John is a teenager who is a diagnosed sociopath and knows he got all the signs of a future serial killer. This is book 2 of his struggle not to become one and consequences from the first book start to catch up to him.
Horror elements are still present but less prominent. This book deals more with relationships, feelings and being different.
If you ever self-analyzed yourself this is a fascinating read as this is what the main character does. Readers who have difficulties understanding others will be a little disturbed at the familiarity they have with the main character. It will also show signs that they will not be able to relate to (hopefully).
The narrator is a little unemotional but I think that intentional as it conveys the main character well.
At the start I was concerned it would be too teen romance from the female prospective. Thee was a bit much in the center but not bad and I liked the analytically take on it. World building is good as you can sense the greater world behind the scenes.
Two things stories tend to ignore are the physical pain and injuries from fighting and the time it takes to heal. Both were handled well here. The ending was fairly predictable but the journey was exciting. I was worried when the plot changed that it was aiming for a happy ending but it actually helped the story grow. Looking forward to reading the sequel
If you like satire and sarcasm this book is funny. Looks at what happens after the princes and princesses have their 'happy ending'. What if they aren't as competent and heroic as the stories make them out to be but 'almost' normal people.
It gets slow at times and there no real emotional or thrilling moment.
Narrator is very self aware playing off your expectations and familiarity with tropes. The main characters are very different with unique voices from each other, sometimes streached too far one way.
If you like fairy tales it's worth a listen.
Going in I knew it would be about the person Frankenstein and not the monster, yet I was still surprise. The Monster play a very little role other than as a plot device.
This is not a monster or horror book but a literary work (lots of words) on a man's decent into madness. A depressing character study of a man driven mad by guilt, grief and self-blame as he witnesses the creation from his past reckless self destroy everything he holds dear. It also deals with the dangers of loneliness.
Overall I liked the story although the self-loathing got a bit tedious at times. It would of been nice knowing what I about to read when I started.
A traditional fantasy coming of age tale of a boy growing into the hero we're told he will be through harsh and romantic life lessons.
Most of the book is told in a narrative style from the perspective of a storyteller which allows foreshadowing to keep reader interest but means it's the journey not the final destination that counts. This will probably turn some readers off.
It has a Unique, interesting and carefully thought out magic system. The world is just as throughout, rich in history that the author takes his time revealing it to us. The characters are also believable allowing us to care and hate them appropriately.
It is a long book but I was surprised how fast I read through it. I often found myself not wanting to stop, however it does slow down near the end.
This is NOT a standalone book. It was written with the intention of being a trilogy and thus I found the ending not completely satisfying.
Nick Podehl does an excellent job narrating bringing unique voices and accents to every character.
I will definitely read the sequel, hopefully the third gets finished soon.
This is a dark, grim, paranormal, mystery taking place in London during the late 19th century. consciously parallels Jack the Ripper series of murders as if demonic forces are at work.
As a period piece it works well showing how police investigations worked back then and understand why Jack the Ripper was hard to catch.
However, I have issue with the structure or narrative of the story. Starts off as a mystery but reveals the villain before you have any real chance of guessing. The whole story is slow and drawn out which makes the sudden ending feel anti-climatic. A lot of side questions were left unanswered and not in a prepare for sequel kind of way.
I don't normally read paranormal or horror. This book does not make me want to start.
As a side note: The main character is named Dr. Bond? Seriously, Every time the name is mentioned I was taken out of the story. Kept waiting for him to say "The name's Bond, Dr. Bond.
One of NASA's first human Mars mission is abandoned and crew evacuated during a dust storm. But a freak accident has left Mark Watney behind with everyone thinking he's dead. No one knows he's still alive, the next mission is in four years, he only has one year of food and much of the machinery is broken. Told in a series of humorous & blunt personal logs this is a story of one man's struggle to survive literally alone on an hostile alien world. Fortunately he has been trained in mechanic, botany and has duck tape.
This is a very hard sci-fi book, about 80-90% is technical talk but it is presented in an entertaining way. The author did his research as everything from Mars climax to equipment a mission would need to the type of screws NASA would use. All of this has been researched and presented in a realistic and thrilling manner.
There is no Deus Ex or author shortcuts. Practically everything that could go wrong does.
The only downside is sometimes it can get overly technical and you learn that once things start going good, something bad will happen.
What I learnt: Potatoes is an excellent source of calories, Duck tape is magical and we can pee rocket fuel (add electricity).
Narrator did an excellent job delivering the emotion, humour and tone of the character.
If you like realistic science fiction, read this book.
This book should be required reading for anyone who has not witness someone go through cancer firsthand so they can learn what it is like. People who have witness a love one should read to know that their feelings are normal. I'm going to review this in two parts: General and Cancer.
This is a teen romance novel first and foremost, at least for the first two thirds (Guys be warned). It took till the fourth chapter before I could stop rolling my eyes and start getting into it. Girl falls for good looking guy and has self-doubts about herself. But the plot manages to make several twists despite seeming to be simple including one very emotional twist. Several situations are exasperatingly good and bad. Characters seem real, except for the boyfriend whose too perfect, although that could be just from the protagonist view. The world is very real, bad things happen but good things happen to.
I witness two siblings go through cancer and this book does an excellent job at showing the real emotion and situations of the victim and those around them.
Cancer affects different people differently and it strikes at random times where someone is healthy one morning then suddenly hit with pain and spend the next two weeks in hospital. It shows the frustration people feel not being able to do anything, anger over others pity, the urge to be treated normally and the absurdity of how society expect victims to act and be treated. Finally it shows the cynical world view that creeps in and can take over.
Yet cancer is still not all consuming to ones life. Life continues and goes on, we continue to experience good and bad moments. I'd also highly recommend this book to anyone who has witness someone go through cancer to show these feelings are normal.
This book makes fun of itself as not a typical cancer book, it's not all depressing all the time nor is it unrealistically heroic. It's just real.
Narrator does an excellent job making the characters sound like they are, whether in pain, out of breath or slurring.
Book waste no time getting started. The third book in the series it assumes you know the main character so it skips the standard slow introduction and gets right into the mix.
Continues the detective Noir style where the detective is a wizard. This is a modern vampire tale with touches of angels, demons and a devious fairy godmother. The previous books only hinted at what Harry Dresden could do, here we get to see him fully use his power and the consequences.
More political intrigue, more powerful magic, more pain, more self-doubt and daunting moral decisions. Switching some of the side characters keeping it fresh. Several series changing twists and no easy dilemmas with no easy solutions
It was a bit jarring at times as the protagonist refers to previous cases the reader has and has not been a part of in previous books. Overall a good and fresh addition to an excellent series.
Picks up a few months or a year after the previous book. References are mention and previous characters are shown but this is a stand alone Harry Dresden story. Modern and interesting take on the werewolf mythos but this is NOT a book for children. People will die and other dark things will happen.
Everything that could go wrong does, there is no Deus Ex here. and Harry Dresden is put through The writing style is so detailed and descriptive it felt like I was feeling the pain along with him.
Characters feel very real and in depth. Like the previous book it continues to hint at the bigger world while taking it's time not revealing too much. I expect some of these threads will take a few books to resolve. Harry has to make some tough choices and there are consequences.
The main complaint I would have is that I can't tell how much of the references were from the first book or just used to make the world seem bigger. Maybe that is a good thing.
If you like Noir, modern Urban fantasy and not scared of a long series I'd recommend this book. Also if you like to see someone describe their experience with pain.
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