I found The Exorcist to be suspenseful, fascinating, and surprisingly moving. The characters are well realized, even the ones who only briefly appear.I found The Exorcist to be suspenseful, fascinating, and surprisingly moving. The characters are well realized, even the ones who only briefly appear. The two leads are both relate-able and believable characters whose initial skepticism makes it easier to overcome a suspension of disbelief.
There are things about The Exorcist that I suspect haven't aged well. Some of the parts that are intended to shock merely resulted in taking me out of the story, while other times the story simply suffers from lacking a needed subtlety. The characters overall seem to also be convinced that telepathy is a proven fact, to the extent that it is used more than one to suggest the girl is not possessed. These things do bring down the book somewhat, but are not enough to damage the much more believable aspects....more
If you call your book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams it leads to the assumption that the book could have the potential of causing the occasional bad dream.If you call your book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams it leads to the assumption that the book could have the potential of causing the occasional bad dream. The thing was thought that I don't think this is down entirely to me being jaded or anything; most of the stories weren't even trying to be horror. This is itself would be fine if they were succeeding at something other than horror, but unfortunately I did not find this to be the case.
I haven't read a lot of King, and this seems relevant since the introductions to the stories were often addressed to his long time faithful reader, and so maybe I would have gotten more out of this if I were a fan, but overall I just felt disappointed.
I listened to the audible audio edition, and it was high quality. The stories had different narrators according to what the story demanded, and music was used to good effect. King is also a very competent writer.
So I guess my verdict that it was a collection of very well presented mediocre stories. ...more
I figured since I'd already listened to Big Finish's 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode and watched the show's one, that I may as well try one of theI figured since I'd already listened to Big Finish's 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode and watched the show's one, that I may as well try one of the 50th book collections. I have no idea if there's more than one of these, I was just assuming that this wasn't the only one. This is a collection of novelettes written by various young adult writers. Hiring young adult writers to write for Doctor Who makes perfect sense to me since it is a family show, but the problem is that either the writers are mostly awful or they are really not trying because these range from decent to awful. Also there is a strange focus on New Doctor Who in some of the classic Doctor stories. In case the title didn't give it away, this collection has one story for each of the eleven Doctors each written by a different writer.
I was going to review these story by story but it just turned into me saying that each one was bland and dull and I realized that now I was being bland and dull. My favourites were the stories about the 5th and 11th Doctors which is to say that they were fairly enjoyable and well written but hardly that special. My least favourite were the stories about the 1st and 10th Doctors, mostly because they both got the characters so wrong. The first Doctor story felt to me like Eoin Colfer was fairly unaware of the first Doctor (He even references Harry Potter at one point. The first Doctor references pop culture. That's just wrong.), and the tenth Doctor story felt like a parody of Tennant's Doctor. The rest of the stories were fairly unmemorable and full of fanservicey references. The Eighth Doctor story had a strange reference to the infamous half human line, I say it's strange because I don't understand why someone would reference that. It would be like making the 6th Doctor say he likes to strangle companions (he doesn't do that; I'm just saying it would be bizarre).
It is possible to write a good story based on a TV show, but unfortunately the people who try are clearly just doing it as an easy job. It becomes very clear very quickly that no one writing here (except possibly Gaiman) really cared much about the project. ...more
The Man Who Could Not Shudder is about a group of friends and associates who hear about a haunted house and decide to spend a weekend there. Of coursThe Man Who Could Not Shudder is about a group of friends and associates who hear about a haunted house and decide to spend a weekend there. Of course someone swiftly dies in a way that is not immediately explainable and no one is sure what to make of it. Soon Dr. Gideon Fell (a man very clearly based off of G.K. Chesterton) arrives and investigates the mystery.
This is a fairly basic mystery set up but it is very well set up. The strength of novel is how intelligent and well thought out the central mystery is. The case is clever, unpredictable, and actually makes sense.
The problem is that the characters are only as interesting as they have to be. They feel like stock characters although they work well enough for the show's purposes. The exception is Fell who is a fairly interesting character, but that's probably because he's based off G.K. Chesterton.
This is alright though, since the book does what it's supposed to do. It's an entertaining story with a good mystery with characters with just as much character as they have to have. Overall I quite liked it. ...more
Not really game changing or anything but pretty good. I think that the Superman movies should try to be more like this. Its bright and optimistic evenNot really game changing or anything but pretty good. I think that the Superman movies should try to be more like this. Its bright and optimistic even when it does portray less optimistic things. Its cheerful and fun. The only problem I really had was that the second chapter felt really separate from the rest of it. It really broke the flow and could have been skipped without noticing. Also Parasite's presence wasn't really necessary. ...more
I first read this book when I was in high school and it sparked an interest in comics. So in that way I am very fond of it. But it is also a very goodI first read this book when I was in high school and it sparked an interest in comics. So in that way I am very fond of it. But it is also a very good comic. Its a lot of fun. Marvel 1602 is a world in which the Marvel universe started early and it surprisingly works really well. Now this Silver Age Marvel, so people like Wolverine won't show up. I only mention this because a lot of people on here complained about the lack of Wolverine, and there was a reason for this.
Gaiman does a good job of introducing the characters and setting in such a way that it works as a plain good story, but is also filled with tons of little Elizabethan and Marvel references for those who get them. The story is entertaining and exciting, and a lot more fun than a lot of the stuff Marvel publishes these days.
The other complaint I noticed was that people didn't want Gaiman to explain why this was all happening. Personally, I liked that he did and thought it suited the story well, but I think this comes down to personal preference.
This is not a criticism of deconstruction of the Marvel Universe. This, like the Avengers movie, is earnest, and unapologetic for its source material. It feels like a classic Marvel story because it is a classic Marvel story, and that's part of what makes it so good. ...more
Well written, interesting, and really entertaining. Lauren Beukes used a fairly interesting premise in order to make a hard boiled detective type storWell written, interesting, and really entertaining. Lauren Beukes used a fairly interesting premise in order to make a hard boiled detective type story into a more interesting and bizarre tale. I don't really have a lot to say about this one except that it was very a entertaining, fun story with a strong protagonist. The city and the world in which this takes place are weird, gritty, and mysterious, and the occasional interludes in the form of movie reviews and newspaper articles help to expand the world. The animals are a concept that could have easily seemed too cute and cartoony but Beukes writes them skillfully enough that they are an asset to the story rather than a problem. Overal its a really interesting, entertaining read....more