After having read "American Gods", my expectations were pretty high for this one, and while "Good Omens" is a little more scattered and doesn't feel a...moreAfter having read "American Gods", my expectations were pretty high for this one, and while "Good Omens" is a little more scattered and doesn't feel as complete, it was still a very entertaining read. After all, which part of Armageddon is not funny, when everyone involved seems to have little to no idea about what's really going on. Except a witch who died 300 years prior.(less)
This novel sucked me in and kept me counting the minutes until I could sit down and read more. I chewed my way through 1000+ pages with great delight...moreThis novel sucked me in and kept me counting the minutes until I could sit down and read more. I chewed my way through 1000+ pages with great delight and only wish there were 1000 more.
I enjoyed Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" but honestly was not expecting this independent sequel to be as good as its predecessor. I was wrong. On top of it being a masterfully told tale of love, hate, passion, greed and all those other basic themes of life, it is also an amazing window into a different time.
I am not a historian but this novel made me want to learn more. Late at night, I found myself reading up on medieval customs, food, architecture, social structures and more. Things that I've only ever found mildly appealing in the past. It is extremely rare, that any novel has this effect on me.
Not only that, but it's also very well written. The suspense never stops, and even on the very last page, I still feared that something terrible might happen. Without giving anything away, I can reveal that during the course of this novel, many bad things do happen. A lot of those to good people. Good things happen to bad people, too, making you root even harder for the little guy.
World Without End is one of the most riveting novels, I have ever read. I highly recommend it.(less)
I would NOT recommend this as a first, if you haven't read any of the John Rebus books before. There are way too many sidestories and characters fight...moreI would NOT recommend this as a first, if you haven't read any of the John Rebus books before. There are way too many sidestories and characters fighting for the spotlight, to get to know DI Rebus the way he ought to be known. Also, I didn't really care for the plot; the somewhat strange roleplaying game mixed with wooden craftmanship, semi-mysterious stories from the past and a possible serial killer. It just seemed a little far fetched.
That said, I still enjoyed the book. I love Rebus' character but it was actually nice to get to know some of the others a bit better. In fact, I would say that the supporting cast has indeed taken the lead in this novel. So, if you're reading the series from start to finish, don't miss it. If you're looking for a quick crime novel to read and don't care for the series, look elsewhere.(less)
I bought this book having only read on the back of it's cover and seeing that it had won the Pulitzer. I half-way expected to find it sligthly boring...moreI bought this book having only read on the back of it's cover and seeing that it had won the Pulitzer. I half-way expected to find it sligthly boring for that same reason, simpy because I tend to like books with a fair amount of action. And "Empire Falls" has very little action.
But man, this book is so well written, I had to stop and curse out loud several times, being a writer myself. Small, everyday situations become intensely interesting, as the web of relationships becomes apparent. It felt almost like reading a soap opera, but with great actors and a huge budget. I simply had to know, what happened next to the people in this little town.
And when the book ended, I still wanted to know more. That more than anything, marks a great novel.
The only reason, I don't give it a full five stars, is because of some of the flashback chapters. They serve a purpose, but also took the pace down, sometimes to the point of boredom. When I did put this novel down, it was often during one of these chapters.
But all in all, Empire Falls is a great American novel in its original sense. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.(less)
I plan on posting a longer review of this book over at rasmusrasmussen.com. Here is the gist:
If you have absolutely zero experience with working freel...moreI plan on posting a longer review of this book over at rasmusrasmussen.com. Here is the gist:
If you have absolutely zero experience with working freelance, with professional writing of any kind and you haven't been following any blogs on the topic, googled it or anything like that, you might be able to learn a lot from reading this. For the rest of us, it's a whole lot of fluff, repetition and boredom.(less)
Pretentious is a word that comes to mind. Trying too hard pops up as well. I was told that "Jitterbug Perfume" would be entertaining, maybe even funny...morePretentious is a word that comes to mind. Trying too hard pops up as well. I was told that "Jitterbug Perfume" would be entertaining, maybe even funny. I didn't laugh a single time. I had heard it would be thought provoking, the only thing I was provoked into, was scanning pages in the last third of the book rather than taking my time, simply because I was too vested to drop the novel entirely.
"Jitterbug Perfume" touches on some interesting themes, but does so in a way that is downright awful. When writers add things like "By the end of this paragraph..." they've just ruined their own work. Suspension of disbelief is completely taken away, and if it's supposed to be funny, all I can say is: Fail. On several occasions, Tom Robbins makes little meta-comments, supposed to tickle my fancy but ending up grinding my gears.
By the time I had fought my way to the ending, I was just happy to be done with it. As for the story itself? Could've been really good, if it had been written by a different writer.(less)
I didn't care for this book too much. Having had a break from Harry Bosch for a while, I found it hard to find his maverick ways believable. He does e...moreI didn't care for this book too much. Having had a break from Harry Bosch for a while, I found it hard to find his maverick ways believable. He does everything his own way, not giving a damn about his partner, his superiors or anyone else. Nothing unusual there, but he does it to such an extent that it becomes almost funny. And not in a good way.
The biggest let down is the plot. There's a huge build-up and when it all comes down, it ends quickly and too easy. It felt like Michael Connelly didn't really know how to end it, so he took the easiest way out. I found it very disappointing.
Still, I am giving it two stars, just because I have enjoyed Bosch for several years. If I'd been a little more objective, I would have given it just a single star.(less)