I so truly, desperately wanted to love these books.
They actually started out really well - the groundwork for a great story was laid out - and no matt...moreI so truly, desperately wanted to love these books.
They actually started out really well - the groundwork for a great story was laid out - and no matter what the hype, I really don't think The Hunger Games was a rip off of Battle Royale.
I get why people are saying it, but while the themes might touch on each other a little bit, I don't feel like they are for the same audience or have the same underlying message. Watch the movie, you will see what I mean.
Now, back to the books. Book one started off very solid. I quite enjoyed it, and if I was rating just the first and not all three works as a series it would have been a four if not a five. But unfortunately I felt like each successive work became just a bit sloppier. Not horrible, they just felt like not as much time had been spent on them.
My recomendation would be that if you liked Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse books the you will most likely enjoy these - but if you were more of a Stephen King person these books aren't going to satisfy quite as well.
Let me know if you agree or think I'm off my marbles...(less)
This is a great series if you can take it light heartedly. And I don't mean that it is a humerous. Valentine can be cruel and kind in turn.
The light h...moreThis is a great series if you can take it light heartedly. And I don't mean that it is a humerous. Valentine can be cruel and kind in turn.
The light heartedness comes more into play around some of the plots and devices. it is a bit out there at times, and I had to smile when I don't think the author really meant me to.
It's kind of what Sookie is to vampires if you compared her to Lestat.
Valentine is cool, and the story has a nice tempo and arc, but there are times I feel like there is just too much that is different about the world in 2065. Or maybe it is that too much is the same? I'm not sure, but something about it throws the books just a bit off kilter.
So enough complaining - the dystopian future has a cool air to it and the way the Kurian rebels give the human rebels their role based powers is a nice twist.
I will find time to write about the other books, but the only other thing I'll say is that they did get better with time in many ways. You could feel the author getting more confidant as he published more books. But dont' skip the first episode or you'll miss some of the references later. (less)
As far as I am concerned this book is the pinnacle of the end of the world genre. King builds an amazing tapestry for each character, slowing pulling...moreAs far as I am concerned this book is the pinnacle of the end of the world genre. King builds an amazing tapestry for each character, slowing pulling all the threads together, until at the end, your looking at this amazing tale and gasping that it call came together so amazingly.
Each of the characters has a very detailed life story which builds up to how they act and react. I'm always amazed at how well Mr. King understands the human minds. I see how he uses the characters childhood and life experience to shape their response to whatever is going on in the overall story. The amazing thing is that he does it so well, you never realize just how much he is packing into the story.
The Good Versus Evil story is so powerful in The Stand. I always think about the rebirth aspect of Randall Flagg and the eternity of his evil - and at the same time wonder what it meant that it was Trashcan Man who in the end destroyed everything Flagg had worked for.
Would everything have gone down the same if the "good" guys hadn't tried to infiltrate Flagg's people? Or would Trashcan Man still have ended everything the way he did?
Was King saying that "Good" has a limited ability to fight "Evil" but that "Evil" consumes itself by its very nature?
If I could have a cup of coffee with any writer I think it would be King - I'd love to have a chat with him about what he takes away from the book.
This was one of those books that I tore through, I couldn't put it down. It is dark and may not be for everyone...more**spoiler alert** I still have chills.
This was one of those books that I tore through, I couldn't put it down. It is dark and may not be for everyone, but I absolutely loved it.
I'm sure I am not the only one who identified on at least one level with Oscar, and wished we'd met our own Eli somewhere in time. I'm sure that sounds horrible, but I did enjoy the total destruction of Oscar's tormentors in the end.
If you can stomach the strange "love" and even strange history behind Eli, you will love this book.