This book had a fun little story with a new idea. A nice little who-done-it. The ending left a little to be desired and felt a little to much like a S...moreThis book had a fun little story with a new idea. A nice little who-done-it. The ending left a little to be desired and felt a little to much like a Sookie Stackhouse novel. But I will give Rowland credit for writing a much better main character...sorta. Angel is entirely too self-deprecating and it starts to rub on the nerves a bit. I typically hate first person narratives if the main character is a female. I feel like most authors write those characters as love sick idiots. This one isn't too bad but Angel is still a character I have little in common with and most likely not be friends with. I just continually wanted to slap her in the face and politely request that she grow some self esteem.
While I enjoyed the book I wasn't drawn into it that much. If this is going to be part of a series I'll probably pick up the next one in due time but I'm not in any hurry. (less)
**spoiler alert** This is kind of a hard one to peg.
I enjoyed the process. I didn't find myself bored at all during the telling like some people did....more**spoiler alert** This is kind of a hard one to peg.
I enjoyed the process. I didn't find myself bored at all during the telling like some people did. Some of the inanities in her journal writing weren't annoying until the end when it turns out that they didn't mean anything. Sometimes in books the author will tell you seemingly useless information only to find out that it was pertinent in the end. Not the case here. There was a lot of useless information that never came into play. Kinda frustrating. But I understand what the author was doing. The book is written like a journal. Have you ever tried to write a journal? Its usually completely stupid information. So in the context of this story I guess it makes sense.
What I did like was the magic system in this story. I've never read a book with anything like it. It was such a fresh concept and I throughly enjoyed her explanations about the magic and the fae. I also enjoyed Wim's take on what the fae could have been. That whole back and forth was interesting to me. One concept I especially loved was her explaining about how objects gain magic by their continued love and regular use. How her grandmother had a knife that constantly craved after her blood so she didn't dare use it. It was funny and kind of brilliant at the same time.
Wim was a different matter all together. He was such a cliche in a story that was otherwise very original. He's perfect. It's stupid. I'd have appreciated them together more if he had just been a regular guy as opposed to this demi-god. I think that cheapened the whole relationship and it made me suspect he was some kind of villain. Not the case but definitely too good to be true. Don't patronize me please.
It felt like there was a lot of story lines that ended abruptly or were never fully realized. I kind of wish the story had been longer to flesh them out but then I think, in the format it was written, had it been longer it would have stumbled over itself.
Mor's ideas about sex were kinda weird and passive for someone so young. Whatever, we all mature differently. I can't fault her for that.
Loved the references to books though. I had a good time with that and this book really made me want to read more science fiction though it did bug that it was always referred to as SF instead of being spelled out.
And the ending was entirely too abrupt and confusing and muddled. I get what happened. The events are clear in my head but it doesn't fully make sense to me. The whole battle with her mother was dumb and having everybody waiting there for her when it was over was totally gay.
So I'm giving this a solid 3 star rating. I found it to be entertaining and engaging. It was on the edge of being really great but didn't quite get there. Several times during the read I felt like I was almost on a higher level with something and then it would end abruptly and the thought would be finished by something boring like how many buns people were receiving (Is that a thing in England?). (less)
Because I don't want this to turn into the some raving fan girl review I'm going to keep it short. Though I suspect it's still going to...moreHol...y...shit.
Because I don't want this to turn into the some raving fan girl review I'm going to keep it short. Though I suspect it's still going to turn into a raving fan girl review.
I really enjoyed The Passage when I read it. There were some really long drawn out parts in that book that didn't make me truly appreciate it when I originally read it. It was a good book and the beginning of a trilogy I intended to continue with. I understood that the second was a year or so away but that didn't bother me. Whatever. Decent read.
Over the year I would find myself continually going back to the story line of The Passage. I would remember scenes with vivid clarity. Sometimes so vivid I would try to remember what movie I saw it in and then remember it was a book. If anybody knows me they know that I am a HUGE fan of post apocalyptic tales especially when they concern the undead of some wicked blood crazed variety. It's my bread and butter!
