When your only comprehensible thought after finishing a book is "Oh my God, help!" you have to give it 5 stars. When it's 11:30 at night and you startWhen your only comprehensible thought after finishing a book is "Oh my God, help!" you have to give it 5 stars. When it's 11:30 at night and you start counting down the hours until the bookstore opens so that you can get the sequel, you have no choice: 5 stars.
As a writer, this book freaked me out. I imagine it's pretty freaky anyway. I remember watching the movie Stranger Than Fiction and being weirded out the next time I sat down with a pen and paper, but that was a comedy. White Space, is not.
It's hard to sum up this book without any spoilers (which I always try to avoid when possible), so I'm not going to do that. What I will say, is that this book is incredibly frustrating. From the first page, you will be wondering what the hell is going on, and with every answer you get, more questions will sprout up. If you're patient enough to stick it out (and if you're not, I don't blame you. I'm not good with continuing on with a story I can't keep up with) I PROMISE it will be worth it. Following in the same footsteps as Inception, the story jumps around to different points of view, and different Nows--sort of alternate dimensions outside of your own timeline--and it can get pretty sticky at times. But that's the beauty of it. Ilsa J Bick keeps you just as confused as the poor characters, wondering WHAT ON EARTH is happening to them. So, as you thumb through the pages at breakneck speed, I guarantee you'll be on the edge of your seat. If you think you've figured it all out, you're probably wrong. Bick has created an intoxicating combination of mystery, fantasy, and Stephen King style-horror that will make your skin crawl and keep you holding your breath the whole way through....more
This was written before I was born. That means I wasted almost 23 years of my life that could have been dedicated to reading this book over and over aThis was written before I was born. That means I wasted almost 23 years of my life that could have been dedicated to reading this book over and over again. If I could rate this 6 stars, I would. Unfortunately, Goodreads limits me to 5. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, is drenched in witty humor that will make you quite literally laugh out loud several times per chapter, and filled to the brim with some of the best characters I've ever seen. This is easily the most enjoyable book I've ever read.
We all know the story of the Judeo-Christian apocolypse. We've all seen it a million times, and frankly, it's gotten pretty old. But Good Omens takes the classic story, and twists it into such an entertaining tale, that it's easy to forget that this plot line has become so trite. The story revolves around an angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, both of whom have been on Earth since the Beginning, and as such, have come to like it quite a bit. Aziraphale collects rare books and runs a bookshop that is hardly ever open for fear of having to sell parts of his precious collection. Crowley is the proud owner of a 1926 Bentley that he keeps in mint condition and enjoys driving at 120 miles per hour through the heart of London. He also is an avid fan of Queen. In fact, any cassette tape that is left in his car for more than 2 weeks somehow transforms into Queen's Greatest Hits. While the two aren't friends, they've known each other for so long that they've become much closer than enemies are supposed to be. For whatever reason, Hell chooses Crowley to be the instrument of delivering the apocalypse unto Earth. This is a bit of an enigma to everyone, seeing as Crowley is not very demon-like, but he can't exactly turn down the job. It's a pretty simple task: all he has to do is deliver the infant antichrist to a hospital run by satanic nuns, who will then switch out the antichrist with a perfectly normal baby to be raised by the Downing family. The problem is, there's a third baby, and the nuns get confused and by the end of the night, nobody is quite sure where the antichrist wound up.
There's a quote near the end of the book that Crowley says: "Just imagine how terrible it might have been if we'd been at all competent." I think that sums up the plot quite nicely. The only reason anything gets done at all is accidentally.
We all know about the good-versus-evil conflict, but Good Omens points out that it's not always quite so simple. Things aren't always black and white, or even grey. Throughout the book, you can't look at Heaven's people and say "good", or look at Hell's people and say "bad", and you definitely can't look at humans and say anything of the sort. The characters are so dynamic, that no matter what side they're on, you can't really help but love them.
Pratchett and Gaiman work flawlessly together. However many times they've said they will never do this again, I will still keep hope that they'll give us something else--anything else--to devour....more
This book, especially in comparison to the other two, was extremely slow going. Practically two thirds of the entire plot was flat lined with two or tThis book, especially in comparison to the other two, was extremely slow going. Practically two thirds of the entire plot was flat lined with two or three small spikes of excitement. I think the problem for me is how informative it was. There was so much information being crammed in that it read more like a text book than a novel for a large portion of it. Once the action got started, though, it was just as good as the other two, and for once, the ending, although heartbreaking, was the perfect wrap up to the series....more
I was debating heavily on whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars. I've decided on 2 because even though this book is extremely well written and had anI was debating heavily on whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars. I've decided on 2 because even though this book is extremely well written and had an enormously satisfying twist, the ending completely overshadowed any redeeming qualities. It's hard to write a good review without spoilers on this one, seeings as the 'spoiler' occurs about halfway through the story, not at the end, so although I prefer to omit them, this review does contain some vague notion of the twist.
