This one's going to stay with me a long time. (I'll try to keep this as non-spoilery as possible.) The love story at the heart of this book seems implThis one's going to stay with me a long time. (I'll try to keep this as non-spoilery as possible.) The love story at the heart of this book seems implausible, but Greenwood's characters are so fully realized that I believed every word, every motivation. The masterful narration by Jorjeana Marie certainly helped. She alternated between the story's many characters - a hulking biker, soft-spoken young girl, and a violent drug dealer to name a few - with such precision that at times I forgot entirely that I was actually listening to an adult woman. By the end of the book I'd taken to wearing headphones whenever I had a moment to myself to hear more of this strange, beautiful story. The nature of the book also meant I *had* to listen to it on headphones - I was worried that people would judge me if they heard some of the more explicit scenes without any context. That experience was a perfect parallel to the unique connection between the two main characters of this book, and coming to accept their strange story, despite all the ugliness, with compassion and without judgement....more
I was rather disappointed with this book, particularly after all the hype. While it had some lovely ideas (and raised questions) that differentiated iI was rather disappointed with this book, particularly after all the hype. While it had some lovely ideas (and raised questions) that differentiated it from most of the post-apocalyptic stories I've read, it didn't explore them fully, merely touched on them. Also, I found quite a bit of the dialogue very stilted. If I'd read the story in print or ebook form it may not have bothered me so much, but listening to it as an audiobook made the weaknesses in the dialogue much more apparent. The book did bring some story and character arcs back around to a close in what I suppose the author thought was a satisfyingly 'plotty' way, but I can't help feeling like it ended just as it was getting interesting....more
Aroooooo! I loved every moment of this frenzied, unforgettable trip of a book. It had the most intense first chapter I can recall ever reading - I li Aroooooo! I loved every moment of this frenzied, unforgettable trip of a book. It had the most intense first chapter I can recall ever reading - I literally had to say "oh, fuck" out loud when I finished it - and kept me enraptured until the very end. My heart ached for the fierce little family at the center of the book, their desperate attempts to scrape together some semblance of a life as they careened from one side of the American South to the other in a rusted out car. All the utterly ridiculous werewolf lore treated with utmost seriousness (the dire implications of werewolves wearing pantyhose comes to mind) throughout the book was insane genius. This will definitely be the book that I recommend to everyone in 2016. Strawberry wine cooler anyone? ...more
What are these? All words that Patrick Rothfuss could have utilizedGrumble. Complain. Protest. Whine. Bleat. Moan. Gripe. Object. Growl. Wail. Lament.
What are these? All words that Patrick Rothfuss could have utilized instead of 'groused'. Instead he used that same damn word ten times in this book, sometimes within the same scene. I had a lot of issues with this book, but that one was the most infuriating. Good grief. That and his usage of distinctly modern expressions and idioms - 'safe as houses', for example - made it impossible for me to become immersed in this book's world, even if I had wanted to. And I really did. I wanted to like this book, but it was just so full of tropes and fantasy stereotypes - how many references to iron, stone and fire can you fit in a book? - that I couldn't. I found the idea of sympathy intriguing and Kvothe's thirst for knowledge made me long to be a student again - but I found his character to be patronizing, smug, and unlikable. And no protagonist should ever utter the line "You are jittery as a teenage whore."