finally stupid finished stupid gulliver's stupid travels. stupid preachy stupid intolerable narrator stupid overdone travels stupid easily swayed narr...morefinally stupid finished stupid gulliver's stupid travels. stupid preachy stupid intolerable narrator stupid overdone travels stupid easily swayed narrator stupid if i were his wife i would have moved while stupid he was gone and stupid changed my stupid address.
i would review it more, but i think you get the stupid idea.
first off, i have no idea why this book was in the "teen paperback" section. i'd have serious problems if my teen came home with this book without tal...morefirst off, i have no idea why this book was in the "teen paperback" section. i'd have serious problems if my teen came home with this book without talking to me about it first, and i didn't even finish it.
i have this thing where occasionally i'll try to read Important Books, or classics, or whatever, and almost invariably, it goes wrong. this book is no exception. i hated it. HATED IT. there was nothing redeeming in it for me. the back of it talked about how it's chilling and frightening and everyone should read it. i was neither chilled nor frightened at the implications of this book. i was really annoyed and a little bit sickened, to be honest.
never really gone wrong with weis & hickman, but never had super high expectations for their books, either. i was extremely disappoin...moreshort review:
never really gone wrong with weis & hickman, but never had super high expectations for their books, either. i was extremely disappointed in this one. i gave it over 100 pages, and there was no character - not one - that i remotely cared about; in fact, all of them were irritating, one-dimensional and practically insulting. also, i don't remember so much language in the previous weis/hickman books i've read, but it really started to bother me after about 50 pages.
i don't often abandon books, but this one... bleh. (less)
could not stand this book. i abandoned it midway, which is saying a lot because it was one of three books in the hospital that were not twilight knock...morecould not stand this book. i abandoned it midway, which is saying a lot because it was one of three books in the hospital that were not twilight knockoffs or guidepost magazines. (see my review of Firefly Lane for more on the lack of reading material.) i was desperate for something to read, and i hated this book SO HARD i abandoned it. i don't remember if it was the part with god making collard greens or whatever the heck he/she was serving, or when mack and jesus went into laughing hysterics over something that wasn't even funny.
forced, badly written, completely unrelatable, and seriously? what the heck. my brain hurts even thinking about this book again.
not recommended. ever. it's only getting one star because i can't do half stars. or quarter stars. you get my point.(less)
ugh. UGH. i hated this book. HATED IT. it was so trite, cliched, unrealistic and one-dimensional that it made me want to scream. (i only finished it b...moreugh. UGH. i hated this book. HATED IT. it was so trite, cliched, unrealistic and one-dimensional that it made me want to scream. (i only finished it because i really had no other options to read at the time. the only other books available were twilight knock-offs and The Shack, which deserves a whole review by itself, and i didn't even FINISH that one.)
hate tully. hate kate. hate kate's enabled witchy daughter. hated the fact that tully got her way in the end and kate was a sacrificial lamb, even though (have i mentioned?) that i hated both characters.
ugh, ugh, ugh. never again will i read this author.
i don't abandon books often. there usually has to be something that i truly find useless, repetitive (see my other rant on stephen king) or more distu...morei don't abandon books often. there usually has to be something that i truly find useless, repetitive (see my other rant on stephen king) or more disturbing than i feel the need to handle. i abandoned this one after about 100 pages when it literally made me want to vomit.
no, thank you. NOT recommended. to anyone. ever.(less)
**spoiler alert** i have had it with stephen king. HAD IT. i thought i had had it after the mess that was Duma Key. i thought i had had it again after...more**spoiler alert** i have had it with stephen king. HAD IT. i thought i had had it after the mess that was Duma Key. i thought i had had it again after the debacle that was Kingdom Hospital. but this... this is it. i am done. finished. i can think of only one other series that i abandoned in the middle because i couldn't handle it any more.
the dark tower series is described as stephen king at his finest. his masterpiece. his tour de force. wrong, wrong, wrong. i don't think the man is capable of a tour de force. i'm going to limit the things i hated about the book, and the series, because i'm sure if i went off on it like i want to i would run out of room, not to mention being so irritated for the rest of the day as to be useless.
king is a child. i have never read an author so entranced by whores, flatulence, aberrant behavior (especially sexual) and the c-word. he gets away with his behavior because even during the writing of the dark tower, his editors seemed to not care. he was untouchable. i somehow hope that at least one editor saw untouchable as a bad thing, not a good thing, and just walked away.
detta walker. holy mother of pearl, detta walker. every time she opened her mouth, i cringed. i felt by even reading the words he wrote for her, i was setting back the civil rights movement by 50 years. unbelievable. i am without words. the whole scene in the waste lands with her and the demon made me cringe.
on a related note, once upon a time i read another book. in that book, the characters were lost in a desert, and they happened upon a kindly old prospector who gave them wisdom and help. they asked his name, and what was the name he gave? clive cussler. the author had written himself into the book. just a few paragraphs, just a few sentences. at the time, i thought that was one of the stupidest, most arrogant writing tricks in the book. i lost huge amounts of respect for an author i didn't like much in the first place.
king puts himself as a major character in two of his books. TWO of them. the books, the quests, the characters aren't able to be finished without him. it is the single most arrogant, stupid, pathetic and cheap trick any author i have ever read has pulled, bar none, and it is completely inexcusable.
king and his reviewers talk about his homage, his inspiration. he claims inspiration from tolkien, and he takes whole scenes, large parts of books and ideas from movies and other authors. it is supposed to be because he is blending worlds and blurring the lines of reality. in practice, he is stealing. he has no ideas of his own, and he can't even come up with weapons that aren't taken directly from other authors' works. and honestly, when you have to steal from jk rowling, how far down have you gone?
the edition i had also had full color pictures. not, you know, well done pictures. and really, how many pictures of one naked woman do you need? a few less than are in there, that's how many.
hated this book. hated it. and i don't use that term lightly. the endless witticisms, the decadence, the tossing people around and using them, blaming...morehated this book. hated it. and i don't use that term lightly. the endless witticisms, the decadence, the tossing people around and using them, blaming others for problems, everything. quite literally, this book nauseated me, and that's not just the morning sickness talking.
from dorian "i'm easily corruptible and then take it to extremes" gray to artistic spokes"man" henry wotton to the ridiculous idol-worshipping masses, there are no role models, no sympathetic characters, no redeeming qualities. nothing.
i honestly can't decide what to do with my copy. i'm afraid if i give it to the library, others will read it, and i'm not sure i can have that on my conscience.
i'm sure there will be those who disagree with me, but i stand by my opinion. ugh. (less)