On the morning of her 5th wedding anniversary, Amy Dunne disappears. With clear signs of a struggle in the house, foul play is quickly suspected. Nick Dunne, Amy's husband, holds to his innocence, but there are a lot of things working against him. First of all, he is not at all upfront and honest with the detectives. Secondly, it is very clear that his and Amy's marriage was far from perfect. Add that to the fact that Nick is not the best at expressing his emotions, and the media flourishes on the allegation of a dishonest, unhappy husband who doesn't seem remotely upset about the fact that his wife is missing--possibly dead.
The first part of the novel is written in the first person point of view of Nick, intertwined with diary entries from Amy over the past several years. The two points of view constantly contradict each other, and it is not easy to decide who to empathize with more: Amy, the possibly murdered wife who tried so hard to keep up with a wilting marriage; or Nick: the guilt stricken husband who realizes--possibly too late--that he didn't try hard enough to keep his marriage alive, and is now being lynched by the media and law enforcement.
The first hundred or so pages drags out a bit. Details of the investigation. Flashbacks from Amy's diary. Interactions that in reality seem irrelevant to the story other than to introduce character traits. I feel like a lot of it could have been cut down. However, the writing style itself was enticing enough to keep me reading and I was glad I did.
The plot twist is huge. One that made me put the book down just so that I could breathe a bit. After that, the edge-of-your-seat-mystery-thriller vibe takes over.
So, why only two stars?
This story gave me reason to hate it every step of the way. You may say that in a way, that's a sign of a good writer. Gillian Flynn definitely creates characters that you can't help but hate. I was literally disgusted. (view spoiler)[I have never read a first person account of such a psychopathic person. One of the problems with this is, I am not a psychopath; I am a rationally-minded person, and I like to assume most of the other readers are as well. Reading about the way a psychopath deals with conflict is hard to relate to. I can't quite quell the background chant of: This is stupid. Why bother? What a psycho. (hide spoiler)]
And then, the biggest problem of all: the ending. Of course, this is purely a matter of opinion without the slightest bit of constructive criticism, but I can't help it. I am so enraged that such a well written book was ruined by such a terrible ending. There is no closure for any of the characters. Not even the ones that--at least I think--you're intended to empathize with by the end. It's not just a fill-in-the-details-yourself ending. It's not a cliff hanger ending that's supposed to leave you guessing. To me, it felt like a lazy ending. Nothing was resolved, and it made me feel like I wasted my time. For me, nothing is worse than a bad ending. In a series, a bad ending has the ability to make me hate all of the books. I've even gone so far as to rewrite reviews after I've finished the finale. If you're not as hung up as I am on endings, there is a good chance you will thoroughly enjoy this book. If you are looking for a good mystery with a neatly wrapped conclusion--or any conclusion at all, really--I suggest you save the trouble and take a pass on this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is one of the rare books I've read that is both a quick read--I finished it in a matter of hours--and a good read. Most of the time if a book isThis is one of the rare books I've read that is both a quick read--I finished it in a matter of hours--and a good read. Most of the time if a book is as quick as this it's because it's simplistic, but for If I Stay, that is far from the truth. I'm not usually into YA romance because I've come to find that the only sake of the sub genre is usually the corny, cliche, teenage love story. This is a different breed altogether. While romance is involved, it by no means dominates the story. Instead, It,s a brutally honest tale of loss and the choices that come with it. It's surprisingly packed full of character development for how seldom we really get to glimpse characters other than the main protagonist. Above all else, it's achingly, tragically beautiful. Just when I thought I had managed to dodge the tear jerker I realized how wrong I was. As touching and real as The Fault in Our Stars. A strong five stars....more
I've always been a fan of King, and as such I've always been a bit ashamed to admit that I've never read his Dark Towers series. The beginning of KingI've always been a fan of King, and as such I've always been a bit ashamed to admit that I've never read his Dark Towers series. The beginning of King's epic is one of the most appropriate first installations I've ever read. It's hard to explain why I feel this way other than by saying this novel is literally the story of the protagonist setting off on a quest that will no doubt be a long one. It's not like other series where there's a plot resolution in each novel followed by the introduction of a new plot point which will be addressed in the sequel. I have a feeling that this will be a very smooth-running series. That said, The Gunslinger is far from drawling exposition to the upcoming action. There are several edge-of-your-seat page-turning moments as Roland aka the gunslinger chases the notorious man in black to the edge of the know civilization. Unfortunately, the man in black knows all too well of the pursuit and is often leaving traps in the villages he leaves, knowing Roland will fall into them. As I began The Gunslinger, I wasn't quite sure what I thought about it other than the fact that it was enticing enough for me to finish in one day. King is a cruel master of letting the reader know only what he wants you to, and that can get frustrating in a way, but not to the point where you give up on reading it. I also wasn't sure about the fantasy element that's supposed to play a prominent element in the story. So far I've seen some demons and of course the man in black and whatever supernatural powers he possesses. We learn about some fallen races I.e the gunslinger's, but otherwise, I get the idea that what were really dealing with is some post-apocalyptic earth. When it comes to characters, whether we meet them only for a few pages or actually get sufficient time to get to know them they are all nothing short of mesmerizing. It seems that they each have some form of secrets, but in the harsh world they're trying to survive secrets are sometimes necessary. I hope that many of them will return at some point in Roland's adventure.
