First off, I'm going to try to avoid spoilers - reviews that summarise the book annoy me!
I thought the book was well written - it's nice to find somet...moreFirst off, I'm going to try to avoid spoilers - reviews that summarise the book annoy me!
I thought the book was well written - it's nice to find something grammatically and eloquently written.
I liked the size - larger than the standard paperback up with which I grew (LOL). I was less emamoured of the typeface, but that's a really personal thing! Oh! the paper - really nice - soft and strong and far enough off-white and matt enough to avoid glare.
The basis of the story is good, but I found the plot moved very slowly through the book - much of the book was taken up with descriptions of the couplings that happen frequently as this provides power in this universe. Had I read the first book in the series, Scouts, I might have understood this physical (in both sense of the word) law before finding the first such scene on, appropriately, page sechs. I found the descriptions a tad mechanical and not especially...umm...exciting. Having said that, it was gratifying to find that satisfaction for the female characters was most important!
The central characters are quite well drawn, although some of the supporting characters are less so (but maybe they'll come to the fore in later books). At the end of the book, I wanted to know what happened next (there is a third book - Hunters) but felt that too little had happened in this book - it felt like an installment rather than a complete book even after 238 pages.
All in all an entertaining 6 or so hours and a series I would have been very enthusiastic about when I discovered sci fi at 13/14 (I'm a fair bit older than that now!). Quality work.(less)
The essence of the story in this book is one I enjoyed reading and I liked the periodic reveals as the story progressed. The descriptions of places we...moreThe essence of the story in this book is one I enjoyed reading and I liked the periodic reveals as the story progressed. The descriptions of places were evocative and the characters were believable and lovable - not in a sentimental way, it's just that I cared about them - or not, as was appropriate.
The introduction Erica included has several inspirational and thought provoking comments, especially about how we remember events to suit our own reality. As I was a lucky competition winner, Erica also sent me a personal wish in my copy. May we all have a 2012 full of fabulous stories. :-)
I read the entire book in about 3 hours (I'm like that).
Now you're wondering why, if I liked it so much, I only gave it three stars. I blame the editor. There were quite a number of typographical and grammatical errors. For someone who speed reads by visualising, these really detract from the experience as they remind that I'm reading rather than experiencing, which makes it feel like an effort rather than an escape.
I also found the layout distracting...perhaps sectioning the book into "Parts" would help the reader? I found it was more like a stream of consciousness. But then, I'm an engineer, so structure and reports are what I'm used to and on reflection perhaps Erica's format works well with the story by bringing the reader closer to the main character. I am after all, just sharing my personal opinion, and not claiming to know the "right" way!
Many of the paragraphs are one or two sentences. I've found that a lot of modern books do this and I find it distracting - I think it looks wrong on the page (another of my personal opinions!).
In summary, this is a book well worth reading. I find scenes have come back to me since finishing, provoking further thought. I think it could be a fantastic book after the attentions of a skilled editor and a dedicated proof-reader. I shall be on the look-out for more of Erica's work, in my usual serendipitous way :-)(less)
I like Myron and Win. I read the books out of sequence, as I find them, which I find makes things more interesting, putting the threads together.
This...moreI like Myron and Win. I read the books out of sequence, as I find them, which I find makes things more interesting, putting the threads together.
This filled in the Myron-Jeremy link that I'd come across in later books. There was less Win in this book, a shame as I like Win (he wouldn't like me!).
The plotting was classic Coben, with a couple of extra twists and unanswered questions that hung about like bad smells until inspiration struck Myron. Coben captured the savoir faire of today's teenagers perfectly in the last chapter.
[2012-05-14] My book arrived today! I am sooo looking forward to reading this! [2012-05-27] Finished this evening. Excellent book. A few typos and punc...more[2012-05-14] My book arrived today! I am sooo looking forward to reading this! [2012-05-27] Finished this evening. Excellent book. A few typos and punctuation errors (not sure if this is final published copy). I loved the signed bookmark. I don't always use a bookmark (can usually turn to correct page without aids) but decided to hunt one down for this book...then opened the book and found the one enclosed. :-) Thanks C.N.
Full review will follow within a couple of weeks.(less)
2012-01-30: The book arrived today! :oD I got it about 0900 when the post arrived at work, so I had to wait until I got home to look at it properly. I...more2012-01-30: The book arrived today! :oD I got it about 0900 when the post arrived at work, so I had to wait until I got home to look at it properly. In case you're wondering, it's a Goodreads First Read prize.
It's nicely printed and bound, with easy-on-the-eye font. When I flicked through, my first thought was "Oh heck, it's a play!", but starting at the beginning on page 5 (I've wondered since I was small why some books start numbering the story pages by counting the leaves in the book...) and by the time I got to page 7 I was hooked!
I had to stop to cook tea, feed the cats and so on, but it won't be long until I've finished and I add to this review.
Thank you M.D. for picking me to receive your book.
2012-04-06: Oh the shame! I've been distracted and just realised I didn't finish this review. I finished the book on 01 Feb! It is an excellent face paced book. I found the layout easy to read; the centre justification was different without being distracting. I really liked having different font types for speakers and narration.
