**spoiler alert** I very rarely write really high or really low reviews for books (products, yes, but not books). I had to read this for a class I'm t**spoiler alert** I very rarely write really high or really low reviews for books (products, yes, but not books). I had to read this for a class I'm taking, and it's one of the most annoying books I've had the displeasure of experiencing in a long time.
- On the whole, the characters are annoying, not truly crazy, just base, pathetic, whiny, and irritating. - The guy heralded as the hero here is lazy, cowardly, and dishonest. His "heroic" actions include making bets to see if he can get the overbearing, controlling nurse to lose her cool. - About the only sympathetic character in here kills himself. Yeah, that's a great thing to be portraying to the impressionable youths forced to read this drivel in school. - The only women these guys don't have a problem with are the hookers who want to have a good time. - I'm sure it's heralded as a classic for all the wonderful symbolism you can draw from it, but there are about a billion other books with better morals that could do the same without the crappy depiction of both men and women. - The men in here are weak, tired, worn, but very rarely truly crazy, so why are they even on this psych ward? ...more
Summary: Lori Moran is a television producer for a show called Under Suspicion which works by bringing together the people involved in cold cases in tSummary: Lori Moran is a television producer for a show called Under Suspicion which works by bringing together the people involved in cold cases in the hopes of scaring up new clues. Her latest case is the murder of Susan Dempsey, a promising young actress and computer programmer who died on the night of a big audition.
Random Comments: - The plots kind of tired, but the characters are mostly interesting. - I almost stopped listening to the audiobook several times. The bad guy is pretty clear from the start as some scenes are from his perspective. The evil preacher thing was so overdone. I could have done with 1 paragraph on him and gotten the relevant points instead of several very long passages of backstory for him. - The twist at the end is predictable yet respectable. - Some of the plot points hinge on completely random occurrences, like somebody recognizing a key piece of evidence just in the nick of time. All detectives (and readers) who hate coincidences are gonna cringe. - Other plot points just don't make sense. I won't delve into too many details, but a few of the more violent pts are a stretch for believability. - There are a lot of perspectives here, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but quite a few of them are unnecessary. - The TV show angle is kinda cool. - Timmy and the ex-cop grandfather are pretty well-fleshed out side characters.
Conclusion: If you're a MHC fan, you might enjoy this, just be warned that it's one of those "with" another author books publishers pull from time to time just to use a big name author to sell a smaller name author. Not sure how much collaboration went on here. It's decent, but I wouldn't call it the most gripping mystery I've ever experienced....more
Summary: This story is about Hanifa, a girl called to stand up for her faith by going undercover.
The Good: - Unique - in a great way. It blends scifi,Summary: This story is about Hanifa, a girl called to stand up for her faith by going undercover.
The Good: - Unique - in a great way. It blends scifi, futuristic, and dystopia pretty well. - Neat gadgets - mechanical horse and some other tech ideas were pretty neat. - Sylas is a bad guy people can hate. - Dawud is a great side character. - Jihad gets a bad rap these days because of the crazy people running around with suicide bombs. It's interesting to see the Secular sect portrayed as the bad guys.
Neutral: - Story style lends itself to great descriptions but not for really getting deep into the character's heads and experiencing the events with them.
Could be Improved: - The blend of tech didn't always make sense to me. I mean if they can basically conjure quivers full of arrows, why not conjure automatic weapons that could waste the whole crowd in seconds? Bows and arrows are cool but super low tech. - The idea of cloning and its uses here are interesting but prob should be fleshed out more to be effective. - Ana's fate's not all that clear. (This could be my fault as a reader though, rather than a story flaw.) - The battles seemed too planned, more like gladiator fights than war. - The training sessions were kind of glossed over.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Conclusion: If you like things that blend genres (scifi, dystopia, etc) then give this a try....more