I have mixed feelings about this book. Was it funny? Yes. Was it a typical Palahniuk in terms of disturbing mental images, crazy, fucked up characters, and several "shock value" moments that just make the reader go "Wha-"? Yes. Did parts of it turn my stomach? Yes. Is it memorable? Yes. And yet, I didn't love it the same way I loved Invisible Monsters, Fight Club, and Haunted. Rant is a good book with an interesting style, but somehow, it just didn't connect with me like the other books of his I've read, and I can't really pinpoint why. I would still recommend this to anyone who's a fan of Palahniuk or likes their literature with a side of nitty gritty, stomach churning, visceral writing, but for a casual reader...maybe not. Palahniuk in general isn't for everyone, and I wouldn't say this is the best book he's written. But it's good. If you like that sort of thing.
A good second installment on a decent young adult fantasy series. I listed to this on audiobook and it did a good job of making meaningless tasks just fly by. I will warn those who want this in audiobook: the narrator does fine when voicing Percy or Annabeth, but everyone else is just annoying. Luke, Grover, and Tyson especially grated on my nerves. Honestly, there's just not much to comment on. They went on a quest to save Grover. Everyone lived. End of story. I felt this one lacked a little bit in the humor department, but it was still ok. I plan to keep listening to the rest of the series so this book didn't turn me off or anything. There was a nice twist at the end that I'm interested in seeing resolved in future installments, but that's about it. I hope to start the next book soon.
Although this book seems to be regarded as the weakest book in the series, I thought it was quite a bit better than its predecessor, The Sea of Monsters. I thought the build-up and suspense was much better. I liked the relationship between Thalia and Percy, short-lived as it was. I especially loved the actual scene involving the titan's curse. I thought that was very well written. I think I might even call this book my favorite of the series so far. It caused me to finally break down and buy nice boxed set of the entire series.I still wouldn't say these are the best youth fiction books around, but they're decent. Being a college graduate student, these "silly" books are all that keeps me sane sometimes so I'm going to continue reading the series. Having already read a couple chapters of the fourth book, I can say that one looks like it's going to be excellent!4 stars!
At this point in the series, I would have to say this is my favorite book. I thought it a had a ton of action, just like the first three, but I also thought it hit an emotional level that so far, hasn't been seen. I love love love Rachel Dare as well. In the audiobooks, she is voiced excellently. I loved the addition of mortals who can see through the mist. And I also very much enjoyed the jealousy/tension between Annabeth and Rachel (as well as the romantic development that occurred because of it).My favorite scene was with Calypso. I thought those were beautiful chapters and would have loved them to be longer but, considering the intended audience, maybe that wouldn't be such a good idea (I know even at twenty four my attention span isn't the greatest). I'm excited to start the fifth and final book!
Moderate spoilers aheadFinally finished with the series!!! I'll admit the last book kept me on my toes. Despite it being fairly predictable and not having any real plot (the final book reads like this: battle battle battle battle what-you-though-was-a-break-but-is-really-another-battle battle battle battle bad-guy-dies demigods-get-claimed-by-parents KISS!!! happy-ending oh-there's-another-prophecy-Riordan-must-be-writing-a-sequel-series), tons of deus ex machinas, the main character becoming freakin' INVINCIBLE, and the shoddy, corny romance, it was a relatively fun book (I had a hard time putting it down). I read this to take a break from the "serious" stuff I read for classes, so it served its purpose. I kind of regret buying the series as it's not really reread quality, but meh. It's a keeper for if I ever have kids :)
I mostly enjoyed this book. There were times when it was hard to put down, but for the most part, the prose keeps the reader at a distance, and while sometimes it worked, at others, it made it hard to connect with the book. The plot isn't as prominent as you'd think and while yes, it's a gorgeous work of literature, I had a hard time remembering any specifics. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I do wish the novel had focused more on the romance. There was so little of it that it didn't feel strong enough to fight for. It felt like it just appeared out of nowhere and I was forced to go along with it rather than it being something I truly believed in.I still found the whole thing highly enjoyable and I read it in just a matter of days. I found the last ten pages or so extremely captivating.
Still good, but it didn't quite reach the level of genius as the first volume.The underlying story of this graphic novel is a girl name Rose is the vortex of her era. If she remains alive, the world will be destroyed. It is the only time Dream can take a human life and he intends to do it. Subsequent stories include a couple that has been pregnant for years, an abused boy locked in the cellar, and a convention for serial killers who like to "collect". My favorite stories, "Tales in the Sand" and "Men of Good Fortune", were actually the two that had the least to do with the main plot of the book. Rather, they offered a glimpse into the past of Dream. They showed Dream's desire for companionship and the loneliness he must suffer. I was touched emotionally by those stories more than any other. The other stories were good but they focused more on Rose and, in comparison to Dream, Rose's life is so ordinary that I couldn't help but be more drawn to Dream's mysteriousness.While this volume doesn't meet the standards set by the first in the series, it's still terrific and it still held me in thrall all the way through. Highly recommended.
I'll admit right off the bat that Joe Hill isn't my favorite horror author. I read Heart Shaped Box and thought that was a pretty good book. I haven't read 20th Century Ghosts yet so I can't comment on that. What I can say, though, is that his newest novel fell far short of the bar set by his first.The premise is interesting. Hill managed to successfully make the devil a sympathetic character. But while I sympathized, I never really found myself caring too much. I thought the characters were kind of standard. A guy gets the quirky, beautiful girl and another guy is jealous for years until he eventually kills her and frames her boyfriend. There were a few twists near the end I didn't expect but all in all, nothing surprised me too much. I had called the killer somewhere around page 15.The book wasn't scary, either. I read it at two o'clock in the morning with all the lights off except my booklight and wasn't worried a bit about what might be lurking just outside my bubble of light. I don't know if it was intended to be scary, but I certainly hope not. There were parts that were a bit disturbing (the descriptions of the killer torturing his dying mother, for example) but I felt like Hill was more trying to gross out the reader than scare them. I would count this as a "potato chip" book. It's not really that great, and it's probably not that great for you, but it's not too hard to keep reading until the end. It's fairly mindless entertainment. I finished it in two days. I do feel like reading some more serious literature now that I'm done with this one though in hopes of regaining some lost brain cells.Recommended for die hard fans of horror. If that's not you, you could probably skip this book.
I've been a vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) for almost five years now, but I've always been interested in the macrobiotic (or whole food) diet. This book offers a great introduction to not only the diet, but the macrobiotic lifestyle. On top of that, there are some great looking recipes in the back of the book that I'm excited to try out. I don't think I'm ready to convert quite yet, but all in all, a very interesting read.
Intellectually, I can see why this is a good book and why it remains a proud member of the Western canon. Unfortunately, I couldn't bring myself to finish this. The prose is dry, Crusoe himself makes me want to bang my head repeatedly against a wall, and religious conversions always make it on to my top ten list of LEAST favorite things I like to see in my fiction. All in all, I get it. It's a classic. It's the first novel. It's important to our literary heritage. But that doesn't mean I want to read it.