I've never met a book I didn't like. Even the worst are time well spent. It broadens your view of your world or theirs. Either way it's a new experience. The best of them wrap you in a bubble and trap you in their world. It's the thing that all readers search for. This book was better than the first. The characters gave up more of themselves, their worlds, their ambitions. Some of the questions raised in the first book. Although this still isn't living up to Mr. Barkers other works that I've read.
Yes, it's a journey. You may not like all aspects as with any journey; however you can't really judge it until you've arrived at your destination.
He really breathes life into the characters. He gives real dimension to the characters without making them feel the same.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! This series has so much moreto offer. I want candy to grow into her potential. I want to see more of the Abarat. I want to know all about the Abaratarata lol, probably mispelled that one. That is one thing I can say as been the same in both book thus far. I want more.
I'm willing to stay with this series as I've read others by Mr. Barker and really enjoyed them, so I'm hoping this will end the same.
I haven't had the chance to read this in print. I will probably add it to my list of books to pick up to give as gifts. This was a free book from Audible. It was AMAZING! I was so shocked! I almost feel like I should give up a credit anyway. Yessssss it's that good.
I can say with total honesty.........I don't think I've read a book like The Pilo Family Circus. It's irreverant to any stereotype that you want to put on it. It has everything...........kinda a love story albeit in a creepy odd way. It has enemies (everyone), friends (everyone). Yes yes I know. It has violence mostly in the best possible sense...........yes yes I know. This is just a book that you need to read. My paltry words are unable to do it justice.
Wow, in a book like this I'm really not sure that you can have a favorite. I think they all kind of become favorites in their own particular way........except George. I never really cared for George.
Yes but I can't tell you because it will ruin one of the main twists of the books. Just know that you will be suitably impressed.
I am sorry and glad that I'm just now finding this book. If I had read it while I was younger I may not appreciated all of the nuances in the book. I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to find this author and artist. I will be looking for more by both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I was sad to see it end. Now I have to go and try to find more by this author.........really I am. Go read this one!
This is my first experience with them so I would have to say yes, I would try another.
I didn't care much for it. It's too clean. I get the feeling that none of these characters sleep well at night. Although it's not really brought out in the ending like that.
The performers did a good job with the reading. I didn't get the seperation that you often hear when a book is read. I really like it when that's cohesive. I think it helps to build the character in a multi-dementional way.
I don't think so. I think if you tried to build on it now it would just feel drawn out. That's part of the problem with loose ends. When you tie them all up neat with a bow, you often cut yourself off from moving it forward.
I liked the characters. They felt true to the story and to each other. I liked that the romantic interest didn't jump right into love. These characters fit each other. Which can be very hard for even the most seasoned of writers. I would like to add as a side note from a personal perspective. Just in case Mr. Simmons should ever read this. You're never going to please every reader. At the end of the day if you are happy with it and you feel that you've done your story justice then you should be happy. Take the critisism as what it is. A learning tool and use it on the next story.
Yes to both! Clive Barker let me down some on this one. His heroine Candy makes me want to slap her through out this book. I try to remind myself of her age. However I raised a daughter and she was not as spineless at Candy is on several occasions. One minute she's competent the next simpering. The one time that she seems set on a course (anger fulled after a friend is killed)she just fizzles out. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.......well as a mother of a teen ager I would say Hell hath no fury like a hormone fulled teen ager scorned. I enjoyed Richard Ferrone's reading of the books. I've read other Clive Barker books and was swept away into one of most unique worlds that I've ever experienced. While I see hope and promise for the isles, they didn't deliver in these books. Sorry Mr. Barker........I wanted more, I expected more.
If you're between books, and you want something to kind of fill the gap. These books are entertaining. It's not that they are horrible and I apologize if my rant earlier gives you that impression. They just didn't in my humble opinion, live up to the potential of the characters or the setting.
I really enjoyed the depth, feeling and presence Mr. Ferrone brought to the Carrion character. He really brought that character to life for me.
If I did I would be angry...........if follows the spirit of the book that is. There is just to much missing for me.
I've read several Clive Barkers and was enchanted and lost in the story. He is an author well worth reading. Not every book will be a hit with every reader......no matter how good an author is. That is the case with this book for me. I will continue to follow Mr. Barkers work with anticipation and enthusiasm.
I would have to recommed it simply because of it's diverse nature. It's certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea. However if you're looking for something different, this book could certainly fit the bill.
I actually liked them all. This book can be quite engaging as long as you don't go in looking for something that's like other things specifically that you've read. It is what it is and that will have to due.
I'm always interested at the begining in the narrator. What their voice brings, what it lacks. Does it fit the story. I am afraid that as a reader I'm far harsher on the Narrator than I probably should be. When I read it, I provide the voice, I provide the inflection. When I listen the narrator has to do all of that. In this case Arika Escalona did a great job.
I think that this title while longish is exactly right for it.
