I think this is the first book I've ever liked without really liking. Does that make sense? No, not at all. I'll try to explain
I LOVE Teen Wolf, the sI think this is the first book I've ever liked without really liking. Does that make sense? No, not at all. I'll try to explain
I LOVE Teen Wolf, the show. I watched the first two seasons in one weekend and then I needed something to do while I waited for season three and I found this book. But the thing is, the book is not that great. I had read a few reviews on here before reading(which I hate doing so I have no idea why I did) and they made me so scared that On Fire would suck that I think it made me like it more. I had such low expectations of it that it exceeded them.
But let's put it this way: if I had never seen the show, I would hate the book. This is definitely not a book for people who haven't seen the show because it explains almost no backstory so you'll be confused the entire time. But people who have seen the show may be disappointed because Nancy Holder does a poor job of recreating the characters. Derek, for one...
[spoiler]Derek as a sixteen-year-old in love with his gym teacher. Sounds great, right? Yeah, I didn't think so, either. I understand him acting out of character; if a fire burned down all your family except you and your sister, it has to change you. But this Derek is just boring and stupid. He falls in love after one day of meeting Kate Argent. The storyline with them... the only thing that kept me reading was Derek. Because he's Derek, so you have to love him.[/spoiler]
The plotline was predictable and boring. The only thing interesting was the characters which, like I said, were only interesting because of the show. If you've seen the show you know nothing can happen that messes with it, so you'll know how the ending will turn out. If you haven't seen the show... maybe you'll like it. It might surprise you. But I doubt it.
So I recommend that if you haven't seen the show you stay far away from this book. If you haven't already grown attached to the characters you won't care about this book. If you have seen it and are really into it I suggest you read it... but not because you'll like it. Just if you're like me and have to read your TV show's books, no matter how good they are. ;)
Edit 9/12/13: Okay, after seeing the first part of the third season, this book makes even less sense. This is definitely not canon. Why would they write a book and then change what happened? The personality of Derek is whacked. And that's a word I've never even used before. He was just a normal, punky high school kid before the fire. In the book he's more quite like he is in the show. It doesn't make sense. And his blue eyes... oh, just watch it. ...more
If you're one of those people who want to hear only from the actors, then this probably isn't for you. But if you're curious about behind the scenes sIf you're one of those people who want to hear only from the actors, then this probably isn't for you. But if you're curious about behind the scenes stuff such as special effects, stunts, etc., then this is book certainly for you.
I didn't think it was quite as good as the one for the first season, but it certainly had a lot of info about making the show, which gives it reason enough to be read. So if you're a hardcore Smallville fan or you just love knowing how a show gets made, this book is definitely for you!...more
If you pick this book up because of the title, you will not be disappointed. This book is exactly what it claims to be: a whodunnit mystery with twistIf you pick this book up because of the title, you will not be disappointed. This book is exactly what it claims to be: a whodunnit mystery with twists, turns, and some fun investigating.
This seemed more like an actual episode than most of the other Smallville books I've read, which I really liked. It had Pete, Lana, Chloe, and, of course, Clark all investigating a murder that happened right in their small town. The one thing that made it unlike a TV episode is the thing that I liked most: there was no meteor freak! Not to say that I dislike meteor freaks- if I did, why on earth would I like Smallville? But it's still fun to see something new and interesting that doesn't make Clark feel all guilty inside.
My one little complaint would be the timeline. Like so many other Smallville books, the timeline is messed up. At one point Clark mentinos the season 2 episode "Nicodemus," but (spoiler for the show) Pete doesn't know anything about Clark being Kryptonian. This doesn't really make sense, since Clark tells Pete in the second episode of season two. But other than that, I really can't think of anything I specifically disliked.
All in all, it was a nice read. (But Flight is still my favorite Smallville book! ;D)...more
This is a very informative, well thought-out book. The writing isn't very extravagant, but if you want to read some neat behind-the-scenes features IThis is a very informative, well thought-out book. The writing isn't very extravagant, but if you want to read some neat behind-the-scenes features I suggest reading. I don't know how other companion guide's are like except the Supernatural companions, which is also from The CW, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it has a very good set-up and it's super easy to find things.
