I'm hugely into Paranoia-type games, particularly one extremely similar to "Rabbit Doubt," the fictional cell phone game popular in this manga - thatI'm hugely into Paranoia-type games, particularly one extremely similar to "Rabbit Doubt," the fictional cell phone game popular in this manga - that game being Werewolves. In this version, all the participants play as "rabbits," while one is, in fact, a wolf in rabbit's clothing, masquerading as a comrade but throwing off their game, killing the bunnies. Figure out who is the wolf and you win - take too long and you could be his next victim.
But what happens when a group of high schoolers obsessed with the mobile game meet up in real life? Apparently they're thrust into a real-world game of "Rabbit Doubt," where one by one they're being killed off by an unknown killer - who could be any one of them... But who? It's a race against time to find out, and tensions - and suspicions - run sky high.
I love the whole concept, and indeed I play games (apart from board games) that emulate this kind of situation. Aksys Games' DS game, "Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors" (or "999"), and their 3DS/PSP sequel, "Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward," the half-visual novel, half escape game titles had similar scenarios, and to be totally honest, the creepy bunny head on the spine of "Doubt" actually reminded me of the Zero bunny in VLR, which was why I picked it up. When I read the summary, I was ecstatic, but when I'd read it through... Well, I was left wanting.
The concept isn't terribly new, but if you're a horror/thriller fan like I am, you've kind of learned to brush that aside. What really will solidify it will be the characters and their reactions, and in particular their /interactions/. However "Doubt" delivers some characters that are, well, no pun intended, cartoony. They are so one-dimensional it's hard to even get attached to them as trope characters, because they don't even carry THAT much substance. So what you're left with are a bunch of characters you barely care about in a cool (well...) life-or-death situation with no way out other than to persevere - and very possibly turn on one another.
Yes, the situation is complex and allows for plenty of different character developments, but "Doubt" shies away from doing that - it just jumps into killing people (no, it doesn't concentrate on getting the characters across before killing them off!) who you just don't care about.
Am I wondering who the killer is, what their motivations are, and who'll come out on top? Certainly. Will I pick up the next volume? It's likely. Will I return it to the store after I've finished reading it like I did the first one...?
Well, I suppose that remains to be seen, but in all likelihood I won't love it enough to give it another read-through. "Doubt" is worth a read, but you might want to keep your receipt. ...more
As expected, another round of getting to know the characters while "suspecting" everyone. I wonder how many clues are actually being offered up as I'mAs expected, another round of getting to know the characters while "suspecting" everyone. I wonder how many clues are actually being offered up as I'm reading this and the MCs are getting side-tracked by distractions...? Much as I love the suspense, I wish I actually felt like there were real resolutions offered at the end of each book. The stories progress slowly, and I wonder how long the series could last if we didn't first go through rounds of suspecting everyone and everything else first. Of course, I admit that's half the fun, but once you're attuned to it, it's hard to take half of the story seriously.
All that being said, the books are infinitely better than what little I saw of the TV show before I promptly had to shut it off in favor of sticking to the book canon. ...more
If you haven't read James Lear before, be prepared. When the reviews or summaries say hardcore sex, they mean it. But I'm not so sure about plot - inIf you haven't read James Lear before, be prepared. When the reviews or summaries say hardcore sex, they mean it. But I'm not so sure about plot - in fact, instead of sexual encounters being a device that works for the plot in any way, the extremely wanting "plot" is simply a thin line connecting a web of sexual encounters with VERY LITTLE meaning behind them so that instead of writing a straight-up anthology of sex stories, you keep having the same couple of characters throwing themselves at various individuals and groups. I kept thinking this book would get better and that there would be some kind of meaning or sentiment behind the characters' apparent need to whore themselves out to any and every male who crossed their paths, but by the time the main character finds himself on a pirate ship, acting as everyone's sexual depository, gang-bang after gang-bang, fetish after fetish, I was fed up. The characters have very little going for them, I couldn't care less about the wannabe "romance" that was going on long-distance and while screwing every OTHER Tom, Dick and Harry, often in the name of "practice"... The Low Road was a new low for m/m romance, it really isn't anything but porn, and if that's okay by you, go for it. For myself, it was... an interesting read, in that I learned that sex really shouldn't be what attempts to drive this kind of story, and how important plot is even in fetishizing novels.