So with over a year of remembering the The Passage I started getting really excited about The Twelve. Probably too excited considering my first assessment of The Passage. When my friend Kathy said she could hook me up two months early with the ARC I commenced shitting my pants. Squeeeeeeeee.
Finally this book arrives in the mail (like a week later than we'd planned...F you, UPS) Of course, it appears the day after Labor day...a wasted holiday weekend, I say! and comes at the beginning of what turned out to be a mega epic suck fest at work that had me working ungodly hours of overtime. But finally this last week I was able to sink my teeth in. And what an amazing week it was.
This book is epic. It reminds me of Stephen King's The Stand at first, with a little bit of Dark Tower full circle awesomeness about the middle and ends in a climax of chess pieced badassery not unlike what I LOVED about Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn (sans the idiotic female lead).
Speaking of idiot female leads.......this book doesn't have any. THANK YOU CRONIN FOR BEING ABLE TO WRITE A FEMALE LEAD THAT ISN'T A FUCKING IDIOT, DOESN'T RUN OFF HALF COCKED IN MORONIC EMOTIONAL STATIS AND DOESN'T NEED TO BE RESCUED BY HER MALE COUNTERPARTS EVERY GOD DAMNED SECOND!!!! The female leads in this book are realistic. A few have special powers. A few don't. But they all have strength of one variety or another. One to save the world, one to fight for a cause she believes in, one to fight for the man she believes in and one, the inexhaustible strength that comes from being a mother. That's right, bitches. These ladies are fighting it along with the boys and kicking ass and taking names. Woot!
As for the male leads, equally well written. Peter and Michael are my favorites. Tifty and Greer are almost clichés but at the last minute aren’t. And don’t even get me started on Alicia. These characters in general were great. Character development that rivals JK Rowling and Guy Gavriel Kay in its intensity and effectiveness. I’m living and dying with these characters. Laughing and crying but mainly just obsessed.
And of course, Cronin writes some pretty rough baddies. In The Twelve we get some special insight into the nature of The Twelve and a glimpse into their lives before the world ended and why they are the way they are.
Plus, some pretty bitching references back to the original vampire classic, Dracula. Cronin explores a lot of the classic vampire lore, like crossing moving water, viewing images in mirrors and familiars. Having these comparisons show up in a very realistic modern vampire tale was refreshing. Like adding a tinsy bit of old school goth back into the story.
And Cronin has that thing, you know the one, that thing that is so rare that when you find it, and find it done well, it gives you shivers…he effectively makes you wonder who is good and who is bad. Even amoung the guys that you know are good in your heart if not your head. You really have no idea what is going on until the last 30 pages of this book. And of course everything had its purpose and everything comes full circle.
This book also has the coolest overview of The Passage that I have ever seen. Really creative and really easy to refer back to, if need be. That being said, if you have the time I would really suggest rereading The Passage. I think there are a lot of things that might have been more meaningful to me if I had just recently read The Passage.
And that about wraps it up. So this review did turn into a raving fan girl review. Whatever. I loved it and I can’t wait until the third one comes out…*sigh* next year. Boo! (less)
I liked this little story. The premise was kind of strange but I thought the writing was well done. I've never read erotica before and it wasn't as sh...moreI liked this little story. The premise was kind of strange but I thought the writing was well done. I've never read erotica before and it wasn't as shameful as I thought it would be. I've read worse in 'regular' books. I went ahead and picked up the other three from this little series for my Kindle. (less)
So there is this type cast wizard character that usually appears in most fantasy novels. Dumbledore, Gandalf, Fizban.....moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book.
So there is this type cast wizard character that usually appears in most fantasy novels. Dumbledore, Gandalf, Fizban...so on. These amazing wizards are usually older, typically 'good' and just understood to have unimaginable powers though, except for a few fights, you don't really see it. You take it on the authors word.
