It reminded me a little of my reading experience of Game of Thrones (mostly the lesser good books) were you'd have pages and pages of waffling and harIt reminded me a little of my reading experience of Game of Thrones (mostly the lesser good books) were you'd have pages and pages of waffling and hard to follow story followed by something that was good.
It's my first Gaiman novel (besides his Doctor Who short story), so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. And I wanted to read American Gods because it seemed to be his most revered and popular book (and they're apparently adapting it into a TV show?).
I also quite like the premise of the book. The old Gods drawing from Norse mythology and different religions, while the new goods are interpritations of things like media and internet. It's that old vs new thing that's pretty cool.
And there's some parts of the book I really liked. Most of the Shadow and Wednesday stuff was really good, and there were some good twists there. And the parts with Shadow and his dead but now zombie(?) girlfriend Laura were also very good.
I think it was all just a bit too much for me. I was expecting it to be quite so dense before I started reading it.
It's a 3.5 star book, but I'm giving it 4 because the edition I read had journal entries in the back that I found a lot more interesting to read than the story. It's Gaiman journaling what happens during the time when a writer finishes writing a book and it getting published. If you've reading Kings On Writing, this would be a good place to turn to next. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is a cute 'aw I wish my life was this good and interesting when I was a teenager and crushing on girls'. That seems to be a com**spoiler alert** This is a cute 'aw I wish my life was this good and interesting when I was a teenager and crushing on girls'. That seems to be a common trend with me and young adult fiction.
I really enjoyed reading this. I found myself laughing out loud with and at the characters. For me, it's more relatable than The Fault in Our Stars as it's about an adolescent crush that turns into an obsession that turns into being wrong about someone you've spent so much time thinking and dreaming about. The ending made me cry. I don't feel like any less of a man for admitting that.
I also had a feeling of the ending about half way through, but I had to keep reading just be sure, and I was mostly right. Can't wait for the film....more
I checked this out because it was voted Goodreads best science fiction book of 2014. After I decided that I wanted to read it, I heard that it was beiI checked this out because it was voted Goodreads best science fiction book of 2014. After I decided that I wanted to read it, I heard that it was being adapted into a film and the cast looks very promising.
I like a good science fiction book. One of my favourite books of all time is 2001: A Space Odyssey. That mix of hard Sci-fi and good story. This is similar in mixing the two.
Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after a freak sandstorm and must survive until help may come for him.
It's a pretty face paced book. I think it switching between Watneys POV and NASA back on earth helped break the book up a bit to keep the reader interested.
Some bits I struggled with a bit, like when he's trying to figure out how he can make potatoes on Mars and he keeps going over the science and I'm thinking is this just made up bullshit or heavily researched? Probably a bit of both. But that's what happens when you're doing hard science fiction. You need it entertaining but also believable. ...more
I would not have expected to like a novel that is about two high school cheerleaders. But I really enjoyed this. I liked the competitiveness of the beI would not have expected to like a novel that is about two high school cheerleaders. But I really enjoyed this. I liked the competitiveness of the best friends to become top girl and coaches favourite tied around the mystery of the murder. For me, though, End of Everything is a better book by Megan Abbott, but this is a good place to go next. ...more
I was sat in a hot tub with some friends on a very clear winter night, looking up at the stars and decided that I was finally going to read 2001: A SpI was sat in a hot tub with some friends on a very clear winter night, looking up at the stars and decided that I was finally going to read 2001: A Space Odyssey (and its sequels).
Not strictly speaking an adaption of the film, as this was being written at the same time the film script was being written, the novel 2001 sees the crew of The Discovery go further than Jupiter and onto Saturn as they seek out answers to the black monolith that's appeared on earths moon.
I really love this book. I also love the film. The film is very visual, in its long held shots, special effects and over look Stanley Kubrick went for. The novel is more descriptive and immersive. Clarke doesn't spend much time being descriptive with character looks, instead he spends more time on detail of setting and plot. It's almost a comprehensive science fiction story because Clarke (and Kubrick in the film) wanted as much realism as possible (although what's great about the film is that it's the 1960s view of the future. Oh, how wrong they were...)