If you haven't read Lear before, PLEASE do yourself a favor and do not buy several of his books at once for your first plunge. Now I'm stuck with 4 books of his that I do not want - and nobody else does either. ...more
For the first half or this novel (or so) I wasn't really sure what was happening - where the plot was taking me exactly, but the subtle hints at the eFor the first half or this novel (or so) I wasn't really sure what was happening - where the plot was taking me exactly, but the subtle hints at the end of every couple of chapters that things were about to get crazy were just enough to keep me going, turning page after page until in two or three sittings I'd finished it. The first two sittings got me to just before the middle, and that final sitting saw me needing desperately to finish it, to see how everything would resolve itself - or not.
Every YA book is, in some way, a coming-of-age story, but I think What I Saw and How I Lied is kind of the pinnacle of that. It shows a young girl coming of age in so many ways, from trying desperately to be a woman while she's still only a teen, to wanting to be as beautiful as her bombshell mother, to wanting to be good enough for her stepfather, who adores her mother and kind of only ever lumps her (Evie) in with her... To falling in love for the first time - with a man of 21 or 22, rather than a boy her age (nearly 16). Meanwhile the characters around her all seem to have something to hide - including her parents, who she idolizes, and even her love interest, who can seemingly do no wrong. All the while, as she chooses to see things going in an idyllic direction, Evie is getting deeper into what will eventually blow up into a scandal, where she'll have to choose sides, choose whether or not to trust and believe in those she loves, and how to cope with the fact that none of them were ever as perfect as she imagined.
A lot of the book's worth is really enveloped in that first half or so of the novel where Evie has no idea of what's going on around her, and is self-absorbed in a way that isn't about seeing herself as all-important, but rather simply being naive and youthful. The novel is often driven on by the simple desire to know "What DID she see?" and "How DID she lie?" - making the title a perfect tool for mysterious hinting.
I read it as a part of a course, but was absolutely swept up in the web of deceit by all the characters, and I loved the ending, which is wonderful since it seems hard to follow up the tangled mess of characters we've been introduced to through the novel.
The book takes place shortly after WWII in the U.S., so for fans of that era and YA, this is a must-read!...more
Ugh, I really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to purchase it, eventually caved, and jumped in. The unfortunatUgh, I really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to purchase it, eventually caved, and jumped in. The unfortunate part of the fact that I bought it on an ereader is that mine doesn't make it very easy to figure out how far along you are in a novel, so I often think I'm further from the end than I am. That was definitely the case with Oleander House, where I felt as though finally the action was really ramping up - only to find that that was actually the climax. I read many reviews saying that this was, by far, the creepiest of the series, but as a huge fan of paranormal and horror genres, I wasn't swept up in it at all, making me even more dubious as to whether I'd enjoy further books in the series. I didn't find the love interest terribly loveable, and frankly wanted to give him wot for several times, when he made actions that I thought entirely inappropriate, yet the protagonist seemed to get off on it. The side-characters were far more loveable than the main ones, the tension wasn't really there, and the ending left me wanting. I wasn't satisfied, though I had been ready to be swept away by all aspects of the genre. If you love m/m and horror, give it a go on the chance that you'll really get into it, but if you feel like you could probably pass... I'd say you're likely right....more
A fun romp through various geeky tales, some of which will probably apply to you if you identify as a geek, while others may still seem outlandishly sA fun romp through various geeky tales, some of which will probably apply to you if you identify as a geek, while others may still seem outlandishly strange. I wouldn't say it was very memorable, unfortunately, but perhaps that's due to the book's anthology nature - one or two stories might stick with you, but for me, that was it. When I logged back onto Goodreads after a long time away I was surprised to see this title on my old "currently reading" list because I had forgotten about it so completely. Still, the geeks/nerds among us will have a good time living vicariously through some of these stories, and it's worth taking a look at as a fun escape. It's not a lot more than that, though, so while I would give it a definite read, I maybe wouldn't buy. A good borrow from the library, or good to find cheaply on an e-reader. ...more
The first chapter is everything the rest of the book is not: pretentious, boring and flat. It was a struggle to get through that first chapter, whichThe first chapter is everything the rest of the book is not: pretentious, boring and flat. It was a struggle to get through that first chapter, which felt like it was written by someone else entirely. My solution and suggestion would be to read that opening chapter simply because it is necessary, but press on despite how awful it may seem; the rest of the novel is well worth it and not at all in the same vein. It was quite a delight to find the many twists and turns of Dark Inheritance, which I happened across while wandering downtown one night, only to find it sitting, beckoning me, next to a garbage can and set of benches. I'm glad I rescued this novel, and moreso that I read it. Quite a fun read, and one I would not have thought to seek out!...more
Beautiful world created here with an interesting look at its past. I'm on to reading the next in the series, Fever, but I have to warn readers that itBeautiful world created here with an interesting look at its past. I'm on to reading the next in the series, Fever, but I have to warn readers that it has a much different flavour!...more