Second read-through began on 1/7/13. Not much changed for me in way of opinion from the first read through to note, the second. I still like the storySecond read-through began on 1/7/13. Not much changed for me in way of opinion from the first read through to note, the second. I still like the story but not the book, persay. It's just not written in a totally gripping way though i enjoyed the events of the story as they are unfolded to me. I guess i am having trouble describing my specific opinion. Needless to say, i will undoubtedly continue the saga one day. Maybe i just need more time.
3-Stars. 5/5/11: This book was a beast. The movie is too accurate to allow to be seen before attempting the read. The read was good but would have been great if I didn't know so many details. But the classic holds true & its a great story. I am glad I completed the book. :)
There was so much of this book that was not in the movie that it amazed me that the movie got such great reviews!! I watched the movie several times gThere was so much of this book that was not in the movie that it amazed me that the movie got such great reviews!! I watched the movie several times growing up and so I knew the story pretty well. I have been really in to the "horror" genre lately so I looked up many internet book lists (including goodreads listopia) trying to find the scariest books out there. This book kept making the top of all of the lists so, of course, I had to give it a try.
I will say that for being the "scariest book of all time" by many people, it really wasn't all that frightening... I was disappointed in that aspect.
A really cool part that could be considered scary and wasn't in the book, for me, was: (view spoiler)[The thing with the Topiary hedges, for one. The animals coming to life and stocking the living was cool. It would have been even cooler if the book was more psychological and not so literal, though. You get the sense that these things are really happening... not just that the characters are being crazied-to-death which would be scarier because it would have more of a truth to it, (hide spoiler)] to me, anyway.
I could have done without so much back story of the adult characters. Their parents being assholes, his total abuse of alcohol, her mistrust, was important of course, but I feel that they over exhausted the pretense and told the stories over and over again... I would have enjoyed more action and less exposition.
Overall, this was a really good book. It is a classic for a reason and should be read by anyone who might enjoy this type of suspense story. I listed it as horror because it is meant to be horror but would really rather put it into the suspense category; at no time during this read did I feel the need to keep the lights on, throw it under the bed, put it in the freezer, nor did nightmares ensue. It just wasn't frightful enough for any of that nonsense that so many reviewers before me have claimed it to be.
This book is so horribly boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no point to the duplicating timelines whatsoever. She attempted to do something intereThis book is so horribly boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no point to the duplicating timelines whatsoever. She attempted to do something interesting there, I admit it is what drew me to this book but I am astounded that so many people consider this a good read. I half wonder if people don't rate it highly just because they think they are supposed to like it since New York Times said it is one of the notable books of 2013. All I can take away from that fact, is that I cannot trust New York Times to know SHIT about a good book.
The timeline repeats over and over as she dies then returns, which sounded cool, but was in reality just retardedly repetitive. It would have been better had the repetitive story lines been entertaining but even that was left out as each story line is dull and boring and droned on for too many pages with information that never seemed important.
When I decided not to complete the book, I checked spoilers to see if the story ever picked up pace or threw you for a turn that made the whole book worth while and from what I read, the portions that were boring and stupid were never made important to the story. The end result, the whole point to the entire story, doesn't even make sense... but because of the notoriety of the character mentioned, probably got this book much more praise than it had any right to claim. Just because your book alters time to (view spoiler)[kill Hitler (hide spoiler)], doesn't mean I forgive you for all the badly written portions that you made me read to get to the "ah-ha" moment that reveals that incredibly non-imaginative "twist".
Don't waste your time.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Second Read-Through: My book club, Bako Book Nerds, has chosen this for our Nov.2013 book which means I get to read it again!! New, updated review, toSecond Read-Through: My book club, Bako Book Nerds, has chosen this for our Nov.2013 book which means I get to read it again!! New, updated review, to come. ;)
^on that note... 11/21/13: I was not nearly as enthused to re-read it once I began. I stopped at like 15% or somewhere around there. I just had already read it and it was not a fun reread like some books can be. It might just be because my current state of mind is quite distracted...but either way. My original review stands (below).
July 28, 2011:AMAZING!! I was worried, at first, that the author went a little to one-liner-stand-up-comedian (though funny seemed to lack worth) but the story engulfed me. The more I read the more I wanted to know. I really enjoyed it! I am dying to know more about Reyes Alexander Farrow *wags eyebrows* ← Super Interesting character!! I mean, talk about bad boys he's (view spoiler)[ the son of SATAN!!! (hide spoiler)]! Which is totally awesome, BTW. I was totally expecting to find out that (view spoiler)[ he was a reaper too, but was the gateway to hell whereas Charley was the gateway to heaven... Hehe (hide spoiler)] but of course, that is speculation only & had yet to be confirmed or denied.
All in all though, the reading was fun. I enjoy books that are fun to read. I will definately read book 2 and any more that come. I never knew a Grim Reaper could be so fun to read about!!
BTW, did anyone else put-together that Reyes was quite-literally a smoking hot guy?? lol
[side-note: To me, the "fun-ness" of the book is more important than most of the other things you could look at... Some will make fun saying it had too many grammatical errors or whatever... but that to me, it just a standard of pretentiousness that some choose to live at. I do not. The main character is super far from pretentious and also would not care about grammatical correctness. So who the eff cares!?]
