I tend not to feel to bad about giving books 1 star. If I didn't like it, I didn't like it and that's that. And while I don't feel bad or guilty aboutI tend not to feel to bad about giving books 1 star. If I didn't like it, I didn't like it and that's that. And while I don't feel bad or guilty about giving The Last Human 1 star, I do feel slightly awkward. Mostly because it's the first 1 star review this book has as of now. But like I mentioned before, if I didn't like it, I didn't like it and that's that. And unfortunately for me, I found nothing redeeming about The Last Human.
One of the biggest reasons that I didn't like The Last Human was that there was no character development. I'm one of those readers who prefers a character driven novel as opposed to one that is only plot with only vague mentions as to who a character is. I know nothing of Clay except for his name. Once I finished the novel, I knew nothing of Clay...except for his name. The same can be said for all of the other characters in The Last Human. There was just nothing there when it came to the characters. It doesn't go in-depth at all.
The writing in The Last Human also put me off. This was written as though it was a screenplay. This book had absolutely no descriptive writing. We have tons of dialogue. However, I found most of that dialogue stilted and forced. There's also virtually no exposition in The Last Human. I get that the author wanted us to be in the dark about what exactly was happening just like the characters were, but I went in not knowing what happened and I came out wondering what the hell happened and then wondering if I missed something.
In the end, I found The Last Human to be vastly disappointing. I didn't find anything about it to be engaging. The dialogue was awkward, the writing left a lot to be desired, the characters were blank slates, and had this not been an e-galley, I would have stopped reading it after the first three chapters....more
I'm the kind of person that tends to read the book before watching the movie. The Princess Bride is no exception. I have never seen The Princess BrideI'm the kind of person that tends to read the book before watching the movie. The Princess Bride is no exception. I have never seen The Princess Bride (a fact that twists the hearts of multiple people I know). I've heard about it, of course, but I never thought that I'd be interested in it. But it popped up on Netflix and so I decided that I should watch it and so I decided to read the book first. And I was kind of underwhelmed.
Where to start? I didn't like Buttercup. She was just brainless and opportunistic and just a whole lot of meh that was dressed up nicely. And Westley was controlling and hit Buttercup...That shit's a no-go for me. The plot was entertaining for the most part, but I found myself vacillating between wanting to pick this up and then just wanting it to be over. That wasn't helped by Goldman inserting himself into the story. Some of it was interesting, some of it was not.
The Good: I LOVED Inigo Montoya. He was the best thing about The Princess Bride. This book also had some genuinely funny parts. The start of the book with Fezznik, Inigo, and the third guy whose name currently escapes me were hilarious. Buttercup leaving Westley in the Fire Swamp all but had me in stitches. There were a couple of chuckles here and there.
So, I liked The Princess Bride, but I still found it slightly overrated. It's definitely not something I'll pick up again. Maybe this will end up being one of those "The movie is better than the book" scenarios for me. Will report back once I finally watch it....more