Yes, probably. His story ideas are interesting, but his novels always leave me flat somehow. He's kind of like a train wreck - you don't want to look but you know you will anyway and will come away disappointed that there was nothing to see.
The women need to be smarter in Laymon's stories. Mr. Laymon is a good writer, no doubt, but he seems to have absolutely no insight into the mind of women at all. This is the 3rd Laymon novel I've read and in all three the women characters were absolutely ridiculous. They always do things that no person in real life would ever do. While the men are smart and brave and quick-thinking, the women are simpering and weak and any smart or brave move they may be about to make is always derailed by their apparently uncontrollable libidos. For once, just once, I'd like to read a Laymon novel where the female protagonist tells the man hitting on her to go jump in the lake.
Meh. It was okay. Nothing to write home about.
Maybe, but they would have to almost completely re-write the story. Make the women smarter, the sex not so slimey, and the story more cohesive.
I really do like the way your twisted mind thinks, Mr. Laymon and I want to continue reading your books, but can we PLEASE have a smart female character in your next novel? Pretty please???
I purchased this book because the premise sounded fascinating -- a sociopath in a zombie world. But Cyrus was not much of a sociopath. He was terribly boring, childish, and surprisingly normal. I found Blaze way more interesting than Cyrus. I thought Cyrus would be this killing machine with absolutely no conscience or remorse, but, well, sadly that was not the case. Blaze was the real sociopath here, not Cyrus. The other thing that I found annoying was that the situations kept repeating themselves. The group makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, rinse and repeat. The only saving grace of this book was that the author is a very good writer and the reader was also very good. The story was fun enough. The character of Blaze was also pretty fascinating - I would love to read a book about her backstory.
David. I loved how his character was developed. I bought it. He wasn't just this weird little kid that kept getting into implausible situations. He had a purpose, and experience and skills to back up his actions. Very good character development.
No one in particular. The entire book was really quite good. Very entertaining and surprisingly engaging. VERY well written. I would listen to other books by this author.
This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.
If it had turned into a completely different book.
The performance was great. The only good thing about this book.
Throughout this entire book I just kept hoping the main character would die. What an absolutely despicable, selfish, entitled, rude man. Everything that he did was only to benefit himself. People got hurt, people died, all because he was a selfish a-hole.
I generally like main characters that are flawed. But this character went so far beyond flawed it was downright obnoxious. And he was flawed in such an unrealistic way that, as a reader, I just felt angry and insulted. If you're going to have a flawed character you should at least give him enough redeemable qualities (or even just ONE redeemable quality) that the reader can overlook, or maybe even empathize, with his flaws. Not this guy. I found myself rooting for the killer.
And don't even get me started on the female characters!! It's terribly frustrating to have seemingly intelligent, strong and successful female characters behave in the most unintelligent, weak, and plain 'ole stupid ways. Kennedy was an accomplished crime investigator for cripes sakes! And she falls into a "thing" with this rude, sexist, selfish, sex-addicted, lying detective? And why was everyone else kissing this guy's hiney too? His captain, the forensic guy, his partners... EVERYONE just let Hayden push them around and then bent over backwards to help him even after he was a complete shmuck to them! smh. Sorry, but this one baffled me. I just did not sympathize or care about this character in any way. ****SPOILER ALERT**** I only kept listening to the end because I was hoping he was the killer. Hayden was just so dreadful that I thought, my goodness, he MUST be the killer!
Maybe it's a sign of a good writer that I actively dislike this character so much, but it's certainly not a sign of a good story. I will not be listening to anything else by this author.
Terribly terribly boring. I just couldn't give a poop about any of these characters and the story and writing was just a little too hectic for me. Every other paragraph had someone getting shot at or fighting or something exploding, but there was never any real character development in-between to make all of the action interesting (or pertinent). It read like a bad Steven Seagal action movie (sorry, a bit redundant - all of his movies are bad). Maybe this genre just isn't for me. I found the magic to be not very interesting or magical and the characters simple and predictable. The reader was very good though - I'd definitely listen to other books read by Mr. Andrews.
I've become quite a fan of Mark Tufo, but this one left me flat. The biggest problem I had was that I felt like I was dropped in the middle of something that I knew nothing about. The reviews and synopsis assured that you didn't need to know the backstory to like this book, but I found that not to be the case. I had too many questions and not enough answers and that caused me to not care at all about the characters. I'm going to keep this in my library and may give it another shot after I've read the previous books in this series.
I discovered Jonathan Maberry when a friend recommended Patient Zero to me. I was very surprised to find it so enjoyable. His writing is impeccable. His attention to detail and knowledge of a variety of different areas of science and politics really blew me away. So when I saw a collection of short stories from him I grabbed it immediately, anxious to see if he could do more than a good zombie story. Well, I was not disappointed. This one and also Tales From the Fire Zone were both completely engaging and incredibly well written. His writing is smart and crisp and the stories move quickly and make sense. The gore is just the right amount, the romance is just the right amount, and the tension is perfectly drawn out. With these books Mr. Maberry has solidified himself as one of my top 3 writers. I hope that Hollywood will take note - his books would make fantastic movies.
Yes. it's fun to hear a "full cast" audio book. The stories were great - reminded me of Twilight Zone type stories.
Yes. It's different than the normal audio books and will keep you quite entertained.
The reader was fantastic.
No, this is my first one.
No, no extreme reaction.
This is NOT the Will Smith movie. People should know that going in. I thought it was and was a little confused at first, but this story is so much better than the Smith movie that I quickly just got absorbed in the story and forgot the film. A film of this book was made (1964 Vincent Price film "The Last Man on Earh" ) and it was wonderful. I liked the Will Smith film too but it is very different than this book.
Richard Matheson is a very unique literary voice. The way he developed a story with really only one character was amazing. The part about the dog is heartbreakingly sweet. The main character's struggle to survive and keep his sanity all at the same time was nail-biting in some places and inspiring in others. I highly recommend this audio book.
No, just from this author
Yes - she was a good reader
All of them. They were all ridiculous.
This audio book was terrible. These stories felt like they were written by a 4th grader. No tension, no twists or surprises, no character development (at all), nothing. I've never read stories where the cop catches a suspect, they confess in 2 minutes, the end. These stories did nothing but annoy me.
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