I really enjoyed this book. Mr. King did a great job of taking a story we all know and giving it his signature supernatural, twisted spin. You can tell he did his homework, too. It's a must-read for history buffs with a soft spot for the otherworldy. But, you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy it.
Since part of what makes this book so good is that you don't know what's coming next, I won't go into much detail. It's a great story that's well-told and easy to follow. An entertaiing and easy listen. If you're the kind of reader who likes "out there" stories and enjoys it when you can't guess what will happen next, then you'll probably like this book. Seriously, who would guess what was in apartment 14?
I had trouble with continuity from John Dies at the End to this book. Not trying to spoil the ending of John Dies, but is anyone else bothered by the way Spiders ignores David’s um, physical status from John Dies? And that’s only one element that I don’t think was properly carried from one book to the next. Spiders just seems like a messy continuation of John Dies. I’d have like it better if Wong had tied up the loose ends a little better.
Despite these problems, this book was entertaining, and Wong’s funny and engaging writing style goes very far at covering for the parts of the storyline that did not sit well with me. I think that as he matures as a novel writer, he’ll hone his skills at developing the details of his great plot ideas into a solid cohesive story. Not knocking him here, I know I can’t do it, but I just think Wong, who is a great writer now, will be even better in a few years.
I’d like to see Wong take on some new characters. I think the John Dies characters have had their day in the sun. Wong is a great writer (go check out Cracked to read some of his articles). I hope we haven’t heard the last from him.
Blake Crouch may be my new favorite author. While this book was not as good as Run and Pines, Mr. Crouch still knocked it out of the park. We're talking a 400 ft homer vs two 450s. I really have nothing bad to say about this book besides it simply doesn't meet the standard Crouch himself set--but honestly most books won't. He clearly has the soul of a storyteller. I can't wait to see what else he does. Keep writing, Mr. Crouch!
I really enjoyed this series, but the last few books were a let down. I had hoped that this one would be an improvement, but it wasn't. It felt forced and rushed--like Ms. Harris was struggling to meet a deadline and didn't give Sookie the conclusion she deserved. The storyline fell flat and underdeveloped.
I just didn't like this one very much. Very disappointed. The showdown at Mike's dad's house wasn't so bad, but what the heck was up with the zombie makeout session? Why did we go back to that? And did Tommy/Tomas really just reintigrate with the family after all that? The ending left me confused about Tommy status in the book.
Despite those issues, it was sitll a good story, but the quality of the delivery is seriously declining (not the narration but the actual words chosen to convey the story). I used to look over the editing issues in the first few books because they were infrequent and didn't detract from the overall effect. I'm talking abou issues like sentences unitentionally beginning and ending with the same word or phrase. It's becoming frequent enough to be distracting.
Finally, the humor just isn't what it used to be. Like the descriptions where Mike Talbot says something like "I was madder than [insert really long descriptive humorous phrase here]." They were funny at first, but now they seem like they're always trying to top the descriptive phrases in the last book, and in so doing, they seem forced, not funny. I'd like to see Tufo stretch his humor wings a bit, and try something outside of his comfort zone. I know he can do it. The first few books were very funny.
I really enjoyed all three books. I have to admit that I liked the first book the best, but I think that's just because I dig the suspense of buildup so much so that endings rarely deliver. Anyway, this ending was great. Good resolution, but not a Hollywood, everything-is-all-unicorns-and-rainbows now ending. It's a believable ending that accepts the situation in which the story thrust the characters. Also, I didn't really get the backstory about the angels and I struggled with the logistics of destroying the body remnants. But other than that, it was good.
I'm a huge fan of Cracked so when I found out that one of the editors wrote a book, and it was a sci-fi/fantasy book, I immediately downloaded it. Mr. Wong did not disappoint. I laughed...a lot. Wong employed the same sarcastic, detailed humor that I like so much about Cracked. Plus, the story was great. The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because I just didn't get the ending. Was it to be continued? Was that a resolution?
Oh, and I thought it was cool how David Wong was his own character. :)
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Pines, I was anxious to start another Blake Crouch. This book was great. Lots of action and excitement. Unlike Pines, where the reader is constantly trying to figure out the mystery, this book is more about following the Colcloughs through this harrowing time and watching their struggle to stay alive, and together. If you like apocalyptic-like stories, this book is for you—although again, this book is more about the effect of the event on the family, and not the event itself.
Also, despite doing a great job of wrapping up the story, I felt that it left the door open a bit for another book, maybe one that focuses more on the apocalyptic event that caused the chaos in the first place. Even if that isn’t Crouch’s intention, I’d still read it if he changed his mind :)
Really enjoyed this book. I had never read/listened to any of Blake Crouch's work before, but now I'm a huge fan. I bought this book because it was on sale, and an Audible reviewer that I noticed had taste similar to mine had raved about it. I finished it on a cruise vacation and was so thankful that I had another Blake Crouch book on my iPod (Run) so I could immediately start it. (It was awesome too, btw).
Pines leaves you guessing, and had a great twist at the end. Since so much of the excitement of the book was due to me knowing so little about it, I won't give any more detail, but I highly recommend this book. Very entertaining. Despite having fun on my great vacation, I admit I was often anxious to finish our exciting activities so I could go back Wayward Pines.
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