I know I am about to express an unpopular opinion, but here goes.
While I appreciate all the research that Brooks brought to the plate, I foun...more1.5 Stars
I know I am about to express an unpopular opinion, but here goes.
While I appreciate all the research that Brooks brought to the plate, I found myself zoning out frequently and just could not love this book. Seriously, if one could read at zombie's pace that would be me, reading this book. I am a mild fan of zombie fiction. I don't have a "zombie plan" but I've seen most of Romero's "Living Dead" films, read and watched (and enjoyed) some "Walking Dead". What Max (son of Mel) does here is bring the whole zombie apocalypse and makes it real. It has been ten years since the end of the devastating ten year zombie war. Brooks presents us with all the details as if we already know, as survivors what happened, but perhaps not some of the gory details. The personal stories of other survivors and those who contributed to fighting the menace.
As a "documentary" style book, Max Brooks presents us with the recollections of several survivors. We hear from citizens of several countries, who had been children, soldiers, politicians etc. during the outbreak, exodus and battles which took place during this fictional war. I have got to hand it to Max Brooks. He thought this all out very well. I had no doubt that in his mind this could be read as a real event which could be traced to a sick patient in China and brought together Israel and Palestine, destroyed world populations, and caused the dead to rise.
However, my lack of praise is due to the fact that I simply found the book as a whole just plain boring. First, the fact that there were no actual characters, just interviewees, made it very difficult for me to empathize or even believe that this zombie war existed anywhere but in the mind of the author. Sure, the details were meticulous, but with nothing to tie me to anyone in the book I found myself flipping through the pages hoping the next person's story would hit me and make all of this feel real to me.
This could have been due to the fact that all of the characters, no matter their age, gender or nationality seemed to speak in the same "voice". Perhaps the audio version with its all star cast pulled this off better, but every character read the same to me. It was as if the author himself was sitting in front of me changing "hats" saying, look! Now I'm Chinese! Oh, but NOW I'm a Palestinian... all suspicious of those wily jews. But NOW I'm a young girl! Okay, sure. Were there a few stories that stood out? Yes. The one that comes to mind for me was the female pilot who most likely imagined a correspondence with another woman intent on rescuing her. However, that was successful for me mostly because of the "zinger" that ended it.
I can't knock the obvious labor of love that went into this work of fiction. The time it must have taken to study political patterns and policies. I can't say that Max Brooks even did a bad job constructing this work of fiction. And in the end that is why this book did not work for me. It was a work of fiction and felt that way from beginning to end. What I love about the fantasy/sci fi genre or fiction in general is that while I know the stories aren't real they can feel so very true. When I read fantasy I want to suspend my disbelief. I want to feel that within the pages of the book, the story breathes and the characters bleed. It never came to life for me. (less)
This books is great for those who like quirky horror. It will sit well with fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the like. The story is like a cupca...moreThis books is great for those who like quirky horror. It will sit well with fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the like. The story is like a cupcake itself. Fluffy and colorful on the top while the substance is also a bit airy but filling enough to call this book a solid read. There is some gore and horror, but not enough to be off putting to those who prefer their teen lit clean. A fun read! I want a sequel!(less)
What can I say, this title is SO freaking cute and just a lot of fun! A Shoujo Manga which manages to be light on the melodrama (there is a little.. b...moreWhat can I say, this title is SO freaking cute and just a lot of fun! A Shoujo Manga which manages to be light on the melodrama (there is a little.. but its not too hard to stomach)
Good for fans of teeny bopper fantasy. It is tame enough for the tweens also. (less)
I *really really really really* wanted to like this book. Really, I did! I loved the title, so sexy and mysterious, I love that th...more2.5 (maybe? ) Stars.
I *really really really really* wanted to like this book. Really, I did! I loved the title, so sexy and mysterious, I love that the author did her research on fae folklore and wove it into the story like a modern tapestry with elements of the past... the writing was good... but I think it was the characters that truly killed this one for me.
First off, Aishlinn, annoyed the crap out of me. She was so self centered and whiney I just wanted to scream and shake her. She reminded me of those mopey girls in high school who had all of these boys falling all over her in suggestive embraces while she is a total tease. Oh wait, thats because she WAS that girl. I seriously couldn't see why guys were so into her or even why her friends liked her.
Now, I know some people have said that Bella in Twilight is self centered and whiney, and while that is true, at least Bella doesn't climb all over Edward and sit with his hips between her knees and then retract from a kiss. If we are going to continue with the Twilight comparisons, I have heard some people say that they think Edward's old fashioned-ness about sex would give girls unrealistic standards for an ideal/real boyfriend. While that may be true at least Edward had good reason. He was a vampire , and while it was a metaphor for abstinence, if he were to let his urges go to far with Bella he could literally kill her... in fact he does injure her during sex after they are lawfully wed.
