Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Reports: Revival, Mime Order, and Saint Odd

I really liked how I did it last time, so I'll do it again: quick and dirty first, then a more in depth review, mostly for my own records.  Man, I love reading. (Edit: I'm only gonna go in depth on Mime Order because it was the only good one in this bunch.)

-Mime Order, by Samantha Shannon: Well I tore thru the five hundred pages in three days. And I loved it. Does this mean I'm one of those people who likes fantasy? Is this even actually fantasy?  I think I liked this more than Bone Season...but I can't actually remember most of Bone Season. So who knows. I had to take to the Google to refresh myself on the first book- who was who and what had actually...happened? Can't wait for the next one!

Bottom Line:  Winner, and part of a series, so you sort of have to read it, if you want to read the series.  I would NOT read this one without reading Bone Season.

-Revival, by Stephen King: (** spoiler alert ** )

Just...NO. Big fat no. Of course the writing was brilliant. It's my beloved SK, it was perfect. And the story was even really good. Until the end. How dumb?!?! Why so stupid? Such a cop out! Lisey's Story, It- they were terrifying bc he HINTED at the world beyond ours. But describing it? RIDICULOUS. I actually laughed out loud while I read it. Oh my word. Just so silly. But whoa, Jamie's channeling Eddie Dean a little bit here right?!?!

Bottom Line: Honestly, I'd skip it.  He's such a genius and there's SO MANY other books you could read instead.  (New to SK? Start with Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Then message me and I'll give you a twenty page list of what to read next.) I guess if you really want to, you could pick it up, but seriously, it was laughable.  I actually laughed at how ridiculous it was. Sorry SK. This was a total dud. 

-Saint Odd by Dean Koontz: Meh. Glad it's finally over. Seeing how many flowery words and commas you can cram into a sentence isn't a talent worth exploring, Dean. (Apparently the name of the day is Dean? PS I'm back on the Supernatural.  Ugh. And of course, I'm a Dean Girl.  Actually, I'm a Castiel Girl, but between Sam and Dean, I finally decided on Dean. That's how boring this book was, I have to distract myself while even WRITING about it.)

Bottom Line: You don't actually have to read this because the entire series lets you know exactly how it's gonna go down.  I want to know more about Annamaria and her baby, but not enough to pick up another Koontz book.  I think we're finally thru.  Too many commas, man.  Too. Many. Commas.

Okay, back to Mime Order.  From the back of the book: Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

See what I mean? You have to read (and remember) Bone Season first. I kept having to go to the wiki page because I couldn't even remember who was who. That being said, I still have a massive crush on Warden. I think she made waaaay too many grammatical errors (AGAIN!!!) considering how many people are paid to catch and fix that shit. Her writing truly fascinates me though, I have no idea how she does it. All this history and back story and I'm assuming (oh God I'm hoping) she has a plan set out already for where we're going...I literally cannot WAIT for the next one.  It's sort of hard to talk about this unless you've read it, or at least read Bone Season, so I guess I'll just wrap it up with: this book was fab and I think you should read it.

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