I was shocked at how long winded Roeder became in this book. The redundancy of the "internal struggles" was more than just a little annoying. The snail pace that the shallow plot moved was also annoying. There were just way too many "bunny trails" in this book. None of them paid off. They added nothing to the story and were difficult to deal with. At one point, Roeder got away from the plot for over 100 grueling minutes, and this was right when the plot finally began to unfold! He discussed living on farms, food, tea, flatware, horses and even gave a long and boring section on Robert Frost's poetry...
If he used about 50% less words, it might have been OK. Why does he need to keep repeating things like he does??? This is common in all of his books, but it becomes almost unbearable in this book.
I didn't really have one, but if I have to pick one, let's just say it's the "catch the flag" scene.
It was just boring and drawn out. Roeder is usually much better than this. I think he may have been trying for something here and missed.
No, this book did nothing to move the main plot of the series forward at all. It was childish and read more like a "men suck and women rule" pamphlet. I have a hard time believing it was written by the same guy who wrote the first 2 books in the series.
This might be a good book for those interested in stories of girls in high school. However, for anyone looking for Part 3 of the series, it was a huge disappointment. It just doesn't belong with the other 2 books.
No, but only because it's a book filled with suspense and once you know what's going to happen, I imagine it loses a lot of its appeal.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. MacLeod Andrews does a great job whenever he's the narrator and the story held my interest much more than the first book. The characters were well defined and I really liked the "good guys" and really hated the "bad guys". Well done all around!
No, not really. I never got into this book. I couldn't really relate to the characters and a lot of things were not explained... people just kept jumping to the correct conclusion instead.
Of course! Stephen King is one of my favorite authors
Yes, but he often sounded "old" while doing the younger characters.
Do anything? Thankfully, no.
I am a huge Stephen King fan, but this book seemed to just lack effort. The characters weren't developed very well, characters also jumped to conclusions with no basis for them at very odd points in the book, and even though the ending saved it brought it up to 3 stars, it just wasn't what I expect from Stephen King.
I had no idea this was going to be Tim's side of the same story I read in Something Like Summer (which quickly became one of my favorite books) What a great way to relive it through the eyes of the other main character.
Unfortunately, this is the one part of the book that bothered me. A lot of the characters sounded cartoonish. (Aaron and Tim's live-in boyfriend... I forget his name... sounded SO gay that it was almost offensive. Tim's grandmother sounded like Speedy Gonzales and adult Tim sounded like Moose from the old Archie cartoons)
There were so many of those moments. I don't think it's possible to pick just one.
I don't know which book was better or which book should be read first, but you don't want to miss Something Like Winter or Something Like Summer. It is worth every minute. It's been a couple of years since I read Something Like Summer, but now that I'm done with Winter, it's time for me to re-read Summer.
Nope. Bored me until I finally gave up on it about 15 hours in.
He was good.
No... did I mention that it was boring?
I have heard about this series of books about as long as I can remember. I was excited to give it a listen, but the excitement turned in excruciating boredom. I kept telling myself that I just had to get into it, but that just never happened.
I heard Will Patton Dr. Sleep. The 2 performances are completely different. He was the perfect choice for both books. Mercedes Killer required more voices to help set tones for each scene and Patton did an awesome job.
Stephen King is on a roll. I think Doctor Sleep and Mercedes Killer are 2 of his best books. People who think Stephen King is "all washed up" or just doesn't care anymore need to read these 2 books.
It's an American classic read by Elijah Wood. He was simply amazing. The voices, the accents, the pace... everything was great. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn doesn't need Elijah Wood to be an incredible book, but Elijah brought it to a whole new level. Simply awesome!
I have listened to all of his Audible books. I will continue to listen to them. He writes about subjects that I like to read about. His writing brings me back to younger days when I was struggling with coming out. It's interesting to see how all of the characters in his books (all that I've read/listened to) are either pure good or pure evil.... Not much middle ground, which you would think is a negative, but he puts a lot of faith in friends taking up for each other which is kind of a nice change.
Some of the subject matter in this book is difficult to listen to, but if you can put it behind you, it's an enjoyable book.
It was an interesting story. I don't usually read fantasy stuff, but this was pretty good. By far my favorite book by Mark Roeder.
Yes I would. This was a really fun book to read. The story was really cute and heart warming. The author's ability to make me feel for the characters was something I don't often experience in this type of book. Great job!
I loved the concept of party boy having to understand how a geek thinks. Great idea!
Sadly, nothing. The voices he used were pretty bad. This surprised me because I thought he was rather good reading in "All the Colors of Love". When he sticks to his real voice, he is great. Unfortunately, in this book, he tried to come up with a different voice for each character and it did not go well.... Donovan sounded like a flaming gay Daffy Duck, Ash was OK, Fee sounded like a super hero (probably because it was the same voice he used for Tomari in All the Colors of Love), Carly sounded like a fancy boy from the Louisiana bayou (I just pictured a guy in a Seersucker suit drinking a mint julep fanning himself in the heat)... It just wasn't pretty, but don't let that stop you! The book itself is GREAT
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