I don't think it's ever taken me so long to finish a series that only has 4 books.
Overall, I would give it a solid 3, but I think Mr. Williams should stick to fantasy.
At one point, one of the characters mentioned Jongeleur getting eaten. Out loud I said 'Good! Let him get eaten!' as I walked into the room where hubby was. 'Wow!, A little harsh?' was his reaction. LOL No! It's not! The guys an ass. He deserves to be eaten. Besides. It might liven the book up a bit.
After spending the entire book being rescued in the nick of time, everything get wrapped up neat as pin and topped with bow. Personally, I prefer my endings to be at least a little messy.
However, we still don't know if the children were saved, although the assumption is there because of Sam and Stephen.
And why didn't the Treehouse people tear the net apart when their little ones got trapped. If anyone had the ability it would have been them. Unless Sellars held them off because of the potential danger to the kids.
At least Dread got what he deserved - being helpless and chased through all eternity by the women he tortured and killed.
I don't don't know if I'm being stupid or just stubborn. LOL
I think I've figured out the issue.
He takes pages and pages to explain and tell you about a new idea 10 different ways.
That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.
He beats every new idea to death.
I'm assuming in an attempt to make sure the reader doesn't forget about it.
And it's not just Renie coming across as whiny anymore. I swear everybody but !Xabbu is a self pitying sniveler. And he's skirted the edge a time or two.
Wishing everyone an amazing 2019!
Kids are getting 'stuck' in virtual reality and a group is determined to find out why and put a stop to it.
You'd think a book about people spending a majority of their free time in virtual reality would be exciting. The potential is there. But no. I don't think I have ever encountered such a boring telling of a potentially exciting subject. Virtual reality - sky's the limit! No need to suspend belief, you can chuck it right out the window because there is not really any needed.
Nope. We just slog along.
That was one long ass book.
Not just in number of pages, which comes in at almost 800, but the pacing makes it feel like it takes forever to read it.
I like Tad Williams, but I think I prefer his fantasy.
This one ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, but with the size of the series I'm not sure how else he could have ended it.
Hopefully book 2 picks up a bit.
That was a depressing little story.
According to Jack London, the end of civilization comes in 2013 on the a wave of a plague no one catches in time.
The story is told by a survivor 60 years later, in California, where the survivors grouped up into tribes from Santa Rosa to San Francisco, with some scattered farther south if my geography is correct without looking at a map. (my geography and spatial locations is horrible, so don't quote me on that LOL)
I lived in the area for a time, so a lot of the place names were familiar. Places I've been to, some I lived in or right next to. I'm trying to picture Niles with no people, Hayward as farmland, and no Fremont. Palo Alto as a small community, and the San Joaquin valley now full of horses. Carmel as an after thought.
None of the sprawl that connects most of the cities and towns in the area between Oakland San Jose.
Way better than A Game for the Living.
The interaction with the police still comes across as odd and not quite right.
Who lets a horde of neighbors into a crime scene to trample evidence, even back then?
Nickie was a right piece of nasty work.
And all the internal musings got tedious.
You know from the get go who did what and to whom, so no real mystery, but the interactions of the characters gives a peek into peoples minds and how they react when bad stuff happens. And it ain't pretty.
This was a buddy read with BrokenTune and Lillelara.
Lelia is murdered.
And no one really seems to care.
Except Ramon, but all he seems to want to do is confess whether he did it or not.
And that seems to stem mostly from his religious views and mild brain damage from a heavy beating he received from the police in jail years before.
Though he did love her. That's the only thing that seems real.
Everyone else is just drifting around and interacting like puppets in a play reading lines.
And everything is scattered. Information just barely touched on with no real depth.
Very unfulfilling all the way around.
Coming to the end, some of the humor in this is face palm stuff that has me snorting.
It's horribly executed, but keeps making me laugh.
Someone planted a bomb on the ship, he was going to be executed, and managed to hand the detonator off to another guy about to be executed along with a woman. Damien sets off the bomb and covers Anna with his body and hangs on so they don't both go sliding off the now sinking ship.
They get up, and she asks:
"What's the plan, Rambo?"
Damien shrugged. "We could go to the bow and cuddle. I could shout 'I'm King of the world'?"
Anna frowned. "I'm more of a Terminator 2 kind of gal."
Damien held his hand out to her. "Then come with me if you want to live."
I don't know if the author is having a difficult time wrapping up the story or if he just wants to use all the famous lines, or maybe that was the goal from the start. Earlier in the story some one yelled "Game over. man! Game over!"
At least we don't YET have Conans famous line:
"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"
OMG, I'm dying here.
I don't think the book is supposed to be funny, and it's not the best written thing out there, and it's #3 in the series, but the plot holds you if can deal with the writing. Not a lot of spelling or grammatical issues, just feels like young writing.
The zombies are swarming.
“We're screwed,” Jimmy fretted.
“We're like hamsters up a butthole.”
Made think think of this:
and I can't stop laughing.
I'm going to spend the rest of the day yelling ARMAGEDDON! at odd times.
I don't know how to add a video, but the link just takes you YouTube.
Sorry for the weird font and big paragraph spaces. I typed it up first in an open office doc.
Okay, I take it back. At least some of it. : )
It's still feels slow, but we've got a twofer, and it's skin crawling creepy.
edit: and my favorite characters are:
Quinn, a no nonsense, stick her arm into a nastily (and i do mean nasty - made my lip curl while reading it) clogged toilet to pull out some tights and comment that they'll have to be dried while the detectives are trying not to puke. She also crawled head first and waist deep into a dumpster (wheelie bin) without batting an eye.
Essex, the comedian unless stuff gets serious then he's rock solid so far.
After they see curtains opened with large hands:
"I don't like this, Jack."
"What're you talking about? It's just a little old lady."
"Dressed to Kill," he hissed. "Dressed to fucking kill, that's what I'm talking about."