I only made it in 100 pages, but at that point nothing had happened. Well, except for a growing hate for the characters in the book. 100 pages of dron...moreI only made it in 100 pages, but at that point nothing had happened. Well, except for a growing hate for the characters in the book. 100 pages of droning prattle about a wannabe artist who can't get laid, and all the while I'm thinking, "Oh, my god. 1930's German 20-somethings were hipsters." Then I'm thinking, "Hipsters are the future Nazi youth!"
Anyway, at 100 pages you'll find there is no plot. If the goal was to get me to hate the characters, job well done. The author even did a decent job of bringing me back in time, except when he compares 1930's things to modern things. But like all humorists trying to write a book, he relies too much on connecting absurd ideas and similes, rather than funny plots, lines or a story whatsoever.(less)
This was a basically a (bad) detective novel, riding on the coattails of some (convoluted)fantasticism. You could take all of the other worldly stuff...moreThis was a basically a (bad) detective novel, riding on the coattails of some (convoluted)fantasticism. You could take all of the other worldly stuff out, and be left with a plain old murder mystery. Complete with the long dialoging exposition at the end of the book, when the detective confronts the murder.
Mieville substitutes interesting fantasy, for unexplained oddities. He hides behind unthought out ideas, pretending that they are unique and interesting because they aren't explained.
The worst (and this is coming from someone with terrible grammar skills) is the bad editing job. There sentences that don't makes sense, missing commas and split infinitives. Reading this was like driving a car with a broken tire; rattling my head until I nearly vomit.
Here's an example, just 17 pages in: "A handful of decades old, often broken-glassed, at half capacity if open." Can you have a handful of decades old? Do they become half capacity when opened?(less)
First I should say I liked the movie. It wasn't the most amazing film but I enjoyed it.
Second, while Brin writes science fiction books, I don't consid...moreFirst I should say I liked the movie. It wasn't the most amazing film but I enjoyed it.
Second, while Brin writes science fiction books, I don't consider this book sci-fi. He lost credibility early in the book when he uses the term 'cosmic rays' to explain background radiation.
This book is decently written, but poorly thought out. A coming of age story set in a post apocalyptic America. The author throws in some random sci-fi elements in such a manner that it feels more like they're being used to fill and bridge problems with the plot. The end it's self is wrapped up using one of these randomly throwing in elements, which made me groan and shake my head that I bothered to even read the book.
A major problem I had with the book was it's obtuse 1990's mentality. One story point revolves around feminism and whether or not woman should be allowed to fight. To read the ideas 13 years in a book that supposes to invoke some futurism was off putting.
In the end it was the main character of Gordon who made this book worse. His entire mentality and personality never quite fit with his actions. Most of the time Brin uses the excuse that Gordon just does things and he doesn't know why.(less)
Let me begin by saying I absolutely recommend this book anybody, especially a younger reader.
This is a book about rabbits and some of their natural ac...moreLet me begin by saying I absolutely recommend this book anybody, especially a younger reader.
This is a book about rabbits and some of their natural activities. But more, this is a novel about society and ethics without the sensation that your'e drowning in thick concepts.
Adams manages to recreate element and variable in human society, applying them to the path of this rabbit clan. Even the 'scifi' elements are representative of religion and mysticism that play so heavily in our lives.
A lot of people make this book out to be bigger than it is, it's not, its simple and worth reading.(less)
Matheson is one of the originators of modern day horror. Hell house is the origin of what is now the standardized haunted house. But because of this it...moreMatheson is one of the originators of modern day horror. Hell house is the origin of what is now the standardized haunted house. But because of this it makes much of the story seem old hate.
Most of the time I found myself groaning over scenes that have been repeated in a million horror stories. Of course that't not the books fault and credit should be given.
On the other hand, while Matheson has many good storyline ideas, he isn't exactly the best writer. His characters are shallow pop-ups of stereotypes.
This is another one you should read if you're bolstering your literary horror history, but don't expect it to rock your world.(less)
While not a well written book, the author tended to tell rather than show, it does deserve some credit. Written in the 50's it's clear that this book...moreWhile not a well written book, the author tended to tell rather than show, it does deserve some credit. Written in the 50's it's clear that this book serves as a forerunner for apocalyptic stories. Before their were zombies there were trifids, roaming earth after a global disaster. These plants prey on man.
Wyndam goes into what was early concepts of how to survive at the ends of days. He talks about the ethics of survival, whether or not to fend for yourself or help who you can.
It's not a terrible book so if you want to bolster your science fiction history you should pick it up.(less)
It took me a while to process how I felt about this book.
The book itself was an easy read. You'd be surprised how many published authors that can't st...moreIt took me a while to process how I felt about this book.
The book itself was an easy read. You'd be surprised how many published authors that can't string together a intelligible sentence. For the first half of the book I was a little bothered by how simple the writing was, though changed my opinion as realized that it fit the characters; uneducated children from a poor as dirt town.
Carey had some great ideas thrown into this, but their was too many. Every couple of chapters I wondered where she was going with a certain side plot and then it kind of faded away. It made for an original read, though at the same time feel like I was missing out on something that could have turned into an interesting story.
Of course this was all the fault of a writer trying to set up a sequel. She left too many dangling plots that she wanted to cover in the next book. It does leave me hesitant to read the other in case she's going for a trilogy.(less)
I thought it would be filled with old-timey language and ideas. Other than the hardcore southern accents,...moreI didn't think I was going to like this book.
I thought it would be filled with old-timey language and ideas. Other than the hardcore southern accents, Faulkner might as well be a modern writer. He was doing with words what a lot of the hip authors are trying to do now. In a way I'm curious as how he became so successful back in 1920 with what is more an art piece than anything.
While there is no real plot he tells the tale of a family by bits and pieces. I found compelled to continue reading as the mystery of who and what was going on unfolded as I read different people's perspectives.
Faulkner has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I'd recommend this if you want to feel like you want to read some classic literature. I don't recommend it if you're one of those people who were glad they cleaned up Tom Sawyer (this book takes place in 1928 Mississippi).(less)
I really, really wanted to like this book. But in the end it fell flat.
It felt like the point of the book was less about the plot or the characters an...moreI really, really wanted to like this book. But in the end it fell flat.
It felt like the point of the book was less about the plot or the characters and more about being a delivery service for one-liners and zingers (not those awesome frosted mini-cakes).
There were two main characters who were basically the same person except that if you took one of them away they wouldn't have been able to make as many witticisms. The other characters we shallow stereotypes driving my simplistic desires.
As for the plot. It certainly wasn't original and could have been done in a single episode of any sci-fi space show.
I won't even go into the one or two plot holes that suddenly appeared.
They tell writers to write what they know. Eric Idle certainly knows comedy, but if you know how to use a cellphone could you write a book about how it functions?(less)