Every book of the series thus far is very different.
The Black Prism, is all about action and adventure. You get a bunch of battles with a really fun a...moreEvery book of the series thus far is very different.
The Black Prism, is all about action and adventure. You get a bunch of battles with a really fun and interesting magic system, and a couple of really interesting protagonists.
The Blinding Knife, is all about the growth and development of these characters. Everybody is put into a position where they need to grow up, develop and transition toward their fates. (again with plenty of action and adventure to be found)
The Broken Eye is a lot less action packed. It's like a chess game, where all of the pieces are being moved about the board in anticipation of the great things to come. It burns slow, but everything that happens is fairly intense. It took me awhile to get through, but every page is worth it.
I cannot wait to see what the final book has in store, as it has to be epic in scope and actions.(less)
This book just isn't very good. As a result, I now feel a little bummed that I spent $4.00 getting the next two books of the series from when they were...moreThis book just isn't very good. As a result, I now feel a little bummed that I spent $4.00 getting the next two books of the series from when they were a Kindle Daily Deal. And I'm the sort of person who doesn't take a shirt back when it fits, I just let it hang in my closet until I send it off to goodwill, considering it a lesson learned about reading tags on clothes and not just the ones on the hanger.
But this I kinda regret. Because at some point I am going to try and read the next two books, and I'm going to end up right back here.
I think there is a habit of people who dislike something to immediately blame the thing, while taking absolutely no responsibility for my dislike. I try to acknowledge that not all books can be meant for me, but this is objectively not very good.
It's not over the top or offensively awful like Richard Laymon's rape-monster opus "The Cellar".
This book just isn't that good.
Which is a shame, because I would really like to enjoy this book. It just fails on just about every level. Every aspect of this novel would be made 100 times better if Kadrey approached the concept with some sense of simplicity.
For example, the novel is referred to as a "Sandman Slim" novel. So would assume that there is a character who runs around calling himself "Sandman Slim" the whole time. Instead, we have a character who calls himself Stark, and insists that everybody call him Stark, because that is actually the characters name. "Sandman Slim" is a nickname he earned as an assassin in hell. Since we're not in hell, nobody really calls him that. Every 60 pages or so, somebody would say something like, "hey aren't you that Sandman Slim guy?" and he'd be like "Call me Stark." and then they would, which begs the question... why go through the process of labeling your protagonist "Sandman Slim" if that isn't the name he goes by.
And this is the same thing that happens to every single aspect of the book.
We start with something simple. Zombies (in the case they are referred to as Drifters) are real. They are somewhat less rotten, and a bit harder to kill. But the premise is fairly clear, Starkman Stark is going to kill some zombies. But then Kadrey puts his own spin on it and...
Well now there are technically three types of zombies, oh wait now there are four because there are these 27 smarter and autonomous zombies who have souls, not to mention that the bodies of everybody who died in Los Angeles are mucking around under the city, which would make that 5?
Kadrey sees fit to make every aspect of the book more complicated than needs to happen, everything winds up insanely over-wrought and convoluted, it's a mess.
I don't have a problem with books or plots being complicated. When you get into the nitty gritty of say, The Dresden Files, things can get pretty messy. The difference is that Butcher slowly developed and built the complexity of his world over the course of multiple books. Each step, each layer that is added to the narrative is added in a way that is easy to understand, and only adds what is relevant to the plot at the time.
So reading Butcher is similar to opening a lego set, and building the spaceship with the pieces that came in the box.
Reading Kadry is like dumping out a bucket of every lego you have ever owned, and attempting to build the same spaceship, while at the same time attempting to use every piece you pick up, regardless if it is needed for that spaceship.(less)
If you've read Vonnegut, and even Palm Sunday, this particular book will read and feel quite familiar. It's more of the words and wisdom of Vonnegut,...moreIf you've read Vonnegut, and even Palm Sunday, this particular book will read and feel quite familiar. It's more of the words and wisdom of Vonnegut, in true Vonnegut fashion.
That being said, don't come into this expecting anything new.
One of the things about Vonnegut, especially towards the end of his life, was that he had a habit of repeating himself. This is perfectly okay. Some things need to be said over and over again. But this book is no exception.(less)
A really spirited and fun reboot/relaunch of the classic TMNT series.
In a lot of ways, these first four issues are an introduction to the new series....moreA really spirited and fun reboot/relaunch of the classic TMNT series.
In a lot of ways, these first four issues are an introduction to the new series. A lot of the details have been changed, but the classic butt-kicking action is all there. Definitely worth a read.(less)
Learning about the man behind the books is fascinating, especially when you see how they connect to each other.
After finishing "Boy's Life" mccammon d...moreLearning about the man behind the books is fascinating, especially when you see how they connect to each other.
After finishing "Boy's Life" mccammon decided he wanted to branch out and try new things, and his editors told him no. They wanted more horror novels, and they didn't want to give him a chance to branch out.
Boy's Life isn't a horror novel, it's a beautiful portrait of magical realism and childhood. Gone South isn't really a horror novel either. While pitched and promoted as a spiritual brother to Jack ketchum's Cover, this is a whole other beast.
It's a story about a bunch of people who are fed up with life and the way things are, people who are looking for escape.
It is no surprise then, that after publishing this book, Mccammon walked away from writing. He was fed up with people telling him what to write and what not to write. He loved horror, but his books weren't scary story cash-cows, he viewed them as art. These are books that mean something to him, and you always get that feeling when you read his stuff. He wanted an escape, so he gave it all up after this book.
Fortunately, mccammon has returned to writing, my understanding is that they're colonial American mystery novels. I am glad he is back, I am glad that he is getting his old stuff out there on e-book because it is magic.(less)
The first half of the book is wonderful. It is a delightfully creepy bit of survival horror. There are...moreA lot of the other reviews cover it pretty well.
The first half of the book is wonderful. It is a delightfully creepy bit of survival horror. There are elements that fall along the lines of cliche, but it is played in such a way that the anticipation really hooks you.
The second half of the book dives into the strange. There are some really interesting and really strong moments, but I would say the 'final confrontation' and the ending are a bit lack-luster.
It is worth the time, but there is just something missing at the end.(less)
One thing that Berendt excels at, is getting to know a place and the people who live in it. Not only is it obvious how interested and passionate he is...moreOne thing that Berendt excels at, is getting to know a place and the people who live in it. Not only is it obvious how interested and passionate he is about these places, but the way he portrays them in his books, allow you to know them as well.
The mystery of the fire is a bit disappointing, but this exploration of life, culture, art and society in Venice is really interesting stuff.(less)
I've fallen behind on comics of late and figured I would do some catching up. I've returned to my Marvel Digital Unlimited account to see what I could...moreI've fallen behind on comics of late and figured I would do some catching up. I've returned to my Marvel Digital Unlimited account to see what I could see in terms of getting caught up.
My first stop of Schism. I pretty much left comics behind right as Avengers V. X-Men got started. I've been on and off with X-Men for awhile. I had dropped it when the X-Science club had gone back in time, and picked it up with "Regenesis" pretty much skipping over Schism.
For an X-Men even, it is pretty self contained. It tells a simple and interesting story that sets the future of the X-Men up for many adventures to come. One of the negatives about the X-Men, is that since the 1980's, the books have suffered from overly complicated continuity. Schism keeps it simple.
I have to say it has rekindled my interest in the X books and they're definitely going to be a stop on my Marvel Digital Unlimited tour.(less)