I just finished "Anna Karenania" and found this book in my library. What was I supposed to do, hit "War and Peace"?
This was just what I needed: a book I didn't have a clue about.
It was out of my overall genre but did make a very brief reference to one of my favorite horror writers H. P. Lovecraft.
"14" is fun, a sorbet between dishes to cleanse the palette at a banquet.
I enjoyed the characters and their bonding. It was well read story about what happens to a diverse group of well wishers inhabiting a strange apartment building near Hollywood.
This book is THE best thing I've read in a while. I wrecked my plan to make it last a month. Try 4 days every possible minute. 14 was like a drug I HAD to have more of. The cast was perfect. Porter's a genius with the voices. I tell you, the beginning was so good I feared that the end could not possibly live up to the ride. Never been so happy to be wrong in my life. A few too many F-bombs for my personal taste, but a minor observation. Read this book!!
this is the kind of book that will appeal to almost anyone. it feels a lot like a grown up episode of Scooby doo, and the characters actually reference the show often. there's some good action but the mystery elements and creepiness factor really shine. this isn't just a book about some people living in a haunted house and finding out some other people were murdered there. it goes so much deeper than that. like flying squid monsters deeper. there is some romance, plenty of good laughs, and some really great tense moments. the narrator does an EXCELLENT job of giving each character their own unique voice. I was never confused about who was speaking. the only part I was a little disappointed with was the ending. it felt a bit rushed and I would have liked a little more to it. all questions were answered, pretty much, but the answers could have been expanded on a bit. even with that complaint, I would highly recommend this one to any book lover, no matter what genre you tend to enjoy, but especially to fans of the paranormal.
I was initially pulled in by the [very interesting] premise, and a handful of glowing reviews.
People kept comparing it---more or less---as, 'Lost meets Twilight Zone, with a Lovecraftian twist'. As this very well may be the case, it is no doubt a pastiche out of the worst elements amongst the 3.
It was riddled with plot-holes that lead nowhere and had threads that remained either completely unexplained, ...or unintelligible.
The bulk of the book is the characters doing nothing but talking to each other; getting to know one another and/or surmising various circumstances. So much unnecessary dialogue. It was just boring. Genuinely boring.
The better parts of the story were so few and far between that I'd try skipping ahead 5, 10, 20 minutes at a time and hardly anything had happened, if at all.
Having said that, the characters are well fleshed out---ad nauseam---so if you enjoy character studies, this might be your cup of tea.
What started at as something exciting and fascinating, quickly devolved into a bloated, nonsensical episode of Scooby Doo. That is, if an episode of Scooby Doo was lengthened by a few hours to include the characters sitting around talking and gossiping to one another.
An entertaining sci-fi read. It starts slowly and builds to a satisfying conclusion. There are many unexpected turns in the plot. The characters are diverse and likable. The narration is excellent. A fun ride.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
If you're in the mood for something a bit different, this book is a great choice. The story is unlike anything I've come across, and the characters are fantastic and likeable. I had no idea where this one was headed, and couldn't wait to see where it was headed and how it turned out.