I wish they had rating system where I could choose "poor mismatch between book and reader" rather having to select a star.
I read the first line in thI wish they had rating system where I could choose "poor mismatch between book and reader" rather having to select a star.
I read the first line in this book's description - "Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert" and my hand went immediately to my wallet. This book sounded like my soul mate! Here I was ready, for an m/m thriller version of Gerald's Game, with the main character spending the majority of the book cuffed to a car and trying to use his wits to survive. What I got was around 3200 words of Kendall Monroe sitting in a car not doing a whole helluva lot of trying to get himself out of the car, and 60,000+ words of Kendall Monroe's Boyfriend Is An Ass (And Possibly Cheating On Him), the minutia of signing up for and making a movie, How Much of a Mr. Know-It-All-Because-I've-Acted-On-Stage Kendall Monroe Can Be, a lot of flashbacks to happier days between Kendall and Johnny, Kendall Monroe's superfast healing powers (view spoiler)[(back on set and filming in no time after two days in a closed-up car in the hot dessert!) (hide spoiler)].
This might be a great book for someone who can get into the angst of the Kendall/Johnny relationship, someone who's looking for a story about can they or can't they regain the spark of their early days together. It's not a good book for someone who was excited to read about a guy who's been handcuffed to a car in the dessert. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Riveting, hot, and well written. I was on the edge of my seat through parts of it. The story is filled with tension; there's not an easy moment for eiRiveting, hot, and well written. I was on the edge of my seat through parts of it. The story is filled with tension; there's not an easy moment for either main character through much of the book. The authors handled both characters well and delicately. The story was well worth the price of admission....more
Like Jack Womack's Random Acts of Senseless Violence and Jean Hegland's Into the Forest, "The Age of Miracles" is told from the point of view of a young girl--in this case 11/12-year-old Julia. Despite the age of the narrator, I wouldn't quite call "The Age of Miracles" young adult (and even less so "Random Acts" or "Into the Forest"--especially "Random Acts").
"The Age of Miracles" differs from typical post-apocalyptic YA in that Julia doesn't kick any ass. She doesn't save anyone, she's not a Heroine: she's just a regular kid, a girl with a painful crush on a neighborhood boy, an only child whose best friend up and decided to be best friends with someone else, a sixth-grader with an anxious mother and an imperfect father.
She's lonely and trying to find her way through a regular life under increasingly irregular circumstances--just like everyone else on the steadily slowing planet.
The Hunger Games, Pure, Uglies--those books are fun reads--but what I really love are "the world as we know it is coming to an end, yet life goes on" stories, like "The Age of Miracles," "Random Acts of Senseless Violence" and "Into the Forest."
I read "The Age of Miracles" compulsively, eager to find out what became of both the world and Julia. The writing was wonderful. The end was...what it had to be. I look forward to Karen Thompson Walker's future books. ...more
I was really pretty sure as I started reading this book that I wasn't going to continue reading this book. The first few chapters were pages of unlikeI was really pretty sure as I started reading this book that I wasn't going to continue reading this book. The first few chapters were pages of unlikeable characters doing unlikeable things--and Jorg was the worst of it. What a giant jerkoff.
At some point--I'm not sure where exactly, but early enough in my reading to catch me before I set the book aside and moved onto something more promising--Jorg crept under my skin. And Makin Bortha. And the Nuban.
After the first few chapters, the book got its hooks in me. The read made for a very enjoyable weekend. There was a reason for everything, nothing was necessarily as it first appeared, and the characters--as well as the story--were more complex and interesting than I'd expected from the opening. I even bounced with glee once or twice as the story went along.
King of Thorns is officially on my to-acquire list. I have my fingers crossed that Mark Lawrence (and Jorg) can pull off the magic twice.
In the meantime, I've been recommending it to select friends, the ones most likely to appreciate such a dark and twisted story....more