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Like many, I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as the "next big YA novel" hype has claimed. But I saw the first previews for the film and it loLike many, I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as the "next big YA novel" hype has claimed. But I saw the first previews for the film and it looked very promising. I wanted to give the book a shot before the film came out and it was available for free on Kindle Lending, so I thought "What the heck?" I couldn't have been more unprepared to be drawn in to such a rich story. It has some of the melodramatic machinations that mark it as YA fiction. But its unique perspective on a civilization post- "post-apocalyptic" and the liberties lost in the transition place it on par, for me, with Corey Doctorow's Little Brother, another YA novel that transitions well to adult audiences. I cared very much about Katniss and her sister. (view spoiler)[And I cried for Rue like she was my own daughter. (hide spoiler)] Although the character of Peeta Mellark left me vanilla. That may have been the author's intent but I found him as dry and plain as the bread he baked from District 12. At 375 pages, it was a lightning read. A couple spare evenings and it was over all too quickly. But after 3 George R R Martin thousand-pagers in a row, it was exactly what I needed. Fortunately there are 2 more awaiting me in this series. Although waiting a month for my Kindle Lending to reset doesn't seem in the cards. Let's see, "Buy now." Click....more
I read this book mainly because I was interested in Zero History and wanted to read the first in the trilogy before starting the second. It was a goodI read this book mainly because I was interested in Zero History and wanted to read the first in the trilogy before starting the second. It was a good read but Gibson's flair for alt-description made it a little more of a "slugging through" read. I very much enjoyed the protagonist, Cayce (pronounced "Case," not "Casey") and her quirky brand allergies. I love a global clue hunt, which this very much was. But I felt it could have been more of a "this clue leads to that clue and so on." In the end it was a "this guy I know pulled a favor and told me who you were." I liked it, I didn't love it. But I will continue on with the series now that I'm in....more
I read this after seeing the previews for the movie. I wanted to get through it before seeing the film. It was a quick read and a great story. UnfortuI read this after seeing the previews for the movie. I wanted to get through it before seeing the film. It was a quick read and a great story. Unfortunately, the movie trailers hype up the "unforgettable twist ending" which had the singular effect of steering my imagination toward an inevitable "unforgettable twist ending." I think I would have enjoyed it much more had I not spent much of the story anticipating a twist. Thanks, Hollywood. But in all honesty, I did not fully anticipate the twist and Lehane should be commended for keeping me guessing until the end, even though I was guessing until the end....more
One word, "Meh." Not a bad read overall. But it suffers from many of Brown's literary traps. His plot devices are so similar that deducing the "twistOne word, "Meh." Not a bad read overall. But it suffers from many of Brown's literary traps. His plot devices are so similar that deducing the "twist end" hasn't been difficult, rather overt, since I first read Angels & Demons. Were this the first Dan Brown novel I had read, I would most likely have enjoyed it much better. Character development is decent, not deep, and Brown pretty much leaves the history of Robert Langdon to the reader. Something akin to, "I'm sure you've read my previous work so you know all about him." The plot is fairly exciting and the book has a quick pace. I'd just prefer as much focus on storyline and plot obfuscation as went into developing symobolic mysteries for our hero to solve. Would I recommend it? Probably not. For those wanting a Langdon mystery I'd say read Angels & Demons. It's great! The next two you can leave on the shelf. (Or wait for the inevitable eventually movie.)...more
**spoiler alert** This was a great Halloween read for me by Neil Gaiman. He does a wonderful job of always hinting at the vast world of the supernatur**spoiler alert** This was a great Halloween read for me by Neil Gaiman. He does a wonderful job of always hinting at the vast world of the supernatural lying just beneath the surface of events without ever delving into detail of its who's and what's. We meet dozens of ghosts, a vampire, a werewolf, and an army of ghouls, but they're all treated as though they were just everyday individuals in the young "Graveyard Boy's" life. It's not too deep or dark, and would be a wonderful read to children in the fall just before Halloween. I'd really like to see this universe explored greater and read the further exploits of the Graveyard Boy as he grows up and heads out into the "real" world....more