seven year old boys. it has gore and shock, but the voices are over blown and the writing simple like a purple dinosaur
not published it.
Negative. He is good for telling children a story around the campfire, but not for me.
anger, disappointment. i love short horror stories.
Perhaps i am being unfair, and this graphic book was for young adults. but even so, the mind of a child can feast on meatier fare than this junk.
Art imitates life as the story was as painful as the walk described in the book. the main character weak, the reason he undertook this walk, unclear. And the endless waxing of life, love and regrets during this grueling challenge by each insipid character, coupled with defiant gestures of tedious predictability, make me wonder why S. King was so enthralled with his own journey, writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. This reads just as lamely as some of his other tomes, that try to capture what is his greatest earlier talent: strong and surreal experiences, interwoven with the earthy lives of people, feeling their own fragility, and limits of knowledge. See: Salems Lot, the Shining, the Body.
Same old S, different name. For my money S.King and Richard Bachman should both go jump in a lake, with a copy of this book shoved down their pants.
i did appreciate how the narrator read the story, and the germ of the concept intrigued me as well. But i sure wished I walked on by.
powerful, funny, engaging
the stories that described the discovery of the gold, and the ones describing the end of the dream for so many.
His voice has a great gravity to it, as well as humor
I found out about Berton thru his illustrated book on the Klondike, full of amazing pictures. an incredible collection. His narrative is just as evocative.
if the story didn't go by the numbers to a painfully obvious conclusion, i'd like it more.
The characters were obvious and shallow in their relationship to each other, and the source of evil that causes the mayhem is unconvincing without the cliches that couch it.
rich, caricature, interesting
The anxiety of the main character was interesting, as one wasn't sure if it was insanity, or a supernatural reality tormenting the protagonist's mind. This was maintained for a little while.
The narrator has a wonderful voice, but her voice for male, baby, old lady etc. is so over the top, I would have been more persuaded if I was 5 and it was story time. She has read more than one book like this, unfortunately.
good news is the description of this fictitious disease is very detailed and imaginative, Crihtonesque for sure, and there are descriptions of things that truly made me nauseous, so that was fun.
The bad news is that to get to these clever moments you have to endure simple brained dialogue not fit to come out of a purple dinosaur on a kid's program. To call these characters in this book caricatures would suggest that these people have been formed more fully with convincing personality, however cliche. This isn't the case. Whatever the author has been observing to inspire this tome, it wasn't conversation.
Add the cruel fact that this man soils his own book by narrating it himself, doing himself and my ears a true disservice, then you can see why two stars is all i can give this nonsense.
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