This was great. At times, it was better than expected. Dystopias are definitely my current genre of choice and Wool is taking a top spot on that list.This was great. At times, it was better than expected. Dystopias are definitely my current genre of choice and Wool is taking a top spot on that list.
First of all, it's been a while since I've finished a book - a 300+ pages book - in two and a half days. This one was that good! True, I started it juFirst of all, it's been a while since I've finished a book - a 300+ pages book - in two and a half days. This one was that good! True, I started it just the day before I joined my first ever readathon and had the good intention to use that nudge to the max, but still... if I a book is not captivating enough, at some point around 1-2 am you just fall asleep. With this one, I had to consciously say "OK, it's 3 am, let's just put it down for a few hours, I have the whole day tomorrow to read."
To the book itself, I have to admit I was drawn to the creepy vision of its cover, I was looking for something a bit more... off the wall. I thought it would be more sideshow or paranormal than fantasy, but I was in no way disappointed by the fact that no travelling circus was involved. In fact, I might have been relieved.
Jacob, our MC, is someone I liked from the very start. He is a little jaded - as a typical teenager, a little sarcastic - as a smart teenager, and to top it off he has a pretty realistic grasp of his life, which was refreshing.
The boring sluggish reality quickly dissolves in the Florida swelter, when his Grandpa Porter's stories of monsters and danger make an appearance. Experiencing a horrible shock, Jacob spends a good amount of time and energy to convince people he's not crazy. He finally finds some solace in his therapy sessions, but just when he's close to putting the traumatic event behind him, a cryptic message he is left with starts to untangle and leads him to a remote speck of an island off the Welsh coast.
There Jacob discovers a nook of the world he thought only existed in his grandfather's imagination and his stories finally start making sense. But every time Jake thinks he's got it now, that he understands, something new pops up. Until both the world he knew and the one he'd just discovered gets upturned by the very same dangers his grandfather had tried to warn him about.
A couple of times I was thinking that this guy is way too young to have such elaborate turn of phrase and vast common knowledge, but then again he didn't have a lot of friends, maybe he read a lot? And most of all, the book is so engaging, so smartly written that I couldn't put it down, let alone spend time criticising the author's choice to make Jacob smart AND funny! How dare he :)))
I am off to hunt down Hollow City as soon as I'm done with this review, so... bye! :)...more
I wish I could give this book more stars, because there's definitely potential there, but it's just not finished.
There are too many characters, that'I wish I could give this book more stars, because there's definitely potential there, but it's just not finished.
There are too many characters, that's true, but what jarred me more was that there are even more unknowns and so much is unclear. Up until the end there were questions that irritated me because the story didn't make full sense without the answers. It read like the last book if a trilogy and not the first.
I liked a lot in this book and was planning to give it at least 3* but then I got to the ending and it let me down. I do believe that, after undergoing some brutal editing, this is going to be one hell of a book, but not before....more
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. These are some very well written stories. So well, I didn't get it was a short storyI was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. These are some very well written stories. So well, I didn't get it was a short story collection until the second story, I wanted more of the first one, I wanted the continuation. But a couple of days later I knew I didn't want more, it ended right where it should have. It had some good suspense and some unexpected twists, so I'm a happy reader. The cover looks a little grimmer than the contents, so you don't need to turn on all the lights before going to bed with this read. I'd recommend it to a friend :) ...more
Very scattered for a story that is supposed to be in full swing by now. Also, I don't follow how the artists change too closely, but I did not enjoy sVery scattered for a story that is supposed to be in full swing by now. Also, I don't follow how the artists change too closely, but I did not enjoy some of the artwork here. Seemed rushed and disinterested. Loved the Harley story, though :)...more
I didn't enjoy the art in a few of the issues (and the fact that the full arc couldn't be by the same artist). Also, the "suspense" was prolonged at tI didn't enjoy the art in a few of the issues (and the fact that the full arc couldn't be by the same artist). Also, the "suspense" was prolonged at the expense of the culmination, the latter often being rushed to fit the page limit. I was hoping for less random fights (that end as abruptly as they start) and more intrapersonal (back)stories. ...more
Ok, this was disturbing! In a good way. The idea itself is twisted enough to make you think about it hard. We all remember that famous line from FightOk, this was disturbing! In a good way. The idea itself is twisted enough to make you think about it hard. We all remember that famous line from Fight Club - "You cannot die from insomnia", but what it might do to your psyche is a whole different story. Add some experimental gas with unknown side effects and you've got yourself some trouble.
It's a short book and I read it in two short sessions on a plane. In the last part, despite coming back from Spain and pretty good weather, I was almost shivering from the description of the Siberian winter, and the fact that the character in that part was trying to fight off a fever just added to the unsettling feeling in my stomach. I'd say that's a pretty good statement for a horror story.
