Loved it. Fantastic characters and fascinating world building and a very interesting and different take on angel/demon mythology I haven't seen before...moreLoved it. Fantastic characters and fascinating world building and a very interesting and different take on angel/demon mythology I haven't seen before. Very impressed. (less)
One of my favourite series to re-read over and over and over.
Dark Angel - this is actually my least favourite Night World book because the plot is rat...moreOne of my favourite series to re-read over and over and over.
Dark Angel - this is actually my least favourite Night World book because the plot is rather superficial. All Gillian wants is to be popular and it takes her dressing sexy for the hot guy who's her soulmate to notice her. Which was annoying, but in a way Gillian is a very easy character to sympathise with and understand where she's coming from. This book also introduces the concept of lost witches into the Night World mythology, which was a plus, and at least throughout the book Gillian does grow up a lot. It had a sweet, if a little bittersweet ending.
The Chosen - its Buffy and Angel Night World style!! Rashel the vampire hunter finds herself entangled with a dangerous vampire Quinn and a plot to steal human girls for a sinister purpose. Rashel was one of the first strong female vampire hunter characters I came across (I remember reading this the first time while Buffy was still airing and liking Rashel more because didn't have anywhere near the distractions Buffy did). While Quinn was much darker in a way than Angel was, I liked the character (but shameless Angel fan girl, with the similarities its hard not to make comparisons). But when Rashel and Quinn finally come together they both grow as people and realise they have some hard facts to deal with but now they have each other to get them through.
Soulmate - this book introduces the concept of Old Souls. Hannah has had many life times, torn from her soulmate by the first vampire. One of the other reasons I loved this one is because we get to see a lot of Night World backstory, how the first vampire came to be, how the first made vampire came about. And the epic love over life time after life time when said made vampire comes to find again his human soulmate - only to have her die before they can really be together. They need to find a way to finally break the cycle and stay together. Plus, a few little cameos from some of the soulmate couples from the earlier books. (less)
I remember the movie vaguely from many years ago. It was never one of my favourite King movies, I've had the book in my iPad library for a few years....moreI remember the movie vaguely from many years ago. It was never one of my favourite King movies, I've had the book in my iPad library for a few years. For a book challenge I'm doing I needed to read something that has been made into a movie. So something from my King collection came to mind immediately.
I liked the book better than the movie. The feeling of trapped terror is excellently done, right in Paul's head and it's impossible not to feel scared for him. To me there is nothing to feel for Annie Wilkes other than disgust for what she does and her sense of something that felt like entitlement to be able to do the terrible things she does. While there's something about Paul that, in my mind, doesn't make him the most likeable character in the world, at it's easy to indentify with him. The sheer horror of his situation, while terrifying is impossible to not read in a you know what's coming is going to be dreadful but you can't not keep reading
Which is what makes this a fantastic scary read and another reason why Stephen King is my favourite author. While his characters might not always be likeable, the draft and skill in the story telling and writing are phenomenal.
And a square crossed off for Book Bingo - has been made into a movie. (less)
DIssapointing compared to the first book. Started off with a nicely grizzly murder mystery but infused with way too much pirate lore and history rathe...moreDIssapointing compared to the first book. Started off with a nicely grizzly murder mystery but infused with way too much pirate lore and history rather than imagination and character focus. The romance between the two leads felt forced and they fell for each other far too quickly. Too much arguing and diff wed exes and the making up felt blah. THe end and revelation of the mystery felt like a cop out and so much more could have been done with it. (less)