Well, that was not as detailed as I hoped it would be. That is probably my only complaint. I loved it. But I wish it had explained in more detail theWell, that was not as detailed as I hoped it would be. That is probably my only complaint. I loved it. But I wish it had explained in more detail the strange shit going on throughout. For instance, I want to see more of the Infinite Improbability Drive (my fave) & The Heart of Gold and maybe more of the Magrathean Planet Catalog.
I also loved that the Dolphins were trying to warn us... and finally gave up...that their farewell (and the title to book 4) was simply "So long and thanks for all the fish". The writing in this book was just fantastic. It had a sort of wit you don't see in novels often. On more than one occasion, I bursted with laughter which is not the greatest thing to let happen when the only reason I get to read is usually when Bronson is sleeping... this book woke him up on more than one occasion.
I am glad there are five books in this trilogy-HA!. I hope their is more delving in the next four books.
I can't wait to watch this movie now! I heard it was well done.
This is one of those books that once I really pushed myself to finish, really liked. I feel like I must explain myself on this one though, which I donThis is one of those books that once I really pushed myself to finish, really liked. I feel like I must explain myself on this one though, which I don't usually care to do on a 3 star rating. I have a reason for giving a good story no more than 3 stars and this book fell into that category. Books I cannot put down and love to the end get 5 stars. Books that I really enjoyed but was not obsessed with get 4 stars. Books that I had a hard time reading but enjoyed by the end get 3 stars. Books that I didn't like but did finish get 2 stars. Books that I hated and probably quit on at some point or all together get 1 star.
This book was really good once it was finished...but because I had to push myself through several parts and dreaded reading on occasion...it got only 3 stars. I still liked it, though. In fact, I quite enjoyed it by the end.
I will say that it was not nearly as "suspenseful" as was advertized. It was also not scary at all which was disappointing. But there were parts that I really loved as well. For instance, all the parts with the dog were very entertaining. I also enjoyed the hit-man on occasion as he was so OCD about germs, and disease which was odd considering his profession.
My favorite parts were when the dog, (view spoiler)[ Einstein, was learning to speak. Or when he used the letters to spell out jokes or witty commentary. My favorite thing in the whole book was his cute obsession with Micky Mouse and how his mate and his children all had Micky names!!!! Soo friggin' adorable!!!
I will say, too, that I was pretty convinced that The Outsider had not killed Einstein ▬especially once Travis refused to show the grave-site- and was both relieved and irritate by the lack of cunning, when I found I was correct. (hide spoiler)]
Overall it's a good story but was more predictable than I would have thought of a Koontz book considering his reputation. I was severely disappointed by his writing style since I was led to believe him to be the likes of Stephen King, whose book I love. This being one of his more known stories tells me that it may be the cream of the crop. And even though I did enjoy this book, I doubt I'll pickup another Koontz book in the future.
These books are just amazing. I enjoyed this book just as much as all the others as that came before it. I am really glad that they finally (view spoiThese books are just amazing. I enjoyed this book just as much as all the others as that came before it. I am really glad that they finally (view spoiler)[ progressed the relationship between Charley and Reyes. I have been waiting for some intel on that for some time now.. also the fact that she finally... FINALLY showed some of her superhuman capabilities (hide spoiler)]. Nice.
I am also extremely grateful that these books are out every six months instead of years like some series' I know.
Couple of things I wish we got finished stories to? (view spoiler)[ Her sofa never got named.. weird that I would care about this since all the extra naming of body parts and inanimate objects was a little annoying toward the end... I was waiting for more info on the whole Garrett Swopes went to hell thing... not much happened there. Also, her ability to "summon" people as she kept doing with Angel... (hide spoiler)]there are soooo many questions that I can't wait to see answers to!!! I can't wait for the new book to release!! ah!! I am already fretting the wait that is coming. *sigh* ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I began this book with high hopes. It's not something I'd ever have picked up on my own (I hate court dramas from every entertainment source) but it wI began this book with high hopes. It's not something I'd ever have picked up on my own (I hate court dramas from every entertainment source) but it was chosen in book club so i gave it a try. I really liked the movie as a kid, even though i hate court drama, because of the kid and his part in the drama. The same seemed true of the book. The first chapter was amazing and every time the kid came in the chapter read great! The issue came at the in between where the lawyers and cops, FBI, etc., were arguing over the kids and discussing their rights to pry information from them. This was so boring that it, unfortunately, completely overshadowed the story to me. I began feeling heavy dread whenever I thought about reading more. That feeling turns reading into homework to me and sucks all of the fun of of the experience.
This book isn't difficult. It's not hard to get through and if i really had to i could probably read it fairly quickly and easily. But the boring stuff was so much so that i didn't even want to retain what i was reading. I wanted to skim until the kid came back.
I really flip-flopped on whether I was going to try to finish this book or not. My decision to quit gave so much relief that i instantly knew it was the right decision....more
I read this book in Jr. High and rather enjoyed it. It took me forever to read through the whole book because I wasn't a big reader back then, but I eI read this book in Jr. High and rather enjoyed it. It took me forever to read through the whole book because I wasn't a big reader back then, but I enjoyed the scariness of the story though there were some parts that dragged on for me at that age.
This was the first horror-book I had ever read. I had already seen the movie, so I am sure that helped me along a stitch......more
This is one of the few books that I actually read when assigned at school. I will admit that as a teen I skipped around a little, but I can say with cThis is one of the few books that I actually read when assigned at school. I will admit that as a teen I skipped around a little, but I can say with confidence that I read 95% of the book and really enjoyed it.
*Adding this review now- because I didn't realize I skipped it in my "read" list when I first setup my account. :) ...more