I liked the conclusion as well - there was drama, there was a resolution, there was even a glimmer of hope, but not enough to make it a sappy happy ending. The only reason I'm not giving it full 5* is this key moment of the story when the shit hits the fan (quite literally, too) and my rational mind keeps saying "It wouldn't have happened like that", but as far as it works to forward the story - it was great.
I just wondered if anyone else who's read it felt the same way about the moment when they go in to check on the subjects and make a decision to stop the gas.
I thought, first of all, they had microphones in, wouldn't they have heard (or seen shadows, even through the shit-stained glass) what was happening to Mikhail? But let's attribute that to the fact that the gas is obviously making them indifferent to pain.
Next thing, why would the lead scientist announce to the subjects of his experiment - who have obviously taken a really bad turn in this trial and are anything but reasonable humans anymore - that he's changing their conditions, let alone that he wants to do the opposite of what they want. He should've just said yes, closed the door and changed the gas to the initial one they used to put them to sleep. Then once they were asleep, clean up, restrain them, and only then further investigate the situation. It just sounds like a rookie mistake for top secret Russian mad scientists :)
Having the privilege of reading this book in its original Bulgarian before it's even officially out, I am very excited to write this review.
My real sHaving the privilege of reading this book in its original Bulgarian before it's even officially out, I am very excited to write this review.
My real score is actually 3.5; I'm rounding up and thus giving it the benefit of the doubt, hoping the next book will justify it. The reason I only "liked" but not 100% "really liked" it is that it seemed to take a little too long for the ball to actually get rolling. But once it did, the cliffhangers at the end of chapters were done very well, keeping me reading on and on, just to get to know what happened to *that* character back three chapters ago, and by the time I got to him or her... there's another development that I wanted to know more about.
So, is it a page-turner? Check!
I have to admit, I haven't read fantasy in a while, but it felt the book was lacking some important elements like giving us a little bit more context to the specifics of the world it takes place in. Yes, some things you get to deduce from the text itself, which is what we want from a good book, but there are some details that are still completely unclear to me even after reading the whole book, e.g. the measuring of the time of day - not sure if it would be "strokes" or "swings" in the translation, but either way, the derivation of it is unclear. I wished there were a few pages here and there explaining the idiosyncrasies of the world, preferably in a manner that immerses me more in the world and not makes me feel like an outsider looking in (and maybe instead of a couple of not-so-great dialogues).
What makes this book very successful in my book, is the ending. There's action, there's suspense, there's even a twist I didn't anticipate at all. All of this makes for a great feeling when you're finally done, and there's also that tiny bit of disappointment gnawing at you because it's over and now... Now what? What happens to them? Who and what exactly is coming next? All the questions that you want to be asking yourself at the end of a book.
Bottom line: I won't be holding my breath, but I am looking forward to the continuation of this story. ...more
I have to say, this book really surprised me. Not because I'm not a huge autobiography buff or because I didn't know what was going to happen. On theI have to say, this book really surprised me. Not because I'm not a huge autobiography buff or because I didn't know what was going to happen. On the contrary, I knew exactly what was going to happen - I mean, it's right there in the blurb - and still I cried several times (a lot, with tissues and breaks and all) before the end.
I have to admit that I went and got the book because I already had a glimpse into what the author was like. Carole Radziwill is my guilty pleasure (and that's the first time I'm admitting this), but I've watched a couple of seasons of Real housewives of New York solely because of her. So I already knew she was smart, funny, and a little quirky, and that's why I wanted to know more. The voyeurism of the reality show had pushed me to want to know more about her life. Boy, did I not know what I was getting myself into!
Carole is bold, smart, ambitious, and immensely courageous for all the things that she's gone through - going into a war zone because she WANTS to be there, to report; going in to talk to dictators and victims alike; getting married into what is the closest thing the States have to a royal family and into and ACTUAL royal family, and doing so despite the fact that cancer was already on the table; and finally, sticking by her husband through years of hospitals, tests, surgeries, trials, remission, relapse, and so on, and so on, until, finally, she loses half her life and basically all of her support system in a the span of one Summer.
The way she lets her in on her life, even the crudest and the questionable moments, tops it all off. Beautiful language, a lot of humour - some dark, some placid - and a lot of real honest feelings weave the story in What Remains....more
I would have to read the original short story to be completely sure, but I'm willing to bet the story is better than the graphic novel. And it's not aI would have to read the original short story to be completely sure, but I'm willing to bet the story is better than the graphic novel. And it's not a "the-book-is-better-than-the-movie" moment, it's a "where-are-the-chills-down-my-spine" thing. Even the less than horrifying King stories have a small punch in them. This one just flew by me, leaving me indifferent. ...more
I found a lot of useful information in this book, and there are also quite a few inspirational moments that make you itch with writing motivation. I sI found a lot of useful information in this book, and there are also quite a few inspirational moments that make you itch with writing motivation. I should get it in paperback and highlight and reread paragraphs before I did down to write :)))...more