Despite the fact that I hated the ending, I couldn't possibly say that I didn't like the story - or that I wasn't moved by the wr...moreHighly recommended!!!
Despite the fact that I hated the ending, I couldn't possibly say that I didn't like the story - or that I wasn't moved by the writing for that matter. As a male reader (listener?) I couldn't help but identify with Nick, the male character, who I was rooting for the entire time. Even though I found myself also identifying with elements of what Amy, the female character, had to say about men. The writing was compelling, and quite addictive. I devoured this story in a few hours hours. However, as stated, the ending left me appallingly unsatisfied. But, I could see another reading walking away deeply satisfied, by the very ending I despised. Because of that, I am forced to give Gone Girl four out of five stars. It deserves four and a half, but Goodreads doesn't allow the halfsies.
So read this book, lose yourself in the demented world of the characters, and see if you find as many truths in their rants, as I did.
Victoria 'Vic' McQueen, (the Brat to her dad) has the ability to find things. All she needs is her Raleigh bike and her shorter w...more**Possible Spoilers**
Victoria 'Vic' McQueen, (the Brat to her dad) has the ability to find things. All she needs is her Raleigh bike and her shorter way bridge. That bridge that shouldn't be there, and takes her anywhere where she wants to go, to find anything she needs to find. But Vic isn't the only one with this ability. So does Charlie Manx. Charlie Manx is a child-abductor, who fancies himself a rescuer of children, saving them from their wayward parents, and future lives of waste and sadness. He takes them to Christmasland, a happy place where it is Christmas everyday, and the kids get to play all kinds of interesting games-like stab-the-drifter. But what Charlie does to these children is worst than death. Once they're inside his Rolls Royce Wraith with it's NOS4A2 license-plates (pronounced 'nosferatu') on the way to Christmasland, he starts using them up, transforming them into little monsters, all semblance of their former innocence stolen. Stolen to keep Charlie alive-and he's been doing this a long time. When Vic goes looking for Charlie, she barely gets away with her life. Charlie goes away for a long time afterward, but his memory haunts Vic, adding to the chaos that is her personal life. She's trying to live a normal life, but finds it hard to escape reality or the nightmare that was Christmasland. Neither the love of a good man, nor the unconditional love of her own son seem to assuage the pain in her soul. Things get even worse when Charlie Manx resurfaces, looking for vengeance. Kidnapping Vic's son sends her on a race against time to get him back before Charlie does to him what he does to all his children. But doing so means she needs to find something within herself she had lost, and journey into a nightmare place she would sooner forget.
NOS4A2 is a phenomenal story that has to be experienced to be appreciated. Fascinating characters, more real than imagined. Flawed beyond belief, but struggling to succeed despite themselves. There isn't a negative comment or criticism to be found in this book.
It happens to be my first time reading a Joe Hill novel, and I must say he has made me a lifelong fan. I know many people will make the comparison, and I hesitate to do so because it isn't fair. However, in the interest of serving up a complete review I will add that NOS4A2 conjures up images of early Stephen King at his best, without aping any of his style. There I said it.
