I love historical fiction when it is done right. This novel was great in that way. True historical events happen to and around the fictional characters. I hear a deep and complex story of interwoven families; live and grow with them. All the while, they are impacted by the current events around them. The impending Civil War. I like to learn a little bit while I am being entertained!! I only left off a star because there was no one particular character that I fell in love with.
I was sad when this book ended. I fell in love with John in the fist book, John Dies at the End, and unfortunately did not get as much John in this one. However, I enjoyed how this one was a bit darker and full of more horror. The moral implications of 'who actually is the bad guy?' was a fun topic to ponder. Also, the theory of mass paranoia being so much more dangerous than the actual threat was outlined well. Still a bit slapstick and gross, but thought provoking and brilliant, nonetheless!
I wish there was a movie for this one!
What can I say?! I am attaching quite easily to these characters. This book was told beautifully from the points of view of many. There is an excellent surprise in the beginning and the dramatic tension stayed at just the right pitch throughout the novel.
I was happy to hear more from Rebecca and Makadewa! I am eager to see how that plays out. I will miss Teyas, too and hope to find that she is happy.
I was only confused a bit during a part when Maggie was really angry at her guardian for not telling her more information when she was growing up. This didn't make sense to me because she had already learned how she and her family would have been in danger if she knew more information. I read and re-read that part thinking I might have missed something. Maybe I did. But, Maggie's behavior really annoyed me.
I read the first 1/3 or so on my kindle and then did the whispersync with audible. I wish I stuck to reading with my eyes. I have listened to hundreds of books over the years and I can honestly say that this girls narration was the absolute worst! She did Maggie like a whiny 10 year old! Not how I imagined Maggie to sound at all. All of the Indian men sounded identical in a deep monotone, all of the Norse men sounded identical in a deep Scottish-like monotone.
A great example of the poor narration: She would loudly and animatedly cry a line like: "But, I love you" , followed by: "Maggie whispered". It was so distracting!! That was not a whisper! Poor, poor poor.
Anyway, that is not the book's fault and did not want my rating to reflect the awful listening experience. I can't wait for the next one!
Well this was more like 3.5. I really liked it but I am not sure how memorable it will be for me.
I love stories told with dueling timelines and I eagerly waited for the connection to unveil itself. However, it was a bit anti-climactic. I equally enjoyed hearing from both women but couldn't help but cringe at the 1960 housewife suburban life that Clair led. Amazing that American women lived that way.
I liked the ending and how it was left open for me to imagine what will happen next.
Well, this was a very quick and easy read. It brought me back to high school and how important it was to be with your friends and how emotional those years were.
However, the main character, Charlie (and many of the other characters, too) simply cried too much! Yes, seriously, Charlie, a 16 year old boy hardly went a scene without crying over something. Weird.
Anyway, I was quite surprised by the ending but it explained a lot. I am definitely irked though, that I don't think I will ever know who Charlie was writing his letters to.
Why does that not seem to bother anyone else?
Great book!! Loved keeping track of the lives and how Jeffery Winston chose to live each of them. The concept of reliving the same life over and over was very thought provoking and I am sure I will remember this book as a standout. Highly recommend!
Very, very cute. I enjoyed myself immensely while listening to this book. Rainbow Rowell is new to me and I think I would like to read more by this author.
I don't usually seek out romance novels but I can stomach the occasional quirky romantic comedy. This one especially had such a unique premise, I was sold after reading the summary. It reminded me a bit of The Rosie Project, not that the stories were similar, but the original and offbeat way the man and woman come together.
Also, I fell in LOVE with Lincoln!
Highly recommended for romance lovers who are sick of the same old:
"She's back in her hometown, can she stand the advances of her old flame that broke her heart years ago?" UGH! BARFFFFFFFF!!!!
Ooooh, what can I say about this epic saga? Is it over? It could be. I would be alright with the way it ended. A few lingering questions, but overall, satisfying.
It is difficult to rate just this one book, really, as the lives of the many complex characters have ebbed and flowed over the course of all 8 novels. However, I will surely report to any fan that has not read this one yet, that I was not disappointed.
As I always like to mention (when worthy), Davina Porter, the narrator of the series in audio is vying for 1st place in my heart along with Jim Dale. Distinguishing and consistently performing such a huge cast of characters in different and memorable voices is a rare talent. Seriously, I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and only few narrators stand out as having this unique and rare ability. Bravo! Standing O and all that.
Alright, so I finished this book and went: "Huh?"
First, what I liked about it. Helprin is a master of metaphors. The writing is beautiful and poetic. For the first 1/3 of the book, I was sold! I loved Peter Lake's story of how he grew up and eventually found himself on the run from Pearly and the Short tails. I enjoyed his meeting and loving Beverly despite her tragic, inevitable future. Also, I will always remember the white horse. Almost every scene written containing horse was a riveting one.
It was about 1/3 of the way into the book, when this storyline winds down and we meet a whole new cast of characters. Some held my interest but many did not. The author has a way of completely digressing from the main story arc. This happened so many times and I kept finding myself thinking, "why did I have to know all that to progress the plot?"
Don't get me wrong, some digression can be excellent in a book to help us understand the characters and why they make certain choices.
In this book's case, the entire novel could have been cut in half and I think I would have enjoyed it more. So much of it was not necessary and should be trimmed right out!
Also, there were many points where I just didn't know what was going on. Many of the characters had magical discussions about life and death and that's alright. But the many of the speeches became a sort of monotonous ranting. Like, the discussions about time being now and then and the future all at the same time and the journey to discover a "Just City". What exactly is a "Just City"? Helprin never tells us. Unless I missed some huge message written between the lines.
I love fantasy stories where anything is possible. In fact, I belong to a book club focused entirely on time travel, but I was not entranced by the long winded and tedious, extravagant speeches in this book.
The ending. Hmmmmm. I have always been a hard sell when it comes to endings. I may have rated the book a lot higher if I was satisfied with the ending. Maybe I didn't understand it and I will refrain from saying more on the risk of spoilers.
There are wonderful times when an ending to a story may leave the reader to ponder intricate meanings or possibilities, however, I was left with too many questions at the end of this book. Way too many.
This book was compact and sweet (not in the sugary sense!). Tied up most of the loose ends nicely in the end and a bit predictable. I did think it was creepy and thought provoking. If I could spend one more week with a beloved who has passed on, would I?
I might have rated the book higher but I only finished the book yesterday and I have already mentally stored it in the file of forgotten books.
So exciting, freaky and deliciously disturbing! I seriously was rude to my family for several days because I could not take the buds out of my hears.
This novel consists of real, raw characters with flaws as well as a supernatural spin. Charlie Manx is an excellent villain who truly believes in his cause. Vic Mcqueen is damaged and vulnerable yet strong and completely relatable. Honorable mention to Lou, whom I couldn't get enough of.
This book is about parenting, addiction, internal monsters and self worth.
Highly recommend the story in audio. Kate Mulgrew reading this book has made my top 10 list of unforgettable narrated experiences. Bravo!
I will warn Dracula fans to not be fooled by the title, as this is not your traditional vampire novel. Hardly!
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