Colorado Springs | Member Since 2011
I enjoy the Women's Murder Club series. I feel as though I would like to know these women in real life. Mr Patterson writes them with some realism though I would like him to delve into their flaws more; I would like them even better if he let me see their mistakes and failures.
The stories are driven by the plot lines more than the characters, and it works because the crimes are usually intricate, murky and complex. This novel fits the mold well. And though I feel his writing style is a bit formulaic it isn't so off-putting as to make me stop reading the series.
I like the plot. However, once again Joe is the lone ranger -- only minor peripheral help from Mary Beth and an absent Nate. Joe has to fight the evil EPA and FBI alone. Characters become Caricatures when they are the lone "good guy" and show no vulnerability. In this installment Pickett is the only one who can negotiate a raging river and a canyon that nobody else survives. He is the only one who can get through a raging forest fire. He is the only one who can figure out why a rogue agent goes after a local family. He is the only one who can guide the DA to a conviction. Just Joe. All alone. Joe against the world and Joe wins again. It is boring and Joe is no longer believable or interesting.
I have enjoyed the Joe Pickett series -- particularly the novels that feature Nate Romanowski. He is by far my favorite character. So, one might expect that this outing would be my favorite of the series because Nate is the star. And I would hope for the same Unfortunately I don't quite get there. Nate is undermined in this book. His secrets are spilled and he seems like just another anti-hero in just another mystery series. He isn't unique in this book, and his uniqueness is what made me love him. I hope Nate reappears in the next book and we discover that there is much more beneath the surface that wasn't spilled all over the pages of Force of Nature.
If you are expecting a mystery, stay away. If you are a fan of science fiction, you may love it.
Unlike all the other reviewers I did not love this book. I expected a mystery set in a dystopian society. It is a mystery, but doesn't read like one... it reads like science fiction. It is a dystopian society, but feels differently from that also. I found myself confused often. I wanted to like the book more than I did. I wanted to expand myself and read a book that was outside of the genres I usually read. I wanted to read something different and just love the story and the writing. But I didn't. For me the story was a bit too dark, far too far-fetched and and not at all mysterious. For me mystery is about suspense rather than surprise. Waters built to a surprising end, but did not keep me in suspense.
I bought it on sale based upon the great reviews, but I was disappointed with this purchase. In fact, I may ask for my money back on this one. The plot holds no surprises, the ending is never a mystery, the characters are likable but simple, and the narration is poor with no delineation between the characters.
Not once was there a surprise in the story. Well, actually I was surprised by how often the author jumped past huge chunks of time. The time sped by without any real analysis of the meat of the story -- life on the island.
It was impossible to delineate the voices. Every character had the same sound ... pacing, tone, accent, everything was exactly the same for every character including the two leads.
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I liked this book. It isn't a sequel to Alcott's beloved Little Women. It is more of a companion book. We get to flesh out the absent March father, and to flesh out Marmie as well. Geraldine Brooks has a wonderful writing style. She obviously did extensive research for this book. And she knew that she was going to attract some avid Alcott fans who would have high expectations. She treated the characters with love and respect and I appreciated her efforts. It isn't my favorite of her books, but I loved my chance to revisit the story I read so many times in my youth.
Richard Easton was fantastic. I would definitely listen to more books read by him.
Follett and Lee are a superb combination. Together they produced one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.
Fall of Giants explores the lives of many people spread around the world during World War I. It is masterful. Mr Follett researches his books so incredibly well and then sets that research into the lives of his complex and compelling fictional characters. You will fall in love with the characters and the story will bewitch you. It is marvelously well-written, and equally as well-read.
Don't be dissuaded by the length of this book. The time will fly and you will finish it still wanting more. Luckily it is a trilogy.
Pat Conroy is a phenomenal author. If you haven't read any of his books, do so now. His facility with the English language is dazzling. He writes how I wish I spoke. He uses adjectives and other modifiers to paint pictures unlike any you will see with almost any other author. I have a hard time picking favorite books or authors... but if I made a short list Pat Conroy would be on it right near the top.
I read The Help on my Kindle. A month later I listened to it also. This book is exquisite, with radiant characters who make you feel. I learned things about myself. I thought about what I could do to be happier. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an exploration of humanity at its best and worst, and it is somehow always hopeful. Stunningly beautiful.
I love Ken Follet's epic historical fiction books and John Lee is an extraordinary narrator. If you have read or are thinking of reading Fall of Giants, you will enjoy listening to this interview.
I read Pillars of the Earth in the first year it was published when it was still in hardback. I loved that book so much that I read it again at least four more times. Normally I do not re-read books because I feel there is not enough time to read and don't want to spend it reading books again. And if you forced me to pick a favorite book - which is nearly impossible - I would always name Pillars of the Earth. It is stunningly written. The characters are like family to me because I love them so much.
I am saying all of this so you know that World Without End was a book I both wanted to read and dreaded to read. I was hopeful that it would be as beautiful as Pillars and I was anxious that it could not possibly meet my expectations. But it did.
This book is well-researched with interesting characters who you will love and hate, but who will stay with you after you finish the book.
Some readers are put off by 40 hours of one book, but you will not regret the time. In fact you may be surprised and find you wish for even more. I did.
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