Well Hugh Howey I have read your Omnibus edition of this series and I will tell you this, you have most definitely gained an SAFE REVIEW - NO SPOILERS!
Well Hugh Howey I have read your Omnibus edition of this series and I will tell you this, you have most definitely gained another fan! :D
Upon finishing Wool 1-5 I immediately went to see if I could find 6 as well as see what else the author has written. So I guess that tells you I liked it.
I do have to say that this book started off slow, and had I started with book one on it's own I may have never finished. I am very glad that wasn't the case. Once the author seemed to really have his characters built the pace hit speed and stayed steady RIGHT UP TO the end.
The characters, even some minor ones are really well brought to life. And perhaps this is part of what gives it a slow feeling to start. If so, it is well worth it because in Wool you really care about the people and have a desire to know more about them, to befriend them, and stand beside them..
The main character in this book is female, and either the author had some really awesome women in his life or is good at imagining them, heh, because Juliette is not your average heroine. She isn't portrayed as a sex pot, nor girly, nor brazen.. she is an absolute blend of sense, determination and smarts, a real down to earth chick who gets straight to business. No clichéd heroine wrapped up in gobs of tedious romance or melodrama here thank god. Bravo Mr Howey and cheers to the women who inspire him.
My only complaint with this book was perhaps that Lukas was not a character I believed Jules would have had any interest in. His sort of "boyish" innocence and "love" (infatuation) for Jules was only believable in the sense that he was young and idealistic. Juliette however is a mature women with a lot of life experience. She could only end up with a "man". That said, since there wasn't any "real" romance between the two and their feelings were only loosely touched on, it didn't spoil the story. I can easily imagine Jules future not including Lukas romantically. After all, there barely was a romance between them anyway.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes post apocalyptic and dystopian novels. The world will pull you in and make you feel like you too have lived in this silo. Like you know what it feels like to walk the floors and see the dead world through the screens outside of it. And even as you read you want to know more. How, why, when...
The story is written in first person which means it will be an uphill battle to not sound like someone droning on and on.. Unfortunately,NO SPOILERS!
The story is written in first person which means it will be an uphill battle to not sound like someone droning on and on.. Unfortunately, the battle was not won here. Most the time I was bored of hearing the main character yap-on self indulgently about how she has all the reason in the world to be a bitch and keep to herself and blah blah blah...
Not that I didn't agree with her. She did have all the reason in the world, it just doesn't make the best reading material. The story reads almost as if you, the reader, are her therapist, and she is telling her story to her therapist for the majority of the book. So it often feels long winded, and much like reading someone's journal.
Dear Dairy, I was kidnapped and horrible things happened, let me tell you in 300 pages about my relationship with my mother instead though..
The main character flips back and forth between what happened while she was kidnapped, and what is currently happening or has happened in the past with her friends and family. And if you think reading someone's diary about their day to day drama with their family sounds boring, let me assure, you could NOT be more correct. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz
The kidnapping stuff was interesting/scary/horrific/sad etc... But it was only about one third of the story. And so much depth was missing that could have been there. The psychology of the villain came off trite because it was not fully explored. It was a short few paragraphs and then that was done. Lets stop talking about the totally interesting and horrific back story of our villain here and talk more about boring drunk mommy. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Over all, I was mostly bored and disappointed. The plot was interesting, but it was sadly mashed into a bunch of filler. And just to top it all off there is a plot twist at the end that might as well have been a roll of the dice in so far as it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. As a matter of fact, the entire last quarter of the book is meant to confuse the reader and build up to suspense for a twist, which from it's inception is predictably going to be bad. A twist simply did not make sense to the story at all. I think the author wanted one, regardless of whether it made sense or not. And it was bad... so bad....more
While the first book was terrible in a lot of ways, the story itself was not the worst part. If one can set aside the terrible writing, one can manage
While the first book was terrible in a lot of ways, the story itself was not the worst part. If one can set aside the terrible writing, one can manage to enjoy reading it. So with that I decided to pick this up and continue.
Unfortunately unlike the first, this one couldn't even manage an interesting story amidst the expletives, that are meant to represent character emotions, and sound effects (argh - once again) for orgasmic groan flair (LMAO). Take all the poor writing of the first book, (which I have detailed in my review of it ) and add a big giant heap of DULL!
This is a story of relationship stagnation. The entire book is about Ana waffling over her love of Christian. It reads like this:
I love him but... Heavy sex... Oh it is all too much, I need a day alone... Heavy sex... I love him but... Heavy sex.. Emails... Heavy sex... Shower.. Heavy sex.. Oh Ana, please love me I am so lost and helpless with my good looks, loving and supportive family, women who adore me and billions... Heavy Sex.. Food.. Heavy sex.. Work... Heavy sex.. I love him but..
