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review 2018-06-04 19:58
3.8 Out Of 5 "conspiracy theory" STARS
Zeroes: A Novel - Chuck Wendig

 

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Zer0es

Chuck Wendig

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When five hackers — an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cypherpunk, and an online troll — are scooped up by the U.S. government and told they face prison sentences or worse, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. Forced into an uneasy alliance, threatened by their warring personalities and sabotaged by rival hackers, the five begin to fear for their lives as their orders grow increasingly dark and strange. But it’s only when they discover the truth behind the sinister NSA program that they realize the stakes go well beyond anything they could have imagined . . .

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Full Disclosure:  I was little confused while listening to this…because I'm not hacker proficient.  Did I enjoy the story despite that…yeah…for the most part, I did.  The characters more-so than the plot.  There is plenty of humor in this, albeit profane and lots of techno-action, and actual action, considering it’s a book about hacking and such. 

 

The narration is surprisingly good, considering how many main characters there is in this.  Ray Chase manages to bring these characters to life.  Each of them having their own distinctive voice, including the two females, and even better, neither came off sounding like a whiny bitch.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Very Good

Narration~ ☆4.7☆ -Ray Chase

Series~ 1 #1

Setting~ USA (different locations throughout)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-19 00:00
Blackbirds
Blackbirds - Chuck Wendig I wanted to like Blackbirds, but I just couldn’t get into it. The first few pages were awesome, but after that realization sunk into me that Miriam – though amusingly crude – feels like a middle-aged man’s version of a spunky young woman. And the other characters felt a bit like they were extras paid to show up for the day. No depth, no presence. Just show up, say your lines, and go.

Then there was the scene where they’re talking about rape. “No means no,” she says. “Not usually,” he says. And I’m so tired of that. So bloody tired of that. Can we please stop putting crap like that in books? I’m also tired of reading about broken people in abusive, controlling relationships that are apparently at the mercy of their hormones even when they hate someone. (Maybe I’m just weird, but if someone has done something to me that’s deplorable, I can’t even begin to get turned on by them…)

Blackbirds felt incomplete. I can’t really put my finger on why, but it felt like it skimmed the surface of the story it could have been. I don’t expect deep, thought-provoking literature when I read, but I couldn’t have went into Blackbirds past my ankles even with a sledgehammer to knock the bottom out a bit. It’s not something I’ve experienced with his other works, so I have to wonder if it’s just my inability to believe in Miriam that kept me apart from the story.

However, Wendig knows how to write, and the frenetic pace of Blackbirds made the story easy to read. There’s a lot of naughty language, a hefty amount of blood, and enough violence to appease the crowd at an MMA fight. Even being completely detached from the story, I still zoomed through it. It could never, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a slog to get through.

I like Chuck Wendig. As an author I think he’s pretty good at what he does. Zeroes was awesome. Invasive was fun. As a person, I’ve admired his take-no-crap, sell-no-crap attitude that he’s demonstrated on Twitter. He’s blunt, supportive, and amusing. I respect that. But I do not care for Blackbirds.
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review 2017-10-23 02:48
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End
Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) - Chuck Wendig

This is going to be short because I cannot bring myself to care anymore. The stakes were high. I didn’t care. People died. I didn’t care. People lived. I didn’t care. One of the reasons I freaking hate Wendig’s third person present tense writing style is that it makes me feel distanced from the characters and the action, like I’m reading stage direction for a play I've never seen. I still think he’s a decent storyteller, but he’s just not my cuppa. And I’m glad my favorite characters made it out. But even more than that, I’m glad it’s over with.

 

Please, Powers That Be, don’t let this man write more Star Wars novels. My lifelong Star Wars obsession will compel me to buy them and read them, and that will most definitely propel me further down the path of the Dark Side.

 

Nobody really wants that.

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text 2017-10-20 12:24
Reading progress update: I've read 346 out of 448 pages.
Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) - Chuck Wendig

I've already stated (twice? three times? more?) how much I freaking hate Wendig's writing style. I guess I should have taken a break between Life Debt and Empire's End because it is reeeeeeaaaaaaaally irritating me now. Especially when I come across sloppy crap like this:

 

She feels the ship drift downward, drifting as it goes.

 

It DRIFTED while it was DRIFTING. The DRIFT was so DRIFTY he had to say it TWICE in the SAME SENTENCEYOU GUYS. THIS IS ME RIGHT NOW:

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-16 00:39
Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt
Life Debt: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) - Chuck Wendig

I have neither the energy nor the desire to review this in depth. My feelings for this book are much the same as my feelings for Aftermath. I still freaking hate Wendig’s writing style. I still like some of his original characters, and I still think they feel awkwardly shoehorned into the galaxy far, far away. And I still think he’s a decent storyteller in spite of his style not being my cuppa, and I still think maybe I’d enjoy this series more if it had nothing to do with Star Wars and wasn't written in third person present tense.

 

The only new impression Life Debt gave me is that Mister Bones is basically becoming the Jar Jar Binks of refurbished murder droids. I don’t remember him annoying me this much in Aftermath.

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