Then there is this book. Young and head strong wizards. Kicking ass and taking names. (view spoiler)[The scene where they pretty much destroy that castle on Benedict (forgive my spelling...I audioed) Island was awesome. I loved the description of the spells. (hide spoiler)]
While I agree that Quentin was, and sometimes remains, a difficult character to like though I think he's gotten a lot better. He's passed the whole teenage angst stage and moved, quite nicely, into something a little bit more commendable. Someone with a pretty decent amount of character and heroism. I like the new Quentin.
I love Julia as a character. Her back story was extremely interesting and I sympathized with her struggle. The involvement with religion into this story was fascinating and extremely unexpected. I loved the idea of it.
What I like most about Grossman's writing is that he writes realistic characters. I completely believe these people and totally understand their motives.
I just wish he didn't leave me at a quasi-cliff hanger with no third book release date in sight. Well I'm going to need The Magician's Land pretty quick ,Grossman. So get on it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't even know how to review this. This book was fantastic and easily the best science fiction I've ever read. Yes, better than Asimov. But I can't...moreI don't even know how to review this. This book was fantastic and easily the best science fiction I've ever read. Yes, better than Asimov. But I can't really say that because this book was akin to Asimov's Foundation in a way. Extremely involved but so enlightening.
What I can't quite get over is how extremely complicated this book is but how very easy it was to read and comprehend. When I look back at the story and the concept and the characters and the science, my head about explodes but I never felt any pressure when reading. What I found was highly plausible and amazing science. I loved every second if it.
And I loved every second that included Jason. My favorite character and the fictional equivalent to the love of my life. If I could transport myself into this book I would marry him, have his genius babies and listen to him talk forever. Literally, I would never say anything and I would sit next to him and listen to him talk and be completely happy forever. *swoons*
My only issue, and it's a small one, is why did the only main girl have to be an idiot? Now I understand that Diane was the storys connection to the religious side of the Spin but couldn't Tyler have been the girl and Diane a boy? Ergg. She was just this stupid idealistic paranoid illogical nut job and quite frankly, nowhere near good enough for Tyler. I never saw what Tyler saw in her but I still liked her as a character. I understood her motivations but I just wish the only idiot of the three wasn't the girl.
I love science. I love books with a ton of science. I'm no good at math which means I will never be able to have a true understanding of science on a theoretical plane. But books like this one put the science I love in a 'real world' application so I can understand in on a realistic plane. Or as realistic as science fiction can get.
I haven't read a book in a long time the elicited such a visceral and emotional response from me. Wow....just wow. Ness killed it on this one. What an...moreI haven't read a book in a long time the elicited such a visceral and emotional response from me. Wow....just wow. Ness killed it on this one. What an interesting and intimate look into the feelings of grief and lose, of guilt and fear. I felt the same way Connor did when my grandmother died and it was amazing for a story of death to involve the guilt of wanting the mutual pain to stop.
This was definitely a great way to start 2012.(less)
Dear lord, will this book never end? I feel like I've been reading it my entire life.
Its not a bad book. Its well written with an interesting, albeit...moreDear lord, will this book never end? I feel like I've been reading it my entire life.
Its not a bad book. Its well written with an interesting, albeit pretty generic plot and thats saying a lot coming from someone who is fairly new to (view spoiler)[vampire (hide spoiler)] lit. But I'm pretty sure that 200 pages could have been edited out of this book that contains completely pointless steam boating information and page long descriptions about the color of the river. I don't give a fuck.
And the timeline for this story was out of control. And 13 years later....more steam boat stuff happens blah blah blah. *sighs and dies*
This one took me a very long time to get through. (view spoiler)[ When Eddie and Jake died I set it down and didn't pick it up for a few months...moreDamn...
This one took me a very long time to get through. (view spoiler)[ When Eddie and Jake died I set it down and didn't pick it up for a few months. What was the point? (hide spoiler)] Its finally finished and I'm sad. I'm sad the same way I was when I finished Harry Potter. Its having to say goodbye to great friends and it always makes me a little blue.
