Ooh, I just can't wait. My reading future looks exciting but boy is my budget taking a hit.
(Run Program - Scott Meyer has some giveaways on the usual book sites.)
He has a new book coming out in a new series.
Not in time for booklikes-opoly nor Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon (April or October). *temper tantrum*
I'm preordering as usual in both kindle and hardcover (I eventually stalk him down for an autograph on the print editions).
Love how deviously evil and treacherous the end turned out to be. Every one thought they were playing everyone else and in the end they all got fucked over. Oh how I loved it.
Bit saddening how most of my favorite characters are dead. Hopefully there are more brilliant revenge schemes to come.
The narrator almost ruined this book for me. The only voice that I felt was done anywhere near the definition of 'well' was The Hammer's. And that's only because it sounded interesting and rather amusing, this big tough muscle man who hunts zom's for a living with this little high pitched, red-neck voice! classic.
Side note: I also had the occasionally difficulties telling the voices apart, who was saying what, etc. And some characters - I became quite confused over who 'the brothers' were, but that all got sorted out afterwards.
Anyways onto the important subject: My Issue.
The only issue I have with the narrator (its a bit of a doozey) is that he made everyone sound bland. Bland! in a zombie book! How on earth is that even possible. This guy had so many opportunities to make this book so much more and he just piddled them all away. These characters were guttered, devastated, fearful, in immense pain and vengeful....and yet the narrator for the most part just spoke every line, and just stated the emotion afterwards. No!! I want you to sound it out for me, I was to feel what they're going through. I want to feel their pain, misery and anticipation. It is after all a zombie book, it's what I signed on for!
So yea unfortunately the book was rather bland on the emotional side of things, luckily I still enjoyed the narrator reading the book to me enough that I plan on continuing - though I believe I'll be reading the next book myself.
Now off that subject, lets talk about the Characters.
Boy Benny was a whiny bitch wasn't he? goodness for someone who grew up in a world filled with zombies he sure whinged a lot. You think the kid would be a lot tougher. I am being serious when I say his main goal at the beginning of the book was to do the least amount of physical work, that wasn't exceptionally boring, that's it. His life goal - what a champ aye? luckily towards the end after his brother stopped coddling him - or should I say started paying attention to him, Benny grew up a lot. He became a decent sort, which is nice. His brother, Tom was pretty cool, like to drop his wisdom nuggets on all the other suckers, actually he would make a pretty good guidance counselor. Lol.
Nix was a fantastic character, not cliched, which is nice. Red hair, pale skin, short, freckles, (according to boy's who have no other females their age to go off - very attractive, with big boobies. Which of course is a very important character definition to teenage boys) incredibly intelligent, higher achiever, ambitious, loves learning and researching but is also physically strong, she neither this nor that, but a mixture of things. Willing to put in 110% effort into anything she try's. If anyone one is going to conquer this destroyed world its Nix. She also get's jealous, is incredibly poor, unwilling to take 'handouts' and possible doesn't have the best taste in boys. (yet to be determined).
The Lost Girl was a nice surprised, Maberry would have been boring and made her a hot babe, who kick zombie ass, and was incredibly flirty (the usual combo) but he wen't somewhere different with it, I won't say how - spoilers and all that, but I will say that I appreciated it. Quite a nice surprise.
Chong was a funny boy, and brilliant. I love his smart little lines that flew over Benny's head.
The others, were alright. The baddies, were actual realistic baddies. Someone you can easily picture being created based on the world they live in.
I Also want to point out and say kudos to Macberry for remarking on Benny's attempts to save the 'Lost Girl' from herself and her current lifestyle, and not understanding why she wouldn't except his 'gracious' offer. This is a common behaviour for humans, we note someone is living differently to us, maybe in a way we ourselves would not like to live, and offer them, usually with good intentions to change their living styles. Not taking into account that it is in fact their choice, and that they may be happy with it. Many countries and religious groups do this, Australia included. What I loved about how Macnerry handled this situation was he didn't have the girl accept their offer under pressure, or fold just because the others didn't, couldn't understand. They thought she was a bit nutty for her choices, sure. But they accepted them in the end, and didn't harass her afterwards about it. This I loved.
The zombies were good, not to intense but not without their strengths and the world was great - set 14(?) years after 'first night' which was a nice change from the usual. Overall an entertaining read. Looking forward to the next one.
I'm just going to be upfront and honest.... I had some issues with this book. The Veil could have been great, better than great even, but somehow got lost between the idea of this book and the finish product. I'm not really sure what it is that wen't wrong, though I suspect the characters are partially to blame, they just didn't pull me in. The book itself was fun and interesting, I loved the setting, which is based in New Orleans after a giant war between paranormals 'paras' and the human population, who barely won and are still facing the consequences. Unfortunately the powers were rather mediocre - been there done that, but how they came about was superb and unique. The same could be said for the characters actually, they were rather been there, done that. I felt as though I should have loved them, but they just..... didn't feel genuine? I suppose. Something about them felt off and I didn't connect with them. I actually had to push myself to pick up this book. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy it, just that I didn't feel the need to read it, but I was determined to finish it. Besides I wanted to know what happened at the end - which was a bit of a plot disaster.
I'm warning you now I'm about to spill some spoilers.
The book spent all this time building up towards the end, legit 95% of the book, then we had our battle about 5 pages from the end. And just like that the battle was over, took all of 2 seconds to read! I felt rather let down. To top it off its not enough that they have to deal with all the ramifications of an upcoming war, traitors, learning how to utilize their power and people turning evil they also had a nice little personal bomb dropped on Claire's head where her mother isn't actually dead like she had always believe but possibly playing for the 'bad side' - who mind you are a bunch of uninformed nutters hell bound on killing everyone for the good of man kind, because the misguided idiots think they can kick ass. Sigh.
Anywho, as I was saying, this book had all the potential to be amazing, but for me just came short of the mark. I'm sure other's are going to devour it, what with all the hot studs running around, all the details of what said studs look like, how good their pants fit their bootys, and all the hot and sweaty dancing (it is NO after all) chuck in a few paras, some kind-of secretive evil guys, sleuthing and action and I'm sure this right up a lot of people alleys. For now I'm going to be skipping the rest of the series, I'm glad I read the first book but can think of many other books I would prefer to read before starting The Sight. Maybe after I have finished all those I may give it a shot.