I can see how this might not be a book for everyone. Make sure to listen to the sample before buying. David Rakoff had a most unique voice and I loved it but it can be grating to some people. Also optimistic or sunny happy people might not love the dark negative betty loveliness that David just embraces fully and completely. He was an artist and the world is a little less bright because he is gone.
First of all I have to say comparing from book one to book three it just seems like two different authors almost. Book one was so meandering and slightly boring, but by book three the action is high intensity and way more interesting. I enjoyed the small glimpses into the alien world and description of them. I wish we had learned more about both races, but I'm very satisfied with where the story went. I see they left a bit of a hope for a fourth book there at the end. I would buy it just to hear more of the story.
I wish I could go back to my original review on book one and put a notation in saying to stick with the story because it gets better.
The least interesting aspect is definitely the high school and parents storyline which is why book one was so....I don't want to say bad, but boring maybe. As soon as the author did away with that part of the storyline the book became more interesting.
I wanted to see where the story was going with the alien tech and alien conflict that downed the ships. That is basically the only reason I went on from book one. I can say happily that the author does a much better job in creating conflict and action in this book. It still wasn't a hardcore drama, but the sci fi does ramp up a notch along with the action.
Again, this series is probably not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but its an okay sci-fi story. This book graduated several levels above the previous book so I think I will go ahead and see the conlusion to the series - or the next book at least - since I don't know if that one will end in a cliff hanger or not.
Definitely, but I know it would not appeal to everyone.
I stumbled upon this series a while back and gave it a shot. I really cannot describe how much I love the entire series. Its dark and a little dirty, but there is a great story in there also with alot of wise cracks. Kadrey really made me feel like I knew the characters. He really does an awesome job of bringing you into the world he created in this book. Props to Macleod also for doing great narration even though the french accent for one of the characters really got on my nerves, I got used to it. This series is not deadly serious, but it shows you into a vision of the occult/hell/beasts/demons/angels with such in depth description. Sandman Slim is just a beast that loves to drink and isn't afraid of a bar fight now and then......or quite alot actually. Great,fun,dark, and emotional journey. I recommend reading the entire series or buying all the audio books.
Meh......it was okay to kill some time.
A description of the two types of alien races and their agendas would have been a good start, but I realize they are just holding that back for the series. The idea of the different characters taking religion to its extremes seemed oddly paired with the main storyline as well. But again, maybe the author will tie in the storyline more and it will make more sense in the following book/s.
I've heard his narration before and he is a favorite of mine especially in the Sandman Slim series.
Maybe. I'd have to read through the rest of the series first to say for sure. But the Roswell show didn't do so well so it wouldn't bode well for a series like this with another set of teenagers with alien powers or whatnot.
I'm not hooked, but my ocd will not let me not finish a series once I start unless it is truly just awful. I did like the writing and characters, but the gee shucks american as apple pie parents were off putting. Don't pickup this book if you want an action packed novel. It builds very slowly and doesn't last long. It has the potential to be a good if not great read though so I will go on to book two.
Narrator just did an amazing job, but I think it was also the writing was just great as well. I wasn't sure about it when I had previously heard high praises for the book, but they were well deserved. Its a zombie story told from the perspective of someone who clearly has lost some of his marbles, but is still sane. From the first chapter of the book the author pretty much throws it out there that the Mountain Man is an out and out full blown alcoholic. Who wouldn't be though if this was a real life situation. I know I'd need something to calm the nerves a bit. Or kill them off completely.
Gus because he is one bad mother#ucker. I like how the author did not make him leading man hot with a perfect jawline and six pack abs and muscles for days and perfectly quaffed hair.......he's just some dude who stayed alive.
I have not, but I will seek him out after listening to his performance in this series.
There isn't a TON of fight scenes with him running or mowing down the dead to escape the zombie apocalypse. You should keep that in mind if you are buying this looking for that sort of story. This is after everything has fallen and no one is searching for that one cure that will save the world! It is just a story of a guy that is living day to day just trying to get by and drinking profusely. Don't buy it if you are looking for exciting battle scenes and characters running for their life throughout the whole book. Its not that type of zombie story. It has plenty of zombies heads being bashed in, but its more of a 9 to 5 job in this story. Not the core. The core is Gus just trying to mentally keep it together while drinking to kill the bad dreams.
It felt a bit non climactic, but it fell in line enough with the overall mood of the book so it made sense.
When he described body odor and such.....it really left me feeling dirty so lol I guess he did a very good job. He played the part of a junkie really well lol. I mean he did a good job. I bought the emotion in his voice and there was plenty of it.
When he described himself being a failure and his parents being crushed by his drug addiction. It was pretty hard to listen to. Then there was the baby scene, not soul crushing but definitely disturbing.
This story is definitely not for everyone, but I liked the idea of a different sort of zombie and the crazy way to stave off becoming one. I felt like the author was really genuine about describing drug abuse and addiction. There was absolutely no glamorization of it.
I think maybe this would be an okay book for a teenager.
He brings into play the idea of purgatory being a third power in the never ending fight between good and evil, but then doesn't describe purgatory much at all. The "King" of purgatory Dante is also pretty much a blank slate because he is not given much of any description at all accept he is the famous Dante from Dante's Inferno. When the big bad comes into the story it gets slightly more interesting and more in depth....but only just so.
He did okay. His voice was smooth and easy to listen to, but I hardly felt any emotion from him. That may be because of the writing though and not his fault.
I stuck with the series because I was hoping it would get better. It never does.
The cover art for the book is pretty dark considering the book itself is not at all gory. This book is a little jaunt into the supernatural with plenty of comedy interspersed.
Yes. He has a great sense of humor and told a pretty interesting story considering its been told a million times over before. It was campy and fun.
The narrator was really good and the writing as well. Its not Shakespeare or anything, but its a fun story.
I'll say this, his idea of having a 3rd player in the good v evil tale as old as time was great. BUT his characters all seemed very simple. The lead just going along with everything and not having any intense emotion for this massive change to his life/afterlife was crazy. He sort of doesn't have any real emotion through the entire book except in the end which I can't describe for obvious reasons. That being said, I am going to get the second book in the series because I want to see how or IF the author further describes the mythos of purgatory. Also, I don't understand why the author brought in a character ex-marine/hacker when the lead is supposed to be a hacker to begin with. Its like, why?
I don't know if I can actually credit the narrator on this because I think the tech used to modify the angels/demons voices did most of the work. His voice was smooth and soothing to listen to though. A bit lacking in emotion , but I think that was because of the writing and not the narrators fault.
I'm going to give the author another chance to hook me into the story with book two. Hopefully he fleshes out the characters and story more in the 2nd.
The description of the techno/electrocution/crucifixion of the father was both incredibly unexpected and disturbing because you just don't think of catholic priests when you think of science fiction. I feel okay in giving that away because well they start off telling you he did not "survive" and all that was left was his journals in the priests tale. Also there is so much more to that storyline I'm not really giving away anything that you won't see coming.
The effect of the time tombs on Rachel and her family was just incredibly sad. The narrator really just did an outstanding job portraying the pain and sadness of it all.
Great, great, great story. I am more of a horror/supernatural fan, but this story was so awesome. Book 2 was pretty good also, but didn't come close to as good as this one. The only reason I didn't give this all 5 stars was because of the narrator who portrayed Brawne Lamia. She did not do a good job at all in my opinion. Her voice was just off. She sounded happy/upbeat even through her fight scenes and her emotional scenes.
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