What a long (did I say long?) and amazing science fiction story! Definitely an epic - and I like that the characters refer to their history as an epicWhat a long (did I say long?) and amazing science fiction story! Definitely an epic - and I like that the characters refer to their history as an epic.
This is almost 3 books in one.
First third focused on Doob (very Neil Degrasse Tysonish character - loved him!) and an apocalyptic scenario of the moon breaking into 7 pieces with resulting disasters. The people of the world come together in this era of crisis and work to save some small segment of society. The characters in this part of the book are very real, although oddly undisturbed by horrific happenings. The story is easy to follow.
Next section of the book is where some super world-building occurs. The technologies discussed were completely new to me, and I think the author did a tremendous job of explaining life in this cramped space station. This section was harder for me to get through, partly because of one (Hillary-ish) character. The political struggle was frustrating to me -- things weren't going the way I wanted them to.
Fast forward 5000 years and the story feels very different. The world building here is extraordinary! Beautiful descriptions of this world in outer space and the genetics involved in the continuation of mankind. Can't say anything else because I am sure to spoil something for you! ...more
Bit of a trainwreck.. The back story of Mads and Signe is completely mental, and for me -- ruined the whole book. I can't keep reading.
Emma seems likeBit of a trainwreck.. The back story of Mads and Signe is completely mental, and for me -- ruined the whole book. I can't keep reading.
Emma seems like a great character, and I would like to know the ending, but not enough to keep reading. Mads and Signe are twisted in a Natural Born Killers kind of way, but just not believable.
The writing flows well, and I like Emma's quirks. Most of her activities don't reflect a tortured mother of a missing daughter though -- nervous habits just get thrown in every now and then. I'd like to see her be more consistent, but I guess the story wouldn't move quick enough. There was a confusing page that had the wrong name of a character - I could figure it out, but that was odd to come across. Is this an Indie author?
I didn't realize this was the 7th book -- perhaps if I started with #1, I would have been invested in the characters enough to keep reading. Alas, I didn't and must abandon this one....more
Just didn't grab me, and I found myself wondering if I'd ever be able to get into it. This is the writer that did the huge and complex Cloud Atlas --Just didn't grab me, and I found myself wondering if I'd ever be able to get into it. This is the writer that did the huge and complex Cloud Atlas -- didn't read it, but heard a lot about it as they attempted a film.
To be fair, I didn't give this enough of a chance. I reread some books every summer, and they were calling to me. I may come back to The Bone Clocks at a later date!...more
Jack Peter is an "inside boy" -- he has Aspergers and almost drowned 3 years ago with his only friend. He perseverates on thCreepy, definitely creepy.
Jack Peter is an "inside boy" -- he has Aspergers and almost drowned 3 years ago with his only friend. He perseverates on things, and currently it is drawing monsters. Bff plays along and is forced to spend extended time with Jack Peter since his parents use them as babysitters. Jack's parents happily go along, thrilled to have some socialization for their agoraphobic son.
Well, the creepiness starts right away with sounds and sightings of strange white man-like creatures. It's set in a coastal Maine town, so the fact that I was staying in such a place, and in a totally creepy house, added to the effect.
There are many questions. The author tricks you into wondering many things - I believe intentionally! I can see other reviewers being irritated by it and feeling that you are running in circles. I am not so sure about that...
I honestly loved and was totally creeped out by this book. It is worth reading to the end, just for that final ending. Didn't see that coming....more
I was really hopeful in the beginning. But when the weird things started happening, the main character just accepted severe wackiness. This tendenMeh.
I was really hopeful in the beginning. But when the weird things started happening, the main character just accepted severe wackiness. This tendency continued, and I had increasing difficulty suspending my disbelief. If the main character had a bit more background for this tomake sense, that would be quite helpful.
It's left off with a partial ending. Sure looks like they are hoping for a sequel!...more
Quite the page turner here -- a strong psychological thriller.
Main character Brigid is a retired FBI agent from law enforcement family. She spent yearQuite the page turner here -- a strong psychological thriller.
Main character Brigid is a retired FBI agent from law enforcement family. She spent years undercover and never really had a personal life! Now she's living a calm life in Tuscon with her patient, kind, loving ex-priest of a husband. Carlo is a wonderful Dumbledore kind of character -- older, wise,always has the perfect thing to say. Can you tell I adored Carlo?
Brigid's newfound peaceful life is turned up-side down by the arrival of her niece Gemma-Kate, who doesn't seem to be quite right. Add in an investigation into a young man's death and some medical issues, and things really take off.
I couldn't zero in on the bad guy -- it seemed like every character had reasons to have turned into a killer. I did figure it out before the reveal, but not by many pages!
I was slightly put off because the main character didn't know medicines and medical terms that I was aware of -- seems that I generally read books where the investigator has extreme intelligence and book knowledge. Once I embraced that the author had the courage to write a more human character, I really enjoyed it! I am thrilled to read a book with a capable main character that's a little older - that was different, too.
