened to the previous POV, but then I'd quickly get sucked into the new POV and by the time the old one rolled in, I would get annoyed yet again!
Very well wriiten and thought out. Larke did not lax in any bit of the book and the plot flowed beautifully, engaging till the end.