East Coast, Canada | Member Since 2007
I don't know how I ended up with this book but I liked it. It's a super-hero book but is not childish or silly like I expected. It actually looks at characters and their motivations from a mature perspective. If it weren't for the supernatural talents the characters have, it could have been like a traditional thriller with well-developed characters.
I think that's the surprising part of it all: how believable the characters were in a book that has characters who have unbelievable abilities. And the moral isn't as light as one would think, coming from a comic book.
The narration is excellent. There are two main characters, each with their own narrator, and they were perfect for their roles: supervillain complete with the evil cackle and a thread of goodness wanting out and superhero with emotional issues and a hero-worship complex.
Book one was good, book two was excellent, and this book is back to good. Overall the series was a great read, but individually, this might have been the weakest book of the three.
Why? Because nothing really happened. The book was spent exploring the characters' relationships with each other, more than interacting with the outside world. Also... the bad guys seemed like they were tacked on. We start the book with Legion - ohh... very bad - but then we get the demon appearance and Legion just sorta fades to the background. The reason for Legion's end-story acquiesance doesn't ring true, especially considering how focused on rage he was in the first of the book. And I don't really believe the heroes' naivete that led to the freeing of the demon in the first place.
The existing main characters were still there, and a couple were added, but... some of the previously added heroes (Driver) were just cameos here. There was a little bit of mystery around Corpse girl, but it didn't go anywhere in this story - I am hoping it will be further developed in the next book.
But, even so, it was a great series and now that I see there is another book in the series, I will go get it!
Narration is excellent, there is no gore or significant violence, and any swearing was not excessive.
I actually started this book twice. The first time I got hopelessly lost in the first chapter so put it down. The 2nd time, I stuck it out until the world and setting made sense. This took a little bit of effort, but if you can make it past that initial hiccup with a foreign world, and their measures of space, etc, it is actually quite an engaging story.
I will likely read more in the series, but they will be lower down on my reading list because, well, there is not really a cliff-hanger here that requires you to pick up the next book. Maybe we are supposed to care about the characters and want to find out what happens to them, but... I don't think they are strong enough, or distinct enough, that we really care. I almost hate to admit it, but it happened more than once that I got Vanera Fanning mixed up with Hayden's love interest. - Oh, and where did that come from anyway?... until the love interest occured, I was sure Hayden was 16... I even attempted to do math to figure out his age.
The part I did like about the book was the world/reality they inhabit and how it interacts with the "outside" world, and what this outside world actually is. And what Virga is, and why... you get my drift? It was the hard components of the science fiction and not Schroeder's attempt to write characters that made this story worth reading.
The narration was okay... the narrator has a British accent and is older and female, so it didn't necessarily fit the main character who is young and male. There might have been a tiny bit of swearing, but no graphic anything.
It is even better than Ex-Heroes (the first book in the series). It is suspenseful, and there is a twist (or maybe even two twists) that I did not expect.
It is a rather mature zombie book (i.e. there is more to the story than just zombies eating everyone) and, while some readers have complained about the swearing, I didn't find it excessive at all. There are a couple characters who swear, but they don't show up much.
The heroes just feel like regular people, who have the goal of trying their best to save the remaining people from zombies. We don't really bat an eye at their powers because the powers are seamlessly woven into the story. And the heroes are distinct and we are made to care about them as individuals, not just in how they can save the day.
I think Clines is becoming a better writer the more he writes. I look forward to the next book in the series because I can't wait to see what the heroes do next, and if they can, indeed, save what is left of the world. There is not a cliff-hanger so you don't *have* to go out and buy the next book immediately, but I did anyway.
The narration is very good, there is some swearing but no real gore or graphic content.
This was (sort of ) a collection of 4 inter-related short stories. I am not sure if I knew that fact when I started the book and, if I had, I might have skipped it because I don't normally like short stories. However, this book reads more like a single story, told from 4 different view points. Sure, each of the sections has different characters as the centrepiece, but they are all connected, and the world and happenings in it are all the same.
So, essentially, it is a novel with 4 different main characters rather than a collection of short stories. And I actually quite enjoyed it. It is a zombie tale, so of course there is the usual death and gore, but it is not a hack-n-slash type, and the characters do behave in normal ways (i.e. the author doesn't make them do stupid things like walk down a dark alley by themselves in order to create an opportunity for "bad things" to happen).
There is a logical explanation for the zombie breakout because they are not actually the living dead (which would take a greater leap of faith to accept as possible) - they are infected with a virus, which does make the possibility of their existence quite believable. (Don't misunderstand me though, this is a zombie novel, so, of course, there is a whole level of gross behaviour that will require you suspend your disbelief).
The narration is good, there is no sex, minimal swearing and not much gore, considering it is a zombie book.
It is not as strong as Armstrong's wolf series, but... it is a decent story, for a were book published by a romance line.
What I didn't like about it is the misogynistic bent of 3/4 of the story. I assume this is to appeal to the "romance" readers who have been conditioned to think of women as weak, and ready and willing to be saved by the knight in shining armour. Perhaps Vincent was trying to make a point with this: such as how silly it is to treat women this way, but... there was so much time spent covering the same material on how the men in her life controlled Faythe that it became obnoxious to read.