I don't even know what I think about this story. I know that it was kinda boring and that there was a lot of pointless and needless repeating, especia...moreI don't even know what I think about this story. I know that it was kinda boring and that there was a lot of pointless and needless repeating, especially throughout MK's thought processes. I don't like Jackson as an author because I always feel like I'm being manipulated. In order to make up for mediocre plot and characterization she just writes all confusing so you feel likes its you that's fucked up instead of the story. I just don't appreciate that there are no answers only questions. Thats not scary to me...it's a cop out. (less)
The Cancer Cowboy Rides (4 stars) - Interesting idea. Decent character development. Started out good but lost steam near the end. Really no absolution...moreThe Cancer Cowboy Rides (4 stars) - Interesting idea. Decent character development. Started out good but lost steam near the end. Really no absolution and the ending was choppy. Cut up scenes that didn't really run together into coherence. I mean I guess I understood in the end but he could have kept it smooth like the rest of the story. I think I would have liked him to flesh it out a bit. It could have made a decent book.
Mr. Pettingers Daemon (3 stars) - I really liked the atmosphere in this. Very dark ages feel.
The Erlking (5 stars) - Awesome. Totally 3 dimensional. Creepfest 101. Loved it.
The New Daughter (5 stars) - Why are children so terrifying?
The Ritual of the Bones (2 stars) - Boring.
The Furnace Room (2 stars) - This one wasn't boring. The problem is that there was obvious (and lame) foreshadowing. Why would you need to use foreshadowing on a story that is only 11 pages long? And this one missed the general creepy feeling I've come to expect from Connolly. Alright, moving forward.
The Underbury Witches (5 stars) - This was just a really good story. Connolly, when you have a really good story you have to stretch it out and write a book!! This story was written with interspersing 'historical facts' which I thought added a lot to the story. I don't know if they are legitimate facts or not, hence the quotes, but they added meat to the story. Plus, the clues along the way were interesting. Good old fashioned witch terror.
The Inkpot Monkey (3 stars) - Strange little story. Kinda funny and pretty well told.
Some Children Wander by Mistake (2 stars) - Snooze. I'm not scared of clowns. I haven't read 'It' yet but they just don't do anything for me.
Deep, Dark Green (4 stars) - Excellent writing. Once again, completely visual.
Nocturnes (5 stars) - Connolly writes creepy kids very well. He must have a very good idea about what is creepy about kids or how to write a kid opposite to the general fun and fancy free way kids are usually written in books. He makes them seem older than their years, introspective and heavy. Its so opposite to what a normal kid is like that it makes it scary.
The Wakeford Abyss (3 stars) - Typical.
The Reflecting Eye: A Charlie Parker Novel (5 stars) - Wow! If that is a typical Charlie Parker novel then I'll have to add those to my TBR. Extremely interesting mystery mixed with horror...and very well done horror. This novella was only a little over 100 pages long and I am already a big fan of the Charlie Parker character and supporting characters. The characterization by Connelly is usually may favorite part of his books so I'm happy that is the case with the Parker books.
The Bridal Bed (2.5 stars) - I'd have rated this one higher if I was more into stories where people get it on with dead bodies. Eeep. But pretty standard writing.
The Man from the Second Fifteen (4 stars) - and thats why you never stop when you hit somebody with your car.
The Inn at Shillingford (5 stars) - Very engrossing.
Mr. Grey's Folly (3 stars) - Once again a story that may have been improved with a little bit more length and detail. Very interesting premise but needed more meat.
The Cycle (4 stars) - Ha ha. Ultra misdirect, Mr. Connelly. (view spoiler)[ Though sometimes I would prefer to change into a werewolf then deal with the mensies. (hide spoiler)]
I did the math and that comes to an average rating of 3.69 so I'll push that up to 4.
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