This was really good.I didn't think I would get into it, but I did. I didn't care about the restaurant stuff, but the idea of changing little things iThis was really good.I didn't think I would get into it, but I did. I didn't care about the restaurant stuff, but the idea of changing little things in your past won me over. There are a lot of things I would change. Problems I would fix. Bryan Lee O'Malley's art was as fantastic as ever. The overall story was a bit predictable, but I didn't mind. It was a fun read. ...more
These books are still consistently fantastic. Though this one was my least favorite, it was still really good. Maybe it was because I was missing theThese books are still consistently fantastic. Though this one was my least favorite, it was still really good. Maybe it was because I was missing the fantastic characters of the second book that this was seemed almost lackluster. I mean, how can you give us someone like Chrisjen and then take her away like that. Seriously, she should have her own spin-off series. Have Holden do whatever he's doing out in space, but give Chrisjen Avasarala her own books to show us all the politics. Or at the very least bring Bobbie back. Other than that, the book was good. It seemed like they wanted to focus on the plot this time and actually explain what all the big things introduced in the first two books meant. That's also something that I found underwelming. Not that the explanations didn't make complete sense, but they weren't what I was expecting. And now that they're locked in place I won't ever have the stories in my head that I thought were going to happen. But anyway, good read. Looking forward to the next one. Although I know I won't really be satisfied because Chrisjen and Bobbie are only in the prologue and epilogue. ...more
Gone Girl was pretty fantastic. I read it because I had just read the very underwelming Girl On The Train and so many people had compared it to Gone GGone Girl was pretty fantastic. I read it because I had just read the very underwelming Girl On The Train and so many people had compared it to Gone Girl that I wanted to check that out to see if it was better. I realized very early on that Gone Girl was vastly superior to Girl On The Train. As far as I can tell the only similarities are in the format. Both books are suburban melodramas that hinge on a specific event. One point of view moves forward in time away from that event, and the other point of view starts in the past creeping towards that event. And they both play around with unreliable narrators and the perspectives are deeply psychological. But other than that, there's no question that Gone Girl is a first class thriller with infinitely better writing and darkly believable characters. And Girl On The Train isn't even in the same league. In comparison Gone Girl is a national story that grips the nation, on the same scope as the OJ Simpson Trial or the Casey Anthony thing. Something that keeps you up at night, and that you talk about with strangers in line at the post office, each of you following the case with your own opinions and certainties. Meanwhile, Girl On The Train is as dramatic and compelling as watching a bunch of housewives yell on the lawn while you drive through a neighborhood that you don't quite know, your attention is too caught up with trying to find the house where your friend from college lives, and you're annoyed with them for dragging you out here, and wondering if it's worth it to even go. Could you get away with driving home and watching something on netflix and just texting them some excuse? The women are still arguing on the lawn, you give them one last glance in the rearview mirror as you drive away and wonder how to get back to the highway, or if your old friend will have anything worth drinking. That whole scene is more poignant and relatable than Girl On The Train. In my opinion at least.
I also quite enjoyed the audiobook. The voice actors get the characters just right. There are so many lines that require just the right edge of sarcasm or pathos that might not be conveyed on the page itself. Often the same events are repeated through each of the points of view and it doesn't come off as repetitive because the delivery is just right to make you realize that the meaning is completely different. ...more
This is a phenomenal book about one of the most important movie genres ever. I was expecting just a handful of behind the scenes stories from a few ofThis is a phenomenal book about one of the most important movie genres ever. I was expecting just a handful of behind the scenes stories from a few of the John Hughes films. But this goes so much deeper. There is so much attention paid to what kind of world allowed those films to be made and what they changed the world into. There's just so much information in here from hundreds of different interviews with pretty much every actor, director and producer that was even tangentially involved. And yet it's also very well written and clearly organized. I can easily see myself reading this again and again over the years for just as much nostalgic pleasure as meticulous research. I highly recommend it....more