The ending is also a little easier to follow than the film, as Bowman falls deeper and deeper into the unknown monolith. The film was more of a drug induced high, while the book is more of a literal sense of falling.
What's so great about this book, though, is its sense of pioneering and exploration. Mankind just heading out there towards the stars and just exploring. ...more
Robert Neville is the last man on earth and he's going to spend his time by drinking whiskey and hating his own existence.
This is the second time I'vRobert Neville is the last man on earth and he's going to spend his time by drinking whiskey and hating his own existence.
This is the second time I've read I Am Legend. The first was when I first bought the book when the Will Smith came out around 2007. I remembered liking it and liking how it's nothing like the Will Smith film and is much better.
I think as a science fiction novel written in the 50s and set in the 70s, it really holds up. That post apocalypse surviving idea is very prominent in today's modern pop culture and I Am Legend was on of the early influences for the genre.
If you're looking for a quick and good science fiction book for a plane or train ride - I recommend this....more
Since I started reading on a regular basis, I've read a few of the 'classics'. Dracula, Gatsby and Frankenstein. I liked them for the most part (althoSince I started reading on a regular basis, I've read a few of the 'classics'. Dracula, Gatsby and Frankenstein. I liked them for the most part (although Dracula and Frankenstein were a bit boring at times) but I never felt myself really enjoying them. I didn't have that feeling of not being able to put the book down. However, I did have that feeling with A Christmas Carol.
It's probably helped a lot that I'm very familiar with the story, given its many adaptions into film and TV specials over the years, but I found myself really enjoying this. It's an easy and fun read, with a simple story to follow.
Good for a quick read to past the time on a boring Sunday afternoon. The 10th Doctor is probably my favourite, and the author gets his voice well. I'dGood for a quick read to past the time on a boring Sunday afternoon. The 10th Doctor is probably my favourite, and the author gets his voice well. I'd rather it have been Donna as the companion over Martha though....more
Decided to pick this up because I really liked Never Let Me Go. I knew nothing about it until I came across the film based on the book on imdb and fouDecided to pick this up because I really liked Never Let Me Go. I knew nothing about it until I came across the film based on the book on imdb and found out Anthony Hopkins was in film.
Here's the thing - it's the kind of book I would have been made to read in English Class, not fully appreciating it at the time and wondering if I'd like it more when I'm older.
It's not usually the type of book I'd read. It's about a butler in 1956 recalling his past life and often recounting what it takes to he a proper butler.
I actually really struggled to read it at first. But then I slowly began to like and appreciate the classic English sensibility it has to it. Everyone is a gentleman and acts according, which does give it a nice certain charm.
It's hard for me to recall my favourite part though, because it always felt that nothing exciting was happening. ...more
This is only the third Stephen king book I've read. The first; which was quite a while ago now, was Cell, a zombie-like horror tale were cell phones tThis is only the third Stephen king book I've read. The first; which was quite a while ago now, was Cell, a zombie-like horror tale were cell phones turn everyone crazy. The second, and more recent, his brilliant book on craft and writing.
I went into this one with high expectations. A writer, who's written work I'm not overly familiar with, but who I (obviously) know is highly praised and regarded, tackling a crime thriller. Stepping out of his comfort zone a little.
Maybe my expectations were too high, because I was a bit disappointed.
Mr Mercedes is about a retired cop who has that one last case he never solved - a man driving into a large crowd in a Mercedes and killing a lot of people. The killer has recently contacted him, threatening to kill a again, so retired Bill Hodges must find and stop him before he can.
It's only typing it just now that I realise the concept isn't overly original, but not a lot of things are. It's also not badly written, because King is an experienced man of the craft.
It's just pretty... average. It'd probably be a good book by any other author, but from King I wanted more. I wanted him to take more risks, instead of it reading like just another cop story.