First there's an introduction from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar(the show creators), followed by a detailed behind-the-scenes features on each episode. It also includes separate pages for the characters and crew. ...more
This was not one of Smallville's best books. I'll start with the one that was most annoying; the timeline. Where the crap are we in the seasons?
I'll sThis was not one of Smallville's best books. I'll start with the one that was most annoying; the timeline. Where the crap are we in the seasons?
I'll set this timeline out for you:
Season 1: Twelve years since the meteor shower hit. Clark and Lana were three at the time, Lex was nine. This would make Clark and Lana fifteen and Lex twenty-one. Season 2: Whitney is in the military. Pete finds out about Clark's secret. Season 4: Pete isn't in the show anymore, leaving after he decides hiding Clark's secret it too much. Lex is now twenty-four.
Things above that are in the book: Meteor shower hit twelve years ago; Clark and Lana are fifteen; Whitney is in the military; Lex is twenty-four.
Hm… how on earth did that work out? So we’re in season 1, 2, and 4 all at the same time? And what happened to season 3, it wasn’t important enough to be included? I’m thinking they should have either gotten someone who actually knows the show or someone to help the person who doesn’t know the show.
The most annoying thing, though, is all the Lana blabber. We get it, you’re jealous of Whitney! You want Lana, though no one in their right mind knows why. We don’t need to have you yearning for her for 60- freakin’ pages.
Then you think it’s finally going to get interesting, what with the Lana crap behind you, but no such luck. He’s gotten past Lana just to move onto another unattainable woman. Ms. Sanchez, the beautiful Spanish woman. She was actually pretty interesting for a side character, which usually has no personality except “this guy was mean” or “this girl was kind.” She had a nice personality but not over-the-top nice and an interesting background. Unfortunately, that couldn’t change the whole outcome of the book; a good fast read for Smallville fans, but nothing more....more
WARNING: This review contains light spoilers. If you want to be 100% spoiler free, I suggest not reading.
Cons: 1. Bad writing. Way too many similes thaWARNING: This review contains light spoilers. If you want to be 100% spoiler free, I suggest not reading.
Cons: 1. Bad writing. Way too many similes that don't make sense, or did but just sounded awful and weren't funny the way they were supposed to be. I think sometimes Max Allan Collins started writing but then forgot where he was going, so he just ended in a crappy simile or a bad joke. Not very good writing, to say the least.
2. Annoying plot line. Don't get me wrong; if this were some random episode in the actual show, it would be a pretty sweet idea. But for the conclusion to the series? No way! I mean, come on. Logan isn't even in half the book. How can you end the series by not having probably the second main character be in less than half of the end?
3. Max Allan Collins obviously has not watched more than a few episodes of Dark Angel. Either that, or he watched and decided he didn't like the characters, so he'll switch their personalities around a little. Most of them were okay, but some were way off, and none of them were completely true.
Max. Pretty good job on the main character, which is a good thing, otherwise he would have probably had a riot on his hands. (Dark Angel fans are few and far, but the ones I have talked to are hardcore.) There were some moments, though, that as hard as I tried I could not picture Max saying. Especially the mushy parts. I mean, yeah, Max has her moments, but not the the extent Collins wrote. And she definitely would have made some stupid comments along the way, also.
Logan. Well, who knows, really? He was captured somewhere around the first eighty pages and [spoiler]he doesn't get back till the very end.[/spoiler] From what's shown, he's too serious. I know Logan is a serious guy, but not that serious. And when he wasn't being stone-faced, he was pouring his heart out like a pansy. And by saying that I don't mean that pouring your heart out makes you a pansy, just that he did it like one.
