Picked this up after watching the A&E Longmire show. As per usual, The tv show is pretty good but the book is much better. The superstitious/religPicked this up after watching the A&E Longmire show. As per usual, The tv show is pretty good but the book is much better. The superstitious/religious/supernatural stuff threw me at first, as I am none of those things and that wasn't what I was expecting from the little western mystery book. I really liked the Walt Longmire character but it was harder to take him seriously after he started seeing things. That aspect mostly just surprised me as I was expecting a bit more of a hard mystery type book not odd hallucinations or ghosts. It didn't bother me as much once I altered my perception of the book in to a more fantasy like realm. All and all, I liked the book a lot. It was entertaining and kept my attention, a hard thing to do these days as I can be a bit a.d.d. when I am trying to get into new characters. The story was fun and not overly cliche and the main character had some depth to him. I'm definitely going to read the second one....more
Pretty good book but I very much preferred the movie. That isn't something I've said often. I liked the shorter and more focused approach to the storyPretty good book but I very much preferred the movie. That isn't something I've said often. I liked the shorter and more focused approach to the story that the movie presented. I also liked the characters a bit better in the movie. They were just more likeable people in the film....more
This is the second in the series and I haven't read the first. My reading them out of order didn't cause me any problems. There were a couple of referThis is the second in the series and I haven't read the first. My reading them out of order didn't cause me any problems. There were a couple of references to the first book but this one, pretty much, stood on its own.It was an entertaining, quick read, with a decent story. The writing felt a little clunky at times, but it was an OK book....more
**spoiler alert** I love the film and the tv series. This book is pretty much a direct copy of the screenplay for Serenity. There are just a few scene**spoiler alert** I love the film and the tv series. This book is pretty much a direct copy of the screenplay for Serenity. There are just a few scenes from the tv show thrown in for clarity. It is an OK book but it makes a much better film. I was hoping the book would provide a little more insight into the story, maybe go a little deeper and expand the plot a little. It's just the film over again.
Also, the big scenes of the movie have much less impact in the book when they should be able to surpass the awesomeness of the film. Mal's big fights, River's final battle, and Wash's Leaf on the Wind flying are all less then they are in the film. All these scenes are shorter and less interesting choreographically. River's battle wasn't even addressed. One minute she is being overrun and then she is standing over dead Reavers.
Reading this short book is not a horrible way to spend an hour or two, especially if you haven't seen the film lately. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hadn't seen the movie first, though. It is a little disappointing that the book is less awesome than the film. The novel version could have surpassed the movie and taken it to new heights....more
Usually, I'm not a big manga fan, or anime for that matter. I saw the movie for this one recently and liked it, so I thought I'd give the book a try.Usually, I'm not a big manga fan, or anime for that matter. I saw the movie for this one recently and liked it, so I thought I'd give the book a try. I liked the story overall, I suppose. When reading graphic novels I prefer the majority of the story to be seen in the art of the panels. This story was very wordy for a comic and didn't have a very good flow. Some of the speech bubbles were huge. It also did the whole "lets talk/monologue, for extended periods" before getting to the point. Also, some of the panels seemed to be missing visual information in general and this isn't cleared up by the huge amounts of text. The first couple of chapters are bad about this. I'm still not exactly sure what all happened in the beginning of the book and I'm far to lazy to go back and try to figure it out. The second half of the book is better though....more
Long for what it was. Could have made the same point in a third as many pages. Though I agree with the ideal behind the book, I'm not a big fan of usiLong for what it was. Could have made the same point in a third as many pages. Though I agree with the ideal behind the book, I'm not a big fan of using a made up story to try to proove something. seems like a person could make the exact opposite of this book, that supports the opposite point of view. Long and repetitive for the point that he is trying to make. Very long and repetitive. Repetitive.
It did make me laugh out loud a couple of times though....more
Pretty fun read. Lots of fun little battles that are starting to be much larger in scope. I do have a few problems with the book. I'm kinda sick of thePretty fun read. Lots of fun little battles that are starting to be much larger in scope. I do have a few problems with the book. I'm kinda sick of the whole Nynaeve plot line. The character rubs me the wrong way. Bored with them whining about not having enough power over people or having to take orders. I'm also not a big fan of the dream world place that's always featured so prominently in the books. The dreams always take me out of the story. It feels like it stops the forward motion of the plot and adds unnecessary sub plot junk. Mostly, just a place for the characters to share information. Information that, for the most part, doesn't effect the other groups jobs at all. Also, Perren isn't in this book, which is lame, as I tend to like his story lines the most. I do like the books though. This is the second time I've read through them. I'd say most of my problems come from reading the books back to back this time through. Nynaeve's control freak, whininess and the repetitive, long winded, descriptions of places and peoples wouldn't feel so old and unnecessary if it had been a year since I had read the last book.
Update:2014. I'm reading through these again now that all the books are out. Before I'd usually putter out around book 8 or 9 but I intend to make it through this time. My opinion of the book hasn't changed much from the last time I read the book, a couple years ago. Still not a fan of Nynaeve, the repetitive set up stuff, or the fact that on the large scale, not much happens in these middle books. Again, this probably wouldn't be as annoying if I wasn't reading through all these back to back. On to the next one....more
**spoiler alert** Fun read, though I didn't enjoy it as much as the 1st Brennen book. The size of the conspiracy took me out of the story in a couple**spoiler alert** Fun read, though I didn't enjoy it as much as the 1st Brennen book. The size of the conspiracy took me out of the story in a couple of places. There were a few "isn't that convenient" kind of moments. I also thought that for such such a large build up (dramatic ice storms, dead flaming house cat, fake mugging, and gruesomely murdered bodies everywhere Brennan goes) the ending seemed anti-climatic.
I think I might be coming of a bit harsh here, though. I did enjoy the book. I read it through in 2 sittings. I enjoyed the in depth forensic science and the crazy cult type case. I also liked the budding relationship with Ryan and the monkey island vacation trip that developed the Katy character a bit more. A good fun read overall....more