Don’t be fooled by the back cover of The Colorado Kid. It advertises a mystery that follows two reporters and their female intern as they turn up newDon’t be fooled by the back cover of The Colorado Kid. It advertises a mystery that follows two reporters and their female intern as they turn up new clues in an old mystery. What this book is really about is two reporters who sit around with their intern, telling her about the one time a dead body was found on the beach. The most exciting thing that happens in the story are descriptions of the characters’ occasional bathroom breaks.
The story isn’t very engaging. It’s comprised of nothing but dialog as the two reporters talk about the dead body. Honestly, it was kind of like attending a family reunion and having to politely listen to your uncle tell a long rambling story. My mind wandered a lot while reading this and I doubt I would have finished it, if it hadn’t only been 180 pages.
In the afterword, King explains the book and the story contained. He states that he wanted to write a mystery without a real beginning or ending to reflect how everything is not so clear cut in life. That sometimes things happen that we cannot explain and that life, in general, is one large mystery. I like the idea of this, but King failed in its execution. If you feel the need to explain your book and make excuses for it, then you have not successfully told your story. The book itself should raise these questions for the readers and make them think on their own.
All in all, this wasn’t the greatest book I’ve read by Stephen King, but it’s not entirely awful either. It’s just rather boring and fairly forgettable. In a few months, I’ll probably only remember The Colorado Kid as “the Stephen King book that was all tell and no show”....more
Never More is the sixth book in Dana Marie Bell’s Gray Court series.
As a favor to a close friend, Amanda Pierson agrees to be the planner for Robin GoNever More is the sixth book in Dana Marie Bell’s Gray Court series.
As a favor to a close friend, Amanda Pierson agrees to be the planner for Robin Goodfellow’s wedding. As they tend to do, things quickly go wrong when the groom’s adult son, Raven, takes a shining to her.
The concept behind these characters is fun and I was fairly excited to read this since I had enjoyed Robin’s book and Raven’s role in it. However, this book dragged.
I’m not a huge fan of stories centered on weddings, but I thought I’d be safe with this one since there was the promise of an assassin plot. Unfortunately, the larger concentration was on the wedding and all the characters’ wacky hijinks. This wouldn’t have been so bad if the story didn’t suffer from including nearly every single main character from previous books into the storyline.
It’s usually a problem when romances do this because there’s typically no point to these characters’ inclusion. They don’t drive the plot forward and have no story arc of their own. So, they’re only there to show how deliriously happy they all are and to weigh the plot down. This was the case with this book and it was made worse by the lack of conflict between the main characters. There was a little hemming and hawing by Amanda about her developing relationship with Raven, but nothing that really lasted more than a couple of pages. There’s also very little drama that occurs around the side plot of the Dark Queen wanting to kill Raven. So unfortunately, this book was extremely slow moving.
I also had an issue with the amount of really awful jokes that are peppered throughout the dialog, which had me cringing. At one point the main character asks if Raven is going to stick his jalapeño in her enchilada.
Between the lack of conflict, abundance of side characters and corny jokes, this book wasn’t my cup of tea....more
Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens features Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn who are now roommates and making an attempt at leading "normal"Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens features Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn who are now roommates and making an attempt at leading "normal" lives. The collection is as hokey as it sounds.
It opens with a darker story centered on Catwoman confronting a ghost from her past, which gets dropped until the very end of the volume. This theme of the women dealing with repercussions from their pasts while trying to start new lives, would have been great to stick with. Unfortunately, from here, we go into contrived stories with forced humor. Like Poison Ivy getting a job and Harley Quinn looking for someone's lost dog with Catwoman.
The only section of this collection that I really enjoyed was when the girls recruited The Riddler to investigate a dead body in their home. The ending was ridiculous, but I enjoyed the mock film noir set-up too much to care.
All in all, I'm extremely glad that I managed to borrow this from the library, rather than have spent money on it. ...more
Nearly every page in this collection had characters just wailing on each other. The small bits of plot included were pretty vague and only served as an excuse for more fight scenes. At the beginning, there’s a semi-interesting story involving the Joker returning that ties in to the "Death of the Family" arc. But that was fairly short lived and mostly just an extended scene of Harley and the Joker beating each other to a pulp. It was also annoying because we’re told that Harley Quinn was only brought into the team as bait to get the Joker out of hiding. Seriously? The one female on the squad was only included because they wanted her boyfriend? If I hadn’t heard how much better this series gets in volume four, I definitely would have given up on it at that point. From there, the story devolves into more random fight scenes while the team tries to recover a “package” for Waller.
The most confusing aspect of this volume was how much emphasis was placed on the “relationship” between Harley and Deadshot. In the previous two volumes, they interacted very little except for one quick fling and to shoot the occasional threat at each other. So, I didn’t buy that that the Joker threatening to dismember Deadshot’s corpse would be a huge deal for Harley or that Joker’s taunts about him would have very much impact. I thought Deadshot was just some dude she had sex with once.