There are moments of horror and gruel here that King is well known for, which make the book more of an entertaining read, but they seem too few.
Even in its last 100 or so pages, which is where it really picks up, it feels like it's building to a conclusion that's something taken from an extended episode of CSI.
Even the characters seemed overly cliche, up to the point were it must have been intentional? Hodges, the lead, is an over weight and ageing detective. I feel like I've read this before.
Maybe it was unfair on me to expect this to be as good as The Wire and True Detective. I probably shouldn't have expected it to be a staple in the crime genre. But when he's making references to the shows that I mention, you can't help but think about them while you're reading, and think about how they're doing this better. ...more
I really enjoyed this as a novel, but I liked it more as a film. The visual style the film has, along with the really strong performances, makes for aI really enjoyed this as a novel, but I liked it more as a film. The visual style the film has, along with the really strong performances, makes for a more compelling story. McCarthy writes this as a continues piece, not breaking into chapters and not even using speech marks for the dialogue. It's a style that took me a while to get used too, and I think it stopped me from becoming invested in the story early on. I like to read in chapters, reading between 1 and a couple of chapters in a sitting, so then I know that the end of a chapter is a good place to put a book down until the next sitting. This was more difficult to do that with. But that's not really a critic against the book, that's more down to my reading habit.
But I did enjoy it as a reading experience. It's as grim and bleak as the movie. It's just, the movie is almost a straight adaptation of the book, and I saw that first. So it's going to be more highly regarded for me....more
I was looking forward to this, because I really loved Crooked Little Vein, and I heard Warren Ellis talk about Gun Machine and the premise behind it aI was looking forward to this, because I really loved Crooked Little Vein, and I heard Warren Ellis talk about Gun Machine and the premise behind it at a comic convention in London a couple of years ago. And it is a solid, interesting premise: a NYC Decetive uncovers an apartment full of guns, that are linked to decades of unsolved cold cases.
I think, unlike Crooked Little Vein, I didn't take Tallow much as a lead protagonist. What kept me hooked with CLV was the relationship between the two characters, because it was interesting and funny and had a couple of twists.
Maybe I had my expectations too high, or went into it expecting the wrong thing. But unlike CLV, this isn't a novel I'll be rushing to re-read again and again....more
This one took me a while. I think it may have took me longer to read than Feast, even though this one had more of mySo, when is Winds of Winter out?
This one took me a while. I think it may have took me longer to read than Feast, even though this one had more of my favourite characters in it.
I also enjoyed it more than Feast. But it's not quite as good as Storm of Swords. There's still "OH SHIT!" moments and the Tyrion chapters are nearly always the best. (Wherever whores go,)
I started reading the books because I couldn't wait for the TV Show to catch up to find out what happens in the main storyline, but I ended up sticking with them because you do become invested with the characters and the journeys they're on.
I don't know how to review these book because I don't want to risk spoilers. BUT THEY'RE GOOD, OKAY?...more
**spoiler alert** 3 stars does seem a little harsh. It's probably more a 3 and a half stars. It's mostly because some of my favourite characters aren'**spoiler alert** 3 stars does seem a little harsh. It's probably more a 3 and a half stars. It's mostly because some of my favourite characters aren't in it. But apparently, GRRM makes up for it with A Dance with Dragons, so it's good that I can go straight onto that and don't have to wait years.
There's a lot of focus on the ironmen in this book, and while some of it is interesting and will probably be important to the overall story - I just don't care about the characters enough. They're not the ones I've come to know and love over the previous three books.
But the Cersei and Jamie chapters are pretty great. The Lannisters are the best. Brianne's story took a while to get going, because her quest seemed a bit pointless given that we knew were Sansa was and Brianne was looking in completely the wrong place.
But I enjoyed reading it for the most part, and there wasn't much that seemed a chore to read. I guess it's the tough follow up to A Storm of Swords....more