If your looking for something thats maybe a little different. If you want to experience many different "tastes" of a story, spend the credit and give this one a chance. In my opinion is was worth it.
While I enjoyed Abarat, I can't in good conscience place it high on my list. Maybe somewhere around the middle. It was entertaining, in some places it was predictable, while in other places I found it to be droll. Which was my biggest disappointment. I've never read anything from this author that left me feeling less than intrigued and usually confused but always curious.
You could tell it was part of a series. Or perhaps if you were a TV buff we'd have to say that this was the ending of the first of three nights of a particular mini series.
hmmmmm this is hard because there really weren't any favorites for me. If I had to pick something it was perhaps the introduction to the sea card players.
Unfortuanatly I can't say that there were any parts that were moving. Parts that should have been moving tended to be more.........predictable than anything.
I have reread this review and just feel awful about it. It's not that this isn't a good listen. It has been satisfactory. I just had extremely high hopes for it. I'm going to read/listen to the second book and see if I have any better luck with it. Cross your fingers, I've certainly crossed mine.
Yes, I would listen to all of the Odd Thomas books again. Dean Koontz has hit a deep well of character that is relatable to just about everyone. Odd Thomas has just the right mix of supernatural (without being over the top), trauma, mystery, comedy and the naivete that makes human being.....................human.
I think it was on the roof when he saw himself............don't want to ruin it by saying more than that. Leading up to the climax of that moment you find yourself telling him what to do.
I LOVE Edie and his potrayal of her is wonderful. I can see her face after his description. The way he becomes Edie matches the description.
I think the end of this one did more so than any other. It made me feel like there is an end coming to the series. I could feel his pain more then before. Not just physical pain but the tiredness that comes with emotional and mental stress.
I am an avid reader/listener. I love the written word more than most things in life. Rather it's physically read or listened to. It has the power to give or take such a large range of emotions. It has the gift of taking us away to some place else where maybe our lives don't seem as bad in that moment. With that being said I have to say that the Odd Thomas books are by far one of my most favorite series of books. I will truly mourn the passing of this series and rejoice when Odd moves on to the next stage to be with his beloved Stormy. Thank you Mr. Koontz for a character I could get to know, laugh with, laugh at sometimes (although never unkindly), root for and to get to know so completely as Odd Thomas. He's been a true gift.
To those constant readers if you haven't tried a little Odd in your life you should.
The depth of detail. Mr. King always adds those touches that make a character more real in your minds eye. That is the "magic" of any good story. I
I do not compare any book to any other. Simply because they aren't alike. You can say they are part of the same genre, same style......but over all they are different, the experience, the character, the ride if you will.
I can't say that I preferred one over another.
Yes, I hated turning it off. I'd ready if multiple times of course. However the Shining is one of the books that never gets old.
I can't say this was a truly scary story. To me it was more suspenseful than anything. Watching as a man descends deeper and deeper into madness with the supernatural help of a haunted hotel is creepy, but to me it wasn't horrifying which is what I often seen said of this story. It's well worth the read, reread or listen if you've never checked it out.
Oh goodness, can't they both be good? I have to admit there is a strong attraction and fulfillment in holding a book and reading. It has a certain attraction, a calming that no other source of entertainment can quite compare to. However with that being said, audio books allow me to have the time to listen to a book that I may not otherwise have. In our hustle and bustle world, I like many find that we have less time for the pure pleasures of life that such things as reading can provide. I like so many have a long commute to work. I drive an hour one way. With audio that means I get at least two hours a day to listen to a book. To find myself lost in another world. I'm thankful for that two hours, even if it's not the same as it would be to sit down and read a book.
There were so many; but I think one of the poignant is when Dan finds the first message on his blackboard.
I haven't before now. He did a great job
I don't know that I would rename it even if I could. At first Dr. Sleep seems................odd. But as the book goes on and you see how he's helping people; it becomes quite fitting.
It's in the top 10 for sure, maybe closer to the top 5. This book was much more than I'd bargained for.
I really liked Joel and Rya (sp) character. They are both great in completely different and distinct ways. I think they made the main character more alive and viable. Slim is a great character, but needs the richness of strong supporting characters.
I haven't had the pleasure. I wasn't sure at first if I would like Mr. Hillgartner's reading but after a very short time I began to hear Slim. When Joel entered the picture I think is when Mr. Hillgartner won me over. His portrayal of Joel was exceptional. It matched the voice I head to a T.
There were several who stayed with me. Joel, Rya, Jelly. They were all very strong characters who lent to the story and the main character.
I was a little disappointed to find that Mr. Koontz hadn't followed this story line up. According to the copy right information I would have thought there were at least one or two follow ups. I know that sometimes characters stay hidden from the author. The window to their world closed and the curtains drawn. I would have hoped however that Mr. Koontz had found his way back to Slim's home. I'll keep my eyes open just in case!
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