I really enjoyed the series and the different take on "zombies". Oddly enough, much of the book had a "real" fAnd here the story goes off the rails...
I really enjoyed the series and the different take on "zombies". Oddly enough, much of the book had a "real" feel to it - I could believe the characters (not so much the spinal injury, but I can forgive that). I can believe a manmade virus and a band of rogue survivors.
But finding his daughter amidst the chaos, another unlikely reunion, the super rich bad guy. Hmmm.
Then Jake. This went from implausible to asinine. Didn't work for me at all, and put a damper on the whole series for me.
Loved it! 40th book in the series, and I enjoy them all.
The storyline this time was quite interesting -- Dallas's new BFF just happens to be a murdereLoved it! 40th book in the series, and I enjoy them all.
The storyline this time was quite interesting -- Dallas's new BFF just happens to be a murderer intent on righting perceived wrongs in Dallas' honor. I love seeing how the main character evolves from an angry damaged loner, to a caring leader and friend throughout the series.
I could do without the details in the romance area however...
As always, looking forward to the next book in this series -- I will buy it the first day and have it finished within 24 hours, then wishing I read it slowly and could enjoy it for a longer time....more
Well, this book started off well! Interesting characters on opposites sides of the country, dealing with a horrific virus that kills off most of the pWell, this book started off well! Interesting characters on opposites sides of the country, dealing with a horrific virus that kills off most of the population. The author writes well and descriptively, and the book seems well-edited. I care about the 3 main characters, although I don't love Mr. New York. He is interesting, however.
Following the breakdown of society and the country's infrastructure, the main character's choices are interesting and I happily read along.
Then it hits the fan. I didn't read blurbs ahead of time, so I wasn't prepared for the big reveal. Wow! I was shocked and loved it at first.
Sadly, the characterizations of the original three broke down completely, and confusing new characters were added without much background information. Now the story takes off in a flurry of activity, and my connection to characters breaks down completely. I am not motivated to continue reading at all. I just skimmed along farther into the book and see many more names that I don't know, so apparently there are many more characters to meet.
Many of the reviewers didn't love all the information on the characters, but I certainly did! I loved the flashbacks andInteresting Zombie-ish novel!
Many of the reviewers didn't love all the information on the characters, but I certainly did! I loved the flashbacks and introspection that allowed us to see glimpses of the characters old lives, which shaped how they dealt with their new situation.
Being set in Wales made it a little more interesting for me. Most of the apocalyptic books that I've read were set in the USA, so this was a nice change.
I read through all the books in the series, one after another. I think this first book is the best in the series. Later on the story got out of control and I lost my ability to suspend disbelief there at the end. Jake--ugh. That's saying something, considering I regularly read science fiction....more
All the Stars in the Sky is a fabulous ending to the Until the End of the World series, although I am terribly sad to leave the world of Cassie and heAll the Stars in the Sky is a fabulous ending to the Until the End of the World series, although I am terribly sad to leave the world of Cassie and her friends in the zombie apocalypse.
The author tells the tale in a completely believable voice, and the evolution of characters seems very real. The pacing of the story is relentless, but not in the reading-quickly-to-find-out-what-happens kind of way -- you actually want to slow down a bit and enjoy the descriptions, the humor, the romance (it works, not forced) and the sad and touching times.
I did get a little confused with the addition of many new names, and the fact that it's been a while since I existed in this world the author built. I fully intend to reread the series over the summer, one book after another. It's well written, and there are strong, realistic female characters which is a nice change from much of the zombie sub-genre. Definitely worth a reread!
If you like post apocalyptic, adventure, survival, or zombie stories -- give this series a try. ...more
Bravo Mr. Weir! What an excellent scifi man vs. nature novel.
I adore the clever, MacGyver-like, highly amusing stranded astronaut Mark Watney. The logBravo Mr. Weir! What an excellent scifi man vs. nature novel.
I adore the clever, MacGyver-like, highly amusing stranded astronaut Mark Watney. The logbook entries dated using "Sol" instead of "Day" of the mission were a beautiful way to give details throughout the novel. The last 50 or so pages were honestly the most exciting passages that I've ever read. I was fully engaged with this story and read it slowly to savor every moment.
Right now I am terribly sad to leave this barren Martian world described by the author. If you enjoy science, scifi, or survival stories -- read this book immediately. It reminds me of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, but written for adults and in outer-space, instead of for kids and in the wilderness. But it has the same pull into the story of survival. There are the endearing qualities of the movie Cast Away, and the space peril of Gravity. I hope the movie version of this novel does it justice (I'm a bit worried about that given Ridley Scott's awful Prometheus...) Stick to the story as written and it will be amazing!!
Buy it. Read it. Definitely worth having the hardcover rather than ebook - love that beautiful orange-red cover.
Outstanding work by one of my favorite authors! JK Rowling, you are amazing!
This second book in the Cormoran Strike detective series is even better thOutstanding work by one of my favorite authors! JK Rowling, you are amazing!
This second book in the Cormoran Strike detective series is even better than the first! An intricate and disturbing crime, interesting and flawed main character, Cormoran Strike, and his secretary/assistant/companion Robin, all put together in a well written, compelling murder mystery! The descriptive writing is a joy, and I highlighted 57 awesome words - this could be SAT vocabulary study material - but not a pretentious way...
There is cursing and kinkiness in it - not sure I want my teenage daughter to read it, but I suspect she will.
Read it for sure - but get the first book (Cuckoo's Calling) so you can enjoy the slow burn of character development and relationships....more
Big change from the the first novel! For me, I didn't like it as much. For most, I suspect they will adore it because of the level of action involved!Big change from the the first novel! For me, I didn't like it as much. For most, I suspect they will adore it because of the level of action involved!
So much happens that I couldn't hold my suspension of disbelief and doubts creeped (crept?) in and brought me out of the story. The ease in which people find transportation and move about large areas of the country just didn't work for me. But -- it's one heck of a story if you can ignore that! I still read the whole thing, no way was I putting it down before I knew the outcome of all the central characters.
This story takes place on two sides of the country - Lodi, of course, and Erie, Pa plus a west coast connection with CDC characters and new minor characters. Another bigger than life character/hero, and the realization of another huge threat drive the storyline.
The story is in hyper mode - so many huge events without much detail, the story moves very quickly to what seems like the end of the series with a flash forward. ...more
Interesting apocalyptic outbreak story with a long, but interesting, build up. I really enjoyed learning about the characters, even if some of them weInteresting apocalyptic outbreak story with a long, but interesting, build up. I really enjoyed learning about the characters, even if some of them were bigger than life. I think you need bigger than life in a end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it story!
Intricate relationships, some awesome characters, some annoying ones too. There were moments that cracked me up, and others where I teared up. There were a few bizarre almost porn chapters. What the heck happened with those FBI agents too? Why did they suddenly become absolute idiots (and porn stars?) I wish those characters had been given another story line to do what had to be done. Desperately trying to avoid spoilers here!
Main character is Mick, the super large/strong/smart over the top cop that is the heart of the story. Sure, he's too good to be true in real life but it's fun believing someone like him is out there. At least he isn't gorgeous! Dylan, his very flawed at times annoyingly so, love interest. The kids-those scenes are the best. This author creates fun children that ring true and bring alot of emotional depth to the story. Lars Rayburn, another over the top character, but he's so much fun!
Sit back, grab this book, suspend your disbelief and don't analyze things too much and you apocalyptic/outbreak disaster types will enjoy this book! No zombies, but definitely a good read....more