Overall, this collection wasn’t very good. Very little actually happens and we’re treated to some recycled material. Like the killings of a handful of characters we had already seen die in the series. Considering that this volume ends at issue 19, that’s verging pretty close to “Oh my god, they killed Kenny” territory with a few of these characters.
Suicide Squad: Basilisk Rising picks-up in the aftermath of Harley Quinn’s jaunt through Gotham to retrieve what was left of the Joker. Deadshot is deSuicide Squad: Basilisk Rising picks-up in the aftermath of Harley Quinn’s jaunt through Gotham to retrieve what was left of the Joker. Deadshot is dealing with the emotional trauma of what Harley did to him and the rest of the team is getting crushed under Amanda Waller’s thumb for various reasons. When new information on the Basilisk organization comes to light, Waller recommissions everyone to help bring its leader down.
The first volume (Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth) focused mainly on Deadshot with the government portrayed as an underlying antagonist, willing to use convicts as expendable resources. Where I had issues with the astounding amount of cliches in the first volume, it at least had direction. Here… I’m not sure what they were trying to do.
In Basilisk Rising, the concentration shifts to Amanda Waller as she presses the team to discover which member is working for Basilisk. Personally, this didn’t work for me. For most of the series, Waller is painted as an antagonist to the squad. She’s the person who has them all under her thumb and would be happy to see every member on the squad die. She’s kind of insane, and not in a fun way. She has random bursts of violence and is a fairly vindictive person whose job is to play god with the squad. So, I really didn’t care enough about her character to read about her back-story. Especially when it’s main goal was to justify her actions and gain sympathy for the character.
Sitting through Waller’s back-story might not have been so bad, if the sections that concentrated on the actual squad weren’t so chaotic. These areas suffered from trying to do too many things at once, with a lot of characters, in a very short amount of time. Harley Quinn is given a split personality, Deadshot is dealing with PTSD, El Diablo thinks he’s divine justice, Yo-Yo is back, Light is dealing with her sister’s death and there are new characters up the wazoo. On top of this, there’s the introduction of Regulus, the leader of Basilisk. All this going on at once made it hard to get invested in anything since no time was given to any one plot point.
Overall, this wasn’t a very good collection. Kicked in the Teeth at least had a couple of fun moments and a some inklings of potential for the series, but Basilisk Rising was just boring and often confusing. I plan to muscle through the next volume (which I hear is just as bad) because the series apparently gets better with volume 4....more
Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth centers on a group of villains unleashed to do the government's dirtier assignments for a shorter prison seSuicide Squad, Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth centers on a group of villains unleashed to do the government's dirtier assignments for a shorter prison sentence. To keep the team under control, each member of the squad has a nanite bomb injected in their necks. Problem with villains, such as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, El Diablo, Black Spider and King Shark, is that sometimes a death threat isn't enough to keep them in check.
Suicide Squad is primarily Deadshot's story, with the comic trying (and basically failing) to set him up as an anti-hero. Despite being the leader of the group, Deadshot is entirely self-serving and has no compunction about treating everyone he encounters as expendable. Based on the gimmick of the series, this part works. What did not work was the painful attempt to make Deadshot an empathetic character. I guess we're supposed to root for him because he has a soft spot for something vulnerable and innocent, but it didn't gel for me. At that point, it was yet another painful cliche in a storyline that had been riddled with them.
What I did enjoy about the collection was Harley Quinn. She plays a pretty minor role during the first half. Basically, Harley was there just for some chuckles, occasional cheesecake poses and to bang Deadshot. During the second half, the plot shifts to the squad having to hunt her down and I enjoyed Harley's small moments in this part. Like how quiet and serious she got when suddenly motivated. It was a nice contrast to how she was just doing her own thing and having fun on the team in the first half. I have high hopes that something great will be done with her character down the line, but I fear that she'll be relegated to the background once the Joker makes an entrance.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the series will get better further in, so I'll definitely be picking up the next volume....more
After the bird flu wiped out 23 million people, the government outlawed the consumption of poultry. Tony Chu is a vice cop who is a Cibopath. CibopathAfter the bird flu wiped out 23 million people, the government outlawed the consumption of poultry. Tony Chu is a vice cop who is a Cibopath. Cibopath’s are a version of a touch psychic, but instead of getting a reading off of something by merely touching it, they have to eat it.
In Taster’s Choice, Tony and his partner are on a case to bring down a chicken smuggling ring when things take a wrong turn. Suddenly, Tony finds himself with a dying serial killer on his hands and the only way he can think to get the names of the killer’s victims is to eat him. As it turns out, his department isn’t cool with that. But the FDA is and Tony is quickly recruited into their ranks.
Chew is glorious with its fun dark humor, oddball characters and warped version of reality. At this moment, I’ve read the first three volumes of the series and Taster’s Choice is definitely the most solid one. It’s largely an introduction story, working to set-up the world, characters and what will be the main arc of the series but it’s done incredibly well. The story is tight and all the characters who take up page time are given distinct traits that make you want to know more.
I highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for dark humor and a bit of mystery. ...more