I'm sure more will be revealed as I begin reading The Drawing of the Three, but irregardless King has not failed to deliver his masterful story telling. I was entranced throughout the entire time, even during the rare lulls. As far as I'm concerned, it's. Strong 4 star read. ...more
The best so far. Martin has a way with making it so that there really aren't any antagonists. By putting in so many points of views and perfecting theThe best so far. Martin has a way with making it so that there really aren't any antagonists. By putting in so many points of views and perfecting the art of characterization, it's hard not to understand the actions of any of the characters-except for Joffrey anyway-, no matter how condemnable they should be. And yet the plot doesn't get jumbled. It still manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seat regardless of how many things are going on at once. Absolutely flawless....more
Every once in a while I'll come across an author whose mere style is addicting. Buehlman is one of those authors. I could read an account of his mostEvery once in a while I'll come across an author whose mere style is addicting. Buehlman is one of those authors. I could read an account of his most boring day and be entranced. That said, Those Across the River is far from boring. With a touch of historical fiction, Those Across the River is a perfect example of haunting mystery. It is one of the most realistic accounts I've read that addresses the question "what happens when an ordinary small town is confronted with monstrous and mysterious beings just a few miles from them?" Everything from the story to the prose is hauntingly beautiful. The plot unfolds so smoothly you hardly have time to notice that the initial suspense has transformed into horrifying action. A must read for horror lovers and mystery addicts alike. 4.5 stars ...more
This wasn't what I expected out of the prequel to The Maze Runner. That said? I'm not disappointed either. It was a bit slow starting out, and to be hThis wasn't what I expected out of the prequel to The Maze Runner. That said? I'm not disappointed either. It was a bit slow starting out, and to be honest, I thought we were going to be dealing with TMR characters in a more direct way. About half way through, I felt like the fight scenes were getting super repetitive, to the point that if you skipped them over, you probably wouldn't be missing anything. Overall, though, it was a great read and very entertaining. I love the way Dashner sheds light on how the world of The Maze Runner came to be. It's brilliantly thought out and doesn't have any continuity errors that I noticed. ...more
While I'm not usually into zombie-esqu stories (at all) the synopsis of Stung caught my attention. At first the story was highly engrossing and it wasWhile I'm not usually into zombie-esqu stories (at all) the synopsis of Stung caught my attention. At first the story was highly engrossing and it wasn't cliche like some YA post apocalyptic novels. A couple of things ruined it though. First of all is the protagonist. Fiona, aka Fo, is one of the worst female characters I've ever seen, and that includes non-major characters. She is unintelligent and doesn't seem to have an original thought in her. She has no fight and it seems like half of the time she has no drive to survive. That is, until she suddenly and inexplicably falls in love with a soldier. There is no character development or driving force that leads Fo and Bowen to fall in love, but almost as if the author thought the book would be incomplete without it, it just happens. From then on, the post apocalyptic survival story vanishes. All that's left is a poorly crafted female character fighting to survive for love. She says multiple times that if she loses Bowen there is nothing left for her. It turns from an action packed adventure to the pathetic tale of a love sick girl....more
I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy for review. I'm not huge on romance novels, but I was hoping that this would be as good as Julie Cross' TempestI was lucky enough to get an ARC copy for review. I'm not huge on romance novels, but I was hoping that this would be as good as Julie Cross' Tempest novels. I definitely wasn't disappointed.
Karen Campbell is an elite gymnast who's never had much of a social life outside of gymnastics. When her parents die in a car accident, she's faced with the choice of leaving her home town to live with her grandmother whom she hardly knows, or take her coach's offer to stay with him and continue training. She decides on the latter. She moves in with her coach and his son, Jordan, but since she doesn't have much experience (at all) with dealing with the opposite sex, she can't help but act incredibly awkward whenever he's around. The fact that he's attractive doesn't help. Jordan is more understanding about her situation than she ever could have hoped for, however, and as they get to know each other, she realizes that they have more in common than she originally thought. Jordan has a unique perspective on loss and is able to help Karen through her situation better than anyone else.
Even though Karen is seventeen, the fact that she has little relationship experience puts the character in a unique situation. As she starts acknowledging her feelings for Jordan, a lot of her lines are a bit cliche, like you'd expect from someone much younger, but taking her lack of experience into account, it makes complete sense, and Cross does an excellent job of incorporating the first-crush-cliches without making the plot seem overly corny. Throughout the story, as Karen tries to cope with the loss of her parents, we see her writing letters to them as well as others around her, and are able to see first hand how her feelings develop and transgress as she navigates the stages of loss and tries to adapt to her new life. Even though it's in first person, these letters offer a uniquely personal connection to the main character. Cross' novel offers a very accurate depiction of how a teenager would try to cope with losing her parents, rearranging her entire life, and entering her first romantic relationship. It's a heart wrenching coming of age account of finding the courage to move on, even when it seems like everything is lost....more