I have read all of Diana Gabaldon's books and have longed for another. This book is a prequel to Voyager. I didn't even wait until the download of the second part was completed before I started listening. I hurt myself listening to this until 2AM two nights in a row and have no regrets. If you love or even like John Gray you will love this book. Though Claire is not in this story, her absence is a character itself. Throughout there is this thread of longing. It makes me want to read Voyager again.
It's easy to believe a man would be equally desperate and devastated by survival in a post apocalyptic world. Heller wrote the characters as I believe they would be in the same scenario. At times the story is touching and others you're faced with the potential reality of a world gone mad.
I can only hope in the event of the nightmare scenario where the Earth is wiped clean to begin again I would act as Hig did. His internal conflict with the world he was living felt true and given the decisions he was forced to make I hope I would have the strength to act as he did.
The most poignant thing about the story is that I was left feeling like the main character was a friend. He speaks of instinct and heartache and philosophy and there's truth to what he says. I would discuss the same topics with my friends and wonder where I'd heard them as if they were in my heart instead of in my mind.
I have recommended this to friends and who don't care for the genre. You either like the genre or you don't, I suppose. This is more than that though. This is more literary. It isn't McCarthy's, The Road, but that's a good thing. It's kinder and gentler and gives you hope for the best what's left of the world has to offer.
While I see the resemblance Stephanie Plum is a fraction of Charley Davidson and no where near as funny. This book made me laugh out loud and the characters were all well developed and well written. It's a great story and Lorelei King is a great narrator. I mean g.r.e.a.t. narrator.
Claire DeWitt is like a closer-to-real-life Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich). Considering the popularity of the Stephanie Plum series the lack of superficial characteristics may keep her from becoming famous.
The grit of the characters is what I liked best. There was some real honesty in the story. I've spent time in New Orleans before and after Katrina and she hit it. There were areas that were completely rebuilt in 6 months and others that are probably still abandoned in a pile of black mold infested rubble.
Sara Gran is a great writer. I really look forward to the series.
I am so amazed by Wouk's ability to write a GOOD story. It was so very complete and well structured. The story flowed so very easily. I am really, very impressed. This book takes a lot of time, but if a book keeps me up late, hurting myself to find a stopping place so I can sleep, it gets 5 stars. Well done.
I have read a lot of Ken Follett's books and some are really good. Fall of Giants is probably on my top 10, but he has developed characters that he uses in every story. He has strong willed women and misunderstood geniuses. There are things larger than the two main characters and their unrequited love at play. There is manipulation but through it all, the good guys develop more and more character while the bad guys degenerate.
If you like Ken Follett this is what you should expect. If you've never read anything of his, start with his larger books. They were worth every minute I stayed up late, hurting myself trying to finish them.
I finished the book which is the only reason the story got one story. By the end it just seemed like every other zombie story with a few dropped names and pop-references. It times itself by labeling the cameo zombies. The performance is the only thing that kept this thing going. Honestly, it was done really well an it was produced really well. This has all the markers of a series. I really hope this is it. But then again, it doesn't matter because I won't read anything else by this author.
I have a special place in my heart for post apocalyptic literature. The first third of this book was littered with typical building blocks for plot development. His editor should have known better, but if his editor was Glenn Beck it's understandable he would permit that sophomoric writing style. Sure, drop plot hints, but be subtle about it.
In the end? I did enjoy it. I felt like it was survivalist propaganda at points but it also made me think about stocking up my pantry and making sure I have enough medication on hand to survive a bit longer.
In that it succeeded. I enjoyed the story. There wasn't a lot pretty about it. There are points that are terrifying and obviously picked up a piece or two from Cormac McCarthy without his literary style.
Was it worth the cost of admission? I bought it on sale, so sure.
This book is a 46 hour investment. It is a juggernaut of a book. As an aspiring writer Murikami is an incredible writer. He has an ethereal quality with his words. I really enjoyed listening to the nuance and subtlety of the story. Honestly though there were some things I just didn't understand. There were connections that if you're not paying attention you'll miss but honestly I'm not sure how relevant they are. A deeper more introspective person than me can tie it all together but I'm not looking for deep literary insight. Some books I've reviewed have lost points for seeming like a high school English lit choice. I'm looking for a good story that will keep me attached until the end. This book did do that. It's worth the 46 hours it takes to finish it. I found myself isolating myself so I could finish it and thought it was good enough to buy my friend a copy for Christmas.
When I was finished with the book, I was a little lost and simply ready to move on to the next book. After thinking on it for a few days while the next book disappointed me, I was really surprised by Bacigalupi's ability to create Earth after Pandora's gene box was opened. In an effort to recover from all we destroyed we were making it all worse. These characters had to push through the wilting effect of their climate, the impotence of surviving choices made by people stronger them, totally removed from the banality of their existence and survival of persistent and distant trauma alike. In my mind a book that makes you feel and think about the characters days after you've read it is truly brilliant. It's even better if you don't feel like you've been subjected to a high school literature class all over again.
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