For example, every time a male character came into a scene, he tried (sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much) to control her. It was like not a single male could think of her as a real person, and not a possession.
The sad thing is that she WAS written as a strong character, and was fully capable and competent. She just wasn't allowed to be so. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if there was less focus on "look how controlling men are" and more focus on how Faythe solved the problems all by her little self.
But, other than that, I quite liked the storyline, and the main character. I will read more in the series. The narration was good and it is not gory or particularly graphic.
Sorry... if a woman literally just watched a man get killed, turn into a zombie and nearly succeed in biting her, the very next thought in her head WILL NEVER be how hot the guy next to her is. PERIOD. NEVER. If you think it could be, you're obviously 12. Or related to this author.
Zombie has no bite marks. Zombie has a`"love bite" (aka hickey) on her breast. You have a conversation that the zombie virus is like AIDS and spread by body fluids and is NOT airborn. So the boss concludes: it MUST have mutated and become airborn because he is too stupid to think...hmmm... body fluids... lovebite on breast. wonder if she was having sex with someone?
How the hell else did a lovebite arrive on her breast you numbskull?!
Was this the worst scene? Yeah, probably... but it is also representative. And, sadly, to top it off, the book just stops mid-scene...I don't know if this is part of a series and there is another book where the story is finished, but I assure you, I won't be buying it if there is.
It is poorly written but not particularly gory or violent, for a zombie book. There is some swearing, no sex and no plot to worry about.
Another complex and emotionally invested "mystery" novel. It is true that many of the supporting cast are not present in this book (because Walt leaves them behind to go "undercover"), but I don't think that hurt the story at all. There wasn't much room (or need) for the sidekicks here.
It might have been a bit more "hands on" than previous books - where Walt has to physically interact with the "bad guys", but this whole thread had a secondary motive: to help Walt purge some of his internalized anger. Yeah, Walt is an angry man... an angry man who works for the "good" side, but still very angry. I think the events in this book might have helped purge him of some of that (and we shall see for sure in the next Walt installation).
The mystery might actually have been a bit more detailed than usual, and I liked the flash forward way the story was told for the bulk of the book. This difference in the story telling method actually helped differentiate this book from others in the series (after all, after awhile, books with the same characters, in the same setting, solving mysteries, might become hard to distinguish from each other).
The narrator *is* Walt Longmire. There is some swearing but it is not excessive. There is no sex or graphic violence (though there is violence). I have bought the rest of the series from Audible.
I think this book was actually better than book one. There was much less sense of "Action A leading to Result A" and "Action B leading to Result B" formula, and more sense of plot and storyline.
The characters are the same, and maybe Jane wasn't quite as funny this time, or as rough-and-tumble... it is almost like the author tamed Jane down a bit. The romance that 'caused' this book to take place at all actually gets developed a bit throughout the story; so, while at the beginning you might wonder at Jane's choice to go back to Waar, by the end it makes more sense.
There is a bit more science fiction here (as oppposed to the fantasy novel feel of book one) and I think there might still be room to carry on this series (i.e. who created this world in the first place?). Anyway, I would read it.
There is no graphic anything, but there might have been the occasional swear word. The narration is very good.
You really should read the first book in the series before this one, or you will miss a good chunk of the storyline/history. Essentially, this book is just a continuation of the story begun in book one - but both book one, and this one, are sufficiently wrapped up at the end so you don't feel like you've been cheated out of a proper book. Though, you will have to get the next (and then the next) in the series to find out if they reach their final destination.
It is "medium" science fiction (as opposed to hard or soft)... there is some space/techie jargon, but you won't be overwhelmed with it, and there is some touchy-feely stuff, but you won't forget you are still reading a science fiction novel.
Black Jack Geary is a little more humanized in this installment, and some of the other characters are a bit better fleshed, but, ultimately, this book has John Geary as the centerpiece and everything that occurs is in relation to him.
The plot is tense and well paced. The characters are believable and their actions make sense, even when we disagree with them. There is a bit of moralizing, but it doesn't become lecture-y or annoying.
The narration is good. There is no graphic violence, language or sex. I have purchased the rest in the series from Audible.
This is another excellent instalment in the life and times of Walt Longmire. In this book, we actually get to see some of Walt's past - his time in Vietnam. And we learn more about him, and why he and Bear are so close. We also learn a lot about what motivates Walt to be the way he is in these books (justice-seeking, upright, willing to bend the rules a bit if he has to).
I don't know how "believable" the premise of the modern day story is, but it was very well written, and we care about all the characters, even those who are only "passing through" the storyline (i.e. we likely won't see them again in Walt's world).
There is just enough mention of Native American life to indicate how that life must be, but not so much that we feel we are being lectured, or that the author is trying to make us feel sorry for/guilty about the situation (even though this might be the state we end up in, it doesn't feel like Johnson is moralizing to get us there).
All in all I think it is my favourite in the series so far, most likely because we learn a lot about Walt's past, and how that has made him into the man he is today. The narration is superb. There is no graphic violence or sex and the swearing is minimal. I bought the rest of the series on Audible.
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