Y'know, I'm a pretty flawed person. I know it. I like my fantasy books, I like my science fiction books, and that's generally where it ends, no ifs anY'know, I'm a pretty flawed person. I know it. I like my fantasy books, I like my science fiction books, and that's generally where it ends, no ifs ands or buts. It used to be, too, that I couldn't read anything in first person. Stout third person book thumper. Just couldn't, no sir, read first person. That was nine or ten years ago, and like any 89 year old trapped in an early 30's body, I drug my slug first person reading prejudices out of the gutter of my grumpy front law mind and made myself read through some well recommended first person.
Shock. Gasp. Surprise. I liked them.
But crime books? Thrillers? Horror (that wasn't Stephen King?) , mystery? FICTION?! Nope. Couldn't do it.
And then two days ago I sat down with Every Dead Thing and said, "come on you old bastard. Give it a chance. Let's do it."
I am both partly ashamed at what I have missed, and elated at finding this book. It was so god damned good I couldn't put it down and was finished it within two days. I'm now a few chapters into Dark Hollow and I refuse to put it down. John's writing, his descriptions, his blatant poetic look at the down and dirty things we humans can do to each other, and have done, blow me away. I'm not real good like with describing the descriptions, or the clear cut, brutal honest look at humanity and the characters in John's books...But I can say I loved them. I love these. I love Birdman--because he's like me. He's like everyone else. Intensely flawed, intensely human, and desperate to change something, even when some things never change anyway.
Not sure how I could eloquently put it any better than, "BUY THESE. READ THESE. LOVE THEM." ...more
I am not a zombie move fan. I don't watch them. I have no interest at all, in zombie or undead related television shows, comics or media of any kind.I am not a zombie move fan. I don't watch them. I have no interest at all, in zombie or undead related television shows, comics or media of any kind. But, this book has been in my peripheral and on my mind for a while now, either via random things posted by friends or the movie with the same title (which my husband watched. And, admittedly, I didn't.) But the idea of the movie was interesting enough that I decided to pick up the book.
I am really glad that I did. Such fantastic writing from all viewpoints of all characters. Wasn't the ending I was expecting either, bitter sweet.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and am glad I read it. ...more
Not a bad read, but there are some very over-used tropes in this book, as well as one scene that felt a bit over done to prove the "bad guy" was "realNot a bad read, but there are some very over-used tropes in this book, as well as one scene that felt a bit over done to prove the "bad guy" was "really bad." Honestly, it wasn't the main characters that I ended up loving, but the Exchequer. There were some moments where the plot really slogged, but that was peronsal preference. I'm not a fan of detailed, drawn out war scenes and tactics, more character driven. Over all, not a bad way to have spent two days, but not quite good enough for it to be on my re-read shelves. ...more