Fantasy writing is not my cup of tea. I did not generally enjoy this book but that is just my preference for the genre. I do however appreciate that iFantasy writing is not my cup of tea. I did not generally enjoy this book but that is just my preference for the genre. I do however appreciate that it is well written, has good plot and story line, moves along well, good characterisations. Which is why I gave it three stars. I don't think it is a bad book by any means, just not for me.
I simply do not like fantasy. But for those of you who do, this might be for you....more
I got this book in epub format from somewhere other than BN.
In any format, this is a good story and very readable book. I would rate it 4 out of 5 inI got this book in epub format from somewhere other than BN.
In any format, this is a good story and very readable book. I would rate it 4 out of 5 in the star department. And that is a hard rating to get from me.
The formatting the author uses is similar to how Cormac McCarthy writes. With the whole no quotation marks thing. I find it difficult at times to figure out who is saying what, but it all works out once you get used to it. So maybe I downgrade a bit for dialogue on this book.
Plot is excellent and moves well. Character development is outstanding. Very quick read because it moves along well. Setting is excellent although I don't remember the author stating exactly where the book is set. Evidently an out of the way rural area that experiences hard winter climate. I do know that it is set in the 1950's.
I won't give out any spoilers, as usual. You can look up the book summery with the link. But if you are looking for a contemporary novel in a setting such as I describe, that is well written, this one would be a good pick up.
Sorry I know it is a classic and won awards and all of that. But I read 245 pages and couldn't read any more. There are only so many stories where verSorry I know it is a classic and won awards and all of that. But I read 245 pages and couldn't read any more. There are only so many stories where very little happens that I can stand. I found the dialogue very stilted and dated. Some stories were OK, but that's about it. Characters didn't ring true as being realistic or believable. But, this was written a long time ago, maybe things rang true at that time.
I do have the authors lone novel, Ship Of Fools, and hope it does not suffer from the same maladies....more
Not a very good read. Lots of contrived and unrealistic dialogue. Quite a few worn out cliché’s (like "look what the cat dragged inPossible Spoilers!!
Not a very good read. Lots of contrived and unrealistic dialogue. Quite a few worn out cliché’s (like "look what the cat dragged in"). A totally unsympathetic main character. And a plodding and predictable plot with very little suspense or mystery to it. Also it seems that the author is telling us that it is OK to commit premeditated revenge murder as long as you do it for good reason and it is a really bad guy that you kill.
Plenty of predictable plot and character devices in this one. The author does what so many, many authors in this genre tend to do with character names. The names are unusual, quiche, down-homey or whatever you want to call it. Who on earth is really named Cork? Or Joe John? Or Parrant?(I'm convinced he used that name just to get in a lame campaign slogan for the character). The whole name thing is borrowed from more successful writers like Grisham. It's very amateurish.
Also, exactly what does Cork do for a living? He isn't the Sheriff any longer. He has three kids to support and a divorce to pay for. But he seems to have no source of income.
Here's a totally silly happening in this book. Had me laughing out loud and yelling "Give me a break!" At one point Cork lectures a teenage murderer who is wanting to run off and murder someone else whom he thinks help kill his father. The kid has no proof just suspicion. Well Cork launches into his speech and shakes some sense into the kid. The fact that the kid already committed premeditated murder of someone else with no proof, never comes up. Everyone nods their head in approval. It's all very touching. Here's the kicker: less that 20 pages later Cork has his gun out and is GOING AFTER THE VERY SAME PERSON WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT A HUNCH. He has no proof! I couldn't believe that such poor writing got past an editor.
Oh, and more great morals of the author thrust on us in the form of the Sheriff. The Sheriff is a crook and takes bribes to look the other way for the crooked politicians. But it's all Okey-Dokey and he is allowed to slide. Because you see, he did it to help his Alsheimers ailing wife. So, since it was for a good reason, we let it slide. Silly. Amateurish. Bad writing.
But evidently this sort of writing is hailed by the popular kids. It sure does get a good rating on here....more
Definitely a good read if you want a history of the old ABA. Its downfall, IMO, is the excrutiating details about the minutia of the financial issuesDefinitely a good read if you want a history of the old ABA. Its downfall, IMO, is the excrutiating details about the minutia of the financial issues and the acquisition of various players. Its shortcomings, IMO, are not enough whacky stories and hardly any recognition of how the ABA changed pro ball permanently.
I remember things like dog cart races at half time. In IND we had a dude named Dancing Harry who was allowed to dance in front of the opponents bench and cast spells on them.
I also remember the wide open style of play that no one was doing. DR. J dunking two balls in one jump to the basket before start of a game. Darnell Hillman picking change off the top of the backboard during shoot around.