Yes, probably. His story ideas are interesting, but his novels always leave me flat somehow. He's kind of like a train wreck - you don't want to look but you know you will anyway and will come away disappointed that there was nothing to see.
The women need to be smarter in Laymon's stories. Mr. Laymon is a good writer, no doubt, but he seems to have absolutely no insight into the mind of women at all. This is the 3rd Laymon novel I've read and in all three the women characters were absolutely ridiculous. They always do things that no person in real life would ever do. While the men are smart and brave and quick-thinking, the women are simpering and weak and any smart or brave move they may be about to make is always derailed by their apparently uncontrollable libidos. For once, just once, I'd like to read a Laymon novel where the female protagonist tells the man hitting on her to go jump in the lake.
Meh. It was okay. Nothing to write home about.
Maybe, but they would have to almost completely re-write the story. Make the women smarter, the sex not so slimey, and the story more cohesive.
I really do like the way your twisted mind thinks, Mr. Laymon and I want to continue reading your books, but can we PLEASE have a smart female character in your next novel? Pretty please???
Yes, a younger friend though.
It was good but exactly what I expected.
This novel was like Pumpkinhead meets Stand by Me. Well written, a little drawn out at times, but nicely done. Worth the money.
This book was well written and mildly interesting but not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was more of a sophisticated teen horror story than the adult bloody thriller I was expecting.
When the zombie babies attacked. What a terrific visual!!
One of the best free books I've ever gotten. The characters were pretty interesting and the writing was wonderful. I will probably buy the Mountain Man series.
Pretty good collection of odd, disgusting and horrific tales. I loved that each one was very different but equally (if not more!) intriguing than the last.
dismal urban horror
Not a book but a movie - Wes Craven's "The People Under the Stairs".... except the movie had a happier ending.
Not a story for everyone. There is no happy side to this tale. It's gritty and dirty and makes you feel like you want to shower after reading/listening to it. But very very well written and I actually like stories that are not formulaic. This tale took me places I didn't think it would. Nice little gem.
Neutral. It certainly wasn't time well spent but I didn't feel it was a waste of my time either.
No. It's not different enough. Same as every other zombie story out there.
It may just be time for me to take a break from all of the zombie stories for a while. They're all starting to blur together. Except for a few standout stories (like the Book of Riley series) they're all the same unoriginal gory flesh-eating living dead tales. This story was....fine... just plain, ordinary, and fine.
I purchased this book because the premise sounded fascinating -- a sociopath in a zombie world. But Cyrus was not much of a sociopath. He was terribly boring, childish, and surprisingly normal. I found Blaze way more interesting than Cyrus. I thought Cyrus would be this killing machine with absolutely no conscience or remorse, but, well, sadly that was not the case. Blaze was the real sociopath here, not Cyrus. The other thing that I found annoying was that the situations kept repeating themselves. The group makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, makes a stupid decision, comes upon danger, fights their way out, moves on, rinse and repeat. The only saving grace of this book was that the author is a very good writer and the reader was also very good. The story was fun enough. The character of Blaze was also pretty fascinating - I would love to read a book about her backstory.
David. I loved how his character was developed. I bought it. He wasn't just this weird little kid that kept getting into implausible situations. He had a purpose, and experience and skills to back up his actions. Very good character development.
No one in particular. The entire book was really quite good. Very entertaining and surprisingly engaging. VERY well written. I would listen to other books by this author.
This was a very interesting, and well-written book. First time in a long time that I had to skip ahead at some parts (the dentist scene had me cringing like nothing I've ever read before! - pure genius!). I really felt for the main character but was skeptical of him as well. His character was written in a way that made you question his innocence. It took quite a few chapters into the story before I realized that he was indeed guilty?/innocent? (I won't spoil it for you!) I would actually really like a sequel to this book. It ended in such a way that I would love to know what this character does next.
If it had turned into a completely different book.
The performance was great. The only good thing about this book.
Throughout this entire book I just kept hoping the main character would die. What an absolutely despicable, selfish, entitled, rude man. Everything that he did was only to benefit himself. People got hurt, people died, all because he was a selfish a-hole.
I generally like main characters that are flawed. But this character went so far beyond flawed it was downright obnoxious. And he was flawed in such an unrealistic way that, as a reader, I just felt angry and insulted. If you're going to have a flawed character you should at least give him enough redeemable qualities (or even just ONE redeemable quality) that the reader can overlook, or maybe even empathize, with his flaws. Not this guy. I found myself rooting for the killer.
And don't even get me started on the female characters!! It's terribly frustrating to have seemingly intelligent, strong and successful female characters behave in the most unintelligent, weak, and plain 'ole stupid ways. Kennedy was an accomplished crime investigator for cripes sakes! And she falls into a "thing" with this rude, sexist, selfish, sex-addicted, lying detective? And why was everyone else kissing this guy's hiney too? His captain, the forensic guy, his partners... EVERYONE just let Hayden push them around and then bent over backwards to help him even after he was a complete shmuck to them! smh. Sorry, but this one baffled me. I just did not sympathize or care about this character in any way. ****SPOILER ALERT**** I only kept listening to the end because I was hoping he was the killer. Hayden was just so dreadful that I thought, my goodness, he MUST be the killer!
Maybe it's a sign of a good writer that I actively dislike this character so much, but it's certainly not a sign of a good story. I will not be listening to anything else by this author.
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