The story itself was interesting; I found the change of viewpoint that came from the introduction of different interleaved characters was refreshing. I enjoyed the twists of the plot and I really cared about the characters and wanted the best for them. The ending tied up all loose ends to my satisfaction.
All in all, a great read and one I would recommend to anyone.
I read this delightful book in an afternoon. I thought it was well written, although the "she didn't realise that she would need this when disater str...moreI read this delightful book in an afternoon. I thought it was well written, although the "she didn't realise that she would need this when disater struck" comments at the end of each of the early chapters was a little annoying. The plot moved along nicely with most of the actions staying within the bounds of reality. I found some of the "epilogue" actions a little unlikely, but hey, it all felt good!
This is exactly to sort of book I devoured as a child and I'm sure will be loved by today's children. I may be persuaded to lend my copy to my horse-mad neices! I shall look out for more books by Leanne.
I received this book after winning a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks Leanne.
[2012-04-12] My has arrived :o) [2012-05-29] Finished this book after cutting the grass, sitting in the sun. A review will follow. I think I'm going to...more[2012-04-12] My has arrived :o) [2012-05-29] Finished this book after cutting the grass, sitting in the sun. A review will follow. I think I'm going to need to cogitate on this one before I write the review. It leaves one with lots about which to think. There is a longer version of this book - I'm tempted to look for it; the book is not uplifting, but contains many important truths. Thank you to Elton for providing this book hrough Goodreads First Reads competition.(less)
[2012-04-23] St George's Day and my book has arrived! It's the paperback, but has the Kindle cover artwork...I may see if I can create another edition...more[2012-04-23] St George's Day and my book has arrived! It's the paperback, but has the Kindle cover artwork...I may see if I can create another edition.
[2012-04-24] Finished the book (it is only 58 pages!). Review will follow. I have mixed feelings - see my updates for some idea of my feelings.
[2012-05-01] I have decided that of my mixed feelings, my enjoyment of Tallis is uppermost. I shall be looking out for the next installment.
[2012-05-16] Yay! It's here :-) I've read the first story...bizarre is the first word that springs to mind; in a good way.
[2012-07-06] Finished the bo...more[2012-05-16] Yay! It's here :-) I've read the first story...bizarre is the first word that springs to mind; in a good way.
[2012-07-06] Finished the book - had a bunch of others to read in between and trying to catch up on reviews. This book is extremely well written; normally I dislike books with punny spelling (like Terry Prachett) as it makes reading a chore - hard work - for me, rather than the seemless eye-to-internal-screen thing that generally happens for me. However, I didn't have that problem here, I could still see the pictures whilst enjoying the jokes. Occasionally I got the jokes a little late, as I didn't always remember to sound out the words and names when first I encountered them. Several of them had be laughing out loud and meant I had to stop reading to fully appreciate them.
There's a lot of bleakness in this book and some very insightful, skillfully disguised social comment.
I bought this edition of the play in the interval at the 2007 Bristol Old Vice production. I had not read the play before, nor seen the Gerald Depardi...moreI bought this edition of the play in the interval at the 2007 Bristol Old Vice production. I had not read the play before, nor seen the Gerald Depardieu film before them.
It is a timeless story of love, friendship and integrity.
Rating: 3.5 stars...although I don't think "like" is quite the right word. The book is very well written and packs a massive punch in just 30 pages. I...moreRating: 3.5 stars...although I don't think "like" is quite the right word. The book is very well written and packs a massive punch in just 30 pages. In that short space, I felt I got to know - and like - Eddie. From the blurb, I thought I would enjoy this book. The ending, for me, came out of nowhere...and wasn't what I was expecting at all. It was very cleverly, eloquently and vividly written...and left me feeling most uncomfortable and with questions about what happens next to Joy.
Trying to write my thoughts on this book without giving away the plot is difficult!
In summary: excellent, accomplished wordsmithing, but a disturbing story. If you like dark, you'll like this story.
Thank you to Travis for choosing me as a winner in the First Reads Giveaway.
[2012-05-14] The book arrived today! Yay! As a bonus, a copy of Dark Lane Quarterly (www.darklane.webs.com) was also enclosed! Thank you!
[2012-07-06]...more[2012-05-14] The book arrived today! Yay! As a bonus, a copy of Dark Lane Quarterly (www.darklane.webs.com) was also enclosed! Thank you!
[2012-07-06] I read the Quarterly the day my parcel arrived...dark and interesting. I read all of the nine stories this evening. This is an excellent book - well written, well edited (exceptions below) and beautifully laid out. The order of the stories is a delicate balance of length and subject. These aren't zombie, monster horror stories. These are horror stories on a human scale...and thus all that more terrifying.
There were a few editing/typo/grammatical errors in the last story. "It's" instead of "its"; missing speech marks; me instead of my (one of my recurring typos!) but that's the worst I can say about this book.
I will be looking out more of Tim Jeffrey's work...it is exquiste.
Thank you for choosing me to receive this book through Goodreads First Reads. It is a blessing.(less)