Now while Aislinn is self centered and whiney, her human romantic interest Seth is far less of a realistic boyfriend figure than Edward could ever be. First off, while Edward was a vampire and could sleep in Bella's bed without trying anything on her, and always seemed to say exactly what girls would want to hear, he could also be an ass from time to time. Thats right. Humans, guys and girls can be jerks to one another, even if they are in love with the person they are being jerks to. It doesn't mean they aren't good for each other, but sometimes people get into moods and lash out, or say something sarcastic or are grouchy and act like jerks/bitches. In a realistic relationship this happens, people get pissed off and either they apologize and or talk/work it out or they break up, or they deal with it in some way. While Bella and Edward's dealing with Edward's dickery was melodramatic at times at least it existed.
Seth, Aislinn's 20 something year old pierced love interest was human. Nothing mystical just a human male who had an underage girl fawning all over him and he didn't make a move in 7 months of this? And then even after he makes a move he is quiet and patient and does what ever she wants even though in the past hes been a dirty man slut... but she's different. Yeah. Ok. Whatever. Edward may be a vampire but Seth is a manicorn. He. Does. Not. Exist. Here is how Seth and Ash's relationship plays out on every page:
Aislinn: Oh Seth, life is so hard! I can see faeries and they are stalking me. *rests her head on his shoulder* Seth: Aislinn, I will always be by your side you needn't worry darling. *dazzles her with his lip piercing and slides his hands around her waist* I totally believe that you see faeries by the way because you are so pretty and innocent and can't be crazy or anything. We are best friends *kisses her neck* Aislinn: *thinks.... "oh no! too much flirting!" and then wraps her legs around him* But Seth! What ever will I do, the faeries they won't leave me alone! *leans up as if to kiss him and then pulls away* Seth: Gee I don't know but why don't you stay here and not have sex with me. Or you can go out and play with that faerie dude you think is trying to have sex with you. I don't like it but I respect your freedom.
Whatever. I seriously hope young teens aren't reading this and romanticizing this as a real life possibility.
Any goth high school girl who thinks she can go down to the tattoo parlor and pick up some 25 year old ex man whore who will act as perfect as Seth while she gropes him will most likely be sadly mistaken. Seth had no personality other than being smitten with Aislinn and respecting her far more than a red blooded ex man whore would respect an underage school girl. It doesn't work like that sugar. Sorry. I don't buy it and therefore I am unable and unwilling to suspend my disbelief while reading this story.
Now, the FAERY characters are more human than the human characters. THAT I would have liked to learn more about. Keenan and Donia (who was the most fleshed out character in the book) could have been more the centerpiece of this novel. Less Aislinn and Seth and it could have been a lot better. So while the faerie world glowed with potential, the human world sank it.
I may try to read the second book in the series, Ink Exchange because the ideas behind it intrigue me. This one sort of made me want to put that off a bit. Melissa Marr is a good writer, but she needs to make her characters a bit more believable and likable.(less)
I am a closet fan of Dark Shadows, but I lent this book to my boyfriend's mother (a veteran fan) forgetting how absolutley dirty it was! It falls unde...moreI am a closet fan of Dark Shadows, but I lent this book to my boyfriend's mother (a veteran fan) forgetting how absolutley dirty it was! It falls under the "bodice ripper" category, and I am not a fan of romance novels. But I really enjoyed reading it twice! *blush*(less)
I was very intrigued that Dar Williams, a songstress favorite from my, "chick with guitar" days had written tween fiction, and what a tre...more3.75-4 stars.
I was very intrigued that Dar Williams, a songstress favorite from my, "chick with guitar" days had written tween fiction, and what a treat it was.
Amalee is a young girl who fancies herself one of a group of children. The other children are actually physical adults who as close friends of her father helped to raise her since her mother left them when Amalee was an infant and died in an accident a few years later.
While Amalee becomes exasperated by this group from time to time. John is an unhappy waiter who is always claiming he is actually a chef and will quit his job to open a restaurant. Caroline likes talking about herself... a lot. Joyce is a 40 year old therapist who wants a boyfriend and a baby. Phyllis is her dad's friend since grade school who works at her new middle school. Then there is David Emerly, Amalee's father, a professor.
When David falls gravely ill the big goofy kids must grow up and support Amalee through this trying time. While the illness of her father is bad enough Amalee finds her transition to 6th grade less than smooth.
"6th grade is meaner, even I am meaner" She states with brutal honesty. When this backfires, Amalee opts to shut herself off from her peers.
While Amalee discovers the difference between friends and frienemies, she also discovers that the other adults in her life are all quite extraordinary in one way or another, and so is she.
I won't give too much a way but this is a nice read for any tween who wants non fluffy realistic fiction about a girl. (less)