Argyle, MN, United States | Member Since 2011
I was expecting a mildly entertaining semi-supernatural thriller. Wow was I off the mark. This book was not only well written, but the story has complex and real characters - even those who aren't "real" - the quest is really very interesting and based upon existing mysteries. The chemistry between all characters is fantastic and lets you become involved with all of them and their friendships. The prose is rich without being bogged down and wordy - you can SEE the situations and almost smell the woods or dusty apartment. I also read Tarot and am always fascinated to read stories involving characters who wear that skin being portrayed with dignity and respect rather than the charlatans and grifters they are often painted as. Yep, really liked this one so much more than I thought I would and was so happy that there are more in the series - I want more of this group and their quest for the King. Will Patton is one of my FAVORITE narrators - he always imparts class and so much honeyed Southern charm to his narration - love to listen! Thumbs Up all around!!
The story is well written, details fill spaces so that you can see the events and people and with that, your dislike turns to discomfort to revulsion. The character is so far gone into sociopathic behavior - there is nothing left to feel but that you never want to meet them and wonder if you already have met someone like that. Ugh - it was so dark and disturbing, I was happy to finish.
From the very beginning, you want to tell her "No Don't!" but again and again she DOES. It's a slippery slope from the beginning. Poor thing, she must do what she does. Peyton Place has nothing on this sordid community and the people who fill it. The story is bound to end badly and is easily seen from the start but you just don't know exactly how horrible it can get. The writing is precise and compelling with every ugly emotion and detail right out there for you to cringe at. Not a story for people who are looking for any sort of happy ending, but like a car accident - you simply have to look.
This one really fills in the blanks on Vic and some of Cady and Walt's father/daughter relationship details. As usual, lot's of great story twists and turns, fast paced. I'm a Walt Longmire fan so there isn't much that would make me give the books a bad rating!
Could be a movie, about the movies and the train wrecks the whole business leaves in its wake. The characters are full of spicey differences and the name dropping references are fun for those of us who even know who they are anymore. The visuals of the Italian seaside villages are dreamy and the narration is perfect in every way. A Medateranian vacation. Make it a film, I will go. Its just a zen kind of story, drink tea, relax and listen.
Had to force myself to finish because I paid for it. This one moves so slowly I was wishing for someone to die....sad. I have always loved PC but this was just a drag. Fail.
An involved and interesting slave era saga told over a few decades from two points of view - Lavinia the Irish orphan brought as a small child to live in the Kitchen House and Belle, the beautiful and proud slave woman who raises her. Their relationship is full of so many twists and turns, molded by both the times they live in and the people surrounding their lives. Maddening at times when you want the characters to forget about what is proper and just do what they know is right, but the reader is reminded over and over how society and proper culture of the times ruled behavior and overlooked tragic misdeeds. Sad and hopeful. A mini series in the making.
Will Patton does the most amazing job tirelessly scratching through Faulkner's overly wordy prose. There really is a great American Novel hiding under all those words, but you have to weed out all the extraneous verbage to find it. I found myself saying out loud more than once, "Yah, yah, I got it...just spit it out already!" Faulkner apparently likes to tell you something is red 5 different ways....or everything 5 different ways. I am amazed that more people didnt just lose interest in his work. No doubt the stiry us powerful, the characters deep and complex, but you have to strip the prose off to find all that out. Patten IS the best narration for Southern literature.
This is a fast moving, tightly woven package that is a really fun summer blockbuster in the making. Nate and his co tenants are good 21st century Shaggy, Velma n crew replacements. They all feel real, like your own neighbors might. The whole story is a fast ride and enjoyable! Make it a movie so I can go watch it at the drive-in with popcorn and my hubby!
This was the last (so far) of the series which is by far the most epic, richly woven story I have had the pleasure of becoming totally lost in for days on end when in my car. My commute can be up to 3 hrs each way at least once a week and 2 hrs a day the rest of the week so I relished my GRRM time. It is another world, but what an interesting world. GRRM gets the reader so immersed, we dont even realize we are soon able to quote characters or correct another on history lessons of The Seven Kingdoms. The characters-a-many are all old friends by now and I mourn passings, pray for returns and cheer their triumphs. MORE PLEASE
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