Note on the audiobook narration:In the reading of this book, Kate Mulgrew takes what was already an excellent tale and embodies it with rich voices, deep-felt emotion, and pure heart. (less)
I may have done myself a disservice with this one. While the actors performed their roles phenomenally, and the moody sound-effects set the stage expe...moreI may have done myself a disservice with this one. While the actors performed their roles phenomenally, and the moody sound-effects set the stage expertly, this was more of an abridged version of the novel with much of the prose left out. They captured the essence of Stoker's novel but let some of the heart of it escape. Knowing the story beforehand didn't make it any better, or rather this version does not go beyond what I had already learned from movies or comics-which all told had always been intriguing. But it does nothing to inspire the allure in me that so many have held toward the subject material. This was simply a well-acted play of Bram Stoker's Dracula. It satisfied my interest in the author (so now I can say I read Bram Stoker, and wasn't all that impressed). Maybe one day I will revisit the novel in its full length prose format, but its on to bigger and better things from here.(less)
Enjoy it, but not as much Light. The writing remains impeccable and the characters are richly drawn, but the plot left me a little underwhelmed. Despi...moreEnjoy it, but not as much Light. The writing remains impeccable and the characters are richly drawn, but the plot left me a little underwhelmed. Despite that I am still very eager to read the next installment - Empty Space. Three out of five stars this go around.(less)
A brief yet interesting introduction to this original story universe. A host of interesting characters, the elements of a mystery that avoided the deu...moreA brief yet interesting introduction to this original story universe. A host of interesting characters, the elements of a mystery that avoided the deus ex machina trap by keeping the main character firmly integral to the conclusion, and a set up for more adventures with the same characters. All in all very nicely done, and narrated (did I mention it was a free audiobook I received through Audible.com?) with a flair that made each characters voice very distinctive. I would return to the world of Legion. (less)
City of Thieves is an amazing book, with great believable (and likeable) characters. I'm sorry it had to end. Yes, it's that good. Upon my first glanc...moreCity of Thieves is an amazing book, with great believable (and likeable) characters. I'm sorry it had to end. Yes, it's that good. Upon my first glance of the synopsis, I misjudged an element of the story (specifically the search for a dozen eggs) as being ridiculously trite and simplistic. But after having read (listened? it was an audiobook) to this well-crafted adventure/coming-of-age story set in the World War II era, I need to take back that inappropriate assessment and apologize for my lack of vision. I was thoroughly invested in their quest and rooting for them the entire time.
The story is wrought with tension and gritty realism that is made truer by the tragedy, brutality and bleakness the characters witness along the way. But there is also humor aplenty in this grand novel. I found the roguishly charming, and verbose Kolya, funny and endearing. Like the brother I wish I had, ready to teach you things about life, even when you thought didn't want to know. Beautifully written, sweeping in scope, with enough twists and turns to have you at the edge of your seat.
This is the kind of novel I could read over, and over again. Bravo!!!(less)
I thought this story would be overwrought with romantic elements, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that while there were indeed romantic aspec...moreI thought this story would be overwrought with romantic elements, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that while there were indeed romantic aspects, they were actually necessary to the characters and vital to the overall story. I was taken in by the main character, Alina Starkov's journey, her choices, and her moments of indecision. Ms. Bardugo does an excellent job of getting into Alina's head, and relating in her voice. She has crafted a believeable world out of Russian folklore and I will definitely finish the series. (less)
Great book! Very well written, with surprising twists and turns.
This is the second China Miéville book that I've read since the amazing Perdido Stree...moreGreat book! Very well written, with surprising twists and turns.
This is the second China Miéville book that I've read since the amazing Perdido Street Station. Not for any other reason than I have too many damn books to read. So when a friend offered me a free audio-book download, I decided to give Kraken a try. Once again I'm happy to say Mr. Mieville does not disappoint.
I'll save the story synopsis for some other bloke who enjoys that sort of stuff, suffice it to say that I honestly didn't know what I was in for when I started this book. With Kraken, China Mieville has crossed into Neil Gaiman territory using the highways and byways that border Bradbury country, and he has crowded his story with a weird host of characters that would be at home in a Clive Barker yarn. The only reason I gave it four out of five stars is because Billy, despite being our prime protagonist, was not drawn with as deft a pen as some of Mieville's other characters. I understood Marge's motivations much more than I did Billy's, and she was only a supporting character. That being said, Billy's grand adventure across all of London was still rich with magic and wonder; and Mieville retains his place as one of my top five authors. (less)
Although this was the third book in Mr. Buckell's Xenowealth series, it was actually my first experience with his work. I enjoyed this story and the a...moreAlthough this was the third book in Mr. Buckell's Xenowealth series, it was actually my first experience with his work. I enjoyed this story and the adventure Mr. Buckell crafted very much - especially Pepper and the Ragamuffins. I can't wait to read the rest of the series, and more of this authors work in general. (less)
Fun, entertaining, and totally engrossing. The author did a great job developing the characters (most of them), and made me care what happened to them...moreFun, entertaining, and totally engrossing. The author did a great job developing the characters (most of them), and made me care what happened to them. However since it was written from the first-person perspective we didn't get a great picture of the narrator's wife. He gave us a reason to dislike her, but almost took it for granted that we would forget those reasons when the chaos ensued. She wasn't very well fleshed out, and actually seemed one dimensional, but despite that - it was a great read. (less)