Had an interesting time listening to this in audio format. I mean, I was sketching and coloring like demon-possessed by the last third in.
Characterization-wise, creepy dolls are creepy (though it's a nice zig-zagging there), cool old ladies are awesome, and the friendship aspects were beautiful.
That arm-bursting scene! My God *shudder*
And it was sad and tragic as all hell. La lotería indeed. But who wants such balls to align as these
(couple of examples)
It does OK.
There are some excellent passages on the relationship of the old with the young, and curiosity, and trying to find meaning to things that have no answers. And eldritch horror galore.
Not one of those "Help me, I can't stop reading" page-turners that sometimes King pops on you, though.
I'm left with ONE question though: WHERE did the man in the black trench-coat go. And the woman that shadow belonged to *shudder*
Drat, barely a vampire cameo. Will need another book. No matter.
I'm not as invested in Andrea, much less in her hit-me/kiss-me relationship with Raphael, but I had fun. It's inevitable with any of Andrews' books. Fast pace, mythology tie ins, and badass characters all around are always good. And I'm closer in filling in the bits of Kate Daniel's world.
A lot of how this one will be taken depends on how much you can accept the protagonist's view of things. There are some fine and healthy bits of hypocrisy. Healthy because, to my to my sensibilities, hard cut and unbending stances are unmerciful at best, inhuman at worst.
Anyway *waves away*
I was entertained. I like it when the books focus on the characters friendships, and there was a lot of talk on loyalty. I'm also a bit amused by this trend where the dead body was a poor excuse for a human being. It says quite a bit about a hopeful outlook of humanity, where the ones getting killed are the despicable creatures that push everyones buttons beyond the limit.
Of course, then it goes and balances it with the little crazy shit that actually did it, so a bit of fast-stepping on that one.
Not as great a time killer as the first volumes, but better than the one before.