If you like the idea of a lengthy tea ceremony in a Zen garden, then you'll love this book. If you can't understand why they don't just drop a tea bag in some boiling water, then you'll hate this book.
If you like a slow mysterious strip-tease with multiple layers of clothes, then you'll love this book. If you prefer to go into a topless bar and want the girl naked by the end of the first song, then you'll hate this book.
I listen to books on my long drive to and from work. Unlike some books, I rarely found myself sitting in the driveway, on edge, waiting for the chapter to end. However, I frequently found myself eager to get up in the morning (even on a weekend) so I could pick up where I left off.
It isn't that I disliked the book - I liked it. But I had a couple of issues.
a) There was a LOT more teenage angst than I anticipated - a little more than I could comfortably stomach - but I'm an old man so don't go by that.
b) The whole Grim-Reaper thing is getting a little overdone - how many different ways are there to tell the same story?
c) I can understand ending a book leaving hooks for sequels, but I really object to a book that stops cold and leaves you totally hanging, trying to force you to buy the sequel. This is the second book in a row that used that trick, and because it pisses me off I am not buying the sequels.
Whereas the first book in the series had boring gaps due to development of some unlikable boring characters - I think this book got carried away with mysticism. Now, I enjoy some mysticism blended into a good story, but not when it is 'in your face' like a blinking neon sign.
I am NOT an advocate of all-action books. However, I am also not an advocate of marooning your readers on a smooth sea with no wind.
It was narrated by a cast of people, as if a radio play. I generally like this approach, but this time, not so much. A) two of the narrators had voices that were almost indistinguishable; B) the woman's voice didn't match the tone or background ambiance of the mail narrators and sort of stuck-out like a sore thumb.
If you can tough-out the dead spots, you'll probably enjoy the book.
An old obsolete star ship saves the earth. This is essentially the same premise as the 2004 version of Battlestar Galactica - only this time the earth doesn't get destroyed.
But I'm not complaining. The story was well written and had the correct mix of development and action.
The characters were interesting, mult-dimensional and exhibited growth over the course of the book. Everyone had their warts - sometimes their foibles helped and sometimes they hurt.
I listen to books as I drive to and from work - and with this book I found myself sitting in the driveway after I got home.
I enjoyed the book and expect that you will too.
First, let me say that it is difficult to write a book, and I have the greatest respect for anyone who gets published. However, respect doesn't mean I enjoyed the book.
Listening to this book felt like going to a travelogue at the local high school. I don't know for sure if it was writing or the narrator - but I believe it was the writing. I never got involved with the characters - they were all "what you see is what you get". There was no tension - no internal conflict - no building to any sort of a resolution. It was sort of a shaggy dog story that just ambled along ... and then abruptly ended.
But I just could not suspend disbelief. This book is comprised of two different stories (one a political intrigue, the other a super hero spy story) that the author was unable to stitch together convincingly. It is presented as three books, but each book consists of the two stories badly stitched together.
I thought this was an interesting, well written book. I enjoyed the characters and watching them grow throughout the book.
The one thing I didn't like was the way the narrator read the fight scenes. He may as well been reading a recipe out of a Betty Crocker cookbook. Maybe that's how they were written, but I think it is just how they were read.
I realize this is a 'special' book that is well thought of and has been made into multiple movies ... but I was really not impressed.
While some of the philosophical underpinnings of the book are thought provoking, the book itself is boring. There is very little action, or even character interaction. We don't 'see' much of anything going on. Instead we are inside the head of the central character as he reads scientific studies ... lots and lots of scientific studies written by people with long names who introduce long winded theories.
If you don't mind a book that is almost exclusively exposition, then maybe this book is for you.
I really enjoyed this book. The central character was complex enough (and damaged enough) to grab me. I don't know if the author has a real understanding of Hispanic gangs, or if she just faked it ... but I felt like I gained real insights.
The book leaves the door open to a sequel. I hope she writes one soon.
I didn't dislike the book, but it didn't grab me either. It occupied my mind as I drove to and from work. Unlike some other books, it never grabbed me enough to sit in the driveway listening after I got home.
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