Fun premise -- creative cupcake baker Annie Graceland is framed for murder. She's an empath and connects with the murdered individual. Annie is forcedFun premise -- creative cupcake baker Annie Graceland is framed for murder. She's an empath and connects with the murdered individual. Annie is forced to work with the almost naked motivational speaker/writer ghost to solve the mystery and clear her name.
With a good editor, this could really work. I really wanted to know "whodunnit" so I kept reading, but it was difficult to stay focused. The story was disjointed, dialogue didn't work, too many times where Annie talks to the ghost and it isn't misinterpreted.
It's almost really funny, but the main character Annie is a little too wacky, and her two friends don't ring true at all.
This could be an amusing, easy beach read. Didn't quite cut it for me, but honestly I do want to know how things work out in Annie's personal life. The guts of good characters and good stories are here -- just needs a good editor!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Ballantine Books for allowing me to have this book early in exchange for anMany thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Ballantine Books for allowing me to have this book early in exchange for an honest review.
Dr. Grace Blades is no Alex Delaware -- but she knows him. And she's very different; perhaps even more interesting.
Dr. Grace is an extremely intelligent, wealthy, miracle working psychologist.
Child Grace is a neglected child, witness to a brutal murder-suicide and then tossed about in the foster care program.
The story weaves back and forth between Grace's current situation and lifestyle, and the past that led her to it. I really enjoyed the two different stories unfolding within the book: the young Grace surviving a horrific childhood and the events that transpire that allow her to become a successful adult. Grace is very damaged, and somehow that allows her to help others that have been damaged. She almost too damaged to be likable, but she certainly is interesting!
I don't want to give up too much of the story, but there's big drama in Grace's adult life that forces her to go underground. The story of how she handles it isn't as satisfying as understanding how she came to be the way she is, but I was compelled to keep reading. When the s%^& hit the fan, I didn't want it to be over!
Thank you, Mr. Kellerman. As always, your story keeps me in the book's world, desperate to read every word and find out how it all works out. Or doesn't work out! ...more
Somewhat mindless, super easy to read, slightly amusing == great book for the beach. Gotta admit though -- the monkey that gives people the finger isnSomewhat mindless, super easy to read, slightly amusing == great book for the beach. Gotta admit though -- the monkey that gives people the finger isn't getting a chuckle from me anymore!
All the same characters, Lizzy& Diesel, Glo, Wulf & Hatchet, monkey, cat. A few new characters that didn't make much sense were added, although they did have amusing habits or issues. There's a skeleton of a goos story here if they slowed down a bit.
Worth borrowing if you need an easy beach read, but I wouldn't buy it. Silly me -- I bought it during our big power outage when my kindle was out of power and the library was closed. Should have reread something on my shelf instead!...more
OK, I forgave the authors for writing "I COULD have cared less" when it was used in the main character's voice. But it happened again in this book. DiOK, I forgave the authors for writing "I COULD have cared less" when it was used in the main character's voice. But it happened again in this book. Different character, but it was the narrator's voice and still said "could" instead of "couldn't". I put the book down at that point and it took me a while to pick it up again!
Similar to her previous books, but characters are more cardboard. Schemes are crazier than Oceans 11 and it's hard to get into this world. But we have a possible someday romance between the FBI agent and con-man (Why why why do I want that to happen?), but the biggest draw is Kate's dad and all his military buddies. Boyd is fabulous as well. Love his crazy actor character!
I will read the next one if it's out -- but borrow it from the library!...more
Fun, quick read - great for the beach. Former Navy Seal Kate, currently an FBI agent is forced to team up with gorgeous international3.5 stars really.
Fun, quick read - great for the beach. Former Navy Seal Kate, currently an FBI agent is forced to team up with gorgeous international criminal. Amusing romantic tention. Hmmm, sounds like Stephanie and Ranger, but Kate is far more capable. It's an unlikely attraction that doesn't make sense, but it's still fun to read.
My favorite character is Kate's gruff, supposed-to-be ex-military dad. He rocks!
Lots of crazy weapons, tons of money being thrown around. This story in a real settings takes more suspension of disbelief than a fantasy novel. But it's easy, funny, and I still root for Kate and Fox getting together some day....more
It;s certainly better than the Bishop Files #2! But certainly not as engaging as previous Bishop/Special Crimes unit novels. Perhaps there are too manIt;s certainly better than the Bishop Files #2! But certainly not as engaging as previous Bishop/Special Crimes unit novels. Perhaps there are too many characters, and too many briefly mentioned and from othre books in the series.
I appreciate that she gives us a guideline of the agents and their powers, and even includes footnotes. BUt the fact that is necessary detracts from my enjoyment of the book.
Fave character: the dog! Love him, and would love to see more of an emotional connection between the sheriff and the dog.
Why didn't the Sheriff mention her experiene at the church to these special operatives? Did we know about Trinity from previous books and I forgot about it? If these were the only books I read, I might be able to keep track of everything.
The writing styles works, no errors that I found, and it's a compelling yet contrived mystery. I would like to more character developement!...more