It was so wonderful to be in Kinsey’s company once again, and Henry’s, the only landlord I’ve ever loved, let alone liked. Henry is one of my very favIt was so wonderful to be in Kinsey’s company once again, and Henry’s, the only landlord I’ve ever loved, let alone liked. Henry is one of my very favorite people/characters.
My only 2 quibbles with this book, it’s that I’d have wanted even more of Henry than was provided and the author’s reflections on homelessness, particularly in the last few pages, when she writes a bit of here own philosophy, I think, and I believe misses the mark.
William is a hoot; I love him. Best of all, there is a new character in this book: a wonderful cat.
This book has, for me, the perfect balance of Kinsey alone vs. Kinsey with family ties, such as they are. I love the atypical mystery. There are just a few scary parts. Most of the story was a comfort read for me, as I reveled in the familiar and likeable (for whatever reasons) characters.
These alphabet series books have become nearly ideal comfort reads for me. I hope I’m around to read X, Y, and Z. (Hurry up, Sue!!!) I feel relieved knowing that Henry, and I assume Kinsey, will survive throughout.
Overall, Sue Grafton’s books keep improving. This book is one of my very favorites, maybe even my favorite of the bunch.
I know the times are back in the late 80s, and in a somewhat different type of place from what I’m used to, but I do remember to back then too, and the summary of and philosophizing about the homeless situation didn’t work for me, not enough for me to bring my rating to 4 stars though.
I borrowed my copy from the library. Virtually all libraries, at least in the U.S., are likely to have it. If you want to buy it, I heartily recommend independent bookstores. At Sue Grafton’s website, it lists her signing events, and the sites range from independent bookstores to libraries to book fairs, and yes some major chains and big box stores also. I’ve heard her speak (I forget what book she was promoting at the time) but I’ve never gotten a book signed by her. (I do own several of the alphabet series books, some in hardcover, some in paperback.) I’d love signed copies! Otherwise, I’m happy and grateful to be reading copies borrowed from the library....more
I’m very grateful to my favorite Goodreads group because their informal buddy read got me to finally get this book off my to read shelf and read it. II’m very grateful to my favorite Goodreads group because their informal buddy read got me to finally get this book off my to read shelf and read it. I can’t believe that I waited as long as I did! Brilliant book, and great fun!
I consider this to be a young adult book, though I know some consider it to be adult fiction. Interestingly, my library has some of its copies shelved as ya and some of its copies shelved as adult fiction. In my mind the nature of the relationships and the obligatory ya ending scene made it feel like ya. However, I think that adults who were ages 7-22 during the 1980s will have particular interest in this story, along with those of us adults who like ya, so it’s a book for 11 or 12 and all the way up, in my opinion. I was already well into adulthood in the 1980s and never was a video game person, but that didn’t keep me from thoroughly enjoying the story and getting many of the 80s references. I do love the movie War Games and really enjoyed its appearance in the story.
Hooked from the start! The author made this book as addictive for his readers as OASIS is for his characters.
I think that the world building was wonderfully done, and I appreciate how a lot of pitfalls are avoided by placing so much of the action in what was the actual past.
I cared deeply for the main characters, particularly the main character. Everything felt so real that during the action I was worried for the characters, not just their avatars.
The story is highly entertaining but it wasn’t good for my blood pressure; there is a lot of suspense.
Throughout, I kept making guesses, and although I was almost always wrong, it was fun to “play along” with the story. I really enjoyed some of the twists, particularly one big one I never saw coming.
½ star off for a few things that didn’t ring entirely true for me: (view spoiler)[ I kept wondering why Wade finding himself so wealthy and powerful and able to engage in a tremendous amount of travel and buy vastly superior equipment and many things, when he’d had a lifetime of being dirt poor and was very restricted with what he owned and what he could do and where he could go, wasn’t even more amazed and happy with his new circumstances. Also, in a world where online life was so very advanced, I’d have thought they could have found people easier by using their online activities – they did somewhat address this latter point, but even in today’s society, we can do better, I think. I also thought that the ending was slightly too pat and more rushed than I’d have liked. I wanted more, though I’m not sure exactly what. There is room for a sequel, but unless any sequel is as good or almost as good as this book. I’m likely to skip it – this book was very satisfying on its own and I’ll treasure my memory of my reading experience. (hide spoiler)]
Highly recommended to those who like character driven speculative fiction, people who were young in the 80s and all ya and adult readers who enjoy speculative fiction, and anyone who appreciates unique coming of age stories....more