Joshua. I'm thinking Collins really hated Joshua, or at least underestimated his intelligence. He made poor Joshie look like a retarded homeless person. Yes, Joshua is a little slow in most areas, but he's actually a very intelligent person. Living in a basement your whole life can kinda make you ignorant about the world, but he learns quickly.
Alec. This smart-mouthed X5 would probably be the easiest to recreate, right? Just throw in a couple smart remarks there, have Max mention he's a little un-trustable, punch a few people, make some more comments, punch some people, make Max say that he's a little un-trustable... yeah, no.
First of all, I lost count of how many times I wanted to find Collins and smack him over the head for mentioning again and again how Alec was a little on the bad side. Yes, he used to be an non-respectable dick. That was at the beginning of season two. Pretty much all the characters have gotten over it and trust him with their lives, just as he does with most of them.
I also wanted to slap Collins' face for giving him all these cheesy, stupid lines. It's called smart-mouth for a reason. They're supposed to be intelligent comments, not these idiotic things Collins is shoving in his mouth.
But at least he actually got some face time in the book. In Skin Game he only got like two parts before he ran off with Joshua.
Pretty much all of the other characters were good, so at least there's that.
4. The ending. Man, I could go on about this forever. The whole point of these books was to wrap it all up in a bow, nice and neat, for those of us who wanted to know all the little details that escaped(and trust me, there were many). Did we get all(or most) of those answers? Sure. But then there were some more opened up at the end! That's not how it should be. Either you should leave some of the already un-answered questions still hanging or you should answer them and be done with it. Don't open up new mysteries in the last book!
5. I realize that not everyone is religious and the author probably isn't either, so I get that he won't be saying it's fact to please all us church-going folks. But that being said, I don't think it's fair to say that it's complete crap, either. I mean, that's pretty much what he said. It pissed me off.
1. [spoiler] Ames White died, but not only did he die, it was Joshua who killed him, and he did it with fury and vengeance, spitting into the decapitated head of Mr. White that the reason he died was Anna. Ever since that episode when White had Anna brutally killed, I've been wanting Joshua to be the one to kill him. Now, it's finally done![/spoiler]
2. It had more of Alec. Though this kinda got cancelled out by not having like any of Logan....
3. Mole was awesome! He was way cooler than in Skin Game.
So as you can see, the cons are much greater than the pros. A big thing, though, was that these books were made at all. When I found out there were Dark Angel books, I was super excited. Another chance to see some of my favorite characters in action? To have more BA Max, uber-smart Logan, sweet, Josh, and smart mouth Alec? This was going to be awesome.
But then I found out that two of the books take place after the series. Really, it's fun to see what happened... but to have books conclude this epic action series? Obviously I love books, but this didn't seem right.
The ending of the second season was perfect. Most fans don't like it, and I hate that it ended, too, but if it had to end prematurely, I'd have it end that way every time. Yes, there were about a thousand questions. Is Lydecker really dead? Will Joshua get his revenge on Ames White for killing Anna? Just what is this snake cult all about? Will Max and Logan ever be happy together? And, of course, what will happen to the Transgetics?
So there are all these questions and it's near the episode ending, and it's going to be so stupid that they don't answer them, and you're going to kill yourself...
But then it has this solid, hopeful, and all around perfect ending. The Transgetic flag raising, the solemn faces of all our loved characters, the ominous silence that has settled over everyone. It was like, yes, we've fought and won this small battle, but the wars not over. We've lost some and saved some, but the big fight is still to come. It was such a lost battle, but they were in it together, and you knew that as long as they were united they would prevail....more
This was my favorite book in the Smallville series. Tina's wings where AWESOME. I felt like I was in a Maximum Ride book only with extra superpowers(CThis was my favorite book in the Smallville series. Tina's wings where AWESOME. I felt like I was in a Maximum Ride book only with extra superpowers(Clark) and better writing. (James Patterson tries too hard to be a teenager.) I went through this really fast, even though I was at my friend's cabin while reading it. It was so good! I could hardly put it down at night....more