Oh my god, Quentin is annoying. Moan moan moan. Complain complain. Ennui. Mope mope moan. What a miserable bastard. I despised him by the end of the bOh my god, Quentin is annoying. Moan moan moan. Complain complain. Ennui. Mope mope moan. What a miserable bastard. I despised him by the end of the book. Absolutely nothing was his own fault of course. I simply cannot get over how pathetic he was. The whole time I was waiting for the other shoe, the great epiphany and it never came. The very last page was his most spineless moment and actually made me shout out in frustration.
The first half of this book is absolute snobbery. Alice asks at one point "Do you think we've been snobs?" Why yes, my dear, you are most definitely snobs. It's supposed to be a book about magicians and instead we have hundreds of pages of fancy boarding school, tits, wine and self-congratulating. And barely a notable instance of magic.
Then the second half is some bizarre-o Narnia acid trip, I'm not joking, down to the smallest detail, it's Narnia. Dude, just pay off the copyright fees and call it what it is instead of blatantly ripping it off and trying to confuse us.
This book felt like two genres mashed together. I feel like Lev Grossman was trying to get at some deeper meaning but it just never got slotted in (or rather, going by other reviews, he was trying too damn hard to rub it in our faces). If it had been pure fantasy or solid douchebaggery from the start then fine, but as it stands it makes no sense at all and I can't see how someone could enjoy both halves of the book.
A complete failure for me and I'd really been looking forward to it....more
What a disappointment compared the the first one. I felt like most of the world-building was just backtracking on what we were told in book #1, as ifWhat a disappointment compared the the first one. I felt like most of the world-building was just backtracking on what we were told in book #1, as if Mr Yancey realised all the flaws and tried to sneak in and change it all without anybody noticing. There were flaws in The 5th Wave, despite my 5 star rating I know that the explanations we were given were extremely tenuous. But now the majority of this book was spent with a character I didn't like anyway, with an almost identical plot to Cassie's and Mr Big Bad popping his head in every so often with a tidbit of completely contrary information.
From what I've read of other reviews (people that have actually read the book anyway) it seems that I am alone in this opinion and I have been wondering if I missed something important. But none of the timelines matched up, we repeated old storylines and for the entire book barely anything actually happened. After being completely blown away by The 5th Wave I was really sad that Infinite Sea didn't have the same impact. It wasn't bad in it's own right, but not a good sequel at all....more
Wow, I'm seriously finished already? That was a really short book.
Hmm, mixed thoughts. The language is very hard to get used to, I found I really hadWow, I'm seriously finished already? That was a really short book.
Hmm, mixed thoughts. The language is very hard to get used to, I found I really had to concentrate to understand what was going on, rather than just skimming. I didn't enjoy it at all at the start, it was very confusing and I felt thrown in at the deep end. But at about the half-way point everything clicked and it became much more coherent. And then it was over. Very abruptly.
I don't know a lot about the series as a whole and I know everyone has a different opinion on where to start but as an absolute beginner I couldn't imagine starting anywhere over than #1, but I suppose we shall see. My curiosity has most definitely been piqued....more
Disturbing and utterly compelling at the same time. This is the first book that I've read for a while now which I would consider to be firmly seated iDisturbing and utterly compelling at the same time. This is the first book that I've read for a while now which I would consider to be firmly seated in the "adult" genre. It's mean and grisly and downright horrifying sometimes. I adored every word.
This is my first major Stephen King novel and he has never appealed to me before. But now I'll be raiding the attic for my mum's ancient copies of Misery, The Stand and Carrie.
I picked it up because I enjoy the TV show but unfortunately, now I know that the book is vastly superior. Overall, the dome plot takes the back burner and instead we focus almost entirely on the struggles of the townsfolk. The characters can be a bit two-dimensional at times but at the very end, I think it's a flaw that serves the overall message well.
Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this is a book that brutally draws the very simple fear that you never know the darkest parts of a person until it's too late. Surprisingly, the dome, nor its creators, are the real villain here....more
I was really pleasantly surprised with this book. It is the first time I've ever been inspired to read something from the trailer and we all know howI was really pleasantly surprised with this book. It is the first time I've ever been inspired to read something from the trailer and we all know how bad they usually are.
The Bone Season is fast-paced, has a kick ass heroine and big bad enemies, what more could you ask for? I loved it from start to finish and now I'm dreading the wait until the sequel.
My only issue is that the language is really difficult to follow unless you have a dictionary on hand and sometimes a translator as well. The glossary at the back wasn't much use as I didn't see it until I'd finished the book, and there are a lot of different "voyants" with Latin(?) prefixes, which make absolutely no sense to me.
I know the exact moment that I hated this book. It's when Robert gets on that damned boat.
I absolutely adored the first half, it was everything I lovI know the exact moment that I hated this book. It's when Robert gets on that damned boat.
I absolutely adored the first half, it was everything I love about this series, and more. Beautiful backdrops, a crazy situation and art history porn. I really liked the new set-up i.e Robert's memory loss. It really jump-started the plot and set things in motion. And yes it is all a bit far-fetched, as usual, but that's easy enough to ignore.
Now what was impossible to ignore was the lazy, half-assed, cheapshot plot device that occurs half way through. You'll know it when you get to it. Oh boy. I have a deep, primal hatred of this particular scenario and others like it. It is the absolute last thing I would expect from an author who actually puts research into his work and clearly deeply enjoys the subject matter.
After that there was quite a large section I disliked and even though the ending picked up a bit, the book was ruined for me and it was a struggle to get to the end. I really thought this was such a huge improvement on The Lost Symbol, but then he had to go and trample all over it. Maybe it's time to let Robert Langdon retire, Mr Brown....more
Mixed thoughts about this one. I bought the ebook for lack of better things to do and I have heard a lot of good things about it. I love the premise,Mixed thoughts about this one. I bought the ebook for lack of better things to do and I have heard a lot of good things about it. I love the premise, an adult wizard trying to live in the modern world. Harry's inner monologue made me chuckle and the story whipped straight through without a moment to spare.
However. I was very disappointed with the female characters. Weak, no depth, overly emotional, somehow the scruffy loser main character is irresistible and every woman is mysteriously smoking hot. It is a real let down and screams "written by a man."
I get the feeling this is one of those short, sharp, jump scare kind of deals, lots of little books with a "monster of the week" which is not what I usually go for.
I love the idea of this series, but sadly not the reality....more
Well it started off very well, I was intrigued by the story and the different narrative perspectives were interesting. I liked the characters, for allWell it started off very well, I was intrigued by the story and the different narrative perspectives were interesting. I liked the characters, for all their faults and looked forward to figuring out their connections.
But then it seemed to descend into utter nonsense. I'm not sure if I missed a huge section of the book or if the author took a huge leap forward and forgot to tell us. Suddenly characters who've narrated and shared intimate thoughts with us, were in on it all along and have alter-egos and deep dark secrets, Catherine had a personality transplant and got shuttled around so many different locations without warning, time passed but was never specified, Ben drops in and out as if he doesn't matter and some poor guy gets blamed for everything out of the blue.
The second half of this book was a huge let down. Instead of coherent conclusions and resolutions it becomes 'he-said she-said' and complete reversals on everything we know so far. I spent the entire time thinking the pieces that were missing would be revealed eventually but instead the gaps were filled in with total craziness that detracted from the believability of the story and just made me dislike every single character. Background plots like Alice's makeover and Emma's relationship with Ben were mentioned so many times they seemed like a big deal but were ultimately used only as a crutch to push the plot along later on.
I have another Clare Francis book on my shelf but I really don't think I have the patience for it....more