There you go. Toss in a mentally unstable ex-submissive who teases you with the possibility of something big happening only to be disappointed by an incredibly anticlimactic middle of the book end to her, as well as a completely predictable sexual harassment scene also ending mid-book by the way, and you have now read book two. Did I forget to mention the heavy sex?
And lets clarify here. By heavy I sex, I mean, the sex was so heavy I'd forget I was reading and start planning my shopping list for the next day. It was that or fall asleep. Falling asleep during sex is something you should never do, even if it is just reading it. This wasn't interesting sex either. The BDSM in this book dropped to virtually nil.
Add to that the fact this is a full length novel in which the couple is just working through relationship DRAMA (read: all the DULL parts of a soap opera) and the fact that the only dangers or conflicts were pretty much wrapped up midbook and you have a great book to get yourself an afternoon nap.
A kinky read - fail. A romantic read - fail. A suspenseful read - Massive Fail
Honestly the idea of trying to move on to book three makes me cringe. I just don't know that I have it in me....more
I should say upfront, I am not a Stephen King fan. While I think his concepts are brilliant, I find a lot of his work tediously verbose. UnfortunatelyI should say upfront, I am not a Stephen King fan. While I think his concepts are brilliant, I find a lot of his work tediously verbose. Unfortunately this was no exception. At one point he wrote for TEN pages about her trying get a drink of water, TEN PAGES for ONE action. His need to describe EVERYTHING to the last dust ball in the room in metaphoric detail makes me want to claw my eyes out. Ironically fitting to many a book by him I am sure.
The heroine is extremely obnoxious and apparently slow witted. It takes her hours, even into days, to see that she is obviously in a horrible and dangerous circumstance which leaves her with very little in the way of options. Getting out of this WILL take drastic measure, but she spends the entire book talking to herself about inane things and dreaming of her life. Hey, whats a little dehydration when there are butterfly pictures on the walls to reminisce over?
The book wasn't creepy at all to me. I heard from some people that it was very "disturbing" to them. I didn't really find it disturbing personally but I understood why others could find it such and would agree those qualities are there. There are some graphic details of child molestation. And while brief, they are emotionally effective.
I have read some reviews which said this was a gripping and terrifying story, maybe Kings most disturbing.. If by gripping and terrifying you mean I am gripping the damn book in frustration and terrified I will DIE before this woman does or says ANYTHING interesting, then yeah, yeah I'd agree with that.. And I sincerely hope this is NOT King's most disturbing work, if so, I know what to read when I need to fall asleep.
Between the extremely lengthy descriptions of her memories for the first 80% of the story and the end being jarringly thrown into first person as the heroine wraps everything up in a letter to a friend. I didn't feel there was more than a few pages of actual tension in this book.
I think other than boredom and a strong need to just get the darn thing done with, the only other emotion I felt was sadness for the darn dog. There is a side story for this dog that I found more interesting and upsetting than the rest of the entire book. I honestly wished it would just eat her and be done with it.. ...more
As with all true crime, I hate to say I "enjoyed" the book. The response, or lack thereof, of this woman's neighbours did make me take a look at myselAs with all true crime, I hate to say I "enjoyed" the book. The response, or lack thereof, of this woman's neighbours did make me take a look at myself though. I like to think that if I heard this woman scream in the night as they did, that unlike them, I'd have called the police. But who knows. How often do we hear something and think, "oh it was probably just kids playing" or "someone just got startled by a mouse". I know now though, I'll never write off a scream. I'd rather be wrong and have made a wasted call than never call at all when it mattered.
The book was a bit slow towards the last half, but otherwise had suspense and left you wondering "who really did it" through the majority....more
Oh how does one even begin to review this book? I mean without just raging about abuse or how hot it is.. I am sure there are plenty or rNO SPOILERS!
Oh how does one even begin to review this book? I mean without just raging about abuse or how hot it is.. I am sure there are plenty or reviews gushing about how hot the sex is OR raging their narrow minded opinions about Grey being a sick demented bastard.
All I'll say on that is, the sex is fine, whatever. If you generally like erotica, it will do. The BDSM is fine, whatever. If you are narrow minded it will offend you. Kay then, moving on to the more important aspects.
I have already decided to avoid discussing the actual typos in the book as they have, I am sure, already been pointed out repeatedly by others. Instead I want to go into why E.L. James needs to take some writing courses before going further. And then what I did and didn't like about the characters and story.
It was the writing that upset me the most in this book. The story itself is entertaining enough I suppose. I like the concept of the book. I like that it is not a "standard" contemporary romance, which is something I rarely read at all.
I will try to keep this as brief as possible, but anyone who reads this should know, there is A LOT to deal with in this book. In an effort to summarize I am going to just bullet point my thoughts:
► Lets start with Ana's horribly annoying personality. I will say it flat out. I don't like Ana much.
She blushes over every little damn thing. She even got embarrassed because Grey saw her with her hair wet. Seriously!? What sort of gidget is she? And this was after he saw her throw up for crying out loud. She simply hasn't one wit of sense.
She also comes off as completely shallow as the only thing she seems to like about Grey is how "hot" he is. At least, it is the only positive thing voiced in the entire book.
Her selfish desire to "save" (read change) Grey makes me wish Grey would smarten up and find a woman who'd care more about him then how his pecks make her quiver.
That all said. I hold out hope that she will mature. Whether or not she ever takes to BDSM is neither here nor there to me. I just hope she grows up and learns some worth and gets some sense.
► Grey has his own disappointments. He sometimes expresses himself in a way which seems juvenile when talking sexually to Ana.
Turning to face him I am shocked to find his erection firmly in his grasp. My mouth drops open.
"I want you to become well acquainted, on first name terms, if you will, with my favorite and most cherished part of my body. I am very attached to this."
This particularly made me think of a horny teen who is overly focused on the importance of his penis.
Grey is also a little cliche - Sinatra, opera, wine connoisseur, which was disappointing. I'd rather the hero be a man I can picture meeting and falling for, not meeting and thinking he's an upper class snob. These things wouldn't have been a problem if he'd had more down to earth qualities.
That said. I like Grey. I wish he was written older as his age is unappealing and unbelievable. But I can ignore that. Unlike many people with narrow views on BDSM screaming that Grey is "abusive", or the romanticists who want Ana to "save" him, I like him as he is. As a matter of fact my only disappointment is his constant lack of follow through. I found myself repeatedly thinking, "okay Grey, you said this, but now you are breaking your rules AGAIN".
However, I am more interested to see what happens to Grey than anything else. And if I read the rest of the series it will be for him.
► As for the rest. I liked the set up of the book. And I like Grey's background. I appreciate the slow build of mystery the author created. I would have liked to feel more pulled in by other characters as much though.
The email exchanges were one of the best parts of the story. Very humorous. And while I really liked reading them, I was forced to realize that they were the best part of the book, which is unfortunate. I wish that wit could have been brought out of the virtual screen and into the characters world.
UGH! And here is the REAL problem.
► There were many points of conversation that felt unnatural. Sometimes this seems due to odd use of a thesaurus. But most often it was due to filler and stage setting. Sadly this made the characters sometimes seem obtuse. For instance in one paragraph Ana and her best friend Kate were talking about a photographer they know named Jose. Then the very (no joke) next paragraph they discuss needing a photographer and puzzle with each other on where they will find one. Yes, seriously..
This left me rolling my eyes at the idiocy.
► The descriptions are clinical and rarely weaved into the story. I don't think the author is good at "weaving" her story in general. There is many examples of this.
When someone walks into a room, instead of describing the room "within" the story as the character walks through it, she cuts to the next paragraph with a flat description. It reads- this was black, and that was high, and a window was on this wall. This is something a professional writer has learned not to do.
► I can only assume the author has trouble describing emotions. Anytime an emotion must be expressed she has Ana talk to herself internally. So you get a lot of "holy shit" to represent being shocked or excited. As a matter of fact you get a LOT of internal dialog and cussing. It is tedious.
You do not usually see "sound effects" written into novels. That is something reserved for comic books. But in Fifty Shades of Grey you get sound effects scattered through out the book. The worst being "Aaaarugh" which is meant to represent sexual groans... Yes, that's right. In the middle of a hot and heavy scene you will be blasted with Ana's Arrrrghh!!
The author needs to learn to "weave" description of places, physical reactions AND emotions into her story.
► Another poor example from the author of being unable to weave her story is her poor use of Kate, Ana's best friend. As her best friend Kate should have been more fleshed out. Their interactions should show me why they're best friends. Kate is just used as a prop for Ana to talk to when she is away from Grey. In fact ALL the other characters are cardboard props. An experienced writer would give the reader a reason to love Kate as much as Ana does.
► In the first 37 pages Ana trips twice blushes fifty times and squeaks twenty! Okay, maybe the fifty and twenty were slightly exaggerated, but it is on point. She does it through the whole entire book again and again and again, ad nauseum.
As a matter of fact everything she does or says gets repeated like this. The cussing, the shock, her reactions, references of fifty shades, everything. Even the authors use of the word "there" (which was also extremely annoying, unless the author is 13) to reference Ana's vagina gets repeated constantly. "He touched me down there".
I don't know how the author proofread this and didn't see this problem immediately..
Well, it looks as if this is a book in and of itself after all.. But it couldn't be helped. There was just too much going on with this book. I hope the author does continue her writing journey. But I also hope she gets herself a good professional editor and takes a writing course or two....more
This was an interesting read for me. Over all I would say I liked the book. However, it wasn't the best writing when it comes to character creation. AThis was an interesting read for me. Over all I would say I liked the book. However, it wasn't the best writing when it comes to character creation. And I thought the ending had huge flaws.
All I can say is, give it a go and see what what you think of it....more